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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Final Stats: Season 40



Week 40-40
(3 episodes)
W-L Record
8-10 (.444)
Total Winnings (Approx.)
$232,425
Average Winnings/Day
$77,475
Double Showcase Winners
0
Double Overbids
0
Perfect Shows
0
Winless Shows
0
First Four Leftovers
1
Perfect Bids
0
Spin-Offs
1
Bonus Spins
1
$10,000 Bonus Spin Wins
0
$25,000 Bonus Spin Wins
0
Most Won (Contestant)
$59,083
(Jonas, 4 Jul)
Least Won (Contestant)
$630
(Christopher, 19 Jun)
Most Won (Total)
$97,037
(4 Jul)
Least Won (Total)
$48,890
(19 Jun)
Model Appearances
Manuela Abreález
2
Amber Lancaster
3
Gwendolyn Osbourne
0
Rachel Reynolds
3

Season 40 FINAL STATISTICS
W-L Record
451-683 (.398; ▲.001)
Total Winnings (Approx.)
$12,651,346
Average Winnings/Day
$66,938 (▲$110)
Double Showcase Winners
4
Double Overbids
9
Perfect Shows
1
Winless Shows
8
First Four Leftovers
99
Perfect Bids
39
Spin-Offs
50
Bonus Spins
79
$10,000 Bonus Spin Wins
6
$25,000 Bonus Spin Wins
5
Most Won (Contestant)
$104,346
(Stephanie, 6 Jan)
Least Won (Contestant)
$500 (4-way tie)
(Debra, 6 Dec; Ian, 10 Jan; Danielle, 20 Feb; Keith, 2 Mar)
Most Won (Total)
$172,355
(4 Jun)
Least Won (Total)
$13,474
(1 Jun)
Most Won (Week)
$475,969
(Week 40-38)
Least Won (Week)
$232,425
(Week 40-40)
Model Appearances
Manuela Abreález
141
Amber Lancaster
129
Gwendolyn Osbourne
107
Rachel Reynolds
165


Season 39 Comparison*
(Parentheses denote change in Season 40)
W-L Record
390-732 (.348; ▲.050)
Total Winnings (Approx.)
$12,694,807 (▼$43,461)
Average Winnings/Day
$67,887 (▼$949)
Double Showcase Winners
10 (▼6)
Double Overbids
11 (▼2)
Perfect Shows
0 (▲1)
Winless Shows
15 (▼7)
First Four Leftovers
102 (▼3)
Perfect Bids
36 (▲3)
Spin-Offs
44 (▲6)
Bonus Spins
104 (▼25)
$10,000 Bonus Spin Wins
10 (▼4)
$25,000 Bonus Spin Wins
6 (▼1)
Most Won (Contestant)
$101,244 (▲$3,102)
(Judy, 24 Dec 2010)
Least Won (Contestant)
$457 (▲$43)
(James, 6 Oct late)
Most Won (Total)
$141,975 (▲$30,380)
(24 Dec 2010)
Least Won (Total)
$7,311 (▲$6,163)
(10 Nov 2010)
Most Won (Week)
STAT NOT KEPT
Least Won (Week)
STAT NOT KEPT
Model Appearances
Manuela Abreález
120 (▲21)
Lanisha Cole [1]
44
Tiffany Coyne [2]
5
Amber Lancaster
80 (▲49)
Gwendolyn Osbourne
97 (▲10)
Rachel Reynolds
177 (▼12)

* - Discounting two make-good airings and a summertime special.
[1] Left the show during Season 39.
[2] On loan from Let's Make a Deal.

