Before the de-cunting, a few answers to your questions …
The models were HOT! David (the blond) was demonstrating one of the prizes, a gym-quality ab machine that I bought for $5. He was shirtless, in skimpy blue shorts, and I think I really bought the machine so he’d make eye contact with me after the “sale” (he did). Greg was also on set, but fully-dressed. Very nice eye candy! Didn’t get a vibe from either one, although I would have presented hole for either of them.
R374 – I don’t think the contestant you’re referring to was the one when I was there.
The champion, “J,” was a great game player (she won nine times), but was cold, aloof and disinterested in any of her fellow contestants, being curt and dismissive when anyone but the producers wanted to talk to her. Even the audience didn’t warm up to her.
She was thin, brittle, middle-aged and somewhat pinch-faced, and reminded me of a malnourished Dr. Joyce Brothers. When introduced as a writer, Jim Perry ask her what she was writing. “A book,” is what she answered.
In the “contestants’ quarters,” J had her face buried in a copy of the World Almanac. I asked her why she was doing that; she waggled her hand at me and said, “Go away, I’m trying to study.” I replied, “Honey, if you don’t know that stuff right now, it won’t help you on stage.”
Cut to the game: the question asked was “In 1848, a coin toss in this Northwestern state …” I buzzed in quickly and answered “Oregon!” The rest of the question was that the coin flip determined the name of the largest city.
We went to commercial break. Jim Perry and the contestant coordinators came over to me, and asked, “How did you know that so quickly?” As the break was ending, I looked at J, who seemed pissed that I not only answered so quickly, but also cut into her lead, and said as we were going back on camera … “I read it in the Almanac.”
The camera came up on J’s tight-lipped attempt to smile during her re-introduction. As the camera panned back, I was seated next to her, beaming from ear to ear. I later got a high-five from both of the contestant coordinators.
Gotta hand it to J, though … she amassed $45,000 in winnings during her time there.