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Five Games, $129,401

by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: Friday 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Alex Trebek
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  With four runaways out of a possible five, Alex Jacob is what you would call a cool customer. He's beat back 10 opponents. Tonight, he tries to parlay that into 12.
Alex Jacob
currency trader
Nikhil Neelakantan
Richmond, VA
operations analyst
Scott Blish
orig. Elmira Heights, NY
technical writer & stay-at-home dad

Alex starts with $800 Starts with a Vowel. At the TV timeout, Alex is way ahead with $4600 to $2200 for Nikhil. Scott has $1400.

Scott finds the Daily Double under $1000 Automotive Abbrevs. He bets just $5 on this: CPO: certified this, a nice way of saying used. "What is previously owned?" Should've went for it. He's up to $605. He ends with $1805 to $1800 for Nikhil. Alex, on the other hand, is still in front with $6200. Nikhil, by $5, will get the board to start Double Jeopardy!... 

... with $1200 the Arts, where Scott finds the first Daily Double under $2000. He's going for it on this: around 1900 this young Italian painter was influenced by a group called the Macchaioli, or "Stainers". "Who is Boccioni?" No, it was Modigliani, leaving him with nothing. Nikhil finds the other under $800 In the Dictionary. He bets $2000 on this: fittingly, it means "empty orchestra" in Japanese. "What is karaoke?" That would've been an easy two grand, but Nikhil.... "What is kabuki?" Iie. Down to $2200. So Alex ends up fighting his way to $17,400 to $10,200 for Nikhil. Scott has $3600. Still anyone's game.

Celebrity Jeopardy! returns in May. Find out who's playing NEXT WEEK!

FINAL JEOPARDY! on "Book Reviews": a 2008 review of this novel, later filmed, compared it to "Battle Royale" & said it's "a future we can fear". Correct response: what is "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins?

A softball clue for a Friday, but will Alex cash in on it? He will to add on $20,401, giving him a six-day take of $149,802.

Celebrity Name Game
by Chico Alexander
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Syn: check listings
Host: Craig Ferguson
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Paul & Josiah
brothers originally from Canada
Danita & Anita
Jim O'Heir
"Parks & Recreation"
Dan Bucatinsky

ROUND 1: Paul & Josiah start with "I Spy" (actors who have played secret agents), getting two for $200. Danita & Anita get "You're Such a Square!" (folks who appeared on Hollywood Squares), getting three for $300.

ROUND 2: Anita gives on "Following the Dress Code" (folks who wear a uniform), getting two for $400, $700 total. Josiah gives on "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword" (authors who have been on the New York Times Bestsellers List), getting two for $400, $600 total.

Now it's Craig's turn at the horn with "All By Myself" (famous women known by one name). Josiah & Paul rally at the end to win, $3200 to $1700!

In the Bonus Round, Josiah gets Lady Gaga, Al Gore, Mary Poppins, and Matthew McConaughey. Paul needs six. He gets Bonnie & Clyde... but can't get any more.

Guy's Grocery Games
by Chico Alexander
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Food: Sunday 8p/7c
Host: Guy Fieri
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Chase Meneely
Henderson, KY
garde manager
Marianne Sundquist
parts unknown
former executive chef
Chanda Clark
orig. Louisiana
executive cruise chef
Walter Potenza
orig. Italy
chef & restaurateur

GAME 1: we start with a delicious breakfast.... in ABC. The letter: R.

Chase: Rustic Rack of Lamb with Red Potato Hash
Marianne: Red Potato Farmers Market Hash
Chanda: Red Chorizo & Southern Red Potato Hash
Walter: Italian Rice Porridge with Ricotta

Judging these middle meal monstrosities: critics Catherine McCord & Troy Johnson, and restaurateur Richard Blais. First one out the door... CHANDA.

GAME 2: Steakhouse dinner... but you can only use four pounds of ingredients. WATCH YOUR WEIGHT!

