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Beat Shazam Season Finale
by Chico Alexander
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Fox: 8p/7C
Guest Host: Nick Cannon with Kelly Osbourne
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Cahleb & Tsebiyah
Los Angeles
Beth & Lauren
Washington, DC
Gen X moms
Tony & Lucretia
New Jersey
baby boomer co-workers

- STADIUM ANTHEMS: "Get Ready for This", 2 Unlimited (Beth/Lauren)
- SOUTHERN ROCK: "Sharp Dressed Man", ZZ Top (Beth/Lauren)
- #1 HITS: "Closer", The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (Beth/Lauren)
- CROSSOVER HITS: "That Don't Impress Me Much", Shania Twain (Beth/Lauren)
- FAST TRACK - 80s: "You Spin Me Round", Dead or Alive (Beth/Lauren)
Beth & Lauren sweep the round for $6000.

THAT'S MY JAM!: The choices.. Chart Toppers or Uncharted. The votes are a sweep for... CHART TOPPERS.
- "Kiss", Prince & the Revolution (Beth/Lauren)
- "Teenage Dream", Katy Perry (Cahleb/Tsebiyah)
- "Sussudio", Phil Collins (Tony/Lucretia)
- FAST TRACK: "All Night Long", Lionel Richie (Beth/Lauren)
With that, Beth & Lauren are in front with $12,000. But we need another song to sort the other two teams out.
TIEBREAKER: "We Don't Need Another Hero", Tina Turner (Tony/Lucretia)
Cahleb & Tsebiyah are out.

DJ's CHOICE: This week, Kelly is feeling ... NICKI MINAJ.
- "Super Bass" (Tony/Lucretia)
- "Pound the Alarm" (❌)
- "Starships" (Tony/Lucretia)
- FAST TRACK: "Anaconda" (Beth/Lauren)
Beth & Lauren lead, $20,000-$10,000

- "We Are Family", Sister Sledge (Beth/Lauren - $28,000)
- "She Drives Me Crazy", Fine Young Cannibals (Beth/Lauren - $36,000 & LOCK)
- "Miserlou", Dick Dale & His Del-Tones (❌)
- FAST TRACK: "What I Like About You", THe Romantice (Beth/Lauren - $52,000)
And with that, Tony & Lucretia leave with $1000.

- BRUNO MARS: "Marry You" (✔️)
- 90s: "Another Night", Real McCoy (✔️)
- POWER BALLADS: "Angel", Aerosmith (✔️)
- HIP-HOP: "Peaches & Cream", 112 (✔️)
- ROCK: "Love Is a Battlefield", Pat Benatar (✔️)
Five for five, giving Beth & Lauren a total of $177,000. They can take the money and go home OR they can go on for one more song. The category: TODAY'S HITS. If they go for it and get it, they will win $1 million! If they go for it and miss, they leave with $88,500. It's a big risk, but it's a big payday.

... They're GOING FOR IT! It's on Lauren now. Can she beat Shazam for $1 million?

- TODAY'S HITS: "Senorita" by Shawn Mendes featuring Camila Cabello....





.... CUT THE CHECK! Congratulations, Beth & Lauren!

America's Got Talent
by Chico Alexander, Jason Block & Gordon Pepper
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NBC: 8p/7c
Peacock: streaming Wednesdays
Host: Terry Crews with Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel & Sofia Vergara
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Last week, Putri Ariani & Mzansi Youth Choir were voted through to the finale, joining Lavender Darcangelo, Adrian Stoica & Hurricane, Murmuration & Ahren Belisle in the Finals. Now another 11 acts are taking the stage to see who will join them.

To vote for your favorite act, download the official America's Got Talent phone app at your favorite app store, or you can vote online at Each method is limited to 10 votes, and all voting methods CLOSE Wednesday 7a ET.

