Larissa Kelly and Alex Trebek

Seven Days in May: Grad student Larissa Kelly asks the right questions and becomes the #3 winner in Jeopardy! history

The drama that actually took place in a much more compressed interval back in February of this year played out over seven separate days in the latter part of May.

That its star, Larissa Kelly, was no longer in California, or even the United States, didn’t matter. It was literally academic. (Kelly was, like the serious Ph.D. candidate she is, pursuing her dissertation research, which took her to Mexico.)

Her role in the episodic television quiz show Jeopardy!1 was “previously recorded” in a two-day burst, then broadcast to the nation in distinct weekday segments, as is standard procedure for the highly-rated program.