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Friday, September 19, 2014

Sarah Manchester Update

Click HERE to watch the segment of Sarah appearing on GMA.

And here's her post-game blog from the show's official website:

"My Wheel of Fortune best-case scenario was winning the Bonus Round; I didn’t think much about a particular dollar amount.  I wanted the opportunity to introduce my wonderful family on national TV, and for them to run out at the end and hug me.  When the Bonus Round Puzzle appeared, I knew instantly that scenario would come true.  I could scarcely believe the luck, at having the first letter in both words and a full syllable in the last word.  I usually need at least a few seconds to solve the Bonus Round Puzzles at home.  This puzzle’s solution was instantly clear.

Then Pat revealed the dollar amount – WOW!  Simply astonishing.  Though my children had been sitting in the audience with the sparkling green wedge, the million dollar prize still didn’t seem like a real possibility.  And yet, it happened.  The immediate aftermath is kind of a blur.  I remember balloons and confetti, hugs and jumping around.  Walking back toward the seats, I smiled as I saw my fellow teacher contestants applauding.  A short time later, audience members were congratulating my family as we exited the studio.  I remember wondering if all of them could keep this news secret, especially the large group of students on a field trip who sat behind us. 

Back at the hotel, we called for room service and just relaxed.  We had never ordered room service before, so it felt like a special way to mark the occasion.  That evening, we enjoyed the sights of Hollywood Boulevard and tried out our hands in the celebrity handprints at the Chinese Theatre.  The next morning, we hopped on a plane for home, wondering if it would be hard to keep this big secret for the next four and a half months, and pondering a question that is only hypothetical for most people – “What would you do with a million dollars?”

One of the things I’m most excited about is travel.  There are many parts of the globe I have never set foot on but would love to.  Now, almost any destination seems within reach – New Zealand, Iceland, China, etc.  We have many practical plans for the money as well – college tuition, home improvement, and increasing our retirement nest egg.  I also look forward to making decisions as a family on how to help others benefit from this win, and to supporting social and environmental causes that are meaningful to us.

I will close by saying thank you once more to everyone at Wheel of Fortune who made this adventure so fantastic.  Big win or not, this would have been a truly memorable experience.  The big win has made it a life-changing experience as well, and I look forward to new opportunities ahead."

First Stats of S32

Well, this sure was a crazy premiere week. And we would like to note that Wed.'s total winnings is a NEW RECORD for a single ep. besides the record for the quickest grand prize win.

Total this Week: $1,200,274
Total for the Season: $1,200,274
BR Win Record: 2-3 (.4)
Total Car Wins: 0
-1/2 Car: 0
-BR Car: 0
 
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 1
Gift Tag Wins: 0
Mystery Wedge Wins: 1
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 2-1
$10K MW was next to LaT: 3
$10K MW was next to $800: 1
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 3-1
Express was Played-Passed: 0-0

-Successes: 0
-Crashes: 0
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 1 (1 on $3,500)
-BR: 0
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 3/4/0
5-Round Games: 0
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 1
Red Winners: 2
Yellow Winners: 3
Blue Winners: 0
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $64,980* 2 WC 
/ 5  ½ CAR / 1 MDW
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $64,980*  2 WC / 5 ½ CAR tags / 1 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $14,380* (Sept. 18), $9,550 (Sept. 15)     
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $27,630* (Sept. 18), $22,050* (Sept. 16), $10,150* (Sept. 15) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $62,914 (Sept. 16) 

Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $42,590 (Sept. 17), $39,334 (Sept. 18), $34,914 (Sept. 16)
Season-High Week:
$1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Frequencies 


$32K: 1/3 
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 0/0
$45K: 0/1
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/1 
CAR: $0/0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 1


* includes prizes

WOF Recap: September 19, 2014

So far on this premiere week week, we've given away $1,173,694 cash & prizes despite 20 Bankrups. If we want to break the record of $1,257,428 set back on the week of Oct. 13, 2008, we need some serious winning this instant. 

EPISODE #6050: TEACHERS WEEK

$1K Tossup: EVENT


_ _ _ / _ A _ _ / _ _ Y
_ F / S _ H _ _ _

We've got a long way to get to THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL at this point in time, but Scott's on the board and here are the last three teachers of this big week...

