Awake: The Million Dollar Game (2019): Season 1, Episode 4 - Straight-Up Tired - full transcript

Two contestants give in to exhaustion; the host laughs from the sidelines as contestants test their reflexes with screwdrivers and water glasses.

Are you wondering how healthy the food you are eating is? Check it -
Think back on everything you've done
in the past 24 hours.

You probably ate,
texted some folks, slept.

Watched one of the 8,000 comedy specials
on Netflix that aren't mine.


'Cause they are trippin'.

Well, wait. They did make me host
of the show,

so shout out to me. Living my dreams.

[audience cheering]

But, these people, have been sitting
in a secret room,

by a million dollars in quarters,

for almost 24 hours straight.

These contestants have a chance
to win a million dollars.

[cheering and applause]

Don't sleep! This is Awake:

The Million Dollar Game.

[cheering and applause]

[James] Yes!


We got Hannah.




And Sami.

Welcome to Awake, everyone.
I'm your host James Davis.

Are you guys ready to start this show?

Y'all ready to do this?
I'm ready to do this.

[applause continues]

[James] Alright. I can count and I can see
there's only five of you.

So tonight's gonna play out
a little different.

But first, this is a...

a good-looking crew.

-One dude, four women.

Is this The Bachelor or Awake?


Are y'all winning a million dollars
or a date with this dude? I don't know.


No, but, my man, Blake, I hear you are
one of the fastest dudes around town.

-Tell me about that.

So, I was actually born
with a congenital birth defect,

so I've actually been wearing prosthetics
my whole life.

But now, I run track and field,

and I'm the fastest amputee in the world,

holding a few world records.

[cheering and applause]

Thank you.



-[audience cheers]

You know? Yeah, I see.

-Hey, boy.
-What's up?

[Blake laughs]

I don't even know if that's proper form.

It's close. It's close.

Okay. Shanon. Shanon in the yellow.

Now was this count
the hardest thing you've ever done?

Heck, no!

-[James] Really?

Then tell me, what was
the hardest thing you've ever done?

Natural childbirth. Let's hear it!



[Shanon] Thank you.

All right. Sami?

-You wanna be a firefighter.

Yes. It's my dream job, you guys.

It's what I wanna do for
the rest of my life.

I love helping people.

You gotta follow your dreams.

You got to.

Seven of you guys started
counting quarters

twenty-four hours ago.

But now there's only five of you.

What happened back there?

Let's take a look at your last 24 hours
and find out.

[classical music playing]

[coins clattering]

[Shanon sings] Meeting at the money pit

The more you guys count,
the more I'm taking home.


I play for a women's
professional football team.

I'm a force to be reckoned with.
You don't wanna mess with this.


[Deana] Look at that catch. Whoo!

Only a football player can catch that.
You see that?


Make sure my hair looks good on camera.

Oh, man. Do I smell bad already?


[Joe] I don't know
what time it is anymore.

I don't know how many quarters
I've messed up now.

I'm trying to keep it all together.

I've just never been
over something so badly.

[Hannah] Eight o six.

I think people underestimate me
because I'm a first-grade teacher

and people sometimes think I'm just cute,

but losing is not an option for me.


This is when you put your game face on

and pretend you're happy to be here
counting quarters all day.

[coins clattering]

It's game time.

My strategy is to keep myself pumped,
full of caffeine.

I don't think I've ever stayed up
this long

in my life.

[Jeff] I've been drinking
a lot of caffeine.

I'm even feeling, like, light-headed.

-[Hannah] You okay?
-[Jeff] No.

-[producer] Do you wanna see the medic?
-[Jeff] Yeah. Do you mind?

-[Jeff] Can you take my pressure?
-[medic] Yeah.

Like, too much coffee.

[medic] Blood pressure is...

one eighty over ninety-eight.

It could be prudent to have it checked
out at urgent care just 'cause it's high.

I'm done.

Yeah. I'm done.

My blood pressure is too high.

[Shanon] I was shocked

when we lost Jeff so early on.

But, honestly,
it gives me a little bit of an advantage.

And then, all of a sudden,
like, a switch flipped

and we lost Joe.

[Joe] I started to feel light-headed
towards the end of the count.

I saw a medic.

I felt that it was best to take myself out
of the remainder of the competition.

