One of the major reasons that viewers love watching shows like “Jeopardy!” is experiencing other people’s life-changing moments through the screen.
In many ways, we live vicariously through the happiness of others.
Whether you cheer for the underdog or hope the player dominating walks away as the winner, “Jeopardy!” has a way of connecting contestants to viewers. A part of it is the fact that these contestants are just ordinary people from all around the country.
Many viewers understand this could be them up there on the stage across from the guest host at the time. In fact, this is how many people end up on the show as they say to themselves, “Why not me?”
For a recent contestant named Verlinda Johnson Henning, her reaction to winning Final Jeopardy! was beyond priceless. It was a very exciting episode of the show.
She correctly answered, “In 2013 the Victoria & Albert Museum acquired her archives, including letters from Laurence Olivier and Tennessee Williams.” The answer is Vivien Leigh. There’s nothing quite like winning “Jeopardy!” and $17,500.
She will appear on the show again tonight after winning yesterday, June 7.
Verlinda proved to be quite the contestant during her time on the show. She answered correctly for several music-related questions. From Johnny Cash to Bob Marley to “heir guitar.”
She is from Memphis, which might explain her knowledge of music history. Verlinda ended the two-day winning streak of Julia Markham Cameron. She earned a total of $26,250 from her time on the show.
Sad Moment from ‘Jeopardy!’
Like any other game show, “Jeopardy!” is filled with highs and lows. While on some occasions we get to watch contestants go on long streaks and win huge sums of money, other time contestants get the prize ripped away from them.
One of the “saddest” moments for fans of the show is when an 8th-grade “Jeopardy!” contestant named Thomas Hurley misspelled a word just barely during Final Jeopardy! and lost his prize money.
The episode was from a kid’s week on the show back in 2013. He spelled “Emancipation Proclamation” incorrectly. A video shows him on the “Jeopardy!” stage holding back tears as the winner celebrates right next to him. It’s particularly sad since the contestant is a younger kid.
According to CNN, he told his local newspaper that “I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final ‘Jeopardy!’ question. It was just a spelling error.”
Fans of the show went to the “Jeopardy!” Facebook page to speak out on the incident. One person wrote, “He got the answer right he misspelled it, big deal.” The show even issued a statement giving their reasoning behind the situation to calm things down.