WOF Retro Recap: January 30, 2012

This is the same theme that produced the first-ever PBRW w/ a $100K win in New Orleans — it’s “Fabulous Food”! I doubt we’re gonna repeat that feat, but you never know. 

EPISODE #5556: FABULOUS FOOD

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

H O T / O F F
T H E / G _ _ L L

Nancy’s won the money that’s HOT OFF THE GRILL. First to play this week…

Nancy Cahill: local hospital pediatric nurse married to a HS sweetheart Howie for 33 years who watches game shows w/ her mom from Framingham, MA
Tom Ericksen: 2nd year USC dental student and marathoner who had a mid-life crisis that caused him to go back to dental school from South Pasadena, CA
Jillian Humes: nursing school graduate of Seattle University and barista who recently studied abroad in Australia and currently looking for a job from Seattle

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

F L _ O R
_ _ _ _

Jillian is incorrect w/ FLOOR MATS.

F L O O R
L _ M P

Tom turns on a FLOOR LAMP for control.

FEATURED CULINARY TRIP: Florence/Rome from EZ-Italy worth $8,500

Jackpot Round: EVENT

He immediately claims the green 1/2 KIA w/ two S’s, then buys all of the available vowels (an A, two E’s, and three O’s) in one fell swoop before LOSING A TURN. Second, Jillian picks up the Italy wedge w/ three R’s, two Jackpot  T’s, three C’s for another $2,700, two H’s for $1,200, and a couple N’s for a grand, then she faces…

S _ _ _ H O N _
O R C H E S T R A
C O N C E R T

…she’s right w/ SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT for a total of $14,400 cash & trip.

SOLE LaT OF THE ROUND: Tom
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8K

Scores after R1
Jillian: $14,400 cash & Italy/Nancy: $1K/Tom: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Current leader Jillian begins w/ a $300 T, three E’s, two H’s to add $1,800, but then the only bad vowel of this puzzle (A). Second, Nancy takes three N’s for $1,050, the rest of the vowel shop, two C’s and an S for $300 a pop, and two D’s for another $900. We now have…

D O / T H E / _ U N _ _
C H I C _ E N
N O O D _ E / S O U _

…she doesn’t DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP, but she’s won another $2,100 when she could’ve gone for the K’s.

SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: A (Jillian)

Scores after R2
Jillian: $14,400 cash & Italy/Nancy: $3,100/Tom: $2K

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PP Round: WAYD? 

Nancy begins an important round w/ a $400 N, a FP I, the obvious $300 G, two O’s and A’s, but then T for terrible while on the other 1/2 KIA. Tom secondly picks off a $2,700 trio of S’s, an E, a $500 P and the last vowel of U before having his $2,700 gobbled up by the BANKRUPT near $3,500. Jillian then goes for her second trip…

S O A _ I N G / U P
S O _ E / _ A _ S

…she’ll be SOAKING UP SOME RAYS on her second trip to the Puntacana Resort & Spa in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC courtesy of SpaFinder.com worth $6,500.

SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: T (Nancy)
SOLE BANKRUPT OF THE ROUND: Tom

Scores after R3
Jillian: $20,900 cash & trips/Nancy: $3,100/Tom: $2K

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$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ I E _ _ _
S A U _ _ _ E S

Tom eats up these VIENNA SAUSAGES for a new total of $5K.

Round 4: FICTIONAL PLACE

He says an automatic dud of T. Jillian secondly BANKRUPTS the same way Nancy did. Said middle player’s third in line w/ three S’s for $1,500, an E at the end, but then a bad vowel of A. Tom quickly loses another turn w/ R, allowing Jillian to put up a $300 N, four O’s, an $800 P and a $500 D…

S N O O P _ ‘ S
D O _ _ O _ S E

…before making the $1,350 solve of SNOOPY’S DOGHOUSE.

DUDS: T (Tom), A (Nancy), R (Tom)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jillian

Scores after R4
Jillian: $22,250 cash & trips/Nancy: $3,100/Tom: $5K

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Round 5: FUN & GAMES (full $1,500 speed-up)

After Nancy puts up the frontloading B…

B _ _ R D _ _ L _ / _ N D
_ _ R _ / _ L _ _ _

…she solves the MONOPOLY properties of BOARDWALK AND PARK PLACE for $6K when she could’ve picked the P’s or K’s instead.

DUDS: T (Jillian), S (Tom), M (Jillian)

FINAL SCORES
Jillian: $22,250 cash & trips/Nancy: $9,100/Tom: $5K

GT: $36,350
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,700

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$100K Bonus Round
There’s a Chrysler 300 waiting to be won this week. Jillian lands on the second A of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
To start…

S _ _ _
_ _ E _ _

After she calls DMPA, I can tell you it’s not SWIM AHEAD (my first thought)…

S _ _ P
A _ E A D

…she tries to SKIP AHEAD w/ SHIP AHEAD and SHOP AHEADbut she comes back to the right answer w/ two sec. left for the $30K and a final total of $52,250.

MY EP. RATING: 7

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