DANGER! unveiled a movie mashup category for Monday’s low-scoring episode, which fans saw as hardly a pun.
In the terrifying category, contestants had to combine films and TV shows into titles that “made no sense” in several instances.
Returning champion Ben Goldstein joined Jonathan Belford, a television researcher from Garland, Texas, and Mary Kate Gleidt, a nonprofit director from Kansas City, Missouri.
Ben is a content marketing specialist from Dexter, Michigan who was the one to beat by winning Friday’s episode.
In double danger! Round Mayim Bialik, 47, presented the category “Let’s do a movie crossover!”.
The presenter explained that there would be “each answer in two parts” – or two film/TV show components.
The $1200 hint was picked early on and read, “Stay stylish Kali! A news anchor from San Diego in 2004 and a defending champion from Indiana Jones in 1984.”
No one came in and Mayim explained it was “Ron Burgundy and The Temple of Doom”.
One attendee audibly scoffed, and Mayim bluntly said, “Okay.”
Everyone on stage laughed and Ben said, “Let’s try again” and dialed the $1600 hint.
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It read, “A Die Hard villain by Alan Rickman “wants these detonators” from the 2002 title Great Dane!”
Mary Kate guessed: “Hans Gruber Beethoven?”
Mayim thought it was wrong and, when nobody answered, explained that the clue was looking for “Hans Gruber and Scooby Doo”.
“No,” Ben said simply, wanting to avoid the category.
“That’s bad,” Mary Kate said loudly.
While the category scored 3/5, there were 19 triple stumpers — or clues that went completely unanswered overall — the second-lowest this season and not far from the all-time record (24).
Mary Kate missed both Daily Doubles in the second round and Jonathan – who revealed he made it to Jeopardy! In the red for 35 years, so he didn’t take part in Final Jeopardy.
Final Jeopardy said, “In 2022, Jeff Bezos awarded her $100 million to charity because “she gives with her heart.”
Neither of them could guess that Dolly Parton-Ben lost $1,000 and won $9,000 for a total of $15,198 over two days.
“Random words crammed together”
While the number of failed clues rattled fans, many bothered the writers because of the incoherent two-part answers in the out-there movies category.
One Reddit user wrote, “I usually love pun and portmanteau categories, and I also love movie categories. The “Let’s Make a Movie Crossover” category was the worst thing the show has done since Dr. allowed Oz to guest host.”
Another wrote: “This movie crossover category was awful. I had no idea what half of them were asking.
“Ron Burgundy and the Temple of Doom doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s not a pun or anything, it’s just randomly crammed words together.”
A third wrote: “Double peril! Today there were either clues that were completely incomprehensible or clues that were difficult at champion level with very little in between. Overall it was a bad hint game.
And a fourth: “Yeah…I really don’t understand what they thought they were going to do with that category.”
Contestant Jonathan wrote, “Also I LOVE Anchorman and Indiana Jones so I hate that I couldn’t get that.”
Someone else posted even stronger mashups in the Reddit thread: “I’m not exactly the iMDB encyclopedia, but I can come up with better mashups than this one. Here we go… Harry Potter and the Half-hearted Prince The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Duckling Three Men and a Baby Mama Willy Wonka and the Chocolate War Sex and the City of the Dead”
“Yeah, they’re all way, way better,” wrote another.
A fifth wrote: “The writing seemed particularly bad today. The whole film category was awful, many clues were rather challenging.
A sixth wrote: “Today’s game was tough to say the least. But at least Ben did enough to win Game #2. At least that’s a plus. Can Ben win Game #3 tomorrow?”
When another fan described the game as particularly hard, candidate Jonathan replied: “You tell me that.”
KEN DON’T WAIT!
Ken Jennings will return as host for episode airings from July 3rd to July 28th – when Jeopardy begins! will take his summer break.
The account is Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy! hosts. This week? tweeted on Monday, “Ken Jennings will be returning starting Monday, July 3rd for brand new syndicated episodes of Jeopardy! to moderate.”
He will continue to host the daily episodes until the Season 39 finale on July 28.”
Sharing one of TV’s most popular roles with Ken, Mayim, 48, has been a presenter since early May.
She’s stepping down to support the WGA writers’ strike, so Ken returned to wrap up the season.
Legions of fans have been waiting to return to the syndicated game show and celebrated the news in response.
“I had to stop watching until Ken got back,” one person responded.
“The show is so much better when he hosts thank goodness,” wrote another.
Following the July 28 episode of Jeopardy! will be seen off screen through September.
Season 40 will then open with Ken’s 2023 Tournament of Champions, which will last 10 weeks and expand to three tiers.
Ken and the actress were announced last summer as co-successors to the late great Alex Trebek, who died of cancer in 2020 at the age of 80.
Ken recently completed the exciting film Jeopardy! In the Masters Special, won by James Holzhauer, underdog Mattea Roach, 24, finished a close second last month.
Many danger! Viewers who have tuned in since the Masters haven’t been overly impressed with Mayim and her moderation style.
In particular, they also noticed that the star took too long to reply to the contestants when they gave their answers.
Last month other viewers begged for Jeopardy! Producers to address the breaks.
Because Mayim was not quick enough to mark the right or wrong answers, one contestant began adding to their answers while waiting for her to decide.
The weeks that followed also saw some moments that were difficult to watch, including the complete disappearance of the Lord’s Prayer and an episode that nearly resulted in the most unanswered clues of all time (23).
Danger! The bosses joked, “Let’s forget it ever happened.”