Scott Di Lorenzo: Irvington HS drama teacher and former college fencer (he taped this ep. a few days before tying the knot) from Hayward, CA
Lindsay Haw: Langley School kindergarten teacher from Arlington, VA (orig. from Bobby's hometown of Richmond)
Diana Tonsor: North Davidson MS teacher/coach and 2004 Teacher of the Yr. from Winston-Salem
(Pat mistakenly called her Dinah at first)

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ H I P _ _ D
_ _ E A _

Scott blanks out, allowing Lindsay to take out a can of WHIPPED CREAM

FEATURED TRIP: D.C. from collette Vacations worth $6K

Round 1: THING

She first calls up two N's for a $1,300 start, four E's, three D's to add $2,100, and two I's, followed by a $700 G, a $600 S, an A, but then the LaT. Over to Diana who puts in an $800 L and a $700 T to complete the last word of LIST, then she buys an O...

_ E _ O _ _ E N D E D
_ E A D I N G / L I S T

...and solves RECOMMENDED READING LIST for $1,250.

SOLE LaT: Lindsay

Scott: $1K/Lindsay: $2K/Diana: $1,250

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Diana first FPs two E's and lights up an S while on the MW near $800. She takes the obvious gamble...good call! But her next call of P is nowhere to be found. Scott secondly BANKRUPTS next to TD. Third, Lindsay inserts a $650 L, two T's for another $1,400, and two U's, then come two FP A's, two N's for another $1,200, two G's via the other MW but then the sole dud vowel of I. After Diana goofs w/ the R, Scott puts in two $700 D's, the last vowel of O, and a $550 B before he...

S T U D E N T
B O D _
L A N U A G E

...shows some STUDENT BODY LANGUAGE for $1,700.

DUDS: P (Diana), I (Lindsay), R (Diana)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Scott

Scott: $2,700/Lindsay: $2K/Diana: $1,250

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PP Round: PHRASE

Scott starts us off w/ an S for the WC, four T's for $3,200 and two A's, followed by two $600 N's, seven E's, but then the other BANKRUPT to rid him of $4,400 and the WC. Lindsay secondly takes two R's for $1,200, but LaTs out for the second time tonight. Third, Diana puts in a $700 D, two C's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 and the last vowel of O, then we have...

T _ E R E / _ O E S
_ _ / _ E R _ E C T
A T T E N D A N C E

...the reason why she says "THERE GOES MY PERFECT ATTENDANCE", because she's won $1,450 and hotwire trip to the St. James's Club ANTIGUA worth $7,180.

SOLE LaT: Lindsay
SOLE BANKRUPT: Scott

Scott: $2,700/Lindsay: $2K/Diana: $9,880 cash & Antigua

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$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ R E A T _ _ _ / H I _ S
_ L _ _ M

Scott gets GREATEST HITS ALBUM to go to $5,700.

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

Like Wed.'s big episode, the FS is $1,800. After a B is requested late in this round...

S L _ D _ N G / D _ _ N
T H _ / B _ N _ S T _ R

Lindsay's SLIDING DOWN THE BANISTER to get to Bonusland w/ another $9K in hand.

DUDS: G (Lindsay), C (Diana), P (Diana)

FINAL SCORES
Scott: $5,700/Lindsay: $11K/Diana: $9,880 cash & Antigua

GT: $26,580
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $4,400

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$100K Bonus Round
After we get a shot of her mom Lynn, she spins up the W.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
This biggie starts out as...

_ _ _ _ N _ / _ _ T
_ _ S _ _ _ T


DHBA doesn't add to much more...

_ _ _ _ N _ / H _ T
B _ S _ _ _ T


She says FLAMING HOT BISCUIT and BURNING HOT BISCUIT late in the countdown before eating this PIPING HOT BISCUIT two sec. after the buzzer, so she's the other $32K loser of the week.

$5K SPIN ID: MJ3065555 

A total of $1,200,274 cash & prizes went out the door on this premiere week! 

MY EP. RATING: 4

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WOF Recap: September 18, 2014

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
_ _ _ _ _

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
_ _ _ _ _

Lee is surprisingly incorrect w/ FLOCK OF GEESE.

