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"Episode 38: The $5 Million Season Finale" - June 5

Last time, Cindy McQuay sold a $5 case for $94,000. Meanwhile Oscar Sistrunk sold a $75 case for $137,000. Tonight, quite possibly the biggest deal in the making as someone has a chance to go for $5 million!

Apparently the prize is so big that we needed a fleet of police and a DHL truck to deliver it from the bank to the stage at NBC Studios.

Either that or they're mimicking the open of the Aussie/Dutch versions. In any event, it looks wicked cool, as the models exit the van and enter the stage. In one of their cases... a prize so big that whoever wins it will make television history. But who will get that big chance?

It's going to be... CASEY BELL! She's going to be Howie's last contestant this season, so it's only fitting that we goes out with a bang. Casey's a school counselor with a lucky pen that she got when she was at a show in Las Vegas with Celine Dion. She's a huge fan.

And as a change, we're bringing out the loved ones early, as husband, best friend Andrea, and mother Nancy are here to cheer Casey on.

Casey thinks we're playing for $1 million. Not true. Then she thinks, $3 million? Not true. Tonight, Deal or No Deal is being played for $5 million. Here's your board...

 

$ .01 $ 1,000
$ 1 $ 5,000
$ 5 $ 10,000
$ 10 $ 25,000
$ 25 $ 50,000
$ 50 $ 75,000
$ 75 $ 100,000
$ 100 $ 250,000
$ 200 $ 500,000
$ 300 $ 750,000
$ 400 $ 1,000,000
$ 500 $ 2,500,000
$ 750

$ 5,000,000

That's a three-out-of-26 chance at a million. She wants to start a scholarship for the kids, and to that end, she picks our #23. Aubrie delivers, and that'll be the last we see of her for this season.

?

Casey's Case
23

But we have to play the game, you know... Let's start with six.

Case 1 (Claudia) $75,000
Case 26 (Lindsay C) $500,000
Case 4 (Lindsay S) $50
Case 7 (Sara) Lucky birthday...

$5

Case 25 (Sonia) $100
Case 10 (Anya) $200

Two... meaningful amounts. Not going to say huge, because we have pretty huge. Before we talk to the banker, though... Casey entertains us with her best Celine Dion impression... That's ... that's something. Okay, now we can talk to the banker...

Then some awfully-close-looking Celine Dion lookalike entertains us with her... (Gordon whispers something into my ear)... Oh, that IS Celine Dion... Well I'll be...

Okay, more from her in a bit, but let's go to the banker first...

BANK OFFER
$37,000

 

$ .01 $ 1,000
$ 1 $ 5,000
$ 5 $ 10,000
$ 10 $ 25,000
$ 25 $ 50,000
$ 50 $ 75,000
$ 75 $ 100,000
$ 100 $ 250,000
$ 200 $ 500,000
$ 300 $ 750,000
$ 400 $ 1,000,000
$ 500 $ 2,500,000
$ 750

$ 5,000,000

It's a big first offer, because of the big money to be won today. Five cases left if she doesn't take the offer. So, Casey... $37,000. Deal or no deal?

She's going to say "no deal!" That's the first in a line of unheard of bank offers.

Five to go.

Case 12 (Jill) $500
Case 14 (April) $250,000
Case 15 (Lanisha) "Good choice."

$1,000

Case 6 (Megan) $25
"My girl Kasie, #19." $300

Another good round. Which means another good offer. But first, it's revealed that the banker is a huge Celine fan... Funny, I don't remember him being a fan of anything outside of torturing small puppies.

Casey entertains us with her best Celine Dion impression again...

Then some awfully-close-looking Celine Dion lookalike entertains us with her... (Gordon whispers something into my ear)... Oh, that IS Celine Dion... Well I'll be...

Okay, more from her in a bit, but first, since we have an hour and a half to fill, let's go to Thorpe Schoenle's house, where one of the 26 is making a special delivery, a check for $464,000.

And now, the banker...

BANK OFFER
$103,000

 

$ .01 $ 1,000
$ 1 $ 5,000
$ 5 $ 10,000
$ 10 $ 25,000
$ 25 $ 50,000
$ 50 $ 75,000
$ 75 $ 100,000
$ 100 $ 250,000
$ 200 $ 500,000
$ 300 $ 750,000
$ 400 $ 1,000,000
$ 500 $ 2,500,000
$ 750

$ 5,000,000

Wow. That's quite a second offer. "If you keep these large amounts in play, the offers are going to become ridiculous." The sidelines say "No deal."...

Casey... No deal!

Obligatory shot from the DHL guys... and four to go.

