Biggest winner this week: Zachary Trindade ($46,091) (March 2)
Losing streaks snapped:
Card Game snapped a 7 game losing streak dating back to November 8, 2016. This ended the longest losing streak for this game since it was lost 11 straight times in Season 33.
Master Key snapped a streak of 8 straight playings where the car was not won, dating back to February 17, 2016. That ended the longest streak for this game since an eight game losing streak in Seasons 40 and 41, but pales in comparison to the streak of 16 playings in Seasons 29 and 30 where the car was not won.
Check Game snapped an 8 game losing streak dating back to April 7, 2016. This ended the longest losing streak for this game since it was lost 9 straight times in Seasons 36 and 37.
After going 7-3 this week, the car games continued their hot streak and went 6-4 this week. Overall, the car games have a record of 86-137 this season (38.6%). If that holds, that would be the best winning percentage in a season since Season 36 (41.9%). (The best results during this span were Season 44 (34.5%) and Season 37 (33.0%).)
So far this season, contestants bidding $1 above a previous $1 up bid wound up winning the one bid 51% of the time (19/37). That is well behind the 71% success rate in the previous four seasons (131/185).
The money was placed in Box #6 in 1/2 Off for the first time since March 4, 2015. That ended the second longest drought in this game (only Box #13 has gone longer without containing the money). It also ended a streak of the game being won five straight times when the money was placed in Box #6.
Take Two was played fifth for the first time since December 16, 2013. It was also the seventh straight time (and the 11th time in the past 12 playings) where the winning combination was the second cheapest and the most expensive prizes.
Let 'em Roll was played for a $20,400 Chevrolet Cruze - the first time since June 13, 2014 where the game was played for a car worth more than $20,000 (a $20,645 Honda CR-Z). These are the only two times since the start of Season 42 where Let 'em Roll was played for a car worth more than $20,000.
Both One Away and Card Game were won on Tuesday's episode - the sixth time in February both car games were won. (No other month since the start of Season 39 has had more than four episodes with a car game sweep.)
Switch? was won for the 10th time this season. After a rough start to the season, Switch? is one win behind Do the Math (11) for the overall lead. Nevertheless, Switch? has been won at least 18 times every season since Season 36. The game still has some work to do in order to keep that streak alive.
Wednesday's episode snapped a streak of nine straight episodes where a car was offered in the second Showcase. Overall, there have been 40 episodes this season where a car was offered in both Showcase. That's already tied with Season 42 for the most since at least Season Season 39.
Flip Flop was played for the 18th time this season - which ties Lucky $even for the most playings. If this holds, this will be the third time Flip Flop has had the most playings (or tied for the most playings) in a season (it also led this category in Seasons 41 and 43).
$4,713 is the highest number ever set in Magic #, smashing the old record of $3,564 from March 24, 2010.
Jo became the 19th contestant since Season 32 to find both "Lose Everything" panels in Pass the Buck (and the first since February 20, 2016). Out of these 19 contestants, 4 went on to win the car (June 10, 2015, May 27, 2010, January 27, 2009 and February 15, 2006).
By being played fifth, Most Expen$ive became the 12th Pricing Game to be played in all six slots at least once this season. Most Expen$ive has achieved this feat for the ninth straight season.
Since Season 29, Bonus Game has a record of 3-7 when contestants only win one window. The wins occurred on October 6, 2004, March 11, 2016 and this week's March 1, 2017 playing.
Thursday's episode featured the 20th perfect half of the season. (15 of the sweeps occurred in the second half.) Overall, we are slightly behind pace to match the 37 perfect halves that occurred in Season 44.
Pick-a-Number was won for the first time this season when played for a 5-digit prize. Pick-a-Number now has a record of 1-4 when played for a 5-digit prize and 5-4 when played for a four-digit prize.
The $14,418 Alaskan cruise was also the second most expensive prize ever offered in Pick-a-Number (excluding cars), behind the $16,800 African safari that was offered on the March 3, 2009 episode.
Any Number became the 300th Pricing Game to be fully won this season. The win occurred on the 112th episode of this season, compared to episode 107 in Season 44.
Exactly $700 in cash was won in Plinko for the first time since December 14, 2004.
