|| September 17, 2007
- Guest appearance: Donald Trump.
- New models were introduced, such as Krissy Carlson who holds case #16, Lianna Grethel who holds case #22, Kelly Brannigan who holds case #24, and Keltie Martin who holds case #4.
- The first game had the models wear gold dresses.
- Donna DiBiase, no relation to Ted, the professional wrestler, was the opening contestant for DoND's third season.
- Her first round removed two of the lower large numbers, and Howie took the call from not the banker (who "couldn't make it"), but Donald Trump. Trump delivered offers from his box, and he was in full view of the audience. He presented himself as nice, but tough on contestants who don't listen to him and get out when he suggests. He also proved to be tough with money, as, after the second round, he dropped his offer even though only one large amount dropped out of the game. After turning down $96,000, Trump's prediction of "a tragic mistake" came true: Katie Cleary's case 11 revealed the grand prize, and after the usual low-skewed offer following such a hit, the last large number went kaboom. Out of $25, $100, $400, $1,000, and $5,000, Donna took it down to the extreme two and ended up leaving with the $25 (Her final offer was $2,400). Donald Trump showed his philanthropy by awarding Donna's son a $25,000 check after the game.
|| September 19, 2007
- The second game had the models wear NFL t-shirts.
- George Barnes, an NFL superfan, was led into the studio and surprised with a set decked out for him, and plenty of NFL players to help. He picked case 18 for Peyton Manning. When the game board was taken down to eight cases, including the top two prizes and $100,000 for backup, the banker offered his usual sports-fan super package: a 2008 GMC Sierra Denali with tailgating gear, four season tickets to the Colts, three games sideline passes WITH practices, two autographed football, honorary 12th man passes to throw out the first ball, a once-in-a-lifetime Super Bowl XLII package with two tickets, airfare and hotel for four nights, VIP tickets to the Super Bowl concert series beforehand, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the NFL Network AND lunch with a former player. This, combined with 50 grand in cash, was worth $116,900, but his wife reasoned with him that this would not pay off his debt, and two more rounds proved it: Both top prizes were still active, and $237,000 was at stake. Unfortunately, the backup $750,000 dropped out of the game, and the banker was free to skew his offer lower to $189,000, only 74.8% of the current mean. This, however, would be all null and void if the top prize was hit, as the highest after that was $10,000. George bailed out of the game despite the NFL players insisting the million was in his case, and they were right. What a bad lead-in to the upcoming Million Dollar Mission! (TBF, if he didn't have the million, and got rid of it in one of the cases at that point, he would've been kicking himself, so I think he did the right thing.)
- When the sports package was turned down, the truck was given away to a random audience member, just to intimidate George.
- The Lucky Case Game was worth $1 million, and it was not given away until the next show when 2 models went to the winner's home live and presented the prize to them.
|| September 26, 2007
- A Floridian third-grade teacher, Tim Krajewski came for the show looking for a million, normally a 3.8% chance, but now it's a 7.6% chance: The Million Dollar Mission is now active. A second $1 million case replaces the $750,000. When a million is eliminated, it is taken from the top of the list. Unfortunately, one of them dropped out of the game in the second round, and two other large numbers went with it. His family urged him to continue, and one large amount dropped out of the game in each of the next two rounds, leaving only the second $1 million and the $300,000 amount. Despite the banker's stingy offers, after opening 21 cases, Tim decided it was time to quit at $180,000, which came just before lightning struck. His case could still have had $300,000, but it had 1/60 of that.
- Charlene Miranda, a former car accident victim, and an enthusiastic mother was soon treated with the news of the second stage of the Million Dollar Mission: 3 $1 million cases. Within seven cases, two of them were gone, and Charlene's game was forced to straddle over to the next show.
- Charlene's small son, Aidan, who without his suggestion would not be accompanying his mother on the show, was allowed to speak the "open the case" cue once. This earned the #5 spot on DoND's Top 10 Moments.
|| September 28, 2007
- Charlene Miranda kept the final $1 million case in play, but the board grew more and more dangerous as the rest of the Super Seven began falling. Without a safety net, and with a 25% chance of disaster, they had to go against their leading promise of "we are never touching that button" and take home $165,000, even if it was skewed low. If they had played it out, they would have taken home the $50,000 case, but they could have gone down to two and dealt for $498,000.
- A family of four, the Drews, played phenomenally, removing only one of the four $1 million cases in four rounds. In arguably the biggest show-to-show cliffhanger in DoND history, viewers were left staring at this board: $100, $200, $500, $100,000, $200,000, and three $1 million cases, and then hoping that turning down $217,000 was not a tragic mistake for this close-knit family.
|| October 3, 2007
- The Drews' next round knocked out not only one of the millions, but a key $100,000 backup. The offer still increased, and after another small number dropped out of the game, the banker offered $309,000. Faced with a 40% chance at holding $1 million, along with a $200,000 backup, the Drews played on, but two more rounds lost both millions. The family saw no alternative but to play on down to two cases, and settled for $106,000. Their case held the $100.
- Alecia Whitaker, looking for living money, found she had a 5/26 chance of picking a $1 million case. With four MDC's left after two rounds and three backup amounts, the banker's second offer broke six figures. After a brief dip, the banker's offers picked up to $159,000 and $262,000. Although Alecia's board was not as ideal as the Drews (only two MDC's left, and only a $200,000 backup), nevertheless, the show-to-show cliffhanger was still suspenseful.
|| October 5, 2007
- Alecia decided to turn down her offer and was met with the loss of one of the millions. With only the $200,000 backing up the remaining $1M case, Alecia nevertheless continued playing until her backup disappeared. With $306,000 at stake and a large gap between $1,000,000 and the next highest amount of $750, Alecia quit the game. She had said that the million was definitely in her case, and at the end of the day, so it was.
- Cecil Richardson, the archetypal pastor, began his game by losing one of his six MDC's. The offer, however, broke six-figures: $101,000 (the second-highest first offer in history, and the highest at the time). Soon, all but one of the six top prizes dropped out of the game, but faith allowed him to continue despite the steadily widening crevasse awaiting him should he bomb. After 22 cases, the banker was forced to finally offer true-odds, but even that did not stop Cecil: He turned it down, and reached the three-case point safe for the moment, but with a gap of four zeroes between the two top amounts. Cecil had had a dream, in which either 9 or 16 contained the big money; 16 was still in the gallery, and he had chosen 9. The offer of $310,000, however, got him out of the game. Following his dream, his next selection was 14... and it had $50. Afterward, Cecil stated he thought the million was in 16 and said he would have swapped cases (a first). Howie dealt with this by having Krissy Carlson open her case from the gallery. Inside: the final $1 million amount. O YE OF LITTLE FAITH!
|| October 10, 2007
- Carmen Gant, a casual photographer looking to pay off divorce-lawyer fees from her divorce and send the kids to college, came to DoND and found out she was in the sixth stage of the MDM: seven $1 million cases! Two of them fell out in the first round. After obviously turning down the starting offer of $45,000, the second round began with the $1 and the penny, which Carmen both captured on film, $750 also left, but the round ended with two more big millions, however, the offer still rose to $55,000. Another million left after round 3 which took the offer down to $51,000. After round 4, with eight cases remaining, only one MDC was left in play, and the banker was able to offer on the cheap: $42,000. Three more rounds were all small, however, the bank continued to bait Carmen with offers of $73,000, $93,000, and $133,000. This plan, however heartless, worked: The 25% bomb exploded in round 8. $50, $100, and $25,000 were left. The offer of $6,000 was rejected and the $25,000 followed in the final round. Carmen, surprisingly, dealt for $100. Her case could have been double or half; it was double, sadly... (I kinda expected that). Sara had the $50.
- This is probably the worst known example of baiting a contestant with low offers in DoND history. As the Million Dollar Mission progressed, they got worse.