F L _ _ K / O F
_ _ _ _ _

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

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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 

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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

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$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

FINAL SCORES
Lee: $23,800/Brett: $6K/Sara: $9,534 cash & HI

GT: $39,334
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plates): $27,630 cash & prizes (SEASON-WORST already)

And for the record, 20 BANKRUPTS have been hit so far this week.

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$100K Bonus Round
Lee lands on that ***, so we know it's not gonna be $100K that she'll be playing for tonight.

Category: THING
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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WOF Recap: September 17, 2014

The first two episodes on this premiere week were shaky, but at least Melanie Hubbard ended last night w/ a $62K+ payoff. BTW, today is the one-yr. anniversary of Paul Atkinson's "CORNO CURRO CABINET" blunder that caused his MDW to be null and void. Hopefully, we won't see a similar fate like that. 

EPISODE #6048: TEACHERS WEEK

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

P _ E _ _ E / W A _ T
_ O U R / T _ _ N

To Heidi's opponents, PLEASE WAIT YOUR TURN after she gets interviewed by Pat..

Heidi Witte: Mother of Sorrows Catholic School reading teacher, co-choir director and fitness club coach from L.A.
Hector Gutierrez: Los Altos HS Special Ed teacher and baseball coach (Pat mistakenly said basketball) from Hacienda Heights, CA; also, his parents watched this show to help them out getting their U.S. citizenship (congrats to them)
Sarah Manchester: Takoma Park MS Math teacher and Math team coach for 17 yrs. from Silver Spring, MD (Pat goofed again w/ Sarah Spring)

$2K Tossup: LIVING THING

E _ _ _ G _ _ E N
_ R _ _ _

Heidi triples up w/ EVERGREEN TREES.

FEATURED TRIP: Hanoi, Vietnam from cheapoair worth $6,500

Round 1: TITLE

She wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Hector calls up two T's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, buys six E's, but then gets the exact same fate to lose the plate and $750 almost immediately. Third, Sarah picks up the WC w/ two H's, and buys three A's and O's, followed by three S's for $1,500, two R's for the other 1/2 CAR and the final vowel of two I's. The board...

T H E / _ O _ _ _ E T E
_ O R _ S / O _
_ I _ _ I A _
S H A _ E S _ E A R E

...she IDs "THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE".

BANKRUPTS: 2 (both H's)

Hector: $0/Sarah: $2,750 1/2 CAR WC/Heidi: $3K

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

This is where the $1K bonus could be awarded to be somebody for calling that SL.

First, Hector says an automatic dud of T. Second, Sarah puts up a $650 R, buys three E's and an I, and lights up a $7K pair of N's...but her WC usage backfires on her w/ a D request. Third, Heidi gets the same BANKRUPT she got before. Back to Hector who finds two S's for $1,800, the last vowel of A while on FP...and the SL of four P's for the Vietnam trip and an additional $3K. We now have...

P E N S
P E N _ I _ S / &
P A P E R

...he gets out some PENS, PENCILS & PAPER for a total of $11,300 cash & trip.

DUDS: T (Hector), D (Sarah) 
SOLE BANKRUPT: Heidi

Hector: $11,300 cash & Vietnam/Sarah: $2,750 1/2 CAR/Heidi: $3K 

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PP/Express Round: PLACES

W/ a chance to take the lead, Sarah leads off w/ two S's for $1,200, six E's and an A, a $500 T, three I's and the last vowel of O. Next up are an $800 M, three FP L's, two $500 P's, a $550 C (she was this close to picking up a second plate on this spin and last spin), a $650 X, and two R's for that MDW. Here's what we have so far...

E X C E P T I O N A L
_ I L _ L I _ E
P R E S E R _ E S

...she's won another $5,200 and will be visiting some EXCEPTIONAL WILDLIFE PRESERVES during her hotwire.com stay at the Hard Rock Hotel & Caisno Punta Cana in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,540.

PR! 

Hector: $11,300 cash & Vietnam/Sarah: $14,490 cash & D.R. MDW/Heidi: $3K

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ I C
O _ _ _ _

Sarah quickly locates THE PACIFIC OCEAN to pad her lead.

