The mob had, I believe, 10 seconds to answer. Could have been 15, as I've slept a few times since then. Annie could take as much time as she wanted, and was hysterical to watch. The "special" mob members had private waiting areas in a separate building from the regular mob folks, and a couple of us spent time visiting back and forth before the taping. We were in the rooms that the Deal or No Deal models use, so we wandered around checking out costumes for upcoming tapings, and such.
When Brad, Ken, Kevin, Annie, Sister Rose and I walked together into the soundstage where the rest of the mob was seated, I think the sound level dropped about 75%. Most folks probably recognized Ken and/or Brad and/or Annie, but it was fun for me to be a small part of an "intimidating" group! Momma, the 6'4" drag queen Ken mentioned in his comments about our taping, joined us in mufti at first, but really caused a stir when she appeared in full glory. S/he's a hoot and a half herownself! Annie and I sat together on a couch while the producers gave their pre-taping talks, and she is as charming and funny a person as you could hope to meet. We both agreed that neither of us really wanted to be the first one to be selected from the mob. The whole group was told ahead of time that the first 1 would be chosen by the producers, and all others would be randomly selected from remaining Mob members. Annie was truly surprised when her name was called, but I can understand why she was chosen. This is one bright lady, and I think they wanted someone who could answer questions AND not freeze up in the spotlight.
Yes, they spelled my name wrong, but it's happened so many times in my life that I just laughed it off. I've already gotten an email apology from the producers, so that's good enough for me.