DANGER! aired Wednesday’s episode with a startling editing error that was hard to miss or explain.
The final scores of all three finalists of the show’s High School Reunion Tournament were inadvertently displayed on screen for several seconds during Mayim Bialik’s intro.
The shocking slip happened during Jeopardy! Consequence.
Mayim, 47, hosted the first act of the two-part High School Reunion Tournament final worth $100,000 and a spot in the 2023 Tournament of Champions.
27 former Teen Tournament participants from the 2018 and 2019 Teen Tournaments have earned a place in the top three over the past three weeks.
Vanderbilt junior Jackson Jones, Brown freshman Justin Bolsen and Emory senior Maya Wright showed up to compete tonight and tomorrow – their scores will be combined to determine the winner.
Mayim introduced them and the rules of the special finale: “Jackson, Maya and Justin will compete in a two-game match.”
The screen cut shows the participants without dots and only their names are shown as expected.
The camera then cuts back to Mayim to continue her intro.
“The player with the highest combined total will be our winner,” she declared – also saying that the money and tournament seat were up for grabs.
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The camera then cut back to the three contestants once more and the final scores for each were all front and center.
Jackson was shown $24,000, Maya $3.7,000 and Justin $13.57,000 for about three seconds before then being presented with the categories – that’s how the game ended up playing.
Then Mayim introduced the categories and the gameplay began. When the contestants were next shown their scores were blank again.
Casual viewers might have wondered if there was something wrong with their TV screens – but there wasn’t, it was an inexplicable massive spoiler.
“TERRIBLE CUT LOSS”
A Reddit internet thread was created warning fans about the editing error and walk past it to enjoy the episode and Jackson’s well-deserved victory in the first part of the student special.
The user wrote: “SPOILER ALERT: You may want to skip the opening of Wednesday’s episode.
“Somehow the end results were briefly visible to the contestants on their displays during the opening of the episode. So if you don’t want to see them, continue with introducing the categories.”
Another user then replied, “’Briefly’ undersells it.
A third fan replied: “Oh wow that’s quite a mess.”
A fourth user commented on the thread, wondering if the slip went unnoticed as the special was taped in late January so it had a quick turnaround.
“That was a HORRIBLE editing mistake at the beginning of the show during Mayim’s introduction; I think that’s one of the pitfalls of airing so close to the recording date. It just kind of spoiled the mood right away. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again tomorrow.”
A fifth simply marveled in a way nobody noticed in post-production: “It’s on screen for three seconds. How was that aired?”
And a sixth: “Yes, for whatever reason they probably had to reshoot the opening after the show and neglected to erase the scores.”
“I wonder how many people see the finished product before it’s sent to the affiliates and none of them notice?”
Final Jeopardy under: “Geographic Name’s The Same” read: “The busiest passenger port in the United Kingdom, shares its name with a capital of one of the original 13 states.”
Only Jackson was right, adding $10,000 to take the lead with $24,000.
Justin lost $4,831 to end up $13,570 and Maya lost $1,030 to end up $3,370.
Each contestant’s score carries over into tomorrow’s episode as the finals is a two-day total points format.
In fact, the scores were exactly what was inserted at the top of the show.
IS INTEGRITY AT RISK?
Ken Jennings, 47, returns on Friday, March 10 to host regular episodes after the special wraps up.
In September, he and actress Mayim were announced as permanent replacements for the late great Alex Trebek, who had hosted since 1984.
The announcement of the moderation wasn’t the only big change for Jeopardy!, as Executive Producer Michael Davies – replacing the ousted Mike Richards – has filled a job that hadn’t changed hands in decades either.
There have been some questionable moments that have had fans picky since then.
Last season, the show misspelled a quote from Edgar Allan Poe in Final Jeopardy onscreen, and there were some disturbing decisions in the all-important final lap, but I can’t think of any such glaring gaffes.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/7583219/jeopardy-editing-error-jackson-jones-maya-justin-tournament-finals/ Danger! makes a catastrophic editing error and displays the end results of all three contestants at the top of the episode