"John Zimcosky was just 14 years old when
Millionaire began in 1999. Now at 24 he finds himself five questions
away from winning $1 million on Night Three of the return of
Millionaire... to Primetime!"
With those words, we return to the hot
seat with John from Chicago at the $25,000 level. That money is his no
matter what happens. Now with 142 seconds banked for the million, he
faces the upper tier with his Phone-a-Friend and Double Dip remaining.
( $50,000 ) Long Strange Trip
Before returning to the UK in July, controversial singer Amy Winehouse
spent most of 2008 vacationing on what island nation?
A: Saint Kitts & Nevis
B: Saint Lucia
At nine seconds, John decides to
Phone-a-Friend. He decides to call Bob from Grand Haven, MI. "Um...
Don't have an answer for ya. Sorry, John. Double dipping. First answer
is C... Wrong. Second answer is A.... Nope. So John leaves with $25,000.
It was B.
Time to meet tonight's Ring of Fire...
Kellie Wilko - Layton, UT
Max Nussenbaum - Newton, MA
Mike Pulcini - Fairport, NY
Jillian Elliott - Indianapolis, IN
Anthony Sloan - Washington, DC
Don Farrell - Franklin, TN
Dina Grassi - Lake Hiawatha, NJ
Kim Burress - Dover, FL
Brian Slope - Berlin, PA
Jessica Pliner - San Francisco, CA
First FFF tonight is...
Put these notorious box-office bombs in the order of their first
theatrical release, starting with the earliest.
Correct: BDCA. And entering the hot seat
is... BRIAN SLOPE! He's a computer science teacher. Hopefully he'll be
able to outsmart our computer.
Tonight's expert is "Situation Room"
anchor Wolf Blitzer.
Let's play Millionaire!
( $100 ) Celebrity Items
Which of these celebrity couples is an example of a same-sex couple?
A: Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
B: Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
C: Jay-Z & Beyonce
D: Emeril Lagasse & Chef Boyardee
He gets B with 3 seconds... and we're on
( $200 ) Big Sandy
The World Championship of Sand Sculpture requires that sculptures be
made only of sand and what liquid?
He gets C in 9 seconds for $200.
( $300 ) Fancy Words
Telling a person that he is altitudinous is a fancy way of saying that
he is very what?
It's D for another 8 seconds and $300.
( $500 ) Foreign Cuisine
Asian Sensations is a supermarket brand that sells several varieties of
B: Wiener schnitzels
C: Egg rolls
He gets another 8 seconds with C. Next...
( $1,000 ) Outdated Technology
On Wired Magazine's Web site, which of these objects wasn't included on
a 2009 list of "100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About"?
A: A-track cartridges
B: Answering machines
D: Mobile phones
He goes with D... and he's locked into
Joining Brian at ABC is his wife Jill.
She's also an educator. Brian's got one fear.. if he wins $1 million...
he may become emotional.
Wolf Blitzer is now active.
( $2,000 ) Air Supply
Which of these names is trademarked by the Sealed Air Corporation?
A: Bubble Wrap
B: Post-It Notes
Brian goes with A. And he's got 22 and
( $4,000 ) Elmer Fudd
What Shakespeare role does Elmer Fudd tackle in a 1944 cartoon in which
he says, "What wight on yonder window bweaks?"
Without Regis reading the choices, Brian
( $8,000 ) What a Country!
Due to the rich diversity of its animal species, what island nation is
known to ecologists as the "8th Continent"?
A: Sri Lanka
We go to the ATA with 16 seconds.
He goes with the audience.. who's almost
always right... as they are this time!
We relive Kevin Olmstead's big $2.18
million win during the Mega Millionaire run. He spent it on a condo and
Brian doesn't need a minivan, but how
about "renovations made possible by Regis Philbin." We'll see...
( $16,000 ) Sing It Again
Released just before President Obama took office, what R&B group remade
an old hit with the 2009 single "Solid (As Barack)"?
A: Kool & the Gang
B: Sly & The Family Stone
C: Earth, Wind & Fire
D: Ashford & Simpson
With 11 clicks, Brian Phones-a-Friend.
Scott? "I think Ashford & Simpson wrote the song. My best guess is that
they redid it." He asks the Expert. Wolf Blitzer is leaning toward EWF.
Three seconds left, and Brian Double Dips... He locks in C... No. D?
