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Night 7
August 17

Last night, Leah Asbury (Pryor, OK) reached the $2,000 level, and she has only used Ask the Audience so far. With the other 3 lifelines still available, how far will she go, and will she make enough money to move to New York?

Tonight's Expert: Jodi Picoult, the best-selling author of 15 books, including "My Sister's Keeper".

[$4,000] (In the Future)
In the animated movie "WALL-E," WALL-E is a robot who works as a what?
A: Garbage collector
B: File clerk
C: Security guard
D: Bank teller

Since she didn't see the movie, Leah decides to turn to the Expert for help. Jodi did see the movie, and she knows it's A. Leah trusts her... and it is indeed A!

[$8,000] (On the Map)
Which of these famous geographical features is an archipelago?
A: Panama Canal
B: Mount Everest
C: Sahara Desert
D: Hawaiian Islands

She quickly says D... and she's right!

[$16,000] (Going to California)
In a 2009 school newspaper interview, what Bush cabinet member said, "I always assumed I would come back to Stanford"?
A: Tom Ridge
B: Colin Powell
C: Condoleezza Rice
D: John Ashcroft

Her first instinct is C, and since she's feeling lucky, Leah goes with that... She got it!

[$25,000] (On the Block)
A work titled "Red Vineyard at Arles" is believed to be the only painting sold by what artist during his lifetime?
A: Henri Matisse
B: Marc Chagall
C: Claude Monet
D: Vincent van Gogh

Though she's thinking D, Leah calls her mother, Brenda. Brenda is 100% sure that it's D. Leah locks that in... and she has $25,000!

Leah had a dream the other day, where, right before the show, she and Regis had switched clothes!

[$50,000] (Golden Quotes)
Accepting the Golden Globe in 2009 for Best Actress, who said, "I'm so sorry Anne, Meryl, Kristin...oh, God, who's the other one?"
A: Penélope Cruz
B: Cate Blanchett
C: Kate Winslet
D: Marisa Tomei

Without hesitation, Leah picks C... and she's right!

[$100,000] (Superheroes)
Brought back to life in 2009 after being killed in 2007, Steve Rogers is the alter ego of what superhero?
A: The Green Lantern
B: Captain America
C: The Silver Surfer
D: Aquaman

She's not up on most superhero stuff except for the more common ones like Spider-Man or Batman. So, she walks with $50,000! As for the answer, it's B.

Time to find out who will enter the Hot Seat next. In the Ring of Fire tonight are...

Stephanie Weaver (Houston, TX)
Erwin Escobar (Levittown, NY)
Patrick Marino (Holland, MI)
Jennifer Kiesel (Aurora, CO)
Joyce Sidlosky (Canton, CT)
Greg Linwood (Des Plaines, IL)
Alan Garcia (Brandon, FL)
Lee-Ann Whitlock (Little Rock, AR)
Rosemary McGinnis (Burke, VA)
Matt Schultz (Princeton Junction, NJ)

Here's the first Fastest Finger question tonight...

Put the following men in the order in which they were named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine, starting with the earliest.
A: Denzel Washington
B: Patrick Swayze
C: Sean Connery
D: Matthew McConaughey

The order is CBAD, and the next shot at the million goes to... Lee-Ann Whitlock! She's a stay-at-home mom, and she has been without a job for almost a year and a half. She has a 15-month-old son, who is at the hotel with a sitter. Let's play!

[$100] (Mall of America)
Minnesota's famous Mall of America is home to over five hundred what?
A: Stores
B: Beaches
C: Airports
D: Momzillas

Lee-Ann says A, and she's on her way.

[$200] (It's Official!)
In 2003, what U.S. state made the Boston Cream donut its official state donut?
A: Vermont
B: Ohio
C: Massachusetts
D: Florida

Fittingly, it's C, which she gets.

[$300] (On Your Mark)
What punctuation mark is sometimes referred to as a "screamer"?
A: Period
B: Exclamation point
C: Semicolon
D: Question mark

She knows it's B, and there's no need to scream yet.

[$500] (Animation)
What cartoon character was the focus of a 1991 protest organized by the National Stuttering Project?
A: Wile E. Coyote
B: Bugs Bunny
C: Pepé Le Pew
D: Porky Pig

Without any stuttering of her own, Lee-Ann correctly picks D.

[$1,000] (As Seen on TV)
What contestant on the 2009 reality series "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" first gained celebrity on "American Idol"?
A: Holly Montag
B: John Salley
C: Sanjaya Malakar
D: Torrie Wilson

Of course it's C, and Lee-Ann has $1,000!

Flashback time! In 2000, Brian Fodera struggled on a $100 question that asked what Little Jack Horner pulled from a pie. It's a plum, but he said blackbird. He's in the audience tonight! He mentions that after leaving Millionaire with nothing, he was invited onto Rosie O'Donnell's show, and there, he won new cars! And that was his first visit to that show! His second visit was for a dating game, where he got a trip to the Caribbean!

Lee-Ann is already doing better than Brian did at this game, and though she may not win any cars or trips, she can still win more money here...

[$2,000] (The Shape of Things)
A person who is heavier in the hips and thighs than in the torso and shoulders is often said to be what?
A: Pear-shaped
B: Banana-shaped
C: Cantaloupe-shaped
D: Strawberry-shaped

She says A... and that's right!

[$4,000] (The Namesake)
Which of these writers was named after the man who penned "The Star-Spangled Banner"?
A: C.S. Lewis
B: E.B. White
C: F. Scott Fitzgerald
D: T.S. Eliot

After a bit of thought, Lee-Ann goes with C... and she's right!

