PAT Sajak offered one struggling contestant a lifeline, as she stumbled through the final round on Wheel of Fortune.
It’s more than the longtime game show host has done for other recent contestants.
On Friday’s episode of Wheel, Natasha Jackson from Jacksonville, Florida was the big winner, taking home $22,900 and a trip to St. Lucia.
Natasha chose “Phrase” for the final prize round.
After revealing the show-given letter “R S T L N and E” and then choosing additional letters M,H,D,A, she was left with a board that read:
_A_ AHEAD _ _ THE _R_ _D
The answer was: “Way Ahead of the Crowd.”
Natasha looked confident, but stumbled with her response.
She stuttered: “Ahead of the…” then keyed in on the missing word “way…”.
But butchering the end words, guessing next: “way ahead of the game…
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Finally, after collecting herself, Natasha sheepishly put together: “way ahead of the…crowd.”
Pat commanded her to: “Say it again.”
This time, Natasha said it with more gusto: “Way ahead of the crowd!”
“You got it,” Pat congratulated. “Just wanted you to get it together there.”
Natasha added a new Chevy Blazer to her haul, bringing her total winnings to $59,785.
Pat’s patience is something he hasn’t show to other contestants.
On yesterday’s episode, the host took a low blow at game winner Octavia, after she couldn’t solve the prize puzzle.
Octavia chose the category Phrase, but couldn’t come up with the proper answer, “Autographed Copy.”
“Talk it out,” Pat encouraged. “You have ten seconds…good luck.
But the buzzer quickly did its thing, as Octavia ran out of time
Pat added a shady remark to Octavia’s moment of disappointment, though he admitted that the phrase was a “tough one” to come up with.
“I thought you might be able to come up with autograph…wasn’t gonna happen, was it?”