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October 24

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 Ryan Vickers, GSNN

Host: Colin Mochrie
The Class: Katherine, Nathan, Michael, Isiah, Taylor, Jacob, Rachel
Creators: Mark Burnett, Roy Bank, Barry Poznick, John Stevens (based on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?")
EP: John Brunton
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions, Insight Productions
Origin: Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto
Airs: Thursdays at 8p ET on Global

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Episode 2
November 1

Previously April Whalen (who now lives in Sudbury) needed help at the $2000 level and got saved by a fifth grader. Will she win the million? Let’s find out…

(roll titles)

She starts the game by telling Colin everywhere she’s lived and he roams around the map on the floor finding each hometown. She then picks Michael as her new classmate, and grade one life systems for her $5000 question, which is:
Grade 1 Life Systems $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which animal is not part of the cat family?
A) Lion
B) Tiger
C) Bear

She locks in C) Bear quite quickly. Which is exactly what all of the kids wrote, she’s got her cash.

We now meet her family. Her husband Patrick is here, and so is her good friend Mike. She and Patrick met at a hockey tournament. How Canadian of them!

For $10,000, she’s going to play Grade 2 World Geography:

Grade 2 World Geography $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many continents are there in the world?

Michael locks in instantly. She lists Asia, Australia, South America, North America, Europe and “two other A ones”. She locks in 7. (The others, by the way, Africa and Antarctica). She’s right.

Now we’re going for the Big Brain Academy $25,000 question! Yay sponsorship!

And before we go to that, it’s time to learn about Isaiah from Mississauga. He loves martial arts and soccer. And what a coincidence, we’ve picked Isaiah! Go figure.

For $25,000, here is your first subject…

Wait. Wrong show.

But all kidding aside, Isaiah’s first subject will be Grade 3 Geometry in his quest to help April.

Grade 3 Geometry $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
If each side of an octagon is 1 centimetre long, what is the perimeter of the octagon?

This is for a guaranteed $25K. She’s working out that an octagon, just like an octopus, is associated with the number eight. She deducts that an octagon has eight sides, and each is a centimetre, she’s going to lock in 8 cm.

And she’s right for the safe haven!

She’s going to play Grade 4 French for $50,000.

Grade 4 French $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What do the last three letters in “R.S.V.P.” stand for?

Turns out that April is the marketing coordinator and she just wrote an invitation for a party with this acronym on it. She says the last three are “S’il vous plaît” and doesn’t know the R. Colin points out that she only needs the last three and locks in “S’il vous plait”. Isaiah knew it as well – she’s right. The full phrase is “Répondez s’il vous plait” which in English means “please respond”.

Nathan is April’s next choice of classmate. He wants to be a chef when he grows up.

For $100,000, she’s playing Grade 3 Canadian Geography.

Grade 3 Canadian Geography $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
On what island is Iqaluit located?

Colin reviews the options. She can use a cheat, but then she has to play the question. Or she can drop out with $50 grand.

April knows that Iqaluit is part of the newest territory in Canada – Nunavut – and because Nathan answered quickly she’s going to peek from him. His answer is Queen Island. She still has no idea, so she’s going with Nathan and saying Queen Island.

The correct answer is Baffin Island. April flunks out with out $25,000. She states to the country that she is not smarter than a Canadian Fifth Grader.

Before we meet our new contestant, we meet another 5th Grader. Katherine is from Halifax. Her Dad says she’s competitive and shows it by rock climbing and playing soccer. She also plays sever instruments.

Our new contestant is a 30 year old occupational therapist who went to Sir Samuel B. Steeles Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ontario; let’s welcome Alicia Roddy.

Alicia says if she wins the mill she’s going on an African Safari. Tell you what, Alicia, you can buy that for $853 Temptation Dollars!

Oops. Wrong show again.

Alicia reveals that she likes living on the edge – she met her husband on the internet. She’s been married four years and just had a newborn.

Her first classmate will be Katherine. And just a reminder, our $1,000,000 grand prize is TAX FREE!

She starts with Grade one science for $1000.

Grade 1 Science $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What main form of energy does a television use?

She locks in electricity and is correct. She’s going to play Grade 4 French for $2,000.

Grade 4 French $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the present tense of the “vous” form of the verb “FAIRE”?

Alicia is reminded of her options and thinks that it is “Vous faites”. Not being completely confident, she locks in anyway, thinking that Katherine will be correct. No need to worry, elle est correct!

Alicia now picks Jacob as her new classmate. He says he wants to be an archeologist. Alicia’s going to play for Grade 1 Social Studies for five grand.

Grade 1 Social Studies $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which month has 31 days? June, May or September?

Alicia uses the old trick of counting on her knuckles (knuckles = 31 days, dips make less than 31 days). She’s confident with that and she locks in May which is correct!

We find out that in addition to her hubby and the new son, she’s got her sister and her mom. Paul, her husband, just outside of Winnipeg and proposed at the side of the road.

Grade 3 spelling is for $10,000.

Grade 3 Spelling $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What does the abbreviation “P.S.” stand for?

Alicia sounds like she’s confident. She’s reasoned out for Post Script. She has it correct, along with some of the other classmates.

Now it’s time for the Big Brain Academy $25,000 question. Her next classmate is Nathan. (Poor Rachael, she still hasn’t been picked).

She decides to go for Grade 2 Vocabulary.

Grade 2 Vocabulary $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the root word of Merriment?

She’s confident and locks in Merry. Well it’s a merry early Christmas for Alicia and she’s guaranteed $25,000!

Grade 2 World Geography is next for $50K.

Grade 2 World Geography $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What are the three countries that make up North America?

She says, along with the classmates, says Canada, USA and Mexico and wins $50,000. (Just out of curiosity, what happened to Panama? Costa Rica? Hmm.)

It’s now time to hit six figures and play for $100,000. Well I’ll be, Rachel is finally picked! She decides to play Grade 3 Earth and Space Systems.

Grade 3 Earth & Space Systems $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
The 3 main kinds of rock pieces found in soil are clay, sand and BLANK.

Once again Alicia is reminded of her cheats. Plus she can drop out with $50,000. It turns out she’s adventurous and although she’s not sure she’s going to use her peek. Rachel has wrote down “Dirt?”. She must play the question. She decides to lock in carbon. And unfortunately the answer is Silt.

She flunks out with $25,000.

That’s it for today! See you again next week.