ZION CLARK (Columbus): The strength acrobat lives by the motto "No excuses". He'll be completing an obstacle course that culminates in a drum performance to emphasize how music pushes him harder in life. Heidi thought he was a "force of positivity and strength". Howie thought he was a treasure that inspires everyone. Sofia wants him to have more hope about what he can achieve. Simon thinks his performance secured himself a spot in the final.

PUPPET SIMON & THE COW BELLES (Astoria, Queens, NY): Once again, a puppet is about to give Simon the business. Tonight, they perform a Broadway number, "You'll Be Back" from "HAmilton", mixed with "Let's Get Loud" by Jennifer Lopez... and a puppet version of Sofia. Sofia buzzes Puppet Simon, Simon buzzes Puppet Sofia. Simon thought it started well, but got progressively worse. Heidi was disappointed that there was no puppet for her. Howie didn't agree wiht the buzzers at this point.

ROLAND ABANTE (Philippines): The fisherman is looking for a bite with his performance of "I Will Always Love You". Sofia thinks he came a long way from karaoke. Simon thought people all over the world will support him. Howie thought it was "the perfect song" with "the perfect voice". Heidi liked the grit and texture.

MARIANDREA (Mexico): It's her birthday today! She'll be trying for a gift of giving people nightmares with her contortions. Simon thought it was interesting, but he was disappointed because tonight wasn't as scary as her audition. Sofia and Heidi diagreed. Howie thought she delivered the scariest birthday party he's ever been to.

KYLIE FREY (Opelousas, LA): The country singer got a shout out from future "The Voice" coach Reba McEntire. She'll deliver an original song, "I Do Thing". Howie, who said no originally, thought it was a better song for him, but her voice wasn't as strong as before. Heidi thought she had great stage presence. Sofia liked the high energy, but agreed that something was up with her voice. Simon thought people will like her, but she was "a manic mess".

CHIBI UNITY (Niigata, JPN): The Group Golden Buzzer will try and follow up that performance with another dance to ONE OK ROCK's "Renegades". Heidi thought iwas amazing. Sofia added "breathtaking". Simon added "stylish". Howie capped it by saying it was "by far" the best act of the night.

FREEDOM SINGERS (Los Angeles): The LA Community Action Network offshoot will follow up their successful audition with Genesis' "Another Day in Paradise". Sofia thought it was a step up. Simon agreed, saying it was "a massive improvement". Howie thinks they represent something relatable and heroic. Heidi gave props to the singer who led off the performance.

ORLANDO LEYBA (Miami): He recalls having to follow Mzansi Youth Choir and how nervous that made him. He recovers with less storytelling and more jokes, specifically relating to his wife Howie thought Orlando was a smart man and a natural. Simon agreed, thinking he listened to the audience. Heid & Sofia thought Orlando was adorable, relatable, and likable.

ANNA DeGUZMAN (Philippines by way of New Jersey): Her latest trick involves all four judges and four cars, saing she will achieve something no on e has ever seen on live TV. She pulls out all four from the deck. Howie thought her presentation was impressive. Heidi was engaged. Sofia had a good time to be on stage. Simon loves her personality.

D'COREY JOHNSON (Louisville, KY): The 11-year-old singer will take on Rose Royce iwth "Wishing on a Star", which went sort of contrary to advice given to him - "Less is more". Heidi thought he was even better this time. Sofia loved that he showed a different side. Simon thought D'Corey "controlled the song". Howie says he went up nine levels, raising the bar in his performance.

SHADOW ACE (Philippines): His audition racked up 213 million YouTube hits. Now the pressure is on him to follow that up, and he does so with more shadow puppetry to "Macarena", "I Will Survive", and "U Can't Touch This", telling the story of a performer who went rhoguh an audition. Simon thought it was a good finish to the show. Sofia was pleasantly surprised. Heidi thought it was simple and creative. Howie says this is better than his first audition.

A lot of raves, but only two can advance to the finals. The verdict TOMORROW NIGHT.

