EPISODE #5519: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 1)
This ep. was taped during “Best of the Best” wk., set to air at the end of 2011.
$1K Tossup: PHRASE
M _ _ _ / _ _
_ _ _ / U . _ . A .
Jason says that this show’s MADE IN THE U.S.A. The interviews begin w/ the man in the middle…
Jason Ondeck: zoo freak who does H.R., payroll and accounting from Chula Vista
Cindy Henderson: flight attendant from Hernando, MS
Jenn Blum: third-year law school student set to graduate the following yr. and did some Peace Corps duties in China for two years from Tucson, AZ
$2K Tossup: PERSON
T E _ _
_ E A _ _ R
Jenn’s currently a TEAM LEADER.
FEATURED TRIP (sponsored by “The Smurfs”): NYC worth $5,740
Jackpot Round: FICTIONAL CHARACTER
Here she goes w/ a Jackpot S, two N’s to triple up and acquire the blue 1/2 KIA, four A’s and E’s, and the FPing of the sole dud vowel of I. Afterwards, she BANKRUPTS near TD to lose her plate and the leftover $1K. Second, Jason finds a $1,600 pair of R’s, buys an O, and collects a $600 pair of T’s, then he…
_ R _ _ E
_ A _ N E ‘ S
A _ T E R / E _ O
_ A T _ A N
…solves BRUCE WAYNE’S ALTER EGO BATMAN for $1,950.
SOLE DUD: I (Jenn)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jenn
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,600
Scores after R1
Jenn: $2K/Jason: $2,950/Cindy: $0
PP Round: SONG LYRICS
He instantly LOSES A TURN. Second, Cindy captures six T’s for $3K, three N’s for the WC, three E’s, and five A’s, then she puts in a $450 D, two O’s, five Y’s for another $2,500 and three W’s to add $2,700. The layout of this big puzzle…
A N Y / W A Y
Y O _ / W A N T / _ T
T _ A T ‘ _ / T _ E / W A Y
Y O _ / N E E D / _ T
…she solves Journey’s “ANY WAY YOU WANT IT, THAT’S THE WAY YOU NEED IT” for her first $7,900 plus a $6,700 trip to the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in JAMAICA, giving her a total of $14,600 that round.
SOLE LaT: Jason
Scores after R2
Jenn: $2K/Jason: $2,950/Cindy: $14,600 cash & Jamaica + WC
Mystery Round: WAYD?
New leader Cindy begins w/ two G’s for the same 1/2 KIA, two N’s for the NY trip and an S while on the MW near the MDW. After a looong time to decide, she takes the big risk of $6,740 cash & trip plus those extras…BAD MOVE. Jenn secondly BANKRUPTS for the second time this episode courtesy of the MDW’s right side. Third, Jason’s lit up a $1K pair of T’s, two I’s and A’s, a $3,500 H and an E before losing another turn w/ the sole dud vowel of U. Cindy’s second try sees her getting a $900 R, two O’s to round out the vowels, and an $800 L before she says a CRITICAL DUD of P. Jenn then puts up an $1,100 pair of C’s and two K’s to throw in $1,800…
_ O R K I N G
A G A I N S T
T H E / C L O C K
…she realizes everybody’s WORKING AGAINST THE CLOCK to keep the $2,900.
DUDS: P (Cindy), U (Jason)(of course, that’s what you say when you smell something yucky)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
Scores after R3
Jenn: $4,900/Jason: $2,950/Cindy: $14,600 cash & Jamaica
$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME
_ A _ T I _ O R E
R A V E _ S
Cindy IDs the NFL’s BALTIMORE RAVENS, giving her $17,600 cash & trip.
Round 4: THING (full $6K speed-up!)
After an S call by Jason (and I groaned at that choice)…
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ N S _ _ _
R _ N G
…he doesn’t win the CHAMPIONSHIP RING for not calling the P’s, because he only wins $12K here.
DUDS (both by Jenn): L, T
Jenn: $4,900/Jason: $14,950/Cindy: $17,600 cash & Jamaica
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding cardboard): $7,740 cash & trip
$100K Bonus Round
The featured car for this ep. and all of the last week of the year is a Chrysler 200 convertible (the previous maingame round format will still be used that week). Cindy spins her way to the S of SPIN.
Of the 12 letters in this answer, here’s 1/3 of them…
S _ N _ _ _
_ _ _ _ E T
HDMA pretty much gives her most of the first word…
S _ N D A _
_ _ _ _ E T
…this should’ve been under EVENT or PLACE, but she’ll still feast at a SUNDAY BUFFET w/ another $35K and a final total of $52,600 cash & trip!
MY EP. RATING: 7