"Top Chef: Texas" 11/30

Starting this week, the show moves to Dallas courtesy of the Toyota Sienna.

Immunity Quickfire #3: Make a half-hour dish using the survival kits stored in the backs of those three vans. Like two weeks ago, a $5K bonus comes w/ this week's immunity prize.

Guest Judge: John Besh (August chef/owner)


Chris J.: Fried chicken on lemongrass noodles
Chuy: Basmati rice w/ smoked trout & green chiles
Grayson: Pickled herring w/ hearts of palm, dates & herring juice
Lindsay: Triple club sandwich w/ tuna & sardines in French Onion Soup w/ Vienna sausage
Ty-Lor: Black pepper chicken stew w/ garbanzo beans & rice
Sarah: Dried beef & pineapple rice w/ applesauce & hearts of palm
Chris C.: Spicy Garbanzo beans w/ tofu & crab
Whitney: Beer & peach-glazed chicken w/ green bean casserole
Edward: Thai Peanut Soup w/ salmon, tofu & fried hominy
Paul: Pork & beans w/ coffee & Basmati rice
Dakota: Sweet & spicy noodles w/ crab meat, corn kernels, green chiles & pineapple juice

BOTTOM THREE- Whitney, Dakota & Chris C.
WINNER- Lindsay (Runners-up: Edward & Chuy)

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE #3: While still in Highland Park, make something for a progressive dinner party that involves three neighbors.

Whole Foods Market Budget of the Week (30 min.): $250



Chris J.: Roasted chicken cigar w/ sweet corn, collard greens, cumin ash & sesame seed
Sarah: Grilled Roman-style artichokes w/ date puree, pecans & fresh mint
Lindsay: Roasted & raw beet salad w/ chickpeas & Greek vinaigrette
Whitney: Seared scallop over sweet corn puree w/ zucchini
Paul: Fried Brussels Sprouts w/ grilled prosciutto


Heather: Garlic & rosemary-grilled lamb chops w/ Garbanzo beans & mint chimichurri
Chuy: Sockeye salmon fillet stuffed w/ goat cheese cream & a cherry tomato relish on top w/ avocado
Beverly: Seared scallop w/ creamy polenta & crispy garlic
Ty-Lor: Spice-rubbed grilled pork tenderloin w/ Summer slaw & guacamole salsa
Nyesha: Roasted filet of beef w/ vegetable melange & red wine sauce


Dakota: Banana bread pudding w/ roasted banana mousse & banana date milkshake
Chris C.: Strawberry cupcake w/ banana cream custard, rich chocolate icing & chocolate chip ice cream
Edward: Panna cotta w/ cantaloupe consomme & raspberries stuffed w/ basil pudding
Grayson: Chocolate sponge cake w/ caramelized bananas & semifreddo

WINNER- Paul (Runners-up: Sarah, Grayson & Dakota)
IN JEOPARDY- Chuy (Dishonorable mentions: Both Chrises & Ty-Lor)

LAST CHANCE KITCHEN CHALLENGE #4: After butchering five bone-in Rib-Eyes picked up at WFM via the all-new Toyota prius v, they have to perfectly cook one medium-rare steak; all of this must be done within 45 minutes.


"Work of Art" 11/30

THIS WEEK'S TASK: From a pool of 2K automotive parts, at least one from a FIAT 500 has to be incorporated in the art. The winner will win enough moolah to buy one & pay the tax & title for it- $25K.

Guest Judge: Liz Cohen (performance artist/photographer)


1. Lola: "The car is a cave and my fingertips are gods controlling your fate"
2. Young: "Trophy"
3. Michelle: "Scenic Overlook"
4. Dusty: "Daily Commute"
5. Kymia: "Key to the Universe"
6. Sara: "Backfire"
7. Sarah: "Hide"

BIG MONEY WINNER- Sara (Runner-up: Sarah)
LOSER- Michelle (Dishonorable mentions: Kymia & Lola)

"America's Next Top Model: All-Stars" 11/30- FINAL FOUR

Guest Judge: Tyson Beckford

Challenge of the Week: The four hopefuls each have to write a fashion blog from their personal perspectives at a hotel within three hours. The one w/ the best blog wins a one-week trip for two back to Crete at the Blue Palace.

Before we find out who the winner is, they've got to take part in some "Smize" motion editorials directed by Tyra, which are inspired by her first novel "Modelland". Each girl will be shooting for two days as a different version of the book's main character, Tooke, which means they'll play a part in the next (& possibly last) two judging rounds.

KEY CHAPTER ORDER (the last three feature Tyson cameos):

1. "Run and Gun" (20)
2. "All Hail Creamy" (36)
3. "Tooke" (1)
4. "Da-Tahhhh!" (4)
5. "Bzzz" (9)
6. "One Bee-Yotchhh (Catwalk Corridor)" (25)
7. "Arancia Rossa Di Siclia" (14)
8. "X-O-2" (7)
9. "La Lumiere" (18)
10. "W.O.W." (24)
11. "Welcome to T-Dod" (12)


The other two participating in the final runway show next week are...


...Angelea & Allison!

Batoning Down the Hatches!

Well, our Tofurky was fantastic, the girls and my DH loved it, so worth a try for anyone who wants to try a vegetarian feast. It was neat to have a "traditional" holiday feast with all the trimmings.

