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: psychology 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.
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,400
Scores after R1
Anne: $0/Michelle: $6,450/Bryant: $1K
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.
Scores after R2
Anne: $0/Michelle: $6,450/Bryant: $12,500
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
$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)
Anne: $1K/Michelle: $12,200 cash & trip/Bryant: $20,900
BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,050
$100K Bonus Round
Bryant’s envelope is the *.
Pretty good head start…
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_ 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