“Wheel of Fortune” fans are divided over one contestant who won a car despite, in their minds, getting the final puzzle wrong.
Contestant Calvin Lee made it to the Bonus Round on a “Wheel of Fortune” episode earlier this week. He asked for additional consonants D, M, and C, as well as the vowel O. But no new letters flipped over, so Lee was left with what he originally started with. The category was Fun & Games.
Lee quickly figured out that the first two words were “The Final,” but he struggled to place the last word. In the 10 seconds he had left to guess, Lee said, “The final…beater, final buzzer, the final…”
Host Pat Sajak quickly stopped Lee and told him he got it right. But in many “Wheel of Fortune” fans’ minds, Lee got the final puzzle wrong because he didn’t say “the” before guessing “final buzzer.” He ended up winning a red Mazda CX-5, which several fans thought he hadn’t earned.
See the solution for yourself in the Twitter video below.
After the video was posted, several “Wheel of Fortune” fans took to the post’s comments to argue the validity of Lee’s win.
“He said ‘the’ with a wrong answer. Then just started calling out the last 2 words. He never said it with all three words together,” one fan named Ivory Tower commented.
“He did not say the final buzzer he only said final buzzer, he should not have won that car!!” Francetta McGowan added.
“Clearly the contestant Calvin did not meet the strict standards of solving a puzzle,” a fan named Vernon Hooker wrote. “Just recently a contestant lost a chance at a Jamaica trip because he added an element to the puzzle he was attempting to solve. On a more scrutinized level, Pat Sajak is not honest.”
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Fans Compare This Wrong Final Puzzle Solve to Another
The situation described above occurred in the March 30 “Wheel of Fortune” episode. Contestant Chris Davidson had a chance to win an $8,400 trip to Puerto Rico, per TV Insider. But when he went to solve, Davidson said, “A frozen concoction,” instead of the actual response, “Frozen concoction.”
Davidson tried to go back and repeated just “Frozen concoction,” but it was too late. The additional article made Davidson’s answer incorrect in Pat Sajak’s eyes. “I’m sorry, we can’t accept that,” Sajak said, before moving on to the next contestant. She quickly answered correctly and won the free trip.
Sajak circled back to Davidson’s blunder and said, ” Chris knows what he did, which is why he went back. He threw in that article. He threw in the ‘A’ in front of it, and we can’t accept it. Just the way it goes. It’s just one of the rules, and we gotta go by them, and Carol ends up getting the trip to Puerto Rico.”
Many “Wheel of Fortune” fans wonder at the difference between Sajak not accepting Davidson’s added “a” but being okay with Lee’s omitted “the.”