‘Danger!’ Competitor returns to game after 50 for full circle moment
Just over 50 years after its first appearance in the series, Martha’s batha retired CPA from Seattle, returned to Danger! for a second chance at the grand prize.
In 1972, Bath missed out on the game show championship title. “Fifty years ago this spring I was on the original daytime show with Flemish art in New York,” she said to host Ken Jennings. She didn’t go home empty-handed at the time, winning $40 and a set of encyclopedias (which she still has!), but it certainly wasn’t what she was hoping to win.
This time around, she was able to return for a second show, as the reigning champion, but much to the disappointment of fans, her reign was short-lived.
She won the first night with $30,800, taking her lifetime winnings to $30,840, as Jennings pointed out, after quickly winning two daily doubles and betting everything she had on Final Jeopardy.
But in the end, Bath was too slow to retain the league title for long. One of her contestants routinely beat her at the buzzer the following night, and although all three passed the Final Jeopardy, alone Michael Menkhus bet enough to win.
Even the editors were torn about it, knowing the loss was just but sad to see it go this way.
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“I was also supporting Martha and wish she was quicker on the buzzer. She’s such a gem. I tuned in to watch the game thinking she would be victorious, with her incredible knowledge base and I was so sad with the end result. But congratulations to Michael on his win and I bet he will have a long run. He is a great player,” one wrote.
“I really liked Martha and I would have liked to see her more. The fact that she participated in Jeopardy twice in her life tells me that this series of encyclopedias paid off!” said another.
“Same, too bad it didn’t last longer,” someone else replied.
So consider this an official petition to bring her back again.
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