Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 23, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1970s Sitcoms) for Monday, March 23, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 141):

A warning on early episodes said this show “seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices and concerns”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Vikram Prasad, a Congressional aide from Washington, D.C.
Vikram Prasad on Jeopardy!
Kimberly Flynn, a writer & editor from Wayne, Pennsylvania
Kimberly Flynn on Jeopardy!
Michonne Omo, a staff attorney from Walnut Creek, California (2-day total: $22,800)
Michonne Omo on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is All in the Family?

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“The program you are about to see is All in the Family. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show—in a mature fashion—just how absurd they are.” That’s the full disclaimer that preceded the iconic 1970s Norman Lear sitcom, whose lead character was the bigoted Archie Bunker. In its heyday, nearly 50 million Americans a week tuned in. It was Lear’s hope that he could tone down society’s bigotry by portraying it in a comedic light; whether that was ultimately successful is a matter of debate, as there are many people—even today—who see Archie Bunker as a personal hero figure to them (and use his character flaws as justification for their own personal bigotry).

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

Scores going into Final:
Michonne $17,800
Kimberly $16,400
Vikram $7,800

Tonight’s results:
Vikram $7,800 – $7,000 = $800 (What is Fawlty Towers)
Kimberly $16,400 + $16,400 = $32,800 (What is All in the Family?) (1-day total: $32,800)
Michonne $17,800 + $7,800 = $25,600 (What is All in the Family?)

Kimberly Flynn, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 23, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Michonne $4,600
Kimberly $3,400
Vikram $2,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) CAPTURE THE FLAG $1000 (clue #17)
Vikram 5200 -3000 (Michonne 600 Kimberly 1800)
2) STATE OF THE BRIDGE $1200 (clue #4)
Kimberly 4200 -1000 (Michonne 5000 Vikram 3000)
3) THE OSCARS $1600 (clue #10)
Kimberly 6000 +2000 (Michonne 6200 Vikram 3000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -48

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 302 (2.14 per episode average), 3 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Kimberly $17,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Michonne $17,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 1 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Vikram $10,800 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,600
Lach Trash: $4,400 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Michonne Omo, career statistics:
58 correct, 4 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
32.93% in first on buzzer (54/164)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,133

Kimberly Flynn, career statistics:
18 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Vikram Prasad, career statistics:
15 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$3,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Kimberly Flynn, to win:
2 games: 52.823%
3: 27.903%
4: 14.739%
5: 7.786%
6: 4.113%
Avg. streak: 2.120 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Michonne won an extra game and a few extra thousand dollars than she otherwise would have by using her strategy. Kimberly wouldn’t have seen Michonne’s bet on Friday, but it’s quite possible that Kimberly might have picked up some inkling in green room chatter.

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22 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, March 23, 2020"

  1. As Andy wrote “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t “ Nevertheless, it must be rare, and the first time I’ve seen a contestant leading entering FJ, get it right, but lose the game.

    • I believe the last time it occurred, it happened twice in one week (with Katy Rosati & Joey DiNardi the very next day)

    • Bob – believe it or not, it happened several years ago in a two player FJ (several days before Austin Rogers’ run began).

  2. So we are left to wonder- what was Michonne thinking?? This was her chance to win big on a relatively easy FJ. It’s almost like she didn’t want to win..?

    • Howard:

      The wording of your comment makes me wonder if you’re aware that bets are finalized before the clue is seen. She would have no idea how easy or difficult the clue was going to be.

      • Mark Barrett | March 23, 2020 at 12:40 pm |

        Alex could have scared Michonne with his, “You’re all too young” comment after revealing the category? The host needs to avoid such remarks before the response reveals.

      • Hi Andy – I was thinking that based on the category, she might wager $1. more than Kimberly’s total, but you made me realize it was “easy for me to say” as I sit at home playing armchair Jeopardy ☺ Thank you for your response, Andy – I really enjoy your blog!

  3. Congrats to a yet new champ. I believe I mentioned Horatio Hornblower awhile ago. In “H. and the ATROPOS” he was in charge of the funeral procession on the Thames for Nelson…..
    As far as the FJ bets go: you live by the sneaky bet, you die by the sneaky bet.

  4. Brad (not Rutter) | March 23, 2020 at 5:26 pm |

    Spare a thought for vikran. Just couldn’t get in fast enough on the buzzer in DJ.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | March 23, 2020 at 7:02 pm |

    Got it instantly, although I didn’t watch it much. I could picture Archie Bunker but not the actor’s name, and I remembered Carl Reiner from the old Sid Caesar show.

  6. If I am ever lucky enough to make it onto the show (which is doubtful given my average intelligence), you better believe I would never lose because I was afraid to cover. I would much rather lose because I did not know the answer than lose because of a too low bet. But, that’s just me.

  7. Glad to see that the negative wagering did not work this time!

  8. I was more surprised on the bet due to the strength she exhibited in more pop culture type questions! Even with the “too young” comments, I would think a student of pop trivia would know it’s either MASH or All in the Family.

    • I agree with you. Michonne showed herself to be strong on pop culture and 70s sitcoms seemed a natural for her to bet big and defend her championship.

    • I agree with you both too, she seemed to do well in pop culture type categories…also I’ve never heard of the show that Vikran wrote??

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