The Singing Bee: This was the first episode taped.
1. "Somethin' More" by Sugarland (2004)
Previous line: "I need a little less hard time"
Luke: "And I need a little kiss"
Michael: "I need a little more bliss"
2. "What's a Guy Gotta Do?" by Joe Nichols (2004)
Previous line: "Just a sweet little somethin...'"
Sam: "...to wrap my arms around"
Jennifer: "...a gotta get a lovin'"
Tarita: "...to put my arms around"
3. "Legs" by ZZ Top (1983)
Previous line: "She never begs"
Erin: "Long beautiful legs"
Luke: "She knows how to choose them"
4. "Drivin' My Life Away" by Eddie Rabbit (1980)
Previous line: "Oooh, I'm drivin' my life away"
Sam: "Gonna get away"
Jennifer: "Lookin' for a sunny day"
The four finalists this episode are:
Michael- Can do over 30 accents
Tarita- Almost got knocked unconscious during a rowdy karaoke performance
Luke- Karaoke DJ
Jennifer- Her skirt once fell off during a performance while she was a teen
Lyric Auction: This game will probably only be done for this episode only. Here, all the information about a song is given and contestants will take turns bidding on how many words they think they can sing from the target lyric by hitting their buzzers. The bids are in five-word incriments. The highest bidder goes first. If unsuccessful, the next-highest bidder goes. A correct answer is worth five points.
"Nothing On But the Radio" by Gary Allen (2003)
MAXIMUM WORDS: 27
20: Tarita- SOLD
Previous line: "Two shadows dancin' on the wall"
Tarita: "And with nothin' __ but the radio"
Michael: "With nothin' on but the radio, music's playin' baby soft"
Luke: "___ nothin's on but the radio..."
Jennifer: "With nothin' on but the..." (5)
Singing With the Enemy:
Tarita & Michael's song: "Chicken Fried" by The Zac Brown Band (2008)
Michael: 1 (5)
Luke & Jennifer's song: "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell (1975)
Jennifer: 1 (10)
Song: "One In Every Crowd" by Montgomery Gentry (2008)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 3
FINAL SCORE: 6
Song: "Borderline" by Madonna (1983)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 4
FINAL SCORE: 8
Song: "Drops of Jupiter" by Train (2001)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: SWEEP
FINAL SCORE: 35
Song: "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette (1968)
CORRECT MISSING WORDS: 14
FINAL SCORE: 38
Chorus Showdown: Jennifer passes the first song to Michael.
Michael: "Who's Your Daddy?" by Toby Keith (2002)- FAIL
Jennifer: "What Was I Thinking?" by Dierks Bentley (2003)- FAIL
Michael: "Tim McGraw" by Taylor Swift (2006)- FAIL
Jennifer: "Letter To Me" by Brad Paisley (2007)- FAIL
SUDDEN DEATH: This 2007 song is by Jason Aldean. Michael buzzes in and passes to Jennifer. The song title is "Johnny Cash".
Previous line: "Headin' for the highway"
Jennifer's guess: "Everything is going my way"- LOSS (A: "Baby, we ain't ever coming back")
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN:
1. "Good Time" by Alan Jackson (2008)
Previous line: "...and I wanna have fun"
Guess: "Time for a good time"- CORRECT ($500)
2. "Closing Time" by Semisonic (1998)
Previous line: "Closing time, you don't have to go home..."
Guess: "...but you can't stay here"- RIGHT ($1,000)
3. "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston (1992)
Previous line: "Anything you want done baby"
Guess: "...do it naturally"- STRIKE ONE (A: "I do it naturally")
4. "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline (1957)
Previous line: "I'm always walkin' after midnight"
Guess: "Searchin' for you"- RIGHT ($1,500)
5. "Nothin' At All" by Heart (1985)
Previous line: "It was nothing at all, nothing at all"
Guess: "When I saw you..."- STRIKE TWO (A: "Like anything I had felt before")
6. "Burnin' For You" by Blue Oyster Cult (1981)
Previous line: "I can't see no reason to put up a fight"
Guess: "I've been livin' for givin'"- GAME OVER (A: "I'm livin' for givin' the devil his due")
Speed Round 1:
Category #1: TV
1. Premiered in 2005
2. Originally called "Complications"
3. Won Golden Globe for Best TV Drama
4. The lead actress scrubbed her big wedding
"Grey's Anatomy" is solved by Ingrid (who is an art gallery assistant).
Category #2: EVENT
1. Almost half a million attended it
2. Totem pole-marked site
3. Scorcese edited the documentary
4. Music who's who w/ The Who
Woodstock is gotten by Steven (who works for an electric company).
