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"Episode 1" - February 4

Back in December of 2005, a simple game involving 26 cases, $1,000,000, and a mean ol' banker debuted on NBC, taking America by storm. And while this game show has given plenty of Americans a chance at winning a lot of money, Canadians could only watch.

Until now.

The set has been replicated in Toronto, with some notable changes; the area where the player stands looks like a maple leaf, the phone is red (though its base remains white), and there's some more lights all over the place. And, of course, we have 26 Canadian models holding those familiar cases. But the game is still the same, and whether or not someone will walk out with a lot of money still hinges on that one question... Deal or No Deal?

The first Canadian player is Brian Traynor, from Medicine Hat, Alberta. He's a firefighter, and he brought along a calendar made by the CFB Suffield Fire Department. And it turns out that each picture in that calendar includes a different case which he'll pick in order. So, he's pretty much ready to play, well, at least 2 rounds.

Alright, on to the game. Here's the board...

 

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

$ 1,000,000

I guess they wanted to give the board a Canadian feel as well, so to allow for both the loonie ($1) and toonie ($2), they took out the $400,000.

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6

Brian's Case

For Brian's case, he opens up the calendar, and January says #5. And he continues to use the calendar to start picking the others. 6 to start...

February: #9 - $5,000
March: #24 - TOONIE!
April: #19 - $200,000
May: #10 - $50
June: #26 - $25
July: #15 - $500,000

It was an okay round, but now, it's time to meet the Canadian banker. His booth has plenty of room, which allows him to pace back and forth, which he's doing. Of course, we still only see a silhouette of him doing this. He calls through the "Rogers line" (since Rogers is sponsoring the show), and makes this first offer...

BANK OFFER
$30,000

 

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

$ 1,000,000

It's not what Brian came for. NO DEAL! 5 to open...

August: #13 - $100
September: #8 - Uh-oh... $1,000,000

Ouch. At this point, Brian ditches the calendar, and picks the rest himself.

#21 - LOONIE!
#2 - $50,000
#1 - PENNY!

Looks like his luck got better without the calendar. And despite the million being removed this round, the offer went up...

BANK OFFER
$39,000

 

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

$ 1,000,000

Time to meet Brian's supporters. They are Judy (his mom), Jennifer (his older sister), and Alison (his middle sister). Judy says he has some lucky things, and that includes a stuffed toy, which she brings to Brian. It's his "lucky ducky". Though the beak and a wing is gone.

Anyway, it's decision time. The family says no deal, and he concurs. NO DEAL!

4 cases now...

#4 - $200
#25 - $300
#3 - $75
#20 - $25,000

Brian's lucky ducky worked this time, and with a great round comes a better offer. Howie reveals it after a break...

BANK OFFER
$73,000

 

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

$ 1,000,000

The family says, "You're on fire! Make that banker go much higher!" I guess we know what that means, and Brian does too.

NO DEAL! 3 more...

#14 - $10,000
#11 - $100,000
#7 - $10

Another nice round, but the banker says he "refuses to lay down for an adult carrying a stuffed duck". With that said, we're into 6 digits...

BANK OFFER
$121,000

 

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

$ 1,000,000

Brian's fiancé, Chantelle (in the audience), says there's still 2 big numbers left. Brian listens. NO DEAL! 2 cases to open...

#18 - $300,000
#6 - After a break... $500

One of those big numbers is gone, so that sends the offer down a bit.

BANK OFFER
$109,000

 

  $ 750
  $ 1,000
$ 5 $ 75,000
$ 400 $ 750,000

It'll be 1 to open each round from here on in. The supporters want him to take the deal. And he does, pushing the button.

DEAL for $109,000! But was it a good deal?

Brian would have gone to #12 next, and it had... $75,000, which would have sent the offer up to $140,000. #22 had... $750, which would have brought it up to $202,000. Oh, boy... #16 had... $1,000, and the offer would then have been $268,000. Ouch. #17 had... the $750,000.

And in Brian's case, #5... $400.

$400

5

Brian's Case

#23 had the $5. So, though Brian could have done better, he made a good deal.

Alright, the cases have been reset and reloaded for the next player, Theresa Daranciang from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba! She's a mountie, and she brought a doll of a mountie, which she calls her "minier mountie", because she has been referred to as "mini mountie". And man, is she excited!

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15

Theresa's Case

The board is the same as before, and Theresa picks for her case... #15. She puts the minier mountie by it, then starts picking...

#2 - $10
#4 - $750
#14 - $25,000
#11 - $10,000
#7 - PENNY!
#19 - $100

A great first round, which should be worthy of a great first offer. But the banker wonders, "How can something so small be so loud and annoying?" That's mean. At least the first offer is generous...

BANK OFFER
$44,000

 

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

$ 1,000,000

Theresa simply laughs and closes the cover. NO DEAL!

#10 - $200,000
#22 - $75
#1 - $100,000
#16 - $750,000
#5 - $1,000,000

Not a good round this time. As a result, the offer went down...

BANK OFFER
$19,000

 

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

$ 1,000,000

Supporting Theresa is Bernard (her husband), Alexi (married to her sister), and Sara (her best friend). They say no deal, and Theresa asks the cases to be good to her. NO DEAL!

#25 - $1,000
#26 - $500
#17 - $300
#6 - $500,000

It's a bit dangerous now, with one 6-digit value left. The banker says he's throwing some pity upon Theresa, though, so the offer goes up...

BANK OFFER
$600

 

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

$ 1,000,000

Bernard is saying no deal, and Theresa shuts the cover, obviously agreeing. NO DEAL!

3 to open... next time.

   
 

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