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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 4

Other Canadian shows use to give away floor wax or typewriters. Well, not here on Are you smarter… where it’s $1 Mill tax free!

Our first contestant is a 29-year-old professor (!) at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener, Ontario who attended Associated Hebrew School in Toronto, welcome Sandra Zuckerman!

Colin implies that the point of the show is moot and she should be smarter than a fifth grader, as she’s got three degrees and working on her doctorate.

Her first classmate will be Nathan. And her first subject is Grade 2 Social Studies.
Grade 2 Social Studies $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in September?
a) Simcoe Day
b) Labour Day
c) Canada Day

Sandra does a bit of a dance as soon as the question comes up. She locks in Labour Day, for $1000.

Question number two involves Grade 3 Math for $2000.

Grade 3 Music $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many months old is Jacob’s little sister if she is 2.5 years old?

She says it is simple and she sounds it out that 24 months (=2 years) plus half a year (6 months) equals 30 months. She locks it in and wins $2000. Nathan returns to the class.

Taylor’s now up. And it turns out her classmates from her real school are here to see her as well. It’s now time for Grade 4 Canadian Geography.

Grade 4 Canadian Geography $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Near what Alberta town were hundreds of dinosaur skeletons discovered?

Sandra is wavering, and getting vibes from Taylor. She decides to lock in for the peek. Taylor has said Drumheller. Sandra wasn’t thinking that and is confused. She decides to play Taylor’s answer… which is correct!

We take a break to meet Sandra’s mom and dad, as well as her family friend Mary.

For $10,000 let’s play the subject of Grade 1 Grammar.

Grade 1 Grammar $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which word in the following sentence is incorrect: “Michael went two the Pacific National Exhibition on Saturday”?

Sandra says that she’s 150% certain. Colin remarks that she’s not good at math. She locks in the word “two” as the offending item. She didn’t have to think too much to win two times the previous question! $10,000 richer!

Let’s meet Michael, shall we? He’s from Vancouver. He is a big karate fan and loves to play hockey. He also hosts the annual talent show for his extended family.

Back with Sandra and it’s time for the Big Brain Academy $25,000 question. And the subject will be… Grade 2 Science with Michael as the new classmate.

Grade 2 Science $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
True or False? A deer’s coat changes to adapt to different seasons.

Sandra is picturing a deer and says that Colin her model. She locks in True. She’s right for $25,000!

Time to try and double for 50K. Grade 1 Music.

Grade 1 Music $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the next note in this scale? Do, Re, Mi!

She locks in “Fa” because of her extensive knowledge of The Sound of Music. And just like the class, she is right! Unlike the class though she has 50K.

Time for Katherine and Grade 5 World Geography.

Grade 5 World Geography $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What are the three colours on Belgium’s flag?

She has no idea. She thinks orange perhaps, maybe red. She starts considering dropping out. However she’s a gambler, she wants to try. She copies Katherine’s answer. Katherine’s answer is Black, Yellow and Red. Which is right!

For $175,000, grade 5 measurement.

Grade 5 Measurement $175,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Michael’s swimming pool is 3 metres wide, 6 metres long and 2 metres deep. How much water, in litres, will he need to fill it?

Sandra seems quite uneasy of this proposition. She doesn’t feel a vibe, and even though she has a save, she drops out. You can see she doesn’t want to, but she drops out.

And with $100,000, that’s nothing to sneeze at!

Before we start the next game, it is revealed that there has been two kids waiting in the wings. And the kids “decided” to have them come and play. So out go Nathan and Rachel for a little while, Katherine moves to the back row, and in come Elliot and Shea!

And speaking of new arrivals, here’s a 36-year-old air traffic controller who attended Brookfield Memorial Elementary in Brookfield, NS, here’s Peter Hazelton!

Peter was the youngest of six kids and is now has a pressure filled job but he feels that he will have more pressure doing this. He’s going to start with Jacob because he’s from Nova Scotia.

Peter agrees with Jacob and goes with Grade one science:

Grade 1 Science $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
True or False: A battery is something that stores and supplies energy.

He locks in True immediately and immediately has $1000.

Now it’s time to double it after we meet Jacob, who lives in Bedford NS, just outside of Halifax. Jacob is really into playing the drums and he is an excellent student.

Peter has chosen Grade 1 Art.

Grade 1 Art $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which primary colour is on the Canadian flag?

Jacob’s locked in quickly, and he’s locked in red. Everyone’s got it right, and he’s doubled his stake. He’s chosen Michael. And he’s chosen Grade 2 Measurement.

Grade 2 Measurement $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Taylor is meeting a friend at the West Edmonton Mall at 11.45 am, but she’s running 20 minutes late. What time does Taylor arrive to meet her friend?

He does the math and locks in 12.05. And it’s time to celebrate $5,000.

Now let’s do the meet and greet. His wife Kelly and his brother Bob are present. Turns out both of them are teachers.

For $10,000, it’s Grade 2 Life Systems.

Grade 2 Life Systems $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
True or False: Spiders are part of the Arachnid family?

He’s positive that they are, he’s right, he’s in five figures.

It’s time for the Big Brain Academy $25,000 question starring Isiah as the new classmate. Isiah’s real classmates are actually here to watch the taping!

He’s going to choose Grade 3 Vocabulary.

Grade 3 Music $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the main area of study at an arboretum?

He wants to hang on to his cheats and confidently locks in trees. It doesn’t matter, because he’s right! Guaranteed $25,000!

Playing for $50,000 will require getting a grade 3 literature question correct.

Grade 3 Literature $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Who wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields”?

This is a very famous poem that is associated with the Canadian Remembrance Day. Colin reminds Peter of his three cheats. He wants to peek at Isiah’s paper. Isiah says Marshall Sanders. Peter keeps thinking it’s McClelland. The correct answer is John MacRae.

Peter flunks out with $25,000. Still, nothing to sneeze at.

And once again, no one contestant is smarter than a Canadian Fifth Grader.

Perhaps we’ll get it right in the finale!