No, really, I mean it. SPOILERS. Not that you can possibly miss it on any of the newscasts…
Tonight, Ken Jennings lost in tragic fashion. Live by the sword, die by the sword. He missed two $4800 Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy! I didn’t get either of them, so I can’t make too much fun of him. The problem is, he was betting too much given the competition. He placed himself TWICE in the slot of nearly tying the game with a missed answer. With the doubled answer values these days, he was asking for it.
Yes, I, the Belgian-American, missed the Belgian Patton question. I’m so ashamed.
Final Jeopardy! really surprised me. My first answer to it was UPS. Then I read it a second time: “White Collar” and “4 months.” That means it won’t be truck drivers. And four months is tax season — January through April. H&R Block sprung right to mind.
Sadly, Ken never made it further than that first step in his thought process. It’s a pity.
I have to think some of it was just a case of being tired. If I don’t miss my guess, the episode aired tonight would have been the fifth taped in the day. That was his fifth show in a row in the same day. It’s amazing he lasted this long without stumbling under that kind of pressure.
And let’s not be hard on him — he made 75 appearances on a game show and won 74 of them for a total of just over $2.5 million. It was a remarkable achievement.
And the Tournament of Champions stands to be a complete blood bath. ;-)
Here’s to you, KJ! You finally gave America someone to rally around for their brains, rather than their stupidity.
(Special thanks to Tom Galloway for pointing out that KJ will be on BIOGRAPHY Wednesday night, and possibly Regis and Kelly. Plus, Letterman and Nightline tonight. Whew.)
(That pic is from the first show after KenJen crossed the $2 million mark. He finished at over $2.5 million.)