Chase: Surf & Turf with Scallops & Veal
Marianne: King Crab Beurre Blanc with Gnocchi & Asparagus
Walter: Beef & Lobster Surf & Turf

Eliminated: MARIANNE

GAME 3: Your best dish... using the HIGH LOW FOOD WHEEL. The high: pate. The low: canned cheese.

Chase: Canned Cheese Spaghetti Squash
Walter: Three Cheese Pasta with Seared Truffle Pate

Winner: WALTER! Now it's him and Guy's Shopping Spree for $20,000. On his list: iceberg lettuce, garlic-stuffed olives, funnel, something in a tube, cinnamon applesauce, 6 oz. container, turkey jerky, one minute oats, 99c burrito, and Canadian bacon. He passes aisles 5, 6, and 7 and doesn't have time for 10, getting $12,000.

Let's Ask America
by Mike Klauss
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Syn: check local listings
Host: Bill Bellamy
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Let's Make a Deal
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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Kirrin - $20,452(traded from $4,429)
Jose/Aida - $17,740
Nicholas - $3,647
Marcy - $1,000
Julie - $300
Christine - $300
Martina - BIG SEAT.
Cecelia - SUCKS.
Quickie Deals - $0

Big Deal Choice 1 - 26
Big Deal Choice 2 - 49
Big Deal Choice 3 - 64
Big Deal Location 1 - 54
Big Deal Location 2 - 50
Big Deal Location 3 - 35
Big Deal Wins- 47/139
Car Wins - 91

Total: $43,439
Total for Week 28-$194,086
Total for the Season: $5,407,896.95
$5M Passed - 129 shows 4/03/2015 (99+30 show)
Let's end the week strong by starting off with a personal assistant to help make deals with Wayne. The person who holds Wayne's $2,500 and it's Kirrin the stylist. First up is Martina the Washing Machine. She can take Curtain 2 or $500(from Kirrin). She passes on the cash for a GIANT COUCH(ZONK)! Next up is Marcy the Emoticon. She takes $1,000 not to take the Big Box. She passes on a gas grill with outdoor patio cart worth $2,929. Kirrin gets fired but gets the leftovers worth $4,429(cash and bbq package). She can keep that or take the LMAD Envelope. She keeps her stuff and passes on a trip to Barbados for 6N at the Club Barbados worth $8,766!

We move on to Jose/Aida(Bacon/Egg). They are playing for a $17,740 Mazda 3 iSV. The car is on sale for $2,000. Here's how Jose/Aida can earn that money. We have 15 cards. 13 have either $200 or $400 under them. 2 have zonks. If they can earn $2,000 or more before hitting a zonk, they will be able to buy the Mazda. Their first pick is 8 and $400. They move on to 4 and $600. 12 gives them $200. They have $800. 10 brings them to the halfway point with $200. They have $1,000 and go for the car with 6 and $400. They have $1,400 and $600 to go. They pick 2 and $200 is theirs. They have $1,600 and $400 to go. 14 is $200. This next pick is the last pick either way. They go for the car and 15 gives them...$400 AND THE CAR!

Cecelia is the Christmas Spirit and Nicholas the Panda. Cecelia is the boss for both of them. Will she take the small box which has a clue of TAKE A SEAT or the Big Box which has a clue of HIT THE ROAD? She passes on the Big Box and passes on a Vespa Primavera 150 Scooter worth $4,799! Nicholas now is the boss. Will Nicholas keep the box or take the LMAD ENVELOPE which has a clue of WISH YOU WERE HERE? He keeps the small box and passes on a trip to Santa Barbara for 4N at Hotel Indigo worth $2,697! Individual decisions time. Who keeps and who trades for Curtain 2? Nicholas keeps the box and Cecelia trades for a GIANT VACUUM(ZONK)! Nicholas wins a new dining room from in mode home worth $3,647!

