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Omg Tiffany Haddish had moments of brilliance, and moments of WTF ARE YOU THINKING?!??

I was touched by her description of what happened to her and other foster kids.  I hope they got all the $$$$. 

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The celebrities are boring and they make the questions too easy for them because it's for "charity".   Yawn.

I believe we are all essential in some way.  But they make it sound like we all owe something to these "frontline" people just for doing their job.   So I guess now those of us not considered essential can't try out for this anymore.  But what we can do is CLICK!

 

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12 hours ago, SoMuchTV said:

Omg Tiffany Haddish had moments of brilliance, and moments of WTF ARE YOU THINKING?!??

The weird thing is she seemed to be going in the right direction when she was saying "I remember them eating something brown!", then decided to trust her friend anyway, which was a bad idea. 

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My problem is, this is like "celebrity charity" than "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." Yes, it's true seeing people who go: "I watched this at home and think I can do better and I really can't." The show was great not because of Regis, but because of average people being on. Friend of mine was on back in 99. I had two friends almost get on in 2000. Every time I see this I want to go: "How about us teachers who need money for funding?" or how about: "I'm playing for a community to get them going." Not that one charity is more important than another, but this just doesn't work in the long term. 

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19 hours ago, SoMuchTV said:

Omg Tiffany Haddish had moments of brilliance, and moments of WTF ARE YOU THINKING?!??

I came here to say the same thing. I've never cared for her, but when she started out pretty smart, I was thinking hey, girl's got some brains going for her, I need to rethink my opinion. Then she was all WTH is a woodchuck, some imaginary animal? And I was back to oh, snap, get her off my teevee, what a loser.

I never watched The Sopranos but saw that last scene several times on different pop-culture shows. I didn't notice they were eating anything, but like she said, shrimp was too high-class for that diner. Onion rings were what people would order there IMO. Chicken fingers would be next choice, but even those are a bit fancy for a mob diner. And nachos? No way. Too crunchy and loud for the sound guy. Plus messy with all that cheese gooping off the chips. No respectable mob boss would eat nachos, at least not in public.

Was glad when she was gone, although I'd really like to own that wig. It was nice.

The "regular" guy who came on next shows promise. He was smart so far, and I like how he thanked Jimmy for making him feel relaxed. Well done, fellow. I hope you go far.

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Not for nothing, I ❤️ the charity Tiffany was playing for.  I’m so glad she was able to bring it to a national stage.  It is a VERY important cause that I wish more people took notice of.  If you ever have the opportunity PLEASE donate old suitcases, luggage, duffles, backpacks to your local foster / adopt organization.  Anything is better than the black bags. My son came into my care at 8 years old with 4 black garbage bags of his entire childhood “belongings.”   

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I think I would subscribe to a podcast with Julie Bowen and  Jimmy  Kimmel discussing 80’s films and Oscar winners. 

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Gah, they were overthinking the states question. They got Ohio and Utah, which rule out "border each other" and "names are one syllable," even if they don't know where they are in relation to the Mississippi River...and if they know where Ohio is, it rules out that answer, too. So "starts with a vowel" is all that's left. Didn't even need to come up with Iowa.

Trinidad is closer to mainland South America than I realized...

Fun fact: Julie Bowen's charity (Baby2Baby) "is one of the four charities to which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex suggested people might donate instead of sending gifts for their newborn son Archie in 2019" (from Wikipedia). Julie is on the board of directors.

I guessed Fast Times for the movie question because it's the only one I've never seen and I couldn't think of three Oscar winners for any of the others (though I don't really pay that much attention to the Oscars, so that was no guarantee).

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Oh and I thought Julie Bowen did a better job than a lot of the recent contestants at using her first-ten friend. Maybe the show cut some stuff out, but it seemed like some of them went straight to a lifeline before even checking in with the friend. 

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12 hours ago, ams1001 said:

I guessed Fast Times for the movie question because it's the only one I've never seen and I couldn't think of three Oscar winners for any of the others (though I don't really pay that much attention to the Oscars, so that was no guarantee).

I came up with Sean Penn right away, and Forest Whitaker after I thought for a little bit. I was assuming the third one was Jennifer Jason Leigh, who has been nominated for an Academy Award (for "The Hateful Eight") but didn't win. The third one is actually Nicolas Cage, who is kinda barely in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (and I think is credited as Nicolas Coppola in it). It was his first screen role.

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14 hours ago, SoMuchTV said:

I think I would subscribe to a podcast with Julie Bowen and  Jimmy  Kimmel discussing 80’s films and Oscar winners. 

That was the best part of this episode for me. I was enjoying how much they knew about the business (show) they are in. Not that that should be surprising, but it is.

