All I know is the check game and the bullseye game BLEW. Plinko and the Dice games were great, but I lived for the showcases at the end...I only saw like two or three contestants in my whole childhood get both showcases(you had to come within $100). Needless to say, those were HUGE markout moments.
"I'm more confused than Scott Hall in a parking lot" - Joshua Grut
Love TPIR. I always liked the game where you had the car, some smaller prize or money and you had to use each number 0-9. Hillarious if someone got stuck with less than $9.
I was in Vega$ when they filmed that episode a few weeks back and thank god I wasn't at the Rio where they did it. We had been there for a seminar the day before, but the next day they had about 9,000 people there for about 900 seats. Fights broke out in line and people just lost their minds. It was all over the local news stations there.
I'll be watching.
drew2 - who always liked Holly (The red-headed one, I think)
I think they changed both Showcases to within $1000 instead of $100. Can you tell I was unemployed for a while recently?
I was all about the old-school Barker's beauty. I don't care if Holly, Diane, and the-other-blond-one-who's-name-I-forget (I think she might have been the one that sued Bob) are 98 years old, they're the ones I want to see damn it! I don't think any of them are left. Maybe the lovely Holly. The lovely Kathleen I think is still on also, and while not as old school as the other three, is still OK with me.
I couldn't believe how dumb some of those people are when it comes to the "get on stage game." I used to always yell at those people who would bid $25 less than someone else and other stupid shit like that. I mean, I never had any idea what the prices were, but couldn't they figure out (like in the picture above) how to have the best shot?
My favorite old-school P.I.R. moment was when Bob made the ladies reach into his pocket to get the $100 bill for hitting the opening bid right on the money (ding ding ding). The only thing that rivals it is the old Family Feud's host molesting the middle-aged housewives right in front of their husbands (let me shake your hand Joe, now that I've just made out with your wife on national TV...). If only Louis Anderson would do that!
Farooq is the man so hit your knees and start praying!
The best capper to TPiR was "Golden Road". It didn't have much of a gimmick but it was worth so much it was a showcase unto itself.
I liked "Penny Ante"; not only were the lights and sound effects utterly 70's (fitting the show itself), but near the end the machine was so run-down that various parts would open up and reveal themselves before they were supposed to!
The clock game/higher-lower game was fun, too. "423, 424, 425, 426!"
But the best one? Has to be "Hole in One *BARKER ELBOW* Two!" Simple, but it's awesome to see someone win the second time around. (Or miss from the close line, but that's awesome in a different way.)
Aaron Thomas The only thing better than the person who FINALLY wins with ONE DOLLAR (usually on the fourth or fifth try, it seemed) was that one time I saw where the winner won with TWO DOLLARS!
The only thing that rivals it is the old Family Feud's host molesting the middle-aged housewives right in front of their husbands (let me shake your hand Joe, now that I've just made out with your wife on national TV...). If only Louis Anderson would do that!
In Louie's case, he'd be "molesting" (as you put it) the husbands right in front of the middle-aged housewives.
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Anyways i think to win both showcases is $250 +/- bid, but I haven't seen it in a while.
Another games I loved a lot, Lucky Seven; The Range Game always is good fun as everbody in the crowd goes crazy; oh and Secret Key...classic when somebody only had one key and it was the one to win the car...good stuff. Last but certainly not least Tic Tac Toe, those X's look so weird.
Another fun part of the show is when contestants loose on the very easy games, like switch the price or the one where they have to pick between two prices...especially when they go against the crowd...oh they go medieval on the contestant. Good Times.
The highlight of the show for me was always the version of the Price theme they played after a contestant lost a game. It was a slower, depressing version of the theme that went "DA da da daaaaaaa..." always followed immediately by the crowd going "Ahhhhhhhhhh...."
Then Bob kicks the loser off stage and the happy version of the theme comes back to take us to commercial.
The yodeling mountain climber game still remains mark out central for me. I always wanted to spin that giant wheel to get into the showcase showdown.
At first I thought, if I were Superman, a perfect secret identity would be "Clark Kent, Dentist," because you could save money on tooth X-rays. But then I thought, if a patient said, "How's my back tooth?" and you just looked at it with your X-ray vision and said, "Oh it's okay," then the patient would probably say, "Aren't you going to take an X-ray, stupid?" and you'd say, "Aw f*** you, get outta here," and then he probably wouldn't even pay his bill.
Punch Game was the fucking shit. It really added a sense of "How greedy ARE you?" to things... I can't think of many other TPIR games that used that element.
Another vote for Mountain Climber... the game itself was ok, but that yodeling theme song rocked.
And of course, I totally dig Plinko... BUT, if you ever notice, especially with a heavier contestant, that flimsy staircase has more shakes than... something that shakes a lot. A chihuahua disarming a bomb or something. Anyway, the part that bugs me is, as much as it teeters, NOBODY has ever taken the god damn bump. I love me some Price Is Right, but I hate the contestants with a passion... would it be too much to ask for one of them just fall off and break a few hips?
Idea... the CONTESTANT should have to go up the mountain with the climber... yes... YES.
Mountain Climber had that horrible background music, Back to the strike game thier are more strikes than numbers in that bag. How could there be only one strike in the bag when Barker slips the strike in that slot under the scoreboard?
I agree with Tragic 1, the show was good on Comedy Central, but sucked once it moved to ABC. When it was on Comedy Central, it almost seemed more of a goof on serious political discussion roundtable shows. They had funny moments on there.