March 28, 2005
Chico: Fo shizzle.
Jason H: My nizzle.
Jason B: Drop it like it's hot.
Gordon: So we are back for a look back at 50 WLTI episodes.
Chico: We're back, dropping the 50th WLTI episode... Unfortunately, Steve had a
personal situation and had to drop out. We hope everything is ok with him. In
the meantime, it's time for a history lesson.
Gordon: Shall I put on the historian hat?
Jason H: fo sho.
Chico: Only if I put the classical music on.
Jason B: (hands you a tassle and mortarboard)
Gordon: Go for it.
Jason B: (hands Chico Vivaldi's Four Seasons)
Chico: It all started on October 10, 2002... Two men, who watched way too much
pop culture/sports TV/game shows got it in their heads to drop commentary on the
Gordon: Well said
Chico: *starts playing "Four Seasons"* Thank you!
Gordon: Do you remember our very first commercial?
Chico: Why yes... I do. Push Nevada, the pseudo contest in interactive TV.
Didn't pan out so well, but the winner got his money.
(This commercial break has been sponsored by Push Nevada, We know all of our
clues are being exploited across the internet, and we know that our show is more
convoluted than Split Pea Soup, but WATCH, US DAMIT!)
Gordon: Felt like yesterday.
Jason B: We need some good ones :)
Chico: Then came the first game... Roleplay.
Gordon: The show was planned to be a monthly, but as it was the most watched
show, it turned into a bi-weekly.
Jason B: And then weekly.
Chico: And the game show fan world was never the same.
Gordon: Our first interview was with Andy Aaron, who won $250,000 on Millionaire
Chico: And from there, other people would stop by to answer... 20 Questions....
A sampling? Yeah, we have that.
"Anything else you'd like to say that we may
Steve Altes (Extreme Dodgeball): Yes. Have you ever thought that maybe we
don't have a set number of years to live? Instead our lives tick away by odd
markers. Like the number of times you change the battery in your smoke detector.
Maybe you're destined to only hear the song "Tin Man" by America sixty times in
your whole life. The 60th time, you die! Maybe you just heard it an hour ago for
the 37th time. You just moved closer to death without even realizing it.
"Have you ever been on The Price is Right?
What's the closest you have been and if you won, what did you win?"
Jay Lewis (Net Price is Right): The closest I have been to Studio 33 is
Niagara Falls, Ontario.
know how they ask you for something interesting about yourself. Have to ask...
Why DDR? I mean, I'm a fan, you're a fan, but I'm just wondering."
Jeremy Soria (Pyramid): Well, I know it is very popular in California. There
are a lot of people of Asian descent in California (San Diego, Los Angeles, San
Francisco). You've got the Japanese and Filipinos there, and they love music and
video games. DDR just seemed to be one of the games that epitomizes putting the
two together. It's a great game in Asia, it's really big in California. I just
figured I wanted to point out something that I like that perhaps some folks from
California in the studio could connect with.
"Do you think you could kick
Ken Jennings's rear?"
Dan Avila (Greed): I'd love to try, but he may be too good on the buzzer.
"Last question! It's time to
play Stump the Spear. This question is likely a layup for you. What current
Major League Baseball player was born with six fingers on each hand and six toes
on each foot?"
Curt Spear (Stump the Schwab): Is that Alfonseca?
Mike: He's good. Antonio Alfonseca.
Gordon: He didn't win the whole thing for nothing.
Gordon: Episode #3 we premiered the most popular game on our show - TAKE-A-SIDE
Chico: And arguably the bloodiest.
Gordon: Pick a former Barker's Beauty - who is the best one?
Chico: Holly. She was the playful one.
Gordon: Holly? How can you not pick Gina Lee Nolan, Ms Baywatch, Ms Sheena, and
Chico: Suddenly, the Bob wasn't good for her. Easy. She left.
Gordon: She is the syndicated queen of shows now - she is a model and has a
huge future in front of her.
Chico: Fine. You can stay at home drooling over a video image and I'll go to
Utah, show Holly what a complete and utter fineass she is, and get a free ski
weekend out of the deal. What'd'ya say to that?
Gordon: Mark Walberg will be jealous
Chico: Let'em. Next one.
