He might not have won, but he certainly got noticed.
His dream was realized when his episode aired last Friday, and though he placed last; he went out with a twist -- intentionally finishing with $666 on the Final Jeopardy round (though the third-place spot wins $1,000, regardless).
Bhaskar and 20 or so of his friends crammed into a common room to watch his episode as it aired. Posters were put up, popcorn was had, the screen was cheered at (and booed at), and a good time was had by all.
Bhaskar squared off against two “veterans,” according to Alex Trebek, the show’s host.
Bhaskar faced the previous day’s winner, Ben Auer, and Kori Tyler, a contestant from another airing who was given another shot due to show technicalities during her original episode.
Bhaskar lost everything on a Double Jeopardy question, but then got the next question right and intentionally wagered enough to end with $666.
“I had to leave the show with something interesting,” he told the Daily News.
Matthew Gaba told the Daily News several of Bhaskar’s quirks, saying he rides a longboard to class, sleeps with his eyes open and is a former member of the Anti-Gravity Society at Yale.
“I’ll just wait till his death or retirement,” Bhaskar said. “Then I’ll try again.”