WOF Retro Recap: February 8, 2012

EPISODE #5563: MILITARY SPOUSES

$1K Tossup: PERSON

D R I _ L
S _ _ _ _ _ _ T

Robert solves DRILL SERGEANT. Wednesday’s special people…

Robert Duncan: former Marine who was last year’s Military Spouse of the Yr. from Fallon, NV; his wife Donna’s a 1st class member of the Navy (and his son Cody’s a member of the Air Force)
Melissa Templeton: married to Marine Corps Captain T.J. for 12 yrs (and he’s about to go to Afghanistan for the second time) from Camp Pendleton (orig. from KS)
Kate Sverkounova: married to Chris who’s been a part of the L.A. AFB’s space program for 11 yrs. from San Pedro, CA 

$2K Tossup: THING

C A _ E
P A _ K A _ E

Robert wrongly says CAKE _______ and goes way off the mark w/ BAKER.

C A _ E
P A _ K A G E

Kate picks up a CARE PACKAGE.

FEATURED TRIP: Green Valley Spa & Resort in St. George, UT from SpaFinder worth $8K

Jackpot Round: PHRASE 

Kate’s off to a bad start w/ R. Robert secondly also strikes out w/ S while on the green 1/2 KIA. Third, Melissa calls up two T’s for $1,100 and a $600 H, buys three E’s, and gets the same 1/2 KIA w/ two L’s. But next is the sole dud vowel of I. Back to Kate who puts up two N’s for $1,200, three A’s, three D’s for the WC, and three O’s before she duds out w/ P. Robert tries again w/ a $600 F and a $500 C, but the LaT bites him…

A _ O _ E / A N D
_ E _ O N D
T H E / C A L L
O F / D _ T _

…and ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY, Melissa makes the $2,200 solve.

DUDS: R (Kate), S (Robert), I (Melissa), P (Kate)
SOLE LaT: Robert
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,550

Scores after R1
Kate: $2K WC/Robert: $1K/Melissa: $2,200 1/2 KIA

(NOTE: Michelle Obama’s doing a greeting before the first break for the rest of the week, effective from Tuesday night.)

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Robert’s on his way w/ a pair of FP E’s and four R’s while on the MW near the MDW. He quickly takes the money for ’em (good, because that’s the BANKRUPT one), then he puts up an $800 S, buys two O’s and an A, but then learns that the I is the sole negative vowel for the second straight round. Melissa then puts up four B’s while on the same MW…and wisely declines the risk…

R _ B B E R
B A _ _
O _ / B R O _ _ E R S

…she solves RUBBER BAND OF BROTHERS to keep the $4K.

SOLE DUD: I (Robert)

Scores after R2
Kate: $2K WC/Robert: $1K/Melissa: $6,200 1/2 KIA

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PP Round: FOOD & DRINK 

Melissa first collects her second 1/2 KIA from the other location w/ two T’s, but then duds out just as quick w/ R.  Second, Kate BANKRUPTS near TD to forfeit the WC. Third, Robert FPs twin A’s but then says L for loss. Melissa’s second try sees her buying two E’s, calling up a $350 H and a $500 S, and purchasing the last vowel of three I’s and U’s. Afterwards, she picks off the trios of C’s and N’s ($600 and $300, respectively)…

A U T H E N T I C
C A _ U N
C U I S I N E

…and wins another $18,800 in cash & KIA Soul plus a Hotwire trip to a place where she can taste some AUTHENTIC CAJUN CUISINENEW ORLEANS at The Roosevelt worth $5,508, giving her $24,308 cash & stuff in that round alone!

DUDS: R (Melissa), L (Robert)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kate

Scores after R3
Kate: $2K/Robert: $1K/Melissa: $30,508 cash & goodies

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$3K Tossup: EVENT

_ A S _ I N _
I N S P E C T I O N

Kate makes it through a PASSING INSPECTION to turn her two grand into five.

Round 4: FICTIONAL CHARACTERS (full $1,600 speed-up)

After Robert calls up quad N’s…

_ _ _ _ N / _ N _
T H E / _ H _ _ _ _ N _ S

…he catches ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS for $8K.

FINAL SCORES
Kate: $5K/Robert: $9K/Melissa: $30,508 cash & goodies

GT: $44,508
BANKRUPT TRASH: just the WC

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$100K Bonus Round
Melissa needs to avoid the ‘…well, she lands on the other punctuation mark — the &.

Category: PHRASE
RSTLNE, do your stuff…

_ _ _ E / _
_ _ S _ 

HMDO gives her…

M _ _ E / _
_ _ S H

MAKE A PUSH, MAKE A FISH, MAKE A FIST are wrong…but she somehow manages to MAKE A WISH at the last second! And her wish will come true in the form of…

…the Explorer worth $29,760 — she’s the first ever TWO-CAR WINNER in the 1/2 CAR format! That gives her a grand total of $65,268 cash & prizes!

MY EP. RATING: 8

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