November 1, 2004
Gordon: This is Gordon
Pepper, and if this was the baseball playoffs, we'd have
the Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, and.... since there's no
baseball team, what's your affiliation, Chico?
Chico: Red Sox, baby!!!
Joe: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Haha!
Ryan: Go Sox!
Gordon: You doing that just to make the Boston populace
Ryan: I might be... seeing as how my lovely expos are no
more (enjoy, DC!)
Chico: Damn right. There's the yankees. Someone's gotta
balace them out. I'm Chico Alexander, and from somewhere
in America, the scariest game show talk show on the
web... is on! Once again, the great bambino Joe Van
Ginkel and the great white hope from the great white
north, Ryan Vickers, kind enough to join us :)
Ryan: Thanks for that :)
Chico: Joe's dressed as the Game Show Man,
and Ryan, I have a feeling I know, but who are you?
Gordon: What are you dressed up as, Chico?
Chico: The Iron Chef, of course! You?
Gordon: The biggest bottle of Haterade I know - Simon
Chico: Coffee, man... Coffee.
Gordon: So besides Boston Red Sox fans, who else is
happy? Ken Jennings, as he tips the 2 million dollar
mark and is within shouting distance of the most amount
of money ever won on a game show, the record held by
Ryan: You know, Energizer Batteries really has a good
marketing tool in him...
Gordon: What would happen if you opened up Ken's head
and found nothing but a spinning Energizer battery?
Ryan: I'd say Duracell would be pretty peeved...
Gordon: It's another shiny thing that spins!
Chico: Dude.. Rayovac :)
Ryan: Ah yes, but does he have 1.4 million points of
light? Isn't that Wheel's new marketing tool?
Chico: Apparently so, if they have to go on the
Jeopardy! set to market it.
Gordon: Could there be anything more annoying than that?
Chico: Lights... AND sound! "I can't think! This
background music is driving me crazy!"
Ryan: "Gosh, so I made how much money for every beat?"
Chico: I think it's like a half-step up for every $3000
you win or something.
Chico: But this hasn't happened yet, so let's just hope
that Sony execs aren't reading this... But in any case,
anyone notice that Kenny's beginning to stop with the
kid games all of a sudden?
Ryan: You'd got to think that mentally he's got to be
wearing down a little bit...
Chico: Well from the way he's playing, you'd think
otherwise. I mean, he's got some strong talent up
against him, and he knows this. Just last Tuesday, he
only bet enough to win. Seems like his clockwork brain
is becoming sharper than ever.
Gordon: Kenny's getting pushed right now - as November
sweeps are coming, he's starting to hit tougher
Ryan: Yes sir.
Chico: He's thinking "Okay, these guys are getting to be
too much. I've got to make a move NOW." It's like a cat
playing with a mouse before he eats it.
Gordon: One of the things that I noticed from Ken is
that sometimes he plays and thinks to the level of his
Ryan: As in he tries to make a game of it if they are
weaker opponents, thus he holds off?
Gordon: Well, if he thinks he has the game won, he won't
bet as much and in the words of Jeff Suchard, he'll
start making jokes and make mistakes as well.
Ryan: And possibly that's what might do him in?
Chico: One day he has a challenger that's simply too
good even for him. Someone that plays to his brain and
eventually becomes the dog to Ken's cat.
Joe: I really think someone is going to have to step up
to wipe him out.
Gordon: I think it's going to be a combo, sort of what
Jeff did. I think someone will come out of nowhere in
Double Jeopardy and because Ken was too busy having fun
and not closing the opponent out, he will be forced to
Jeopardy right, and mess it up.
Chico: "And we have a new champion!"
Ryan: I don't know if this has been entertained, but do
you think he would ever just simply retire?
Gordon: I don't think SONY would let him retire - lol.
Gordon: You're making $30,000 a show. If you tape 4-5
shows on any given day, that's over $100,000 a day.
Would you retire from that?
Joe: Indeed. Hard to walk away from all that money..
Ryan: Yeah, you make a good point Gordon :)
Chico: "Honey? Honey? Yeah, they want me to play about
16 more months worth of games."
Gordon: We could have a situation where there may be
less than 15 champions in this season - then what?
Joe: Then they have problems.
Ryan: "And as a new champion, you've AUTOMATICALLY
qualified for next ToC..."
Ryan: wait... I'm having a thought... they're looking
for former champs on jeopardy.com - maybe there will
just be another M$M tourney, but no tourney of champs
Chico: Could be a possibility.
