500 Questions (2015) s01e02 Episode Script

Day 2

- Last time on 500 Questions - All right.
Our current genius, attorney Dan Mccarthy Faced elimination five separate times.
I'm getting them right when I need to.
Dan's on question 39, hoping to bank his money by completing his first 50.
Our neurosurgeon challenger, Dr.
Ogi, only has 12 more questions to knock Dan out.
Ohh.
Will Dan continue his climb? You're now playing for some serious money.
Or will the good doctor finally get his chance to answer 500 questions? You are about to witness television history.
The smartest people in the country are about to play the toughest game ever devised no saves, no helps, no multiple choices.
Our geniuses are ready.
The pressure is on.
It's day 2.
Will anybody be able to answer 500 questions? I'm Richard Quest, and this is 500 Questions.
The world's toughest questions, and only one simple rule don't ever get three wrong in a row.
If you do, you're gone.
All our contestants are certified geniuses.
And let's meet our current genius.
It's Dan Mccarthy.
How you been? There were more than a few nervous moments.
You took it to the brink many times.
But I'm still here.
I'm still standing.
Over here, there is somebody who is determined to make you fail your challenger.
It is Dr.
Ogi Ogas.
You only have one job here to get rid of him.
That is correct.
But if Dan gets to 50 questions, you are toast.
All right.
Then let's play 500 Questions.
Choose the next category, please.
Next category.
How about Asian History? Triple threat.
Oh, no.
- Triple threat.
- A triple threat.
You know the rules here.
Three answers each one gives you $1,000.
You need to get all three to get the money.
Here we go.
The question is 10 seconds.
Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism Buddhism.
$3,000.
In total, you have $25,000.
You're now playing for some serious money, but you don't get a penny of it until you've completed all 50.
Let's have your next category.
Let's go to Writers.
First question there.
First answer is $1,000 if it's right, and the question is - 10 seconds.
- Uh, "The Last Tycoon.
" "East of Eden.
" "The Great Gatsby.
" Um Uh A wrong.
The correct answer is "This Side of Paradise.
" You have a wrong on the board.
So, where are you gonna get rid of it with? - What are you gonna use? - All right.
Let's try The Bible again.
The Bible.
Top Ten.
Okay.
Top Ten Challenge.
There are 10 possible answers.
We need you to give 5 of them in 15 seconds.
You can play it, or you can pass it to Ogi.
If you pass it to him and he wins it, that's a wrong for you.
This is a tough, tough decision because I don't think it's one of his strong categories.
If I'm gonna regret something, I want to regret having gone with it myself rather than leave it to somebody else, so I'm gonna keep this one.
I'm gonna go for it.
Phew.
I'm very happy with that choice.
Ohh.
Here's the question on The Bible Top Ten Challenge.
15 seconds.
Darkness, Death of The First Born, Lice, Um, uh, uh, uh Frogs, Toads, Hail, Boils.
- Yes.
Put her there.
Whew! Get rid of the wrong.
Add in the money.
You could've also had Flies, Livestock Disease, Boils, Locusts, Water Turns to Blood.
Well played.
You're 9 away from banking $26,000.
So, now you really got to exercise your strategy to get through these 9 questions.
Right, and I think back to zero strikes, so I think I should take on Writers and try to, uh try to get some more of that done.
Writers $1,000 if it's the first answer, and the question is 10 seconds.
Uh, Woodward James.
Um, um Collins.
Suzanne Collins.
- Yes, correct.
Whew! It wasn't your first answer no money.
But you do get through to the next question.
All right.
Uh, well, let's keep it going.
Let's do Writers again.
Top Ten.
- Top Ten Challenge.
- Top Ten Challenge in Writers.
Are you going to take it, or are you going to pass it to Dr.
Ogi over there? Without knowing the question, I would guess Ogi and I both probably have a better than 50% chance of of getting it, so I'm gonna take it in my hands and and see what we can do.
Top Ten Challenge.
And the question is 15 seconds.
"The Glass Menagerie.
" "Streetcar Named Desire.
" Um Uh - Beyond that, uh, uh - Talk.
Um, uh, uh, "The Iceman Cometh.
" Um, uh Uh I'm sorry.
You did not get all five answers correct.
You know what you should've done? I should've passed it, yeah.
Well, if he had passed, would you? I think so, yeah.
- We'll never know.
- Yes.
You have a wrong on the board.
Here are the potential answers that you could have come up with.
Those are the two you got.
"Camino Real," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "You Touched Me," "Summer and Smoke," "The Rose Tattoo," "Orpheus Descending," "Sweet Bird of Youth," and "Period of Adjustment.
" We have $26,000 in play.
You have seven questions still to face, and we need your next category.
All right, at this point, I think maybe The Presidency is my strongest category, so let's go there.
The Presidency.
The question is 10 seconds.
Secretary of State.
Yes.
Get rid of the wrong.
Put $1,000.
Not too bad.
6 to go to get $27,000.
Choose your category, please.
All right, well, let's do Writers.
Writers.
And the question is 10 seconds.
Uh, Barry, Carol Um, uh, Byron Um, uh, Keats, Shelley Uh, Dickens.
Oh.
Probably should've gone with that one first.
In retrospect, that was uh I probably should've gone with Dickens first.
Did you know it, or were you just rattling through any british authors I you know, I was mostly rattling through authors, and then I said, "Aha, I bet it's Dickens," and it was it was.
No money is earned, but you've got five questions left to get through.
Where are you gonna go? Uh, I think the best thing to do is gonna be to close out Writers, get rid of that one.
So, let's do that.
- Okay, you've got 50/50 on writers, so probably wise.
- Yeah.
So, let's have a look at the question on Writers.
$1,000 if it's the first answer.
10 seconds.
Volvo.
Saab.
- Correct.
- Okay.
I didn't know too many more Swedish cars, so, yeah.
I have to say, I think, after those two, I would've been hard pushed, - as well.
- Yeah.
Okay.
Writers has now been completed.
Next category.
Let's do Asian History.
Asian History you've had 100% right so far.
Asian History.
Question is - 10 seconds.
