By Margaret Lyons
Updated March 13, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Unpack your bags, Matt Lauer, change your money back to dollars, and put your passport back in the “important stuff” drawer where it lives the rest of the year. The Today show is skipping its annual “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” event because a flashy trip “sen[ds] the wrong message” during the recession, according to the Associated Press.

Fair enough, but, since when are we looking at Today to hold up the mirror? Matt Lauer makes a reported $13 million a year, Kathie Lee is nuttier than a squirrel’s cheeks in October, and calling a cancer survivor whose husband and son died within six months of each other “lucky” because she got an ambush makeover would be a stretch anywhere else. But it’s fine! That’s what makes Today…Today. Rarely a dull moment, etc, etc. Embrace it, Today show. Be your sensational self.

All this “where in the world” thinking has, predictably, made me very nostalgic for Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, not just my favorite computer game when I was a kid but also a preeeeetty infotaining TV show. I remember this episode excerpted below because — SPOILER — the kid won on AFRICA! That never happened! Go, Eric!