WOF Retro Recap: March 8, 2012

EPISODE #5584: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. #3)

We’re on the Pure Paradise set.

$1K Tossup: THING

T _ _ / _ _ _ R _ C A N
F _ O _ T _ E _

La Donna solves THE AMERICAN FRONTIER. Thursday’s threesome…

La Donna Jones: hair salon owner looking to get her Master’s Degree in speech pathology from Cordova, TN
Cheryl Bloom: event/party planner from Freson
Bryan Davore: realtor & baseball team coach for one of his two sons (Nathan) who’s also working for a non-profit organization called Casa de Amparo from Carlsbad, CA

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

F A _ _ / _ _ D
_ _ U _ R _

Cheryl screws it up w/ FAST AND FURY.

F A _ R / _ _ D
_ _ U _ R _

Bryan’s got that one FAIR AND SQUARE.

FEATURED TRIP: Hawks Cay Island Resort, Marina & Villas in the FL Keys worth $5K

Jackpot Round: LANDMARK

Three $300 T’s get him going, followed by an E and two A’s, four S’s for another $1,200, the rest of the vowels, and two C’s for that green 1/2 KIA

_ _ _ _ O U T _
_ O C _ / I _
_ A S S A C _ U S E T T S

…he left out the M’s and H’s, because he solves PLYMOUTH ROCK IN MASSACHUSETTS for only $1,850.

PR
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,100

Cheryl: $0/Bryan: $3,850 1/2 KIA/La Donna: $1K

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Mystery Round: SONG TITLE 

La Donna’s first letters this episode are two T’s for $1,800, four of the five vowels that isn’t U, two Y’s for $1,200, and the leftover U’s, followed by a $2,400 L trio but then F for fail. Cheryl then puts up a $500 J and $400 C…

I / J _ _ T
C A L L E _ / T O / _ A Y
I / L O _ E / Y O U

…she solves Stevie Wonder’s “I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU” to add another $100.

SOLE DUD: F (La Donna)

Cheryl: $1K/Bryan: $3,850 1/2 KIA/La Donna: $1K

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PP Round: PHRASE

The next letters from Cheryl are three $500 S’s, two E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near the WC to kiss $1,250 goodbye. Second for Bryan are five FP T’s, the rest of the vowel shop, but then the LaT. Third, La Donna strikes out w/ Y. Cheryl then puts up two M’s as in MDW

_ O _ / T _ A T ‘ S
S O M E T _ I _ _ / T O
S M I _ E / A _ O U T

NOW THAT’S SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT she keeps that for the moment and the $6K TOUR OF CENTRAL AMERICA.

SOLE DUD: Y (La Donna)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Cheryl
SOLE LaT: Bryan

Cheryl: $7K cash & tour MDW/Bryan: $3,850/La Donna: $1K

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$3K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ I _ I _ _ N G
T E A M

La Donna blanks out.

_ I S I T I N G
T E A M

Bryan, a member of the VISITING TEAM, is now $150 off the lead.

Round 4: LIVING THINGS

He starts w/ a $10K pair of S’s, an E, but then a bad vowel of A. La Donna also misses w/ T. Third for Cheryl are a $500 N but no O’s. Bryan next buys the remaining vowels of two I’s and a U and BANKRUPTS the same way Cheryl did in the last round to fork over $9K. After a $350 F and a $600 pair of L’s by La Donna

F L _ I N _
S _ U I _ _ E L S

…she solves FLYING SQUIRRELS to double her starting grand.

DUDS: A (Bryan), T (La Donna), O (Cheryl)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Bryan

Cheryl: $7K cash & tour MDW/Bryan: $6,850/La Donna: $2K

I’ll never understand why everybody’s being consonative this game…>:(

Round 5: OCCUPATION

After La Donna starts w/ a $1,200 pair of T’s, we hear the S-U bell…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ T
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ T

…and the other consonants pay off at $1,300 each. After a D has been put up by Ms. White…

B R _ _ D _ _ S T
_ _ _ R N _ L _ S T

Cheryl solves BROADCAST JOURNALIST for $5,200 and the win. The other players left behind $2,600 and $3,800, respectively.

DUDS (during S-U): M (Bryan), H (La Donna)

FINAL SCORES
Cheryl: $12,200 cash & tour MDW/Bryan: $6,850/La Donna: $2K 

GT: $21,050
BANKRUPT TRASH: $10,250

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #8
Cheryl spins up the I of WIN.

Category: PHRASE
RSTLNE brings her…

L _ _ _ N _
_ R _ _ _

GVDO is a very good combination…

L _ V _ N G
_ R O O _

…but Pat IS MISTAKEN for once that he saw some LIVING PROOF in somebody who knows the answer already — she BLOWS IT w/ LIVING GROOM and LIVING GROOVE. If the $1M is in her envelope, she’s gonna be really hearing it from us…

…well, the $1M was actually ONE SPACE OFF — it was under the W (the same spot where Michelle Loewenstein won the super big one); her envelope had $30K.

Had La Donna solved the S-U Puzzle, Cheryl would have set a new modern-day low winning total on this program.

MY EP. RATING: 3

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4 thoughts on “WOF Retro Recap: March 8, 2012

  1. JP Mackey August 6, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    What a shame. A good week always has a bad moment and for me it was this entire episode. SMH.

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  2. JP Mackey August 6, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    And BTW, the exact same puzzle was used on May 1, 2003 in San Diego and it went unsolved despite the contestant getting some key letters up there. THAT could've been worse – the previous episode had a $100K LOSS.

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  3. yohan sur May 7, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    this pure paradise set is dismay.(included extra episode) at least avoided worst history. (twice repeated puzzle, san diego road trip, 4/10/2007 episode – each $35K and $30K loss.)

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