The forecast is predicting some wicked winds here in the desert. We KNOW how to do wicked winds, and with all the dirt we have it can be a nasty thing. They say we should have sustained winds around 40 mph with gusts up to 70+mph, YIKES! The last time we had these winds come through we lost our roof and our entire wooden fence fell down. It was wild with the big kennel runs we have almost going over the 6 foot fences, everything was flying. Hopefully the forecast will be wrong or at least we will weather the whole thing better this time.

Knowing the winds were coming-it was getting pretty windy this afternoon-I set to work trying to clean everything outside up. I asked the girls to help, and anyone who has teenagers will be able to imagine how that went. Usually the girls are pretty good helping if I ask but boy today I got some rolling eyes and they clearly thought I was a bit nuts when I said the light plastic chairs should be brought up into the garage, after all they put two light weight chairs on top of each other, so what the heck-after all how much force could a wind pack, right?

I am in a no win situation, if there are no winds, then the girls will forever think I am a little short in the logic department, and if the winds do come like they are predicted I will be able to say I told you so, but those type of winds always bring damage to at least some of the people in our area.

One thing that will be safe no matter how strong the winds are is my new table. I posted a picture of it on facebook when I completed it last week, but figured I would show it off in the blog too. This table started its first life as a table my friends husband built for her, then she gave it to me, I resurfaced it, and resurfaced it, changed the legs and had it as a baby pause table to use with the puppies or when I wanted to have one of the dogs drive to something-they could go to that table if I wanted to use two tables. I wanted to do some teeter training with the two table method and so I needed another higher table so I decided to give the table yet another life. I LOVE using the table as a huge target for exercises and we do LOTS of table games, so you can never have too many tables in your back yard.

I think I am basically a pretty inventive builder. YEAH, that's what we will call it. Sometimes with training or building something it is just too easy to do something the tried and true way, so I will set out on a search on the 'net to see if I can find a better way to go about things. LOL, sometimes, well.....USUALLY that can get me into some trouble and this project was no exception.

The reason this table will be very safe even if we have hurricane force winds is that it probably weighs a ton. Hey, me and ten of my heaviest friends could jump on it, it is sturdy as they come but with each new life I just added on another layer of wood onto the top. It doesn't take many layers before a table is pretty heavy-IT ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE!. If worse comes to worse tomorrow with the winds we will all be heading to hide under the table so at least I know we will be safe.

The painting was done with a new method I read about on the net where people were suggesting using raw sugar and rock salt for the traction in the paint instead of using a finish with sand. Sounded like a great idea after all then if I needed to refinish it I could sand it down which does not work if you use a sanded surface. Well, it looked fantastic, until it would not dry for days and days and there was an oily slick surface. Hummmmm, so I sopped up the oily stuff and put another coat on, and added some rice. Well, at that point we could have ate the table, we almost had rice pudding. I am not sure if there was a chemical reaction with the paint and food....or if the paint was reacting to when I watered it down. It was a new type of paint.

I finally scraped everything off and did a traditional finish. After probably spending twice as much on this table and taking way more then twice the time it should have we have a sturdy, wonderful table. SEE,it all turns out in the end, LOL. The table is supposedly adjustable and there are all the heights on it from 8 inches to 24 inches, but in reality,....it is PVC and PVC doesn't come apart that well once you really pound it together so I have left over pieces I will make a baby table with and I think I will just leave the table at 20 inches.

If anyone needs to make a table, and you use the tried and true methods and don't do a lot of experimenting,.....this table was really easy, and I am really impressed with how stable it is.

11/30/2011 Results

TPiR: W/ the usual "Come on Down" music in effect, George first says the magic words to Tina Tripp, Stewart Sibert from the Coast Guard, Irene Hernandez & Bruce Long & happens to be holding the morning's first one-bid item- an Android 3-D 4G w/ that one-year plan ("Headlines" by Drake).

Bruce: $999/Irene: $850/Stewart: $1,100/Tina: $725

ARP: $1,460

Stewart, a C.G. captain originally from Richmond, VA (!), plays Five Price Tags for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze (Rachel at Door #2)("Car Slide"). The Four Falses Trick (I'll use "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele for the SPs today)...

1. Burburry pouch ($95)(Rachel)- NO
2. Two-gallon glass drink dispenser ($150)(Manuela)- NO
3. Cuisinart silver can opener ($90)(Rachel)- NO
4. Insulated lunch pack ($12)(Manuela)- $20

...only gets him one choice of these (Manuela):


FOR THE CAR: $18,625 (ARP: $17,470)

Marching/walking on down fifth is Stephanie Williams & the second PUFB's a Universal Furniture family recipe desk (Manuela behind splitting sign)("Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum).

Bruce: $825/Irene: $950/STEPHANIE: $795/Tina: $595

ARP: $798

Stephanie, an unemployed Speech Pathology student from Marina Valley, CA, will only go Bonkers if she wins said Pricing Game for a kitchen trio (Rachel at Door #3)("Good Life" by OneRepublic). Starting price:

7 5 7 5

1. HLHL- NO (& she loses a shoe in the process)

Plugging in the orange podium third's Elnora Overstreet from Portland, OR & the third IUFB's a Stella McCartney black/silver shopping handbag (Manuela in front of Contestant's Row)("Don't Hold Your Breath" by Nicole Scherzinger).

