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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Congratulations Gwendolyn!

I just wanted to take a moment to send my congratulations and best wishes to Gwendolyn Osbourne and her family on the arrival (on Saturday) of their new baby girl!

Friday, September 28, 2012

First Stats of Season 41

You'll notice that this year, I've consolidated the lists somewhat, in an effort to make them easier to read at a glance.  I'm keeping some new statistics -- such as number of Contestant's Row overbids, tracking daily averages, who handed off the microphone to Drew at the start of each show, and even the number of cars won versus number offered, inspired by last season's lengthy streaks of no cars being won at all.  (This includes all cars, trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs featured on the show, whether as part of a Pricing Game or in a Showcase.  If we ever see another motor home up for grabs, I'll consider that a "car" as well, but trailers and motorcycles will not count.) Note as well that Daniel Goddard has been added to the list of "regular" models whose appearances I'm keeping track of.  Similarly, the winner of the Male Model Contest will see his name added as well, when his episodes appear.  I won't be counting any one-time guest models, such as the other Young & the Restless stars seen on Thursday.

Also, on the Pricing Game lineup sheet, you'll see a new column, "Streak."  This will take the place of last season's checkmark denoting whether a game was won that week.  Instead, this will keep track of how many wins or losses in a row that game has accrued during the year, just like you see in the baseball standings.  It's hoped this is a bit more illustrative of emerging trends in game appearances.

And so, onward...

STATS: Week 41-01
This week
Season to date
Record
9-18-3 (.300)
9-18-3 (.300)
Total Winnings (Approx.)
$319,631
$319,631
Average Per Episode
$53,272
$53,272
Cars Given Away
3
3
Cars Offered
16
16
Double Showcase Winners
0
0
Double Overbids
0
0
Perfect Shows
0
0
Winless Shows
0
0
First Four Leftovers
3
3
Perfect Bids
0
0
Contestant's Row Overbids
0
0
Technical Wins
0
0
Spin-Offs
0
0
Bonus Spins
1
1
$10,000 Bonus Spin Wins
0
0
$25,000 Bonus Spin Wins
0
0
Highest Contestant Total
$47,135
(Olivia, 24 Sep)
$47,135
(Olivia, 24 Sep)
Lowest Contestant Total
$708
(Allison, 27 Sep)
$708
(Allison, 27 Sep)
Highest Daily Total
$75,680
(24 Sep)
$75,680
(24 Sep)
Lowest Daily Total
$45,815
(28 Sep)
$45,815
(28 Sep)
Highest Daily Average
$12,613
(24 Sep)
$12,613
(24 Sep)
Lowest Daily Average
$7,636
(28 Sep)
$7,636
(28 Sep)
Highest Weekly Total

$319,631
(Week 41-01)
Lowest Weekly Total

Inapplicable
Highest Weekly Average

$53,272
(Week 41-01)
Lowest Weekly Average

Inapplicable
Model Appearances
This week
Season to date
Manuela Abreález
4
4
Daniel Goddard
1
1
Amber Lancaster
4
4
Gwendolyn Osbourne [1]
0
0
Rachel Reynolds
4
4
Mic Handoffs
This week
Season to date
Manuela Abreález
1
1
Amber Lancaster
3
3
Gwendolyn Osbourne
0
0
Rachel Reynolds
1
1

[1] Had a non-modeling cameo appearance on 24 September.

Pricing Games
Played
Won
Lost
Bailed
Avg.
Streak
Any Number
1
0
1

.000
L1
Balance Game
0
0
0

.000
---
Bargain Game
1
0
1

.000
L1
Bonkers!
0
0
0

.000
---
Bonus Game
0
0
0

.000
---
Bullseye
0
0
0

.000
---
Card Game
0
0
0

.000
---
Check-Out
1
0
1

.000
L1
Cliff Hangers
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Clock Game
0
0
0

.000
---
Coming or Going
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Cover Up
0
0
0

.000
---
Danger Price
0
0
0

.000
---
Dice Game
1
0
1

.000
L1
Double Cross
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Double Prices
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Eazy Az 1-2-3
0
0
0

.000
---
Five Price Tags
0
0
0

.000
---
Flip Flop
0
0
0

.000
---
Freeze Frame
1
0
1

.000
L1
Gas Money
1
0
0
1
.000
B1
Golden Road
1
0
1

.000
L1
Grand Game
0
0
0
0
.000
---
Grocery Game
0
0
0

.000
---
½ Off
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Hi-Lo
0
0
0

.000
---
Hole in One (or Two)
0
0
0

.000
---
It's In the Bag
1
0
1
0
.000
L1
Let 'em Roll
0
0
0
0
.000
---
Line em Up
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Lucky $even
1
0
1

