Dressed as Snow White, Angela Garcia was ready to win anything, from a full home entertainment system to a luxurious vacation, all while hoping to avoid the dreaded "zonk." Last August, the 38-year-old Lodi resident was among six contestants picked for a taping of the game show "Let's Make a Deal" that will air on Wednesday at 9 a.m. on Channel 13.
Garcia said she was pretty shocked that she was picked.
"I'm all about adventure and trying new things. I just went to have fun," she said.
Garcia went to the taping of the show with Rosemarie Haas, the owner of the salon where Garcia works. Although the taping didn't begin until 1 p.m. that day, the two decided to put on their costumes and go early. Garcia dressed as Snow White and Haas as a chess piece, and the two walked down the street from the parking lot to get to the show.
"Walking down the street in those outfits seemed kind of silly, but everyone else was doing it," said Haas.
Some children from a nearby school asked Garcia why she was dressed for Halloween in August. She responded by saying she was going to a game show.
"You're in Hollywood. It was totally normal. There were tons of people in line who were dressed like that," she said.
Their photos were taken, and after waiting in line for several hours the two were selected to be interviewed by the director and some assistants. Potential contestants were asked to tell a little about themselves. Garcia told them she is a hairdresser and the CEO of her family. She also shared that she was hoping to win some cash to be able to put her 17-year-old daughter through college.
"Angela said something that was very touching, and I know that had something to do (with her getting picked). I think it was an excellent answer," said Haas.
Once inside the studio and after the interview was over, all 250 potential contestants danced to music played by a DJ. People were even break-dancing on the floor, said Haas. Garcia said it reminded her of being at a junior high dance.
"We danced and danced and danced and danced," said Garcia. "They kept arranging people so we could be seen. It was an interesting process."
Garcia was the next to the last contestant picked, said Haas. Wayne Brady, the host of the show, came up to their row and told Garcia to come on up. Two others were called up on stage with Garcia.
The three had to decide whether to pick what was behind the curtain or accept what was in the envelope. Contestants who pick what's behind the curtain could have the possibility of getting a "zonk," said Garcia. A zonk is kind of a spoof, where there might be an aquarium with fake fish and the contestant ends up without a prize, she explained. At the end, the one with the highest dollar amount for a prize gets to go for the deal of the day.
"I just stayed with my original gut feeling," said Garcia.
Originally hosted by Monty Hall, the game show became popular in the 1960s and 1970s. While dressed in creative costumes, contestants had the chance to buy, sell or trade various items. A new version of the show with Wayne Brady as the host debuted in Oct. 2009.
Thirty years ago, Haas had the experience of being on "The Price Is Right." Since she had always wanted to return, she got tickets to take all four employees of The Studio, the salon she has owned for 25 years. A week prior to leaving for the show, she was watching "Let's Make a Deal" and thought it might be fun to get tickets for that show as well. Two of her employees were unable to go so she, so Garcia and Haas went to both by themselves.
The two started the first day at "The Price Is Right." They were disappointed that they didn't make it onto that show, so they hoped for better luck the second day at "Let's Make a Deal." To Garcia, being on the set of both game shows was more exciting than watching them on TV.
"It was much more exciting and vibrant than what TV gives it," she said. "It's like Blu-ray versus regular TV."
Both feel being on the show is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that everyone should try.
They plan to watch the show together at the salon on Wednesday. Garcia was surprised to learn that winners can't claim their prize until the show airs.
Her response when asked if she was a winner?
"I'm not allowed to say until it airs. We'll leave it up to being a mystery," she said.