WOF Retro Recap: December 23, 2011 — BR SHUTOUT ALERT #5


$1K Tossup: PHRASE 

_ _ C K / Y _ _ R
B A _ _

Tarique says “PACK YOUR BAGS”. Last to play on this Christmas week…

Tarique Connelly: ticket agent for a major airline who’s visited about 25 countries in the past three years and has learned Spanish while working w/ a few Spanish-speaking workers from Philly
Melissa Butler: dental assistant and bass fisher from Ootlewah, TN
Debra Lowman: realtor/bank director from Bluffton, SC


_ A N S E _ / _ _ D
_ _ _ _ E _

Tarique’s tripled up w/ HANSEL AND GRETEL.

FEATURED GE: Fairmont Chateau Whistler worth $5,800

Jackpot Round: WAYD? 

He starts us off w/ a $450 N, a $500 G, the obvious I, and two E’s, then he calls up a T for the spafinder.com gift tag, an O, and three FP A’s to clean out the vowel shop. But after picking up the green 1/2 KIA w/ an H, he hits the MDW’s left side to forfeit that plate and $1,700 cash & GT. Melissa secondly spins up the BANKRUPT near the WC while Debra gets the other normal one, so we’re quickly back to Tarique. His next choices are a $500 S and four L’s to add a 2 in front of that amount…

_ L A _ I N G
_ O _ / A L L
T H E / _ A _ _ L E S

…he’s not necessarily PLAYING FOR ALL THE MARBLES, but he has a $2,500 solve under his belt.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Scores after R1
Tarique: $5,500/Ladies: $0 each

Holiday Greeting: contestant coordinators


Mystery Round: TV QUOTE

Melissa first gets the same MDW BANKRUPT from the last round. Second from Debra’s mouth are two FP I’s, but then M for mistake. Third, Tarique fills in a $450 D, buys four E’s, but then BANKRUPTS next to TD to forfeit the leftover $200; he and Melissa now have two of those apiece. Said lady in the middle tries again w/ three $550 T’s, two O’s, a $900 trio of L’s, and an $800 H. You’re gonna love what’s on the board now…

_ _ T
I ‘ D / L I _ E / T O
_ O L _ E / T H E
_ _ _ _ L E

She first says this without the first word in an attempt to guess the whole solution, and literally says the whole line of “PAT, I’D LIKE TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE” for $3,100.

SOLE DUD: M (Debra)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Deb’s opponents)

Scores after R2
Tarique: $5,500/Melissa: $3,100/Debra: NOTHING



Debra instantly LaTs out. Second, Tarique FPs two I’s, an $800 T, two E’s, a $300 S, and A, and a U, then he says the same solution from the previous round…

I T ‘ S / A
_ _ _ _ E _ _ U _
_ I _ E

…but he blows the solve w/ “IT’S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE” to likely lose $350 and what may be a trip to NYC. Melissa next gets the other 1/2 KIA w/ two L’s and a FP D, then she tries to solve…

I T ‘ S / A
_ _ _ D E _ _ U L
L I _ E

…she’s right w/ “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” for $1,500 and a trip to…not NYC…but the Caribe Hilton Hotel in PUERTO RICO worth $5,100.

SOLE LaT: Debra
SOLE DQ: Tarique’s blown solve

Scores after R3
Tarique: $5,500/Melissa: $9,700 cash & P.R./Debra: BAD SHAPE


$3K Tossup: PLACE

D A _ C E
S T U D _ O

Melissa breaks five figures w/ DANCE STUDIO.

Round 4: THINGS

Her opening letters are a $300 T, three E’s, three S’s for $2,700, and the twin O’s, but she then BANKRUPTS next to the vacant WC spot to lose $2,500; that’s her third (and likely final one) this episode. Debra then tacks on two C’s for a grand, a $300 P, a $900 N, and an A…

_ _ N O C _ _ A _ S / &
T E _ E S C O P E S

…she solves BINOCULARS & TELESCOPES for her first $1,950.


Scores after R4
Tarique: $5,500/Melissa: $12,700 cash & P.R./Debra: $1,950


Round 5: FUN & GAMES (full $1,300 speed-up)

After an N call by Tarique

T _ R _ _ _ N _
D _ R T S

…he’s THROWING DARTS for $2,600. If only he didn’t make that fatal mistake in R3…

Tarique: $8,100/Melissa: $12,700 cash & P.R./Debra: $1,950

GT: $22,750
BANKRUPT TRASH (disregarding plate): $4,400 cash & GT


$100K Bonus Round
You’re our only hope left to save this week, Melissa. She spins up the &.

Category: THINGS
Nearly half the answer revealed already…

_ _ _ R
_ _ E S

HDPA only gives her the vowel…

_ _ _ R
A _ E S

…does she get the FOUR ACES even though this should’ve been under FUN & GAMES

NO — SHE DOESN’T GET EITHER PART AND WE HAVE OUR FOURTH BR SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON (also the first SCROOGING in three years). As a result, she loses the $50K.

MY EP. RATING: 4 out of 10


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