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"Episode 21" - April 3

Last time, Michael Wallace turned down a Hummer among other things to end up with $252,000... The end result, though, saw him sell off a $750,000 case.

Now it's Sheetal Shetty's time to take on the big money to pay off student loans. She took case 19 and opened 11 cases.

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Sheetal's Case
19

She'll have two hours to see if she can turn that case into a profit. Oh, and the box from last week... fixed. Let's get back to what we do best round here.

Case 17 (Jenelle) $100
Case 26 (Lindsay C) $75,000
Case 15 (Lanisha) $25,000
Case 5 (Marisa) She hopes some good vibes are coming...

$500

It's banker time...

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 $ 750,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

That's huge. If she decides to brush off the deal, she has to open three more cases. She brought support in the form of her mom ("She's my little lunatic."), her best friend Marshall, and her uncle Manoj. He's good with numbers. "No deal!" And that's what she goes with. No deal! "Uncle knows best!"

After checking with the models to see them get ready for showtime, we open three more cases...

Case 24 (Nancy) $10,000
Case 9 (Patricia) "One cent... one cent... one cent..."

One... Dollar!

Case 11 (Katie) "One cent... one cent... one cent..."

$50

Good round. Makes for a good banker offer. "It's a lot of money."

BANK OFFER
$73,000

 

$ .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 $ 750,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

She can't knock off all three of the big seven next round, but it's a big banker offer... The loved ones say "No deal"... She goes with that again. She's NEVER turned down $73,000. She says that she needs $200,000 to pay off her debts.

We need a break. Then we can open two more.

Case 12 (Jill) She loves things that come in dozens.

$750

Case 25 (Sonia) "Christmas is cool..."

$200

Still no penny, but a happy dance worthy performance. "Come on banker, do your thing."

BANK OFFER
$145,000

 

$ .01 $ 100,000
$ 10 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 750,000

Mom says "Take it and run!" Marshall, "No deal!" Manoj says, "Let's go for it!" She listens to... the guys. NO DEAL! After a look at past winners, which you can peruse from our reference page to this show, we have one to go...

Quick! When was Thanksgiving? "March 4!" No, that's your birthday, mom.

Case 23 (Aubrie) "That is one penny! It's gotta be."

$100,000

Not terrible... "Banker's early!" Nope, he's right on time.

BANK OFFER
$172,000

 

$ .01 $ 100,000
$ 10 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 750,000

There's a 40 percent chance that Sheetal has at least $400,000. What would her grandmother do? She can ask her over the bankerphone... or she can ask her in person. Turn around, Sheetal.

You can't read her lips, but she said something that rhymed with "pit." "I would do anything for my grandchild." She flew from New York. "Me? I would've taken it and run away." It's an even split in the audience. Sheetal thinks that the 750K is in her case.... "No deal."

One to go. "Sorry, mom!" Manoj? "Luck favors the brave! Good decision!"

Case 2 (Stacey) Number 2 is the first failure and the motivator to become number one.... Stacey doesn't think Sheetal is a lunatic...

$300

Primal scream time! Happy dance time... Casting call time... Banker offer time... "Hurry up."

BANK OFFER
$199,000

 

$ .01 $ 100,000
$ 10 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 750,000

There's her debt wiped clean. There's also 50/50 shot at at least $400,000. "I'm too young for this heart pain!" Manoj wants her to go for it. Mom? "This is a lunatic child!"

So what's it going to be? Deal or no deal?

Marshall: "Go one more!"

Sheetal? "That's my whole student loan right there. But Grandma came a long way from New York." No deal!

One to open...

Case 20 (Kasie) Marshall & Sheetal's lucky number...

After the break...

$10

YES! The bank offer's going to rocket... The banker is visibly stressed, as his silhouette displays... Is it enough for a school loan and a coat? Manoj gets the offer...  Grandma gets the offer... Mom gets the offer... Shock! Marshall gets the offer... Manoj  tells the offer...

BANK OFFER
$375,000

 

$ .01 $ 100,000
$ 10 $ 400,000
$ 300 $ 750,000

There a two-in-three chance of opening anything but $750,000. The bank offer will be somewhere in the vicinity of $200K if she knocks that out. That is worst case scenario. Best case scenario, of course, would be knocking out the penny. Is $375,000 enough to get out of the game at this late juncture?

Deal.... or no deal?

Manoj says deal... Mom says deal... Grandma... "That's enough, Sheetal." Marshall says "Take the money." Suddenly the audience is like "Deal!", even though Howie says it's spilt.

