‘Jeopardy!’ Icon Ken Jennings Drops Hilarious ‘Fargo’ Screenshot in Response to Viral Prompt

by John Jamison
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“Jeopardy” legend Ken Jennings took a break from his usual Twitter observations to answer another user’s prompt. True to form, his response was hilarious.

If you’re familiar with the Coen Brothers’ classic 1996 film “Fargo,” then you probably recognize the man in the picture below.

The character’s name is Mike Yanagita. And while he doesn’t contribute much to the story’s narrative, he undoubtedly had a “huge impact” on the film. Ken Jennings, “Jeopardy!” extraordinaire, hit the nail on the head with this one.

In one of the most memorable scenes from “Fargo,” protagonist Marge Gunderson, the police chief of Brainerd, Minnesota, meets an old friend from high school for a drink. Played by France McDormand, Marge is pregnant throughout the movie. And this comes as a surprise to her old pal Mike.

The poor guy is desperately lonely. In the awkward scene, Mike, who is clearly going through a lot, gradually has a full-on meltdown. And, well… it’s easier if you watch for yourself.

While truly an uncomfortable experience, the scene does a lot for Marge’s character. And the charm of their Minnesotan accents is impossible to deny. So, Mike isn’t crucial to the film. But we would certainly miss him if his five minutes got cut out.

In that sense, Ken’s reference fits the prompt nicely. A Twitter user even explained to those unfamiliar with the film why the conversation added so much to the story.

If you haven’t seen it, Marge is trying to catch a murderer. A suspect she questioned earlier in the movie convinced her that he had nothing to do with the crime. We’ll let Twitter take it from here…

‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Asks Followers to Give Themselves Credit

The “Jeopardy!” icon was quick to say how much appreciated the prompt itself. Apparently, he “loves” that kind of tweet (maybe keep that in mind if you’ve been looking for a Twitter interaction with the man, the myth).

He also refused to take credit for people liking his choice of the movie character. His wise follow-up comment encouraged the people who liked his tweet to give themselves credit for knowing who he was referencing.

Come on. How out of character is that kind of graciousness on the internet? Ken Jennings is a treasure, and the man should be protected at all costs. Okay, maybe not all costs. But we love the “Jeopardy!” man’s content and sure hope he keeps it coming.