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Contestant answers ‘Final Jeopardy’ with a meme—and still wins

There’s an unwritten rule for Jeopardy contestants: If you don’t know the correct response to final Jeopardy, you should at least try to write in something amusing. After all, you are on television.

That’s exactly what returning champion Erik Agard did on October 22 when he didn’t know the question that went with the answer, “In a hint of the future, in 1973 Marjorie Post gave it to the U.S. Govt. as a warm-weather presidential retreat, but it was returned.”

Don’t feel too bad if you can’t come up with “What is Mar-a-Lago?”—neither did Agard. Luckily for him, he went into the final round with a healthy lead over his competitors. It might have cost him $1,000, but writing “What is you doing baby?” must have felt good, especially since he still walked away with the win.

The best part of this video is watching Alex Trebek trying to figure out what the heck this kid is talking about. When he finally figures out Agard wrote “What is you doing baby?” he simply says, “Well I’m responding incorrectly.”

If you, like Trebek, don’t know what the champ was referring to, allow us to help you out. “Oh no baby, what is you doing?” is a catchphrase of Instagram and Twitter star Nick Joseph who goes around with his friend Dan Rue pretending to trespass on people’s property. It’s pretty silly stuff, but also inexplicably funny.

The phrase has become a reaction meme on social media, with users employing it any time someone does something they feel is ridiculous. Twitter was thrilled that Agard used it as a response on Jeopardy.

This was so darn funny https://t.co/ahPqRIF9xe

— Kimmie Wilson (@soakedNfaygo) October 23, 2018

a MANS https://t.co/Ay4SagWCOs

— bec (@appeIsauce) October 23, 2018

Who is the spiciest memelord? https://t.co/CG0RblGCAS

— Jack Drees (@JackDrees) October 23, 2018

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— MC ⛰ (@m_________c) October 23, 2018

Agard isn’t the first person to use a meme to answer a Final Jeopardy question. In February of last year, MIT student Lilly Chen couldn’t come up with the name of German astronomer Johannes Kepler and instead wrote: “Who is the spiciest memelord?” Again her sizable lead, and in this case her wager of $0, allowed her to still pull off the win.

If you ever find yourself on Jeopardy, obviously you should try your best to go home with as much cash as possible, but it’s comforting to know that, if you just can’t come up with the correct response you can always amuse all of American with a well-placed meme. Might we suggest “What What in the Butt.”?

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Oh No Baby! What Is You Doin??? is a catchphrase of Instagram and Twitter user Nick Joseph, who goes by the handle nicknpattiwhack_. A reaction image of Joseph saying the phrase became a meme on Black Twitter in March of 2017.

Origin

In his videos, Joseph and his friend Dan Rue (@danrue) play pranks where they pretend to trespass. The videos are characterized by Joseph’s narration in which he quickly and jovially comments on the actions of Rue. On January 20th, 2017, he uploaded a video in which Rue gets kicked out of a shoe store. As he gets kicked out, Joseph exclaims, “Oh no, Daniel, what is you doin??”

On March 9th, 2017, Joseph uploaded a video of himself and Rue jumping a fence into the yard of NBA star Anthony Davis (Twitter embed shown below).

Lawwwwd baby !! Me and Danielson found ourselves a mansion baby 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/yLKVOYPNza

— NNPW (@NickNPattiWhack) March 10, 2017

Though Joseph does not say “Oh no baby! What is you doin?” in the video, a screenshot of him in the video was later paired with the caption.

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One of the earliest examples of the screenshot being used as a reaction image was posted on March 18th, 2017 by Instagram account supa_cent and gained over 11,600 likes (shown below).

Soon after, the image began being reposted with various other captions on Twitter. On March 22nd, a thread was posted to Reddit’s /r/OutOfTheLoop inquiring about the meme’s origins.

Jeopardy! Answer

On October 22nd, 2018, Jeopardy! contestant Erik Agard wrote the question “What is you doing baby?” as his answer for the final-round question (shown below).

