April 4, 2005
Chico: Okay, everybody now... *singing* Take me out to the
game show.... Take me out to the crowd....
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Ryan: Buy me some dalmatians and cheap furniture...
Chico: Hey everybody, I'm Chico Alexander, and from
somewhere in America, the opening day edition of WLTI... is on!
Ryan: What? no dalmatians for
Gordon: lol - This is Gordon Pepper - and we're wild about baseball... unless
you're a New York Mets Fan.
Joe: "Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel here. I'm an Angels fan. AND a fight fan
too, and The Ultimate Fighter finale is tonight.
Ryan: I'm Ryan Vickers, where in Toronto the Blue Jays'
stadium is no longer the Skydome, but the Rogers Centre - but I think I'll call
it the "Cable Box".
Chico: The Cable Box?
Ryan: Yeah, because the Rogers Centre doesn't have the ring
Ryan: And someone mentioned it on the radio so I think I'll
go with it :-)
Chico: And on deck from the home of the Mariners, Rob
Rob: Blech the Mariners. The West
Coast's Answer to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Gordon: They were in the ALCS only a few years ago.
Rob: Note, a few years ago.
Ryan: Yeah, and I miss my expos :-)
Rob: I miss your expos.
Gordon: We also have a special guest joining us - my sister, Bonnie!
Chico: From the home of the Mets. Say hi, Bonnie...
Rob: Meet the Mets.
Ryan: Hey Bonnie!
Rob: Hi Bonnie.
Gordon: Bonnie will be helping us start the show. Who is your favorite American
Idol singer, Bonnie?
Bonnie: Hmm... can I put in a disclaimer that I have
slowly become disillusioned with all of them?
Bonnie: But I think Bo has the best potential.
Chico: Wow... disillusioned with all of them...
Bonnie: It seems to be a cheese fest.
Joe: So am I, Bonnie. Hey, I like that answer. I was
rooting for Amanda Avila.
Chico: Well, I'm going to have to agree with that.
Especially since my favorite left this week.
Gordon: Nikko Smith left, and although he wasn't my favorite, I did like him.
Chico: Nikko Smith, son of baseball legend Ozzie Smith.
Bonnie: I liked him too.
Chico: Continuing with the theme.
Joe: I think we're all in shock that Scott Savol hung on, aren't we?
Chico: Shock wasn't the word I was thinking of.
Joe: So I gathered.
Bonnie: I'm not a big fan of him, he doesn't have
much of a personality, or a voice for that matter.
Rob: Especially after our favorite party poopers,
TheSmokingGun.com found out some huge dirt.
Chico: He had a backstory, which brings up...
yeah, that, Rob.
Bonnie: That should not preclude him from competition as he sought treatment,
which is good in terms of a role-model stand point.
Chico: So that brings up a question... Do people factor in
background when they vote?
Gordon: I definitely think they do.
Rob: Sure, why not.
Joe: I dunno.
Gordon: Thats what gives people a personality and
would give the audience a chance to relate or vote for them.
Chico: The sole dissenter in Joe. Care to explain?
Joe: I'm not really dissenting here. I'm just not sure. Besides, if they really
voted on background, Savol would probably be out.
Gordon: Well, you have to remember that you're not voting for who should be out
- you are voting for who should stay. What do you think, Bonnie?
Bonnie: Hmm...I guess I have mixed feelings, like I said before I think in some
ways b/c he sought treatment that actually shows that he does not think his
behavior was acceptable, but I don't think in general society thinks that what
he did was out of the norm, so I don't think it will effect him, I will spare
you my view of society...
Chico: That's cool. I spare my view, and I'm quite the
bastard about it. Anyway, there was one more... key element in play, Gordon..
Gordon: We talking Chaos Theory, Chico?