Jason B: Wow. Bloody indeed.
Jason B: But Chico is right. Holly Hallstrom is hot.
Chico: Thank you!
Chico: Props to the Block.
Jason B: Dian and Janice were way too blonde. Holly was the one I had a crush
on as a kid.
Chico: What can I say, Holly was a cutie.
Jason H: Holly = cute
Gordon: Then comes episode #5 - The infamous episode with this....
Gordon: Dear Dr. Chico. I am a perverted Game Show TV Fan. Can you tell me
which of these game shows - or any show - would I be most likely to see nudity
during sweeps week? - Jason
Jason B: Hey! I didn't write that!
Gordon: It wasn't Jason Block or Alexander we were lampooning.
Jason B: Can you explain that one to me please!
Gordon: It was Jason Elliott - who happened to be the webmaster. Let's say he
didn't like it.
Chico: That got us canned the FIRST time.
Jason B: Pushing the buttons of the boss. Funny.
Gordon: He pulled the show - one of 2 shows he would pull.
Chico: The other would be the lost episode with the 20 ?s from Jeremy Soria,
which you just say a clip from.
Gordon: Yes - he didn't like that one either and just yanked the whole thing.
Chico: So rather than let us take him in to defend his craft, he yanks.
Gordon: We start Season 2 in January of 2003, with the first new featured guest.
Let's go back and see who that was...
Ryan: *gets into Wayback machine*
Chico: That would be... YOU, Ryan!
Ryan: Wow! I feel special!
Gordon: Celebrity Millionaire or I'm a Celebrity, get me out of here - which
one is the lesser of the 2 evils? Chico, you start
Ryan: And someday you'll actually meet me and find out that I am REAL!
Chico: Celebrity Millionaire. Because 1) Knowledge Factor. Millionaire's an
engaging quiz. IACGMOOH is just a stupid Survivor rip. 2) Anything that's
determined by the audience is subject to scrutiny
Ryan: IACGMOOH, while it may be seen as a Survivor rip, actually makes
celebrities work for their money, by performing physical challenges and offering
themselves up to the public. Celeb Millionaire usually consists of questions
like "What colour does red and blue make? A) Purple, B) 12, C) Phi Beta Kappa D)
On his shoe - and hey, you can turn around and ask your b-list friends for
Chico: No, yo're thinking of the WB now.
Gordon: I think that Celebrity is a stupid rip-off, but I do agree with Ryan
about the b-level celebrities - not to mention that asking friends for help
taints the game. Point to Ryan.
Jason B: Ryan...funny argument
Gordon: By the way - that Take A Side ended up in...a 2-2 Draw.
Chico: This is where I finally get it in my head that Take-a-Side is rigged.
Ryan: Easy Chico! :)
Jason B: Dull surprise--a draw
Gordon: Chico, he drew you fair and square. Stop whining
Chico: It's half my show and I'm halfwhine if I want to.
Gordon: We also had the debut of the sponsor that would be the most advertised
one in the history of the show - care to guess what it is?
Chico: Grizzlebee's! You'll wish you had LESS fun!
Jason H: LOL
Chico: From the Tinfins episode of Sealab 2021. Our favorite.
Gordon: You got it.
Gordon: Grizzlebee's has showed up 5 times - the most of any ad
Jason B: Not a sealab fan....
Chico: It's the go-to ad when we run out of ideas.
Gordon: Then there's Episode #11 in March of 2003, which was very special for
Gordon: Lets try this again - I'm Gordon, and We're watching the finals of
Star Search...Well, so much for Star Search for the evening
Chico: And CSI.
Gordon: But the Bachelorette is still on as we speak
Gordon: We interrupt this WLTI to tell you that the United States has just
declared war on Iraq. Somber night, eh? Sort of makes what we're doing shallow,
Chico: Very much so.
Gordon: But my attitude is to do this, just somply because A. People want some
entertainment and B. we have to continue to live.
Chico: Correct, we need normalcy at these uncertain times, something to remind
us that life goes on.
Gordon: But as someone who's brother-in-law was in the military, and to whom
some people in my bowling league belong to, my heart goes out to everyone
fighting and to please come back alive. And at 9:45pm ET, ABC switches to news.