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Fans of Jeopardy! surely remember the hilarious time a contestant got host Alex Trebek to say “Turd Ferguson” on air. But the latest Final Jeopardy stunt pulled by Erik Agard might just be even more epic than than that iconic moment.

On Monday night’s episode, Erik, who had amassed $15,800 before the final round, opted for cheeky humor when he was stumped over the Final Jeopardy question. The question was: “In a hint of the future, in 1973 Marjorie Post gave it to the U.S. Govt. as a warm-weather presidential retreat, but it was returned.”

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After the famous music ended, it was time for all three contestants to reveal their answers. The first contender, Mike, didn’t finish his response, which ended up costing him $1,100 (he ultimately ended up with only $100). The other contestant, Joanna, jotted down her response immediately, and was correct when she said Mar-a-Lago (now the Florida property of President Trump). She only wagered $66 though, leaving her with $3,666. And then, it came time for Erik to show his answer.

What did he write? Not Mar-a-Lago, but instead “What is you doing baby?”

It took Alex a second to realize what his response was. Once the light bulb went on his head though, the gameshow host responded “What is you doing baby? Well, I’m responding incorrectly, and I’m going to lose a thousand dollars.”

Fans online went absolutely crazy for the contestant’s response:

Erik just got Alex Trebek to say “what is you doing, baby?” Champion in every way. #Jeopardy

— Corrigan Vaughan 🖖🏾 (@nerdsrocket) October 23, 2018

It was hilarious to me how confused Alex was by Erik’s Final Jeopardy answer tonight. #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/cTd00CNJqE

— ❄️ Steph ❄️ (@butwevegotheart) October 22, 2018

What is you doing, baby! Erik FTW again! #Jeopardy

— Kelis Mase (@thisgirlkel) October 22, 2018

The best part of it all? Erik still won because he had only wagered $1,000 (meaning, he walked away with $14,800). What’s more, the Jeopardy! winner has won two days in a row, meaning his total earnings so far are up to $40,001. So not only did Erik get to have a little fun with Alex, but he also won big in the process. What a genius — in every single way.

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Why James Holzhauer Is Bad for ‘Jeopardy!’ (Column)

James Holzhauer, who is closing in on a million dollars of game-show winnings, is on track to become the most successful “Jeopardy!” contestant of all time. And he’s become such a dominant force that a historic run has come to seem, as television, boring.

Over the course of 13 episodes and counting, Holzhauer’s methods and his mien have become deeply familiar. His success is owed in some large part both to landing Daily Double clues (more easily achieved if you have been getting questions right, as he tends to) and to wagering as aggressively as possible once he’s found them. A professional gambler in his off-camera life, Holzhauer has by now become notorious for his gesture for wagering it all — pushing his hands forward as if shoving all his poker chips into the kitty. More often than not, he’s rewarded with an insurmountable lead early in the game.

He is simply a more advanced player, a perfect one, seemingly sent from the future to dominate the show, and his personality as a TV character is frustratingly difficult to know, even by the standards of the breezily quick 30-minute game show. More than most contestants, he is there to complete a mission. (His shout-outs to family and friends, written on each Final Jeopardy card, are the only real glimpses we get of the Holzhauer who existed before he took the “Jeopardy!” stage.)

Holzhauer’s run, which has included a record-setting single-night take of $131,127, has brought further attention to “Jeopardy!,” a show that is still a widely viewed ratings draw but one whose routine nature means that it only bubbles up in the conversation when something truly remarkable is happening on it. (Holzhauer’s run, for instance, happens to coincide with a period in which many fans, casual and nightly viewers alike, are reflecting on their love of the show due to the announcement of Alex Trebek’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.) An element of Holzhauer’s strategy, skipping around the board from category to category, recalls similarly widely discussed 2014 champion Arthur Chu, though his run was shorter and less lucrative; further back in the show’s history, there was the similarly dominant but far less high-rolling Ken Jennings, who tended to be more closely placed with his competitors. But there’s little to discuss here beyond the marvel of Holzhauer’s obvious intelligence, cool hand, and capacity for risk. After 13 episodes, the point seems made, somewhat.

