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The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn played Level 2, where they were told a story from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of]] [[BlatantLies Truth]]" and had to answer questions based off it, locking in by sitting on a chair covered in {{Whoopee Cushion}}s. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].

For the final round, Level 3, the two contestants play a matching game with eight pairs of pictures from the story. If a player fails to match, the other player can automatically win if they make a match on their next pick, who then got to play the BonusRound. And the loser, along with the eliminated from round two, ''also'' got to go down the Brain Drain (which for the record, is a slide, made to look like a human ear, complete with "wax" foam. Wouldn't be a Nickelodeon show without unnecessary messiness).

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The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn played Level 2, where they were told a story from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of]] [[BlatantLies Truth]]" and had to answer questions based off it, locking in by sitting on a chair covered in {{Whoopee Cushion}}s. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced faces the same fate]].

For the final round, Level 3, the two contestants play a matching game with eight pairs of pictures from the story. If a player fails to match, the other player can automatically win if they make a match on their next pick, who then got to play the BonusRound. And the loser, along with the eliminated from round two, ''also'' got to go down the Brain Drain (which for the record, is a slide, made to look like a human ear, complete with "wax" foam. Wouldn't be a Nickelodeon show without unnecessary messiness).
BonusRound.



* [[BonusRound Bonus Level]]: The Brain Trip: three floors, with 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6 grids. The winner has to memorize a pattern on the first grid, and then correctly step through the correct sequence. If done correctly, the same is done through the 5x5 and 6x6 grids. However, this all has to be done in 90 seconds (the clock does stop between floors), and making a mistake anywhere sends you back to the start. Each stage has a prize attached, and once you earn a prize, it's yours to keep, even if you do run out of time and have to go down the Brain Drain for ''losing'' the bonus round! Winners get a grand prize (usually a trip) and the time-honored ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' [[CoveredInGunge green slime treatment]].

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* [[BonusRound Bonus Level]]: The Brain Trip: three floors, with 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6 grids. The winner has to memorize a pattern on the first grid, and then correctly step through the correct sequence. If done correctly, the same is done through the 5x5 and 6x6 grids. However, this all has to be done in 90 seconds (the clock does stop between floors), and making a mistake anywhere sends you back to the start. Each stage has a prize attached, attached (won regardless of whether the round overall is won or lost), and once you earn a prize, it's yours to keep, even if you do run out of completing all the floors in time and have to go down the Brain Drain for ''losing'' the bonus round! Winners get awards a grand prize (usually a trip) and the time-honored ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' [[CoveredInGunge green slime treatment]].trip).



* CoveredInGunge: Contestants eliminated in the first two rounds and contestants who do make it to the BonusRound but fail to complete all three puzzles within 90 seconds will invariably get this going down the Brain Drain. Bonus round winners get the more traditional and famous Nickelodeon green slime.
* EjectTheLoser: Level 2 for sure, and the Brain Drain might also qualify.

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* CoveredInGunge: Contestants It wouldn't be a Nickelodeon show without unnecessary messiness: contestants eliminated in the first two rounds rounds, and contestants those who do make it to run out of time on the BonusRound but fail bonus round, have to complete all three puzzles within 90 seconds will invariably get this going go down the Brain Drain. "Brain Drain" -- a slide made to look like a human ear, with "earwax" foam. Bonus round winners get the more traditional and famous Nickelodeon green slime.
* EjectTheLoser: Level 2 for sure, The Brain Drain, and the Brain Drain might also qualify.part where you get [[Series/MusicalChairs1975 sent backwards on a chair]] [[Series/RemoteControl through a wall]] (of teeth).



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Eliminated contestants getting [[Series/MusicalChairs1975 sent backwards on their chairs]] [[Series/RemoteControl through a wall]] (of teeth)?


* LampshadeHanging: At the beginning of every story in Level 2, Jeff insists "It's all 100% true!", before giving an AsideGlance and shaking his head.



* AsideGlance: Jeff does this, alongside a smirk and a head shake, every time he claimed that all his Level 2 stories were "100% true".

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* AsideGlance: Jeff does this, alongside a smirk and a head shake, every time he claimed that all his Level 2 stories were "100% "all 100% true".

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A 2009 Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} game show, based on the Japanese format ''Brain Survivor'', which marked the channel's first new major foray in the genre in quite a while (which is impressive, given that this was the innocent cable channel behind ''[[Series/{{DoubleDare1986}} Double Dare]]'', ''the'' [[GenrePopularizer codifier]] of the "messy children's game show").

