Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Warmth of the Sun

Slept so long this morning, Match Game '78 was on by the time I got to breakfast. Jack Klugman actually wears the shirt he was given in the previous episode in the first show, but he still complains about not getting prizes. Meanwhile, jokes about Betty's friendship with Charles and Brett abound when one of the questions asks who would play the Beast to Betty's Beauty. The second has Betty stuffing her scarf in Gene's pocket; he eventually decides her prefers it around his neck.

Headed out after I got organized and rounded up my laundry. It was too nice of a day to do the wash at home this time! The weather continued to be sunny, breezy, and in the 50's. People must have wanted to get out in the sunshine before the storms return on Saturday. The laundromat was dead the entire time I was there. Family Dollar wasn't busy when I grabbed a yellow and gray circle-print shower curtain, either. 

WaWa, on the other hand, was packed. It was quarter after 2 by then, well past the lunch hour. I guess I wasn't the only one who wanted to treat myself to a frozen "hot" chocolate. Grabbed the Smores flavor, which was pretty much chocolate with chocolate syrup topped with graham cracker crumbs. Not bad. Didn't taste any marshmallow in there, though, which is what I was hoping for.

Put on Super Password when I got home and put everything away. The ladies finally got to the Super Password round, but Shelley Smith didn't have as much luck as Richard Kline here. Kline did better with the Ca$shword mini-game,  hitting that one twice. Had a banana-coffee smoothie for lunch as Tattletales brought in a genuine legend, R&B singer James Brown and his wife Deirdre. Alas, they didn't do very well. Veteran players Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill and George and Alania Hamilton were the big winners. 

Three new contestants took on the Whammies in Press Your Luck. Two of them didn't do very well, hitting tons of Whammies and losing most of their money. The eventual winner hit no Whammies and picked up a trip to Orlando for his trouble.

Worked on writing for a while after the show ended. Gene finally sends Goodson off in a lifeboat, with reporter Robert Walden rowing. He offers Jack Narz Goodson's expensive cufflinks to cover the cost of a new ship. Narz takes them, but he's not buying a new ship. He'll get a job with another ship as a navigator until he can unearth his loot and pay for his retirement. 

Broke for leftovers and a cheese omelet for dinner at 6:30. Watched Match Game '74 as I ate. With the first couple of episodes of the week lost, we pick up mid-way through. Richard Dawson isn't thrilled with the contestant's answer to what Ann Elder does when she eats at his house, while Patti Deustch gives some very unique answers, including on a tie-breaker.

Several Match Game PM '77 episodes are currently MIA as well, this time due to celebrity rights problems. We pick up with the only appearance of Suzanne Sommers on the show, during the height of her popularity as Chrissy on Three's Company. Though she does throw out the answer "Dumb Bunnies" to the Audience Match question "___ Bunnies," she's not terribly fond of the idea, or of Richard bringing up Playboy Bunnies.

Sale of the Century did not start off well at all. Though everyone won something - the lady bought the second Instant Bargain, and the other guy bought the Instant Cash - this wasn't a high-scoring game. The champ did manage to jump ahead in the Speed Round, but he still can't figure out the Bonus Round and missed it by one second.

Finished the night with Idlewild on Amazon Prime. I go further into this hip-hop 1930's-set gangster musical from 2006 at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

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