Episode 4 - August 12
Welcome back to Studio 7. I am NOT Travis Eberle. He's
on holiday on the other side of the pond. And having a
damn fine time from what I hear. As such, I, your humble
webmaster will play pinch-hitter. Meanwhile, we have
Alice; 23; San Francisco. Part British (dig the
accent, BTW), part American, she moved to the US at age
10, having lived her life up to that point in
Cambridge... I think Travis is actually there now.
Austin; 22; Minerval,
VA, outside of Richmond. He lives on a farm, where it's
about as country as it gets.
Caroline; 22; New
York City. Originally from Chicago, she's either really
friendly or really neurotic. I'm going for the latter of
CK Sweat; 22;
Sacramento, CA. He says he's been reading since he was a
child. He likes to surround himself with words.
Greg; 22; The
Bronx, NY. "Good thing about me is that I have street
smarts." He's not here to make friends. He's here to win
Bethesda, MD. She went to Catholic school as an
Iraniaian, and she worries that it will be a stereotype.
Oh, and she's a struggling actress.
Harrington Park, NJ. Definitely not part of the
athletes, hopefully not part of the nerds.
Round the First: The 21st Century
5, CK is first and correct. Number 4, Sheila is also in
with a right answer. Number 1, Austin, also right.
Number 7, Greg... fakes out the players and returns to
his pod. Number 2, Caroline, also hits her question on
the money. Player #3, Tom, rides on sturdy tires his
first time out. Finally, number 6 is on the mic... and
in the Pool of The Seven for help on this: "In 2002, a
painting from what French impressionist's Waterlilies
series sold for just over $20 million?" Alice asks for
help from Caroline. "I'm pretty sure the answer is
Monet. Claude Monet." And she's that much closer to the
CK cycles back, and he
needs Alice's help in the Pool. Question: "In 2001, what
newsman appeared as the first guest on The Late Show
with David Letterman after the September 11
attacks?" Alice's response: "I will try my hardest. CK,
I believe it's Tom Brokaw. About 70%" Doubtful. Correct
answer: Dan Rather. CK is now on the Block.
Sheila could join him if
she doesn't use her Ring. She asks Tom for help on this:
"In May 2003, former New Jersey governor Christie
Whitman resigned as head of what government agency?" Tom
says, "Department of the Environment, or something to
that effect." She goes with it... and she goes to the
Block. Correct answer: Environmental Protection Agency."
So who stays and who
goes? Here's the vote:
Caroline: CK (citing girl power... you know that was
coming sooner or later)
That's three. That's
enough. CK, sucks to be you. And after the break...
"Caroline's not here anymore. This is her alter ego,
Miranda." Nice to know that they have time to kill in
that posh suite.
Round the Second: 2004
Greg, Tom, Austin, and Caroline/Miranda are still rung.
Greg takes a guess on his initial question... and it
pays off. Tom, on the other hand, pays a hefty price for
this question: "A series of lawsuits and countersuits
begun in May has threatened the business relationship
between Amazon.com and what giant toy retailer?"
Tom's answer: K-B.
Correct answer: Toys 'R' Us.
Alice and Caroline
continue the players on the winning ways. Austin, on the
other hand, zigs when he should've zagged. "In February,
what Daytime Emmy-winning comedienne married her
longtime girlfriend, Kelli Carpenter, in San Francisco?"
Austin's answer: Ellen DeGeneres.
Correct answer: Rosie O'Donnell.
So now it's down to the
vote, and "girl power" is not an issue. Caroline: "If
Austin's on the block, he's gone."
Austin leaves with a
ring he'll never again use. Greg, Tom, and Caroline can
still use theirs in...
Round the Third: The
Last 30 Days
Caroline is stalled at the gate, and she goes for her
lifeline, Alice, for this: "On June 24, what Internet
giant announced it would purchase Advertising.com for
Alice can only offer "I think it's Yahoo!, but I did
scrap CK, so I don't know." Alice sidetracks and goes
with Amazon. Well, they're BOTH wrong. Correct: AOL. Off
to the Block.
Greg pops a sac fly over
to Sheila for this: "On June 12, a funeral was held for
97-year-old Alberta Martin. She is the last known widow
of any soldier who fought in what war, which ended
almost 140 years ago?" She thinks it's the Civil War. He
thinks it's the Civil War. I think it's the Civil War.
We're all right.
Sheila and Alice get by
on a guess. Tom, though, doesn't have that luxury
available to him, as he joins Caroline on the Block.
Question: In June, diplomats from India and Pakistan
agreed to resume peace talks to discuss what disputed
Tom's answer: Kandahar.
Correct answer: Kashmir. "Tom, you know the Block."
Voting time, and things
aren't looking good for Tom.
Again, that's enough.
Alice need not move. So, in case you've just tuned in,
we have the requisite Girl Power episode, and we're
halfway home. Next up...
Round the Fourth: The Savant Round. Today,
And Greg gets whacked.
"What was Robert DeNiro's character's name in
GoodFellas? No playing, as Greg just gives up,
congratulates the girls, and heads for his seat in the
Loser's Lounge. Correct answer, by the way, Jimmy
Round the Fifth: The Big Dumb Book of Stupid Lists
Round. And if you thought the history of common
vermin was weird, this week, we have competitive eating
records. I can name one off the top of my head... Takeru
Kobayashi's hot dog record (53.5 in 12 minutes). Food,
record-holder, record; 135 elements.
And chances are, if you
say "Cookie Jarvis" or "Richard LeFebvre", then you'll
have about 12 or 13 right there.
Caroline: 41.5/135 (said "11 oz. in 9 min.". Correct: 12
Sheila: 80.5/135 (said "53.5 in 15 min." See above)
Alice: 92/135 (said "jars" instead of "bowls")
Painfully strict, but
Alice moves on alongside Sheila. Caroline, though, you
and Miranda are now gone.
Round the Last: The Stairway to Seven of the Last
So it's my favorite versus... low-key Sheila. Alice goes
first. Alice, for $77,000... Here is your first
subject... GO! Cole Porter, John Edwards, "YMCA",
Greece, Bill Cosby, the Running of the Bulls, and
Mary-Kate and Ashley's milk ads stop the clock at
Sheila has to beat that
time in order to join Amadou Doumbia, Craig Phillips,
and George Jarroush in the $777,000 series final on
September 9. Time starts... now. General Ricardo
Sanchez, Belgium's Tour de France, John Edwards, Greece,
Portland's archdiocese, Bill Cosby, "Before Sunrise",
and an awfully fast question-reader stop Sheila's
clock... at :17.20. She wins tonight, and I personally
think Alice was robbed. But again, she was my favorite,
so of course I'm going to think that.
Another seven, and
another $77K next time. Until then, this is Chico
Alexander for Travis Eberle, saying "Good night, and thank you for your