Moments: Part 3 - December 16
As I mentioned in last week's column, you guys didn't
hesitate to e-mail me things that you wanted to see on
the list. After sifting through the e-mails, I decided
to give a Top 5 of the ones that I agreed within both
Classic Game Shows
5. David Ruprecht pays for his package, Supermarket
Sweep. I even remember this episode. In the very
early episodes of the show, an overzealous shopper rams
his cart into Ruprecht, or should I say, his crown
jewels. Crushed Nuts on Aisle 4!
4. Pay off the Hairpiece, Debt. One contestant
was so happy that he won, that he ripped off his
hairpiece and stomped all over it. We saw the chrome
dome in all of it's glory.
3. In the butt, Bob, The Newlywed Game. Where's
the strangest place that you've made Whoopie? "In the
butt." The line was so classic that people thought it
was an urban legend, but it wasn't, and we got to see
the footage in a game show special.
2. Alex Trebek, High Rollers, Final Episode. Was
he or wasn't he trashed? That's the question as Alex
sloshed his way through the final episode.
1. Jim Peck falls down the steps (or: The Big
Falldown), The Big Showdown. This moment you never
would have expected the host stumbling through the set
and landing with a harsh thud. The crash heard 'round
the world has made it through the videos everywhere.
Reality Game Shows
5. The Finale, Joe Millionaire. So we know how
badly it turned out, but the finale of Joe Millionaire
did leave us glues to our television seats.
Unfortunately, we would see both Evan Marriott
(Fake-a-Date) and Zora (Weight Loss Commercials) again
in less than flattering spots, but for those hours that
we spent with them in a more innocent time, it was
4 (tie). Michael Skupin burns his hands, Survivor /
Contestant rushed to the hospital, Dog Eat Dog.
Reality took a different twist as we had our first two
reality show casualties within months of each other.
Survivor's Michael Skupin falls asleep and leans into a
fire where he burns himself and has to be airlifted out
of the game. On "Dog Eat Dog", a contestant has to be
rushed to the hospital when he loses consciousness while
trying to hold his breath in a water stunt. Both of
these things show us that it's not just a game.
3. Destruction of the Comics, Star Search. John
Heffron, the comic talent that won Last Comic Standing
2, went up against Alonzo Bodden in Star Search. The
results weren't too good for Heffron then; he got a
total of 8, including a 1 from B2K. Bodden won the
showdown then, lost the one in Last Comic Standing 2,
then regained his edge in Last Comic Standing 3. The
feud, however, began it's roots there.
2. Heather and Eve take a Taxi, The Amazing Race.
All of us on WLTI got a lot of mileage from this one.
Heather and Eve were in first, and then they didn't read
the rules and took a cab to get to the Pit Stop. The
problem: no cabs allowed. That gives them a 30 minute
penalty, which was enough to move them from first to
last and eliminate them. What's even better, they were
lawyers from a prestigious Ivy League College. Oops.
1. Ruben Vs. Clay, American Idol 2. This has been
by far the biggest musical main event in reality TV
history. My whole family was glued to the television
screen (as was many other families) for the finale,
which Reuben won by a little over 100,000 votes. Both
musicians became popular in their own genre, but that
genre wasn't pop for either of them (Clay went into
Adult Contemporary and Ruben went into gospel). In the
later Idol series, neither Fantasia (R&B) or Carrie
(Country) were pop material either. Will we ever get a
pop superstar the likes of Kelly Clarkson? Maybe we will
in AI 5? Please?
Thanks again for all of your write-ins. We'll be back
with a new column next week.
This is the part of the show where Gordon Pepper sings
"One Shining Moment". E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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