- Shogun.
- Yes! - Okay.
All righty.
All right.
All right.
All right.
All right.
We're going into the 48th question.
If you get it right, the money is yours.
It's mathematically impossible for you not to make it to question 50.
Bad news for you, Dr.
Ogi if he gets it right, you are toast.
Dan, don't forget, if you get it incorrect, well There are consequences.
You have three to choose from.
A critical situation.
Before you choose that next category we will take a break.
Welcome back.
It's 500 Questions, and we are at a crucial moment.
Dan is about to answer his 48th question.
If you get it right, it's mathematically impossible for you not to make it to question 50.
You have three to choose from.
All right, we started with The Bible.
Let's go back to The Bible now.
Three-to-one in your favor.
The Bible.
The question is 10 seconds.
Psalms.
Yes! Whew! All right, Dan, you are at question 49.
The good news is you've no reds on the board, and so the money is yours.
The bad news is that any wrong answers you give me carry through to your next round.
So, Dan, for your 49th question, please, is it The Presidency or Asian History? Let's do The Presidency.
The presidency.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- Love Field.
Uh, Dall okay.
And that might almost have been your fastest answer.
It gives you $1,000 - $30,000.
For $30,000, which is yours.
Very nice.
Very nice.
And you're now playing - to complete 50 questions.
- Whew! So, this is not a moment for complacency.
No.
Stay focused, yeah.
You don't need to select the category.
I will do that for you.
Go on.
I'll do Asian History, please.
Oh! Asian History.
The question, please.
10 seconds.
Kolkata Uh, Bombay Uh, uh, uh, Chennai, Singapore Hong Kong.
- Yes.
- Okay.
- Congratulations! - Yeah.
You're through.
- That feels pretty good.
- 50 questions.
$30,000.
Thank you.
And all of that money is yours to keep no matter what happens now.
That feels pretty good.
Add to it $5,000 for the milestone.
You've got $35,000.
- Ooh.
Very nice.
Thank you.
That means we say goodbye to your challenger.
We thank you, Dr.
Ogi.
Magnificent.
Good to see you, sir.
- Thank you very much.
- Thank you very much.
But But You are only 10% of the way through.
You still have another 450 questions To answer.
There were more than a few nervous moments.
You took it to the brink many times.
How tough are you finding it? I'm finding it pretty difficult.
I'm, uh I'm just barely hanging on here, you know? The fatigue is setting in, but I'm ready to go out there and do 50 more questions.
But before we move any further, let's meet your next challenger.
Where's he from? He's from Raleigh in North Carolina.
What does he do? He's a librarian.
And what makes him a genius? He has Master's Degrees in Theology and Library Sciences.
It's Steve Bahnaman.
Good to meet you, Richard.
Good to meet you, sir.
- A librarian.
- That's right.
Well-read.
- Yes.
- Lots of knowledge.
Can you get rid of Dan? I hope so.
All right.
Dan.
Your road to 500 questions continues now with your next 50 questions, and these are the 10 categories that you have to attack Historic Animals, U.
S.
Cities, Pop Music, Cooking, World Mythology, Finance, Words and Phrases, J.
K.
Rowling, Random, and Astronomy.
First thought gut instinct? Gut instincts, I hope I remember those "Harry Potter" books.
And as always, remember, don't get three wrong in a row, or you are - Gone.
- Gone! Steve, you will take his place if he fails and falls.
- Are you ready? - Yes.
Then let's play 500 Questions.
It's question 51 of your 500.
Which category to begin? Uh, let's start out with Historic Animals.
Historic Animals.
10 seconds on the clock, and the question is 10 seconds.
Bucephalus.
Yes! Whew.
- Just over a second, that took.
- Yeah.
Well, that's the only famous, historic animal I know, so maybe we should go somewhere else.
Let's try Pop Music.
Pop Music.
$1,000 if it's your first right answer.
- Oh.
- Aah! Battle.
We have a battle! Steve, step into play and prepare for battle.
There are multiple answers to this question.
You will take it in turns.
You have five seconds to answer.
Unlike other questions, here it's only the first that I will accept.
- Lead or follow? - Uh, I think I'll go first and maybe he'll have to do the tougher second answers.
The question To be revealed after the break.
Welcome back to 500 Questions, where we are in battle as Dan goes against Steve.
You're going first.
- All right.
- You're gonna lead.
Preparing for battle.
Here's the question.
Five seconds.
Paul Mccartney.
Mm.
Would you have known any of them? Several, yeah.
Uh, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen.
Let's see well, first of all, you have a wrong on the board, but let's just see who you could've come up with.
14 men Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, Al jarreau, Huey Lewis, Daryl Hall, Steve Perry, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, James Ingram, Ray Charles, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel.
And you got none of them! So, you've got one wrong on the board.
You need to get rid of it.
Where are you gonna go to get rid of it? I'm gonna go with U.
S.
Cities.
U.
S.
Cities to get rid of the wrong, maybe earn some money.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- Hershey.
Ahh.
Look at that.
- Look at that.
Under a second.
- Look at that.
Under a second.
I think that might be one of your fastest answers.
It gets rid of the wrong.
It gives you $1,000.
And we continue to play.
Well I got to go back to Pop Music.
As painful as it was, probably not another battle.
Maybe I'll do better this time.
All right, Pop Music.
$1,000 if it's the first.
And the question is 10 seconds.
Van Halen? $1,000.
All right.
All right, another another category.
All right, uh, let's do Pop Music again.
On a roll with Pop Music.
Top Ten Challenge.
Top Ten Challenge.
Now, with the Top Ten Challenge, as you know, there are 10 answers.
We need 5 of them in 15 seconds.
Do you want to play or pass? I think it would be a very dangerous thing to pass this question over to Steve, so I should try to do it myself.
I'm gonna play.
All right.
The Top Ten Challenge on Pop Music, and the question is 15 seconds.
Uh, "Poker Face.
" "Bad Romance.
" Um Um Uh, "Born This Way.
" Um And that's all I know about lady gaga, apparently.
There's the wrong on the board.
Steve.
Yeah, like, "Telephone," "Paparazzi," "Alejandro," I bet.