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A 2009 Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} game show, GameShow, based on the Japanese format ''Brain Survivor'', which marked the channel's first new major foray in the genre in quite a while (which is impressive, given that this was the innocent cable channel behind ''[[Series/{{DoubleDare1986}} Double Dare]]'', ''the'' [[GenrePopularizer codifier]] of the "messy children's game show").


The year is 2009. [=Nickelodeon=], the innocent cable channel behind ''[[Series/{{DoubleDare1986}} Double Dare]]'', ''the'' [[GenrePopularizer codifier]] of the modern Children's GameShow, has not had a huge game show presence compared to their past. But in September 2009, they made a breakthrough, imported the Japanese show "Brain Survivor", and came up with '''''[=BrainSurge=]'''''.

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The year A 2009 Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} game show, based on the Japanese format ''Brain Survivor'', which marked the channel's first new major foray in the genre in quite a while (which is 2009. [=Nickelodeon=], impressive, given that this was the innocent cable channel behind ''[[Series/{{DoubleDare1986}} Double Dare]]'', ''the'' [[GenrePopularizer codifier]] of the modern Children's GameShow, has not had a huge "messy children's game show presence compared to their past. But in September 2009, they made a breakthrough, imported the Japanese show "Brain Survivor", and came up with '''''[=BrainSurge=]'''''.
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* CelebrityEdition: With Nickelodeon actors playing for a chance to win a prize for an audience member in the BonusRound.


In celebrity editions of ''Family Brainsurge'', the players consist of two Nickelodeon stars, while two members of the studio audience not related to the celebrity contestants appearing on stage serve to help the contestants in the second round if they are stumped on a question (see "Lifelines" below).

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* CelebrityEdition: With Nickelodeon actors stars playing for a chance to win a prize for an audience member in the BonusRound.


In celebrity editions of ''Family Brainsurge'', the players consist of two Nickelodeon stars, while two members of the studio audience not related to the celebrity contestants appearing on stage serve to help the contestants in the second round if they are stumped on a question (see "Lifelines" below).
BonusRound.



* {{Lifelines}}: In ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', each team is allowed one "Brain Fart" in Level 2, allowing the team to get help from other family members in the audience. However, what they say is automatically locked in as the team's guess. In the celebrity episodes of this format, the Brain Fart essentially turned into Ask an Audience Member.

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* {{Lifelines}}: In ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', each team is allowed one "Brain Fart" in Level 2, allowing the team to get help from other family members in the audience. However, what they say is automatically locked in as the team's guess. In the celebrity episodes of this format, the Brain Fart essentially turned into Ask an Audience Member.random audience members were used instead.


* CelebrityEdition: Yes, indeed, with Nickelodeon actors playing for a chance to win a prize for an audience member (in ''Family Series/BrainSurge'', a non-celebrity studio audience member who is on their team) in the BonusRound, instead of competing for charity. In celebrity editions of ''Family Brainsurge'', the players consist of two Nickelodeon stars, while two members of the studio audience not related to the celebrity contestants appearing on stage serve to help the contestants in the second round if they are stumped on a question (see "Lifelines" below).
** ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'' also included celebrity editions in which non-Nickelodeon celebrities compete with their family members for charity, but also get a chance to win prizes for a member of their family that are on their team in the BonusRound.

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* CelebrityEdition: Yes, indeed, with With Nickelodeon actors playing for a chance to win a prize for an audience member (in ''Family Series/BrainSurge'', a non-celebrity studio audience member who is on their team) in the BonusRound, instead of competing for charity. BonusRound.


In celebrity editions of ''Family Brainsurge'', the players consist of two Nickelodeon stars, while two members of the studio audience not related to the celebrity contestants appearing on stage serve to help the contestants in the second round if they are stumped on a question (see "Lifelines" below).
** ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'' also included celebrity editions editions, in which non-Nickelodeon celebrities compete competed with their family members for charity, but also get a chance to win prizes for a non-participating family member of their family that are on their team in the BonusRound.bonus round.



* {{Lifelines}}: In ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', each team is allowed one "Brain Fart" in Level 2, allowing the team to get help from other family members in the audience. However, what they say is automatically locked in as the team's guess.