[Sami] No way.

I don't know about the rest of these guys.

They look like they're still about
to fall asleep, but not me.

[Shanon sighs]

I'm so tired.


We lost two people. And that has
never happened before on Awake.

Jeff and Joe are out the show.

That rhymed. [laughs]


Only the strong survive.

[James] Usually, the person...

who counted the least,

and the person who was the least accurate,

got to go, immediately. Get out!

But for you guys, the good news is

there is no elimination.

Which means...


the rest of you are one step closer

to that million-dollar prize.

All right.

It's time for your first challenge!

We're gonna start with something
that's one of the first things to go

when you lose sleep.

I'm talking about your fine motor skills.

And, no, people, I'm not talking about
how well you drive your Prius.

[audience laughs]

I'm talking real fine motor skills. Okay?

It's time to play...

Chimpin' Ain't Easy.


[coins clattering]

[audience cheering]

[toy monkeys clapping]

[James] I don't know if you all
can hear me,

but your challenge is to use
a tiny, little screwdriver,

unscrew a tiny, little screw,

and remove the batteries
from as many chimps as possible

until you hear the Awake alarm.

The player that removes the most,

will automatically make it one step closer

to that million-dollar prize.

If you have the least,

you could be out
on your tiny, little butt.

All right, this is for you guys.

[Sami] I hate those monkey toy things.

I have kids, and they play with them.

They're loud, they're obnoxious,
and I'm just, like,

"No, please don't make us
do this. Please."

Your challenge starts...


[audience cheers]

[James] Come on, chimps.

-[audience cheering]
-[toys clanking]

Oh, my gosh. This is horrible!

Chimps! Chimps! Chimps!

-Chimps! Chimps! Chimps!
-[Sami] Oh, my God.

[James] Listen to this, guys.

When our Rested Testers tried this one,

they averaged eight cheeky chimps.

So how are you gonna do with no sleep?

Oh, my God! It's so hard!

[Shanon] I can't see the screw.
It's small, my hands are shaking.

The monkey's is moving all over the place.
I can't undo the thing. It's terrible.

And I just want them to shut up.
Let's do something quiet, please.

-[audience cheering]
-[toys clattering]

[James] Everyone's really struggling
with those fine motor skills right now.

They haven't shut down
a single chimp so far.

Finally! Hannah gets her first chimp.

[cheering continues]

Come on.

The good thing is with my prosthetic legs,
I use a screwdriver every day.

I feel like I have
a really good chance in winning this one.

-[James] Uh oh!

[James] Looks like someone's got a case
of the butterfingers.

This challenge is not
going in my favor at all.

-[toys clattering]
-[audience cheering]

[James] Deana's got one.
She's tied with Hannah for the lead.

One minute left, guys. One minute.

[cheering continues]

[James] Wow. Shanon got one, too.

Now these ladies are finding their groove.


[James] Blake gets his first one.
Now it's anyone's game.

You guys, this doesn't wanna come off!

[James] Well, anyone but Sami,

who's still fighting
with that teeny-tiny screw.

[cheering and clattering continue]

Why isn't it coming off?

I'm thinking it's not the monkey.

I think it's the screwdriver.
I can't get it in there.

It's not turning like it's supposed to.

Why isn't it coming off?

[Sami] This just... is not working.
It's not my best friend today, so...

[James] And Deana kicks in
with a second chimp,

but Blake is hot on her heels.

[James] You can do it! You can do it!

You can do it!

Why isn't it coming off?

Ten seconds.

[James] Nine, eight, seven,

six, five,

-[James] four, three, two...
-[Sami] Oh, my gosh. This is horrible!


-Time's up. Stop.
-[buzzer sounds]

[James] Time is up.

Time's up. You all did an amazing job.

Cover up your stations
to keep your results a secret.

And come on back to your boy.

[toys clattering]

This is a lot harder
than it looks. [laughs]

Not bad.

-[toys clattering]
-[audience cheering]

[James] Yeah.

You guys killed it.

But only one of you will be winning
a date with Blake at the end of the show.


[Sami] Score.

[contestants laugh]

[James] No, I'm just kiddin'.
But, no, really, let's get into it.

The person who won the challenge

automatically goes through

to our next round.

And that player



[audience cheers]


Show 'em what you're working with.

Let's go!

