Its a chance to be rewarded with money and ego gratification for ones intimate knowledge of a highly specific subject.
And all without requiring a hazmat suit, the risk of prison time or the alienation of family members.
On Wednesday night, Sacramentos Capitol Garage bar and restaurant will hold a team trivia quiz based on the dark, beloved, soon-to-conclude AMC series Breaking Bad. A cash prize will be awarded to the team with the best recall of high school chemistry teacher Walter Whites (Bryan Cranston) descent into methamphetamine cooking, hit ordering and megalomania.
The Colorado pub-quiz company Geeks Who Drink is putting on the trivia night Wednesday four days before Breaking Bads hotly anticipated series finale in Sacramento and 16 other U.S. cities.
Teams at Capitol Garage can hold up to six members. Each member must pay $5 to participate in the eight-round, 64-question pub quiz. Geeks Who Drink will split the entry-fee pot with the winning team.
Capitol Garage holds 100 people, giving the winning team a shot at a few hundred dollars.
It wont fill seven barrels, Geeks Who Drinks John W. Smith said of the prize money. Hes alluding to the stacks of misbegotten cash ($80 million worth, in case its on the quiz) that Walt packed in barrels and buried in the desert earlier this season. Well, maybe in pennies.
Geeks Who Drink runs a quiz each Wednesday at Capitol Garage. Most are not themed, and are free. But Capitol Garage and Geeks Who Drink offered prize money earlier this year for a quiz tied to Netflixs revival of the series Arrested Development. Breaking Bad is even buzzier and more zeitgeist that that show, Smith said.
Critics have run out of superlatives for Breaking Bad, largely considered one of the best series in TV history. On Sunday, the show finally won a best-drama Emmy. Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler Walts unenthusiastically duplicitous, permanently stunned wife was named best supporting actress in a drama.
Cranston didnt win Sunday, but he took home three lead-actor Emmys previously. Aaron Paul, who plays Walts former student, meth cook-mate and tragic criminal mentee Jesse Pinkman, won supporting Emmys in 2010 and 2012.
The series once-modest ratings have ramped up with its dramatic stakes. Season 5s second half (the season was split into two eight-episode parts) has drawn an average of 5 million-plus viewers per episode to watch Walts misdeeds finally catch up to him and his life turn to shambles.
Sunday-night social media is filled with Bad fans debating meaning and whether the episode they just saw was the best episode of television ever. Most can agree that Bad creator and mastermind Vince Gilligan is crushing it.
I havent felt this way about a show since Lost, Smith said. After watching Bad episodes, he goes to the A.V. Club or any sort of website that does recaps to further explore the show, he said.
Quiz entrants who want to have an A-1 night might try to dive deep into Bad fandom as well, pre-quiz. Judging by the quizs official title, Los Geek Hermanos: A Breaking Bad Quiz, no detail is too small for Geeks Who Drink. The title plays on Los Pollos Hermanos, the restaurant chain co-owned by the late drug-kingpin character Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
I would say the chances of a team winning who are not hard-core fans is pretty low, said Brooke Williams, trivia host at Capitol Garages Wednesday events. Williams poses quiz questions and ensures patrons do not yell out answers or look them up on smartphones.
The quiz starts at 8:30 p.m., but contestants should be there by 8 to sign up or even earlier to grab good seats at the first-come, first-served event.
Capitol Garage will offer thematic Breaking Bad drink specials, bar manager Joy Ortega said, though ingredients, as of last week, had yet to be determined.
Finding the right formula can take time if you stop to respect the chemistry.
Call The Bees Carla Meyer, (916) 321-1118. Follow her on Twitter @CarlaMeyerSB