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Alex Trebek has found a fun way to pronounce the name of an ‘Arrested Development’ character

Tobias Fünke — or is it Foon-kuh? — and Michael Bluth on “Arrested Development.” (Sam Urdank/FOX)

So apparently several amazing things happened simultaneously last night on “Jeopardy!”

A category dubbed Shrinking Tour TV — one devoted to the very specific, niche realm of trivia about television series psychologists and psychiatrists — was included on the quiz show. One of the questions in that category included a reference to both “Arrested Development” and the condition (which is very serious, by the way) known as never-nudism. And, best of all, as Mediaite points out, that question forced Alex Trebek to say the name Tobias Fünke in a way that we’ve honestly never heard before.

Did he say “Fun-kuh”? “Foon-kuh”? I honestly don’t know. All I know is that listening to Trebek attempt to umlaut his way through the pronunciation of the Blue Man Group hopeful’s name is a magical experience. Also, I am relieved that Trebek did not have to pronounce the very special moniker that Tobias reserved for his work as a combination analyst/therapist, or refer to Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog.

Watch the video below.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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