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Monday, October 31, 2011

TPiRecap: 31 October 2011 (The Price is Right On!)


Welcome one and all, to the Fifth Annual Price is Right Halloween Spectacular! This year we turn back the clock to one of the most truly horrifying periods we could imagine... something bound and determined to strike terror into the heart of the strongest among us and give small children nightmares for years to come.

Yes, I'm talking about... cringe, shudder... the disco era.

Leisure suits, gold chains, disco balls, the works.

Full-service counseling will be available after the show to anyone who requires it. For now, let's party like it's 1979!

Episode #: 5691K
Airdate: 31 October 2011
VTR date: 17 October 2011
First Four: James, Susan, Chad, Veronica (L-R)
Today's Models: Manuela Abreález, Gwendolyn Osbourne, Rachel Reynolds

The famous theme has been given a disco backbeat (which actually suits it well) and George peppers the usual intro with some '70s lingo (such as declaring Ol' Thirty-Three the "grooviest studio at CBS in Hollywood," marking only the second time since it became the Bob Barker Studio that this name wasn't spoken during the show. (The other time: April Fool's Day 2008, when Rich's gag intro temporarily renamed it in honor of Bill Cullen.) "Come On Downs" are now "Get On Downs," and all the Peanut Heads are dressed in appropriate period attire... or at least, what current pop culture likes to remember was appropriate period attire for the late '70s. (Just remember, kids... 25-30 years from now, you'll probably be laughing at what you wore today too.)

And Drew... well, what can I say about Drew's outfit? A powder-blue vest worn over a thick-striped shirt, with a big collar and open to the second button, blue plaid bell-bottoms, platform shoes, silver-framed sunglasses, complete with sideburns and -- I kid you not -- an actual, bona fide pornstache. Someone in the room with me when they saw this aptly described it as "Tony Clifton on Weight Watchers!" There's an actual disco dance floor that Drew boogies on through Door #2 through, accompanied by Gwendolyn and Manuela as dancing girls straight out of an old Mod Squad rerun.

Nice Touch Dep't.: The carpet on the Turntable has reverted for today only to the orange shag so common on '70s game shows, including Price itself in the days before Bente Christensen discovered the green pallete.

Even the prizes will be '70s themed, to an extent, as the first IUFB aptly demonstrates:

1. Collection of beanbag chairs
James
Susan
Chad
Veronica
650
501
400
401

$540



Drew: "Shocking, how little we had to do to make this place look like the '70s..." (Note: They may have missed the boat, but I'm not. I'm doing Contestant's Row in '70s colors today, because A) I can and B) it's a little bonus for the lifer fans out there. The Showcase Showdowns and Showcases will also be done in a period color scheme.)

Good Lord, what have they done to poor old Bonus Game?! It's decked out in blue-and-yellow shag and bedecked with ✽ streamers!:
1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 restoration (351in³ V8, 4MT, factory AC; $19,500)

...And your ears don't deceive you, that is "The Bean Stalker" being played in all its glory for you! And some vintage SP cues as well! Apparently someone rediscovered the classic cues today...


Stainless steel fondue set
Fondue set
$129
$150
HIGHER
The Lava Lamp of Inevitability
Lava lamp
$30
$21
LOWER
Polaroid 300 instant camera (yes, it's real!)
Instant camera
$94
$113
HIGHER
Roller Star womens' roller skates
Roller skates
$72
$50
LOWER
TOTAL BUMMER

Aw man... and I even had the board recolored for the '70s too! To wit:

BONUS
NO
NO
NO

That segment recalls another best-forgotten relic of the '70s... malaise. We can do better than this, people!

2. Queen waterbed
James
Maria
Chad
Veronica
1251
1484
1200
1250

$1896



Question... If they could dust off the old cues for cars and SPs, why not also have the original Come On Down music instead of this disco-y bed? Of course, they probably just don't have it in Stan's suite anymore...

Most Expen$ive, with more throwback prizes:
  1. Gordon & Grant wooden hot tub ("Since 1974"... hey, just like me!)
  2. Collection of '70s-style accessories
  3. Electra 3-speed womens' cruiser

Hot tub
Accessories
Bicycle
$4610
$3260
$650
BUMMER

The hot tub was a bit of a curveball, but it was still my gut instinct. This isn't going so well...

