"Beat the Clock" - June 7
Hickory Dickory Dock...
Episode 3 brings another recap, this time more fully detailed, and another
audience entrance by Ricki. She tells us that during tonight's show, a home
viewer could walk away with over $68,000 in prizes! After touching base with
Finalists' Row, we go to tonight's history lesson about tonight's show, "BEAT
THE CLOCK." This history class even includes the popular "Bobo thru the
Now, let's turn back time to the 1950's, split the TV, and get this old school
Here's a new wrinkle for tonight. Tonight's contestants have brought friends or
family members for team members, since a lot of the Bud Collyer stunts used
married couples. Also, all the contestants are kept sequestered backstage so
they don't know what stunt they will play until they play it. How do WE know
what stunts will be performed? Clips of classic BTC, of course!
Stunt #1 from 1952...
The team has to get into a playpen and, without getting out of the pen or
touching the floor, propel themselves across stage and collect two baby bottles
and put them in their mouths.
Tim Meadows & friend Callie Riles
Paige Davis & friend Kevin Cordova
Tim and Callie go first and have 60 seconds to complete the stunt. The sweep
second hand lights up 60 little lights to show that the clock is set...and away
we GO GO GO!! Hopping the crib across stage, Tim snags his bottle first, then
hops across stage to get Callie's. Both bottles are in mouth with 31 seconds
Paige and Kevin have 29 seconds to complete the stunt, as Tim and Callie
completed the stunt in 29 seconds. Not only do they have to Beat The Clock, but
they have to Beat The Other Team's Clock. Slow sweep lights up 29, and here they
GO! In quick fashion, they snag Paige's bottle first, then hop over to Kevin's,
putting them in the crib first, THEN putting them in their mouths...with NINE
seconds on the clock! Now, for the winning team, we have prize packages for home
viewers. Paige and Kevin snag the "Ultimate Entertainment Package"; a Dell 42"
plasma TV, a Dell surround sound home theater system, and a Connelly Coronado
billiards table...a prize package worth $7993!
Now, some of you may be wondering, "Just who at home is winning these fabulous
prizes?" Well, we have an answer, thanks to the "Game Show Marathon Prize
Delivery Team," headed up by Todd Newton! Brande Roderick's "Price is Right"
take goes to Hugh Caldwell in Eugene, OR. Congratulations, Hugh!
For our diligence in watching "Game Show Marathon" for these past two episodes,
we get a treat in the form of an abundance of classic clips! The first clip:
Jackie Gleason takes part in a stunt where the couple has to tie a rope around
Jackie's waist. Following the stunt, Jackie admits to Bud Collyer that he's
always wanted to be on the show.
On to stunt #2 from 1956:
There are 8 milk bottles on a table with some dry ice in the bottom of each one.
Using only one hand, the player must cap 5 to stop the clock. The trick? Water
is added to the dry ice, creating fog and a lot of pressure!
Leslie Nielsen & friend Sandy Bresler
Kathy Najimy & husband Dan Finnerty
The partner's job in this stunt is to hold the bowl of milk caps and to hand off
one at a time to the capper.
Leslie and Sandy take to the table first and have a heck of a lot of problems.
Only being able to cap up to four at one time (only lasting for a second or
two), Leslie and Sandy weren't able to beat the clock. Early in the stunt,
Leslie took a bottle cap to the goggles when it popped right under his face. The
instant replay showed it in great detail...slightly creepier than Joe
Theismann's instant replay.
With the clock unbeaten for this stunt, Kathy and Dan get the full 60 seconds to
complete the stunt. Kathy moved a little quicker than Leslie, keeping as many as
3 capped at any one time. With 9 seconds left, and her hand just coming off the
fifth bottle, they stopped the clock and one cap popped. The instant replay
showed that five bottles WERE CAPPED, even if for a split second! Kathy and Dan
snag the "Body Rejuvenation" package; a Hoist home gym and a QCA Deluxe Ruby
spa...a prize package worth $8625!
Paige & Kevin and Kathy & Dan now get to go head-to-head in one stunt to
determine who claims the third seat in Finalists' Row. But first, another clip
and an info byte.
The clip: the husband of a couple has to put a girdle on over his head and slip
it down over his feet, while his wife has to put on another girdle at his feet
and bring it up over the top!
Also, "Did you know that, before he was a movie star, James Dean was a stunt
tester for Beat The Clock in the 1950's."
The Head-to-Head Stunt from 1956:
There are a number of balloon "men" on strings taped to the floor. While one
partner snips the string, the other partner has to use a butterfly net to guide
one balloon into a tube across stage. The twist? Ricki rips out the netting
before handing over the hoop and handle to the team.
Kathy and Dan take to the stage first for this one, and only losing one balloon
to the ceiling, manage to beat the clock in 48 seconds. Now, with only that much
time to work with, Paige and Kevin take to the stage. Kevin started by wildly
swinging the hoop, causing Paige to duck for cover almost under the curtain
behind her. But, with 12 seconds left, Kevin tubes the balloon, sending Paige to
Finalists' Row! They pick up a "Prize Package tailor-made for the traveler"; a
6-night trip to Hong Kong, a Samsung digital camera, and an American Tourister
5-piece luggage set...a prize package worth $8230! Still holding the scissors,
she walked to camera, clipping the scissors saying, "I cut the competition!"
Info byte: "Did you know playwright Neil Simon was a stunt creator for Beat The
Clock in its early years!"
Clip #3: A man is placed in a box with his head sticking out of the top, with
several ping-pong balls on top. The stunt? He has to blow all the balls off the
box while a boxing glove pendulum swings across his head hole!
Now, before Paige takes her spot in Finalists' Row, two things have to happen.
1) she has to play a Super Bonus Stunt, and 2) she has to move Kathy from that
seat in the Row.
The Super Bonus Stunt from 1956:
There is a top hat attached to a string connected thru a pulley system to a belt
that Paige must wear. In 60 seconds she has to put the hat on her head without
touching it. Her Super Bonus Prize: a Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 Roadster
convertible worth $51,380! Nervous about the stunt in the beginning, it takes
her 44 seconds to complete the stunt and win the car for a home viewer! She
rushes over to Finalists' Row, where Kathy won't budge. No problem...Paige just
sits on her lap!
Leslie, Tim, and Kathy take on the Whammy tomorrow night!
STATS: 6 completed stunts out of 7 attempts; $76,228 (Home Viewer take: $67,603)
MARATHON TOTAL WINNINGS: $232,439.49