Let's have a look and see which ones you could have selected.
There was "Just Dance," and "The Edge of Glory," "Paparazzi," "Telephone," "Love Game," "Alejandro," and "Judas.
" It's all right.
So, you got one wrong on the board.
Where would you like to go? Let's try U.
S.
Cities again.
U.
S.
Cities you got it right the last time, so it might be a strong category for you.
And the question is 10 seconds.
Uhh Guess.
Oh, no.
Ohh.
- You, sir, are in danger.
- Yeah.
Do you know what the answer might have been? Frankfurt, Kentucky.
That is correct Frankfurt, Kentucky.
Now you have two wrongs on the board.
And you know what that means.
- Yes.
- Steve.
- Yes.
- This is your moment to try and knock Dan - out of 500 Questions.
- Yes.
- Right.
- If he gets three wrong in a row, he is - Gone.
- Gone! You will take over.
Dan, will this be the end of your 500 questions? We'll find out after the break.
Welcome back to 500 Questions.
Dan has two wrongs on the board.
- And you know what that means.
- Yes.
- Steve.
- Yes.
This is your moment to try and knock Dan - out of 500 Questions.
- Yes.
Right.
- You will take over.
- Yes.
Unfortunately, you have very little to work on.
What question do you want to send? I think he's trying to get rid of it, so I'm gonna make him play Pop Music.
Let's be clear about this.
You are now playing to stay in 500 Questions.
If you get this answer wrong, you will have three wrongs in a row, and you'll be Gone.
This might be your final question.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Uh, LMFAO.
Um Uh Uh Uh, Adam Sandler, um Umm Aah Ohh! That's three wrongs! And I'm sorry, but it's your third wrong in a row, which means you are - Gone.
- Gone! Steve, you made the right decision to send him to Pop Music.
Would you have known the answer? "Weird Al.
" Absolutely.
"Weird Al" Yankovic.
You have answered 57 questions, and you have won $35,000.
I can't complain about that.
- Not bad.
- All right.
Good to see you, Dan.
Good to see you.
Thank you.
Steve, take his place! Are you ready to face 500 questions? Absolutely.
You managed to get rid of Dan.
Now let's meet the person who's going to try and do it to you.
Where is he from? Brooklyn, New York.
What does he do? He's a top chess player and instructor.
And what makes him a genius? He has an I.
Q.
of 140.
Let's meet Jonathan Corbblah.
- Nice to meet you.
- Good to see you.
Before, and unless you get to 500 questions, there's somebody in your way.
It'll be done.
So, now let's see your first 50 questions.
Let's have a look at the first 10 categories.
Shakespeare, Australia, Big Business, Measurements, The Olympics, Sci-Fi, U.
S.
Currency, Random, Composers, Archaeology.
Give us an idea of some strengths there.
Um, I don't want to give too much away.
I like this board.
I can say that much.
I like this board a lot.
He's psyching you.
Let's play 500 Questions! Choose your first category.
I'm gonna go with Big Business.
I got to go through all 10 of them, so let's just start there.
Question 1 of 500.
10 seconds.
Uh, the, uh, u.
S.
Postal Service.
The, uh Fedex.
Uh, I don't know at all.
Um Abercrombie & Fitch.
I really don't know.
Yeah.
That's a wrong on the board.
Your first question, and you got it wrong.
The answer was American Airlines.
All right.
You have one down, and you've got a wrong on the board.
- Right.
- So, you need to get rid of it.
Yeah, The Olympics.
I'm gonna go there.
The Olympics.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Nike.
Athena.
Nike is the correct answer.
First correct.
- You get $1,000.
- Yeah.
- The Greek goddess of victory.
- Yeah.
Next question.
Yeah, I'll go ahead and go to Big Business again.
Question is - 10 seconds.
- Geico.
Another $1,000.
It was your first answer, and you're on to your third question.
I yeah, definitely keep going Big Business.
- Ooh.
- That Is a Top Ten Challenge.
- Yeah.
- Do you want to play or pass? Yeah, so many things that this could be I don't want to have to try to name five of.
So I'm gonna let Jonathan try it.
Jonathan, step into play.
You have to give me 5 out of a possible 10.
You'll have 15 seconds.
If you do it, that's a wrong for Steve.
The question on Big Business is 15 seconds.
Apple, Walmart, Target, G.
E.
, G.
M Uh Microsoft, uh, Exxon.
You've got all five.
You've given our genius a wrong.
Yeah, baby.
Well done.
You did it.
- Not only did he do it - Yeah.
He, of course, wins the question, which means you have a wrong - on the board.
- Yep, two out of four I'm doing well.
Let's have a look at the answers that we could've had.
You could've had Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo, or J.
P.
Morgan Chase.
You're gonna have to do a bit better than this I will.
If you're gonna get to 500 questions.
- It is true.
- All right.
Where would you like to go? Olympics was good before.
Let's go back.
All right, Olympics.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- Germany.
- That's the way to do it.
- Yeah.
That'll do it.
That'll do.
You've got $3,000 on the board.
You don't get a penny of it until you've answered all 50.
- Where are you gonna go? - Free and clear, It's time to go back to Big Business.
Big Business you're two-to-one down on that category.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Kmart, uh That's correct.
$1,000 goes on your total.
$4,000.
And your next category? Oh, Big Business.
You're gonna close out the category.
You've got a 50/50 on that category.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Mining.
Absolutely.
That's what the 3M is for.
Yep, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing.
You got $1,000 for that.
$5,000 is now in play.
You got rid of Big Business.
Choose your next category.
I think I'll start Composers.
Composers new category.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- Cage.
- Correct.
First answer, $1,000.
Next question or next category.
Composers again.
- Ooh.
- Oh! We have a battle! Jonathan, step into play, and prepare for battle.
You know the rules.
You have five seconds to answer, but it's the first answer and the only one that I can accept.
Do you want to lead or follow? I-I-I don't really know what this is gonna be, but I'm Hold that thought.
You will give us that answer and we will have the battle after the break.
Welcome back to 500 Questions, where we are ready for battle.