I knew the answer to the Utah/Ohio clue as soon as those two states were said, so agree that spending time trying to think of Iowa was a waste. But the funny part is, I can (practically) see Iowa from my back door and I couldn't think of it either. Good thing Iowa doesn't connect Utah with Ohio.

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4 hours ago, Phishbulb said:

I came up with Sean Penn right away, and Forest Whitaker after I thought for a little bit. I was assuming the third one was Jennifer Jason Leigh, who has been nominated for an Academy Award (for "The Hateful Eight") but didn't win. The third one is actually Nicolas Cage, who is kinda barely in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (and I think is credited as Nicolas Coppola in it). It was his first screen role.

The only name I associate with Fast Times is Sean Penn..

2 hours ago, saber5055 said:

I knew the answer to the Utah/Ohio clue as soon as those two states were said, so agree that spending time trying to think of Iowa was a waste. But the funny part is, I can (practically) see Iowa from my back door and I couldn't think of it either. Good thing Iowa doesn't connect Utah with Ohio.

Iowa was the first I came up with, then Ohio. I hadn't thought of Utah before they said it.

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On 10/26/2020 at 12:53 PM, saber5055 said:

That was the best part of this episode for me. I was enjoying how much they knew about the business (show) they are in. Not that that should be surprising, but it is.

Same. Though I was screaming at my TV that Robin Williams didn't win a Best Actor Oscar. His win was for supporting. I think that would have made things easier for them. 

Also, I didn't realize that you were allowed to use Jimmy like your helper and go back and forth with him. All the more reason to ditch 50/50 and use him. 

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1 hour ago, vibeology said:

Also, I didn't realize that you were allowed to use Jimmy like your helper and go back and forth with him. All the more reason to ditch 50/50 and use him. 

That lifeline started in the first pandemic run when it replaced "ask the audience' (since there's no audience to ask)

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On 10/26/2020 at 12:53 PM, saber5055 said:

That was the best part of this episode for me. I was enjoying how much they knew about the business (show) they are in. Not that that should be surprising, but it is.

Oh man, I was just coming here to say that. That was so delightful and spontaneous, from the moment Jimmy Kimmel said "I watched Fast Times last weekend," and Julie Bowen leaned forward in her chair, like they were having an actual conversation. I loved them going back and forth about the characters in the movie. You could see them drop their "personas" and it was almost like listening in on two friends, hanging out. "Forest Whitaker was in Fast Times?" "Yeah, he was the football player." And then when they started doing imitations of the characters ... I swear, twenty years fell away from both of them during that exchange.

Julie Bowen was interesting, because I thought she was toast after she had to check with her expert after every single answer, but she clearly was leaning on the guy because she thinks he knew more than her. Yet when forced to think for herself, she's actually pretty good.

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17 hours ago, opus said:

That lifeline started in the first pandemic run when it replaced "ask the audience' (since there's no audience to ask)

I knew they had switched it but I think this is the first time it's turned into a drawn out conversation rather than Jimmy just giving his answer with maybe a joke back and forth. Julie and Jimmy being able to collaborate is the thing I find fascinating and the reason it would be even more valuable a lifeline. I think any time you can talk out an answer with another person is ideal.

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I do like the "Ask a friend" option, and the banter/consultation on the early prize levels they can have. I suspect it helps relax the contestant a bit and break the ice, especially for the ones not used to TV production. 

I also like the ask the host banter chance as well. I hope both of those life line options remain somehow even when the audience can return. 

While it is one of the show's "feature" life lines, I wouldn't mind "Phone a friend" being dropped as a lifeline entirely. Or maybe replace it with "Zoom a Friend" so you can see who is being called and see they aren't looking up the answer but just trying to figure it out, and give them a full minute, or maybe 45 seconds to answer (with the question on their screen). 

Maybe have 4 Lifelines available at the start, but you can ONLY use 3 lifelines total. So you would have: Zoom a Friend, 50/50, Ask the Host, Ask the Audience at the start and have the in studio partner available to the 32k level. Then you can swap your Studio friend for one of the remaining lifelines if you want. (And are still limited to 3 total)

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Yep, would definitely tune-in to a Julie and Jimmy Podcast.

Erik looked so sad!

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Joel McHale is the game show utility player. In the last month he’s been on Masked Singer, Match Game and this and I’m not even counting Card Sharks. 

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7 minutes ago, mtlchick said:

Joel McHale is the game show utility player. In the last month he’s been on Masked Singer, Match Game and this and I’m not even counting Card Sharks. 

He also shows up on To Tell the Truth.

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41 minutes ago, mtlchick said:

Joel McHale is the game show utility player. In the last month he’s been on Masked Singer, Match Game and this and I’m not even counting Card Sharks. 

Also he was on Celebrity Family Feud where his “family” was other dads from his kids school.

