Dumb Answer of the Week
What Happens When You Speak Before You Think

December 22nd - December 29th, 2012

Text by: Jim Williams

This "Dumb Answer of the Week" takes us back to holiday week on "The Price is Right".

This is Hatea from Hawaii. He just won his way on stage and is waiting to play the first pricing game of the day. Let's see what he can take back to Hawaii!

A NEW CAHHHHHHHH! It's a brand new Kia Rio LX with all sorts of spiffy fixings. Bro-ski model not included.

To win the car, Hatea must win "Cover Up". You probably know how this game is played by now. $38,400 isn't the price of a Kia Rio LX. The first number is either a 1 or 2, the second number is either a 2, 5 or 0, and so on and so on. So, let's see what Hatea does.

Part of me is scratching my head here. He's picking a 2 first. Can we take another look at that car, please?

We're talking about a subcompact car here. A subcompact car usually doesn't cost more than $15,000-$17,000. So, why would he pick a 2?

Simple. To buy himself another chance in the game. Remember, as long as he has 1 number in the price correct after each turn, the game continues. So, he'll probably place the 5 in as the second digit.

Or not. Maybe he really thinks this is a $20,000 vehicle? I have a bad feeling about this.

So, he comes up with a final price of...

Is he right?


Of course he's wrong. Very few people ever get the price right off the bat. Again, if Hatea has at least one number right, the number(s) will light up and the game will continue. Let's see what he has right.

Wow. Not a single number right and the game ends immediately.

Drew's in disbelief over it all saying he's never seen this happen. I can't remember seeing it happen, off the top of my head and...

Thank you, Penn Jillette. There always seems to be that one fanboi who takes it a little too far.

Hatea's day ended on an equally bad or perhaps even worse note.

He won his showcase showdown only to overbid on his showcase by a couple of hundred dollars. Tough day all around for Hatea. In fact, it might be one of the worst days a contestant has had on "Price" ever.

Cueing Mr. Jillette!

Thank you. That stare probably scared Poindexter out in to the hallway.

So, Hatea goes away with the jewelry collection he won on his one bid, a whole lot of bad luck and the latest "Dumb Answer of the Week".

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