Bruce: $1,200/Irene: BUCK/ELNORA: $750/Tina: $620

ARP: $1,435

Bruce, a respiratory therapist from Sacramento needs to know that one of these gifts has the One Wrong Price- the his/her Honda CRF-50 motorcycles marked at $2,998 (Manuela), a DELL desktop marked at $2,163 (Rachel) & a Golden West Billiard Manufacturing table marked at $3,595 (Rachel)("Not Over You" by Gavin Degraw). He wisely avoids the motorcycles & picks the table...but he chose incorrectly- the computer was only $1,288.

Stewart could've won $18,950 in prizes by now, but he's going to the Showcase w/ three quarters in one spin. Other Showcase Showdown #1 results:

Stephanie: 45 + 75 = OVER BY TWO DIMES
Bruce: $.65

Trying their luck next's Luz Diaz & IUFB #4's a 13-piece Nintendo 3DS package (both)("E.T." by Katy Perry).

LUZ: $2,010/Irene: $575/Elnora: $1,100/Tina: $1,150

ARP: $820

Irene, originally from Cuba & now a speech pathologist assistant from Orange County, CA, plays the Balance Game for a queen bedroom group that includes the LG 32" HDTV (Rachel at Door #3)("Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry). Last three numbers are 4, 2 & 3...


...& she's won the $7,423 furniture!

Having to go to CR next's Michael Merirto II & let's get another PUFB to bid on, a GARMIN nuvi package (Rachel in the clam)("Domino" by Jessie J).

Luz: TWO BUCKS (DOH)/MICHAEL: $450/Elnora: $750/Tina: BUCK (OOPS)

ARP: $598

Michael, a retail worker from Anaheim, CA, plays PASS the BUCK for the Chrysler 200 (Manuela)(MDS theme; I will use "Love You Like a Love Song" by Selena Gomez for the groceries).

Sunsweet plum Amazins diced dried plums: $2.49
Hidden Valley Ranch: $2.79
PICK: Dressing ($3.79)

Genuine Bayer: $5.42
Reynolds Cut-Rite Wax Paper: $1.59
PICK: Paper


1. #6- FINALLY!

That's the first car PG win in two weeks & the third straight aired PtB playing to end like that (again, Drew feels the bailout option's not necessary; maybe we should start offering a $5K bonus for instant wins in this PG if he continues acting like that)! Everything else:

#1- $3K
#2- $1K
#5- $5K

Video Bonus: Yet another PtB Win

More good luck may be spread to the last new contestant of this edition of "Price", Carolyn Maloco (whose first baby should've been born seven week after this episode was taped) & the final one-bid prizes are pairs of Beats & Monster Mogul Jams headphones (ceiling platform)("Keep Your Head Up" by Andy Grammer). Tina's been here the whole hour.

Luz: $701/CAROLYN: $595/Elnora: $650/Tina: $700


Luz didn't "lose" these $858 headphones (& is a mom w/ four kids), but we want to know if she'll "win" at Safe Crackers (Rachel) for a six-night bookit.com trip to the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios w/ this SONY digital camera, making this prize package worth $7,450 (Manuela)("Just Can't Get Enough" by The Black Eyed Peas).

Numbers in Headphones: 0, 5 & 6

SCSD #2:
Luz ($858): 40 + 15 = $.55
Irene ($8,243): $.95
Michael ($20,593): 20 + 80 = WINS $1K & TOP WINNER'S SHOWCASE PODIUM!

This Michael's Bonus Spin is worth...$.95.

SHOWCASE #1 ("Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera):

Door #4- Six-night Vegas.com trip (includes the Hoover Dam tour & a four-hour Ferrari ride down the strip)
Door #3- That dreaded wine vault (Rachel)
Left of Door #3- Six-night trip to the Sandy Beach Resort in Tonga (Rachel)



MICHAEL M.'S MIND, BODY & SOUL SHOWCASE ("Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine):

In front of Door #1- Pair of iPad2s (Rachel)
Inside Door #1- Portable red SpaBerry two-person spa (Rachel)
Door #2- '12 KIA Soul (Manuela)



BID: $24,021
ARP: $33,593

BID: $31,000
ARP: $23,276

Stewart misses out on leaving w/ $52,543 in prizes, but he still takes back to his base $35,073 of that as today's champ. The non-directing Michael leaves w/ $21,593 in cash & prizes.


LMaD: As we begin the countdown to Episode #500, Erika (dressed as a banana in pajamas) & Michelle (a 12-year L.A. county sheriff dressed as a cowgirl) play Spell Out the Car's Name for the $16,720 Scion xD (Curtain #1).


Michelle: Gold- $100
Erika: Silver- $50

Round 1:

Michelle: #5- T (T-----)
Erika: #4- A (T----A)

Round 2:

Michelle (after turning down $300): #6- ZONK
Erika: QUITS W/ $500 ($550)

#1- ZONK (which Erika would've chosen next)
#2- Y
#3- O
#7- O
#8- T

Bradley's Close-Up Picture Deal (a Mobile, AL Navy member dressed as a hunter; Jonathan's from Alabama as well, BTW)(Curtain #2): YES ($1,200)- KEMCO People scooter ($3,399)

Karen's Jonathan Sketch Deal (she's dressed as a Hawaiian graduate)(Curtain #3): NO ($1.5K)- 1/2 red hatchback on the turntable


Aryiel's the next bachelor on The Dealing Game.


1. If I'm lucky enough to win your prize, would I use it indoors, outdoors or both?
2. If I overheard you talking about your prize w/ someone else, what one word would I hear to describe your prize?