And any of you military people are reading this, we hope that we are
Chico: Agreed. As an army brat who had to live through the homefront torture of
Desert Storm, our hearts, most definitely, are with the men and women in
uniform. That said... we shall continue.
Gordon: I had to live through September 11th. You can guess what my opinion is.
Gordon: So let's go to what did actually air in it's entirety tonight -
Survivor - what happens when you have a love triangle? You get rid of the girl
and the guys live happily ever after. Wha?
Jason B: Holy Cow.
Gordon: THAT brings back memories
Jason B: Brings me back to 09/11 actually. Nice job guys.
Jason H: Ditto on that one.
Gordon: Then, two months later, Gordon has another case of footinmouthitis.
Chico: This was before he could get away with it.
Gordon: But enough losers... let's talk winners for a moment. At the end of
next week, someone's going to win $250,000 of Jeopardy!'s money. Could it
Chico: Maybe... or maybe it'll be Brian Weikle, whose streak shattered any and
all records... As if he needs that much more money, taking Sony for $140,000.
Gordon: no offense to Ben, but he got the 5 time championship moniker by luck
in the first episode - he will have to be much better in this tournament to get
out of the first round.
Jason B: I think Ben read the site.
Chico: He did. Wasn't happy. Jason pulls the plug... again.
Gordon: Note that Chico agreed with me - but IM the one that gets the nasty
e-mail - and I get threatened once again by Jason
Chico: Yep. AS I though. Sure. Blame the guy who just agrees.
Gordon: We actually stay pretty calm after that Tritle moment...until I open my
mouth yet again on episode #23...
Gordon: And Chico, when you visit the Heather and Eve emporium, you can go to
their porn site at (censored). As a matter of fact, you can see nude pictured of
all of your favorite Survivor celebrities at (censored).
Chico: Do we get them with or without peanut butter and chocolate?
Gordon: I think you decide.
Steve: I've learned if you even voice the simplest opinion, you're going to
make somebody angry.
Gordon: Well, in this case, the somebody was once again our webmaster Jason
Elliott, who was appalled that we would even mention porn pictures, less say
there was a website on them. So we get the show yanked.
Gordon: That was the last show yanked - and fortunately, there was an era of
calm, and we start Season 6 with...guests!
Jason H: *GASP!*
Chico: Okay, before this turns into Smutfest 2004... Topic #4: Ken Jennings
has been one of the better players to ever go on Jeopardy!. QUESTION: Has he
made the show more watchable? Travis, begin when ready.
Travis: I would argue that he's made the show popular for the unwashed masses,
much like Thom McKee did for "Tic Tac Dough." Jeopardy is second behind Wheel.
Not a whole lot of room to grow. J! is already watchable, Ken is just icing on
the cake. So, I have to go with a "qualified no," as Larry Blyden would say.
Chico: Alright, Aldo has a "qualified yes" then.
Aldo: Yes Ken has made it more popular. That's like saying someone breaking a
record isn't good for sports. He's in uncharted territory in the likes of which
most of us haven't seen before and probably will never see again. He's doing
something we haven't seen on Jeopardy.
Aldo: Ken was even on ESPN in Pardon the Interruption.
Chico: As you can see, Take-a-Side didn't get any less fierce.
Gordon: That was the debut of Travis Eberle, who now has his 'On the Buzzer'
Column. Also - the debut of Aldo Villalona, who is covering poker shows for us.
Four episodes later - and we all came back form Game Show Congress 3 - and we
bring even MORE guests with us...
Joe: LIKE ME! WHOOOOOOOOO!
Jason H: :-D
Ryan: Will someone just BRING me to Game Show Congress?
Chico: I would, but I only have enough for one ticket.
Ryan: LOL :)
Chico: I'm Chico, the DJ of this party, and some fromwhere... drunk again,
sorry... in America... WLTI is on. Got a LOT of stuff to cover, but first,
intro'of the guests!
Gordon: That would be Chico Alexander and Aldo Villalona, our regulars on WLTI,
and we also have 2 special guests - first, we have Joe Van Ginkel, who
represented us well as the co-host of the Game Show Tournament at GSC3. A few
words from Joe, please.
