Premiered September 28, 2009
Nickelodeon Game Show

Jeff Sutphen

Erin Fitzgerald
John Cramer

BrainSurge's challenges are designed to test the memory
and comprehension skills of its contestants. The contestants
begin by playing a series of visual puzzles. Each solution
is a number that the players need to enter using their
keypads. The contestants have 10 seconds to lock in their
answers. The four highest-scoring contestants advance to
the next round; all eliminated contestants in this and future
levels are sent down the "Brain Drain," a slide formed as a
human ear consisting entirely and visually of "ear wax" form.

During the second round, the four remaining contestants are
told a story from a book read by the host and are asked
questions in turn about the story. Contestants lock in their
answers by sitting down on a chair. If a contestant gets a
question wrong, the chair makes a farting noise, and the
contestant is pulled backwards through a paper "tooth" of a
large face and eliminated from further play. This continues
until two contestants remain. In the Knockout round, the
two remaining contestants have 10 seconds to memorize a
grid of 16 numbers containing 8 pairs of images from the
story. The contestants then take turns matching pairs of
images from the story. Once either contestant makes a
mistake, the player who makes the next match wins the
game in a sudden-death match. At this point, the contestant
that lost in this round all go down the Brain Drain.

For the bonus round, the contestant must successfully trace
out three paths on grids within 90 seconds. The first path
is six squares on a 4x4 grid, the second is eight squares
on a 5x5 grid, and the third is ten squares on a 6x6 grid;
squares are always connected. Each square has an actuator
in the middle that must be stepped on to activate the
square. Contestants see each path twice; the clock starts
running when the contestant first activates a square. After
completing a path successfully, the contestant must step
on an actuator outside the board to stop the clock. Contestants
are told immediately when they make a mistake; they must
return to the start and view the pattern again before being
allowed to continue; when viewing the pattern after a
mistake, the clock continues to run. Contestants can win
three prizes, one for completing each of the three paths;
any prizes they win on one stage are safe no matter what
happens later. Contestants who fail to complete all three
boards must go down the Brain Drain, while contestants
who succeed are slimed in Nickelodeon network tradition.

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