Chico: We talking Chaos Theory, that tricky Charlie Numb3rs
Gordon: It's evident that the chaos theory is in full swing this past week. All
of the R& B voters who rushed to save Nadia and Anwar forgot all about Nikko and
Vonzell, which is why they are at the bottom. Scott also had an R&B base, so
that's why he joined them (and I'm sure his press didn't help).
Gordon: So for this week's Chaos lesson, we look to next week.
Chico: Sure bets, barring performance: Anwar and Vonzell,
Gordon: You are correct, Chico.
Chico: Thanks, Ed :-)
Gordon: We'll look at 2 patterns. Everyone will be voting to keep them safe, so
now the pendulum swings the other way - to the only other R& B person who was
safe - Nadia. The thing that will help her - with Nikko eliminated, all 3 of
them will probably get chunks of those votes.
Chico: Scott'll be inundated with votes as well, narrowly
averting danger, leaving the other only pure popper... Anthony.
Gordon: We now go to the second part - the audience is more than welcome to
answer this. What do we have way too much of now?
Chico: Actually, too many people that
Gordon: That too, but genre-wise.
Chico: Soulsters? There are three of
nine of the remaining contestants.
Gordon: We have too many WHITE BOYS!
Chico: I stand corrected.
Gordon: 8 people left. 4 of them white males. One of them has to go.
Rob: Savol will get booted this week.
Joe: Constantine AND Bo, Bonnie.
Bonnie: No, I like Bo.
Gordon: Bonnie likes Bo, Joe - lol
Joe: I don't, Bonnie. Rob, Scott probably should have been booted THIS week.
Chico: Let's look at those four: Constantine is a crossover
rocker. Bo is a solid rocker. Scott is "White Ruben" as Quisla says, and Anthony
is Clay Aiken incarnate.
Gordon: lol... I think Bo and Constantine are both safe.
Chico: No doubt.
Gordon: Bo has a huge rocker base and Constantine draws both from Rock and Pop.
I think Savol and Anthony are in a world of hurt.
Chico: So Constantine will always have a big bank of votes
to draw upon.
Bonnie: Constantine is not a rocker, he just has long hair.
Gordon: And what hurts Anthony even more is that Scott's fans KNOW that he is in
trouble. So with himself being in the chaos theory cross-hairs and with no votes
coming to him from the departed Nikko, unless Anthony sings lights out and sways
fans that way, he's in deep trouble.
Bonnie: I agree.
Joe: That's my line....
Gordon: So we move from predicting a loser to watching a team of losers get
dissolved. U-Long...is no more.
Chico: *lights a candle*.
Joe: So long, Ulong. Or is that U-Suck?
Chico: U-went too far with the joke here.
Ryan: U-haul them all out of here.
Chico: So now that Stephenie is an army of one, what
Rob: Well, the bad news for Stephenie is that she is out
next week. The good news is this. She has at least made the final 9 and will
make the Jury.
Gordon: Im not sure that she's leaving, Rob.
Chico: Me netiher...
Gordon: If you remember on the last episode, Tom even said
that Stephanie was part of his secret plan, so I doubt she's going to be the
first one to leave.
Rob: The odds of her surviving this
week is pretty bleak, and if she doesn't win Immunity, she won't win.
Gordon: I think Tom has more fish to fry before eliminating
Stephanie - like a Coby fish and a Janu fish.
Chico: I think Janu has dead weight written all over her.
Gordon: I think Stephenie won't win - but I don't think she's leaving this week.
If she isn't leaving - who is?
Chico: I stay with Janu.
Gordon: Just to be different, and since he's on the same block, I'll pick Coby
=) So we move on to Survivor Alumni Rob and Amber as
they are just chopping up the field in Amazing Race. Are you all convinced that
they are the best team ever?
Rob: ok. Now for AR, yes I am.
Chico: As much as it pains me to say, yes I do.
Gordon: I agree with Rob - this team has just wrote
the new rulebook on how to play this game.
Rob: They are using what they already have, their 15
minutes of fame to their advantage. Plus they are masters of manipulation.
