Scott Hamilton: Well, folks, coming up next in the grocery shop event is seasoned veteran Liesl Testwuide. Testwuide comes from a long line of grocery shoppers, so we're in for a treat. I spoke with her earlier today, and although she's generally pleased with the course, she admitted the candy aisle and Hostess
section can be dangerous and may give her some trouble. Her strategy is to stay focused and stick to her list. Dick, Testwuide's shopping list is long, but one thing's for sure: what she lacks in freezer space, she's able to make up in consumption.
Dick Button: Thanks, Scott. Testwuide is entering the store now. She's removed her sunglasses and started her pre-shop routine: examining carts for wobbly wheels, checking herself out in the security camera monitor, and stretching to loosen up.
I must say, Scott, Testwuide looks more focused than I've seen her in the past. Her signature pre-shop coffee- Sudafed-Mountain Dew-protein shake could be kicking in. Nevertheless, it's surprising, since she's not known to shop well under pressure. Who doesn't
Scott Hamilton: That's right, Dick, Testwuide needs to keep her shopping goals in mind and hope that iPhone doesn't run out of battery until she's through her list. She's well-prepared. To stave off dehydration, she's got a Diet Coke and her reading glasses are perched atop her head. She looks ready.
Dick Button: And she's off. Wow, nice clean start through the automatic doors. Compared to other shoppers, Testwuide's got an uncanny ability to maneuver the produce section faster than most. The majority of shoppers at her level examine the fruit, squeeze the melons, and make sure the asparagus is firm. Not Testwuide. She gets through that produce section at record speeds, keeping her cart nice and light.
Scott Hamilton: Wow, she took that corner smoothly as she approaches the meat department. This is where Testwuide really shines. Look at those clean grabs- butt roast, thick-cut bacon, shanks, chops, thighs...This woman knows how to handle meat. I see you're shaking your head, Dick.
Dick Button: That right, Scott. Testwuide's finesse comes with experience, Scott. It takes years of training to master the perfect rhythm. And let's just say, her rhythm is explosive. The butchers are mesmerized. But Scott, can Testwuide keep up this pace?
Scott: It's not likely, Dick. Any woman would have trouble keeping up that pace. Let's watch as Testwuide turns the corner--
Dick: Oh no, Scott, --the candy aisle. Will she give in to her sugar craving or get down the aisle unscathed?
Testwuide is headed toward the chocolate. She's admiring the Hershey bars. Oh boy, Scott, it looks like a fan has gotten through security. He's out on the cousrse. Scott, this man is on rollerskates and he's carrying a jar of peanut butter. A possible colli-
Whoa! False alarm! Testwuide has popped a wheelie with her cart and averted a collision. What looked like a potential disaster in the candy aisle, has been saved in a brilliant move.
Scott: Watch now as she approaches the bread aisle, I'm sensing some anxiety. We know she stumbles amid the 8, 10 and 12 grains. Earlier I asked Testwuide about her strategy for this aisle, but she assured me those demons no longer haunt her. She said she's confident she'll make it down that aisle gluten-free... and it looks as though she's progressing well. She's picked up the pace. Keeping her eyes locked on her list, I think she may have overcome the toughest part of the-- Oh no! Testwuide's down. Legs splayed, Dick. Skirt up. It's not pretty. Clean up on aisle 8, folks. What just happened, Dick?
Dick: Looking at the replay, it appears Testwuide reached the end of aisle 8 smoothly, only to be caught off-guard by the Hostess Snack display. She tried to grab too much, too fast, and her Ho-Ho hit the flor-oh.
Scott: No! Testwuide was having such a great run. So disappointing. She seems to be back on her feet now, Dick. She's smoothed her hair, reapplied her lipstick, and looks determined to finish.
Dick: One thing you can say about Testwuide: no matter how far down she falls, she always has the courage to get back up and put on more lipstick. Let's watch as she careens into the dairy section, Scott.
Scott: It's no secret Testwuide is lactose intolerant, Dick, so it's always surprising to watch her load up on butter, cream and eggs. Will she grab a yogurt as a token healthy snack?
Dick: I don't think so, Scott. Testwuide usually sticks to her routine pretty firmly. It looks like she's headed toward the cheese. Oh, yes. Watch closely as she grabs the cheese curds. Gorgeous. Fans in Wisconsin will recognize this-- her signature move! It's looking like a strong finish, Scott!
Scott: Testwuide's rounding the corner into the final aisle. This is where Testwuide does her best work- the snack aisle. Sodium, carbohydrates, processed, packaged foods - this her wheelhouse, Dick. This is Testwuide's comfort zone. Look at the perfectly rounded mound of fried foods in that cart. No one can say Testwuide doesn't have style. And watch her attention to detail, she never forgets the nuts.
Dick: Really Scott, what a beautiful finish! Such grace and ease as she turns into check out line number nine. Unloading her items. A 36-pack of toilet paper...mandarin oranges... BOGO Secret deoderant...so much diversity in her work. Really beau-
Scott: Wait, Dick! Testwuide appears to be in some distress. She's engaged in animated conversation with the cashier. Testwuide just dumped the contents of her handbag onto the conveyor belt. Pennies are everywhere. Disaster Dick! Testwuide can't find her SuperSaver card. Flushed and upset, she's turned all her pockets inside out. Testwuide may snap here. She's got the checker's bowtie in her fist. It's--
Dick- Oh, Scott! She's found it! Thank heavens, she's got it! It was in her back pocket all along. Now, can she recover?
Scott- Dick, it's difficult to regroup after a moment like this in any event. However, it appears Testwuide has apologized for swearing at the cashier. Look! They're shaking hands. Wow - what a recovery. I didn't know if she'd be able to regain her composure. But she has. It's as if this has happened before. The sign of a pro, Scott, really.
Dick- And now Testwuide's out the door. Quite a finish. Today we saw so many sides of Testwuide - her vulnerability in the candy aisle, her determination in the dairy, and her playfulness in the meat department. I've laughed. I've cried. I've peed a bit in my pants, Scott. I wonder what the judges will give her?
Scott- Well, Dick, Testwuide fought hard today. She came to do a job and she got it done! But when you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk, and Testwuide just shopped that shop! I'd give her at least a 7. It wasn't her best, but it wasn't her worst.
Dick- Oh, Scott, did you see that? Bam! Testwuide just flipped you the bird from the parking lot. Looks like she didn't like your score. Oh man, she's digging for her eggs. We'll be right back, folks....