Darrin Despain

Darrin is a biostatistician, and he got into the hot seat with this question:

QQ18. Put the following Madonna albums in order of their release from earliest to most recent.
A. Ray of LightB. Erotica
C. Like a Virgin D. Like a Prayer
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): C-D-B-A
Darrin's winning time: 5.52
Competitors: 4/9

Here he goes for the million!

For $100:
1. According to an old proverb, people in what kind of houses shouldn't throw stones?

A. MarbleB. Split-level
C. GlassD. Wood

Darrin goes with C...

And that's his final answer.

They shouldn't dress with the lights on, either! $100.

For $200:
2. On what day of the week would it be most appropriate to say 'TGIF'?

A. MondayB. Wednesday
C. ThursdayD. Friday

Darrin picks D...

For his final answer.

He's got it! $200.

For $300:
3. In Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, what does the ugly duckling grow up to be?

A. FlamingoB. Swan
C. GooseD. Governor

Darrin selects B...

Final answer? Of course.

And he's right again! $300.

For $500:
4. Which of the following is a bean, a horse, and a car?

A. LimaB. Pinto
C. MustangD. Fava

Darrin says it's B...

Which is his final answer.

Four in a row! $500.

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. Which of the following genres best describes Danielle Steel's novels?

A. RomanceB. Self-help
C. Science fictionD. Horror

Darrin chooses A...

And that'll be his final answer.

Correct! And he's got a guaranteed grand!

For $2000:
6. Which country is home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

A. GreeceB. United States
C. ItalyD. France

Darrin picks C...

That's his final answer.

He's doubled his money! $2000!

For $4000:
7. Which of the following David E. Kelley television shows does not use a law firm as its primary setting?

A. 'Ally McBeal' B. 'The Practice'
C. 'Picket Fences' D. 'L.A. Law'

Darrin recognizes 3 of the shows that are about lawyers, so by process of elimination he arrives at C...

Which is his final answer.

Picket Fences it is! $4000!

For $8000:
8. What general served in the Persian Gulf as commander of the U.S. forces during Operation Desert Storm?

A. George PattonB. Colin Powell
C. Omar Bradley D. Norman Schwarzkopf

Darrin thought he knew it, but for some reason he can't pick the right answer out of the four choices. So, he'll spend a Lifeline and give this to the hopefully-knowledgaeable audience.

A. George Patton - 4%B. Colin Powell - 18%

C. Omar Bradley - 1%D. Norman Schwarzkopf - 77%

That's quite a majority, and Darrin seems convinced. He'll decide on D...

For his final answer.

The audience comes through again! $8000!


Between shows, Darrin met up with another contestant, $32,000 winner Tom Pajak. Feeling frisky, Darrin decided to play a trick on one of his phone correspondents. With Pajak playing the part of Regis, Despain called his friend Brian with the question, "Who is the hottest chick from the office?" Even better, a couple of the choices were listening in on the speakerphone!

Reege: "And incidentally, just between us, who is the hottest chick in the office??"

For $16,000:
9. What virtuoso performer is known as the 'Queen of Soul'?

A. Aretha FranklinB. Patti LaBelle
C. Anita BakerD. Natalie Cole

Darrin has a hunch, but it's not certain. To make sure he pulls this one off, he'll use his Phone-a-Friend. The question is now, who to call.

Reege: "How about the hottest chick in the office?"

Well, he's on the right track - he'll call Brian. Here's the transcript after the question and choices:

    Brian: "Darrin, the answer is A, Aretha Franklin."
    Darrin: "Um, give me a confidence interval on there. Does that include 1?"
    Brian: "95 to 100 percent confidence on that."
    Darrin: "That sounds pretty good."
    Brian: "All right."
    Darrin: "Thank you." (Burp burp)

Looks like things have been patched up between the two.

That was Darrin's original hunch, as well, so he'll choose A...

And that's his final answer.

Brian was right, it's A! $16,000!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. What religious leader moved the Mormon church to the Great Salt Lake region of Utah?

A. Joseph SmithB. Sidney Rigdon
C. Brigham YoungD. Lyman Wight

Darrin quickly answers C...

And confirms that's his final answer.

He didn't waste any time...

'Cause he knew the right answer! $32,000!!

For $64,000:
11. How many men have walked on the moon?

A. 7B. 12
C. 9D. 23

Darrin seems to be stumped on this one, so he'll use the 50:50.

A. 7B. 12


After pondering the remaining choices, Darrin settles on 7...

Which will be his final answer.

7 is a lucky number for most people.

But not for Darrin. B. 12 was the answer. Astronauts always explore in pairs.
So Darrin Despain is stopped at $32,000.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: The two previous Lifelines he had used probably wouldn't have helped. Even though the two questions said Lifelines were burned on were on relatively easy questions, they only help if they point you towards the right answer. Something tells me that the majority of the audience or Darrin's correspondents wouldn't have known the answer to this one.

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