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YMMV: Shop 'Til You Drop

  • Funny Moments: In one notable Bonus Round, the runner hit the bell at such angles that the thing visibly rocked back and forth. After delivering the final gift, he managed to hit the bell at such an angle that it (and the podium it sat on) actually fell over with an audible thud. During the credits, Dee sat on the floor sobbing as he hit the bell (which continued to light up and play the sound).
  • Growing the Beard: Pretty much when Dee became the announcer/sidekick. The sleek black floor, techno-esque closing theme remix, and simple-but-snappy graphics package grew the beard further; eleven years after its debut, Shop 'Til You Drop retained the same winning format but updated everything else a little, and appeared to have no end in sight...until, at its prime, someone decided to fix what wasn't broken.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The switch from a very 80's looking two-story mall to a deeper single-story warehouse store might have simply been a cosmetic change (or a way to remove those potentially dangerous stairs that just screamed Tempting Fate.) However, with traditional malls slowly dying and warehouse clubs such as Costco on the rise, it seems oddly prophetic.
  • Moment Of Awesome: At least twice, a team won the bonus round with the second-to-last gift. The final gift was still revealed and awarded, but at that point it was icing on top of the other prizes and the vacation.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Despite the show being pretty much perfect by 2002, the show went on hiatus until October 2003. When it returned, almost everything had been overhauled for the worse minus Shopper's Challenge (untouched) and the new logo animation (now in 3D and looking pretty nice):
    • The set changed from a two-floor shopping mall with a sleek black a Costco-esque warehouse.
    • The main theme had lyrics added.
    • Ads were all over the place, including on the contestant podiums. The contestant area itself was the same platform as before, but with a podium for the host.
    • JD Roberto and Don Preiss became the new host/announcer duo, although Preiss didn't fill the sidekick role of his predecessors.
    • The stunts were replaced by lame games that the contestants played from their podiums (no more speaking with a mouthful of marshmallows or, more alarmingly, any role for the announcer outside of...well, announcing). They chose from two punny categories and had a minute to come up with a set number of answers. Victory awarded the same points as before, but one contestant ran into a department to get a gift.
    • Shop 'Til They Drop now had the runner and opener taking turns. The new set also appears to have been deeper than the previous set was tall.

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