continued “That’s it,” Alex said.
Then Sarah, the baker, chose a familiar category.
“I’ll take Taste for 200,” she said.
Sarah thought the category was about food. She was wrong, but she didn’t flinch.
“I show my exquisite taste by collecting this genre of oil paintings seen here.”
A painting was shown.
“What is a still life?” Sarah said.
“You got it,” Alex said.
“Taste for 400.”
“Keep your hot jazz. I prefer this opposite type, a word found in a 1957 Miles Davis album title.”
Keith buzzed in.
“What is cool jazz?”
“Cool jazz,” Alex said. “Correct.”
Sarah stayed at $400 through the first half of the Jeopardy round. She knew early on that she wasn’t going to catch Keith.
“But I just didn’t want to make a fool of myself,” she said later.
Sarah was finding it hard to relax and buzz in properly. Contestants can only buzz in when a light comes on, and they get locked out for a quarter of a second if they buzz in too early. That was happening a lot to Sarah.
“There’s plenty of time to process that answer, but the game show part of it is beating those other two people to the buzzer when the lights come on,” she said.
During the commercial break, producers told Sarah to relax and take her time.
After coming back to meet the contestants on the air, Alex quizzed Sarah about a story she shared from 2002.
“Sarah Hayden Williams is a bakery owner and caterer who catered her own wedding,” Alex said. “For how many people?”
“Three hundred. Actually more than that,” she said.
“Good idea or bad idea in retrospect?”
“Bad idea in retrospect,” she said, “but it turned out great.”
“Why was it a bad idea?”
“Well, most brides enjoy their wedding morning of getting ready and primping and nails and makeup, and I was baking rolls and glazing cupcakes,” she said.