Minute to Win It
No one could argue that the games on 'Minute to Win It' are so outrageously simple you can't help but have a blast doing them. Balancing four hangers on the tips of their hooks on a clothesline is brilliantly stupid, and that's what makes the show so fun.
It was a charming display through and through, reminding us that these guys are more than the crass things they do in their 'Jackass' performances. These are genuinely humble and decent human beings with huge hearts.
Since the games can be played with common household objects, they tend to have names like "Spatulaunch," which was the first one Ray tried. "Titles, very important in pitching a game," Luman said. A series of spatulas were laid out on a table with marshmallows on the handles. The object of the game was to hit the flat end of the spatula with a cup to launch the marshmallow into the air, and then to try to catch the marshmallow with the cup.
Ray handled it fairly easily, racking up five catches, with time and spatulas to spare; then she whacked the rest of the marshmallows into the air yelling "Fun! Fun! Fun!"
If tomorrow's recipe on the show is s'mores, the audience may want to beware.
According to The Futon Critic, beginning Wednesday, NBC will replace the struggling drama with a second hour of 'Minute to Win It.' The scheduling change comes after the game show this week posted series-high ratings in the time slot normally occupied by 'Chase.'
'Minute to Win It' attracted 9.5 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in the coveted adults aged 18-49 demographic. By contrast, the most recent new episode of 'Chase' pulled in a comparatively modest 4.17 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.
The Bishop kids are all right on tonight's 'Minute to Win It' (8PM ET, NBC). The five siblings from San Jose, Calif. will become the first kids to compete in the game show.
Aimee (19), Drew (18), Holly (13), Cullen (11) and Brad (10) take on the minute-long challenges and judging from this promo, they get a chance at the $1 million. Meanwhile, parents Glenn and Juli can only cheer on their children from the audience.
And if the kids win? The money will go toward college funds, San Francisco 49ers tickets and a crimper.
Watch this preview, with an exclusive intro by host Guy Fieri ...
First, Lindsay won $50,000 by arranging glasses in order, so that she could play 'Jingle Bells' on them. But then, Josh said that he needed to pause the show for a second. He had decided to propose to his girlfriend in front of a national audience!
But would the proposal be done 'Minute to Win It'-style? Would Josh have to race across the stage while balancing the ring on his nose, or some such? And more importantly, would Lindsay say "Yes"?
One woman has the stacking task, while her sibling coaches from a distance, able to see the precarious column from a different angle.
After two glasses are stacked and with 35 seconds to go, she fills a third with the decorations. "OK, that third one is just slightly off -- just slightly," advises her sister.
She straightens it and adds the final glass with 15 seconds left. The column stands alone for three seconds -- voila! Level eight complete, and $250,000 won!
The cookie was placed on top of the women's eyes ... and then they had to move it down to their mouths. So they winked, twitched, and wiggled in order to win the contest. Cookie-eating has seldom seemed so alluring before. The former Miss Puerto Rico got the cookie in her mouth first -- she attributed her victory to a lack of Botox, which made her face more flexible. Good to know!
But first, they would have to make it past "Level Nine" of the show. This involved a seemingly impossible task: stacking magnetic hex nuts on a plate, using only a chopstick -- and then balancing the tall stack of nuts for three seconds. First, Kimberly failed, which lost the couple one of their three "lives." Then, Aaron came within 0.55 seconds of succeeding ... before his column of hex nuts collapsed.
Aaron and Kimberly are a good-looking pair, and they displayed what host Guy Fieri called "superhuman" skills. The couple mastered the art of picking up stuff with their teeth, eating swinging cherries, rolling eggs, and balancing springs. (This description will probably make more sense if you actually watch the clip, by the way.)
Also, Aaron and Kimberly are currently engaged, and want to win at least $50,000 on the show so that they can get married. ... And, um. Wait a minute. If we could just break in and interject for half a second. Your current 'TV Squad' columnist is who is writing this column is not engaged, but he does have a girlfriend. ... And how does it cost $50,000 to get married? Can't you just get married whenever you feel like it? Why would it require that much money?
The two sisters are named Becky and Jessie, and they're wearing surprisingly revealing outfits. Which is odd, considering that their tasks on the show involve doing stuff like bouncing ping pong balls into a basket -- not exactly something that requires form-fitting clothing. It's almost like the producers are trying to show them off -- but that would never happen, right?
Anyway, the twins win $75,000. They decide to risk that money in an effort to win the million dollars. But they lose, and end up walking away with a mere $50,000.
By the way, on a slightly unrelated note, we'd just like to say something here. We realize that some dudes have sexy fantasies involving twin girls. So we'd just like to say one thing -- twin girls are sisters. That's just simple science or biology or what have you. Therefore, any fantasy involving twins would also involve, um, incest.
The challenge: Bounce a quarter off a table and into a water jug. Lester Holt and Ann Curry gave it their best, but didn't land the quarter.
On the other hand, Meredith Vieira had different strategy.
Instead of bouncing the quarter off the table, she walked right up to the jug and placed it in. That's cheating, Meredith!
In-between preforming the show's ridiculous tasks -- such as blowing a deck of cards off a bottle and moving eggs across the floor using only a pizza box -- Jonas took time out to respond to his adoring fans in the audience. He signed the aforementioned pizza box and presented it to a young girl, while the crowd exploded into cheers. "We'll be back to our [regularly] scheduled program," said host Guy Fieri, but that still failed to stop the screaming from Jonas's fans.
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