Speed-Up Round: THINGS

The Final Spin is set at $1,800. Late in this round, Sarah calls the hot vowel of four A's, but sill can't solve for $7,200. Heidi then puts up that W...

A W A R D S / A N D
C _ R T _ _ _ C A T _ S

...she trades in these AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES for $10,800.

DUDS: L (Hector), H (Sarah), M (Hector)

FINAL SCORES
Hector: $11,300 cash & Vietnam/Sarah: $17,490 cash & D.R MDW/Heidi: $13,800

GT: $42,590
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding 1/2 CAR): $750

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #1
With her kids (Raina and Alden; they're holding the wedge), husband Dan, and father Paul watching, Sarah spins up the ***.

Category: THING
Good head start...

L _ _ _
L _ _ _ _ T E R


Looks like she knows it already like we do after calling DGHO...

L O _ D  
L _ _ G H T E R

...there will be LOUD LAUGHTER everywhere in this country because...






















































































...SHE JUST BECAME THE PROGRAM'S THIRD MILLIONAIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AFTER THE CONFETTI/STREAMERS RAIN DOWN ON HER, I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT SARAH MANCHESTER IS A WINNER OF $1,017,490 CASH & TRIP -- CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! NOW THAT'S THE WAY TO KICK OFF S32!

$5K SPIN ID: DG4662535 

VIDEO BONUS: MILLION DOLLAR WINNER #3 ALREADY!!!

FINAL NOTES
-Pat's comments right after that $1M announcement were added in post-production
-Jim used the same line like he did w/ Autumn Erhard ("_____, you've hit the jackpot w/..."), though captions mistakenly showed "It's our biggest payday yet".
-The envelopes were not spread around on the BW in the closing credits and Alden was holding that $1M envelope.

MY EP. RATING: WHAT ELSE -- A 10!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quick Notes about this week

-This was the first taped week of the season back on May 1st, which is understandable since they needed the time to pack up and head to Hawaii to tape four weeks at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Speaking of those tapings, they've just completed the third taping week today (the first two happened last weekend) and will wrap 'em up tomorrow.

-Pat tweeted that this week will be "eventful". Looks like something big is gonna happen...

WOF Recap: September 16, 2014

EPISODE #6047: TEACHERS WEEK

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ ' S
B _ A _ N _ T O R M

Melanie rightly replies "LET'S BRAINSTORM". Here are Tuesday's educators...

Melanie Hubbard: Meadows Elementary 1st Grade teacher from Topeka
Michelle Hall: OCM BOCES 7th and 8th Grade Math teacher and artist by heart from Mexico, NY (it's in upstate NY, BTW)
Jake Smith: Potomac Falls HS math teacher and girls' volleyball coach whose wife is a HS biology teacher from Sterling, VA

$2K Tossup: THING

A / _ E N S _
O F / H _ _ O R

Melanie doesn't have A SENSE OF HUMOR, but she's two for two so far.

FEATURED TRIP: Caravan.com tour of Central America (Guatemala & Honduras) worth $6K
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Mrs. Prindable's

Round 1: WAYD? 

Melanie picks up that MDW right away w/ an N, calls two obvious G's for $1,400, and buys two I's and an A, then she says a TD T, an E, a $600 S, the other two vowels (five O's and a U), an $800 L, two H's for another $1,800, and a $1,200 R pair. Let's see that puzzleboard...

L O O _ I N G
T H R O U G H / A
_ I _ R O S _ O _ E

...she's LOOKING THROUGH A MICROSCOPE for $7,050.

FIRST PR OF THE SEASON!

Melanie: $10,050 MDW/Others: $0 each

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Mystery Round: QUOTATION

Both Michelle and Jake have instant BANKRUPTS near $650. Third in line, Melanie falls victim to the other one, so goodbye MDW. As we start fresh again, Michelle takes two T's for $1,800, six E's, two H's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, and three A's, followed by three R's for the candy apples gift tag, two O's to clean out the vowels, two FP N's, two TD S's, a $550 M, a K for the tour, and a D via the MW next to $800. No way is she taking the big gamble (and rightly so, because that's the BANKRUPT one). But she decides to spin again...and she PAINFULLY BANKRUPTS NEXT TO $650 TO FORFEIT $20,600 CASH & PRIZES PLUS HER PLATE. OUCH. Afterwards, Jake puts up a $650 B and an $800 F, but he BANKRUPTS near the big one to lose the $1,450. Melanie then SPINGLES for a $600 G...

