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July 15, 2019


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Common Bonds

Common Knowledge Season Premiere
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 5:30p/4:30c
Host: Joey Fatone
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If you should know it, and you do know it, you could win $10,000. Welcome to Season 2!
Friendly Sisters
Ingrid, Karin, Michelle
The Godparents
Jeff, Lisa, Sean

ROUND 1: Cars, Travel, Tool Box, Goods & Services

The Friendly Sisters go with Travel to start: what are you allowed to wear in your passport photo: a) Uniform b) Facial piercings c) Eyeglasses? They all pick A... but it was B. Over to the Godparents with this in Goods & Services: Used in packaging to keep the contents from getting damp, the small packets labeled "do not eat" typically contain what: a) Epsom salt b) Zinc oxide c) Silica gel? They pick C... and that's 80 points. They are also on the same page with this in Cars: The website Autuomotive recommends using your car's air conditioner in the winter for what reason: a) To prevent loss of refrigerant b) To keep your interior fresh c) To prevent overheating? They go with A.... and that's a perfect round with 160 to the sisters' 10.

ROUND 2 Categories: Weddings, Beauty Tips, Business, Drinks

A perfect round on both ends ends with a 480-330 score favoring the Godparents.

WRITE-IN ROUND: Symbols, Science, Literature, America
- Friendly Sisters: SYMBOLS - In the classic logo for Mobil Oil, which letter is red? They say it's the O... it's the O for 200.
- The Godparents: AMERICA - Founded on June 14,1775, which branch of the military came first? They say it's the Army... GOOD for 200. 
- Friendly Sisters: LITERATURE - Based on the books of Harry Potter, what sport held its first official World Cup in 2008? They say soccer... over to the Godparents to steal and seal. They say... QUIDDITCH! Godparents win, 1080-530!

BONUS ROUND: Lisa gets one, but misses on the move you're instructed to do in the new version of Bop-It (drink it). After using the team's only pass, Sean gets up to 4, but misses the original name for the Popsicle (Epsicle). And unfortunately, Jeff is one and done when he can't name the first event of an Olympic decathlon (100m dash).

American Ninja Warrior
by Chico Alexander
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NBC: 8p/7C
Hosts: Matt Iseman & Akbar Gbaja-Biamila with Zuri Hall
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The Qualifiers are done, and now it's time to find out who's going to Las Vegas and the National Finals. Our first stop: back to Universal Studios for the LA City Final.

Our first City Final takes us to the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood in LOS ANGELES:
- Shrinking Steps
- Walk the Plank
- Spring Forward
- Diamond Dash
- SPIN HOPPER - For the City Final, the first handle was removed.
- Warped Wall
- Salmon Ladder
- The Hinge
- LEAPS OF FAITH - Six handholds with alternating grips, followed by a seventh with a grip closest to the platform, meaning you would have to grip it blindly in order to finish.
- SPIDER TRAP - The trap doors on the props have moved.
- POWER TOWER - The top two finishers will compete through the Power Tower for a Safety Pass, granting them an extra life through Stage 1 and 2 of the National Finals. This version is tougher than the Qualifier with seven square handles, four atomic cones, two bungee-hung ladders

The top 12 finishers & top 2 females will join Hunter Guerard in the National Finals. As the holder of the Speed Pass, Hunter does not have to run, but if he does and he places in the top 12, then the person who placed 13th will also advance.

POWER TOWER: Brian Kretsch vs. Flip Rodriguez
- WINNER: Flip Rodriguez

TOP 12
- Flip Rodriguez: SAFETY PASS
- Brian Kretsch: 5:42.71
- Kevin Bull: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Danell Leyva: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- David Campbell: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Scott Wilson: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Adam Rayl: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Seth Rogers: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Ben Udy: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Brian Burk: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Hunter Swan: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Verdale Benson: FAIL Leaps of Faith
- Hunter Guerard: FAIL Leaps of Faith

As a note, Hunter didn't need to run the course, but he wanted the Safety Pass. Instead, he bumped his head on the Leaps of Faith and fell into the water bleeding.

