Let's Make A Deal (1963)

2003-Episode 3

Season 19, Ep 3, Aired 3/18/03
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  • Episode Description
  • The original deal-maker himself, Monty Hall, make a cameo appearance for the third episode. He dealed with a contestant who, in 1976, lost a show-record three cars in one episode! More on that later. The recurring deal this time, played several times throughout the show, had current dealer Billy Bush asking contestants to choose from two envelopes, one which held either $100 and a prize or $500; the other one containing an amount that had either one less or one more zero in it. Whatever envelope the contestant chose, Billy first revealed the one having the $100 and prize or $500 and asked if they wanted to trade the "sure thing" for the unknown. Whatever the contestant chose, they got. The first time, Kimberly (dressed as a gypsy) chose the blue envelope, which had $500 in it. She traded for Billy's taupe envelope and won $5,000! * Deal 1 -- In this deal, Billy announced that he would pay a contestant a certain amount per pound for the item concealed behind the audience box; or they could take what was behind the curtain, the only clue given being that it weight a certain amount. The deal went thusly: -- Chris (dressed like he was dancing at a discotecque) was offered $5 per pound for the mystery item in the audience box, or a 1,000-pound prize behind the curtain. Chris chooses the curtain. The audience box reveals Vance dressed as a 320-pound sumo wrestler, meaning Chris gave up $1,600 ... for a rowboat that had run aground (along with some seaweed). -- Fred (a cowboy) could take $10 per pound for the mystery audience box item or the curtain concealing a 2,000-pound item. Fred follows Chris' lead and takes the curtain, giving up not one but two sumo wrestlers (Vance and some other actor) whose combined weight was said to be 660 pounds. Instead of $6,600, Fred went away with an SUV ... a squished utility vehicle! --Lauren (dressed like she could have auditioned for "That 70s Show") tries to salvage this deal, where she could take a curtain whose prize paid off at $20 per pound, or the audience gift box which had 75 pounds. Alas, Lauren also chooses the curtain. She passes up 75 pounds (as in UK pounds), which translated into a trip to England (worth $4,350). Lauren was stuck with 12 pounds of fish, worth $240 (meaning she fared a little better, but not much). * Deal 2 -- Jason (an Elvis impersonator) and Sebastian (drressed a la the Austrailian outback) in a football-themed deal. The deal was controlled by the contestant who came closer to guessing how many cross-stictches there were in a regulation NFL football. Sebastian correctly guessed there were fewer than 12 cross-stitches (Jason's guess); there are eight. Sebastian could take a Dominos ham and pineapple pizza (with a prize concealed beneath it) or pass it to Jason and take the curtain. Sebastian gives the pizza to Jason and opts for the curtain. Jason can keep the pizza and the unknown prize or take a sure $700. Jason takes the $700, only to pass up a trip to Hawaii (worth $3,640). Sebastian, meanwhile, wins a recliner and 42-inch flat-screen plasma color TV (worth $7,150). But, as we well know by now, this deal ain't over yet! A pre-taped video of Jerry Rice (of the Super Bowl runners-up Oakland Raiders) offers Sebastian a chance to pass up the TV and recliner for "a behind-the-scenes NFL football experience." Sebastian declines and keeps his TV and recliner, and wisely so ... all he would have won is a one-day spot on the Raiders' scrimmage squad (ergo, a tackling dummy). Perhaps that prize would be good for a dyed-in-the-wool NFL fantasy camp participant (and the NFL would have had to pay Sebastian as well), but given the foul mood the Raiders are likely still in, Sebastian made the right move! * Recurring deal time again, where this time, a pretty girl named Angie (dressed in a colorful turtleneck and a scarf, perhaps as a skiier) chooses the green envelope. Billy reveals his to contain the $500, and Angie can trade or keep hers. She keeps hers and wins just $50. * Deal 3 -- Kel and Niki (a recently married couple, she's dressed as a portable TV, he's portraying a remote control) could win a 2003 BMW Mini Cooper 2 dr. coupe (worth $23,325). The couple participate in a memory-type game where -- to win the car and the prizes -- they had to guess, in reverse order, six prizes introduced by Dr. Gadget. Those prizes, in the introduced order, are: -- Electric toothbrush ($50) -- Web TV ($3,495) -- George Foreman roaster ($120) -- Juiceman smoothie machine ($299) -- Ultra-convection oven (approx. $250, value was unstated) -- $1,000 cash. Kel must guess the prizes, and Niki decides if they will continue (each time risking their