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PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now it's time to go on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players now has sixty seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Mo Rocca has the lead, Peter. He has three points. Tom Bodett and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. Each has two.

SAGAL: Okay. We have flipped a coin to decide who goes first. Tom, you're up first. All of your questions are about science fiction movies.

TOM BODETT: I'll go second.

SAGAL: Fill in the blank. Too late.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The first ever science fiction movie is credited to George Melies back in 1902. It's called a Voyage to blank.

BODETT: A voyage to Poughkeepsie.

SAGAL: Voyage to the Moon. George Lucas became one of the richest people in Hollywood by giving up his salary but retaining the merchandising rights to his blockbuster movie blank.

BODETT: Star Wars.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Despite it's completely incomprehensible ending, Stanley Kubrick's movie blank became a big hit.

BODETT: 2001 Space Odyssey.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The shocked reaction of the other actors in the famous chest buster scene from the movie blank is due to the fact they weren't warned what would happen.

BODETT: The Alien.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: All of Khan's henchmen in the movie "Star Trek: II the Wrath of Khan" were played by blank.

BODETT: Klingons.

SAGAL: No, Chippendale dancers.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BODETT: Well...

SAGAL: The dystopian classic about overpopulation, Soylent Green, ends with the revelation that Soylent Green is blank.

BODETT: People.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The alien in "ET" was created to look like a combination of Carl Sandburg, Albert Einstein, and a blank.

BODETT: Lapradoodle.

SAGAL: Close, a pug dog.

BODETT: Oh.

SAGAL: After actor Bela Lugosi died before he could finish filming "Plan 9 From Outer Space," his role was taken over by blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BODETT: Bela Lugosi taken over by - boy, this was not my category. Taken over by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

SAGAL: No, but the director's wife's chiropractor.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Wow.

SAGAL: To cover up the fact that his wife's chiropractor looked...

BODETT: They say it's who you know in Hollywood.

SAGAL: Didn't know anybody. To cover up the fact that his wife's chiropractor looked nothing like Bela Lugosi, Director Ed Wood had him walk around with his cape pulled up over the lower half of his face all the time. "Plan Nine" is, of course, considered to be the worst movie ever made.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Tom do on our quiz?

KASELL: Tom had four correct answers for eight more points. He now has ten points and the lead.

SAGAL: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Paul, you are up. That's good. Paula, you're up next. All of your questions, Paula, will be about the exploration of space.

POUNDSTONE: Oh great.

SAGAL: There you go.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: In 2008 Pluto was reclassified and lost its formal designation as a blank.

POUNDSTONE: A planet.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: To test the effects of space travel on living things, in 1957 Russia sent Laika the blank into space.

POUNDSTONE: Space dog.

SAGAL: Yes, a space dog.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: NASA's $125 million dollar Mars "Climate" Orbiter was destroyed because a subcontractor forgot to use the blank system.

POUNDSTONE: Metric.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Appropriately enough, the first song to be beamed directly into space was blank by the Beatles.

POUNDSTONE: Blank by the Beatles. I want to hold your hand from really far away.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Across the Universe. Among recent improvements to the International Space Station is a device which converts blank into fresh drinking water.

POUNDSTONE: Sweat.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Also the astronauts' urine, that too. In 2007 a NASA panel found that at least two astronauts had been cleared to fly while blank.

POUNDSTONE: Drunk.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak made headlines in 2007 when, to confront her romantic rival, she drove 900 miles wearing a blank.

POUNDSTONE: Diaper.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: NASA's Johnson Space Center was endangered in 2008 when billions of blanks invaded Houston.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

POUNDSTONE: Billions of cicadas.

SAGAL: No, electronics eating ants. Known as the "Crazy Raspberry Ant," these exotic bug eats fire ants, which is good, and electronics, which is bad.

POUNDSTONE: This is the wrong series of questions. That should have been in the sci-fi one.

SAGAL: No, it's true though. They were seen at the Johnson Space Center. NASA asked men that spotted them to take one small step, and crush them.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Paula do on our quiz?

KASELL: Paula had six correct answers, for twelve more points. She now has fourteen points and the lead.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Well done. All righty then.

POUNDSTONE: It was about space exploration.

SAGAL: You bet.

POUNDSTONE: That's really my area.

MO ROCCA: God, there are no categories left that I know.

SAGAL: Before we start Mo's round, how many does he need to win?

KASELL: Six correct answers.

SAGAL: All right, here we go.

ROCCA: It's going to be organic chemistry or something.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Close, Mo. All of your questions are about medical science. Here we go. This is for the game.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ROCCA: Fill in the blank.

ROCCA: I'm a Christian scientist.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Fill in the blank. A sheep named Dolly was the first mammal to be successfully blanked.

ROCCA: Cloned.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Alexander Fleming discovered blank when he noticed mold destroying bacteria in his lab.

ROCCA: Penicillin.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Not just good for the soul, a recent study found blank was also good for high blood pressure.

ROCCA: Not just good for the soul.

SAGAL: Yes.

ROCCA: Love.

SAGAL: No, chicken soup. The first so-called "blockbuster" drug was the mild tranquilizer blank, also known as "Mother's Little Helper.

ROCCA: A mild tranquilizer also known - I'm such a clean teen, I don't know. A tranquilizer that was also known as "Mother's Little Helper." Oh, valium.

SAGAL: Right, valium.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: People with the condition known as PICA have an insatiable urge to blank.

ROCCA: People known as PICA have an insatiable urge to dance.

SAGAL: No, to eat dirt.

ROCCA: Oh.

SAGAL: Couch potatoes rejoiced, lazily, in 2008, when a blank pill was discovered.

ROCCA: Couch potatoes, a weight loss pill.

SAGAL: No, an exercise pill.

ROCCA: An exercise pill.

SAGAL: An exercise pill. Frat boys will be living longer, thanks to a Rice University team that's developing a blank that fights cancer.

ROCCA: Beer bong.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That would be great. No, just beer, Mo. Just beer.

ROCCA: Okay.

SAGAL: During the 1900's the Saint James Society, a philanthropic organization, tried to help morphine addicts kick the habit by blanking.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

ROCCA: By giving them heroin.

SAGAL: Yes, by sending them free samples of heroin in the mail.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

POUNDSTONE: Wow.

SAGAL: The heroin, produced by Bayer, you know them, was intended to help them get off Morphine, which had been touted as a way to get off opium.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Which had been touted as a way to kick alcoholism.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: So then the Cat in the Hat wasn't an original idea.

SAGAL: No, apparently not. Carl, did Mo do well enough to win?

KASELL: Mo needed six correct answers, Peter. He had just five. So with fourteen points, Paula Poundstone is this week's champion.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

POUNDSTONE: Space exploration. That's really my area.

ROCCA: You're going to be the first panelist in space.

POUNDSTONE: Oh, I hope so.

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