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American Dreams, American Glory, American Pride

American Idol Premiere
by Chico Alexander& Gordon Pepper
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ABC: Sunday 8p/7C
Host: Ryan Seacrest with Luke Bryan, Katy Perry & Lionel Richiei
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In 2002, a record producer & former bassist, a singer/dancer/choreographer, and an A&R expert with ZERO filter began a 14-season "search for a superstar". Sixteen years later, it's about to happen again with a pop star, a country star, and a music legend.

The audition rules are the same as before: singers aged 16-30 will audition in front of the judges. If two of them say yes, they're through to the Hollywood Round.

Today's episode features auditions from New York City (Madison Square Garden), Nashville (Country Music Hall of Fame), Los Angeles (Hollywood & Highland Center), and Orlando (Walt Disney World). As always, the auditions are a mix of the truly awesome, truly awe-inspiring, and the truly awful.

And when the book of life is writ, let it be known that the first audition of the ABC era of American Idol is... Catie Turner (17; Langhorne, PA) is a big fan of Katy's, and she delivers an original song on her guitar called "21st Century Machine". The men on the panel find her interesting and brilliant... and we'll see her in Hollywood.

Ron Bultongez (orig. Congo) emigrated to the US at a young age and comes from an abusive home. Now a father himself, he hopes to break the cycle. It starts here with James Bay's "Let It Go". Luke was excited... and he was the only one, because Lionel didn't think he had "an identity". He says to come back later and try again.... but Ron is stuck in his head. He's called back into the audition room and Lionel changes his vote to a yes.

(C-Note: I'm old enough to remember when a singer who was almost there, but not quite there yet was given a no, and then they came back and tried again and got through. Ron's almost there, but he's not quite there yet. After all, this is American Idol. We're not looking for good. Hell, we're not looking for great. We're looking for a star.)

Maddie Poppe (Clarksville, IA) is next, singing "Rainbow Connection". Simple song sung simply, and it's enough for a pass.

... which is more than can be said for Koby (Denver), a Broadway actress who is about as extra as they come. She delivers an original song... and immediately my ears start bleeding. Perhaps Broadway is a better fit for her, because American Idol sure ain't.

Moving from New York to Nashville with Harper Grace (16; McKinney, TX), who is known for having a viral video of "the worst version of our National Anthem ever". Did she learn anything from it with Khalid's "Young, Dumb & Broke". Turns out she did learn a thing or two as she hones in on country pop. She moves on, and she can put that video in her rearview mirror.

Next up, Layla Spring (16, Marion County, KY), who brings her sister Dyxie (7, Marion County, KY), who gets three preemptive yeses for the 2026 season. Meanwhile, Layla sings the Jackson 5's "Who's Lovin' You", and the judges love her. I think she's still too green, but she gets a pass.

Benjamin Glaze (Oklahoma) is a cashier who is admittedly awkward around girls. He steals a kiss from Katy before stealing Nick Jonas' "Levels". The one thing he doesn't steal? A golden ticket. He got a kiss from Katy so it's not like he's a loser.

Next up, our first taste of the Los Angeles auditions, and our first taste of Nico Bones (22) who sings a zero-effs-given version of "Guess I'll Go Eat Worms (Nobody Likes Me)". ... and the less said about it the better.

Noah Davis (18; Royal, AR) is smitten with Katy when both can't stop saying "wig". If he wins, he wants to buy an alpaca. But first, he plays "Stay" by Ariana Grande on the piano. It was very... wig. He gets a yes.

CORPORATE PLUG! Next stop for the Idol bus is Orlando, technically Disney Springs (C-Note: Disney is the parent company of ABC). First up, Alyssa Raghu (16; Orlando), whose best friend is her father. She sings "Almost Is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande & Nathan Sykes. And it's not enough for the judges, as they take her to Hollywood.

Sardor Milano (26; orig. Russia) won the Russian version of "The X Factor" before emigrating to America. He sings "I Want You" by Luke James. He wants to bring a new style of music to America. Unfortunately his audition was so bad we should level sanctions against it. Oh wait...

