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The $100,000 Pyramid
by Chico Alexander
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ABC: Sunday 9p/8C
Host: Michael Strahan
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Shevora Edy
New Haven, CT
Nate Holston
Long Beach, CA
Rob Gronkowski
retired TE, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman
WR, New England Patriots

The game begins with a video from teammate Tom Brady telling us who his favorite to win today is.... right before it mysteriously cuts out.

GAME 1: U. So Crazy, Heavy Lifting, Two Hand Touch, BoSox Injection, Gettin' Jacked, A Little Touch of K-Y.

Nate & Julian sweep "Two Hand Touch" (things you probably use two hands while doing) to go to 13-8 going into the final round. Shevora gives to Gronk "A Little Touch of K-Y" (words that begin with K & end with Y), getting 5 to tie it at 13. Nate & Julian need only one in "BoSox Injection" (things associated with the Boston Red Sox) for the win, 14-13.

WINNERS' CIRCLE for $50,000
- Things You Eat (Food) - $1000
- "What a Conductor Might Say" - $1500
- Fad Dances - $2000
- Men's Clothing - PASS
- Places You Drink - $4000
- Things That Are Strong - TIME. Nate ends up with $8500.

GAME 2: Badonk-a-Gronk; Edelman, Edelwoman; Gronk If You're Horny, The Julian of the Nile, Boogie Down Gronks, Put the Pedal to the Edelman.

Gronk & Nate find the Mystery 7 under "Gronk If You're Horny" for a Disney Cruise of the Caribbean. They get cow, elephant, buffalo, rhino.... and that's it for 7 to Julian & Shevora's 8. The category: things that have tusks or horns. Nate gives to Rob on "The Julian of the Nile" (things Julian Edelman might see while traveling down the Nile River), getting 5 right for 12. Julian needs to get Shevora to say 5 in "Boogie Down Gronks" (names from New York hip-hop acts that Rob Gronkowski has probably boogied down to). They get 4 but win on the tiebreak.

WINNERS' CIRCLE for $50,000
- Football Terms - $1000
- "What a Triangle Might Say" - $1500
- Fishing Equipment - $2000
- Types of Watches - $3000
-  Things That Make You Cry - PASS
- People Who Wear Helmets - TIME. Shevora ends up with $7500.

Rachel Bouton
Queens, NY
space nerd
Max Nannini
Davis, CA
children's book illustrator
Bobby Moynihan
Kelly Osbourne
TV personality

GAME 1: Thank U, Nex; Lost and Frowned, Treat Yo' Shelf, Get Off My Spawn, TGI Jeff; I'm a Grower, Not a Thrower

Bobby & Rachel run out on "Treat Yo' Shelf" (things & knickknacks people collect). Going into round, it's Bobby & Rachel lead, 13-11. Max gives to Kelly on "TGI Jeff" (words seen on Jeff Goldblum's Wikipedia page), getting 6 (no time left for "independence") for the lead, 17-13. Rachel needs to get 5 in "Get Off My Spawn" (words a parent might use before their kid goes out on their first date) to win. Bobby gets 5 to win it for her, 18-17. We'd discuss the way she got him to say "protection", but we only have so much bandwidth, so...

WINNERS' CIRCLE for $50,000
- Cooking Terms - $1000
- "What a Swan Might Say" - $1500
- Common Last Names (Surnames) - $2000
- Art Supplies - $3000
- Words with Two Letters - INVALID (she said "to", but could be misconstrued as "two")
- Things You Rent - $5000. She ends up with $12,500 and the option.

GAME 2: Clothes Before Bros, Bad & Breakfast, Qatar Is Born, K-Pop, Typo-ccino, The Inner Workings of Ivanka Trump

Kelly & Rachel find the Mystery 7 under "Typo-ccino" for a trip to the Caribbean. They get hand, tray, Streisand, ... and that's it. Those were words baristas have put on Mike's coffee cup when he tells him his name is Strahan. They make up for it by running out "Clothes Before Bros" (fashion items a woman might desire more than having a boyfriend) to tie it at 10. Max gives to Bobby on "The Inner Workings of Ivanka Trump" (words that can be formed using the letters in Ivanka Trump's name), getting in, train, nut, ark, trunk, ump, and Putin for 17. Kelly needs Rachel to say all seven in "Qatar Is Born" (things associated with the Middle East). They get... 5. Max & Bobby win, 17-15!

FUN FACT: Before today's episode, Bobby has helped players win over $320,000, according to Michael.

