I've been reading the reactions to the show with interest, on other sites and through your comments via e-mail. Most of them seem to be positive for the entire show, which featured two cash games (Plinko and Punch-A-Bunch), and some really fun contestants. The funny thing, to me, anyway, is that a lot of people seem to feel that Barker showed up current host Drew Carey just by being on stage. I didn't get that impression at all - I thought the two of them complimented each other nicely. Their banter wasn't forced, and each seemed to have respect for the other.
Overall, Barker's appearance was a nice moment for the show. The audience reception was wonderful, and I think everything was handled professionally. It wasn't overdone or dripping with sentimentality, but they gave Barker enough time to connect with Drew and the audience, shill his book, and even deliver the parting line about spaying or neutering your pets. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and really, that's what game shows are all about.
If you missed the episode, CBS.com streams them directly from their site, or you can watch just the Barker clip on YouTube. For still photos from the show, we've got a photo gallery for you to enjoy.
What did you think of the show? Was it the highlight of the season, or just another episode that happened to include a nice little moment for Barker fans? Let me know what you think!
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