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Friday, July 4, 2014

TPiRecap: 4 July 2014 (Fourth of July Salute to the Military)

Just as a quick reminder: There will be no stat post today, as I've decided to count today's show, Wednesday's make-good, and the Back to School Special on August 15th as a single "week" of three episodes. That's when I'll have a stat post ready, and also wrap up the season.

With that out of the way, let's break out the fireworks and barbecues and get ready to celebrate our nation's birthday...

Episode #
6804K
Airdate
4 July 2014
VTR
7 May 2014
First Four
Staff Sgt. Yu Rhee (USA), 1st Lt. Tiffany Jones (USAF), Pvt. Timothy Bracket (USMC), Chief Sandra Butler (USN)
Lineup
L-R
Models
Manuela Abreález, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Fourth of July Spectacular / Salute to the Military

For the second year running, our Fourth special consisns of military personnel in the audience representing their respective branches of service. I suppose this means that gimmick has officially been transplanted from Veterans' Day to this.

We've got our Marine band on the Plinko Perch playing the Sousa and a color guard for Drew's entrance. (And even a little bit of PYRO -- well, he is a WWE Hall of Famer, remember. ;^P) Even the G-T asterisks on the floor have been given a patriotic touch-up!

Also of note: Apparently the military frowns upon name tags besmirching their uniforms, but we've come up with a workaround; everyone's name appears directly on their respective bidding displays, sort of like recent international versions. And in keeping with past military specials, I'm not only giving you each player's full name and rank when they're called down, but at the end of the show I'll also be keeping track of winnings by branch of service, so you can see how your favorite fared.

Let's do this...

1. Napoleon 7-burner stainless steel burner (MA)
Yu
(USA)
Tiffany
(USAF)
Timothy
(Army)
Sandra
(USAF)
500
2250
550
553



$1399

Money Game:
2014 Jeep Compass Sport FWD (2.0L. 5MT, tire pressure monitor, paint/fabric sealer; RR)

$
$
85
42
60
$
$
71
21
20
$
$
33
19
56
$
$
F
1
B

Wave good-bye to the Answer to the Ultimate Question... next time we see this game, there should be a 43 in the Rose Marie position.

21: $
$
21
85
42
60
$
$
71
$
20
$
$
33
19
56
$
$
F
1
B

33 (?!): $
$
21
85
42
60
$
33
71
$
20
$
$
$
19
56
$
$
F
1
B

Don't go getting all scattershot on us, not today... that rarely ends well.

20: FRONT
$
21
85
42
60
$
33
71
$
F
$
$
$
19
56
$
$
20
1
B

I'm gonna say 85 or 56 for the back, but let's see...

71: $
$
21
85
42
60
$
33
$
$
F
$
71
$
19
56
$
$
20
1
B

85: BACK
$
21
B
42
60
$
33
$
$
F
$
71
$
19
56
$
$
20
1
85
WIN! (+$125)
(Portal-Mobile)

Now that's what I call getting this party off to a flying start!

New Contestant: PO Matthew Smith ()

2. Pair of Oceanaut designer watches (MA, RR)
Yu
(Army)
Tiffany
(USAF)
Timothy
(USMC)
Matthew
(USCG)
2000
1500
1200
900


$500 Bonus


Bargain Game:
  1. Polaris Phoenix 200 ATV (RR)
  2. Samsung 65" LED HDTV (MA)

ATV
◀◀◀
HDTV
$2399
Bargain price
$2100
$3599
ARP
$2600
$1200
Difference
$500
SEMPER FI!



New Contestant: Maj. Kevin Van Stone (USN)

3. Inspire multistation home gym (MA)
Yu
(USA)
Tiffany
(USAF)
Kevin
(USAF)
Matthew
(USCG)
2100
1
1500
2000


$1749


Oh, wait, is that a little green dollar sign Kevin was just asked to stand on? I guess we know what that means... yep, it's time to Pay the Rent:

  • Twizzlers cherry candy
  • Heinz cocktail sauce
  • Green Giant Steam Crisp Southwestern-style corn
  • Breathe Right nasal strips (26)
  • Arm & Hammer AdvanceWhite toothpaste
  • Reddi Wip topping

Not to jinx anything or anything, but just to remind you, the first time we had someone actually arrange the GPs in a winning combination was on a military special. (Unfortunately, the lucky player chose to hit the eject button.) Still, that just proves it is possible, provided you have nerves of steel to go with pricing acumen.

What I'd Do:
Mailbox: Cocktail sauce
1st Floor: Whipped cream + Corn
2nd Floor: Toothpaste + Candy
Attic: Nasal strips

(Manuela gives the signal, and Rachel clears the tower)

Corn
$1.99

$1,000
$1.99
Go on...
Whipped cream
$4.09
Candy
$2.19
$5,000
$6.28
Go on...
Cocktail sauce
$3.69
Toothpaste
$4.99
$10,000
$8.68
Go on...

Nasal strips
$14.99

$100,000
$14.99

Uh... wait a sec...

[checks again]


Corn
$1.99

$1,000
$1.99
Go on...
Whipped cream
$4.09
Candy
$2.19
$5,000
$6.28
Go on...
Cocktail sauce
$3.69
Toothpaste
$4.99
$10,000
$8.68
Go on...

Nasal strips
$14.99

$100,000
$14.99

...that's what I thought I typed up. Then that means...
...holy crap!


Corn
$1.99

$1,000
$1.99
Go on...
Whipped cream
$4.09
Candy
$2.19
$5,000
$6.28
Go on...
Cocktail sauce
$3.69
Toothpaste
$4.99
$10,000
$8.68
Go on...

Nasal strips
$14.99

$100,000
$14.99
WIN $100,000!!!!!!

That totally blindsided me, and I was NOT expecting those nasal strips to be that pricey! (I figured $7.99.) That's why I didn't even bother doing my usual Enter-key abuse deal to build up the suspense of that reveal -- I figured he was doomed all along. Shows you what I know!

All hail Kevin, only our second-ever outright winner on this game!

(And hey, what do you know -- another winning combination that involved the cheapest item actually belonging in the mailbox!)

For obvious reasons, there's no need for a Solution section today, but if you find other winning combinations besides the one Kevin used, by all means share them in the comments section. For now, I'll just report on how my own prediction would have fared...

Mailbox: Cocktail sauce = $3.69
1st Floor: Whipped cream ($4.09) + Corn ($1.99) = $6.08
2nd Floor: Toothpaste ($4.99) + Candy ($2.19) = $7.18
Attic: Nasal strips = $14.99

...Actually, I think this time there were more ways to win than to lose. If so, it diminishes this win not a single iota in my book.

(CC1: From the ecstacy of a Pay the Rent win to the agony of Creepy Talking Toes... story of my life)
Showcase Showdown #1
Timothy (USMC)
70
.70

$7,899
Sandra (USN)
50
30
.80
WIN
Kevin (USAF)
55
75
1.30

$101,749

Still, I don't see how anyone can possibly call Kevin a "loser" after that performance. Well played, sir, I salute you!

New Contestant: Staff Sgt. Maria Marquez (USMC)

4. Mizerak 8' pool table w/deluxe accessocies (RR, MA)
Yu
(USA)
Tiffany
(USAF)
Maria
(USMC)
Matthew
(USCG)
1550
1351
1350
2300
$1600




Secret "X":
Trip to Manhattan, NY (6n, The Westin New York at Times Square, evening dinner cruise; $6,625; GG)

Free X:

?


?

X
?


Nice touch: Even the Xs have little American flags on them! It draws a "USA!" chant from the crowd, naturally

(RR with the small stuff)
  • Retro-style hot dog & bun toaster
  • Osterizer 10-speed blender

Hot dog toaster
$20
$38


$20
NO

Blender
$50
$85
$50
WIN



And a sigh of relief from Ye Humble Recapper, though we're obviously not out of the woods yet...


?
X

?

X
?


The Big Reveal:


X

X

X


ROLL THOSE
CAISSONS!

I'd say something pithy here, but I'm fearing I'd ruin everything if I did. Instead I'll just smile, applaud, and move on to the next game...

New Contestant: Staff Sgt. Duane Liggins (USA)

5. Four pairs of Burberry designer sunglasses (JE)
Duane
(USA)
Tiffany
(USAF)
Maria
(USMC)
Matthew
(USCG)
480
500
501
502



$840

Dice Game:
2014 Ford Mustang V6 coupe (3.7L V6, 6AT, power windows, paint/fabric prot; MA)

Nice softball game here, too! Or so you'd think, because it's all up to how the dice roll out...


0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0

0
0
0
0

Roll #1
3
NO
Roll #2
4
NO
Roll #3
5
YES
Roll #4
6
NO
Auto-▼

I'm a bit concerned about the 4, mostly because he went against the odds...


3
5
5
0
2
3
4
5
6

0
0
5
3
WIN!

...but I needn't have been!