Category #3: LITERATURE
2. Considered to be a sequel
3. Banned by many libraries
4. First published in 1884
5. River runs through it
6. Story of two runaways
Prison guard Robert ends this round with "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
Round 2 Category #1: CELEBRITY
B: Before Kennedy?
Ingrid: Man?- NO
Steven- Before Kennedy?- YES
B: Born in USA?
Steven: Singer?- NO
A: Fashion model?
B: TV star?
Robert: TV star?- YES; CONTINUE
A: Producer's child?
B: Child won an Oscar?
Robert: Child won an Oscar?- NO
Ingrid: Actor?- OOPS (she forgot about the mystery star being female)
Steven: Comedian?- NO
Robert: Fashion model?- NO
A: Daytime TV host?
B: Game show host?
Ingrid: Daytime TV host?- YES; CONTINUE
(I think it's Meredith Viera.)
A: Network news anchor?
B: Palin interviewer?
Ingrid: Network news anchor?- YES; GUESSES PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Oprah Winfrey- NO WAY
Steven: Palin interviewer?- NO
Robert: GUESSES PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Katie Couric- NO
A: Senator affair?
B: "The View" host?
Ingrid: "The View" host?- YES; TRIES AGAIN TO GUESS PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: Barbara Walters- WIN!
Speed Round 2:
Category #1: PLACE
1. Created 30M+ years ago
2. Also known as "Sagarmatha"
3. Olympic torch atop in 2008
4. Featured in IMAX movie in 1998
5. Hillary famously mounted it
Rich, a journalist, is able to get Mt. Everest here.
Category #2: SPORTS
2. Became part of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" in 1961
3. Three-day photo finish in 1959
4. Winners' have had a checkered past
5. Petty is "The King"
NASCAR is then said correctly by Alicia, current pursuing her Master's Degree in Education.
Category #3: HOLIDAY
1. Babylonian origins
2. Decorate eggs for it
A lady falls for a trap by saying Easter, eliminating herself from the game.
3. Same time as Cuba coup
4. China's lunar date
5. Brought in by a baby
New Year's Day is then solved by Hal, an amateur poker player.
This might be a permanent change now- all of the Speed Round winners get the Mattel game package.
Round 2 Category #2: MOVIE
B: Won Oscar?
Rich: Won Oscar?- YES; CONTINUE
A: Seen before 2000?
B: Set in the South?
Rich: Seen before 2000?- YES; CONTINUE
A: Lead dies?
B: Lead's a minor?
Rich: Lead dies?- NO
A: In a high school?
B: Kilmer declined?
Alicia: In a high school?- NO
A: Set in Baltimore?
Hal: Set in Baltimore?- NO
B: Theme was a #1 hit?
Rich: Sequel?- YES; CONTINUE
A: Musical made?
B: Kevin Bacon?
Rich: Kevin Bacon?- NO
Alicia: Musical made?- YES
Theme was a #1 hit?- YES; GUESSES PUZZLE
PUZZLE GUESS: "Dirty Dancing"- WIN!
Sprint Round: Alicia will go first on a FAMOUS PERSON.
2. Born in 1904
3. Doodled at Oxford
4. Illu. Life & Vanity Fair
5. Mom's Bedtime Rhymes
Alicia solves Dr. Seuss in five clues...
...and that's enough to stump Ingrid for the win!
MASTER PUZZLE: Alicia picks FICTIONAL CREATURE instead of ANIMAL.
1. Dangerous?- YES (320 possibilities)
2. Speaks?- YES
3. Stands on two legs?- YES (72 possibilities)
4. Changes size?- YES
5. Really exists?- NO (25 possibilities)
6. Arms?- YES (18 possibilities)
7. Furry?- NO (11 possibilities)
8. Long tail?- NO
After her initial gut of dragon was eliminated after the most recent question, she decides to lock in an ogre, thanks to her experience of watching the "Shrek" movies. Some of the questions she didn't ask were if it lives in the ocean, if it was clever, if it was a herbivore, if it bites, if it was nocturnal, if it had fangs, if it was from Europe and if it had hooves. The audience doesn't like it...
...NOR DOES MR. Q- IT'S NOWHERE AMONG HIS 11 REMAINING POSSIBILITIES, SO SHE'S THE FIRST CONTESTANT TO LOSE THE ENDGAME WITH AN INCORRECT RESPONSE. It was a vampire, Mr. Q's #2 choice (his top choice at that moment was a wizard).