She chooses to date Jonathan...Wayne's Curtain #3 (who was acting as a man named Guillermo from Spain) had a duct tape sailboat, meaning she actually wins a pair of designer shoes every month for a year worth $6,103- PERFECT DEAL #2!

Wayne mistakenly leaves his Curtain #3 nametag on his suit, but he gives Lisa & Steven (who should be having a new baby any time soon; Steven's dressed as a crybaby) a chance to win some prizes if they can identify whether each of these CBS shows debuted in the 2000s or not.

Red Box ("How I Met Your Mother"): YES (2005)- Cable service for a year ($628)
Blue Box ("King of Queens"): NO (1998)- TagHeuer watch ($950)
Yellow Box ("CSI: Miami"): YES (2002)- DELL laptop ($2,132)

THE BIG RISK (Silver Envelope): NO- Trip to Chicago

Having a chance at the $5K Cash Pinatas are Madeline, Jeffrey (dressed as part of Highway 405) & Erryl (who's wearing lottery tickets).

#1 (Erryl)(Small Box w/ Tiffany): NO- Citrus eye drops (Wins $5K)
#2 (Madeline)(Curtain #1): YES- Game room ($6,650)
#3 (Jeffrey)(Curtain #3): NEITHER (leaves w/ $1.5K)- FIAT 500 HB MT

Erryl's pinata was the only one w/ the money inside, of course & she took the longest time to break open hers.

Debbi, dressed as Curtain #1 w/ a vacation inside, sides w/ a bracelet that has an unknown value plus three times its value in cash.

Bracelet- $100 ($400 total)
Big Box- Kitchen trio ($3,147)
Curtain #2- Trip to Belize

Because of Debbi, Madeline advances to go for the Big Deal of the Day...

THE BIG DEAL: ...but she doesn't win it w/ Door #2; she ultimately takes home an $8,847 living room set. But if she had agreed w/ me on #1, she would've also won the following for a grand total of $31,382 in merchandise:

#3: Bang & Olufsen stereo system ($3,560)
#1: Ford Ranger ($18,975)

WoF: A cold locale's about to be revealed on the puzzleboard, because the $1K Toss-Up category's On the Map:

T _ E / _ T _ L _ A N

_ _ _ S

Kelly can't come up w/ the last word.

T _ E / _ T A L _ A N

_ _ P S

Wonoh solves THE ITALIAN ALPS. Now entering the studio are tonight's players:

Wonoh Massaquoi (L.A.; originally from Texas)- An educational specialist for the L.A. County Office of Education who also does some freelance writing
Phil Vasapolli (Vegas; originally from Guam)- A customer service agent for a telecommunications company
Kelly Bovard (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)- An educational trainer for a teachers' software program

We're still going to be specific on this $2K T-U, as we now need the Proper Name of an actor/actress:

J O H _ _ Y

_ _ _ _

Kelly misses a T-U for the second time in a row, this time w/ an incorrect response of JOHNNY CASH, which means Wonoh steals JOHNNY DEPP for the extra cash & control.

The UnitedHealthcare Jackpot Round topic this night's Living Things & this is available for the first two main rounds of tonight's match, a trip to The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain worth $5,835. Wonoh will first call two T's for $1K & the blue 1/2 KIA, buy the A at the start, Free Play an O & call a $500 F for the other 1/2 KIA (BTW, she jumped the gun on picking it up before she called that consonant), then coming her way are a $500 T while on Jackpot (which stands at $7K now), two I's, a $400 R, a couple of E's & three P's in the important last word for another 900 buckeroos...

A / L I T T E R / O F

P _ P P I E _

...& she catches A LITTER OF PUPPIES for $17,550 in cash & Soul in just this round, bringing her total winnings to $20,550!


(Note: Until last night's Mystery Round during these tapings, the 1/2 Car icons were mistakenly shown on the contestant podiums instead of the current 1/2 KIA ones.)

Phil begins a Mystery/Before & After Round w/ four T's for the trip, two H's for $1,600, four E's, & an A before a G's called for while on the Mystery Wedge in between FP & Lose a Turn. Even though he's well behind Wonoh, he takes the grand for it (but the $10K was on the back) before calling two S's for $1,200 more, buying five I's & capturing the Wild Card w/ a C. Following the remaining vowel of O, he takes a $2,700 trio of R's, a $900 P, a $300 M & we currently see...

T H E / P R I C E / I S


T O / R E M A I _

S I _ E _ T

...there will never be such as a thing as "THE PRICE IS RIGHT" TO REMAIN SILENT, but for real, he's won a total of $12,535 in cash & skiing.


Kelly's round could be the one w/ that Prize Puzzle in it; the category of this particular puzzle's Food & Drink. On her letter menu first are a $1K pair of S's, a couple T's for the Bed and Breakfast.com gift tag, an E, three A's & twin L's for another 18 bills, but she then runs into the LaT. Second, Wonoh Bankrupts out next to the top dollar wedge, then Phil calls trip R's for $900, makes the purchase of two I's but then LaTs out as well. Afterwards, Kelly Bankrupts the same way Wonoh did to lose $3,300 in cash & gift certificate & Wonoh tries this board out for size...

_ R E S _

T R _ _ I _ A L

_ R _ I T / S A L A _

...she'll likely eat a FRESH TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD while she's on her holiday to the British Colonial Hilton Nassau valued at $7,950, propelling her to $28.5K in cash & stuff!

LaTs: 2 (Kelly & Phil)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: VS04899 (Vernon S.)

