This is their “Best of the Best” week. It’s not about Pat’s 30 yrs in hosting the show, but actually some of the best trips around the world this show’s offered.
EPISODE #5531: BEST OF THE BEST
$1K Tossup: SHOW BIZ
_ L A T _ N U M
A L _ U _
Not many artists these days have a PLATINUM ALBUM, but Selena has the right answer and we get to introduce her first…
Selena Hardy: web content editor for a communications company from Hampton, GA
Natalie Rodriguez: waitress who’s working on college degrees in business management, marketing and accounting from Henderson, NV (she also plays the guitar)
Jim Lubinski: professional triathlete who formerly played pro ice hockey from Santa Monica (orig. from Chicago)
$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP
_ O U _ _
E _ E _ _ _ T
I dunno if Jim’s gonna be bold enough to climb MOUNT EVEREST, but he’s won the right to spin first.
FEATURED TRIP: Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens worth $9,370
Jackpot Round: PHRASE (limo wipe)
He’s off to a bad start w/ an S while on TD. Second, Selena calls up an $1,800 pair of T’s, but she then LOSES A TURN. Third, Natalie’s chosen two Jackpot H’s, three E’s and an O, three N’s to add $900, a U and a $450 R before saying L for loss. Back to Jim who puts up a $600 G and the rest of the vowels (two A’s and three I’s) before he attempts the house minimum solve…
_ R E A _ I N G / O U T
T H E / _ I N E / _ H I N A
…and he’s BREAKING OUT THE FINE CHINA.
DUDS: S (Jim), L (Natalie)
SOLE LaT OF THE ROUND: Selena
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,750
Scores after R1
Jim: $3K/Selena: $1K/Natalie: $0
Holiday Greeting: control room
PP Round: PLACES
Selena’s first w/ three S’s for $1,650 but then the BANKRUPT near the WC. Second, Natalie gets the other normal one. Third, Jim picks off two T’s for $1,600, two E’s, two R’s for the Greece trip, three N’s for $1,350, a D for the green 1/2 KIA and two A’s. We now have…
_ _ N E / _ E _ _ A R S
A N D / T A S T _ N _
R _ _ _ S
…he’ll be visiting WINE CELLARS AND TASTING ROOMS, because he’s won $12,320 cash and Greece plus a second trip to the Silverado Resort & Spa in NAPA VALLEY worth $9,250 for a total of $21,570 in that round alone!
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
Scores after R2
Jim: $24,570 cash & trips/Selena: $1K/Natalie: ZIPPO
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
With a very big hole to climb, Natalie begins w/ a $300 N (start of answer), a $350 T (end of it), two E’s and two O’s, two R’s for $600 more, two U’s, and an A to clean out the vowels. Afterwards, she claims a $1K pair of S’s for the other 1/2 KIA, a $350 H, and two S’s for another $1,200 before she…
N A C H O S
S U _ R E _ E
C O U R T
…wins her first $2,800 from this NACHOS SUPREME COURT.
Scores after R3
Jim: $24,570 cash & trips/Selena: $1K/Natalie: $2,800
$3K Tossup: PERSON
_ O _ L D – _ L A _ S
A _ H L E _ E
Selena knows that Lindsey Vonn is one such example of a WORLD-CLASS ATHLETE to x4 her $1K.
Round 4: THINGS
A $400 T and a baddie of L is how she starts. Second for Natalie are a $10K pair of N’s, three E’s, and A, but then a worthless I buy. Following two $500 S’s by Jim…
_ E T _ _ N S / &
E _ _ _ A N _ E S
…the Final Spin is set at $1,500. He draws a blank after calling a pair of R’s. Selena then requests a C…
R E T _ R N S / &
E _ C _ A N _ E S
…she’ll make plenty of RETURNS & EXCHANGES this holiday season w/ another $1,900.
DUDS (both before FS): L (Selena), I (Natalie)
Jim: $24,570 cash & trips/Selena: $5,900/Natalie: $2,800
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,650
$100K Bonus Round
The Chrysler 200 convertible we saw earlier in the month is in play all week long. Jim spins up the &.
Not a whole lot of RSTLNE in this big one…
_ ‘ _ / _ _ L _ _ _ _
_ _ _ E
Here we go w/ another CDMA calling…
_ ‘ M / _ A L _ _ A _
_ _ M E
…he BLOWS IT w/ “I’M COMING HOME” and “I’M CALLING HOME”. It was “I’M HALFWAY HOME“, and he doesn’t win $30K.
MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10