John Christensen

John just bought a house recently - in fact, the bank accepted the loan the same day he got the call to become a contestant. Here's the question that got John in the game:

QQ4. Put these wives of Frank Sinatra in order, from the first to the last.
A. Barbara MarxB. Nancy Barbato
C. Mia Farrow D. Ava Gardner
Correct Order (drag the mouse over the letters): B-D-C-A
John's winning time: 5.49
Competitors: 2/7

Let's see if we can't pay off that loan on his house reeeeeeally quickly!

For $100:
1. According to the children's game, what do you traditionally pin on the donkey?

A. EarsB. Tail
C. NoseD. Blame

John likes the D answer. But he chooses B...

For his final answer.

One down, fourteen to go!

For $200:
2. Which of the following are the world's tallest trees?

A. RedwoodsB. Dogwoods
C. BonsaiD. Giving trees

John is also struggling on an early question. For the second time in a row, he'll ask the ever-wise audience on a lower-tier question.

A. Redwoods - 94%B. Dogwoods - 1%

C. Bonsai - 3%D. Giving Trees - 2%

Still got that riot gear ready, I hope.

John's a city boy, but he'll go with the audience. He chooses A...

And that's his final answer.

And the audience hasn't missed one yet! $200.

For $300:
3. In the battle cry dating from the 1830s, what are Texans told to remember?

A. CrockettB. Alamo
C. HoustonD. Who shot J.R.

John goes with B...

Yes, that's his final answer.

And it's worth $300!

For $500:
4. What French phrase has come to mean 'served with ice cream'?

A. Vis-a-visB. C'est la vie
C. A la carteD. A la mode

John picks C...

And says that's his final answer.

It's a good one; he's just won $500!

For a guaranteed $1000:
5. How many nickels do you need in order to make $5?

A. 20B. 25
C. 60D. 100

Knowing that 20 nickels makes a dollar, John selects D...

For his final answer.

Well, he can't leave there with less than 20,000 nickels!

For $2000:
6. Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez performed as a 'Fly Girl' on what comedy series?

A. In Living ColorB. Cop Rock
C. The Cosby ShowD. Showtime at the Apollo

John chooses A...

Which is his final answer.

He's on a roll! $2000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Cop Rock?? What's Cop Rock doing up there? That show lasted what, 2 weeks?

For $4000:
7. Where did presidential candidate John McCain spend five years straight?

A. West Point B. Attica State Prison
C. 'Hanoi Hilton' D. Governor's Mansion

The B answer prompts a few chuckles from the audience.

John ponders the choices. He know McCain was a prisoner of war, but he thinks that was for six years instead of 5.

But he uses process of elimination, and finally settles on C...

And that's his final answer.

He talked it out right, it's C! $4000!

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: Smart people could eliminate B right away - felons are not allowed to hold any public office. (At least, the ones who get caught....)


For $8000:
8. What type of sauce gets its name from the Italian word meaning 'to pound'?

A. AlfredoB. Pesto
C. Marinara D. Milanese

Regis reminds John of his two remaining Lifelines.

But John thinks he knows it. He'll pick B...

For his final answer.

It's correct! $8000!

For $16,000:
9. In which of these Tom Cruise movies was his wife, Nicole Kidman, not a co-star?

A. A Few Good MenB. Far and Away
C. Eyes Wide ShutD. Days of Thunder

John has seen all of the movies up there, and he's pretty sure it's A...

Which is his final answer.

And we got ourselves a $16,000 winner!

For a guaranteed $32,000:
10. Which element makes up the largest percentage of the Earth's atmosphere?

A. OxygenB. Hydrogen
C. NitrogenD. Carbon

John is not big on Science, so he'll take one of his Lifelines now and call his friend Tom, who just happens to teach science. Here's the transcript, after the question and choices:

    Tom: "Oxygen, Hydrogen..."
    John: "...Nitrogen or Carbon. You've got 17 seconds left.... 15."
    Tom: "Um... Carbon or Hydrogen..."
    John: "Carbon or Hydrogen. You've got 9 seconds here."
    Tom: "Um... I'm thinking Hydrogen, but I'm not sure."
    John: "Are you sure at all?"
    Tom: "No."
    John: "No, you aren't sure?"
    Tom: "I know it's not Nitrogen, I know it's not Oxygen." (Burp burp)

As one might expect, Tom's answers didn't help John much, so he'll take the 50:50 now.

A. OxygenOUT

C. NitrogenOUT

Reege: "Where does this guy teach?"

Not exactly the results John was looking for.

John mulls over the situation. He knows 15 grand is at stake on this question, and this is the one scenario he didn't think about when devising his strategy.

But he also told himself to walk away if he wasn't sure, and that's what he's going to do.
John Christensen leaves the hot seat with $16,000.

With a free guess, he picks A...

And he would've lost $15,000. C. Nitrogen is correct.

LOOGAROO LAMENTS: The fact that Tom was completely wrong aside, John did something good during the Phone-a-Friend Lifeline. He reminded Tom how much time was left on the clock. I guess he had seen a number of August contestants use call people, and have time run out just before a guess was made, and he didn't want that to happen here.


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