Joe Kelleher, an anesthesiologist from San Diego, California, was a contestant on season 1 of the US version of the show on July 23rd, 2000. He walked away with $500,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these game show hosts in order of their birth, starting with the earliest.
• A: Tom Bergeron • B: John Davidson
• C: Gene Rayburn • D: Monty Hall

From the 9 starting contestants, 7 got it right, but Joe (with a time of 4.75 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-D-B-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Joe's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the well-known phrase, if a plan is not perfect, what will be found "in the ointment"?
• A: Salmon • B: Frog
• C: Fly • D: Wildebeest

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
A person would normally put sauerkraut on which of the following?
• A: Bagel • B: Hot dog
• C: Pizza • D: Sunburn

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What term commonly describes the human reaction to extreme danger?
• A: Hit or quit • B: Fight or flight
• C: Run or stun • D: Surf and turf

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What New York City structure is also known as the Twin Towers?
• A: Transamerica Pyramid • B: Chrysler Building
• C: John Hancock Building • D: World Trade Center

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What part of a chimney helps direct smoke out of the house?
• A: Flue • B: Gable
• C: Cupola • D: Turret

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following children did not live with Mr. Drummond on "Diff'rent Strokes"?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Willis • B: Kimberly
• C: Arnold • D: Webster
Ask the Audience Results: A: 4% • B: 2% • C: 5% • D: 89%

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following weapons would you put in a scabbard for safekeeping?
• A: Gun • B: Sword
• C: Bow and arrow • D: Mace

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
The North Star is also known by what name?
• A: Polaris • B: Vega
• C: Ursa Major • D: Alpha Centauri

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these composers wrote the concertos called "The Four Seasons"?
• A: Mozart • B: Bach
• C: Vivaldi • D: Chopin

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following actresses never appears in the "Scream" movie series?
'Phone a Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Jada Pinkett • B: Sarah Michelle Gellar
• C: Jennifer Love Hewitt • D: Parker Posey
Joe decided to talk to his buddy Steve, who said would guess Jennifer Love Hewitt, but ran out of time before telling Joe how confident he was. Therefore, he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and B. He decided to go with him, and won $32,000.

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the dog that is one of the tokens in the board game Monopoly?
• A: Tiger • B: Spike
• C: Ranger • D: Scotty

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What river is the home of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in history?
• A: Yellow • B: Yangtze
• C: Ganges • D: Amazon

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following philosophers said "Cogito, ergo sum"?
• A: René Descartes • B: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
• C: Blaise Pascal • D: Thomas Aquinas

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the surname of the septuplets born in Iowa in 1997?
• A: Dilley • B: Adams
• C: McCaughey • D: Davis

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
What best-selling author was born Howard Allen O'Brien?
• A: Danielle Steel • B: Anne Rice
• C: J.K. Rowling • D: Toni Morrison
Joe had no clue, even though he thought Literature was one of his strong points. Therefore, he decided to walk away with $500,000. The correct answer was B: Anne Rice.


  • For an unknown reason, this episode started with only 9 Fastest Finger contestants.


Preceded by
Beth Woods
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Joe Kelleher
Succeeded by
Richard Rosner