Wheel Deals! Wednesday Offer of the Week: Receive $20 in Beyond the Rack shopping credits for just $5; the SonyCard will drop it to $3

The T-Us conclude w/ the identity of Things:

_ _ _ _ C E

E A R M U _ _ S

Kelly guesses FLEECE EARMUFFS...the third time's the charm for her, so $3K comes her way.

An unusual subject follows- Fictional Place. Her first calls are two T's & an H for $500 a pop, then she buys a pair of E's prior to buying a dud in A. Wonoh secondly puts up a $300 F & the other valid vowels of the puzzle in three O's, after which come a $350 N but then the same Bankrupt from twice before to take away her $400 from this round only. Phil then hits LaT for the second time this evening & Kelly resumes her turn w/ a $600 D before we go to Last Chance Mode...

T H E / T O _ N

O F / _ E D _ O _ _

...& after she calls a $1,300 B...

T H E / T O _ N

O F / B E D _ O _ _

...courtesy of THE TOWN OF BEDROCK, she nearly doubles up to a final third-place sum of $5,900. Phil departs w/ the $12,535 cash/trip haul from the MR & Wonoh's an easy champ w/ $28.5K in cash & prizes!

$46,935 in overall maingame goodies were won on this Wednesday show.

SOLE DUD (before final bell): A (Kelly)
SOLE LaT: Phil
SOLE BANKRUPT: Wonoh (2nd & final one tonight)

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,700 in cash & gift tag

Maxwell House Big Money Round #48: Wonoh's last wheel spin stops on the single-star & these Places stand between her & even more goodness:

_ _ _ _ N T

S _ _ _ S

PDGI add another column of letters...

_ _ _ I N T

S _ _ P S

...but she's ran into a FORCED LOSS setup here, because we needed QUAINT SHOPS & she loses the $40K. She finishes w/ $28.5K in cash & stuff.

J!: The first challengers for new champ Kiran Kedlaya, who's a Math professor originally from Boston:

Tim Gray (originally from Alexandria, VA)- Law student
Jan Zasowski (Chicago)- Stock trader

Here come the first six categories:

THIS LANDFILL IS MY LANDFILL (each correct response's a state)
GREAT COMEBACKS (video clues read by Dan Patrick)

Jan goes Daily Double Hunting after the first two "Public" clues in the center of This Landfill Is My Landfill...it hasn't been found yet, but Tim's leading Kiran $4,800-$3,200; Jan's got four Benjamins in the meantime. Right after the first commercials & the interviews, Kiran picks it off from the last Corruption Junction & goes for broke on this answer:

Scandals during this President's tenure included the whiskey ring, the Indian ring & the credit mobilier crisis.

"Who is Andrew Jackson?"...NO. We were looking for Ulysses S. Grant. He does make it back to second place, however, w/ $3,800; every guy's separated by $2K, which means Tim has $5,800 & Jan will begin Double Jeopardy! w/ $1,800.


DJ! Layout:


Right away, Jan goes DDH for the second time in the game in the middle of Help Me, Fonda...the forecast for him upon his $1,200 Weather clue selection is a DD at the $7,800 mark; he's trailing Tim by just $400, while Kiran's not too far off the pace w/ $5,400. And we have our second True DD of the night, so to take Tim to $15,600 & the lead, here's his clue:

Meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes popularized this five-letter term for the place where warm & cold air masses meet.

"What is front?"...IS RIGHT for the doubler & first! And he also steals the other one from the $1,200 Egyptian Mythology spot. This time, he's gambling $4,200.

This tome was a collection of spells, charms & magical formulas for the deceased to use in the afterlife.

"What is 'The Book of the Dead'?"...$19,800! Time runs out before the $400 Classical Music answer can be read.

DJ! LACH TRASH (all unattempted): $5,600

Post-DJ! Scores:

Kiran: $13,400
Jan: $22,200
Tim: $11,400


Kiran: $16,600
Jan: $12,600
Tim: $11,400


On November 17, 1871, Union vets dismayed by soldiers' lack of proficiency in one skill formed this organization.

Tim Gray LOSES EVERYTHING after blanking out. Kiran thought "What is the Boy Scouts?"...NO & he drops 10 grand, so he leaves w/ $32,801 while Jan Zasowski was right w/ "What is the National Rifle Association?" to win $26,801.

Millionaire ("Pay It Forward Week II" Day 3):

Conclusion of Vanessa & Greg's Game

Game 2

Episode ratings:

7: "Jeopardy!", "The Price is Right" & "Wheel of Fortune"
6: "Let's Make a Deal" & "Millionaire"

"The Biggest Loser" 11/29- MAKEOVER EPISODE

Main Challenge: It's the previous weight-loss relay w/ a one-pound advantage on the line. The amounts are attached to various parts of each player's body.


Win or lose the rest of the way out, they're each getting Progresso Light soup for a year & $5K!


Sunny: 201 lbs, one pound lost, .5%

Antone: 323 lbs, eight pounds lost, 2.42%

John: 296 lbs, 10 pounds lost (w/ bonus), 3.28%

Vinny: 314 lbs, 10 pounds lost, 3.09%

Becky (needs to have lost at least five pounds to definitely avoid getting voted out to the final marathon): 172 lbs, ON THE NOSE, 2.82%

FINAL VOTE: The last player being forced to compete in the marathon next week just to revive their $250K hopes is...Sunny.

For the rest of the season, new episodes will air at 9 PM EST.