- This episode, in particular, highlighted the glaring problem of being able to predict the result of the game with very little time left. In the past, episodes would be carried over at suspenseful points, and sometimes even just before a case was opened. Carryovers rarely happen nowadays, and never this late in the game, such that with only 3 minutes left in the show, there would be no possible way that anything other than hitting the landmine could happen within the time limit. This problem is only accentuated by special reunions, inopportune commercials, and above all, Howie's talk before a case late in the game is opened, which can drag on for several minutes.
||October 12, 2007
- Texan Wynetta Williams continued the Million Dollar Mission with eight $1 million cases. FIVE of them were removed out of 6 picks in round 1, but since the $1 million cases are taken from the lowest normal-game equivalent up, there is no way of telling whether this was indeed the worst opening round in history. All 5 cases in round 2, however, were small-medium numbers (highest opened was $50,000) and Wynetta retorted with rap verses. The next seven cases took out only one of the three remaining millions, and the banker, faced with a 25% chance of finally having to write a check for $1 million, faced Wynetta with her worst fear: a snake! The next case was one of the millions; fortunately, the other one was safe. She turned down the first of two low-skewed offers, but when the 20% chance of dropping to a top prize of $400 began too terrifying, against her suspicions, she sold away case 17 for $115,000. One by one, the four small amounts dropped out, and the Million Dollar Mission came to an end with its third millionaire tycoon and no winners. BTW, for those wondering how the prove-out went...
- Round 7: $.01 Offer: $225,000
- Round 8: $75 Offer: $361,000
- Round 9: $400 Offer: $496,000
- The banker has been heavily lambasted for the snake prank, as, like Beverly Futch and her spider prank, it is believed that this caused her to get out sooner than she intended to.
|| October 17, 2007
- Kimberly "Kitten" Bradshaw's game returned to the normal board. The first round removed $100,000 and $200,000, but also the penny. $400,000 and $750,000 then dropped out in round 2, followed by the $1 million in round 3. Against the banker's assumption that, as a football player, "she wouldn't be able to stick it out to the fourth quarter", Kimberly took the board down to 5 cases, including the two remaining large numbers - $300,000 and $500,000. Then, she ran into the wrong end zone: Both amounts dropped out of the game. Since $10,000 would not pay off her debts and the offer ($23,000) would, she quit and was rewarded when the $75,000 landmine appeared immediately. Kimberly's case had the last small amount: $25.
|| October 19, 2007
- Ashlee Mundy, who personally survived breast cancer, was the sole contestant in this special Warriors in Pink-sponsored episode. She chose case 22 and began with one great round and one with four large numbers.
- After this round, Sharon Osbourne in person added herself to Ashlee's support bench, and this led to another wonderful round with nothing over $5,000, and then a round with the top two prizes disappearing. After Ashlee refused the resulting $18,000 offer, a special Warriors in Pink Ford Mustang convertible was given to a random member of the audience. At this point, only the $200,000 amount remains of the large values, however, Ashlee removed four small cases before bailing out of the game at $42,000.
- Afterward, $750 and $400 cases would have led to an offer topping out at $98,000 before it was shown that Ashlee did, indeed, have only $25. After the show, Ford donated $100,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which was a win-win for Ashlee.
|| October 26, 2007
- Looking to replace the computers stolen from his son's school, Neal Washington chose to pick case 1, leading to Claudia's sophomore stage walk. Despite $1,000,000 and $750,000 being bigger, Neal explicitly wanted $500,000 from this game; that was removed on the third pick.
- As the safety net narrowed itself down to $400,000 and $1,000,000 only, the students he was specifically playing for watched on satellite. In response to a perfect round from Neal, the banker sent out a steak for his butcher opponent along with the $88,000 offer, and this was followed by the net breaking with the $400,000 amount being taken out.
- The offer dropped to $79,000, which didn't satisfy Washington; he played on two more cases against his supporters until even "100% confidence", as he put it, was too risky to go on, as $236,000 was going to be plenty of money.
- The $400 and $750 cases disappeared, which led to of all things: $502,000 (There's his half-million), and then the shock was compounded when, on only its second time chosen, case number 1 turned up $1,000,000! This abandonment of such a strong feeling set in motion a trend of excessive optimism among contestants in this season, with numerous players asserting they owned the top prize, despite their knowledge of the requirements to do so, but then coming back to reality when they were faced with those obstacles.
- Sadly, the next contestant, police officer Michael Abbruzesse, proved too overconfident, as he covered the deal button with police tape, declaring he would not touch it again. He immediately chose case 1, Neal's ignominious case from the previous game, and was greeted with not a million, but $750,000. Otherwise, however, the first two rounds included only one other large amount before time ran out for the night as $53,000 gets put in the slammer.
|| November 2, 2007
- Michael Abbruzesse continued his game, which slowly increased the offers under the pressure from the $500,000 and $1 million cases. Looking to get Michael to crack, the banker sent out a pig (to stereotype Michael as a fat police officer) with the $141,000 offer attached to it. This led to a heart-attack case: $1,000,000 in case 18. At this point, Howie only added to the "humiliation" by removing the police tape as the offer dropped to $41,000, which was sent away, and promptly followed by the landmine $500,000 case.
- After taking out $400 in the next round, Michael disobeyed himself by hitting the deal button that he said he'd never touch, but at least he leaves with $1,700 for a case that only had $75. And no one ever learned from this show not to commit that early...
- Following that, Keisha Brown took the stage, trying to win enough money to buy a house. Her husband Jackie, at one point, was cooking a porkchop sandwich, which went very wrong and burned down the entire house and also giving Jackie his nickname of Porkchop. She picked 14 as her case. Of course, the board promptly "burnt down" in response, with four large numbers in the first seven cases, and only $500,000 and $400,000 remaining by the end of round 2.
- At this point, the camera shifted to Keisha's kids, in the care of Brooks Leach, the only person to play DoND twice. This, however, was followed instantly by the $500,000 case, which probably embarrassed Brooks when he saw the show air. At the end of the round, $31,000 was traded away for three cases, only $400,000 and $50,000 still desirable...and a one-week wait until the next show.
|| November 9, 2007
- The models were wearing green dresses.
- A waste of time to carry Keisha's game over, you might say - after the rather poor start to the game, the last large number ($400,000) opened the show, which was a Green Is Universal special episode. Just at the tipping point of $10,000 with exactly that, $50,000, and $5,000 and below still available, $50,000 was removed and the game trudged on down to four cases, $5,000, $10,000, and two small numbers. The over-book offer of $4,000 was taken, and while $10,000 would be the next case, $5,000 remained as a second guard and that's what was finally inside her case.
- It's not easy being green, DJ Danny Pecoraro hopes to eventually be Howie. And he picks better than Howie, up until the end of round 2, ouchies. $1 million. For reassurance, the real "It's not easy being green" Kermit the Frog is on Danny's bench! On that note, Danny shoots the penny out of the game and makes only one small misstep ($400,000) and receives offers of $77,000, $108,000, and $201,000. However, before the latter offer was given, the banker, having seen Danny in a boy-band video, counters with his "Banker Boys" boy band to throw Danny. This largely succeeds, leading to the $500,000 being removed, and the offer drops to $129,000.
- While for all practical purposes, this offer is less takable than the $201,000, the bench convinces him to leave the game. While Danny is just happy to be on Deal or No Deal, he won't be happy with the $621,000 deficit he ran when it was all over, with the banker's offer reaching $271,000 before the safety net disappeared and then $413,000 before Danny's case was ultimately revealed.
|| November 16, 2007
- Cheerleader coach Erin Kraft played the game reasonably well through the first rounds but then ran into $750,000. The succeeding cases were mostly good as well, but the net was largely broken when $500,000 was found in round four. At this point, Erin's cheerleaders, who had been giving their coach video packages throughout the game, surprised her by actually appearing in the studio!
- Seven of them took delivery of the cases and held them for the remainder of the episode. However, the first two girls (Paige and Kaitlyn) turned up $100,000 and $1,000,000, prompting the latter to renounce modeling as a future career. After $20,000 was sent away and case 1 was chosen, the game paused for a special $100,000,000 giveaway.
- Hershey's celebrated its 100th anniversary by holding a nationwide lottery, with three lucky couples having the chance to play for $100 million on the DoND stage. They each picked two of 150 cases from a separate board, hoping to choose the two cases that had two halves of a Hershey's Silver Kiss, which would earn them the grand prize, or a share of it if more than one team happened to win. None of the teams got either half but were given $100,000 anyway.
