So, who's the prophet now, Trebek?? The little thing he mentioned at the top of the show about my winnings' trajectory was something I'd brought up jokingly during the credits stand-around after Friday's game, and I was a little surprised that he'd remembered—or that someone listening in on the mikes (mics?) had noted it—since this show was taped the next day. But glad I could make good on it, and gladder that I finally came away with a win that I didn't feel like I had to explain in some way.
I thought the FJ seemed too easy, so the sort of concerned look that I had on my face when the camera panned over during the think music was me wondering if there were some trick to it that I was missing—could "Bull Moose Party" be a variation of the original quote? Might he have actually said just "bull" or "moose" and then it evolved later? (and no, mrparadise, they made no additional notes other than to tell us the usual "Who/What is" going into FJ for this one). Turns out I was overthinking it, and it really was just bull moose. So, good!
My buzzer mojo was indeed a little better this time, though Deniz definitely made me work for it! I know you always hear contestants say it, but it is
so frustrating when people ask later, "Why didn't you get that one question?" and you're like, "IT WAS THE BUZZER! I SWEAR!" But what can you do. And I finally, finally found a Daily Double! I am grateful that they let me get away with that one, because I really was digging a bit. I was thinking, "But WHAT IF it's Nicholas I??? Mayyyyybe I'll just pause after Nicholas and look Alex right in the eye for a second, hmmmmmmm???? No? Keep going? Okay!!" So, thank you, AP European History teacher from 15 years ago! Something stuck... kind of!
Deniz was one of the leftovers from the first day's contestants and someone I got to hang out at the hotel with, and he is a real peach. He's like a 70-year-old man trapped in a 26-year-old's body, and I absolutely mean that in the best possible way. He is also personal friends with Chekov from Star Trek, who came to the studio the first day to watch him!! Deniz was great on the buzzer, totally charming, and sharp as a tack—so what if he can't pronounce "slalom"?
I hated having to beat him, but hey, girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Plus, I did take him out for post-taping In-n-Out burgers that night, so I think we're square.
All in all, a fun game for me, and definitely made me feel better about the previous two wins!