It's my time! Go get this money.

This is where it gets serious.

The person who came in last

could be going home.

Or maybe not.

It's time for...

the Buyout.

[cheering and applause]

We're gonna offer all of you $2,500

to leave the game right now.

If you think you came in last place
in that challenge,

and you're probably going home anyway,

you might wanna think
about taking that Buyout.

But if you think you killed it,

you may not wanna do anything at all.

Now, Blake was at least two chimps ahead
of the rest of you in that challenge.

[James] So, was your monkey business
on point?


We're gonna put ten seconds on the clock.

The Buyout starts...


Nine, eight, seven...

Six, five, four...

Three, two, one!

[cheering and applause]

With one second left
on the clock, y'all...

-That was close.
-...she took that Buyout.

-She said, "Give me the money."
-Give me the money.

"Give me all the money."

Sami, that means you're out the game.

But, you are leaving

with $2,500.

[cheering and applause]

That's better
than what I got for coming here, so...


You know we gotta find out
if you made the right decision,

or did you just save someone else?

The player who came in last,

and would've been eliminated is...

-I knew that.

[James] You got a grand total
of zero chimps.

And here's how the rest of you compared
to our Rested Testers in this challenge.

You knew how you did,
and you made the right choice.

Now you're leaving here with $2,500.


[cheering continues]

Twenty-five-hundred dollars
it's not so bad for...

a twenty-four hour days worth of work.

-Thank you so much for playing.
-Thank you.

[producer] Wanna know what you counted?


[producer] Your actual count
is $26,153.00.

-[producer] You're thirteen dollars off.
-No way!

-[audience cheers]
-Oh, my...

Now, get the best rest
you've ever had, girl. You earned it.

[Sami] Oh, my gosh.

That's so crazy!

Like, that's crazy!

You guys ready for your next challenge?

-Oh, yeah!


Turns out, staying awake for over 24 hours

wreaks havoc
on your hand-eye coordination.

To test this,
we here at Awake scoured the globe,

and spared no expense to research
the latest advancements in sleep science.

And when that didn't work,

we stole this idea off the internet.

This is the straight arm challenge.

[woman 1] Straight arm ch...

-[woman 2] Yep.

[woman 2] Straight arm.

[woman gasps]


[James] Now,

you're each gonna put
a plastic sleeve on your arm,

so it stays perfectly straight.

You gotta use that arm to grab a cup

and aim as much water as you can
into your mouth,

then spit that water into a container.

Do you follow?

I think so.

I've never heard of the challenge before,
so I don't understand how...

how I'm getting my arm
in something straight and then...

able to lift the cup in it.

Maybe I'm just sleep deprived
at this point,

and I'm just not getting it.

We're gonna make you earn
these million dollars, people.

[James] And... side note:

Hand-eye coordination works best
when you've been rested,

which you guys have not.

The person who gets
the most water in their container,

automatically moves one step closer

to that million-dollar prize!

[cheering and applause]

Come in last,

and you could straight up be going home.

It's time to do...

The Straight Arm challenge.

[coins clattering]

[cheering continues]

[James] Now, Blake, you have trained

with some of the most elite athletes
in the world.

-[Blake] Yes.
-You think that's gonna help you with this

-challenge right here?
-Not at all.

I love the honesty.

I'm a little nervous about this challenge.

I'm afraid I'm gonna get it in my nose
or choke. I'm just...

I don't know what to expect.
I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little nervous.

[Blake] Here we go.
Ninety seconds on the clock.


your Straight Arms challenge starts...


[audience cheers]

[James] Oh. Oh, yes.

[cheering continues]

Now it's coming out my nose into the cup.

There's just so much going on in my head.

I'm thinking,
"I gotta beat the other girls".

So I just keep going and going.

[James] Come on. Get it in there.

Our Rested Testers, on average,
manage to spit out 21 ounces.

That sounds disgusting, but good luck.

[cheering continues]

[James] I feel like that was
more of a shower than a drink.

I can tell that 24 hours awake

is doing a number
on that hand-eye coordination.




Keep it going.

-[audience cheers]
-[James] Yow!

[James] I like it.

[cheering continues]

Looking good, Shanon. Okay.

-[cheering continues]
-[James laughs]

My back hurts. My wrist already hurts.

