Deal or No Deal

I’m not sure if any of you watch this show or not.  We used to really like it a lot when it first came on and tend to like it a little less now but we tape it and watch it while we bowl at night after the news. But there’s one thing I just don’t get.  Maybe you can help me understand people.

I can remember the first year it was on.  There was a lady on there who’s offer from the banker climbed up to almost $700.000.  Yes, almost 3/4 of a million dollars.  Her house had burnt down and her, her husband and 4 kids were living in her sisters basement. They had NO home. Her relatives are all jumping up and down and the audience was going nuts.  Some idiot told her to go “one more time” and she did and picked the million dollar case and ended up going home with $750. That’s not the worst part.  The worst part was after she picked the million the banker dropped her offer to a laughable amount.  She then picked a low case and was jumping up and down like she’d never been happier.  HUH???  She could have taken almost 7 HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars home a few minutes ago.

The other night this happened.  It happens all the time because as this show get older, people get more greedy.  Only one person has won it and now they have what’s called Million Dollar Mission where people get more than one million dollar case.  One night a woman had 13.  She didn’t win it either but went home with a lot of money.

Okay, Monday night a lady had 5 million dollar cases.  She picked 3 of them almost right away and really had lousy luck picking cases. But “her people” kept telling her to go “one more time.”  This woman’s car didn’t steer correctly and fumes were coming in her vents.  Her and her husband had just gotten married and didn’t have a house. They really needed the money. So she goes “one more time” and gets the last million dollar case and her offer dropped to $17.000 so at this point she might as well just play it out.  She left with $22.000 but had she left when she had the biggest offer she would have left with $98.000.

The part that kills me is the way they all act happy.  How could you be happy if you messed up taking that kind of money home.  I’ll tell you another thing, if I ever were to go on that show, I’d leave my husband home.  He’s one who keeps saying “I’d go one more time” and I’m screaming at the TV “take the money!!”  They say it’s more than I came with.  What does that mean?  Yes but why wouldn’t you take life altering money? This kind of money can really change someone’s life.

Is it greed?  Are they star-struck?  I get the whole “the million might be in my case” but what about the reality that you “could really take home XXXX?”  I don’t look at it as what I could have but what I do have and what I could do with that money and not what “might be.”

I just had to get that off my chest.

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16 Responses to Deal or No Deal

  1. Amber says:

    Umm people are stupid???? They don’t have any common sense??? I bet they kick themselves later!!!!

  2. SKL says:

    I haven’t seen this show, but I’ll comment anyway.

    You and I agree: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. But, I know some gambling types who don’t see things that way.

    I bet they have to sign a paper up front promising that they are going to act all happy no matter what. In addition, they probably get a few additional bucks backstage just for playing – provided they don’t break their promise to act positive. In short, I think there is more going on than they are showing, but that’s just a guess.

    Once I won a free trip for 2 to Disney and some money to go with it. I took my mom and added on a one-day cruise to the Bahamas. Well, my mom was all about the gambling in Freeport, Bahamas. It was almost time to go back to the boat, and she was playing some game where you pick boxes on the screen. She asked me to pick and I kept racking up the cash. I was all, “quit while you’re ahead” but she couldn’t, and eventually we ended up with a lot less than it would have been if we’d stopped earlier. (Besides that, we were almost late getting back to the boat.) Well, I was bummed, but my mom seemed pretty happy because it had been exciting, plus she did come out a bit ahead. She discovered the casino on the boat on the way back, and ended up at a net loss. She had a blast losing it, though, so what could I say? I’m just glad she lives far away from the nearest casino.

  3. slightlyignorant says:

    I think it’s probably partly because it’s a TV show and MOST shows of any sort are scripted, so they’re told to act happy happy happy.
    Another reason is just that people might not realize the kind of money they’re dealing with and that even $750 seems more than they thought was plausible.

  4. kweenmama says:

    I’m with you, Joy, every time I’ve watched that show I “advise” the person to take the big offer. I would be VERY happy to have $700,000! Why throw that away? I think if I were to ever go on a show like that (ain’t ever gonna happen) I would go with a set amount of money in mind–how much money do we need to get out of debt and fix what needs fixing–and then as soon as I’ve reached that amount take the money and run!