Joe: If they ARE looking for ex-champs, hopefully
they're looking for GOOD champs instead of just
Ryan: This is true.
Chico: I betcha Ken's an unlockable in the next edition
of Jeopardy!, which reminds me, you remember home games,
right? Remember what a blast those used to be?
Joe: Many of them still are.
Ryan: Indeed! Just the other day I saw "I'm Telling" at
the bargain shop for $2, lol.
Joe: WHOO! I remember that game. I used to play it with
the neighbors all the time.
Ryan: If anyone wants it, let me know...
Joe: ME! ME! ME!
Chico: Well, thinking about the great home games that
ever were, one can't help but wonder which ones should
be brought back. Going into *fanfare* today's Big Board.
The subject: The Big Board... Games. With the reissue of
Trump the game and the release of the Family Feud DVD
game, one can't help but wonder which box game they'd
like to see next.
Joe: Sale of the Century? ;P
Gordon: You have to bring back Sale of the Century, if
nothing else buy the Quizzard gadget.
Chico: You know, those buzzer systems are pretty cheap
nowadays aren't they?
Ryan: Depends on what buzzer system you want to get...
the one we got for school was $300 US, but I've seen
cheaper ones called "Eggheads" (or similar) for $60
Chico: That's only $45 here. The price of a reasonably
Gordon: Where can you get a buzzer system?
Chico: Your best bet is to just look on the web.
Ryan: I've got a few links here and there... we found
ours on the web... Jeopardy style system, kids love it.
Joe: There's actually a device called Classroom Jeopardy
(and its home version, Host Your Own Jeopardy!) that can
turn your TV into a Jeopardy home game.
Ryan: It's HORRIDLY expensive though.
Joe: But it's probably worth it. It even includes buzzer
remotes patterned after the handgrip buzzers used on the
Gordon: What other buzzer games are worth to see again?
Chico: I know the 25th ann'y of one of my favorite
quizzers is coming (that, of course, being
Blockbusters). Endless, are you listening?
Joe: WHOOOO Blockbusters! Cullen or Rafferty?
Gordon: Let's have the Cullen version of Blockbusters,
simply so we can have the funky music back.
Ryan: Simple to make as well...
Joe: Actually, Gordon, both themes were really cool,
Gordon: They were, but the Cullen one was better.
Ryan: I would love a blockbusters game!
Joe: A Blockbusters game would be supremely cool.
Gordon: Going back to Board Games, Bring back
Concentration - and the cool puzzles and board
Chico: That could work as a DVD game.
Ryan: The roll-o-matic.
Ryan: puzzle board, that is.
Joe: Endless has done TWO Concentration home games. It
would be nice to see them add the Car Game from Classic
Concentration, since they ARE using the CC rules. Heck,
I've even got a cheap way for them to do it.
Ryan: That'd be hard to moderate though?
Joe: Not really.
Ryan: Explain, please :)
Ryan: I'm curious!
Joe: Simple deck of cards and a stop watch.
Joe: Dirt simple.
Ryan: Ah, yes, well done :)
Gordon: What about the Family Feud game, with the funky
stand that you have to set up all by yourself?
Joe: The Milton Bradley and Pressman versions, which are
basically identical, beat the Endless versions hands
Chico: I just eliminate the card board backing
altogether. OR you could just get the DVD game that they
air on the show, bringing us to Monday's episode... Now
THAT's a segue-way!
Ryan: No, no, Segway WASN'T the sponsor, lol :)
Chico: Points to Ryan!
Ryan: Tthank you! (bows)
Joe: *plays the FF bank win bells*
Ryan: (jumps up and down)
Chico: Monday's show featured Pizza Hut as the corporate
sponsor, which wouldn't be really that bad, EXCEPT,
there's an except here... That pizza figured heavily
into the Fast Money round.
Joe: Ain't that illegal?
Chico: No, but it's just annoying.
Ryan: I'll agree for the square.
Chico: Brings up the question: when does product
placement become a problem?
Gordon: I like the theme, but I agree with Chico in that
the questions skewered the bonus round.
Ryan: I'm still waiting for J! to sponsor the daily
Chico: What would happen if Burger King sponsored a
reward challenge and one of the castaways happened to be
Joe: Definitely. When the products become part of the
game, then you've got an infomercial.
Chico: Wouldn't that skew the outcome just a tad?
Gordon: Remember Survivor 2? Reward - Chickens.
Vegetarian - Kimmi. She could be scarred by KFC for
Ryan: Yikes - we do chicken wrong?