- The game returned to Deal or No Deal, and case 1 was opened to reveal $50,000, followed by a $34,000 offer and a $5 case. The banker decided to overbook the offer, sending $60,000 out against $200,000, $25,000, $10,000 and $100. Directly after this offer was taken, $200,000 was opened by another cheerleader, and Erin's case was shown to contain only $10,000.
- Each team, individually, had a 1/11,175 chance of finding both halves of the kiss (1/75 * 1/149). For the winners of a nationwide lottery, you'd expect more than that.
|| November 21, 2007
- The bottom five were replaced with "GRAVY", "CRANBERRY SAUCE", "STUFFING", "PUMPKIN PIE", and "TURKEY" for this Thanksgiving episode. Contestants, when they wanted a low number, instead of asking for one, announced that they were hungry if food was still in play.
- DaKenya McDuffy started with killing four of the top five amounts (leaving just the $500,000) continuing the bad streak of luck that always happens on Thanksgiving episodes. Her game peaked at $96,000, and then she removed the $200,000, sending the offer down to $87,000 (which was whispered into her mother's ear, unusual for a lower offer). Even though this offer was quite low with $500,000 in play, because of the bleak-looking left side (PUMPKIN PIE, TURKEY, $75), and only the $500,000 remaining on the left side, DaKenya pressed the red button. The playout revealed both remaining food items and the banker offering up $271,000, DaKenya's case contained $75.
- The second contestant of the 2-hour special, Jay Garrity (who drove 3,000 miles to the studio and had to push his truck inside because the brakes failed at the last moment), was soon treated to a surprise: since DaKenya didn't win the $1 million, there would be "Leftovers". The $1,000,000 became $2,000,000, and the $750,000 became $1,000,000. Jay's first offer topped the record books at $104,000, but viewers could see Jay was a serious player, as before Howie could finish explaining, he closed the glass box. In a stunning reversal, Jay removed low amounts galore and turned down offers of $335,000, $426,000, and $482,000 with barely a whim. One more small amount ($50,000) left Jay with a tie for the best chance at $1,000,000 plus: 50-50 (the top two prizes were still available, and the CRANBERRY SAUCE and $300 finished out the board). With a 58% chance of having to shell out more than Michelle Falco's $880,000 record offer, the banker offered a cheap, but still very sizable sum of $573,000. Amazingly, Jay turned it down, but one case away from ultimate glory, the "Thanksgiving Curse" struck him down: Lauren Shiohama's case 8 contained the $2 million grand prize. Even though he loudly proclaimed he was going for the second prize of $1 million, when faced with $307,000 from the bank, he finally gave in. Jay Garrity, a man who came in shouting "MILLION BUCKS!", had twice the chance at just that, and in a cruel twist of fate, he would have won the $1,000,000 had he played down to the end of the game, just as he intended to.
- So far, out of five games played on Thanksgiving, four have begun with complete disaster, and the fifth, Jay's game, was a cruel tantalization of how close it can be to a million dollars.
- Beginning rounds like DaKenya's have occurred practically only during Thanksgiving, leading viewers to believe the day is cursed.
|| November 30, 2007
- Marisa Ortiz started the episode by eliminating $1 million - the highest amount that remained on the board, leaving only $200,000, $400,000 and $750,000 as the only three huge amounts in play. Fortunately, she managed to avoid both of them throughout the entire game. With four cases left: $75, $200, $5,000, and the one huge amount, she took a deal for $63,000. Fortunately, her next case would have been the $400,000, and her case had only $5,000.
- New contestant Jallah Leonard is an educator from Newport, RI. His motto was "Refuse to lose". He chose 23 as his case. After the first 2 rounds, the board was without the top 2. He had $200,000, $300,000, $400,000, and $500,000 in play still.
|| December 5, 2007
- This episode was split into 2 parts.
- Returning contestant Jallah Leonard starts the episode with opening four cases. And then promptly got screwed over as his big 4 got KO'd in later rounds, with the final one being KO'd in round 7. And then he lost $300. After $25 was removed, he was left with $1 and $50. He was offered $25. He did not want to take it, or switch cases and he left with $1. Alike had the $50. The man who said "refuse to lose" has lost, BIG TIME.
- Larry Bales had even worse luck, as none of his offers got past $20,000, and he KO'd the Super 7 after 8 rounds. After $75 and $400 left he was left with $25 and $1,000. His final offer was $550. He didn't take it and refused to switch. You can pretty much guess what happened next.
- New contestant Summer Andrew is a stay-at-home mom. His husband is terrible at the online game he loves, and the banker wants his husband to play the online game while she is playing the real game and both games are played for $1 million. Summer was on fire at the real game, but his husband picked one of the six-figures - being the $750,000 off the board in the first round. In the second round, she knocked out the $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 in that round. Craig has $300,000, $400,000, and the million still in play. In round 5, she knocked out the $400,000 and the million, but she played better in the next round and took the $59,000 deal. She would've KO'd the $500,000 had she continued. To make this good deal even better, she had the penny. She decided to go with his husband's case, and his deal was $74,000, so she won $74,000.
|| December 7, 2007
- The models are wearing bikinis because the show's theme is Summer in December.
- Demetres Boyd, who planned to pay off student loans and buy her own home with her winnings, was the sole contestant for this summer-themed game. Mandell came dressed in a short-sleeved button-down shirt, while the models were dressed in orange bikinis and rugged blue shorts. Boyd's game started shakily as she opened three of the top seven amounts ($300,000, $400,000, and $1 million) in Round 1, and $750,000 in Round 2. However, her game steadily got better; she opened the three smallest amounts ($.01, $1, and $5) in succession but then opened the $500,000 case. With eight cases left, she was left with $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, and $200,000 (similar to the Australian Deal board). By round 7, Boyd was left with $200,000 as the lone desirable amount. Despite pleas from her supporters and the audience to take a $44,000 offer, Boyd bravely played on, eventually eliminating $75 and $10 in two successive rounds to wind up with a $110,000 offer and two cases left, one holding $1,000 and the other concealing $200,000. The banker's last offer elicited cries of "DEAL! DEAL! DEAL!" from the entire studio and the bench as well, but Boyd - convinced she had the large amount in her case, rejected the offer, plus a chance to switch cases. It was a gamble that did not pay off: Boyd's case held $1,000, resulting in a groan unheard of since contestant Wesley Autrey's epic downfall.
|| December 10, 2007
- This episode, the first of three in "What's the Deal? Week", introduced a new method of play: "Winner-Take-All". Without knowing the results of the other contestants' games, 3 players would play their own, otherwise completely regular, games and the biggest dealer would win everything won that night.
- The show began with Eric Serpico, whose game started promising, but the $500,000 and $1 million prizes both disappeared in round 2. After round 4, only the $300,000 was left among the Super Seven. Spurred on by "The Voice of Boxing", Sugar Ray Leonard, and the fact that he would have to beat two other contestants, Eric, in an eerily similar game to the previous night, ran the board down to the top two cases remaining: $50,000 and $300,000. This time, the banker skewed his offer lower: $146,000. Serpico, without much thought, refused the final offer and the offer to switch cases. Without the Winner Take All, he would have probably taken the suggestion of quitting at the $101,000 offer (with three cases left) or even taken the $146,000 offer, but like Demetres only the previous night, he ended up with the lesser amount. The second player, Shalanda London, had similar bad luck at the beginning of the game, but her board after Round 4 was much stronger: $10,000, $75,000, $100,000, and $300,000 were all available. Unfortunately, the round began with the $300,000. The game went back and forth with small amounts and then big ones to leave Shalanda with no chance: her board was $200 and $10,000. She scored the $10,000 case, but unknown to her, Eric had beaten this score. The final player, David Vinson, removed the top prize in round 1, but the $100,000, $400,000, $500,000, and $750,000 survived up until the fourth round when $500,000 fell out of the game. However, the offer still went up: to $106,000, which was the third consecutive offer that, if taken, would win David the game. Unfortunately, David did not know he had won and played only to remove the $750,000 case. He managed only one offer over $50,000 before the $400,000 case also dropped out of the game. At three cases, David had a curious board: $1, $50,000, and $100,000. The banker made his second attempt to crash David with a very low offer: $35,000. It worked again: David removed the $100,000 case and ended up leaving with the dollar. Eric Serpico, therefore, took home $60,001, and as for the other two... well, who can say they won $0 on Deal or No Deal?
|| December 11, 2007
- Mary Banford, the ultimate Broadway fan, soon found the curtain descending when her first six cases included three large numbers. However, despite the Super Seven being otherwise completely demolished, the $1 million bastions remained. Even though the last round had only taken out the $500,000 case, the banker dropped his offer once again, to $62,000, however, $12,000 of it was in the ultimate Wicked fan's package, delivered by Glinda herself: an opportunity to be in the performance that night, chauffeured in the company limo, the chance to meet the entire cast, and most importantly, a priceless item: Glinda's magic wand. With little hesitation, Mary pressed the red button. However important this was to her, she had a 1/8 chance that this was the worst deal in history, she also had a 1/8 chance of removing the $1 million case in one pick, which, fortunately, happened. The second case of the round, not shown on-air, was $25, and Mary's case contained $500. Footage of the resulting night was then shown.
