Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 2, 2019

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category American Plays) for Thursday, May 2, 2019 (Season 35, Episode 169):

A character in this 1944 play is said to be like a piece in her own collection, “too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Josh Archibald-Seiffer, a music director & pianist from Seattle, Washington
Josh Archibald-Seiffer on Jeopardy!
Jessica Efron Sauer, a bookkeeper from Munster, Indiana
Jessica Efron Sauer on Jeopardy!
James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada (20-day total: $1,528,012)
James Holzhauer on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is The Glass Menagerie?

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More information about Final Jeopardy:

In Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, the description refers to Laura Wingfield, a 23-year-old painfully shy woman with a leg brace. She has withdrawn herself from the outside world and devotes herself to her collection of glass figurines (the titular glass menagerie).

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

Scores going into Final:
James $51,212
Josh $10,200
Jessica $1,400

Tonight’s results:
Jessica $1,400 – $1,400 = $0 (What is A Doll’s House?)
Josh $10,200 + $0 = $10,200
James $51,212 + $29,403 = $80,615 (21-day total: $1,608,627)

James Holzhauer, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 2, 2019 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
James $14,800
Josh $4,600
Jessica $200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) NONFICTION $600 (21st pick)
James 6800 +6800 (Josh 4000 Jessica 200)
2) SCI-FI TECH $2000 (14th pick)
James 25800 +9812 (Josh 7000 Jessica -200)
3) TORY SPELLING $1600 (19th pick)
James 37012 +7000 (Josh 9000 Jessica 600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 157

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $400

Game Stats:
James $31,800 Coryat, 35 correct, 4 incorrect, 63.64% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Josh $10,200 Coryat, 13 correct, 0 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts
Jessica $1,400 Coryat, 6 correct, 3 incorrect, 10.91% in first on buzzer, 1/3 on rebound attempts
Combined Coryat Score: $43,400
Lach Trash: $4,000 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

James Holzhauer, stats to date:
759 correct, 27 incorrect
21/23 on rebound attempts (on 45 rebound opportunities)
58.46% in first on buzzer (691/1182)
47/51 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $450,035)
20/21 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,476

James Holzhauer, to win:
22 games: 97.700%
23: 95.452%
24: 93.256%
25: 91.111%
26: 89.015%
75: 28.458%
Avg. streak: 63.471 games.
(This is using the updated model.)


Tournament of Champions projections:
With a projected 81 regular-play games to go prior to the Tournament of Champions cutoff, after 500,000 simulations, our model shows:

James Holzhauer qualified 100.000% of the time.
Eric R. Backes qualified 93.318% of the time.
Anneke Garcia qualified 76.790% of the time.
Lindsey Shultz qualified 48.082% of the time.
Dave Leffler qualified 23.605% of the time.
Jonathan Dinerstein qualified 15.187% of the time.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • $80,615 is the 10th-highest one-day total of all time on Jeopardy. James now holds the top 11 one-day totals in the history of the show.
  • James now holds sole possession of the 2nd-longest winning streak in regular play in the show’s history.
  • It took Ken Jennings 48 games ($1,608,627) to pass James’ current total of $1,608,627.
  • James’ streak of consecutive clues without giving an incorrect response ended at 187. The previous record, believed to be 179, was held by Liz Haigney Lynch (June 16-20, 2016).
  • Josh is the first player in James’ 21 games to run a category against him.
  • This is the 15th consecutive episode where James has been correct in Final Jeopardy.
  • The prediction model currently gives James a 75.637% chance of surpassing Ken Jennings’ regular play winnings total of $2,520,700.

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34 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 2, 2019"

  1. The New York Times Clue of the Day, with very rare exceptions, generally matches that day’s Final Jeopardy! clue.

  2. How do they keep all these game results a secret for so long from so many people in 2019?

    • Contestants have signed NDAs and don’t want to risk their prize money, and audience members generally respect the process enough to stay quiet about it.

