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"Episode 9" - March 2

Last night, a shocker and a saver, all in one, as Cindy Pridgen, playing for $2 million, closed a deal on a $75 case for $407,000. Had she continued onto two more cases, the deal would have been $1 million.

Meanwhile, Sherman Mitchell, a single father who plans to use his winnings to start a group home for troubled youths, holds #14 as he now plays for $2 million, rejecting a bank offer for $23,000. This is how the board looked as we closed the last show...

5 TO OPEN

 

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

All seven big amounts are there including $2 million... which'll get bigger LATER.. But now, Sherman must open five cases...

Case 6 (Megaa) $200,000
Case 5 (Ursula) Ohhhh....

$1,000,000

Case 4 (Lindsay) $100
Case 10 (Patricia) $1
Case 18 (Alike) Yay!

$25

So two big ones, and three little ones... And then there's the banker...

BANK OFFER
$39,000

 

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

Of course, Sherman brought his mother and frat brothers to assist in making his choices... They all say "No deal"... Sherman agrees. You never disagree with your mother.

Four to open...

Case 24 (Nancy) Oooohh...

$400,000

Sherman: That's okay...

Case 11 (Katie) Set phasers to stun.

$2,000,000

Everyone grimaces... except the banker, of course.

Case 8 (Tamara) $100,000
Case 15 (Kasie) More thank happy to open this up...

$200

Not a good round. The banker phones in almost immediately. It went down a little...

BANK OFFER
$31,000

 

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

Howie wants Sherman to take a minute... so we take two and two. As a mentor and father, he has to make big decisions like this all day, and he owes the strength he has to make these decisions to his coach Moore. ... who just so happens to be in the audience.

.. alongside Sherman's daughter, Ashley. Coach Moore says "Only the strong survive." The team says "Go all the way..." Sherman says No Deal. Three to open.

NO DEAL! One to go...

Case 21 (Tameka) This is cool...

$10,000

Case 17 (Donna) $25,000
Case 3 (Lisa) Sherman: "Do I have to look?"

No... But you'd miss $50,000 and a bit of a wince.

Here's the banker... With a 25 percent chance of having at least $300,000, the bank offers...

BANK OFFER
$55,000

 

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

Sherman needs help again. The help says no deal... No deal it is, then... Two to go...

Case 19 (Anya) Hey!

$500

Case 25 (Sonia) $5,000

The two big values are up there in play, so the bank offer goes up...

BANK OFFER
$93,000

 

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

"Go big or go home..." Sherman's feeling lucky... NO DEAL! One to open...

Case 22 (Janelle) Sherman wants to make money... after NBC makes money, Janelle reveals...

$5

Needless to say, the bank is on pins and needles... Howie tells mom... "WHOA!"

BANK OFFER
$150,000

 

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

Six figures to go home right now... Deal or no deal? The crowd says to push the button. The family says don't do it... Sherman's a player... NO DEAL. $150,000... gone. One to open...

Case 13 (Leyla) $300,000

If he had to lose a big one, he picked the right one. The bank is feeling a little luckier now, as he drops the offer...

BANK OFFER
$106,000

 

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

He's got a landmine situation now should he go on. He's only got a one in four chance of hitting half a mill next... Sherman's thinking... Ashley's watching... "No deal, man." One to go...

Case 20 (Ingrid) Has to be anything but half a million....

$50

"You believe in karma?" Howie says... Should we remind you that "My Name is Earl" is next? Right now, though, the banker...

BANK OFFER
$167,000

 

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

There's now a one-in-three landmine... Deal or no deal? Right now, it's strictly a gamble. "Listen to your mama! Deal!" Ashley... disagrees! Sherman... closes the case! One more to go... after the break... Break over. Time to open. Remember, 33 percent chance at half a mill...

Case 16 (Kim) Again, has to be anything but half a million....

Kim fakes!

$400

Everyone's dancing... except, of course, the banker. The final bank offer...

BANK OFFER
$250,000

 

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

Mom says deal...

Frat brothers say ... soetming...

Sherman grazes the button...

He pushes it. Deal for $250,000! But what was in his case? Case 14... "It's your lucky day!" Only $300.

Who else is having a lucky day? The board is reset, and the suitcases are back in play. New player is... Becky Venable, a 28-year-old stay-at-home mom from Oxford, CT... She has seven kids... and they're all here with her husband. She needs a 15-passenger van.. Maybe a bus. Can $2 million buy a bus? Yes.. but these are seven kids we're talking here! Let's give her a shot at $2.5 million! The board is also changed to reflect this...

6 TO OPEN

 

$ .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 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 500,000
$ 400 $ 750,000
$ 500 $ 1,000,000
$ 750
$ 2,500,000

Now to pick a case... She picks 7 for her 7 kids. Sara delivers said case, and we get to picking. Six to open.

Case 15 (Kasie)

$25,000

Case 14 (Mylinda) $75,000
Case 11 (Katie) Last time, she had the deal breaker...

This time.. only $1

Case 26 (Lindsay) $750
Case 22 (Janelle) $400,000
Case 18 (Alike) $5

The penny case is still in play... but so is two and a half mill. The banker's first offer is...

BANK OFFER
$26,000

 

$ .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 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 500,000
$ 400 $ 750,000
$ 500 $ 1,000,000
$ 750
$ 2,500,000

Becky says no deal. We're opening five...

Case 9 (Marisa) $10
Case 25 (Sonia) $300
Case 2 (Stacey) $100
Case 21 (Tameka) $750,000
Case 5 (Ursula) PENNY CASE!

The banker calls...

BANK OFFER
$49,000

 

$ .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 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 500,000
$ 400 $ 750,000
$ 500 $ 1,000,000
$ 750
$ 2,500,000

Aside from her own personal "Family Feud" team, we have Katie (favorite cousin), Katie (sister), Erin (other favorite cousin), and Bridget (sister) helping Becky out. The girls say "We can do better." Becky agrees. No deal. 

Four to open.

Case 6 (Megan)

$400

And in her excitement... she dropped Howie's phone. "Complete with boom sound effect." (points to Dave A. for that one)

Howie: "This is a very important part of the game... and you broke it."

We're going to need a break to fix it.

Case 19 (Anya) This is what you get for breaking the banker's phone.

$100,000

Case 24 (Nancy) $500
Case 12 (Jill) $1,000

The banker calls again. The big money is still in play. He offers...

BANK OFFER
$101,000

 

$ .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 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 500,000
$ 400 $ 750,000
$ 500 $ 1,000,000
$ 750
$ 2,500,000

An offer this big this early is unprecedented. The girls say no.. The husband says no. The kids (or rather, one kid) says deal. Aidan... is four, what does he know? "No deal!"

Three to open.

Case 16 (Kim) Fist pumps from the Dodgeball girl...

$25

Case 17 (Donna) Howie: "Wouldn't it be great if we saw $50?"

Yes it would, $50.

Case 13 (Leyla) Oh.. my... god...

$2,500,000.

It was a good two rounds up until THAT... But a million is still there, so the banker offers just a LITTLE less...

BANK OFFER
$74,000

 

$ .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 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 500,000
$ 400 $ 750,000
$ 500 $ 1,000,000
$ 750 $ 2,500,000

There is still a one-in-eight chance that Becky is a millionaire. She's going to need some time to think about this decision. We'll come back tomorrow to see what she decides, and to wrap up Deal or No Deal's big jackpot week with a possible $3 million payoff.

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