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Caught in the Act


Producer: Bob Stewart
Host: Jack Clark
Announcer: Jay Stewart
Taping Info: April 29, 1979, NBC Studio #4, Burbank
Made it to Air: No
Other Pilots: No, but Bob Stewart did produce a pilot with the same title in 1977, but the formats were not even close.
Availability: It's on the trading circuit.

Pass the Buck in my opinion was a fine little game. Nothing special, but it could have served a niche. It only lasted 13 weeks, so maybe there was something wrong. So, Bob Stewart, who loves lists, expanded the concept a little and added a comedy element in an unusual area the prizes (whether or not the title was intentional comedy has yet to be determined). Jack Clark is pulled out of the announcer booth for yet another pilot.

No celebrities in this one, but three contestants, although only two played at a time. The two players were shown a prize board with nine possible prizes. Some of the examples included "Your Weight in Steaks", "A Used Car" and "Pay Your Phone Bill". Each player picked a prize, and Jack Clark announced a category such as "Name a Shellfish." Player #1 would name shellfish until one of the nine that were predetermined for the category was selected. Once that was picked, the other player tried to guess one off the list. This continued until a 30 second timer was up. Whichever player was guessing when the time was up was "Caught in the Act" and lost, while the other player won their prize. The losing player also rotated out in favor of the third player. Whoever amassed three prizes first won the match and moved on to the bonus.

A twist occurred in a game where the two competitors each had two prizes and were playing for the third in that they could select a prize that the other had won rather than a prize off the board. Additionally, if the two players combined to get all nine items, the round was considered a push and a new question played with the same players.

The bonus game was inspired by the Pass the Buck bonus game. The player saw a board with three categories and three boxes under each of the categories and would have 60 seconds to come up with the nine predetermined answers that matched the categories. Before the 60 second clock began, the player could choose one of the categories to have a free answer revealed. $10,000 for clearing the board or $500 per column or row cleared.

Like most Bob Stewart games, it was pretty average, if the show had made it to air it would have had a short run. But since it didn't, the ideas were incorporated into other Bob Stewart pilots. Also, if it had made it, I don't know how long the wacky prize shtick would have worked.


Bob Stewart was never known for the fancy opening graphics.

Yet again, its Jack Clark.

Here's the prize board, notice some of the weird prizes.

Start naming shellfish like your life depended on it.

Here's some of the prize cards, which actually were pretty cute.

If only I was on during the month my mortgage down payment was sitting in the account.

An hour later, you'll need another prize.

This one will do.

Brought to you by Microsoft Excel, its the bonus board.


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