Face the Ace: The first contestant trying for up to $1,000,000 is Jonathan Nygaard from Jonestown, PA. He picks the poker pro behind the Spade door (the model is Megan Abrigo)...who turns out to be Phil Ivey! In this game, both people start out with $20K in chips. While Steve Schirripa is the host, Matt Vasgersian is the play-by-play man. First hand:
Nygaard: DOUBLE ACES (Clubs & Hearts)
THE FLOP: (JD)(9C)(4D)
Nygaard bets $4,500, and that's enough for Ivey to fold! Ivey immediately folds on the second hand after seeing a 7 of Diamonds and a 3 of Spades. Third hand:
Nygaard: DOUBLE QUEENS (Diamonds & Hearts)
Ivey is ALL IN!
THE FLOP: (JH)(8C)(JS)
TURN: 3 OF HEARTS
If the river card is NOT an Ace, Nygaard has won...
RIVER: 7 OF DIAMONDS
...he's won $40,000 just like that! And he decides to...walk away with that amount of money. Kinda surprising decision there.
Our second contestant is Don Topel from Midlothian, IL. His Ace of Diamonds door selection gets him a date with...Erick Lindgren. First hand:
THE FLOP: (4C)(10D)(3S)
Topel has top pair; both check.
TURN: 2 OF HEARTS
Lindgren has an open-ended straight draw. Topel bets $600, but Lindgren raises to $2,100...and Topel calls.
RIVER: 6 OF DIAMONDS
Topel then folds after Lindgren bets an additonal $4,000, giving him a total pot of $9,000. Second hand:
THE FLOP: (JH)(3C)(3H)- DUD
TURN: 8 OF DIAMONDS- ANOTHER DUD
Both check again.
RIVER: 3 OF DIAMONDS- YET ANOTHER DUD
Lindgren quietly wins this hand for $1,600. Third hand:
Lindgren: DOUBLE ACES (Clubs & Spades)
THE FLOP: (4S)(2H)(10S)- DUD
Topel wisely folds after Lindgren bets $1,000; he's not off to a pleasant start. Maybe he can turn his luck around with this next hand:
THE FLOP: (8H)(KC)(6H)
Good news for Topel- he has top pair, a flush draw and the flush advantage. But both check.
TURN: JACK OF CLUBS
Topel now has two pair and bets $2,200...good enough for Lindgren to fold. Next:
THE FLOP: (10H)(6S)(4H)- DUD
After Topel makes a $2,100 bet, Lindgren raises big time to six grand...and Topel folds as a result, putting Lindgren at $26,900 now as we head to this:
Topel is ALL IN.
THE FLOP: (10D)(7D)(2S)
Topel now has a flush draw.
TURN: 5 OF SPADES
To stay alive, Topel needs another 9 or a Diamond...
RIVER: JACK OF DIAMONDS
...he got it! Here's the next hand:
Lindgren: DOUBLE KINGS (Clubs & Spades)
THE FLOP: (3H)(AS)(JS)
Topel pairs both his base cards. Lindgren then bets a couple thousand, but Topel raises to quadruple that amount...and Lindgren folds! After a cold streak to start his first game, Topel's now on a hot streak. Next:
THE FLOP: (9H)(2H)(2C)
Top pair for Lindgren, but Topel has a chance to make his second flush of the night. Eventually, Lindgren goes ALL IN!
TURN: 4 OF HEARTS- FLUSH!
To clear the first level, the last card can't be a Deuce or a 9...
RIVER: 7 OF SPADES
...he wins $40,000! The first contestant didn't decide to play on for $200,000...but Mr. Topel, a truck driver, will! His second door selection is the Ace of Hearts...he's facing Howard Lederer!
BTW, there's a rule about this show that I haven't learned until now- in each game, each player is allowed to see one of his opponent's base cards just once. Also, since this is a $200K game, each player starts out with a hundred grand in chips; additionally, the opening blinds are worth $500 and $1,000. Topel immediately throws away the first hand after folding an 8 of Spades and a 3 of Hearts. Here's the first drawn-out hand of this game:
THE FLOP: (QH)(5D)(3H)-DUD
After Lederer bets $3,500, Topel folds. Third hand:
THE FLOP: (KS)(7D)(AC)- DUD
Lederer raises to $7,500 after Topel bets 1/3 of that, then Topel folds once again. Next hand:
Topel: DOUBLE KINGS (Hearts & Spades)
THE FLOP: (JD)(3S)(10C)
Topel is now ALL IN for the second time tonight. Like his $40K game, he's started out slowly and is in danger of busting out.
TURN: 4 OF CLUBS
If the last card is NOT an Ace or King, Topel is that much closer to 200 grand. Otherwise, he's given back the 40...
RIVER: 2 OF SPADES
Lederer's obviously ALL IN with this next setup:
Topel: DOUBLE 9s (Clubs & Hearts)
THE FLOP: (QS)(5S)(10H)
TURN: ACE OF SPADES
Does the river somehow show the 9 of Diamonds for $200,000?...
