Rewind some three years ago as Fox commissioned a
British format so new, it didn't air in the UK yet before its premiere
stateside. "The Rich List" was to be its Deal or No Deal killer, combining a
fierce competition with a tension-filled end game where someone could go for a
top prize so big... there wasn't any.
lasted ONE episode.
Since then, it seems that 12 yard, the creators
of "The Rich List", have had time to do their homework on how to make it more
compelling as a show and a game. This is the end result...
Welcome... to THE MONEY LIST!
The object of the show is the same... There's no
limit to how much you can win, and there's no limit to how many games you can
play, because on "The Money List", as long as you keep winning, you keep
earning, up to $50,000 every game.
But first, you have to earn the right to play the
Money List, so let's meet our first two teams...
Gameplay has not changed. The teams will bid
against each other as to how many items they can name off of a list of a given
subject. Once a team challenges their opponents to meet their bid, the bidding
ends and the game begins. If a team meets their bid, or if their opponents
cannot meet their bid, they win the game, and it takes two games to win a match
and play for the money.
Round 1: JULIA ROBERTS MOVIES. These are
theatrically-released feature-length motion pictures featuring Julia Roberts in
an on-screen role, as a voice characterization, or as a voiceover, according to
the Internet Movie Database as of July 2008.
Judith & Spencer won the toss, so they begin the
bidding. Judith always wants to be right. She wants five. Harriett likes to
fight, while Scott likes to bluff. They fight their way to seven. Spencer &
Judith decide to up their bid to nine. Scott & Harriett... let them have it. So
the count is nine. Anything less, and the round goes to Scott & Harriett.
1) Pretty Woman - CORRECT
2) Ocean's Eleven - CORRECT
3) Ocean's Twelve - CORRECT
4) Ocean's Thirteen - ... WRONG! (Scott & Harriett lead, 1-0)
Round 2: COUNTRIES OF ASIA. These are
officially recognized countries in Asia according to the CIA's world database as
of August 2008.
Scott & Harriett think they can do 14. Spencer &
Judith think they have 15. Scott & Harriett think they don't, so the bidding
ends. This is to stay in the game. Anything less than 15, and Scott & Harriett
are going to the Money List.
1) China - CORRECT
2) India - CORRECT
3) North Korea - CORRECT
4) South Korea - CORRECT
5) Thailand - CORRECT
6) Vietnam - CORRECT
7) Laos - CORRECT
8) Mongolia - CORRECT
9) Cambodia - CORRECT
10) Singapore - CORRECT
11) Sri Lanka - CORRECT
12) Nepal - CORRECT
13) Pakistan - CORRECT
14) Iraq - CORRECT
15) Iran - ... CORRECT! (Tie game, 1-1)
So we to a tiebreaking rubber round of... Sudden
Death! There is no bidding, you are simply naming items until you can't. If you
give an incorrect response, your opponents need to give a correct response in
order to win.
Round 3: SCRABBLE LETTERS WORTH MORE THAN ONE
POINT. This is according to the official Scrabble North American rules.
Spencer & Judith won the toss, so they will go
Spencer & Judith: Z - CORRECT
Scott & Harriett: Q - CORRECT
Spencer & Judith: X - CORRECT
Scott & Harriett: J - CORRECT
Spencer & Judith: W - CORRECT
Scott & Harriett: K - CORRECT
Spencer & Judith: V - CORRECT
Scott & Harriett: B - CORRECT
Spencer & Judith: Y - CORRECT
Scott & Harriett: H - CORRECT
Spencer & Judith: P - CORRECT
Scott & Harriett: C - CORRECT
Spencer & Judith: U - INCORRECT
Scott & Harriett can win with a correct letter...
D.... is CORRECT! (Scott & Harriett win, 2-1)
Now to the Money List... One more category in
this game, and Scott & Harriett only need to come up with 15 to win $50,000.
Three items: $5000
Six items: $10,000
Nine items: $15,000
Twelve items: $25,000
Fifteen items: $50,000
They can stop at any completed milestone, and
that's important because if they give an incorrect response, then the game ends
and Scott & Harriett lose EVERYTHING.
The Money List: DR. SEUSS BOOKS. These are
all of the books written by Theodor Geisel under his famous pseudonym according
1) "The Cat in the Hat" - CORRECT
2) "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" - CORRECT
3) "Horton Hears a Who!" - For $5000.... CORRECT!
4) "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" -
5) "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" - ... unacceptable. The official title was
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
The bad news is that Scott & Harriett don't win
any money on this game. The GOOD news.. they are still champions, and they will
play again against a new team...
fourth grade teacher
$0, one game
Round 1: AMERICA'S TOP 50 RESTAURANT CHAINS.
These are restaurant chains that are the most popular according to 2007 sales
documented by Restaurants & Institutions magazine.
Jim & Michael are the challengers. They will bid
first. Jim is competitive. Michael wanted to be with a team player. Together,
they open with 12. Scott & Harriet think 16. Scott & Harriett get the challenge.
They need 16, or else Michael & Jim take the round.
1) McDonald's - CORRECT
2) Burger King - CORRECT
3) Wendy's - CORRECT
4) Taco Bell - CORRECT
5) Pizza Hut - CORRECT
6) Jack in the Box - CORRECT
7) Dairy Queen - CORRECT
8) Olive Garden - CORRECT
9) Subway - CORRECT
10) TGI Friday's - CORRECT
11) Red Robin Gourmet Burgers - CORRECT
12) IHOP - CORRECT
13) Outback Steakhouse - CORRECT
14) Hooters - CORRECT
15) Red Lobster - CORRECT
16) Cracker Barrel - To win the list... CORRECT! (Scott & Harriett lead, 1-0)
Round 2: CELEBRITY GUEST STARS WHO HAVE
APPEARED AS THEMSELVES ON THE TV SERIES "WILL & GRACE". This is according,
once again, to IMDb.com.
Scott & Harriet start the bidding at 5. Michael &
Jim continue at 6... and Scott & Harriett stop the bidding and give it to them.
Again, they need six to stay in the game.
1) Jennifer Lopez - CORRECT
2) Janet Jackson - CORRECT
3) Madonna - ... INCORRECT. She was on the show, but she played Karen's roommate
Liz. (Scott & Harriett win, 2-0).
Scott & Harriett are headed back to...
The Money List: THE BEATLES BILLBOARD US TOP
40 HITS. This is according to Billboard's website and it includes
collaborations, but NOT B-sides.
1) "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - CORRECT
2) "She Loves You" - CORRECT
3) "Yesterday" - For $5000.... CORRECT!
And rather than risk their money, in a case of
once bitten, twice shy, Scott & Harriett decide to stop with the money they've
made, so they will play a third game with $5000.
By the way, their next answer... "Michelle"...
NOT on the list, so they made a great choice.
Scott & Harriett will face their next challengers
NEXT TIME on "The Money List".
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