WOF Recap: October 27, 2014


VTR: July 10th (3rd taping day of season)

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

P _ _ _ I _ G / _ N
_ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I’m NOT PUTTING ON MY COSTUME (because I don’t have any), but Kari’s the first to score and here are Monday’s guests…

Kari Alison Hodge: Cal Tech grad w/ PhD who wrote a 300-page thesis on the detection of gravitational waves and condensed that into a seven-min. interpretive dance music video from L.A.
Jason Bruemmer: Navy M.P. from Port Orchard, WA
Lisa Bruno: international flight attendant who attended the Univ. of Kentucky (as did her sister and Hall of Fame father) from Aventura, FL


_ _ F _ / S _ _ A
_ U _ H _ O _ _

Kari triples up w/ SOFT SOFA CUSHIONS.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Salem, MA w/ a stay at the Hawthorne Hotel worth $6,608
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: PartyCity
1/2 CAR: Nissan Versa Note S

(NOTE: Pat says that by this point in the tapings, Jim’s booth has been moved to where Pat can see him from his podium.)

Round 1: TITLE (bats wipe) 

Kari gets the Salem trip right away w/ three T’s, buys four E’s, calls up two H’s for $1,600 and makes the purchase of four I’s, followed by two $500 W’s, two $600 V’s…

I _ T E _ V I E W
W I T H / T H E
V _ _ _ I _ E

…and her solve of “INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE” for $11,408 cash & Salem.


Kari: $14,408 cash & trip/Others: $0 each


Mystery Round: CHARACTERS 

Jason picks up the WC right away w/ an S but then says F for flunk while on the MW near $800. Second, Lisa LOSES A TURN. Third, Kari claims the Party City GT w/ two T’s, buys four E’s an an A, picks off a $1K pair of H’s, and buys the I and four O’s to round out the vowels. Following a $1K pair of L’s and three W’s for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900…

W E _ E W O L _ E S
H O W L I _ _ / A T
T HE / _ O O _

…she hears some WEREWOLVES HOWLING AT THE MOON for another $4,500.

SOLE DUD: F (Jason)
SOLE LaT: Lisa

Kari: $18,908 cash & prizes 1/2 CAR/Others: $0 each


Before the next round of play, we see Jim’s new window (it’s in the middle of the audience).

PP/Express Round: PLACE

First, Lisa takes a T for the other 1/2 CAR, three R’s for $2,700, four E’s, and two A’s; that’s followed by a $550 N, a P for the last remaining plate, two U’s, but then a possibly fatal dud of S. Down Kari’s path second are a $500 K, two I’s, and two L’s while on EXPRESS. She GOES ABOARDbut her very next call of V will cost her $2,250 and her plate. After Jason blows his turn w/ H while on the EXPRESS

N A T U R E / P A R K
& / _ I L _ L I _ E
R E _ U _ E

Lisa just won $3,500, the $14,975 Versa Note, and a hotwire trip to a place w/ a NATURE PARK & WILDLIFE RESCUECOSTA RICA at the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens worth $6,040; she jumps from worst first w/ a $24,515 round!

NON-BANKRUPT DUDS: S (Lisa), H (Jason)

Jason: WC/Lisa: $24,515 cash & gifts/Kari: $18,908 cash & treats



_ O H _ N Y
_ _ _ _

Lisa thinks it’s actor JOHNNY DEPP…yes it is.


Two $550 T’s get her started, but the sole dud vowel of E stops her just as quick. Second, Kari puts up three S’s for $2,400 and triple A’s, but the LaT bites both her and Jason. Lisa next puts up two R’s for $1,600 and two N’s for $1,400 extra, but it’s S-U time…

T A R A N T _ _ A S
& / S _ _ R _ _ _ N S

…and we have a $1,500 Final Spin. The middle lady then puts up the L…

T A R A N T _ L A S
& / S _ _ R _ _ _ N S

…and she turns these TARANTULAS & SCORPIONS into another $5,350.

SOLE DUD (before FS): E (Lisa)
LaTs: 2 (opposition)

Jason: $1K CANDY/Lisa: $32,865 cash & treats (includes car)/Kari: $18,908 cash & treats

GT: $52,773
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding Kari’s plate): $2,250


$100K Bonus Round
This week’s in-studio vehicle could be another treat for Lisa — a MINI Cooper Hardtop. Her spin somehow hangs on to the A of GAME (although it nearly landed on the G).

Category: PHRASE
Starting help…

_ _ _ N T 
T _ E / _ _ _

PCMO is good for…

P O _ N T
T _ E / _ _ _

only the first two words, so she doesn’t POINT THE WAY to victory. I can tell you right now that she just missed out on becoming the highest non-million winner of the season…


































…AND IT WAS THE BIG ONE — SHE’S THE FIRST $100,000 LOSER OF THE SEASON. OUCH. If she had chosen A as her vowel, she would’ve won.

$5K SPIN ID: MS9490673

Some of the staff w/ their kids in costume appear at the end.

MY EP. RATING: 6 (started out great but it really took a turn for the worse in the end)


3 thoughts on “WOF Recap: October 27, 2014

  1. Michael Taylor October 28, 2014 / 1:02 am

    Andy, my grandfather just passed away recently so this $100,000 loss is appropriate for me based on how I feel.


  2. Andy Nguyen October 28, 2014 / 1:07 am

    I'm sorry to hear that and at least you didn't piss us off w/ those “technical wins”.


  3. JP Mackey October 28, 2014 / 3:02 am

    Happy birthday Pat!

    Bummer that Lisa lost $100K, but Lisa did a great job, as well as Kari! Jason should've been treated better by that Wheel, but he still has my salute.

    Adorable that the staff's kids showed up in costume. And that SO nice of Pat and Vanna to give them candy. 🙂

    Sorry about your grandfather, Michael.


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