A B S E N _ E
M A K E S / T H E
H E A R T / G R O _
F O N D E R

...and she mercifully says "ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER" for a $400 bonus.

BANKRUPTS: 5 (two each by Melanie's opponents)

Melanie: $11,050/Others: SCORELESS each

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

Jake's first consonants in this crucial round are a $900 S, two T's for another grand, and three R's for the 1/2 CAR, then he buys two E's and four A's before LOSING A TURN. Second, Melanie plugs in two L's for $1,200, three C's for another $2,700, and an F to take the Chevy Spark out of play. After those picks are three N's for $1,500, three O's, and two FP P's, then we have...

S P E C T A C _ L A R
O C E A N F R O N T
P L A _ _ R O _ N _

She wins another $6,650 and a $6,814 hotwire trip to a SPECTACULAR OCEANFRONT PLAYGROUND at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in HAWAII.

SOLE LaT: Jake

Melanie: $24,514 cash & HI/Others: ROTTEN LUCK

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$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ E W S / A ND
_ I E W S

We almost had our first Triple Stumper of the season, but Jake finally scores w/ NEWS AND VIEWS.

Speed-up Round: OCCUPATION

Consonants are worth $1,600 a pop. After an H gets put up late in this round...

H _ A D
L _ B R A R _ A N

...Melanie IDs a HEAD LIBRARIAN for $6,400 worth of icing on her cake.

DUDS: T (Jake), S (Jake), G (Melanie), F (Jake on his last turn; really, man?!)

FINAL SCORES
Jake: $3K/Melanie: $30,914 cash & HI/Michelle: $1K GOOSEEGG (first this season)

GT: $34,914
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW and plate): $22,050 cash & prizes

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$100K Bonus Round
Melanie takes that BW to the '.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
I know this already even though the A is unnecessary...

_ / _ _ _ L
_ _ / _ R _ _ T


BDMA doesn't add much besides the obvious A...

A / B _ _ L
_ _ / _ R _ _ T


...but she takes this amount from A BOWL OF FRUIT...




















































...the new minimum of $32K for a final total of $62,914 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: LH0289249

MY EP. RATING: 7

Monday, September 15, 2014

WOF Recap: September 15, 2014 -- SEASON 32 PREMIERE

All right, let's rock and roll. I'm 99.9% confident that this edition of Teachers Week is so much better than last season's.

EPISODE #6046: TEACHERS WEEK

The usual animated intro is similar to that of S16 (the zoom in through the studio doors)

$1K Tossup: THINGS

_ _ A S _ R O _ M
_ U _ E _

Yolanda knows her CLASSROOM RULES. The first three players of the season are all female...

Yolanda Powell: 15-yr. Army vet & 9th Grade teacher at Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School from Syracuse
Kristen Marshall: 2nd Grade ESL teacher at Baldwin Elementary in Pawtucket from Johnston, RI
Trish Juri: 5th grade teacher at Argonne ES who's been nominated Teacher of the Yr. from S.F.


(NOTE: We don't get to see any classroom pictures unlike the previous seasons.)

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

T _ _ L E _ L _ _ H
& / N _ _ _ I N S

Trish solves TABLECLOTH & NAPKINS.

FEATURED TRIP: Chongwe River Camp Safari in Zambia from South African Airways worth $9K
Mon./Wed./Fri. GT: Pilot Pens
1/2 CAR: Chevrolet Spark

Round 1: PHRASE (school bus wipe)

The first consonants called this season by Trish are a $600 T and an H for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900. Afterwards, she buys three E's and two A's before becoming the first BANKRUPT victim of the season courtesy of the MDW's right side to lose the amount she started w/ and her plate. Second, Yolanda says the first dud of the season of S while on the WC. Third, Kristen calls up three $650 N's, two I's to clean out the vowels, and two G's for the WC, then we have...