11/29/2011 Results

LMaD: This is this incarnation's 400TH EPISODE! And we're starting off w/ a rather fitting game called the Four Keys Deal, where Casey & Matthew (a beach couple who've been married for four years) could win the Volkswagen Jetta (Curtain #2). They choose Key #2 & here's the Sure Thing Jackpot of the day- the $2,198 red washer/dryer package & $2K. After Casey nearly listens to somebody other lady's scholarly advice in taking that, they go for the car...& WE HAVE OUR FIRST-EVER WIN IN THIS VERSION OF THIS CLASSIC DEAL- PERFECT ROUND! Just for giggles, here were the other key assignments:

#1 (Tiffany; eliminated first)
#3 (Jonathan)
#4 (Wayne; eliminated second)

They were hot on the trail at the start by narrowing it down to the middle keys; thanks for being nice on this playing on Episode #400, Dan & Mike!

Salvador (dressed as a robot) currently has the Small Box (Jonathan), which either has Bermuda Shorts or a trip to said locale.

Sara's Round (dressed as a hand-me-down character): Curtain #1
ANSWER: YES ($700)- His/her Callaway 12-foot golf sets ($3,026)

Latorrie's Round: Big Box
ANSWER: NO ($700)- SONY 52" HDTV/TiVo package ($3,650)

SALVADOR'S FINAL ROUND DECISION: SB- Four-night trip to the Rosedon Hotel ($6,022)
Silver Envelope- Bounced Check

Santie's Fast Deal (dressed as a hippie): SB (Jonathan; has something worth at least $1K) or Curtain #2?
PICK: SB- Michael Greene & Co. white gold ring ($5,200)

Kelly's Freestyle Deal (dressed as a cowgirl; the three backup dancers each get $100 for their time): Curtain #1- Has something to do w/ camping & hiding
ANSWER: YES ($700)- LittleGuy regular trailer ($5,195)

It's time for the One-Roll Dice Deal.

Monique's $200 Round (SB)(Jonathan): NO- Slightly-used beauty supplies
ROLL: 2/4 = $1,200

Sarah's $300 Round (Curtain #3): YES- Giant refrigerator magnet

Jason's $400 Round (BB): NO- Six-night trip to the Bethells Beach Cottages near Auckland, NZ ($7,827)
ROLL: 1/5 = $2,400

After Sara does a robot dance upon Cat Gray's request, Natalie (dressed as The Statue of Liberty) plays Think Big for not four, but five thousand bucks. This morning's items:

Number of Academy Award nominations received by the film "Avatar"
Point value of the J tile in the "Words With Friends" mobile device game ("Scrabble Showdown" staff assistance not allowed)
Number of tablespoons in 3/8 cup

She's going w/ the Scrabble statement, which doesn't sound correct to me...even though she still turns down a home office that includes a laptop w/ a year's worth of Internet service & three cordless telephones, making it a sure prize package worth $2,560 (Curtain #2).

OSCAR nominations: NINE
Scrabble J: 10
Tablespoons: SIX- PERFECT DEAL #2!

Amanda (dressed as a pirate girl) is about to take on the Doubler/Tripler Envelopes Deal w/ a base value of $500.

Round 1- DOUBLE

She then listens to her pirate husband on Curtain #1.

CURTAIN #1- Bedroom ($5,175)


THE BIG DEAL: Salvador could win the silver 2012 Ford Mustang that matches his outfit as part of a $23,495 Big Deal of the Day. After locking in Door #2, #1 has the Kawasaki jet ski...while #3 has the $2,897 BBQ/patio heater package, so he needs to march over to that Mustang! The first time it was won, it included the five years of oil changes, but his bonuses are a Philips portable DVD player, a MOTOROLA in-car phone speaker system & a GPS device!

Total it all up before the really fast deals: $69,191!

Stephen (dressed as a Martial Arts person of some kind) misses out on the $500 wad when he fails to come up w/ a toothbrush for Jonathan. Elsewhere in the Quickie Deals, Dina (dressed as a fried egg) shows Tiffany a deviled egg for a Benjamin, Eric (dressed as a tiger) manages to balance a blue yearbook while walking a short distance in the middle row of the audience from Jonathan at the start to Wayne at the end for his own $100 bill & both a firefighter & Angel both miss out on $200 when the firefighter didn't quite catch Dina's deviled egg from the right end of the audience to the other.

TPiR: This is one of the first episodes Drew taped after injuring his clavicle. While he's nursing his injury on stage, George calls on Kimberly Carew, Jacob R. Krause (not sure if he's related to Aaron), Crystal A. Kaaaufmann & Kristine Jolley & we show off the first IUFB of the day, a 40" SONY wi-fi HDTV (Amber in the clam- "Don't Hold Your Breath" by Nicole Scherzinger). Starting today, when I do my own "Price" recaps, not all of the titles for the designated prize cues will be correct.

Kimberly: $680/Jacob: $727/Crystal: $1K/Kristine: $1,001

BYU football fan Kristine wins the $1,400 TV & plays PAY THE RENT (Rachel at the house, Manuela w/ the groceries); this is the second time I know of Drew warns the player that the correct combination's not necessarily from least to most expensive. The groceries to victory are some Maxwell House International cafe original cappuccino mix, a duraflame log, a can of Pedigree country stew dog food, a box of Kix, 25 Hefty Everyday Soak-Proof paper plates & a box of Betty Crocker Au Gratin potato mix ("Tonight, Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae).