Joe: I thank you, sir. The last week or so have something of a blur.
Gordon: You take any tequila from Chico yet? And the other guest is Jason
Fernandez, who at the Millionaire Studio show at Disney land, repre....uhhh...well...he
does have one of the biggest Press Your Luck sites on the web - and he now knows
the difference between a Diner's Card and a Christmas Card! =)
Jason H: *hides in shame*
Gordon: Believe it or not, Jason Block still wasn't on the air with us.
Jason B: I am the baby of the group.
Joe: Which is a shock to me.
Jason B: I am the most recent member of the team.
Gordon: He shows up on episode #30....here.
Jason B: I wonder what #1 is going to be...:) Ryan: hmm.... obviously Chuck
Chico: I'll give you a hint, it isn't Ruben and Clay :)
Gordon: Peter Tomarken coming back to host Paranoia!
Jason B: Darn. (snaps fingers)
Chico: Down, boy.
Gordon: pant, pant, pant
Ryan: Fang! Behave!
Gordon: Its not William Hung?
Chico: Number one is... the Jennings Reign of Terror! Wee!
Gordon: Which had a reign of terror on the poll
Ryan: Wow Chico you are some
Jason B: So that is two in a row for the Mormon Maniac.
Chico: That's the lack of sleep talking!
Ryan: Mormon Maniac - I like that Jason
Jason B: I dont think he is going to win
this week's Top 5
Chico: But I guarantee you that he will not make this poll, because we're
talking Biggest Blunder here.
Gordon: Try me...=)
Chico: Unless Gordon finds some way in his overtly creative head to make it
Ryan: Oh dear, here come a gordon "spoiler" again...
Gordon: Tee hee hee hee hee
(FAST FORWARD TO...)
Gordon: I have a major problem with someone who makes money - and then covers up
his rationale of doing so by saying he didn't want to buck tradition - and then
stomps all over it. You know what I'm talking about now?
Chico: ... No idea.
Gordon: #1 - THE HYPROCRISY OF KEN JENNINGS
Ryan: oh dear...
Chico: Great googly moogly.
Gordon: You wanted to know how I could get Ken on the list - well, here's how.
Jason B: Not a bad choice actually.
Gordon: On an interview right after he hit $52,000, Ken is asked why he didn't
go for the record - and he said that he held it in too high regard. THAT NIGHT.
he attempts to break the record...and after 3 tries, he finally does so on the
last day of the season. That started the ball of me not liking him rolling, and
if anyone wants to talk about e Kan Jennings backlash, they can point their
finger to that moment. Could I put the CD in the case for you, Mr. Jennings?
Jason B: Very funny Gordon.
Gordon: That actually comes in second in the 'Worst Moment' Category in the Top
Chico: And what came in first?
Gordon: The Reformatting of GSN to include such gems as Fake-A-Date and Kenny
Vs. Spenny - Something Jason Block suggested. A warm welcome to Mr. Block, btw.
Jason B: Thank you.
Gordon: So that starts the rotating panel, and even though there would be shows
with just Chico and I, that's when we started to get a panel feel going in the
Jason B: Steve and I agree totally on how GSN has basically alienated their
Chico: That was revealed as GSNN celebrated its 5th and WLTI celebrated its
Gordon: 'We then move to the start of season 7, where we have gotten the most
talked about segment of WLTI...ever....and once again, I'm in the middle of
Jeff: But the question is whether it will actually cause blindness. Of course
not. As a physician, I can tell you that while TV may induce seizures in some.
Gordon: it will not cause blindness, even if you sit too close. Rapid seizures
in the brain could cause neural problems - including blindness. So yes, WOF
COULD cause blindness.
Jeff: I am not supporting your argument, Gordon; please don't try that argument
with me. It's been done. Medically speaking, this is not possible.
Gordon: I think we're talking from a figurative sense anyways, not literal.
Jeff: Are you suggesting actual blindness, or just arguing that they don't need
all the new graphics?
Joe: The latter.
Chico: The latter.
Jeff: The question was regarding blindness, and I am taking that literally for
my argument. Sometimes people write poorly worded questions, you know...
Chico: yeah, but Jason did specify excessive graphics.
Jason: (look below that)
Jeff: There it is in black and white...well, blue.
