EPISODE #5516: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 1)
To start these extra episodes weeks this season, we’re on the set of “Home Sweet Home”.
$1K Tossup: PHRASE
_ H _ / C A T ‘ S
_ E O _
Joan & Joe prove to be THE CAT’S MEOW. Let’s meet these three family duos right now…
Joan & Joe Hall (mother/son): Joe’s a professional dancer that recently danced in Vegas for 2.5 years while Joan’s a psychiatric registered nurse and a professional bull riding fan
Bill & Tony Wright (father/son): Tony’s an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who’s currently the captain of the Central Bell County Fire Rescue in Nolanville, TX; Bill’s an LfaT
Asuncion & Rommel Riemedio (father/son from S.F.): Rommel the son is a project manager for a karaoke company
$2K Tossup: OCCUPATION
S P _ _ T S _ _ I _ _ R
The Halls just make it in time w/ SPORTSWRITER to triple their money.
FEATURED TRIP: Bienville House in N.O. worth $9K ($4,500 for each person)
Jackpot Round: FICTIONAL CHARACTER (Wheelmobile wipe)
The Halls are off to a sour start w/ the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT. Second, the Wrights call up two R’s for $800 but then S for sorry. Third, the Riemedios pick up the Omaha Steaks gift tag w/ three T’s, the WC w/ an N, and FP a dud of L. Afterwards, they pick up the N.O. trip w/ three H’s and crap out w/ K. Back to the Halls who say two D’s and a G at $500 a pop and a $400 D to leave only vowels remaining…
T H _ R
T H _ / G _ D
_ F / T H _ N D _ R
…and they solve THOR, THE GOD OF THUNDER for the $2K house minimum.
DUDS: S (Wrights), L, K (both by Riemedios — these spell out a class of Mercedes-Benz cars)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Halls
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,500
Scores after R1
Halls: $5K/Others: $0 each (red team has the WC)
Round 2: BEFORE & AFTER
To begin, the Wrights call up two L’s for $600, three T’s for another $2,700, five E’s, two obvious G’s for another $1,800, and four O’s. Afterwards, they put in an F and two G’s at $900 a pop before they…
T H E / T _ L E / O F
T H E / G O L _ E _
G O O _ E
_ _ _ _ _
…blank out on the last word, to possibly lose $6,700 and the lead. The Riemedios don’t do any better w/ the BANKRUPT next to the WC, so they lose said item. Over to the Halls who claim a $500 N and D, an A, and a $1,100 pair of S’s, but they then buy the sole dud vowel of I. That gives the Wrights a second chance, but NOT for long — they BANKRUPT the same way the Riemedios did to let their $6,700 disappear for good. Those guys in red then put up a $300 B and quadruple up w/ a P request…
T H E / T A L E / O F
T H E / G O L D E N
G O O S E
B _ _ P S
…they solve “THE TALE OF THE GOLDEN GOOSE” BUMPS for the house minimum.
SOLE DUD: I (Halls)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both father/son teams)
SOLE DQ: Wrights’ blank-out
Scores after R2
Riemedios: $2K/Halls: $5K/Wrights: BUPKIS
Mystery/PP Round: FOOD & DRINK
The Riemedios are first w/ a $300 T but then the other normal BANKRUPT. Second, the Halls fall victim to the same MDW BANKRUPT they got before. Third, the Wrights find a $400 R but then get DQed for the second time this episode w/ a T recall. The Riemedios resume their play w/ an S and two N’s for $900 each, an A and two I’s, and a $900 L, but they then BANKRUPT next to that vacant WC to forfeeit $3,100; that’s their third of the game. The Halls then light up three P’s for $1,050, a $3,500 M and the leftover O’s…
_ R O _ E N
P I N E A P P L E
S M O O T _ I E
…they’ll need to get a FROZEN PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE, because they’ve won $4,300 plus a pair of trips to OAHU’s Turtle Bay Resort worth $10,820.
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Riemedios 2x, Halls)
SOLE DQ: Wrights’ T repeat
Scores after R3
Riemedios: $2K/Halls: $20,120 cash & HI/Wrights: STILL NOTHING
$3K Tossup: THING
C R _ S _ A L
B A L _
The Halls gaze into a CRYSTAL BALL, and learn that they’ve sweept the Tossups.
Round 4: SONG LYRICS (full $1,500 speed-up)
After an H call by the middle team…
_ ‘ M / H _ _ _ _ _
_ N / _ / F _ _ L _ N G
…Joan solves “I’M HOOKED ON A FEELING” by Blue Swede for $4,500 worth of icing!
SOLE DUD: R (Riemedios)
Riemedios: $2K/Halls: $27,620 cash & HI/Wrights: $2K GOOSEEGG
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $10,100
$100K Bonus Round
Joan spins up the N in WIN.
The first line’s not necessary, IMO…
_ N / T _ E
_ _ R E _ R _ _ N _
HDBA doesn’t add much besides the obvious…
_ N / T H E
_ _ R E _ R _ _ N D
…but Joe correctly says they’re IN THE FOREGROUND, and they’ve won…
…this pair of Honda CR-V EX-L 2WDs worth $54,850 — it’s our first BR car win all season long! W/ the $5K bonus, they’re now your NEW S29 LEADERS w/ $87,470 cash & prizes!
MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10