Bobby's Triple Threat
by Chico Alexander
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Food/Max: 9p/8C
Host: Bobby Flay with Tiffany Derry, Michael Voltaggio & Brooke Williamson
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  Bobby, having fought his final battle as Iron Chef and having beaten a few chefs to come his way in his own kitchen, has a new underground speakeasy stadium, where the best of the best will come to cook for his personal army of culinary Titans - Brooke Williamson, Michael Voltaggio, and Tiffany Derry. At stake, $25,000, and the right to "come back any time you want". But you can't just beat one... you can't beat two... you have to get past ALL THREE.

CHALLENGER: James Beard AWard winner and one of the few chefs in the world to hold the title of Iron Chef. A Spanish & Latin master restaurateur... JOSE GARCES.

Each round will see a challenger take on one of the Titans. There will be a blind taste of one judge per round on a 1-10 scale. In the first two rounds, you pick the Titan, Bobby picks the ingredient. In the final round, you pick the two ingredients for double points. If you score higher than the three Titans, you win $25,000.
- Tonight's judge: an alumnus of the International Culinary Center, chef Aliya LeeKong

- INGREDIENTS: shrimp & plantains. You have to make two dishes with the theme ingredients in 40 minutes.
- TITAN: Michael Voltaggio
- Jose: Gambas al Ajillo with Mariquitas; Cuban Style Shrimp Enchilado SErved over Tostones
- Mcihael: Shrimp & Charred Poblano Leche de Tigre with Smoke Plantain Chips; Shrimp Confit with Shrimp & Lime Jus, Ripe Plantain & Fresh Corn Grits
TITANS lead, 7-6

- INGREDIENTS: Guanciale & pecorino cheese
- TITAN: Tiffany Derry
- Tiffany: Warm Potato and Cacio e Pepe Salad with Guanciale & Harissa Vinaigrette; Guanciale Glazed Chicken with Pecorino Greens and Guanciale Bread Crumbs
- Jose: Cacio e Pepe Risotto with Crispy Guanciale & Maitake Mushrooms; Guanciale Wrapped Sea Scallops in Pecorino Brodo with Tomato & Piquillo Escabeche
TITANS lead, 14-13

FINAL ROUND vs. Brooke. Jose chooses the ingredients, and you'll make one dish worth double points in 45 minutes.
- INGREDIENTS: pigs' feet & achiote
- Brooke: Pigs' Feet Achote Tostada with Pickled Carrots & Achiote Mole
- Jose: Achiote Pork PResa, Achiote Arepa, Pig's Foot Broh with Pickled Pigs' Feet Aji
WINNER: By a score of 33-31... The Titans!

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Food/Max: 8p/7C
Host: Ted Allen
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Duke Kroger
Charleston, SC
executive chef/parner, Cinder

Star Maye
executive chef/co-owner Anzie Blue

Sean Reaves
Greensboro, NC
chef/owner, 'cille & 'scoe

Alison Settle
Louisville, KY
executive chef, Sullivan University

On the panel today... Darnell Ferguson, Maneet Chauhan, and Kelsey Nixon.

APPETIZER: First out of the boxes are... Vegan fried chicken, corn on the cob, shrimp, and pimento cheese tomato pie.
- Duke: Low Country Hash with Simmered Shrimp
- Star: Encrusted Shrimp with Corn & Pepper Succotash & Pimento-Tomato Sauce
- Sean: Tomato, Pimento Cheese & Vegan Fried Chicken-Stuffed Shrimp
- Alison: Shrimp & Polenta with Vegan Fried Chicken Croutons

ENTREE: For our three survivors, we have... Deep-fried deviled eggs, turnip greens, pork chops, and biscuits & gravy casserole.
- Duke: Bourbon & Basil-Seared Pork Chop with Biscuit & Gravy Veloute
- STar: Smothered Pork Chop with Turnip Greens & Potato Salad
- Sean: Pan-Seared Pork Chopw ith Sauteed Turnip Greens & Sausage Gracy Croquette

DESSERT: This round is for the money... We've got a banana pudding cheesecake, sweet potatoes, dehydrated marshmallow bits, and Tennessee strawberry cream liqueur.
- Star: Peanut Butter, Banana Cream & Sweet Potato Trifle
- Sean: Banana Cheesecake Roll with Liqueur Sauce & Sweet Potato Shards

Are we trifling wiht a trifle, or does Sean take the money? The winner today..... STAR! Congratulations!

