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An episode from September 19, 1979
« on: October 06, 2009, 07:07:32 PM »
Last year, somebody uploaded this episode to YouTube in seven parts. The video appears to be recorded from its original airing 30 years ago, but the airdate is uncertain. It is only identified as "September 1979", so it could be from some time in Season 7, or an early episode of Season 8.  If someone has any idea, feel free to clue me in. :P

The video is in very good condition; I have a feeling it might have been Betamax, but that is not known either. If you want to watch along, you can begin your journey of nostalgia here and follow the associated playlist.

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"HERE IT COMES!!! Television's most exciting hour of fantastic prizes! The fabulous sixty-minute PRICE IS RIGHT!"

"Joyce Terry, come on down!" (Joyce has a blue sleeveless dress with belt, brunette hair.)

"Dennis Bryant, come on down!" (Dennis has an afro, a red T-shirt and some sort of necklace.)

"Carol Wi(?), come on down!" (Harold also has a red T-shirt and short brunette hair.)

"...and Helena Chapin, come on down!" (She has an orange outfit and a brunette perm.)

"You are the first four contestants on The Price is Right! And now, here is the star of The Price is Right...BOB BARKER!!!"

As Bob makes his first intro, we can see the display of the first pricing game. I won't spoil it, but it's oh-so-obvious in the YouTube video.

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1st IUFB: Golf Clubs and Bag (Pinseeker; custom-made woods, irons and driver, cast in stainless steel) (Holly)

HELENA+ 525
CAROL+ 435
DENNIS+ 450
JOYCE+ 250

ARP: $806! The high bid takes it, and it's Helena. As it turns out, Johnny and Bob had been mispronouncing her name. It's Ha-lee-na, not Hel-uh-na as in Helena, Montana.

Anyway, Bob invites Helena to walk the as-yet-poorly-concealed-to-the-TV-audience "Golden Road" with him. At the start of the road is a modest bottle of hot sauce (no brand given; ARP 83), and the first prize it leads to is revealed by Janice as stereo components (Radio Shack; turntable, radio and speakers). After that, the road leads "to Helena, Montana," as Bob jokes, and Dian reveals the next prize to be a refrigerator (Amana; side-by-side, in-door ice and water dispensers).

Helena is aware that the prize at the end of the Golden Road is really big. Bob reminds her that it is always at least $10,000. Indeed, behind the center door, modeled by Holly, is a 1979 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL!!! (with a long list of extras, but not the Collector's Package, which would've made it super-expensive)

Bob takes the hot sauce price tag with Helena to the stereo, where the price is revealed as "$-90". The hundreds place gets either the 8 or the 3. Helena selects the 3, and she is RIGHT! The stereo is $390.

Bob and Helena take the price tag of the stereo to the refrigerator, where its price is revealed as "$1-70". The hundreds place gets either the 3, the 9 or the 0. Helena selects the 0 and she is WRONG!!! *LOSE* The price of the refrigerator is $1,370.

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Bob calls for the next contestant, and we see yet another pricing game spoiler. Were they lax with the pricing game reveals in 1979, or what?

"Antonio Martino, come on down! You're the next contestant on The Price is Right!" (Antonio has a green broad-collar shirt and really big glasses.)

2nd IUFB: Range (Amana; electric; winner gets supply of Campfire brand Marshmallows) (Janice)

ANTONIO 450
Carol+ 860
Dennis+ 665
Joyce+ 600

ARP: $829! Dennis has won his way up onto Bob's stage to play the next game.

Bob shows Dennis what he can win: a dining room group! (Keller; table, four chairs, hutch, counter; Pfaltzkraft stoneware; ARP: $1,936) Bob reveals Dennis is a troubled man: he is a mailman who delivers in Compton, which is #1 in California for dog bites of mailmen.

Anyway, the game is "Give or Keep". Dennis will be shown two prizes, and will be asked to guess which one is more expensive of the two. He will have to guess for three pairs of items. If he keeps higher-value items than he gave away, then he will win the dining room group.

