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February 22nd, 2002

Game Show Botch-Ups

Yesterday, as on every weekday, Jeopardy! was viewed. This episode held special humor, though, as Alex proceeded to screw up on the show: he gave away an answer.

The category, naturally, escapes me. The clue was similar to, “Newer models of these for kids have clips, so they won’t lose them – like kittens.” Obviously, the answer was, “What are mittens?” but instead of saying “kittens” in the clue, Alex went ahead and said, “mittens”. All three players had a blank look for a moment, before Alex apologized and said that it happens only “once or twice” a year. Wow.

And then, in the same episode a player gave the right answer to a clue. Alex: “No. Wait, yes. No. No.” He really wasn’t sure. Quality editing makes for good entertainment, folks.

While Jeopardy! is probably my favorite game show right now, I realize that game show gaffes are entertaining anywhere. What are some of your favorites? -pm

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FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday February 22, 2002 -- 10:45:10 am
Alex Trebek says he knows about 70% of the answers (questions?) on Jeopardy!. Alex is full of poo.

FROM: fresh
DATE: Friday February 22, 2002 -- 12:02:42 pm
why'd he shave that crustashe of his?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday February 22, 2002 -- 3:10:42 pm
Card Sharks always used to have failing equipment, but my favorite moment was when one of the stage hands walked on stage, right in front of Jim Perry while he was talking. The guy thought they were off-air for commerical, not realizing that Jim Perry still hadn't said, "We'll be right back." Jim made a joke of it and made the guy come back on camera...

GSN also frequently shows small bloopers from the original Match Game, usually equipment failure-type things.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday February 22, 2002 -- 3:12:20 pm
Oh -- and who could forget this memorable blooper?: (see third question)

FROM: Ben Grimm
DATE: Friday February 22, 2002 -- 4:39:40 pm
There was always something going wrong on Match Game (esp. the first few years when it was unedited), as Ryan said, and your brain won't get much exercise watching that show, but you can't beat if for a purely cheesy 1970s party atmosphere. This was actually the #1 daytime television program throughout most of the decade, but you might not enjoy as much it if you weren't around when it was first on.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday February 22, 2002 -- 6:23:45 pm
The biggest game show botch was not getting Jim J. Bullock for the resurrected Hollywood Squares, unless they did. I'm not sure.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday February 22, 2002 -- 9:03:27 pm
Robert -- it's "Jm" J. Bullock!

I was actually in the audience for an episode of Hollywood Squares with John Davidson when Joan Rivers, Jimmie Walker, and Jm J. were on...

FROM: Adam Kleist [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday August 1, 2004 -- 2:59:16 pm
One of my favorites was when Bob Barker botched a playing of Pick a Pair on Price is Right. This is when they used the ferris wheel setup. Listen to it here:

DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 11:57:01 am

FROM: Vargas [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 9:37:00 pm
I like on Newlywed Game where that chick said the strangest place she's ever "made whoopie" was "in the ass".

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