7 Memorable Moments From Alex Trebek’s Final ‘Jeopardy!’ Episode

Alex Trebek’s final “Jeopardy!” episode, originally intended for Christmas Day 2020, aired on Friday, Jan.8, 2021. It was a pretty typical episode, though limited commercials allowed for a touching montage at the end.

Like every episode of the classic Sony TV quiz show, Trebek’s final turn had some standout moments. Below are seven of the ones we found most memorable.

Trebek died in November following a very public battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

The contestantsYoshie Hill, an executive assistant from California, Cliff Chang, a software engineering manager from Illinois, and Jim Gilligan, an assistant professor of English education from New York.

A nod to the holidaysSince this was supposed to air on Christmas Day, there was a special category about Christmas movies. Answers included “Elf,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Story” and others.

Double Jeopardy!Here’s the clue: “This 1969 song that mentions “Joo Joo Eyeball” & Toe Jam Football” started out as a campaign song for Timothy Leary.” No one got the answer, which was “Come Together” by The Beatles.

The final categoryThe last category Trebek ever presented was “Women & Science.” The final question was this: Dr. Margaret Todd gave science this word for different forms of one basic substance; It’s from the Greek for ‘Equal’ & ‘Place.’”

The correct answer: “What Is Isotope?”

Though contestants Hill and Gilligan both answered correctly, Hill wagered $0 of her $12,200 and Gilligan wagered $11,601.

The winnerGilligan won with a total of $23,801.

The heartbreaking final sign-offHe kept it simple, not knowing this would be his last-ever episode.

“Thank you ladies and gentlemen for spending the time with us. We’ll see you again next week.”

The tribute montage of some of his best momentsAfter the credits rolled, the show aired a touching montage of happy moments of Trebek over the years, with Peter Allen’s “Once Before I Go” as the soundtrack. Watch the montage here.

Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2021 (Photos)

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A look at all the stars in movies, TV, music, sports and media we’ve lost this year

Mike Fenton  •  The “E.T.” and “Back to the Future” casting director died Jan. 1. He was 85 years old.

Joan Micklin Silver  •  The director best known for the films “Hester Street” and “Crossing Delancey” died Jan. 1 due to vascular dementia. She was 85.

Gerry Marsden  •  Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the British pop band Gerry and the Pacemakers, died Jan. 3 after an infection of the heart. He was 78.

Kerry Vincent  •  “Food Network Challenge” judge and cake designing expert Kerry Vincent passed away Jan. 4. She was 75 years old.

Barbara Shelley  •

“Dr. Who” actress and “Queen of Hammer” horror film star Barbara Shelley died Jan. 4. She was 88.

Tanya Roberts  •  Former Bond Girl and star of “A View to Kill,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “That 70s Show,” Tanya Roberts, was confirmed dead Jan. 5 after initial erroneous reports that she had passed away and then was still alive. Roberts died of a urinary tract infection that spread to other organs. She was 65 years old.

Eric Jerome Dickey  •

Renowned author Eric Jerome Dickey, whose 29 works included “Sister, Sister,” died Jan. 5 after a battle with cancer. He was 59.

Neil Sheehan  •

Acclaimed journalist, Pentagon Papers leaker and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Sheehan died Jan. 7 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84.

Marion Ramsey  •

Marion Ramsey, best known for playing soft-spoken Officer Laverne Hooks in the “Police Academy” franchise, died on Jan. 7 in her Los Angeles home.

Dearon ” Deezer D” Thompson  •

Actor and rapper Deezer D died Jan. 8 at his home in Los Angeles. The former “ER” star was 55.

Tommy Lasorda  •

Tommy Lasorda, who spent 71 seasons playing with and managing the Los Angeles Dodgers, died Jan. 8. He was 93.

Dave Creek  •

Dave Creek, lead character designer who’d worked on FOX’s “Bob’s Burgers” show since it debuted in 2011, died Jan. 8 after a skydiving accident. He was 42.

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