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"Episode 31" - May 8

Last time, Anca Toderic played the game from a list she made and wound up being offered $299,000... only to have said list backfire. She ended up selling her case, worth $50,000, for half that. Will the next dealer be as brave as she?

We find out as we start fresh with GARY RIOTTO! Our dealer hasn't slept in a week, as he hopes to buy an apartment in his hometown of New York and start an adolescent outreach program.

After hugging Howie and jumping, he chooses ... well, all he sees are numbers and breasts. At least he's honest. He goes with the luck of the Irish with #17. Jenelle, who I don't believe is Irish, delivers said case.

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Gary's Case
17

Opening six...

Case 19 (Mylinda) $100
Case 5 (Ursula) $50
Case 14 (April) $100,000
Case 18 (Alike) "You're gonna be jumping all the way to the bank!"

$75
Case 15 (Lanisha) $200,000
Case 6 (Megan) $50,000

After Gary figures out that we're done with this round, we hear from the Banker... Gary and Howie pace for a bit...

BANK OFFER
$14,000

 

$ .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

Deal? $14,000. No deal? Five more cases. Deal or no deal? "I think in order for me to take the deal, he'd have to offer a little more than that. No deal!"

He hops during the break, and we return with five more...

Gary makes his choosing... from the gallery. "That was fun."

Case 26 (Lindsay C) $5
Case 20 (Marisa) $75,000
Case 25 (Sonia) $5,000
Case 8 (Pilar) $500
Case 16 (Kim) $25,000

The top five are still in play. "Who could ask for more?" The Banker does a jump of his own.

BANK OFFER
$83,000

 

$ .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

Gary can't make this decision on his own. We meet Bunny (mom - "No wonder you jump up and down"), Gary's best friend David from London, and some unidentified person on the end. They all come to the same conclusion... "No deal, Gary."

So he shuts the box. "I may be a nice guy, but we're going to play hard." With that, the Banker suits up.

Four more cases...

Case 11 (Katie) $300
Case 4 (Lindsay S) Gary: "$400."

Nope. $500,000.

Case 12 (Jill) He's begging....

$10

Case 9 (Patricia) Howie: "If you knock the million dollars out..."

Gary: "We shouldn't say these things!"

After the break... $400,000

Howie just saved a lot of money on his car insurance. The Banker, on the other hand, saved a lot of money on his payout.

BANK OFFER
$76
,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

Gary? "Bring on the million, bring on the fun. I got a dream to make happen, let's get this deal done." No deal!

Three to open.

Case 24 (Nancy) PENNY CASE! "Now we're playing!"
Case 3 (Lisa) Aunt's choice in the audience...

Tease. $1

He goes to say hi to Tameka... ... and $750,000 says hello back.

"You have a million."

The banker goes down again...

BANK OFFER
$61,000

 

$ .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

Only two high numbers left, and once GARY throws it to break (HAH!)... the family says to focus. They say no deal. Gary says no deal.

Case 1 (Claudia) $200

Quick kiss from Claudia, and we continue

Case 22 (Donna) $25

And Donna starts jumping! "We are playing!"

A one in six chance of being a millionaire, and we hear the Banker again. After which, Gary's mob starts to take the stage. Bunny hears the offer... and dances.

BANK OFFER
$122,000

 

  $ 1,000
  $ 10,000
$ 400 $ 300,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

The Bank doubles the last offer. One more case if he decides against the deal. There is a 2/3 chance that he'll hit a small amount if he says "No deal." Anthony (his other friend) says to deal. David says no deal. Bunny points out what happens when the million goes away. The crowd says "No deal."

Shut that box, Gary. No deal! One to go.

Case 23 (Aubrie) After Gary has a sitdown...

$750!

Good vibes pay off. Gary rushes his savior, while we go to the Banker Phone. Howie takes a sitdown after hearing it.

BANK OFFER
$237,000

 

  $ 1,000
  $ 10,000
$ 400 $ 300,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

There is now a 40% chance that Gary is sitting on a big amount. Anthony says to take the deal. Gary figures that even if he does take a million, he'll still walk out with $90K or $100K. David says one more. Bunny has no opinion.

"No deal!"

One more case.

"I think 13 goes. This is either going to make it or break it." Leyla: "Howie, I'm scared. You know me and my case."

... "YES!" $10,000, almost knocking down her case in the process.

Gary needs another sit. He's light-headed, dizzy. "Oh my God, we just did that. Answer the phone!"

BANK OFFER
$340,000

 

  $ 1,000
  $ 10,000
$ 400 $ 300,000
$ 750 $ 1,000,000

Bunny just screams "Yes! Yes!" There's a 50/50 shot at a big amount, among which are a million. "But if you pick the million, it goes down the tubes!" Easy for you to say, Bunny. She says take it. Anthony says take it. David says take it.

And Gary? He... pushes the button! Deal for $340,000!

Was it a good idea, though? Anya... "Oh no." $400. Bank offer: $477,000. Stacey has... the million! In Gary's case...

$300,000

Gary's Case
17

A good deal. Can the next player do even better? We'll find out next time. See you then.

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