My Day As A “Let’s Make a Deal” Contestant – Part 12 (Revealing The Zonk)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Aurora about to hear about her zonk on Let's Make a Deal

(Credit: CBS/Freemantle)

(Missed any part? Here’s the whole series.)

Picking up from last time

Before Wayne opened the envelope, he asked if I had a passport.

The chance of there being an actual international trip in there is incredibly small. I could maybe envision it happening. You know, the ol’ “You missed out on a trip to Mexico.” “Oh, what a bummer.” “But now, you have a trip to Egypt!”

Of course, there were a few things that would make me think that’s not likely to happen in this scenario.

For one, when they pull that whole “making you think you lost something amazing, but then you learn you got something even more grand” thing, it’s usually not a fake out of a trip with another trip. There might be cool electronics involved, or a car. There even might be a trip involved at some stage of the fake-out, but from what I can tell, it’s not usually a trip directly with another trip.

Also, if they were going to do that, I would think they would’ve kept the other girl down in the contestant area to get her reaction. So, the game set up would’ve been slightly different.

Also, for there to be no zonks at all in the deal…? It has happened. And I could see it happening if we were on the Zonk Redemption show, or maybe even the show’s season premiere – some big show that warranted that kind of incredible (and incredibly surprising) deal. But alas, we weren’t.

So, I was pretty certain the envelope must contain a zonk. (Though technically anything is possible! And it would’ve been sweet.)

Aurora realizing she's getting zonked on Let's Make a Deal

(Credit: CBS/Freemantle)

Nonetheless, I played along like a good little girl, and gave the expected facial expression of hope, just as the Let’s Make a Deal producers asked us to do before the show.

Not surprisingly, it was indeed a zonk.

You can see in the tape where I realize it’s the alien abduction trip and awkwardly cut myself off when I say, “is it like…” waiting for him to say the name of the trip (’cause I knew I shouldn’t, as it was probably rude say the name of the trip he’s revealing).

But then I felt like I looked like I didn’t know it. But I did study up for the show! So, I knew the name of the zonk. You trust me, right? Oh my goodness. Does anyone even care? It’s the name of a zonk trip on a game show. Who cares if I knew it?

I should be more concerned with whether I can name all the U.S. Presidents in order. [*Sigh*] Embarrassing myself left and right on this game show and on this blog, huh? Embarrassment – that’s my jam.

After the zonk was revealed, I almost said, “Well, I said I wanted a trip.” [Hardy, har, har.] But again (as I mentioned in the previous post), I felt like that wasn’t my place to try to come up with fun lines on Let’s Make a Deal. Also, I didn’t have the microphone. Plus I was kind of waiting for Wayne Brady’s lead, as he’s the man in charge.

But then he said, “Well, you said you wanted a trip.”

Big zonk graphic over Aurora's face on Let's Make a Deal

Credit: CBS/Freemantle

Part of me thought, “Agh! If it was a cute enough line for Wayne Brady to say it, I should’ve gone for it! Why am I totally screwing up trying to be a good game show contestant? Am I being so boring or what?” [Over-analyze much, Aurora?]

But then another part of me said, “He’s the star of Let’s Make a Deal. Happily let him be the star. Good for you for not stepping on his line… And good for you for thinking of the same line he said. High five to yourself, girl.”

(Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who said it, ’cause they cut that line from the show. I think it’s kinda too bad ’cause it’s a fun line that he delivered well. But for a myriad of reasons, sometimes you gotta lose good stuff in editing. Oh well.)

Anyway, I went back to my seat, next to my dad.

And this is where I’ll pick up next time.

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