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'Jeopardy!' fans spot 'Big Bang Theory' throwback during the National College Championship

Mayim Bialik hosting the first episode of the 'Jeopardy! National College Championship' on Feb. 8, 2022.
Mayik Bialik, host of the 'Jeopardy! National College Championship.' (Image credit: ABC/Casey Durkin)

The brand-new Jeopardy! National College Championship kicked off with a bang last night, sending the first two college students through to the semifinals. However, it seems some fans were a bit distracted by a clever throwback to The Big Bang Theory

During the second round of gameplay in the premiere episode of the Jeopardy! National College Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 8, the Jeopardy! team snuck in a deep-cut reference to the hit sitcom with the category name, "Fun With Flags".

Mayik Bialik (who's hosting the Jeopardy! National College Championship) was one of the stars in the much-loved CBS sitcom, where she played Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. During the show, Dr. Sheldon Cooper launched a video podcast called "Fun With Flags" to share his love of vexillology, aka the study of flags.

Amy helped co-host the web series with Sheldon, to the point that the show eventually became known as "Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler Present: Dr. Sheldon Cooper's Fun With Flags." Although the podcast series only cropped up in a handful of Big Bang Theory episodes, it's clearly left a lasting impression on fans.

Mayim Bialik didn't seem to react to the category name at all, either to remain professional whilst on hosting duties or because she genuinely didn't catch it as a Big Bang Theory reference. However, plenty of fans at home certainly did! 

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One of the answers to the Fun With Flags category was actually a reference to the very first episode of Sheldon's show, where we learned that Oregon's state flag is the only one that's double-sided. One viewer even joked that the contestants should have studied for the Jeopardy! National College Championship by watching the show!

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The premiere episode of the Jeopardy! National College Championship saw Isaac Applebaum of Stanford and Stephen Privat of LSU triumphing and making their way through to the semifinals. Who will be joining them? There's only one way to find out...

The Jeopardy! National College Championship continues tonight at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC.

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.