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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.

Host: Jeff Foxworthy
The Class: Jenna Balk, Bryce Cass, Jonathan Cummings, Olivia Dellums, Francesca deRosa
Announcer: Mark Thompson
Creators: Mark Burnett, Roy Bank, Barry Poznick, John Stevens
EP: Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, John Stevens
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions, Zoo Productions
Origin: CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA

Airs: Fridays at 8p ET on FOX

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Episode 3.1 - The Supermodel vs. the Superintendent
September 5

"Ring the bell, school's in, sucka." -MC Hammer.

It's another year at the coolest elementary school in all of game shows, where Jeff welcomes a famous model, a government official... and of course, a new class of 5th Graders, so without any further dudes, let's meet 'em!

Jonathan: the joker... age 9, best subject: math
Jenna: the bookworm... age 10, best subject: English
Olivia: the brains... age 10, best subject: art.
Bryce: the player... age 10, best subject: math.
Francesca: the really quiet one... age 10, best subject: Spanish.

The first classmate they welcome is a 45-year-old model, actress, and entrepreneur from Monte Vista Elementary in Santa Barbara, CA... KATHY IRELAND! She's here to play for Providence Hall High School.

The game hasn't changed... 10 subjects... each one worth from $1000 to $500,000. Then comes the 11th subject, the Million Dollar Question. Answer that... and I think you win the million, I'm not sure. That's why they call it the Million Dollar Question. The kids will be taking the same quiz as you, and you can cheat off of them one out of three ways:

- PEEK: you can see what your 5th grade partner wrote down and either go with it or against it, but once you peek, you are committed to the question
- COPY: you can take the answer of your 5th grade partner outright.
- SAVE: if you answer incorrectly and your 5th grade partner answers correctly, we move up the ladder.

Here's the board that Kathy's working with.

5th Grade Music 5th Grade US History
4th Grade Social Studies 4th Grade Literature
3rd Grade Measurements 3rd Grade Math
2nd Grade World Geography 2nd Grade English
1st Grade Animal Science 1st Grade US Geography

We get started with Olivia. First for $1000...

1st Grade US Geography $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What ocean borders New York City?

Olivia is locked in. First Lock In of the new year. Kathy follows suit with the Atlantic... and that's right.

1st Grade Animal Science $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
 All birds migrate.

Fun Fact: Kathy was in every SI swimsuit issue from '84 to '94. She goes with false... and she doubles to $2000.

Next up is Bryce to help in round 2.

2nd Grade World Geography $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
The country of Belgium is located on what continent?

Kathy goes with Europe... And that's good.

2nd Grade English $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
If you add the suffix "ly" onto the word "quick" you'll make a new word. What part of speech is that new word?

Kathy makes a guess on adverb... and she's right. Here to validate is her third-grade teacher Ms. DeMeo. They have a nice little get-together before we go to the milestone question. Here to help is Francesca.

3rd Grade Measurements $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which of the following can be measured in decibels?
a) A snail's speech
b) A whale's blubber content
c) A rattlesnake's rattle

A case could be made for A, but Kathy locks in C, the only thing that could be right 100% of the time... and she's right 100% as well for $25,000! That's hers no matter what, but let's look at the next question.

Next up, *bell ringing* must be time for a Classroom Club question, or we're asking another one about decibels. Because that thing is loud.

3rd Grade Math $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
CLASSROOM CLUB QUESTION from Zackary of Bells Elementary
If you add the number of sides of a rectangle to the number of sides of a pentagon, what number do you get?

Add 4 to 5, and that's 9. Kathy goes with that, and she's right to double her money!

Next classmate is Jonathan. He introduces himself by doing the armpit fart.

4th Grade Literature $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
In the mid-1700s, what man published a yearly periodical known as the "Poor Richard's Almanack" under the pseudonym Richard Saunders?

For a 4th Grade Literature question, this sure was an easy one. Helps that both Kathy and Jonathan consider it a strong suit. She goes with Ben Franklin... and that's right for six figures!

We take this time to remind you that Kathy has not yet used a cheat.

4th Grade Social Studies $175,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What historical document begins with the words, "When in the course of human events"?
a) U.S. Declaration of Independence
b) U.S. Constitution
c) Magna Carta

Remember what we said before? Never mind. Kathy PEEKS at Jonathan's paper. Jonathan said... B. She could go with a different answer to have two answers in play. She does that, going with A... One of them is right.

That one... is Kathy. B begins "We the people"...

Last classmate up is Jenna. Last round of questions begins with...

5th Grade US History $300,000   COPY SAVE
The Era of Good Feelings was the name given to the period of peace and prosperity that immediately followed what US war?