Time to see if we can't rally back from this...

3. Party City '70s Halloween Costumes for 4
(Drew acknowledges Party City as the source for all the costumes used today)
James
Elizabeth
Chad
Veronica
426
350
275
425
$518




Disco Double Prices:
Trip to New York, NY (6n, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Chelsea nightclub tour)

The Double Prices prop has been given a neat "infinity mirror" makeover, but for this recap I'll stick to the classic look from the '70s...

$
$10,451
$7508

$7508

$7508
RIGHT ON!

I went with the $10K price myself; I got hung up on the VIP treatment.

James and Gwendolyn dance us to the commercial.

Inter-break cut in: Drew leads the Peanut Gallery in a somewhat impromptu disco dance party. Deney Terrio would be proud.

(CC1: Note, closed captioning didn't exist in the '70s. Sleazy lawyers, however... they've always been around.)

Showcase Showdown #1, taking you back to 1976 (at least on this blog, and at least in color scheme):

Susan
55
.55

$540

Saint Maria
100
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
James
50
40
.90

$8,026
Bonus Spin
50





4. Apple iPad 2 (16GB) w/ThinkGeek.com iCade arcade cabinet
("Showcase 1" cue not included, Missile Command possibly included)
Vanessa
Elizabeth
Chad
Veronica
550
499
299
350
$599




Range Game keeps our '70s streak alive, and it too is decked out in shaggy fur:
Moto Guzzi Californa Black Eagle motorcycle (Hell's Angel not included)

Even the Range Finder gets a funky backbeat to it!

$13,700
-
-
---
-
-
$13,600
-
-
---
-
-
$13,500
-
-
---
-
-
$13,400
-
-
---
-
-
$13,300
-
-
---
-
-
$13,200
-
-
---
-
-
$13,100
---
-
-
---
-
-
---
-
-
---
-
-
---
-
$13,478
---
-
-
---
-
-
---
-
$13,326
---
-
-
---
-
-
---
-
-
---
-
-
---
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
$13,490
SERIOUS
BUMMER

Off by just $12! That hurt.



5. Collection of 1970s TV shows on DVDs & Sony Blu-Ray player w/GoogleTV
(Featuring: Hawaii Five-O, Mission: Impossible, Happy Days, The Brady Bunch, and more besides!)
Tiffany
Elizabeth
Chad
Veronica
250
460
625
626



$1309

Busting out a "Big Banana" for... Grocery Game? So both car games feature irrelevant prices? That's... unusual:
2012 Ford Mustang V6 coupe (3.7L, cold air induction, elec stability ctrl; $23,105)

Interestingly, the glitter discs they put on the counter actually almost make it look like the original prop from the early days...

Today's Theme: If You Can't Figure It Out on Your Own, You Need More Help Than I Can Give You
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins candy
  • Hamburger Helper Stroganoff diner
  • TaB diet cola (12 cans)
  • Mop & Glo floor cleaner ("Not recommended for shag carpeting)
  • Rice-a-Roni chicken-flavored rice
(Classic GP cue, natch)

...Yes, folks, TaB is still around. Hard to find, but definitely still around, even in this age of Coke Zero and Pepsi Max. I can even find it at my local Kroger by the case.

Purchase
ARP
Sub Total
Total
Remaining
5 candies
$5.05
25.25
25.25

OVER
MAN IS NOT STILL ALIVE, WOMAN DID NOT SURVIVE

And that, ladies and germs, is why you do not try to win this game on the first pick. It can be done, but it's very difficult, and unnecessary given the way it's played. Grocery Game != Bullseye.

More disco dancing during the inter-break...

The vultures have taken the day off to be part of some real Halloween displays elsewhere. However, I have an even worse avian-related fate in store for Chad if he doesn't get out of the Row... He'll be locked in a small room for 24 hours with everyone's favorite Rick Dees number, "Disco Duck," piped in nonstop in full quadraphonic glory.