Do you want to lead or follow? Follow.
Why? What's the thinking? I-I don't really know what this is gonna be, but I'm, you know, happy to be going second 'cause it'll give me a little more time to think, too.
- So, you've decided to follow.
- I will.
Which means you're leading here.
- Are you ready? - Yes.
I am.
It's on Composers.
Let's have the question.
Five seconds.
"My Favorite Things.
" "Lonely Goatherd.
" Uh "Edelweiss.
" Um "Lullaby" something.
Oh! Well done.
Return to your podium, sir.
Let's look at the answers that you could have had.
"I Have Confidence" and "Do-Re-Mi," "Something Good" could all have would you have got any more? No, I never saw it.
My mom made me watch that movie all the time.
Thank you, mom.
You have a wrong on the board.
You need to get rid of it.
Yeah.
I think it's fairly transparent what I'm doing right now, so I'll go to The Olympics.
It's a perfect strategy.
It's your 10th question.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Skeleton.
The wrong has gone.
The $1,000 goes on.
Your Olympics has got two left.
Where would you like to go next? Let's go to Random.
Random.
Okay.
It's a Top Ten Challenge.
Are you going to play it, or are you going to pass it? Um, I-I-I think I'm gonna play this time.
I didn't like that last time too much.
He's good.
He's good.
I'll just keep it away from him.
Okay, 10 potential answers.
I need 5 of them in 15 seconds, and the question is 15 seconds.
Monroe, Deitrich, Dimaggio, Brando Dean Um Uh Uh, Rodgers, Astaire Um Who who did I miss? What the heck? I-I I messed up.
You have a wrong on the board, so, let's have a look and see what the answers could and should have been.
Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, and Bette Davis.
Four.
I got four.
And we needed people who were mentioned by first and last names.
I got it.
So, the Deitrich and Dimaggio didn't count.
You have one wrong on the board.
You need to get rid of it.
Uh, yeah, I mean, it's it's Olympics definitely.
Oh, geez.
Jonathan, step into play and prepare for battle.
You have to get rid of that wrong and avoid a second wrong.
And, Jonathan, this is your chance to put the pressure on and to take him further and deeper into danger.
Do you want to lead or follow, bearing in mind your strategy? It didn't work last time, but I still am confident in it.
I'm gonna go second.
- You're gonna follow.
- Yes.
Okay.
Jonathan, the question on The Olympics is Five seconds.
100 meters.
Discus.
High jump.
Pole vault.
Long jump.
Hurdles.
Triple jump.
Whew! That's a wrong from Jonathan, which, from your point of view, gives you $1,000 and gets rid of the wrong on there.
All right, let's have a look at the answers.
Here they are The Shot Put, The 400 Meter, The Javelin, The 1,500 Meter Run.
And your strategy seems to have paid off.
Yeah, he had to give one more than I did.
And on we go.
Um, yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and do Sci-Fi.
Sci-Fi.
Sci-Fi.
$1,000 if it's right first time.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- Buck Rogers.
$1,000 on the board.
You're on a roll here, so we'll keep going.
Choose a category.
Uh, let's do Measurements.
Measurements.
First one of the category.
It's a new area for you.
Question is - 10 seconds.
- Troy.
You're up to $10,000.
But none of it is yours until you have completed all 50 questions.
- I know.
- Choose your category.
Australia.
Australia.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- Assange.
Didn't know he was Australian.
You have $11,000 in play, and we now need your next category.
- I'm gonna do Random again.
- Why? They're They're Random, and playing them off seems good, yeah.
Get rid of them early.
Yeah, because then he has to go to something - I know what it is at least.
- All right.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Rainbow Warrior.
He's warmed up nicely.
A shame for you, but he has warmed up.
Yeah.
Let him do his thing.
Where to next? Um, I'm gonna stick with Random.
Another Random question.
10 seconds.
El Chupacabra.
$1,000.
You have $13,000.
Not a penny is yours yet.
Let's take your next category.
I'm gonna go Archaeology.
Archaeology a new category.
Archaeology.
The question is 10 seconds.
Gold, silver, bronze Uh, tin, iron Um river of yeah, I don't know.
Uh, uh, platinum.
Um A wrong on the board.
Would you know the answer? No idea.
I would've said the same things as him.
The answer is mercury.
Oh.
That that would flow, wouldn't it? - That would make more sense.
- It's a liquid metal.
Yeah.
You have one wrong on the board.
Choose a category, get rid of the wrong After the break.
Welcome back to 500 Questions, where Steve is playing his next question.
Your priority is to get rid of that wrong.
Yeah.
I've got that one Olympics left.
I think I'm gonna use it now.
Using his last Olympics category question.
To get rid of the wrong, the question is Uh, Evan Lysacek.
Get rid of the wrong.
Give him $1,000.
I've got bad news for you.
- They're gone.
Yeah.
- They're gone.
Forget The Olympics.
I know.
I know, right? So, you have to go for question number 20.
Yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and go back to Archaeology.
Archaeology you got one wrong on there last time.
- The question is - Yeah.
10 seconds.
Morgan, Blackbeard Um Geez.
I should know this.
Uh Um Kidd.
- You got it! - Whoo! It was close! All right.
All right.
- You don't get a penny for that.
- No.
- No strikes.
- Captain Kidd was the right answer.
$14,000.
Let's take another category.
Yeah, I'll go ahead and open U.
S.
Currency.
Opening U.
S.
Currency first time, and you'll have plenty of it if you get through 50 questions.
The question is 10 seconds.
Wilson, Cleveland Okay, good.
Got your $1,000.
21 questions in, and we'll take the next category.
I will do U.
S.
Currency again, please.
All right, U.
S.
Currency.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- Linen.
You are 28 questions away from your 50.
Yeah.
There is one category you've yet to open up.
- Yeah, sure Shakespeare.
- And it is Shakespeare.
Is there a reason for that? Um, it's it's way up there.
I can't see it as well.
Where would you like to go? It's your choice.
I will go to Shakespeare.
Shakespeare.
The Bard.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Antonio.
Yes.
$1,000.
Next category.
