The Price Is Right/Memes

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  • "[Name], come on down!" [1]
  • "It's a new car!" [2]
  • "Telephone pole screamers".[3]
  • "$1, Bob/Drew!" [4]
    • "$X+1, Bob/Drew!" [5]
    • "$420, Bob/Drew!" [6]
  • "Gentlemen/Ladies/O mighty sound effects lady..." [7]
  • "Hold my hand. Say Alakazam!" [8]
  • Samoans lifting Bob Barker and inflicting all sorts of damage on him.[9]
  • Holly Hallstrom and her tendency to trip up.[10]
  • "Help control the pet population: Have your pets spayed or neutered!" [11]
  • Ezekiel Barker.[12]
  • Fansite has a lexicon that has attained meme status as well.
    • "Exacta"
    • "Wipeout"
    • "El Skunko"
    • "Can't Stop The Dob/Fool The Fingers", which declines to "Dobstopper/Fingerstopper" when a contestant is Genre Savvy (or lucky) enough to beat Roger Dobkowitz's or Kathy Greco's Nintendo Hard setups. Also applies in hindsight to "Can't Jive The Jay", for original producer Jay Wolpert's own hard setups (most notably, as seen on the DVD set, a $7,010 car used in Lucky Seven).
    • "WSD" [13]
    • "First Four Breakfast Club/Midday Revue" [14]
    • "Garf Of The Century" [15]
    • "Friggin' Random Boat/Trailer/All-Trip Showcase", commonly shortened to "FRBS", "FRTS", and "FRATS" respectively.
    •'s posters also have embarrassingly cutesy nicknames for the pricing games on show recaps.
  • The losing horns. [16]
  • "...all this can be yours, if the price is right." [18]
  • "You bid on the merchandise we present. Go as high as you like, stop whenever you goes to the one who bids highest to the actual retail price without going over, and the big winner comes back tomorrow/next week and takes on three new challengers." [19]
  • "FRIED CHICKEN!" [20]
  • "Once it's stopped, we can't start it again for 37 hours." [21]

Back to The Price Is Right
  1. The call for a contestant who is picked out of the audience.
  2. Intoned by The Announcer whenever a pricing game offers just that.
  3. Drew Carey chewed out the Fan Dumb on his personal blog in June 2009, and for at least the rest of that Summer, the sane fans used this term from the blog entry.
  4. Often said in the "One Bid" round, ostensibly when the fourth contestant thinks that the other three have overbid on the item up for bids. Most, however, seem to say "$1" just for the sake of saying it.
  5. Conversely, if they thought all three had underbid, they would bid $1 above the highest bid. If two players had, they'd bid $1 above the next-highest. Players absolutely hated being hit with this, but c'est la vie. Consider it game show cruelty potential.
  6. Some contestants think it's funny to repeatedly make this bid. Other similar-minded bids include various numbers containing "69", as well as outrageous bids like $2,000,000.
  7. Said in the pricing game One Away, when asking if at least one of the numbers in the price is correct. Bob used "Gentlemen" and later "Ladies", while Drew changed it to "O mighty sound effects lady..."
  8. Another Drew-ism, usually used on reveals in pricing games.
  9. After a contestant from Samoa did just that, many more Samoan contestants followed suit.
  10. One of the show's early models, who was clearly the Cute Clumsy Girl of the bunch.
  11. Spoken by Bob, an animal rights activist, at the end of each show. Drew has carried on in this tradition as an homage.
  12. After Drew referred to Barker's Bargain Bar as being named for "Ezekiel Barker", many fans began referring to Bob Barker as Ezekiel. Shortly after the retirement of Barker's Bargain Bar and Make Your Mark, a few Golden users began making a Real Person Fic that showed the "history" of the Barker family.
  13. a Showcase bid that is over by $250 or less; inversion of "DSW", shorthand for "Double Showcase Winner", someone who wins both Showcases of prizes because his or her bid was within $250 of the actual retail price without going over
  14. Any First Four contestants (the first four called down at the top of the show) who are still in Contestant's Row following the sixth One-Bid; Mimi Bobeck got her own wing when Drew became host).
  15. Used for contestants who underbid on their Showcase by $10,000 or more. The icon used on the forum is based on the Sale of the Century logo.)
  16. Said Losing Horns are played whenever a contestant loses most pricing games, and when there's a Double Overbid in the Showcase. Many other works use them as a sign of Epic Fail.
  17. A series of loud bells and sirens that sound whenever someone wins the top prize in a high-stakes pricing game (Grand Game, Punch-A-Bunch, Triple Play), a cash bonus on the "Big Wheel", or both Showcases.
  18. The end of The Announcer's description of each Showcase, a set of prizes that the top two contestants get to bid on near the end of the game. The object is to bid as closely to the actual retail price as possible without going over. Also used after one-bid descriptions for the first few years. Was used on the original Bill Cullen version as well, along with the name of the manufacturer/distributor as its price authority.
  19. Bill Cullen's explanation of the game on the original series.
  20. In a pair of particularly off-kilter Showcases from Season 37, Rich Fields built up the prizes by asking Drew questions (i.e. "Do you know what makes fingers look great?" for a diamond ring), to which he would consistently respond "Fried chicken". Drew would go on to randomly shout this phrase for the remainder of that week, and this would get continuously referenced and mocked by game show fans.
  21. In his later years, Bob Barker made this joke every time he explained the rules of Range Game, to emphasize that the contestants can only stop the range finder once. Drew Carey attempted this joke on his first playing, but butchered it; to be fair, this had become a Discredited Meme by this point anyway.