Case 3 (Lisa) Holy smokes....

$2,500,000

Case 2 (Stacey) Better...

$50,000

Case 18 (Alike) $750
Case 5 (Ursula) Bloody hell...

$1,000,000

Two of the big three are gone. The banker is loving it. But so long as the $5 mill is still in play, the offers will be massive. Case in point...

BANK OFFER
$88
,000

 

$ .01 $ 1,000
$ 1 $ 5,000
$ 5 $ 10,000
$ 10 $ 25,000
$ 25 $ 50,000
$ 50 $ 75,000
$ 75 $ 100,000
$ 100 $ 250,000
$ 200 $ 500,000
$ 300 $ 750,000
$ 400 $ 1,000,000
$ 500 $ 2,500,000
$ 750

$ 5,000,000

Lower, but still big. Deal or no deal? Sidelines are still saying no deal. "You have to risk big to win big. NO DEAL!"

Three to go.

Case 20 (Marisa) For 20 of her students in the audience.

$25,000

Case 8 (Pilar) $75
Case 22 (Donna) $10,000

That's going to drive the bank offer way up. She now has a one-in-8 chance at $5 million. Better than any lottery, and better than being struck by lightning.

With the $5 million still in play and a 62.5% chance of having $5000 or less... the banker says... "A lot to walk away from."

BANK OFFER
$175,000

 

$ .01 $ 1,000
$ 1 $ 5,000
$ 5 $ 10,000
$ 10 $ 25,000
$ 25 $ 50,000
$ 50 $ 75,000
$ 75 $ 100,000
$ 100 $ 250,000
$ 200 $ 500,000
$ 300 $ 750,000
$ 400 $ 1,000,000
$ 500 $ 2,500,000
$ 750

$ 5,000,000

That is six figures right there. Indeed a lot to walk away from. Andrea says "no deal." What's $175,000? "That's like, decades of work, I think." Deal or no deal?

The crowd says no deal... "No deal!"

Two cases left... Pick wisely.

Case 16 (Kim) Not the penny.... but $5,000.

And Celine serenades.

Case 9 (Patricia) She looks at it with one eye.... Okay, the other eye. Actually, Howie lets Casey open it.

....

$5 million.

Needless to say.... DAMN, SON!

Banker calls...

BANK OFFER
$79,000

 

$ .01  
$ 1  
$ 10 $ 100,000
$ 400 $ 750,000

She says that she'll still take $79,000. She still has a bit of a safety net. "One more case!" the crowd shouts. Deal or no deal?

"I'm going to go with the audience. One more case!" No deal!

Case 11 (Katie) "My heart is beating so fast."

$1

That's more like it. Let's see what the banker says... "Moving back on up."

BANK OFFER
$144,000

 

$ .01  
$ 1  
$ 10 $ 100,000
$ 400 $ 750,000

The crowd starts chanting "One more case" again. Nancy says take the deal. Husband, "If you push it... it skyrockets."

"No deal!"

One more case...

Case 21 (Tameka) "This is the craziest game I've ever ever opened a case for."

$100,000

Smaller than the bank offer. It's still okay. The top money is still there. The bank offer is swayed by Celine's song ...

BANK OFFER
$196,000

 

$ .01  
$ 1  
$ 10 $ 100,000
$ 400 $ 750,000

Everyone says deal now... "This may be the last time I ask this question this season... or, you go on." Will Casey pull the trigger for another case... or will she push the button?

"Casey Bell... Deal.... or no deal?"

Husband says to take the deal...

"I did say that if I lost my safety net, I would take the deal...  but I really feel like going on!"

Howie: "Without risk, there is no reward."

Celine: "Your husband is right. You can't think about the $750,000 in your suitcase, you have to think, 'If I go home with $196,000, can I make some dream come true?'"

Profound. Casey...

"DEAL!" Deal for $196,000 and a trip to go see Celine live in concert. "I'm waiting for you in Vegas!"

But first... Last time I get to ask this until September, how good of a deal was it?

Nancy had $400. The banker would've gone up to $270,000. Leyla had... $10. Banker would've gone up to $410,000. That leaves the penny and the $750,000. As a reminder, Casey sold her case for $196,000. In it...

$750,000

Casey's Case
23

Not a great deal. Jenelle had the penny, but still, Casey's going home, $196,000 richer.

And with that, NBC closes the book on Deal or No Deal, year one. We'll be back with more money, more of the bankers, more of the models, and more Howie in the fall. Until then, a big thank you to all of you for reading, and...

"We'll see you next fall, on Deal... or No Deal."

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