Jeopardy! Second Chance
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Ken Jennings
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(C-Note: The following episode contains a combination of material written before the WGA strike and material used previously on the show)

Yesterday, Jill Tucker became the first person to qualify for this first Second Chance round final. Another three will return today for their shot...

Cody Lawrence
Sherman Oaks, CA
assistant editor

David Maybury
orig. Richmond, VA
magnetics engineer

Susan Schuman
Greensboro, VT

The winner of this match will return Thursday & Friday for a two-game total point affair. The winner of that will return to the Champions Wild Card.

SINGLE JEOPARDY!: The US in 1964, After In Living Color, Potpour-everything, "M"mmmm, African Capital Haiku, That's T-B-D.

Cody won the draw, so he starts with $600 That's T-B-D. He finds the Daily Double under $800 African Capital Haiku, dropping it all on this.

  • AFRICAN CAPITAL HAIKU for $2400: Western port city / It's named for a president / '90s civil war.

"What is Monrovia?" FOR THE DOUBLER, $4800! He ends up with $6400 to $7000 for Susan. DAvid on $4200 gets the board to start...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: Quite a Fox, The Sporting Life, Influenza, Georgia on My Mind, Play People, Stuck in the Middle Word with You.

… with the Daily Double under $2000 Georgia on My Mind. He bets everything on this...

  • GEORGIA ON MY MIND for $4200: In 1998 a National Prisoner of War Museum was dedicated at this site of a notorious military prison used during the Civil War.

"What is Andersonville?" DOUBLE IT UP to $8400! David also finds the other under $1600 Influenza. He inoculates $4000 on this...

  • INFLUENZA for $4000: Early reports of this "national" flu appeared in the uncensored press of the country, which was neutral in WWI.

"What is the Spanish flu?" GOOD for $16,800! He ends up with $24,800 to $18,200 for Susan. Cody is still in it with $10,800.


  • MYTHOLOGICAL PLACES: "Paradise Lost" says it's "abhorred" & "the flood of deadly hate" & in Dante's "Inferno" it's fed by a "gloomy brook"

Correct response: what is the River Styx?

Everyone's right, so wagering becomes a factor... and David wagers enough to win a spot in the finals.

Master Minds
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 6p/5c
Host: Brooke Burns
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Los Angeles
ranked chess champion
South San Francisco, CA
Toastmasters International member
Frankfort, KY
safari park guide
Mark Labbett
The Beast
Monica Thieu
The Scholar
Ryan Chaffee
The Professor

ROUND 1: Simon & Jenna are tied at 500 to 400 for Ariel. Ryan is in front for the Master Minds with 600 to the others' 500.

ROUND 2: Going into the 400-point question, the challenger board reads 1300 - 1000 - 1100 with Simon in front. For the home team, we have Ryan at 1400, Monica at 1100, and Beastie at 900.
- 400-POINT QUESTION in "History": Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor" in his '63 letter from what building? If you had "Birmingham Jail", you're right on the money. Ryan is right to move on with Monica. None of the challengers are right, so Simon and Jenna move on.

SPEED ROUND: Jenna comes back to win, 6000-4500. Ryan continues his winning streak with 5600-2100 over Monica.

Q1: The Kraken brand sells a gift set that includes a tiki mug with their black spiced variety of what spirit? (Rum)
- Jenna 1 - 1 Ryan
Q2: Which head on Mt. Rushmore was completed first? (Washington)
- Jenna 1 - 1 Ryan
Q3: Bebe Neuwirth won a Tony and Catherine Zeta-Jones won an Oscar for playing what vengeful character in the musical "Chicago"? (Velma Kelly)
- Jenna 1 - 1 Ryan
Q4: The beverage we call "mocha" was named for a city in what country located at the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula? (Yemen)
- Jenna 1 - 2 Ryan

Ryan takes Jenna out with the last question.

