Strange TPIR Happenings

Today was the last day of the Spring 2006 Semester, and while that was all good, you don’t want to hear about that – you want to hear about The Price Is Right, right?  I’ve been batteling with a TV tuner in my Compaq to record the show since I’m usually at school at 11 AM and this week it did a beautiful job – recording all 5 days for Karey’s & My viewing.  We did see some rather strange things though, and we haven’t even watched Friday’s show yet.
The first was a girl with a custom T-Shirt that CBS blurred the verb out of.  The shirt, shown below was clearly blurred, and the blurring was pretty evident in close ups the entire time she was in Contestant’s row (The video had clear signs that someone was painting over the text with blur during editing).  The odd thing was that as soon as she got on stage, Bob read her shirt aloud, which said…

“I will Flip for Bob”.  Now I ask you, CBS, What in God’s Name is wrong with the word “Flip”? It’s not like CBS couldn’t have fast forwarded ahead THEIR copy and read what the word was (In case they couldn’t clearly make it out from the far camera angle).  And obviously Flip is not obscene in this sense (Now if it had said “I will flip off bob”, then maybe…).  And lastly, Fremantle Media probably wouldn’t have let her into the studio if it had been a problem, let alone selected her to be on the show.  All in all, it’s quite strange.  Any opinions on why it was “censored”?
Ok, the second strange thing we saw was an old lady, who we don’t think knew where she was.  During the opening sweap of the show, while the announcer is yammering on about the Bob Barker studios, everyone on the set is usually pretty hyped… except this woman… see if you can pick her out below.

Honestly, could this person look more dead and unhappy if they tried?  Other than the two incidents above, one guy was stupid enough to try to bid 3995… as in $39.95.  The exchange between this guy and Bob was pretty interesting:
Bob: Your bid is what?
Idiot: t
hirty-nine ninety-five
Bob: three-thousand nine-hundred ninety-five.
(Note, he was not asking him, he was telling him)
Idiot: No no no, thirty-nine ninety-five… thirty-nine dollars
Bob: Thirty-nine dollars ninety-five cents???
Idiot: yea, ha ha
(laughing continues)
<audience boos>
Bob: Do you know why they’re boo’ing you?
Idiot: no
Bob: We have all of our prices in even dollars and have had for 34 years.  How is it possible that you have wasted your entire life?  Take that thirty-nine ninety-five off there, what do you want to bid? Forty dollars?
Idiot: No… sixty
Bob: Sixty dollars is his bid.
<pause>
Bob: You know Victor, you’re a crazy mixed-up kid, you really are.  Actual Retail Price… 1180.
Thankfully the idiot never made it to the stage… People always trying to look cute… and they end up looking like morons.
Of course, maybe I take this too seriously 🙂

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