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Pot O' Gold

Producer: Art James
Host: Art James
Taping Info: 1977
Made it to Air: No

When I say "Pascal's Triangle" you think Plinko. You really shouldn't, since Plinko isn't a true triangle. And, frankly, most of you don't have a clue what Pascal's Triangle is, but it is one of the most underutilized concepts in game shows that was first developed in China and refined by a 17th century French mathematician. One of its uses is permutations in figuring out the odds of a series of binary chances. Or, you can be Art James, add a leftover marble from The Magnificent Marble Machine and a make a game board out of it.

In this game, two contestants try to answer questions about either film or television. To start their turn, they drop a marble down the game board and it will land in any of the 12 spaces above. 46% of the time it should drop in either of the $100 slots, going all the way down to the $5,000 slots, which have a 1 in 1,024 chance of being pegged. Doubly odd was having the $5,000 spot, since you only needed $500 to win the game. The player was then given his or her question, and was awarded with the dollar amount if they answered the question correctly. If they answered incorrectly, the other player had a chance to answer the question for half the value.

In the first game of the pilot, the inequity of the format reared its ugly head. The score going into the fourth question was $400-$250. It was the turn of the player leading, and rolled a $500 film question. The question was a two-parter, he got the first one right and the second part wrong. Art James then gave the other player a chance to answer the other half, was right, and awarded the full $250 as well as the game to her. The other main game on this pilot had the first player reach $500 but gave the second player their turn, in which he equaled the score and they played overtime. Why wasn't the cheated player in the first game given the equal chance by having the other player miss the question and get his chance for half?

The bonus game involved trying to identify a number of film or TV shows from clips in a certain amount of time for a large prize. As you can tell, I have forgotten the details on all three. Also amazing was the terrible quality of many clips, looking like eighth generation copies with one of those generations involving a ViewMaster.

The clips cheapness, plus the somewhat unfairness of the main game marred what could have been a winner. Art James was Art James, laying back and letting the game be the star. Unfortunately, the star did not shine.

A terrible rendition of the Pot O Gold board. I would like to thank the letter lambda for existing.

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