- Efren Afonte, along with his fiancee, came to the show looking for three things: enough money to have a family, enough money to make it through school, and enough money to visit his parents, who moved to the Philippines. By the end of the show, 15 (his wedding date) was holding up well, with the possibility of containing $200,000, $750,000, or $1 million, or perhaps one of eight other small numbers.
- The second show in the three-night, 5-hour What's the Deal? special, had regular games, but with one special addition: Howie picked one case from each game, just before it was going to be opened, and opened it into a special box which allowed only the camera, and only the camera, to see it. Mary's game featured case 22, which had $5, and Efren's game featured case 17, which had $200.
- The Lucky Case Game began at $20,000 and increased to $50,000 over the hour.
- Offers of "special opportunities" are widely disdained among the DoND community. Officially, the banker paid out $50,000 in cash and $12,000 in other expenses to get a contestant out far more often than offering $62,000 in straight cash, which viewers hold to be an unfair advantage.
|| December 12, 2007
- To surprise Efren and to get him to, perhaps, play on further, Howie brought Efren's parents into the studio and introduced them, then hid them away until later. Efren's game then resumed, with one more round of small numbers, and the banker offering up $179,000. Howie then announced they would help him with one of the three things, mentioning each in turn, and then pointing to Efren's parents approaching the podium. After this reunion, Efren soon became the shining star of DonD, continuing to remove small numbers, and turning down $224,000, $281,000, and $340,000 despite the supporters' reservations. By this time, the board looked similar in structure to Jay Garrity's perfect board: $10, $25,000, $750,000, and $1 million. The resulting case - $25,000 - changed the game's character into a twist of fate: The board had the same amounts as Michelle Falco, only this time the $1 million amount was the top prize. The banker was forced to pony up a sum never bettered in a regular game: $493,000. One of Efren's supporters had a sister who needed caring for, and she attempted to reason with him: "You promised to take care of her all the time. Not 1/3 of the time." However, Efren refused the offer and put all the pressure on Lindsay Clubine, who opened her case with her trademark large-number swoon to reveal the $1 million prize. The board still reeked of Michelle, because she could have just as easily opened the $1 million herself. The banker, seeing the large spread between $10 and $3/4 million, dropped his offer very low: $296,000. Knowing the forthcoming "Deal Wheel" could still triple his winnings to even more than Michelle's offer of $880,000, Efren dealt, and his case had the $10. The lead-in to the Deal Wheel suggested the option of spinning or not would be given, but it was obligatory.
- The Deal Wheel works like this: The contestant will spin the wheel, and drop a large ball into a slot at the top of a flight of stairs, which (akin to Plinko) would drop through pins and into the wheel, and through more pins which could drop it into 10 slots labeled "1/2", 15 labeled "2X", and 5 labeled "3X", which would send Efren's winnings to $888,000. After it drops it into a slot, the wheel's continuing motion will pitch it up and back into the pins until it falls into a slot and stays there until the wheel stops moving. Efren's ball was stuck in one of the 1/2 slots, but just barely rolled out; it still, however, landed in a 1/2 slot. Thus, Efren suffered the largest loss in Deal history: $493,000 down to $148,000.
- Anthony Moreira, of Cuban descent, looked for $3 million on Deal. The first two rounds were good, but after the third round, the other two of the top three were gone. Anthony pressed it down to 8 cases, including the next three biggest numbers, and quickly lost the fourth and fifth prizes. Since Anthony was a big The Office fan, Howie brought in the accountants from the show, who advised him on his number decisions. One of them claimed to have predicted every case amount correctly, and even flat-out stated where the $200,000 amount would be, but facing a Demetres Boyd board, Anthony dealt for $40,000. Anthony avoided case 12 (the accountant's prediction) and was soon facing a dilemma: Either the banker was right in his prediction that $200,000 was in his case, or the accountant was correct in declaring it to be in case 12. The accountant was right. The Deal Wheel doubled his winnings to $80,000.
- Efren could have made the best deal by dollars, $493,000 for $10, in the show's history, had he taken that amount of money.
- If Efren had taken that and tripled it, he would have come close to $1,500,000 in winnings.
- The Deal Wheel has received the show's harshest criticism yet for the fact that it lacks a bailout option. If Efren had won the $1 million and then lost half of it on the wheel, the media backlash would have been staggering.
- The wheel was brought back for later episodes, and helped two more, but also halved two more deals. This has led to this gimmick being highly disliked among fans.
||December 25, 2007
- The first contestant of the night was Harriet Cohen. He quickly found the $300,000 and $750,000 cases (contained in Lauren Shiohama's case #8 and Patricia Kara's case #9) and found the $200,000 and $1 million in the fourth round. The offer for that round dropped to $29,000, but he would not take that, he would take $129,000 home. The playout increased the offer to $215,000 before Tameka Jacobs opened up her case (#21) with one hundred thousand dollars in it. Harriet's case held $25,000.
- The next contestant of the night was Jennifer Masche. She's the proud new mom of six babies. She has three boys and three girls. She knocked the million in Tameka Jacobs's case #21 early, she played a little bit better through the third round, but she found the $400,000 and $750,000 in the fourth round. The banker offers $50,000, but she would not take that, she would take the deal for $121,000. In the prove-out, Lianna had $1,000, and her final offer would've been $200,000, and she did not make the best deal because she had $300,000 in her case.
|| January 2, 2008
- Million Dollar Mission play returns in this episode.
- Will quickly found 1 of 2 million dollar cases (contained in Tameka Jacobs's case #21) and found the $100,000 and $300,000 in the fourth round. The offer for that round reached its nadir at $143,000, but he would not take that, he would take $271,000 home. The playout increased the offer to $488,000 before Marisa Petroro opened up her case (#18) with the other million in it, which would've taken it down to $190,000. Even though there was still $400K in play, Will's case held $10,000.
|| January 3, 2008
- Heather McKee, a country pig-farmer, removed only one of the $1,000,000 cases (three in total in this MDM episode) in the first four rounds, leading to an offer of $207,000. Before this offer was given, however, the banker asked to inspect her lucky piggy bank, and then cruelly smashed it with a hammer. This horrific act was met with an instant downturn after the offer was refused: The next round consisted of both $1,000,000 cases, beginning a streak of similar bad luck that would continue across the mission. The $400,000 case still backed up Heather, but before she could return to her glory, that amount left the game as well after a couple more rounds. The game continued to turn down, with the last two cases being the penny and $10,000. The offer of $5,500 was turned down because Heather came to make history. Heather came to the show hoping to fill her piggy bank with a million, she left with no piggy bank... and ONE PENNY. After the show, however, Patricia (model 9) returned her real bank, which the banker didn't smash, to Heather.
- The banker used a fake bank to incite the contestant's anger without actually breaking the bank.
- Of course, winning a penny usually means being labeled as greedy, however, this argument is not valid against the $207,000 offer because of the two $1,000,000 cases and $400,000 among eight cases remaining. Theoretically, the final offer was almost a mandatory take, but many DoND "biggest losers" have been able to sell their checks for considerable amounts. The taxes associated with winning $5,500 narrow this gap even further.
- Case 22 was the "winning" case for Heather.
- Throughout the next few games, two other contestants suffered the same round 5, theoretically a 1/28 chance. One other contestant knocked them both out from six cases, in this case a 1/12 chance. (but actually, it's a 1/42 chance of a person losing both millions. People in the DoND community called this the "Round 5 Curse."
