Phil Gibbons, a salesman for an internet company from Santa Monica, California, was a contestant on season 1 of the US version of the show on August 13th & 15th, 2000. He walked away with $500,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following songs in order of their first release, starting with the earliest.
• A: Don't Stop • B: Don't Stop Believin'
• C: Don't Make Me Over • D: Don't Worry Be Happy

From the 6 remaining contestants, 2 got it right, but Phil (with a time of 8.24 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer C-A-B-D, making it into the Hot Seat.

Phil's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Improvising in a situation for which you are unprepared is commonly called what?
• A: Slapping it • B: Painting it
• C: Winging it • D: First day at work

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
A thin piece of wood or other device used to immobilize a body part is known as a what?
• A: Splint • B: Cradle
• C: Page • D: Ouchey stick

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
An ornamental fixture that hangs from the ceiling and often holds many lights is called a what?
• A: Lavaliere • B: Gondolier
• C: Chandelier • D: Mouseketeer
The klaxon called time and Phil would return on $300 with all 3 lifelines still available.

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following liquids would be correctly described as "potable"?
• A: Rubbing alcohol • B: Gasoline
• C: Shampoo • D: Ginger ale

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which British queen has the famous nickname "Bloody"?
• A: Queen Anne • B: Queen Mary I
• C: Queen Victoria • D: Queen Elizabeth I

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
The Razor is the name for a type of popular new what?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Scooter • B: Palm-sized computer
• C: Bicycle • D: Athletic shoe
Ask the Audience Results: A: 51% • B: 13% • C: 1-% • D: 26%

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
19th century stage lighting methods included the flame heating of what chemical compound to spotlight actors?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Carbonic oxide • B: Lime
• C: Potash • D: Boric acid

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What actor made his motion picture debut as the star of the 1970 movie "Hercules in New York"?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Robert Duvail • B: Nick Nolte
• C: Robert De Niro • D: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Phil thought it was Schwarzenegger, but decided to call his friend and movie fan Chris, who was 100% sure it was Arnold Schwarzenegger too. Therefore, he decided to go with him, and won $8,000.

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What musician sings the theme song for the TV series "Dawson's Creek"?
• A: Tori Amos • B: Paula Cole
• C: Sarah McLachlan • D: Alanis Morissette

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The annual Pulitzer Prize awards are bestowed by what university?
• A: Harvard • B: Yale
• C: Columbia • D: Northwestern

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is not a novel by trend-watching author Douglas Coupland?
• A: Generation X • B: Shampoo Planet
• C: Microserfs • D: High Fidelity

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1997, the national organization Students Against Drunk Driving changed the last two words of its name to what?
• A: Discrimination & Denial • B: Drugs & Drinking
• C: Danger & Delinquency • D: Destructive Decisions

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which country encompasses all of Asia Minor?
• A: Turkey • B: Indonesia
• C: Iran • D: Ukraine

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What Russian prime minister was deposed by the Bolsheviks in October 1917?
• A: Lavr Kornilov • B: Aleksandr Kerensky
• C: Leon Trotsky • D: Nikolai Bulganin

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
In the U.S., the Sony Walkman personal cassette player was originally marketed in 1979 under what name?
• A: Soundabout • B: Listener
• C: Eardrummer • D: Stowaway
Phil's "first logic" was Stowaway, but he was not 100% sure. Therefore, he decided to walk away with $500,000. The correct answer was A: Soundabout.


  • Phil managed to correctly answer 6 questions without having access to any of his lifelines, even resorting to pure guesses at some moments.
    • He is the only contestant in the history of the show to see a million dollar question without having access to a lifeline after the eight question.


Preceded by
Zack Jaffe
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Phil Gibbons
Succeeded by
Brandon Moen