Please don’t tell me we’re about to set a new RECORD-WORST in the modern era of this show. So far, a pathetic $97,076 went out the door. The current record-holder is the one from S24, “Weekend in New England”, w/ $124,350.
EPISODE #5550: PURE PARADISE
$1K Tossup: RHYME TIME
T _ _ / _ _ _ E / O F
_ _ E / _ A M _
THE NAME OF THE GAME is “Wheel of Fortune”, and Amanda solves this one to be interviewed first…
Amanda Dubin: sports broadcasting major who recently got accepted to Columbia University and also serves at a downtown restaurant Al Capone used to go to from Chicago (orig. from Highland Park, UL)
David Verschoor: restaurant GM who jumped out of an airplane three times so far in his life from L.A. (born in CHI)
Casey Larkin: project mgr. for a health care software firm who went backpacking in Europe once from Madison, WI (originally from Chi-town as well)
$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ
T _ _ R _ Z E
A R _ _ _ _
Casey solves TRAPEZE ARTIST.
FEATURED PARADISE: $7,800 Cuan Law boat ride through the British Virgin Islands from Hotwire
Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK
The first letters from here are three R’s for $1,650, but then a baddie of T. Second, Amanda calls up a $600 L, an N for the spawish gift tag, four E’s, and an A, then she puts in three B’s for another $900, a TD Y, a $300 K, and three F’s for another $1,800…
F R E _ _ – B A K E _
B L _ E B E R R Y
_ _ F F _ N _
…she eats some FRESH-BAKED BLUEBERRY MUFFINS for another $6,700 cash and gift certificate.
SOLE DUD: T (Casey)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,550
Scores after R1
Casey: $2K/Amanda: $7,700 cash & GT/David: $0
Mystery Round: TV QUOTE
Amanda leads off this big one w/ five T’s for $2,750, but then the BANKRUPT near the WC. David’s first letters this episode are three H’s for $900, four E’s, but then S for sorry. Third for Casey are a $600 pair of R’s, two L’s for the cruise, and twin I’s. What you’re about to see now will bring back bad memories for you long-time viewers…
T H E / T H R I L L
_ _ / _ I _ T _ R _
_ _ _ / T H E / _ _ _ _ _
_ _ / _ E _ E _ T
…this Jim McKay quote triggered the worst one-round maingame loss in the history of this program back in ’85 ($62,400 to be exact), but she exactly recites “THE THRILL OF VICTORY AND THE AGONY OF DEFEAT” for $8,150 in cash & cruise.
SOLE DUD: S (David)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Amanda
Scores after R2
Casey: $10,150 cash & cruise/Amanda: $7,700 cash & GT/David: NOTHING
Well, at least we won’t set a new modern low…
PP Round: THINGS
David’s first w/ an $800 pair of N’s, two A’s, three FP E’s, but then D for dud while on the blue 1/2 KIA. Casey next puts up two C’s for $1,200 and a $300 Q…
A C E
_ _ N _
Q _ E E N
_ A C _
…she solves ACE, KING, QUEEN (and) JACK for $1,500 plus a $6K SpaFinder.com trip to the New York New York Hotel & Casino in VEGAS.
SOLE DUD: D (David)
Scores after R3
Casey: $17,650 cash & trips/Amanda: $7,700 cash & GT/David: NIL
$3K Tossup: LIVING THINGS
_ R O C _ _ _ _ E S
Casey gets CROCODILES to go over $20K.
Round 4: PERSON
Two T’s for $1,100 get her going, but the R ends her turn just as quick. Amanda secondly inserts a $15K trio of S’s, an E, four A’s, and an $1,800 pair of L’s…
_ A S T – T A L _ _ _ _
S A L E S _ A _
…she solves FAST-TALKING SALESMAN for $16,300 and the lead!
SOLE DUD: R (Casey)
Scores after R4
Casey: $20,650 cash & trips/Amanda: $24K cash & GT/David: STILL NOTHING
Round 5: PHRASE
Amanda instantly LaTs out. David secondly puts up three T’s for $1,800, a $1K pair of S’s, three I’s, and two L’s to add $1,600…
I T ‘ S / _ L L / I _
T _ _ / _ _ I S T
…he says “IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST” to finally get off the schneid w/ $4,150.
SOLE LaT: Amanda
Scores after R5
Casey: $20,650 cash & trips/Amanda: $24K cash & GT/David: $4,150
Round 6: WAYD? (full $1,400 speed-up)
After the man buys two O’s for for free…
_ O S _ N _ / F O R
_ _ _ T _ R _ S
…he’ll be POSING FOR PICTURES following this $2,800 solve.
SOLE DUD: L (Amanda)
Casey: $20,650 cash & trips/Amanda: $24K cash & GT/David: $6,950
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,750
$100K Bonus Round
Amanda lands on the N of WIN.
I know the second word already…
_ _ _ _ _
_ _ R T _
PCMI does for her…
P I _ _ _
P _ R T _
…but she WON’T be throwing a PIZZA PARTY w/ the extra $45K, so we have our THIRD OFFICIAL BR SHUTOUT of the season.
MY EP. RATING: 7