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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 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 3

Welcome to another special episode of Canadian 5th Grader. One million tax free dollars goes to anyone that can conquer the eleven questions – with help from our own “group of 7”.

Our first contestant is a 28 year old pharmaceutical sales rep who went to St. Brendan’s Separate School in Scarborough, Ontario, here’s Genevieve Wu! (ed’s note: this is one of two games I saw live at the taping a month ago)

Genevieve is quite short and thus is called a “Wee Wu” by Colin. She says that she can piggyback someone twice her size and thus takes him around the stage!

We start the game – with your humble correspondent in the upper right corner of your TV screen – with Isiah as her classmate. (I’ll screengrab it to prove it… eventually!)

The first question, for $1000, is Grade one geometry:
Grade 1 Geometry $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which geometric solid is a pylon?

She’s confident, and she goes with cone without much discussion. The entire class has it right – and she’s richer than she was a minute ago.

For $2000, it’s grade one life systems:

Grade 1 Life Systems $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
True or False: A carrot is a vegetable, it is also a plant.

She once again doesn’t hesitate by saying True and is correct.

Time to switcheroo students, and now we’ve got Katherine up to bat. She states that Halifax, her hometown, has the deepest harbour in Canada. Colin asks if she’s ever been scuba diving in her harbour. She implies that it’s not that clean…

For $5000, it’s grade two world geography:

Grade 2 World Geography $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the capital city of France?

Genevieve is worried it’s too obvious but locks in Paris nevertheless. Nothing to worry about, she’s $5,000 richer.

NB: There is a Paris, Ontario, as well – not as big, but picturesque.

Grade three music for $10,000:

Grade 3 Music $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What type of song is “O Canada”?

She locks in national anthem because she thinks there’s no other possible answer.

And like the classmates, she’s right.

Now it’s time for the Big Brain Lock in Question for $25,000.

But first, she picks Taylor to play for the big bucks. Genevieve wants to fill up her passport before it expires. Might need some more money!

She goes with Grade two spelling.

Grade 2 Spelling $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many syllables are in the world ‘elementary’?

She ponders for quite a bit.* She sounds it out as el-a-men-try and then el-a-men-tary. She’s going to lock in with 4.

It turns out that Jacob has the correct answer: 5. It’s el-e-men-ta-ry. We need to have Taylor have an answer, and it’s...

Four. Ouch.

*Quite a bit for Genevieve was actually close to about 20 minutes in studio. And everyone just felt so bad for her when she flunked out.

Let’s learn more about Rachel. She’s from just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba. She loves horseback rider. In her class she’s a dedicated student.

Our new contestant (with a different audience I might add) is a 26 year old veterinarian who attended Ste. Marguerite Bourgeouis in Brampton, Ontario, welcome Andrew Oster!

Let’s get right to the game. He picks Rachel because of the “vet connection”. We start with Grade 1 Lit for $1000.

Grade 1 Literature $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Who is the author of ‘The Paper Bag Princess’ and ‘Mortimer’?
a) Robert Munsch
b) R.L. Stein
c) J.K. Rowling?

Using deductive reasoning, you can eliminate two for their better known works: Stein wrote the Goosebumps series of books, and Rowling wrote something about wizardry I’m told. He locks in Robert Munsch and as every good child knows that’s right.

For $2000, it’s grade one math.

Grade 1 Math $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Hockey pucks come in boxes of 10. How many pucks are in four boxes?

4x10 says Andrew is 40. He’s doubled his money.

Our new helper is Isiah. For $5000 he’s selected Grade two vocab.

Grade 2 Vocabulary $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
‘Active’, ‘busy’ and ‘occupied’ are antonyms of which word?
a) Idle
b) Industrious
c) Quiet

Andrew explains that synonyms are similar but antonyms are different, and locks in idle. He’s right.

Let’s meet his family – his girlfriend Yvonne, his mother Elizabeth, and his father Dennis. Andrew’s been dating for 8 years, Colin asks what’s the wait, and he says a million bucks!

For $10,000 it’s going to be grade 2 science.

Grade 2 Science $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
True or false? Turbines help change the energy of moving water into electrical energy.

His degree is in science, and he wants to be right, and he locks in true. He’s on a roll... And he’s right!

Time for the big brain academy $25,000 question. And a guarantee of that much money! His new helper is Michael; his new subject is Grade three art.

Grade 3 Art $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
True or False: A.Y. Jackson was a member of the Group of Seven.

Andrew decides a bit of strategy and he’s using a peek. Michael said true. Andrew then decides to play False, guaranteeing him the money. For the record, it was true.

Michael’s still playing for $50,000 along with Andrew with the subject of grade three Canadian History:

Grade 3 Canadian History $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which province’s name comes from the Cree word that means ‘swift-river flowing’?

Andrew says that he thinks it’s in the prairies. He can copy Michael’s answer but he thinks it’s Saskatchewan. He locks it in and he’s right!

For $100,000 it’s time for Nathan to play. It’s time also for grade four social studies.

Grade 4 Social Studies $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which Canadian invented basketball?

His old grade five school was on “Naismith drive” and he locks in Naismith. Yep, that’s it!

For $175,000, it’s grade five life systems:
Grade 5 Life Systems $175,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the scientific name for the body part called windpipe?

He says instantly it’s the trachea. He’s immensely confident and he’s immensely right!

We might just make Canadian game show history – no Canadian non-lottery show has ever gave away a million bucks – will this be the first?

Taylor is here to help with $300,000.
Grade 5 Geometry $300,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the term for two lines that intersect at a right angle?

He talks about doodling again… and wants to doodle perpendicular that he locks in. My goodness! He’s $300,000 richer!

Time to play the last subject – Grade four world geography – for a half mil.
Grade 4 World Geography $500,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the southernmost point of Canada’s mainland?

He has a copy. Or he can answer. Plus there’s always the option of dropping out. As much as he wants to keep playing, he decides to drop out with $300K!

Let’s see what Taylor said. The correct answer was Point Peele. Oh look… she had it right! Really though, what a win!!!

That’s it for now – two episodes still to come!