December 3, 2005
Chico: Makes a great gift.
Gordon: I'd buy it. Anyways, we are back, and it's time for a game that makes
you think. It's time for Vs!
Chico: What's on the docket today?
Gordon: As we all know, in current events, we've had rumors of hosts leaving
their show. This Vs. is about that, as we ask you - Does the host run the show
or does the show run the host?
Chico: Bring it on, yo.
Gordon: First up, we'll start with
Gordon: Would the show run as well without Alex Trebek?
Jason: It has. So I would say yes.
Bill: As long as his replacement didn't actively ruin it.
Chico: I'd say it could, yeah. After all, people associated it with Arthur
Fleming back in the day, and Alex shut them up about it.
Bill: But Alex's work is subtle, and while it could be duplicated, it also
wouldn't take much to screw it up.
Gordon: Sounds good - Next one -
The Price Is Right.
Gordon: It's gone good without him (Tom Kennedy) and Not so good (Doug Davidson)
Jason: This one I have to say no. The game is so associated with him...I don't
think it would survive one year without him.
Bill: I agree. The producers need to think about Animatronicizing him.
Chico: I don't - it could work if you got the right host. After all, people
thought that Bob was no Bill Cullen by any stretch.
Gordon: Sounds good. We go to the Reality World for the Next one -
Gordon: Let's chat about Jeff Probst. Will the game really be the same with his
Chico: That... might be a touch-and-go spot. After all, Probst has the
antagonizing factor. He is as much a part of the game as anyone else.
Jason: No. Survivor wont survive.
Gordon: What about the other Burnett creation -
Gordon: We talk about how the Donald has lost his luster, but the prospective
replacements (Marc Cuban, Kathy Hilton, Tommy Hilfiger, Martha Stewart, etc.)
have been less than inspiring. Is the real reason behind the Apprentice's
success The Donald?
Jason: Partially yes,
Chico: Yep. Donald Trump is the show. That's it. Plain and simple.
Gordon: So if he leaves, the show declines?
Jason: See: Martha Stewart.
Gordon: Very well. Next up -
Wheel of Fortune
Gordon: Can the Wheel survive without Pat and/or Vanna?
Jason: Two words: Rolf Benirschke.
Gordon: Bob Goen didn't float your boat either?
Chico: Actually, he could swing it, but CBS was producing on the cheap.
Gordon: Here's a toughie -
Gordon: Could you see the show running without any of its parts?
Chico: Nope. Neither can Fox, as it understands that all four components need to
be there for it to work.
Jason: No. Simon is the cog that runs the show. So is Ryan Seacrest.
Gordon: I think you need them all there as balance.
Chico: Fair enough.
Gordon: What about...
The Biggest Loser
Gordon: Can you ditch Caroline Rhea?
Chico: I think you can. Actually. I think I'd like to.
Jason: Yes. That show can have it's host replaced.
Gordon: What about life without Joe Rogan for...
Chico: No chance. It's on wobbly legs as it is already.
Jason: Rogan makes Fear Factor.
Gordon: I agree Rogan is a great fit to Fear Factor can you say the same for...
Jason: The Feud host can be replaced. Karn is good, not great.
Gordon: Final one -
Millionaire - Meredith Vieira.
Gordon: I think Meredith is a better fit than Regis.
Chico: You can... but it'd be hard. On the other hand... Regis. Tarrant. Jason
that one time on Rosie O's show.
Jason: Nope. Vieira fits well...IMHO, better than Regis...except me :)...And
Chico: No prob.
Gordon: AwwwwBarf. On that note of love, we'll break - and get to THE BIG FINISH
- right after this!
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Brian: Go, Bill, Go!
Gordon: Not much time left - let's go to THE BIG FINISH. Survivor - Stephanie
can't win this, can she?
Chico: She can now that Gary's out of the picture.
Brian: Yes she can win!
Gordon: But Can They Sing - Carmine can't win this....can he?
Chico: He has the few votes he needs. He could take this... Or Morgan can upset
him. It's between him and and her at this juncture.
Jason: Morgan will win.
Gordon: The Apprentice - Stewart - Jim can't win this, can he?
Chico: No longer care. Now if you were to say "Apprentice: Donald... Randal..."
Then I'd care.
Gordon: Well Then...The Apprentice - Season 6 will be in LA. Will that make a
difference? And who wins this version?
Chico: Randal will win this one. There will be no difference in anything so long
as the game structure remains constant.. That is help out "Sponsor of the week".
Gordon: Speaking of sponsors, do we have any mail?
Chico: One mail. Our good friend, John Lee.
From: John Lee
Hey guys, I watched the 12-9-04 episode of Millionaire (which Chico wrote the
review for, since I saw it on the site at the time). On the $50K question about
the 12 Days Of Christmas (and how many total gifts were given in total over the
12 days), Chico puts down that the secret is to count "Triangular Numbers." What
are "Triangular Numbers"? Also, just like Clark Thiemann (the contestant who got
that question), I thought it was 78 (even though the correct answer was 364).
Jason: ah...a math question :)
Chico: Well, John, it's simple here. Triangular numbers are numbers such as 1,
3, 6, 10, 15, that when so arranged form a triangle, just as square numbers so
arranged form a square. In this case, you have to add the first 12 consecutive
triangular numbers to get the answer. Do this, and I promise you you will get
364. The Chairman promises this. 1 + (1 + 2) + (1 + 2 + 3) + (1 + 2 + 3 + 4)...
So on and so forth. Try it for yourselves at home! Wow. Square One flashback.
Jason: Nice lesson.
Chico: ObGameShows: They had the bombass games on that show. And if anyone else
needs help with their math homework, you know where to reach us. WLTI@gameshownewsnet.com
Gordon: That wraps it up for this one. Special thanks to Bill MacDonald for
helping us out on our show.
Bill: I loved it, all of you, and I love WLTI. Thanks for having me on.
Jason: Thanks Bill. Don't be a stranger.
Chico: Anytime, man...Nothing left to do except thank Jason Block and Brian
Moore. BIG thanks to Bill MacDonald. Crypticsmonthly.com is the site. Go check
Gordon: So for everyone and Chico, this is Gordon, saying GAME OVER!
Jason: And Spread the love.
Brian: That's all, folks!
Chico: Peace out.