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Episode 1.6 - August 29

Last time, Carissa Scarpa, Amber Siyavus, and Tom Heckmann were all done in by the $100,000, leaving the stage with $1000. Next, it's Kurtney Noonan's turn to play for the big money.

As a reminder, every question answered correctly within range will increase winnings by the power of 10, from $1000 to $10,000 to $100,000 to $1 million to $10 million. Players can walk away at any time, but if they go for it and miss, they'll lose by the power of 10 and walk out with that much. Help is available, though, in the form of the audience and companions.

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

Kurtney is a real-estate agent and an all-American mom. Helping out is her husband Tom. He sells endoscopes.

We start, as always, with $1000...

40 point range
"Have you ever had a person of another race in your home?" What percentage of Americans have NEVER had a person of another race in their home?

First guess of Kurtney's is 1-41%. Tom? "Basically, you could knock out California." Audience goes with... Kurtney's guess. Tom wants her to bump it up a little bit. Audience: "Lock it in! Lock it in!"

She does at 4-44%.

America said...  12%! That's $1000 right there! Next up for $10,000...

30 point range
 "Do you think people are born gay?" What percentage of Americans think people are born gay?

Is it nature or nurture? Kurtney guesses 27-57%. Tom cites a theory. Audience in New York goes with... Kurtney. Kurtney thinks that people are born gay. Tom thinks people are not. She locks in 24-54%.

America said... 51%! That's close... but it's worth $10,000!

We move on with this...

20 point range
What percentage of American men would leave their partner if she gained 100 pounds?

Tom would stay, thick or thin for real. It's like "you're not the same person I married." First guess: 49-69%... Audience is all over the place. Tom would bump it down a bit. Kurtney locks it in at 43-63%.

America said..... 33%! Back down to $1000. (C-Note: classic case of honest answer vs. right answer).

Next two up, Kevin Wehlen and Julie McCracken. Kevin (Metairie, LA) danced around in his Speedo at his audition. He's wearing it right now (under his clothes, of course). Julie (Charlotte) is a big NASCAR fan who's 6' tall. Wow.


1) What percentage of Americans like their drivers license photo?
Kevin: 10%
Julie: 14%
ACTUAL: 52%. Julie leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of Americans eat at a fast food restaurant more than once a week?
Kevin: 55%
Julie: 20%
ACTUAL: 25%. Julie leads, 2-0.

3) What percentage of American women said that they have dated an ugly guy because he was funny?
Kevin: 30%
Julie: 41%
ACTUAL: 33%. Julie leads, 2-1.

4) What percentage of Americans said they would buy a house even if they found out that someone had died in it?
Kevin: 42%
Julie: 18%
ACTUAL: 67%. Tie ball game!

5) What percentage of Americans would give a positive job recommendation for a friend, even if they weren't right for the job?
Kevin: 74%
Julie: 53%
ACTUAL: 17%. Julie is playing for the money!

Julie's a real-estate broker by day and a bartender by night. Helping her out is her mom Jackie, an office administrator. They're best friends...

We know how to play, so let's play!

40 point range
If you really wanted to, do you think you could get a handgun through airport security? What percentage of Americans said if they wanted to, they believe they could get a firearm through airport security?

Julie thinks that if she had a gun, she would've been stopped. Her first guess is 5-45%. Jackie doesn't think that guns could get them through. Drew thinks covering the low end is good. So does the audience, as they start chanting "Lock it in."

We're locked at 5-45%.

America said... 20%! That's $1000! Only a thousandth of what she wants.

30 point range
What percentage of Americans think it is harder to be a stay-at-home parent than a working parent?

Julie starts out at 25-55%. Audience.. 35-65%. She splits the difference and mom agrees. We're locked at 30-60%.

America said..... 43%! She's got $10,000!

Time to crunch some numbers. Of the 11 people that have played Power of 10 so far, eight have lost on the next question. One lost on the first, one, Jamie Sadler, walked with a million. Another woman lost on the million dollar question.

For $100,000...

20 point range
If you had to choose between watching the Super Bowl or the Academy Awards, which would it be? What percentage of American women would rather watch the Super Bowl over the Academy Awards?

Both Julie and Jackie would rather watch the Super Bowl. First guess: 17-37%. Audience... agrees, give or take a few points. Mom wants to go higher. Julie needs to think or a couple of seconds. Come on, y'all.

Julie locks in 20-40%.

America said..... 54%. Make that nine people. Julie walks with $1000.

Next two are blonde... Katie Burns (Dallas, GA) is a stay-at-home mom. Lisa Maxwell (Cookville, TN) is a fitness instructor who is called "The Energizer Bunny." Both have two kids, but only one will play on. 


1) What percentage of Americans said they can eat just one potato chip?
Katie: 17%
Lisa: 24%
ACTUAL: 39%. Lisa leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of American women said they were tomboys when they were growing up?
Katie: 38%
Lisa: 35%
ACTUAL: 47%. Tied at 1.

3) What percentage of Americans believe if they think negative thoughts, bad things will happen to them?
Katie: 49%
Lisa: 19%
ACTUAL: 35%. Katie leads, 2-1.

4) What percentage of Americans said they've been picked last in a team sport at least once in their lives?
Katie: 79%
Lisa: 70%
ACTUAL: 41%. Tied at 2!

5) What percentage of Americans think people should be required to get marriage counseling before getting married?
Katie: 42%
Lisa: 67%
ACTUAL: 50%. Katie comes back to win it!

Katie would be happy with $100,000. Helping her out with Susan, her mom. The two were in a Piggly Wiggly ad in the south. It helps that she WAS Miss Piggly Wiggly.

What's the game? That's right, Power of 10. Let's play.

40 point range
In 2006, Paris was the 260th most popular baby girls' name. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear "Paris", France or Hilton? What percentage of Americans said the first thing that came to mind after hearing the word "Paris" was "Hilton"?

"When are we going to be be free of this national scourge?" Katie dials in a first guess of... 28-68%. Audience is.... 50-90%.

Susan: "She's been flashed all over the news..." Drew: "I'll say." Katie kicks it up a notch to a locked 43-83%.

America said..... 27%. Katie is OUT on the first question.

Two new players next time.

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