‘Jeopardy!’: Mattea Roach Wins Special Super-Champs Game
The Law School Admission Test tutor from Toronto won the game with $17,600, compared to Schneider’s $904 and Amodio’s $3,600, though no money was actually on the line. The exhibition game was a Midterm Election-day special show during the current Tournament of Champions, which resumes with the first semi-finals game tonight, Wednesday, November 9.
Ken Jennings presided over the much-anticipated showdown, which had a relaxed atmosphere. At one point in the episode, Jennings accidentally gave away an answer, which caused him to curse! In the “Numbers Please” category, the host said, “I don’t know if you noticed, but the numbers in that category are 40, 23, 38, and 74, which is larger than all of them – of s**t!”
The show bleeped Jennings’ curse as he comically threw his clue sheet to the ground. He was trying to point out how the answers matched how many games each player on-stage had previously won, including himself, with the “larger than all of them” 74. However, he gave away the last clue, number 40 (Schneider’s win count), before it was read.
Not one to miss an opportunity, Schneider hilariously buzzed in with “Numbers for $200,” answering correctly and eliciting much laughter from the live audience.
This playful atmosphere was felt throughout the episode. At one point, Amodio stopped himself mid-clue to say, “Hi Ki, I just wanted to say hi,” which drew laughs from the crowd. Meanwhile, in a music category, Roach referred to a song by P!nk as “One of my favorite songs when I was, like, four.” Schneider later mimicked Roach’s response when she called Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”: “One of my favorite songs when I was, like, 27.”
“So hilarious! You can tell the players are enjoying themselves and are having fun (it is only a practice game, but still). Very funny blooper by Ken as well,” wrote one YouTube commenter.
“You can tell how much looser and relaxed they are when there’s no real stakes on the line. The three are just having fun,” added another fan, while one person wrote, “What a fun and hilarious match! I think Alex would have been tickled and pleased. ”
Speaking of Alex Trebek, the show paid tribute to the late host on the second anniversary of his death with a category called “Remembering Alex Trebek.” This included clues relating to Trebek’s hometown, his college major, his breakfast of choice, and his hardware collection, the latter of which stumped everyone.
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