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Episode 1.8 - September 5

Daniel Montelongo won $10,000. Carolina Korth won $100. Now it's time for two new players to see if they can gauge the opinion of the average American.

Those two are Sean Ockershausen and Emily Carter. Sean (Philadelphia) is a lighting contractor who lives with his buddies... and his girlfriend. He doesn't want to consult the audience... Fair enough. Emily (Charlotte) is a single mother. She wants to buy her daughter a pony and take her to Disneyworld.

ELIMINATION ROUND:

1) What percentage of American men have worn their hair in a pony tail?
Sean: 21%
Emily: 38%
ACTUAL: 31%. Emily leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of Americans said they've been abducted by aliens?
Sean: 7%
Emily: 16%
ACTUAL: 7%. Tied at 1.

3) What percentage of Americans said they broke up with the same romantic partner more than once?
Sean: 28%
Emily: 51% ("I've been through it.")
ACTUAL: 31%. Sean leads, 2-1.

4) What percentage of Americans do not consider driving over the speed limit to be breaking the law?
Sean: 43%
Emily: 51%
ACTUAL: 29%. Sean wins it, and he's playing for the 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.

Sean's here with his friend Brian, an insurance salesman. He's "the voice of reason, fair and balanced."

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

$1,000
40 point range
If Barry Bonds has actually used steroids, do you think he should publicly admit it? What percentage of Americans think if Barry Bonds used steroids, he should publicly admit it?

Sean thinks about 53-93%. The audience, which Sean swears against, is right with him. Brian says that the record is academic. Sean likes it. He locks it at 54-94%.

America said...  74%! That's $1000 right there!

He wants to buy Brian a beer after the show. Brian says that it's about time.

Next up for $10,000...

$10,000
30 point range
 What percentage of Americans said that as an adult, they've told their father that they love him?

Sean starts out with a guess of 47-77%. Audience goes with 55-85%. Brian decides to go a little higher. Sean splits the difference to 54-84%.

And right after he decided not to use the audience, too. Amazing.

That's a lock-in.

America said... 79%! Good thing he listened to the audience! That's $10,000!

We move on with this...

$100,000
20 point range
Over my fat dead body! What percentage of Americans think obese people should pay more taxes, as they cost the government more in health costs?

Sean guesses 15-35%. Brian wants to see what the audience went with. They went low, 11-31%.

Sean could walk with $10,000 or lock in the guess. If he's wrong, he walks with $1000. Brian says obesity is an illness. Sean rolls back a few. He locks in 13-33%.

America said..... 21%! He's got $100,000! We're walking on hallowed ground now. Out of all the people who won $100,000, Sean's the fourth.

Watching Sean tonight are his mom and his girlfriend.

Doesn't cost anything to hear the $100,000 question. Here it is.

$1,000,000
10 point range
Do you think the world would be a better place if America ruled all of it? What percentage of Americans think the world would be a better place if America ruled all of it?

Sean goes with 42-52%. Brian calls it a slippery slope, this question. The audience... is a big spread. Safe to say that they're of NO HELP today. Sean decides to talk to Brian... they agree to play it lower.

Sean blesses the name of the USA and locks in 30-40%.

America said... 19%. I'm sorry... I'm so sorry. Sean leaves with $10,000.

Next to play are Holgie Forrester and Amber Mirza. Holgie's (Twentynine Palms, CA) got light-up shoes. She works for the Marine Corps Combat Center, where Drew went to school. She also lives in a geodesic dome. Amber (Staten Island, NY) is a doctor who got her ticket to Kaufman Astoria by playing the online game (that's CBS.com/powerof10). 

ELIMINATION ROUND:

1) What percentage of Americans make their bed every morning?
Holgie: 36%
Amber: 39%
ACTUAL: 50%. Amber leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of Americans have cried after receiving a haircut they didn't like?
Holgie: 38%
Amber: 46%
ACTUAL: 23%. Tied at one.

3) What percentage of Americans have walked out of a movie before it ended because it was too awful to watch?
Holgie: 45%
Amber: 24%
ACTUAL: 47%. Holgie leads, 2-1.

4) What percentage of Americans think the number 7 is luckier than any other number?
Holgie: 52%
Amber: 41%
ACTUAL: 17%. Tied!

4) What percentage of Americans have gotten engaged to someone that they did not ultimately marry?
Holgie: 22%
Amber: 53%
ACTUAL: 23%. Holgie wins the round and gets to move on.

Holgie trained Marines before they head off to Iraq. The results have saved lives, without going into details. Holgie also owns 300 pairs of shoes. Helping her out is sister-in-law Sharon. She's an academic assistant.

The name of the game is Power of 10. Let's boogie.

$1,000
40 point range
What percentage of Americans think Osama bin Laden is still alive?

Holgie goes with a mid-to-high range, 51-91%. Audience is a little lower, about 50 to about 90. But for insurance, Holgie locks in 54-94%.

America said... 79%! That's $1000! Let's try for 10 times that.

$10,000
30 point range
If your child asked you when you lost your virginity, would you tell them the truth? What percentage of American parents said if their child asked them when they lost their virginity, they would tell the truth?

Holgie starts out with a range of 37-67%. The audience goes with 25-55%. Sharon wants to go lower.

Holgie locks in 26-56%.

America said..... 81%! Unbelievable. Holgie leaves with $100.

So we're playing another eliminator with Christina Masaitis & and Ankeeta Metha. Christina (Morganville, NJ) grew up in Brooklyn. She's going to college to be a teacher. Ankeeta (Bay City, TX) IS a teacher. She teaches here in New York.

ELIMINATION ROUND:

1) What percentage of Americans believe Elvis Presley is still alive?
Christina: 8%
Ankeeta: 25%
ACTUAL: 9%. Christina leads, 1-0.

2) What percentage of Americans have flown first-class?
Christina: 33%
Ankeeta: 7%
ACTUAL: 38%. Christina leads, 2-0.

3) What percentage of Americans have fired someone from a job?
Christina: 19%
Ankeeta: 18%
ACTUAL: 33%. It's a sweep! Christina will play for the money next time. See you then.

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

 

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