Mainers cash in on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted March 02, 2010, at 10:30 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Twin sisters Terri Pine Pepin and Tracy Pine-Trecartin went undercover to make a deal while visiting Las Vegas and earned $2,600 for their effort. But what happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas.

Costumed as Maine coon cats, the 38-year-olds made it onto CBS’ revival of “Let’s Make a Deal,” specifically the 100th anniversary show for host Wayne Brady, which was recorded at Tropicana Las Vegas in December. The show will air on WABI-TV at 3 p.m. today.

A Buxton resident, Pine-Trecartin won $100 during the second deal of the show, while Pepin, of Lincoln, won $2,500 by choosing door No. 2 during the one-hour show’s closing segment, the sisters said.

“It was really cool. The whole thing was so much fun,” Pepin said Monday. “The adrenaline we had that day was like nothing we had ever felt before. We also met a lot of nice people from all over the country.”

“It was just a long process, but we had a lot of fun,” Pine-Trecartin said. “It started at noon and we didn’t get out of there until, like, 6:30 p.m. It was really long but it was worth it.”

“We were right next to the host the whole time so we will get a whole lot of airtime,” Pepin said.

The two plan to celebrate their success by watching WABI-TV’s 3 p.m. airing of the show with family and friends at Shooters, a Lincoln restaurant and pool hall. Residents are invited to attend.

A publicist for show, producer FremantleMedia North America, confirmed Monday that the two were among several contestants plucked from the audience during the Dec. 17 taping.

A longtime fan of the show, Pine-Trecartin decided on an impulse to apply online to appear at a taping. When she heard that she was selected, she had an extra airplane ticket available and decided to call her sister.

Their costumes were elaborate. They wore cat ears and fur on their jackets and boots and had their hair done just for the show, Pine-Trecartin said.

“Our faces were completely covered with makeup,” she said.

The show’s judges gave the two the show’s version of an Oscar, called a Dealie, for the best human impersonation of an animal, Pepin said.

The show, they said, isn’t your father’s “Let’s Make a Deal.” A new take on the classic game show, audience members dress in outlandish costumes to win cash and prizes by making deals with the host. Monty Hall was host of the original show from 1963 to 1977. Later versions aired in syndication and prime time.

The cattle call that preceded the show was a grind, they said. The two stood in line for about three hours to be interviewed briefly by show workers before it began. They saw Brady during segment tapings, which were not continuous. An audience wrangler kept the crowd engaged in between. Not that seeing less of Brady lessened his impact upon Pepin.

“Oh, he’s so cute!” she said.

The appearance was worth the wait, the sisters said.

“Now I can mark one thing off my bucket list,” Pepin said.

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