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Episode 1.3 - August 15

Last week, Jamie Sadler became the first to win a million. Then Louise Palmer and Kevin Kula fared... worse. Each one won $1000. Now it's Kathleen Decker's turn to play for the big money.

As a reminder, every question answered correctly within range will increase her winnings by the power of 10, from $1000 to $10,000 to $100,000 to $1 million to $10 million. She can walk away at any time, but if she goes for it and misses, she'll lose by the power of 10 and walk out with that much. But she will have some help. She's got a 40 point range on the first question, 30 on the second, 20 on the third, 10 on the fourth, and one more game for $10 mill. Also, the audience will be playing along with Louise so we get to hear what they think.

But the moment an answer is "locked in", it is considered final and binding.

Playing along with Kathleen is John, a self-professed game show expert. His favorite game show... "The Price is Right". Good answer!

Let's play!

$1,000
40 point range
What percentage of married Americans said they do not currently love their spouse at least as much as they did on their wedding day?

They do NOT... love their spouse...

First guess for Kathleen is 12%-52%. John, who's been in a long-term relationship for six years (quite long term), says a little higher. Audience goes with 25-55%. Kathleen wouldn't want to marry anyone in the crowd. She goes a little higher, locking in 15-55%.

America said...  9%! Out on the first question. Kathleen goes home with no love... NO love.

Next, Eric Lindstrom & Mandy Gordon. Eric (Ithaca, NY) is an art director who thinks he looks like Drew Carey (Drew: "In your dreams!") who has a pretty interesting story. When he met his wife, both of them thought each other was gay. Well, they have the daughter to disprove that. Mandy (Prattville, AL) works at a spray tan salon who loves tabloids.

ELIMINATION ROUND:

1) What percentage of Americans said people who don't speak English annoy them?
Eric: 28%
Mandy: 20%
ACTUAL: 48%. Eric leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of Americans have kissed a dog on the mouth?
Eric: 86%
Mandy: 40%
ACTUAL: 32%. Tie game...

3) What percentage of Americans said they were behind on their mortgage payments?
Eric: 36%
Mandy: 25%
ACTUAL: 6%. Mandy leads, 2-1.

4) What percentage of Americans have gone online to self-diagnose an illness?
Eric: 58%
Mandy: 66%
ACTUAL: 40%. Tie game. Here's the rubber question...

5) What percentage of Americans think Mick Jagger is too old to be a rock star?
Eric: 75%
Mandy: 43%
ACTUAL: 38%. Mandy's playing for the big money! 

Mandy is married with three kids. With her is her husband Justin, a truck salesman. He hopes $10 million will buy him a truck. During their honeymoon the two of them went broke.

Her quest for the million times ten... starts now with this question.

$1,000
40 point range
We asked America "Who wrote 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Andrew Lloyd Webber or William Shakespeare?" What percentage of Americans thought Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream?"

Mandy dials in a guess of 5-45%. Audience puts it at about the same thing. Justin has no clue. But he thinks it sounds about right.

Mandy is locked at 8-48%.

America said... up the gut, 28%.

We move on with this...

$10,000
30 point range
What percentage of Americans think America is the greatest country in the world?

How patriotic is America here? Let's find out. Mandy guesses with 61-91%. Sounds like Alabama thinking. Here in New York... not so much. But New York returns with 65-95%. Drew gives a few viable reasons why that may not be the case, though. Justin? "Take it up a few notches." The audience disagrees.

Mandy locks her guess in... 61-91%...

America said..... 82%! We're up to $10,000!

After a quick shout to the kids, who want a trampoline, we go to this question for $100,000...

$100,000
20 point range
What percentage of Americans think girls should be allowed to try out for and play on the boys football team?

We love Title IX here. Alabama is football crazy. Mandy goes with 22-42%. The audience has about 15-35%, mostly. Justin wouldn't want it, truth be told, but he would bring it down a bit to 18-38%...

Mandy locks in her husband's guess. So yeah, if she loses, it's his fault.

America said... 42%. She had it for a bit. But she does leave with $1000.

Two new players for the Power of 10 are Curtis Heroman (Houston) and Dewey Moorman (New Orleans). Curtis is married and an IT consultant. He could relate to "Office Space". Dewey is "good and single"... and looking. He was high school class president, a cheerleader, and a survivor of Katrina who lives back there...

ELIMINATION ROUND

1) What percentage of American women said they prefer chocolate to sex?
Curtis: 28%
Dewey: 53%
ACTUAL: 41%. Dewey leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of Americans weigh themselves every day?
Curtis: 17%
Dewey: 40%
ACTUAL: 14%. Curtis ties it.

3) What percentage of Americans said when they wake up in the morning, they do not look forward to going to work?
Curtis: 70%
Dewey: 43%
ACTUAL: 37%. Dewey leads, 2-1.

4) What percentage of Americans have shaken hands with a US President?
Curtis: 9%
Dewey: 8%
ACTUAL: 10%. Tied again!

5) What percentage of Americans think professional wrestling matches are real?
Curtis: 16%
Dewey: 12%
ACTUAL: 7%! Dewey is playing for the money!

Dewey is a sales rep for the Red Cross, having joined up after Katrina. Here with him is Yana, who says that Dewey needs to slow his roll. Everyone's ready. Here's the first question for $1000... 

$1,000
40 point range
What percentage of Americans think immigrants should be required to speak fluent English to become US citizens?

First guess for Dewey is 46-86%. Audience goes with ... 55-95%. Yana thinks Dewey should be a little lower. Audience goes nuts, saying "Lock it in! Lock it in!" The answer is locked. Once again, 46-86%.

America said...  71%! That works for $1000!

Next for $10,000...

$10,000
30 point range
What percentage of Americans think Mormons should be allowed to practice polygamy under the First Amendment of the Constitution?

Polygamy is a touchy subject... So this Moorman guesses 9-39%. The sister shuts that idea out her her head. The audience... peaks at 10%. Dewey thinks that sort of thinking (re: polygamy) is really old school. He takes it down to the allowable level... almost.

He locks in 2-32%.

America said..... 29%! He's right in there with $10,000. He'll try for the $100,000 next time.

For more information on the polls or to become a contestant, go to www.cbs.com/powerof10

 

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