Jason's Selfish Fun House Run
him, sharing is not in his vocabulary
Syndication: (November 1988)
Children's game shows in 1988
fell into a few categories, Great, Inventive, or Crappy Double Dare
Knockoffs. Fun House would fall into the Great category.
Mainly because, who didn't want to run through this.
Although the Obstacle course was
a great end game for Double Dare, Running through the impressive Fun
House was much, much better. Going into the house, grabbing 3
tags, coming back out, tagging your partner and doing it all over again
until time ran out. Not to mention, the prizes given away on Fun
House were amazing. They had the classic staples of Nintendo's &
Electric Guitars that Double Dare had, but Fun House also had Limo Rides
to School for a week, various shopping sprees, among other awesome
prizes. Needless to say, the best strategy for the end game is to
grab the closest 3 tags, come out and do it all over again. Sure,
you might not get the Power Prize, which was an awesome trip, but you'll
get tons of stuff. What you don't want to do is make everybody mad
at you and hog all the time for yourself. More often than not,
both teammates had ample time in the house. But there was one
moment where this one kid, spent almost the entire 2 minutes in the
house, earning the ire of not only his teammate, but JD Himself.
Let's meet the bastion of selfishness himself, Jason Meadows.
Here during the introduction, he
seemed like a nice kid, although that sly smile worries me a bit.
Last time I saw that type of smile was...wait a minute.
Oh dear lord. Nadine was
just inept at even buzzing in, let alone her bonus game. As far as
I know, she wasn't a selfish prude.
Anyways, his team won the game
quite handedly, mainly because the red team failed to pick up the tokens
around the track and dropping a couple as well during the Grand Prix
they get to run through the Fun House and grab as many cash and prize
tags as they can. Normally, this wouldn't be seen as bad, mainly
because normally both teammates get ample time in the house.
Jason, however had another motive.
Let's start at the beginning, he
runs all the way to the upper right hand corner of the house to grab the
Telescope from the weather room, passing up a couple of Cash Tags.
I am thinking, he's going up there to grab that prize tag & then go back
down and grab the two cash tags he passes up and tag in his partner.
Or at least, that's the hope as
he only grabs that prize, and decides to head to the haunted bridge and
up Mt. Fun House. So, he's already passed up a few tags, and this
is prompting JD Roth to actually tell Jason the basic rule of the Fun
House, "YOU NEED TO GRAB THE TAGS!" It takes a lot to get JD to
say that. So, already, Jason has gotten the normally, calm JD to
He makes his way back to the
start with only one tag, that Telescope Tag, Instead of grabbing a
couple more tags at the top of the mountain...
...or even near the beginning at
the Swimmin' Hole. With JD still telling him to grab the tags,
which would mean he'd tag his partner, he decides to bypass his partner
and go into the other side of the house. That was when JD decided
to stay silent. You know you've done something wrong when JD
doesn't even talk about what you're doing.
He goes through the balloon
tunnel & up to the prize-o-mat and tries to grab the electric guitar
prize, and got stuck because 2 buttons wouldn't release, which happens
from time to time. At this point, he's spent about 1:10 in the
house. Which in itself is far too long for one contestant at one time.
He then finally decides that it's time to grab some tags...
He gets the $100 tag on the
...and the Video Games tag in
the ball room. So, he's got his 3 tags...
Or he would have, if he didn't
drop the tag back in the ball room. Right now, he's clocked in at
1:32 in the house. He finally has his tags, and now is heading out
to tag his partner. All I have to say is, It's About Time.
He finally tags his partner,
leaving her only FOUR SECONDS! Yeah, that's great teamwork right
there. She helped you out in the front game, got all of her
questions right, and this is how you reward her? FOUR SECONDS???
Thankfully for her, she sprints
in and gets a $100 tag before time runs out.
Afterwards, JD said that he may
have been confused. The name of the game is that you're supposed
to grab the tags and come out, not stay inside the house and grab no
tags. They wound up with the telescope, the video games, JD gave
the kids the Guitar & the $100 cash tag. In total, about $2,000
I'm just thankful that this
never happened again in the show's run. I bet the coordinators
told all the kids that the aim of the bonus round is to grab as many
tags as you can, not waste any time in the house. Let this be a
lesson to all kids. Greed gets you nowhere. Playing by the
rules and allowing your partners to get ample time would help you
benefit & maybe earn some valuable stuff. Otherwise you end up
being the bane of your peers and people would want you gone.