Jeopardy! fans have praised Ken Jennings as a "refreshing" change from Mayim Bialik on Wednesday.
But they also wildly realized a new contestant, Alfred Guy, isn't so new to the stage.
Ken, 48, has returned to Jeopardy! for his first week since May.
He earlier shocked his supporters when he announced that he'd be out for "months" – and he's indeed now set to close out the season.
The permanent hosting slot between him and Mayim, 46, is still on the board with Season 38 ending on July 31st, 2022.
Tonight fans found his hosting chops "refreshing" – but also spotted a contestant they've curiously seen on TV before.
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Tonight, new players Alison Trembly and Alfred faced 1-day champion Matt Mierswa.
The New Jersey lawyer and dad-of-one won once more with a 2-day total of $55,845.
He'll be back tomorrow to go for his 3rd win, but middle podium's Alfred, strangely enough, is no stranger to victory.
During the episode, a fan realized they'd seen the beard-boasting New York assistant dean before and sprinted to Twitter.
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"I remember Alfred in the middle lectern," they began.
"He was on Millionaire several years ago when he won $250K.
"He later appeared on Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader when we won $100K. I wonder how well he will do on #Jeopardy!"
Another fan was floored by this discovery and replied, "Wow, Alfred living my dream."
Indeed, in 2011, Alfred appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Meredith Vieira.
He made it to 13 out of 14 questions and with all lifelines exhausted, elected to walk away with a quarter of a million dollars.
"You're doing great!" Meredith said at one point as the gentleman rose the ranks of another classic trivia show – confetti falling as he won.
Under the Youtube clip from Millionaire, another fan realized the streak didn't even stop there.
"Is this the same Alfie Guy who was on Love Connection?" they asked.
"Yes, well spotted," someone else replied.
And surely enough, Alfred also appeared on that dating show in 1987 as "Alfie" – so this marked his fourth date, so to speak.
He was matched with a nice young lady named Trish.
Meanwhile, during the Q&A storytelling portion of the show, fans were quite impressed with Ken.
Eventual 2-day winner Matt gave a shout-out to his son with an interesting "Cookie Monster" voice, one noted, and Alison said she knew Kamala Harris as well as Michelle Obama.
Fans felt Ken handled the quizzically quirky portion extremely well, going back and forth with each player as they told their stories and got to know them.
"So refreshing to have a host who actually listens to the contestant's story and responds genuinely," one tweeted.
"He seems 100% better than I remember after weeks/months of the other one!!" another replied, however harshly, on Mayim's mannerisms up there in comparison.
"For whatever it’s worth, I feel compelled to state, lighting fast & funny Ken Jennings is an unbeatable host of Jeopardy…" wrote a third.
Ken and Mayim, 46, began filling in for the legendary Alex after his tragic 2020 passing and a fleet of Season 37 celebrity guest hosts, including now-disgraced Mike Richards.
The show's ratings nearly doubled to 9.7 million viewers when Ken made his first appearance.
When Mayim took over her hosting duties the headcount dropped to 5.9 million viewers during a college championship and sadly, she hadn't bested Ken's ratings since.
Mayim unfortunately was regularly torn for her stiff interactions during the same segments during her past eight weeks.
The neuroscientist once replied to one contestant's earnest children's autism testing Q&A with a joke.
"Glad to hear spitting in a tube went better than taking blood," the host bluntly said, which shocked the player.
And in another game in May, one said he was in a “fancy sports league” and Mayim responded: "That’s so thrilling,” and moved on.
Mayim had another joke that just flatlined this season – she told a doctor he was "just an anesthesiologist, not a surgeon" while making a claw motion with her arm.
One tweeted on the offputting pattern, "Do you care about the Jeopardy contestant's backgrounds, or are you a liar?"
From telltale ratings to "cryptic hints," fans have collected clues that the former champion will be chosen over the actress.
That said, viewers have warmed up to the star and would surely be fine with an ongoing co-host situation.
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Though some think at the end of this exciting season, Ken may get the main show, with "multiple hosts for the franchise" altogether including specials given to Mayim and Buzzy Cohen.
Jeopardy! airs on weeknights at 7 pm ET.
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