Dash Family, Agarwal Family Compete to Be Last of Four Teams to Advance on “America’s Smartest Family”
The New Game Show Series is the First-Ever English-Language Quiz Show of its Kind
On this week’s episode of “America’s Smartest Family,” the Agarwal family and the Dash family met again, competing to become the last of four teams to advance to the next round of semi-finals. The new television game show series, airing exclusively on ZEE TV, is the first-ever English-language quiz show of its kind, putting some of the brightest South Asian families from across the globe on stage for a chance at the title and a $10,000 cash prize.
After receiving hundreds of submissions from hopeful contestants, 16 families scored high enough to surpass initial eliminations and compete on television. On the first four episodes of “America’s Smartest Family,” eight teams were eliminated, and eight teams advanced to the semi-finals, including episode 4 rivals – the Agarwal family; and the Dash family, who made show history on their first appearance, becoming the first team to earn 2,000 points by the end of round 4.
The Agarwal family would kick-off round one, selecting arts & entertainment as their first category, and math as their second category. Despite having the advantage of selecting their preferred topics, the Agarwals were off to a rough start, ending round 1 without any points of the scoreboard. But their fierce competitors, the Dash family, would once again establish themselves as the team to beat. Team MVP, 13-year-old Amnol Dash, maintained his level of confidence entering into the semi-finals, easily clinching the maximum of 200 points by the end of the first round.
The Dash team would keep their steady momentum, ending round 2 with a perfect score of 400. The pressure was on for the Agarwals, who were struggling to keep up with their opponents. Answering one of two of their round 2 questions correctly, the Agarwal family would make a small comeback, which put them on the scoreboard. They would enter the next round with 100 points – down by 300 points to the Dash’s perfect score of 400 points.
In rounds 3 and 4 – the buzzer rounds – each correct answer is worth 200 points, and an incorrect answer docks 100 points from the team score. With fewer teams on stage during the semi-finals, there were more points up for grabs, making it easier for one team to break away with a sizeable lead. With a new found sense of determination, the Agarwals spiced things up with their fiery performance in round 3. Not quite ready to give-up, the team made an astonishing comeback against the Dash family, stealing an impressive 700-point lead by the end of the first buzzer round.
For the first time on the show, the Dash family would enter into a game round without the lead. The realization that a spot in the next round of semi-finals was not a sure thing would ignite a flame for the Dash team, who would once again give one of the most memorable performances of in show history. In what could only be described as a true ‘tug of war’ episode, the Dashes managed to tie the game at 1,500 in the middle of round 4, and eventually stole the lead back from the Agarwals. Earning a whopping 1,100 points in round 4 alone, the Dash family sprinted their way to first place yet again, regaining control of the scoreboard.
The Agarwals, all-too-familiar with the importance of the “make or break” round, were put in an uncomfortable position. To avoid elimination, the team would need to outperform their challengers and answer their final question correctly without much wiggle room for hints. They did not fold under pressure, answering their geography question correctly after just one hint. But much to their disappointment, this was not enough to slow down Amnol Dash and his team. The teen, who could easily be crowned MVP again, carried his family to victory a second time, securing their spot in the final four and eliminating the Agarwals. They join the Somani family, the Jaffrey family and the Purani family to become the last four teams in the running for the title and the $10,000 cash prize.
Tune in next week on Saturday, April 21, to see the Somanis and the Jaffreys compete for a spot in the finals. “America’s Smartest Family” airs exclusively on ZEE TV at 9:00 p.m. EST; 9:30 p.m. PST; and 9:00 p.m. AST.