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Robin's Hood

by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Guest Host: Robin Roberts with Ken Jennings, Jimmy McGuire & Sarah Whitcomb-Foss
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  "Of course I'm honored to be here guest hosting Jeopardy! and paying tribute to the great Alex Trebek, who I was blessed to get to know well over the years. And I have to say, his spirit is very much here. Very present. I'm also looking forward to raising a lot of money for charity. Let's do it. Let's get into the game, because as Alex said, 'It's all about you!'." With that, "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts is now up to bat.

Josh Saak
Boise, ID
traffic engineer


Allison Pistorius
actress & college professor

Meg O'Hare
Somerville, MA
product manager

Robin is the second of the final five guest hosts this season. Like all those before her, she has a pet cause he is raising money for - Be the Match, in this case - with winnings matched by the show. Unlike the others before her, she's only got a week.

JEOPARDY! ROUND: Podcasts, Yes "I" Can!, What's In The Cave?; Agree, 2 Disagree; Hey, Where's That Dish?; It's in the Cabinet Department!

Josh starts with $400 Podcasts. Allison finds the Daily Double under $1000 Yes "I" Can!. She wagers the level - $1000 of her $2000 - on this...
- I can be sent away by my father Abraham in Genesis but become known as the father of the Arabs.
"Who is Isaac?" It's Ishmael, dropping her to $1000. She ends up with $3400 to $6200 for Josh. Meg with $2400 gets the first clue in...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: A Time of War, First Names in the Dictionary, One-Named Authors, A Visit to Prague, Let's Get Serious, Olivier Award Winners.

... with $400 Let's Get Serious. Josh has banked $12,600 when he finds the first Daily Double under $800 A Time of War. He wagers $4400 on this:
- The DMZ coflict of the late 1960s is sometimes referred to as the "Second" this.
"What is the Korean War?" RIGHT for $17,000! He's up to $20,200 when he finds the other under $1600 First Names in the Dictionary. He bets $1800 on this:
- A translucent yellowish fossil resin.
"What is Amber?" RIGHT for $22,000! He ends up with $26,000 to $14,200 for Allison. For Meg, it's all over but the cryin' with $3200.

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "The 50 States": Both in the Pacific, they are the 50 states' 2 biggest islands in area; one is about 40 degrees colder in winter than the other. Correct response: what are Hawaii & Kodiak?

Josh is the only one right to win $28,405, giving him $46,800 for two!

America Says
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 7p/6c
Host: John Michael Higgins
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Dialysis Techs
Laura, Katie, Amy, Jesse
Volunteer Pals
Sandy, Sheri, Cathy, Diane

- Dialysis Techs: This year, lots of trick-or-treaters dressed up as (C, DV, HS, KR, PL, R, Y) from Star Wars. They get Yoda, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. The Volunteer Pals pick up Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, but not Rey.
- Volunteer Pals: I'm glad we have public (B, L, P, P, R, S, T). They get transportation, libraries, schools, restrooms, pools, and parks. The Dialysis Techs miss beaches to stay on 400 to 800 for the Volunteer Pals.

- Dialysis Techs: My wife gets upset when I (CTC, D, D, E, FA, T, W) too quickly. They eat, fall asleep, drive, talk, drink, and walk. The Volunteer Pals miss change the channel.
- Volunteer Pals: If you want to name your son after someone in the Bible, (A, D, E, J, J, M, N) is a good choice. They get Matthew, John, Adam, and Elijah. The Dialysis Techs add Noah, David, and Joseph to go to 2200 to 1600 for the Volunteer Pals.

