I know we’re just getting warmed up this season, but last night was a thrill — all three players ended up w/ 5-figure totals and Sarah Manchester of those three became the show’s third millionaire w/ a total of $1,017,490! She also set a NEW RECORD for quickest grand prize win in one season. It’s never easy to follow up a big win like that, but we’ll see how it plays out tonight.
EPISODE #6049: TEACHERS WEEK
$1K Tossup: THING
S E A _ I N G
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Brett is correct w/ SEATING CHART. The bios on this Thursday…
Brett Lotz: Norwood Creek ES 5th Grade teacher from Santa Clara
Sara Carlson: Richards HS 9th Grade English & theater production teacher from Orland Park, IL
Lee Hawkins: Longfields ES 4th Grade science/social studies teacher from Ft. Washington, MD
$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS
F L _ _ K / _ F
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Lee is surprisingly incorrect w/ FLOCK OF GEESE.
F L _ _ K / O F
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Sara also whiffs w/ FLOCK OF BIRDS.
F L _ _ K / O F
S H E _ P
Brett triples up w/ FLOCK OF SHEEP.
FEATURED TRIP: Australis Cruise to South America from hotwire worth $8,530
Round 1: TITLE
He gets us started w/ three T’s for $2,100, four E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,850. Second, Sara calls up a TD S, three I’s and an A, and two L’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, but she then has a run-in w/ the other normal BANKRUPT to forfeit $3K and her plate. Third, Lee spots two H’s for $1,600, two R’s to add $1,400, and a $600 P, then she…
L I T T L E / H _ _ S E
_ _ / T H E / _ R A I R I E
…solves “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE” for $3,600.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Lee’s opponents)
Lee: $3,600/Brett: $3K/Sara: $0
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Sara instantly BANKRUPTS next to $650. Second, Lee takes a T for the other 1/2 CAR, four I’s, two G’s for another $1,100, and five O’s, followed by two $900 H’s, three $550 L’s, an A, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to toss aside $4,300 and her plate. Third, Brett has his second BANKRUPT of the game courtesy of the MDW’s right side. Back to Sara who picks off two S’s for $1,800 and the other two vowels as singles, then she finds a $600 K, three N’s for another $1,950, a Y for the Mrs. Prindable’s gift tag and an M for the Chile trip before hitting the other MDW BANKRUPT to let $14,380 cash & prizes go up in smoke; that’s her third one of the game. Afterwards, Lee reels in a V and goes for what’s under the MW near LaT — it’s the $10K (we no longer see the $10K bill on the back side)! She almost decides to spin one more time, but she’s gonna end this round right now…
Y O U / S H O O K / M E
A L L / N I G H T
L O N G
_ I V I S I O N
…she says “YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG DIVISION” to win that money.
BANKRUPTS: 4 (two by Sara)
Lee: $13,600/Brett: $3K/Sara: ROTTEN LUCK
PP/Express Round: LANDMARK
Trying to increase her lead even more, Lee leads off w/ three L’s for $1,650, two A’s, an I and an O, but then the same BANKRUPT she got before to give up the $900 remainder. Second for Brett are two T’s for $1,100, the other two vowels (three E’s and two U’s), two $500 C’s, two $800 R’s, and the BANKRUPT near $650 to flush away $3,200; that’s also his third one tonight. Third, Sara grabs that WC w/ three N’s, FPs an S, and plugs in a $700 P, then we see…
P O L _ N E S I A N
C U L T U R A L
C E N T E R
…she scores her first $2,700 and a trip to a place that’s near a POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER — the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach in HAWAII; this round was worth $9,534 to her.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Sara’s opponents)
Lee: $13,600/Brett: $3K/Sara: $9,534 cash & HI WC
$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK
B E E F _ _ E A K
T O M _ T O E S
Brett sweeps ’em w/ BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES.
Speed-Up Round: PERSON
The FS will be $1,700. Late in this round, Lee puts up three B’s to leave only vowels remaining…
B L _ _ – R _ B B _ N
W _ N N _ R
…she may not be a BLUE-RIBBON WINNER in our opinion, but she’s sealed the deal w/ another $10,200.
DUDS: T (Brent), S (Sara), H (Brent), C (Sara), M (Brent), G (Sara)
SOLE DQ: Lee’s T repeat
Lee: $23,800/Brett: $6K/Sara: $9,534 cash & HI
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plates): $27,630 cash & prizes (SEASON-WORST already)
And for the record, 20 BANKRUPTS have been hit so far this week.
$100K Bonus Round
Lee lands on that ***, so we know it’s not gonna be $100K that she’ll be playing for tonight.
To start this 10-letter answer…
_ _ _ N _ _
_ _ _ E
BDMA gives her most of the second word…
_ _ _ N _ _
_ A M E
…but that’s it; she loses the $45K in this ICONIC GAME created by the late Merv Griffin.
$5K SPIN ID: VS5861443
MY EP. RATING: 6