She has no idea, but she still has a copy and a save. Still, $175,000 can go a long way for her charity, so for the good of all, she DROPS OUT.

DROP OUT: $175,000

She would've gone with World War I. Dad in the audience would've said World War II. They're both wrong. It was the War of 1812.

Next up, a civilian player, but what a civilian player. We have a 43-year-old Georgia State Superintendent of Schools. From Paul W. Kutz Elementary in Doylestown, PA... KATHY COX! Unlike the other Kathy, this person has a special gift for Jeff... If you remember, Georgia is where Jeff went to school, and to prove it, Kathy has his permanent record!

Jonathan: "BUSTED!"

- Jeff made honor roll at least three times
- Jeff took every art class available... including sewing class
- Jeff was on the football team, where he specialized in mooning everyone.

Here's Kathy's board.

5th Grade Art 5th Grade US History
4th Grade World Geography 4th Grade Social Studies
3rd Grade Health 3rd Grade Cultural Studies
2nd Grade Spelling 2nd Grade Animal Science
1st Grade English 1st Grade US Measurements

Should be noted that any money Kathy wins will go back to the Georgia school system with her.

Our long and winding road begins with Jonathan and this for $1000.

1st Grade US Measurements $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What's the first month of the US calendar year that has exactly 30 days?

If it just said "30" instead of "exactly 30", we could've guessed January, but there's no fooling Kathy. She gets $1000 off of April.

2nd Grade Animal Science $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Crawfish are fish.

Not true. Crawfish are actually crustaceans. Kathy goes with that, and we're up to $2000.

Francesca comes up to help out with this.

2nd Grade Spelling $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many times does the letter "D" appear in the following word?

The word is... "granddaughter". She can picture the word in her head, and she locks in two. And even if she's wrong, she's hoping Francesca can save her. She can't. She doesn't have to. She's right.

1st Grade English $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What's the two letter abbreviation for doctor?

It's a word we throw about a lot around here... Dr. gives her $10,000 and a chance to lock in the lock-in with Jenna on this...

4th Grade Social Studies $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
The US Naval Academy is located in what city?

She's been there a few times... Kathy locks in Annapolis... and that's money in the pocket.

Freebie coming.

4th Grade World Geography $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Costa Rica borders two countries. Nicaragua is one of the countries; what's the other?

We're going to need a map on this one. First, though... Kathy guesses Panama... (C-Note: íMi tierra!) Right for $50,000!

Next up... it's Bryce.

3rd Grade Health $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which of the following foods contains no natural protein?
a) Whole milk
b) Pure sugar
c) Raw eggs

She remembers watching "Rocky" and locks in B... That's right!

3rd Grade Cultural Studies $175,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which of the following is not an official language of Switzerland?
a) German
b) Italian
c) Spanish

Last round of questions before the Million Dollar Question, and the last player in the classroom. Here comes Olivia.

5th Grade Art $300,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What's the name of the following painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch?


Jeff knows this, being the art expert. Heh. But even if you're not, it's not hard to get "The Scream". Kathy gets it and goes for the last question on the board! AND SHE STILL HASN'T CHEATED YET!

5th Grade US History $500,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which commanding British general surrendered to American troops at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781?

... never mind. Kathy sees no problem with PEEKING. Olivia wrote... "General Potter." Kathy thought about that... then thought about Cornwallis.

She ends up going with.... Cornwallis...

If she's right, she's heading for the promised land of the Million Dollar Question. If she's wrong... the house takes back $250,000.

The house...

... takes back...




She is 10 for 10 and thus is on hallowed ground. The podiums are green and for good reason, because it's time... for... THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION.

As a reminder, you don't get any help from the class. This is strictly Kathy and Kathy alone.

The subject is...


... and after thinking about it... and watching other people blow it... and watching other people walk away then get it right...  she bows to the will of the crowd and goes for it!

For $1,000,000, the question is...

Who was the longest reigning British monarch?

She's thinking about two things... Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. She talks herself out of both of them.

If she answers this right, she'll be the first million dollar winner. If she answers this wrong, she'll be the THIRD million dollar flunk out.

"Queen Victoria... Queen Victoria... I believe that Queen Victoria was the longest-reigning British monarch, and I'm going to lock in my answer."

For $25,000....

... or $1 million...

The correct answer....





QUEEN VICTORIA! Sixty-three years! Congratulations, Kathy Cox, the first million dollar winner!

Kathy... PLEASE do the honors...


"Hi, I'm Kathy Cox, Georgia's State Superintendent, and I am smarter than a fifth grader!"

And a rightly deserved standing ovation for making every teacher in America proud. Way to go.

And the school year is just beginning. New student next time.