A video game tester from Los Angeles, California...

Stefan Goodreau

Are you more or less nervous to play this time?
I think the nervousness is about the same. Um, this time I've actually been making a conscious effort in the--in the days leading up to this to stay on as even a keel as possible, and we'll see how it turns out.

Did you learn anything from your previous appearance that will help you in this tournament?
I learned that I'm a lot better at this game than I give myself credit for.

How did you celebrate your original run on the show?
Well, the week that--that--my episodes aired, I was working nights, and we had a break at 7 o'clock. It was supposed to be a 15-minute break, but every day that week, me and the people I worked with went down to the break room and watched the show for the half-hour.

What advice do you have for future Jeopardy! contestants?
Watch the show as much as possible, play along if you can. You're likely better than you think. If you pass the test and get on the show, you're--you're good to go and you just have to get over your nerves.


How does it feel to be a finalist?
I can breathe a sigh of relief now, just 'cause, I did--I can sit and watch some good games get played. And, um, I didn't get to watch any games get played yesterday 'cause I had to sit in the green room so that the scores would not be revealed to me. Um, I really thought Dave had it the moment his response was revealed, because... my thought was, "If I get it right"--"If I get it wrong and Dave gets it right"--"If I get it wrong and Dave gets it right, I lose." And... and I just... figured on that. And then, his small wager was revealed and it's like, "Oh--oh my God. He--he--he's not going to beat me. And then, when--when Terry's response was revealed, it's--"Oh, my God! He's not going to beat me either!" And... and I'm just incredibly excited and a little overwhelmed and... almost feeling unworthy but I'll rise to the occasion.

What did you think of your quarterfinals game?
My quarterfinal game, I couldn't have been happier with how that turned out. It was--it was as good as being in a game with three champions, because, um, Vijay won, and Jason and I were wildcards, so we both got to move through. And I--I was so happy with that, I think that was the biggest joy that I was going--I thought that was the biggest joy that I was going to get out of this, and then I just won the semifinal game. Um, and I'd just like to thank the--the huge crowd that I've got over here: um, my--my mom and my dad and my sister and aunts and people associated with them, and...!

What now?
I'm gettin' ready to come back to play for two-five-oh-oh-oh-oh!

2010 Tournament of Champions 2nd runner-up (semifinalist by wildcard): $50,000.
Season 25 5-time champion: $84,870 + $2,000.

Son of Season 24 1-time champion John Goodreau.

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: seaborgium

Stefan appeared in the following 4 archived games:
#5925, aired 2010-05-21 Jason Zollinger vs. Vijay Balse vs. Stefan Goodreau 2010 Tournament of Champions final game 2.
#5924, aired 2010-05-20 Jason Zollinger vs. Vijay Balse vs. Stefan Goodreau 2010 Tournament of Champions final game 1.
#5921, aired 2010-05-17 Terry Linwood vs. Stefan Goodreau vs. Dave Belote 2010 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 1.
#5920, aired 2010-05-14 Vijay Balse vs. Stefan Goodreau vs. Jason Zollinger 2010 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 5.
Stefan previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Stefan Goodreau in the following 6 archived games:
#5746, aired 2009-09-14 Stefan Goodreau vs. Enrique Machado vs. Elisabeth Flynn Stefan Goodreau game 6. First game of Season 26. New...
#5745, aired 2009-07-24 Stefan Goodreau vs. John Munson vs. Emily Bruemmer Stefan Goodreau game 5. Last game of Season 25.
#5744, aired 2009-07-23 Stefan Goodreau vs. Zach Goldberg vs. Rosanne Coloccia Stefan Goodreau game 4.
#5743, aired 2009-07-22 Stefan Goodreau vs. Marty Moran vs. Nina Sudhakar Stefan Goodreau game 3.
#5742, aired 2009-07-21 Stefan Goodreau vs. Brent Philyaw vs. Sarah Linn Stefan Goodreau game 2.
#5741, aired 2009-07-20 Peter Wiscombe vs. Stefan Goodreau vs. Ellyn Feerick Stefan Goodreau game 1. Champion Update #6: David Madden.

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