Person, Place or Thing
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/Tubi: check listings
Host: Melissa Peterman
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After a trial run and a run online. It's time to play the game for real. You can win up to $5000 if you can guess Person, Place or Thing!

cookware set



- PERSON: (Political figure): Hillary Clinton (Alondra)
- PLACE (Fictional place): Hundred Acre Wood (Bryan)
- THING (Food): Ketchup (Alondra)
Alondra is in front with 200 to 100 for Bryan.

Every episode will feature a Superfan. Today's Superfan is Susan.

- Kyle chooses PERSON (Entertainer): David Copperfield (Bryan)
- Alondra picks THING (Musical instrument): Xylophone (Bryan again)
- Bryan picks PERSON (Actress): Cate Blanchett (Bryan for the sweep)
Bryan is now in front with 700 to 200 for ALondra.

SPEED ROUND: Bryan is all over it to win with 2700! Kyle leaves with his cookware set, while Alondra gets a gift card from Tommy Bahama.

- PLACE (US state): Kentucky
- THING (Movie): PASS
- PERSON (Singer): Selena Gomez
- THING: TIME on "Finding Nemo" But Bryan does get a trip to Cancun (Wyndham Alltra Cancun).

by Chico Alexander
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Syn: Check local listings
Host: Jerry O'Connell
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Andrew Wise & Annie Berry
nonprofit coworkers
Jasper Boykin III & Lucas King
Loni Love
Melissa Peterman
"Person, Place or Thing"

QUICK DRAW: Lucas gets WEDDING CAKE for 100.

- PUT IT TOGETHER: Team Melissa gets snowman, birdhouse, and bear for 400. Team Loni picks up tree house, campfire, and tepee for 300.
- ROLL WITH IT: Team Melissa school bus, stroller, and shopping cart to go to 1000. TEam Loni gets luggage and desk chair for 700.

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS category: Tiny things.
- TEAM LONI gets cherry pit and penny for 2700.
- TEAM MELISSA picks up sunflower seed and thumbtacks to win, 3000-2700.

Live Play Bingo FINAL DRAW for a cruise to Alaska (Princess Cruise): Lucas draws skeleton, shark & teabag for $2000 and the trip!

25 Words or Less
by Chico Alexander
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Syn: Check local listings
Host: Meredith Vieira
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Heather & Sarah
movie buffs

$20,000; Curaçao
Tyler & Chase
college friends
Colton Dunn
"The Recruit"

Matt Iseman
"American Ninja Warrior"

Today's Superfan is Adaria, watching on the ATL, WATL Atlanta.

- Matt vs. Colton: pretty, lemonade, brake, Kellogg's, train. Matt picks 12... and gets the 250.
- Tyler vs. Sarah: smooth, earth, cub, Bronx, violin. Sarah goes for 12... and ties it up.
- Chase vs. Heather: octopus, board, Central Park, oval, Kennedy. Heather declares 9... and the challengers lead, 500-250.

ROUND 2: Colton gets the build first. Slotomania bonus words are in play for $250 each.
- MATT's list: Caesar (250), Disney cruise (1000), border (500), dumpster fire (1000), ignore (250)
- COLTON's list: bangs (500), Parmesan (500), bullet train (1000), pastor (500), random (500)
Heather & Sarah sweep for 4250. Tyler & Chase also sweep to win, 4500-4250. Heather & Sarah leave with $20,250, a trip to Curaçao, a gift card to Chicago Steak Company, and a copy of the home game.

MONEY ROUND: Chase goes with quarter, Netflix, licorice, pink, third, reduce, famous rewind, reunion, and hairy for the $10,000!