Julie the Bucket List has Curtain 2 or the Greenback Party envelope from Jonathan. We have a LMAD debate and after it Julie picks the cash. She passes on a home theater with 80" 3D HDTV and surround sound system worth $5,580! She wins $300.

Christine the pregnant Deal Fairy can win a new Scion xD worth $16,675! She is playing GO BIG OR GO HOME. Christine starts on GO BIG and will go around the game board via die roll. Every time she lands on a prize/cash that spot turns into GO HOME. If Christine can land on GO BIG before GO HOME, she will drive off in the Scion for her new baby and any prizes/cash she landed on along the way. Her first roll is a 3 and it's $500 from Mario Badescu Skin Care. She goes BIG and rolls 3 and it's the small box. She adds a new 24MP Nikon DSLR worth $1,600. She has $2,100 in prizes. She rolls a 2 and she is OUT. Consolation Roll is $50 X 6 = $300!

Last deal involves Rachel the nerd who gets the small box and wins diamond earrings worth $1,950...SO FAR. Will she take the extra item or  the Big Box? She takes the Big Box and passes on the earrings and a trip to New York City at the Renaissance Hotel worth $7,681! She wins a CARD TABLE AND CHAIRS(ZONK!)

Who trades for a $20,452 Big Deal? It's Kerrin with her BBQ/Cash! She picks 1. 2 was a new hot tub from Cal Spas with massage table and 5 In-Home massages worth $6,250! 3 was new kitchen appliances with french door refrigerator and Cuisinart small appliances worth $3,294! She wins the Big Deal behind Door 1 and Kerrin is going on a 7 Day Greek Cruise from Louis Cruises...but that's not all! She also wins EVERYTHING IN THE DEAL including the hot tub/massage package and appliance package! That is worth $20,452!

Monopoly Millionaires' Club
by Chico Alexander
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Syn: check listings, also playing on YouTube
Host: Billy Gardell with Todd Newton
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  Last week, someone did the unthinkable, rolling their way to a million. The question now... WHO'S NEXT?

PARK IT: From the Cats, we get Patricia (Cherry's sister, Maryland Lottery), who loves game shows. All she has to do is park the cars in the Monopoly garage in order from cheapest to most expensive. First is the Light Blue car... $2000. Starting at the bottom, but she parks it at level 2. Pink car... $1000! That goes in the bottom. VERY lucky there. Green car... $10,000! Top of the world, ma! She's batting aces. Next is the White car... $5000. She parks it in level 3. That means that the $3000 and the $4000 car will end the game. The odds are in her favor, though. Will she take $18,000 and go home or play on? She's risking it with the Dark Blue car... $4000. GAME OVER.

Ronnie (Ellenboro, NC/North Carolina Education Lottery) is with Todd Newton and the Cash Register. Six keys - three will add one zero, three will add two zeroes. D: TWO zeroes!. B: another zero for $1000.

BLOCK PARTY: Nelson from the Battleships (Nilda's son/New York Lottery) gets to play the 12 cards. #3... Brown for $1000. #7... DARK BLUE for $20,000! #1... Reds for $5000! #11... STRIKE ONE. #12... Pinks for $3000! #6... BLOCK PARTY! He locks in the greens for a total of $39,000! He stops this party with $39,000! Nelson gets $19,500, and the Battleships get $19,500.

COMMUNITY CHEST: Jack boots from the Boots (Independence, MO/MO Lottery). Ten chests from $500 to $5000. You open one up and keep what's inside. Meanwhile the money on the board is doubled. He can keep the money he's won or trade for another one. But if the next chest is less than what he trades back, the game is over and he wins nothing. #4... $3000. Next round has seven good chests, two bad. He trades it in for #6... $2000. That was quick.

ELECTRIC COMPANY: Paula from the Dogs (Haverhill, MA/NH Lottery) gets 10 levers, each with 1 to 10 lights. Turn on 24: $100,000. Turn on 25, and she'll blackout the stage AND her bank. First switch is #8... five for $250. Second is #4... 2 for $350. #2... Six for $800. Still no danger. #9... seven for $25,000! She's got even odds of staying in the game. Will she split with $25,000? She's going on with #5... OVERCHARGED.

