Last night, Leslie Salyer
(Louisville, KY) made it to $8,000, and so far, she has only used Ask
the Audience. She could see herself winning the million dollars, but
will it happen?
Tonight's Expert: Ken Jennings, the man that won 74 straight games on
Jeopardy! He's been the Expert before on the syndicated Millionaire, so
this shouldn't be a problem for him.
[$16,000] (Under the Sea)
When fully developed, which of these fish typically has both eyes
located on the same side of its head?
Having no idea, Leslie calls her friend, Cior. She says D, but doesn't
have enough time to say how sure she is. Leslie then uses the Double
Dip. Her first answer is D... which is wrong. Her second answer, with 6
seconds left, is A... which is also wrong! It's B! That sends Leslie
home with $1,000.
The next player to enter the Hot Seat will be one of these ten...
Donald Leake (Pennington, NJ)
Jenni McKay (Wesley Chapel, FL)
Richard Mason (Santa Monica, CA)
Charles Patton (Saxapahaw, NC)
Patty Bain Bachner (Great Falls, VA)
Megan Toth (Farmingdale, NY)
Scott Six (Los Altos, CA)
Terri Pfahler (Upland, CA)
Chris Maslowski (Hamden, CT)
Michael Sivertz (Center Moriches, NY)
On to the night's first Fastest Finger question...
Put these Broadway musicals in the order they premiered, starting with
C: The Phantom of the Opera
The correct order is BCDA, and the winner is... Richard Mason! He feels
that it's his destiny to win here. He's a roboticist, who has been
building robot cars for a race run by the Defense Department. Now, will
his destiny lead him to a million dollars?
[$100] (Safety First)
Many states have safety laws requiring children to wear helmets while
A: Taking baths
B: Riding bicycles
C: Crossing the street
D: Borrowing dad's Miata
It is of course B, and Richard has only begun.
[$200] (Southern Lingo)
As any U.S. southerner knows, a "washateria" is what type of business
C: Video store
Richard says that logic would suggest A, which is right.
[$300] (Well, Duh!)
The British Supreme Court concluded in 2009 that the snack treats
Pringles are, legally, what?
A: Chocolate cookies
C: Cheese crackers
D: Potato chips
It took them that long? Well, it certainly didn't take Richard that long
to say D.
[$500] (Sitcom Math)
The title of the classic sitcom "Three's Company" refers to what three
A: Two men, one woman
B: Two women, one man
C: Three women
D: Three men
It's B, and he knows it.
[$1,000] (Word is Born)
Which of these words appears frequently on Nintendo's Web site, but does
not appear in Merriam-Webster's dictionary?
"Wii would like to play." Richard picks C, and secures $1,000!
On to a flashback. In 2000, a man named Dan Doody sat in the Hot Seat,
and Regis had some fun with that last name of his. Tonight, the "Doody
Man" is in the audience! Regis says that while he tries to help
contestants relax and focus on the questions, he feels that he made a
mistake when it came to Dan, specifically with the quote, "Who wants to
be a millionaire? Doody do." Yeah. But apparently, it didn't bother Dan
that much afterwards, thank goodness.
Back to Richard, as we find out that his wife and kid are out having fun
in the city while he's in the Hot Seat.
[$2,000] ('60s Radio)
What hit 1967 song features backup singers who belt out the lyric "Sock
it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me"?
B: Light My Fire
C: Penny Lane
D: Ruby Tuesday
Though he has an idea, Richard needs some help from the audience.
Richard trusts them, locking in A... and they're right!
[$4,000] (Historical Hoax?)
The 2009 headline "Vocal Minority Insists It Was All Smoke and Mirrors"
ran atop a news account of the 40th anniversary of what?
A: JFK assassination
B: Cuban missile crisis
C: Watergate scandal
D: Moon landing
It's the subject of one of my favourite episodes of Mythbusters. Richard
says D... and he's right!
[$8,000] (Step It Up)
Which of these D.C. landmarks does not have a series of steps leading up
to its entrance?
A: Washington Monument
B: Lincoln Memorial
C: U.S. Capitol
D: U.S. Supreme Court
Thinking that A doesn't even have an entrance, Richard goes with that...
and it's A!
[$16,000] (Voice Work)
Entertainment Weekly's 2008 list of "Horrible Movie Accents" included
Tom Cruise's Irish brogue in what film?
B: Eyes Wide Shut
C: Far and Away
Richard picks C... and he got it!
[$25,000] (American Hero)
In 2009, pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III became a national
hero when he landed what type of plane in New York's Hudson River?
A: Embraer 195
B: Boeing 737
C: Airbus A320
D: McDonnell Douglas DC-10
Richard calls his friend, Rob, and he thinks he's certain that it's C.
Richard trusts him... and he has $25,000!
[$50,000] (The Gift of Giving)
What gift did Michelle Obama give to France's first lady, Carla
Bruni-Sarkozy, when they met in 2009?
A: Louis Vuitton duffle bag
B: Gibson acoustic guitar
C: Flowers from the White House garden
D: William Butler Yeats poetry book
Richard thinks that it's C... but it's B! Well, it was a free guess, so
he still has $25,000 to take home!
