Figure It Out (partially found episode of Nickelodeon game show; 1998)
Figure It Out was a children's version of the classic game show What's My Line that aired on Nickelodeon from July 1997 through December 1999. The original run was hosted by Summer Sanders, and a revival in 2012 brought back the format and was hosted by Jeff Sutphen.
The premise of the show was that children (and in later iterations, whole families) would have a secret talent that a panel of celebrities would try to guess based on asking the contestant yes or no questions. The celebrity panel was made up predominantly of cast members from other Nickelodeon shows such as All That, and often featured actors Danny Tamberelli, Laurie Beth Denberg, Amanda Bynes, and Kevin Kopelow.
The original run of the show (1997-1999) was shot in front of a live audience at the old Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Throughout this time, the format of the show also included a chance for an audience member to win a prize; in season one it was a often a bike or a video game system, in later seasons it was a Figure It Out tee-shirt. The audience member would win if if a celebrity panelist was slimed. A panelist would be slimed if they completed a secret action that they were unaware of, such as looking in a specific direction or saying the contestant's name. In later episodes, the secret slime action might also be completely arbitrary, such as "thinking about peas," guaranteeing the audience member would take home the prize.
AVAILABILITY[edit | edit source]
Many episodes of the show have been made available from various users on YouTube and on the Internet Archives, as well as on various official Nickelodeon TV stations and on Viacom-owned products, such as the Peacock TV app, which shows re-runs of all seasons of the original run, as well as the reboot series from 2012.
One specific episode that is lost is Season 2, Episode 6, wherein the contest's secret talent was "leaks inhaled milk from eye." The talent, as performed by a teenager from New Hampshire named Anthony, was to effectively snort milk through his nose and then push the liquid out through his eyes. The episode aired only once in April 1998 before being pulled from repeat airings. Reportedly, a mother contacted Nickelodeon to complain about the episode after her child tried to emulate the talent.
The contestant's secret was not guessed by the panel, and he was awarded the grand prize, which included a trip back to Universal Studios.
EPISODE EXISTENCE[edit | edit source]
The talent itself has at least been confirmed to exist by panelist Danny Tamberelli, who appeared in a Reddit AMA in 2018 and answered a question regarding this specific episode. "I remember that talent and it was gross." The episode is mentioned in multiple online message boards and in reddit comments, despite not being included in many popular online episode guides.
EXTERNAL LINKS[edit | edit source]
- https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6yh9s4/iama_musician_actor_and_comedian_danny_tamberelli/ a Reddit AMA in 2018