Jim Matthews, a computer programmer from Hanover, New Hampshire, was a contestant on the U.S. version of the show on December 6, 2000. He walked away with $500,000.


Fastest Finger Question

Fastest Finger Question
Put these actresses in order of their birth, starting with the earliest.
• A: Cameron Diaz • B: Elisabeth Shue
• C: Rachael Leigh Cook • D: Alfre Woodard

From the 10 starting contestants, 4 got it right, but Jim (with a time of 5.34 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Jim's Run to the Million

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is a slang expression used to tell someone to be quiet?
• A: Pipe down • B: Wise up
• C: Eat lead • D: Bingo!
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
The term "meltdown" was originally used to describe an accident occurring where?
• A: Paper mill • B: Nuclear reactor
• C: Farm • D: North Pole
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Hash browns are normally made with what main ingredient?
• A: Bread • B: Egg
• C: Potato • D: Fat and lots of it
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Many colleges place the names of students of high scholastic standing on a roster called what?
• A: Professor's list • B: Dean's list
• C: President's list • D: Bursar's list
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Over what part of the body would you wear a monocle?
• A: Chest • B: Hand
• C: Ear • D: Eye
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Helvetica, Garamond and Times Roman are all examples of which of the following?
• A: Poetry meters • B: Furniture styles
• C: Fabric patterns • D: Font types
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What rap group starred in the "House Party" movies of the 1990s?
• A: Kid 'n Play • B: Heavy D & the Boyz
• C: Kris Kross • D: Run-D.M.C.
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Jane Goodall's study of primate behavior was done primarily on what continent?
• A: South America • B: Africa
• C: Asia • D: North America
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was Gerald Ford's vice president?
• A: Spiro Agnew • B: Walter Mondale
• C: Nelson Rockefeller • D: Alexander Haig
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What character on the television series "M*A*S*H" was from Ottumwa, IA?
• A: Radar O'Reilly • B: Margaret Houlihan
• C: Trapper John • D: Charles Winchester
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who argued the appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court for the African slaves who inspired the movie "Amistad"?
• A: John Jay • B: Daniel Webster
• C: Andrew Jackson • D: John Quincy Adams
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What watch company created "Internet time," a new clocking system in which the entire world adopts a single time zone?
• A: Swatch • B: Fossil
• C: Rolex • D: Swiss Army

During the break, Jim's wife and children were brought backstage so they could watch the rest of his game live and cheer him on.

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these European cities was formerly called Christiania?
'Phone-a-Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Vienna • B: Oslo
• C: Amsterdam • D: Brussels
Although a European history major, he could not recall any city called Christiania. He therefore decided to call his friend and colleague Steve. Jim only told Steve to look up Christiania in an encyclopedia, but time ran out before he could tell him anything. He then decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and D. With camera shots of his family being really nervous, Jim recalled that Sweden controlled most of Scandinavia and that they had a king called Christian. Armed only with this fact, he decided to go with it, and won $250,000.
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Pierre Omidyar initially started the auction website eBay to help his wife collect what?
• A: Barbie dolls • B: Porcelain animals
• C: Pez dispensers • D: Postage stamps
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these network news anchors began his career at age 9, hosting a children's radio show?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Peter Jennings • B: Tom Brokaw
• C: Dan Rather • D: Ted Koppel
Ask the Audience Results: A: 20% • B: 7% • C: 25% • D: 48%
Jim had no idea, and being the last question, he decided to ask the audience, just in case they happened to know it, who voted 20-7-25-48. Jim believed that all presenters were plausible choices, so he decided to walk away with $500,000. The correct answer was A: Peter Jennings.

Total Prize Money: $500,000


Preceded by
Nick Boneff
U.S. Contestant (Season 2)
Jim Matthews
Succeeded by
Kristine Marklein
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