- Dialysis Techs: A word that often follows bread is (B, B, C, M, P, S, W). They get winner, box, crumbs, and pudding for 1200, 3400 total. The Volunteer Pals miss bowl, stick, and maker to stay at 1600.
- Volunteer Pals (six ties, seven wins): My brandma would win a gold medal if they played (B, B, C, GN, P, S, S) at the Olympics. They get bridge, bingo, gin rummy, Scrabble... and that's it. Dialysis Techs win, 3400-2800. The others: shuffleboard, poker, and canasta

BONUS ROUND for the Dialysis Techs
- Q1: When I think of Howard Stern, I think of (R): Radio
- Q2: You need a brush to apply (T, B) properly: Toothpaste, Blush
- Q3: Other an art, a (B, C, G) is something you'll see at a museum: Curator, SKIP!
- Q4: (B, IC, P, B) is frequently measured by the pint: Beer, Ice Cream, Paint, Blood
- Back to Q3: Other an art, a (B, G) is something you'll see at a museum: TIME on bench and guard.

American Ninja Warrior
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 finished up the Qualifier Rounds with a boatload of finishes. Now it's on to Universal Studios Hollywood as we take over Main Street with a new extended Semifinals Course. Only the top 15 and top 3 women will advance to the National Finals in Las Vegas.

But that's not all! Because the fastest two will face off each night in a race up the Power Tower for a Safety Pass, which will allow a runner a second chance at the first or second stage at the National Finals.

The Semifinal Course has 11 obstacles at 10 stations:
- Shrinking Steps
- Lunatic Ledges
- Tilt-a-Whirl
- Spinning Bridge
- WALL TO WALL: New for 2021, competitors must rotate the first wall, then transition to the second before rotating it again to align with a third wall.
- Warped Wall/Mega Wall - three tries on the 14.5-feet Warpie, one for the 18-foot $10,000 Mega Wall.
- Salmon Ladder
- Corkscrew
- SPLIT DECISION: New for 2021, the Ninjas will have to decide where to go next.
*INVERTER: New for 2021, transition from floating board to ledge, then rotate to another ledge, trying to transition to another floating board.
*Tuning Forks
- Spider Trap

The top 15 overall plus the top 3 women will advance.

POWER TOWER: Daniel Gil vs. Brian Burkhardt.
- WINNER: Brian Burkhardt

- Daniel Gil: 4:40.11
- Brian Burkhardt: 7:18.59 - SAFETY PASS
- Max Feinberg*: 7:19.90
- Abel Gonzalez: 7:27.06
- Owen Dyer*: FAIL Tuning Forks
- Deren Perez: FAIL Tuning Forks
- Ryan Meeks: FAIL Inverter
- Isaiah Thomas*: FAIL Tuning Forks
- Christian Youst*: FAIL Inverter
- Elijah Browning*: FAIL INverter
- Isaiah Wakeham: FAIL Inverter
- Anthony Porter: FAIL Inverter
- Lance Pekus: FAIL Inverter
- Isabella Wakeham*: FAIL Inverter
- Tiana Webberley: FAIL Tuning Forks
- Isabella Wakeham
- Tiana Webberley
- Zhanique Lovett: FAIL Tilt-a-Whirl

The Semifinals continue after the Olympics.

The Celebrity Dating Game
by Chico Alexander
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ABC: 10p/9C
Hosts: Zooey Deschanel & Michael Bolton
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A few songs, a few singles, a good time?

First up on the block ... fresh from the Fast & Furious saga, actor & model Tyson Beckford! His lucky? ladies...
- #1: Justina Caputo (orthodontic tech who plays beach volleyball)
- #2: Anisa FArrow (Las Vegas behavioral therapist)
- #3: Nicole Niestemski (yoga teacher who's learning to play the ukulele).

ROUND 1: Justina calls herself a Triple Scorpio who believes in love at first sight. Nicole hates it when her partner gets jealous. Anisa says that her ex would miss her. Anisa thinks he's an athlete. Nicole thinks he's a model. Justina agrees with... Anisa.

ROUND 2: Nicole & Justina are most confident in a bikini, while Anisa is most confident in one of his t-shirts. Anisa describes herself as cake, Nicole a vegan maple donut, and Justina a red velvet cupcake. Everyone still can't place a name to a face.

ROUND 3: Nicole's "special skills" include being good with her hands and is proud of her smile and her butt. Nicole finally knows who he is, but does that get her the date?

