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Darrin Despain, a resident of San Diego, California, appeared on the November primetime series of WWTBAM from November 14 to November 15 of 1999 and won $32,000 for his winnings. Here is Darrin's runthrough.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put the following Madonna albums in order of their release from earliest to most recent.
• A: Ray of Light • B: Erotica
• C: Like a Virgin • D: Like a Prayer

From the 9 contestants, 4 got it right, but Darrin (with a time of 5.52 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-B-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Darrin's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to an old proverb, people in what kind of houses shouldn't throw stones?
• A: Marble • B: Split-level
• C: Glass • D: Wood


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
On what day of the week would it be most appropriate to say "TGIF"?
• A: Monday • B: Wednesday
• C: Thursday • D: Friday


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, what does the ugly duckling grow up to be?
• A: Flamingo • B: Swan
• C: Goose • D: Governor


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is a bean, a horse, and a car?
• A: Lima • B: Pinto
• C: Mustang • D: Fava


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following genres best describes Danielle Steel's novels?
• A: Romance • B: Self-help
• C: Science fiction • D: Horror


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which country is home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
• A: Greece • B: United States
• C: Italy • D: France


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
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


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What general served in the Persian Gulf as commander of the U.S. forces during Operation Desert Storm?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: George Patton - 4% • B: Colin Powell - 18%
• C: Omar Bradley - 1% • D: Norman Schwarzkopf - 77%


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What virtuoso performer is known as the "Queen of Soul"?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Aretha Franklin • B: Patti LaBelle
• C: Anita Baker • D: Natalie Cole
Having a hunch but not certain, Darrin used his Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call Brian, who Darrin calls "the hottest chick in the office". Anyways, Brian said the answer was A: Aretha Franklin and that he was 95-100% sure. Having gone with the advice, Darrin won $16k.


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What religious leader moved the Mormon church to the Great Salt Lake region of Utah?
• A: Joseph Smith • B: Sidney Rigdon
• C: Brigham Young • D: Lyman Wight


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
How many men have walked on the moon?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: 7 • B: 12
• C: 9 • D: 23
If I were Darrin, I would not have used the 50:50 lifeline and immediately said B: 12 as my final answer, and used the 50:50 on the $125,000 question before either walking away, losing $32k of the $64,000, or winning $125,000 along with other higher amounts. I knew the answer because I am a big scholar on the space program. Ask me for space trivia whenever; I can tell you right away.