In the pantheon of “Wheel of Fortune” fails, one contestant’s missed answer Tuesday night was pretty epic.
With two blank spaces remaining, a player named Kevin guessed “C,” leaving him with the following puzzle:
A S T R E E T C A R N A _ E D D E S I R E
Kevin chose to spin the wheel again, narrowly avoiding a “Bankrupt” tile and landing on $600. It should have been his moment of glory.
Instead, he called out: “K!”
There was silence.
A gasp and some pained groans from the audience.
The jarring squawk of the buzzer.
Host Pat Sajak could only respond, after a brief pause, with a self-restrained “Nooo …”
Kevin’s mistake quickly went viral.
Dude on Wheel of Fortune had to solve this:
A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE
He asked for a K.
I’m gonna go lie down.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) March 21, 2017
And for the win…
for everyone not watching wheel of fortune kevin confidently guessed K with the puzzle showing A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE and I feel so alive
— Carly Erickson (@carlypauline) March 21, 2017
Contestant on wheel of fortune just tried to solve the puzzle with "streetcar naKed desire" and I want to die for him.
The next contestant, a woman named Lisa, capitalized on Kevin’s fail and solved the puzzle — which spelled, of course, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams.
As the camera pulled back, all the contestants appeared to be laughing.
Kevin shook his head.
And Sajak congratulated Lisa — with a caveat.
“Although you got the right answer,” he said, smiling, “I’d rather see Kevin’s play.”