This is not to say that there’s anything “Jeopardy!” can or should do — and one suspects mixed feelings, with the burst of positive attention around Holzhauer countered by the fact that it is suddenly forking over quite such sums of money nightly. But this run represents a bit of a producing challenge. If every episode is a blowout in which two of three contestants are basically never competitive, does that not grow uninteresting over time?

Holzhauer’s presence puts forward a question of sorts, about what “Jeopardy!” is and what it has become. Every aspect of his play, obviously, is not merely within the rules but clearly the ideal use of them. Daily Doubles allow you to double your money, and he’s the only person daring enough to consistently risk it and smart enough to consistently get the questions right. Final Jeopardy questions allow you to risk as much as you like, even when you’ve already won so much money that the game is not winnable for your opponents. But there is a “show” aspect to a game show that’s being underserved. Holzhauer’s run is a thrilling achievement, and deadly dull television. “Jeopardy!’s” inherent appeal is the story it tells of competition — comebacks, falls from the top, surprise reversals of fortune, all of which speak to the manner in which people respond under pressure. A person who has basically no response to pressure thanks to his demeanor and his professional experience is either perfect casting for a show like this, or, perhaps, a less-than-edifying companion through weeks and weeks of episodes that have lost a certain fundamental crisp interest. A steady march that goes the same way each episode evokes not the heady cut-and-thrust of a game well played but the dreary awareness that a game show, as all other aspects of life in the late 2010s, can be optimized.

In 1963, television host and erstwhile actor Merv Griffin was flying back to New York City with his wife Julann, after a weekend visiting her parents in Michigan. Merv was looking at notes for a new game show, and Jul­ann asked if it was one of the knowledge-based games she liked.

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“Since ‘The $64,000 Question,’ the network won’t let you do those anymore,” replied Merv. The rigging scandals of the 1950s had killed off American quiz shows, seemingly for good. “They suspect you of giving them the answers.”

“Well, why don’t you give them the answers? And make people come up with the questions?”

Merv didn’t know what she meant.

“OK, the answer is ‘5,280.’”

He thought a moment. “The question is, ‘How many feet in a mile?’”

“The answer is ‘79 Wistful Vista.’”

“‘Where did Fibber McGee and Molly live?’”

Those two simple questions changed TV history.

“We kept going,” Julann Griffin remembers today, “and I kept throwing him answers and he kept coming up with questions. By the time we landed, we had an idea for a show.”

Julann is now 85, and I’ve tracked her down at her home, a 200-year-old plantation in Palmyra, Virginia. Charmingly, she’s a little distracted because she had just put a loaf of pumpkin bread in the oven when I called.

Over the following months, she tells me, she and Merv play-tested their new game, which they called “What’s the Question?” around their dining room table. NBC executives thought the show was too hard, but bought it anyway. It made its debut, renamed “Jeopardy!” and hosted by the congenial Art Fleming, on March 30, 1964. It quickly became the biggest hit ever in its daytime slot.

Fifty years later, remarkably, the Griffins’ simple answer-and-question game airs in syndication every single weeknight. There are a handful of other TV properties from the era that are still around, of course: “Meet the Press,” “The Tonight Show.” But “Jeopardy!” is different: Miraculously, it’s survived America’s tumultuous half-century almost entirely unchanged. Tonight’s game will be of the exact same format, practically down to the second, as an episode from 1970 or 1990. Among the categories will probably be slightly square “Jeopardy!” staples like “Opera,” “World Geography” or “Science.” The host—since the show’s 1984 revival, dapper Canadian transplant Alex Trebek—will preside in metronomic, almost military manner. This is not the convivial cocktail-hour ambiance of most game shows. This is serious business. “Let’s go to work,” Trebek sometimes says at the top of the show. Work!

In short, “Jeopardy!” is an oddity, beamed into your home every night from an eggheaded, alternate-reality America where television never dumbed down. It’s a reassuring sign, I think, that ten million people, according to Nielsen figures, watch the show every week—most of whom, I can say anecdotally, seem to plan their evenings around it. The show’s timelessness is its secret, Alex Trebek tells me. “It’s a quality program, the kind that you never have to apologize for admitting that you watch. It’s a good show, Ken. You know that.”

