Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 25, 2021

Today is Thursday, March 25, 2021. We’re now on Day 4 of Dr. Oz’s guest hosting stint; his charity, Healthcorps, Inc., has received $72,201 from the first three of this week’s games. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy! clue:

Literary Inspirations: The now-debunked theories of Luigi Galvani influenced the science in this 1818 novel

(correct response beneath the contestants)

The Jeopardy! community is mourning the loss of Brayden Smith, who passed away on February 5. The Brayden Smith Memorial Fund has been established, dedicated to furthering the educational aspirations of Southern Nevada students.


Today’s contestants:

Lisa O’Brien, a stay-at-home mom & community volunteer from Edina, Minnesota
Lisa O'Brien on Jeopardy!
Doug Small, a restaurant manager from Ypsilanti, Michigan
Doug Small on Jeopardy!
Amal Dorai, a product manager originally from Lexington, Massachusetts (2-day total: $43,200)
Amal Dorai on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Amal’s methodical play (he deliberately rereads the clue to ensure that he is answering the correct thing instead of making a ‘read the question’ error that trivia players are often prone to do) has been working very well for him, even though many viewers do prefer a different play style. It’s been very difficult recently for players to string together a run as of late; one theory for this is that it’s harder to keep momentum over a longer taping day (the tape days with the guest hosts have been a couple of hours longer due to both COVID restrictions and the fact that guest hosts are less familiar than Alex was with hosting the show.) If this holds true, then Lisa and Doug are both primed to take the champion’s title away from Amal.


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Correct response: What is Frankenstein?


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Luigi Galvani’s theories, where he made a frog’s legs twitch after hooking the frog up to an electric charge, was believed at the time to be able to make creatures come alive. This proved to be the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s very famous novel Frankenstein, where the monster was brought to life with electricity after its creation by Dr. Frankenstein.

You can read more about this at Smithsonian Magazine.


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

Scores going into Final:
Doug $14,800
Lisa $14,600
Amal $8,000


Tonight’s results:
Amal $8,000 + $7,999 = $15,999 (What is Frankenstein?)
Lisa $14,600 + $1,500 = $16,100 (What is Frankenstein?) (1-day total: $16,100)
Doug $14,800 – $14,601 = $199 (What is the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll + Mr. Hyde)


Lisa O'Brien, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the March 25, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Lisa $8,600
Doug $3,200
Amal $1,600


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) STATE PARKS $600 (clue #22)
Lisa 4400 +1000 (Amal 1000 Doug 2400)
2) VOCABULARY $1200 (clue #3)
Amal 2400 +2400 (Doug 3600 Lisa 8600)
3) BORN DURING THE CIVIL WAR $1600 (clue #23, $7600 left on board)
Doug 7600 +4000 (Amal 6400 Lisa 11800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 175


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 167 (1.29 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Lisa $14,200 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Amal $6,800 Coryat, 12 correct, 2 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Doug $12,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,400
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 11 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Amal Dorai, career statistics:
52 correct, 10 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 13 rebound opportunities)
31.36% in first on buzzer (53/169)
5/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,500)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,267

Doug Small, career statistics:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
22.81% in first on buzzer (13/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Lisa O’Brien, career statistics:
21 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,200

Lisa O’Brien, to win:
2 games: 43.372%
3: 18.811%
4: 8.159%
5: 3.539%
6: 1.535%
Avg. streak: 1.766 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • One major problem with Dr. Oz hosting Jeopardy: the IN A TEACUP $200 clue, which spoke of hibiscus tea and referring to studies. Because many viewers don’t trust Dr. Oz’s medical claims (based on past dubious claims he has made on his own show), Jeopardy!, by extension, does not come across as authoritative as it would have under a different presenter.
  • Thus far, $91,301 has been donated to Healthcorps, Inc.

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16 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, March 25, 2021"

  1. Patrick Macaraeg | March 25, 2021 at 11:18 am | Reply

    Luigi Galvani and Mehmet Oz would have gotten along well!

