EPISODE #5528: GREAT ESCAPES
$1K Tossup: PHASE
_ N _ O Y / T _ E
S H O _
While we sit back and ENJOY THE SHOW, Natalie’s the first to score. Two Californians and a Virginian competing on this episode…
Natalie Bakhoum: local community college teacher training for a sprint triathlon from Redondo Beach
Jeff Schwab: director of marketing for a dental insurance co. and the lead guitarist for a local rock band from Lorton, VA
Emily Lohorn: SDSU graduate student and local community college English tutor pursuing her Master’s in children’s literature from Chula Vista
$2K Tossup: WAYD?
_ _ _ _ _ N _
P R E _ _ N _ S
Emily’s not OPENING PRESENTS just yet; she’s won the right to spin first.
FEATURED GE (sponsored by “Midnight in Paris”): a $7,530 trip to said French city
Jackpot Round: FICTIONAL PLACE
Emily’s list of letters begins w/ four T’s for $1,600, an E, an $800 H and three A’s before she says W for worthless. Second, Natalie picks up the WC w/ three S’s and three L’s for $1,350, then she buys the leftover pairs of vowels (O’s and I’s), and puts up a $1K pair of N’s. We now have…
T H E / L O S T
I S L A N _ / O _
A T L A N T I S
…she solves THE LOST ISLAND OF ATLANTIS for $1,850.
SOLE DUD: W (Emily)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,650
Scores after R1
Emily: $2K/Natalie: $2,850 + WC/Jeff: $0
Holiday Greeting: Licensing/clearing dept.
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Natalie’s rundown is made up of a $400 T, two A’s and four L’s while on the MW near LaT. Despite only having $150, she takes the money for those (she should have gone for it). Following her next buy of two E’s is the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to give up $3,900 and her WC. Second, Jeff finds a $1K pair of Y’s (one at each end of the answer), buys three O’s, and faces this…
Y O _ / _ A _ / _ E
A T / _ E L L O
_ O L L Y
…he blows the last word by a letter w/ “YOU HAD ME AT HELLO COLLY”. Emily then spins once for an $800 pair of H’s…
Y O _ / H A _ / _ E
A T / H E L L O
_ O L L Y
…and gets a $200 bonus w/ on “YOU HAD ME AT HELLO DOLLY”.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Natalie
SOLE DQ: Jeff’s blown solve
Scores after R2
Emily: $3K/Natalie: $2,850/Jeff: SCORELESS
PP Round: WAYD?
Jeff’s road to redemption begins w/ three N’s for $900, two I’s, an obvious $500 G, an O, three T’s for another $1,500, two A’s, and the twin D’s for $800 more. All of that’s followed by an E trio, a $900 R, but then a potentially fatal dud of K to likely squander at least $3,600. Emily follows suit w/ two L’s for $600, two S’s for another grand, and the last vowel of U while on FP…
L I S T E N I N G / T O
A / S T E E L / D R U _
_ A N D
…she keeps the $1,600 and will be LISTENING TO A STEEL DRUM BAND on her trip to the SuperClubs Breezes Grand Resort & Spa in JAMAICA worth $6,480.
SOLE DUD: K (Jeff)
Scores after R3
Emily: $11,080/Natalie: $2,850/Jeff: SCORELESS
$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE
_ _ B _ _ C L _ _ H
& / N _ P _ _ N _
Jeff forgets to add the S at the end of his response, allowing Emily to solve TABLECLOTH & NAPKINS for a new total of over $14K.
Round 4: SAME LETTER
Her first letters are all singles — a $300 T, an O buy, a $350 S, an E purchase, and a $300 R. But her next purchase of I ends her turn. Natalie secondly can’t find any N’s. Jeff’s third in line w/ a $1K pair of L’s, four A’s to wipe out the vowels, and the SL of four B’s for $1,200 before we finally hear the Speed-Up bells…
B A S _ E T B A L L
B A _ _ B O A R _
…and the remaining three consonants are worth $1,300 each time it appears. He then puts up the C…
B A S _ E T B A L L
B A C _ B O A R _
…and solves BASKETBALL BACKBOARD for his only $3,250 payday.
DUDS (before bell): I (Emily), N (Natalie)
Emily: $14,080 cash & Jamaica/Natalie: $2,850/Jeff: $3,250
GT: a pitiful $20,180
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $3,900
$100K Bonus Round
The E in GAME has been landed on again this week.
RSTLNE, do your stuff…
_ _ _ E / _ E L _
_ _ T
HDMO gives her a good shot at this…
_ O M E / H E L _
O _ T
…well, I wish I could COME HELP OUT, because she gets the answer a second too late and just let an easy $30K slip away. That’s another STUPID BR LOSS for the season.
MY EP. RATING: 4 out of 10