Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1960s Films) for Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (Season 35, Episode 38):

Chocolate syrup, casaba melon & Playboy model Marli Renfro were enlisted to create an iconic scene in this film

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Swapna Sathe, an engineering manager from Loveland, Ohio
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Adam Soffrin, a behavior analyst from San Francisco, California
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Emily Frey, a professor from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania (1-day total: $17,701)
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Correct response: What is Psycho?

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The items in the clue were all used for the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, Psycho; chocolate syrup was used to emulate the blood in the black-and-white film, the casaba melon was found to be perfect for the sound effects used for the stabbing, and Playboy model Marli Renfro was Janet Leigh’s body double. Still considered to be one of the most iconic scenes in the history of cinema, it also literally changed how people watched movies. Because the female lead (Leigh) was killed early on in the film, Hitchcock required that exhibitors not allow anyone to enter the theatre after the movie had begun (lest they start asking where Janet Leigh was); this then trained audiences to arrive for the beginning of other films.

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Scores going into Final:
Emily $18,600
Swapna $15,600
Adam $7,600

Tonight’s results:
Adam $7,600 – $7,598 = $2 (What is Goldfinger)
Swapna $15,600 + $5,000 = $20,600
Emily $18,600 + $12,601 = $31,201 (2-day total: $48,902)

Emily Frey, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 31, 2018 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Emily $3,800
Adam $3,600
Swapna $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) A SKELETON $600 (23rd pick)
Emily 5000 -1400 (Adam 3600 Swapna 1400)
2) PHILOSOPHY $1200 (8th pick)
Emily 5000 +2000 (Swapna 4000 Adam 3600)
3) WORLD CAPITAL PUNISHMENT $1200 (13th pick)
Emily 8200 +4000 (Swapna 6000 Adam 5200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 61

Unplayed clues:
J! round: REPORTS OF MY DEATH $1000…
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000

Game Stats:
Emily $16,400 Coryat, 26 correct, 3 incorrect, 46.43% in first on buzzer
Swapna $15,600 Coryat, 13 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.43% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Adam $7,600 Coryat, 11 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.64% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $39,600
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $3,400

Emily Frey, stats to date:
39 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
32.14% in first on buzzer (36/112)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,600)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,100

Emily Frey, to win:
3 games: 46.95%
4: 22.04%
5: 10.35%
6: 4.86%
7: 2.28%
Avg. streak: 2.885 games.

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – October 31, 2018"

  1. It will be interesting to see if any get this right. You really need to be a classic movie fan who also likes to read about the behind the scenes stuff, which I am, so I got it right away…but it is a pretty specific trivia set to be going after.

    • The chocolate syrup clue tipped me off, just because I know Hitchcock used it to simulate the blood in black and white. But I can see that if you didn’t know the chocolate syrup can be used for black and white blood in movies it might lead you in a different direction.

  2. Did the contestants know this epi would air on halloween?
    A Halloween mindset could lead to a Psycho answer.

    • Mark Barrett | October 31, 2018 at 11:08 am |

      Alex opened with, “Happy Halloween everybody. No tricks, only treats on our program today.”

    • Good read…did not think of that! Goldfinger not a surprising response…I thought someone might go the James Bond route!

      • It crossed my mind too. I’m sure he was thinking of the “golden girl” sequence in which a beautiful woman was covered in gold paint. He probably reached the answer through the Playboy model in the clue, though I don’t know where he thought the melon or chocolate syrup would have come into it? Maybe one of those cases where he couldn’t think of anything else and just went with it (always better to write at least something when you don’t know it on the off chance a random guess could be right).

  3. Angel Navarro | October 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm |

    “Psycho” was the very first film that came to mind before the show even went to commercial break. Very predictable

  4. Emily Frey was wrong on Oct 30, 2018 when she said “Vietnam War Memorial.” As a veteran, I know it is the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial.” This is a common mistake, but an enormous one which is glaringly obvious to a vet.

  5. Tullia Hydinger | November 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm |

    The novel “The Witches of Eastwick was set in CT, not RI. I am from RI originally and had never heard of that town being in RI, so I checked on the web and found the answer to be CT.

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