Pricing Games
Played
Won
Lost
Any Number
.231
26
6
20
Balance Game
.500
16
8
8
Bargain Game
.500
6
3
3
Bonkers!
.353
17
6
11
Bonus Game
.615
13
8
5
Bullseye
.875
8
7
1
Card Game
.667
3
2
1
Check-Out
.615
13
8
5
Cliff Hangers
.778
18
14
4
Clock Game
.455
11
5
6
Coming or Going
.591
22
13
9
Cover Up
.103
29
3
26
Danger Price
.267
15
4
11
Dice Game
.214
14
3
11
Double Cross
.000
1
0
1
Double Prices
.481
27
13
14
Eazy Az 1-2-3
.429
14
6
8
Five Price Tags
.500
10
5
5
Flip Flop
.559
34
19
15
Freeze Frame
.500
24
12
12
Gas Money
.176
17
3
14
Golden Road
.000
2
0
2
Grand Game
.368
19
7
12
Grocery Game
.417
12
5
7
½ Off
.294
17
5
12
Hi-Lo
.385
13
5
8
Hole in One (or Two)
.714
7
5
2
It's In the Bag
.063
16
1
15
Let 'em Roll
.286
14
4
10
Line em Up
.455
11
5
6
Lucky $even
.258
31
8
23
Magic #
.333
6
2
4
Make Your Move
.462
13
6
7
Master Key
.200
5
1
4
Money Game
.259
27
7
20
More or Less
.091
11
1
10
Most Expen$ive
.412
34
14
20
Now....or Then
.692
13
9
4
One Away
.125
16
2
14
1 Right Price
.483
29
14
15
One Wrong Price
.387
31
12
19
Pass the Buck
.333
12
4
8
Pathfinder [1]
.308
13
4
9
Pay the Rent [2]
.444
9
4
5
Pick-a-Number
.316
19
6
13
Pick-a-Pair
.933
15
14
1
Plinko [3, 4]
.500
30
15
15
Pocket ¢hange
.500
12
6
6
Punch-a-Bunch [5]
.000
19
0
19
Push Over
.516
31
16
15
Race Game
.438
16
7
9
Range Game
.433
30
13
17
Rat Race
.417
12
5
7
Safe Crackers
.300
10
3
7
Secret "X"
.692
13
9
4
Shell Game
.750
4
3
1
Shopping Spree
.462
13
6
7
Side by Side
.682
22
15
7
Spelling Bee
.500
6
3
3
Squeeze Play
.382
34
13
21
Stack the Deck
.077
13
1
12
Step Up
.200
5
1
4
Swap Meet
.091
11
1
10
Switch?
.583
36
21
15
Switcheroo
.300
10
3
7
Take Two
.375
8
3
5
Temptation
.100
10
1
9
10 Chances
.667
6
4
2
That's Too Much!
.176
34
6
28
3 Strikes
.000
4
0
4
Triple Play
.000
3
0
3
2 for the Price of 1
.333
9
3
6
TOTALS
1134
451
683

[1] Technical win awarded 6 February 2012 due to inaccurate information being used to determine the car's price.
[2] Pay the Rent is considered "won" if the contestant bails out at the $10,000 level.
[3] Plinko is considered "won" if at least one chip lands in the $10,000 slot.
[4] Plinko was played on every episode the week of 9-13 April.
[5] Punch-a-Bunch is considered "won" if the player finds the $25,000 slip OR one of the two $10,000 slips on the board.


Pricing Game Stats
Most Common Game
Switch?
(36 playings)
Least Common Game
Double Cross
(1 playing)
Most Wins
21
(Switch?)
Fewest Wins
(nonzero)
1
(It's In the Bag, Master Key, More or Less, Stack the Deck, Step Up, Swap Meet, Temptation)
Most Losses
28
(That's Too Much!)
Fewest Losses
1
(Bullseye, Card Game, Double Cross, Pick-a-Pair, Shell Game)
Best Win Percentage
.933
(Pick-a-Pair)
Worst Win Percentage
(won at least once)
.063
(It's In the Bag)
Lossless Games
No games with zero losses in Season 40.
Winless Games
Double Cross (1 try)
Golden Road (2 tries)
Punch-a-Bunch (19 tries)
3 Strikes (4 tries)
Triple Play (3 tries)
New Games
1
(Double Cross) [1]
Retired Games
No games were retired in Season 40.
Games on Hiatus
2
(Check Game, Credit Card)

[1] Bargain Game is a revived Barker's Bargain Bar and thus does not count as a "new" Pricing Game.

Analysis:
If the actual total amount won in Season 40 was less than in Season 39, chalk it up to the absolute glut of Double Showcase Winners we had last year. Obviously, we weren't about to see a repeat performance of that historic showing. In terms of Pricing Games won, we were a lot better off this year, with a whopping 61 more wins than in all of last season -- including the first Perfect Show in over two years. Hey, even Temptation broke its five-year losing streak in Season 40! (Now we just need to see Golden Road won in daytime...) Seven fewer skunkjobs than last year (the fewest, in fact, since the end of the Roger Dobkowitz regime after Season 36) also helped us in this department.

