Episode 2 - August 15|
Another after-hours jaunt awaits for Ben and his
game-show-on-wheels. Let's take a ride, shall we?
As evening falls, our first trip takes us to
Passengers: Bruce & Zara
Destination: Bubbie's on Hudson & Moore
$50: Applying the same principles as a
hovercraft, what popular arcade game features hand-held mallets and floating
They go with Whack-a-Mole... It's air-hockey for
strike one. Not a good start. Two more strikes and no pie.
$50: in Buddhism, a famous riddle asks
students to ponder the sound of one hand doing what?
They have no idea... Strike two! It's "clapping".
$50: Often employing both blank and live
cartridges, what old-fashioned method of execution was legal in Utah until 2004?
They go with ... shooting... Three up, three
down. It was "firing squad". They're not the only ones to go three and out, but
they are the first to take it in the night show. Sorry, guys.
Next, a foursome pack Ben's cab. Oh yeah.. They
totally knew they were in the Cash Cab.
Passengers: Dave, Caroline, Lauren & Charlie
Destination: 55rd & Third; PJ Clark's
They sweep the first tier of questions for $200.
With five blocks to go...
$100: Conan O'Brien is often said to bear an
eerie resemblance to Tarja Halonen, the female president of what Scandinavian
Sweden... Strike one! It's Finland. One block
left... Final ($100) question...
$100: Due to its notoriously incomprehensible
lyrics, what 1963 hit by the Kingsmen was the target of an FBI obscenities
Mobile Shoutout on Charlie's brother Michael. He says
... nothing. Five seconds... gone. Correct: "Louie Louie". But hey, they're here
with $400! Will they take the Video Bonus, or is it time to take a walk?
They're taking a walk with $400!
Next up, a singleton is preparing to meet ladies
at the South Street Seaport... at 1 in the morning.
Passenger: Ken Stafford
Destination: South Street Seaport
Ken sweeps the first load of questions for $200.
He gets $100 more as we roll to a stop on...
RED LIGHT CHALLENGE:
On a standard computer keyboard, name five of the eight symbols that share their
keys with the numbers 1 through 8.
He gets asterisk, number sign, exclamation
point... and that's it. Other answers were @ sign, carrot, percent sign, dollar
sign, and ampersand.
$100: In the recording of his 1986 album
"Graceland", Paul Simon violated a UN cultural boycott of what country?
Ken goes with Africa... which is not a country.
It was South Africa. Strike one! Eight blocks to go...
$200: Before four letters were lopped off in
1949, LA's famous Hollywood sign spelled out what longer word?
Ken calls his father Rick. On the final question,
he says... nothing. Ken guesses "Hollywoodland". RIGHT for $700! And that's good
enough for him. At 1:15a.
Another evening trip takes us where...
Passengers: Michael, Matt & Jane Ambrosia
Destination: Harrison & Hudson
Here's the first strike...
$50: Now synonymous with ready-to-wear retail,
what term was coined to refer to unstable single-crop countries like Honduras?
They... have no idea. Is it off-the-rack? Nope,
it's Banana Republic. Shake it off... First question for $100...
$100: Billed as the world's foremost
mentalist, what so-called "amazing" psychic predicted that 2006 was going to be
a big year for peanut butter?
It's either Kreskin or Uri Geller... They go with
Uri Geller... STRIKE TWO! It was Kreskin. First $200...
$200: In an often-spoofed ad for Chrysler,
Ricardo Montalban extolled the virtues of what supposedly upscale variety of
Street Shoutout! They grab a guy in blue... They
go with "Corinthian leather"... Right for $650. Five blocks away.... and we're
there with $850! Will they go for the video? They'll go for it. Here it is.
BONUS: Located off the coast of Sicily, this active volcano has been erupting
almost continuously for the last 2000 years. Lending its name to a calzone-like
treat, what is the name of this Italian mountain of fire?
... and they try Stromboli... because it's
calzone-like.... And they're right for $1700!
Next passengers... two sexy ladies at 1:10a...
Passengers: Monique & Telly
Destination: Uptown, 47th & Ninth.
The ladies sweep the $50s... including a question
on booty. Next question...
$100: Developed in 6th Century China, the
earliest known matches were sticks treated with what yellow chemical?
"Urine?" Incorrect and not really a chemical.
It's sulfur. They make it to the destination... but they have one more
$100: Coined by the media, what alliterative
term is defined as "an outburst of violent behavior due to overuse of anabolic
Shoutout! They're going to the streets for this
one, where they promise their Shoutouts drinks if they get it right. "Roid
rage." Sounds like a winner to me. The Shouts get drinks, but the ladies get
$400. Will they take on a video? They're taking on the video.
BONUS: Due to its speed, this fleet-footed relative of the iguana appears to
walk on water. Named for a legendary lizard with a lethal gaze, what is this
The ladies want to try dragon something... or
Geico... or something out of Harry Potter... They try "dragon gecko"... Not
right. It was the basilisk... Which was in Harry Potter. Sorry, girls. No drinks
on Discovery's dime.
One more trip and it involves these fine New
Passengers: Michael & Jeff
Destination: Anjelica Kitchen; 10th b/n First and Second
First is a sweep for $200. Second is a sweep for
$400 more, giving them $600. Third... a red light.
RED LIGHT CHALLENGE:
This Red Light Challenge tests your knowledge of roadkill recognition. As
determined by Animal People, name six of the top seven mammals that become
flattened fauna in the US
Deer, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, dogs, and
cats are good for $850. Also good: rats.
Last question of the night, and it's for $200...
$200: A play on the word "vegan", what is the
term for anti-consumer activists who make dumpster diving a way of life?
Street Shoutout! Be careful. They go with "freegan"....
CORRECT for $1850! Are they going to go for broke here? They... walk. Could've
had the record, but hey, $1850 is more than anyone else won tonight.
And it's time to take it on home. Until next