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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Sorry Mitch McConnell, nobody blocks this Bill" Bill Kurtis 
Helen Hong: 19 (5/7)
Mo Rocca: 13 (3/5)
Alonzo Bodden: 11 (5/3)
Chosen: Alonzo Bodden
Correct: Helen Hong
Conan O'Brien: 1
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a surprising effort to clean up the planet, Not My Job about hot cocoa, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next self-help trend?
When asked how Conan O'Brien did on the show, Bill Kurtis said that he would throw the score out because anything Conan says is right.

Mo Rocca really pulled a Mo Rocca during the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round when trying to come up with an answer for the 5th question. Alonzo Bodden would also try to pull a Mo Rocca for his second Lightning question. Peter Sagal also accepted Alonzo's answer of "collusion" for his first Lightning question.

Only five of Alonzo's eight Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions were included in the edited version of the show and Bill stated that Alonzo had three points. One of the three points would have been in one of the three questions that was cut out.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Bill the wall! Bill the wall! I'm Bill the Kurtis" Bill Kurtis 
Adam Burke: 12 (2/5)
Amy Dickinson: 12 (2/5)
Bim Adewunmi: 10 (4/3)
Chosen: Bim Adewunmi
Correct: Bim Adewunmi
Charles "Peanut" Tillman: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a real American hero in the news, Not My Job about offending people, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be Rudy Giuliani's next job?
All three of the correct answers for the Not My Job segment where "C".
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "I'm legendarily cold anchorman, Brrrgh Kurtis" Bill Kurtis 
Adam Felber: 19 (5/7)
Tom Bodett: 10 (4/3)
Maeve Higgins: 5 (3/1)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Richard E. Grant: 1 *
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about the Millcreek Elementary Fourth Grade Science Fair, Not My Job about Ulsses S. Grant, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will we find under all of the ice and show when it finally melts?
For the 3rd Not My Job question, Richard E. Grant stuck with his answer of "B" even after Peter questioning his choice and jeering from the audience. When Peter Sagal asked how Richard did, Bill Kurtis said he would give Richard the win, in part for starring with Chicago-native Melissa McCarthy. The exception has been noted.

After Maeve Higgins gave her answer to her first Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question and Peter saying that the correct answer was "Iran", Maeve then said "Iran" in hopes of getting the point. Meave would then repeat the "Iran" answer for the second question, which was not correct.
Savannah, GA (Savannah Civic Center)Peter Sagal "Hey there Georgia, I'll take a bite of your juicy peach" Bill Kurtis 
Roxanne Roberts: 15 (3/6)
Peter Grosz: 15 (3/6)
Mo Rocca: 9 (3/3)
Chosen: Peter Grosz
Correct: Peter Grosz
Stacey Abrams: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an unsolved mystery, Not My Job about bromances, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be next year's Super Bowl half-time show?
Another instance of Mo Rocca using the topic of dingoes in Australia being used in a Bluff the Listener story; but, this time, there is a twist!

The audience shouted out "B" while Stacey Abrams was trying to come up with an answer for the first Not My Job question and shouted out even louder when she first chose "A". She changed her answer to "B", which was correct. For the second Not My Job question, Peter Sagal gave her a strong hint of which answer was correct.

During the second panel round, Roxanne Roberts stole Mo Rocca's question. Mo would then steal Roxanne's question.

Another instance of all three panelists starting the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment in a three-way tie.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Roses are red, pickles are dill. My last name's Kurtis. My middle name's Danger" Bill Kurtis 
Luke Burbank: 13 (3/5)
Alonzo Bodden: 9 (3/3)
Maeve Higgins: 4 (2/1)
Chosen: Maeve Higgins
Correct: Maeve Higgins
Matt Smith: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a mother that might have gone a bit too far, Not My Job about Prince, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: how will Amazon get back at New York for rejecting them?
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