That was fun, wasn't it? Let's do it again with the one, the only Carmen Electra! Her three hopefuls...
- #1: Nathan Verdugo (Michigan marketing director)
- #2: Mark Harris (Las Vegas real estate agent and hip-hop producer)
- #3: Daniel Colvin (Ohio Army veteran & realtor)

ROUND 1: Carmen wants them to compare themselves to rollercoasters. Mark went with Colossus, Nathon Typhoon, and Daniel Top Thrill Dragster. Nathon is stumped, Mark thinks she's a Pistons cheerleader, and Daniel says she's one of the Pussycat Dolls.

ROUND 2: Nathon's perfect morning is cozy, cuddly, and full of coffee. Mark's perfect afternoon is infrared sauna, good lunch, and great sex. Daniel's perfect evening is "you, me, and Cabernet". We're still stumped.

ROUND 3: Nathon didn't ride motorcycles for a long time. Mark went to Cuba to smoke cigars. And Nathon nails her.

Common Knowledge
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 5:30p/4:30c
Host: Joey Fatone
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Hiking Pals
Autumn, Crystal, Chris
The Pisciottas
Brandon, Ashley, Keely

ROUND 1: At the Gym, Fashion, In the Kitchen, Our Government

No community bonus this round, as the Hiking Pals lead, 40-0.

ROUND 2: Cars, Now We're Cookin', Our Bodies, Tool Box

The Hiking Pals lead, 40-20, when they picked Our Bodies - The oil-prone areas of the face that includes the forehead, nose and chin are often known as what: a) G-zone b) T-zone c) Q-zone? They say B... RIGHT for 160! The Pisciottas go with CArs - Ethanol fuel in the US is primarily made from what: a) Corn b) Wheat c) Petroleum? They say A.. RIGHT for 160! The Hiking Pals lead, 240-180.

WRITe-IN ROUND: Home Improvement, Symbols, Cha-Ching, America
- The Pisciottas: AMERICA - What motorcycle-jumping daredevil holds the Guinness World Record for most broken bones in a lifetime? They say Evil Ka-nevil (sic)... RIGHT!
- Hiking Pals: HOME IMPROVEMENT - A stylish fit for a living room or den, a papasan is a type of what furniture? They say chair... RIGHT!
- The Pisciottas: CHA-CHING - In which US state do the most billionaires reside? They say California... RIGHT!
- Hiking Pals: SYMBOLS for the win - What two tools are featured in this freemason symbol? They go with a ruler & protractor.. But it was a compass and a square. Pisciottas win, 780-440.

BONUS ROUND for the Pisciottas: Ashley didn't know that the Wham-O Company first released the slingshot. Keely didn't know that the Tigris & Euphrates flow throw Turkey. After a pass, Brandon didn't know that a Schipperke was a purebred.

Getaway Driver Premiere
by Chico Alexander
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Discovery: 9p/8c
Host: Michelle Rodriguez with Wyatt Knox
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This is not a game. This is not a movie. This is a $5000 getaway. Get to the exit, keep the money. But it won't be easy, because there is a team of elite pursuers looking to stop you.
registered nurse
2008 Nissan 350Z; $62,000
his brother just passed
1987 Mazda RX7; $6200
2001 Chevrolet Corvette; $18,600

Each driver will put their own whip on the line in order to get the money to the exit through the alleyways. Each player has two runs: a Day Run and a Night Run. Each will take place inside the compound, an obstaclue course split into five zones - the lot, the woods, the wasteland, chemical plant, and office complex.

DAY RUN: You have one job: get $2000 from the Garage to one of two exits while evading two Pursuers. Only the two best drivers will go to the Night Run.
- Sonya: FAIL (4:53.58)
- Lex: FAIL (0:56.21)
- Adrian: FAIL (4:16:58)

NIGHT RUN: Three Pursuers... ONE exit. But now there's $5000 on the line for the person who finds the exit the fastest. If you find the exit, you return to the Night Run next week.
- Adrian: FAIL (1:05.59)
- Sonya: FAIL (4:52.58)

Hell's Kitchen Young Guns
by Chico Alexander
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Fox: 8p/7C
Host: Gordon Ramsay with Christina Wilson & Jason Santos
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Last week, Kevin couldn't get past Dinner Service, so now there's only 11 remaining.

