EPISODE #5518: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 1)
We’re on the B&B Set.
$1K Tossup: PROPER NAME
J O _ _
_ A _ C O C K
Sasha IDs JOHN HANCOCK. The midweek panel is made up of…
Sasha Hahn: first-year student at U.C. Hastings Law School who graduated from UCSB from S.F.
Vicki Bolling: retail office supervisor from Petersburg, VA
Ryan Atkins: local utility electricity buyer/seller and a Little League baseball coach from Henderson, NV
$2K Tossup: EVENT
F A _ _ _ _
G A _ _ _ _ _ _ G
Vicki also scores w/ FAMILY GATHERING.
FEATURED B & B TRIP: Ober Gtlinburg ski resort in TN worth $5,120
Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ
A $900 T gets her started, but the LaT bites her just as quick. Second, Ryan FPs two A’s, picks up the WC w/ an N, the Omaha Steaks gift tag w/ an S and the MDW w/ two Rs, and digs up a $1,200 pair of C’s. Following his buys of three I’s, a U and three O’s…
_ I _ A R I O U S
R O _ A N T I C
C O _ _ _ _
… he solves HILARIOUS ROMANTIC COMEDY for $1,450 in cash & food.
SOLE LaT: Vicki
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7K
Scores after R1
Sasha: $1K/Vicki: $2K/Ryan: $1,450 cash & food + WC + MDW
Round 2: SONG LYRICS
Unfortunately for Ryan, he instantly BANKRUPTS near TD to give up both his special iteams. Second, Sasha calls up four S’s for $1,200, buys three E’s, inserts a $900 D, and gets the green 1/2 KIA w/ three R’s. Following a $400 C…
_ _ _ D _ E S S
_ R _ C _ _ _ S
_ R E _ _ / _ _ _ _ S
_ _ / _ _ R E !
…she quickly solves “GOODNESS, GRACIOUS, GREAT BALLS OF FIRE” (by Jerry Lee Lewis) for $3,750. And she was being way consonative, too.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Ryan
Scores after R2
Sasha: $4,750/Vicki: $2K/Ryan: $1,450 cash & food
Mystery/PP Round: THING
Current leader Sasha is off and running w/ two T’s for $1,100, pairs of E’s and I’s, but then the LaT. Second, Vicki fits in three N’s via the MW near the vacant MDW and turns down the $3K offer for…the BANKRUPT. Third, Ryan can’t capitalize on TD w/ a dud of S. Sasha next gets up there two R’s for another $800, three O’s, a C for the ski trip, and a U. After a $1K pair of M’s…
_ O T E _
C O N _ I R M _ T I O N
N U M _ E R
…she’s gonna need more than one HOTEL CONFIRMATION NUMBER, because she’s won $1,900, the ski trip, and a sunny trip to ST. LUCIA’S Windjammer Landing Resort worth $5,540; that round was worth $12,560 to her.
SOLE DUD: S (Ryan)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Vicki
SOLE LaT: Sasha
Scores after R3
Sasha: $17,310 cash & trips/Vicki: $2K/Ryan: $1,450 cash & food
$3K Tossup: PLACE
_ P _ C _ _ L _ Y
S H _ _
Vicki’s up to $5K w/ a SPECIALTY SHOP.
Round 4: SAME LETTER
Her starters are a $900 T, and $900 N, an O, but then a bad E buy. Ryan secondly FPs an A, puts up the SL of three D’s for $900, and buys the I to quickly clean out the vowels. Next up are four L’s for $2K and the leftover two Y’s to add $1,600…
D O N ‘ T
D I L L Y – D A L L Y
Note to future players: DON’T DILLY-DALLY around this late in the game; he sure didn’t on this one, and earns another $4,250 for his troubles.
SOLE DUD: E (Vicki)
Scores after R4
Sasha: $17,310 cash & trips/Vicki: $5K/Ryan: $5,700 cash & food
Round 5: PHRASE (full $1,550 speed-up)
After a pair of P’s go up…
P _ S H _ N _ / T H _
_ N _ _ _ _ P _
…Sasha’s PUSHING THE ENVELOPE for her ticket to Bonusland w/ another $4,650.
Sasha: $21,960 cash & trips/Vicki: $5K/Ryan: $5,700 cash & food
BANKRUPT TRASH: WC and MDW
$100K Bonus Round
The E in AMERICA’S is where Sasha stops on.
RSTLNE gives us…
_ _ L _ _ N _
_ _ _ _ E
GDMA guarantees at least the G…
_ A L M _ N G
_ _ _ _ E
…but she only gets the first word; she can’t hear my CALMING VOICE for $40K.
MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10