Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 28, 2018

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Classic Films) for Friday, September 28, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 15):

In this ’70s Oscar-winning film, the title character’s 1st words are “Why did you go to the police? Why didn’t you come to me first?”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Barbara Gooby, an executive assistant from Savannah, Georgia
Barbara Gooby on Jeopardy!
Andrew Knudsen, an environmental lawyer from Washington, D.C.
Andrew Knudsen on Jeopardy!
Evelyn Rubin, a family physician from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2-day total: $52,402)
Evelyn Rubin on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Godfather?

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This conversation takes place between Bonasera and Don Coreleone near the beginning of the 1972 classic film The Godfather. It won 3 Oscars, including Best Picture.

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Scores going into Final:
Andrew $12,800
Barbara $9,800
Evelyn $4,600

Tonight’s results:
Evelyn $4,600 + $1,500 = $6,100
Barbara $9,800 + $3,800 = $13,600
Andrew $12,800 + $6,801 = $19,601 (1-day total: $19,601)

Andrew Knudsen, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 28, 2018 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Andrew $3,600
Barbara $3,400
Evelyn $1,000


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) 20th CENTURY DECADES $600 (29th pick)
Andrew 1800 +1800 (Barbara 3400 Evelyn 1000)
2) GO FOR THE GOLD $1600 (20th pick)
Andrew 14800 -2000 (Evelyn 4600 Barbara 4200)
3) MY WIFE $2000 (30th pick)
Evelyn 6600 -2000 (Andrew 12800 Barbara 9800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 56

Unplayed clues:
J! round: 20th CENTURY DECADES $400
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
Andrew $13,600 Coryat, 22 correct, 8 incorrect, 46.43% in first on buzzer, 1/2 on rebound attempts
Barbara $9,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 4 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 4/7 on rebound attempts
Evelyn $6,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.79% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $30,000
Lach Trash: $7,600 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $16,000

Evelyn Rubin, final stats:
56 correct, 12 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts
35.29% in first on buzzer (60/170)
0/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,533

Andrew Knudsen, stats to date:
23 correct, 8 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts
46.43% in first on buzzer (26/56)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$200)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Andrew Knudsen, to win:
2 games: 42.67%
3: 18.21%
4: 7.77%
5: 3.32%
6: 1.42%
Avg. streak: 1.744 games.


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7 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 28, 2018"

  1. Alex left no question about who it was by doing the Marlon Brando impression when he read the clue. They would have probably all gotten it anyway, but it’s very unfair to the contestants for him to basically give the answer. It’s OK that he does that when they have to buzz in, but not in the Final.

    • Richard Rolwing | September 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm |

      I don’t think I would have gotten it without Alex’s “Brando.” I suppose it’s almost biologically impossible to do any of Brando’s lines from that movie and not lapse into Vito Corleone…

  2. Robert, i agree… i haven’t seen it… i would say no accents/carcatures on any questions. maybe $200 questions but make it a policy

  3. Rick Matheson | September 28, 2018 at 9:29 pm |

    We were shocked that Alex basically gave away The Godfather answer. That was so unfair to the 2nd and 3rd place contestants. He gave away the answer to all 3 players and gave the other contestants no chance to catch the leader. We love you Alex, but please never decide a game like that again.

  4. How is it unfair if it was read that way to all three contestants? It just made it easier, not unfair in my opinion.

    • Jeopardy has elements of a zero-sum game, in that if one person receives more of an advantage than the other, then the opponents are, thus, inherently disadvantaged by the same occurrence.

      • I’m not sure if that means you agree or disagree with me. If it’s the latter, I would argue that Andrew did not receive more of an advantage than the others from Alex’s impression. His advantage was earned and already in place by having the lead. Reading a movie quote in the style of the actor has been done before by Alex, and I would assume it is decided ahead of time that this will be part of the clue. Did the impression make it easier? I’d say yes, but equally for all three. If he had read it straight, it would have been that much more difficult for all three, equally. Thus, fair.
        The difficulty of FJ! varies all the time.
        If you were agreeing with me, disregard the previous dissertation!

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