Scott Perry of Alabama made his final round on âMental Samuraiâ Tuesday night, adding $ 2,500 to his stash but bidding farewell to the Fox game show.
Perry, the defending champion, had won $ 140,000 over two previous episodes, correctly answering 38 questions in a row. He missed one this time, which prompted his exit. But Perry, 50, has set a standard on âMental Samuraiâ that others will struggle to keep up with.
On his June 8 debut, Perry correctly answered 20 out of 20 questions for a perfect score. He followed that up in the June 15 episode by correctly answering 18 others. This type of success is unusual on âMental Samurai,â a show that puts a lot of pressure on competitors when the cameras are rolling.
During his tenure on the show, Perry tackled puzzles, tested his memory, solved anagrams, accessed random facts, and more. He did all of this while strapped inside a huge contraption that looks like a cross between a carnival merry-go-round and the cockpit of a spaceship.
The machine, known as âAva,â is a robotic arm that spins and whirls competitors around the board in a capsule, stopping at various points so they can complete mental challenges. Ava “speaks” in an unbiased voice reminiscent of the computer from “Star Trek,” but her mechanics are a disruptive force in the series.
Perry, a marketing consultant who lives in Los Angeles, also had a colorful story that raised his profile on âMental Samuraiâ. Show host Rob Lowe called Perry a “cat guy” because he “married” his cat Olivia in an Instagram Live ceremony last year.
Perry told AL.com his goal is to raise money for an animal rescue organization in Los Angeles and to entertain friends stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Perry said he didn’t expect the news of his wedding stunt to travel, but it gained national attention from People magazine.
âMental Samuraiâ also had fun with the kitten concept, via Lowe’s benevolent ribs.
âYour wife may have nine lives, but you only have one,â Lowe told Perry at a pivotal moment. “Make the most.”
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Perry, who was born in Maplesville, spent part of his childhood and adolescence in Bessemer and the Hoover area. He’s always been smart – Perry attended the Resource Learning Center, a former magnetic school linked to Shades Valley High School – and he was never afraid of adventure.
These qualities came in handy when Perry left home to attend Tulane University – he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English – and returned to Birmingham in his twenties.
Perry moved to California in 2001, started his own business, Sperry Media, and has lived in Los Angeles ever since. However, he never forgot his ties to Alabama and when asked to name his hometown on âMental Samurai,â Perry proudly pointed to Birmingham.
Perry said he plans to donate some of his earnings to âMental Samuraiâ at Jessie’s Place, a shelter for homeless women and children that is part of the Jimmie Hale Mission in Birmingham. Another chunk of the money will go to an animal rescue organization, though Perry said he hasn’t picked one yet.
If you watch: âMental Samuraiâ airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. CT on Fox. Alabama native Scott Perry debuted in the June 8, 2021 episode and reappeared on June 15-22. His total winnings: $ 142,500.