For the second straight season, however, we didn't have a single game go without a loss, although Pick-a-Pair came the closest, lasting all the way until 23 April before finally experiencing a tick in the L column. It still ended up by far and away the winningest game of Season 40, however, with a .933 record. In terms of dedicated car games, the champion is Hole in One (or Two) at .714.

After going winless in Season 39, It's In the Bag got hit up for the full $16,000 on the season premiere... and never again after that, although there was at least one contestant I know of that would've won it all had they not bailed out early.

Season 40 also saw the return of Barker's Bargain Bar to the lineup after a four-year hiatus, albeit under the not-exactly-new name of Bargain Game and with a newer, cheaper (but arguably less badly dated) set. We also saw the premiere of Double Cross, which was the show's first new game since 2006 to not be a dedicated car or cash game -- and the first Pricing Game ever to make full use of touchscreen technology. Change may be slow in coming to the BBS, but it does eventually come.

Although no game retirements were announced, there are persistent rumors that Card Game has been shown the door, as it hasn't been played since February. By the same token, however, Golden Road also hasn't been seen in nearly as long a time, but nobody thinks that game is due for retirement. Card Game is one of the least common games in most seasons anyway, so I wouldn't worry my head about it. (Yet.)

The rest of the stats are pretty self-explanatory. In many respects, Season 40 was a numerical improvement over 39, though 39 was markedly more impressive in certain areas, most notably DSWs. One interesting area in which this season failed to live up to its predacessor, however, was at the Big Wheel -- note that we had significantly fewer Bonus Spins overall, and fewer payoffs thereof, than in Season 39.

So there you have it, then -- Season 40 in a nutshell. Lots of good, some disappointing, but when looked at as a cohesive whole, not even close to the disaster I'm sure many of you thought it was gonna be.

Will we continue the upward trend in Season 41? Tune in this September to find out...

TPiRecap: 4 July 2012 (Fourth of July Season-Ending Spectacular)


And so it comes to this... The last (so far as I know) regularly-scheduled first-run episode of The Price is Right's landmark fourtieth season. And it's a holiday spectacular at that, so the prize budget will likely be appropriately augmented as well. If we're going out, we're going out with a bang... hopefully!

But before we fire up the grill and set off our quasi-legal backyard fireworks, a few housekeeping notes. I'm counting this as the third of a three-episode Week 40 for the purposes of my record books. (The previous two episodes aired on 17-18 June.) Full stats will be posted by this evening, along with an analysis of these numbers versus Season 39 -- and I think those of you who haven't been paying attention, or who subscribe to a simplistic view of this show's problems, might be in for a bit of a surprise.

I don't even know what the summertime schedule will be. I'll try to do a few TPiRetros if I get a chance, but no promises beyond that word "try." And of course, if there does happen to be something like a back-to-school special during the summer, I'll do some recapping of that, but it won't count towards the final stats for Season 40; after today, I close the books on the season, whether it's actually finished or not. (There shouldn't be any more make-goods, either. All Season 40 episodes are now accounted for, the aforementioned possibility of an additional special aside.)

Also before I begin, I need to address something regarding the future of this website... because the simple truth is, I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to do this.

When I started recapping episodes at the end of January 2007, it was a lark based on something I've always wanted to do dating back to my days lurking on the old alt.tv.game-shows Usenet group in the mid-1990s. I figured I'd do it as a service to the GSN Message Board community just to follow the last six months of Bob Barker's tenure on the show (and you can say whatever you like about the man, but his retirement was a significant news event in the history of The Price is Right and worthy of special coverage). Now, five and a half years later, these recaps have graduated to their own blog with full TV-accurate text formatting, detailed weekly statistics, and even the occasional image macro.

The unfortunate element is, these things now take a considerable amount of time to put together. Even with shortcuts and templates to streamline the process, the average TPiRecap still takes between ninety minutes and two hours to properly assemble. Without getting too much into detail, it's getting harder for me to ensure I have that much free time in a day to be able to put one of these together with the quality you've come to expect -- and I'm just enough of a perfectionist to not want to give you guys anything less than the best I can offer.