- Tiana Webberley: FAIL The Hinge
- Anna Shumaker: FAIL Warped Wall

Next time, the course heads to the Dirty South.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader
by Chico Alexander
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Nick: 7p/6c
Host: John Cena
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The program guide for the cable boxes says "Pilot". It doesn't mean this is the first show ever taped for this series of "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader"... It means taht plaing with Chloe, Cooper, Jamir, Nick, & Quinne is a pilot who attended Arnett C. Lines Elementary in Barrington, IL, Jordan. 

FRONT GAME: 1st Grade Measurements, 2nd Grade Earth Science, 3rd Grade Mathematics, 3rd Grade Grammer, 4th Grade US Geography, 4th Grade Reading

He gets the first two, but needs to COPY from Quinne on 3rd Grade Math: which numbers are the addends in this equation: 7 x 1 = 3 + 4? Quinne says "3 + 4". The right answer... is 3 and 4. He'd miss what "preposition" was in "This sentence doesn't have a preposition." (it's a noun.... confusing, I know). Nick helps him through 4th Grade US Geography - If Reese Witherspoon is vising Capitol Reef National Park, which state is she in: a) Hawaii b) Florida c) Utah? Nick said "C". Jordan agrees... and we're up to $2500! 

4th Grade Reading: What was the name of the title character in Lewis Carroll's classic Novel published in 1865? He says "Scrooge"... but it was "Alice". As in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". So we're up to $2500, his to keep no matter what.

5th GRADE FINAL EXAM: Cooper on the block this time.
- Vocabulary: Colorado entered the Union in 1876, so it will celebrate its bicentennial in what year? 2076 (x2)
- World Geography: Himalayans or Andes: Machu Picchu is located in which mountain range? ANDES (x3)
- Life Science: What British naturalist formed his theory of evolution after returning from his voyage on the HMS Beagle? FINAL CHEAT
- Geometry: Measured in degrees, what is the smallest obtuse angle that is a whole number? 10 (91)
- World History: In 1533, King Henry VIII ended his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in order to marry what woman? HIS GIRLFRIEND (Anne Boleyn)

Back to Life Science. Cooper went with Sir Patrick Crabtree... but it was Charles Darwin, leaving him with three times his bank, or $7500.

"My name is Jordan, and I may be a pilot, but I'm not smarter than a 5th grader."

Beat Shazam
by Chico Alexander
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Fox: 8p/7C
Host: Jamie Foxx with Corinne Foxx
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Jessica & Mallory
Charleston, SC
dental hygenists
Fletcher & Jalen
Los Angeles
Allie & Mike
Galloway, NJ

- FUNK: "Superstition", Stevie Wonder (Allie/Mike)
- ALTERNATIVE: "Lump", The Presidents of the United States of America (Allie/Mike)
- TODAY'S HITS: "No Tears Left to Cry", Ariana Grande (Fletcher/Jalen)
- KANYE WEST: "Jesus Walks" (NOBODY!)
- FAST TRACk - 80s: "I'm So Excited", The Pointer Sisters (Allie/Mike)

It's all Allie & Mike as they have $8000 to $2000 for Fletcher & Jalen. Jessica & Mallory are about to get flossed on.

THAT'S MY JAM!: This week, it's either Stadium Anthems or Divas. The teams play... STADIUM ANTHEMS. 
- "The Final Countdown", Europe (Allie/Mike)
- "Pump Up the Jam", Technotronic (Jessica/Mallory, welcome to the game)
- "Louie Louie", The Kingsmen (Allie/Mike)
- FAST TRACK - "All I Do Is Win", DJ Khaled featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ro$$ (Fletcher/Jalen)

That last song puts Fletcher & Jalen at $8000 to $14,000 for Allie & Mike. But with only $3000, Jessica & Mallory just got gargled and spit out of the game. 