Back in New York, we find Zach D'Onofrio (16; Wesley Chapel, FL), who is a fan of standards, singing Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight". Luke wants him to put some more swing on it. It's passable. Certainly for a golden ticket, which the judges are all too happy to give.

Grace Walker (15; San Juan Capistrano, CA) wants to say "Ooh La La" with "Paris" from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, but it doesn't captivate. So she doesn't get the "no". She gets the "not yet".

Last up for the night is Dennis Lorenzo (26; West Philadelphia) whose father was murdered and who almost went down that path before picking up his first guitar at 16. He sings "Unaware" by Allen Stone... and the judges are all smiles, and for good reason, as we end the night on a high.

We continue to separate the delightful from the deluded tomorrow.

American Ninja Warrior USA vs. The World
by Chico Alexander
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NBC: 7p/6C
Host: Matt Iseman & Akbar Gbajabiamila with Kristine Leahy
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  Another special three-team affair awaits. And this year, we won't stop until someone reaches the top.

CAPTAIN: Joe Moravsky (Sherman, CT)
Sean Bryan (Berkeley, CA)
Drew Drechsel (Fairfield, CT)
Najee Richardson (Philadelphia

CAPTAIN: Sean McColl (Vancouver, Canada)
Ossur Eiriksfoss (Vagur, Faroe Islands)
Alexander Mars (Stockholm, Sweden)
Sergio Verdasco (Madrid, Spain)
CAPTAIN: Tomohiro Kawaguchi (Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan)
Thuc Le (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Yusuke Morimoto (Tosa, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Yosua Zalukhu (Jakarta, Indonesia)
CAPTAIN: Danee Marmolejo (Mexico City)
Karl Fow (Caracas, Venezuela)
Marco Jubes (Caracas, Venezuela)
Sebastian Prieto (Bogota, Colombia)

Last year, Team USA took it all. Can they do it again?

The rules: there are two heats on Stage 1 & Stage 2. One athlete ran each heat. Whoever went the farthest the fastest earns 3 points. Second place earns 2. Third earns 1. Only the three highest scoring teams at the end of Stage 2 move onto Stage 3.

STAGE 1 will consist of the Finale Course as it was run back in September - Snake Run, Propeller Bar, Double Dipper, Jumping Spider, Parkour Run, Warped Wall, Domino Pipes, and Flying Squirrel.

- Joe Moravsky (USA): FAIL Domino Pipes
- Ossur Eiriksfoss (EU): FAIL Jumping Spider
- Thuc Le (Asia): FAIL Double Dipper
- Karl Fow (LatAm): COMPLETE
Latin America leads with 3 to the USA's 2 & Europe's 1.

- Tomohiro Kawaguchi (Asia): FAIL Domino Pipes
- Danee Marmolejo (LatAm): COMPLETE (2:53.16)
- Sergio Verdasco (EU): COMPLETE (2:02.21)
- Drew Drechsel (USA): COMPLETE (1:48.44)
Going into Stage 2, USA leads with 5, followed by Latin America with 4, and Europe with 3. Asia with 0 is on the bubble.

STAGE 2: Again, it is the same course that was run for the finals last year - Giant Ring Swing, Criss-Cross Salmon Ladder, Wave Runner, Swing Surfer, Wingnut Alley, and Wall Flip. There's no time limit, but the team with the lowest score at the end of this stage WILL BE ELIMINATED!

- Alexander Mars (EU): FAIL Wave Runner
- Sean Bryan (USA): FAIL Wingnut Alley
- Yusuke Morimoto (Asia): FAIL Swing Surfer
- Marco Jubes (LatAm): FAIL Swing Surfer
Asia is finally on the board with 2 to Europe's 3, Latin America's 5, and USA's 8. The USA is locked into Stage 3 at this point.

