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Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Vacation (Griswolds not included)

Technical difficulties prevented me from posting recaps on Wednesday and Thursday (DVR failure in the former case, a power outage in the latter), and I'm going to be rather busier than anticipated today.  Therefore, I've just decided to begin my Christmas break early and not post a recap for today.  I didn't plan it this way, but that's how it's turned out anyway... terribly sorry, folks.

With that, this place should reopen for business on 7 January,  and I may have a few procedural changes to announce then. 

Until then, have a happy and a merry, and I'll see you in a little over two weeks!  8^)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TPiRecap: 18 December 2012

Okay, today things should be back to normal, recap-wise. Just to remind you, however, that after Friday's show I'm taking a two-week sabbatical, for reasons related to Christmas, family, and battery-recharging. The show itself will continue to broadcast new episodes during those two weeks, with the exception of Christmas Day (it'll be a rerun from last year), and if you want the lowdown on what happens in those I recommend you to either Roadgeek Adam's recaps at G-R, or perhaps someone at the GSN boards will step in and pinch-hit for me while I'm gone?

Regardless, that all starts after Friday's show, and it's business as usual until then. After that, we'll all reconvene here on 7 January 2013, if the Fates (some of whom look suspiciously Mayan) allow.

I would also like to apologize for some of the little glitches and errors that've crept into these things the last few days. I have no excuses; it's just the way it came out, due to the way I've been doing these recaps of late. This new format is probably more trouble than it's worth, in the end... but I'll make a decision about that during my break. Until then, I'll continue as I have been the last few weeks, and hopefully do a much better job of catching these slipups before posting.

And if I have seemed a bit... less than my usual self these last few weeks, as if maybe doing these recaps is becoming less "fun" and more of a chore... well, in a way, it kind of has been. But then, that's one of the (lesser) reasons I'm taking two weeks off after Friday -- or, as they might say on Around the Horn, a "three hundred thirty-five and a half-hour break." Hopefully it'll give me enough time to recharge myself, and I'll be back on the 7th with renewed vigor and purpose, and things can truly get back to what passes for normal around TPiRecap Towers. (Note: You can't count yesterday. I was deliberately keeping things low-key, because after the Newtown massacre I was certainly not feeling up to my usual snarky self. Rest assured that I would have been a lot saltier about yesterday's shenanigans if I'd allowed myself to be, but I felt some of what I wanted to say would have been in poor taste, and my heart just wasn't in it.)

Enough of this preposterously ponderous preamble! Onward!

Episode # 6142K (Holiday Special #1)
Airdate 18 December 2012
VTR 12 November 2012
First Four Chelsea, Justin, Nicolette, Cheryl (Random)
Today's Models Manuela Abreález, Rachel Reynolds, Rob Wilson

The BBS is decked out in its Christmas [1] finery, the Peanut Gallery is dressed appropriately, and there's the smell of fresh pine trees, holly, and candy canes in the air... it must be that time of year again!

1. TPiR HGIotD: Bull 7-burner stainless steel barbecue (RW)



Ebenezer Scrooge's Favorite Car Game:
2012 Honda Civic LX (1.8L, 5AT, USB audio interface; RR)

Oh boy... we're starting off early.

See what I mean? If I didn't know better, I'd almost swear that they were tanking these games intentionally, like something out of the first Major League movie. (Spoiler: They're not. At all.)

2. Fluance home theater speakers (MA)


Bargain Game:
  1. Honda CRF-100F offroad motorcycle (RW)
  2. Samsung 64" 3D HDTV w/glasses (RR)
  3.  

I shouldn't be too upset. I fell for this too; I thought the TV was $2,949. >_< You are killing me here, guys...

[1] Please note: I am hardly down with the whole "War on Christmas" deal my friends on the Right side of life are always complaining about. Whatever you want to call this season is totally fine with me, and I say this as someone who identifies as a Christian, though admittedly not a devout one. I am, however, a proponent of calling something what it is, and the simple fact is that if your audience is dressed as Santas and elves, and your set includes traditional (if secular) images of a specific holiday... it should be referred to as that specific holiday, otherwise you just look silly. Really, though, I believe more in the spirit of the seson than in what you call it -- and that spirit is "Can't we all just get along, even if only for a few days out of the bloody year?" You know, "peaco on earth and good will toward men," not arguing over nomenclature with frequently violent rhetoric (and much fire-and-brimstone pontification) -- I hear entirely too much more of the latter than I do the former, and I think that belies an even larger problem at the core of our society these days. And that's the closest you're ever going to get to a political/religious statement from me on this or any other matter. End of soapbox.

