Hello! Helen of Toronto is the returning champion on Jeopardy! and some other Canadian is here bringing the recap once again!
Jeanie wanted me to remind everybody that Liz Murphy’s regular-season episodes are airing now on GSN!
Eric Reiberg and Patrick Mooney are the challengers for Helen Juvonen, who won $40,801 yesterday! Will she pick up another huge payday today?
J! round categories:
LANGUAGES & DIALECTS
THE SILVER STATE
I DO, I DO, I DO
THE AMAZING SPIDER
Eric got off to the hot start, getting the first four questions right in “MAN”. Helen kept Eric from running the category, though! Eric kept up his run in FOOD, and the Daily Double was waiting for him at the bottom of the category!
Eric bet $1,600. His clue: In ancient Rome, this flat fish was called “Jupiter’s sandal”. I figured out the reference to Jupiter’s sandal, but Eric did not, his incorrect response put him back to $2,000. It appears as if Eric doesn’t appreciate puns though, saying “it’s the lowest form of humour”. I think he’s just bitter that his score is floundering!
By the end of 15 clues, Patrick had yet to ring in! (I’m surprised they didn’t break earlier, to be honest.) The scores were:
Patrick did get in shortly after the break, but it was a neg, unfortunately. He did get in on a couple of other clues to pull him out of the hole, though! It was mostly Eric and Helen in this round on the buzzer, and the scores after 30 clues were:
DJ! round categories:
HORRIFYINGLY REAL MOTHER GOOSE
TRIPLE DOUBLE LETTERS
TO YOUR HEALTH
TV SHOWS IN SONG
DECADES BY NICKNAME
Eric didn’t seem to get in as much in the opening parts of this round; Helen did well in TV SHOWS IN SONG! She went back to TRIPLE DOUBLE LETTERS and had taken the lead shortly before finding the game’s second Daily Double at $1600 there!
She bet $2,000. Her clue: In 1540 Hernando de Soto camped in the area of what’s now this state capital. Her correct response put her up to $11,200!
The final Daily Double was in TO YOUR HEALTH $1200 with a whole bunch of clues still left! Eric got to play it, with scores at this point of:
Eric, obviously snakebit by the last Daily Double, bet just $1,600. Sigh. His clue: In 1978 Janet Parker, a worker at Birmingham Medical School, became the last person to die of this disease. His correct response put him up to $10,000! He should’ve bet more, though!
Eric got his buzzer mojo moving in Watercraft, and had a lock-tie with 4 clues left (20,000 to Helen’s 10,000)! But he couldn’t quite hold onto the lock game, with negs on both 1,600 and 2,000 (along with some gets and negs by Helen), led to scores going into Final of:
(This is a Faith Love-type scenario here, but I’d be hard-pressed to actually follow through with it in Eric’s position. A crush game is that commanding)
FJ! category: MILITARY SLOGANS
FJ! clue: In 1779 U.S. Marine Corps captain William Jones advertised for these, later a 1992 movie title
Patrick 1800 + 1800 = 3600
Helen 10000 + 6401 = 16401 (that needlessly risked $1,000. I guess if you already have $40,000, it doesn’t matter as much to you, eh?)
Eric 16400 – 3601 = 12799
Helen’s now a 2-day champion with $57,202! Congratulations to her, and both the blogger and returning champion will be Canadian on Monday!