Alabama’s Scott Perry took his final spin on “Mental Samurai” Tuesday night, adding $2,500 to his stash but bidding farewell to the Fox game show.
Perry, the reigning champ, had won $140,000 on two previous episodes, correctly answering 38 questions in a row. He flubbed one this time, which prompted his exit. But Perry, 50, set a standard on “Mental Samurai” that others will find tough to follow.
During his June 8 debut, Perry correctly answered 20 out of 20 questions for a perfect score. He followed that on the June 15 episode by correctly answering 18 more. This type of success is unusual on “Mental Samurai,” a show that puts plenty of pressure on contestants when the cameras roll.
During his tenure on the series, Perry tackled puzzles, tested his memory, solved anagrams, accessed random facts and more. He did all that while strapped inside a huge contraption that looks like a cross between a carnival ride and the cockpit of a spaceship.
The machine, known as “Ava,” is a robotic arm that whirls and twirls contestants around the set in a capsule, stopping at various points so they can tackle the mental challenges. Ava “speaks” in a dispassionate voice that’s reminiscent of the computer on “Star Trek,” but her mechanics are a disruptive force on the show.
Perry, a marketing consultant who lives in Los Angeles, also had a colorful backstory that upped his profile on “Mental Samurai.” Rob Lowe, host of the series, called Perry “cat guy”…