RIVER: ACE OF HEARTS
...no, it's another Ace, so Lederer doubles up with trip Aces.
Topel tries again to bust Lederer out with all of this:
THE FLOP: (6S)(9D)(7D)
Topel has the early lead, but Lederer has a diamond flush draw.
TURN: 3 OF HEARTS
To win now, the river card not only can't be a diamond, it can't be a 5...
RIVER: ACE OF CLUBS
...THAT ACE JUST WON HIM $200,000! Shortly after that match ends, Lederer suggested that he go for the million. Does Topel agree with him?...
...YES HE WILL!!! Join us next week to see if he becomes a millionaire!
The Money List: Brad Serton & Megan Niedermeyer are back to try to make it four in a row against Lisa Vickers (who is a foreign services officer) & Bentley Kalli (who is a personal trainer and a former professional boxer).
Round 1: BRUCE WILLIS MOVIES (as of July 2008)
Lisa & Bentley are forced to name a possibly unlucky 13 Bruce Willis films.
1. "Die Hard"
2. "Die Hard 2"
3. "Die Hard 4.0"
4. "The Last Boy Scout"
5. "Hudson Hawk"
7. "Tears of the Sun"
8. "Die Hard 3"
9. "Death Becomes Her"
10. "16 Blocks"
11. "Pulp Fiction"
12. "Hart's War"
13. "Hostage"- WINS ROUND 1
Notables not said include "Beaves and Butt-Head Do America", "Fast Food Nation", The Fifth Element", both "Look Who's Talking" movies, "The Sixth Sense" and "12 Monkeys".
Round 2: THE 30 MOST POPULOUS U.S. CITIES (according to the 2000 U.S. Census)
The champs have to name half of those 30 cities to stay alive.
6. Atlanta- NEW CHAMPIONS
Brad & Megan leave with $25,000. Some of the unsaid notables include Denver, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
THE MONEY LIST: THE TOP 25 WINE-PRODUCING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD FROM 2006 (according to the Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations)
1. South Africa
They decide to call a halt here; they did much better than I thought they would have on this list. Some of the other countries included China, Greece, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia & Vietnam.
Challenging them next are Courtney Welch (who is a production director and the runner of a roller-derby league) & Alisha Zucker (who is a freelance editor).
Round 1: THE 101 TOP-SELLING MUSICAL ARTISTS OF ALL-TIME IN THE USA (according to the Recording Industry Association of America as of August 2008)
Bentley & Lisa are on the spot with 17.
1. The Beatles
2. Michael Jackson
4. The Rolling Stones
5. Tina Turner- OOPS
Some of the artists that would've worked include AC/DC, Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Barry Manilow, Britney Spears, Chicago, Dave Matthews Band, The Dixie Chicks, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffett, John Denver, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Shania Twain, Whitney Houston & ZZ Top.
Round 2: THE PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE (play titles with disputed authorship will NOT be accepted)
Bentley & Lisa have to name 15 to stay in it, but they're pretty confident about this topic.
3. "Romeo and Juliet"
5. "The Merchant of Venice"
6. "Love's Labours Lost"
7. "Much Ado About Nothing"
8. "King Lear"
9. "Twelfth Night"
10. "Henry IV, Part I"
11. "Julius Caesar"
12. "Antony and Cloepatra"
13. "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
14. "Henry IV, Part II"
15. "Troilus & Cressida"- TIES MATCH
Other plays include "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Henry V", all three parts of the "Henry VI" series, "King Lear", "Richard II", "Richard III", "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Tempest".
SUDDEN DEATH: PORTRAITS ON CURRENT U.S. LEGAL TENDER (according to the official U.S. Department of Treasury's website as of June 2008)
Courtney & Alisha: George Washington
Bentley & Lisa: Abraham Lincoln
Courtney & Alisha: Benjamin Franklin
Bentley & Lisa: Thomas Jefferson
Courtney & Alisha: Ulysses S. Grant
Bentley & Lisa: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Courtney & Alisha: Alexander Hamilton
Bentley & Lisa: Woodrow Wilson
The other three were Andrew Jackson, JFK & Sacagawea.
THE MONEY LIST: MOVIES DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG AS OF JULY 2008
Alisha & Courtney are pretty happy about this topic.
2. "Schindler's List"
3. "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial"
1. "Saving Private Ryan"
2. "Artificial Intelligence: A.I."
3. "Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom"
1. "Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade"
2. "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
3. "Jaws 2"
They would've reached $15,000 had they instead said films like "Catch Me If You Can", "The Color Purple", "Jurassic Park", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", "Minority Report", "1941" and "War of the Worlds". Maybe they'll get another shot at this next time.