There was a lot going on in this week’s episode of You’re the Worst, from treehouse revelations to Corporate Doug Benson to a somewhat controversial decision have a character get what was referred to as “an abobo,” and you are welcome to discuss all of that in the comments or with your friends over pie and strawtinis, because we are talking about game shows right now. Specifically, we are talking about Wheel of Fortune and one of the best wrong answers in the show’s history, which You’re the Worst referenced.
The context, quickly: Gretchen (Aya Cash) returns home and flops on the couch. She turns on the TV to watch Wheel, and within a few moments a contestant on the show looks at this board…
… and announces that she’s ready to solve the puzzle. Of course. The answer is right there, “I Walk the Line’ by Johnny Cash,” which is both the title of his biggest hit and the movie about his life. But that’s not what the contestant said. The contestant said, and I’m giggling again just thinking about it, “‘I Have the Wine’ by Johnny Cash.” I have the wine! And in case you think the show played a little fast and loose with history for the sake of comedy, here’s the full clip.
I said it at the time, when I wrote a post about the clip, that it made me wish Johnny Cash had written a song with that title, and I definitely stand by that. I even made up bad fake lyrics. I wish we could go back in time to get him do it and then zip back to when this episode of Wheel of Fortune was filmed to make this woman’s answer correct. Or we could, like, not do it, and just have this game show blooper warm our hearts forever. Maybe that’s better. Let’s do that.
Actually, this brings up a good point. This episode of Wheel of Fortune ran in early 2013. Wheel of Fortune is not in the habit of running three-year-old reruns. That leaves exactly two possibilities:
- You’re the Worst has been secretly set three years in the past all along and this was an Easter Egg the producers slipped in to tip us off as they plan to make their big reveal in the season finale, kind of like a lower stakes version of whatever is happening on Westworld. With fewer robots. Unless… unless the character on this show are robots, too. Please go to Reddit to read my 800-word examination of this theory, complete with blurry screencaps and references to little-watched movies from the early 1970s.
- The producers just liked this clip a lot and wanted to put it in the show, figuring no idiot would be enough of a fan of both long-running syndicated game shows and hip critically-acclaimed comedies to put together that it is three years old and therefore calls the entire timeline of the show into question.
Well, the joke’s on them. I am exactly that idiot.