- Yosua Zalukhu (Asia): FAIL Wave Runner
- Sebastian Prieto (LatAm): FAIL Salmon Ladder
- Najee Richardson (USA): COMPLETE (3:59.03)
- Sean McColl (EU): COMPLETE (3:22.80)
The USA holds onto the lead with 10 to Europe's 6 & Latin America's 5. But with only 3 points, Team Asia is OUT.

STAGE 3: Again, the same course that was run in the finale. Scores reset to zero. There are two heats, and the fastest/furthest team got 2 points. Second place gets 1, no points for third.The top two teams move on to Stage 4.  The course: Floating Boards, Keylock Hang, Nail Clipper, Ultimate Cliffhanger, Curved Body Prop, Peg Clouds, Time Bomb, and Flying Bar.

- Marco Rubes (LatAm): FAIL Floating Boards
- Drew Drechsel (USA): FAIL Ultimate Cliffhanger
- Sergio Verdasco (EU): FAIL Ultimate Cliffhanger
... but because Sergio was faster, Europe gets 2, USA gets 1, and Latin America gets zero.

- Alexander Mars (EU): FAIL Ultimate Cliffhanger
- Sebastian Prieto (LatAm): FAIL Ultimate Cliffhanger
- Joe Moravsky (USA): FAIL Ultimate Cliffhanger
... but because Joe was the fastest, Team USA got the 2 for 3 total to Europe's 3. Latin America on 0 is OUT.

STAGE 4: Head to head. First to the top of the 80-foot tower wins it all.
- Sean Bryan (USA) vs. Sean McColl (EU)
WINNER: by less than a second... TEAM EUROPE (25.93 to 26.79)!

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire American Pride Week
by Don Harpwood

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Syn: check local listings
Host: Chris Harrison
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Brett Murray (Troy, NH) was a firefighter and an EMT, and now, he's an ER physician.

According to, what synonym for friend comes from the Latin for "bread," because it once referred to someone with whom you shared a meal?
A: Chum
B: Cohort
C: Companion
D: Comrade

Brett calls on his Plus One, Chris, who knows Latin. Chris says that the Latin for bread is "panem," and that he'd go with A. Brett goes with A... but it's C! That means Brett leaves with nothing.

Jon Paddock (Dearborn, MI) is a middle school science teacher. He sweeps the first 5, then turns to the audience at $10,000, brings in his sister-in-law, Amy, at $20,000, and uses the 50:50 at $30,000. That is it for today; Jon will be back on Monday! !

Beat The Clock
by Chico Alexander
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Universal Kids: Friday 7:30p/6:30c
Host: Paul Costabile
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Shannon & Austin

Erin & Audrey

RROUND 1 for $100
- Shannon/Austin: SINKIN' LINCOLN: You have 50 seconds to catch ping-pong balls in your Lincoln hats. Two balls beats the clock. The clock beats them.
- Erin/Audrey: JUST FOR KICKS: You have 55 seconds to kick a soccerball over a net and into the waiting hands of your partner... while blindfolded. Three will beat the clock. SUCCESS for $100.

ROUND 2 for $150
- Erin/Audrey: TISSUE STORM: You have 55 seconds to blow two tissues (one at a time) with a straw so that your partner can catch them using a tissue box on their head. The time blows away.
- Shannon/Austin: PANCAKES FOR BABY: You have 45 seconds to flip flapjacks over a net so that your partner catches them on a tray. You need to get three... but you'll have to do it with your back turned. SUCCESS for $150 and the lead, $150 to $100.

$300 HEAD TO HEAD: I'M ALL EARS. The teams have 60 seconds to put ears of corn on top of a plate hat, then transfer them to your partner, who's also wearing a plate hat, who'll then transfer them to a bucket... without using your hands.
- WINNER: Nobody! No seriously, no one got any corn in their bins. But the PURPLE TEAM WINS, $150 to $100.

THE BIG CLOCK: WILD WILD WEST. Shannon & Austin have 60 seconds to throw hoops at two bars on a jail, one on a cactus, one on a pair of cowboy boots, and one between a cowboy's legs. Each target is worth $250. $2000 for a perfecto.
- SUCCESS for $2000 more, $2150 total!

