Lawrence Caplan, from Parkland, Florida, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on January 14-15, 2000. He walked away with $32,000 after incorrectly answering his $500,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these men in order of when they became leaders of their nations, starting with the earliest.
• A: Fidel Castro • B: Franklin Roosevelt
• C: Emperor Hirohito • D: Mao Tse-tung
From the 8 remaining contestants, 3 got it right, but Lawrence (with a time of 5.04 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-B-D-A, making it into the Hot Seat.

Lawrence's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the popular American legend, what does the 'Tooth Fairy' trade for a tooth?
• A: Dental floss • B: Money
• C: Fairy wings • D: Dentures
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In music, what does 'R&B' stand for?
• A: Run and bunt • B: Rocking and bopping
• C: Ragtime and boogie • D: Rhythm and blues
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In a classic Life cereal ad, what boy 'likes' the breakfast product?
• A: Marvin • B: Mikey
• C: Timmy • D: Tommy
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What U.S. city's name is Greek for 'City of Brotherly Love'?
• A: Detroit • B: Des Moines
• C: Philadelphia • D: Indianapolis
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In the 1969 movie 'The Love Bug', what kind of car was Herbie?
• A: Audia • B: Jaguar
• C: Saab • D: Volkswagen
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
When you combine the colors yellow and blue, what color do you get?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Red • B: Purple
• C: Green • D: Black
Ask the Audience Results: A: 1% • B: 6% • C: 87% • D: 6%
The klaxon called time and Lawrence would return on $2,000 with 2 lifelines still available.
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
The Great Barrier Reef is located off the northeastern coast of what?
• A: Australia • B: Brazil
• C: Fiji • D: Hawaii
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is the term for an exploding star?
• A: Aurora • B: Supernova
• C: Nebula • D: Quasar
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What actor filed a highly-publicized complaint with NYC's Taxi and Limousine Commission alleging racism?
• A: Chris Rock • B: Danny Glover
• C: Morgan Freeman • D: Denzel Washington
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the first U.S. president born in a hospital?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Jimmy Carter • B: Theodore Roosevelt
• C: Woodrow Wilson • D: Chester A. Arthur
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Who portrayed Jodie Dallas, the first openly gay character on television?
• A: Tom Hanks • B: Robin Williams
• C: Billy Crystal • D: Steve Crystal
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the first United States satellite launched into space?
• A: Skylab • B: Explorer
• C: Viking • D: Voyager
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What famous dancer accidentally died when her scarf got tangled in the wheel of a car?
• A: Isadora Duncan • B: Patricia Neary
• C: Anna Pavlova • D: Maria Tallchief
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What single has spent the most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Macarena • B: One Sweet Day
• C: Candle in the Wind • D: I Will Always Love You
Lawrence did not know, so he decided to call his friend Richard, who failed to provide an answer within the allowed time. Caplan initially ruled out Macarena and One Sweet Day, and openly contemplated walking away before locking in I Will Always Love You (which he falsely attributed to Celine Dion). The correct answer was B: One Sweet Day.


Preceded by
Tim Shields
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Lawrence Caplan
Succeeded by
Nathan Cone

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