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Opening Spiel[]

"Welcome to Catch 21(, presented by Kraft Real Mayo). I'm Alfonso Ribeiro. Let's say hello to our dealer, Mikki Padilla."

"Let's meet the players, 'cause one of them could leave here with $25,000/$50,000."

"It's time to play Catch 21. Please welcome your host, Alfonso Ribeiro, and your dealer, Witney Carson." (2019 Revival)

"(Alfonso and Witney doing a warm-up dance at the start of the show). ALFONSO: Thank you. Thank you. Witney, what's going on? WITNEY: I'm doing fantastic. I'm just sending our vibes over to our contestants here. ALFONSO: All right. We've got our three contestants/players who are hoping to win $25,000. Witney, let's/please introduce/meet our three players/contestants." (2019 Revival)

Catchphrases[]

Round 1[]

"We play with a standard deck of cards. The object of the game is to make as close to 21 as you can without going over. Catch 21 exactly, and you're an instant winner. We shuffled and cut the cards before the show, and now it's time to deal." (Season 1 only)

"Now, the object of the game is to make a 21 without going over. Catch 21 exactly, and you're an instant winner/you'll win instantly." (Seasons 2-4)

"Welcome to Catch 21. One of you is gonna have a chance to play for $25,000. Here's how we play: I'm gonna ask you a trivia question. If you answer correctly, you get control of the next card which you can keep, pass to one of your opponents, or freeze. The object of the game is to Catch 21 or get as close to 21 as possible without going over.

"We'll start you off with one card each. Mikki/Witney, deal the cards."

(Mikki/Witney dealing the cards for each player)

"Now, players, to earn more cards, you need to be the first to ring in and (correctly) answer a multiple-choice question. Anytime you get a card, you can keep it (to make your hand better), or force it on one of your opponents to/and make their hand worse (or to bust them out). (Once you have a hand that you like, and you're the one in control, you can freeze.) You'll get 100 points for each correct answer, and 500 points for winning the round. And if you're the first player of the day to get a 21 exactly, you will win this. Are you guys ready? Contestants: Yes! Host: All right, let's play Catch 21." (2008-2011)

"And if you're the first player of the day to get/catch a 21 exactly, you will win this..." (Seasons 2-4)

"You get 500 points for winning this round, for a total of (insert score)." (Whenever a contestant wins the round).

"(Insert name), congratulations. That makes you the winner of this game/round. You've guaranteed yourself in the Head-to-Head Round, and you get a Power Chip, which will help if you get to play in our Bonus Round." (2019 Revival)

"Round 2 is coming up, but if you at home love watching Catch 21 on TV, you'll love to play online for free (exclusively) at (Games.com and) GSN.com. Stick around, we'll deal more Catch 21 right after this." (2008-2011)

"When we come back, (insert the other two contestants) will get another chance to go to our Head-to-Head Round to determine who will go on to play for $25,000. More Catch 21 coming right up." (2019 Revival)

Round 2[]

"Welcome back to Catch 21. Let's recap the scores. (insert score recap)." (2008-2011)

"Welcome back to Catch 21. We're about to play our second round. But, let's take a minute to say hello to our contestants." (When he chats with the contestants before Round 2 begins on the 2019 Revival)

"Now, keep in mind, when this round is over/at the end of this round, we're gonna have to say goodbye to the player with the lowest score/the player with the lowest score will be eliminated." (2008-2011)

"The prize for catching/getting a 21 exactly is still in play." (Seasons 2-4, in case the prize hasn't been won yet)

"(insert Round 1 winner), you've already secured your spot in the Head-to-Head Round. Win this round, you'll get your second Power Chip, which will be important if you get a chance to play for $25,000. Now, (insert other two contestants), the pressure is on, to earn a spot against (insert Round 1 winner). (2019 Revival)

"You got 100 points, you're in control." (When a contestant answers a multiple-choice question correctly; 2008-2011)

"You get 500 points for winning this round, for a total of (insert score). We've got (insert contestant in the lead) in first place with (insert leading score) and (insert contestant in second place) in second place with (insert second place score). (insert last contestant), thanks for playing." (2008-2011)

(insert Round 1 winner), congratulations, you won this round and a second Power Chip. Now, (insert other two contestants), neither of you has won yet, we're gonna have a High Card Playoff to see who will join (insert 2-round winner) in our Head-to-Head Round." (when a contestant has won both rounds in the main game, the other two contestants will play a High Card Playoff; 2019 Revival)

"When we come back, (insert two high scored contestants) will go head-to-head/face-to-face for a chance/shot at/to win $25,000/$50,000. We'll be right back after this."

