Employees of the Lodi salon The Studio all showed up early to work on Wednesday. Chatter and laughter filled the room as they gathered around the TV, anxiously awaiting the appearance of their friend and co-worker Angela Garcia on the gameshow "Let's Make A Deal."
Garcia, 38, went to the taping of the show with Rosemarie Haas, owner of the salon, in August. The trip not only landed her a spot as a contestant, but she came home the owner of a new couch and TV, valued at $6,077, she said.
During the show, Garcia and two other contestants were given the choice to accept what was in the envelope or pick what was behind the curtain. Although she could possibly end up with no prize, Garcia went with her gut feeling.
"I just went with what I originally thought and stayed with curtain number one," she said.
Garcia and Haas both agree it was fun to watch the whole process on TV. As the two laughed at themselves and the costumes they wore — Garcia as Snow White and Haas as a chess piece — they enjoyed seeing the people they met again.
"It was nice to see people we had talked to before. It was neat to see everyone win again," said Garcia.
Garcia was amazed to see the amount of taping that was cut. Out of 100 minutes that were taped, only 35 of them were actually televised, she said. While watching the show on TV, everyone in the salon cheered Garcia on. Even a client who was in the room couldn't believe Garcia was picked, said Haas.
"Everyone was really excited. I'm so happy for her. I'm glad it was just her and I and that she got picked. The chances of that are amazing," she said.
Once her prize is delivered, Garcia plans to give the couch to her grandmother, since she needs one. Garcia will probably put the TV in her bedroom, although she hadn't thought about it yet, she said.
Would she ever go on the show again?
"Absolutely, 100 percent," said Garcia.