Jason: (ie; excessive graphics)
Jeff: Yes, but actually causing blindness?! There is nothing indicating
figurative speech in the question.
Chico: Okay, the question was regarding graphics and Gordon knew that, so this
one goes to him.
Jeff: Just you wait for my appeal letter in the mail! I will research this one
so deeply your head will spin.
Gordon: We'll hire the WWTBAM team to make a judgement on it =)
Chico: okay, for the record, Jason. Who'd you give it to?
Jason: As much as I want to give the point to Jeff for his "shiny things that
spin" comment..... (because I like shiny things...... and spinny things) But
Gordon also said some bad things about the bonus wheel and I love that thing, at
least. So I give the vote to ME!
Jeff: No... me!
Chico: Spinny things that shine! ... No, wait.
Jason: You still got the other two votes, Gordon.... stop bellyaching. :)
Gordon: No complaints from me =)
Joe: Uh-oh...the WOF graphics incident. (re: Mary Hart's voice)
Jason H: Oooh, oh oh oh oh.....
Gordon: That is still the most popular WLTI Archive - the debut of Jeff Suchard
as he talks about Jeopardy and how close he was to defeating Ken Jennings
Chico: I remember him. Didn't he organize the "We Lost to KJ" party?
Ryan: There was a We Lost to KJ party? LOL!
Joe: WHOOOOOOOOOO DAN AVILA!
Steve: Possibly....hadn't heard about that.
Jason H: .....WHAT?!?!
Chico: There was a We Lost to KJ party. It happened on Nov. 30, the end of the
era. And such resulted in the first use of the Spoiler Alarm.
Jason B: That would be funny.
Jason H: Actually, it happened day after Labor Day. =)
Chico: We're just reliving the glory days.
Joe: I actually was there for the incident Gordon is referring to.
Jason B: The biggest open secret in TV History :)
James: Yes...Gordon mentioned it to me, ending my chance of being the man to
pull it off :)
Joe: It was taped on September 7, and aired on November 30.
Jason H: Oooooooh
Jason B: And I have to compliment both sites...both GSNN and tvgameshows for
handling it as well as you guys did.
Gordon: 1 spoiler flashback coming up...
Jason H: =)
Chico: I bet it took everything to keep that down. It just personally spoiled
it for me watching, having known what I knew.
Gordon: We go back to Episode #31 for this...
Chico: As per GSNN's Spoiler Policy, we are to warn you the public that act 1
contains a spoiler. If you wish not to hear it, click the edited version of act
1. If not, click the unedited version.
Gordon: SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
Chico: Now, over the past week, TV Week leaked out a report that Ken Jennings is
to lose after 75 matches.
Gordon: As a matter of fact, we actually have a spy in our midst who was at the
taping that he lost. Would the spy please reveal himself?
Jason: *whistles incoherently*
Chico: *looks around*
Jason: Oh....not a spy.....just a well-wisher
Gordon: You are a Spy! J'Accuse!
Alex: Ken didn't even deny the fact that he lost to me when we talked last
Chico: But he DID deny it to the Early Show.
Gordon: Well, he sort of has to, to keep the mystique going
Jason: Oh, come on now....I don't want to TOTALLY spoil it. :-p Like Ken said,
we have to leave some mystique in this
Josh: I'm interested in hearing how far the lady who beat Ken Jennings goes.
Alex: Yeah, that would be funny - Ken wins 74 games...The lady wins 1. There
would be a lot of jokes about that.
Jason: I won't say anything.
Gordon: I won't say anything if you don't, Jason.
Jason: *whistles and slowly backs away*
Jason H: *chuckles*
Gordon: We've had many great guests during this era - Steve Altes, Tim Hsieh,
Travis Schario, Mike Klauss, Jay Lewis, Curt Spear, and, as seen in Episode #44,
Jason B: Dan Avila...one of THE nicest guys you ever want to meet.
Jason H: Yep, Dan is great.
Gordon: The last flashback - and then we will move on - is from Mr. Greed, in
what I think was a great segment...
Chico: Let's go to the segment.
Jason H: Roll that beautiful bean footage...
Gordon: There was something else that was funny, but not to the contestant
who blew the $200 question on Millionaire
Jason Block: Llama alert.