3. Yves St. Laurent designer shoes (RR, MA)

Pick-a-Pair:
Howard Miller Total Home 8pc dining room group (Lenox holiday-themed dinnerware) & Pie of the Month for 1 year (WisconsinMade.com; $7,381; RR)

Neat... Cheryl and Rachel are expecting at around the same time, February! ^^

  • The Not Quite So World-Famous Bruce's Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Spangler candy canes (12)
  • Holiday Treats scented candle
  • Kleenex tissues, just in case you get more than presents from your relatives...
  • Christmas cards (18)
  • Lucerne egg nog

Pick-a-Pair is supposed to be easy. But then they stock it with a motely assortment of seasonal GPs like this, and suddenly all bets are off. (It's almost as if they're trying to get revenge for Season 40, where Pick-a-Pair was by far the winningest game in the rotation...) As I said a few lines earlier, you are killing me here, guys!

Try #1:


Of course, wins always help! (By the way... apropos of nothing, but can we settle this once and for all? Is "egg nog" supposed to be one word, or two? I was brought up to always spell it as two, but...)


(CC1: Act Total Care)

Showcase Showdown #1:

There was what looked to be an odd edit on Justin's first spin -- he was talking, giving his shout-outs, when suddenly the split-screen vanished (replaced by a full-frame shot of the Wheel in motion) and Justin appeared to abruptly shut up at the moment of the cut. Strange.

Spin-Off:



4. 14oz stainless steel popcorn cart (RW)
(Drew: "First carbs he's had in three years!" Rob corrects him, says its two...) ;^)


Line em Up:
2013 Chevrolet Cruise LS (1.8L, power windows, 6 speaker audio system, paint/fabric prot, cargo net, AT; MA)

  • GE Profile stainless steel microwave oven (RR)
  • 6 Earthmate CFC light bulbs
  • Sony PlayStation3 game console w/games & accessories (RW)

Try #1:
This actually makes life easy! You can probably rule out the 5 as the thousands digit, we know the hundreds digit is a 6, and the chances of a price ending in -662 are fairly remote. That just leaves one possible arrangement, and that would be...

Try #2:
Phew! Now that's a relief... I feel like we're back on the right track now.

Yeah, now watch, as soon as I say that, the bottom falls out again. ^^;;


5. Ocean Kayak Nalu 12.5 paddleboard (RW)


Now that, my friends, was a textbook example of how to do the $1 bid properly. Take notes, this will be on the exam. ;^)

Elizabeth's from Cape Cod, Rob's from Boston. Unfortunately for her, Rob's already gone offstage to change out of his Bermuda shorts, but Elizabeth still wants to hug him if she wins her game. "Just remember what you're playin' for!" Drew urges. ^^;;

Flip Flop:
Trip to Kauai, HI (6n, Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort, 4½hr zipline tour w/lunch; RR)

My gut instinct is to Flip ($9,734). Hawai'i under eight grand doesn't quite sound right to me. Naturally, the Peanut Gallery hates this notion when it's demonstrated... which probably means it's correct.

Elizabeth, for her part, Flops, which was the crowd's choice...


Well, that just proves I don't know what I'm talking about, doesn't it? ;^)

And yes, Ravishing Rob is out there to give the triumphant Elizabeth a victory hug. He's nothing if not a crowd-pleaser. Hee...


It's the last chance for Nicolette -- and you don't even want to know how often I almost misspelled that as the name of a popular antismoking product -- to escape being the first official F4 of the Christmas season...

Our final Rowbird of the day is Cody, whose Santa beard has been prominent behind Contestant's Row since literally the opening shots of the episode... and he's standing next to reindeer Dominique. You'd almost think they planned it this way. ^^;

6. Dev Valencia 14K gold & sterling silver rodium diamond (.50ct) earrings (MA)


All together now... ouch.