The first pair of items are an Equity WichCraft sandwich press cooker (cooks over a fireplace or campfire) and an AquaGuard faucet-mounted water filter. Dennis keeps the filter. The cooker costs $35, but the filter will be checked when all three pairs of items are revealed.

The next pair of items are a Hamilton Beach ice cream maker and Coparel Me! brand perfume. Dennis chooses the ice cream maker. The perfume also costs $35.

The next pair of items are a bath set by Hillary (towels) and a Teflon-coated electric waffle maker. Dennis chooses the bath set. The waffle maker is $45.

Dennis has given away $115 worth of prizes. Everything depends on how much he kept. He will get the items he kept no matter what, but if the prices of what he kept are more than the prices of what he gave away, then he will win the dining room group.

The filter is $30.

The ice cream maker is $40.

The bath set is $51! *WIN*

In addition to his $121 in items, he gets the dining room group for a total winnings of $2,057.

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"Susan Connolly(?), come on down! You're the next contestant on The Price is Right!" (Susan is very close stage right, and has short blond hair and a beige sleeveless outfit.)

3rd IUFB: Venetian Mirror (imported, frame hand-carved wood) (Holly)

Antonio 800
Carol+ 900
SUSAN 725
Joyce+ 975

*EXACTA* The winning bells ring, heralding that somebody is exactly right in their bid, and owed a $100 bonus for their perfect bid!

ARP: $800!!! The sharp-dressed Antonio wins $100 right from Bob's pocket, and joins him for the next pricing game, which for once we do not know of beforehand.

They are in front of a price tag concealer, and it rises to show Janice modeling a roll-top desk (Riverside). The game is "Double Prices", and it's real simple: The price is either $1,000 or $1,250.

Antonio guesses $1,000. Bob opens the panel above the tag and it shows the ARP is $1,000! *WIN*

Two out of three ain't bad for the first half of the show!

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Even though he spends his mail route in Compton out-running vicious dogs, Dennis' shirt has a set of words: "Shaggy and Puppy Dog", the two kinds of dogs he does not usually need to out-run.

Antonio's wife wants that desk he just won when they get home.

Bob then tells Helena that she could win $11,000 if she spins the wheel right.

1st SCSD

Helena $1,196: .40 + .45 = .85
Antonio $1,900: .65 + .25 = .90 *SHOWCASE*
Dennis $2,886: .15 + .55 = .70

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"Beverly Gagnon, come on down! You're the next contestant on The Price is Right!" (Beverly has a brunette perm, glasses, a red blouse and a blue skirt.)

4th IUFB: A bar set (Chromcraft (Convertible bar table, three chairs, all chrome-trimmed) (Holly)

BEVERLY 295
Carol+ 420
Susan 700
Joyce+ 600

ARP: $514! Carol wins her way on-stage with Bob.

Bob guides Carol on-stage in front of the "Race Game" display. According to her short, Carol, from Omaha, "came over 1,000 miles to see Bob Barker". (Her six-month-old son is also seeing his parents, her mother- and father-in-law, for the first time.)

The four price tags by the Race Game display are $602, $840, $720 and $264. Obviously, this means Carol will vie for a galaxy of four prizes, worth a total of $2,446, shown off by all three models: Season Tickets for Two to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings! WOW! If only Drew had prizes like these! Oh, wait...

Carol has 45 seconds, and unlimited chances within those 45 seconds, to place the price tags where they belong. Each time she sets them all, she pulls the lever on the display to reveal how many she has right. At the end of time, she wins the prizes she has right. The game ends automatically if she gets all four right beforehand.

The following is each of her guesses, in the order of the prizes above, and the time mark when the lever was pulled:

264, 603, 720, 840 | 32 seconds | 0 right

603, 264, 720, 840 | 24 seconds | 1 right

603, 264, 840, 720 | 14 seconds | 2 right

603, 840, 264, 720 | 2 seconds | 0 right

Before she gets to the tags, the buzzer sounds. *WIPEOUT*

Obviously she had the football and basketball tickets right before her last fateful switch. The prices were $720 to see Don Sutton, $264 to see Jack Youngblood, $840 to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and $603 to see Marcel Dionne. Well, for her in-laws to see them, anyway. No way she was moving to Omaha so her sports nut husband can use them.

