EPISODE #6429: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)
We’re on the set where Mike won $100K – Desert Oasis, so the Ford Escape Titanium SE is back in play.
$1K T-U: EVENT
O _ _ _ I _ _
_ E _ _ _ _ _ _ Y
Tara knows about the OPENING CEREMONY for the upcoming Summer Olympics. These three are all from the South:
Tara Buck: operating room nurse who’s planning to adopt a child and works with the Special Olympics from Austin
Joe Mailloux Jr.: LLC freight agency owner from Middleburg, FL (near Jacksonville)
Maggie Lee: Hope Industrial Systems worker, tambourine player, & karaoke singer from Atlanta
NOTE: Joe goes by Joe Jr. on his name tag – I don’t think I’ve seen that before.
$2K T-U: PLACE
_ O M _ _ _ I T Y
C O L _ _ _ _
Many HS students will attend a COMMUNITY COLLEGE after graduation; Maggie solves this one for control.
FEATURED PRIZE: Aer Lingus tour of Ireland
Round 1: SAME NAME
She’s up first with three $700 R’s, E and A singles, but then S for sorry on the WC. Tara’s next with a $600 N but then L for loss of turn (Pat counted this as a repeat, so there may have been a null cycle). Third, Joe Jr. says P for phooey while Maggie lights up a $600 D, buys the O and U to clean out the vowels…
R O _ _ / &
R U _ _ E R
_ A N D
…and solves ROCK & RUBBER BAND for $1,700 (three B’s left behind).
AIRED DUDS: S (Maggie), L (Tara), P (Joe Jr.)
Joe Jr.: $0/Maggie: $3,700/Tara: $1K
Mystery Round: WAYD?
Tara begins with a $1,300 N pair, four E’s, two G’s for $1,200, and two I’s before lighting up three S’s on the MW near $650. She takes the $3K for them (it’s the $10K one), but then duds out with the first letter of her name on the other MW. Joe Jr. makes a $650 M appear and picks up the Furniture of America gift tag with a Y before calling a D on the other MW…but he flips it over to lose $2,150 cash and furniture. Maggie follows that up with a $600 P, an $1,100 R duo, an $800 F, and a C to pick up the WC this time. Board:
_ E E P I N G / M Y
F I N G E R S
C R _ S S E D
I’m KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED for everyone to win something; in the meantime, Maggie’s just earned another $3K.
SOLE DUD: T (Tara)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Joe Jr.
Joe Jr.: $0/Maggie: $6,700 + WC/Tara: $1K
Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: OIL & VINEGAR
Express/Prize Puzzle Round: PHRASE
Joe Jr. begins w/ two L’s for $1K before buying an O and the sole dud vowel of A. Maggie lights up four T’s for $3,200 and six E’s before uncovering a $1,300 S pair and…
T _ E _ E ’ S
_ O T _ _ _ _ / E L S E
_ _ _ T E / L _ _ E / _ T
…admitting “THERE’S NOTHING ELSE QUITE LIKE IT” – “it” being $4,250 and a $7,800 stay at the Sandals LaSource GRENADA (Vanna reads the copy).
SOLE DUD: A (Joe Jr.)
Joe Jr.: NOTHING/Maggie: $18,750 cash & Grenada + WC/Tara: $1K
$3K T-U: AROUND THE HOUSE
_ I _ _ _ _ E
H E _ M E T
Maggie’s broken the $21K mark w/ BICYCLE HELMET.
Round 4: SONG LYRICS
Here she goes with a $600 R, A and I singles, a $1K pair of T’s, and the rest of the vowels (an O and three E’s). Next up are a $500 S, two L’s for $1,600, a $500 W, and a $900 Y, and another solve attempt…
S W E E T / L A _ _
O _ / L I _ E R T Y
…but “SWEET LADY OF LIBERTY” is sooo wrong, so goodbye $4,100. That means Tara doubles up with “SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY” (from “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”).
SOLE DQ: Maggie’s wrong answer (she was probably thinking of the Statue of Liberty)
Joe Jr.: BUPKIS/Maggie: $21,750 cash & Grenada + WC/Tara: $2K
Speed-Up Round: LANDMARK
It’s a $1,600 FS. Once Tara uncovers two D’s…
T H E / _ _ _ D E N
_ _ T E / _ R _ D _ E
…she sights my hometown favorite, THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, for $8K and a five-figure total on the nose.
SOLE DUD: S (Maggie)
Joe Jr.: $1K GOOSEEGG/Maggie: $21,750 cash & Grenada + WC/Tara: $10K
MAINGAME WINNINGS: $32,750
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,150 cash & GT
$100,000 BONUS ROUND
Maggie hopes for a big prize in the N in WIN.
Category: PHRASE (and WAYD?)
Decent RSTLNE setup…
_ _ _ N _ N _
_ _ R _ E S
PGHO and D gives her some more help…
_ O _ N _ N G
_ O R _ E S
…but she still blanks out, so she won’t be JOINING FORCES with the Ford Escape.
$5K-WINNING ID: SV7060672
EP. RATING: 6