My eyes are going blurry.
I have no idea how I'm gonna do this.

-[James] Ooh!
-[cheering continues]

[James] Okay.


Water's going everywhere.
All over my forehead. All over my eye.

I lose my contact,

and I'm grabbing the other cup,
just trying to make it into my mouth.

Gotta pick up the pace, Deana.

Okay. Oh, wait. All right.

They're moving fast.

All right. Get it in there.

Whoa. Shanon's not playing around.

[cheering continues]

[James] Down to the wire.

Come on, guys!

Five, four, three,

two, one.

[buzzer sounds]


It got a little bit in my nose, though.

-That's the worst!
-[Blake] Oh, my God!

I just blew it out of my nose.
So you see...

-That's what that is? Ew.
-That's what that is.

Your water looked a little special.

Yeah, just a little bit.

-[Blake laughs]
-[coins clattering]

[James] All right.

[audience cheers]

[James] Come back up here.

[audience cheering]

It's time to find out

how you all did. But first...

how y'all feeling?


That said so much right there.

[James imitates contestant]

What you got?

Blake, you got something on your chest?

You know who I am.

-You know what I mean.


I want you guys to just remember my focus
with the quarters,

that was brought to the stage.


[audience cheers]

[James] I like that.

All right.

The winner of this challenge,

and a one in three shot

at the million-dollar prize



-[Shanon squeals]

[James] Congratulations!

Eighteen-point-five ounces
of spitted water for Shanon!

Still sounds disgusting, though.


one of you is about to see
your million-dollar dream

come to an end.

But not before...

[audience] The Buyout!

...the Buyout.

[audience cheering]

This time, we're gonna offer

five thousand dollars...

[audience] Ooh!

to leave right now.


[James] If no one takes the Buyout,

whoever came last in that last challenge

will be eliminated.

How's your judgement
after more than 24 hours

without sleep, people?

What I can say is, the rest of you are
within just one ounce of each other.

That's close!

So you think you're the one
who did well enough to stay in the game,

or not?

[Blake] I look at the ladies
to the left and right

and check their poker faces,

and they got these stiff poker faces
that are not budging at all.

I'm just not feeling confident right now.

[James] The Buyout timer starts...


[audience] Nine, eight,

seven, six...

[James and audience] Five, four, three...

two, one.


No one's taking the Buyout.

That means,

for one of you, it's game over.

The player who came in last
in the challenge

and is headed home, right now,



[audience] Aw.

[James] Sorry, Deana.

You only managed 17 ounces of water.

And here's how the rest of you did
in the challenge.

[James] Thank you so much, Deana.

-Good work.
-[Deana] The Straight Arms challenge.

I never heard of it, and apparently,
I suck at it.

[cheering and applause]

At least I know that I can stay up
for 24 hours counting quarters.

Hannah, Blake, Shanon,


[audience cheers]

[James] Yes, 24 hours, no sleep,

you all still alert,
you guys are an inspiration, but...

in the final challenge,

we're gonna see how well their focus
and concentration have held up

after being awake for more than 24 hours.

In this challenge,
you'll each have a bunch of ribbons,

each with a stack of quarters on it.

You're gonna pull each ribbon

until you get the quarters
across the line in front of you.

You'll probably lose a bunch of quarters,
but don't stop.

Any quarter left on the ribbon
still counts.

Get more quarters than anyone else,
and you will automatically advance.

Get the least, and you could be


It's time to play

Pull It Off. Make some noise, y'all.

[audience cheering]

Now, Hannah,

you haven't won a challenge yet.

I know. It's on my bucket list now.

-Are you ready to do the damn thing?
-I'm ready.

-Let's do it.
-[James] All right.

Ninety seconds on the clock.

Your challenge starts...

-[buzzer sounds]

[audience cheers]

-[James] Okay.
-[coins clattering]

[James] Come on. Come on. Come on.

[cheering continues]

I start with yellow because...

No, that doesn't make sense.

I don't know why.

[James] Let's do it. Oh.

-No, I don't know.

I say it's my favorite color, but I...
It's not. I don't know what I'm saying.

I just picked middle because it's easy.

[James] Okay.

That's fine.


Look at the precision.

[audience cheers]

[Shanon] I'm holding my breath

'cause I don't want any movement
on that ribbon.

