Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – December 29, 2015

Thanks for coming once again over to The Jeopardy! Fan to look at another recap! Also, best of retroactive luck to our friend Jordan Honan on tomorrow’s episode of Sports Jeopardy! over on Crackle!

Today’s contestants:

Camille Hooper, an accountant from Port Saint Lucie, FL
Ashley Wilson, an organization development consultant from Alexandria, VA
Patricia Franco, a library assistant from Arlington, MA

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Camille $10,800
Ashley $9,400
Patricia $2,600

Final Jeopardy! category: FAMOUS LAST NAMES

Final Jeopardy! clue: The first woman space shuttle pilot shares this surname with a man on the 1st manned lunar landing 26 years earlier

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

Who is Collins?



Patricia 2600 + 0 = 2600
Ashley 9400 – 9400 = 0 (Aldrin)
Camille 10800 – 8001 = 2799 (Armstrong)

After the promotional consideration though, Alex came back! He said, “Our bad, folks. Today’s Final Jeopardy should have referred to the entire Apollo 11 mission rather than to just the lunar landing part of it. We feel that Ashley might have been disadvantaged and so we have invited her to return to play again later this week.” She’ll be back Thursday!

(Interestingly enough – we would have had two disadvantaged players had Patricia actually bet properly. That’s why you learn betting strategy, folks!)

And frankly, if you haven’t watched “The Final Wager” tonight, you need to. Keith has put out a classic.

Finally, I actually got the intended answer to this Final. I stumbled upon this fact yesterday!

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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29 Comments on "Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – December 29, 2015"

  1. joann connolly | December 29, 2015 at 7:50 pm |

    Both losing contestants should have been asked back. Patricia got the answer right. Ashley did not. The female shuttle pilot’s name is Collins, whether the astronaut sharing her name landed on the moon or was just part of Apollo 11.

  2. Thomas Edwards | December 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm |

    I understood the question. Odd that the one person to get the answer right wasn’t invited back, only the two who didn’t know the answer. I would wager that, if asked the way the judges felt it should have been phrased, both of them would still have gotten it wrong. In any case, both of the other two made bets that would have cost them the win.

    • An unusual situation but, yes, if Patricia wanted to win she should have actually bet in order to do so.

  3. Rene with Andy. She should have bet at least $200 and would have been back.

  4. Did either of the contestants complain about the answer or did the judges do this on their own?

  5. So if Camille didn’t bet enough to beat Patricia (who bet $0) and Patricia won then they would have invited back both losers who wrote down the wrong answer. That makes no sense. I think Patricia should get a lawyer.

    • Having written down a wrong answer presupposes that there was a correct answer in the first place – which the judges clearly ruled did not exist.

      In terms of her own losing of the game, Patricia should have made a bet in Final Jeopardy — it’s that simple.

      • Then Camille should have won with no one being invited back. Betting zero is a strategy. Final jeopardy should have been discarded or invite all parties back

        • Yes. Betting zero is a strategy. In this case, it was a pretty terrible one – one that gave her zero chance of winning.

          Ashley’s bet gave her a chance to win, and because of that, she got invited back.

          • Betting zero would have given Patricia a chance if Camille bet more than $8,201 . But to
            Your point, Patricia should have bet $.01 which would have given her an incredible chance of winning and she’d have been invited back.

          • Yes. Camille could have been stupid and overbet. However, once those wagers were locked in, the show could have asked any question at all, as poorly worded as they want, and Patricia would have lost. So there’s no point to even entertaining the notion of bringing her back.

  6. The answer was flawed not the amount of the bet. Wow that’s some bad judging.

    • You do realize that the bets are locked in before the Final Jeopardy clue is seen? Patricia’s wager, regardless of what question comes up, gives her ZERO CHANCE of winning. Thus, there should be no way she should be allowed to return based on the contents of Final Jeopardy.

      also: for the sake of everyone else watching the discussion: “John” and “James” come from the same IP and email account.

  7. In for a penny, in for a pound. If the producers felt the question was not presented clearly…ALL contestants should have been asked back…or NONE of them except the winner, regardless of the bets. Seems highly unfair. get the lawyer, Pat :0

    • once again: the bets are made without seeing a question. Holding everything else constant, Pat had zero chance of winning, ergo she should not be invited back. To imply anything else is completely laughable.

  8. Tom macaulay | January 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm |

    Eileen Collins was the first female to pilot a space shuttle orbiter. Ashley Wilson was wrong and did not deserve to return as a contestant.

    • Michael Collins never landed on the moon. The clue had no correct response.

    • Exactly. You’ve hit the nail on the head, Tom. How someone can be given credit for an absolutely, irrefutably wrong answer is beyond me.

  9. More and more the writers of the show are not paying attention to the possibility of there being more than one answer to their
    “questions”. They are also wording many “questions” very poorly.
    But, in the “causing a contestant to lose” category the worst was about a year ago when the person who should have won was called wrong by Alex because he misunderstood her accent!!

  10. This was a very easy final question. There’s no reason to invite anyone back. It’s unfair to everyone who has ever missed a Final Jeopardy question, quite frankly. The female space shuttle pilot was not Aldrin or Armstrong. She was Collins. For the judges to say someone was misled is to suggest that someone was told it couldn’t have been Collins. That was not said. The argument that the phrasing of the question as “manned lunar landing” is confusing is nonsense. One of the three players on the show got it right and I guarantee thousands of people at home got it as well. I hate this decision.

    • Just because you didn’t think so doesn’t mean other reasonable people could have interpreted the clue that way. And that’s, frankly, silly for a Final Jeopardy.

  11. This is hardly the first time the writers/judges have erred.

    I recall once where the clue referred to the largest member of the violin family. The correct answer should have been the violoncello, more commonly known simply as the ‘cello.

    Jeopardy writers had said double bass – clearly incorrect since the double, or upright, bass is NOT a member of the violin family, contrary to popular belief.

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