EPISODE #5774: CALIFORNIA COAST
Repeat Flashback Clip (2007): Pat jokingly reports of a crazed gorilla that entered the studio and ate Vanna
For the fourth straight night, we begin the game w/...
$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP
B I _ / _ U _
C A L I _ _ R _ I A
Tara locates BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA. Thursday's players to end the month of February...
Tara Dorsey: HS English teacher and ES reading specialist from Mechanicsburg, PA
Kathy Johnson: retired diner manager and NASCAR fan from Groveport, OH
Paul Harper: board-certified MRI technologist at the Univ. of Louisville Hospital from Louisville, KY
$2,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS
G _ A N T / _ _ Q U O _ A
_ R E E S
Tara makes it past these GIANT SEQUOIA TREES to triple her $1K.
FEATURED CA TRIP: Madonna Inn Resort & Spa in San Luis Obispo worth $5,500
Jackpot Round: PROPER NAME
Tara's first letters are three T's and a dud of N while on the SLO trip. Second, Kathy takes three R's and buys a few vowels but then repeats said dud consonant. Third, Paul BANKRUPTS next to top dollar. Tara next buys the rest of the vowel department, picks off three S's...
S U _ E R S T A R
T A _ _ O R / S _ I _ T
...and solves SUPERSTAR TAYLOR SWIFT for $2,250.
SOLE DUD: N (Tara)
DQ: Kathy's N repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,700
Scores after R1
Everybody else: $0 each
Mystery Round: SAME LETTER
Kathy's up first w/ an R, two N 's for the 1/2 CAR next to $450 and two A's, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, Paul picks up the Beach Bikes gift tag w/ an S and LOSES A TURN. Third, Tara collects $7K worth of L's, buys two O's and picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ three B's...but after shutting down the vowel department, she hits the same normal BANKRUPT to forfeit $7,750 and her plate. Afterwards, Kathy fills in the rest of this puzzle (she almost landed on the California Coast wedge on her next-to-last spin)...
B O U N C Y
B I R T H D A Y
B A L L O O N S
...and solves BOUNCY BIRTHDAY BALLOONS for $3,550.
SOLE DUD: E (Kathy)
Scores after R2
Kathy: $3,550 + 1/2 CAR
Paul: bad luck
Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Sept. 7, 2004): THINGS
Sean John selected HODP...
R _ D _ O
_ _ _ E S
...but he doesn't pick up these RADIO WAVES for $25K.
PRIZE PUZZLE Round: FOOD AND DRINK
Still trying to get on the board, Paul first calls three S's but then the only bad vowel of A. Second, Tara removes the WC w/ a T. She later calls $7K worth of C's and uses the WC...only to learn that the L isn't there. Kathy then spins twice for M and H singles to give her $1,200 and we have...
C O C O N _ T
S H _ _ M _
S _ E _ E _ S
She'll be eating some COCONUT SHRIMP SKEWERS during her Hotwire.com stay at the Aston Hotels & Resorts in HAWAII worth $5,500; that was a $6,700 round for her.
DUDS: A (Paul), L (Tara)
Scores after R3
Kathy: $10,250 + 1/2 CAR
Paul: gooseegg alert
$3,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME
_ I L _
_ H I _ D
Paul finally breaks through after identifying a WILD CHILD.
Round 4: THING (full $1,550 speed-up)
C O M _ _ T _ R
_ N _ M _ T _ O N
Paul solves COMPUTER ANIMATION for the Final Spin amount.
DUDS: S, L, H, D (third one by Kathy, everything else by Paul)
Kathy: $10,250 cash and HI
CUMULATIVE TOTAL: a measly $20,050
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $7,750
$100,000 Bonus Round
Kathy grabs that G envelope.
The RSTLNE can only give her...
_ _ _ S _ E _
_ _ _ _
We know there's at least one D from her combo of CDFA...
_ _ _ S _ E D
A _ A _
She was all over the map even w/ WISHED AWAY and FLUSHED AWAY. That means she'll be WHISKED AWAY w/ $10,250 cash and trip instead of winning another $45K.
$5K SPIN ID: JC0816752
MY EP. RATING: 4 out of 10