Danger! Host Ken Jennings makes a “weak” joke about an “impossible” new category before Ben Chan’s big second win
KEN Jennings opened Thursday’s episode by explaining a difficult category and added a joke example that didn’t make everyone laugh.
Promising contestant Ben Chan won his second game for a fruitful total of $46,001.
The returning champion faced Liz Jensen, a homemaker from Metuchen, New Jersey, and Peter Early, a housing consultant from Windham, New Hampshire.
Ben, a philosophy professor from Green Bay, Wisconsin, schooled his opponents last night and despite a $7000 daily double miss, he still managed a runaway or guaranteed win by Final Jeopardy.
He did so again tonight but not before Ken, 48, opened the show with a ridiculous intro for one of the categories.
He introduced the Foodstock round by declaring, “Each answer here will be an original Woodstock volume altered to include the name of a food.”
“I WILL NOT BE HARSH ABOUT THIS”
“Like Blood, Sweat and Pears, a band I know you love,” Ken added.
The crowd laughed nervously, as did the attendees, who barely seemed to be walking at the time.
The players got the Foodstock category off the shelf pretty quickly.
A clue read, “Jerry Garcia’s Big Pink Citrus Breakfast Band Was Here,” which Peter got as “The Grapefruit-ful Dead.”
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Another clue the everyday people clan had now been looking for in front of a plate of mini cheeseburgers: “Sliders and the Family Stone.”
And a third read: “The third guy in the ‘Our House’ quartet converted to Judaism and it was a Yiddish snack for everyone.” Peter found out again that it was: “Crosby Stills Nosh and Young.”
“Yeah, I love these guys,” Ken joked as the crowd chuckled a bit.
A fourth read: “Bowzer & his doo-wop chips — I mean dudes, now covered in gooey cheese and salsa.”
Peter struggled with the words, “Sha nachos na – sha na nachos.”
Ken then said, “I’m not going to be strict about that, that’s right.”
With all food for thought out of the way, Ben put the car in second gear.
He found all three daily doubles, got all of them correct, and again failed to get caught by Final Jeopardy.
He had $27,200 while Peter had $6,400 and Liz had $6,000.
Final Jeopardy under Exploration reads: “James Cook’s account of a visit here in 1774 records an object ‘nearly 27 feet long and over 8 feet across the chest or shoulders’.”
Ben and Liz got it right with “Easter Island” and Ben added a safe $2,800 to win $30,000 for the day.
“THIS CATEGORY WAS A CHOICE”
“Foodstock. lol #Jeopardy,” one fan tweeted.
“This foodstock category was definitely a choice,” wrote another.
“The fact that it took Ken so long to explain ‘Foodstock’ to the #Jeopardy contestants should have warned the writers not to include it,” wrote a third.
“It’s your whole job to be strict Ken,” wrote a fourth.
One Reddit user wrote: “I thought your example ‘Blood, Sweat and Pears’ was pretty weak. They should have taken ‘Blood, Sweat and Tiramisu’.”
Another wrote that Ken’s reference was unclear: “I’ve seen the film many times and don’t remember Blood Sweat & Tears even being in Woodstock,” to which another responded that they “were at 1:30 on the last day went on”.
A fifth wrote: “Maybe because I don’t have kids but I found this foodstock category impossible.”
“The same thing. I only managed to get the very last $200 hint,” replied another.
A sixth wrote: “Big props to Peter for getting four out of five clues in the tricky foodstock category.”
Peter responded in the thread, saying, “If only there were more dad jokes… My dad and I have listened to the Woodstock soundtrack together more times than I can count.
The Venn diagram of classic rock and puns was stuck in my wheelhouse.”
Other fans were delighted with the softspoken professor’s outstanding second performance.
Another Reddit user wrote: “Absolutely smashed Ben!
Another remarked: “I find it funny that sometimes Ben seems to call without having the answer on the tip of his tongue. Then he thinks for a few seconds before blurting out just before the buzzer.”
A third wrote: “BEN! My husband crushed it again.”