The quarters are stacked way too high.
That ribbon is far too thin.

It's far too long of a distance.
And I just wanna go to bed.

[cheering continues]

[James] Our Rested test group pulled off
an average of 225 quarters.

So far, we are not seeing
anyone come close to that.

-[cheering continues]
-[Blake grunts]

It's all good.

Keep it going.



[cheering continues]

[James] Come on, magenta ribbon.
You can do it.


Don't matter. Yeah, I like that.

Yeah, this is the one.

Come... Okay.

Don't worry. You can do it.

This is the one. I believe.

Thirty seconds left.


The coins fall over.
You don't even make it to the end.

Story of my life.

This ain't looking good at all.

Yep. Yep. I like that.
you gotta keep on going.

[James] We're witnessing textbook
sleep deprivation on this one.

Impaired judgement, shaky hands,

and a whole lot of money left
on that table.


This is Blake.

You gotta do it for Blake.

Seven, six, five,

four, three, two, one.

[buzzer sounds]

[James grunts]

All right. That's it.

[coins clattering]

All right. That's it.

Let's get all three of my contestants
out here right now.

[applause and cheering]


If I offered you a twenty minute power nap
right now, would you take it?

-[James] Blake?

In a heartbeat.


you're fresh off a win.

-You feel like you aced that?
-Oh, totally aced that.

[audience cheers]

-All right.
-I used to be an endurance runner,

and I know that slow and steady
wins the race.

Okay. Okay.



You got this in the bag or nah?

Oh, it's in the bag, for sure.

-[James] All right. All right.

It is.

Calm, steady and confident.

Are they bluffing?

It's time to find out.

The person who came in first

and has a guaranteed spot
in the next round


-Let's go! Let's go!

[audience cheers]

[James] Blake takes the win
with 178 quarters.

Do your thing, boy.

Let's go!

Blake's going to the next round.
This is why I'm here.

I'm here to fight. I'm here to compete.

Trust me. I'm going to win
this final round. I'm gonna do it.

All right. Hannah,


That means one of you two

will be leaving here, right now.

Get this, ladies, there was
a twelve-dollar difference between you.

That's a whole lot of quarters.

So, which one of you pulled off the win
in that challenge?

It's time for...

the Buyout!

[cheering and applause]



We're gonna offer you $7,500...

[audience] Ooh!

[James] to walk away right now.

If no one takes the offer,

whoever lost the challenge

will be eliminated.

So, give me ten seconds on that clock.

Your time starts...


[James and audience] Ten, nine, eight,

seven, six, five,

four, three, two...

[cheering continues]


[James] You took the Buyout.

-I did.
-Which means you'll be leaving here

with $7,500 dollars. Make some noise.


Was that the right choice?

The player who actually lost the challenge



[applause and cheering]

[James] You got a grand total
of 74 quarters.

Here's how you all compared
to our Rested Testers in that challenge.

[Shanon] Yeah, girl!

[Blake] Nice call.

-[James] Hannah.

Thank you for playing.

Now, get yourself some rest.

[Shanon] Bye, Hannah!

I just won 7,500 dollars,

but I don't know what to do with it
because I'm tired, and I'm delirious

and my brain is just mush right now.

[applause and cheering]


you've won two challenges. Shanon...

you've won one.

Congratulations to both of you
for getting this far,

but there can only be

one winner.

Now, remember way back
in the beginning of the show,

when you did all that coin counting?

You secretly told us
how much you think you counted.

And the person who's most accurate

will win everything they counted.

The other...

will leave with nothing.

[Shanon] Oh, gosh!

[sighs] Oh.

You've had a chance to see
how getting no sleep has affected you.

Are you second guessing your count?

Anybody? Shanon?


Just a little.

-Imma keep it real with you. Yeah, I am.


-I was just keeping it real with you.
-[James] Hey, and that's...

And that's why we love you,
'cause you've been keeping it real

the whole dang time.


if you're worried about how you did,

and you think you may not make the cut,

you're in luck,

because we have what?

The final Buyout.

[cheering and applause]

You can give up now

for a guaranteed $10,000.


if you're feeling confident,

you still feel like you have a shot
at a million dollars,

you might not wanna take that offer.

[James] Whoo! It's tense in here.

Your ten seconds...