However, this is not a notice of my imminent retirement... not yet at any rate. I fully intend to be back in September to kick off Season 41, and with luck continue with it through at least the end of the calendar year. But beyond that? That's what I have to make up my mind about, and I'll be doing some major thinking about this during the Priceless Summer between the closing credits today and the kickoff of the new season in roughly eight weeks' time (give or take). I'll be sure to let everyone know what my decision is, when I finally do make it.

Okay, that's enough keyboard diarrhea for one day... heck, it's enough for one month! On with the Independence Day festivities!

Episode #: 6021K (Fourth of July Spectacular)
Airdate: 4 July 2012
VTR date: 30 May 2012
First Four: Lindsey, Jonas, Pamela, Gus (Random)
Today's Models: Amber Lancaster, Rachel Reynolds

1. Mak Grills 2-Star General barbecue (RR)
Lindsey
Pamela
Gus
Jonas
725
1500
900
901


$2299





Drew, to Jonas: "I can't believe you just one-dollared a soldier on the Fourth of July!"

Well, no Golden Road, alas... instead, Pamela gets Money Game:
2012 Ford Fusion S (2.5L, traction ctrl, paint/fabric prot, all-weather mats; AL)

$

53
40
22
$

20
86
64
$

78
21
97
$


F
4
B


22: FRONT
$

53
40
F
$

20
86
64
$

78
21
97
$


22
4
B

Been a good long while since we've had a start like that! Now she's got four whole chances to find that elusive trunk...

97: $
$
97
53
40
F
$

20
86
64
$

78
21
$
$


22
4
B

64: $
$
97
53
40
F
$
64
20
86
$
$

78
21
$
$


22
4
B

86: $
$
97
53
40
F
$
64
20
$
$
$
86
78
21
$
$


22
4
B

21 (ARRRRRGH!): $
$
97
53
40
F
$
64
20
$
$
$
86
78
$
$
$
21

22
4
B
Win $268
($22,453; Portal-Mobile)

Even Mike Richards wouldn't have been that evil, Pamela.

2. Members of the US Mens' Water Polo Team Present: Lumix underwater camera & camcorder w/8GB memory cards
("U-S-A! U-S-A!" chants not included... but you can win your own autographed water polo ball at priceisright.com)
Lindsey
April
Gus
Jonas
1151
800
1150
500


$848





And yes, they'll be back later...

Most Expen$ive:
  1. Trip to Sedona, AZ (5n, Orchards Inn, 2hr Jeep tour; RR)
  2. Trip to Panama City Beach, FL (6n, Oaseas Resorts, $500 resort credit; AL)
  3. Trip to Portland, ME (6n, Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, schooner trip; AL, GG with the tag at the reveal)

Remember, kids, we're now securely in the post-Distance Rule era, so you can't necessarily go by that anymore.

(Also, paisley gels in the background? Are those left over from the Halloween show that was just rerun the other day?)

1
2
3
Arizona
Florida
Maine
$4774
$5751
$6531
DUD FIREWORK

And, guess what, this time the Distance Rule WAS in play . It's getting very Roddy Piper-esque around here... just when you think you've got all the answers, they change the questions!

3. Lia Sophia 11pc designer jewelry collection (AL)
Lindsey
Nicole
Gus
Jonas
420
800
500
925


$872





The vultures might get a barbecue smorgasboard before this day's through...

Pick-a-Number:
Harley-Davidson Super-low Sportster (RR)

(AL on numbers)

2
4
8
$
9
0
9
?



4
$
9
0
9
8
BURNT BURGER

Jeez, some spectacular so far... but hopefully things will improve in the second half. They've been known to.

Sometimes.

(CC1: Gold Bond Ultimate Healing)

Showcase Showdown #1:

April
55
90
1.45

$848

Nicole
85
.85

$872

Pamela
95
.95
WIN


Okay, people, let's get it together... time's running out and the numbers on this special look anything but special. Time for a rally!
4. The Water Polo Team Returns With: Gym membership for 1 year & Bodybugg workout monitoring device
Lindsey
Cassandra
Gus
Jonas
700
560
600
680
$1199







Lindsey slips on her way up the stairs, but it's okay -- apparently, she meant to do that! (Drew was joking with the Row during the break about something like that possibly happening.)