Fear Factor
by Chico Alexander & Gordon Pepper
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MTV: Sunday 7p/6c
Host: Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
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Rohelia & Kinsey

Mario & Arianna

Kinaya & Ocean
Carolyn & Tori

This season, Fear Factor is offering what they're calling "The Season from Hell". Today, parents and their kids are going on the "Road Trip from Hell."

ROUND 1: PACK RAT. Packed inside of a house is 300 creepy critters. You'll have to race into the house, pick up a shirt, some shorts, and a hat to stop the clock. The three fastest move on.
- Carolyn/Tori: 8'37"
- Rohelia/Kelsey: DNF (only find two before time runs out)
- Mario/Arianna: 5'44" - ADVANCE
- Kinaya/Ocean: GET!
ELIMINATED: Rohelia/Kinsey

ROUND 2: RELEASE THE HOUNDS. You'll have to race out of your campers and retrieve coffee and pool toys while being attacked by guard dogs. The top two teams will return for the Final Fear, while the other will get chewed up and spit out.
- Carolyn/Tori: 0'56"
- Kinaya/Ocean: 0'34" - ADVANCE
- Mario/Arianna: 0'58"
ELIMINATED: Mario/Arianna

THE FINAL FEAR: ROAD RAGE. Time to hit the road. You'll both have to find a loaded backpack, release it from its ties, open the front door of their camper, scale the camper to the back, climb on top of the camper, use the tools in your backpack to open a yellow & black box, and pull the release to stop the time. ALL WHILE THE CAMPER IS MOVING. Fastest time wins.
- Kinaya/Ocean: 2'58"
- Carolyn/Tori: 2'40"

By 18 seconds, CAROLYN & TORI prove that it pays to face your fears for $50,000

Flea Market Flip
by Chico Alexander
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GAC: Sunday 8p/7c
Host: Lara Spencer
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Keith & Christine
Rachel's brother
Rachel & Linda
Keith's sister

We begin at the Elephant's Trunk in the New Milford, CT. Keith & Rachel... are siblings.

- Fab Fabrics
- Chic Storage
- Modern Moroccan

Keith/Christine: upholstery fabric ($13), ottoman ($40), aquarium stand & metal grate ($130) = $183 spent
Rachel/Linda: bookshelf ($30), cabinet ($30), trunk ($10), indigo mud cloth ($30) = $100 spent.

After the flip, we head to Long Island City Flea.

Keith/Christine: coffee table ($100 profit), ottoman ($22 profit), bar cart ($40 profit)
RAchel/Linda: coffee table ($152 profit), bookshelf/storage bench ($255 profit) = sold out for $407

IT's not even close. Rachel & Linda win, $407 to $162!

Guy's Grocery Games
by Chico Alexander
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Food: 9p/8c
Host: Guy Fieri
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  Today's special in Flavortown... the store's opening late on account of the finale of "Worst Cooks in America" (C-Note: Congrats to our friend Hazell, by the way!) for some super sandwiches.
Courtney Hellenschmidt
New Orleans
sous chef
Pom Moongauklang
John Williams
sous chef
Melissa McMillan
Portland, OR
chef/owner of a restaurant & food truck

On the panel for this sandwich showdown: Rocco diSpirito, Damaris Phillips, and Zane Caplansky. Today will only have two games.

GAME 1: Starting out with your signature sandwich.. but WATCH YOUR WEIGHT, because you can only shop for 6 pounds worth of stuff.
- Courtney: Cajun Surf'n'Turf wtih Brussels Sprouts Slaw
- Pom: Garam Masala Duck Sandwich with Orange Ginger Marmalade
- John: Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit with Homemade Pickles
- Melissa: Chicago Italian Beef Sammich with Giardiniera
ELIMINATED: ... NOBODY! All four are heading to...

