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Second Chances

Jeopardy! Second Chance Season Premiere
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Ken Jennings
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(C-Note: The following episode contains a combination of material written before the WGA strike and material used previously on the show)

It's the 40th time we've been here on America's greatest quiz show. And for the people playing this week, it's the second time they've been here - as they are competing for a shot at the Tournament of Champions.

Jill Tucker
Mulino, OR
operations manager

Gabriel Ostler
Orinda, CA
script writer

Derek Allen
orig. Cassopolis, MI

The winner of this match will return Thursday & Friday for a two-game total point affair. The winner of that will return to the Champions Wild Card.

SINGLE JEOPARDY!: Science Class, Welcome to Miami, A Latin Bestiary, Sounds Like Food, World of Barbie

Jill starts with $400 Welcome to Miami, finding the Daily Double under $600 Science Class. She bets it all on this...

  • SCIENCE CLASS for $1800: Sedimentary deposits near Lake Superior produce the largest U.S. annual yield of hematite, the main ore of this metal.

She blanks on iron ore to go to zero. She recovers to $3400 to $6200 for Derek. Gabriel, on $2200, will get the first pick in...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: Honorary Harlem Globetrotters, Historical Films, Greek Geography, Renaissance Literature, Mississippi Learning, Starts with "G".

… with $2000 Starts with "D". Gabriel fidns the first Daily Double under $1600 Greek Geography. He wagers $2600 on this...

  • GREEK GEOGRAPHY for $2600: The setting of plays like "Oedipus" & "Antigone", this Greek city shares its name with a capital city of ancient Egypt.

"What is Alexandria?" Not right, it was Thebes, dropping him to $2000. Jill finds the other under $800 Historical Films. She wagers $4000 on this...

  • HISTORICAL FILMS for $4000: As her, Natalie Portman says, "There won't be another Camelot"

"Who is Jacqueline Kennedy?" RIGHT for $15,400! She ends with $16,200 to $8,600 for Derek. Gabriel is still in it with $4800.

This season, second place finishes will pay off $3000, while bronze medalists will take home $2000.


  • BRITISH MONARCHS: The most recent British monarch not to succeed a parent or a sibling was this ruler who succeeded an uncle.

Correct response: who was Queen Victoria?

Jill went for it when she didn't have to... and she nailed it to win $32,400 and a space in the finals.

Person, Place or Thing Premiere
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/Tubi: check listings
Host: Melissa Peterman
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After a trial run and a run online. It's time to play the game for real. You can win up to $5000 if you can guess Person, Place or Thing!

PLACE: Miami

PERSON: Taraji P. Henson

THING: Electric guitar

Each player will ask yes or no questions that will lead to the identity of a person, place or thing. After each player has had a pass, Melissa will offer a clue to the person. Whoever buzzes in with the correct answer will get 100. Otherwise, they will be skipped in the next round of questions.

- PERSON (Musician): Ray Charles (Casandra)
- PLACE (International City): Madrid (❌)
- THING (Animal): Flamingo (Kyle)
Casandra and Kyle are tied at 100.

Every episode will feature a Superfan. Today's Superfan is Shannon Levine.

ROUND 2: Each player will get to choose their category - Person, Place, or Thing. Each correct answer is worth 200 points.
- Nathan chooses THING (Animal): Gecko (Kyle)
- Casandra picks THING (Toy): Hula hoop (Nathan)
- Kyle picks THING (Food): Plum (Kyle)
Kyle now leads with 500 to 200 for Nathan. Casandra has 100.

SPEED ROUND: Melissa will give clues to a person, place or thing. Buzz in if you think you know it. If you're right, you get 500 points. If you're wrong, you're locked out for the rest of that puzzle. The player with the highest point total after 90 seconds wins.
- WINNER: Kyle with 1000 points! But nobody leaves empty handed on this show. Nathan & Casandra leave with a Nostalgia Taco Tuesday set.

