The first two episodes on this premiere week were shaky, but at least Melanie Hubbard ended last night w/ a $62K+ payoff. BTW, today is the one-yr. anniversary of Paul Atkinson’s “CORNO CURRO CABINET” blunder that caused his MDW to be null and void. Hopefully, we won’t see a similar fate like that.
EPISODE #6048: TEACHERS WEEK
$1K Tossup: PHRASE
P _ E _ _ E / W A _ T
_ O U R / T _ _ N
To Heidi’s opponents, PLEASE WAIT YOUR TURN after she gets interviewed by Pat..
Heidi Witte: Mother of Sorrows Catholic School reading teacher, co-choir director and fitness club coach from L.A.
Hector Gutierrez: Los Altos HS Special Ed teacher and baseball coach (Pat mistakenly said basketball) from Hacienda Heights, CA; also, his parents watched this show to help them out getting their U.S. citizenship (congrats to them)
Sarah Manchester: Takoma Park MS Math teacher and Math team coach for 17 yrs. from Silver Spring, MD (Pat goofed again w/ Sarah Spring)
$2K Tossup: LIVING THING
E _ _ _ G _ _ E N
_ R _ _ _
Heidi triples up w/ EVERGREEN TREES.
FEATURED TRIP: Hanoi, Vietnam from cheapoair worth $6,500
Round 1: TITLE
She wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Hector calls up two T’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, buys six E’s, but then gets the exact same fate to lose the plate and $750 almost immediately. Third, Sarah picks up the WC w/ two H’s, and buys three A’s and O’s, followed by three S’s for $1,500, two R’s for the other 1/2 CAR and the final vowel of two I’s. The board…
T H E / _ O _ _ _ E T E
_ O R _ S / O _
_ I _ _ I A _
S H A _ E S _ E A R E
…she IDs “THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE“.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both H’s)
Hector: $0/Sarah: $2,750 1/2 CAR WC/Heidi: $3K
Mystery Round: SAME LETTER
This is where the $1K bonus could be awarded to be somebody for calling that SL.
First, Hector says an automatic dud of T. Second, Sarah puts up a $650 R, buys three E’s and an I, and lights up a $7K pair of N’s…but her WC usage backfires on her w/ a D request. Third, Heidi gets the same BANKRUPT she got before. Back to Hector who finds two S’s for $1,800, the last vowel of A while on FP…and the SL of four P’s for the Vietnam trip and an additional $3K. We now have…
P E N S
P E N _ I _ S / &
P A P E R
…he gets out some PENS, PENCILS & PAPER for a total of $11,300 cash & trip.
DUDS: T (Hector), D (Sarah)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Heidi
Hector: $11,300 cash & Vietnam/Sarah: $2,750 1/2 CAR/Heidi: $3K
PP/Express Round: PLACES
W/ a chance to take the lead, Sarah leads off w/ two S’s for $1,200, six E’s and an A, a $500 T, three I’s and the last vowel of O. Next up are an $800 M, three FP L’s, two $500 P’s, a $550 C (she was this close to picking up a second plate on this spin and last spin), a $650 X, and two R’s for that MDW. Here’s what we have so far…
E X C E P T I O N A L
_ I L _ L I _ E
P R E S E R _ E S
…she’s won another $5,200 and will be visiting some EXCEPTIONAL WILDLIFE PRESERVES during her hotwire.com stay at the Hard Rock Hotel & Caisno Punta Cana in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,540.
Hector: $11,300 cash & Vietnam/Sarah: $14,490 cash & D.R. MDW/Heidi: $3K
$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP
_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ I C
O _ _ _ _
Sarah quickly locates THE PACIFIC OCEAN to pad her lead.
Speed-Up Round: THINGS
The Final Spin is set at $1,800. Late in this round, Sarah calls the hot vowel of four A’s, but sill can’t solve for $7,200. Heidi then puts up that W…
A W A R D S / A N D
C _ R T _ _ _ C A T _ S
…she trades in these AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES for $10,800.
DUDS: L (Hector), H (Sarah), M (Hector)
Hector: $11,300 cash & Vietnam/Sarah: $17,490 cash & D.R MDW/Heidi: $13,800
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding 1/2 CAR): $750
MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #1
With her kids (Raina and Alden; they’re holding the wedge), husband Dan, and father Paul watching, Sarah spins up the ***.
Good head start…
L _ _ _
L _ _ _ _ T E R
Looks like she knows it already like we do after calling DGHO…
L O _ D
L _ _ G H T E R
…there will be LOUD LAUGHTER everywhere in this country because…
…SHE JUST BECAME THE PROGRAM’S THIRD MILLIONAIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AFTER THE CONFETTI/STREAMERS RAIN DOWN ON HER, I’M PROUD TO SAY THAT SARAH MANCHESTER IS A WINNER OF $1,017,490 CASH & TRIP — CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! NOW THAT’S THE WAY TO KICK OFF S32!
$5K SPIN ID: DG4662535
VIDEO BONUS: MILLION DOLLAR WINNER #3 ALREADY!!!
-Pat’s comments right after that $1M announcement were added in post-production
-Jim used the same line like he did w/ Autumn Erhard (“_____, you’ve hit the jackpot w/…”), though captions mistakenly showed “It’s our biggest payday yet”.
-The envelopes were not spread around on the BW in the closing credits and Alden was holding that $1M envelope.
MY EP. RATING: WHAT ELSE — A 10!!!