Don't worry, Carol's hubby. Your four-hour drives to Kansas City to see George Brett and the Royals will not be in vain. They're going to the World Series next year, ya know. But I'll feel sorry for you when Willie Mays Aikens' career goes down the toilet.

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"Colleen Howard, come on down! You're the next contestant on The Price is Right!" (Colleen has short blond hair and a light yellow jacket over a bluish-plaid blouse.)

5th IUFB: Luggage (Roper; 5 pcs, soft-size, unisex colors, digital combo locks) (Dian)

Beverly 300
COLLEEN 225
Susan 400
Joyce+ 425

ARP: $342! Beverly's stay in Contestant's Row is a short one. Well, shorter than Joyce's, whose seat just got a whole lot hotter.

Beverly hauls herself onto the stage and gives Bob a kiss. Bob intends to reward her handsomely, and a door opens to reveal Holly wearing a fur coat! (Zinman Furs; Gail Robins collection, double-breasted, Nutria fur; ARP: $2,300)

The turntable turns, and it's "Grocery Game", with Janice at the trusty Diebold cash register. Beverly can add up however many of any of five items on display. The target range Beverly must meet is between $6.75 and $7.00--no lower, and no higher.

The items are Tussy roll-on deodorant, Griffin shoe polish, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Dentyne gum, and a package of steel wool.

Beverly takes a huge gamble right off the bat by selecting eighteen(!) boxes of the macaroni & cheese. Each box is worth 35. Janice adds it up to total $6.30. This gives Beverly a range of 45 to 70 to make up.

Beverly confidently selects two packs of gum. The gum costs 29, putting Beverly at $6.88! *WIN*

That fur coat, made from water rats, is Beverly's! And Holly brings it out and lets Beverly put it on straight away. Perhaps finding out what a "Nutria" is made Bob do away with them? :P

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The First Four Breakfast Club is one of the most infamous (imaginary) institutions in all of game show history. This Hall of Shame may be what awaits Joyce if her Price is NOT Right. Can she escape its evil clutches?

"Rochelle Robinson, come on down! You're the next contestant on The Price is Right!" (Rochelle has long, permed blond hair and a mauve blouse.)

6th IUFB: microwave oven (Norelco; buttons, programming, digital readout) (Janice)

ROCHELLE 460
Colleen 450
Susan 524
Joyce+ 525

ARP: $650! Joyce escapes! She runs as fast as she can in the opposite direction of the clubhouse, and joins Bob on the stage.

Joyce is from Riverside, and is very happy to play a pricing game. She and Bob are in front of a price tag concealer, but Bob directs her to look to the door to their left, which opens to reveal A NEW CAR!!! Dian is modeling a Ford Fiesta (Std. features + power brakes).

The price tag lifts to reveal the "Money Game". There are nine two-digit numbers. One is the first two digits in the car's price, and the other is the last two digits. There are also four empty slots. If she guesses wrong four times before finding the price of the car, she will win the total of the wrong choices in cash. If she finds the price of the car, she gets the car plus any money she won. The board is set up like so:

73|49|96
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21|07|52
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46|34|18


Joyce's first selection is 46. Bob lifts it to show the front of the car! The Ford Fiesta is a $4,600 vehicle, and Joyce has four chances still to win it!

Joyce then selects 96, which reveals a dollar sign. That's a lot of gas money.

Joyce's third selection is 49, which shows another dollar sign. That's $49 more.

Joyce's fourth selection is 73. It also is a dollar sign, adding to her bank.

Joyce's last chance, and she selects 07. It's another dollar sign. *LOSE*

A $4,634 car would've been nice, but $225 in cash is nothing to sneeze at.

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Consolation prizes: a Helbros quartz-movement sports watch, a $165 Greyhound Bus Lines Ameripass (I think it's similar to what is now the Discovery Pass), and a gift certificate to Ben Franklin department stores.

