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Thursday, August 29, 2013

TPiRecap: 29 August 2013


Here we go again with another time warp... Let's hope it's better than the last one.

(T-minus 25 days to the new season...)

Episode # 6294K
Airdate 29 August 2013 (postponed from an earlier date)
VTR 19 February 2013
First Four Veronica, Brandon, Ellen, Luis (L-R)
Today's Models Manuela Abreález, Amber Lancaster, Rob Wilson


1. Pair of Apple iPod Shuffles (2GB ea) & Touches (16GB ea) (RW)
Veronica
1000
Brandon
1700
Ellen
599
Luis
601



$896

Lucky $even:
2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS (1.8L, power windows, 6-speaker audio, AT, paint/fabric prot; AL)

1
$7

7
1
9
-$2
$5
6
1
9
5
-$1
$4
4
1
9
5
9
-$5
-$1 LOSS
($19,592)

What is it about this game that just brings out the evil in a director? I don't care if it's been Roger, Fingers, Mike, or whoever. Ever since the mid-aughts, there's been a trend toward WTFery in Lucky $even that few other games played with this frequency have been able to match. And yes, I'm including That's Too Much! in my assesment.

Whatever, we're off to another flying start on this make-good.

2. Nintendo WiiU game system w/games & accessories (RW)
Veronica
775
Brandon
521
Ellen
792
Ameeris
575



$620

One Wrong Price:
  1. Samsung 55" LED Smart HDTV (MA)
  2. Electrolux washer & dryer (AL)
  3. Honda CRF-50F offroad motorcycle (RW)

$973
$2498
$1540
3D HDTV
Washer/dryer
Offroad bike

Protip #1: Whenever you see a washer and dryer paired like that, their combined price will end in -98 far more often than not.

Protip #2: Honda's small motorcycles are deceptively cheap; they're even IUFBs on occasion.

Protip #3: While the price of Smart TVs have come down recently, the big ones (defined as 50" or larger) haven't quite come down that far yet.

Based on all of this, the HDTV is the one to pick.

$973
$2498
$1540
3D HDTV
Washer/dryer
Offroad bike
$3149
$2498
$1540
I ALWAYS DID LIKE GAMEPRO!

See? They do still do pattern recognition -- they're just not the same patterns we all got used to in the last decade or so of the Barker-Dobkowitz Regime. ^^;

3. Doves turquoise & diamond (.44ct) ring (AL)
Veronica
799
Brandon
1221
Ellen
1222
Pamela
1214


$3000


After we take a moment for Drew to pick his jaw up off the floor after reading that ARP, Ellen will get to play the Bonus Game:
Beachcomber Leep hot tub & Dimplex Power Chef electric barbecue ($6,513; MA)

Collapsible potato masher
Potato masher
$49
$20
LOWER
Portable 3pc wine tool set
Wine set
$35
$24
LOWER
Sunbeam fortune cookie maker
Cookie maker
$40
$30
LOWER
Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender
Blender
$39
$55
HIGHER

Why am I convinced the Bonus was under the fortune cookie thing?

$20
LOWER
BONUS!
◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
$55
HIGHER

◤▀▀▀
◣▄▄▄
WIN!

Because I'm stupid, that's why! ^^;

(CC1: CTT)

Showcase Showdown #1:

Luis
95
.95

$896
Ameeris
80
70
1.50

$7,807
Ellen
100
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
Bonus Spin
35


Well, if nothing else, we're confirmed for being better than the last two episodes I handled... ^^;



4. Panasonic HX-WA2 waterproof camcorder & Lumix waterproof camera w/32GB card ()
Veronica
800
Brandon
801
Lincoln
375
Pamela
1400


$743


Side by Side:
Trip to Fiji (6n, Sonaisali Island Resort, daily breakfast, sailing adventure w/lunch; RW)

SIDE
68
SIDE

75

00
00
00

$6,875, because I have a feeling a lowball's coming.

SIDE
00
SIDE

75
68

75
68
WIN!