I think now it makes sense to try to keep playing off Random, so I'm gonna go to Random.
Random you've had two-to-one success so far.
Two more to go in that category, and the question is 10 seconds.
Remington.
Less than a second, and it's $1,000.
This is fascinating.
You've suddenly got into your stride.
What happened? I the questions were about stuff I knew.
I don't know what else to say.
Okay.
You are now on to your 25th question.
This is the most important question of the game so far.
It's a milestone.
If you get this question right on the first answer, you get $5,000 to take home now.
I like that.
We will find out your next category after the break.
Welcome back to 500 Questions.
You're now on to your 25th question.
If you get this question right on the first answer, you get $5,000 to take home now.
Nice.
So, where would you like to go on the board? Yeah, I want Composers right now.
- Composers.
- Yeah.
Let's see the question.
- 10 seconds.
- Copland.
- Yes! You, sir, you have just won $5,000, plus $1,000 if you finish the board to add to your total.
Whoo! Jonathan, your chances are starting to ebb away.
When you're, uh, you know, up against a-a big prize fighter, you got to wait for your shot.
Just to maybe psyche Steve off a bit you play chess blindfolded.
I do.
I close my eyes and play multiple games of chess.
You believe in strategy.
Strategy's at the core of chess.
What do you think of Steve's strategy so far? Well, you know, Steve did a great job getting rid of Big Business.
He was very afraid of it.
I can tell.
And he's afraid of Composers and Archaeology, too.
But, you know, he's just dipping and dodging around the board, and he's on a roll, you know? Everything's in his wheelhouse, so we'll see.
Keep watching.
All right.
Choose a category on the board.
Uh, that is the last Random.
I like that.
Get rid of it.
Let's have the last Random.
Oh! It's a battle! Jonathan, remember what I was just saying? - I do.
- Step into play.
Gentlemen Prepare to battle.
Do you want to lead or follow, bearing in mind how it's gone for you in the past? Yeah, I'm gonna go second because it gives me a little more time to think about it.
You want thinking time on Random.
Here's the question.
Five seconds.
Oxford.
Harvard.
Princeton.
Cambridge.
Yale.
Caltech.
M.
I.
T.
Tsch-tsch! Return.
This, of course, gives you a wrong.
You've had three battles, and you've lost two of them.
So, let's take a look at the potential answers.
The ones you didn't Stanford, University of California in Berkeley, and Imperial College, London.
All right.
Choose a category.
- Get rid of the wrong.
- Yeah.
I think I'd like Sci-Fi.
Sci-Fi.
Why?! You've only had one right there.
I like Sci-Fi.
That could that told me.
All right, Sci-Fi.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- Sagan.
Yes! The wrong's gone! Well done.
You got $20,000 if you manage to get the next 23 questions.
- Oh, is that all? - That's all.
Another category.
Yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and go back to Shakespeare.
Shakespeare.
Question, please.
- 10 seconds.
- "Love's Labour's Lost.
" Uh, or no, it's, uh, "All's Well That Ends Well.
" Um, which one? Shoot.
Uh, "Winter's Tale.
" Uh, the, uh Uh-oh.
The answer we are looking for - is "As You Like It.
" - Oh, yeah.
Yeah.
I said "All's Well That Ends Well.
" and thought of yeah, oops.
And you have another wrong on the board.
You got to get rid of it.
I'm gonna do Sci-Fi.
Sci-Fi.
Ohh.
All right, we have a battle.
Step into play.
Gentlemen, prepare for battle.
It's your fourth battle.
I know.
And so far, it's 2-1.
- To him.
Yeah.
- To him.
You have to get rid of that wrong Yeah.
And avoid a second wrong.
You have to get him a second wrong because then you will get to choose the category in the next question.
So, you both have an enormous amount at stake here.
You get the choice are you going to lead or follow? Lead.
Why? Um, it hasn't been working as well as I had hoped.
It doesn't work change.
All right.
The battle question is Five seconds.
"The Wrath of Khan.
" "The Voyage Home.
" "The Search for Spock.
" Uh, the Uh "Original Motion Picture.
" That is not a correct answer.
Return to your podium.
That means, for you, Steve, your wrong has gone from the board.
You get the $1,000, and you'll see why that answer was incorrect when you look at the potential answers that we could have accepted "The Wrath of Khan," "The Voyage Home," "The Search for Spock," "The Motion Picture" Not "The Original Motion Picture" "The Final Frontier," "Insurrection," and "Nemesis.
" You have got rid of the wrong.
You've got a bit more money.
Okay, it's your 30th question, and you are 6% through.
Choose a category.
- Composers.
- Composers.
You've had a two-to-one success rate for you so far.
$1,000 if it's the first answer.
10 seconds, and the question is - 10 seconds.
- Ragtime.
That's correct.
$1,000.
Next category.
Composers again.
Composers to clean out the category.
Oh-ho.
A Top Ten Challenge 10 possible answers.
We need 5 of them in 15 seconds.
Are you going to play it, or are you going to pass it? Before you choose, we will take a break.
Welcome back to 500 Questions.
Steve is playing the Top Ten Challenge.
Are you going to play it, or are you going to pass it? A wise man said that he would regret it more if he passed, so I'm gonna play.
Composers.
Top Ten Challenge.
The question, please.
- 15 seconds.
- Uh, "Raiders of The Lost Ark.
" Uh, "Jaws," "E.
T.
" "Amistad" "Schindler's List.
" Whoo! Congratulations.
Another $1,000.
He's good.
Yes, he is good.
He's good, too.
I'm not bad myself.
He's not he's not getting any chances.
That's 'cause you're getting all the right answers.
You can give me some more chances.
Just just get a few more wrong, and I'll dance.
- All right, there's 19 to go - Yeah.
So there's plenty of opportunity for you to knock him out and take his place.
Let's have a look at the answers that you could've come up with.
You got those five right.
Then you could've had "Close Encounters," "Indiana Jones," "Empire of the Sun," "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade," and "Saving Private Ryan.
" You have $23,000 in play and 19 questions between you and taking that money home.
Another category.
- Shakespeare.
- Shakespeare.
