Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Classic TV Sitcoms) for Wednesday, May 20, 2020 (Season 36, Game 173):

“I Love Lucy” used the French word “enceinte” in a 1952 episode title because CBS didn’t want this word used

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Rachel Keen, a compliance specialist from Washington, D.C.
Rachel Keen on Jeopardy!
Nathan Berger, a restauranteur and sommelier from South Portland, Maine
Nathan Berger on Jeopardy!
Ben Scripps, a television director from Cadillac, Michigan (2-day total: $38,158)
Ben Scripps on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is pregnant?

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The episode, which originally aired December 8, 1952, was the first of a six-episode storyline that coincided with Lucille Ball’s real-life pregnancy. Ironically, CBS had an issue with the episode title “Lucy is Pregnant”, but was OK with the very next episode title of “Pregnant Women are Unpredictable”.

The episode where Lucy gave birth to “Little Ricky” had more viewers than President Eisenhower’s inauguration the next day.

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Scores going into Final:
Nathan $11,800
Rachel $5,800
Ben $5,200

Tonight’s results:
Ben $5,200 + $601 = $5,801 (What is pregnant?)
Rachel $5,800 – $1,000 = $4,800 (What is ?)
Nathan $11,800 + $199 = $11,999 (What is pregnant?) (1-day total: $11,999)

Nathan Berger, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 20, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ben $7,400
Nathan $2,600
Rachel $1,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) GERMAN ANIMAL NAMES $600 (clue #13)
Nathan 800 -800 (Ben 2000 Rachel -800)
2) ALEXANDER THE GREAT $800 (clue #14)
Ben 7400 +2000 (Nathan 8600 Rachel 4200)
Ben 9800 -4600 (Nathan 13800 Rachel 5800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -100

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 363 (2.10 per episode average), 5 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Nathan $12,600 Coryat, 15 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Ben $8,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 5 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Rachel $5,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,000
Lach Trash: $13,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,400

Ben Scripps, career statistics:
67 correct, 12 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
40.00% in first on buzzer (68/170)
2/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$6,400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,467

Nathan Berger, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,600

Rachel Keen, career statistics:
14 correct, 4 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,800

Nathan Berger, to win:
2 games: 39.505%
3: 15.606%
4: 6.165%
5: 2.436%
6: 0.962%
Avg. streak: 1.653 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • On the ALEXANDER THE GREAT $1200 clue, it sounded to me that Nathan did say “What is” before the correct response, but it was somehow not picked up by the audio in post production. Closed captioning confirms this; captions did say “What is”.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 20, 2020"

  1. The issue back then was that the word pregnant was not allowed on air. When the episodes aired, the titles were never on the screen…they were really just for internal, behind the scenes purposes. The word pregnant was never spoken in an episode of I Love Lucy.
    It’s always been amusing to me that Lucy and everyone else “find out” she’s pregnant in “Lucy is Enceinte”, and she looks like she’s about to have twins!

  2. John McCleary | May 20, 2020 at 11:39 am |

    I liked Ben. Congrats to Nathan though!

  3. Maurine Gutowski | May 20, 2020 at 3:47 pm |


  4. Again one of the misleading category names in FJ. Should have been “Do you speak French”…..

    • While I’m not fluent, I definitely haven’t seen that word before. But I did know about Lucille Ball’s pregnancy. I think the category was fine.

      • I only knew it because I speak French as well, with (Austrian) German being my native language. I never really followed “I love Lucy”.

  5. Maurine Gutowski | May 20, 2020 at 6:46 pm |

    I had to pass reading tests in German and French but don’t ask me to pronounce the French!

  6. RadioMattM | May 20, 2020 at 10:08 pm |

    It sounds to me that the the microphones are gated when feeding the audio for the recording. Perhaps the studio feed is not gated so they can clearly hear the “What is…?” while it gets clipped for those watching on TV.

  7. Alan Jones | May 21, 2020 at 2:09 pm |

    I wouldn’t trust closed captioning to be accurate. I’ve watched enough UK programming with captions on to know that what comes up in the captioning can be ludicrously erroneous against what was actually said. Maybe Jeopardy!’s closed captioning is higher-quality than most, but still, I suspect the captioner may have typed “What is” because the response was judged correct, not necessarily because the captioner heard the “What is.” Unless, Andy, you have some inside info about how this is done.

    • Look at RadioMattM’s comment.

      • Alan Jones | May 22, 2020 at 11:50 am |

        I understand about the audio, live vs. recorded, and how the judges have a better feed than the home audio. I was simply pointing out that the closed captions you cited might not be a good indicator. Captions would have been added to the recording after the fact, wouldn’t they? So the captioner would have been working from the recorded audio, pretty much the same as we heard at home.

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