See what I mean? Mike's got me so screwed up I can't even tell up from down anymore! ^^;

5. ESP PX2 electric guitar w/case (AL)
Veronica
1700
Brandon
1
Margaret
800
Pamela
1350
$2179




And Speaking of Screwed Up...:
2013 Fiat 500 Pop hatchback (1.4L, remote keyless entry, elec stability ctrl, car cover, premium mats; RW)


Stack the DECK






1
2
3
4
6
7
8

Sigh. Just when we were doing so well, too. Let's just get this over with...

Aspercreme
pain relief
creme
Zest
Fresh Aloe
body bars (3)
Schiff Digestive
Advantage
supplement


$16.99
$5.49
$2.49
$6.47
Gorton's
Simply Bake
tilapia
Betty Crocker
Fruit Roll-Ups
fruit snacks
Allegra
allergy
relief (5 tablets)
$7.19
$3.49

NO
NO
NO




...Couldn't have said it better myself, girls. Thanks.


Stack the DECK

1
7
4
6
2
1
2
3
4
6
7
8


1
6
4
2
8

1
7
4
6
2
1
2
3
4
6
7
8
WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

I don't have the energy to do my usual "I hate Stacky" screed here. Just substitute one of my past rants and mentally place it here.

Last chance for Brandon to escape the express to Leftover Island...

6. Evolution RAGE Power Saws (RW)
Gretel
615
Brandon
280
Margaret
565
Pamela
2


$600
SUICIDE

While Brandon tries to figure out how to stuff that birthday-cake hat of his into an overhead compartment, Margaret gets Take Two:
  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs designer handbags (MA)
  2. Escalade Sports Atomic air hockey table (MA, RW)
  3. ASUS touchscreen computer (4GB RAM, 1TB HD, Win8, AIO; RW, AL)
  4. Avanti Fitness Cardio Gym 3500 home gym (AL)

Target
$4449
Try #1
Handbags
$2160
Air hockey
Computer
Home gym
$3499
TOTAL
5659

Target
$4449
Try #2
Handbags
$2160
Air hockey
Computer
$950
Home gym
TOTAL
3110
LOSS
(Air hockey: $700 [1]; Computer + Home gym)

Well... look on the bright side, we ended up at .500 on the day. That's better than we had been doing, right?

[1] Source: Episode #6314K

(CC2: RepHresh / Beautyrest)

Showcase Showdown #2:

Margaret
90
.90
WIN

Veronica
25
50
.75

$2,179
Lincoln
15
45
.60

$8,311


Showcases: Ellen (true) top winner, Margaret runner-up.

1. Spicing Things Up
  • Outdoor Sectional Sets (paprika-colored) outdoor seating group (AL)
  • SunBriteTV 55" outdoor weatherproof HDTV (AL)
  • Trip to Marrakesh, Morocco (6n, Jnane Tamsna; MA)
    • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
Ellen passes; Margaret bids $26,300.
(My bid: $19,594)

2. Making Life Run as Smooth as Possible
  • The Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Triangle of Terror (Maytag, 30" gas range; RW)
  • $2,500 cash (RW)
  • 2013 Dodge Dart SE (2L, value grp, all-speed traction ctrl, power windows, paint/fabric prot; MA)
Margaret bids $23,650.
(My bid: $26,307)


Moment of Truth
1. Margaret
Morocco
2. Ellen
Room/Car
Bid
$26,300
$23,650
ARP
$22,417
$23,314
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Result
$3,883
$336
NOT THIS CRAP AGAIN
My result
$2,823
$2,993

...Three consecutive recaps, three consecutive DOBs.

Protip: If you're going to leave comments to the effect that this sort of thing is all we have to look forward to in Season 42, don't waste your time or mine. They will be insta-deleted.

LEADER BOARD: Episode #6294K
Ellen
$10,588
Lincoln

$8,311
Ameeris

$7,807

Veronica

$2,179

Luis

$896

Margaret
$600
TOTAL WINNINGS
$30,381
25.64% of $118,501 + $1,000 bonus
Average: $5,064
Median: $4.993

We did do better... marginally better, but even so, at this point I'll take what I can get.

And we're back on 11 September for the final word on Season 41. No, really, this time we mean it. After this, there are no more make-goods or summertime specials. Honest.

See you then...
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