Ryan: I don't think so. They've made some mistakes off the
top... and I still say they come at it from a radically different perspective,
having both done Survivor twice before.
Gordon: True - but I guarantee you that future teams will be using tips and
strategies that they have come up with, and that makes them one of the best
teams ever in my book.
Ryan: It wouldn't surprise me if they changed the penalty
on the roadblock rule, for example, for future editions.
Chico: Like how?
Ryan: Make it a stiffer penalty?
Gordon: I dont think it would have mattered - Rob convinced other teams to take
the penalty as well, which ensured them that they would be around for the leg.
Chico: That's right.
Gordon: Whats fun this season is to see what Amber and Rob will do next.
Chico: While we're talking about them, you know we can't
forget their main adversaries... which would be everyone else, but MAINLY Lynn &
Alex. Do you agree with their statement that they are decent players, only
Ryan: I don't know, I'm starting
to enjoy the adventures of Meredith + Gretchen, whom I'm sure we all picked to
go the way of the wind earlier. Lynn and Alex are starting to drive me nutty...
they're really starting to be portrayed as annoying, I think.
Rob: They are annoying.
Chico: Starting? Heh.
Rob: Nails on a chalkboard are less annoying.
Ryan: Hey! Don't say that to a teacher - that sound gives
me a chill.
Gordon: I think they are 'decent' players - but decent isn't going to give you
Chico: But arte they sneaky?
Gordon: I haven't seen it yet. Maybe the editors sneakily edited it out.
Chico: Well, CBS does have the best editors Viacom money
Ryan: Sneaky... everyone is sneaky.
Rob: In a way.
Chico: I dont think Meredith & Gretchen
are THAT sneaky... They've played straight all the
way, I thought.
Gordon: I agree.
Chico: And that's why they're in trouble.
Ryan: Will they ever be able to get their backpacks back?
Maybe if they win a leg?
Chico: I have absolutely no idea...
Rob: I wonder what will happen if they lose another non-elim
leg aka come in last.
Ryan: Such is life I suppose?
Chico: I suppose.
Gordon: Maybe they have to turn in all their clothes!
Ryan: I don't know about that...
Chico: See, I was thinking that, but I didnt want to
Gordon: Sure - make me say it - get me in trouble with Jason Elliott again.
Chico: Hey, who's forking over the money for the site
again? Oh yeah, me. =p If anything, you'll get in
trouble with me. But we'll talk LATER about that.
Gordon: Fine - I'll be the scapegoat. Baaaaaaa.
Ryan: Oh dear.
Gordon: Getting back to business, there were no scapegoats in Jeopardy, as we
continued the KenJen tournament.
Chico: We're down to the wire in round 1.
Ryan: And we're almost at round two, correct?
Gordon: There was, however, a lot of emotion and a lot of close games.
Ryan: Sorry, it was report card week, haven't been
Gordon: What was the better moment - the almost win of Michael Braun or the Paul
Gutowski primordial scream win?
Joe: Did that scream come from his Gutowski?
Chico: Wow. Close call. I'd say
Rob: Yeah, the Gutowski scream gets the nod.
Chico: But Michael's close win was a close second.
Would've been interesting to see someone as young as Michael
against the vets in round 2.
Rob: However, I didn't like the $91 wager that Michael
Chico: What was up with that?
Rob: He knew he was in third and had to make a big bet.
Chico: He HAD to have forgotten to write the two zeroes.
The only explanation that makes sense AND got it right. The
Final Jeopardy! involved the secretary of Education, while Michael thought it
was "HUD". So he had to have gotten it right AND bet everything. Like we always
say, you play to win.
Gordon: I thought Gutowski was great - should make him a crowd favorite for the
next round. I also think you'll see a lot more emotion from the players as we
get deeper into the tournament
Ryan: I'm quite happy that Lan Djang won though :-)
Gordon: The Canadians Live!
Chico: I'm happy that April won, myself... She was a trip.
