Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 8, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Women & Science) for Friday, January 8, 2021 (Season 37, Game 75):

Dr. Margaret Todd gave science this word for different forms of one basic substance; it’s from the Greek for “equal” & “place”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

We may have lost Alex, but the show must go on. Alex wouldn’t want it any other way. Please, let’s remember him over the next few weeks of banked episodes, and then afford him the same respect to his successors that we afforded Alex when he replaced Art Fleming in 1984. Today is Alex’s last episode; Ken Jennings’ first episode as guest host airs on Monday. Please also remember that no permanent replacement has been named as of yet and that we will be seeing multiple guest hosts before the end of the season, including Ken Jennings and Katie Couric.

Today’s episode was originally scheduled to air on December 25; it was moved back two weeks in order to avoid having Alex’s final episode air on a date with significant pre-emptions (the show on December 25 was pre-empted significantly by the NBA on both the East and West Coasts.)

Today’s contestants:

Jim Gilligan, an assistant professor of English education originally from New York, New York
Jim Gilligan on Jeopardy!
Cliff Chang, a software engineering manager originally from Wilmette, Illinois
Cliff Chang on Jeopardy!
Yoshie Hill, an executive assistant from Colma, California (2-day total: $31,600)
Yoshie Hill on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is isotope?

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I’m pleased to see that Alex’s final Final Jeopardy! clue was to do with a contribution by women to science.

Isotopes are two or more forms of a single chemical element with identical atomic numbers (and therefore position on the periodic table) but with different atomic masses and physical properties. For example, carbon has carbon-12 (the most common), carbon-13 (also stable), and carbon-14 (famously radioactive) isotopes; the decay of carbon-14 is famously used in order to accurately date carbon-based materials up to 60,000 years.

Dr. Todd’s coining of the term isotope came from a conversation she was having with family friend Frederick Soddy, who was doing research on radioactive elements that can have multiple atomic masses, stuck trying to figure out what name to give the new discovery. “Isotope” from “isos topos”, or “equal place”, was coined by Dr. Todd.

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Scores going into Final:
Jim $12,800
Yoshie $12,200
Cliff -$400

Tonight’s results:
Cliff -$400 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Yoshie $12,200 + $0 = $12,200 (What is isotope?)
Jim $12,800 + $11,601 = $24,401 (What is isotope?) (1-day total: $24,401)

Jim Gilligan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the January 8, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Yoshie $6,800
Cliff $3,200
Jim $2,400


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) ARTISTS IN EUROPE $800 (clue #2)
Yoshie 1000 +1000 (Cliff 0 Jim 0)
2) CROSS WORLD CLUES $800 (clue #12)
Yoshie 10400 +3000 (Cliff 6000 Jim 4000)
3) HISTORY OF FLIGHT $1200 (clue #23, $8400 left on board)
Cliff 8800 -8800 (Yoshie 13400 Jim 8800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 29

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 142 (1.89 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Jim $12,800 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Yoshie $9,800 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 20.00% in first on buzzer (11/55), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Cliff $8,400 Coryat, 18 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,000
Lach Trash: $10,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $11,400

Yoshie Hill, career statistics:
51 correct, 5 incorrect
6/6 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
26.06% in first on buzzer (43/165)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,400)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,067

Cliff Chang, career statistics:
18 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$8,800)
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Jim Gilligan, career statistics:
19 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,800

Jim Gilligan, to win:
2 games: 38.831%
3: 15.079%
4: 5.855%
5: 2.274%
6: 0.883%
Avg. streak: 1.635 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Yoshie’s contestant interview talked about crossword puzzles on Wednesday. Knowing this, the situation called for a much larger bet than $3,000 on her Daily Double. The lack of aggression there let Jim back into the game, and he took full advantage to take the lead going into Final Jeopardy.
  • I know this is a very difficult task, but keeping tabs on the score would keep players from making crucial strategic errors. When holding a slim lead, you should select low-valued clues; when behind, select high-valued ones.
  • It seems to me from watching that the DOG IS MY CO-PILOT $1600 had a tape stoppage so that Alex could officially rule against Yoshie before Final Jeopardy. Because tape stopped, rebounds are not allowed.

