Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Password is "Betty"
A lot of games are played on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but nothing has been more fun that the show's recreation of the classic TV game show Password. Included is a spot-on reconstruction of the show's set, and Jimmy and friends play the game just as it was in the 1960s. The theme music is the same and even the introductory ritual—each celebrity introduces his or her playing partner (chosen from the studio audience), with the second star then saying, "...and we're all here to play... Password!" Then the game's title is superimposed over a shot of the audience applauding. I assume Password was brought aboard the Fallon show because of the appearance of Betty White. In a previous guest shot Betty played Beer Pong with Jimmy, but how long could fan-of-classic-TV-and-show-biz-and-games Fallon resist playing Password with Password maven White right there in the studio? Not long, as tonight's show proved. Betty was as sharp as a tack, as always, but I have to say it was a thrill to see Jimmy (no slouch himself at any game) guess "Facebook" on the first clue, "like." Betty White's Password connection goes beyond her expert playing or her many appearances on the show, of course. Betty married host Allen Ludden in 1963 and they remained together until his death in 1981. In fact, in a touching moment, White told Fallon that her appearance on his version of Password marked what would have been her and Ludden's 48th wedding anniversary (The show was taped on June 14 for broadcast today at 12:37 am June 15.)