CORINNE'S CHOICE: On the DJ's set list tonight... the 70s. 
- "Fat Bottomed Girls", Queen (NOBODY)
- "Tear the Roof Off This Sucker (Give Up the Funk)", Parliament (NOBODY AGAIN!)
- "Mockingbird", Carly Simon & James Taylor (Allie/Mike)
- FAST TRACK - "Ballroom Blitz", Sweet (Allie/Mike)

Allie & Mike are up in this round with $29,000 to $8000 for Fletcher & Jalen. They're going to need to make a move in this...

- "Dancing in the Street", Martha and the Vandellas (TIED) 
- "Run-Around", Blues Traveler (Allie/Mike - LOCK)
- "Confessions Part II", Usher (NOBODY)
- FAST TRACK - "Long Train Runnin'", The Doobie Brothers (Allie/Mike)

Allie & Mike come out on top with $69,000 (C-Note: nice.)! Fletcher & Jalen leave with half of their bank, or $9000.

- 1) 2010s: "Cake By the Ocean", DNCE ($25,000)
- 2) MADE IN THE UK: "Hold Me Now", The Thompson Twins ($25,000)
- 3) HIP-HOP: "Rosa Parks", OutKast (X) - the million is off the table
- 4) GRAMMY WINNERS: "Don't Know Why", Norah Jones (X)
- 5) "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", The Spinners (X)

So that's two songs, $50,000, for a total of $119,000. They can take that and split or play one more song for double or half. The category: CLASSIC ROCK. They decide... to bolt with the cash. Had they gone for it...

- 6) "Double Vision", Foreigner .... They would've lost. Good job!

Best Ever Trivia Show
by Chico Alexander
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GSN: 4p/3c
Host: Sherri Shepherd
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Mary Ann
wants to fly a helicopter
built his own computer
Susannah Brooks
American quizzing champion
Ken Jennings
trivia legend
Jonathan Corbblah
Scrabble champion

ROUND 1 Categories: First Ladies or Pirates. Mary Ann goes with FIRST LADIES and gets the first lady of today's panel... Susannah. She sweeps, no bonus points. But we end up with a three-way tie at 150!

ROUND 2 Categories: It's Electric or Pirates. David goes with IT'S ELECTRIC, and Jonathan is called to shock the world. Jonathan also sweeps... getting every question wrong. We end with another tie at 350 a piece.

ROUND 3 Categories: Birds or Luxury Cars. Joshua picks BIRDS and Ken flies to the Trivia Dome.
- Q1: Which of these fine feathered friends has the largest eyes: owl, ostric, or eagle? Everyone says ostrich... Ken, right answer, please... The ostrich!
- Q2: A 2017 Harvard study of an African grey parrot named Griffin found he fared better on certain intelligence tests than what other creature: a border collie, a bottle-nosed dolphin, or a 4-year-old child? Mary Ann says dolphin. David says child, Joshua went with dolphin. Ken... also went with dolphin... but the correct answer was child. David breaks ahead with 1150. 
- Q3: Brontornis and physornis were two types of what extinct group of birds who grew up to 10 feet tall: the dodo, the terror bird, or the mysterious starling? Mary Ann says dodo. David goes with Ken. Joshua picks the terror bird. Ken also has terror bird... Right answer for the win... TERROR BIRD. David wins, 1350 to 1150 for Joshua and 750 for Mary Ann!