Punch-a-Bunch:

(RW with the Santashopped bill, RR on SPs)

I wonder if anyone's told Rob yet that's his actual prize money for winning the Male Model Search. ;^) Or "MMS," as a Clevelander like Drew might want to think of it [1].


$90 for an aritifical snoman that looks made out of wire, and which is only useful for about four weeks out of the year? Welcome to the Modern American Christmas, folks...

As impatient as I may be getting for someone to finally find that $25,000 slip, and thus prove to the doubters that there really IS one on the board somewhere, I can't deny that Dominique did absolutely the right thing here.

[1] The Buzzard lives...


(CC2: Airborne / Gold Bond Ultimate)

Showcase Showdown #2:



Showcases: Elizabeth top winner, Justin runner-up... and the bidding will begin as soon as they stop high-fiving each other. ;^)

1. It May Be the Christmas Season, But It's Getting Kinda Hot in Here...
  • Beachcomber hot tub (MA)
  • Trip to Reykjavik, Iceland (6n, Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel; MA)
    • Geothermal spa experience
  • Trip to Dubai (6n, MA)
    • 1d pass to Aquaventure Water Park
Elizabeth passes; Justin bids $18,965.
(My bid: $25,985)

2. Power Up Your Holiday
  • Dell 15" laptop computer (4GB RAM, 500GB HD; RR)
  • Pair of Jetson electric bikes (RR)
    • No, they don't fold up into suitcases...
  • 2013 Ford Focus electric (regenerative braking system, AT, 105MPG equivalent; RW)
Elizabeth bids $29,600.
(My bid: $49,025)

This isn't a snowball fight, it's a lowball fight! Elizabeth's bid doesn't even cover the car by itself, and Justin is grossly underestimating just how much a trip to Dubai (one of the most affluent parts of the world) goes for these days.

Moment of Truth:

A bit of QED action there, I'm afraid. But hey, anything that's not a DOB is fine with me.

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6142K

Justin
$30,831
Andrew

$22,488
Cheryl

$9,171
Elizabeth
$8,928
B
Dominique

$6,956

Chelsea

$2,800
TOTAL WINNINGS
$81,174
47.27% of $170,672 + $500 bonus
Average: $13,529
Median: $16,866

A pretty major improvement over the past few episodes, that's for sure!

Hopefully more like this tomorrow...

Monday, December 17, 2012

TPiRecap: 17 December 2012

But first, a brief programming note. Even on the off chance the Mayans were wrong and the world actually won't end on Saturday, Friday will mark the last TPiRecap of 2012, as I'll be going on a two-week Christmas/holiday hiatus. Normal service will thus resume on 7 January, and the world will go on as before.

P.S.: The Mayans may or may not have been full of it... but the "Doomsday prophets" who claim to speak for them in the modern era most definitely are. That's all I'll say on this subject.

On a much more somber note, we all know what happened on Friday. As a virtual native of Connecticut, even though I don't live there at present and even though my family was not directly affected by this senseless tragedy, I feel nothing but the keenest of sympathy for all the families and friends of the victims. In that spirit, before this recap begins I'd like to honor them the only real way I can, by the following twenty-seven lines of blank black space -- one for each of the killer's victims -- after which the recap will commence as normal... but without commentary.






























Episode # 6141K
Airdate 17 December 2012
VTR 1 October 2012
First Four Lloyd, Andrea, Daniel, Racquel (R-L)
Today's Models Manuela Abreález, Amber Lancaster, Rachel Reynolds

1. TPiR HGIotD: Schwinn bikes for the whole family (AL)



Plinko, finally converted to the new format:

(RR on SPs)



Chip #1:
 

Chip #3:
 

Chip #4:
 

Chip #5:



2. Garmin handheld & car GPS systems (AL, MA)


 
Squeeze Play:
Trip to Cabo San Lucas, México (6n, Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa, 3hr horseback ride on the beach; RR)



3. Butterfly table tennis package (MA, RR)




Money Game:
2012 Jeep Compass Sport (2L, FWD, remote keyless entry, paint/fabric prot, AT, UConnect; AL)










($22,213; El Hijo del Cheapo)


Showcase Showdown #1:




