Mr. Trebek kicked off today's show advising Mike Lewis' opponents (who surely knew anyway) that the past two episodes have drawn big-winning champions, and he wished them "a warm welcome." Did somebody do it again?
Chris' interview reminded me of The Experts Show - he's a huge Chicago Bulls fan. And hey, now that he lives in Thousand Oaks, he should try to be on the show! He said his wife had a great opportunity (apparently meaning that's why they moved to the west coast). Now maybe this is his.
When I saw the category The Richest Person in the State, I had a feeling this guy would appear: "Nebraska: This 'oracle of Omaha.'"
My one neg of the game came on this clue in History's Odds & Ends, even though the right response crossed my mind: "In a Disney movie, this Patuxet man learns English in exchange for lessons in popping corn." I was led astray by Mike's incorrect response, so I took an ill-advised stab of my own.
I nearly jumped off the couch on this clue in The Richest Person in the State: "Kansas: Charles of this family that supports conservative causes." My friend Josh has talked to me on more than one occasion about this family, and I've never heard of them anywhere else. And this was a triple-stumper!! Mr. Trebek gave the correct response and then even spelled it. Don't ask me why but I think it helped that I've asked Josh to spell it for me too. I was so excited I closed my scorekeeping app and e-mailed Josh to tell him the good news. That was my second mistake of the game - When I tried to get back into my app I guess I pressed too many things, and I had to start this episode over and keep score again. But it was worth it.
Someone in the audience started clapping as Mr. Trebek said just before the last clue was revealed, "And that means..." That person knew it meant the Daily Double! The category was We'll Need the "Rent". Mike had gotten 3 right and one wrong since the break, and had 5400. Chris had gotten a whopping 7 right, many of them sports clues, and had 6200. Catherine had gotten 2 right and had 2200. Mike wagered 3000 on this clue: "Often an adjective, it's also a noun meaning a country at war." I'd never have gotten this, but Mike did. He should've wagered it all! It was early enough in the game.
I like this first clue of Double Jeopardy, in 'N '39: "On Sept. 29, 1939 Nazi troops entered this Polish capital." I like it for no other reason than September 29 is my birthday.
This time Mike found the Daily Double quickly. He'd gotten the first 2 clues of the round right and had 9600, while Chris and Catherine still had 6200 and 2200 respectively. It was still early enough for Mike to make it a true Daily Double, but I understand it's risky. He wagered 3000 again on this clue in 'N '39: "This country's civil war ended with the surrender of the Republican government." I wouldn't have gotten it but Mike knew it immediately, of course.
Poor Mike made a similar mistake to one he made yesterday, on this clue in I-20: "I-20 rolls like the tide into this city, home of the 2013 BCS national champs." Yesterday, he got cute and said "Cooba!" when they were looking for "Havana." Today he said "Alabama!" when they were looking for a city. Then a couple of clues later he said "Shrevesport" to this one in the same category: "Who wants gumbo?! Y'all take I-20 to this "port" city in northwest Louisiana." Chris picked up the correct responses on both of those negs. Soon he found the Daily Double in B1, B2.... He'd gotten 7 right since Mike's Daily Double, and had 12200. Mike had gotten 4 right and the 2 wrong, and had 14600. Catherine had gotten one right and had 4200. Chris wagered 3500 on this clue: "This common name for B9 is from the Latin word for 'leaves,' since it's found in green, leafy vegetables." I got this one easily, but Chris didn't get it.
Mr. Trebek gave the less-than-a-minute warning with 6 clues left.
I only watched this movie about a bazillion times as a kid (in Bingo): "A mermaid named Lorelei is part of the fun in this Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello movie." Good for Mike for getting it!
The last clue stayed covered. Mike got 4 right since Chris' Daily Double, and he ended the round with 19800. Chris had gotten 4 right but one wrong, and he ended with 13900. Catherine got 4 right too and ended with 10600.
The Final Jeopardy category was Disney Songs! I felt good about this one. Here's the clue: "This 1964 song was inspired when one of the writer's sons took the oral polio vaccine." Talk about movies I saw in my childhood. I got this one instantly, and all 3 contestants got it too. Catherine gained 10000, Chris gained 8000, and Mike added 8000 too. We'll see him again Monday. I wish I was blogging it but Andy is.
I like Mike but I'd liked to have seen more of Chris. Maybe one day on The Experts Show. For now maybe he can hope Mike will make the next ToC.
So I sort of made up for last week, when I went 0/5 in Finals. This week I was 4/5. My Coryat today was 34400 (35000 without the one neg).