Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Price is Right - 4/18/12 Episode

There are few things in life that piss me off more than people woefully under-dressing for an occasion.

I went to a wedding last summer where two men (and I use that term loosely) wore shorts. Shorts... to a wedding. For a couple minutes, I was legitimately angry. I don't care that the wedding was outside and it was 85 degrees out. That is never ever, ever ever ever, acceptable.

I realize The Price is Right is not a wedding, but there still should be at least a minimal sartorial decorum. You're out of the house, in the presence of hundreds of other people, and on national television.

National. Television.

Really, Carol? Really? Did you think The Price is Right was played at the beach? Put some fucking pants on.

Showcase FAIL
Out of principle, if both showcase contestants are more than $10,000 off, they should both lose. For the second time in a week, we had that happen today.

I'll admit, Autumn's (right) showcase had me fooled, too: she bid $24,000 on a trip (for four) to DisneyWorld and a Ford Focus Titanium. I drive a regular Ford Focus; that Titanium must be one hell of an upgrade.

Lisa (left) bid $18,550 on beach accessories, a trip to Corfu, Greece and a sailboat. Under $20K for that package? Fascinating. And she walks away with it.

Contestant shenanigans
Then again, we knew something was off about Autumn right for the start.

She was the first contestant on stage, and she marked the occasion by gifting Drew Carey, 53, a teddy bear.

Playing for a truck on "The Range Game," she stopped about as short as I've ever seen a contestant stop:

And then Autumn clearly had no idea how the wheel works, as evidenced by Drew basically having to tell her what to do here:

Bidders' row FAIL
One thing I'll never understand in life is people's lack of preparation for things. If you're going in for a job interview, you don't just show up, right? You research the company, take a detailed look at the job requirements, and come ready with questions to ask the interviewer.

Comparatively inconsequential matters - such as being a contestant on The Price is Right - also require a little bit of thought and preparedness. It doesn't take much effort to realize there are two very basic strategies to being on bidders' row: 1) If you're the fourth to bid, you go with either $1 or $1 over someone else. 2) If you're second or third, don't bid so close to someone else's bid while guessing less, leaving yourself with such a small chance of winning.

This is not even about preparation as much as it is about logic.

Danny did not possess such logic today. As one of the "first four" contestants, he was the sixth and final contestant to make it on stage, and it's not hard to see why it took so long. Here's Danny's first round bid, after Trevor's $1,550:

I give some The Price is Right contestants credit: after they make such a mistake, they learn and utilize proper strategy going forward. Danny was not that kind of contestant. On the second item up for bid, he was last to go - an extremely advantageous position - and here's what he (second from right) did:

Even if you think those camcorders cost $800, you bid $601 here. This is not hard. The camcorders, of course, cost $758. Danny lost.

Sticking with this strategy, here's Danny's bid on a ping-pong table. Again, he was the last to bid:

Lisa's victory here was the third straight round that the first bidder won the prize, which is inexplicable.

Danny switched it up a bit for the fifth round, underbidding everybody for a package of coffee-making products and not even bothering to bid $1:

Danny finally made it as the third bidder in the last round, thanks to Ricardo's (far right) Danny-esque bidding strategy.

As a reward for his incompetence, Danny got to play for a car. The game? Cover Up. He cocked it up, of course, in exactly the same way every other contestant does.

The good...
Not all was lost on today's episode. Here's Linsey going 4-for-4 in "The Bonus Game":

The first prize in the Disney World/Ford Focus showcase was a trip to Magic Castle in L.A. Naturally, magic became the theme for the presentation, which I thought Gwendolyn handled with tremendous flair:

No joke, that's a great bit of model-work there. Well done, Gwendolyn.

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