Wow. I still remember a night a few months ago in BlogTV when a few friends and I were shooting around "horrible ideas for a TPIR special" and I actually brought up pretty much this exact idea, right down to having all 6 games for cars. I tried to go into today with an open mind, but unfortunately this show did NOTHING to change my mind that this was an absolute dumb idea. I know things will be normal tomorrow, but this is easily one of the worst specials they've ever come up with:
-You know how we've complained before that couples episodes can be awkward because there's always one person not really doing anything? In this episode, one person basically COULDN'T do anything. It was clear that the teen making any decisions was an S&P issue, as Drew reminded the parents over and over they had to be the ones to have the final say. This wasn't as bad as it could have been, except in Range Game, where it was clear the teen wasn't doing anything at all. Still, it's a dumb premise. If the teens making decisions is an S&P issue, they shouldn't be contestants. Period.
-I was really worried about how the setups on this show would be knowing there was going to be six car games. Mike is usually neurotic enough about two. Sure enough, Range Game was one of the most unwinnable setups I've seen on the show. You let it go for 4 seconds, you lose. Check-Out was almost as bad. Then on the other end of the spectrum, you have More Or Less, which was so blatantly straightforward it didn't feel that rewarding to have it won for the first time in two years. I'm glad that at least two games were set up for wins, but of course six cars is going to force anybody to be neurotic about setups, because TPIR is not designed to give away anywhere close to 8 cars in on show. Which is why six cars shouldn't be offered in pricing games.
-The $50,000 bonus. As others have said, I'm sure that high school is NOT happy right now. Plus, maybe the bonus prize could have been smaller and we could have instead, oh I dunno, made Range Game possible to win?
I don't really blame Drew for highlighting how young the contestants were over and over again, because the show WAS making history and it WAS a big deal. It just is something that should have never happened. We've been in a decent stretch of hosting lately, so let's just get back to normal shows tomorrow and forget this ever happened.
Money Game (4.5) - 4:05
Pick A Number (3.5) - 2:51
Check-Out (5.5) - 5:40
Range Game (4) - 3:16
More Or Less (5.5) - 5:00
That's Too Much (5) - 2:57
Total (28): 23:49