I do, Alex. I grew up on “Jeopardy!,” running home every day after school to test my brainpower against the sweater-wearing librarian types behind the three lecterns. These people learned stuff, the show seemed to say, and look how they’re succeeding! The things they put in their heads actually came in useful! It was exactly what I needed to hear at that age.

Of course, “Jeopardy!” changed my life again in 2004, when I passed a contestant audition and somehow ended up winning 74 games and spending six months behind the leftmost lectern. Some things, I learned, are different from the other side of the screen: The game seems to move faster, the host is looser and funnier when the cameras are off, the “signaling device” is a fickle mistress. (If you ring in before Alex is done reading the clue, you get locked out for a fraction of a second. The contestants you see flailing wildly with the buzzers are actually pressing the button too soon, not too late.) But for the most part it was exactly as I’d always imagined it, a childhood dream come true.

Last year, “Jeopardy!” was asked to donate some of its history to the Smithsonian. Trebek personally chose a few props (left), including a buzzer and a Fleming-era contestant screen that had been sitting in his garage since he was first hired in 1983. And why not? The game-play items represent a cherished American tradition. “‘Jeopardy!’ is the ultimate game show,” says National Museum of American History curator Dwight Blocker Bowers.

If “Jeopardy!” is the ultimate American game show, though, it’s because it’s an aspirational one. “Jeopardy!” shows us not as we are but as we wish we were, as we could be. Holding a buzzer, confidently pleasing Alex Trebek—the closest thing our culture now has to an infallible pope or an authoritative Cronkite—with our correct responses on the Battle of Yorktown, Troilus and Cressida, amino acids—what could be better? It’s no coincidence that when IBM wanted a sequel to its Deep Blue-Kasparov chess bout (see p. 21), the company chose “Jeopardy!” as the next arena. The show has become shorthand for “smart.”

Even Julann Griffin is still a regular viewer, after all these years. “But I feel like it’s my baby that went to school and graduated and then went overseas. It’s not even connected to me anymore.” There’s no question: “Jeopardy!” belongs to all of us now.

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He’s good even when he loses.

Matt Jackson, the 23-year-old D.C. paralegal who took Jeopardy! by storm with his awkward smiles, Daily Double catchphrases and 13 consecutive victories, finally met his end on Wednesday. He finished with $411,612 in cash, good for fourth place on the all-time regular season winnings chart (behind Ken Jennings, Dave Madden and Julia Collins).

Somehow, after having crushed so many previous opponents, Jackson entered Wednesday’s Final Jeopardy with only a $200 lead over Michael Baker, a travel media editor from New York City. The clue was: “For its 50th anniversary in 2012, the roof of this landmark was temporarily repainted its original color, Galaxy Gold.”

No one had the correct response — the Space Needle in Seattle. And Jackson bet nearly everything, handing Baker the win.

But even in defeat, Jackson showed class. Toward the end of the first round, he buzzed in to respond to a clue about a two-letter French word meaning “with the.” He said “al,” but due to the pronunciation, host Alex Trebek thought he had given the correct response, “au,” so Jackson picked up $800. Then, during the commercial break, Jackson himself told the judges that he had meant to say “al,” knowing that his admission would cost him $1,600.

“Kudos to our champion,” Trebek said in announcing the scoring change. Kudos indeed.

If you can’t beat ’em, make a joke—that’s the strategy one good-humored Jeopardy! contestant used on last night’s episode.

Ari Voukydis was stumped by the Final Jeopardy clue: “In 1891, this European said, ‘Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your Congresses’.”

His response? “Who is this handsome gentleman?” with an arrow pointing up at himself. (The actual correct response was “Who is Alfred Nobel?” Neither of the other two contestants got it right.)

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Voukydis got a big laugh from the audience and a “Good for you, Ari!” from host Alex Trebek—even though he didn’t take the top prize. He finished in second place with $6,100 and won $2,000.

