‘Price Is Right’: Is This the Show’s Worst Overbid of All-Time?

by Will Shepard
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The Price Is Right is all about, you guessed it… getting the price of an item correct. Only once in the show’s history has someone guessed the exact price of an item. Contestants on the show bid as close to the correct price as possible. But, the catch is to not go over the price of the item.

Recently, one contestant on Price Is Right had a devastating error that cost her a lot of money. This woman felt the pain that not many contestants have on the show. During the episode on March 3, Jennifer made it to the “Showcase.”

This particular phenomenon is where the contestants spin a wheel to try and take home many prizes. After the first go-around, the contestant can either keep the “Showcase” to guess the price or pass it off to the other person.

In this Price Is Right episode, Jennifer decided to keep the prize bundle and guess its price. She was guessing the price of a video camera, a home theater, and a Nissan Versa. Meanwhile, her opponent was guessing the price of a trip to Alaska and a Jeep SUV. His guess was under the total by just over $6,000.

So, with that knowledge in the back of her mind, she was probably feeling confident. Jennifer said that the price of her bundle was $23,294. Drew Carey, the show’s host, then took his card out with the correct price and began to read. The first four numbers were spot on. But, the final price was $23,291, putting her over the price by three dollars.

So, while Jennifer lost by a minuscule amount, her opponent got to win his prize package. Drew Carey certainly felt bad to her, but could only say, “that was crushing.”

The “Price Is Right” Dealing With the Pandemic

Like all things now, filming the show has been difficult. For one, Price Is Right no longer is hosting a live audience, and another, Drew Carey, is sporting a wild beard. Back in October, Carey spoke about how much he is doing differently because of the pandemic.

“To be honest, a lot of this stuff about Covid, if you haven’t been sick, it’s kind of been a little bit of a blessing in disguise to be shut down so much because I had a lot of time for introspection. A lot of spiritual growth this summer. Part of me wanted to reflect it with a different look. So let me just grow a beard and see what it looks like. And then I liked it when it came out, and I kept it.”

But, some things within Price Is Right are still trying to stay the same. Carey explains how the contestant selection process is relatively the same but with some minor tweaks. He talks about the “Come on down” portion of the game show.

“They unhook their ears, and they hold their mask over their face. And if they hear their name, they throw the mask down and run out. So they’re just as surprised.”

He also notes that he misses the pure exuberance of the show that the pandemic is preventing. So, he says that he misses being picked up and twirled around after someone wins. He also says that he misses giving people high fives or giving someone a consoling hug after their guess is over, like Jennifer.

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