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Not Too Excited

Fans of The Price is Right saw something interesting happen on yesterday’s show, something that occurred only once before since 1972 (and then it was on a syndicated nighttime version).

It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to happen about that rarely, but it’s the kind of thing you might expect would get a little more of an excited reaction from the host.  Here’s a look at what happened, and there’s more to read after the jump:


The rumor was that the staff was immediately suspicious that this contestant may have somehow cheated. Drew himself, according to this chatter, seemed a little taken aback.

The thing is, when you’re hosting a game show, you host the show while the little red light is on.  You hype it up:  “Can you believe this?”  “This is amazing!”  “Right on the nose!”  “Great job!”  You don’t murmur through such a moment like you’re taking a nap.

If there’s something to investigate, you let Program Practices swing into action when the taping is done.  That way, you don’t kill an otherwise-exciting moment.

Having seen the production in person, I know there’s no way he could have cheated on guessing the total value of the showcase.

What is more than possible is that there are people who are so obsessed with the show that they recall prices of products that have been featured before.  One of these people — call them “rabid fans” if you like — could have been in the audience and offered a suggestion for a bid.  There are also those people who like to bid oddball amounts.  No matter how you look at it, a bid of $23,743 is an odd amount.  But people like their little lucky numbers.  Maybe he thought the showcase was worth the mid $20-thousands and 743 is his street address, or the time his child was born. I’d have never hit such a mark, but that doesn’t mean that it’s statistically-impossible.

Who knows?  Who really cares? He pulled off something incredible…and the host made it feel like it was nothing particularly special.

Bob Barker is still missed.


  1. There is always a commercial break after the bids are taken, during which the producer adds the “actual retail price” cards to the showcase lecterns and advises the host which contestant to start the reveals with.

    Rumor has it that the stopdown during this particular commercial break consisted of an extra 15 minutes or more of discussion after the crew became concerned about how someone could have possibly hit it exactly on the nose. So it’s clear that Drew knew going in that this had happened, and that’s also why he was able to recall off the top of his head when (roughly) it last happened.

    My point was that even knowing this, he should have at least acted surprised and could have played it up a lot more than he did.

  2. Hmm. I’m not sure you’re not reading too much inot this. He did say, “you hit it right on the nose. He did say, “it hasn’t happened since ’72 or ’73,” (he seemed to have that information awfully ready). He did shake the guy’s hand. But I still wonder about how he immediately knew how long it had been since someone had done it. He didn’t seem to be as surprised as anyone else was. I wonder if the director or someone had tipped him off during the commercial, so he could say how long it had been. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter, because that gama has been fixed for thirty-five years. Every winner is a relative of one of the producers. Didn’t you know that?

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