.000
L1
Magic #
0
0
0

.000
---
Make Your Move
0
0
0

.000
---
Master Key
0
0
0

.000
---
Money Game
1
0
1

.000
L1
More or Less
0
0
0

.000
---
Most Expen$ive
1
0
1

.000
L1
Now....or Then
0
0
0

.000
---
One Away
0
0
0

.000
---
1 Right Price
1
1
0

1.000
W1
One Wrong Price
1
0
1

.000
L1
Pass the Buck
0
0
0
0
.000
---
Pathfinder
1
0
1

.000
L1
Pay the Rent
1
0
0
1
.000
B1
Pick-a-Number
0
0
0

.000
---
Pick-a-Pair
0
0
0

.000
---
Plinko [1]
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Pocket ¢hange
0
0
0

.000
---
Punch-a-Bunch [2]
1
0
0
1
.000
B1
Push Over
0
0
0

.000
---
Race Game
0
0
0

.000
---
Range Game
1
0
1

.000
L1
Rat Race
0
0
0

.000
---
Safe Crackers
1
0
1

.000
L1
Secret “X”
0
0
0

.000
---
Shell Game
0
0
0

.000
---
Shopping Spree
0
0
0

.000
---
Side by Side
1
1
0

1.000
W1
Spelling Bee
0
0
0
0
.000
---
Squeeze Play
1
0
1

.000
L1
Stack the Deck
1
0
1

.000
L1
Step Up
0
0
0
0
.000
---
Swap Meet
0
0
0

.000
---
Switch?
1
0
1

.000
L1
Switcheroo
0
0
0

.000
---
Take Two
0
0
0

.000
---
Temptation
0
0
0
0
.000
---
10 Chances
0
0
0

.000
---
That's Too Much!
1
0
1

.000
L1
3 Strikes
0
0
0

.000
---
Triple Play
0
0
0

.000
---
2 for the Price of 1
0
0
0

.000
---
TOTALS
30
9
18
3
.300


[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.

TPiRecap: 28 September 2012



Episode #
6035K
Airdate
28 September 2012
VTR
29 August 2012
First Four
Roger, Melissa, John, Sharilyn (Random)
Today's Models
Manuela Abreález, Amber Lancaster, Rachel Reynolds


1. Apple iPod Touch (64GB) & pair of AKG by Harman Quincy Jones Signature headphones (JE)
John
700
Melissa
1100
Sharilyn
801
Roger
420

$1197



Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here Pay the Rent:

  • Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce
  • Bolthouse Farms carrot juice
  • Whink Cook Top cleaner
  • Suave deodorant
  • Twizzlers candy
  • Swans Down cake flour

(MA passes, RR recieves)

Deodorant
$1.59

$1,000
$1.59
Go on...
Sauce
$1.99
Candy
$2.29
$5,000
$4.28
Go on...
Juice
$3.79
Flour
$3.59
$10,000
$7.38
STOP
Win $10,000
(Cleaner: $5.49)

Solution:
Mailbox: Juice = $3.79
1st floor: Candy ($2.29) + Sauce ($1.99) = $4.28
2nd floor: Flour ($3.59) + Deodorant ($1.59) = $5.18
Attic: Cleaner = $5.49

For the record, the odds of putting the GPs in the correct order, if you just place them at random with no consideration towards prices, are 1:720. In contrast, Plinko, which is based entirely on luck (assuming you win all five chips), has odds of 1:59,049 of reaching its maximum... which is half as much as what Pay the Rent offers. Between that factoid and this downright sadistic setup today, I think we're kinda missing a check or a balance somewhere...

Update: GSN board user TVLubber points out that there is actually a second winning combination in this setup!  You can swap the juice and the flour for each other in the solution mentioned above, and that would work as well ($3.79 + $1.59 = $5.38 on the second floor).  So it's actually somewhat forgiving at that, since the odds were halved this way (down to "only" 1:360).  Even so, this was just a nasty, nasty setup if you're looking for a win.

2. Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera (MA, AL)
John
1251
Kathleen
829
Sharilyn
1200
Roger
1250
$1899




Squeeze Play:
Trip to Venice, Italy (6n, Hotel Paganelli, 2hr gondola class; RR on the Plinko Perch)

9
8
5
8
3
0

Remove the second 8...

$
9
8
5
3
$
9
5
8
3
LOSS

I curse my mild numerical dyslexia -- at first I entered this as a win, until I realized I'd transposed the middle digits again. Sigh. For the record, he did what I did.

3. Ocean Kayaks Scrambler 11 kayak w/accessories (AL)
Lindsey
700
Kathleen
1100
Sharilyn
1101
Roger
705



$770

Pathfinder:
2012 Dodge Charger SE (3.6L, 8AT, UConnect, 4.3S media center, RWD; MA)

2
0
0
0
0
0
9
5
1
0
8
3
7
6
9
6
5
2
3
5
4
9
6
4
7
0
7
5
2
9

(RR on SPs)
  • Libman Freedom floor duster
  • Back to Basics hot drink maker
  • Bella cake pop and donut hole maker








7



5
2
3



6








He moonwalks onto the 7, and I groaned... but that actually turned out to be right! Go figure.

