Noel wears his jigsaw pattern shirt for us today as he welcomes us to the dream factory but he as well as dreams it also produces nightmares. He warns everyone about being heavily influenced by their friends or partners in the audience. Ned and especially Donna gets mentioned in this speech about NOT being influenced by anyone other than themselves! He really lays it on that games have gone disastrously wrong when players have taken onboard advice from others. Donna's game yesterday still seems to have struck a chord with Noel and it clearly shows that he was not impressed with the way that game played out.
It's Simon's turn at the 'Pound Table' and he has box 18 today, and he has his wife Kate in the audience for support, Noel asks how much influence Kate will have in the game!! He says absolutely NONE!! Noel is not so sure and tells Simon to make sure that it is very much HIS game. Noel asks how people can afford to take so much time off from their jobs to play the game, Simon tells us that he saved up his holiday time from his employer. Jenny is off ill today, Danny is on double box duty.
6 - £50,000 groans for a power 5 value
5 - £500 cheers for the blue
1 - £15,000 ripple of applause as Simon say it's alright
11 - 50p
3 - £35,000 silence for the lowest power 5
Simon remains positive with the board as the highest 3 are still in play, Joey the baby faced assassin gets a mention over her run of high boxes (although they have been low of late the name has stuck!). The banker is really happy with the outcome of yesterday’s game. He says he feels more alive than ever before! He says it's amazing how energizing the tears of a young lady can be!! Simon told us earlier that he found £10 outside the hotel last night and the banker says he lost £10 last night on one of his undercover missions to the hotel!! Noel says Simon is now in the hall of fame with this opening offer of MINUS £10!! As he wants his £10 back!! The banker calls back and then offers £2,002, Simon says NO DEAL.
21 - £10
Simon looks to Joey but Noel says you're not going there are you and Simon says no...
19 - £5,000
14 - £250,000
Noel still talks about Simon not being influenced by his partner, he also tells the banker not to say anything, the banker wants to speak to Simon's wife Kate!! She tells him that she is very optimistic about the game today, the banker told her that she is foxy! He then offers £5,000, he says he has got his way now and has got Simon's wife involved in the game!! Simon says NO DEAL.
2 - £100 Newbie Conor
9 - £250
17 - £1
It's a superb all blue round and Simon whips up the pilgrims. The banker is irritated now and says the mind games are over, but then says this offer is straight out of Jim's game!! He offers £9,900, Simon says that is a very good offer, Sarah says that round was a turning point in the game and it would be very unlucky to take out both the £75,000 and £100,000 next round. Simon says NO DEAL.
12 - £5 YES says Simon
22 - £100,000 Groans followed by silence
Simon goes to box 4 next, but Noel queries this decision as he wanted to avoid it earlier, there is a BIG build up that Simon is convinced that he has £75,000
4 - £75,000
Noel tells the banker to stop laughing, the banker is homing in on Sarah after the comment about Simon not taking out the £100,000 and £75,000 in one round, he offers £1,004, Simon says NO DEAL.
7 - £3,000
8 - £1,000
16 - 1p BIG CHEERS
We needed that says Noel, but it's a shame the other reds went, the banker talks about Simon's wife but Noel tells him to stop, he then offers £4,004. Simon turns to Kate who says don't turn to me! Simon says NO DEAL.
Kate asks everyone in the studio to rub their hands for luck and chants of BLUE BLUE BLUE start.
20 - £10,000 It's all or nothing as only the £20,000 remains in the reds
15 - £50 BIG CHEERS for Joey's low blue
Simon is stuck now as the 2 numbers he didn't want left remain.
10 - £750
That round leaves a final 2 of £20,000 and 10p, can the £20,000 be on the table again!!!
The banker talks about Jim's game and how he wants to replicate that game with Simon going away with almost nothing! He offers £5,990, Simon goes to Kate but she says that she doesn't want to get involved. There is a LOT of talk about Jim's game, Paul tells Simon to put Jim's game out of his head and play it as he would play it not knowing Jim's result. Simon says DEAL.
Noel asks Simon if he had gone on would he have taken the swap, Simon say NO WAY!
Noel opens Simon's box 18 and reveals 10p, box 13 contains the £20,000.
In the closeout of the show Noel talks about Simon playing his own game today and while taking advice he ultimately made his own decisions, he hopes the future contestants will take this on board and play their own games as well. The recent game outcomes where there has been a lot of influence from friends or relations has clearly hit a nerve with Noel, but didn't he start including outside influence into the game in the first place?