Happy days – after our fun Downtown Day yesterday, when I checked the mail, only one thing was in there, and it was a beauty: I got my prize money from Jeopardy! finally!!!! That $2k doesn’t have any immediate destinations, but it’s awesome nonetheless to get the money. My experience is now complete, which is a touch bittersweet. Damn you, Netherlands!!!
First Step: Get on Jeopardy! EASY. Click here for those easy steps! 🙂 (Spoiler alert, that’s just all my posts related to Jeopardy – but perhaps you’ll get something out of it?)
Second Step: ….
Third Step: Profit! errr….I mean, talk about your experience with other former contestants!
I was graciously invited to participate in this fun Youtube / Google Hangout hosted by The Jeopardy! Fan, and I got to meet up with Amy, Bridget, and Chelsea who participated in shows this past week, in addition to also talking with Ryan who taped the same week as I did. Talked about a whole host of things about the show, and before we knew it, 90 minutes had gone by! So if you haven’t had your fix of seeing me on your screens, as well as hearing some of the great inside stories about filming episodes with the current champ, Cindy Stowell, check it out!
If you haven’t heard about Cindy, she’s the current bad-ass champion of Jeopardy who played the game while suffering from terminal cancer. She was fighting through fever and weakness during these episodes and she has been playing like a boss. The tragedy is that she died earlier this month, before her episodes started airing. I know I didn’t expect to see her claim a victory, let alone FOUR! And here she is, racking up the wins amidst all the external factors that would rightly be something that could knock others off their game. Chelsea, who you’ll see in the video above, got a good idea started to donate money to the Cancer Institute, to the tune of $1 for each answer clue you get right on Jeopardy. I haven’t been keeping track of that, but just donating money to them is a laudable action, with every bit helping.
I DID say it was my Jeopardy! week, did I not? My favorite part of the show is by far this moment from Final Jeopardy when I realize I caught the camera after finishing writing, smiled, then saw it wasn’t moving, and realized, shit, I have no idea if I’m right! And now it’s in a loop! Thanks, Larry!
So this means more random stuff about me and Jeopardy! First up, some pics from the viewing party we threw on Monday night. Larry went all out with the decorations, and we got El Pollo Loco and plenty of booze to satiate party guests’ ravenous appetites!
Nov 28, 2016 – Jeopardy Party Time
You may have noticed on my episode that I was doing all sorts of shimmying every time I knew an answer and got to ring in….it’s almost too much. Or maybe it’s endearing, who knows? Anyway, during one point of the evening, I recreated my shimmy…and my oh-so-young coworkers and guests caught it on video. 🙂
I really think I should have embraced the shimmy, had I known I was doing it, especially when I answered ‘What is Merengue?’
It’s also been fun to find where people commented on the episode online. There’s a great comments section of the AV Club’s “What’s On Tonight” daily article that uses that location to discuss the previous night’s episode of Jeopardy; I ended up mainly focusing on Twitter though. Here are some interesting highlights:
— Generally Blithe (@generallyblithe) November 29, 2016
I think Hobie is high on #jeopardy
— Steve LeVine (@steve6884) November 29, 2016
had Hobie expressed interest in finding Daily Doubles (as opposed to his opponents), we may have had a different outcome tonight #Jeopardy
— The Jeopardy! Fan (@_thejeopardyfan) November 29, 2016
i yelled so much at hobie for making those faces at the camera during final jeopardy
— assbutt (@nasboat) November 29, 2016
Personally, I am a huge fan of those faces I made during that moment! It cracks me the hell up.
I'm rooting for Hobie. He seems so genuinely nice #jeopardy
— Erin Daly (@ErMicheal) November 29, 2016
I love Hobie … he's so joyful with every answer. I want him to live in my pocket and brighten my day. #jeopardy
— Natalie Dale (@TheSouthernDale) November 29, 2016
— K (@kayleenicks1) November 29, 2016
I am here for Hobie #jeopardy 👏🏻
— Lyss (@LyssaSauruss) November 29, 2016
Love Hobie's please little smile each time he answers. It's so polite…he might be Canadian #jeopardy
— Nicola Barton (@ozzythekiwi) November 29, 2016
Hobie better stop bobbling his head before Justin collects him #jeopardy
— Tom Hackett (@TFHackett) November 29, 2016
Tom’s comment may be the funniest of the night though!
Anyway, thought these various comments were pretty cool to see. I’ve also had a lot of fun chatting up a lot of my fellow contestants that I met that week, including Vicki, who had her show air tonight, as well as Allison from my show, and Ryan, who has his show on Friday. It’s a cool community to now belong to and quite a unique experience only a very few can understand! Do stay tuned this week for the last 2 episodes as while we didn’t see them getting taped, I’ve heard from those who were that they’re very good!
Update: Here’s the reddit page that discusses my episode: https://www.reddit.com/r/Jeopardy/comments/5fddmi/jeopardy_recap_for_mon_nov_28/
Here’s the Jeopardy! Fan’s rundown of the week’s contestants that I was part of:
I was planning to include the j-archive.com rundown of my episode, but it looks like they haven’t gotten to all the episodes from last week yet…stay tuned on that one.
Update, 19 Feb 2017: I finally looked back at j-archive.com and my episode finally has its rundown!
Oh yeah, there’s also this link to our “Hometown Howdies,” and I’m still not sure where or if these are ever aired?
Update, 30 Dec 2016: A comment made by my competitor Allison indicated that an installment of The Final Wager was made for our week, in which both Allison and I get a bit of scolding for not betting right. Well, duh. At least the scolding comes from a very cute guy. It’s easier to deal with in that situation. But of course he’s not wrong about what happened. Just unfortunately there’s no time machine yet.
Update, 15 Jan 2017: There’s another site called JBoard that I’ve not really frequented before, but finally heard about this weekend. Of course there’s discussion about each episode, and mine on Nov 28 had 3 pages of discussion about how bad all of our wagers were. 🙂
Now that the results are out there, I can finally discuss what the thoughts were that were going through my head right after filming as well as a few days after that, once I got my head back on straight. It was a tough thing to not win on Jeopardy, and to fall into second-guessing my bet. There wasn’t any second-guessing of my answer, to be sure, as I had no clue the answer was the Netherlands. None. But the betting was where I got most hung up on. And the fact that I’ll not get another chance to try and do better!
Anyway, here are those posts – the first is just me decompressing about the crazy experience of having just filmed an episode of Jeopardy!:
and here’s the second one that I wrote a few days after the fact: