Contestant Emil shocked everyone by guessing the show’s bonus round with just two letters revealed and took home $45,000 as a result on last night’s show, taking his total earnings to $63,099.
Wheel of Fortune’s host tweeted his surprise after the show, and was equally shocked during the filming, patting down Emil jokingly as though he had the answer stored somewhere. He branded the solve the best he had seen in his long spell as host of the show of more than 30 years.
Tonight’s “Wheel of Fortune” features most amazing solve in my 30+ years on the show. No kidding.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 19, 2014
What made last night’s solve amazing was the generic category. Could have been “new anything.” But “baby buggy?!” Wow!
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 20, 2014
The category was ‘thing’, and with just two letters revealed, it could have been just about anything. Emil correctly guessed the phrase ‘new baby buggy’ in his first guess, to everyone’s disbelief in one of the feel-good TV moments of the year.