In addition, by being played fifth, Plinko became the 13th Pricing Game this season to be played in all six slots at least once. Plinko achieved this feat for the fifth straight season.
Since Season 32, Cover Up has a record of 5-0 when the game goes to a fifth and final try. The contestant had to guess the fourth number twice (and therefore automatically won) and had to guess the fifth number three times.
Comments for the Weeks of March 6-10 & March 13
Biggest winner this week: Tesheka Waddler ($43,990) (March 9)
The week of March 10-14 was the first time this season where a week featuring five new episodes did not have at least one $1.00 spinner in the Showcase Showdown. Thankfully, this one week drought ended with the $1.00 spin-off on the March 13 episode.
The week of March 10-14 was also the third straight week (or fourth out of the past five weeks) where at least 15 Pricing Games were fully won.
The gifts offered in Temptation have totalled between $5,818 and $5,840 in four out the five playings so far this season. Only the January 26 playing ($5,275) did not follow this pattern.
With the win on March 10, Balance Game snapped a five game losing streak dating back to November 23. Since premiering in Season 34, the game's longest losing streak was 13 games in Seasons 38 and 39. Its longest winning streak was five games in Seasons 35 and 36.
Also on March 10, Vincente won the Showcase round by $14,496 (Showcase differences of $1,417 and $15,913), which is the second largest margin of victory this season (behind a win by $15,261 on the November 21 episode).
With the win on March 7, Money Game became the first car game to be won 10 times this season. Money Game has a great chance to be the car game won most often for the fourth time in the past five seasons. (The game it is currently locked in a battle with Dice Game (9 wins).)
Since Season 29, Money Game has been won at least 10 times every year except Season 40 (7-20).
The "then" products in Now....or Then (French's honey mustard and Alka-Seltzer antacid) did in fact appear on the Price is Right in May 2001. In fact, both were used in a playing of Hi Lo on the May 21, 2001 episode.
The cash was placed in Box #13 in 1/2 Off for only the fourth time in the game's history. (It also occurred on December 13, 2010, November 12, 2013 and February 7, 2014.) In all four instances, the game was lost. (The contestant did not get down to two boxes in any of these four playings.)
The $18,523 Toyota Yaris was the cheapest car offered in Card Game since April 27, 2015 ($18,265 Dodge Dart).
The top prize was won in Grand Game for the first time since November 14, snapping a six game losing streak for this game. Another loss would have been the game's first seven game losing streak since it was lost eight straight times in Season 41.
Prior to this week, the last time Grand Game was won when the target price was under $4.00 was December 19, 2013. Since then, the game had been lost seven straight times when played with such a low target price.
It took seven tries to win Bonkers, which is the most tries used in a win since January 11, 2013 (also seven tries). Since Season 32, the most tries ever taken to win Bonkers is 9, which occurred on the April 22, 2009 episode.
Five Pricing Games were fully won on the March 9 episode - the first 5/6 day since December 20. Overall, we are on pace to have 11 episodes with more than four Pricing Games won this season, compared to 13 last season (9 5/6 days and 4 perfect shows.)
Previous time a contestant won the first prize in 10 Chances on the first try: February 3 of last season (8 playings ago). Previous time a contestant won the first two prizes in three tries: June 24, 2014 (22 playings ago). (For what it's worth, January 26, 2007 was the last time a contestant won the first two prizes in just two tries.)
The $23,435 Toyota Tacoma was the most expensive car offered in Five Price Tags since December 21, 2010 (a $23,578 Dodge Nitro).
Squeeze Play was won for the tenth time this season. Squeeze Play has now been won at least 10 times in 10 out of the past 11 seasons (the lone exception was Season 41, with 8 wins). The high during this span was 18 wins, achieved in both Seasons 43 and 44.
March 13th's second Showcase, worth $20,263, was the cheapest Showcase offered since February 25, 2014 ($19,461) - the last a Showcase worth less than $20,000 was offered.
Shell Game was won for the first time this season. That means every single Pricing Game has been won or partially won at least once this season. The last time that occurred was Season 36.
Shell Game was also played perfectly (all four chips won) for the first time since June 1, 2015.
The $25,328 Jeep Patriot Latitude, offered in Any Number, was the most expensive car offered in this game since June 6, 2014 ($25,784 Mazda MX-5).