Up until now, I’ve either been posting video clips or been linking “WWTBAM” recaps from WWTBAMBored.com. This is the first “Millionaire” recap I’ve personally done in a little over a year, and the first with the new format. As you know, because this is primetime, Regis Philbin is back as host during these 11 episodes. And no, the show isn’t in HD.
For each question, I will indicate when a player has locked in an answer, and if correct, I will show the new total in the million dollar question time bank, which always starts out at 45 seconds for each contestant. Here are the first ten contestants of this 10th Anniversary run:
Brad Abbey (Tampa, FL)
Kristin Williams (Cedar Hills, UT)
Stephanie Millien (Baldwin, NY)
Gary Cousins (Flint, MI)
Linda Sweeney (Acworth, GA)
Rob Placek (Alliance, NE)
Ralph Cambeis (Brooklyn, NY)
Teresa Reitmeyer (Danville, PA)
Neil Schwartz (West Bloomfield, MI)
Jessica Gerber (Fairfield, CT)
Time now for the first Fastest Finger Question in over five years:
Put these tabloid-style White House couples in the order in which they occupied the White House, starting with the earliest.
CORRECT ORDER: A, C, D & B (I got this one)
Let’s see who got it right, and who was the fastest:
Brad’s the first one to make it to the hot seat! He works in a carnival and is also a former commercial banker. Here are his categories:
Lower Tier: Big Winners, Color Wheel, Let’s Go Nuts, Bumper Stickers, You Might Say
Middle Tier: Otto, Songs the Same, Final Chapter, OWERTY, Buzz!
Upper Tier: The End of Town, Lost, Body Chemistry, Books in Books, A Few Words
Unlike what was said earlier, like the syndicated version of this show, the Ask the Expert lifeline is earned when somebody reaches $1,000. Tonight’s Expert is ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson. Here’s the $100 question in Big Winners:
What Oscar-winning film of 2008 features the line “You have three lifelines…Ask the Audience, 50/50 and Phone a Friend”?
A: “The Dark Knight”
B: “Slumdog Millionaire”
D: “The Curious Case of Regis’ Hair”
(Note: I saw a piece of confetti fall on Brad just as the clock began to start. That happens from time to time on this show.)
GUESS (:01): “Slumdog Millionaire”- CORRECT (:46)
Which of these Crayola crayon colors takes its name from a lyric in the song “America the Beautiful”?
A: Purple Mountain’s Majesty
B: Wild Watermelon
C: Mountain Meadow
D: Robin’s Egg Blue
Brad decides to Ask the Audience with three seconds remaining and 97% said Purple Mountain’s Majesty; 2% said Robin’s Egg Blue and the other 1% said Mountain Meadow.
GUESS (:01): Purple Mountain’s Majesty- CORRECT (:47)
Which of the following is a type of nut and NOT a member of the United Nations?
GUESS (:07): Macadamia- CORRECT (:54)
The quirks bumper sticker slogan “Visualize whirled peas” is a punny reference to another slogan often used by whom?
GUESS (:06): Pacifists- CORRECT (1:00)
Brackets are best described as “square-cornered” versions of what punctuation marks?
GUESS (:09): Parentheses- REACHES $1,000 (1:09)
Sam Donaldson is now available for use as we head into this $2,000 question in the category of Otto:
Otto van Bismarck is often credited with the cynical quip that "laws are like" what, "it's better not to see them being made"?
C: Race horses
He guesses paintings after half of the 30 seconds are gone...and he's gone too, unfortunately. The answer was sausages. At least he goes home with $1,000 after nearly suffering a Technical Llama Out on the very first question. It just wasn't meant to be for him.
Here's the second Fastest Finger Question:
Put these "As-Seen-On-TV" products in the order they were introduced, starting with the earliest.
A: Ginsu Knives
B: George Foreman Grill
CORRECT ORDER: A, C, B & D
Who's moving on?
Rob: 5 seconds
Rob's in. He's a sophomore at Creighton University majoring in International Relations. Here are his categories:
Lower Tier: NASA, Books for Bozos, Meet and Greet, By George!, Fun with Math
Middle Tier: Famous Names, Ballers, Natural Habitats, It's Your Birthday, Tech Toys
Upper Tier: First Dates, Beautiful Couples, United Nations, Colonial Cutie, Tommy Boy
Honoring the agency's 50th anniversary in 2008, Stephen Hawkin noted that NASA has achieved major advances in what?
D: Pocket Protectors
GUESS (:06): Science- CORRECT (:51)
"Burgers and Sausages and Hot Dogs- Oh My!" is the title of a chapter in which of these "For Dummies" instructional books?
A: Bookkeeping For Dummies
B: Knitting For Dummies
C: Gardening For Dummies
D: Grilling For Dummies
GUESS (:07): Grilling For Dummies- CORRECT (:58)
If someone elangily asks you to "pound it", what type of greeting should you give them?
A: Double kiss
B: Bear hug
C: First bump
D: Nose rub
GUESS (:06): Fist bump- CORRECT (1:04)
George Lucas has said that his dog Indiana was the inspiration for the name of the main character in what popular movie?
A: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
B: "Die Hard"
C: "The Terminator"
D: "The Matrix"
GUESS (:09): "Raiders of the Lost Ark"- CORRECT (1:13)
What is the punch line to the math joke that asks, "What does trigonometry have in common with a beach?"
A: Sec ants
B: Co sines
C: Tan gents
D: Asymp totes
GUESS (:07): Tan gents- REACHES $1,000 (1:20)
Let's try again on the $2,000 level, this time with the category of Famous Names.
