Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 11, 2019


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Primetime TV) for Monday, February 11, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 111):

“Complications” was a suggested title for this ABC drama that was renewed for a 15th season in 2018

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Eric R. Backes, an attorney & government relations professional from Round Rock, Texas
Eric R. Backes on Jeopardy!
Karen Bascom Lambiotte, a science writer from Vicksburg, Mississippi
Karen Bascom Lambiotte on Jeopardy!
Bif Reiser, a mathematician from Portland, Oregon (3-day total: $69,400)
Bif Reiser on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Grey’s Anatomy?


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More information about Final Jeopardy:

Created by Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy premiered on March 27, 2005 on ABC as a midseason replacement, focusing on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. The title is a pun on the title character’s name, Dr. Meredith Grey (portrayed by Ellen Pompeo), and Henry Gray’s seminal 1858 anatomy textbook, Gray’s Anatomy.

Its 15th season premiered in September 2018; it is still one of the top-rated dramas on broadcast television.

(Apropos of nothing, March 27, 2005 is almost a year after the Toronto Maple Leafs most recently won a playoff series.)


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Scores going into Final:
Eric $27,800
Bif $24,000
Karen $7,000


Tonight’s results:
Karen $7,000 + $7,000 = $14,000 (What is Gray’s Anatomy?)
Bif $24,000 + $3,801 = $27,801
Eric $27,800 + $20,201 = $48,001 (1-day total: $48,001)


Eric R. Backes, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 11, 2019 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Eric $10,200
Bif $4,400
Karen $3,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) A CLASSIC SETTING $600 (13th pick)
Eric 3600 +2000 (Bif 2000 Karen 1000)
2) NEWER WORDS $1600 (4th pick)
Bif 4800 +4800 (Eric 11000 Karen 3400)
3) YOU SAY YOU WANT A FRENCH REVOLUTION $1200 (24th pick)
Bif 12400 +8000 (Eric 25800 Karen 7000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 220


Unplayed clues:
J! round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $0


Game Stats:
Eric $26,400 Coryat, 27 correct, 1 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Bif $14,000 Coryat, 18 correct, 1 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer
Karen $7,000 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 19.30% in first on buzzer
Combined Coryat Score: $47,400
Lach Trash: $4,200 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $2,400


Bif Reiser, final stats:
88 correct, 7 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
36.56% in first on buzzer (83/227)
7/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $23,400)
2/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,100


Eric R. Backes, stats to date:
28 correct, 1 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts
45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,400


Eric R. Backes, to win:
2 games: 79.12%
3: 62.61%
4: 49.54%
5: 39.20%
6: 31.01%
Avg. streak: 4.790 games.


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Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 129 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:
An average of 3.9615 5+-time champions (standard deviation 1.6167).
An average of 6.9043 4+-time champions (standard deviation 1.9772).

An early cutoff took place 6.202% of the time (or a 5-game winner will be left out).

Eric R. Backes qualified 57.608% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 78.916% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 57.730% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 31.505% of the time.
Alex Schmidt qualified 10.522% of the time.
John Presloid qualified 2.535% of the time.
Jackie Fuchs qualified 0.295% of the time.


Andy’s Thoughts:

  • This was the first set of regular episodes taped in calendar year 2019, taping January 15 (the All-Star Games taped January 8 and 9).
  • The light pen that the contestants use for Final Jeopardy is notoriously difficult to write with. Many contestants struggle with them. However, the show’s judges (as seen in this behind-the-scenes video) are able to see the responses and track the movement of the light pen as the responses are being written, so that they can see what contestants are attempting to write, ruling accordingly. Much like the PGA Tour, it is inapproprate for the home viewer to act as though they are a part of the judging panel.
  • $48,001 is the fourth-highest score ever for a regular player’s first win, after Myron Meyer ($50,000 on September 5, 2002), Kevin Joyce ($49,699 on April 15, 2009), and Jack Feerick ($48,600 on January 28, 2009).
  • $24,000 is the third-highest regular play trailing score going into Final Jeopardy, following Mark Wales’ $24,800 (July 21, 2008) and Michael Cudahy’s $24,400 (June 25, 2004, Ken Jennings’ 18th win)
  • $26,400 is the highest debut Coryat score since Margaret Miles’ $27,200 on April 14, 2016.
  • I really wish Bif had gone True Daily Double on the final Daily Double. I’ve calculated the average future winnings using the ceteris paribus assumption, but I’m just going to tell myself that in the alternate universe where Bizarro Bif does go True Daily Double, Bizarro Eric also STAYs CLAM on YOU SAY YOU WANT A FRENCH REVOLUTION $800 and the only difference in the outcomes is that Bizarro Eric wins an extra $8,800.
  • Effective in first on buzzer stats: Eric 48.15% (26/54), Bif 31.48% (17/54), Karen 20.37% (11/54).

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6 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – February 11, 2019"

  1. Wow, that was some game. (We get it at 3:30 here in Chicago.)
    Only two wrong in the entire game. I’m feeling a little dumber after watching that!

  2. Just wanted to note:

    ” The title is a pun on the title character’s name, Dr. Meredith Grey (portrayed by Ellen Pompeo), and Henry Gray’s seminal 1858 anatomy textbook, Gray’s Anatomy.

    Its 15th season premiered in September 2008; it is still one of the top-rated dramas on broadcast television.”

    I think you meant “Its 15th season premiered in September 2018”, as was said in the question.

  3. I am surprised that nothing was said of the significance of the $48,001 winning amount. Maybe tomorrow, Alex will have something to add?

    I am unsure, but doesn’t a 1-day winning score over $40,000, get that contestant’s name added to the walk-of-honor back stage?

  4. Bif comes in averaging just a bit over $23,000 per game, and seeing how this game played out from beginning to end, it could have gone either way. It’s just that he got outplayed by Eric and he could not recover from that point on. Yes, he could’ve bet the whole $12,400 on the DD and “maybe” win his 4th game, but perhaps he hesitated to not wanting to get the DD wrong and cost him a chance to win at all. Eric just took no prisoners and basically steamrolled the game. I really, REALLY thought that Bif was going to complete the comeback, but not meant to be.

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