Bob tells Carol, because she was curious, that if season tickets were won by an out-of-town contestant, they would've received the equivalent in cash. So she wouldn't have had to move.

Bob explains the bonus system for the Showcase Showdown this time.

2nd SCSD:

Carol $514: .20 + .80 = $1.00 *$1,000!* *SHOWCASE*
Joyce $875: .45 + .85 = $1.30 *OVER*
Beverly $2,642: .60 + .10 = .70

After Carol won her thousand, Bob assured Joyce that he's seen multiple contestants hit the bonus in the same Showcase Showdown before. Not that it helped any...

Carol gets the bonus spin, and it skids to a stop just beyond the green on the third time around. The camera didn't stay on where it landed.

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SHOWCASE TIME!!! Carol rues her pitiful Race Game performance as the bonus cannot push her up into the honor. That goes to Antonio and his $1,900 in cash and prizes.

1st Showcase
Theme: Every Room in the House!
Waterbed (Wavecrest; lattice frame) (Janice)
Color TV (RCA; Princeton brand, 25" CRT, push-button controls, wood cabinet) (Dian)
Washer and Dryer (Speed Queen; top-load washer with stainless steel tub, front-load gas dryer with permanent press cycle) (Janice)
Spinnet Piano (Aeolian) (Dian)

Antonio chooses to PASS. Carol bids $3,450 on her showcase, and Antonio moves on to the...

2nd Showcase
The Price is Right Shoe Shop
Disco Roller Skates: Jukebox (Disco Jukebox, 10-button play panel, 165-record capacity) (Holly)
Beach thongs: Swimming pool (Mushkin; 15' above-ground, aluminum, filter, skimmer, ladder) (Dian)
Wooden clogs: A trip to the Netherlands (coach LA to Amsterdam, 6n, Apollo Hotel) (Janice)
Deck shoes: A NEW BOAT!!! (Barnacle Bill's; 16.5' Willowcraft, 6 seats, custom rig, Mercury Marine outboard motor, 4-200HP; Trail-Rite trailer) (Johnny)

And no, Holly did not fall on her skates. :biggrin:

Antonio bids $12,000.

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Antonio's bid is $12,000. The ARP for his showcase is: $14,942. His difference is $2,942.

Carol's bid is $3,450. The ARP for her showcase is: $4,118. Her difference is $668! *WIN*

Carol walks away with $5,632 in cash and prizes.

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Not a bad chunk of prizes available: A max possible $52,534 in available cash and prizes, not including bonuses, and that's guesstimating the price of the Continental, which was not revealed. A lackluster win percentage, but sometimes the journey is more fun than the destination.

Probably a nicer feature is that the videotape for the episode on YouTube is from authentic 1979 video, complete with commercials. Some commenters did not like the commercials, but many, including myself, found it a nice touch. :biggrin:
« Last Edit: October 07, 2009, 02:16:50 PM by JokerFan »
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Re: An episode from 1979 (unknown air date)
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 12:03:21 AM »
This is 3393D from September 19, 1979.

Also, the game's name is "Give or Keep."
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Re: An episode from 1979 (unknown air date)
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 07:28:03 AM »
This is 3393D from September 19, 1979.

Also, the game's name is "Give or Keep."

Give or Keep was always spoiled during the previous IUFB, for those who don't know or remember.

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Re: An episode from 1979 (unknown air date)
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009, 08:23:37 AM »
If a mod could edit the title with the air date, please?  :-)

Also, I didn't notice the title, and the game unit had Keep first and Give second, so I put it that way. That'll teach me to not verify PG names with either the GR FAQs or Wikipedia. :oldlol:

BTW, there is a typo, I called Carol "Harold" when I first typed the beginning intro. I actually misheard "Dennis" as "Janice" at first, and mistook Carol as "Harold". I figured it out by the 1st IUFB and thought I fixed everything, but that one instance of "Harold" slipped through the cracks. :oldlol:
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Re: An episode from 1979 (unknown air date)
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2009, 12:04:03 PM »
Give or Keep was always spoiled during the previous IUFB, for those who don't know or remember.

Thank you, Zach, for that completely extraneous piece of data.
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