Which of these idioms features the last names of an Oscar-winning actress and actor?
A: Beck and call
B: Hunt and peck
C: Rise and shine
D: Short and sweet
GUESS (:14): Hunt and peck- CORRECT (1:34)
Billed as "Disneyland vs. Disney World", what two teams competed in the 2009 NBA Finals?
A: Rockets & Knicks
B: Spurs & Celtics
C: Lakers & Magic
D: Mavericks & Heat
GUESS (:22): Lakers & Magic- YOU BET (1:56)
By definition, where does an abyssopelagic animal live?
A: In the desert
B: On top of a mountain
C: Inside a tree
D: At the bottom of the sea
GUESS (:17): At the bottom of the sea- RIGHT (2:13)
All of the following hip-hop artists are turning 40 in 2009, except for whom, who turned 50?
B: Ice Cube
C: Flavor Flav
D: P. Diddy
This sounds like a toughie, so Rob will Ask the Audience with 19 seconds left. 66% said Flavor Flav, 21% said Ice Cube, 11% said P. Diddy and 2% said Jay-Z. He then locks in Flavor Flav with :14 left...right for $16,000; he now has 2:27 on his million dollar clock. For $25,000 in Tech Toys:
The new iPhone 3G S boasts a touch screen with an "oleophobic coating" which is specifically designed to do what?
A: Never scratch
B: Not show fingerprints
C: Display brighter colors
D: Reduce glare
Rob decides to Phone a Friend with :18 left. Available on the line are Ed from Crate, NY, Eric from Leavenworth, KS and Geoff from Omaha, NE. This lifeline is being sponsored by at&t. He calls Geoff, a doctor. Based on his logic, Geoff wants him to guess not show fingerprints. Rob decides to agree with Geoff with 17 seconds left...and he now has $25,000! His million dollar time bank now stands at 2:44. $50,000 is now up for grabs in the category of First Dates.
On their first official date in 1989, Barack Obama and his future wife Michelle weent to see what movie?
A: "Driving Miss Daisy"
C: "When Harry Met Sally"
D: "Do The Right Thing"
Instead of calling up Sam Donaldson first, Rob uses the Double Dip with :20 left. Remember, once you use this on any question, you can't walk away on that question. Furthermore, if both of your guesses are wrong or you run out of time on your second guess, you lose. His first guess is "When Harry Met Sally"...incorrect. His final answer to this question with eight seconds left is "Driving Miss Daisy"...game over. It was "Do The Right Thing"; he should've used the Ask the Expert lifeline first here. But he does leave with $25,000.
Here is tonight's final Fastest Finger Question:
Put these actors in the order in which they first portrayed Batman on-screen, starting with the earliest.
A: Michael Keaton
B: Christian Bale
C: George Clooney
D: Val Kilmer
CORRECT ORDER: A, D, C & B
Who's possibly coming back tomorrow?...
...it's Gary, who has been trying to get on the show all this time. He works in the auto industry. Here are his categories:
Lower Tier: You Go, Girl!, Good Advice, Dollywood, Funny Books, The Oscars
Middle Tier: Art Seen, My Other Half, Seinfeld, Here Comes the Judge, Take a Hike
Upper Tier: Government Rituals, Kid Lit, Whale Watching, Words of the Century, Patently False
When Hillary Clinton urged "denuclearization" in North Korea in 2009, she was basically asking the country to stop making what?
D: Giant eyeglasses
GUESS (:08): Bombs- CORRECT (:53)
"Parents" magazine advises "Build on branches that are at least eight inches thick" when constructing a what for your child?
B: Jungle gym
GUESS (:08): Treehouse- CORRECT (1:01)
Dolly's Demolition Derby, a ride at Dolly Parton's Dollywood amusement park, is what type of ride?
A: Bumper cars
B: Roller coaster
C: Ferris Wheel
GUESS (:09): Bumper cars- CORRECT (1:10)
Published in 2007 with the tagline "Now with 30% more Asia", the humor book "Our Dumb World" is a parody of what type of reference work?
GUESS (:08): Atlas- CORRECT (1:18)
Melissa Etheridge once joked, "This is the only naked man that will ever be in my bedroom" when she won an Oscar for what?
A: Best Actress
B: Best Director
C: Best Cinematography
D: Best Song
GUESS (:08): Best Song- REACHES $1,000 (1:26)
We have time for at least his $2,000 Art Seen question:
On Nov. 21, 2008, an "O" in Google's logo was obscured by a green apple and a bowler hat to mark the 110th birthday of what artist?
A: Marcel Duchamp
B: Andy Warhol
C: Rene Magritte
D: Salvador Dali
He Asks the Audience with :20 left. 36% said Magritte, 29% said Dali, 20% said Duchamp and 15% said Warhol- not good. He then decides to Double Dip at :17 and guesses Magritte first...correct for $2,000. And we then run out of time for tonight, as far as the civilians are concerned, so he indeed will return tomorrow with 1:43 so far in his million dollar bank.
Now, for Katy Perry's $50,000 question. Remember, she's playing for St. Jude's. No time limit or category will be given for the celebrities. Here's her question:
What young celebrity has the Italian phrase for "Live without regrets" tattooed on her back, except the Italian word for "regrets" is misspelled?
A: Hilary Duff
B: Hayden Panettiere
C: Vanessa Hudgens
D: Kristen Bell
She decides to call Shannon Woodward from L.A., who says it's Hayden Panettiere. Katy agrees...$50,000 goes to St. Jude's!