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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
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Episode 3.28
September 11

As we continue to countdown to the final episode of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader in primetime, we disprove the age-old ageism of the dumb blonde by having two compete.

The first not-so-dumb blonde is a 25-year-old weight-loss consultant who graduated from Covington Elementary in Crystal Lake, IL, MARLIES PINTO.

Her board is...

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

First up, Bryce and this question...

1st Grade Measurements $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many days equal two weeks?

Marlies locks in 14... that's good to get us going.

1st Grade Animal Science $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
The leopard is a member of the cat family.

Marlies knows that it's TRUE, so she locks it in for the $2000.

Next up, Jenna takes her spot.

2nd Grade Social Studies $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What do the stars on the US national flag represent?
a) US states
b) Former presidents
c) Constitutional amendments

Marlies gets A... so does Jenna. They're both right to move on.

2nd Grade Math $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is 71 minus 53 with the answer rounded to the nearest 10?

71 - 53 = 18. Rounded to the nearest 10 is 20. Marlies figures all of this out... and she's right!

Up for the milestone comes Francesca. And Marlies's feeling kinda confident.

4th Grade Music $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
In a C major scale, what musical note is two whole steps higher in pitch than the note F?

Marlies goes with A... and she's got an A for $25,000!

3rd Grade Science $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
In order for iron to rust, it needs to be exposed to both water and what gaseous element?

Marlies has an idea, but she uses her first cheat, a Peek. Francesca said... "Oxygen." Marlies wanted to say "hydrogen".

She goes with Francesca... and she's right for $50,000!

Next to help out is Jonathan.

3rd Grade Ancient Cultures $100,000   COPY SAVE
The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt were originally built to be which of the following?
a) Royal palaces
b) Schools
c) Tombs

Marlies goes with C... and she's got $100,000!

4th Grade World Geography $175,000   COPY SAVE
The Rhine River is located on what continent?

Let's see... Germany's in Europe... which gives Marlies $175,000!

Olivia takes her place in the chair and we get ready for the final push.

5th Grade Health $300,000   COPY SAVE
What organ in the human body produces and secretes bile?

Marlies thinks it's the stomach.... It is not. It's the liver. If Olivia has it, she's got $300,000.

Olivia has... the liver! SAVED!

5th Grade US History $500,000   COPY  
Who was elected president of the Confederate States during the American Civil War?

Marlies doesn't know what to think, so she stops with her copy still on the table. She would've used it. Olivia had... "Tomas Jefferson", which, of course, is wrong. It was Jefferson Davis.

DROP OUT: $350,000

Next in the class is a office manager by day and extreme sports nut by weekend from West Shore Elementary in Fenton, MI, MICHELLE MADOOR. She loves skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, the lot.

Her board...

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

Jenna gets the call up first, and we get this... Jenna's her first child partner and her first question comes from Animal Science.

1st Grade Animal Science $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
The cricket is an insect.

Michelle goes with TRUE... and we're off and away.

2nd Grade Math $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many dimensions does a rectangle have?

Michelle goes with one... Nope, it has two. Three of the classmates on the sidelines had it, but what did Jenna have?

"Two". SAVED!

Next up is Bryce, and we move up the ranks.

4th Grade Social Studies $5,000 PEEK COPY  
"Live free or die" is the motto of what US state?

Michelle takes a Peek. Bryce says... "New Hampshire". She goes with it.... they're both right!

3rd Grade World Geography $10,000   COPY  
The Bahamas is an island nation located in what ocean?

She's never been there, but she goes with the Atlantic... (C-Note: I've been there. Beautiful). And she's right!

Now for the milestone with Olivia...

1st Grade English $25,000   COPY  
How many syllables are in the following word?

The word is "student". That sounds like two. She goes with that and wins the $25,000.

5th Grade US History $50,000   COPY  
In the 1630s, Roger Williams was banished from Massachusetts for his political views and then went on to establish what present-day US state?

She takes the freeball on Missouri.... and she's wrong. It was Rhode Island. But she still has...

FLUNK OUT: $25,000

Our final student of the year next time.

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