Dan Blonsky

Dan is a laywer, and this was the question that got him into the hot seat:

Put the following words in the order that they are said in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.
A. Liberty B. Flag
C. Justice D. Indivisible
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): B-D-A-C
Dan's winning time: 5.65
Competitors: 5/8

Here goes Dan on his way to the million!

For $100:
1. What does it mean to receive a 'pink slip' at work?

A. You're getting promotedB. You're getting a raise
C. You're firedD. You won an office pool

Dan: "If I miss this one, I'm going to get one..."

Dan says it's C...

He's on the board! $100.

For $200:
2. What do you need to play the tradtional game 'cat's cradle'?

A. StringB. Dice
C. JacksD. Cards

Dan chooses A...

For his final answer.

Got it! $200.

For $300:
3. What breed of dog what film and TV star Lassie?

A. St. BernardB. Collie
C. German shepherdD. Poodle

Dan goes with B...

Correct! $300.

For $500:
4. How many cells make up an amoeba?

A. ThreeB. Two
C. OneD. Zero

Dan takes C...

Of course it's C! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. Which of the following items are traditionally stored in a humidor to keep them fresh?

A. BreadB. Cheese
C. WineD. Cigars

Dan: "And if I hit about 11 more of these, I'm smoking a big one..."

Dan chooses D...

It's right! Dan's won a thousand dollars!

For $2000:
6. 'Al dente' is often used to describe a preparation of which of the following foods?

A. MeatB. Fish
C. PastaD. Cake

Recognizing that "Al Dente" pasta is a little harder than normal, Dan picks C...

As his final answer.

Got another one! $2000!

END 1/16 SHOW -- BEGIN 1/18 SHOW

On the last show, Dan mentioned that he was a big fan of supermodel Elle Macpherson and would like to meet her one day.

Reege: "Dan, you know what happened?"
Dan: "What happened?"
Reege: "Only on television, pal - Nothing! She never called!"

For $4000:
7. Which New York City building was bombed by terrorists in 1993?

A. Grand Central TerminalB. Empire State Building
C. City Hall D. World Trade Center

Dan chooses B...

And he'll turn it orange.

He's right again! $4000!

For $8000:
8. In the film 'Notting Hill', where does Hugh Grant's character work?

A. BookstoreB. Clothing store
C. Restaurant D. Antique shop

Dan didn't see the movie, but he did read the review. To be safe, though, he'll poll the audience.

A. Bookstore - 88%B. Clothing store - 4%

C. Restaurant - 1%D. Antique shop - 7%

Let's get the riot gear on hand.

Dan will take the audience's suggestion and pick A...

Which will be his final answer.

Our audience is right yet again!

For $16,000:
9. Panama borders which of the following countries to connect Central and South America?

A. EcuadorB. Venezuela
C. NicaraguaD. Colombia

Dan remembers reading about how the U.S. gave back the Panama Canal, and that Panama had acquired independence, but he's struggling to figure out if they became independent from Venezuela or Colombia.

He conjures up a map, and decides that Colombia borders Panama.

D is his final answer.

Took him a while...

But he got it! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. What did the 45-foot-tall 'Hollywood' sign say when it was originally built in 1923?

A. Hollywood, CAB. Hello, Hollywood
C. HollywoodlandD. Hollywoodville

Dan: "There's an advantage to watching a lot of TV..."

Dan remembers from watching some exposť on television that the sign originally said "Hollywoodland". With that, Dan goes with C...

And that's his final answer.

Dan's watching TV...

Has just won him $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. What comedian was a featured player on both 'In Living Color' and 'Saturday Night Live'?

A. Keenan Ivory WayansB. Jim Carrey
C. Chris RockD. Ellen Cleghorne

By process of elimination, Dan settles on C...

For his final answer.

Dan had a free shot on this one.

And it paid off!

For $125,000, or ONE EIGHTH of a MILLION DOLLARS:
12. What country first granted women the right to vote in national elections in 1971?

A. PhilippinesB. Switzerland
C. MoroccoD. Hungary

Dan thinks he knows this one, but to be a little more comfortable he'll take the 50:50.

OUTB. Switzerland

OUTD. Hungary

Dan thought it was B, and the 50:50 made him more certain.

Dan selects B...

That's his final answer.

He was so sure it was Switzerland...

'Cause that's the right answer!

For $250,000, or ONE QUARTER of a MILLION DOLLARS:
13. When she used her CB radio in the White House, former first lady Betty Ford went by what handle?

A. First MamaB. Gerry's Girl
C. ColumbiaD. Lady Liberty

Dan is doing his best Lawrence Caplan impression: He doesn't know why, but he knows this one.

Dan thinks it's A.

And he declares it as his final answer.

If only Elle Macpherson were watching right now...

She'd have seen Dan...


Reege: "You're not going to believe this, but you know who we just heard from?"
Dan: "...Did we?"
Reege: "Elle Macpherson called.

Just kidding."

No kidding here, though - Dan Blonsky is now the fifth contestant in nine shows to reach the 14th question. Only problem is, the last two gave wrong answers, and each went back to $32,000. Dan's got history to fight against now. But he does still have a Lifeline. Here we go:

For $500,000, or HALF A MILLION DOLLARS:
14. In 1974, which celebrity appeared on the first cover of 'People' magazine?

A. Elizabeth TaylorB. Jane Fonda
C. Mary Tyler MooreD. Mia Farrow

We've finally got one that he doesn't know. Since he has a Lifeline left, he's going to call someone.

Not his scientist friend, or his dad. He'll call Jeff. This is the transcript after the fluff:

    Dan: "Need those again?"
    Jeff: "Yes, please."
    Dan: "Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Mary Tyler Moore, Mia Farrow. 11 seconds."
    Jeff: "It was, uh, definitely Mia Farrow."
    Dan: "Definitely?"
    Jeff: "Yes."
    Dan: "Absolutely. All right, big bucks, man."
    Jeff: "I know." (Burp burp)

Finally, a phone friend who knows it!

The ringing endorsement is enough for Dan to go with D...

Which he will lock in.

We've so far had two half-millionaires.

We've also had two tankers at this stage.

Dan Blonsky is going to be the third person...


FINALLY! Someone managed to break the $500,000 after three tries. But now comes the big one. A miss will cost Dan $468,000 - more money than Mark McDermott and Lawrence Caplan lost combined. He's now out of Lifelines. One more question to go.

15. The Earth is approximately how many miles away from the sun?

A. 9.3 million milesB. 39 million miles
C. 93 million milesD. 193 million miles

Let's give Dan the floor here.

Dan: "Well, if this was a $4000 question, I'd tell you right now."

Regis reminds Dan that he'll lose $468,000 if he's wrong.

Dan: "That ain't chump change. I took astronomy in college. A long time ago, in the first semester of my freshman year."
Regis: "Remember anything about these two and their relationships?"
Dan: "I have a thought. My thought is 93 million miles. Now, all the numbers revolve around that. It's not 39. It's not 9.3. I'm pretty sure it's 93. I'm gonna make that my final answer."
Regis: "Gutsball, my friend! Gutsball all the way. Let me repeat this - is this your final answer?"
Dan: "This is my final answer."

I took astronomy in my first semester too.

And I know that the distance between the Earth and the sun is...

1 Astronomical Unit.
(Heh heh.)

The AU is the unit of measurement behind light year.

And it converts to...



Neither millionaire required Regis to ask for a final answer on the last question.

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