BONUS ROUND: Kyle will have 60 seconds to identify a person, place, and thing. You will have three clues to help you out, and they can be used at any time. Get one, it's a good prize. Get two... it's a BETTER prize. Get three... it's $5000 courtesy of Caesars Slots.
- PERSON (Historical figure): PASS
- PLACE (Country): PASS
- THING (Clothing): Top Hat
TIME. Kyle gets a 10-piece Original Green Pan cookware set, and he'll return tomorrow to try again for the $5000.

Pictionary Season Premiere
by Chico Alexander
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Syn: Check local listings
Host: Jerry O'Connell
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Sabina Todd & Joshua Leho
friends from college
Kimberly Rhett & Stella William
prom dates
Loni Love
Melissa Peterman
"Person, Place or Thing"

QUICK DRAW: Loni gets SCUBA DIVER for 100.

- SPRING TO IT: Team Melissa gets trash can, feather duster, toilet brush, and mop bucket for 400. Team Loni gets rubber gloves and squeegee for 300.
- LIFE OF CRIME: Team Loni gets footprints, badge, and chalk outline, while Team Melissa blanks out. Team Loni leads, 900-400.

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS category: Things found in an apartment building.
- TEAM MELISSA gets laundry room, garage, and satellite dish to go to 3400.
- TEAM LONI gets kitchen and jacuzzi... but that's it. Team Melissa wins, 3400-2900!

Live Play Bingo FINAL DRAW for a trip to Orlando (Wyndham Grand Orlando): Stella draws apple juice, ice cream cone, and eraser for $2000 and the trip!

25 Words or Less Season Premiere
by Chico Alexander
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Host: Meredith Vieira
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Welcome back to Quixote Studios... and welcome back Meredith after spending the last three years in her palatial New England estate!

Heather & Sarah
movie buffs

Carsten & Alexis
Matt Iseman
"American Ninja Warrior"

Colton Dunn
"The Recruit"

Today's Superfan is Ashley, watching on MyTVZ, WTVZ Norfolk.

- Matt vs. Colton: Tin Man, secretary, lizard, shoelace, iceberg. Matt bids 13... and gets it for 250.
- Sarah vs. Carsten: Bitcoin, deodorant, Ruffles, ladle, harp. Sarah tries for 13 herself... and doubles up.
- Heather vs. Alexis: gate, rope, amnesia, whisper, Jimmy. Alexis declares 12... and trails 250 to 500.

ROUND 2: Colton gets the build first. Slotomania bonus words are in play for $250 each.
- COLTON's list: city hall (500), cram (500), touch (500), Yosemite (500), deepfake (1000)
- MATT's list: yard sale (1000), cookie cutter (1000), delivery (250), thigh gap (1000), Harvard (250)
CArsten & Alexis sweep for 4250. Heather & Sarah also sweep to win, 5000-4250! Carsten & Alexis leave with $500, $250 from Molly Maids, and a copy of the home game.

MONEY ROUND: Heather tries her hand at cricket, riddle, pregnant, Ellen forest, gasoline, mountain, bra, and charity for a trip to Curaçao (Avila Beach Hotel).

Wheel of Fortune Season Premiere
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7p/6C
Hosts: Pat Sajak & Vanna White with Jim Thornton
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Total for Today - $39,188
Total for Week 1 - $39,188
Total for the Season: $39,188
Bonus Win Percentage: 0/1
Bonus Round Losses: $50,000
$1,000 Consolation Prizes:
Mystery Round Prizes hit/won/lost: 1/0/0
Car Wins: 0
$100,000 Losses/Wins: 0/0
$1,000,000 Losses/Wins: 0/0
$1,000,000 Wedge Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 1/1/1/0
Wild Cards Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 0/1/0/0
Express Wedge Hit/Used/Crashes/won: 3/0/0/0
Bonus Prize Wedges hit/won/lost: 0/0/0
$2,500 Space Hit - 0
$3,500 Space Hit - 2
$5,000 Space Hit - 0
Bankrupt Space Hit/Loss - 2/$0
Lose A Turn Hit - 1
Vowels Missed:
A - 0 / E - 1 / I - 0 / O - 0 / U - 0
Missed solves - 1
Repeated a letter - 0
Perfect Rounds: 0
House Minimums - 0
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 0/1
Best Week:
Best Player: Manjula Karamchetti - $24,188
Left on the Table: $9000