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* {{Lifelines}}: In ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', each team is allowed one "Brain Fart" in Level 2, allowing the team to get help from other family members in the audience. However, what they say is automatically locked in as the team's guess. In the celebrity episodes of this format, the Brain Fart essentially turned into Ask an Audience Member.

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* LampshadeHanging: At the beginning of every story in Level 2, Jeff insists "It's all 100% true!", before giving an AsideGlance and shaking his head.


Its third and final season brought some major changes; along with being moved to Creator/NickAtNite (before being moved back to Nickelodeon in October 2011, and a brief burn-off of remaining episodes on NickToons a few ''years'' later), it became ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', played with five teams of two. Other adjustments included only playing 4 puzzles in Level 1, and the addition of a lifeline in Level 2.

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Its third and final season brought some major changes; along with being moved to Creator/NickAtNite (before being moved back to Nickelodeon in October 2011, and a brief burn-off of remaining episodes on NickToons Creator/NickToons a few ''years'' later), it became ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', played with five teams of two. Other adjustments included only playing 4 puzzles in Level 1, and the addition of a lifeline in Level 2.


** TheAnnouncer: Creator/ErinFitzgerald in the first two seasons, replaced by Jon Cramer for ''Family Series/BrainSurge''

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** TheAnnouncer: Creator/ErinFitzgerald in the first two seasons, replaced by Jon Cramer [[Series/{{Pyramid}} John Cramer]] for ''Family Series/BrainSurge''


The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn played Level 2, where they answered questions from a story from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of]] [[BlatantLies Truth]]", locking in by sitting on a chair covered in {{Whoopee Cushion}}s. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].

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The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn played Level 2, where they answered questions from were told a story from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of]] [[BlatantLies Truth]]", Truth]]" and had to answer questions based off it, locking in by sitting on a chair covered in {{Whoopee Cushion}}s. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].


The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn played Level 2, where they answered questions from a story (from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of Truth]]"), locking in by sitting on a chair covered in {{Whoopee Cushion}}s. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].

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The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn played Level 2, where they answered questions from a story (from from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of Truth]]"), of]] [[BlatantLies Truth]]", locking in by sitting on a chair covered in {{Whoopee Cushion}}s. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].


The year is 2009. [=Nickelodeon=], the innocent cable channel behind ''[[{{DoubleDare1986}} Double Dare]]'', ''the'' [[GenrePopularizer codifier]] of the modern Children's GameShow, has not had a huge game show presence compared to their past. But in September 2009, they made a breakthrough, imported the Japanese show "Brain Survivor", and came up with '''''[=BrainSurge=]'''''.

The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn played Level 2, where they answered questions from a story (from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of Truth]]"), locking in by sitting on a chair covered in [[WhoopeeCushion Whoopee Cushions]]. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].

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The year is 2009. [=Nickelodeon=], the innocent cable channel behind ''[[{{DoubleDare1986}} ''[[Series/{{DoubleDare1986}} Double Dare]]'', ''the'' [[GenrePopularizer codifier]] of the modern Children's GameShow, has not had a huge game show presence compared to their past. But in September 2009, they made a breakthrough, imported the Japanese show "Brain Survivor", and came up with '''''[=BrainSurge=]'''''.

The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn played Level 2, where they answered questions from a story (from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of Truth]]"), locking in by sitting on a chair covered in [[WhoopeeCushion Whoopee Cushions]].{{Whoopee Cushion}}s. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].



!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* [[BonusRound Bonus Level]]: The Brain Trip: three floors, with 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6 grids. The winner has to memorize a pattern on the first grid, and then correctly step through the correct sequence. If done correctly, the same is done through the 5x5 and 6x6 grids. However, this all has to be done in 90 seconds (the clock does stop between floors), and making a mistake anywhere sends you back to the start. Each stage has a prize attached, and once you earn a prize, it's yours to keep, even if you do run out of time and have to go down the Brain Drain for ''losing'' the bonus round! Winners get a grand prize (usually a trip) and the time-honored ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' [[CoveredInGunge green slime treatment]].

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!!GameShow Tropes !!GameShowTropes in use:
* [[BonusRound Bonus Level]]: The Brain Trip: three floors, with 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6 grids. The winner has to memorize a pattern on the first grid, and then correctly step through the correct sequence. If done correctly, the same is done through the 5x5 and 6x6 grids. However, this all has to be done in 90 seconds (the clock does stop between floors), and making a mistake anywhere sends you back to the start. Each stage has a prize attached, and once you earn a prize, it's yours to keep, even if you do run out of time and have to go down the Brain Drain for ''losing'' the bonus round! Winners get a grand prize (usually a trip) and the time-honored ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' [[CoveredInGunge green slime treatment]].