  2. The word galvanize was coined after this guy.

  3. Marty Cunningham | March 25, 2021 at 3:05 pm | Reply

    Lighten up a little bit on Dr. Oz. This is only a guest stint, and he seems to be doing it for the same reason that all the others are guest hosting – a love of the game and a deep respect for what Alex did as host. These shows are always closely monitored and extremely well-edited so that, if he had voiced a controversial opinion during taping, I have no doubt it would have been edited and not even the contestants on that show could tell you where the edit was (trust me). And boycotting the shows for the next week or so does not really send any message to Dr. Oz. He has done his part and moved on. At worst, a boycott sends a message to the contestants who, only through the luck of the draw, had their shows taped this week, whether they even knew who would be hosting when they set a date or not. And we all miss some good clues if we choose not to watch.
    And, Andy has always asked that we keep our comments honoring about whoever is on the show, usually for contestants, just as there was a very mixed reaction to James Holzhauers’ initial run, but this courtesy needs to extend to everyone who is “not Alex” behind the podium. No, i don’t agree with all of Doctor Oz’s personal beliefs, (not everyone liked Katie Couric, either, given the protests from some groups when she was on), but Alex always said that the contestants were the stars of the show, and the facts, regardless of who read the clues.
    Personally, the word i have found to describe Dr. Oz this week is, fittingly, “surgical”. He reads the clues with a very precise focus, without a lot of embellishment, which can come off as a little cold, sometimes, especially when he has to inform a contestant that they are wrong. He is not as bubbly as Katie Couric and not even as engaging as Ken or Mike were, but he is doing the basic function of the job, and doing fairly well at it. He has already admitted how tough the job is and how much more respect he has for what Alex did after doing it himself.

  4. Completely disagree, Marty. Dr. Oz’s pseudoscience goes well beyond “personal beliefs” and disqualifies him as host. And there’s no shortage of people out there with a love of the game and deep respect for Alex Trebek. Jeopardy blew it on this one.

    I have caught snippets of him as host off network television and I’ve found his hosting fine, but I don’t think that’s relevant.

    • How is being fine at hosting not relevant…that’s what he’s doing, not pushing an agenda. Sheesh.

      • I’m not sure what to say, Jim. Alex Trebek is revered, and rightly so, but there are lots of people out there who could sub in for a couple weeks passably that don’t have Dr. Oz’s baggage.

        If you don’t think his persona is disqualifying, that’s fine, but I hope you can see why someone who does believe that wouldn’t want him hosting regardless of his ability.

        • I can, and I apologize for the snarky exclamation at the end. I just basically second what Marty had to say about the matter…more eloquently than I actually. 🙂

          • Personal beliefs cannot be separated from what a person does or who they are.
            As a gay person, I find Oz’s views on conversion therapy abhorrent, uneducated, uninformed, and dangerous. Why would I want to spend 30 minutes each night watching a person I find immoral and disgusting?
            People can watch Oz all they want, but those who are watching him need to understand and respect the views of those of us who will not watch him, and why we are not watching.

  5. Why didn’t people get this mad when Mike Richards (who is literally ruining this dang show through his incompetence as producer) hosted?

    • Because he’s not a snake oil salesman who’s pushed a massive myriad of questionable, sometimes harmful practices for many years.

      As for his “incompetence”, let’s look: you know the team format College Championship? Sony may have forced him to add such a gimmick. I also doubt Mike was the one who picked Oz. Especially since it’s Barry Nugent who leads the selection process. I wonder how much involvement he has in the selection, if any? I do agree with the questionable clue part, though, what with Barry vs. Berry, The Eagle and the Elephant, and the Troubles.

    • Hi R.B., of course I can’t speak for anyone but myself (and I wouldn’t characterize myself as “mad” about Dr. Oz, more extremely disappointed), but Richards seemed like a strong hire when he was brought on as EP based on his track record, and the show at least has claimed that he was an emergency fill-in as guest host. I don’t really see the parallels with Dr. Oz, whose track record is not good, and who was not a last-minute fill-in but a deliberate decision by the producers.

      Agreed that some of the show’s decisions as of late don’t reflect well on Richards, though as Trevor points out, it’s hard to know which of those decisions he himself is responsible for.

  6. Brad (not Rutter) | March 25, 2021 at 5:04 pm | Reply

    So…about the game. Definitely an entertaining nailbiter today-my favorite kind. Amal almost stole another one, but Lisa didn’t get the memo.

  7. We have noticed an increase in the number of car racing clues, and we like it! In the sibling surname category tonight, my son looked at me and said, “They should have a clue about the 2 NASCAR drivers, Kurt and Kyle.” Imagine his shock and joy when the very next clue was the very same!

  8. Is it not obnoxious that the winnings are going to Oz’s charity?
    Like someone said above: I won’t watch a fraud tell me facts.
    You can.
    I can’t.
    I’ve had enough of that for 4 years.

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