Jerry Halpin, a junior high assistant principal from Cypress, California, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on February 13, 2000. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $64,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following Jodie Foster films in the order of their first theatrical release, starting with the earliest.
• A: Silence of the Lambs • B: Taxi Driver
• C: Contact • D: Nell

From the 8 remaining contestants, 2 got it right, but Jerry (with a time of 5.07 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-A-D-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Jerry's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a popular expression, what does the squeaking wheel get?
• A: Grease • B: Gasoline
• C: Muffler • D: Shaft

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is not considered part of the "Three R's" of basic primary education?
• A: Reading • B: Writing
• C: Rhyming • D: Arithmetic

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1990, what extravagant casino did Donal Trump open in Atlantic City, New Jersey?
• A: Trump Taj Mahal • B: Trump White House
• C: Trump Kremlin • D: Trump Eiffel Tower

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the literal translation of the German word 'kindergarten'?
• A: House of Books • B: Children's garden
• C: Sunny garden • D: Small relatives

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the scientific classification for the human species?
• A: Anthro humanus • B: Equus zebra
• C: Homo sapiens • D: Canis lupus

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which U.S. Department is housed primarily in the Pentagon?
• A: State • B: Transportation
• C: Education • D: Defense

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the ofllowing is the name of a traditional pastry?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Lenin - 1% • B: Napoleon - 98%
• C: Mussolini - 1% • D: Franco - 0%

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which 'Little Rascals' character did Eddie Murphy often spoof on 'Saturday Night Live'?
• A: Spanky • B: Alfalfa
• C: Buckwheat • D: Froggy

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these bands is allegedly named after a dish made by the lead singer's great-grandmother?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Pearl Jam • B: Nirvana
• C: Meat Loaf • D: Sugar Ray

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Because of her divorce from Prince Charles, what title was taken from Britain's Diana?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Lady • B: Princess of Wales
• C: Her Royal Highness • D: Duchess of York
Jerry did not know, so he decided to call Rosie O'Donnell, who was 67% it was Her Royal Highness (and if he were to get it wrong, Rosie mentioned that she will give him the money he lost). Inspired by her comments, he decided to go with her and won $32,000.

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
The ancient city of Babylon lies in what modern country?
• A: Iran • B: Egypt
• C: Turkey • D: Iraq


  • Jerry is the first contestant to call Rosie O'Donnell during a question. However, he is not the first one to have her on their call list; it was Stephen Fox.


Preceded by
Ryan Reed
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Jerry Halpin
Succeeded by
Marcia Molina