DANGER! Fans have found another Alex to get excited about, but this time it’s a candidate.
Returning champion Alex Gordon dominated his competition for the second year in a row, wowing crowds and raking in nearly $50,000.
Alex ended the week defending his epic win on Thursday, upsetting then-champ Anji Nyquist en route to a $25,000 win.
Friday’s game would prove to be another big payday for the med student.
At the end of Double Jeopardy! he missed just four clues and had an insurmountable lead of $16,300.
His competitors Raquel Stewart and Tom Zulewski were far behind at $7,800 and $2,400 respectively.
Last Danger! dealt with history and nature; and the reference was: “In March 1519 these were seen again on the North American mainland for the first time in 10,000 years with the arrival of 16 of them.”
Tom mistakenly guessed, “What are alligators?” costing him a hundred dollars.
Alex and Raquel were both right about “What are horses?”
Raquel, who bet $5,000, finished the game with $12,800, while now two-day winner Alex might only have risked $200 but still ended up with $16,500 total – and a two- Total daily profit of $41,500.
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Online, fans praised the dominating performance.
“Maybe we’ll see a lot more of Alex,” one commented.
Another echoed: “Alex obviously knows his stuff – he might be around for a while.”
While a third pointed out: “Alex has suffered some deep cuts.”
“What’s particularly amazing is that he was probably so busy studying medicine and probably didn’t have much time to study.”
Alex ended his first game on Wednesday with a bit of controversy after fans clamored that former game show champion Ken Jennings — and now host — would preserve his legacy at all costs, even if it meant losing new players affect and reject.
Successful game show player Anji Nyquist returns as the new Jeopardy! back to the competition of the day. Champion after beating former defending champion Kate Campolieta on Wednesday’s episode.
During this particular show, 49-year-old Ken appeared to offer more than usual hints to contestants, particularly Anji’s competitors Alex and Carol, when answering.
Some fans took it as the TV star’s attempt to prevent the current champion from becoming a repeat champion like he was.
“Conflict of interest [Ken] “Jennings, who has a winning streak to defend, shouldn’t be hosting this show,” suggested one fan.
“The man constantly gives useful hints and hints to the player he favors, usually a weak player, while he is contemplating his daily double bet, so that he can influence that bet and put a weak player within striking distance of a strong player who… ‘ could pose a potential future threat to his prized winning streak.
“With 5 players and up, it’s pretty transparent if you look closely. Very corrupt.”
During his reign, Ken 74 wins in a row on Jeopardy, resulting in a profit of $4.3 million.
Earlier in the week, fans welcomed Ken back as host, replacing Mayim Bialik at the end of the current season.
“Finally we can watch again!” remarked one person at the time. “I know the host shouldn’t be that big of a role, but Mayim is making the show really unsightly.”
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced on May 1 that it was going on strike after weeks of stalled talks with Netflix, Amazon, Sony (Jeopardy!’s parent company) and others.
Pickets gathered the next day as writers protested their contracts and salaries.
As a sign of solidarity, Mayim decided not to broadcast the last week of the current season of Jeopardy! to moderate, which is what the decades-long writers of Jeopardy! thanked her on twitter.
Author Mark Gaberman wrote, “Mayim, this means more to us than we could ever say. Thanks very much. #WGAstrong.”
Also, longtime writers Billy Wisse and Michelle Loud, who also caught the eye, recently told Variety, “Our words are on the screen every night.”
“Without writers there is no ‘Jeopardy’. Without us, it’s just a blank blue screen.”
Danger! has a small staff of WGA writers, and the notes were theoretically written well before the strike.
Ken was originally scheduled to be off stage for the start of next season in September – and Ken has been criticized on social media for returning to the set as a result.