‘Jeopardy!’ contestant returns 50 years later and dominates in encore performance

It took contestant Martha Bath 50 years to get a second chance at becoming a Jeopardy! champion, Wednesday. The retired CPA from Seattle originally appeared on Jeopardy! in 1972, when it was hosted by Art Fleming.

“Generally, Jeopardy! appearances are one to a customer,” said host Ken Jennings.

Fortunately the show made an exception in Bath’s case. While she wasn’t a champion in 1972, she still went home with a pretty nice consolation prize.

“I won $40 and a set of encyclopedias,” said Bath. “And I still have them.”

My hat is off to Martha, who played a whale of a game tonight on #Jeopardy 50 years AFTER she appeared on @Jeopardy with Art Fleming!

I doubt we'll see many more Fleming-era contestants take another stab at Jeopardy, but if they can play like Martha, I will be here for it.

— Vaughn Winchell (@VaughnWinchell) September 21, 2022

Bath got off to a hot start, Wednesday. She located two Daily Doubles and cashed in big on both. Trailing slightly as she entered Final Jeopardy, she bet her full $15,400 and it paid off huge.

“Martha Bath, that's a lot more than a set of encyclopedias,” said Jennings. “You're a Jeopardy! champion with $30,800. Or, if we count 1972, $30,840.”

Jeopardy! is a syndicated program; visit Jeopardy.com or check your local listings for the TV schedule.

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