Back to the Ring of Fire with this...
Put these TV catchphrases in the order in which they were first spoken
on American television, starting with the earliest.
A: Is that your final answer?
B: Where's the beef?
C: Live long and prosper
D: You're fired!
The order they're looking for is CBAD, and the next contestant to play
for a million dollars is... Donald Leake! He's a professor at Drexel
University in Philadelphia, but he's also a bartender, and a spoken word
artist. Let's see if he can add "millionaire" to that!
[$100] (Ring the Bell)
A well-known lyric in the holiday song "Silver Bells" promises that
"soon it will be" what?
A: July 4th weekend
B: Halloween night
C: Christmas day
D: National Burrito Month
Donald is on his way with C.
[$200] (Medical Tools)
A mouth mirror is a tool commonly used by what type of doctor?
He's gotta go with A, which is correct.
[$300] (Britney's Back)
In one of her recent hit songs, Britney Spears sings "All eyes on me in
the center of the ring, just like a" what?
Just like C, which Donald correctly picks.
[$500] (Talk to the Hand)
In American Sign Language, using the hands to mimic a kangaroo's jump is
a way of signing the name for what country?
It would be nice to hop over to B one of these days. He gets that, and
[$1,000] (Household Helpers)
Online commentators quipped "Rust in Peace" after the 2009 death of John
S. Barry, the man who popularized what household product?
Donald says it's D, and he has $1,000!
Donald's 5-year-old son thinks that playing frisbee would be more fun
[$2,000] (What Is It?)
Known for their role in exacerbating California wildfires, the "Santa
Anas" are what?
D: Rock slides
Donald quickly says B... and it is!
[$4,000] (Roasting the Romans)
In the '80s, Americans often joked that "Fix It Again, Tony" is what the
letters stood for in the name of an Italian manufacturer of what?
Still not wasting any time, he picks B... and he's on a roll!
[$8,000] (The Unschooled)
In a 2009 commencement speech at Tulane University, who said "I didn't
go to college at all...but look at me, I'm a huge celebrity"?
A: Martha Stewart
B: Oprah Winfrey
C: Ellen DeGeneres
D: Tyra Banks
This time, Donald decides to ask the Expert. Ken doesn't remember the
speech, but he has a strong feeling about D. B doesn't sound right to
him. But he's also considering C. In the end, while he does think D, Ken
isn't confident about it, and he wouldn't want Donald to risk it based
on that hunch. However, Donald does risk it, saying D... but it's C!
Ouch. That means he leaves with $1,000.
Time for one more Fastest Finger question...
Put these Hillary Clinton job titles in the order in which she held
them, starting with the earliest.
A: U.S. Senator
B: First Lady of Arkansas
C: First Lady of the U.S.
D: U.S. Secretary of State
BCAD is the right order, and entering the Hot Seat next is... Chris
Maslowski! No time to waste, so let's get right to the game!
[$100] (Modern Living)
Mothers and fathers who "hover" over every detail of their children's
lives are known as what?
A: Bicycle parents
B: Helicopter parents
C: Skateboard parents
D: Really annoying parents
Fittingly, it is B, and Chris is off to a good start.
[$200] (Yee Haw!)
In its logo, the National High School Rodeo Association depicts what
type of footwear?
B: Tap shoe
C: Cowboy boot
He knows that it is C.
[$300] (Hail to the Queen)
Which of the following women is an Oscar-nominated actress and rap star
and not a former Queen of England?
A: Queen Victoria
B: Queen Elizabeth
C: Queen Latifah
D: Queen Anne
It is of course C, which Chris correctly chooses.
[$500] (Calling Collectibles)
Worn bindings and missing dust jackets are common problems that can
bring down the resale price of what valuable collectibles?
He picks D, and that is indeed right.
[$1,000] (Credit where due)
Not surprisingly, Dr. David Saltzberg, a professor of physics at UCLA,
is listed as a consultant in the credits for what TV show?
A: The Big Bang Theory
B: Top Chef
C: The Office
D: Dancing with the Stars
Chris goes with A, and he has $1,000! That is all for him today, but he
will return tomorrow night!
Now, it is time for tonight's celebrity guest, Snoop Dogg (Long Beach,
CA)! His 10th solo album is on its way, and so far, his first 9 have
sold over 30 million combined! Tonight, he's playing for the Snoop Youth
Football League, which he put together about 5 years ago. It is
guaranteed to get at least $25,000, but Snoop can send more money to it
if he gets this...
In the 2009 superhero film "Watchmen," which character's costume
fittingly includes a mask decorated with inkblots?
A: The Comedian
B: Dr. Manhattan
C: Nite Owl
Snoop did see the movie, but he admits that he fell asleep during it. He
did see the character in question, but not his name. So, Snoop asks the
audience. As the audience is polled, though, he whispers, saying that he
now thinks it's D.
That oughta confirm it. Snoop goes with D... and he and the 90% are
right! His charity gets $50,000!
Tomorrow night, Chris Maslowski looks to add to his $1,000. Also, Steve
Nash will play one question for charity, and Mo Rocca will be the
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