This week’s titled “Trip of a Lifetime” and it was taped right before last week’s episodes.
EPISODE #6131: TRIP OF A LIFETIME
$1K Tossup: PHRASE
_ / _ _ V E
O _ / T _ _ _ E L
Margo has A LOVE OF TRAVEL, so she’ll be interviewed first (and both women on the panel are from NY)…
Margo Lafontaine: fashion designer in NYC by way of Minneapolis from Brooklyn
Zinnia Faruque: attorney from Queens
Mark Tallungan: involved w/ fraternity alumni association from Lockport, IL
$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ
_ _ N T E R
_ _ _ G E
Margo triples up w/ CENTER STAGE.
FEATURED ToaL: five of our country’s national parks from collette worth $8,658
Mon./Wed./Fri. gift tag: eBags
1/2 CAR: ’15 Fiesta
Round 1: FOOD & DRINK
The letter search starts w/ a $650 T, two E’s, but then a dud of R. Second, Zinnia calls up two N’s for $1,800, three A’s and a U, four $700 S’s, and an $800 L, then the board reads…
_ A S _ E _ S
A L _ _ N _ S
& / _ E A N U T S
…she grabs some CASHEWS, ALMONDS & PEANUTS for $4,900.
SOLE DUD: R (Margo)
Zinnia: $4,900/Mark: $0/Margo: $3K
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
The early leader begins w/ an $1,800 pair of T’s but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, Mark finds three N’s while on the MW near LaT and will he be happy after flipping said wedge…no. Third, Margo catches three S’s for $2,400, buys three I’s, but LaTs out. Zinnia’s second try sees her picking two $1K Y’s, the rest of the good vowels, and lighting up a $1,300 pair of P’s before she BANKRUPTs next to $650 to lose $4,100. After Mark hits the LaT…
P A _ T _ Y
S U N N Y
_ I S P O S I T I O N
…Margo solves PARTLY SUNNY DISPOSITION to regain the lead by the cost of a vowel.
SOLE DUD: E (Zinnia)
LaTs: 2 (the M’s)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Mark and Zinnia)
Zinnia: $4,900/Mark: ZIP/Margo: $5,150
PP/Express Round: WAYD?
Mark’s first letters here are the obvious — a G for the WC, two $900 N’s, and three I’s. He follows w/ two R’s for the eBags gift tag, but then L for loss of turn. Second for Margo are a $900 T, three A’s, four $600 S’s, but then a dud O buy. Zinnia next lights up a $1,300 pair of H’s, a $1,650 trio of P’s, and an E to leave only the C’s remaining…
P R A _ T I _ I N G
S P A N I S H
P H R A S E S
…another $2,700 is hers and she needs to be PRACTICING SPANISH PHRASES for her trip to SPAIN worth $10,798 (all of the trips including the PP ones will be provided by collette).
DUDS: L (Mark), O (Margo)
Zinnia: $18,398 cash & Spain/Mark: WC/Margo: $5,150
$3K Tossup: THING
_ / _ _ S S / O N
_ _ _ / C _ E E _
Zinnia doesn’t need A KISS ON THE CHEEK, because she’s up over $21K.
Round 4: EVENT
T for trouble is how she starts. Down Mark’s path second are a $650 N, an O buy, but then the other BANKRUPT to lose the $400 remainder and the WC. Third in Margo’s future are a $900 S, three E’s, but then the same BANKRUPT. After Zinnia loses another turn w/ L, Mark picks off a $700 G, five R’s to turn the 7 Benjamins into 32, and two D’s to throw in another $1,400…
_ O R S E – D R _ _ N
_ _ R R _ _ G E / R _ D E
…he takes a HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE to finally get on the board.
DUDS (both by Zinnia): T & L
BANKRUPTS: 2 (M’s)
Zinnia: $21,398 cash & Spain/Mark: $4,600/Margo: $5,150
Speed-Up Round: LANDMARK
The first FS of the week’s $1,600. After two C’s show their faces…
_ _ C _ _ N _ _ _ _
P _ L _ C _
…Zinnia IDs BUCKINGHAM PALACE.
SOLE DUD: S (Mark)
Zinnia: $26,198 cash & Spain/Mark: $4,600/Margo: $5,150
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC excluded): $5,150
$100K Bonus Round
Star Ford’s also providing one of their cars here — it’s a 2015 Mustang Fastback. The *** has been spun.
The next-to-last letter on the top line is…
_ / _ _ _ N _
_ _ _
HDPO gives her some decent help…
_ / _ O _ N D
_ O _
…but she BLOWS IT saying A ROUND, not remembering the category. The right phrase for $32K was “I FOUND YOU“.
$5K SPIN ID: JB8806940
MY EP. RATING: 6