2
7
0
0
0



5



3
7
6



2













Well, that was at least more predictable.

Duster
$13
$24
$13
WIN





5




7
6



2













2
7
6
0
0

Hey, this is actually starting to look pretty good by recent Pathy standards! Let's see if he can keep it up...

Also, I just now noticed they still haven't fixed this game's embarassing HD problem! Once the 6 lit up, the bleedover made it obvious the next digit was supposed to be a 1. I guess it's as well the player's back is always kept to the ARP display, otherwise this might really be a problem instead of just an amateurish annoyance. Still, they've got to do something about this, because it just looks awful.




1



7
6
9


2
3












Cake pop maker
$20
$35


$20
NO

Uh-oh...

Hot drink maker
$30
$50
$30
PHEW



Now all we can do is hope he steps the right way...




1



7
6



2
3











NO SUCH LUCK
($27,615)

And things were looking so good for a while...

(CC1: CTT)

Showcase Showdown #1:

Roger
100
1.00
$1,000 Bonus

John
10
30
.40

$1,899
B
Melissa
25
80
1.05

$11,197
Bonus Spin
35


And so goes the first Bonus Spin of Season 41... pity it didn't pay off though.

4. 5pc wicker outdoor bar set (RR)
Lindsey
1000
Kathleen
1050
Sharilyn
800
David II
750

$1889



Bargain Game:
  1. SunBriteTV 32" outdoor HDTV (RR)
  2. DCS 30" propane barbecue (MA)

HDTV
◄◄◄
Barbecue
$2095
Bargain price
$2668
$2395
ARP
$3668
$300
Difference
$1000
LOSS

Of all the times to finally break the streak (in each of the six times Bargain Game was played last year after its return, the correct prize to choose was always on the left), it's on this seemingly no-brainer setup. Have mercy, Mike!


5. Pair of Nintendo 3DS portable game systems w/games & accessories (RR)
Lindsey
601
Claudette
525
Sharilyn
475
David II
600
$760




That's This Week in the Dumper!:
2013 Mini Cooper hard top (1.6L, elec brake force distribution, onboard computer, center arm rest; AL)

$19,280
$20,161
$21,840
$22,990
$23,623
$25,191
$$$
$$$
$$$
$$$

$21,150
ARRRRGH!



No comment. None. Let's just move on.

Sharilyn is about to end up on Leftover Island if she's not careful...
6. Smooth Fitness 5.65 treadmill (MA)
Kahlil
1300
Claudette
2200
Sharilyn
1200
David II
1301



$2000

David the Second is our last chance to salvage some pride on this day, and he'll have to do it with One Wrong Price:
  1. Apple iMac computer (4GB RAM, 1TB HD, AIO; AL)
  2. Golden West Billiards pool table w/accessories (RR)
  3. 9pc designer bag collection (RR)

$2487
$2800
$3502
Computer
Pool table
Designer bags
$1799
$2800
$3502
INSERT FLUSHING SOUND

One suspects Mike was in a particularly foul mood when laying out this episode. This was, on the whole, just a brutal day.

(CC2: UnitedHealthcare / Dermarest)

Showcase Showdown #2:

Lindsey
70
.70

$760

Kathleen
40
85
1.25

$1,889

David II
45
35
.80
WIN

And now, it's time to announce our finalists for the 2012 Price is Right Male Model Search:

  • Rob Wilson
  • Clint Brink
  • Nick Denbeigh

Cast your vote on priceisright.com, then tune in on 5 October -- that's a week from today, gang -- to find out who wins a one-week gig.

And the Union still stands, folks.

Showcases: David II top winner, Roger runner-up. Though with today's setups, it may be more accurate to say they're today's survivors...

1. Dive Right In
  • Cressi 16pc his & hers scuba gear & wetsuit collection (AL)
  • Trip to Blackbird Caye, Belize (6n, Blackbird Caye Resort; AL)
  • Boston Whaler (hey!) 130 13'3" Super Sport boat w/trailer (MA)
David II passes; Roger bids $23,420.
(My bid: $24,565)

2. Fahrvergnügen
  • Trip to Munich, Germany (6n; RR)
    • Oktoberfest!
  • 2012 Volkswagen Eos Comfort convertible (2L, AT, rear lip spoiler, all-season mats, first aid kit; RR)
David II bids $35,000.
(My bid: $34,895)


Moment
of Truth
1. Roger
Belize/Boat
2. David II
Germany/Car
Bid
$23,420
$35,000
ARP
$26,257
$48,635
Result
$2,837
$13,635

Roger wins!
$28,070
$2,000
My result
$692
$13,740

Okay, so I have a hard time remembering how pricey Volkswagens are these days. Can you tell I haven't been shopping for one lately? ^^;

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6035K

Roger
$28,070
B
Melissa

$11,197

David II
$2,000

John

$1,899

Kathleen

$1,899

Lindsey

$760
TOTAL WINNINGS
$45,815
Average: $7,636
17.51% of $255,982 + $1,000 bonus