- Heather McKee became the first winner of $.01, the smallest amount possible.
|| January 6, 2008
- This episode was a tribute to the '70's and '80's.
- Nick Abdullah was the first to play. His second offer reached $38,000 even though the $500,000 case was gone, but the third offer increased a little more slowly when Hayley Marie Norman's case knocked out the big one. After Nick eliminated the $100,000 case, he took a deal for $15,000. The next case would have been Jenelle's case #17 containing the $50. The bank offer would have been $27,000. Nick made a good deal because he had $1,000.
- Teresa Trogolio was the second player, and the board had some '80s prizes on the left side. Sadly, she didn't have better luck because, after round 7, her highest amount was $200,000. She took a deal for $55,000. The next case would have been Sara's case #7 containing the $50,000. The bank offer would have been $74,000. Keltie had $5,000 in her case. The bank offer would have been $111,000. Thankfully, like Nick, she had $1,000. (That's the 2nd time that 2+ people have had the same amount in their case).
||January 7, 2008
- The first contestant of the night was Guy Goudeau, who is a fan of dirt bike champion James "Bubba" Stewart, playing with four $1 million cases. He chose case #7. In the first round, he eliminated one of the four MDC's. After he declined the $111,000 offer, he eliminated another one. He played better in round 4, but after turning down $166,000, he suffered the same round 5 as Heather McKee 2 episodes ago, meaning the most he could win now is $75,000. After 2 more rounds, he took the deal for $27,000. In the prove-out, he picked Alike's case which had $1. The banker's offer was $30,000. Stacey Gardner had $75,000, and the bank offer was $8,000, so he just edged out the banker by $2,000. His case: $300. $25,000 went unclaimed.
- The second contestant of the night was Brad Falcon, who had 5 million-dollar cases. After he picked case #7, he knocked out two of the five MDC's. He had a starting offer of $58,000 but doesn't take it. He will open five cases next time.
||January 9, 2008
- Brad Falcon continues his game to open five more cases. He knocked out another million-dollar case on his third pick in round 4 and his first pick in Round 5. On the fourth offer, he was offered $172,000 but the banker wants to offer a bonus of $5,000 if he cuts off his goatee. He didn't want to and rejected the offer. After he knocked out the $100,000 in round 6, his next offer was $153,000, but the banker gives him another chance to cut off his goatee, this time making the bonus $10,000. Again, he rejects both the offer, and the challenge. In the seventh round, he eliminated the $25,000. The offer then went up to $235,000. The banker gave him a third chance to cut off his goatee, and the bonus is now up to $25,000. This time he cut it off, making the offer $260,000, which he took. In the prove-out, Anya had $1, and the banker would've offered him $325,000. He would have picked Katie next. GOOD MOVE! It had the last million-dollar case. He made a great deal because his case was only $100. Aubrie had $400.
|| January 14, 2008
- Margarita Montijo, whose desire is to be a "big shot", has 6 chances to win $1 million! Also, because she wants to give her dad a new truck, a 2008 Ford F250 Super Duty truck replaced the $50,000. She chose case #2, and had great luck on the first 3 rounds, losing only 2 of her 6 MDC's in the first 2. This lead to record early offers of $131,000, $170,000, and $268,000. In round 4, the truck and the 3rd MDC left the fray, and the offer dropped to $239,000. After turning that down, she found polar opposite amounts ($.01 and the 4th million dollar case) in round 5, but the penny helped the offer go back up, this time to $284,000. Round 6 took it back to normal play and an offer of $173,000. And in round 7, her luck ran out as Lindsay opened up the last MDC. With $100,000 now being the best she can do, the offer went all the way down to $22,000. Despite this, she decided to continue and knocked out $5,000 and $5. This gave her a final 2 of $50 and $100,000. Her final offer was $40,000, but the banker offered her flying lessons (Something else she wanted to do), worth $15,000, making her final offer, in total, worth $55,000. She took it, but her case had almost double that. Nevertheless, a fine comeback after losing all 6 MDC's. Nice to see people have bad luck at one point and still end up with a decent win, even if their case had more.
|| January 16, 2008
- The models came out wearing green and a special guest, Ellen DeGeneres, was carrying briefcase number #4.
- New contestant, Shequila Farrelly had a whole Super 7 pack of millions. After knocking out 2, to begin with, her luck began to wane as every round after that saw the loss of an MDC. And when round 5 came, it was all over, as she became the 3rd person to suffer the 1/42. With $75,000 being the best she can hope for now, she goes for it, eventually settling on a $36,000 deal. And she would've died had she continued. Her case had $25,000. A small victory, but another decent win squeezed out of a bad luck game.
|| January 21, 2008
- Garbage collector John Buonviaggio played this "Million Dollar Mission" game, where eight cases, or rather, garbage cans, concealed the $1 million grand prize. After opening with a $155,000 offer after his first round, Buonviaggio fluctuated between $94,000 and $168,000. Buonviaggio pulled out of the game after the fifth round with a $94,000 offer (despite having asked earlier for a $109,000 offer to be put in the trash) and just one shot at the grand prize left.
- In the playout, Buonviaggio kept the last $1 million prize in play until what would have been Round 9 (where his offer would have skyrocketed to $303,000). Once he opened the last million-dollar garbage can, it became clear he made a good deal. A $75 prize awaited him inside his garbage can, with $750 left on stage.
- Britney Lewzader began her game with nine shots at the million. Three of the grand-prize cases were wiped off the board in the first two rounds when time was called. She had rejected a $244,000 offer at the end of the show.
||January 23, 2008
- Billed as the finale for the current "Million Dollar Mission," former beauty queen Britney Lewzader picked up her straddled game with seven $1 million cases remaining in the gallery. Although her first pick in the third round (to start the show) began with unearthing one of the million-dollar cases, she wiped out the three lowest amounts: $1, $5, and $.01, in succession, sending her offer skyrocketing to $288,000.
- After Lewzader's game concluded, the Banker called to say that the Million Dollar Mission will continue after all, with the next show having 10 shots at the grand prize.
- Lewzader continued to play an outstanding game, at one point rejecting $365,000 and a $3,000 supply of Q*Tips cotton ear swabs; only twice did her offer decrease. The second time that happened came after the game came down to three cases — $400 and two $1 million cases. With a $625,000 offer on the board and the audience in a frenzy, Lewzader turned down the deal and chose Case 7. However, the case was not so lucky: it held $1 million. With no safety net left and the drama at an all-time high, Lewzader accepted a $471,000 buyout. In the end, it was a great deal: Her case had $400 all along (and the remaining $1 million case in the gallery was opened for confirmation).
- After Lewzader's game concluded, the Banker called to say that the Million Dollar Mission will continue after all, with the next show having 10 shots at the grand prize.
||February 4, 2008
- With 10 $1 million-dollar cases in play, Becky Matheny of Mesa, Ariz., did not become the U.S. version's first millionaire. But like her immediate predecessor, the show-long game came down to an exciting finish. With four cases left on the board (two of which held the grand prize), Matheny passed up a $381,000 deal, only to choose a case she claimed always had a big one, Hayley Marie and 25. It did.
- With $400, $1,000, and one last $1 million on the board, Matheny debated whether to accept a $297,000 buyout. She did, and in the playout, it turned out to be a great move. Her next pick would have unearthed the last remaining million-dollar prize. Her case held $1,000. A promo for an upcoming Deal or No Deal plugged an 11-case "Million Dollar Mission."
||February 7, 2008
- The 2nd Winner-Take-All game, but this time with 2 people. Jay Hughes, and Kristine Lemieux. How it went...
- Jay Hughes continued until he had four cases left; with $500,000 the last six-figure prize on the board, he accepted a $117,000 offer. It was a good deal: His case held $75, and besides the half-million, the $10 and $300 cases remained in the gallery.
- Kristine Lemieux also brought her game down to four cases left. With $200,000 and $300,000 as her top possible prizes, the other cases she had left allowed her to consider a better offer: $121,000, the other cases had $400 and $1,000. She accepted, only to find her case had $200,000 waiting inside.
- For Lemieux, her "bad deal" turned out alright, since between her and Hughes she had made the best deal (her $121,000 to Hughes' $117,000, a difference of $4,000). That meant Lemieux won $238,000, while Hughes went home with nothing.