- 10 seconds.
- Hamnet.
Correct.
You're on a roll.
I am.
I'm doing good.
Let's keep it going then.
Shakespeare again.
Hey, hey.
And a Triple Threat.
Here there are three answers.
We require all three.
Each gives you $1,000.
You only get the money, of course, if you give me all three.
Your Shakespearean triple threat is 10 seconds.
Cordelia, Regan, Goneril.
$27,000! Another category, please.
Shakespeare.
Okay, cleaning out Shakespeare.
Three-to-one in your favor, and the question is 10 seconds.
Um, "King Henry the V.
" Uh, "King John.
" "King Henry VIII.
" "King Henry the" "King Henry VIII.
" is the right answer.
No money earned, and you continue to play.
- Uh, let's go to Australia.
- Australia.
I haven't been there in a while.
For a battle! All right, step into play.
Gentlemen, prepare for battle.
Steve, it's your choice.
Are you going to lead or follow on this question? I'm 1-0 leading, I think, so I'll lead.
All right.
Here's the question.
Five seconds.
Brisbane.
Perth.
Darwin.
Melbourne.
Uh Um, uh, uh Adelaide.
Hobart.
Well done.
That is all the correct answers.
The battle is a draw.
Nobody wins.
Nobody loses.
You return to your perch.
And you, sir, choose the next category.
Let's do Australia one more time.
Oh.
You've got $27,000.
At this rate, if you finish the board, you'll be able to pay to go to Australia.
I might.
I might.
And the question is 10 seconds.
The Koala, The Kangaroo, The, uh The Wallaby, The, uh The, um Uh What's the other one? The Bandicoot, the, uh I don't know this.
- I don't know this.
- Ohh, a wrong.
The answer was The Wombat.
Oh, well, there you go.
- Wallaby's not Wombat.
- Pbht.
Yeah.
Not the same.
Not the same.
No, and it cost you a wrong.
We're getting to a very interesting position here - because - Yeah.
You've got two left on Australia.
You haven't really tickled Measurements - No.
- which makes me wonder why.
Sci-Fi has been very strong three right.
- Yeah.
- Archaeology is a mixed blessing.
And Currency U.
S.
Currency is two right, as well, so Yeah.
What what are you gonna go for? I'm working Sci-Fi.
I'll go back.
Sci-Fi $1,000 if it's the right first answer.
- 10 seconds.
- I don't remember his name.
I wrote a question about the guy, too.
It's, um I don't know this.
I don't have this at all.
I don't have a name to say.
Nope.
I'm sorry.
Ohh.
Two wrongs.
This is your first time - being in such danger.
- Oh, yeah.
Did you know the answer, Jonathan? H.
R.
Giger.
That's correct.
With two wrongs on the board, you know where this goes.
Yeah.
As always, the moment you get three wrong in a row, you are - Gone! - Gone.
Jonathan, as a-a guru of strategy, now you have to pick the category to get rid of Steve.
You will take his place if he fails and falls.
This is crucial for both of you.
We'll find out how he performs after the break.
Welcome back.
We have two wrongs on the board.
It could not be more serious for you in this game.
Jonathan, as a chess master, you have to pick the category for Steve to answer.
It's crucial, this.
If he makes it to 50 questions, then you're gone.
You have as much at stake, if not more now, maybe This is my shot.
I mean, it's like the 9th inning right now.
This is your shot.
I-I I'm waffling between Archaeology and Measurements.
I'm gonna go to Archaeology.
Steve, you are now playing to stay in 500 Questions.
- Yes.
- If you get this wrong, it will be three wrongs in a row, and you will be - Gone! - Gone.
Yeah.
To stay in the game, Archaeology.
10 seconds.
Turkey, Syria - Yes! Get rid of the wrongs! You're back in the game.
So, Jonathan well, with every chance I get, I'm gonna try my best.
So, that's all I can do.
There are still 12 questions to go through.
It's not over by any means.
Your next category, please.
Australia.
Australia two-to-one in your favor so far.
10 seconds.
Uh, like, Citrine, Ruby, um I don't know that.
Uh, Topaz, um Sapphire Emerald.
I don't know.
That's the category you should've gone to.
The correct answer is Opals.
Okay.
Not a not a great thing for me, Gemstones.
I don't know that much about them.
Except when you buy them.
Librarian money, man.
- Hey, you got 5 grand.
- That's true.
That's true.
And if you get the next 11 questions, you will have $28,000 more.
- But that is more serious.
- Yes.
That wrong has to go.
Where are you going to try and get rid of it.
Sci-Fi.
Sci-Fi.
And the question is "Dune.
" Correct.
The wrong disappears.
$29,000.
- Yeah.
- Where are you gonna go? Well, if I want to visit Australia, I got to get rid of it first, so I'll go to Australia.
- You've got 50/50 on Australia.
- Yeah, I know.
$1,000 if it's right first answer.
And to complete the category, the question is - 10 seconds.
- Polo.
Um, uh, Soccer.
Uh Rally Racing.
Um Running.
Um, I don't know.
Basketball.
A wrong on the board.
It covers two Australian states.
Here's the answer.
Golf.
Ohh! That is a sport that you play on yeah, yeah.
Sometimes, you have to drive up to 50 miles - Wow.
- between holes.
That's why I don't play golf, I guess.
Australia has now finished.
You have a wrong on the board and nine questions left.
I'm gonna go to Archaeology.
Archaeology for $1,000 if it's the first answer.
- 10 seconds.
- Philip.
Correct.
Get rid of the wrong.
Eight questions to go.
$5,000 in the bank and $30,000 on the board if you complete the next eight.
Yeah.
I'm gonna go to Measurements.
Measurements and the question is 10 seconds.
Geiger Counter.
Uh, like, the, um I don't know.
Uh, Calculator.
Uh, The Computer.
The, um yeah, uh Nope.
Wrong on the board.
It was the measurement for Laser.
Oh.
Okay.
Jonathan, once again, that was a category you could've chosen when he had two wrongs on the board.
- Yeah, it was.
It was.
- But you didn't.
I'm just rubbing salt.