Voukydis hails from Los Angeles, and, of course, works as a comedy writer. “When I realized that I didn’t have an opportunity to win after Final Jeopardy, then I went after sort of a secondary target, which was to come up with a good Final Jeopardy answer so I could kind of lose on my own terms,” he told Today.com. Watch him reveal his response below:

So while Voukydis may not be advancing to the next episode of Jeopardy!, his answer will go down in history as one of the funniest Final Jeopardy responses ever. Curious who else made light of this pressure-filled game show? Look back on past Final Jeopardy jokesters below.

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Last year, “Jeopardy Teen Tournament” competitor Leonard Cooper won the big prize—but he made headlines for the hilarious way he did it. His last Final Jeopardy clue read, “On June 6, 1944,” he said, “The eyes of the world are upon you.”

Cooper, who was well ahead of his opponents and had a clear path to victory, may not have known the answer, but he was confident enough to write ““Who is some guy in Normandy. But I just won $75,000!”

Trebek responded, “You did indeed! Way to go!” (The correct response, by the way, was “Who is Dwight D. Eisenhower?”)

After a five-game winning streak in 2011, contestant Tom Kunzen was baffled by this Final Jeopardy clue: “Harpo Marx was among this group when it met in NYC’s Rose Room for its final time, in 1943, and found there was nothing left to say.” The correct response would have been “What is the Algonquin Round Table?” but Kunzen conveyed his cluelessness with a drawing of an angry face or “rage face.” He even mimed the emotion himself.

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John Krizel was one of Kunzen’s competitors, and also failed to come up with “the Algonquin Table” as the correct response. He wrote “What is I have no idea” instead.

Parade‘s puzzle master Ken Jennings famously competed against the IBM supercomputer Watson in 2011. Even though Jennings answered the Final Jeopardy clue correctly (“Who is Stoker?” in response to “William Wilkinson’s ‘an account of the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia’ inspired this authors’s most famous novel.”), Watson ultimately triumphed. But Jennings managed to do something Watson couldn’t: Sneak a joke onto his answer screen. “I for one welcome our new computer overlords,” he wrote.

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In 2007, contestant Jared Cohen couldn’t come up with the right response to the Final Jeopardy clue: “The original one of these on Mass.’s Little Brewster Island was built in 1716; automation didn’t come until 1998.” (The correct answer is “What is a lighthouse?”) So instead, he wrote out Alex Trebek’s name backwards. “I heard that sends you back to another dimension,” Cohen explained, making a reference to this Family Guy clip:

Given answer: “what is the love ballad of turd ferguson ps. hi mom :)”

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Contestant: Choyon Manjrekar

Setting: May 2015

Wager: $0

Clue: “A Christian hymn and a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical.”

Actual answer: Rock of Ages

Given answer: “WHAT IS KINKY BOOTS?”

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Contestant: Tom Kunzen

Setting: November 2011

Wager: unknown

Clue: “Harpo Marx was among this group when it met in NYC’s Rose Room for its final time, in 1943, and found there was nothing left to say.”

Actual answer: the Algonquin Round Table

Given answer: “What is ”

Parade

Contestant: John Krizel

Setting: November 2011

Wager: unknown

Clue: “Harpo Marx was among this group when it met in NYC’s Rose Room for its final time, in 1943, and found there was nothing left to say.”

Actual answer: the Algonquin Round Table

Given answer: “What is I have no idea.”

Parade

Contestant: Jared Cohen

Setting: June 2006

Wager: $1

Clue: “The original one of these on Massachusetts’s Little Brewster Island was built in 1716; automation didn’t come until 1998.”

Actual answer: a lighthouse

Given answer: “What is KEBERT XELA” (Alex Trebek’s name spelled backwards—a reference to this.)

Parade

Contestant: Ken Jennings

Setting: February 2011 (the episode that found Jennings, who provided the correct “Final Jeopardy!” answer, still losing to the supercomputer Watson)

Wager: $1,000

Clue: “William Wilkinson’s ‘an account of the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia’ inspired this author’s most famous novel.”