Round 3[]

"Welcome back to Catch 21. Now, (insert two remaining players), you've made it this far, but only one of you gets to move on to our final round, and a chance to play for $25,000/$50,000."

"Welcome back to Catch 21. The winner of this round takes home $1,000, and more importantly, will get to play for $25,000." (2019 Revival)

"The prize for catching/getting a 21 exactly is still in play. This is your last chance." (Seasons 2-4, whenever someone doesn't catch 21 in the first 2 rounds)

"There are no points in this round. It's all about knowledge, and the luck of the cards." (2008-2011)

"The winner wins $1,000, and moves on to our Final Round." (Season 1 only)

"The winner wins $1,000, plus those all-important Power Chips. They can be a lifesaver in our Final Round. You'll get a Power Chip for each round you've won, plus one more for winning the game." (Seasons 2-4)

"Now, control of the cards is more important than ever. So, listen carefully to your first question."

"Now, being quick and correct is more important than ever. So, listen carefully to your first question."

Playing the Cards[]

"More specific." (Alfonso asking the contestant to be more specific of an answer on the 2019 Revival; also said it earlier on the original version before giving the three choices)

"Is it (insert answer)?" (Alfonso checking if an answer is correct on the 2019 Revival)

"(ding) That is correct./It is (insert correct answer)." (when an answer is correct on the 2019 Revival)

"(buzzer) That is incorrect." (when an answer is incorrect on the 2019 Revival)

"(buzzer) Time." (when the contestant ran out of time to answer the question after he/she buzzed in)

"Let's see his/her next card. Mikki/Witney, deal the card."

"Looking for a/an (insert card), for an instant 21 (and the Special Prize)."

"Anything more than (insert hand higher than 21), and he/she can bust (insert opponent) out."

"It's a/an (insert card)." - Mikki Padilla/Witney Carson (when she deals the card for the controlling player)

"It's a/an (insert card). What do you wanna do? Do you wanna keep the card or pass it?" (if deciding whether the controlling player keeps the card or pass it to their opponents)

"I'm gonna pass it to (insert one of the opponents)." - Contestant (when passing the card to the opponents)

"I'm gonna keep/take it." - Contestant (when he/she keeps the card)

"I'm gonna keep/take it and freeze." - Contestant (when he/she keeps the card and freezes with a better hand before 20)

"Interesting play." (when a contestant using strategy by passing with their opponents with a perfect hand, or busting their own hand)

"You can't/cannot freeze, (because) you're not the one in control." (If a contestant has 18, 19, or 20 in the deck after the opponent has passed)

"You do have the option to freeze. Do you wanna freeze?" (when a contestant answers the multiple-choice question correctly or after the contestant keeps the better card before 20, he/she has the option to freeze)

"There are no ties in Catch 21. You must make a ((insert card before 20) or) 21 to win." (when a contestant freezes with a better hand before 21)

"(insert contestant's name), you've busted. You're out of this round, but not out of the game." (when a contestant has busted in Round 1)

"(insert contestant's name), you've busted, which also means that (with only (insert lowest score),) you're not gonna continue and move on to the next round. Thank you so much for playing/being here." (when a contestant has busted in Round 2 with the lowest score)

"No more questions, we're just gonna deal the cards." (If there's only one controlling player left to play the cards)

"It's a/an (insert card that has gone over 21), which means (insert contestant), you've busted." (when a final controlling player has busted)

"And since you're the first 21 of the day, you win the Special Prize." (whenever the first contestant gets a 21 exactly)

"You just won $1,000." (when a contestant wins the game)

"You just won $1,000 and you've won the Special Prize." (when a contestant wins the game and gets a 21 exactly)

"You don’t go empty-handed, you do win that special prize." (when a contestant does not move on to the final round, but won the special prize earlier)

"When we come back, (insert winning contestant) is gonna try to win $25,000/$50,000. Don't go anywhere."

"When we come back, (insert winning contestant) is gonna play for $25,000. Stay tuned." (2019 Revival)

Bonus Round[]

"Welcome back to Catch 21. I'm here with (insert player who won the game) who just won $1,000 and now is about to play for $25,000/$50,000."

