Happy Anniversary, Let's Get To Work!
"From the Studio where it all began 10 years ago, Where thousands of
Americans have won over $132 million, The show watched by Billions of
people all over the world, THIS is the Return of MILLIONAIRE!"
And with Regis intoning these words from the studio bleachers, we are
once again, back in New York for the Dramatic Lights, The Music, and the
hot seat for the first time in Prime Time since "Super Millionaire".
Regis has says that for the last five years, he's been waiting IN THE
STUDIO for it to begin again. I'm sure that he's excited. It's catching
to the audience.
The cast of characters for night one are...
Brad Abbey - Tampa, FL
Kristin Williams - Cedar Hills, UT
Stephanie Millien - Baldwin, NY
Gary Cousins - Flint, MI
Linda Sweeney - Acworth, GA
Rob Placek - Alliance, NE
Ralph Cambeis - Brooklyn, NY
Teresa Reitmeyer - Danville, PA
Neal Schwartz - West Bloomfield, MI
Jessica Gerber - Fairfield, CT
So for the first time since 2004, a Fastest Finger Question...
Put these tabloid-style White House couples in the order in which
they occupied the White House, starting with the earliest.
The correct order is....ACDB
(At this point, I should comment on the set. the FF podiums are a hybrid
of the Super Millionaire Keypads with newer screens.
The winner is BRAD ABBEY OF TAMPA!
They've even brought back the classic camera angles, like the swooping
crane shot from behind the audience, going to the center, and to the
opposite side. (Known as the bar shot, as the studio had bars there as
part of the set design)
Brad Abbey is a former banker who was laid off, and now works in a
carnival pushing over 1000 teddy bears a day (An honest carnival worker!
That's rare!). Two days after being laid off, he applied to be on the
show and made it! Let's see how good he is.
Now let's dispel some rumors...We are playing the syndicated Money Tree
(There were some rumors on Wikipedia that had the top top-heavy with
amounts like 100,000 as the second safe haven.). That is not the case.
We start him off with Ask the Audience, Phone a Friend and Double-Dip.
At $1000, he gets Ask the Expert.
Tonight's Expert: Longtime ABC Washington Correspondent, SAM DONALDSON!
The clock is in full effect. And so is ABC.com enhanced game
( $100 ) Big Winners
What Oscar-winning film of 2008 features the line, "You have three
lifelines... Ask the Audience, 50/50 and Phone-a-Friend"?
A: The Dark Knight
B: Slumdog Millionaire
D: The Curious Case of Regis' Hair
After the laughter subsides, he gets it with one second to go. Answer: B
( $200 ) Color Wheel
Which of these Crayola crayon colors takes its name from a lyric in the
song "America the Beautiful"?
A: Purple Mountain's Majesty
B: Wild Watermelon
C: Mountain Meadow
D: Robin's Egg Blue
With 3 seconds to go, Brad goes to the audience, which is loaded with
former Hot Seat contestants! The poll results....
ASK THE AUDIENCE:
(I think they're trying to tell him something, don't you?)
He answers A and gets $200. It's break 1, and Regis is still excited.
I must comment though, if you're going to bring back Millionaire, bring
back the fashion that went with it. The monochromatic look.
More talking with carny Brad. He's been working in Canada with the
Carnival. Kaylee (his GF) was left behind, and the two are now reunited
with her in the family seat behind him. Time to go back to work..."Let's
play, here we go!"
( $300 ) Let's Go Nuts
Which of the following is a type of nut and NOT a member of the United
(Regis now seems to be getting the hang of the 15 second clock.)
He answers C...and is right!
( $500 ) Bumper Stickers
The quirky bumper sticker slogan, "Visualize Whirled Peas" is a punny
reference to another slogan often used by whom?
He gets it right here... It's B....
( $1000 ) You Might Say
Brackets are best described as "square-cornered" versions of what other
He chooses A with success!
He now gets Sam Donaldson's help IF he wants it.
Quotable-"I think we better warn Brad, You know they are looking for
money to pay for Health Care Reform, and Brad, if you win the Million
dollars, they may come after you!" --Sam Donaldson
( $2000 ) Otto
Otto Von Bismarck is often credited with the cynical quip that "Laws are
like" what, "It's better not to see them being made"?
