Back in the studio, Prem asks his next question: "Which cricketer has scored the most first class centuries in history?"
The host hands Jamal a check, explaining that he can walk with the money he has already earned. It's not a small sum. But Jamal hands the check back, compelled to press on. The crowd cheers wildly.
We cut back to Jamal at the train station, waiting for Latika. He peers down at the bustling station from a walkway above, searching the bustling crowds for Latika. Eventually he spots her. He yells down, and the two lock eyes.
Unfortunately, it isn't long before he spots Salim barreling through the station, in pursuit of Latika. She's unable to escape. They drag her into a car and drive off, with a knife to her head, while Jamal can only pound helplessly on the window.
We cut back to Jamal in the studio, as they go to commercial break.
In the bathroom, Prem speaks to Jamal. He explains he has a feeling that Jamal will win—and that he was the only person to come from the slums and win. Jamal, however, reveals he doesn't know the answer this time.
"You're gonna win," Prem smiles, before leaving. Jamal goes to the mirror where he sees the letter "B." written in the steam.
Back on set, Prem, shrouded in shadows, whispers to Jamal: "Do the right thing in approximately three minutes, and you will be as famous as me. And as rich as me." He smiles. "Almost."
The lights come up, and the host resumes his plastic smile.
Prem repeats the question. Jamal is able to narrow it down to three possible answers, before asking for the 50/50 lifeline. He can choose between "B. Ricky Ponting" or "D. Jack Hobbs."
Jamal says "D." much to Prem's surprise. The host tries to convince him otherwise. Jamal reveals he doesn't know the answer, but is insistent on his answer.
Of course, much to Prem's dismay, that's the correct answer. The audience erupts.
Jamal is in shock, but is able to crack a smile. "Maybe it is written, no?" he cracks, in response to Prem's "tip."
It's time for the final question. But just at that moment, the final whistle blows. They will have to resume the following night.