- The averages of the two contestants' final boards were the same down to the last thousand; however, the $4,000 difference in offers ended up causing $238,000 to go to one contestant and nothing to the other. The producers of the show have taken a lot of heat for manipulating offers to their advantage as here.
||February 11, 2008
- Tamika Kendall had 11 shots at the million. Alas, still no grand-prize winner.
- Kendall, who came as a fairy godmother, opened four of her $1 million cases in the first round and rejected a $142,000 opening offer. At one point, Kendall was offered $266,000, but could have it doubled in size if she kissed a live frog; she passed up the deal. This offer was brought out on a card, and according to the banker's meanness quotient, it would likely have been brought out on a larger card. For some reason, though, this never happened. Who turns down $266,000 for kissing a frog?
- Ultimately, the game came down to five cases, only one of which was the $1 million, and a $166,000 offer. This time, Kendall bit. The playout proved she made a good deal: She would have wiped out the last grand-prize case with just three left and a potential $367,000 offer on the table. Kendall's case had $10, with $5,000 (the top non-million dollar prize in this game) being the other remaining case. After the break, Howie and the models changed clothes.
- Ryan Cleghorn, who was playing with 12 million-dollar cases, played three rounds before time was called. He had eliminated seven of his $1 million cases and was left to ponder whether to accept a $200,000 deal.
- This "dare" challenge was brought back again for a special Around the World episode: A country girl could have her offer "doubled in size" if she ate Estonian blood sausage. Indeed, the fan hypothesis about the result proved true.
||February 13, 2008
- Twelve cases and still no millionaire. Ryan Cleghorn, who had an even dozen cases with the grand prize inside as part of this "Million Dollar Mission" game, broke the game down to five cases. Having just eliminated the next to last $1 million case, he opted to take a $97,000 offer. The playout went like this:
- Round 7: $1,000 (in case 25). The offer would have skyrocketed to $248,000.
- Round 8: $50 (in case 5). The offer would have surged to $339,000.
- Round 9: $400 (in case 9). The offer would have jumped to $488,000.
- But things turned out well in the end: Cleghorn's case had $500 (the remaining $1 million case was left in the gallery, hidden in case 20).
- Katie Henslin played just one round in her 13-case "Million Dollar Mission" game before time was called, unearthing two of the grand-prize cases in her first six picks. She rejected a $280,000 offer just before the show's ending guaranteed a straddled game.
||February 14, 2008
- Edward Thomassie made a $5 bet with his friend that he would win a large amount of cash on the show, which used the standard rules for this episode only. As it turned out, his friend would be paying up: Thomassie won $131,000 when he accepted a deal with five cases left. Left in play at that point were cases containing $300,000 and $500,000. However, the playout proved Thomassie quit at a good time. Despite seeing a potential offer of $221,000 on what would have been his next pick (opening $25,000), he would have soon crashed; his next post-game pick was $500,000, then $300,000. Inside his case: $5 (Ain't that ironic? Now he can pay his friend back.) The other remaining case was $5,000.
||February 18, 2008
- Katie Henslin continued her suspended game, where she still had 11 of her 13 $1 million cases in play in this "Million Dollar Mission" game. Her offers fluctuated between a low of $193,000 and $491,000 at its peak.
- The $491,000 offer, which was rejected, came at a time when just three cases remained in play: two $1 million cases and a $200 case. With the audience once again in a frenzy, Henslin turned this down. She was faced with a choice between cases 22 and 7, and she went against the bench by saying 7, which turned up one of the grand prize cases. Then presented with a $449,000 offer, Henslin accepted, despite her complete and utter confidence in the case she was holding, and an almost unanimous bench against her for the second time in a row.
- What an ending, one might say, except that in the playout, had Henslin refused the deal (and declined to switch cases), she would have won $1 million. (But, TBH, I don't think it was worth going down to $200, so I think she made the right move, moneywise.) Another terrifying truth was thus revealed: Had she picked case 22 according to the bench, she would also have won the million dollars. Will anyone ever complete this deceptively simple task?
- The Million Dollar Mission will continue, once again with 13 cases concealing the grand prize. The reason for the MDM peaking at 13 is still unclear.
||February 20, 2008
- In regulation play, Anabel Gomez ended her game after the fifth round. With just the $750,000 case left in play, she accepted a $99,000 offer with six cases remaining.
- In the playout, Gomez would have been OK until the next to last round. Her offer would have been as much as $269,000 (with three cases left), had she rejected that deal, she would have crashed on her next pick. Even better, she had THE PENNY (This might be the best deal in history)! $5,000 remained in the gallery.
- Larren Colum's game was suspended after the third round, upon the banker's offer of $149,000. Colum's decision will come when the game resumes. Five cases remain that hold amounts of at least $100,000, including $750,000, and $1 million.
||February 25, 2008
- Couples play in this Million Dollar Mission game - Nate and Sarah Harrison were chosen to see if two heads were better than one when it comes to finding the million-dollar case (among 13 possibilities). Not tonight.
- The Harrisons had six cases with the grand-prize (out of eight) in play, giving them a 75% chance they were millionaires. However, they soon eliminated five of those $1 million cases in consecutive draws, causing their offer of $435,000 to tumble to $209,000. Finally, with just one grand-prize case left, the Harrisons decided to get out. Good choice: In the playout, their next case selection was their final $1 million case. Inside their case: $750 (with $100 left in the gallery).
- This episode marked the final "Million Dollar Mission" game in its second run. In 14 straight episodes (with, at its peak, 13 cases holding the grand prize), nobody won the $1 million prize, and it took until the first of two 13-case games for someone to even choose one of the cases (probability 3%).
||February 27, 2008
- When is a potentially good deal a bad deal? When Larren Colum played the game. With $750,000 left on the board, he accepted an offer of $228,000 with three cases left; he had just wiped out the $100,000 case. In the playout, Colum, who had said in the games latter stages he was going all the way, took out a $400 case, hiking his potential offer to $413,000.
- Inside Colum's case was $5, and normally that would mean he would have made a good deal. But before Mandell opened the case, Colum said he would have been bold... and switched cases. That meant he would have been left holding the $750,000 case the whole time!
- Kristen McCrory got through the game's first four rounds when time was called, having just rejected a $102,000 offer. Three six-figure amounts: $200,000, $300,000, and $500,000 remained among the eight cases at the end of the show.
||March 2, 2008
- Kristen McCrory resumed her suspended game with three six-figure amounts in play. She eliminated $500,000 (the top prize left) immediately upon the game's resumption, despite picking 1 cent next, her offer, which had peaked at $102,000 - was cut in half. She rejected that deal and the next three picks were good ones: $10,000 and $10. That set up a deal she accepted $119,000.
- As it turned out, she got out at the right time. She wiped out $200,000 and $300,000 on successive draws to end her game with a W. Her case held $50, with $300 left in the gallery.
- Johnny Perez wanted the opportunity to dunk the Banker and would earn a chance to do so if he got good offers. Eventually, he wound up taking a $78,000 offer with six cases left (including $500,000 as his last possible six-figure prize). In the playout, his offer would have scaled as high as $180,000 with three cases remaining. However, his next pick would have wiped out the $500,000 prize, ensuring him a good deal. His case held $400, while $10,000 remained in the gallery. The game ended with Perez getting his wish: Dunking the Banker.
||March 3, 2008
- Garrett Smith, an aspiring professional baseball player, passed up his dream to play catcher with the Braves baseball team. So the Banker offered him that chance... to play softball with the Montibello (Calif.) Braves Pee Wee softball team. The offer was part of a $60,000 offer midway through his game. Though tempted, Smith declined that offer and played on.
- Eventually, Smith settled on a $107,000 offer with six cases left; the only mega amount left was the $1 million, $100,000 was also there. Garrett had taken this amount because it was a lot of money; however, the last offer he turned down was $92,000. This decision proved to be disastrous for 2 reasons. 1: his final offer would have been $453,000 as he would've had a lucky streak, and 2: the $1,000,000 case was on his podium. The other case left unopened was $300.
