It’s another edition of “Weekend Getaways”, and this is the third full week of the season w/ the generic set.
EPISODE #5591: WEEKEND GETAWAYS
$1K Tossup: WAYD?
_ L _ _ N I _ _ / M Y
E S C _ P _
I’m not PLANNING MY ESCAPE right now, but Heidi’s on the board. Leading off the week are…
Heidi Ambrozaitis: Spanish teacher at Monty Tech HS from Fitchburg, MA (orig. from VT)
Jeff Neely: process operator for a snack cake co. from Ootlewah, TN
Asia Ahmonuel: manager of enrollment services for a health care advocacy firm who just started her job on a Monday from Burbank
$2K Tossup: PEOPLE
_ _ _ E _ O N G
_ _ _ E _ _ _
Heidi just makes it in time on the second word of LIFELONG FRIENDS, so she triples up.
FEATURED WG: JW Marriott Desert Springs Palm Desert worth $5,165
Jackpot Round: QUOTATION
She and Jeff instantly BANKRUPT next to TD. Asia’s third in line w/ two T’s for the Palm Desert trip, two R’s for the green 1/2 KIA, and three M’s for $7,500; that’s followed by two O’s and A’s, two Jackpot D’s, four E’s, a $550 H, but then a possibly fatal purchase in U (the only bad one of this puzzle) to likely deny her $14,215 cash & CA along w/ the plate. Heidi then says two S’s for the other 1/2 KIA and a $300 P, then we have…
T O / D R E A M / T H E
_ M P O S S _ _ _ E
D R E A M
…when this puzzle was last used on Oct. 6, 2008, Melissa Majchrowski (the first $100K loser of S26) blew the next-to-last word w/ INCREDIBLE w/ an O in there…but Heidi exactly recites “TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” from “Man of La Mancha” to keep the $1,300.
SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: U (Asia)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,850
Asia: $0/Heidi: $4,300 1/2 KIA/Jeff: $0
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
The man begins w/ two T’s for $1,200, three O’s, a $300 S at the end, a $450 R, and an A, then he FPs an N and picks up the WC w/ a W before he…
_ O R N / T O / _ _
W _ _ _
O A T S
…solves “BORN TO BE WILD” OATS for $1,950.
Asia: SCORELESS/Heidi: $4,300 1/2 KIA/Jeff: $1,950 WC
PP Round: THINGS
Asia’s next chance to get on the board begins w/ the same BANKRUPT everybody else got. Second, Heidi inserts four $500 R’s but nothing more w/ N. Third, Jeff puts in a $400 W, but he then gives that amount right back along w/ the WC to the the MDW’s right side; that’s his second one this episode. Asia restarts w/ two $300 T’s, an E, but then D for dud. Heidi follows suit w/ two S’s for $1,800 more, four A’s, a $300 P and twin O’s, then come two F’s for $1,600, a $300 Y, but then the FATAL PURCHASE in the sole dud vowel of I to likely lose out on at least $5,500. After another FATAL DUD of M by Jeff on TD, Asia puts in a $1,600 pair of L’s to leave the U unexposed…
A / F _ L L
A R R A Y / O F
W A T E R S P O R T S
…she wins her first $1,950 and will enjoy A FULL ARRAY OF WATERSPORTS on her Hotwire.com trip to the Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in ST. THOMAS worth $7,025.
DUDS: N (Heidi), D (Asia), M (Jeff)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Asia, Jeff)
Asia: $8,975 cash & St. Thomas/Heidi: $4,300/Jeff: $1,950
$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ
S E Q U _ L _ / &
_ R _ Q _ E L S
Asia knows some SEQUELS & PREQUELS to move to $11,975.
Round 4: LANDMARK
Her starters are a $500 L, four A’s, a $500 S, but then T for terrible. Heidi secondly calls up the twin L’s for a grand and a $300 N (first letter of this answer)…
N _ A _ A R A
_ A L L S
…she solves NIAGARA FALLS for yet another $1,300.
SOLE DUD: T (Asia)
Asia: $11,975 cash & St. Thomas/Heidi: $5,600/Jeff: $1,950
Round 5: IN THE KITCHEN (full $1,450 speed-up)
Pat’s first spin was the BANKRUPT near the old WC spot. Following three S’s by Jeff…
S _ T / _ _
S T _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ S
…he takes out a SET OF STEAK KNIVES worth $7,250.
DUDS: H (Asia), R (Heidi)
Asia: $11,975 cash & St. Thomas/Heidi: $5,600/Jeff: $9,200
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $400
$100K Bonus Round
The next car waiting to be won on this week is a ’12 Nissan Rogue FWD. Asia lands on the M of GAME.
Only the first letter to start…
T _ _ _ _
_ _ _
CDMI gives her…
T _ I C _
_ _ _
…but she falls for the TRICK ___ trap; the $30K disappears into this THICK FOG.
MY EP. RATING: 4