A : 
M :
E :
I :
G: 1 (0-1)
E :
I :
* -
** -
*** -

BONUS CATEGORIES SELECTED:(offered/picked/win/lose)
PHRASE - 1/0/0/0
FUN & GAMES - 1/1/0/1
THING - 1/0/0/0

Welcome to an historic 41st season on America's Game - It's Pat Sajak's farewell season! Ou rifrst week begins with European Vacations...

Manjula Karamchetti
Melrose, MA
semi-professional breakdancer

Kevin Hall
mail carrier
shops estate sales

Valerie Hebert
Fort Smith, AR
married, 2 kids
Collette European vacation of unknown destination.

TONIGHT'S FEATURED PRIZE: Collette European vacation of unknown destination.

TOSSUP #1: ON THE MAP. Valerie solves PORTUGAL & SPAIN for $1000.

TOSSUP #2: FOOD & DRINK. Valerie goes two for two with EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

ROUND 1: RHYME TIME. First spin of the new season... is Bankrupt. Manjula picks up the Million Dollar Wedge off of a T and solves USE IT OR LOSE IT for $1350!

Eggland's Best MYSTERY ROUND: BEFORE & AFTER. Manjula gets a $3500 S, but misses an H. Kevin hits Bankrupt on HIS first spin of the Wheel. Valerie loses a turn after buying up the vowels. Manjula hits the Mystery Wedge. Will she risk the bank AND the Million Dollar Wedge on a look? Nope. She solves ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY TRIP for another $10,500, giving her $11,850 and still that important MDW.

PRIZE PUZZLE/EXPRESS ROUND: PERSON. Kevin misses a T. Valerie misses an N. Manjula spins out $3500 again... but misses an M. Kevin hits the Express with an H, but doesn't ride. HE hits it AGAIN and misses a J. Valerie buys a bad E. Manjula gets the Express off of a C. She doesn't take the ride either. Can't blame her for that. She solves A HAPPY-GO-LUCKY GUY to win $3100, which she can spend in SPAIN (Trafalgar Tours, $9238). So far, she's in the lead with $24,188 AND the Million Dollar Wedge!

- KEvin is FINALLY on the board with THE LATEST STYLE for $2000
- ... and THE LATEST TREND for another $2000.
- Valerie spoils the sweep with YESTERDAY'S NEWS.

So far, Manjula is running away with it on $24,188. Valerie has $5000. Kevin is on $4000.

Valerie's FINAL SPIN is worth $1500 per. Manjula misfired, but Kevin solves MONOGRAMMED MUGS for another $6000. He ends up with $10,000 cash money. Valerie ends up with $5000. But Manjula with $24,188 is SPINNING FOR A MILLION.

MILLION DOLLAR BONUS WHEEL: Manjula's choices: Phrase, Fun & Games, or Thing. She goes with Fun & Games for the money.

As a reminder, the $40,000 minimum is in play, as is a Volkswagen ID.4. The $100,000 is out, the $1 million is in. If she spins it and solves it, Manjula is a millionaire. Is it in the G? We'll see. Given her category of Fun & Games, the standard package, and her picks of MCD A...

_ _ E R T _ M E
_ _ C T _ R _

She had the OVERTIME, but unfortunately the Bonus Wheel does not produce a VICTORY. But she still has $24,188 in cash and trip. The big question... did she have the money? Nope. She had $50,000.