- New contestant Keshia Morris got through three rounds and turned down a $102,000 offer as time ran out. Her top possible prize remaining is $750,000 (with four other six-figure amounts, including $500,000, also left on the board); seven sub-$750 amounts were wiped off the board in her first 15 picks.
||March 5, 2008
- Keisha Morris continues her game. She played a phenomenal round in the fourth round. After she declined the $178,000 offer, she eliminated the $500,000 and $750,000 which were in Ursula Mayes' and Aubrie Lemon's cases respectively. She played a little bit better. After she eliminated the $200,000 case, she took the $93,000 deal. In the prove-out, Lisa Gleave had $300. The bank would have offered $163,000. In her case: $750.
- The next contestant of the night was Christopher Higdon and Bentley, a hunting dog. In round 1, he knocked out the $300,000 and $400,000 cases respectively. He picked the $750,000 case in the next round. He knocked out the $200,000 and $500,000 after that After he eliminated the million, the offer went down to $17,000. He played a little bit better and he took the deal for $27,000. In the prove-out, Sara Bronson's case held $25 and the banker would have offered $36,000. Tameka Jacobs's case holds $300, and the bank would have offered $49,000. In Christopher's case: $5.
||March 10, 2008
- Carla Antonino started well enough, eliminating just two six-figure amounts in her first two sets of draws and getting a $110,000 offer. Then, her game started to slowly go downhill, steadily eliminating six-figure amounts and the $1 million case in the subsequent rounds. By the sixth round, her offer had dropped to $39,000, but still having a $300,000 case in play, she decided to play on. Bad move. Why? You can figure this out on your own. This unfortunately means she has a left side amount no matter what. With five amounts of $400 or less (including $10 and $25) and a $150 offer, Antonino decided to go home. At least she made a good decision there: She had $10 in her case.
- New contestant Johnnie Taylor got through three rounds, rejecting a $108,000 offer as time expired. She still has three amounts of $300,000 or more, including the $1 million, in play.
||March 12, 2008
- The returning player Johnnie Taylor continued her game with the fourth round, and her deals went up to a peak of $267,000 with five cases left (two of which were $500,000 and $1 million). She knocked out the $500,000 case, and to her that was a sign to bail with a $216,000 offer despite her almost certain instinct about her case holding the top prize. In the playout, Taylor eliminated $50 and $10,000 (the only other meaningful amount besides the grand prize case), making her potential final offer $541,000. Johnnie, however, had spoken for herself about the location of the million - in her case! This is starting to get a bit out of normal logic.
- Steve Vincentini began shaky, eliminating four of the top seven prizes, including $750,000. His game began picking up in the third round as he eliminated no case larger than $75,000. He was left to ponder a $156,000 offer when time ran out after four rounds, when the game resumes, Vincentini will have $200,000, $300,000, and $1 million left among his possible prizes.
||March 17, 2008
- The two contestants on this show took deals whilst they still had $1 million as one of their possible prizes. Did they make good decisions? Read below:
- Steve Vincentini rejected the $156,000 offer he was left to ponder last time and temporarily saw his game take a slight dip when he wiped out the $300,000 case in the fifth round. After taking out the $200,000 case, he had just the grand-prize case left and a $173,000 offer on the table. That was good enough for Vincentini, who took the offer. In the playout, he first would have eliminated $1, boosting the potential offer to $236,000. But he would have picked the $1 million case on the next selection, ensuring him of a good deal. His case held $10, with $50 and $300 left in the gallery.
- Linda Gerard of New York wore pink-tinted eyeglasses during her game, prompting the models to do the same. During her game, she wiped out nearly all of the right side of the board, but managed to keep the $1 million case in play until the end; she also kept a safety net of $200,000 in play during most of her game. When Gerard accepted a $165,000 offer with five cases left, she had four amounts of $75 or less, including the $.01 and $1 cases. A bravely played game, opined Mandel, but the playout nearly proved Gerard didn't have enough guts, in succession, she would have wiped out $.01, $1, and $25, seeking her potential offer skyrocket to $499,000. But the audience breathed a sigh of relief when Mandel opened Gerard's case: She would have won $75, with the grand prize left in the gallery.
- Note: Mike Fisher's game was unaired.
||March 20, 2008
- Ricky Green had a pretty decent few rounds, but it got more and more dangerous as the game went on. He ended up taking a $141,000 deal. Sadly, the prove-out would have taken him to a peak of $442,000. Although he would find the million on his next pick, it didn't matter as he had $200,000, with $5,000 being unclaimed.
||March 24, 2008
- Mary Beth Holtzheimer played one of the series' most exciting games yet, having two mega-sized prizes among the final three cases.
- Holtzheimer broke the game down to $25, $500,000, and $1 million. After rejecting a $404,000 offer, the audience was whipped into a frenzy as she selected case 21 (in anticipation of it possibly being the $25 case). Alas, it held the $500,000... meaning she had either $25 or $1 million.
- At this point, the offer dropped to the lowest ever seen in this situation, in or out of active play: $341,000. Annie Duke, her poker idol, was watching her on. some supporters wanted her to take the plunge, but her fiance (who billed himself as "her more practical side") wanted her to leave with the money. Marybeth then issued him an ultimatum: "Listen to me... I KNOW I HAVE THE MILLION!" After seven years of being together, you'd think that he would trust her and leave it at that. But, he continued to talk her out of it, and despite having the best chance of anyone ever at winning the million with the least risk and with the most confidence, she bailed out of the game at the last second because she "loved her fiance more than anything in the world". Unfortunately, that seems to be a bad omen considering the result: Indeed, the million dollars was in Marybeth's case, and the DoND community was left in dismay at this blatant miscarriage of logic. She wants to play POKER? She can't even do probability!
- At one point, she rejected a deal that had her playing poker with professional gambler Annie Duke.
||March 27, 2008
- The next contestant, Saima Shah, had pretty bad luck, taking it down to only 1 giant amount ($500,000) when she took a $120,000 deal. The prove-out would've given her a final offer of $277,000. Fortunately, she only had $5,000.
||March 31, 2008
- Todd Ranck had a pretty good game, right up until he KO'd the million in round 7. After knocking out $10 in the next round, he took a deal for $198,000. Unfortunately, the prove-out here would have given him A LOT MORE. (The final offer would've been $454,000, which, IMO, IS SUPER OVER-INFLATED, for a pretend offer). Also, he would have switched cases if he went all the way. AND HE WOULD'VE HAD $750,000!
||April 2, 2008
- Cathy Burns played and did quite well, that is, UNTIL SHE FOUND THE LANDMINE ($1 million) in round 8 after turning down $135,000, which caused a murder scene in her offer, as it fell to $11,000. Cathy decided to play for $50,000 and took a deal for $27,000 with the final 2 being $750 and $50,000. And sadly, she had the bigger half.
- Next, Uchenna Emmena had a Banker's Challenge, since she needed a new car. During the first 5 rounds, if she could keep the million in play, she would win a new car, guaranteed. Then Uchenna PROMPTLY FINDS SAID MILLION, on the FIRST PICK (Brooke's #15), no less. (Oh well, at least she doesn't have to pay taxes on them now).
||April 7, 2008
- After an OK 4th round, Uchenna decides to leave with $64,000. Unfortunately, the prove-out would have taken her to $219,000. Thankfully, she only had $200. Next is Russ Chanice. He had a great game, despite losing the big one in round 2. He ended up taking a $213,000 offer after taking out $100,000 in round 7. And boy, is he gonna smile after finding out he would've crashed on his next pick! The banker then opens his case to find out that he only had $1,000. $200,000 and $25 went unclaimed.
||April 9, 2008
- Josh Akuna becomes another victim of finding the grand prize on the first case but then recovers nicely. After knocking out $400,000, the Banker offered Josh $189,000 and a spot in a Marvel X-Men comic book. Josh just can't turn that down. But he should've, considering his final offer would've been $412,000. Thankfully, he had just $300 in there.
||April 14, 2008
- Kerinne Bratty had a pretty mediocre game. By the end of R7, she lost $500,000, meaning the only still-worth-playing for amount is now $100,000. She went 1 more round and took a deal for $50,000. And the $100,000 would've left had she went on. She had $1 in her case.
||April 16, 2008
- Drew Hoffman, Eric Cox, Trey Milburn, and Ryan Abboushi played their game as a team, and they did pretty well up until round 5 hit them hard with the million. Still though, they pressed on for $500,000. They eventually settled on a $128,000 deal. The prove-out would have taken them to $229,000, but fortunately, they only had $400.
||April 21, 2008
- The Deal Wheel returns in this episode.