WINNERS' CIRCLE for $50,000
- Comic Strips - $1000
- "What a Splinter Might Say" - $1500
- Types of Muscles - $2000
- Things Bees Use - $3000
- Types of Bicycles (Bikes) - $4000
- Things on Earth - WINNER! That's $50,000 easy!

BattleBots: Fight Night
by Chico Alexander
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Discovery: Friday 8p/7C
Hosts: Chris Rose & Kenny Florian with Jenny Taft& Faruq Tauheed
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We're up to Week 6 as we begin to separate the warriors from the wannabes.

Roboteer: Jake Ewert/Team Whyachi
Abbotsford, WI
WAR Hawk
Roboteer: Rob Farrow/Western Allied Robotics

This the first televised battle for the legendary WAR Hawk, having won an undercard against Petunia by knockout. Now it goes up against another undefeated bot with its mini Warstop.


Roboteer: Josh Coates/Close Enough
Salt Lake City
Roboteer: Zachary Lytle/Offbeat Robotics
Lafayette, CA

The combination wedge and bar spinner of Sidewinder won an untelevised undercard. The rotary saw of Skorpios cut the head off of Copperhead. That WAS televised.


Roboteer: Leanne Cushing
Somerville, MA
Roboteer: Tim Rackley/Team Ragnarok
Kent, UK

A pair of relative newbies got their gears handed to them last fight. Now something's gotta give.


Free Shipping
Roboteer: Gary Gin/Team Special Delivery
San Leandro, CA
Roboteer: Greg Gibson/Team Yeti
Wasilla, AK

The last time we saw both of these bots, they went up against legendary teams and had to take the L. Now they take on each other.

Roboteer: Sam McAmis/Team Gruff
Holiday, FL
Roboteer: Zach Goff/Caustic Creations
Loveland, CO

Gruff entered his lift in a rumble against Marvin and Gemini, coming out on top. Now it's man-on-man battle against Copperhead, who's looking for its first win after a beating on his first outing.

Roboteer: Will Bales
Cape Cod, MA
Roboteer: Tom Brewster/Team Monsoon
Turvey, UK

Two robots coming off of brutal KOs now take the fight to each other.


And now, ladies and gentlemen... the MAIN EVENT!
Roboteer: Reason Bradley & Alexander Rose/Inertia Labs
Sausalito, CA
Bite Force
Roboteer: Paul Ventimiglia/APTYX Designs
Mountain View, CA

It's the first match for the pneumatic flipper of Bronco, while Bite Force is still hungry off of a big win in his first match.


Best Ever Trivia Show
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: Friday 4p/3c
Host: Sherri Shepherd
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likes word puzzles
writer for a soap opera magazine
huge Simpsons fan
Ryan Chaffee
Geek Bowl Champion
Jonathan Corbblah
Scrabble champion
Arianna Haut
game show veteran

Today, Eric goes for the second rung in the Best Ever Trivia ladder. Two more wins, and he joins the home team.

ROUND 1 Categories: Chemistry and Explorers. Champion Eric goes with EXPLORERS, and Ryan gets to chart a course to the Trivia Dome. Ryan sweeps the board, and for the first time in two games, Eric misses a question. He still leads with 150 to 100 for Amy and 50 for Emanuel.

ROUND 2 Categories: Chemistry or Classic Cars. Eric picks CHEMISTRY and hopes to have a reaction against Jonathan. Jonathan knows that heating rubber with sulfur to make it more durable is called "vulcanization" and that the molecules in table salt are joined together by ionic bonds, but doesn't know that Joseph Priestly discovered a method for making carbonated water. Eric knew and he goes to 550 to Amy's 200 and Emanuel's 150.

ROUND 3 Categories: Famous Relatives or Accessories. Eric gets FAMOUS RELATIVES... and relates to Arianna.
- Q1: Abraham Lincoln's eldest son was pulled to safety from an oncoming train by whose brother: Mark Twain, John Wilkes Booth, or Jefferson Davis? Eric went wtih John Wilkes Booth. Amy said Jefferson Davis. Emanuel went with Mark Twain. Correct answer, Arianna? It's John Wilkes Booth. Eric leads with 950.
- Q2: In 1905, what future First Lady was given away at her wedding by her uncle, who was President at the time: Eleanor Roosevelt, Lou Hoover, or Mamie Eisenhower? Eric and Emanuel play with Arianna. Amy goes on her own with Roosevelt. Arianna... also with Roosevelt... everyone's right with Eric on 1150, Amy at 600 and Emanuel at 350.... and good news for Eric, because Amy and Emanuel are mathematically eliminated!