A / _ E G E N _ / I N
T H E / _ A _ I N G

...she might not be A LEGEND IN THE MAKING, but she's on the board w/ $2,700. 

SOLE DUD: S (Yolanda)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Trish

Trish: $2K/Yolanda: $1K/Kristen: $2,700 WC

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Yolanda gets started w/ a $550 T, two A's, an N for the safari, and two E's before calling an S while on the MW next to $800. Now, you should never risk a prize wedge you have for what's under the MW, but she's gonna gamble $9,550 in cash & safari...BAD MOVE. Second, Kristen LOSES A TURN. Third, Trish can't capitalize on TD w/ an M call, so we're quickly back to Yolanda. She picks up the other 1/2 CAR next to the pink $900 w/ two R's, buys the other three vowels, and plugs in the $650 D and triple P's for another $2,400. Board...

R A I S E / _ O U R
_ A N D
P U P P E T

She says "RAISE YOUR HAND PUPPET" for $3,300.

SOLE DUD: M (Trish)
SOLE LaT: Kristen
SOLE BANKRUPT: Yolanda

Trish: $2K/Yolanda: $4,300 1/2 CAR/Kristen: $2,700 WC

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PP/Express Round: PLACES 

Kristen has an insta-BANKRUPT next to $650, so there goes the WC. Second, Trish says T for trap. Third, Yolanda captures three obvious S's for the Pilot gift tag ($1K from said co.), three A's, two N's for $1,400, a $500 D, and two E's, followed by a $900 R, a TD F, but then a possibly fatal dud of M while on the same 1/2 CAR she landed on before to lose at least $8,300. After Kristen spins her way to the other normal BANKRUPT, Trish gets up there a $500 L, two O's to round out the vowels, a $700 G and a $900 B before she sees...

L A G O O N S
B A _ S / A N D
R E E F S

...another $1,850 is hers and she'll see some LAGOONS, BAYS AND REEFS on a hotwire.com trip to the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort in ST. CROIX worth $6,506 (they stopped giving away cameras).

DUDS: T (Trish), M (Yolanda)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Kristen)

Trish: $10,356 cash & St. Croix/Yolanda: $4,300/Kristen: $2,700

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$3K Tossup: TITLE

C H A R _ _ _ _ _ ' S
_ _ _

Trish solves "CHARLOTTE'S WEB".

Round 4: WAYD?

First up are a $500 R, two E's, two T's for another $1,400, and an O, but we're going into S-U Mode...

_ E T T _ _ _
O R _ _ _ _ _ E _

...and the rest of the consonants are worth $1,500 each. Three G's are later put up...

G E T T _ N G
O R G _ N _ _ E _

Kristen's GETTING ORGANIZED for another $4,500.

SOLE DUD (after FS): B (Trish)

FINAL SCORES
Trish: $13,356 cash & St. Croix/Yolanda: $4,300/Kristen: $7,200

GT: $24,856
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $10,150

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$100K Bonus Round
The first car offered this season is a red Ford Flex SEL. And don't forget about the new minimum of $32K in this part of the game. Trish spins up the E of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING
This is a one-wordy...

_ _ L _ _ _ T _ _ N

HCOD gives her (she mistakenly chose the S on her first pick)...

_ _ L _ D _ T _ O N

...she won't be getting $32K worth of VALIDATION (she said GRADUATION and AUDITION).

$5K SPIN ID: JB8098617


MY EP. RATING: 5

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A message from yours truly...

Today is Patriot Day and we here at WOF Recap HQ would like to take a moment of silence to honor the families of 9/11 victims as well as those of the four Americans killed (especially Ambassador Christopher Stevens) in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya...































































...my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. End of silence.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Enough already, Michael Taylor!

Listen you, Michael "****face" Taylor, you are NOT the god of any game shows like this one. It was created for a reason and when there's a BR win, it's a win. When it's a loss, it's a loss. Is the word "loss" NOT in your vocabulary? You really need to seek professional help.  And there is NEVER a TECHNICAL WIN on this show even though it rarely occurs on "The Price is Right".

And when I find an IP blocker to install on blogger, you will never read my posts ever again! You understand? NEVER!