This needs no introduction

     Or maybe it does…. I couldn’t get these pictures to fit nicely unless I had text above them!


         I kept this pose from Brad I happened to catch:

     You can see in the closed captioning why he’s making that face. Low blow! Someone in the audience asked Trebek during a commercial break whether Watson had “an unfair mechanical advantage.” “Yes” Mr. Trebek said, with no hesitation whatsoever. Trebek added “I don’t mince words.”
     See in Brad’ first picture that I paused the recording to make sure I got a normal picture. Brad made many more laughable faces that I happened to pause on, but since I wanted to get this to you on time I didn’t take pictures.
     Remember I was sitting next to India Cooper‘s husband in the audience. He told me India lost twice to Brad, and “there’s no dishonor in that.”
     I’m sure you can imagine how I anticipated this one, considering how breathless I was after Brad’s last performance. I wrote that someone asked me “Who do you think will take this round?” and we both laughed! I remember the feeling, like everyone knows this one’s done before it starts. Brad was true to form by the first break:
Mark 1400 (3 right)
Brad 3000 (6 right and one wrong)
Dan 1000 (3 right and one wrong)
     The stuffed dog Mr. Trebek asked Dan about? Dan’s wife Andrea had it with her at the studio the next day! And the autobiography of Pan that Mark wrote and referred to in his interview? You can buy it here. I’ve also put a link (with the image) at right, if you decide you want it later. If you get it and read it, let me know if it’s good! I don’t have a Kindle.
     As for Brad’s interview, here’s some additional information:

     I saw Robin Carroll‘s daughter Allison react in the row in front of me when this clue was read in The South: “This mountain near Marietta, Georgia is where Joe Johnston held off the Yankees in June 1864.” Allison said to the people next to her, that’s her hometown. Unfortunately I couldn’t see Robin’s reaction because I was not seated on the same side of the studio audience as the contestants! Later when I mentioned the clue to Robin, she said it was near where she used to live (til last year!). She tells me she was just hiking there last Sunday.
     I thought it was a shame that the contestants went to Farming last! There’s nothing to be afraid of! Brad found the Daily Double in the category, with 2 clues on the board after it.
Mark 2600 (2 right and one wrong)
Brad 4800 (4 right and one wrong)
Dan 3400 (6 right and one wrong)
     Brad wagered 2000 on this clue: “Boosting efficiency, it’s a harvester & a thresher in one machine.” Once Brad said the correct response, I wanted to slap my forehead!
     Those last 2 clues were triple-stumpers!
     I knew after the Jeopardy round Brad would put his foot on the gas in Double Jeopardy. Was I right??
     I was amazed Dan or Brad didn’t ring in on this one in Read”ing” after Mark negged on it with “Waiting for Mr. Goodbar”: “In this Judith Rossner novel, Theresa Dunn is murdered by a man she’d picked up in the title singles spot.” When Mr. Trebek revealed the correct response, Mark said to him, “You’re right,” and Mr. Trebek said “Thank you.” The next clue was the Daily Double, still in Read”ing”. It was Brad’s.
Mark 1000 (One right and 2 wrong)
Brad 12400 (4 right)
Dan 3800 (One right)
     I’d probably have wagered a lot. I typed that before Brad wagered 10000! And no, I didn’t remember that from seeing this in person. Here’s the clue: “Squire Allworthy is a character in a 1749 novel by this man.” It was clear as Trebek was reading the clue that Brad knew this one! Brad said “I read it in high school!”
     Brad found the next Daily Double too, in Govt. Med. Abbrev. His opponents didn’t even weep!
Mark 1000
Brad 24000 (One right)
Dan 7800 (3 right)
     What was Brad gonna do this time? He wagered 4000 on this clue: “It’s the acronym for the law that allows you to continue the coverage you had after you leave a job.” Brad got this immediately too.
     I got this triple-stumper from the studio audience, in Movie Directors: “‘Meet Me in St. Louis.'” The guy I sat next to knew I knew it too!
     At the end of the round:
Mark 1800 (One right)
Brad 32400 (4 right)
Dan 10200 (5 right)
     So Brad still has not lost an episode by the end of this one. I think to keep people interested, Trebek said “you never know” whether Dan will have enough for a wildcard! Dan said something to make Brad laugh, but we couldn’t hear it in the audience either. I’m sure Brad will say what it was in his live-tweeting recap tonight. Heck, I should just tweet him!
     The Final Jeopardy category was Supreme Court Decisions. This is the clue: “On Dec. 20, 1956 the court’s ruling on Browder v. Gayle went into effect, bringing an end to this 381-day event.” Mark was wrong and lost 1500. Dan too was wrong and lost 9801. Brad was wrong too! He didn’t wager anything. I was glad I’d get to see him play again in person at least one more time!
     Remember Shane Whitlock‘s boisterous kid?
Just before the lunch break he stood in the aisle, in front of the page, big grin on his face. He put both arms up overhead exactly like the page! How I wish I could’ve taken a picture, but of course they aren’t allowed in the studio.
     A wildcard update:
Leszek Pawlowicz 15000
Pam Mueller 14798
Tom Nosek 2400
Dan Pawson 399
Mark Lowenthal 300
Robin Carroll 0

     Would Dan have had enough if he’d wagered nothing? Heck, does he have enough anyway?! Gotta watch the rest of the week.

One year ago: That’s what I said!
Two years ago: By the skin of his dientes
Three years ago: I’m not lovin’ it tonight
Four years ago: [untitled]