[$8,000] (Sad to Say)
In a phrase credited to Thomas Carlyle, the field of economics is known by what gloomy nickname?
A: The grim philosophy
B: The joyless religion
C: The bleak art
D: The dismal science

These days, it seems fitting. Lee-Ann says D... and it is!

[$16,000] (Bert & Ernie)
In the "Sesame Street" adaptation of "The Gift of the Magi," Ernie trades his cherished rubber duckie to buy Bert a box for his what?
A: Paper clip collection
B: Favorite pair of slippers
C: Toy soldiers
D: Pet mosquito

Lee-Ann asks the audience.

A: 45%
B: 29%
C: 21%
D: 5%

She decides to trust the audience, saying A... and they're right!

Lee-Ann says that she has a big Irish family, and that Regis could fit in as a "tipsy uncle"!

[$25,000] (The Birds)
What group of birds is called a "venue" when the group walks on the ground and a "kettle" when the group circles in the air?
A: Pigeons
B: Owls
C: Vultures
D: Blue jays

Having no idea, Lee-Ann asks the Expert. Jodi thinks it's not B or C, and after some thought, she says that A is jumping out at her, though she doesn't know why. Lee-Ann then uses the Double Dip. Her first answer is A... which is wrong. Her second answer, with 3 seconds left, is D... which is also wrong! It is actually C! Ouch. Well, at least Lee-Ann has $1,000!

The next Fastest Finger question is this...

Put these notable reality TV families in order by the number of children in each family, starting with the fewest.
A: The Gottis
B: The Hogans
C: The Duggars
D: The Gosselins

BADC is the right order, and the winner is... Jennifer Kiesel! She's a police dispatcher. She has gotten some weird calls on the job, including a few from people in hotels, who were just trying to order pizza! And some even argue with her about that! Well, I'm sure she won't have to argue if she wins a lot of money here...

[$100] (Moving Out)
In the 1860s, a group of Virginia inhabitants split from the state to create a new U.S. state known today as what?
A: East Virginia
B: West Virginia
C: South Virginia
D: NASCAR Junction

Only one of those is an actual state, and Jennifer knows that it's B.

[$200] (Touch My Country)
By definition, a landlocked country does not border which of the following?
A: Forest
B: Ocean
C: Mountain
D: Desert

She says B, which is of course correct.

[$300] (P.U.)
Every year, what drugstore brand holds a nationwide competition called the Rotten Sneaker Contest?
A: ChapStick
B: NyQuil
C: Odor-Eaters
D: Head & Shoulders

The right answer, C, doesn't stink, and Jennifer knows it.

[$500] (Fun with Homonyms)
Which of these guitar parts shares its name with a verb meaning "to worry"?
A: Fret
B: Bridge
C: Soundhole
D: Neck

No need to fret, because she correctly says A.

[$1,000] (Literary Language)
"Yo Capeesh!" is the title of a humor book that bills itself as a "Guide to Understanding" what demographic?
A: Irish Americans
B: Asian Americans
C: Italian Americans
D: African Americans

Jennifer goes with C to secure $1,000!

[$2,000] (Familiar Foods)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labels with the term "yam" to be accompanied by what other food name?
A: Radish
B: Sweet potato
C: Bell pepper
D: Beet

She quickly says B... and she's right!

[$4,000] (Famous Names)
Nineteenth-century Russian businessman Pyotr Smirnov is the subject of a 2009 biography titled "The King of" what?
A: Ballet
B: Chemistry
C: Rifles
D: Vodka

Jennifer locks in D... and that's correct!

[$8,000] (Sweeteners)
A popular alternative to Equal or Sweet'N Low, Splenda is a sugar substitute that comes in what color packets?
A: Yellow
B: Pink
C: Blue
D: Green

Jennifer thinks for a moment, then decides to turn to the audience.

A: 86%
B: 8%
C: 5%
D: 1%

That seems convincing enough. Jennifer trusts them... and it's A! And that is where her run will pause for now; she'll be back tomorrow night!

Tonight's celebrity guest is Patricia Heaton (Los Angeles, CA), star of the upcoming show "The Middle", which will debut on Sept. 30 on ABC. She explains that that show is about a family in the middle of America, specifically Carson, Indiana, just trying to get through life. She'll be playing for a medical clinic in Sierra Leone (where she spent some time at in March, with her 15-year-old son), as well as the Westside Pregnancy Clinic. She's already guaranteed $25,000 to split between those two charities, but a correct answer here could double that...

[$50,000]
If a euro is worth $1.50, five euros is worth what?
A: Thirty quarters
B: Fifty dimes
C: Seventy nickels
D: Ninety pennies

Patricia says she's bad at math. That's not a good sign, especially when she's doubting herself because of it. So, she decides to call her husband, David Hunt. Unfortunately, David doesn't give an answer in time. Patricia then says that she'll throw in the other $25,000, as long as she doesn't have to figure out how many nickels that's worth! Apparently, she didn't know that she could still answer, and Regis had to remind her of that! Geez...

With that, Patricia finally starts thinking about it, and figures out that 5 times $1.50 is $7.50. Maybe she's not as bad at math as she thought! Regis then helps her out a bit, asking her how much each of the choices are. They start with B, and she says it's $5.00. He asks how many pennies in a dollar, and she responds with a hundred. Regis asks how much C is worth, and after saying that this is the worst question she could have gotten, she says that 70 nickels is $3.50. That leaves A. NOW Patricia is ready to give her answer. She locks in A... and of course it's A! After all that, the two charities will be splitting $50,000!

Tomorrow night, we'll see Jennifer Kiesel going for $16,000 (and possibly more), Wynonna Judd playing for charity, and Gwen Ifill hopefully helping out players as the Expert.

To play along with the contestants live, or to see this episode in its entirety, go to www.abc.com/primetime/millionaire.