Todd's with John (Coral Springs, FL/Florida Lottery) and the first block of the Monopoly board with four blueprints. One hides 1 hotel, one hides 2, one hides 3, the last one doesn't hide any. Pick two, and if you get five hotels, $10,000. B... three hotels. C... two for $10,000!

NO VACANCY: Bill from the Wheelbarrows (Fort Wayne, IN/Hoosier Lottery) is the landlord of the Hotel Monopoly. The seven rooms on the bottom are worth $1000, in the middle it's $2000, and at the penthouse, it's $3000. Don't overbook the rooms! Red.. 4 guests. They go to the VIP suites for $12,000. Red again... 1. They join the rest of them for another $3000. Green... TWO to book the top row, $21,000 in the bank. Back to the red... four more in the middle row for $8000 more, $29,000. Red again... five. They go in the economy suites for $5000, giving us $34,000. Do not book more than 4 guests next. Will he take the money or go on? He stops with $17,000 for him, $17,000 for the Wheelbarrows.

GO FOR A MILLION: The winners are back on stage to see who will play for a million. But in order to play, you have to give up your winnings. The player who's willing to risk the most will play the final game. Today, it's NELSON! He's giving up $39,000 for a shot at a million. All he has to do is land on GO. He gets five rolls to pass GO. If he passes GO, he wins $200,000 - $100,000 for him, $100,000 for his section. If he lands on GO, he wins the million, and his section splits the audience jackpot of $200,000. If he rolls doubles three times or lands on Go To Jail, the game is over.

- 10 to Just Visiting for a Trip to Alcatraz in San Francisco
- 5 to Pennsylvania Railroad for a Trip to New York
- 10 to B&O Railroad for a Trip to Paris
- 3 to Water Works (mini-game) for #2... a hot tub!

Double 6 will get him the million. Snake eyes will send him to jail.

- 5 to Community Chest (mini game - one card says "Advance to Go", the others are cash) for #2... $15,000. But he has trips to San Francisco, New York & Paris, a hot tub, and $7500. The rest of the Battleships get $7500.

The Price Is Right Couples Week
by Chico Alexander
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CBS: 11a/10C
Host: Drew Carey with Manuela Arbelaez, James O'Halloran, Rachel Reynolds & George Gray
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Record today: 2-2-2
Record this week: 12-14-4
Record this season: 379-404-39
Total today*: $53,662
Total this week*: $331,700
Total this season*: $9,813,331
Perfect bids: 39/822
Perfect Shows/Skunks: 1/5
DSWs/DOBs: 3/8
$11K/$26K SCSD Spins: 6/3
Best week: Week 8 (Big Money Week): $615,071
$9M Passed: 4/1/15

*totals are based on the MSRP of the prizes and rounded to the nearest dollar.
Dearly beloved... we are gathered here today in the sight of Bob and all of this presence to bear witness to the conclusion of Couples Week, where the entire audience - made up of roughly 100 or so engaged couples - will be married right before the Showcases. Drew, who is actually legally ordained in the state of California to do so, will officiate.

First, we have Patricia Thompson & Dawyne Burton, Dovie Poe & Terrence Mason, Jennifer Kwan & Jaime Amores, Tamani Elliott & Baron Littleton, and a trip to Palm Springs (3n @ The Koriaka Pensione). The $2184 trip goes to Jennifer & Jaime, who get to drive back in a Nisasn Versa S+ if they can beat Let'em Roll. They get only the free roll, and with it... $2500.

Baron & Tamani get a $1699 HDTV and a chance at Jimmy Choos marked at $2690 and a grill marked at $1269 if they outwit Bargain Game. They think the shoes are the bigger bargain. The grill... $2289. The shoes.. $3190. A grand beats half a grand.