      • I can certainly understand the contestant and his family being quiet about things. I can also understand the folks who work for Jeopardy! being quiet. What amazes me is the studio audience members keeping quiet! In this day age of the internet and social media I cannot fathom the fact that not one person says anything. At this moment there literally could be hundreds of people who know James’ fate. For example, lets say James’ gets beat in his 35th game…that means anyone who saw games 22 to 34 know that he won and those who saw game 35 would know he lost. Also anyone who saw a taping which did not include James as contestant later on would also know. AND of course if by some chance James has not been beaten yet, that many more people would know!

  3. This might have been the easiest FJ I can recall. And the other two combine for $0 earned. Ouch.

    Most amazing stat to me: James Holzhauer has now earned more $$$ in Daily Doubles than Ken Jennings!!

  4. Ok, new most amazing stat that I found:
    Ken Jennings only had two games with no incorrect responses. [He had a game with NINE wrong.]
    James so far has ______ perfect games.

    • By my count, he’s had 0 incorrect in six different games.

      • Yep!
        That has to be a record.
        Games 7, 10, 11, 13, 19, 20.

        Interestingly, both times James has had consecutive perfect games the next game he has had his most erroneous game with four flubs.

        He has yet to have a game with exactly three incorrect responses.

        • Christina O. | May 2, 2019 at 9:11 pm |

          Hmmmm, James mentioned tonight his wife was in the audience when he made one of his Daily Double wagers. If we knew the days she was present and the days he had the most incorrect answers we could see if there was a correlation. (Maybe he gets nervous when she’s in the audience?)

          • They showed her on-camera last week, too. On that game he also made quite a few mistakes in. Perhaps a wee bit nervous in front of her. But since they tape several episodes a day I suppose she’d be there for some amazing games, too.

  5. Either way, today James increased his winnings per game agin, now standing at
    $76.601 and change (28.5 cents..) At this rate he might bakrupt J!…..But Sony has enough money…. Too bad about all the taxes. Well, giving to charity will help Better giving to worthy causes than throwing money in the bottomless pit of the government. And I believe Nevada has no state tax??

    • Because the winnings were earned in California, that’s the state that gets to tax the winnings, and I believe that its cut is withheld from the checks sent to contestants. (Federal taxes, on the other hand, are not withheld, and are the players’ responsibility to pay to the IRS.)

      • When they file their tax returns for the year, they file a non-resident return to California requesting a refund for the tax withheld. Then they file in their home state and pay the tax due on the winnings.

    • His average winnings over 20+ shows is equivalent to the all-time single episode high score.


      • Incognito123 | May 2, 2019 at 6:51 pm |

        Joseph, not quite, but getting VERY close, remember Roger Craig’s one time high was $77,000 yet James’ AVERAGE is: $76,601.29 – $398.71 short

      • Ed Collins | May 2, 2019 at 10:44 pm |

        Great observation!! That really puts his performance into perspective!!

  6. Maurine Gutowski | May 2, 2019 at 2:49 pm |

    I got it immediately! (but as usual on Thursdays I will be at choir practice unless she let’s us early)

  7. Wait Ken’s 48 day total and James’ 21 game total are seriously totally equal? Damn (although probably only a coincidence) impressive

  8. Doesn’t the Teachers tournament start after today? That probably means that James stopped taping after this day, unless I’m totally off. I remember hearing it yesterday.

  9. Ray BLUEMEL | May 2, 2019 at 7:40 pm |

    Must say grateful for this website as we live in Ohio ABC here in Columbus they are broadcasting a very important hockey game at our usual viewing time of 7:00pm.

  10. Does running the category mean that the clues from that category were chosen consecutively, or does the order not matter?

    • Ed Collins | May 2, 2019 at 10:43 pm |

      The order does not matter. If you answer all of the clues, in any order, you ran that category.

  11. Tom Huppmann | May 2, 2019 at 10:56 pm |

    May 2, 2019 was the second time James gave the wrong answer to an auto race question having the same answer. James: “Paris to Dakar”, when the real answer was “The 24 hours of Le Mans”.

  12. It is great to compare James and Ken’s winnings. But, if I recall, the dollar figures within the categories were not the same when Ken was Champion to what James is having the opportunity to win. Nonetheless, it is a great feat for the number of victories; just not fair to compare how much quick James is stacking up the total winnings. Put the winnings aside, I would still consider James the better champion between the two based on all other stats.

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