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"Episode 1" - December 19

The international hit Deal or No Deal has finally landed on American television!  Can someone walk away with $1,000,000 or will they be relegated to the payoff of a shiny new penny?

After Howie Mandel introduced the lovely models in The March of the 26 Babes, the first player Deal or No Deal contestant is introduced--Karen Vann, a part-time notary public, housewife, and first-time grandmother.  Karen wants to buy a house if she hits the big bucks.

The rules of the game are simple.  The contestant takes a case numbered 1 through 26.  Each case holds a money amount from 1 cent to $1,000,000.  Players remove cases one by one.  At specific intervals, the unseen banker will tempt the contestant by offering a sure thing.  At this point, the title question is asked--"Deal or no deal?"  If the contestant is courageous and never deals, they could get paid off handsomely or they could go home with cab fare.

Karen takes case 14, held by the lovely Dawn.  Before we get a bank offer, Karen must remove six cases.

Case 23 (Nancy) $25
Case 3 (Lisa) $.01

Howie:  This is exactly how to play.

Case 18 (Donna) $200
Case 22 (Joni) $5
Case 6 (Megan) $400
Case 25 (Angel) $5,000

Howie:  That's okay!  That's okay!  That's okay!  I've actually never seen someone so excited about not having $5000.

Everybody wants Karen to walk away with the million.  The one person who doesn't want Karen to win big is the banker.  The banker will try to woo Karen away from her case with a tempting cash offer.  For this round, the offer is $21,000.  Here's how the board looks:

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

Karen says it's a lot of money but not enough.  Emphatically, she says "NO DEAL!"  With that, 5 more cases must be removed.

Case 15 (Bonnie-Jill) $750,000

Karen:  Okay.  It's okay.

Case 10 (Marisa) $1,000,000

Howie:  One million dollars is off the board.
Karen:  But $500,000 is still there.  Let's go.

Case 24 (Lindsay) $100
Case 2 (Stacey) $750
Case 20 (Yoi) After a commercial break, we'll find out what's in Yoi's case.

After returning to the show, we see 20 has $400,000.

Karen:  It's good.  It's good.

The banker returns with his second offer of the night.  Here's the offer and the board:

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

On a seating area near the action are Karen's husband Anthony, and her kids--daughter Nicole and son "Little Anthony", the Mini-Vanns per Howie.  Anthony Sr. says that $37,000 won't do it.  Karen agrees.  No deal!  Four more cases have to go before another offer is made.

Case 26 (Pilar) $50
Case 11 (Jill) $10
Case 4 (Lindsay) $100,000

Karen:  I'm still in it.  I'm still in it.

Case 16 (Kim) $75,000

Karen:  That's okay.  That's good.

The banker quickly makes Karen an offer.  Can she refuse $53,000?

Bank offer:  $53,000

 

$ .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

Anthony Sr. quickly says no.  Karen says the deal sounds real good, but says it's not good enough.  No deal!

Three more cases must be removed before the next banker offer.

Case 9 (Claudia) $1,000
Case 7 (Sara) $1
Case 1 (Mylinda) $200,000

Karen:  That's okay.  It's all good.

And the phone rings.  Karen says "It's for you."  Howie says "No, Karen Vann.  It's for you.  I'm just the receptionist."  After a commercial break, we return with the banker's offer--$77,000.

Bank offer:  $77,000

 

$ .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

Even though only two cases have values higher than the bank offer, Karen's family is adamant that case 14 holds a big amount.  Nicole repeats several times that the family came to win big.  Karen's family says no deal, but it's Karen's decision that matters.  After some contemplation, Karen says "No deal."

Case 21 (Tameka) $10,000
Case 13 (Leyla)
Lucky play-at-home case
$300,000

And the audience groans.  Anthony Sr. does a nervousness dance.

The banker feels that Karen's luck is changing in the banker's favor.  The new offer is $63,000.

Bank offer:  $63,000

 

$ .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

From now on, one case is removed per round.  Karen's family still says "no deal".  The covering surrounding the deal button is lifted.  Karen slams the covering shut with a loud "No deal!"

Case 12 (Amie) $25,000

The banker's offer jumps to $90,000, an amount which gets Anthony Sr. walking around.

Bank offer:  $90,000

 

$ .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

Howie lets Karen mull over her decision during a commercial break.  Will Karen take the sure thing, or will she venture on?  Karen asks her husband for advice and she will follow that advice.  Hubby says no deal.  Karen follows.  One case must be removed this turn.

Case 19 (A.J.) $300

And Karen's family is hopping with glee.

The banker places the important call.  Howie's first reaction is "Wow."  Karen says "Wow is real good."  The offer is $138,000 for Karen to leave.

Bank offer:  $138,000

 

$ .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

Anthony Jr. says "Don't go!"  Anthony Sr. says that the entire family has a feeling about case 8, that "8 is great."  Finally, her hubby says no deal.  Karen's doing lots of mental flip-flopping, saying that even though Anthony Sr. makes the decisions at home, they're not at home.  Karen feels that 8 has the $500,000.  Anthony Sr. says they'll win either way.  Karen opens the button's covering, looks towards her family, and shuts the case.  No deal!

One more case needs to be removed before another bank offer is made.  Cases 5, 8, and 17 remain.

Case 8 (Patricia) Karen:  I came with the family.  I'm going with the family.

Before opening the case, surprise!  A break.

What's in 8?  $500,000

Karen:  I told you.  I knew it.  What did I say?

The banker quickly dials in with his newest offer.

Bank offer:  $17,000

 

$ .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

Karen says that at this point, she might as well go for it.

Case 5 (Kristal) $75

The banker quickly dials in with a bank offer of $25,000.

Bank offer:  $25,000

 

$ .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

After looking at her family, Karen says she's taking the deal.  She confirms her decision by hitting the deal button.  The Vanns leave with $25,000.  What was in case 14?  Just $500.  A smart move indeed!

After another break, a new player is introduced--Jason Vittorini.  Jason is a carpenter originally from Town Hall, Massachusetts.  Admittedly, Jason's not too lucky in life.  He separated his shoulder playing wiffleball.  Jason picks case 2, held by Stacey.  Before the first offer, Jason must remove 6 cases.

Case 24 (Lindsay) $200
Case 5 (Kristal) $200,000
Case 17 (Alike) $25
Case 15 (Bonnie-Jill) $50,000
Case 21 (Tameka) $25,000
Case 13 (Leyla) $750,000

And the audience groans loudly.

The banker rings up Howie, as Jason says that the million is still up there.  The banker's offer is $7,000, which elicits boos from the audience.

Bank offer:  $7,000

 

$ .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

Jason says "No deal, Mr. Banker."  Time is up on the premiere episode of Deal or No Deal.  Does Jason have a million or a penny?  Find out tomorrow!

For those playing along at home, the $10,000 Lucky Case Winner was Cynthia Curtis of Coffeeville, Mississippi.

 

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