accumulated winnings) or stop; an incorrect guess stops the game and bankrupts the couple. Kel does well for the first two, but then fumbles the car and prizes away when he blurts out the Web TV (at first he struggled to even make a guess, and only afterward did he know he had guessed wrong). The couple get to keep the $1,000 as a consolation gift, however. * Deal 4 -- Kayte (a majorette, and yes, that's the right spelling) can win a $17,000-plus prize package by playing a "Spin the Bottle"-type game. The prizes include: -- A trip to China ($3,250). -- Gateway computer and one-year AOL service ($2,600) -- Snowboards ($4,000) -- Maid Service for a Year ($5,200; Vance dressed as a maid) -- Outdoor pool table ($3,200; Vance models said item) -- Mystery cash. Kayte spins the "bottle" (which serves as the pointer on the roulette wheel); whereever the bottle lands, that's what she wins. But each time she lands on a space, that prize is removed and a "zonk" space appears. Meaning, on subsequent spins, she faces increased odds that she could land on a "zonk" space, thus losing everything she had won to that point. Her run goes thusly: -- Spin 1: Lands on the snowboards. Continues -- Spin 2: Lands on pool table. Continues. -- Spin 3: Lands on "zonk," ending the game. As a consolation, Kayte can spin again; if it lands on Mystery Cash, she wins the unknown amount. By God, she does and wins $5,000! * Deal 5 -- The highlight deal of the night. To promote the deal, Billy shows a 1976 clip of LMaD contestant Karen Hollingshead, who passed up three new cars in one show (all Chevrolets -- a Vega Estate wagon, a Camaro sport coupe and a Chevette hatchback) en route to a measley (by comparison) $800. Karen (now of Columbus, Ohio) is re-introduced to the crowd; like in 1976, she's dressed as a cop. Also introduced: original Deal host Monty Hall! Monty offers Karen $800 or one of two curtains (Nos. 1 and 3). She takes Curtain No. 3, giving up $800 and ... would you believe it ... a 2003 Madza 6 sedan (worth $22,325). Billy doubles over in laughter as Karen LOSES HER FOURTH CAR on LMaD. But guess what? Karen sticks with Curtain No. 3 (passing up a last chance $800) for ... you'll never guess ... L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D Keep scrolling ... L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D Boy, is this good or what ... L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D Scroll just little ways further (I tell you, you'll never believe it) L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D L M A D drumroll please ... L M A D L M A D L M A D A WRECKED 1976 CHEVROLET CAMARO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Billy has fallen down laughing by this point. Alas, Karen's a great sport and Monty lets her keep the $800, plus gives her an extra $500 for $1,300 total! A great deal, to be sure. * The final recurring deal is played, where Ace (a sailor) takes the envelope containing $100 and a slip of paper representing a Gateway computer). He can keep it or take Billy's envelope containing either $1 or $10,000. Ace trades ... himself into $10,000! * Big Deal of the Night, worth $51,099. Ace (soon to be married; his fiancee was with him) keeps his $10,000. Sebastian and Kimberly trade their prizes in to go for the Big Deal. Sebastian chooses Door 1, Kimberly chooses Door 3. Nobody takes Door 2, which conceals a trip to Ireland and cash, worth $20,760. Kimberly trades into a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and a 13-karat diamond and gold ring (from ShopNBC.com) worth $11,399. Meaning Sebastian wins the Big Deal!!! He takes home a Vespa motor scooter, trips to Italy and Germany, a 2003 Mercedes C230 coupe and $7,500 gas credit ... all worth $51,099!!!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Monty Hall

    Host (1963-1986; fall 1990-Jan. 1991)

  • Geoff Edwards

    Sub-Host (1984) a.k.a The All New Let's Make a Deal (1984)

  • Vance DeGeneres

    Co-Host; Assistant (2003)

  • Nicole Pulliam

    Model (2003)

  • Vanessa Minnillo

    Model (2003)

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  • Notes (3)

    • There was a Big Deal winner for the third show in a row.

    • A pretty sane show; no real innuendos here. Perhaps Monty's appearance may have had something to do with that, but that's only speculation. Monty's still got class and still showed why he belongs among the all-time greats in TV history. The deal involving 1976 LMaD contestant Karen Hollingshead was absolutely hilarious, and should rank as one of the greatest moments in the 2003 LMaD run (if not the entire series).

    • Monty Hall, the original deal-maker himself, makes a cameo appearance. He also is shown behind-the-scenes in a commercial bumper.

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