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All those things you learned in elementary school are about to come back to haunt you... in the form of a quiz show that tests how dumb you've become.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN
Host Jeff Foxworthy
The Class Jenna Balk
Bryce Cass
Jonathan Cummings
Olivia Dellums
Francesca deRosa
Kassidy Vo
Announcer Mark Thompson
Creators Mark Burnett
Roy Bank
Barry Poznick
John Stevens
EP Mark Burnett
Roy Bank
Barry Poznick
Packager Mark Burnett Productions, Zoo Productions
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA
Airs 8p Fri, Fox
Available In High-Definition Where AvailableStreaming Online

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Episode 3.29
September 18

In the three year history of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader", fourteen person have made it all the way to the million dollar question. But so far, only one person has cracked the code to win the money. Will the show's final contestant in primetime be the second person to go all the way?

The final contestant is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who helped prove the Big Bang Theory. From Palmer Elementary in Palmer, AK, here comes GEORGE FITZGERALD SMOOT III! He looked like a scientist even then. And even now, he's got the Nobel Prize in his pocket.

The board he's working from...

5th Grade Vocabulary 5th Grade Astronomy
4th Grade US History 4th Grade Math
3rd Grade Health 3rd Grade World Geography
2nd Grade Spelling 2nd Grade Animal Science
1st Grade Earth Science 1st Grade Music

First to help is Jenna. And first to play is Earth Science...

1st Grade Measurements $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
In the Northern Hemisphere, the month of April is in which of the four seasons?

He goes with spring... and he's right for $1000.

2nd Grade Spelling $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which is the correct spelling of the word that means "a person who runs a school"?
a) Principal
b) Principle
c) Princepal

George goes with A... Jenna said the same thing... and they're right on for $2000!

Next up is Jonathan to help and this for $5000...

2nd Grade Animal Science $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
The porcupine is a type of rodent.

George decides to PEEK at Jonathan's paper. He went with TRUE. George decides to play strategy and go with "FALSE".

Correct answer is "True"... SAVED, and we move on.

4th Grade Math $10,000   COPY  
How many degrees are there in each angle of an equilateral triangle?

George has it right on with 60, so he's going to see a milestone question. Olivia's going to help...

3rd Grade World Geography $25,000   COPY  
Scandinavia is located on what continent?

George locks in Europe, that's where he collected his Nobel Prize... for the $25,000... IS RIGHT!

4th Grade US History $50,000   COPY  
CLASSROOM CLUB QUESTION from Delayney from Orange City Elementary
There are two US Presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery. William Taft is one of them. Who’s the other?

George tries out John F. Kennedy... Olivia agreed... They're BOTH RIGHT!

Next up... Bryce.

1st Grade Music $100,000   COPY  
A conga is a type of musical instrument in the percussion family.

He tries true... It's TRUE!

George says that if he wins the money, he's going to travel and buy and auto-lube shop in Vegas.

3rd Grade Health $175,000   COPY  
In the human body, the optic nerve sends signals from the eye to what other organ?

George decides to go with his gut and say "brain". Everyone else said brain... and everyone else is right for $175,000!

Time for Frankie to go to the head of the class...

5th Grade Astronomy $300,000   COPY  
What country was the first to put a human in space?

The man was Yuri Gagarin. That's not what the question asked, but we do know that he's from the Soviet Union. That's what George locks in... and he's nine for nine!

One question left on the board...

5th Grade Vocabulary $500,000   COPY  
What two-word phrase, derived from Italian, is a musical term meaning to sing without accompaniment?

(C-Note: I happen to know this from experience)

George has got a cheat. He might as well use it. He COPIES Francesca's answer. The answer is a cappella. That's what George WOULD'VE said if he went out on his own.

Francesca said... A CAPPELLA! We're going to the Million!

You know how this works, George, you can see the subject and still walk away, but if you play the question, you don't get any cheats, and you don't get any help from the class.

The Million Dollar Subject...


Now the question... Will George Smoot risk $475,000 to play for $1 million?

The answer... YES!

For $1 million... The question...

What US state is home to Acadia National Park?

He's thinking either one of the coasts... Either Maine or California... All the kids can do now is watch. Maine feels better... He's going with MAINE.

If it's Maine, George Smoot is a millionaire.

He's made history with the Big Bang Theory...

... as for 5th Grader...


So that'll do it for this series of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader". Next Monday is the series premiere of "5th Grader" in syndication, CMT, and My Network TV, so check your locals for that.

So until then for everyone at GSNN, I'm Chico Alexander, hoping that you will always be... smarter than a 5th grader.

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