VEN EXCLUSIVE! Break My Heart and Leave Me Sad — When Jeopardy Hosted the Supremes!

VEN (Los Angeles) — VEN‘s Senior Game Show Correspondent, Wink Martindale, unearthed audio from a never-before-aired special episode of Jeopardy with Alex Trebek as host, featuring three Supreme Court Justices as contestants —  Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan —  each playing for their favorite charity, The Clinton Foundation.

What follows is a partial transcript from that show:jeopardy

Alex Trebek — Alright, now that we’ve gotten through the introductions, Justice Kagan, please select a category!

EK — Geography for 100, Alex.

AT — And the answer is, “This country won its freedom from Great Britain in the 18th century, and is comprised of 50 states and 16 territories.”  Justice Kagan!

EK — What is Israel?

AT — No, I’m sorry.  That’s incorrect. breyerJustice Breyer!

SB — China.  What is the People’s Republic of China, Alex.

AT — No, I’m sorry.  That’s incorrect.  The People’s Republic of China is incorrect. Justice Sotomayor?

SS — I have no idea, Alex.  What is Bikini Bottom?

AT — No, Bikini Bottom, where cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants lives,  is incorrect.  The correct answer is the United States of America.  What is the United States of America?  Justice Kagan, start us off again!

EK — Famous Generals for 100, Alex.kagan

AT — And the answer is, “This famous general accepted Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.” Justice Kagan!

JK — Trotsky.  I’m sorry, who was Leon Trotsky?

AT — No, that’s incorrect.  Justice Sotomayor!

SS — Who was Captain Kirk?

AT — No, Captain Kirk is incorrect.  We’re looking for a general. Justice Breyer!

SB — Who was General Georgie Jessel?

JesselAT — No, that’s incorrect. Georgie Jessel is incorrect. The correct answer is General Ulysses S Grant, Ulysses S Grant, who eventually became the 18th president of the United States.  Justice Sotomayor, please start us off again.

SS — American Folk Heroes for 1000, Alex.

AT — This American folk hero was “born on a mountain top in Tennessee,” became a congressman, wore a signature coonskin cap, and famously died defending the Alamo in 1836.  Justice Breyer!

SB — Who was Golda Meir?

AT — No, that’s incorrect.  Justice Kagan!

EK — Who was Netanyahu?

AT — No Yonatan Netanyahu, certainly a courageous man, was killed during the raid on the Entebbe airport in 1976.  We’re looking for the man who died at the Alamo.  Justice Sotomayor?

sotomayorSS — Dios mio! I really have no idea, Alex.  Lolita Lebron?  Who was Lolita Lebron?

AT — No, Lolita Lebron, the Puerto Rican terrorist who led an armed attack on the House of Representatives in 1954, is incorrect.  We were looking for Davey Crockett.  The correct answer is Davey Crockett.


AT — And now for Final Jeopardy.  In honor of our august contestants, the Final Jeopardy category is The United States Supreme Court!

And the Final Jeopardy answer is “This controversial 1973 Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in the United States”!

Justice Breyer, with 100.00, let’s start with you.  “What was Clay versus Liston?”  No,  Clay versus Liston was a prizefight, not a Supreme Court decision.  Let’s see what you wagered — 1.00.  That leaves you with 99.00 on the day.https _cdn.cnn.com_cnnnext_dam_assets_201108123203-alex-trebek-file

Justice Sotomayor, with 200.00.  “What was Kramer versus Kramer?” No I’m sorry, that’s incorrect.  And you wagered . . . 2400.00.  OK.  Why not?

Justice Kagan, in the lead now with 400.00.  “What was Roe versus the Board of Education?”  Oh (winces) that was close, but it’s incorrect.  We were looking for Roe versus Wade.  The correct answer is Roe versus Wade.

EK — R v. BoE set the precedent, Alex.

AT  (turning to his left) — Judges, can we have a ruling?