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Helen Hong
Roy Blount, Jr.
Alonzo Bodden
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Lena Headey
(TBD)Mike Pesca (TBD) 
Peter Grosz
Shelby Fero
Tom Bodett
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Richard Dreyfuss
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey east coast, avoid that winter chill and get some of this winter Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Luke Burbank: 17 (3/7)
Paula Poundstone: 14 (2/6)
Faith Salie: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Thomas Perez: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a kid's TV show making the news, Not My Job about going into labor, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will we find on the newly found Planet 9?
During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Paula Poundstone answered 7 questions correctly (each one got a bell ding and Peter acknowledging each one), but Bill Kurtis only gave her credit for 6. Even if Paula got credit for all 7, she still would not have enough to beat Luke Burbank. The score entered in for Paula reflects the incorrect score as recorded by Bill.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Mike Pesca "Check the mail, you just got your electric Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts: 17 (3/7)
Mo Rocca: 12 (2/5)
Bobcat Goldthwait: 5 (3/1)
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Mo Rocca
Sutton Foster: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a couple finding each other in a surprising way, Not My Job about Tonys (or Anthonys), Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be Sean Penn's next big scoop?
Joe Pesci was referenced in each of the three Not My Job questions that were in reference to three different people named Tony or Anthony. Joe Pesci's character in the movie Casino was based on Anthony "The Ant" Spilotro. Also, the third choice in the other two Not My Job questions used Joe Pesci as a joke answer.

At the end of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round when Bill Kurtis was asked if Roxanne Roberts did enough to win, Bill said "Yes! 14 points and the win!" The 14 points should not be confused with the total number of points Roxanne had, 17, but rather the number of points she got from answering 7 of 8 questions correctly.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Why play the Powerball when you can play the Power Bill?" Bill Kurtis 
Amy Dickinson: 14 (2/6)
Greg Proops: 13 (3/5)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Ice Cube: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about song lyrics that had an impact on a news story, Not My Job about people having very bad days, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will make the Oregon Militia Men finally end their siege?
In the edited version of the show, Amy Dickinson was asked six questions during the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round and had answered five of them correctly. The sixth correct answer would have come from one of the two questions that were left out.

During Roy Blount Jr.'s Lightning round, he was given the clue of "Unforgettable" for the answer of Natalie Cole. Amy had fun with it and said "Forgettable" in a sing-songy manner.