She hits it! Deal or $375,000! "This is the most unbelievable experience ever."

So what would've happened if Sheetal didn't take the deal? She would've picked 14... $750,000! And in case 19...

$400,000

Sheetal's Case
19

But you'll agree that in the grand scheme of things, it's more or less a wash. Lindsay S. had the penny case.

After the deal... Sheetal is stormed by the models as she heads back to the green room. "Going into this, I had no money. You know what the ATM's going to say now? A LOT OF MONEY!"

Back to the game. We start anew with all 26 cases in play and one new player in the dealer's podium. That player is... LAURA KARKAU! She's a teacher from Nashville, TN. She wants to use the prize money to pay off the house and/or start a family.

Eighteen students in her class, so Alike is delivering case 18.

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Laura's Case
1
8

So what's in there? Well, what isn't there?

Case 25 (Sonia) For Laura's age...

$5,000

Case 7 (Sara) For Laura's softball number...

$75,000

Case 20 (Kasie) $1,000,000
Case 3 (Lisa) $5
Case 9 (Patricia) For Laura's anniversary...

$50,000

Case 21 (Tameka) $400,000

Oh, goodness! "Can I start over?" Maybe if you play the NBC.com game... But this is real here...

BANK OFFER
$6,000

 

$ .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 $ 750,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

"This is a definite NO DEAL!" Five to go...

Case 10 (Anya) $25,000
Case 1 (Claudia) $300,000
Case 23 (Aubrie) Aubrie changes the skid...

$1,000

Case 17 (Jenelle) $100,000
Case 14 (April) $750

That was a bit more painful, and that's good news... if you're the banker... "He says if you ever want to leave your penny pinching husband..."

BANK OFFER
$11,000

 

$ .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 $ 750,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

With help some David (husband), Wendy (mother-in-law), Kesha (boss), and Katrina (friend), Laura makes her decision.. NO DEAL! Four to go...

Case 5 (Marisa) "This is where your luck is gonna start changing, I hope."

$300

Case 11 (Katie) $500
Case 13 (Leyla) Last game, $75.

This game... $50

Case 15 (Lanisha) "I think it's gonna be good..."

$200,000. Oh yeah. It was good... for the wrong reasons.

The banker is LOVING this...

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 $ 200,000
$ 200 $ 300,000
$ 300 $ 400,000
$ 400 $ 500,000
$ 500 $ 750,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

It's a lot of money to a teacher, but the sideline says "You've got some big money on that board! No deal!" Let's go with that.

Three more to go with two of the big seven left unopened...

Case 24 (Nancy) $10
Case 12 (Jill) $500,000
Case 19 (Megan) "No pressure."

$25

If she had to knock out one of the big ones, she knocked out the right one... Let's see what the banker says...

BANK OFFER
$21,000

 

$ .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 $ 750,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

Looks like we're going to the classroom at Nashville, TN. "No need to worry, Ms. Karkau! We're here to help! NO DEAL!" There's a one-in-eight shot that she's sitting on $750,000, but there is a better chance to open the smaller amounts. "I got my answer." She enlists the audience to help her get her point across...

I'll save you the cheese and say, "No deal."

Case 26 (Lindsay C) $1
Case 16 (Kim) "The penny's in number 16," says David.

$75

That's a lot better... The banker's dream girl turned into a nightmare...

BANK OFFER
$63,000

 

$ .01  
$ 100  
$ 200 $ 10,000
$ 400 $ 750,000

That's two year's salary. There's one case to open if she ... she's going for it! One to go...

Case 6 (Megan) $10,000

The next bank offer is going up, but there's just one amount left on the right side... "You're not making his day. He wants you gone now."

BANK OFFER
$96,000

 

$ .01  
$ 100  
$ 200 $ 10,000
$ 400 $ 750,000

One case to open... Is it a good time to stop? Timing is absolutely everything in this game. There's nothing to fall back on. David... is going to be sick. Deal or no deal?

"It's a DEAL!" Deal for $96,000! But what would have happened if she kept going, she would've picked 22... Donna had the penny case, and the bank offer would've been... $175,000. She would've picked 2 next, $200. The bank offer then... $210,000. No deal to that? We go to 4, which had $100. The bank offer then? $400,000. So what the heck was in Laura's case?

$400

Laura's Case
1
8

A great deal, that's what. We'll rest up, do it again on Wednesday. See you then.

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