So, you have the wrong, which has to go if you can get the next question right.
Where on the board do you wish to go? I'll have the last Archaeology.
Last Archaeology.
The question is 10 seconds.
Caligula, Nero okay.
Gone! Whoo! You are on a roll.
We're gonna keep going.
All right.
I mean, there's only two, right? I'll go with Measurements.
Measurements question is 10 seconds.
I love you guys.
Apgar.
Who was that to? Miles and Lucy, my kids.
They're 3 and 1.
Aww.
It was I mean, it made me think of them.
- You remember the moment.
- Yeah, I do.
Miles and Lucy, someday, you will spend the money that he might win tonight.
All right, only five questions to go to complete your first 50.
Where do you want to go next? - Measurements.
- Measurements.
- 10 seconds.
- The mouse.
One point.
Where next? - Measurements.
- Measurements.
The last one in the category.
10 seconds.
Mustard.
Uh, or, like, rice, or what would this be? Like, uh, strawberry.
A seed from a pumpkin.
A seed from a carrot.
A seed from a I guess that's apple.
Um Wrong on the board.
The correct answer is a carob.
Ooh.
We are going into the 48th question with you having one wrong on the board.
Yes.
If you get this next question right, mathematically, it's impossible for you not to win the board, and you will go through and get the money.
However, if you get this question wrong, then it is mathematically possible for you to knock him out and take his place.
We will find out your next category after the break.
Welcome back to 500 Questions, where we are at a critical, absolutely crucial moment.
Steve, you have left yourself with one category from which to choose.
Yep.
U.
S.
Currency.
U.
S.
Currency.
Ohh.
It's a triple threat.
Get it right, and you're guaranteed to take home at least $36,000.
We're trying.
Obviously, you're aware if you get it wrong you'll have two wrongs on the board, and suddenly you're in serious danger.
Yeah.
And if you get three wrongs in a row, you are - Gone.
- Gone! There are three answers.
You'll get $1,000 for each answer, but only if you give me all of them.
You have 10 seconds.
Your U.
S.
Currency Triple Threat Question, please.
10 seconds.
Philadelphia, Denver San Francisco.
Yes! Whoo! You have just done it.
$36,000.
Miles and Lucy, your dad done good.
But this is not over.
It's not over.
I mean, it's over for you coming over here, but it's not over just yet, because you have two more questions to go, and any wrongs that you now get will carry over and give your next challenger an advantage on your next 50 questions.
- You understand? - Yeah.
The category.
- U.
S.
Currency.
- U.
S.
Currency.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Independence Hall.
$1,000.
And you're now playing to complete 50 questions.
So Going for question 50 of 500.
Yep.
It's U.
S.
Currency.
U.
S.
Currency.
And the question is - 10 seconds.
- Anthony.
Martha Washington.
Yes! You've won $37,000, plus $5,000 bonus.
$42,000 is yours now.
But you still have 450 questions of 500 to go.
Easy.
And you have been an amazing challenger.
You have tried to psyche him as much as you could.
- But we say goodbye.
- Yes.
And we wish you well.
- Jonathan, well done.
- Thank you very much.
How are you holding up? Pretty good.
Pretty good.
A long way to go.
Can you do it? Yes.
Will you do it? Maybe.
Well, let's meet your new challenger, who's determined to knock you out and take your place.
Where's he from? Naperville, Illinois.
What does he do? He's a professional gambler.
What makes him a genius? He has an I.
Q.
of 158.
It's James.
James Holzhauer.
Nice to see you, sir.
Hi, Richy.
How you doing? Very well, thank you.
You're 30 years old.
I am 30 years old, yes.
You're a professional gambler.
That's correct.
You have one goal here.
What is that goal? Knock him out.
Can you do it? I'd bet on it.
All right, so what do you think your odds are of getting from that side of the studio to this side? Darn near 100%.
Oh! He is confident! He is.
Smart guy.
You have to get through 50 questions to see him off.
And these are your next 10 categories.
World Holidays, Horror Fiction, Food Facts, Acclaimed TV Shows, Historic Ships, California, Random, Opera, Footwear, and The United Nations.
It's a lot of different stuff.
Yeah, these are gonna be really difficult.
Throughout this, you know what you're doing here.
You are watching closely, because, at various points, you'll get the chance to pick on Steve's weaknesses.
Are you ready? I am ready.
Then let's play 500 Questions.
Choose your first category.
Acclaimed TV Shows.
Acclaimed TV Shows.
Let's see the question.
- 10 seconds.
- "Homeland.
" Or, um Yes! Look at that.
Quick answer.
$1,000.
51st question.
Stay there Acclaimed TV Shows.
- Ohh.
- Ohh.
- You may be regretting it now.
- I might be.
This is a Top Ten Challenge.
10 answers, and you have to give me 5 of them in 15 seconds.
Yes, sir.
Play or pass? Yeah, I'm gonna stick with playing.
I'll regret it more if he just nails it, so I'll just go ahead.
All right.
And the question is 15 seconds.
Clarkson, Studdard, Underwood.
Um shoot, shoot, shoot, uh Fantasia, I hope that's one.
Uh, um Where'd they go? Shoot.
Um Oh, no.
I did this time has gone.
You did not get five answers correct.
James, would you have been able to tackle that? Taylor Hicks, David Cook, - Kris Allen, Phillip Phillips - Correct.
Scotty McCreery.
All right, let's see who you could've selected.
James has actually given us most of the answers.
You could've given us Taylor Hicks.
- Yeah.
- Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee, or Scotty.
So, you have one wrong on the board.
You need to get rid of it.
That is the urgency now.
But we've got an entire board to play with.
World Holidays seems like my safest.
World Holidays.
The question is 10 seconds.
I the battle of the dardanelles.
The Bosporus.
I don't know this.
Um, the, uh I um Istanbul.
Astana.
I-I don't know.
Whoa! You have two wrongs in a row.
Yeah.
Yeah.
James, would you have known the answer to that? Gallipoli.
- Gallipoli is correct.
- Yeah.
All right.
You got two wrongs in a row.
You're in a critical situation.
Yeah.
