Dumb Answer of the Week
What Happens When You Speak Before You Think.
April 3rd - April
Text by: Jim Williams & Robert Seidelman
This is a special Dumb Answer of the
Week column this week. We had two candidates that were worthy enough to
be bestowed the honor that is the Dumb Answer of the Week Award.
So, I'm going to turn in to Jim Williams and he'll give you the first
one and I will give you the second one. Take it away, Jim.
another historic moment here at Game Show Garbage. For the first time,
our Dumb Answer of the Week spotlights a mind boggling sequence from
Let's Make a Deal!
This is Whendi. She's been picked by Wayne Brady to play a game
where each of 3 curtains have been given a clue word. The clue words
were "Home", "Road" & "Park" for curtains 1, 2 & 3 respectively.
The game she plays to determine the curtain she owns involves
tokens being concealed in a small bag & (a la 3 Strikes to some extent)
she reaches into the bag & picks out a token with a number on it.
Whichever token she picks, is the curtain she gets.
She picks a token with a 3 on it & owns Curtain #3. Time now to see what
she didn't get. They reveal Curtain #1 & it has a lovely bedroom set
with HDTV worth $3,253.
Wayne then mentions of the 2 remaining curtains, 1 has a prize, while
the other has a zonk. Wayne offers $700, then $1000 & both times Whendi
sticks with the curtain. And behind Curtain #2 we find...
CHASCO...I mean, ZONKMOBILE! So, what did she win behind Curtain
It's a new Chevy Aveo worth $15,195!
Now, I hear you, folks. You're saying, "Where's the case of the
'dumb-dumbs'"? Well, I'm getting there.
A few minutes later, it's time to see which trader will trade away their
winnings for a shot at the Big Deal of the Day worth $23,695. So, Wayne
starts with the day's biggest winner, Whendi with the $15,000+ car.
Back in the old days when Monty Hall would ask a person who won a car,
he'd say something like "surely, (insert name here) won't give back
his/her car for a chance at the Big Deal, will they?" Wayne, instead,
asks point blank if she's willing to trade & Whendi says...
going to trade it."
Truth be told, it's not often that I watch the current Let's Make a
Deal, but I happened to watch this episode on its original Monday
airing. When I heard her say she was going to trade her car in for a
chance at the Big Deal, I pretty much said...
Thank you, Penn.
Anyway, after the break even Wayne is in Chad Ochocinco mode.
gave up a brand new car worth $15,195 to go for the Big Deal...I think I
speak for a lot of people when I say 'WHAT?!?'"
Child, please indeed.
But, Whendi cited that she instead wanted to win a trip to Hawaii
or some place far off. Okay...I guess.
She is given her choice of doors & opts to pick Door #3, since Curtain
#3 earlier gave her good luck. Let's see what she passed up on behind
A lovely TRIP to South Africa worth $9,138.
So she gives back a car & despite Wayne saying there might be another
trip behind Door #1 or Door #3, you know as well as I do that she's not
going to be told to...
Wait, who invited John Davidson to hijack this page?
Anyway, let's see what's behind her choice, Door #3.
An Apple electronics suite which includes a
Macbook, an obsolete iPad & an iPhone 4 worth a paltry $2,197.
The Big Deal of the Day was behind Door #1. Hmmm, she gave up a car, I
wonder what she missed out on in the Big Deal?
And, boom goes the dynamite, a new car & a
year's worth of Jiffy Lube oil changes.
I will give Whendi credit on 2 fronts.
1. She had a pretty awesome aquarium costume.
2. She had a good attitude about it all.
But, that's all negated by the fact that she committed a major misplay.
She could have had a perfectly fine car & could have, oh I don't know,
sold it to someone to get more than enough money to go wherever she
wanted. But, did she do that? No. Anyone have any final thoughts on
"STUPID! YOU'RE SO STUPID!"
Kuni is a sage man.
But, not even Kuni could fathom the level of stupid that we would get
later in the week on The Price is Right. So, we bring you a bonus 2nd
Dumb Answer of the Week featuring an epic fail from Price and here to
describe the (mis)play by (mis)play is Robert Q. Seidelman. Rob?
Thank you Jim. While that is a
great candidate, my pick for the Dumb Answer of the Week is something
that happened the following day on The Price Is Right.
Her name is Christy Paris. She's
a young, enthusiastic college student who just won her way up on stage
and winning a nice Coffee & Tea Service. Now she gets to play what
Drew thinks is the best game on the Price is right. She could win
countertop Kitchen appliances, a lovely bar set........
AND A BRAND NEW CAR!!!!
She will be playing Rat Race.
Yeah, the game that Drew invented is the one he thinks that is the best
game out there. Plinko, Punch-a-Bunch and Cliffhangers says hello.
She knows that she must win A rat. The first item is a basic
carton of Egg Beaters. She has to be within a dollar.
She guesses "$1.79"
BUZZZZZZZZZZZ! It was $3.49.
So no rat, but we get to the next one, a cool looking popcorn popper.
She has a $10 window, high or low. So what does she bid?
"I'm going to say $25."
BUZZZZZZZZZ! Guess not. It
was $60. Now she has to get this next one otherwise it's game over
for her. Her final object is a waterproof digital camera that can
take great pictures and HD movies. She has $100 worth
of leeway, so this has to be it otherwise, she fails.
"I'll say $169, Drew"
It was $280. So, she becomes the first person in the game's short
history to completely fail at every turn at this game. She doesn't
get any rats and no prizes. Now that would be bad enough, but
there's another reason why she's being featured here. She was
first at the wheel and spins a 60. Now, while that's a middling
number, especially with 2 people behind you, logic says you stay since
you have a better chance of going over if you go again. And seeing
how logic doesn't exist in Christy's world, she decides to spin again.
And what does she come up with?
OVER! So not only did she go against the odds, she winds up with
her tail between her legs by going over more than The Undertaker at
So there ya have it. Two worthy candidates
of the Dumb Answer of the Week award.