EPISODE #5950: WINTER HIDEAWAYS
$1K Tossup: EVENT
_ L _ I _ _
A D _ _ N T _ R E
Erin could win an ALPINE ADVENTURE on this episode, but we need to interview them first...
Erin Elmgreen: revenue management director for a hotel chain from Sonoma, CA
Brittany Fogle: Navy wife from Orange Park, FL (and she recites the alphabet on-air!)
Matt Hankammer: IT guy from Dupo, IL
$2K Tossup: TITLE
_ / _ _ L _ / _ _
T _ O / C _ _ _ _ S
Erin triples up w/ the Charles Dickens classic "A TALE OF TWO CITIES".
FEATURED WH: Greek Peak Mountain Resort in upstate NY worth $5,881
Round 1: WAYD?
Erin's off to a terrific start w/ three N's for the MDW, then she FPs two A's before BANKRUPTING near top dollar to give up that sparkly green wedge. Second, Brittany calls a $600 G, buys an E, but then LOSES A TURN. Third, Matt takes two T's for $1,300, two I's, an $800 R and two O's, but next is L for lose while on the 1/2 CAR near $300. Back to Erin who inserts two S's for $800, buys a U, and FPs an H, but she BANKRUPTS the exact same way she did before to lose $550 that time. Brittany spins just once for a $600 M...
_ U S T / M A _ I N G
_ O N _ E R S A T I O N
...and she's JUST MAKING CONVERSATION for the house minimum.
SOLE DUD: L (Matt)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Erin)
SOLE LaT: Brittany
Scores after R1
Matt: $0/Erin: $3K/Brittany: $1K
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Brittany kicks things off w/ a T for the other 1/2 CAR, two A's, a $450 R, and an S for the Green Mountain Coffee gift tag, then she buys three E's and two I's, and fills in two L's via the MW near LaT. She turns down the $2K offer...but that move will cost her $1,700 cash and coffee along w/ her plate. Secondly, Matt picks off triple B's for $2,700, two FP O's, but then comes LaT. Third, Erin finds three singles -- a $700 K, a $350 P and an $800 Y. We now have...
I / S L E P T
L I K E / A
B A B Y
B O O _ E R
She wrongly says "I SLEPT LIKE A BABY BOOMER", but that answer's good for $1,850.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Brittany
SOLE LaT: Matt
Scores after R2
Matt: NOTHING/Erin: $4,850/Brittany: $1K
PP/Express Round: SAME LETTER
T for terrible is how the scoreless Matt starts. Second for Erin are a $500 N, two A's, three $650 S's, two E's, and R for roadblock. Third, Brittany uncovers a $350 D, but then buys the sole dud vowel of I. Matt next calls up the SL of four L's for $2K, an H for the 1/2 CAR near $900, the leftover vowels singles of U and O, and a $900 V, then we're looking at...
L O V E L _
L U S H
L A N D S _ A _ E S
He wins his first $2,900, the NEX-5T and will be seeing some LOVELY LUSH LANDSCAPES near The Mill Resort & Suites in ARUBA worth $6,399.
DUDS: T (Matt), R (Erin), I (Brittany)
Scores after R3
Matt: $9,229 cash & Aruba/Erin: $4,850/Brittany: $1K
$3K Tossup: LIVING THING
S I B E R _ A N
_ _ _ E R
Brittany captures a SIBERIAN TIGER to quadruple her $1K.
Round 4: PHRASE
Her first spin is nothing but the BANKRUPT near $650. Second for Matt are three $900 T's, a single E, but then the bell for Speed-Up Mode...
_ E T / _ _ _ _
_ _ T T _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _
...and the leftover consonants each yield $1,500.
B E T / _ _ _ R
B _ T T _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ R
You BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR that Erin is victorious w/ another $6K.
DUDS (all during Speed-Up): S (Matt), G (Brittany), H (Matt)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Brittany
Matt: $9,229 cash & Aruba/Erin: $10,850/Brittany: $4K
GRAND TOTAL: $24,149
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $2,250
$100K Bonus Round
This is our last chance this season to give away the Minnie Winnie. Erin's spin of the wheel stops on the * (BTW, she got to the studio despite blowing a tire on her car).
I know this one already...
_ _ _ _ R _ T _
_ _ N E R
MDPI adds two letters at the top...
M _ _ _ R I T _
_ _ N E R
...but she will NOT be the MAJORITY OWNER of the $30K. And this is second week in a row where the top winner of a week has saved everybody else's butts.
$5K SPIN ID: SS9772890
One more note -- this is the first season in a very long time that nobody has ended up landing on a Winnebago envelope.
MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10