4. Onkyo 7.1 home theater system (AL)



Danger Price: $1795
  1. LG 47" LCD HDTV (RR)
  2. Inspire Fitnell CardioStrider 2 elliptical trainer (RR)
  3. The Kate Spade Designer Accessories of Doom (MA)
  4. Dacor free-standing gas range (MA)

LCD HDTV:
Designer accessories:
Elliptical trainer:
(Range: $3,899)


5. GE washer & dryer (RR)




Stack the Deck:
2012 Ford Focus SE (2L, elec stability ctrl, power windows, illuminated entry, paint/fabric prot; MA)


(RR on GPs)




6. VMS Heritage 150 motor scooter (MA)




Switch?:
  1. Vintage-look "steamer trunk" chest (RR)
  2. Dell desktop computer (2TB HD, 18GB RAM, 24" widescreen, AIO; AL)
Desk
Computer
$3664
$2328
Christine leaves the prices...
$3664
$2328
$3664
$2328
WIN!


Showcase Showdown #2:



Spin-Off:


Showcases: Christian top winner, Monica runner-up.

1. A Good Old-Fashioned Southern Christmas
  • 1.34ct diamond jewelry (MA, with an assist from the JE)
  • Trip to Charleston, SC (5n, Wentworth Mansion; MA)
    • Culinary tour
  • 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4x2 regular cab (3.7L V6, 4AT; RR)
Christian passes; Monica bids $27,500.


2. Another Good Old-Fashioned Southern Christmas... and This Time, We REALLY Mean "Southern!"
  • Clob Glove USA TRS Ballistic 3pc luggage set (AL)
  • Apple iPad 3rd gen (16GB) w/smart cover (AL)
  • Trip to the Amazon (4n, Juma Amazon Lodge; MA)
    • Guided rainforest/jungle tours
  • Trip to Puerto Iguazu, Argentina (from Brazil, 6n, Iguazu Grand Resort Spa & Casino; MA)
  • Trip to Rio de Janerio, Brazil (from Argentina, 6n; MA)
    • Private surfing lesson
Christian bids $19,500.


Moment of Truth:




LEADER BOARD: Episode #6141K

Monica
$34,485
Christine

$7,980

Racquel

$3,135

Andrea

$2,068

Lloyd

$979

Christian
$899
TOTAL WINNINGS
$49,546
27.17% of $182,375
Average: $8,258
Median: $17,692

Things will be back to normal tomorrow, don't worry.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Week Eleven Stats


STATS: Week 41-11
This week
Season to date
Record
8-20-2 (.267)
129-177-12 (.406) .018
Total Winnings (Approx.)
$236,525
$3,461,703
Average
$39,421
$65,537 $222
Median
$22,676
$30,995 $57
Cars Given Away
3
45
Cars Offered
15
164
Double Showcase Winners
0
1
Double Overbids
1
4
Perfect Shows
0
0
Winless Shows
1
1
First Four Leftovers
2
22
Perfect Bids
1
11
Contestant's Row Overbids
0
3
Technical Wins
0
0
Spin-Offs
3
12
Bonus Spins
1
21
$10,000 Bonus Spin Wins
1
3
$25,000 Bonus Spin Wins
0
2
Highest Contestant Total
$44,851
(Jeremy, 10 Dec)
$61,375
(Scott, 10 Oct)
Lowest Contestant Total
$500
(Jason, 14 Dec)
$500
(Jason, 14 Dec)
Highest Daily Total
$57,690
(10 Dec)
$110,224
(10 Oct)
Lowest Daily Total
$22,819
(11 Dec)
$15,877
(15 Oct)
Highest Daily Average
$9,615
(10 Dec)
$18,371
(10 Oct)
Lowest Daily Average
$3,803
(11 Dec)
$2,646
(15 Oct)
Highest Daily Median
$27,950
(10 Dec)
$34,349
(5 Dec)
Lowest Daily Median
$4,062
(13 Dec)
$4,644
(12 Oct)
Highest Weekly Total

$395,657
(Week 41-05)
Lowest Weekly Total

$178,156
(Week 41-09) [1]
Highest Weekly Average

$65,943
(Week 41-05)
Lowest Weekly Average

$39,421
(Week 41-11)
Model Appearances
This week
Season to date
Manuela Abreález
5
52
Johannes Brugger
0
2
Daniel Goddard
0
3
Amber Lancaster
5
46
Gwendolyn Osbourne [2]
0
6
Rachel Reynolds
5
48
Rob Wilson [3]
0
6
Mic Handoffs
This week
Season to date
Manuela Abreález
1
18
Amber Lancaster
2
19
Gwendolyn Osbourne
0
1
Rachel Reynolds
2
17

[1] Truncated week (3 episodes).
[2] Had a non-modeling cameo appearance on 24 September.
[3] Winner of 2012 Male Model Search.

