OK, give me a good night
of games Just had my birthday this week, and I wanna celebrate
IYANA (all tongue tied, really)
JEN (mom, kickboxing and... hair whipping the bag? Wow, nice.)
SHAWN (dad, mechanic)
pongs and tap dances)
BRYCE (scuba dives)
LISA (mom, extreme into yoga)
KEN (dad, up on a roof fixing away)
The dads are good with their hands,
the moms are physical, and the captains dance away. Almost perfect
mirrors. That's gonna make for a good one. So let's see if one of
them can find the $8,000 Crazy Cash Card.
SONIC WHAMMY'S PREDICTION: ROLLERBLADE
And while we're at it, let's throw in a trip to the Mexican Riviera
for one of these groups.
Cranium Brain Break: No, It's Not!
Another new one, eh? OK, let's see, each team's got a basket of 6
balloons. 3 of them have right answers to a category, the other 3
don't. The teams have to find one that has a WRONG answer, and two
members of the family have to bat the ball back and forth with one
hand to each other across the stage and into a bin. If the balloon
hits the ground, or either team member hits with two hands or twice
in a row, they have to start over. Kids try first, then the parents.
First to 2 wins.
The category: States East of the Mississippi
This takes a little coordination at first. But Manaia & Iyana figure
it out in 2 tries to drop Texas into the bin, then Jen and Shawn
follow up with Alaska right away for the win.
MANAIA'S CARD: WHEELBARROW
KELSEA'S CARD: SOCCER BALL
OPERATION: SAM DUNK
Wow, Todd with his best inspiration toss ever with a Bird Brained.
Manaia chooses to go second.
Iyana takes the first points with Bad Plumbing. Lisa & Ken tag up for
Bird Brained & Phone Finger, but Shawn answers with the Giggles. Good
first round, but in the second, Manaia's Bad Plumbing and Iyana's
Ringing in the Ear blows the game wide open. When Lisa misses the bell,
Jen throws in a Burp Bubbles to complete the crush.
FINAL SCORE: 2150-600 Manaia
MANAIA'S FAMILY WINS: A tour of Warner Brothers Studios
MANAIA'S CARD: BOOT
We're breaking out the stingers and hoping the spelling doesn't produce
Lisa: NAIL, SPURS, CLOUD (TIME UP!) (SCORE: 300)
Jen: TOAD, LADLE, SHEET, MAGNET (SCORE: 400, TIME LEFT: 14 seconds)
I'm reminded of how hard this game can be. Some of these letters looked
nothing like they were supposed to be. Jen even ripped the paper off one
of the boards trying to write.
MANAIA'S FAMILY WINS: A Sports Authority gift certificate
MANAIA'S CARD: HAT
BOP IT! BOPTAGON
Do you... "Like It!" Yeah!
1) Ken (Fell asleep on Whack It on the first command!)
2) Manaia (Fell asleep on Bop It)
3) Shawn (Late on Honk It)
4) Kelsea (Rotated on a Reverse)
5) Jen (Late on Shout It)
6) Bryce (Rotated on a Reverse on the very next command)
7) Iyana (Reversed on a Rotate)
KELSEA'S FAMILY WINS: A Body Glove watersports package
KELSEA'S CARD: HAMBURGER
Shawn's out on the floor first, as Kelsea's
opted to go second. 2 minutes on the clock, please
Shawn: Blow your nose, Microphone, Candle (PASS), Light, Bird (PASS),
Floss, Hanger (PASS), Snow, Sandwich, Trumpet, Dishes (ON THE BUZZER,
Ken: Texting (PASS), Birthday Cake (PASS), Doorbell, Scarf, Vacuum
(PASS), Soap, Mop (PASS), Jail (PASS), (TIME UP!) Bull
FINAL SCORE: 80-30 Manaia
I love how Jen tried to pull at her strings to try to emphasize Hanger.
But Lisa gets the biggest laughs of the season(!) with her outrageous 25
seconds of horns and rodeo bucking impressions to try to communicate
Bull. Ah, this has made my week.
MANAIA'S FAMILY WINS: A Coleman camping package
MANAIA'S CARD: ROLLERBLADE
CONNECT 4 BASKETBALL
Well, we're a week off from the Super Bowl,
so basketball will have to fill the void. Manaia goes first, and let's
see the final grid.
The three's starting forming all together at once. Kelsea almost had the
win in #2, but a last moment unlucky bounce opened up the door for Iyana
MANAIA'S FAMILY WINS: A Peavey Viper guitar & equipment
MANAIA'S CARD: CANNON
MONOPOLY CRAZY CASH MACHINE
The games have been very well fought, but Manaia's come out dominant
with a 5-2 edge. And she chose my card, so I'm thinking this is
academic. But that's why I only review these shows for free.
Kelsea's gonna start.
SOCCER BALL: $925
Well, anytime you can break four figures with 2 cards, it's a good
night. But time for Manaia to have the better night.
Well, my card wasn't the big one, but it's enough to win the trip. But
let's see if they have the big one after all.
WINNERS: MANAIA'S FAMILY
No, they didn't have it, but they've got nice money and the trip. So
where was it?
BIG MONEY: PRETZEL
Two in a row for the pretzel... man...
Well, one of these days, I'll get a birthday surprise and pick the right
one. Keep on coming back for more good times, and maybe you'll see me
get one right. Good night!
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