Katelyn Garcia & Nikolas Burzen go down and up the aisle with a $1550 electric fireplace. They can put that alongside their new dining room with dinnerware & stemware if they home in on Range Game. They stop at $9105. The price... $9055.

The future Mr. & Mrs. Littleton beat the future Mr. & Mrs. Burzen, 95-75 in a Spinoff. Meanwhile, Patricia & Dwayne get a $708 pair of laptops with cases. They then take a cutlery set to a Swap Meet for a set of cookware, small electrics, and a kitchen cart. They swap for the electrics... $1055. The cutlery set.. $1055!

Veronica Lopez & James Gutierrez get a $921 set of sunglasses and a chance to win flowers & dinner for a year... and a Ford Fiesta in Rat Race. They control two: the pink from a $4.19 bottle of Herbal Essences shampoo and the Blue from a $150 wine cooler. Around the stretch they come, and ... it's Yellow, followed by Orange, followed by BLUE for the flowers.

We're down to crunch time for Dovie & Terrence, as they get a camcorder with bag. The price... 2900. The winners... Blake Moore & Claudia Padilla. They'll try for a trip to Argentina (6n @ Panamericano Buenos Aires) in Pick-a-Number.

0 7 9 are the numbers of great importance.

They pick the 7... $9750 is a winner.

If anyone reading this can show any cause why this recap should include the actual wedding, speak now or forever hold your peace. Nobody? Okay, let's get to the legality of the situation.

The new Mr. & Mrs. Moore meet the new Mr. & Mrs. Littleton in the Showcase, which is being held for the first time not at homebase but on Plinko Island. First up, a pair of bicycles to take on your honeymoon to Rome (6n @ Hotel Atlante Star), and when you come back, you'll have a Honda Fit! Top winners the Moores bid $25,000. The Littletons get a pair of bathrobes to take on their honeymoons to Greece (6n @ Sheraton Rhodes Resort) and Thailand (6n @ BYD Lofts Boutique Hotel in Phuket). They bid $22,027. Actual price.. $23,391, a difference of $1364. Actual price of the Moores' Showcase... $32,283, a difference of $7283.

By the power vested in me by GSNN and our parent partner Stormseeker Digital and almightly Thor, GOD OF THUNDER... I now pronounce that the Littletons be winners today with $25,090. What you won together, let only the IRS rend asunder. And you may kiss Couples Week goodbye.

Wheel of Fortune
by Jason Block
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Syn/YesTV: 7p/6C
Hosts: Pat Sajak & Vanna White with Jim Thornton
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Total for today: $66,690
Total for Week 30: $265,880
Total for the Season: $8,850,753
Bonus Win Percentage: 53/150
Gooseeggs: 20
Toss Up Sweeps/Group Misses: 24/0
Mystery Round Prizes won: 12
Car Wins: 4
1/2 Car Wedges hit/total wins: 196/16
$100,000 Losses/Wins: 2/1
$1,000,000 Losses/Wins: 1/1
$1,000,000 Wedge Hit/Offered/Used: 41/150/13
Wild Cards Hit/Offered/Used: 74/150/25
Express Wedge Hit/Used: 32/28
Bonus Prize Wedges hit/won: 71/44
$2,500 Space Hit - 37
$3,500 Space Hit - 98
$5,000 Space Hit - 14
Bankrupt Space Hit - 463
Gift Tags won: 43
Free Play Hit: 157
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 8/150
Best Week: Week 1 - Teacher's Week - $1,200,274
Bankrupt Losses: $982,257
$8M Passed: 3/19/15 (115 + 19 shows)
It's Day 5 of "Wheel Loves New York Week!" It also starts the march to $10,000,000! (J-Note: In New York, we have the New York Lottery Logo on the lower left hand corner of the screen. Also the SPIN ID for the New York Area only is worth either the normal $5,000 in cash or $5,000 worth of New York Scratch Off Wheel of Fortune Tickets!)

