Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 2, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Official State Stuff) for Friday, February 2, 2018 (Season 34, Episode 105):

Composers of this state’s various official songs include Richard Rodgers & Woody Guthrie

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Jenny Rhodes, a university literature instructor from New York, New York
Jenny Rhodes on Jeopardy!
Caitlin Silberman, an archivist from Madison, Wisconsin
Caitlin Silberman on Jeopardy!
Ryan Fenster, a banker from SeaTac, Washington (4-day total: $90,198)
Ryan Fenster on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Oklahoma?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Oklahoma actually has a number of different state songs. Its official state anthem is “Oklahoma!” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Its state waltz is “Oklahoma Wind”, state folk song is “Oklahoma Hills” by Woody and Jack Guthrie, state rock song wass “Do You Realize??” by the Flaming Lips for a few years (though there was some controversy surrounding its naming and then subsequent not renewing of an executive order by a succeeding governor), state country and western song is “Faded Love” by John Willis and Bob Wills, and state children’s song is “Oklahoma, My Native Land” by Martha Kemm Barrett.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Jenny $13,000
Caitlin $9,000
Ryan $4,200

Tonight’s results:
Ryan $4,200 + $4,200 = $8,400
Caitlin $9,000 – $599 = $8,401 (What is Colorado?)
Jenny $13,000 – $1,101 = $11,899 (What is the State of New York?) (1-day total: $11,899)

Jenny Rhodes, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 2, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jenny $5,000
Caitlin $4,200
Ryan $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
Ryan -400 -1000 (Caitlin 0 Jenny 0)
2) ROAMIN’ CATHOLICS $800 (2nd pick)
Ryan 1800 -2000 (Jenny 5000 Caitlin 3800)
3) BUD $2000 (24th pick)
Ryan 1400 +2000 (Jenny 11400 Caitlin 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -100
Unplayed clues:
J! round: IMPEACHED, REMOVED OR JUST OUT $200 & $600
DJ! Round: BUD $1600
Total $ Left On Board: $2,400

Game Stats:
Jenny $13,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.63% in first on buzzer
Caitlin $9,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.93% in first on buzzer
Ryan $7,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 8 incorrect, 37.04% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $29,200
Lach Trash: $11,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400

Ryan Fenster, final stats:
106 correct, 33 incorrect
41.88% in first on buzzer (116/277)
6/9 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $9,000)
4/5 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,560

Jenny Rhodes, stats to date:
18 correct, 2 incorrect
29.63% in first on buzzer (16/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,000

Jenny Rhodes, to win:
2 games: 43.14%
3: 18.61%
4: 8.03%
5: 3.46%
6: 1.49%
Avg. streak: 1.759 games.

Ryan Fenster, to win:
5 games: 51.81%
6: 26.84%
7: 13.90%
8: 7.20%
9: 3.73%
Avg. streak: 5.075 games.


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17 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 2, 2018"

  1. Can someone please explain why “What is the Great Schism?” isn’t a correct response to the clue “St. Thomas Aquinas died traveling to Lyon, France while attempting to heal this rift between the Latin and Greek churches?”

    I mean, this just looks ridiculous. Aquinas was traveling to the the Second Council of Lyon, which was all about ending the Great Schism. The clue even says “this rift between the Latin and Greek churches”, which is as clear a statement of the Great Schism as I’ve ever heard. What other schism could Alex have been referring to?

    Am I going crazy?

    • Not my area of expertise; I can’t even try to start to speculate. I posted the contact-the-show link; I suspect that might be the best course of action on this one.

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    • The Great Schism refers specifically to an event in 1054… Aquinas was not yet born. There were many specific schisms, so to speak, but the overall event of the lack of communications between the separate churches, that lasted for several hundred years, is know as the schism. This is what Aquinas was trying to help end.

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  3. Have there ever been 4-game winners in the TOC?

  4. Tonton Macoute | February 2, 2018 at 9:20 pm |

    The Great Schism is ongoing. It began in 1054, was one of the topics of discussion during the 13th-c. Council of Lyon, and it continues today.. The Western Schism is the Avignon/antipope (Clement VII, Benedict XIII, et al.) one, the one 100 years after Lyon. Then you could think of the Reformation as a schism of sorts. But as Catholic Church Schisms go, Ryan was correct. I yelled at my TV and awaited Alex’s apology. Poor Ryan.

  5. I agree with Ryan – “Jose Chung’s From Souter Space” is indeed one of televisions finest hours. I very much disagree, however, with his pronunciation of “Jose”

  6. what are people supposed to discuss on here? it’s almost a certainty that many of the comments will be about judging decisions and jeopardy i think has a very poor record of consistency in dealing with supposed rules…….. anyway, if you eliminate those discussions, you most get “that was easy” or “that was hard”, which i definitely don’t need to come to the comment section to read and discuss.

    • You can certainly comment on judging decisions; the issue at hand is those that insist that somehow the wrong victor was declared as a result, as that shows disrespect towards the championship earned.

      (P.S.: I disagree regarding your claims of “poor record of consistency”. The judges are very consistent; there are often minor but important differences in details that turn what at first glance to be a similar situation into one that is not similar at all.)

      • Scott William | February 4, 2018 at 5:40 am |

        Thanks Andy for your willingness to enforce standards on the commenters. It’s nice that you allow comments, and even nicer that any comments added MUST conform to the site’s standards for behavior.

  7. One thing I learned from watching the show for many years is to keep the answers to a minimum. Give only the minimum and then only give more if prompted by trebek.

    One example is Darwin’s ‘beagle’. Correct answers are beagle and hms beagle. Once I saw a person say ss beagle and wad ruled incorrect (too much of the wrong info).

    If I ever get on the show I will keep answers to an absolute minimum.

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