GAME 2: Next up, the chefs will have to make an outside-the-box sandwich using ingredients on diner wheels. It's a new game we're calling ORDER UP! The first wheel had breads while the second had cheeses.
- Courtney (frozen pizza/smoked gouda): Frozen Pizza Breakfast Sandwich with Smoked Gouda Cream Sauce
- Pom (pita/brie): Korean Brie Melt with Asian Slaw
- John (frozen waffles/Swiss): Hangover Breakfast Burger
- Melissa (frozen pupusas/blue cheese): Fried Chicken Sammich with Zombie Sauce Blue Cheese Slaw
WINNER: .... for the first time in GGG history, WE HAVE A TIE! It's MELISSA & COURTNEY!

- 1) It's the T in BLT (LETTUCE)
- 2) A fermented ingredient in a classic Reuben sandwich (SAUERKRAUT)
- 3) Poultry-produced protein found in most breakfast sandwiches (EGGS)
- 4) A sandwich standby that is an emulsion of oil, egg yolks & lemon juice (MAYONNAISE)
- 5) Pork product that is a staple in club sandwiches (BACON)

The ladies run the market to split $20,000!!

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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The test is over. Congratulations to everyone for taking the first step. Good luck on your callbacks. Meanwhile, Lane is looking for win #3...

Lane Flynn
business owner


Megan Durazo
Playa Del Rey, CA
Mark Ashton
Elmhurst, IL
software engineer

If Megan looks familiar, she was on season 1 of the short-lived "Duel" on ABC.

JEOPARDY! ROUND: Around the Cathedral, Our Solar System, Chess Pieces in Disguise, Into the "Wood"s, Britain's Industrial Revolution, The Flintstones.

Lane starts with $200 Our Solar System. At the TV timeout, Lane has the lead with $3800 to $2200 for Mark. Megan yet to score.

Mark finds the Daily Double under $600 Around the Cathedral. He's going all-in for this one: the mensa is the top slab or surface of one of these. "What is the altar?" FOR THE DOUBLER, $5600! He ends up with $7800 to $7000 for Lane. Megan, stuck for $600, will get the first go in...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: Jeepardy, Medical Specialties, Snakes on a Book, Foreign Phrases, Take Me To Your Leader, Enter-teen-ment

... with $400 Foreign Phrases, where Lane finds the first Daily Double under $2000. He'll #wager4000 on this: this 3-word Latin phrase means "retroactively". "What is ex post facto?" RIGHT for $13,400! Six clues later, Lane looks to expan d on the second under $800 Take Me To Your Leader. He bets $6000 - because why be unstoppable when you can be unbeatable, right? - on this: you will find this country's leader at Carthage Presidential Palace, near an archaeological site. "What is Tunisia?" RIGHT for $22,200! He ends with $23,000 to $14,600 for Mark. Megan is out of the red wtih $7400.

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "Big Business": Bill Fernandez, who in 1971 introduced to each other the 2 founders of this California company, became its first full-time employee in 1977. Correct response: what is Apple?

Megan and Mark are both right. Lane... went with Hewlett-Packard, which is older than the clue asks for. Mark wins with $29,100. Lane leaves with $40,399.

Let's Make a Deal $20K A Day Week
by Jason Block
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CBS: 10a/9C or 3p/2C
Host: Wayne Brady with Jonathan Mangum, Tiffany Coyne & Cat Gray
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Jane - $25,320(traded from $7,155)
Mark - $20,000
Elizabeth - $5,199
Eric - $5,177
Barbara - $5,166
Manhezia - $4,099
Chris - $3,000
Nicole - $2,700

Quickie Deals - $800/$1,000
Quickie Deals Total - $40,300/$48,800

Big Deal Choice 1 - 25
Big Deal Choice 2 - 43
Big Deal Choice 3 - 46
Big Deal Location 1 - 53
Big Deal Location 2 - 32
Big Deal Location 3 - 28
Big Deal Wins- 39/114
Car Wins - 50