He answers B-Paintings....It was D!
(HOW DUMB IS THIS FELLA! Get him out of the hot seat and give another
warm body a chance!)
Next FF question:
Put these "As-seen-on-TV" products in the order they were introduced,
starting with the earliest.
A: Ginsu Knives
B: George Foreman Grill
Correct order: ACBD
Winner-Rob Placek in 5 seconds flat!
(Second bar shot!)
The youngest contestant of the night, Rob is a college sophomore at
Creighton University, and is on a scholarship, but he has to come up
with cash for the school year.
( $100 ) NASA
Honoring the Agency's 50th anniversary in 2008, Stephen Hawking noted
that NASA has achieved major advances in what?
D: Pocket Protectors
No need to be Stephen Hawking to get this! It's B
( $200 ) Books for Bozos
"Burgers and Sausages (there's that word again!) and Hot Dogs, Oh My!"
is the title of a chapter in which of these "For Dummies" instructional
A: Bookkeeping for Dummies
B: Knitting for Dummies
C: Gardening for Dummies
D: Grilling for Dummies
Someone find me that book. It's D, and he gets it right!
( $300 ) Meet and Greet
If someone slangily asks you to "pound it", what type of greeting should
you give them?
A: Double kiss
B: Bear hug
C: Fist bump
D: Nose rub
And Reeg pulls a Howie as Rob and Reeg fist bump to signify the final
( $500 ) By George!
George Lucas has said that his dog Indiana was the inspiration for the
name of the main character in what popular movie?
A: Raiders of the Lost Ark
B: Die Hard
C: The Terminator
D: The Matrix
The answer is A and the kid is QUICK! He even says that he's not even
( $1000 ) Fun with Math
What is the punchline to the math joke "What does trigonometry have in
common with a beach?"
A: Sec Ants
B: Co Sines
C: Tan Gents
D: Asymp totes
(this joke's so old, it's got whiskers!)
He gets it right, C for $1000.
After a flashback to Bob-O's Super Millionaire run to one million, Joe
Trela's run and Ed Toutant's winning question, Reeg gets to talk to
those three. But he keeps messing up with Robert Essig (Bob-O not Bobo!),
two of the three claim they aren't millionaires anymore. Bob paid off
his cars, his house and the taxes, but it helped. Joe, a bit skinnier,
is still a millionaire in his heart. Ed bought the Regis line of
( $2000 ) Famous Names
Which of these famous idioms features the last names of an Oscar-winning
actress and actor?
A: Beck and Call
B: Hunt and Peck
C: Rise and Shine
D: Short and Sweet
Correct answer is B: Helen Hunt and Gregory Peck
( $4000 ) Ballers
Billed as "Disneyland vs. Disney World", what two teams competed in the
2009 NBA Finals?
A: Rockets and Knicks
B: Spurs and Celtics
C: Lakers and Magic
D: Mavericks and Heat
Good way to word the question. He gets it right with C
( $8000 ) Natural Habitats
By definition, where does an abyssopelagic animal live?
A: In the desert
B: On top of a mountain
C: Inside a tree
D: At the bottom of the sea
He uses the root abyss to find the right definition, and goes with D.
Nice thinking, buddy-boy!
( $16,000 ) It's Your Birthday
All of the following hip-hop artists are turning forty in 2009, except
for whom, who turned fifty?
B: Ice Cube
C: Flavor Flav
Not knowledgeable about hip hop, at 19 seconds he calls for Ask the
He goes with the audience, who are almost always right, and gets it
Break time again. After talking with dad (in the relative seat) we go
into this question for milestone number two!
( $25,000 ) Tech Toys
The new iPhone 3G S boasts a touchscreen with "oleophobic coating" which
is specifically designed to do what?
A: Never scratch
B: Not show fingerprints
C: Display brighter colors
D: Reduce glare
He's going to phone a friend (sponsored by old friends AT&T) He goes
with Dr. Geoff, a professor of his, more than likely.
Instead of reading the question, he points out the key word of the
question, oleophobic, and Geoff determines the definition...Which leads
Rob to B.
