Moved to Match Game '76 while cleaning up from breakfast. In the first episode, Gene borrows Brett's long string of pearls to go with his "basic blue suit ensemble." The second features a handsome contestant with an adorable smile who bears a striking resemblance to a young John Ritter.
Switched to Step Lively at the Watch TCM on demand app while making Chocolate-Chip Cranberry Muffins. I go further into this energetic musical farce that was Frank Sinatra's first starring vehicle at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.
Worked on writing for the rest of the afternoon. Brett runs into a strange shop in a hollowed-out mushroom. A caterpillar who looks like the Match Game "poet laureate" Nipsey Russell leans at the counter, blowing smoke into a shop filled with books of poetry and baskets of mushrooms. Brett doesn't understand his poems about crocodiles and busy bees and Red Kings, or why she's now dressed like a hippie. She just wants to know where her sons are. Between poems, Nipsey manages to tell her that yes, her boys were there, but they got fed up with trying to decipher his meaning and ran off. He gives her mushrooms from his baskets before sending her after them.
Went out for a walk to CVS around 4:30. It was still pretty chilly, windy and cloudy and cool...which after last week's ridiculous heat, is an improvement. CVS was a disappointment. No dishwashing liquid on sale, and the shampoo and conditioner I wanted were way too expensive. I just ended up walking out with nothing.
Broke at 6:30 for scrambled eggs with spring vegetables and more Match Game '76. Janice Pennington and Bill Cullen continue as Fannie sports a rather unique rainbow-colored beanie, but isn't terribly good with the Head-to-Head. Meanwhile, I'm a bit surprised no one got a certain answer to "__ and Dale" in the Audience Match, but I am a huge Disney fan...
The audience was noisier for Match Game PM. An "aspiring" belly dancer gets a few cheers in the audience, but it's the handsome blond contestant who turns the most heads. They end up in a tiebreaker...but things don't go as well for Charles with the Head-to-Head "Amateur __."
Sale of the Century was another close game. The one woman bought adorable teddy bears for her twin sister's child-to-be, but the champ just barely jumped ahead of her in a high-scoring Speed Round. He just missed the Bonus Round, though.
Finished the night on YouTube for The Real Match Game Story: Behind the Blank. This Game Show Network documentary from 2006 mostly discusses the original 60's and the well-known 70's version of the show. On one hand, this doesn't say anything I haven't already gleaned from Match Game 101, Brett's introductions on the Match Game DVD set, and the Gene Rayburn biography. Some of the interviews are invaluable though, especially with people like Gene, Brett, Richard Dawson, and producer and judge Ira Skutch who have since passed away. (I wonder why there's barely any mention of Charles Nelson Reilly. Was he already sick at that point, or did they have a hard time dragging him away from his one-man show?)