When it comes to the greatest cameo performances ever made by a game show host, the argument inevitably comes down to two men: Bob Barker and Alex Trebek. The two TV titans are the Ali-Frazier of their field. The Jeopardy! host set the bar high with his 1990 appearance on Cheers, in which Cliff Clavin lost “22,000 big ones” with the Final Jeopardy answer, “Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?” But Barker rallied in 1996, treating Adam Sandler like a hyper SPCA puppy in Happy Gilmore. The price was most definitely right, Bob. (Watch both clips after the jump.)
Just before he retired from The Price is Right in 2007, Barker appeared as himself on How I Met Your Mother when Barney was certain that the Plinko-playing silver fox was his biological father. It’s taken three years, but Trebek is finally prepared to answer his rival. TV Guide has reported that Trebek will guest on the Dec. 13 episode of HIMYM that has A Christmas Carol-type storyline.
This is huge! So much is at stake! I expect nothing but perfection from Trebek, who has never not known the answer to a question in the past 26 years. I know I’ll be watching. And I suspect Battlin’ Bob Barker will be watching, too.