The new champ, Diana Peloquin, a graduate student and former synchronized swimmer from Ann Arbor, Mich., gave Chu a taste of his own medicine, using many of the unconventional strategies that the game theory-loving Chu used throughout his winning run -- strategies that inspired Chu's fans and prompted some "Jeopardy!" traditionalists to dub him the "Jeopardy!" villain.
Both Peloquin and Julie Hornick, a middle school librarian from South Carolina, jumped around the game board out of the conventional playing order and played higher-value squares first. In the style of Chu, Peloquin even scooped up the first two "Daily Doubles," bet big and won to build up her lead.
A DD behind $400? They're getting wise to my tricks— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Also Diana is beginning to remind me of Katniss Everdeen and that raises my villain hackles— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Diana is dangerously cute. Cute girls always worry me.— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Chu, 30, an insurance compliance worker and voice-over actor from Broadview Heights, Ohio, did manage to secure the final "Double Jeopardy" question, but this time a big bet cost him. He bet all $7,600 he had and ended up at $0, leaving him more than $11,000 behind the leader, Peloquin.
Going into "Final Jeopardy!" Chu, who has been live tweeting his winning streak and retweeting his haters as the show's pre-taped episodes air, found himself in the position those haters have been wishing for -- last place. Peloquin had $12,100, Hornick had $7,800 and Chu only had $6,400.
Chu bet it all and flubbed the "Final Jeopardy!" clue: "He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales."
Chu guessed George II, and was left with $0.
I overthought it it had NOTHING TO DO W THE ACCESSION OF HANOVER IT WAS A Q ABOUT A COLIN FIRTH MOVIE— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Hornick guessed George V, also wrong. But Peloquin got the right answer, George VI, and ended up with $15,700 to become the new champ.
#Chuphoria has faded leaving only dry mouth, nausea and a deep sense of shame— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
@arthur_affect Now the real question is .. how many people will unfollow you in the next 24 hours?— Mitch (@MitchO) March 12, 2014
All the @arthur_affect haters can now go back to hating their own lives again.— David Poole (@dpoole7781) March 12, 2014
On his Twitter feed, Chu noted that Peloquin had watched him from the sidelines, so perhaps she was not as surprised by his tactics.
For the record Diana was the alternate the previous day of taping and had watched all my games— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Peloquin told the Michigan website mlive.com that she did, indeed, take note of Chu's different style of play.
"I was really interested in his playing style," she told the site. "I wanted to engage with that. ... And I had lots of time to study."
And afterwards she shook my hand and said it was a privilege to play against me no matter what happened— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Flattering me after hours of plotting my demise and searching for my weaknesses - I admire this greatly #WorthyOpponent— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
In all seriousness though I met Diana's mom and best friend at the airport afterwards and we took selfies and it was adorbs but awkward— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014
Chu will appear on ABC News' "Good Morning America" Thursday morning to talk about his controversial winning streak and the end of his run. He finished with total winnings of $297,200.
Also let the record show that my follower count is 11.3K and when I go back to being nobody I will always remember standing atop Olympus— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 12, 2014