ULTIMATE TRIVIA CHALLENGE: David gets to play against Ken again.
Q1: In 1919, the city of Boston suffered an industrial disaster when a tank holding what liquid broke, causing a massive flood: milk, gin, or molasses? (Molasses)
- David 1 - 1 Ken
Q2: In physics, the height of a wave is expressed by which property: period, amplitude, or wavelength? (Amplitude)
- David 2 - 2 Ken
Q3: Which US Supreme Court Justice also served as governor: Salmon P. Chase, Warren Burger, or John Marshall? (Salmon P. Chase)
- David 2 - 3 Ken
Q4: A Malagasy is someone from what country: Malawi, Malaysia, or Madagascar? (Madagascar)
-  David 3 - 4 Ken
Q5: Who was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize: Willa Cather, Flannery O'Connor, or Edith Wharton? (Edith Wharton)
- David 4 - 5 Ken

And once again, a perfect game for Ken and a bridesmaid for David.

by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Alex Trebek with Jimmy McGuire, Kelly Miyahara & Sarah Whitcomb-Foss
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  A win today puts Sam in the hunt for the NEXT Tournament, since the forthcoming November event is already locked.
Sam Kavanaugh

Christina Harcar
The Bronx, NY
audiobook seller
Jeff Lasky
San Diego

JEOPARDY! ROUND: 3-Word Literary Titles, Organizations, Killed Off the TV Show, Rhyme Time, I Love Horses, They're My Friends.

Sam starst with $400 I Love Horses. At the TV timeout, Christina is in front with $3600 with $2400 for Sam. Jeff has $800.

Sam finds the Daily Double under $600 Organizations. He goes for it on this: it was founded by 6 cardiologists in 1924. "What is the American Heart Association?" FOR THE DOUBLER, $8800! He ends up with $10,600 to $2800 for Jeff. Christina on $2600 gets the board to start... 

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: Quoted in Bartlett's, Documentaries, Give Me 5-Letter Words, Supreme Court Clerks, Enclaves, "I" on Science 

... with the Daily Double under $400 Give Me 5-Letter Words. You read that right. She's going for it on this: in medieval legend, it was the cup or plate used by Jesus at the Last Supper. "What is grail?" FOR THE DOUBLER, $5200! Four clues later, Sam finds the other under $1600 "I" On Science. He goes for $11,000 on this: a woman's eggs are fertilized outside her body in this method of assisted reproductive technology. "What is in vitro?" IN THE MONEY for $24,400! He ends up with $33,200. With Christina on $13,600 to Jeff's $5200, it's Sam's game to lose. 

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "Women Authors": an award for works of horror, dark fantasy & psychological suspense honors this author who came to fame with a 1948 short story. Correct response: who is Shirley Jackson?

Sam wins another $38,200, giving him a four-day rake of $113,801!

So You Think You Can Dance
by Chico Alexander
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Fox: 9p/8C
Host: Cat Deeley with Laurieann Gibson, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy & Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval
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Last week, the auditions ended with 79 acts making it to the Academy. Now it's up to the judges to whittle them down to the Final 10 - 5 men, 5 women.

First, though, we narrow it down to the final 20 - 10 men, 10 women. 

Each round in the Academy will be a bootcamp taught by some of dance's greatest maestros - for hip-hop, Luther Brown; for ballroom, Emma Slater & Sasha Farber; for contemporary, Talia Favia; and for the group stage, Mandy Moore (C-Note: no, not that one... the OTHER one).

HIP-HOP: Luther wants "precision, energy, and star quality". 
- ELIMINATED: Michael Sales, Samuel Sweetser, Victoria Neukom, Seamus Moriarity, Lauren Luteran, Trent Edwards. In total, 69 (C-Note: nice) of the original 79 make it through to...

BALLROOM: Sasha & Emma are going into a crash-course on the cha-cha-cha. 
- ELIMINATED: Maia Bliudnikas, Jalen Sands, Bridget Derville-Teer, Colton Edwards, Gianna Newborg, Sarah "Smac" McCreanor. That leaves only 54 left for...

CONTEMPORARY: Talia is giving zero inches in this class. A lot of contemporary dancers are still alive, but some of them may not be for long.
- ELIMINATED: Jay Jackson... and that's all... FOR NOW.