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32 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, January 8, 2021"

  1. Donna Kirchmeier | January 8, 2021 at 9:20 am |

    Last show for Alex. He will be sorely missed…

  2. This time it is Greek and not Latin that helps if you had the proverbial “classical” education. (Isobar for lines on a map with equal barometric pressure, e.g.)

    As far as J! is concerned: now we won’t have Alex anymore even on taped and not yet aired episodes. An era has unfortunately ended for good in every way, except memory….

  3. Billie Brewer | January 8, 2021 at 2:17 pm |

    Yoshie was on track to win again. Tough loss with no wager in FJ.

    • Because Jim got Final correct and bet enough, it didn’t matter what Yoshie did bet-wise. (Though it was a tough loss because of the last clue of Double Jeopardy.)

      • I would think a prudent bet (not that would’ve mattered) would’ve been 601 dollars for Yoshie just in case Jim was real uncomfortable with the category and bet zero.

  4. I’d like to see Condoleezza Rice as a guest host.

  5. You have to keep in mind that Ken also has to host The Chase along with Jeopardy at the same time, so I think people should give Ken a chance before attacking him. I look forward to his first episode!

    Honestly it’s gonna feel really weird not hearing “Alex Trebek” after “And now, here is the host of Jeopardy,”

  6. I read that the 9 episodes of The Chase were taped in the Autumn.

  7. Brad (not Rutter) | January 8, 2021 at 6:12 pm |

    Has there ever been a case before where the person who answered the most correct questions (tied for the most, actually) didn’t stick around for FJ?

  8. Sometimes too much information in a clue can really confuse. I wonder if that last DD about the nonpowered craft really threw Jim off. I got hung up on “Also a flying marsupial” before settling on the easy answer of “glider.” I wonder if they should have just left the first “marsupial” part off, unless they wanted to make it a little harder.

  9. Very nicely done tribute at the end of the episode. Several of my family members were in tears watching it.

    • Agree. I would like to see one of the upcoming shows pushed back a day, and use that half hour to do a tribute show. Not just clips, but maybe an interview or two.

  10. Interesting that Alex closed the show with “We’ll see you again next week.” I wondered if when they were taping that episode he sort of knew it would be his last day on the show. Once he stopped the treatments, the outcome was inevitable, but maybe he was going to try to keep going a little longer.

    • I had the feeling he said see you next week in a strange way like he knew today was his last show, especially since he passed 10 days later.

  11. For the first time since Alex’s death, a contestant got dismissed from the game for finishing in the red. This would be the only time on Alex’s final taping days that a player was disqualified from Final Jeopardy.

  12. Catherine R. | January 9, 2021 at 1:11 am |

    Is Amy Hill of the Magnum P.I. Tv show Yoshie’s sister? There appears to be a resemblance. The same calm sweetness.

  13. Brad (not Rutter) | January 9, 2021 at 12:59 pm |

    Watching The Chase the other night made me appreciate Jeopardy all the more.

  14. As this was the Christmas edition and considering my Dad passed on Christmas Eve 2000, I thought I would be a lot more emotional than I was. Still, I did stand up and send Mr. Trebek off with a solid Cub Scout CubMaster salute during the entire farewell segment. Thank you Sir…God Speed…rest well!!! Respectfully, Jeff Sipos Strongsville, Ohio John 16:33

  15. I’d like to see Brad Rutter guest host think his personality fits better than Ken but think Ken will do a good job. The key is for the host not to make it about them.
    Buzzy Cohen could be good as well.
    Watched The Chase and in an hour only had about a half of the questions Jeopardy has in 30 min. Too much glitz and noise.

  16. Going to miss Alex, though in my market (Oregon) rerun episodes are shown on Saturdays and Sundays so he will still be getting aired, at least for a while.

    I too was disappointed with The Chase. Pretty disjointed show. I am looking forward to see if Ken can humbly host on Monday.

    • The Chase on cable wasn’t great, but it was far better than this network version. It was better produced and had a much better host in Brooke Burns. I agree with everybody about it though, much too gimmicky for its own good.

      • In fact I think Brooke Burns would be a good choice to give a tryout for Jeopardy!. She’s very good.

  17. I lasted 15 minutes watching the first new Chase. I was put off by the snarky condescension of the stars against the contestants. It’s probably all scripted by those behind the scenes but I won’t waste any more of my time watching it. I have to alphabetize the spices on my spice rack.

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