ULTIMATE TRIVIA CHALLENGE: It's Eric vs. Arianna... round 2!
Q1: Which Shakespeare character cries: "O, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek": Othello, Romeo, or Petruchio? (Romeo)
- Eric 1 - 1 Arianna
Q2: What determines the number of electoral votes each state gets in a presidential election: the US census, vote of Congress, or the Bill of Rights? (US Census)
- Eric 2 - 2 Arianna
Q3: The theatrical show "Riverdance" prominently features a style of folk dancing from which country: Scotland, Ireland, or Belgium? (Ireland)
- Eric 3 - 3 Arianna
Q4: What is the name of the shiny, 110-ton sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park commonly known as "The Bean": "Cloud Gate", "Tilted Arc", or "Urban Light"? ("Cloud Gate")
- Eric 3 - 4 Arianna
Q5: Which coffee drink is typically served in a demitasse: espresso, cappuccino, or latte? (Espresso)
- Eric 4 - 5 Arianna

And Eric misses one while Arianna sweeps.

Big Brother
by Chico Alexander & Jason Block
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CBS: 8p/7c
Host: Julie Chen
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  THE STORY SO FAR! Gr8ful reigns supreme as Christie knocked out Ovi, Jack knocked out Kemi, and Nick, who Kemi called out in her speech, wins HOH. With five outcasts remaining, who'll be next on the block?

Nick is not happy that Kemi called him & Isabella out for their budding showmance. Cliff & Nicole wonder who cast the sole vote to evict Jessica. Michie (C-Note: THAT'S who) is the first to call out Nicole to Nick, who's thinking about Cliff (old), Jessica (POC), and Nicole (neither of those, just an outsider). Meanwhile, Kemi and Isabella go at it because of her speech. Way to work on that social game.

PANIC WHACKTIVITY: Analyse, Nick, Jessica, and Christie must take turns digging into a ditch of cockroaches to decipher a phrase on their board. Fastest person wins.
- WINNER: Christie Murphy

Christie's power is that she's able to turn any Golden Power of Veto to a Diamond Power of Veto, allowing the Veto holder not only to remove someone from the block, but to name their replacement instead of the HOH. This will only be valid in the next four Veto meetings.

And who does she self-snitch to first? Tommy, who also knows that Jack has the power from last week.

Kemi tells Nicole that Christie overheard Cliff saying he's in an alliance with Ovi and Nicole. Nicole tells Cliff and Cliff tells Nick, offering himself up as a pawn (C-Note: Don't do it). Nick... really wants Cliff to go home.


Oh, by the way, since Kemi is voted out, guess what she gets to don. I'll give you a hint: David and Ovi already have one and it's not a toaster. It's a Camp Comeback uniform!

NOMINATION CEREMONY #3: Nick believes that Gr8ful will fall apart in a week, and Sam already suggested that he make a big game move... and he thinks he & Bella are targeted by Michie. So who does he take this out on tonight?
- NOMINATED FOR EVICTION: Cliff Hogg, Jessica Milagros

But if he can confirm that what Nicole told him is true, then a backdoor play could be in the future. Stay tuned...

Celebrity Family Feud
Jason Huhn
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ABC: Sunday 8p/7C
Host: Steve Harvey
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Jeannie (captain), brothers Daniel & Dennis, uncle Ted Pham & "Mama Mai" Olivia
playing for Girls Inc.
Maria (captain), husband Keven Undergaro, cousins Toula, Peter & Nikki Daigel & father Constantinos "Costas"
playing for The Brain Trust of Cedars-Sinai

SINGLE: women have little black dresses. What's a man's go-to sexy outfit?
1. Suit/White tux 51 5. Undies/Silk boxers 6
2. Jeans/Grape-huggers 11 6. Unbuttoned shirt 5
3. Birthday suit 7 7. Tanktop/Tee 5
4. Speedo 7

The Mais steal with birthday suit to go to 78.

SINGLE: 100 women, what would you do if a man came up to you and said he wanted to lick you from your head to your toes?
1. Slap him 27 5. Feel grossed out 10
2. Laugh 18 6. Ignore/Do nothing 5
3. Walk/Run away 18 7. Let him/"Please do" 4
4. Scold/"Get lost!" 12

The Menounos steal with laugh to go to 59.

