Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 9, 2017

Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, February 9, 2017:

Final Jeopardy! category: THE OSCARS

Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Since “The Godfather Part II”, this film has been the only sequel to win Best Picture

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Kate Reed Hauenstein, a high school history teacher from Cedar Park, Texas
Megan Hersman, an arts marketer from Chicago, Illinois
Kirstin Cutts, a graduate student from Austin, Texas (1-day total: $11,001)


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What is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King?


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The OED defines “sequel” as “a published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one”. Thus, in spite of it being the third film in the Lord of the Rings Series, it is still a sequel, and thus it is the second sequel to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

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16 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 9, 2017"

  1. Andy Saunders | February 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm |

    Scores going into Final:
    Kirstin $17,100
    Kate $14,600
    Megan -$1,000

    Final results:
    Kate $14,600 – $14,600 = $0 (What is Lord of the Rings Return)
    Kirstin $17,100 – $2,499 = $14,601 (What is Sorry) (2-day total: $25,602)

    Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
    Kate $5,600
    Kirstin $3,800
    Megan -$200

    Opening break taken after: 15 clues

    Daily Double locations:
    1) MAN VS. BEAST $800 (29th pick)
    Kirstin 3800 -1000 (Kate 5600 Megan 800)

    2) LOVE $1200 (15th pick)
    Kate 9200 +3000 (Kirstin 6600 Megan -200)
    3) THE OED: FROM POISE TO QUELT $1200 (28th pick, $3,600 left on bord)
    Kirstin 11000 +2500 (Kate 14600 Megan -1000)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: None!
    DJ! round: None!
    $ Left on Board: $0

    Game Stats:
    Kirstin $16,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer
    Kate $12,800 Coryat, 23 correct, 4 incorrect, 43.86% in first on buzzer
    Megan -$1,000 Coryat, 4 correct, 4 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer
    Lach Trash: $17,000
    Coryat lost to incorrect responses: $8,400

    Kirstin Cutts, stats to date:
    31 correct
    5 incorrect
    2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,500)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    24.11% in first on buzzer (27/112)
    Average Coryat: $13,700

    Kirstin Cutts, to win:
    3 games: 45.39%
    4: 20.60%
    5: 9.35%
    6: 4.24%
    7: 1.93%
    Avg. streak: 2.831 games.
    Avg. Total Winnings (including possible ToC berth): $46,904


    • Had Kate won this game, her average future value of winnings would have been $17,594.
    • Thank you to Jay Johnson for providing me with a full chart of this game.
  2. Jake Tepper | February 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm |

    Kate had the right answer but she could not finish writing….yet she lost
    Kirsten didn’t know the answer..and she won…kinda weird rule…

  3. I Loved Megan Hersman’s Dress, it was so adorable! I need one!
    #GalaxyGirl619 #AlienGirl
    (On instagram)

  4. By the very definition provided: “The OED defines “sequel” as “a published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one”

    The correct answer to final jeopardy would be “The Silence of the Lambs” which was the narrative continuation to the movie “Manhunter” which was based upon the book “The Red Dragon”. Though the principal actors are not the same, the story is by definition a sequel.

    • Andy Saunders | February 9, 2017 at 10:02 pm |

      You say “correct answer” as there is only one, and that somehow the answer provided by the show this evening is incorrect.

      I assure you that it is not, and that “The Return of the King”, in a cinematic sense, is a sequel — in spite of Lord of the Rings being a work of literature in three parts.

      However, “Manhunter” and “Silence of the Lambs” had different screenwriters, production companies, actors, directors, and producers.

      In a literature sense, “The Silence of the Lambs” is a sequel to “The Red Dragon.”

      But in a cinematic sense? It is my opinion, and one that certainly matches the position taken by the show with regards to the writing of this clue, that the movie “The Silence of the Lambs” is decidedly NOT a cinematic sequel to “Manhunter” — because they absolutely do not share any sort of cinematic theme.

  5. Lisa, last week, and Kate, this week, missed the Final clue that proved costly for both of them because they were unable to finish writing down their responses but they may be both technically correct.

    • Andy Saunders | February 9, 2017 at 9:58 pm |

      Possibly, yes, but most certainly not within the confines of the rules of the program, upon which all contestants are briefed.

  6. why could the answer not be The Silence of the Lambs, winner in 1992, which was preceded by Manhunter? the Manhunter story was later made into Red Dragon.

    • Andy Saunders | February 15, 2017 at 1:34 am |

      The difference lies in the fact that there’s a difference between a literature sequel and a cinematic one. Again, as an example, if a movie were to be made of “Go Set A Watchman”, I would not call it a sequel to the famous Gregory Peck “To Kill A Mockingbird”.

  7. Bruce Williams | February 27, 2017 at 12:48 am |

    I think Kate got a raw deal. Her answer: Lord of the Rings-Return . . . was substantially complete. Not at all the same as beginning to write a one-word answer and not completing it. I would bring her back for another shot at the gold ring.

    • Andy Saunders | February 27, 2017 at 12:55 am |

      You may personally feel this, but within the confines of the rules of the program, upon which all contestants are briefed in advance, Kate’s answer was incomplete and thus correctly ruled not acceptable by the judges.

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