Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 19, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 20th Century History) for Thursday, March 19, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 139):

1946 was the last year this place, now a country, was represented in the U.S. House of Representatives

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Aaron Shepard, a Navy JAG officer from Alexandria, Virginia
Aaron Shepard on Jeopardy!
Michonne Omo, a staff attorney from Walnut Creek, California
Michonne Omo on Jeopardy!
Andrea Dragan, a research compliance manager from Silver Spring, Maryland (1-day total: $19,201)
Andrea Dragan on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is the Philippines?

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During most of the first half of the 20th century, the United States held sovereignty over the Philippines; the Commonwealth of the Philippines was established in 1935 as a result of the Tydings–McDuffie Act (Philippine Independence Act), which allowed the islands to transition to an independent country over a ten-year transition period. During the Commonwealth years, the islands sent an elected Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives (similar to Puerto Rico today). The Treaty of Manila was signed on July 4, 1946, recognizing full Philippine independence.

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Scores going into Final:
Michonne $15,800
Andrea $6,400
Aaron -$3,600

Tonight’s results:
Aaron -$3,600 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Andrea $6,400 + $3,600 = $10,000 (What is the Phillipines?)
Michonne $15,800 – $0 = $15,800 (What is ?) (1-day total: $15,800)

Michonne Omo, today's Jeopardy! winner (for March 19, 2020.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Michonne $4,200
Andrea $2,400
Aaron -$200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE PONY EXPRESS $600 (clue #27)
Andrea 3400 -1000 (Michonne 4200 Aaron -200)
2) AUTHORS’ OTHER JOBS $800 (clue #15)
Aaron 2600 -2600 (Andrea 2800 Michonne 10600)
3) THE FIRST MODERN OLYMPICS $2000 (clue #24)
Michonne 15800 -2000 (Andrea 6400 Aaron -2000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -142

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: THE PONY EXPRESS $1000 MOCK MEATS $200 $400
Total Left On Board: $4,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 301 (2.17 per episode average), 3 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Michonne $17,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.29% in first on buzzer (18/51), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
Andrea $7,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.37% in first on buzzer (16/51), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Aaron -$1,000 Coryat, 7 correct, 7 incorrect, 25.49% in first on buzzer (13/51), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $24,200
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,800

Andrea Dragan, career statistics:
31 correct, 7 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
30.10% in first on buzzer (31/103)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,000

Michonne Omo, career statistics:
19 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
35.29% in first on buzzer (18/51)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,800

Aaron Shepard, career statistics:
7 correct, 7 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
25.49% in first on buzzer (13/51)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,600)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$1,000

Michonne Omo, to win:
2 games: 50.541%
3: 25.544%
4: 12.910%
5: 6.525%
6: 3.298%
Avg. streak: 2.022 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • It’s been reported to me by an audience member that on the opening clue of Double Jeopardy!, the judges stopped tape to confirm that Aaron did, in fact, fail to put his response in the form of a question. Due to that lengthy tape stoppage, it was judged to be unfair to allow rebounds; thus, that is why neither Michonne nor Andrea rang in on a rebound. Also, note that the penalty was applied because it occurred during Double Jeopardy!; the previous high-profile instances where Alex only gave warnings occurred in the Jeopardy! round (where failure to phrase is a warning offense, not a penalty).

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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 19, 2020"

  1. Marty Cunningham | March 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm |

    Yes, Andy, I could see where the tape stoppage could have been seen to give a rebound advantage to the other contestants, although, usually, during a stoppage, the contestants have to turn around at their podiums, while the board is “reset” (no doubt a carryover from the early, non-electronic days when actually card were used for the clues) so that they cannot see whatever is going on at the judges booth or on the play. And there is someone from the production crew that stands facing each contestant to make sure they don’t turn around. That would probably explain the gap noticed in the round, and why players didn’t seem to get the opportunity to respond. They never explain tape stoppages and usually you never notice them. I had three and couldn’t remember where they all were when I watched the shows at home.
    As far as whether contestants give full responses, it always sounded to me like Colby Burnett never gave the full clue, he was so fast and so soft on saying “Who is…” or “What is…” that it never sounded like he said it, but he never got penalized in the DJ round so the judges must have been listening very closely to him.

    • Frank Smith | March 19, 2020 at 5:01 pm |

      Colby must’ve given the question words while Alex was calling on him. The judges have the ability to check the tape independently of Alex’s voice.

  2. Maurine Gutowski | March 19, 2020 at 3:47 pm |

    What a mish-mash of a game! I’m glad we have your website to give us an idea what to look for when we tune in. All of the contestants are smart or they wouldn’t be there. But what the categories are and who is fastest on the button and how they bet are tremendous variables.

  3. And another champ, congratulations! Unfortunately all 3 DDs were a bust. Doc Holliday should have been easy, Austria and Hungary was easy for me since I am Austrian-American, born in Vienna and studied history. I’m curious what happened today, still 6 hours away from the broadcast.

  4. Very disappointed episode. 3 wrong answers on the daily double resulted a shutout. Let’s hope tomorrow’s episode will be much better.

  5. So Aaron becomes the sixth player this season to be dismissed from the game and not participate in Final J!. Not to mention all 3 DDs were missed tonight so that is why tonight’s game was a blow to the head. Let’s just hope tomorrow night’s game doesn’t suck as bad.

  6. I wonder if there has ever been the ignominious occurrence of someone failing to phrase in the form of a question twice in a row in DJ? Also, how long has it been the practice to get one warning in Single and none in DJ?

  7. Keith Hosannah | March 20, 2020 at 12:41 am |

    That Final Jeopardy! category seemed way too broad for the clue that was given in this episode. Maybe a better name for the category would have been “History of the House of Representatives” or “Countries of the World”. Does anyone know how producers select the wording for categories in the final round?

  8. I am perplexed by something said in the contestant conversations….Michonne was telling that she has attended many concerts and then named a specific band that she had seen several times….we replayed our video and STILL could NOT make out what in the world she was saying. THEN tonight I was listening to the news about people who have passed from covid and a guy that was in a band called fountain of wayne was mentioned and I wondered if THAT was the band she had mentioned?!?!?!?!

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