CHALLENGE #7: The Relay. You'll have 35 minutes to cook a Beef Wellington, a New York strip, a crispy skin salmon, braised halibut, and a rack of lamb. All at the same time. The catch: only two chefs will be allowed in the kitchen at the same time. The team with the best dishes of five wins.
- LAMB: Red

As a reward, the Reds will go ziplining above Fly Linq on the Strip. Then they'll have lunch at Off the STrip Bistro Bar. As a punishment, the Blues will have to sort trash for recycling.

Josie is surprisingly called up to Ramsay's office, where he tells her that she is a great cook, but she needs to find her voice. He also tells Emily that she's full of energy. The two of them are going to the roof, presumably to safety. After the surprise evaluations, each chef ranks their teammates based on how the one-on-ones went. The lowest five will be cooking for their lives.
- IN DANGER: Keanu, Josie, Victoria, Emily, Sam.

COOK FOR YOUR LIFE: You have 45 minutes to come up with your best dish using the same six ingredients. The worst performing dish will be eliminated.
- Sam: Pork Chop Marinated in Apple Bourbon Puree
- Josie: Bone-in Pork Chop Marinated with Green Onion
- Emily: Grilled Pork Chip with Fried Sweet Potatoes & Bourbon-Apple Compound Butter
- Keanu: Grilled Pork Chip with Blackened Seasoning & Apple-Bourbon Spice Sauce
- Victoria: Pan-Seared Pork Chop with Bourbon & Espresso Glaze
ELIMINATED: Keanu - "Keanu has many of the important attributes required to be a great chef, but when her pork went up in flames, so did her chances of continuing in this competition."

Small Fortune
by Chico Alexander
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NBC: 10p/9C
Peacock: streaming Tuesdays
Host: Lil Rel Howery
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On this edition of Small Fortune, we have THREE PATELS - Jay, Anip, and Brijesh. They want to use whatever money they win tonight to start their own Bollywood dance program for youth.

$10,000: TEENY SASHIMI. You have 10 seconds to transfer three pieces of sushi from a conveyor belt to the plates using chopsticks. The first plate is free, but if you want to try again, you'll have to fork over $2000.
- Brijesh (for $4000): WIN (TOTAL: $4000)

$25,000: WEDDING CLASHERS. At a small intimate gathering, you're going to have to yank a tablecloth off of a table without anything falling from said table. You get one pull for free, but another, and you do... have to fork up $5000.
- Jay: WIN (TOTAL: $29,000)

$50,000: TOADALLY HAMMERED: In this game, you will have to use a tiny hammer to catapult a frog onto a lilypad. You get three tries. You can practice once, but if you want to look before you leap again, it'll cost you $10,000.
- Anip (for $40,000): FAIL (TOTAL: $29,000)

$75,000: A LITTLE TIPSY: Balance a 1.5-inch tray with mini-drinks and carry it across a table. First one's on the house. Next one'll cost you $15,000.
- Jay (for $45,000): FAIL (TOTAL: $29,000)

$100,000: MINIANA JONES. Lasso a golden idol with a mini bullwhip, then drag it over a pile of burning rock down the ramp to the back of a waiting truck. The first adventure is free, but if you want to try again, you'll have to pay $20,000.
- Brijesh (for $40,000): FAIL (TOTAL: $29,000)

THE BIG LITTLE HEIST: You have 2 minutes to find three colored keycards and insert them into their corresponding slots to open the safe... then hit three gold targets with tiny sticks of dynamite... then using one hand, balance three stacks of cash on a hanging platform. Once you've completed each of the three phases, you must stop the timer by hitting the button. Each player will be in charge of a phase. Complete the three phases within two minutes, and you win the $57,000 small fortune!
- P1: Anip: COMPLETE (1:38)
- P2: Jay: COMPLETE (1:17)
- P3: Brijesh: TIME UP. They do leave with one-tenth of their small fortune, $2900.

"Small Fortune" will return after the Olympics.