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Carol Alaimo was the last contestant on the regular primetime version of Millionaire. Her appearance took place on June 27, 2002. She is from Buffalo, NY. And, for the finale, Carol did a brilliant runthrough, winning $125,000. Here is Carol's runthrough.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put these magazines in the order they were first published, starting with the earliest.
• A: Wired • B: Esquire
• C: Soap Opera Digest • D: TV Guide

From the 8 contestants, 2 got it right, but Carol (with a time of 8.46 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-D-C-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Carol's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is needed to project a motion picture onto a screen?
• A: Sound • B: Water
• C: Light • D: Tom Hanks


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these professionals is most likely to instruct you to "brush after every meal"?
• A: Painter • B: Hairdresser
• C: Dentist • D: Girlfriend


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Some making extraordinary efforts to achieve a goal is said to be "jumping through" what?
• A: Stars • B: Hoops
• C: Phones • D: Time-space continuum


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Since 1954, Butterball has been a leading brand of what kind of food?
• A: Bologna • B: Popcorn
• C: Turkey • D: Chubby hubbies


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the name of both a candy and a rare edible fungus?
• A: Praline • B: Nougat
• C: Truffle • D: Brittle


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The abbreviations "ibid.," "et al." and "id." are most likely to appear in which of the following?
• A: Classified ads • B: Academic footnotes
• C: Classical sheet music • D: Architect's blueprints


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Minoxidil is prescribed to a patient for which of these purposes?
• A: Cause weight loss • B: Relax muscles
• C: Promote hair growth • D: Improve complexion


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these structures is most likely to feature flying buttresses?
• A: Airport terminal • B: Cathedral
• C: Shopping mall • D: Health club


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In the mid-80s, Burger King launched an unsuccessful ad campaign featuring a nerd named what?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Waldo - 28% • B: Herb - 44%
• C: Dudley - 23% • D: Flavin - 5%


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 2000 movie "Meet the Parents," Robert De Niro's character claims to be a retired what?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Antiques dealer • B: Car salesman
• C: Librarian • D: Florist


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In theater, spirit gum is used primarily for which of these purposes?
• A: Secure scenery • B: Attach wigs
• C: Soothe vocal chords • D: Remove makeup


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these geographic regions is not mentioned in the song "God Bless the U.S.A."?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Hills of Tennessee • B: Plains of Texas
• C: Lakes of Minnesota • D: Shores of Florida
After reading the question and answers for a while, Carol used her Phone a Friend to call Tony, who is a senior care center worker. He said the answer was D: Shores of Florida and he heard the other three choices in the song that morning. He didn't say how sure he was, though. On the other hand, Carol went with Tony's advice and got it right for $125,000.


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Sidereal time is measured by tracking what?
• A: Continental drift • B: Position of stars
• C: Radioactive decay • D: Animal migration
Once received the question and four answers, she thought it through for a long time, and admitted that she had to walk away. The right answer was B: Position of stars. And that was the end of the original primetime Millionaire; not counting Super Millionaire or the 10th anniversary special.


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