- The first contestant was Joe Kobes. He picked the million-dollar case in the first round early in his second pick. After he turned it down for $40,000, he eliminated the $300,000 and $200,000. After he turned it down for $66,000, he eliminated the $300,000 and $400,000. He played better until he eliminated the $750,000 in round 7. He took the deal for $26,000. In the prove-out, he would have picked the $25 case in number 20. The bank would've offered $33,000. He would have picked the $100,000 case in case #23. He had the $100 in his case, making his deal a good one. Even better, he got 3x on the Deal Wheel (the only person to hit that), meaning he left with $78,000! A decent win became a GREAT one!
- The second contestant was Letita Soney. She chose case #22 but then opened the $1 million case on her second pick (case #11). Even worse, the other 6 giants left as well. The $1,000, $5,000, $25,000, and $75,000 were the only amounts left and she received a $15,000 offer. But, the Banker also offered her a Billy Blanks fan package worth $5,100. She took the deal for $20,100. She made a great deal. And the Deal Wheel stopped on 2x, so she went home with $40,200.
||April 23, 2008
- Tony Canastrano, despite a terrible rounds 1 and 2, manages to make a comeback and get to an offer of $157,000, with $750,000 and $200,000 being his only 2 big amounts left. Unfortunately, he would lose the former next round, and he would have to settle on a $66,000 deal after turning down $45,000 in the previous round. What's worse is that he had the $200,000 in his case. Even worse, he got 1/2 on the Deal Wheel, meaning he left with only $33,000.
- The next player, Jenna Steinhoff, had a much better game but ran into the million in round 7. She would end up taking a $119,000 deal after taking out $75,000. She would've crashed had she continued. Her case had $10. Unfortunately, just like Tony, the 1/2 got her on the wheel, meaning she leaves with a still decent $59,500.
||April 28, 2008
- A Star Wars-themed Winner-Take-All game with Elyse McCryllis going up against Brad Flinchum.
- Elyse McCryllis had a pretty bad game, losing all but one giant amount after 5 rounds, and then that amount ($200,000) got knocked out in round 8, giving her no choice but to go for $25,000. She took a deal for $13,000 but had the $25,000.
- Her $13,000 wouldn't stand a chance against Brad, who took a deal for $196,000. He would've crashed and burned had he continued. His case had $50,000. Brad wins and leaves with $209,000.
||April 30, 2008
- Richard Ramirez chose 10 as his case and then became another victim of finding the grand jackpot (My way of saying $1 million or a higher top prize) on the FIRST PICK (Lindsay, #26). And then, a string of big amount KO's happened. After $200,000 left, leaving the $500,000 as the only good amount left on the board, he took a deal for $101,000. And luckily he got out just in time as he would've died on the next pick. His case had $400. The $75,000 was in #13, $50,000 in #22, and $500 in #20.
||May 5, 2008
- Deal Around The World begins! This is Episode 1, where the show went to the Phillippines.
- The first contestant was Mike Levy. He's originally from Baltimore where he was a football player and just had his first child. He picked the million-dollar case in the first round along with $400,000 early. After he turned it down for $49,000, he eliminated $200,000 and $300,000 case. He played better until he eliminated the $100,000 in round 5. He took a $274,000 deal. In the prove-out, he would have picked the $10,000 case in number 2, and the bank would have offered $450,000. He would have picked the $500 case, and the bank would have offered $687,000. He had $750,000 in his case.
- The next contestant up on stage was Patrick Hook. He's from Roberts, WI, married for a year and a half. He played good until he picked 18 which was the million. After he declined the $54,000 offer, he picked case #1, which was a small amount. He took the deal for $71,000. In the prove-out, he would have picked #26. It had $25. The banker would have offered $110,000. He had $200,000 in his case.
||May 7, 2008
- Next stop on DATW, Estonia!
- The first contestant was Dave Krauch. He was in the Navy. He had a rough start in round 1. After he didn't take the $110,000 offer, he eliminated the million. In round 4, he played well. He eliminated the $500,000 in round 5. He took the $218,000 deal. In the prove-out, he would have picked the $750,000 inside in case #1. He made a great deal because of his case being worth only $50.
- The second contestant was Elaine Primeaux. She is from Texarkana, TX, where she's a hairdresser. She did badly in round 1. She played better in rounds 2 and 3. After she does not take the $91,000 offer, she knocked out the million in case #11. She took the deal for $40,000. In the prove-out, she would have been picked the $10,000 inside case #25 and the Banker's offer would have been $55,000. She made a great deal because of his case being worth only $10.
- Note: Nakia Rivera's game was unaired.
||May 14, 2008
- The final stop on DATW, South Africa!
- Allison Doheny was the first contestant of the night. She picked the million-dollar case on her first pick. The first offer was $73,000, and she did not take the deal. In the second round, she picked the $500,000 and $750,000 in her first two of the five picks, and she had a rough round in the third and the fourth round. She played much better, and she took a deal for $35,200. In the prove-out, Kim had $50. The next bank offer would have been $37,000. #22 had the $100,000. In her case: $.01. Great deal.
- Rosaly Sims was the next contestant of the night. She picked the million-dollar case on her third pick but had a good round after. After she declined the $48,000 deal, she picked the $200,000, $300,000, and $750,000 in three of her five picks, which was a harsh round. She played much better and took a deal for $105,000. #13 had $400. The bank would've offered $168,000. #23 had $100,000. The banker would've offered $187,000. #19 had the $500,000. She made a great deal because she had $50 inside her case.
||May 22, 2008
- Multi-Million Dollar Madness starts in this episode.
- The new contestant was Susan Cukjati, a schoolteacher from San Antonio. She's playing with 11 million dollar cases after getting the "11" ball from the Multi-Million Dollar Madness chamber. She picked one of eleven million dollar cases in her third pick, but she had a good round. After not taking a $261,000 deal, she eliminated two more million-dollar cases. She eliminated two more million-dollar cases in the third and fourth rounds, and the offer went down to $288,000 and $12 in wrinkle removers. She eliminated one MDC in the fifth, sixth, and eighth rounds. With only 1 MDC left, she took the $283,000 offer. In the prove-out, she would have picked #2, which had $400. The final offer would have been $548,000. In her case: $300.
||June 11, 2008
- Adam Hansen was the first contestant of the night. He's from Texas and had 12 MDC's to start. He picked one of twelve million dollar cases in her third pick, but he had a good round. After rejecting a $208,000 first offer, he eliminated four more million-dollar cases. He eliminated one more million-dollar case in the third and fourth rounds, and the offer went down to $167,000, but the offer went up to $236,000 in the fourth round. In the fifth round, he eliminated two more million-dollar cases, and the offer went down to $161,000. He eliminated the second to last million-dollar case in round 6, and the bank offer went down to $95,000. He played better and took the deal for $263,000. In the prove-out, Kelly Brannigan had $5 in her case, and the last offer from the bank would have been $512,000. Inside his case: $10
||June 17, 2008
- Chris Trieu was the first contestant of the night. He's from California and had 3 million dollar cases. After finding one of them on his first pick, he did much better, until suffering the round 4 curse, and losing both of the remaining ones. After $200,000 left, making $300,000 the only good amount to play for now, Chris decided to continue. He eventually settled on a $67,000 deal. The prove-out would've seen the removal of $50 and $.01, making his pretend final offer $165,000. Thankfully, he only had $10.
||June 18, 2008
- Toni Crispino did extremely well, keeping 2 of his 7 MDC's well into the late rounds. When one of those got KO'd, she decided to bail at $138,000. She made a good deal because she had $100 in her case.
||June 25, 2008
- Brandy Brown brought Season 3 to a close with a game featuring eight million-dollar cases in play. Unfortunately, she became the first contestant to knock out of all of the million-dollar cases in a Multi-Million Dollar Madness game, as she eliminated the final million-dollar case in round 5, leaving her with a top prize of a still decent $50,000. She played on a few more rounds after that and took a $28,000 deal in the eighth round, but she had the $50,000.