  5. SanityFound says:

    People are never satisfied they always want more, always hope for more and wish for luck… they take risks, sometimes very stupid ones.

  6. K. Trainor says:

    Greed makes people lose their brains. I can’t watch that show–makes me want to slap the ‘one more time’ folks upside thier idiot heads. lol!

  7. distinque says:

    still it’s free money. I’d love to take even just a little home. 😉

  8. thegoddessanna says:

    I just don’t get these shows, really. I mean, I’ve said before, the only show I’d ever go on would be Jeopardy, or a show like that, that requires knowledge, not sheer luck (or an ability to backstab, a la Survivor). Sure, the allure of winning big bucks is a powerful thing, but I couldn’t put myself out there on tv to make an idiot of myself trying to out-smart the house (reminds me of gambling in a casino, but without putting your own money in). It’s hard to make a reasoned decision period, and then throw in lights, an audience, cameras, and surely a time limit, and voila! Instant stupidity. The woman that is not happy with $700,000 and ends up with $750 is greedy, and the happiness doesn’t get replaced by shock or remorse until the lights are off and they’re on the plane home – and I really doubt the lesson is learned (I think of that fable, with the boy that got his hand stuck in the jar because he was too greedy).

    Oh, my, I’m ranting. I really, really dislike these shows – they show people at their worst – greedy and stupid. And I’m having a bad morning, sorry for the grumpy mood!

  9. Sue says:

    I have watched the show, but not much anymore b/c it’s usually the same outcome for everyone! Some people get greedy, but others I think just go for it to be able to say they tried. There are no “what if’s” that way and whatever they get is more than they came with. As long as I sold my case for more than what was actually in it, I’d be happy!

  10. nikki says:

    We used to watch this show, but it faded out. Too many commercials, and too many greedy people. People turn down life changing amounts of money. I’m with Joy, if I were to go on this show I’d leave hubby at home. He’s like his Dad, one more case, it’s more money than they came with!! He’s more of a gambler than I. To him it’s their money he’s gambling with, not his own so who cares. To me, I would want to win big and when I win big I walk away!!!

  11. Jane says:

    I’m so with you Joy on this. I liked this show way better when it was brand new. More people seemed to win more money than now because they weren’t as greedy. It’s a good entertaining show though agree with Nikki, way to many commercials.

    To the “it’s more than I came with” crowd, I don’t get that thinking. To play a “game” with that kind of money and have that mindset doesn’t make sense to me. $5 is more than you came with so how can you compare that with winning enough money to buy your own home and send your kids to college? It’s only “free” money if you look at it that way but I don’t. To me, I’d rather have the sure thing. I mean, we aren’t talking about being able to go out for dinner or to Disneyworld, this could get you a home and bank account. It’s huge money.

    Another thing this brings to mind is years and years ago I had an aunt who went on Wheel Of Fortune and do you know she had to fly out to LA and the only thing they provided her with was a cheap hotel room. Has that changed now? Do they fly you there and room and board you or do you still have to pay for that yourself? Because this was back in the early 80’s and by the time she got a new outfit (of course) and flew out and had to buy all her meals and such, she spent almost $1000 and that was a lot back then so maybe you are going to some of these things already in debt.

    Does anyone know if room and board and flights are paid for now?

  12. mssc54 says:

    I think the answere is very simple.

    Even losers see themselves as winners.

  13. nikki says:

    Great question Jane. Because if it’s not included well, you’re out that money too!!!

  14. Joy says:

    That is a good question Jane. I’d never thought of that. Anybody know? I’ll try and check it out.

  15. Joy says:

    I’ve done some checking and it looks to me like your expenses are your own on game shows.

  16. tessafroom says:

    Greedy people drive me crazy too, so i usually don’t watch that show! It is addictive-gambling and trying to win more-I can see myself wanting more and more if I were on that show, but not like some of those people. Too many reality shows on now that are all about the seeing and bringing out the worst in people. IT is sick that we got so many shows about greed, sex, cheating, and so on.

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