The eight final teams:
Judi Basolo and Guido (S.F.)
Alma Coronado and Tabby (Dallas)
Hartford Hough and Mr. Guffington (L.A.)
Mirka Luoto and Phoebe (Denver)
Simone Mickelberry and Spooky D. Cat (Portland, OR)
Stephanie Park and Wolfie (NYC)
Ian Stitch and Quinn (Tampa, FL)
Saunjae Taylor and Charlie (Chicago)
The Fast and the Furriest: The winning three teams are...
...Alma & Tabby, Simone & Spooky D. Cat and Ian Stitch & Quinn! Alma's team qualified last because time ran out before a third winner was decided, and that they were the team furthest along amongst the six remaining teams. Everybody else leaves with $1,000 and some cat food.
Are You Smart As a Cat?: The three remaining contestants now face a 30-question board with questions ranging from 10-50 points. Like in "Jeopardy!", you earn points if you're right but you lose points if you're wrong. Here are the six categories:
JUST KITTEN AROUND
MAW & PAW
LET'S GET FUZZICAL
ALMA STARTS OUT WITH FAMOUS FELINES FOR 10:
What's the name of Dr. Evil's kitty-companion in the "Austin Powers" films?
IAN: Mr. Bigglesworth- CORRECT (10); CAT-TISTICS FOR 20
What boxing gear is also the accepted name for a cat's white paws?
SIMONE: Gloves- RIGHT (20); LET'S GET FUZZICAL FOR 20
What white, bulbous vegetable, legendary as a vampire repellant, is toxic to cats?
IAN: Garlic- YOU BET (30); JUST KITTEN AROUND FOR 10
Morning, noon or night- at what point in the day are cats more active?
ALMA: Night- CORRECT (10); MAW & PAW FOR 20
Abraham Lincoln's cat, Tabby (and also the name of Alma's cat), was the first of several cats to live in what presidential mansion?
IAN: The White House- OF COURSE (50); HISS-STORY FOR 10
What anicent pyramid builders tamed, worshipped and eventually mummified their pet cats?
ALMA: Egyptians- RIGHT (20); FAMOUS FELINES FOR 20
What cat character appeared as a floating smile in "Alice in Wonderland"?
SIMONE: Cheshire Cat- CORRECT (40); JUST KITTEN AROUND FOR 30
About how many vocalization sounds does a cat make- less than 10, exactly 35 or over 60?
ALMA: Exactly 35- INCORRECT (-10)
IAN: Over 60- RIGHT (80); LET'S GET FUZZICAL FOR 30
Like humans, a kitten will lose all of these before reaching maturity. What are they?
IAN: Baby teeth- RIGHT AGAIN (110); JUST KITTEN AROUND FOR 20
When a cat is either happy, scared or in pain, what noise will it make?
ALMA: Purr- CORRECT (10); MAW & PAW FOR 40
Siamese, Persian or Manx- what's the most popular pedigreed breed of cat in America?
ALMA: Persian- RIGHT AGAIN (50); JUST KITTEN AROUND FOR 40
What's the activity that cats spend approximately two thirds of their lives doing?
IAN: Sleeping- YES INDEED (150); HISS-STORY FOR 20
From which parent does a kitten learn the survival skill of hunting?
ALMA: Mother- RIGHT (70); MAW & PAW FOR 50
If a cat is "Polydactyl", it has extra what?
ALMA: Toe- RIGHT AGAIN (120); TIME EXPIRES
Simone leaves with $10,000 and the cat food, plus a chosen feline charity will get $1,000.
Think Like a Cat: With 100 points to start for Ian and Alma, here's the first situation:
A voice recorder was placed inside a big box with each cat owner's voice. Does the cat even stick their head inside?
Current score: 70
Current score: 110
Now for the question where the two can wager as much as they want:
Both cats were introduced to a stuffed animal, a ball with a bell inside and a treat ball. If their cat touched at least one toy, which one did they touch first? Or did they not touch any toy at all?
Guess: Stuffed mouse
Answer: Stuffed mouse
Wager: ALL IN
Final score: 140
Answer: Treat ball
Wager: 20 (DOH)
Final score: 90
Alma's wagering blunder means Ian and Quinn will go for the big money! Alma leaves with $15,000, the cat food, and a $1,500 donation to her charity.
MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE: Quinn chooses #7 while Ian chooses #2 because he thinks that in poker, a 7-2 base hand is the worst you can get. #7 has the red snapper. Does #2 also have that for $1,000,000???...
...NO- Salmon's there instead. As it turns out, they didn't pick either of the winning numbers- the right ones were #4 and #6, both of which had a chicken card. That means he's the first contestant of my third season to lose $1,000,000. But he does leave with $25,000, the cat food, and a $2,500 donation to his charity.