'Small Fortune': How did Semper Fly win $170,000? Trio plans to pay off BaoThy's student loans
The trio might have struggled during the first two challenges but found their rhythm soon enough
Who doesn't love a good game show? From comedic hosts to keep you entertained to teams really getting into it, game shows are a fun format that either has you enticed or thinking, "I could probably do that!"
When it comes to game shows, you're sure to find one of every kind. For trivia enthusiasts, there are shows 'Weakest Link' and 'The $100,000 Pyramid'. And who can forget the iconic 'Jeopardy!'. If you're an adrenaline junkie, then 'American Ninja Warrior' is definitely more your style. But if you're looking for a show that's fun and packs a real laugh, then it's time to tune in to 'Small Fortune'.
The first team to take on the game was 'Semper Fly', made up of Nick, BaoThy and Johnny. Nick and Johnny explained they met during their time in the navy and have been best friends ever since. BaoThy, who is Johnny's sister, was a part of their little trio and seeing that they worked well together, they entered the show feeling rather confident. For Nick, Johnnie and BaoThy, there was definitely a lot at stake. While BaoThy's main goal was to use the money to help clear her student loans, Nick wanted to use his part of the wins to help take his father on a dream vacation, seeing that it was a dream for him.
The first challenge had $10,000 on the line. The game was titled 'Waste Wing', where the team had to flick a miniature set of papers into a dustbin. As Howery put it, "Flick the paper in the trash and you win the cash!"
Howery also explained rest of the rules -- each team gets one free test run before every challenge. After which, each practice round will cost them, until they play for stakes. Nick went first and nailed the practice round right off the bat, flicking the paper into the basket. He decided t give it one more practice, putting $2,000 on the line, bringing down the prize money from $10,000 to $8,000.
However, he ended up missing the mark the second time. Hoping that third time is the charm, Nick went ahead and played for $8,000. However, he missed the mark yet again, resulting in zero wins.
Up next was Johnny, who took on the 'One Small Step' challenge, a round with $25,000 at stake. The challenge required him to wear blackout glasses and plant a miniature version of the American flag in a circle. After missing the mark during the free trial round, Johnny put an additional $5,000 at stake to try his hand at another practice round. Although he came up short, Johnny decided to play for the stakes. However, he ended up losing the round, resulting in Semper Fly's winnings staying stuck at zero.
The next challenge was 'Wedding Flasher', a round worth $50,000. Here, the contestants had to swiftly remove the table cloth off a miniature table, without dropping the contents on top. BaoThy decided to try her luck at it, and although she failed the initial practice round, she decided to try two more times, putting $20,000 at stake. She finally played the round for $30,000 and won the same!
Having broken through their losing streak, the next round was 'Cleanup on Cloud 9', worth $75,000. Here, one of the contestants had to stack up cans in a mini supermarket. Nick decided it was his short and redemption, having lost the first round. After failing the initial practice round, he put $15,000 from their future winnings on the line in an attempt to try again. He finally managed to win the challenge, bumping up their cash prize by $60,000.
The next round was 'Cart of Gold' where the players had to land three gold nuggets in an oncoming mini-train model train. Feeling confident after having won the previous challenge, Boathy decided to give it a go, after two practice rounds, one of which cost her team $20,000. She successfully landed a win, bumping up their grand winning total to $170,000.
Although the team managed to win three out of the five challenges, the money wasn't theirs just yet, seeing that they had to nail the 'The Big Little Heist', a final challenge where they have to break into a mini bank and carry out three challenges. The first is to unlock the bank using the key cards hidden all over. Next, is to flick the dynamite to open the case and finally, put three stacks of cash using one hand on the getaway podium.
All three members of Semper Fly played each round, with Johnny going first, followed by Nick and then BaoThy. With barely seconds left on the lock, the team made it and completed all their challenges in the nick of time, securing their $170,000 win!
'Small Fortune' airs on Mondays, at 10 pm ET/PT, on NBC.