Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 23, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century Supreme Court Cases) for Friday, October 23, 2020 (Season 37, Game 30):

Part of the dissent in this 1896 landmark case read, “In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Jamelle Shannon, a senior crime scene analyst from Las Vegas, Nevada
Jamelle Shannon on Jeopardy!
Brian Adams, an educator from Big Bear Lake, California
Brian Adams on Jeopardy!
Colin Davy, a data scientist originally from Chicago, Illinois (1-day total: $26,100)
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Correct response: What is Plessy v. Ferguson?


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Widely considered one of the worst decisions in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, Plessy v. Ferguson was an 1896 case whose decision upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities as long as those facilities were equal in quality; it became known as the “separate but equal” doctrine. It legitimized the racial segregation and provided further cover for further segregation laws. Amazingly, it was a 7-1 Supreme Court decision; John Marshall Harlan was the lone dissenter; Harlan became known as “The Great Dissenter” for dissenting in many of the decisions that legitimized segregation.

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

Scores going into Final:
Brian $9,200
Jamelle $8,600
Colin $8,200


Tonight’s results:
Colin $8,200 + $0 = $8,200 (What is Plessy v. Ferguson?)
Jamelle $8,600 – $4,000 = $4,600 (What is the Dred Scott case?)
Brian $9,200 + $8,001 = $17,201 (What is Plessy v. Ferguson?) (1-day total: $17,201)


Brian Adams, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 23, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Colin $4,600
Jamelle $3,000
Brian $2,400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HISTORIC OBJECTS $1000 (clue #8)
Colin 400 -1000 (Brian -2000 Jamelle 1200)
2) HYBRIDS $1200 (clue #13)
Brian 4400 +2400 (Colin 4200 Jamelle 4200)
3) OPERA $2000 (clue #23)
Jamelle 8200 -2000 (Colin 8600 Brian 6800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -70


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 60 (2.00 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Brian $8,000 Coryat, 15 correct, 5 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Colin $9,200 Coryat, 19 correct, 4 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jamelle $10,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,800
Lach Trash: $12,000 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $14,200

Colin Davy, career statistics:
41 correct, 8 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (42/114)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,400)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,500

Brian Adams, career statistics:
16 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,000

Jamelle Shannon, career statistics:
14 correct, 3 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,600

Brian Adams, to win:
2 games: 32.779%
3: 10.744%
4: 3.522%
5: 1.154%
6: 0.378%
Avg. streak: 1.488 games.

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11 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, October 23, 2020"

  1. Can we just have a 2-time champion? Is that too much to ask?

    • Marty Cunningham | October 23, 2020 at 2:41 pm |

      Getting that first win is no small feat in itself; trying to repeat for subsequent games does begin to take its toll, albeit in different ways for each contestant. And, taping five shows in a day, and random selection of contestants, can place a different strain on the contestants who play ‘later in the week’ than those who may have started the week, so each win is a moment to savor, and to realize how fortunate you are to win a game, given how even the smallest change could totally alter the outcome. So, it really is a matter of “walking a mile in the other person’s shoes” or, in this case, “standing for 30 minutes at the other person’s podium.” And look at Kevin Walsh, who was a 5-time champ just last week.

  2. I guess law school was worth it after all 😀

  3. With a $26,100 win yesterday, and 60% odds to win 2 games, I had great hopes for Colin to win again.

    • Mark Barrett | October 23, 2020 at 3:25 pm |

      Colin’s Coryat on Thursday was 11,800 and Lindsey’s was higher at 12,800 for an indicator to me that Colin’s run would be shorter rather than longer.

  4. Staci Gieber | October 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm |

    They didn’t mention the name of the justice who wrote the dissenting opinion. He is my distant cousin, and his name was John Marshall Harlan. Yay, cousin John!

  5. The year (1896) gives it away, just as 1857 would have given away Dred Scott as the response. There was no need for the rest of the clue.

  6. Prithvi Sudhakar | October 24, 2020 at 3:59 pm |

    For FJ, I guessed Marbury v. Madison. The obvious answer of Plessy v. Ferguson never occurred to me.

  7. Pizza Face Fred | October 24, 2020 at 7:01 pm |

    Yes, I read the response explanations. I bet Andy would prefer “became” instead of “because” in “it because known as the “separate but equal” doctrine . . .

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