The $1,000 Tossup is WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Laura Neebow is RIDING THE SUBWAY. She is from Chicago and loves MLB Baseball. Christine St. Onge is from Tucson, AZ. She is married and volunteers. Eric White from Santa Monica is a real estate agent and sells apartments in LA. He was a pole vaulter at UCLA!

The $2,000 Tossup is TV QUOTE. Laura has $3,000 with DON'T HAVE A COW, MAN! We add this to the wheel and it's a trip to New York City worth $6,000! She starts PROPER NAME. She hits 3 Free Play A's. She dominates and solves QUARTERBACK ELI MANNING for $4,100. She has $7,100.

Christine gets her shot and starts the Gold Bond Ultimate Mystery round which is BEFORE & AFTER. She Bankrupts. Eric picks up the 1/2 Car for a Nissan Versa Note S for a $500 T. He misses a vowel. Laura misses. Christine misses. Eric picks up the NY Trip with 2 $500 F's and solves FORBIDDEN FRUIT ROLL-UP for $1,000 and the trip! He has $7,000 and the 1/2 Car.

Eric also starts the Express Wedge/Prize Puzzle round which is PHRASE. He picks up $1,000 from with a $500 T, the WC with a $500 C, a $3,500 D, dominates and reads UNDER THE JAMAICAN SUN for a total of $10,600 in cash, the WC, and a trip to Jamaica(naturally) at the Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay worth $7,350! He has $24,950 in cash and prizes including two trips and the WC!

The $3,000 Tossup is PERSON. Eric has $27,950 with ASPIRING WRITER. He starts RHYME TIME and misses on the $5,000 space. Laura misses. Christine misses a vowel. Eric hits a $5,000 Z, uses the WC, hits 2 $5,000 Y's and solves YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE for $15,200! He has $43,150 in cash and prizes. We have time for...

...PLACE. We go right into a $1,500 a letter FINAL SPIN. Eric solves SPORTS ARENA for $3,000. He has had a great night already with $46,150 in cash and prizes including his two trips to NY and Jamaica. Laura leaves with $7,100 and Christine had no real shot tonight but leaves with the gooseegg $1,000!

The pre-bonus round total is $54,250! Eric lands on the P in SPIN. His category is PHRASE. With the RSTLNE and his choices of P H G O we have:

_ / _ H _ _ _ / O _
P E R _ _ _ E

He got the PERFUME but not A WHIFF OF PERFUME. He loses $40,000 but won that and more! He leaves with $46,150 in cash and prizes!


Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
by Don Harpwood

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ABC: 2p/1C; also check local listings
Host: Terry Crews
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  Carl Perez (Bethesda, MD)
He looks young, yet he's 37 years old.
(+1): His wife, Jeanette

He asks the audience on the 1st question, but with the results being close, he jumps it and the $500 it had. He sees this with $7,000 banked...

The Rolls-Royce Phantom's $400,000 price tag includes what handy item that emerges from the door at the press of a button?
A: Cane
B: Shoeshine kit
C: Umbrella
D: Briefcase

Carl feels that it would have to be something one could need upon exiting the car, which leads him to think A or C. He then sees the word "handy" in the question, leading him to then think it would be something one carries. With that, he says D... but it's C! That sends him home with $1,000.

Linda Kerr (Houston, TX)
(+1): ???

She jumps the 3rd question, which had $15,000. She turns to the audience on the 4th, and with their help, she gets $2,000 more! She has $35,000 heading into this...

Rule 2, Section 1 of what sports league's rule book states, "The Ball must be a 'Wilson'"?

Linda considers each option, then goes with A... but it's C! With that, she leaves with $1,000.

To end the week, Kelly Edwards (Gadsden, AL) is picked from the audience to play for $1,000...

Due to "a tough economy that rewards youth and beauty," a recent Slate article argued that men should start wearing what?
A: Makeup
B: Skirts
C: High heels
D: Fishnet stockings

Kelly is thinking A or B. She goes with A... and she's right for $1,000!