Prizes not won today - $26,515
Prizes not won this season - $5,179,530

Total: $70,661
Total for Week 25 - $255,701
Total for the Season: $4,184,453

Best Week Week 15- $257,200
4M Passed - 03/06/2018 - 111 show

It's Day 5 of 20K A Day Week(where our friends at Publisher's Clearing House will help give away $20,000 to some lucky trader). Mark the Autism Puzzle Piece starts us off - he can win $20,000 by playing the Odd/Even game. Mark will roll a single die and hopes to get 4 odd numbers before he gets 4 even numbers. If he does that, he will win $20,000 in cash. If Mark gets the even numbers, he is out. His first roll is a 3 and his 2nd is a 5. He passes on $500 and rolls 2 and then a 5. He is one away from the big one! He passes on $1,000 and nails the 20 with a 5! Simple. As. That.

Elizabeth the Unicorn and Barbara the Roman have $800 each. That will allow them to buy(if they want to) the Red Box, the Green Box or the mini-curtain for $400 each. Who buys the Red Box? Elizabeth buys the Red Box and has a diamond necklace from Diamond and Jewelry Gallery Studio City worth $3,000! Who buys the Green Box? Elizabeth spends her last $400 on a Lenovo gaming laptop and internet for a year worth $2,199! Elizabeth has $5,199. Barbara is the only one that can buy the mini-curtain which she does. Barbara has $400 and a trip to Sonoma, CA for 3N at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa worth $5,166! Who keeps and who trades for Curtain 3? No one trades for FAST FOOD RACE CARS!(ZONK)!

Eric the Bacon passes on $700 for Curtain 3 which INVOLVES GAMES. He wins a game room with air hockey table and foosball table with neon Game room sign worth $5,177! Jane the Disco Diva has a $5 on the outside bankroll or Curtain 1. Leftovers go to Christopher the Soul Nerd. She takes Curtain 1 and wins a new living room from with a GC to and a 49" UHDTV worth $7,155! We add another bankroll with $10 on the outside. He can take both the bankrolls or the Big Box. Leftovers go to Manhezia(as Spaghetti and Meatballs). Christopher keeps the cash. Manhezia passes on $1,000..$1,400...$2,000 for the Big Box and she wins a new Suzuki Motorcycle worth $4,099! We add a 3rd Bankroll has $20 on the outside. Christopher keeps the cash and passes on the small box which is a FRESH PASTA WIG(ZONK!). Let's count up Christopher's cash! We have $5 + 39 X $5 = $200. Next is $10 + 38 X $5 = another $200. Christopher has $400. The final bankroll is $20 + 38 X $20 = $600 but Wayne is upset at the non-neatness of the everyone including Money Fairy Chris Ahearn helps Wayne unfurl the roll to show that Christopher also has $2,400 bonus cash for a total of $3,000 in cash!

Tiffany the Deviled Egg is playing the LMAD Lotto for a Hyundai Elantra worth $19,210. We have 8 spaces and Tiffany will pick 3. If she matches the CAR, the Hyundai is hers. Wayne will give her $5,000. Tiffany Coyne will give her $3,000. Jonathan will give her $14.30. She picks 3, 6 and 1. 3 is Wayne. 6 is the CAR. Will Tiffany go for the car under 1 or take the sure thing of a BBQ from Napoleon and Adirondack Chairs along with Lobster Gram Lobster Tails for a year worth $3,805! Tiffany goes for the car and wins...NOTHING. It was Jonathan. 5 was the car.

Last deal involves Nicole the 4 of diamonds. Jonathan has 3 envelopes labeled ATM(Automated Teller Machine), Post-It Notes, and the game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. Nicole must pick the product that was introduced nationally in the 1970s. If she does that, she will win $3,000! She says HIPPOS. Will she take $500, the envelope or Curtain 2? She says Curtain 2. She passes on the $500 - and a check for $3,000 because she was right. HHH(not Triple H) was introduced in 1978(I looked it up). But Nicole is not zonked - she is going to a film festival! Nicole has tickets to AFI Fest with 2 nights at the Hollywood Hotel worth $2,700!

