WOF Retro Recap: January 12, 2012

EPISODE #5544: AMERICA’S GAME

We’re on the chilly Alpine Adventures set.

$1K Tossup: PERSON

M _ .
K _ O W – I _ – A _ L

Bryant thinks he’s a MR. KNOW-IT-ALL, so he’s the first to score among this panel…

Bryant Horowitz: p
sychology PhD student at UCLA from Culver City
Anne Nieminski:
DePaul University senior studying secondary education who’s an aspiring HS English teacher and is the president of Alpha Sigma Alpha from North Riverside, IL
Michelle Combs: tennis player from Bloomington, IN

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

F _ R _
P I _ L O _ S

Michelle takes some FIRM PILLOWS to start the opening round.

FEATURED PRIZE: $5K hayneedle.com GC

Jackpot Round: SONG LYRICS

She starts us off w/ three T’s for $1,650, four O’s and E’s, two H’s for another $600, and two FP I’s, followed by two C’s for another $900 and three L’s for $1,800 more. Afterwards…

_ E L C O _ E / T O
T H E / H O T E L
C _ L I _ O _ _ I _

…she solves “WELCOME TO THE HOTEL CALIFORNIA” from The Eagles for $4,450.

PR!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,400

Scores after R1
Anne: $0/Michelle: $6,450/Bryant: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Bryant’s first w/ a $600 T, an R and two S’s at $3,500 each, a single E, and three A’s. Following a $900 trio of N’s…

R A N _ __ A N _
S A N _ T _ _ E R

…I don’t think any store would sell a RANCH HAND SANITIZER, but he’s won $11,500.

PR #2!

Scores after R2
Anne: $0/Michelle: $6,450/Bryant: $12,500

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PP Round: PHRASE

Now finally getting a chance to hear from Anne, she calls up a $550 S but then T for terrible. Second, Michelle picks up the WC w/ four L’s, but the LaT gets both her and Bryant. Back to Anne who buys and O and BANKRUPTS near TD to lose $300. Michelle resumes her playing w/ two Y’s for $1,100, a U, two A’s, and three E’s before she looks at…

Y O U ‘ L L / S L E E P
L _ _ E / A / _ A _ Y

…ma’am YOU’LL SLEEP LIKE A BABY when we award you another $350 and a trip to the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort in BARBADOS from Hotwire.com worth $5,400.

SOLE DUD: T (Anne)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Anne
LaTs: 2 (Michelle, Bryant)

Scores after R3
Anne: NOTHING/Michelle: $12,200 cash & trip/Bryant: $12,500

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$3K Tossup: LANDMARK

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ A
_ _ _ _ L

Bryant quickly locates THE PANAMA CANAL to increase his lead to $3,300.

Round 4: FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

He first gets up there a $5K T and two E’s before BANKRUPTING the same way Anne did to lose $4,750. Said red player is second in line w/ a $300 N, the obvious A, but then the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Michelle puts up a $450 D, an I, but no more w/ R. Bryant follows w/ two S’s for $600, a $500 L, a $300 V and the last vowel of O before squandering his turn w/ the M. Anne then puts up the twin B’s for $600… 

E L V E S / A N D
_ O B B I T S

…she solves ELVES AND HOBBITS for a $400 bonus.

DUDS: R (Michelle), M (Bryant)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Bryant, Anne)

Scores after R4
Anne: $1K/Michelle: $12,200 cash & trip/Bryant: $15,500

Round 5: FOOD & DRINK (full $1,350 speed-up)

After a couple of C’s by big Bryant…

C _ _ _ _ / C _ _ _ S _
F R _ _ S

…he eats some CHILI CHEESE FRIES for $5,400 and the win.

DUDS: T (Michelle), A (Anne)

FINAL SCORES
Anne: $1K/Michelle: $12,200 cash & trip/Bryant: $20,900

GT: $34,100
BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,050

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$100K Bonus Round
Bryant’s envelope is the *.

Category: PHRASE
Pretty good head start…

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

GPCI gives him very limited help…

_ _ S T
_ R _ _ S I N G

…and his guess of JUST CRUISING at the buzzer will definitely NOT work, so he’ll be JUST BROWSING at the $30K he could’ve won.

MY EP. RATING: 6

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One thought on “WOF Retro Recap: January 12, 2012

  1. JP Mackey July 19, 2014 / 4:03 am

    If you read Michelle's story, it's touching.

    Like

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