We were able to avert the skunk on this this theme week last season; can we do it again for this season?
EPISODE #6720: DISNEY SEA & SHORE WEEK
$1K Tossup: LIVING THINGS
_ / P O D / O F
_ O _ P H I _ S
Keith & Betty spot A POD OF DOLPHINS. From left to right, here are…
Keith & Betty Kohler (17yrs): the hubby’s a HS English teacher; they’re from St. Charles, IL
Mike & Jennifer Houck (11yrs): he works for a medical device co. (and is a Navy vet) while she’s a homeschool mom; they’re from San Diego
Tiffany & Jay Wolf: she’s a NYPD officer while he’s a helicopter pilot for the NYPD; they’re from Long Island
$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK
S _ I _ Y
_ _ A B / _ _ K _ S
Betty just barely makes it in w/ SPICY CRAB CAKES.
Crossword Round: REALLY REALLY REALLY BIG
The Kohlers get started w/ a $500 S, one E and four A’s, bu then C for crud (yes, they fell for the CASH trap). Second, the Houcks waste a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Third, the Wolfs call up a $2,500 R, an I, an $1,800 pair of T’s, four G’s for $3,600 more, a $1,500 N trio, and a $500 H before they try to complete this grid…
– – – (_) – – – (H)
– – (G)(A)(R)(G)(A)(N)(T)(_)(A)(N)
– – – (S) – – – (G)
(G)(I)(A)(N)(T) – – – (E)
They get VAST and HUGE, but they blow the pronunciation of GARGANTUAN (she said gar-gan-CHEE-an), so that will cost them $9,650. After the Kohlers hit the other normal BANKRUPT, the Houcks pronounce that long across word correctly (gar-gan-chew-an).
SOLE DUD: C (Kohlers)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Kohlers, Houcks)
SOLE DQ: Wolfs’ botched pronunciation
Mystery Round: EVENT
The Houcks are up to bat first w/ three T’s for $1,500, four E’s, an $800 N, two I’s, but then the LaT. Second, the Wolfs get the cruise w/ a G, buy three A’s, and light up four R’s for $3,200 before they try to redeem themselves…
_ E E T I N G / _ _ R
_ A _ _ R I T E
_ _ A R A _ T E R _
We love MEETING OUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS and they have successfully solved for $12,733 cash & cruise.
SOLE LaT: Houcks
PP/Express Round: PHRASE
The Wolfs are off and running w/ a $3,500 R, three A’s, four N’s for $2,600 more, a single E, but then the BANKRUPT next to $650 to lose $5,600. Second, the Kohlers squander a turn on the MDW’s right side. Third, the Houcks put up a $700 T, a $600 F, two S’s for the WC, four Y’s for $3,600 more, and a $1K pair of D’s to clean out the consonants. We have…
S _ N N Y / D A Y
A F T E R
S _ N N Y / D A Y
They’ve solved for another $6,900 and it will be SUNNY DAY AFTER SUNNY DAY during their stay at the Aulani Resort.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (other teams)
Kohlers: $3K/Houcks: $15,210 cash & Oahu WC/Wolfs: $12,733 cash & cruise
$3K Tossup: 80’s WAYW?
_ H _ _ _ D _ R
P _ _ _
This was used as a bonus puzzle in S28 (solved for a BMW convertible) during their Las Vegas road trip, and Betty solves SHOULDER PADS to sweep the Tossups.
Consonants will be worth $1,500 each. After the last consonant of H shows its face…
C H _ N G _ N G
C _ _ R S _
This is the time to be CHANGING COURSE in Bonusland, and the Houcks are going there after solving for $6K.
DUDS: T & L (both by the Kohlers)
Kohlers: $6K/Houcks: $21,210 cash & Oahu WC/Wolfs: $12,733 cash & cruise
BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,600
Final set of topics on offer…
They’ll do SHOW BIZ. According to Pat, they’re “avoiding controversy” between the first and last choices.
$100K Bonus Round
For almost all this week, there have NOT been any supporters for the winning teams in each episode. Tonight, we see Jennifer’s mom Charmaine, daughters Bevin and Hailey (the latter is the oldest), and sister Amy. Jennifer picks up the envelope for the N of WIN. Two L’s to start in this eight-letter answer…
_ _ L _
_ L _ _
DMPA and C give them…
_ _ L M
C L _ P
…but they STILL WON’T be seeing a FILM CLIP of themselves winning $35K, so we’ve got ourselves BACK-TO-BACK SKUNKINGS. What the heck were you two thinking?
MY RATING: 5
I really feel your pain, Malek. I really feel your pain…