Chico: Or Boston Market!!! Wooo!
Joe: Or if you like here in California, El Pollo Loco.
Ryan: As an aside, I'm proud to say that I was on the
last episode of Wheel where the jackpot was UNSPONSORED...
Chico: Kimmi was just a victim of circumstance.
Ryan: Remember that game where they had to eat things
off of the spinning wheel in that series? One person was
yelling "Big Bucks, No Whammies!" - best quote of the
Chico: That was classic.
Ryan: Kimmi didn't really blend with the others
Joe: Shouldn't that have been "Big Fish - No Sharks?" ;P
Gordon: big eggs - no chickens!
Joe: Vegans give me gas.
Ryan: ROTFLMAO!!! Literally.
Gordon: Ironically, Tina, who blew the challenge for her
team, won the game.
Ryan: I think something like the NetZero clock on Dog
Eat Dog is okay, but that's about it... remember the
sponsored clock on American Glads?
Joe: Indeed. Armitron.
Chico: Only by Armitron, the official time keepers of
Joe: BTW, American Gladiators > Extreme Dodgeball.
Chico: But that's like Timex or Omega on the Olympics.
Ryan: I want a pool table for Dan!!!
Joe: I want some Amy Jo Johnson for Christmas.
Chico: I'd like a DS :)
Joe: WHOO! All they need for that is a version of
Punch-Out, and they're set.
Ryan: A $ale revival for me!
(Music - "For the Love of
Money" by the O'Jays)
Gordon: That's a show that has corporate sponsors play prominently on each
episode. This week, it was the Donny Deutsch Agency to get the spotlight - and
it was Elizabeth to be shown the door. Was she that bad that the Donald didn't
even need to get a mini-board room meeting?
Chico: Yes yes yes, a thousand times, yes.
Ryan: Hard to argue with that :)
Chico: It's all about the love. If you don't have that, what do you have?
Gordon: Ironically, she was very good in the first episode, but once she
failed as the PM, she lost all confidence in herself.
Ryan: It's hard to keep your spirits up after that...
Gordon: yep - and her second guessing herself - and everyone else - cost her.
Joe: Bad news, man.
Chico: Should've just stuck to your guns. Amazing thing, though. It seems
like everyone who's gotten fired has been playing this as a game. Don't get me
wrong, it is, essentially, but it's a game in which the rules only cater to
singulars. Play as a team, and that's when you start having troubles.
Ryan: Yeah, but if your team doesn't win, you're screwed, aren't you?
Gordon: The Apprentice is not an alliance making game, which separates it
Chico: Depends on what you did.
Gordon: If you bring in people to the Board Room based on alliances, and the
Donald knows it, you're going to be eliminated rather quickly. As for
Survivor, John Kenney attempts an early coup - and ironically gets stuffed by
people he could have gotten the coup with. What happened?
Chico: Pulled a BB5 Mike basically. Found himself out in the cold and
started to make a rally to save his behind. Didn't work.
Gordon: Was he better trying to get back in with the guys instead of going
Chico: Probably. Speaking of increasingly hostile. Is it me or is Ami
becoming just a tad bit annoying?
Gordon: She's becoming warrior-like. She is playing to be a leader, which is
good - but that might cost her down the line if she is seen as a threat.
Chico: You mean she's not seen as a threat now?
Joe: She easily could be. I certainly might.
Gordon: She was a sideshow attraction before - she's turning into the main
Chico: Yeah, but you know, she can't go all the way playing that card all
the time. It didn't work before.
Gordon: It could - but not in Survivor, where the meek usually win the game
Ryan: Example: Sandra, Pearl Islands.
Chico: She was playing radar, basically, though.
Gordon: Only two people who were 'leaders' have won this game - Rich in S1
and Brian in S5. Everyone else was either a subsectional person or completely
played under the radar and just made sure that they weren't the person voted
Chico: So there you go. There's a one in four chance of the warrior within
playing to win. Heh. I made a funnie. And now... I will make commercials! Haha!
Gordon: We'll be taking a break now - but coming up, 20 questions with Chico
and I reprise my role as the good doctor.
Ryan: Doctor, doctor... please help us!
Chico: Gordon? Good doctor? I don't believe I've heard those two in the same
Joe: Shows how much faith Chico has in Gordon.
Gordon: He shouldn't. I am wearing my Simon Cowell, outfit, remember? BWA HA
HA HA HA HAAAAAAA!!!
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