Ryan: That makes I believe, 3 for 5 kids - Daunt, Slaven
and Djang won...
Gordon: Yep - the kiddies are coming! And the youth has spread to Nashville
Star, which has come into controversy of their own.
Chico: *sung to Handel's Hallelujah Chorus* Controversy,
Gordon: A few weeks ago, Justin David was perceived VERY negatively by saying
that he hasn't brought his 'A' game to the competition - and he blamed the
editing for that. I shrugged it off, but then Tamika Tyler called a prayer
meeting that was perceived by some as an attack against fellow contestant Erika
Jo - and she got booted.
Chico: And A plus B equals...
Ryan: Ooh! Ooh! The derivative of 2x^3!
Chico: That would be 6x^2... but not it.
Gordon: After the booting, Tamika lashed out at the producers for editing it in
a way that perceived her as going after Erica - when she was actually one of the
people supporting her. Is too much being determined by editing instead of
Chico: Almost like the producers know about the trends of
the audience... and are choosing a winner? Holy cannoli!
Gordon: Idol tried to do that last season by profiling Fantasia Barrino's kid -
and the audience responded by almost booting her.
Chico: They already got themselves into hot water over
having two winners who were of an unmarketable demographic. I mean, why else
would they let kiddies on.
Joe: I'm sorry...did you just say "the fix is in?"
Chico: To quote Tom Hornikel... Nashville Star, for all its
intents and purposes... quite possibly... may be.... rrrrrRRRRRRRIGGED!
Gordon: You don't think the editors would MANIPULATE the audience into picking
the next Nashville Star, do you?
Chico: And people wonder why I don't take the show
Joe: Same reason I don't: it sucks.
Gordon: I don't think it's rigged, per se - I think they are trying to make the
show more interesting by making the audience youthful and adding Cletus T. Judd
and drama to make it more of a reality/talent show. The problem is that the
changes...aren't working. It's not making it interesting, and if anything, it's
compromising the fairness of the show.
Chico: How is THAT making this show more interesting?
Rob: Ill sum it up.
Chico: Please do, Rob.
Rob: Reality shows on USA: teh suck. They can't make a good
reality show. That's all there is to it.
Gordon: Combat Missions ruled
Rob: I never was convinced to watch Combat Missions when I
saw it first.
Gordon: Very underrated fun show.
Rob: I just couldn't get into the show, but then again I
was 14 at the time.
Chico: Combat Missions I'll give'em. Anywho, back to my
comment... Have you once heard the NS/SS producers talk about how fair the
Gordon: I think that Idol has the ratings, so they have to defend themselves -
which I think they do, nicely. If Nashville Star isn't careful, they may have to
answer to those allegations - and they won't nearly have as much of a good
defense. The Star Search judges have come out to say that they were biased - I
don't think the producers have much of a defense after hearing that.
Chico: And you never hear them talking about the fairness
of the show, defending it and all, something that Idol has done countless times
in the past.
Gordon: What also killed Star Search when the judges
admitted that they used their bias to keep people in the circle.
Chico: Well, at least they were never caricaturized (ahemPaulaahem).
Gordon: You even had Arsenio telling the judges that they have to base their
opinions on that one performance, and once it was evident that none of the
people competing to be in the circle (especially the adult singers) were going
to be seriously threatened, the ratings went bye-bye.
Chico: Which is a shame, really, because there was a friend
of mine, Whitney Hollar (HEY GIRRRRL! heh), who wanted to be on the show.
Gordon: BTW - A few of those singers who couldn't get into the Winner's Circle
included one Mr. Judd, one Nadia Turner and one Amanda Avila - sound familiar?
Chico: Oh yeah. And so we've come full circle in act 1 :-)
Gordon: Seems to be a good breaking point.
Joe: Clean Break!
Gordon: When we come back, we look at GSN's new schedule and give presents
Chico: Is it Worm Day?
Gordon: Dont squirm out yet - we'll be right back.
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