Let me take you back to a time in the ‘90s. You’re in elementary school and sick on the couch. The only thing you can do is sip soup and watch TV. But YUCK, daytime TV is the pits… well, for the most part. There is one magical hour you know you can count on for pure entertainment. Because at 10 o’clock, you have a standing appointment with Bob Barker and the Showcase Showdown. Yes, The Price is Right is a staple for any sick day. It’s something you can casually watch and enjoy, but some people have taken it from casual enjoyment to obsession.
Perfect Bid is a documentary about Theodore Slauson, who from the age of 18 until his banishment from the show (spoiler alert), was a 37-time audience member. At a young age, he noticed the show would repeat prizes. He’d watch everyday and compile a database of all the prizes and prices, eventually memorizing them. When he was eligible to be an audience member, he would yell out exact prices for contestants and gain the attention of Bob Barker, the host at the time. Needless to say, he knew his stuff.
In 2008, a contestant named Terry Kniess made it to the Showcase Showdown. And he guessed the price of his showcase exactly. It was a HUGE deal, a conspiracy, and many media outlets wanted to know: How did you do it?! This documentary goes into Theodore’s involvement in the perfect bid.
This was a fun documentary, focusing on a topic that is not grim or depressing. Something, I think, we could all use. While it is a little disappointing that Theodore wasn’t the one to win the Showcase Showdown prizes, it is interesting to see the backstories and get to know the people who breathed life into The Price is Right.
You can watch The Perfect Bid on Kanopy with your Batavia Public Library card!