Pricing Games
Played
Won
Lost
Bailed
Avg.
Streak
Any Number
9
3
6

.333
L1
Balance Game
3
2
1

.667
W1
Bargain Game
9
5
4

.556
W3
Bonkers!
2
1
1

.500
L1
Bonus Game
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Bullseye
2
2
0

1.000
W2
Card Game
0
0
0

.000
---
Check-Out
2
0
2

.000
L2
Cliff Hangers
8
8
0

1.000
W8
Clock Game
4
3
1

.750
W3
Coming or Going
10
7
3

.700
W2
Cover Up
4
0
4

.000
L4
Danger Price
5
2
3

.400
W2
Dice Game
6
2
4

.333
L1
Double Cross
6
5
1

.833
L1
Double Prices
6
6
0

1.000
W6
Eazy Az 1-2-3
2
1
1

.500
L1
Five Price Tags
5
0
5

.000
L5
Flip Flop
10
8
2

.800
L1
Freeze Frame
8
1
7

.125
L6
Gas Money
6
0
5
1
.000
L5
Golden Road
1
0
1

.000
L1
Grand Game
8
1
7
0
.125
L7
Grocery Game
3
2
1

.667
L1
½ Off
5
1
4

.200
L4
Hi-Lo
2
0
2

.000
L2
Hole in One (or Two)
3
2
1

.667
L1
It's In the Bag
6
0
3
3
.000
L1
Let 'em Roll
1
0
1
0
.000
L1
Line em Up
3
2
1

.667
L1
Lucky $even
8
1
7

.125
L4
Magic #
3
2
1

.667
L1
Make Your Move
2
1
1

.500
L1
Master Key
3
0
3

.000
L3
Money Game
9
5
4

.556
L1
More or Less
2
0
2

.000
L2
Most Expen$ive
8
1
7

.125
L2
Now....or Then
2
1
1

.500
L1
One Away
7
1
6

.143
L4
1 Right Price
6
3
3

.500
L2
One Wrong Price
10
3
7

.300
L2
Pass the Buck
1
0
1
0
.000
L1
Pathfinder
6
1
5

.167
L2
Pay the Rent
2
0
1
1
.000
L1
Pick-a-Number
3
2
1

.667
W1
Pick-a-Pair
1
0
1

.000
L1
Plinko [1]
8
2
6

.250
L2
Pocket ¢hange
2
0
2

.000
L2
Punch-a-Bunch [2]
6
2
3
1
.333
L2
Push Over
9
7
2

.778
W2
Race Game
4
2
2
`
.500
L1
Range Game
7
4
3

.571
W1
Rat Race
5
0
5

.000
L5
Safe Crackers
4
3
1

.750
W3
Secret “X”
2
1
1

.500
L1
Shell Game
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Shopping Spree
3
2
1

.667
W2
Side by Side
9
4
5

.444
L2
Spelling Bee
2
1
0
1
.500
B1
Squeeze Play
8
2
6

.250
W1
Stack the Deck
3
0
3

.000
L3
Step Up
1
0
0
1
.000
B1
Swap Meet
2
2
0

1.000
W2
Switch?
8
5
3

.625
W5
Switcheroo
2
0
2

.000
L2
Take Two
3
0
3

.000
L3
Temptation
4
0
0
4
.000
B4
10 Chances
4
2
2

.500
W1
That's Too Much!
4
2
2

.500
W2
3 Strikes
1
0
1

.000
L1
Triple Play
1
0
1

.000
L1
2 for the Price of 1
2
1
1

.500
W1
TOTALS
318
129
177
12
.406


[1] Plinko is considered “won” if at least one chip lands in the $10,000 slot.
[2] Punch-a-Bunch is considered “won” if the player finds either the $25,000 slip OR one of the two $10,000 slips.