Wheel of Fortune
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7p/6C
Hosts: Pat Sajak & Vanna White with Jim Thornton
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Total for Today - $25,290
Total for Week 1 - $64,478
Total for the Season: $64,478
Bonus Win Percentage: 0/2
Bonus Round Losses: $100,000
$1,000 Consolation Prizes:
Mystery Round Prizes hit/won/lost: 1/0/0
Car Wins: 0
$100,000 Losses/Wins: 0/0
$1,000,000 Losses/Wins: 0/0
$1,000,000 Wedge Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 1/2/1/0
Wild Cards Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 1/2/0/0
Express Wedge Hit/Used/Crashes/won: 3/0/0/0
Bonus Prize Wedges hit/won/lost: 0/0/0
$2,500 Space Hit - 0
$3,500 Space Hit - 2
$5,000 Space Hit - 0
Bankrupt Space Hit/Loss - 7/$2200
Lose A Turn Hit - 2
Vowels Missed:
A - 0 / E - 1 / I - 1 / O - 0 / U - 0
Missed solves - 1
Repeated a letter - 0
Perfect Rounds: 0
House Minimums - 1
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 0/2
Best Week:
Best Player: Manjula Karamchetti - $24,188
Left on the Table: $19,150

A : 
M :
E :
I :
G: 1 (0-1)
E :
I :
* -
** - 1 (0-1)
*** -

BONUS CATEGORIES SELECTED:(offered/picked/win/lose)
PHRASE - 2/1/0/1
FUN & GAMES - 1/1/0/1
THING - 2/0/0/0
PLACE - 1/0/0/0

Game 2 of European Vacations Week begins with...

Mark Henderson
Jackson, MS
theatre professor at Jackson State

Kevin Hall
Marietta, OH
engaged pageant coach & mother of 2 adult kids

Valerie Hebert
boxing fan
Collette European vacation of unknown destination.

TONIGHT'S FEATURED PRIZE: Collette European vacation of unknown destination.

TOSSUP #1: LANDMARK. Mark visits THE TOWER OF LONDON for $1000.

TOSSUP #2: RHYME TIME. Mark goes two for two with HOCUS-POCUS for $2000 more.

ROUND 1: PHRASE. Mark gets the Wheel to start. An N leaves $2650 on his table. Renee buys all the vowels and picks up the Wild Card, solving THE PERFECT PLACE TO BE for $1450 and the Wild Card.

Eggland's Best MYSTERY ROUND is a CROSSWORD. The clue: _____ PACK. Renee leaves behind $1900 when she loses her turn. Fina goes bankrupt for $1600. Mark solves RAT BATTERY ICE SIX for $650, which of course gets bumped to $1000, giving him $4000.

PRIZE PUZZLE/EXPRESS ROUND: CHARACTERS. Fina... picks up another Bankrupt. Mark... loses $600 from a Bankrupt. Renee ???, but misses an R. Fina misses on Ns for ???. Mark solves ELVES AND HOBBITS for $1200 and a trip to Hobbiton... or Italy? (Trafalgar Tours; $8790). He's up to $13,990 in cash and totally not-thematic trip.

TRIPLE TOSSUP: What Are You Doing?
- Renee is TAKING A COOKING CLASS for $2000.
- Fina is TAKING A PAINTING CLASS for $2000.
- Renee is TAKING A BREAK FROM IT ALL for $2000

So far, $5450 for Renee to $2000 for Fina. Mark is still in front with $13,990.

BIG MONEY ROUND: AROUND THE HOUSE. Renee buys a bad I with $2750 tabled. Fina... take s Final Spin with $1850. She turns out... $1500 per. Fina adds $4850 with BEDSPREADS & COMFORTERS to end up with $6850. Renee ends up with $5450. But the big winner tonight is Mark with $13,990!

BONUS WHEEL: Mark's choices... Thing, Phrase, or Place. Mark picks Phrase. Given that, his spin of **, 24 hours after it held the big one, the standard six, and his picks of MGY O...

_ _ _ R I _ N G
_ R O _ N D

He spent his time WHIRLING AROUND the puzzle, but misses out on $50,000. But he ends up with $13,990.