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Second Couple Sues “Million Dollar Money Drop” for Faulty Question

Fox’s Million Dollar Money Drop is a long forgotten colossal disaster of a quiz show from from Winter 2010.  The show was critically panned for its horrific pace, bizarre production decisions, and (most of all) poor question setting.  People who followed the show remember the faulty question on the first episode regarding the debut date of a Post-It note.  It looks like another team thinks they have a case with a bad question and TMZ is reporting the losing couple taking the show to court.

Andrew and Patricia Murray played on the debut night of Million Dollar Money Drop, December 20, 2010. Coincidentally this was the same night that the Post-It note couple aired.  The question the Murrays faced, the sixth, was:

6. According to the data security firm IMPERVA, what’s the most common computer password?

B: 123456

The two placed their entire bank of $580,000 on A, PASSWORD.  However, according to the show the answer was B, 123456.  The team lost the $580,000 sitting on the wrong answer, the game ended, and they left with nothing.  However, now the Murrays are saying that the question was misleading.  In the suit against Fox, Endemol, and others, they claim, “IMPERVA did not conduct its own objective survey of computer users but rather supports its assertion that 123456 is the most common password based on analysis of a hacking incident involving a website known as”

They also added, “If [they] would have known that the question was pertaining to a random, single incident … they would have hedged their bets and played differently.” They are suing for $580,000 which includes punitive damages and other fees.

Hopefully this will be the last thing we’ll hear from the complete cluster that was Million Dollar Money Drop.  I don’t know what was so hard about hiring actual question setters and using actual trivia questions instead of this.  The “topical questions” clearly didn’t help connect to viewers and all they’ve had from what they did are embarrassing issue after embarrassing issue.  I think it’s a stretch to say that they would have hedged their bets if they had known it was about the one incident, but it’s a bad question regardless.

Source : TMZ

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12 responses to "Second Couple Sues “Million Dollar Money Drop” for Faulty Question"

  • Lewis says:

    Wait a second. The security firm “did not conduct its own objective survey of computer users”? Who on Earth is going to answer the question “hi there, for my survey I’d just like you to tell me your email password please”? Gathering data from leaked password lists is how these things work, though using just one such list then making proclamations about all passwords is bad form.

    That said, yes the question was if nothing else horribly phrased. “Most common computer password” means what exactly? Email password? Windows login? Password used to get into the back room of the computer store where they play poker and sell the black market goods?

  • Coupon Boy says:

    I hope this encourages Fox to go through with The Chase since since it is far less unlikely to get any law suits over straight general knowledge questions than the survey/poll questions they had on The Money Dollar Drop.

  • Chris Parsley says:

    Wrong, lawsuits like this will keep Fox out of the gameshow business period.

  • BillCullen1 says:

    The couple can sue. Whether they get any money is another matter. IIRC, this was a question on Tom Bergeron’s Hollywood Squares, and they said PASSWORD was the most commonly used password. Oh well . . .

  • Niner says:

    32 million passwords is a lot of data, so it seems like the question is pretty good, no? BTW, “password” isn’t even in the Top 3.

    Have any contestants ever won lawsuits like these? Did Rick Rosner win?

    • Robert says:

      32 million actually isn’t a lot of data. In fact it’s pathetically little data. It’s only 32 million, and only from a photo-sharing site; which is where you use the weakest password you possibly can (because you’re actively sharing all your information anyways).

      Had it been more than 32 million; and more importantly if it had been from a variety of sources (computer passwords, email passwords, banking passwords, network passwords, etc.) then it might have had more value; but it wasn’t. It was the results of hacking one website about sharing personal information. It’s like going to a Star Trek convention and using the data there to say the most common clothing article worn by men are pointed ears. There’s no scientific value to it.

  • Scott says:

    It seems like the people in today’s society like to sue others at any time and for any reason.

    First off, the show has been off the air for almost 2 years. If there was a problem with this question, the couple should’ve contacted FOX within the first month after the show aired. Waiting this long before bringing up an issue like this does seem suspicious, to say the least. Maybe they recently saw the story of the other couple with the Post-It Note issue and then thought to themselves, “Hmm… you know what, let’s also go ahead and sue FOX as well.”

    Somehow, I doubt they’ll get any money. But I agree with Chris. With all of these problems with Million Dollar Money Drop, FOX probably has doubts about going ahead and producing any more game shows anytime soon.

    Million Dollar Money Drop seems to being having as much controversy as Red or Black.

    I blame FOX for all of this. Endemol creates a good game show, and FOX messes it up.

    You know what? FOX should just turn back time to the year 2000 and bring back Greed. Oh wait, knowing the FOX execs, they’d probably mess up a Greed revival as well.

  • James E. Parten says:

    First off, “Million Dollar Money Drop” was NOT a good format, regardless of the denomination involved. Americans prefer to watch something where contestants try to win. This show was built around the Hearts-like concept of “trying not to lose”. It’s a concept that does not resonate with American tastes.

    Secondly, if the producers here flubbed up one question, it is entirely possible that they flubbed up others as well.

    It might be interesting to find out why it took these latest plaintiffs so long to file their action.

    As it stands, they probably won’t do any better than the inter-racial couple of unemployed actors who “lost” $800,000 on the same show. They were promised a chance to make good, but the show has been well and truly cancelled, and so they are left out in the cold.

    Of course, we are such a litigious society that if you say “Good Morning!” on a rainy day, somebody is likely to sue you for misrepresentation! This is what keeps some attorneys in luxuries!

  • bmhedgehog says:

    I honestly thing they’ll win their case, there is enough evidence to support it. Though I agree that it is strange that they waited this long to come forward about it.

  • Gizensha says:

    If the question was phrased the way the blog post indicates, I don’t see any grounds at all for being awarded damages. They aren’t disputing that according to IMPERVA, 123456 is the most common password. They’re disputing if IMPERVA had valid methodology for determining this fact. That doesn’t change that according to IMPERVA, as asked, 123456 is the most common password.

    If the question was simply “What is the most common password” then, yeah, there’d be a case, but not for “According to IMPERVA, what is the most common password?”

    • newp says:

      But that’s the thing — IMPERVA isn’t saying that it is the most common password, they are saying it is the most common password they found in that list of passwords. I believe something like #8 or #9 was ROCKYOU which obviously isn’t the 8th or 9th most common password used.

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