Who trades for a shot at $25,320? It's Jane with her living room! She picks 2. 3 was a Yamaha Waverunner EX Deluxe worth $6,599! 1 was a home gym with Matrix Treadmill and a year of Vegan Cookies from Lenny and Larrys worth $3,474! That means Jane wins a trip to Australia for 6N at the Crown Metropole in Perth along WITH EVERYTHING IN THE BIG DEAL! That means Jane wins the gym package, the Waverunner and the trip! That is worth $25,320!

MasterChef Junior
by Chico Alexander
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Fox: 8p/7C
Hosts/Judges: Gordon Ramsay with Joe Bastianich & Christina Tosi
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Last week, we were introduced to the top 24 of this season of MasterChef. Now it's time for them to compete.

MYSTERY BOX #1: Culinary ABCs. Each box has 26 ingredients, one for each letter of the alphabet, from avocado to zucchini. You have one hour to make... all together now... a stunning chef-worthy dish.

Top Three:
- Remy Bond: Lamb Chosp wtih Roasted Eggplant Puree & Cheese Biscuits
- Beni Cwiakala: Herb-Crusted Steak with Ginger Quinoa, Sauteed Kale & Dill Yogurt Sauce
- Henry Hummeldorf: Grilled Lamb Chop with Tzatziki, Quinoa & Zucchini
WINNER: REMY. She is safe for the next round.

ELIMINATION TEST #1: Fruit Tarts. You will have one hour to make a fruit tart using your own choice of fruit and your own choice of pastry cream. The crust must be thin enough to cut through easily, yet thick enough to support the weight of both the fruit and the cream.
- Bottom Six: Zia, Lindsay, Avery, Quani, Juelz, and Ben
- SAFE: Avery, Lindsay
- ELIMINATED: Juelz Bugg, Zia Nelson

The Price Is Right
by Chico Alexander
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CBS: Friday 11a/10C
Host: Drew Carey with Manuela Arbelaez, Rachel Reynolds & George Gray
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Record today: breakeven
Record for week 25: 10-18-2
Record this season: 284-335-35
Total today*: $67,710
Total this week*: $307,751
Total this season*: $8,644,787
Perfect bids: 9/654
Perfect Shows/Skunks: 1/1
DSWs/DOBs: 5/6
$11K/$26K SCSD Spins: 4/3
Best week: Week 4 ($578,924)
$8M passed: 2/23/18

*totals are based on the MSRP of the prizes on the tape day and rounded to the nearest dollar.

We're rounding out the week with Amanda Wetzel, Ruth McInerney, Timothy Hale, Krystal Gilliam, and an iPhone 8 Plus. The $799 phone goe sto Timothy, who can take home a pair of surfboards, a 4KTV, anda  French-door refrigerator in Most Expensive. He picks the TV. The surfboards: $1090. The refrigerator... $3650. The TV... $2300.

Krystal scores a $667 coffee maker package. If she on target for a year of Fashion Stork, a year of Nadine West, $1200 from Lyft, and dinner for a year? Let's play Bullseye. First pick is 6 Stagg turkey chilis. Each one is $2.79. Six... $16.74. Next, 2 Suave Men's body wash. Each is $1.99. A pair: $3.98. Finally, a trio of Bumble Bee tunas. Each one is $2.99. Three: $6.87. The hidden bullseye... is under Keebler Ice Cream cups.

Amanda wins a $1205 car stereo. ... which can go into a Honda Fit LX if she can get it out of Gridlock!

1 | (79) (92) (53) | (25) (86) (48)

First try is 92... Danger! Next is 79... That's good! She shifts into 86... RIGHT!

timothy beats Krystal, 95-35, in a Spinoff. Meanwhile, Mark Reyes wins a $900 hammock. He'll relax in a hot tub with tiki bar if he pulls off (smirk) the Squeeze Play.

8 6 8 2 3

He pulls out the 8... $8623 is a winner!

