And we return. Finally. Ehem. Nothing out of the ordinary here.
Our big winner today is Bean! And our runner up is pholtos! Two veterans to the Showcase... but will Bean defend his title, or will poor unlucky pholtos finally have some success? We shall see...
I digress. You should know how this works, but since I took a year's vacation in the middle of an episode, maybe you've forgotten. You'll both be shown showcases consisting of various fantastic(?) prizes. Since Bean is our big winner, what with that perfect playing of Check Game and all, he'll get to decide whether he wants to bid on that Showcase, or pass it off to pholtos and wait for the next one. Regardless, you'll both bid on your respective Showcases, and the one who's closest to the actual retail value without going over is the winner. And as Bean well knows, if you're within $1,000 of the correct price, you win *both* Showcases. Now, Meya, what's our first Showcase?
*Ayjo walks on the stage*
Ayjo: Your first Showcase is all about--
...Ayjo? What the heck are you doing here? Where's Meya?
Ayjo: You waited too long. Her contract with you expired, because unlike me, she wasn't stupid enough to be suckered into signing one for *infinite years*. She's found a better job as host of Talkhaus Jeopardy! or something. Now, before I was so rudely interrupted...
Ayjo: The first Showcase is a journey through all four seasons! Starting with Winter, your first stop is... Alaska! You and a guest will spend five days and four nights in Hotel du Snow in Juneau, Alaska, where you'll enjoy skiing, sledding, hot cocoa, and... lots and lots of snow. Boots and snow pants not included. Tough luck.
Ayjo: Next up, we head straight into Summer, which will be spent in beautiful Hawaii! Five more days and four more nights in the Aloha Hotel in Honolulu, where the order of the day is swimming, surfing, and sipping tropical drinks from a coconut shell as you lay on the beach. Watch out for them UV rays, though. Sunburns ain't pleasant.
Ayjo: For Autumn, we're sending you to Oktoberfest, all the way in Germany! In some city whose name I can't pronounce, four nights, five days again, enjoying the finest in beer and brats! Brawwwwts... that just looks like "brats" when written out. Like those obnoxious kids who just can't behave themselves. I'm off topic because I know diddly squat about Germany. I really should research this stuff...
Ayjo: And finally, Spring is here, and how better to enjoy it than watching the cherry blossom trees bloom... in Japan! You know the routine by now. Five days, four nights in Hotel Tokyo, and it includes a trip through the famous Sakura Gardens! Something something anime!
Ayjo: And this journey through the seasons can be yours... *if* the Price is Right!
And there you go. Do you want to bid on this Showcase, Bean, or pass it off to the pink guy next to you?