Info about the show is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_Samurai
Joey Gutmann: http://www.j-archive.com/showplayer.php?player_id=8131 played and did not make it through the 12 questions.
Sam Durbin (morbeedo would love him) made it through the 12 questions to win $10,000 and the right to face the Circle of Samurai. His remaining 13.31 seconds from the original 5-minute clock were added to the 1:30 (90 seconds) available to navigate the last four questions.
Sam got the first question right (Nile not Mississippi flows south to north) to add $15,000 to his $10K already won. Sam got the second question right in remembering a name to match a corresponding face from a shot of four gentlemen.
Sam's third question:
He missed with Jackson, Willis, Depp, Downey when the correct order was Willis, Depp, Downey (Marvel) and Jackson (Star Wars).
The game is way too fast and crazy for Joe & Jane America to follow. For J! people the play-along factor is easy and there are a few trivia nuggets hiding in the mix. It's worth watching to see if it is your thing and as always I like seeing J! & Millionaire people again.
Former MLB pitcher Donovan Hand was a contestant as well.