Well, first of all, I hope you all had a great Christmas. Mine wasn’t terribly notable. I’m starting to reach the age where Christmas is taken seriously, and quietly, rather than excitedly.
DoND, meanwhile, celebrated the week with a week of Christmas dinner themed shows, with all the players dressed as festive foodstuffs. The themed week twist was an obstacle course where the player had to balance a large green ball, or ‘pea’, on a flat plate while performing various challenges, namely drinking a glass of sherry, putting one some tinsel, and pulling a cracker. They had a choice of time limit, either 45 or 90 seconds. If they chose 90, there would be no penalty for failure, and a holiday would be won if they succeeded. If they chose 45, success would win them a holiday, and they could play the final round one-box-at-a-time, but failure means the Banker gets to look in their box.
Monday 24th: Billy
Dealt at: 5-box
Highest offer: £28,000 (5-box)
Box value: £75,000
Perhaps the best game of the week. A very tense and precarious board, where Billy bravely battled to 5-box, where he didn’t manage the twist, but wasn’t penalised due to choosing 90 seconds. He may have made a loss on his box, but he did take the highest offer of the game, and, when you do that, underselling your box doesn’t feel as bad. A good game to start the week.
Tuesday 25th: Lisa
Opened the box
Highest offer: £13,000 (11-box and 8-box)
Box value: £50
Oh dear, not a very good game for Christmas Day. That’s the problem with random game shows; they don’t respect the player, or the day. At least, by completing the twist (albeit with a couple of fouls), Lisa got a holiday consolation out of the game.
Wednesday 26th: Mark
Dealt at: 5-box
Highest offer: £14,000 (14-box)
Box value: £100
A good enough result from a pretty average game. Mark didn’t succeed at the twist, but the Banker offered him a mystery envelope as part of his 5-box offer. Mark dealt, and the proveout went his way, before opening the envelope to reveal the Banker had given him a holiday to Florida for his sons!
Thursday 27th: Ria
Dealt at: 11-box
Highest offer: £41,000 (5-box)
Box value: £100,000
Oh dear. By no means, the worst decision to deal at 11-box ever made, but Ria was unfortunate to have such a bad proveout. In fact, if she’d chosen the other box as her final box, she’d have had the Dream Ending of the Jackpot and £100,000! Good thing she didn’t do that; that would’ve been much worse.
Friday 28th: Kris
Dealt at: 8-box
Highest offer: £40,000 (5-box)
Box value: 1p
A second consecutive pre-twist deal, but a much more justifiable one. The proveout didn’t quite go Kris’ way at first, but the final round did, leaving him with a final two of 1p and £50,000. The Banker offered Kris the chance to give back his money, and go for the £50,000, but Kris refused. Good thing he did too!
Saturday 29th: Kristy
Dealt at: 5-box
Highest offer: £15,000 (5-box)
Box value: £10
Good to end the week with a Banker spanking. Kristy did come over a bit nervous, and the Banker tried to get her at 8-box with a mystery envelope, just as he did with Mark. But Kristy ploughed on to 5-box, where, after failing the twist, the Banker offered her another mystery envelope with her offer. This time, she dealt. The game fell apart, and the envelope contained a holiday to Tenerife for her and her family.
So, overall, a pretty average week in terms of results. Only thing left to say is I hope you all have a great new year, and I’ll be back here on Saturday with a summary of next week’s Christmas UC.