Today’s episode was entertaining starting with the introduction of the contestants. The first contestant introduced, Mary Mitchell, was from Washington, D.C.! (You may know I just came from there for the unofficial Jeopardy! reunion that coincided with the National History Bee and Bowl.) Then, the next contestant, Jason Rhode, gave a dramatic and ecstatic salute to the camera, first pointing, then waving. I had to take two pictures of him because he was moving so much, and still neither are that good! I wish I had a picture of my dad imitating the move! Then the returning 4-day champ, Sara Heard, had quite the opposite demeanor, which induced my dad, whose birthday is tomorrow!, to say, “Smile, Sara.” Here they are:
|Jason Rhode, second attempt!|
I was tweeting Buddy Wright, who like Jason is from Lubbock, Texas, to ask if he knew him, when my dad goes, “Look it…” so I look and he’s pointing at Jason’s wacky signature that had designs surrounding it. By now I was really cracking up, and my dad was like, “We’re about 30 seconds into the show and you’re already having a good time.”
I was already pausing so frequently that my dad picked up a book from the coffee table. I was like, “Dad!” and he reassured me he was going to watch the show. Later I had to pause again (which I try not to do when someone’s watching with me), and my dad joking picked up the book frantically and starting flipping pages like he was trying to cram in as much as he could while I was pausing. I said to no one in particular, “This is going to be a longer blog post than most,” and my dad goes, “This is going to be a longer Jeopardy! episode than most.”
Oh, yeah, there were clues after all this, too. The first Daily Double came pretty quickly, in “Ark,” Who Goes There? Mary found it. She had 800 and each of her opponents had 600. This was the clue: “The U.S. Patent Office has 3 types of intellectual property – patents, copyrights, and these.” Mary got it right and added 1000 to her total.
Did you guys know this triple-stumper in Biblical Book Titles?: “Macon ‘Milkman’ Dead is on a quest for his identity in this novel by Toni Morrison.” As for this one in the same category, I was amazed that my dad knew it. (He said he had taken a guess.) “One of Oprah’s picks was Jane Hamilton’s novel ‘The Book of’ her; sounds like just an Old Testament book.”
At the first break, Sara had 200, Jason had 2000, and Mary had 3000.
One of the Jeopardy round categories was 25-Game Winners, referring to baseball. The category wound up being the last one finished, and my dad said during the round, “How come nobody wants baseball?” He LOVES baseball, and his fantasy team means everything to him. My dad blew through the category when they finally did get to it. I said to him, “Did you sweep?” And he goes, “Sweep? What’s sweep?” He was like, “Yeah” like it was no big deal. At the end of the round, Sara had 3400, Jason had 2400, and Mary had 4800.