July 24th, 2012

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Before entering into my honeymoon adventure I should wrap up my Price Is Right reporting for ... almost the season, actually. I regretfully report that I've missed an episode, though: there was a lone new episode for July on the 4th, and it's cycled off the CBS web site, and our Tivo long since replaced it with more recently aired episodes. I didn't think to get anyone to log the stuff I track, so, oh well. I'll have to accept my reporting to be a tiny bit flawed. This doesn't technically speaking wrap up the 40th season of The New Price Is Right, as there's a back-to-school special being run in late August, so its numbers should be included. It's probably close enough, though. For the episodes as they ran all the way to the 19th of June (you know, I just bet they did one more ``Pay The Rent'', for the 4th of July, too), here's the Showcase winning data:

First Second Third
Month 8 8 4
Season 114 144 114

If this season teaches me anything, it's that the third spinner has no idea what she's supposed to do anymore. The lowest-winning-spin category didn't develop any, at least in the episodes I saw, but let's reprint the table just to make life easier for future researchers tracking this.

No Overspins One Overspin Two Overspins
Solo Win 65 40 15
Tied Win 70 55 -
Triple Tie 70 - -

I suppose I'll do a fresh update for the lone August new episode, although it's a little hard to see why that oughtn't be counted as part of Season 41, apart from production dates. There's also a 40th Anniversary Special coming up sometime soon, but I don't know whether that's going to be an actual game-style episode, or just reminiscences, or a hybrid like the Bob Barker farewell where they played only three games, obviating the need for the Showcase Showdown, and filling the rest with reminiscences and those clips of the woman's breasts popping out, the other contestant fainting, and that last contestant who was in the bathroom when her name was called.

Trivia: William Van Alen designed the elevator cabs for the Chrysler Building so that no two of them were alike. Source: Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City, Neal Bascomb.

Currently Reading: The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park, Sinclair McKay.