DOUBLE: a place you'd hate to get stuck next to someone who won't shut up.
1. Plane/Overseas 43
2. Elevator 19
3. Theater/Movie 11
4. Bus 4

The Menounos sweep the board for the lead, 213-78.

TRIPLE: something about Santa that might make you think he drinks a lot.
1. Rosy cheeks/nose 54
2. Beer belly 27
3. Too jolly/"Ho Ho Ho" 12
4. Talks to reindeer 2

Jeannie can't steal with "sneaks into people's homes", so the Menounos win, 492-78.

FAST MONEY: Nikki gets one #1 with "chocolate" as something that seems to disappear as soon as you get it (milk/food is the overall). Maria closes with another for $25,000.

#1 Answers
- 100 women: on a scale from 1-10, how much of a catch are you?: 8
- Even if a cowboy is a nudist, what might he still wear all the time?: Spurs/Boots
- A famous Simpson: Homer
- A place you're told to sit up straight: Church (Maria)
- Something that seems to disappear as soon as you get it: Food/Milk (Nikki said chocolate*)

NFLPA All-Stars
Cam Heyward (captain), Stephon Gilmore, Lamar Jackson, Michael Thomas, Bradley Chubb
playing for Professional Athletes Foundation
NFLPA Legends
Aeneas Williams (captain), Tim Brown, Dermontti Dawson, Brian Urlacher, Jackie Slater
playing for the Team Gleason Foundation

SINGLE: The last memory of a strip club you have.


SINGLE: Something a supermodel might have that's thick
1. Hair 52 5. Ego 3
2. Wallet 10 6. Brain/Head 3
3. Lips/Like Steve 8 7. Booty 3
4. Legs/Thighs 4

Legends take the 55.

SINGLE: A place you've never made love but still hold out hope that you will someday.
1. Airplane 40 5. Movie theater 6
2. Elevator 12 6. Shower/Bathroom 5
3. Kitchen/Table 12 7. Beach 3
4. Swimming pool 7 8. Car/Fire truck 3

All-Stars take the 80.

DOUBLE: The worst thing to visualize your grandpa wearing.
1. Thong/Undies 28 5. Shorts 3
2. Nada/Just his teeth 27 6. Suspenders 2
3. Speedo/Swimsuit 26
4. Granny's Clothes 10

All-Stars lead, 242-55.

TRIPLE: Something that is best when it's really juicy
1. Fruit/Peach 68
2. Meat/A steak 25
3. Gossip 2
4. Gum 2

And the Legends survive to win, 340-242.

FAST MONEY: Aeneas is first, getting a #1 for 100. Dermontti gets the other 100 for $25,000.

#1 Answers
- 100 men, "I hope they serve alcohol in Heaven, because I can't do without a glass of...": wine
- On a scale from 1-10, how vain are most people?: 7 (Dermontii)
- A country taht a lot of people have on their bucket list to visit: France
- A kind of pitch that a pitcher throws: Fastball (Dermontti)
- What animal was your first pet?: Dog (Aeneas)

Both the Mais and the NFLPA All-Stars will also get donations in their name to their charities, but the exact amount is never specified.

by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Alex Trebek with Jimmy McGuire, Kelly Miyahara & Sarah Whitcomb-Foss
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  Sam is looking to end the week a winner...

Sam Kavanaugh

Justin Burden
West Hollywood, CA
alcohol lawyer
Heather Ringman

JEOPARDY! ROUND: What's That In Your Ear?, 3-Letter Reading, Let's Make a New Deal, Men in Black, Pittsburgh, Vowel Flop.

Sam starts with $200 Let's Make a New Deal and finds the Daily Double under door #5 ($1000). He bets everything he's got on this: in teh NRA of the 1930s New Deal, the "R" stood for this. "What is ...relations?" No, it was recovery. Speaking of, he recovers to $4600 to Heather's $4800. Justin is still alive with $3200. He selects first in...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: Desert-Pourri, Acronyms & Abbrevs., The Olympic Games, Second Letter "Y", Alien Invasion!, Take Me To Your Lieder

... with $400 Desert-Pourri, where Sam finds the first Daily Double under $2000. He's going for it again. for $14,800 or nothing... This sea is the western border of the Arabian Desert. "What is the Red Sea?" FOR THE DOUBLER! Heather finds the other under $2000 Take Me to Your Lieder. She fronts the level on this: this Vienna-born composer was only 17 when he wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel" & changed the lieder game in 1814. "Who is Beethoven?" No, it was Schubert, dropping her to $14,400. She ends up with $14,800 to Sam's $17,200. Justin can spoil with $6800.