If you get the next answer wrong, it will be three wrong in a row, and you're - Gone! - Gone.
And that means that James gets to choose the next category.
James is a gambler.
What's your thinking? Well, I see he's got a couple wrong already.
He might be trying to get rid of Acclaimed TV Shows.
I don't really know.
But I'm looking at this guy his shirt's not even tucked in.
I think I have to go for Footwear.
Ohh! You've chosen the category Footwear.
Yes.
If he gets this wrong, you are over here.
Oh, really? And Don't get smart.
Because once you're over here, it will be different.
- Steve.
- Yeah? - You've been here before.
- Yep.
You are now playing to stay in 500 Questions.
Yep.
And the Footwear question is - 10 seconds.
- Nine west.
- Yes! Whoo! Get rid of the wrongs! Give him $1,000.
Any comment? Clearly, I cannot size the man up by one look.
All right.
Choose the next category.
Yeah, we'll go back to my original plan.
I'll go with Acclaimed TV Shows.
Acclaimed TV Shows.
The question is - 10 seconds.
- [Sighs] I don't know.
- I haven't seen an episode of this.
- Aah.
Um, uh - Um - Come on, guess.
Uh I don't have anything.
Yeah, I really don't.
Smith, Williams I don't know.
I do not.
A wrong.
That's the category you should've gone to.
Viola Davis.
- Viola Davis.
- Viola Davis, this is correct.
All right, you have one wrong on the board.
You need to get rid of it.
Can you do it? Yes.
We'll find out after the break.
Welcome back to 500 Questions.
Steve has got one wrong on the board.
Get rid of the wrong that's your number-one priority now.
Where do you want to go? Um, United Nations.
- Ooh.
- It's a battle.
Now, James, step into play.
All right, gentlemen, prepare for battle.
Are you going to lead or follow? I kind of did both last game, and it worked better when I led, so I'm gonna go ahead and lead again.
The battle question on the United Nations is as follows.
- Five seconds.
- English.
Chinese.
Spanish.
French.
Arabic.
Russian.
Good job.
Well done.
The battle is a draw.
Nobody wins.
Nobody loses.
James, return to your perch.
All right, you still got one wrong on the board.
That has to go.
And you need to choose the next category.
I'll still do United Nations.
Same plan.
All right, the question is 10 seconds.
Sweden.
Norway.
The wrong has gone.
Where to next? I will go with Acclaimed TV Shows.
Oi.
Ooh.
A triple threat three answers.
You get $1,000 for each answer, but you only get the money and the question if you get all three.
And the question is 10 seconds.
"Coven.
" And two other things.
I I have not seen these.
Um Yeah, I-I like, I know they exist, but I don't know them.
I really don't.
A wrong.
For bragging rights, do you want to have a go? "Asylum.
" "Freak show.
" - "Freak show.
" Yeah.
- Yes.
Impressive.
You have a very good score.
You have every question right that he's got wrong.
Yeah.
Of course, all of this means nothing if you don't get over here, but I will.
Steve has one wrong on the board, which needs to go.
Yeah, it does.
- And sooner rather than later.
- Yes.
I'm gonna go back to United Nations again.
It's been good to me so far.
And the question is 10 seconds.
Woodrow Wilson.
Uh, Winston Churchill.
Um Uh, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Truman.
Yes.
Roosevelt was the right answer.
Next question.
Let's make some more money for you.
I think I will go with Acclaimed TV Shows.
Okay.
You've gone for Acclaimed TV Shows.
It's been somewhat of a disaster for you.
Indeed.
Three against one not good odds.
And the question is 10 seconds.
- Um, it's, um God, what does he go by? It's oh, geez! Um Fermi, Einstein.
It's not that.
It's, um, uh Shoot.
Um Wow.
- A wrong.
- Ehh.
"Say my name.
" "Heisenberg.
" Heisenberg, yeah.
All right, so you have a wrong on the board.
You've done 60 questions.
You're hanging in there.
Choose a category.
Forget about the money.
Get rid of the wrong.
Acclaimed TV Shows, thank the lord, has gone.
Indeed.
Which category would you like to go for? United Nations.
United Nations.
Get rid of that wrong.
A very strong category for you so far.
And the question is 10 seconds.
General Assembly.
Or, the, uh, Secretariat.
Or okay.
No money.
The wrong has gone.
Come on.
You got all that to go for.
Yeah, I'll go ahead and go to Horror Fiction next.
Horror Fiction.
First of the category, and the question is 10 seconds.
Poe.
Yes! $1,000.
Next category.
We'll stay there Horror Fiction.
Horror Fiction first answer gets you $1,000 if it's correct, and the question is 10 seconds.
"Sleepy Hollow.
" $1,000.
Now you're motoring.
Well, if it's all, like, 1800s Horror Fiction, I'll be in better shape.
I was worried it was gonna be, like, modern stuff that I clearly am super-good at from the TV category.
- Quite.
- Yeah.
Where would you like to go? Horror Fiction again, please.
The question is 10 seconds.
Lestat.
Correct.
You have $5,000.
And you're keeping a very comfortable, respectable 72% hit rate.
Which category would you like to go for? I'm gonna go ahead and go to California.
California.
And the question on California is 10 seconds.
Sutter's Mill.
Correct.
$1,000.
All right.
You got $6,000 in play, but you don't get a penny of it until you've completed all 50.
The board is fairly open.
- Yeah.
- You have four categories you haven't even tickled.
Okay, um, I'll just go to Food Facts.
Food Facts, you'll start.
You're starting - Ohh.
- Oh.
Triple Threat.
I need three answers.
Each gets you $1,000.
But you only get the money if you get all three.
10 seconds.
And the question is 10 seconds.
Miller Light, Amstel Light Michelob Light, Michelob Ultra, um Geez.
Uh Uh, Rolling Rock Light.
I don't know.
Only one right.
So, you get a wrong on the board.
Okay, these are the answers.
Natural Light and Coors Light.
That was a hard one, I think.
That was a hard one.
You have a wrong on the board.
Will you get rid of it and be the first person to answer 500 questions? Join us next time to find out.
Good night.