Wouldn't be much of a celebration without some good old-fashioned, all-American [1] Plinko, would it?:

(RR on prizes)
Touch of Color red, white, & blue party accessories
Back to Basics iced tea brewer
Portable ping-pong set
"Uncle Sam" hat-shaped salt & pepper shakers
4
7
7
0
2
0
1
7
WIN!
$27
$
WIN!
$50
$
4
0
$
WIN!
$13

(AL with the handoff)
Chip #1
100 L
Chip #2
10000
Chip #3
10000
Chip #5
500 R
TOTAL
$20,600
WIN!

And we're finally in the win column on the day! About time, too! Let's hope it's the start of a trend.

[1] Based on a French variant of a game of Chinese/Japanese origin, but ssshhhh.... let's not mention that too loudly, okay? ;^)


5. Designer totebag & cosmetics case (AL)
Megan
Cassandra
Gus
Jonas
450
770
350
771





SUICIDE
$2450

After some requisite Tebowing (and some vaguely Hulk Hogan-esque posing), Jonas is presented with Let 'em Roll:
2012 Chevrolet Colorado 1LT crew cab (2.9L, 2WD, alum wheels; $25,355; AL)

(RR on GPs)
Jolly Rancher hard candy
Shasta Tiki Punch soda (24 cans)
Sara Lee frozen apple pie

$2.09
$5.99
$6.99


Roll #1
CAR
CAR
CAR
CAR
CAR
ACED!!!

Now that's what I'm talking about!

We've managed to get the vultures down from a smorgasboard to just a potential entrée, depending on whether Gus can get out of the Row -- and thus salvage some Army pride -- on this, the final one-bid of Season 40. Good news for Gus, however: He's got the advantage. Can he make the most of it?
6. Merle Norman 29pc cosmetics & skin care collection (RR)
Megan
Cassandra
Gus
Edward
1000
700
1001
350


$786





...Nope. He can't. Alas.

In an interesting turn of events, we wrap up Season 40 with the same game that launched it back in September, Race Game... but, of course, not for four cars like it was back then!:
  1. Golden West Billiards pool table w/accessories (RR)
  2. Worksman Cycles his & hers bicycles (RR)
  3. Panasonic 55" 3D LED HDTV w/glasses (AL)
  4. Dacor (Made in the USA!) stainless steel refrigerator/freezer (AL)

$1098
$1900
$2999
$4995

45 seconds... go!

Pool table
Bicycles
3D HDTV
Refrigerator
Right
Time
$4995
$1098
$1900
$2999
4
34
$4995
$1098
$1900
$2999
ACED!!!

That's two back-to-back aces! What is this, Wimbledon or something? (Not that I'm complaining, mind you...) And that's a turnaround if I ever saw one!

We started the season with Race Game perfection, and that's how we're ending it too! Granted this one was for approximately one-seventh the value of the season opener, but even so, I can dig that.

(CC2: CTT / Move Free)

Showcase Showdown #2:
Cassandra
50
85
1.35

$11,778
Lindsey
20
100
1.20

$21,889
Jonas
20
.20
Default win



Showcases: Jonas (true) top winner, Pamela runner-up.

1. A Patriotic Showcase for a Patriotic Holiday
  • Pair of Apple iPad 3Gs (16GB) with covers (RR)
  • Vespa LX150ie motor scooter (RR)
  • Sanibel 18 18' sailboat w/trailer (AL)
Jonas passes; Pamela bids $27,800.
(My bid: $21,875)

2. Today's Special Guest Stars, the US Mens' Water Polo Team, Presents Their Own Celebration of Independence
  • Trip to New York, NY (4n, The Westin New York)
    • macy*s fireworks cruise
  • 2012 Jeep Liberty Sport 4x2 (3.7L, AT, popular equp grp, driver convenience grp, full-size spare tire; RR)
Jonas bids $30,022.
(My bid: $28,776)


Moment
of Truth
1. Pamela
Sailboat
2. Jonas
New York/SUV
Bid
$27,800
$30,022
ARP
$34,920
$31,278
Result
$7,120
$1,256

$2,567
Jonas wins!
$59,083 (Chyron)
My result
$13,055
$2,502


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6021K
Jonas
$59,083
Lindsey

$21,889
Cassandra

$11,778

Pamela
$2,567

Nicole

$872

April

$848
TOTAL WINNINGS
$97,037
(48.15% of $201,543)

All in all, not a bad way to wrap up the season!

Again, I'll have full stats and analysis for the year coming up later this afternoon, perhaps this evening. See you then for the formal wrap-up!