( $25,000 ) Micro-Blogging
Who are "The Twitter Guys"?
A: Nate Silver & Shai Agassi
B: Steven Chu & Paul Krugman
C: Evan Williams & Biz Stone
D: Stephan Schuster & Webb Miller
He goes with C after thinking a bit... and he's locked into $25,000!
So far, he's got 140 on the Millionaire
( $50,000 ) Russian Players
Which of these men is the National Hockey League's 2009 MVP and not a
character in a play by Anton Chekhov?
A: Alexander Ovechkin
B: Konstantin Treplev
C: Mikhali Astrov
D: Boris Trigorin
Brian knows this with a smile on his
face, saying C... Good!
( $100,000 ) Historic Age
What age was Rosa Parks on the day in 1955 when she refused to give up
her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery bus?
And no idea and no lifelines, so Brian
bails out. Correct: C.
Next FFF is...
Put the Baldwin brothers in order of their age starting with the
Correct: ADBC. Winner... the only one to
get it right, Anthony Sloan! Anthony's a stay-at-home dad in the
nation's capital. Let's play!
( $100 ) How Sweet It Is!
True to its name, a large Sweet Tea at McDonald's contains 59 grams of
A: Garlic powder
D: Kelly Ripa
It's C for $100.
( $200 ) Call Me Al
Which of the following is the name of a major TV network in the Arab
world and NOT the name of a famous American?
A: Al Pacino
B: Al Gore
C: Al Jazeera
D: Al Franken
He goes with C again. Right again!
( $300 ) Dome Home
What country is home to the Guinness World Record holder for "Largest
C: South Africa
D: Costa Rica
Time to use the ATA...
He agrees... and he's right!
( $500 ) The Great Outdoors
"North American Whitetail" is a magazine targeted toward enthusiasts of
what outdoor pastime?
B: Rock climbing
D: Deer hunting
D gets him $500 and the right to see the
( $1,000 ) TV Spoofs
Appropriately, what "celebrity" Muppet hosts a "Sesame Street" skit
called "Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer"?
A: Howie Hendel
B: Beak Sajak
C: Jeff Bawksworthy
D: Cluck Saget
He elects to Phone-his-Best-Friend
Alison... his wife. He says he misses her, then goes with the
question... "My gut reaction was to say... Howie Mandel." He goes
against her and says C... and he wins $1000!
( $2,000 ) Edgar Allan Poe
Which of these adjectives does Edgar Allan Poe use to describe the
raven's color in his 1845 poem "The Raven"?
He's got the two large with A.
( $4,000 ) LOL with LL
In July 2009, LL Cool J playfully suggested he was "too sexy for
Barbara" during an appearance on what talk show?
A: Good Morning America
B: The View
C: The Today Show
D: The Early Show
He knows he was on B for $4000!
( $8,000 ) Food Fight
"The Foie Gras Wars" is a 2009 book that features what type of animal on
Anthony decides to ask the Expert, and
"we got a situation in this room". Wolf goes with C, even though he's
never read the book. He knows what foie gras is. Anthony agrees... and
( $16,000 ) Head Cheeses
Who is the current prime minister of Israel?
A: Ariel Sharon
B: Benjamin Netanyahu
C: Ehud Olmert
D: Tzipi Livni
Anthony Double Dips. First answer is C...
Wrong. Second answer is B... CORRECT! He'll return tomorrow with no
lifelines, but one shot at $25,000.
And speaking of which, it's time to bring
our special guest in, from "The View", it's Sherri Shepherd. She talks
about Elisabeth's third baby and her new series, "Sherri", to debut
October 5 on Lifetime. Oh, and a book. She'll be taking $25,000 to the
March of Dimes bank, but she'll double that to $50,000 if she answers
this question correctly...
( $50,000 )
In the movie "Notting Hill", William Thacker visits movie star Anna
Scott at a press junket and claims to be a reporter from what magazine?
A: Cat Fancy
B: Horse & Hound
C: Amateur Gardening
D: Cigar Aficionado
She goes with the ATA...
Sherri agrees with the audience... and
they're right! March of Dimes will get $50,000!
Next time, Anthony Sloan will try for
$25,000, and LC will come down from the Hills to win money for charity.
From New York (and from my little corner of Cyberspace) GOOD NIGHT!
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