Jacqueline Foster, USAF (ret.), aims high for a $1689 Microsoft Surface package. She'll try for an oil diffusier, hair rollers, a clothes iron, a soap dispenser, and a Fiat 500 Pop in Switcheroo.

CAR: $16,7_9
Oil diffuser: $_6
Hair rollers: $_5
Iron: $_2
Soap dispenser: $_0
NUMBERS: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

She goes 5-3-4-6-2.... NOTHING DOING. She switches to 6-4-5-2-3... And gets the $46 oil diffuser and the $22 iron. The car was $16,739.

Last shot at it for Ruth comes with a pair of Burberry watches. The price: $2380. The winner... Darla Sparacino. She will try for luggage and a trip to Boston (6n @ Royal Sonesta Boston) in 2 for the Price of 1.

4 8 0
$ $ $ - luggage
7 1 6

She gets the 1 for free and makes it $710 to go. The price... $710!

Jacqueline meets Timothy in the Showcase. Firs tup, a game room wtih pool table & pop-a-shot, a trip to Aspen (6n @ Pokolodi Lodge), and a Hyundai Accent Value Edition. Top winner Jacqueline passes, and Timothy bids $25,200. Jacqueline gets a trip to Rome (6n @ Hotel Atlante Garden), a pair of eReaders, a living room, and a trip to Fiji (6n @ The Pearl Resort). She bids $22,500. Actual price: $26,360, a difference of $3860. Actual price of Timothy's Showcase... $27,306, a difference of $2106, and by some $1700, it's all Timothy with his $28,105!

Next week will only have one new episode, Monday's.

Wheel of Fortune
by Jason Block
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Syn/YesTV: 7p/6C
Hosts: Pat Sajak & Vanna White
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Total for Today - $70,087
Total for Week 25- $254,842
Total for the Season: $6,056,596
Bonus Win Percentage: 43/125
Gooseeggs: 22
Toss Up Sweeps/Group Misses: 17/0
Mystery Round Prizes hit/won/lost: 27/15/8
Car Wins: 15
1/2 Car Wedges hit/lost/total wins: 95/38/3
$100,000 Losses/Wins: 5/0 $1,000,000 Losses/Wins: 2/0 $1,000,000 Wedge Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 37/125/15/16
Wild Cards Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 69/125/27/25
Express Wedge Hit/Used/Crashes: 26/15/4
Bonus Prize Wedges hit/won/lost: 50/27/10
$2,500 Space Hit - 34
$3,500 Space Hit - 72
$5,000 Space Hit - 14
Bankrupt Space Hit - 361
Lose A Turn Hit - 131
Vowels Missed: 119
Perfect Rounds: 62
Gift Tags hit/won/lost:66/30/23
Free Play Hit: 139
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 8/125
Best Week: Week 8- Halloween Week - $323,729
Bankrupt Losses: $615,740+ 11 trips of unknown value.
Left on the Table: $1,676,569 + 8 prizes of unknown value.
6M Passed - 01/31/2017 - 125 shows - (102 + 23)

A: 3
M: 3
E :9
R: 5
I : 3
C : 4
A : 2
' : 3
S: 4
G: 8
A: 2
M: 3
E :9
S: 7
P: 9
I: 3
N: 4
W: 7
I : 3
N: 10
* - 4
** - 3
*** - 7

BONUS CATEGORIES SELECTED:(offered/picked/win/lose)
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? - 18/11/2/8
PERSON/PEOPLE - 40/8/2/5
EVENT(s) - 25/10/6/4
SHOW BIZ -14/4/1/3
LIVING THING(s) - 39/8/1/7
IN THE KITCHEN -20/6/1/4
PHRASE - 32/9/1/8
FOOD & DRINK 17/10/4/6
THING(s) - 53/8/4/3
FUN & GAMES - 24/6/3/3
ON THE MAP - 17/7/4/3
AROUND THE HOUSE - 21/7/3/3 PLACE(s) - 25/8/2/6
CHARACTER(s) - 10/6/1/5
OCCUPATION - 7/3/2/1