** ''Family Series/BrainSurge'' also included celebrity editions in which non-Nickelodeon celebrities compete with their family members for charity, but also get a chance to win prizes for a member of their family that are on their team in the BonusRound.

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** ''Family Series/BrainSurge'' [=BrainSurge=]'' also included celebrity editions in which non-Nickelodeon celebrities compete with their family members for charity, but also get a chance to win prizes for a member of their family that are on their team in the BonusRound.



* GoldenSnitch: In the first round, the final question is worth 100 points, more than the other ones combined.



* GoldenSnitch: In the first round, the final question is worth 100 points, more than the other ones combined. Ooops!


Season 3 brought some major changes; along with being moved to Creator/NickAtNite (before being moved back to Nickelodeon in October 2011), it became ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', played with five teams of two. Other adjustments included only playing 4 puzzles in Level 1, and the addition of a lifeline in Level 2.

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Season 3 Its third and final season brought some major changes; along with being moved to Creator/NickAtNite (before being moved back to Nickelodeon in October 2011), 2011, and a brief burn-off of remaining episodes on NickToons a few ''years'' later), it became ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', played with five teams of two. Other adjustments included only playing 4 puzzles in Level 1, and the addition of a lifeline in Level 2.


The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants, starting with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn play Level 2, where they answered questions from a story (from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of Truth]]"), locking in by sitting on a chair covered in [[WhoopeeCushion Whoopee Cushions]]. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].

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The game primarily tested the memory and comprehension skills of the contestants, starting contestants. The first round, "Brain Tease", started with six contestants trying to quickly figure out the numbers conveyed visual puzzles, entered on keypads. Then, sans the two lowest scoring contestants (who have to go down ... '''''the Brain Drain'''''!), the remaining four in turn play played Level 2, where they answered questions from a story (from the "[[CaptainErsatz Big Book of Truth]]"), locking in by sitting on a chair covered in [[WhoopeeCushion Whoopee Cushions]]. The first to answer incorrectly is greeted by farts, and gets [[EjectTheLoser pulled backwards]] through the (paper) teeth of a giant mouth made to look like Jeff's face. This then continued until someone else answered incorrectly, who also [[IncrediblyLamePun faced the same fate]].



Season 3 brought some major changes, along with being moved to Creator/NickAtNite (before being moved back to Nickelodeon in October 2011), it is now ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', and is now played with five teams of two. Other adjustments include only playing 4 puzzles in Level 1, and the addition of a lifeline in Level 2.

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Season 3 brought some major changes, changes; along with being moved to Creator/NickAtNite (before being moved back to Nickelodeon in October 2011), it is now became ''Family [=BrainSurge=]'', and is now played with five teams of two. Other adjustments include included only playing 4 puzzles in Level 1, and the addition of a lifeline in Level 2.



* [[BonusRound Bonus Level]]: Three floors, with 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6 grids. The winner has to memorize a pattern on the first grid, and then correctly step through the correct sequence. If done correctly, the same is done through the 5x5 and 6x6 grids. However, this all has to be done in 90 seconds (the clock does stop between floors), and making a mistake anywhere sends you back to the start. Each stage has a prize attached, and once you earn a prize, it's yours to keep, even if you do run out of time and have to go down the Brain Drain for ''losing'' the bonus round! Winners get a grand prize (usually a trip) and the time-honored ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' [[CoveredInGunge green slime treatment]].

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* [[BonusRound Bonus Level]]: Three The Brain Trip: three floors, with 4x4, 5x5, and 6x6 grids. The winner has to memorize a pattern on the first grid, and then correctly step through the correct sequence. If done correctly, the same is done through the 5x5 and 6x6 grids. However, this all has to be done in 90 seconds (the clock does stop between floors), and making a mistake anywhere sends you back to the start. Each stage has a prize attached, and once you earn a prize, it's yours to keep, even if you do run out of time and have to go down the Brain Drain for ''losing'' the bonus round! Winners get a grand prize (usually a trip) and the time-honored ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' [[CoveredInGunge green slime treatment]].

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