HE'S RIGHT! Good strategy. The question is a long one, so he played it
( $50,000 ) First Dates
On their first official date in 1989, Barack Obama and his future wife
Michelle went to see what movie?
A: Driving Miss Daisy
C: When Harry Met Sally
D: Do the Right thing
Quotable: "This is the year I was born!"--Rob Placek
Yikes...Ok, he has Sam Donaldson, who should know a lot about Obama
right at his fingertips, and what does he do?
He uses DOUBLE DIP!
First final answer: C-When Harry Met Sally...nice idea but no.
Second final answer: He guesses A-Driving Miss Daisy......Nope! Correct
He gets $25,000 on the free guess question.
Next FF question after the break is...
Put these actors in the order in which they first portrayed Batman on
screen, starting with the earliest.
A: Michael Keaton
B: Christian Bale
C: George Clooney
D: Val Kilmer
Correct answer ADCB
The winner in the fastest time....GARY COUSINS!
Gary leaps out of his seat and is ready to play! He's been trying to get
on the show since it's inception, and kept trying on the phone
auditions. He's in the auto industry ("You're the last one
( $100 ) You Go Girl
When Hilary Clinton urged "denuclearization" in North Korea in 2009, she
was basically asking the country to stop making what?
D: Giant eyeglasses
He decides on B... and we're off and
( $200 ) Good Advice
"Parents" magazine advises "Build on branches that are at least 8 inches
thick" when constructing a what for your child?
B: Jungle gym
Quickly goes to D, and gets to $200
( $300 ) Dollywood
Dolly's Demolition Derby, a ride at Dolly Parton's Dollywood amusement
park, is what type of ride?
A: Bumper cars
B: Roller coaster
C: Ferris wheel
It's A, final. The Demolition gave it away.
( $500 ) Funny Books
Published in 2007 with the tagline, "Now with 30% more Asia", the humor
book "Our Dumb World" is a parody of what type of reference work?
A tough call, but I'd say C. He's right with C.
( $1000 ) The Oscars
Melissa Etheridge once joked, "This is the only naked man that will ever
be in my bedroom" when she won the Oscar for what?
A: Best Actress
B: Best Director
C: Best Cinematography
D: Best Song
He says D, final. And he is right as rain!
( $2000 ) Art Seen
On Nov. 21, 2008, an O in Google's Logo was obscured by a green apple
and a bowler hat to mark the 110th birthday of what artist?
A: Marcel Duchamp
B: Andy Warhol
C: Rene Magritte
D: Salvador Dali
He has no clue, so he will Ask the Audience.
Results are as follows...
Oooh...the even spread! I hate those close ones....
He uses the Double-Dip
First Final Answer-C Rene Magritte....
He wastes the Double Dip, but he gets it right.
And this is where the contestant time is over, he will be our holdover
contestant for tomorrow.
Next, KATY PERRY ("Waking up in Vegas", "I Kissed a Girl") plays for St.
Jude's Children's Research Hospital! Boy does she look nervous! Talked
about cats for a bit, as Reeg and Katy are cat people.
Katy is guaranteed to walk out with $25,000, but if she gets the
question right, she'll receive the $50,000. And she'll have all four
lifelines at her disposal. She wants to phone a friend right now! Oy vey
is this girl a ditz! She may have kissed a girl but she might've lost
Katy's $50,000 question...
( $50,000 )
What young celebrity has the Italian phrase for "Live Without Regrets"
tattooed on her back, except the Italian word for "regrets" is
A: Hilary Duff
B: Hayden Panettiere
C: Vanessa Hudgens
D: Kristen Bell
She uses her Phone a friend to call up her one selection, Shannon
Woodward of LA, CA.
The two agree that it's B....But Katy pulled a John Carpenter,
sandbagging it and only wanting to talk to Shannon!
She got the $50,000, so hand over the check, Reeg!
Oh well, Sam Donaldson was not used as the lifeline, but he does leave
with a quip.
"Hey, Regis, no problem. For a reporter to get nothing wrong...It's a
On night two, we continue Gary Cousins' game as he goes to the million,
and former Celeb Millionaire contestant Vanessa Williams returns to the
Hot Seat for a shot at $50,000!
Until next time, from New York (And from my little corner of
Cyberspace), GOOD NIGHT!
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