"Welcome back to Catch 21. I'm here with (insert player who won the game) who just won $1,000 and now has a chance to play for $25,000. Now, (insert contestant's name), what would you do if you win all that cash?" (2019 Revival)

"Until now, you had to play with/work with only one hand, but now, you're gonna play with three. We've got a new deck that's been shuffled and cut [backstage], so, we'll start you/things off by dealing you one card for each hand. All right, Mikki, deal the cards." (2008-2011)

"It's a/an (insert card)." - Mikki Padilla/Witney Carson (dealing the cards for each hand)

"Now, the object is to Catch 21 exactly, do that with one hand, and you'll win $1,000. Catch 21 twice, and the money jumps/climbs to $5,000. But/And, if you manage to Catch 21 in all three hands, you will win... $25,000!" (Season 1-2 only)

"Catch 21 just once and you'll/you're gonna win $1,000. Catch 21 twice, and the money jumps/climbs to $5,000. But, if you manage to Catch 21 in all three hands, you will/gonna win... $25,000!" (Season 3-4 only)

"Until now, you had to work with only one hand, but now, you're gonna play with three; the object is to Catch 21 exactly, do it once, and you'll go home with $2,500. Catch 21 twice/two times, and you'll go home with $5,000, and if you Catch 21 in all three hands/three times, you'll leave with/win a [grand] total of $25,000!" (2019 Revival)

"Now you can stop at anytime, because if you should bust in any one of the three hands, you will lose everything except the $1,000 you won earlier." (Season 1-2 only)

"But be careful, because if you bust any (one of the three) hand(s), you will lose everything, except the $1,000 you won earlier, so if you want to stop/quit, just say so." (2008-2011)

"Now you can stop at anytime, because if you go over on any hand, you will walk away with $1,000 you won earlier." (2019 Revival)

"Here are your Power Chips. They can keep you alive. Each Power Chip/one allows you to change the card if you don't like it. You've won a Power Chip for each round you've won, plus one more for winning the game." (Season 1-2 only)

"Here are your (Burger King) Power Chips. They allow to have it your way and change a card if you don't like it." (Season 3-4 only)

"You've won 1/2/all 3 round(s), so you get 1/2/3 (Burger King) Power Chips, plus one more for winning the game; 2/3/4 (Burger King) Power Chips. Use them wisely. (Season 2-3 only)

"You've won 2/3/4 power chips. 1/2/3 for winning (all) the rounds you've won, plus one for winning the game. Use them wisely." (Season 4 only)

"You've won 1/2/3 power chip(s) from the one/two round(s)/all three rounds you won (, plus/and [I'm gonna give you] one more for being our champion. 2/3/4 power chips.) Each Power Chip allows you to get rid of a card you don't like and draw a new one, so use them wisely." (2019 Revival)

"A new deck has been shuffled and cut, so we'll start you off by dealing you one card for each hand. All right, Witney, deal the cards." (2019 Revival)

"Now from this point forward, where you place the cards is completely up to you." (2019 Revival)

"Now, I’ve got to ask you the question.

  • You have $1,000/$5,000 on the board, $1,000 from earlier, total of $2,000/$6,000. Do you want to take the money you have and stop, or do you want to continue playing and possibly walk out of here with $25,000/$50,000?" (2008-2011)
  • You have $2,500/$5,000 on the board. Do you want to take the money you have and stop, or do you want to continue playing and possibly walk out of here with $25,000?" (2019 Revival)

"Remember, a Power Chip is not a Stop Chip. It is a Power Chip. A Power Chip only forces you to see the next card. You can only stop after you have played a card."

"Anything more than (insert hand higher than 21), and you'll/you will bust (, and [you'll/you will] lose $1,000/$2,500/$5,000)."

"You just won $25,000/$50,000!" (when a player catch 21 in all three hands)

"Okay, you walk out of here/go home with $1,000/$2,500/$5,000. But, just for fun, (out of curiosity,) we need to see what you could've won: ($5,000, or possibly) $25,000." (when a player catch 21 in one or two hands and decides to walk away)

"Which means, you've busted. But you're not going away/home empty-handed, you still walk away/go home with $1,000 you won earlier." (when a player has busted in one of the three hands)

Taglines[]

"We'll be back next time with new players trying to play their cards right. She's Mikki Padilla. I'm Alfonso Ribeiro. Thanks for watching. Bye-bye, See ya!" (used in Season 1 only)

"We'll be back next time with new players trying to play their cards right. I'm Alfonso Ribeiro. Thanks for watching; (See ya!)" (used in Season 2 only)

"We'll be back next time with new players trying to play their cards right. I'm Alfonso Ribeiro. Thanks for watching; See ya!" (Seasons 3-4)

"ALFONSO: That's it for Catch 21. Come back next time with three more players take a shot at winning $25,000. I'm Alfonso Ribeiro. WITNEY: And I'm Witney Carson. ALFONSO: Thanks for watching. See ya!" (2019 Revival)

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