Sucks that neither Erik nor his helper Alberto knew what a “wenis” was. I learned that in elementary school since it was something kids would joke about due to the rhyming implications. If he had used Ask the Host I’m confident Jimmy would know it.

As for Julie Bowen getting a Tiger King question for $1,000,000 that would be the one case I would see a question and be happy to not know the answer. 

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I thought Julie Bowen's $500,000 question was about as difficult as a  $100 question ....I mean what else could you see people in Caracas doing?  I certainly can't see them on ziplines....and what people would ride an ostrich or a water buffalo to church?   Caracas isn't all that weird.  People do roller skate.  But you put a life changing amount of money on that question and you find yourself agonizing over it.

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Erik and his friend obviously had a more refined upbringing than my school friends and I did.  "Wenis" was the talk of the town.

I wasn't sure about the "hero" contestants, but they aren't overdoing it.  I was hoping they would include bus drivers and others who have kept things working, and not just the usually fireman-cop-soldier.  It's like the show read my mind.  I did cringe a little at the "you've never ever seen snow...not even to go up to Big Bear?"  Little bit of foot-in-mouth, maybe.  Not everyone has time or money for a ski vacation.

Questions were pretty interesting.  I did not know that Julie's sister was a noted infectious disease specialist.  Pretty good episode.  Joel, though, my goodness.  I need him to dial it down just a bit.  He way way too "on" for me.

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Today I finally learned what the R in Joseph R. Biden stands for... 😄 Thanks, Millionaire! 

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1 hour ago, ams1001 said:

Today I finally learned what the R in Joseph R. Biden stands for... 😄 Thanks, Millionaire! 

 

 

 

 

I think I heard it for the first time at some point yesterday. But I did know that it was “R” so I would have been able to figure it out. I have to keep reminding myself that these folks didn’t see what we current-time people have seen over the past couple days. 

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9 hours ago, SoMuchTV said:

I think I heard it for the first time at some point yesterday. But I did know that it was “R” so I would have been able to figure it out.

Yeah, I knew it was R (I think it's the NY Times that almost always refers to him as "Joseph R. Biden") and I have idly wondered what it stood for but never bothered to look it up.

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I know we are supposed to be rooting for the little guys on this show, but that food truck guy was such a dummy. He acted like he had to pick one of those answers even though he clearly had no idea. And he obviously didn't even read the question much less understand it. I was screaming at him to pick Thelma & Louise and then he was like "But they didn't even have cell phones back then?" It said Polaroid right in the question!

I also wondered why he can't run his food truck right now. The food trucks where I live are doing excellent business because they are outside and carry-out only to begin with. One of my favorite food trucks even partnered with a nightclub that is closed so they can park in their parking lot every day for lunch and use their kitchen. They sell out at lunch every single day.

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11 minutes ago, Jadzia said:

I know we are supposed to be rooting for the little guys on this show, but that food truck guy was such a dummy. He acted like he had to pick one of those answers even thought he clearly had no idea. And he obviously didn't even read the question much less understand it. I was screaming at him to pick Thelma & Louise and then he was like "But they didn't even have cell phones back then?" It said Polaroid right in the question!

I also wondered why he can't run his food truck right now. The food trucks where I live are doing excellent business because they are outside and carry-out only to begin with. One of my favorite food trucks even partnered with a nightclub that is closed so they can park in their parking lot every day for lunch and use their kitchen. They sell out at lunch every single day.

I got it wrong too....because I remember Romie and Michelle was about two ladies attending their high school reunion so I thought it was that.

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I can understand him not knowing the answer. I was just surprised he didn't consider just walking away without answering since he did not seem certain of his answer at all. He acted like he had to make a guess.

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Jimmy's usually fairly quick to remind contestants that they are forgetting their "Walk away" option, but I get the feeling the Food Truck guy lept to Final Answer too fast for Jimmy to realize where that was going and remind him of the other option. Plus they had gone over "You can still walk away after you phone your friend" before the lifeline was used. 

 

As for the question itself, I would've been stumped, since I've only seen 1 and maybe 2/3rds of the movies listed. But I vaguely recall T&L had some marketing of them with the Polaroid selfie, so it was my best guess. I probably would have walked though. 

 

While it is an iconic lifeline, Phone a Friend really has to be replaced with something else. Studio friend sort've works, but as I suggested above, Zoom a friend might be a better one. Or maybe Phone a friend could work better if they have the host ask the question and starting the 30 seconds when the host is done. (And don't let them chatter until the 30 seconds starts). Since often times a lot of the time seems eaten up just with the contestant mangling the question. 

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T & L  in a Polaroid is in one of the movie posters

 

 

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On 11/10/2020 at 1:54 PM, opus said:

T & L  in a Polaroid is in one of the movie posters

I answered Thelma and Louise while the question was being read and before any of the answers were given.

Yeay me.

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