My House:

Mailbox: Cereal
Level 2: Plates + Potatoes
Level 3: Cappuccino + Dog Food
Vault: Log


Mailbox: Plates
Level 2: Potatoes & Cereal
Level 3: Dog Food & Cappuccino
Vault: Log

Plates- $1.99

Level 2: Potatoes ($2.29) + Cereal ($3.49) = $5.78

Level 3: Dog Food ($1.39) + Cappuccino ($3.99) = $5.38 (Log: $5.29)

I would've painfully lost by nine cents for the big money.

CORRECT HOUSE (besides the log):

Mailbox- Cappuccino ($3.99)
L2: Potatoes ($2.29) + Plates ($1.99) = $4.28
L3: Dog Food ($1.39) + Cereal ($3.49) = $4.88

(Note: For the mailbox, I would've issued a target price that the grocery placed there would have to meet or beat in order to even win the $1K- in this case, I would've set it at $2; if that had been the case, a wipeout would've occurred.)

Fifth's Gaston Flores & the second PUFB on the train's (George) a Napoleon gas grill (Amber; "Just Can't Get Enough" by The Black Eyed Peas).

Kimberly: $1,600/Jacob: $700/Crystal: $1,100/GASTON: $850

ARP: $1,200

Crystal plays the Money Game for the Mazda6 (Std., Prot, Compass)(Rachel at Door #3)("Mr. Know It All" by Kelly Clarkson). Board:


MIDDLE NUMBER: 7 ($ _ _ , 7 _ _)

1. 20- $
2. 21- FRONT ($ 2 1 , 7 _ _)
3. 54- $ ($74)
4. 19- WASTED PICK ($93)
FINAL PICK: 78- WINS $171 (ARP: $21,762)

In all of this Pricing Game's losses so far this season, all of the choices for the first two digits have been wasted.

SOLE DQ: Next-to-last pick

Sixth's Martha Hinman & the third PUFB's a couple of Burberry female trenchcoats (Manuela & Rachel in front of Contestant's Row)("Nothing" by The Script).

Kimberly: $700/Jacob: $1K/MARTHA: $800/Gaston: $1.5K

ARP: $1,490

Gaston's $10 overage allows Jacob to play Squeeze Play for a four-night trip to the Hotel Le St. James in Montreal (Amber at Door #3)("Good Life" by OneRepublic). Board:


He removes the eight, which is a good guess...

$ 7 1 2 6

...but NOT good enough.

Video Bonus: First Showcase Showdown

Next to play will be Marianito Gabutero & Amber & Manuela bring out the next PUFB, the iPod package ("Domino" by Jessie J).

Kimberly: $1K/MARIANITO: $800/Martha: $1,400/Gaston: $815

ARP: $816

Gaston was off by a dollar on the good side this go-round, so he plays Eazy Az 1-2-3 for an Electrolux washer/dryer (Amber), a MacPro desktop system (Manuela) & an Ocean Kayak set (Rachel)("Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry).

(#1): Kayak- $749
(#2): Computer- $3,618
(#3): Washer/dryer- $2,998

The next green podium replacement player's Rachel Johnson & the next one-bid item is the Cuadra cappuccino/espresso machine (Rachel R.-D. behind splitting sign)("Headlines" by Drake).

Kimberly: $820/Marianito: $675/Martha: $821/RACHEL: $750

ARP: $1,980

Martha then wins a pair of VESPA VX-150ies (Manuela)("Criminal" by Britney Spears) worth $10,578 playing
Double Prices! Left on the board was $12,980.

The next winner may be named Kayla James & the last Tuesday PUFB's a variety of Kennth Jay Lane jewelry (Manuela behind rising sign)("How To Love" by Lil' Wayne). Kimberly's been here the whole show.

Kimberly: BUCK/Marianito: $1.5K/KAYLA: $1,300/Rachel: $1,150

ARP: $1,527


Marianito from Winnipeg plays Switcheroo for the '12 Scion xB (Std., Cover, Mats)(Amber at Door #3)("The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry for car; a classic SP cue's used). Board:

SCION: $ 1 8 , 4 _ 3
Coach pouch: $ _ 2
Cuisinart slow-cooker: $ _ 0
Pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses: $ _ 8
Hand-cranked pasta maker: $ _ 0

NUMBERS AVAILABLE: 1, 4, 6, 7 & 9


SCION: $18,443
Pouch: $12
Slow-cooker: $60
Sunglasses: $78
Pasta maker: $90



SCION: $18,493
Pouch: $12
Slow-cooker: $70
Sunglasses: $68
Pasta maker: $40


SCION: $18,413
Pouch: $42
Slow-cooker: $20
Sunglasses: $98
Pasta maker: $70

SOLE DQ: Back-to-back 4s on first try

Gaston gets two half-dollars for $1K & a trip to the Showcase...but only gets $.40 in his Bonus Spin. Other SCSD #2 results:

Marianito: Two $.75s
Martha: 60 + Nickel = $.65

SHOWCASE #1 ("You & I" by Lady GaGa):

Door #4- One-week Caribbean Cruise (Amber)
Door #3- Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport (Std., #24S, Tow, Speakers, Radio, Conn.)(Manuela on ramp)


GASTON'S SHOWCASE ("You Make Me Feel..." by Cobra Starship w/ Sabi)(Rachel at Door #1): Seven pieces of patio furniture & six-night trips to the Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort in Malaysia & Majorca, Spain


Showcase Prices:

Jacob: $37,423
Gaston: $24,366

Jacob's the undisputed champion of this episode w/ $64,913 in cash, Jeep & everything else, making him the third-highest winner of the season to date! Gaston leaves w/ $1,816 in cash & iPods.


