Episode 5 - August 19
"Hello, I'm Jeff Greenberg, and welcome to Studio 7."
Obviously not Pat Kiernan, that guy. He's one of seven
more players out for $77,000 and a berth in the $777,000
final in a few weeks. We get the study/moving-in montage
early, and this could only mean one of two things: a)
Davies is reediting the rest of the shows to account for
the lackluster connectivity factor, or b) tonight's
rounds are embarrassingly short. Let's meet him... and
the rest of tonight's subjects:
1: Nicole Edmonds:
24; Ronkonkoma, NY. Her mouth has gotten her into more
trouble than she is worth. She's very loud. Almost too
2: JC Cary: 22; Washington, DC. Likes competing
against people as long as he's got something to prove.
He doesn't mean to be arrogant.
3: Rosie Hunter: 21; Tallahassee, FL. She asks a
lot of questions... who may be playing the
4: The aforementioned Jeff Greenberg: 23;
Woodbridge, CT. Comes off as pretty friendly, but is
really just a class clown without a shirt.
5: Christina Chin: 18; Davis, CA. Cute.
Footballer. Loves being on a game show.
6: Drew Leary: 21; Sussex, NJ. Interested in
acting and directing, he is also training to joust for
his Ren Faire role as... Robin Hood. Wouldn't that
require archery skills?
7: Katie Madden: 21; Haverford, PA. She thinks
she can do pretty well. Everyone else thinks she's under
We finally get into the quizular element (it's a
technical term, really!... Okay, it isn't) at :02:09...
if you were to count Pat's spiel. If you weren't, we go
to :03:26. But enough rambling from me, or else Travis
is going to stiff-arm me once he gets back from London.
"To your pods."
Round I: The 21st Century
Jeff is first, and correct. Rosie and JC, also correct.
Drew has to ask for Katie's help on this: "In 2001, more
than four million animals were slaughtered as a the
result of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that was
first identified in what nation?" Katie: "I would love
to help you, but I honestly don't know the answer."
He'll try anyway, as he goes for England... Sorry,
Travis. He's right.
Christina tosses this one to JC: "In 2002, what
politician resigned his post as Senate Majority Leader
after his public support for a pro-segregationist got
him into trouble?" JC: "We shook on it, so I figured,
'quid pro quo'. His name is Senator Trent Lott."
Christina agrees... and she can return to her pod.
Under-the-radar Katie goes over here. "In June 2002, the
US Postal Service increased the price of a postage stamp
for a first-class letter to what amount?" Katie's
answer: 39 cents. Correct answer: 37 cents. So Katie can
go over... to the Block to await her fate.
Nicole doesn't play nice with others, and when the time
comes, she will not help anyone out. Well, karma's a
wench, as it's ring time for her. Nicole asks Jeff "In
the 2003 animated movie Finding Nemo, Nemo and his
father, Marlin, are what species of fish?" She knows
it's his favorite, but Jeff will only offer this: "It's
a funny fish." Nicole answers back... "I would like to
answer the question. What is a clownfish?" Save it for
some other game show, will you?
"As soon as I gave it to you, I kicked myself." Yeah,
I'd kick you, too, Jeff. And speaking of karma, now he
must ask Katie for help: "Following his death in July
2002, family members of what legendary Boston Red Sox
player became involved in a legal dispute after he was
cryogenically frozen?" Katie: "I'm not going to help
you, because, I kinda don't think you know it. I think I
have a good chance of being voted back on." He tries
anyway, "Mickey Mantle". Correct: Ted Williams. And
Jeff... hope you kissed a blarney stone or three. Time
Sorry, Mr. Friendly, but you're just too much of a
sucker. Bye bye!
Round II: 2004
Christina's first and right. Rosie's second... and
wrong. "In February 2004, the Bush administration lifted
a 23-year-old ban on travel to what North African
country led by Muammar Qaddafi?" Rosie's answer:
Liberia. Correct: Libya.
And Nicole's right behind you. "Which aging British
rocker and vegetarian reportedly banned employees on his
2004 summer tour from eating meat while working?"
Nicole's answer: Sting. Correct: Paul McCartney.
I'll save you the heartbreak. Nicole's gone... Okay,
I'll make it official.
Drew probably would've joined in as well.
Round III: The Last 30 Days
JC, Rosie, and Katie can still take off their rings and
toss them into the Pool of the 7. Christina and Drew...
just look freaky. Christina is blank on her question:
"On July 9, conservationists announced that they
discovered the Cozumel Thrasher, a bird thought to be
extinct, on an island off the Yucatan Peninsula located
in what country?" Correct: Mexico.
Stupid answer of the night comes from Drew. "On July 8,
it was announced that the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of
sexual assault has hired attorney Lin Wood, who
previously represented the parents of what murdered
child beauty queen?" Drew's answer: "Lara Flynn Boyle?"
Pat's response: "Wonder if we'll be hearing from her
lawyers." Correct answer: JonBenet Ramsey. "Which of
your competitors do you dread facing in the final round?
After those answers, do you dread facing EITHER of them
in the final round?"
That's all she wrote for Drew. TV lights, man... TV
Round IV: The OJ Trial, tonight's specialized
subject. Try not to get juiced (I couldn't help
Rings are still in play for everyone except Christina.
Katie is first... Right. Rosie is next... Right. JC is
next... Right and interrupting the host. Speedround is
later, my friend. Christina is next... and makes a
mediocre answer even more mediocre by pronouncing it
wrong. Question: Ron Goldman worked as a waiter at what
Italian restaurant near where Nicole Brown Simpson
lived? Christina: "La Montezuma". Correct: Mezzaluna. No
calling Johnnie Cochran to get back to your pod,
Christina, you're gone.
Round V: The Mad Memorization Round: Bond Girls.
Character, actress, movie, 141 elements. JC thinks he
knows them all without having to look at the
memorization assignment. But he does spend one hour
before gametime on it. Just like a college student.
JC: 24/141... and still going.
Katie: 40/141 (said "Diana Riggs" instead of "Diana Rigg")
JC: 43/141 (said "Angela... Saunders" instead of "Angela
Rosie: 8/141 (said "Dr. No" instead of "From Russia With
Round VI: The Speedround to Seven - The Last Seven
JC's pretty confident. He's proven himself justified.
We'll see how justified in a moment. JC vs. Katie. JC
goes first, getting Mandela, Angels in America, Martha
Stewart's five months, the Governator's "girlie men",
Bolivia, France, and Martha's Vineyard in 1:46.17. It
should be noted that he missed seven.
Now to Katie, who answers to Mandela, Martha's five
months, "girlie men", an alligator, Krispy Kreme's
frozen beverages, Botox for sweating, and Apollo 11...
Katie gets the final question, the fifteenth in the
series, on the bell. This is going to come to a photo
"By the narrowest of margins... JC is the winner." So JC
will join Amadou Doumbia, Craig Phillips, George
Jarroush, and last week's winner, Sheila Shaigany, in
three weeks for the final.
And yet no one thinks about Duke's iPods... I just think
it's funny. Travis'll be back next week, and so will Pat
and Ms. Kelly. Until then, I've been Chico Alexander.
Thank you for your participation.