The million dollar wedge was in **. If only Manjula skipped breakfast this morning.

American Ninja Warrior Season Finale
by Chico Alexander
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NBC: 8p/7C
Peacock: streaming Tuesdays
Hosts: Matt Iseman & Akbar Gbaja-Biamila with Zuri Hall
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Last week, we wrapped up stage 2 with 12 ninjas competing in Stage 3. Only those who survive will get a chance at $1 million and TOTAL VICTORY. But first... they must deal with...


  • PRESSURE COOKER - Slide handles on and off poles
  • ROAD SIGNS - Leap onto rods attached to signs that swing.

Because Stage 3 is a grueling test of upper body strength, you will have unlimited time.

So far, Nacssa Garemore and Daniel Gil have cleared the stage and will climb up Mount Midoriyama for the top prize.

- Elijah Browning (FAIL Road Signs)
- Ethan Bartnicki (CLEAR)
- Jonathan Bange (FAIL Ultimate Cliffhanger)
- Caleb Bergstron (CLEAR)
- Vance Walker (CLEAR)
- Hans Hertz (CLEAR)
- Jera Boyd (FAIL Road Signs)
- Kyle Soderman (FAIL Ultimate Cliffhanger)
- Noah Meunier (CLEAR)
- RJ Roman (CLEAR)

In all, eight players will face...

STAGE 4: THE FINAL CLIMB. One rope, 75 feet, 30 seconds. Get to the final buzzer at the top, you win $1 million. If more than one person gets to the top, the fastest climber will take the money.

- Hans Hertz (FAIL)
- Nacssa Garemore (FAIL)
- Daniel Gil (2.01 remaining) - TOTAL VICTORY
- Noah Meunier (FAIL)
- Ethan Bartnicki (FAIL)
- Vance Walker (3.25 remaining) - TOTAL VICTORY
- Caleb Bergstrom (FAIL)
- RJ Roman (FAIL)

With the fastest time up the rope, your $1 million Ninja Warrior champion is VANCE WALKER!

But we are not done yet, because there is a special Couples Championship going down NEXT WEEK!

Master Minds
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 6p/5c
Host: Brooke Burns
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Long Island, NY
New York City
Lexington, KY
decor shop owner
Mark Labbett
The Beast
Muffy Marracco
The Historian
Ryan Chaffee
The Professor

ROUND 1: Shawn leads with 500 to the others' 400 a piece. Muffy leads the Master Minds with 600 to 500 for Ryan and 400 for Beastie.

ROUND 2: Going into the 400-point question, Graig & Mary are tied at 1000 to 900 for Shawn. On the Master Minds side, Muffy has 1200 to 1100 for Ryan and 800 for Mark.
- 400-POINT QUESTION in "Literature": After he saw one lonely teddy bear left on a store shelf on Christmas Eve, author Michael Bond based what character on it? Everyone's in with the right answer, Paddington... except Shawn, who is out with Beast.

SPEED ROUND: Graig wins over Mary, 3700-1400. Ryan edges out Muffy, 5100-4800.

Q1: At the age of 22, who did Forbes name the youngest "self-made billionaire ever"? (Kylie Jenner)
- Graig 1 - 1 Ryan
Q2: Aristotle's three ways of persuading an audience were ethos, logos, and what quality of appealing to a listener's emotions? (Pathos)
- Graig 2 - 2 Ryan
Q3: What city is home to the northernmost Major League baseball stadium? (Seattle)
- Graig 3 - 3 Ryan
Q4: In the Seurat painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte", what type of animal is shown, besides dogs? (Monkey)
- Graig 4 - 4 Ryan

Both players sweep, so it's up to Graig to answer one final question...

ULTIMATE TRIVIA QUESTION: What network of fluid-filled cavities, found throughout your body, was touted in 2018 as a newly-discovered organ?
- Graig went with mesentery... but it was the interstitium, so he just leaves with $1000.