WoF: How cold is this $1K Toss-Up Thing? We're about to know:

H _ _ H

_ L T I _ _ D E

After about a one-second delay, Ben solves at HIGH ALTITUDE. Now, to the interviews:

Ben Teitelbaum (Pasadena, CA)- A Journalism graduate student at Columbia University who originally tried to play pro basketball
Lorimar Riemedio (Vallejo, CA)- A Business Administration student who will graduate this January & has also been singing karaoke so much that she frequently gets something called the "Mike Elbow"
Vanessa Kimbrough (Chattanooga, TN)- An opera singer married to Terry for two decades

The prompt of the $2K T-U is Event:

_ _ C T O R Y

_ _ R A D _

No need for a VICTORY PARADE now, as Ben gets the tripler.

On the wheel from the Alpine Adventures trip department now, sponsored by the new 3-D movie "Hugo", is a $7.5K getaway to The French Alps (w/ the Sierra Trading Post gift tag for tonight & Thursday) & the UnitedHealthcare Jackpot Round category of the night's Fictional Characters. He first gets up there a $2.5K D, three N's for another $1.5K & the green 1/2 KIA, then after buying three A's & an E, he calls three R's for another $1,350 & two T's for nine more bills. Following his latest buys of an O & two I's...

_ I N _

A R T _ _ R / A N D

_ I R / _ A N _ E _ O T

...he solves KING ARTHUR AND SIR LANCELOT for new cash winnings of $8,250.


To lead off a Mystery/Same Letter Round, Lorimar calls N for an instant negative. Secondly, Vanessa calls a $600 R but Loses a Turn. Third, Ben calls a dud of T for trip. As we almost get immediately back to Lorimar, she calls up two S's for the 1/2 KIA from the same location & a C-note, buys two E's but then goes Bankrupt on the Million Dollar Wedge's right side to lose her plate & the remaining $750. Vanessa then hits the regular Bankrupt next to the Wild Card to give back her six Benjamins, allowing Ben to Free Play four A's & call the SL of four P's for $2,400, then he buys an I before calling D for dud. Lorimar then tries to get off the zero mark...

P _ R P _ E

P A I S _ E _

P A _ A _ A S

...& does so after putting on some PURPLE PAISLEY PAJAMAS.

DUDS: $600 D (Ben), $550 N (Lorimar), T (Ben)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

Vanessa's next turn at the start of a People puzzle in this Prize Puzzle Round starts w/ a $1K T pairing, an H for the gift tag, three E's & five A's, followed by two N's for $1,200 extra & the only dud vowel on the board (O). Ben follows that w/ a $300 S but then a baddie of Y. Over to Lorimar, who next says a $350 G & a $500 M & buys the other two pairs of vowels before retrieving the WC w/ an L & the same 1/2 KIA w/ two R's for another grand...

A M A _ I N G

_ I R E / _ A N _ E R S

A T / T H E / L U A U

...& she wins another $1,350 & a trip to where she can see some AMAZING FIRE DANCERS AT THE LUAU, The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, worth $7,225, giving her a slight lead w/ $9,575 in cash & vacation.

DUDS: O (Vanessa), $300 Y (Ben)

TONIGHT'S SPIN ID: JR2217124 (Jodie R.)

Ben can regain the lead on this $3K In the Kitchen T-U:

W _ _ _ L E

_ _ _ _

Vanessa cooks up her first three large courtesy of a WAFFLE IRON.

After we say it's Rhyme Time on the next puzzle, she lights up a $1K pair of N's but then loses a turn w/ the T. After Ben's $900 R, we hear the final bell...

_ N _ _ / _ _ / _ / _ _ _

_ N / _ / R _ _

...during Last Chance Mode tonight, the rest of the vowels are worth $1,900 a pop. After three G's go up...

S N _ G / _ S / _ / _ _ G

_ N / _ / R _ G

...Vanessa steals this round for an additional $6,700 & the match w/ SNUG AS A BUG IN A RUG, $9,700 total. Lorimar leaves w/ $9,575 in cash & Hawaii & Ben has $8,250 in his pocket.

As a result, $27,525 in cash & trip has been won so far tonight.

Before Speed-Up: $900 T (Vanessa)
Afterwards: D (Lorimar), L (Vanessa), M (Ben), P (Ben)

TONIGHT'S BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding cardboard): $1,350

Maxwell House Big Money Round #47: W/ the reassurance that there are no Bankrupts on the Bonus Wheel, Vanessa spins the P & her bonus puzzle topic's Place. Starter (s):

_ _ L _ L _ _ E

_ _ R _

PKGA are interesting choices...

_ _ L _ L _ _ E


...but they're only on the bottom word, so she's the third straight $30K loser. After seeing it was WILDLIFE PARK, she leaves w/ only $9,700.

Millionaire (Pay It Forward Week II, Day 2):

Game 1

Start of Game 2

(Also: Current "Jeopardy!" champ Kendra Anspaugh left w/ $63,300 after Kiran Kedlaya defeated her w/ $30,801.)

Episode ratings:

9: "Let's Make a Deal"
8: "Jeopardy!"
7: "The Price is Right"
6: "Millionaire"
5: "Wheel of Fortune"


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