Episode 2 - July 29
Tonight, one more young person will have his or her life
changed right before our eyes, and have a shot at a
massive grand prize. Let's meet the players. And The WB
are right bastards for not posting their last names on
4: Erin Meadwood, 22, Patterson, NJ, trying to
prove that Patterson NJ isn't a poverty stricken city
for people with no drive.
5: Craig Phillips, 22, Los Angeles, CA, Craig
isn't as cruel as the players think.
3: Dave, 23, NYC, opts for money over ethics,
because it is $77,000.
7: Nick, 19, North Bellmore, NY, doesn't want to
be insignificant. Needs the money for school, since Mom
just lost her job.
1: Brandon, 23, Chicago, IL, honesty is important
6: Sarah, 18, Shoreline, WA! Whoo! Home state
bias! Doesn't like first impressions, and is proud of
being an MIT math nerd.
2: Erica, 21, Morristown, TN, wants to live in
NY, modeling to pay for school before med school.
In December 2003 Which preacher and Democratic
presidential candidate hosted SNL?
Erica's Answer: Jesse Jackson
Correct Answer: Al Sharpton
One inning down, one out. You're not supposed to miss
the first question, Erica.
Erin, At the end of August 2001, Bush returned to DC
after spending nearly a month at his ranch, located in
what Texas town?
Erin's Answer: Beaumont
Correct Answer: Crawford
That was quick.
We now go To the Block after just eight questions.
Nick goes the strategy route, and votes of who he
perceives the stronger player. Sarah trusts Erin more
than Erica. Craig is petrified of Erin's intelligence.
Dave noted the stack of note cards, and pledges to miss
Erin, and that's all she wrote.
Erin was too smart for her own good, and knew she was
toast before the votes were cast.
Round Two, everyone still has their rings,
Sarah asks Brandon for help, Brandon comes through with
a right answer. Question: In March, what government
agency's official website began running a recruitment
video starring Jennifer Garner?
Correct answer: The CIA.
Nick asks Dave for help.
Question: In March 2004, six of the voice actors for
what long-running animated comedy series went on strike
demanding higher pay?
"Nick, I feel that you're a very worthy competitor... I
will not be helping you." Didn't need it, though. He
knew it was "The Simpsons".
Brandon asks Dave.
Question: The 2004 film Control Room is a
documentary centered on the operations of what
Qatar-based Arabic news network?
"I'm not going to be helping you either." Again, Dave
denies Brandon. Again, Dave is shocked to hear that
Brandon knows of "Al-Jazeera".
Eric is correct.
Erica calls upon Brandon,
and they are right. Question: April 17th marked the
premiere of Never Scared, the fourth HBO comedy
special from what comedian who Entertainment Weekly
picked as the funniest man in America?
Correct answer: Chris Rock
Sarah is flat wrong. The founder of IKEA is in fact not
richer than Bill Gates, nor is Sam Walton.
Dave asks Brandon for help. Dave can suck spit,
apparently. California was the location of the grocery
workers strike, not Illinois. That, my friends, was a
heaping helping of karmic justice.
Time for a vote.
Craig : Dave
In quite possibly the most anticlimactic vote since Big
Brother 3, Dave is out straight away. Wow, that was
satisfying, though. I just may take up smoking, just to
light up a celebratory one.
ROUND THREE: THE LAST 30 DAYS
Nick is right.
Craig is right.
Erica guesses and is wrong. Not even close.
June 5, which horse did not win the Belmont Stakes,
losing out on the Triple Crown.
Correct: Smarty Jones
"Surprisingly, that's wrong." Someone give Kiernan a
Sarah is right.
Brandon is wrong.
June 10, due to a shipping mistake, six or more
researchers were exposed to what deadly bacteria?
Sarah: Erica, strategy
Nick: Brandon, strategy (?)
Craig: Brandon, even though the three of them did some
Pat thinks maybe Erica has a brilliant strategy. Yeah,
the strategy of missing questions. But she's survived
two eliminations, just like the first week's winner.
ROUND FOUR: The Specialty Subject
Fine dining and etiquette and the proper way to eat
Now I've seen everything.
Nick: Correct (Use the non-slobbered on large ends of
chopsticks to pluck sushi)
Erica: Correct (Use a fork to eat french fries at a
formal dinner) Maybe Erica only studied the Savant
Category. We'll never know.
Craig: Correct (Firm stalks sans sauce makes asparagus a
Sarah: Correct (Orange slices as a cocktail trimming
should be avoided because they are too messy to be eaten
Nick: "When eating mussels served in their shells, there
are two proper methods for consuming any remaining juice
or broth. The first is with a spoon, what is the other?"
"A piece of bread" isn't good enough, and Nick is
Pat reads the question again. How very helpful. You're
really earning that check tonight, Pat.
"To sop it up with a piece of bread," says Nick.
Cue more deliberating. Excuse me while I grab a soda.
Judge says it's part of the correct answer, but they
need more. Whatever happened to "One chance for more
information," from "Joker's Wild '90"?
"To sop it up with a piece of Italian bread."
Since it was an etiquette question, the second half had
to be right, and it was "...speared on the tines of a
Wow. That sucks for him. Nick is completely shocked and
distraught at that. Nick is crying on the way out.
"You've gotta absolutely be kidding me!" "What more do
you want?" "You blew it!" All that is swirling around in
his head. My pick to win just got knocked out.
Sarah looks to blow everyone away with...
ROUND FIVE: The Insane Memorization Challenge!
Selected Presidents and their pets. President, pet name,
type of pet. 116 elements.
Sarah pulls the short straw, and has to go first. Erica
and Craig get to hear the white noise for a bit, while
Sarah stands over the pool.
"You may set your own pace in this round, I do warn you
that you will be timed."
I wonder what happens if there's a perfect score in this
round. Or a tie.
Three minutes and two seconds later, Sarah names George
Washington's hound Tipsy as the last element. Holy cow.
Perfection. Sarah barely bats an eye and gets the first
Surely that can't happen again.
Wow. Did these two find a copy of "Harry Lorayne's
Memory Game" at Goodwill or something? Good grief. And
they showed this episode second? What were they
thinking? I hope Erica studied *something* while in the
house, because she's skated by up to now.
It's not enough, and we have our two for the final
round. Craig posted a time of 2:51, so he gets the honor
for the finals. Sadly, the players get nothing extra for
a perfect score. Couldn't they afford $777 or something?
FINALS ROUND: The past seven days.
Craig opts to go first in the last round. Could we shine
a light on Miss Kelly? Please?
Craig is going to use the
money to buy a pony and a Cadillac, according to Nick.
"Confidence is good," says Pat. Craig thought all along
he'd be in the Final Two.
Craig: 60 and 20/30. Wow. That be fast. Craig would have
smoked both players from last week's program. He
interrupted three times, passed once, and missed one,
for nine questions total.
Sarah: Six of seven at the bell. Much more interrupting
from her, and one more right answer could have won it
for her. Craig Phillips has just won $77,000 in cash.
Everyone is happy that Craig is the winner. He is the
man, and is going to be back in six weeks for the
UberChampionship and an ADDITIONAL $777,000.
Dave thinks that Craig may win the whole thing. We'll
have to wait six weeks for that. But for now, this is
Travis Eberle, saying, "Thank you for your