Like many The Big Guy and I tuned in to watch the new episode of Fox’s Million Dollar Money Drop and were quickly hooked by the show especially contestants Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti. The premise of the show is quite simple. The contestants are given a $1,000,000 at the start of the show and must correctly answer a series of questions. The questions are in multiple choice format. To guess an answer the money is placed on the answer. The total amount of money must be wagered each time. Any money on a wrong question drops and the contestants continue on with the remaining amount. Okoye and Mayti were doing quite well on the show had 3 questions left with over $880,000 remaining and the pair had the question “Which product was sold in stores first, the Macintosh computer, the Post-It Note or the Sony Walkman?” After much debate Okoye convinced Mayti to risk most of the money on Post-It Note. Unfortunately, even though Okoye was correct the money dropped. Due to the show’s inadequate research Sony Walkman not Post-It Notes was considered the correct answer.
Host Kevin Pollak lamely defends the show insists that because the contestants blew the last question they never had a chance. It may be true that Okoye and Mayti lost the final question. However, Okoye was so shaken by the Post-It Note question that had to effect his performance. Fox’s handling of the show has been horrible. Fox made a huge mistake and months later Fox has finally invited the couple back on the show. Personally, I think Fox should either give the couple the money out-right or allow them to start where Fox messed up. They should not have to redo all the previous questions. Due to Fox’s mishandling of the show it is highly unlikely I will watch the show again. At the very least I would like to see Pollak gone.