Darrin Despain, a biostatistician from San Diego, California, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on November 14-15, 1999. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $64,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
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 Player

From the 9 remaining 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 MillionEdit

$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 approiate 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 Schwarzkop - 77%
The klaxon called time and Darrin would return on $8,000 with 2 lifelines still available

$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
David had a hunch, but it was not certain, so he decided to call Brian, who was 95-100% sure it was Franklin. He went with him, and won $16,000

$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

Memorable momentsEdit

  • Between shows, Darrin met up with another contestant, $32,000 winner Tom Pajak. Feeling frisky, Darrin decided to play a trick on one of his phone correspondents. With Pajak playing the part of Regis, Despain called his friend Brian with the question, Who is the hottest chick from the office? Even better, a couple of the choices were listening in on the speakerphone!
Reege: And incidentally, just between us, who is the hottest chick in the office?
  • Darrin actually called Brian for a legitimate question moments later.


Preceded by
Andres Rivera
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Darrin Despain
Succeeded by
Dan Dagey

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