[audience] Ten, nine, eight,

seven, six, five,

four, three, two, one.

Yeah, Blake.

-I'm in till the end.
-You almost got me.

With the Buyout punk fake!

No one's taken the final Buyout.

That means, for one of you,

this is the end of a very, very...

[both laugh]

long day.

The person who's count was
the most accurate

wins all the cash they counted,

and still has a chance

to win one million dollars.

And that person is...



Let's go!

Let's go!

[James] Shanon, I'm sorry.

But hey, thank you
for playing a great game.

[Blake] Good game today.

-[Shanon] Take care.
-[Blake] I will.

[Shanon] Inside, I'm like,

"Oh, man! You made it this far
and you didn't win! What the heck?"

[Shanon] This whole experience
has been unreal.

I would not change it for anything.

Except my pillow.

I'm gonna go get my pillow now.



-Thank you so much.
-You get to keep

all the money you counted.

-Let's do this, man. Come on, man.
-Let's go, let's go.

-That's all you. That's all your money.
-Let's go.

-Let's go!

Here's the deal.

You can take the money that you counted

over the past 24 hours
and leave with all of it, right now.


you can risk it

to win the money everyone else counted
here today, the Big Bank.

[cheering and applause]

The total is... Whoo!

A hundred and ninety-one thousand

and eleven dollars,

twenty-five cents.

[cheering continues]


Here's how you win that money.

You start by telling us

how much you think you counted

over the past 24 hours.

What's that amount?

Twenty-eight thousand,

two hundred eighteen dollars
and fifty cents.

Twenty-eight thousand,

two hundred eighteen dollars

and fifty cents.


That's what you think you counted.


If that number is within $500,

that's $500 above

or $500 below

the actual amount that you counted,

you'll win that $191,011.25!

[cheering and applause]

That is sitting there in the Big Bank.

Plus, a chance to win a million dollars.

[audience cheering]

This is it.

Your first big decision.

Are you gonna keep what you counted,

or are you gonna risk it all...

and play for the Big Bank?

I'm gonna risk it all.

-That's what I'm talking about.
-Let's go!

-All right.
-[audience cheers]

Let's go!

All right. All right.

Here's how it works, Blake.

If you are within the $500 range,

the Money Meter will turn green
and you will win.

If you are outside that range,
it will turn red

and you will lose everything.

It won't reveal exactly
how much you might be off,

just if you are inside

or outside the $500 range.


Good luck.

Thank you. I appreciate it.

-[James] I'm rooting for you.
-Thank you.


Come on, Money Meter!

Here goes.


Here goes nothing.

Come on. Stay in that zone.

Stay in that zone.

Come on. Please.

Please, no.


-Let's go!

Let's go!


You! You, baby!

Come on, baby! Whoo!

-Come on.
-All right.

I gotta say something.

That was very, very bold.

Is this who you are,
or are you taking more risks

because you haven't slept?

Nah, this is who I am.
I like to be confident.


Hopefully, what I was able
to show out here,

is that even with the disability,

and even though you may be
facing challenges in your life,

you can still have confidence.

You can still raise your head up high.


-I'm stoked about that.

-Even with my knees, you can do that.
-Then you pop that collar.

You still can.

You just won a lot of money.

But it could be more.

Now, are you gonna keep it,

or risk it all

for one million dollars?

[audience cheering]

Think about it.

To win that million-dollar prize,

the amount of money you think you counted

has to be within $25 of your actual count.

That's $25 above, or $25 below.

But if you're just $0.25 off,

you leave with nothing.

-So after 24 hours awake...

-...and a million dollars on the line...

-Just me and you, brother.

What's it gonna be?

Keep what you have,

or go for the million?

I'm not gonna lie.

Mama didn't raise no fools.
I'm about to take the money.

[audience cheers]

Let's go!

Let's go!

Let's go!

Let's go!

You're going home

with $191,011.25.

Let's do this!


we gotta see

if that million dollars
would've been yours.

You said you counted


Let's find out

if you would've won a million dollars.

Okay. All right.

Come on.

Let's see what happens.

You were off by $373.50.

So you, sir, made the right decision!

Let's go!

Count that money!

Count that money! Count that money!

Well, listen, Blake,

you have won over $191,000.00.

[audience cheering]

Do a dance. Do a dance.

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