Deal or No Deal, Briefcase #12

original movie prop

This briefcase was created by the production for use by various models (including Chrissy Teigan, Jill Manas, Lauren Shiohama, Keltie Martin, and others) as "Briefcase Model #12."


While Jill Manas was the regular bearer of Case #12 for most of the show's original run, Chrissy Teigan was Briefcase Model #12 for her first and only episode as a briefcase model. Teigan was on 8 episodes, but for 7 of them she was the "Banker's Model"--who appeared only during special offers, and without a numbered case.  While her time on the show was short, Chrissy Teigan still makes reference to it--thanks in large part to Meghan Markle's role as Briefcase Model #24--making Briefcase #12 a great display piece for any fan: 


Teigan can be seen as Briefcase Model #12 in episode 52 of Season 2--at least on the Amazon Prime show numbering, which differs from that cited on IMDB or used on cable reruns (the original run had 1.5 and 2-hour episodes, which may skew numbering). 


For one segment, her case is selected for use by the contestant and the host Howie says "This is Chrissy--this is the first show she's ever done with us" as the camera follows Teigan down the runway and she hands Briefcase #12 to him; for another segment, she's called on normally.  Meghan Markle is also credited as Briefcase Model #12 for one episode; but, I've been unable to locate her actually appearing with the #12 case.  It might be the episode numbering issue--or it could be that IMDB is wrong and Markle never used #12 at all, which is more likely since I've looked (though not exhaustively).  The cases were refurbished for use in Season 3 onward, with the blue velvet interior inserts used in Seasons 1 and 2 replaced with more eye-catching red velvet, so this case currently has a red interior, and the $50,000 prize panel (the prize amount panels are velcro-backed for easy changing during production).


An interesting bit of trivia is that these briefcases were custom-manufactured for the show, even before the production added the numbering and embellishments.  They're normally manufactured with dual locking clasps, so a special run was ordered from the manufacturer to be fitted with the single quick-release clasp needed for the show.

prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
coa issued by: Icons of Pop Culture (106)
original (105)  |  replica (1)
celebrity: Chrissy Teigan (1)
movie: Deal or No Deal (TV) (2005)
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