Actual answer: Bram Stoker

Given answer: “Who is Stoker? (I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR NEW COMPUTER OVERLORDS)”

Parade

Contestant: Ari Voukydis

Setting: June 2014

Wager: $2,700

Clue: “In 1891, this European said, ‘Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses.’”

Actual answer: Alfred Nobel

Given answer: “Who is This handsome gentleman?”

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Contestant: Leonard Cooper

Setting: Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, February 2013

Wager: $0

Clue: “On June 6, 1944 he said, ‘The eyes of the world are upon you.’”

Actual answer: General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Given answer: “WHO is some guy in Normandy. But I just won $75,000!”

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Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time is the GOAT of low-stakes television

It’s kind of amazing that Jeopardy! still makes news. Maybe someone is in the middle of a 70-game winning streak, or a robot is playing, or someone is making an insane amount of money on the show. Somehow, you can still become a minor celebrity on Jeopardy! On Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, three contestants are competing in a seven-night gauntlet. Three nights in, and it’s one of my favorite TV shows right now.

Jeopardy! is fun to watch because it’s a game show you feel like you can play and win. And maybe you could! As a combination of trivia, gambling, and reflexes, it’s the perfect combination of things no one can truly be the best at — just the best in a given room. It’s also easy to overestimate your performance: trivia always feels easy because when you know an answer, you know. This also makes it easy to overestimate your own performance.

A game of Jeopardy! has 30 clues on a board, with two boards per game plus Final Jeopardy. The game moves fast to fit all that trivia in twenty-odd minutes. I imagine that most people are like myself and think that they rock at Jeopardy! before they do the math and realize that they would also have to clean up the architecture category as easily as they did the movie one, and commit to being a more humble fan. Or maybe you can do those things. Applying to be a contestant is pretty easy, even if making it on the show is not.

Jeopardy!, in its most dramatic moments, features human beings that behave just like anime characters — emphatically mashing buzzers, exaggerating their most pensive facial expressions, and generally doing everything they can to keep their emotions in check, lest Alex Trebek notice how badly they want his approval. It’s the Olympics of restraint, which makes the occasional glimpses of contestants’ personalities or Alex’s withering wit incredibly fun to watch.

This is also the reason why The Greatest of All Time is Jeopardy! at its finest. It’s not because of the high skill level at which the contestants are playing, although that’s definitely there for those who appreciate it. It’s because this is the rare circumstance where the same three contestants — each with their own lengthy history on the show — keep coming back to compete against one another. There’s a simple-but-great narrative at play if you want one.

Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest winning streak after his legendary 74-game run, is the easy favorite. He’s a charmingly goofy man with a very corny Twitter account and a sweet demeanor, making him the platonic Jeopardy! hero. Directly opposed to him is James Holzhauer, a professional gambler whose aggressive style and occasional harmless needling of his opponents makes him a wonderful low-stakes heel. And then there’s the underdog, Brad Rutter, who has lost every game so far despite holding the record for winning the most money in game show history on Jeopardy! He’s the closest this show gets to a tragic figure: the man with the longest history on this show coming back and falling short because he can’t quite land the Daily Doubles he needs to compete with gamblers like Holzhauer.

The Greatest of All Time could wrap up tonight. Its first three games, which aired last Tuesday through Thursday, ended with Holzhauer winning one game and Jennings winning two. What happens next depends on tonight’s game: if Jennings wins, it’s over, but if Rutter or Holzhauer do, the series continues until a contestant has won three.

There is virtually no other context in which watching three millionaires compete for an additional $1 million prize is this charming. Perhaps this is because Jeopardy! still feels so egalitarian, even as most of its celebrated players are largely white and male. Either through completely normal and harmless delusion or actual bona fides, it’s easy to believe you have a shot at doing just as well. And more importantly, if you get the chance and fail, it won’t cost you anything other than your time.

Jeopardy! is one of the few long-running game shows that is not designed to have contestants behave like rats in a greed-fueled maze, where they are expected to shout at a wheel or perform ridiculous stunts. It’s the rare game show that’s built in a way that lets you hold onto your dignity. Maybe that’s why we keep watching.