And yeah, I'm definitely keeping my mouth shut... getting to be awfully superstitious about these things...

There'll be no Leftover Island punishment for Tiffany, but this is still her last chance to escape the Row before closing time...

New Contestant: PO Nathan Gilbert (USN)

6. Pair of Apple iPhone 5cs w/1yr calling plan (3GB data/phone & 550 shared mins/mo) (MA)
Duane
(USA)
Tiffany
(USAF)
Maria
(USMC)
Nathan
(USN)
1750
1751
21
1700

$2538



Tiffany's off to the wild blue yonder at last, with Pick-a-Number:
Sea-Doo Spark 3-up HO Ace personal watercraft w/trailer (RR)

Not to belabor a point, but we all know what's at stake here, and it's not just a jet ski. Something that hasn't happened in years could be about to take place. Let us see...

Good news: It's the Golden Road, Jr. setup (with Manuela). Thankfully they're not having Tiffany guess the tens digit:

0
2
8
$
8
?
8
4


I don't know why, but I find myself gravitating towards the zero. Maybe I'm just getting paranoid in my old age.

But Tiffany goes with the 2, so...


2

$
8
2
8
4
...Hey, guess what?

Ladies and gentlemen, we've got us a...

PERFECT SHOW!!!!!!

...for the second time this year! We haven't had multiple perfectos since Season 36, at a minimum!

Even better, one of the wins was Pay the Rent! If that's not worth a sextet of dancing mikos, I don't know what is...


(CC2: Sudden Change / Gold Bond)
Showcase Showdown #2
Yu (USA)
35
80
1.15

$8,275
Tiffany (USAF)
75
.75

STAND
Matthew (USCG)
75
.75

OFF
Spin-Off
Tiffany (USAF)
65

$10,822
Matthew (USCG)
70
WIN


Showcases: Matthew top winner, Sandra runner-up. Seven years into this format of military specials, and we still haven't had the classic Army-Navy faceoff at the podia. What we do have here, however, is a case where the two car winners have made it all the way through to the Showcases... and thanks to Kevin and Pay the Rent, neither of them can claim to be the true top winner of the day! How often does that happen?

Again, because of the name-tag ban, their names appear directly on their bidding displays.

1. Celebrating Our Freedom and Independence
  • Trip to Maui, HI (6n, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; MA)
    • Guided snorkeling excursion
  • 2014 Dodge Dart SE (2.0L, 6MT, convenience grp, paint/fabic prot; RR)
Matthew bids $27,000.
(My bid: $28,870)

2. As American as Mom, Apple Pie, and...
  • Trip to Minneapolis, MN (5n, W Minneapolis The Foshay; RR)
    • Pair of tickets to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field
    • Bonus: 34pc MLB All-Star gear package incl. $1,000 pre-loaded MasterCard
  • 2014 Chevrolet Camaro convertible 2LT (3.6L V6, 6AT, RS pkg, nav system, foot well/cup holder lighting kit, compatct spare wheel/tire, cargo mat; MA)
Sandra bids $38,573.
(My bid: $41,168)


Before we get to our big reveal, all the military people in the audience will get a two-night stay in Palm Springs, CA (Fantasy Springs Resort Casino), as George explains... and hey, you don't have to be in the service yourself in order to win a trip, all you have to do is go to the usual website to find out more!
Moment of Truth
1. Sandra (USN)
Showcase
2. Matthew (USCG)
Hawaii/Car
Bid
$38,573
$27,000
ARP
$51,655
$26,681
Result
$13,082
$319

Aim High, Sandra!
$73,364 (Chyron)
$25,393
My result
$10,487
$2,189



LEADER BOARD: Episode #6804K
Kevin (USAF)

$101,749
Sandra (USN)
$73,364
Matthew (USCG)
$25,393
Tiffany (USAF)

$10,822
Yu (USA)

$8,275
Timothy (USMC)

$7,899
Offered
$253,765
Won
$227,502
Pct.
89.45%
Bonus
$500
Avg.
$37,917
Median
$18,108
By Branch of Service
United States Air Force
$112,571
United States Navy
$73,364
United States Coast Guard
$25,393
United States Army
$8,275
United States Marine Corps
$7,899

Wouldja look at those numbers? What more need be said? The penultimate episode of Season 42 turns out to be one of the absolute highlights of the year!

And with that, we're outta here for a few weeks while we recover from all this. See you back here on Friday, 15 August to wrap everything up...

Note: A previously-posted version of this recap listed an incorrect branch of service for Sandra.  The inaccuracy has since been repaired.