WOF Retro Recap: April 18, 2012

EPISODE #5613: WHEEL ACROSS AMERICA

$1K Tossup: PLACE

I N T _ _ S _ A _ E
H I G H _ A Y

Heidi gets off the INTERSTATE HIGHWAY at a good time to score first among this group…

Heidi Bird:  softball coach at Simi Valley High School and former four-year Arizona State University softball player from Vista, CA
Steve Brenner: technical sales director for a security software co. from Grafton, MA
Donna Perkins: Tennessee Tech University student who will graduate on May 5th and become an elementary school teacher from Chattanooga, TN; she also served in the Army for 16 yrs.

$2K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ _ E / _ _ _ _ M
_ _ K _ _

Heidi quickly triples up w/ an ICE CREAM MAKER.

FEATURED TRIP: MacArthur Place in Sonoma Valley from Hotwire worth $5,500

Jackpot Round: TITLE

The first letters this evening are two Jackpot R’s, six E’s, an H for the MDW, a $400 R and two A’s, followed by four N’s for the blue 1/2 KIA, three $300 D’s, and two I’s…

T H E
D E _ _ A R A T I _ N / _ _
I N D E _ E N D E N _ E

…she solves “THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE” for $3,550.

PR!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,700

Donna: $0/Hedi: $6,550 1/2 KIA MDW/Steve: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER 

Steve’s off to a sour start w/ S. Second, Donna gets two $800 R’s but no more w/ a dud of T. Third, Heidi LOSES A TURN. Steve restarts w/ a $500 D, two E’s and three As, and the SL of four B’s for the Red Roof Inn gift tag, but he and Donna dud out on the WC w/ N and L, respectively. Heidi next puts up a $900 C double, a U, a $500 Y, a $300 K, before making the fatal purchase of the sole dud vowel of O. Steve then gets the CA trip w/ a G…

B _ G
B A C K Y A R D
B A R B E Q U E

…he’s won $6,500 in prizes w/ a BIG BACKYARD BARBEQUE.

DUDS: S (Steve), T (Donna), N (Steve), L (Donna), O (Heidi)
SOLE LaT: Heidi

Donna: ZERO/Hedi: $6,550 1/2 KIA MDW/Steve: $6,500 in prizes

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PP Round: PHRASE 

Donna starts w/ her third straight dud of R. Heidi secondly plugs in an N and two T’s at $300 apiece, three E’s, two H’s for another $600 and four I’s, followed by an M trio for a duplicate of the blue 1/2 KIA, and a $500 G. Here we go…

I ‘ M / H _ _ I N G
T H E / T I M E / _ _
M _ / _ I _ E

She rightly admits “I’M HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE” for $18K cash and Soul plus a trip to ANTIGUA’S St. James’s Club worth $7,140!

SOLE DUD: R (Donna)

Donna: ZILCH/Hedi: $31,690 cash & prizes MDW/Steve: $6,500 in prizes

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$3K Tossup: LANDMARK

H O _ _ _ R
D A _

Steve finally gets some money w/ the HOOVER DAM.

Round 4: FICTIONAL CHARACTER (full $1,300 speed-up)

After a C request by Steve

L _ _ B _ R _ _ C _
P _ _ L / B _ N _ _ N

…he IDs LUMBERJACK PAUL BUNYAN for $3,900.

DUDS: S (Steve), T (Donna), D (Steve), H (Donna)

FINAL SCORES
Donna: $1K GOOSEEGG/Hedi: $31,690 cash & prizes MDW/Steve: $13,400 cash & prizes

GT: $46,090
NO BANKRUPTS THIS GAME!

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #9
Attempting to become the new all-time top winner on the show, Ms. Bird’s flown to the S of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
Let’s see that RSTLNE legend…

_ _ T / _ _
S _ _ _ T

CMPU only adds the vowel…

_ U T / _ _
S _ _ _ T

…she doesn’t even get the first word right w/ GUT. This is going OUT OF SIGHT because she doesn’t win it…

…$40K. Not very well played.

$1M SPOT: I of AMERICA’S

MY EP. RATING: 7

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