...Frankly, the vultures might've been a better fate, but he can still escape it...

6. InflatableTwister game... really!
(Drew: "Hot models in disco clothes playing inflatable Twister. Is this the best show on TV or what?")
Tiffany
Elizabeth
Chad
Derek
600
451
601
350


$2000


Wow, I guess I scared him straight, or something!

Race Game to complete the '70s clean sweep:
  1. FunkySofa.com retro-look velvet sofa
  2. Retro-look 3pc bar set
  3. Samsung 60" LED HDTV
  4. Onkyo 7.1 home theater system w/speakers & Pioneer turntable (vinyl is coming back, after all!)
(Not the classic Race Game cue... instead, we get the Showcase mix of "Starcrossed." Not much complaining here, since "Starcrossed" was always one of my favorite cues, but it does feel out of place here...)

The best news of all? I don't have to do any recoloring; Racey looks pretty much the same today as it did when it premiered!

$1065
$1450
$2952
$4000

45 seconds... go! (And dig the funky groove!)

Sofa
Bar set
LED HDTV
Stereo
Right
Time
$1450
$1065
$4000
$2952
2
35
$1065
$1450
$4000
$2952
1
28
$2952
$1065
$4000
$1450
1
12
$1065
$4000
$2952
$1450
0
00
$1450
$2952
$4000
$1065
ABSOLUTE BUMMER

And he started out so well, too, but then he lost the plot.

(CC2: Alaska)

Tiffany, Elizabeth, and Derek receive Tim Hortons coffeemakers and Brother sewing machines.

Showcase Showdown #2:

Vanessa
75
.75

$599

Veronica
85
.85

TIE

Chad
85
.85

TIE

The Jeffersons:

Veronica
100

$1,000 Bonus

Chad
30

$2,000
Bonus Spin
50




Those '70s Showcases: Maria top winner, Veronica runner-up.

1. Ted Lange, AKA "Issac, Your Bartender" on The Love Boat, Presents an Appropriately-Themed Showcase
  • Cruise to the Mexican Riviera (8d)
    • No, not the Pacific Princess...
  • ElectraCraft 16CS party boat w/tandem-axle trailer
Maria bids $38,000.
(My bid: $36,545)


2. Bringing the '70s Vibe Into the 21st Century
  • IntelliTracks digital jukebox
  • Trip to Las Vegas, NV (6n, Vegas.com)
    • VIP pass to the New Studio 54
    • CNAoS not included
  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro LS coupe (3.6L V6, OnStar 6mos)
Veronica bids $37,000.
(My bid: $29,777)


The Peanut Gallery gets five-pound Hershey's bars, and you can win yours too at priceisright.com... well, it is Halloween...
Moment
of Truth
Veronica
Las Vegas/Car
Maria
Cruise/Boat
Bid
$37,000
$38,000
ARP
$37,776
$27,380
Result
$776
$10,620

Veronica wins!
$40,085 (Chyron)
$2,896
My result
$7,999
$9,165

Nice fake-out on the reveal; like Drew, I was fearing a DOB after that first ARP, and I had a sneaking suspicion it wasn't gonna be a DSW either.

LEADER BOARD: Episode #5691K

Veronica
$40,085
James

$8,026

Maria
$2,896

Chad

$2,000

Vanessa

$599

Susan

$540
TOTAL WINNINGS
$54,186
(33.87% of $153,942 + $2,000 bonus)

...Or maybe not. After a fun episode all around, the buzzkill appears in stark letters in the closing credits...

"A contestant within this episode was deemed ineligible and thereby will not be receiving his/her prizes."

At this time I don't know who got caught. However, once I have that information I will update my statistics accordingly. And just as I count technical wins as wins even if they were ruled as losses on stage, so too will I treat this as a loss of whatever game the penalized contestant played (and his/her total on the Leader Board will drop down to zero). This is significant because if it turns out to have been James, then this episode becomes our second skunk job of Season 40. Stay tuned as more info becomes known.

In any event, I hope you enjoyed this funk-tacular episode of The Price is Right On!

We get back to normal tomorrow (and I commence partial speedruns in anticipation of NaNoWriMo)...

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