Joe Van Ginkel: GADZOOKS!
Gordon Pepper: I turn the floor to Chico, who explains
Jeff Suchard: So now we come to a discussion of what actually constitutes a
Dan Avila: A furry Andean creature?
Joe Van Ginkel: Llama = WWTBAM who bombs out before reaching the $1,000
Chico Alexander: Anyway, back to the matter at hand... Molly Sanford at $200. In
1939, what filmmaker received one full-sized Oscar and seven dwarf-sized ones as
well? Answer now!
Jeff Suchard: Frank Capra?
Dan Avila: Michael Jackson.
Jason Hernandez: Disney.
Jeff Suchard: This is Match Game, right?
Jason Hernandez: Walter Disney
Joe Van Ginkel: Amy Jo Johnson!
Gordon Pepper: If it's Millionaire, the answer is Disney. If it's Match Game,
the answer is Michael Jackson.
Chico Alexander: Jason's right.
Jason Hernandez: A $200 I got right this time!!!
Dan Avila: yayayay
Jason Hernandez: ....and there was much rejoicing!
Jason H: ROFL....
Chico: There was. Jason couldn't stop talking about it.
Jason H: That joke is never gonna get old, is it? :-p
Jason B: Heck no
Gordon: (fast forward)
Chico: Too much fun.
Jason H: Hey, I'm not just any idiot. :-D
Gordon Pepper: 8) On a recent On The Cover, million dollar winner Tim
Hsieh was matched up against Winning Lines $500,000 winner Cathering Rahm. If
you were back on Jeopardy with your choice of contestants. who would they be?
Jason H: *thumbs up*
Jeff Suchard: Two stupid people Gordon Pepper: And would hair guy be one of
Dan Avila: You mean anyone?
Gordon Pepper: anyone
Jeff Suchard: Steven Hawking and Paris Hilton - those would be my choices
Dan Avila: Other than llamas from BAM?
Gordon Pepper: Anyone, including llamas
Chico Alexander: And llama mamas.
Dan Avila: I'd like to try my brother Ernie and maybe Jeff...but I want to be
sure and win...so I'll take Emma Suchard.
Jeff Suchard: I believe he is referring to my younger daughter, who doesn't even
Dan Avila: The other one is too smart, she would make me laugh with her mock
seriousness...actually, I'd like to play Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings if this
was a dream match.
Gordon: Dan Avila was the guest that was hysterical throughout the whole show -
and he was very honest with the whole show.
Jason B: Dan rules, plain and simple.
Chico: He does.
Gordon: Unfortunately, he also said this....
Gordon: Topic #3 - Let's say that Ken gets destroyed in the Finals. Who is
the person that beats him? You MUST give a specific person and prepare to defend
Dan Avila: I'll go with my bud Leszek.
Jeff Suchard: Yeah.
Dan Avila: He tapes on the 8th of February.
Gordon Pepper: Any why would Leszek defeat Ken?
Dan Avila: He will be battle hardened by the time he reaches KJ. He will have
fought his way through the entire field. Plus, he just knows a lot. Some players
are just sitting there with byes and will face players who have gotten the
buzzer feel back. Leszek is in fighting form. I will be there at the taping to
make sure no funny stuff goes on. I will be the cut man in his corner.
Chico Alexander: It's trivia. You either know it or you don't.
Dan Avila: He is practicing with his ball point pen.
Chico Alexander: And you can't practice with a ball point. the buzzer isn't the
Dan Avila: hey.....he was my Phone-A-Friend.
James Dinan: I would hope so, with so much money on the line, all players should
be taking it seriously
Joe: Gee. Ya think he was right?
Jason B: Sounds like my NCAA Bracket from last week...(ripppppppp)
Jason H: Sounds like Bucknell (BUCKNELL!!!?!) beating Kansas
Gordon: And Id like to point out that both me AND Joe awarded the point
Joe: No kiddin'.
Gordon: Which by the way, ended in a 3-3 draw.
Joe: Yep. None of us knew what was to come.
Gordon: Will we get another draw today?
Chico: We'll find out in a bit but first, a quickie round of Roleplay. We're
back after this and I have no idea.
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