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "Word Origins": 19th century boots made with India rubber made one quieter, leading to this slang term for one whose job involves surveillance. Correct response: what is gumshoe?

Justin could spoil if Heather and Sam miss. Sam... didn't. He wins another $29,601, giving him $75,601 for three.

Million Dollar Mile
by Chris Wolvie
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CBS: Saturday 8p/7C
Host: Tim Tebow with Matt "Money" Smith & Maria Taylor
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One Runner, One Defender, One Mile, One Million Bucks.  Welcome to the Million Dollar Mile.

RUNNER: Michael Neuman, Orthodox Jewish obstacle course runner from Miami Beach, FL
DEFENDER: Veejay Jones - "Prodigy" - youngest Defender, parkour runner
Hang Time - 50 feet of hand-over-hand movement past rotating cylinders (1:40 lead in; 1:29 out)
Flies on the Wall - 85-ft wall course they must move without touching the floor (1:08 in; 0:38 out)
Exit Obstacle (0:11 in; 0:04 out)
WINNER: $25,000
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RUNNER: Devyn LaBella, fitness model and contortionist from Los Angeles, CA
DEFENDER: Faye Stenning - "The Canadian Crusher" - pro obstacle course racer
Bamboo Forest - 75-ft spring-loaded pole course (1:49 in; 1:42 out)
Windy Wall - 40-foot climb up a crooked wall while pelted with rain and wind (1:15 in; 0:55 out)
Deep Water Solo - 50-ft swim followed by 20-ft inverted climb (0:00 in; Runner slips once; caught)
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RUNNER: Connor Johnston, homosexual extreme sports enthusiast from San Francisco, CA
DEFENDER: Isiah Vidal - "The Destroyer" - top obstacle racer in the country (so far undefeated)
Deep Water Solo - (1:53 in; 1:37 out)
Windy Wall - (1:04 in; ?:?? out)
Exit Obstacle (0:10 in; caught)
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RUNNER: Mauri Konnell, body builder from Redondo Beach, CA
DEFENDER: Emma Chapman - "The Mighty Kiwi" - 3-time crossfit regional champ from New Zealand
Bamboo Forest - (1:24 in; 0:38 out)
Exit Obstacle (0:06 in; 0:02 out)
WINNER: $10,000

To Tell the Truth
by Chico Alexander
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ABC: Sunday 10p/9c
Host: Anthony Anderson with Mama Doris
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Jay Pharaoh
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Sherri Shepherd
"Best Ever Trivia Show"
Rob Riggle
"Holey Moley"
Inbar Lavi

GAME 1: "I'm the daddy." As a sperm donor, he is responsible for producing "several" kids. All three challengers are wearing a shirt that says "Who's your daddy?"
- #1: Rob
- #2: Jay
- #3: Sherri, Inbar
CORRECT: #1, Ari Nagel, whose nickname is "The Sperminator". Anthony Carbone, #2, is not a sperminator, while #3, Adam Phillips is the father of four.

GAME 2: "I'm a hoop-dancing world champion." Nine times over.
- #1:
- #2: Rob, Sherri, Inbar
- #3: Jay
CORRECT: #3, Nakotah LaRance. #1 is Dennis Garcia, a former postal service worker, and #2 is Geronimo Vela, a direct descendant of Geronimo.

GAME 3: "I can hypnotize you in 3 seconds."
- #1: Sherri, Inbar
- #2: Rob
- #3: Jay
CORRECT: #3, Pattie Freeman.

BEFORE YOU GO: One of the two imposters from our last game can't hypnotize you, but he can blow your mind with close-up magic.
- #1: Inbar, Rob
- #2: Jay, Sherri
CORRECT: #2, JB Benn. #1 is Steve Testa, a former worker at NASA

Going into the final round, Jay is ahead with 30. Sherri 20, Inbar 10, and Rob zero.  Jay's the only one who's protected from televised shaming...

DOUBLE POINTS GAME 5: "I'm a Baseball Hall of Famer." ... and a woman.
- #1: Inbar
- #2: Sherri, Rob
- #3: Jay
CORRECT: ... #2, Sister Toni Ann Palermo. #1 is Roz Witt, who has no claim to fame, but is fabulous. #3 is Nancy Abbate, who was an original Mouseketeer.

And after the dust settles... It's INBAR who had a devil of a time trying to discern fact from fake. So she gets crowned! We'd ask for a speech, but we're out of time.