Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, April 5, 2021

Today is Monday, April 5, 2021. It’s Aaron Rodgers’ first day guest-hosting; all of the contestants’ winnings over his two weeks of hosting will be matched and donated to the North Valley Community Foundation. For those who are football-unaware, and there are a few in the Jeopardy! fandom who are, Rodgers is the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, and Celebrity Jeopardy! winner from 2015. You can find Aaron’s guest host interview at Jeopardy!’s YouTube channel. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy:

Daytime TV Personalities: Accepting a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, he said, “Just take… 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are”

(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:

Jobeth Thomas, a database architect from Carrollton, Georgia
Jobeth Thomas on Jeopardy!
Brandon Deutsch, a student from Long Beach, California
Brandon Deutsch on Jeopardy!
Scott Shewfelt, a writer originally from Tavistock, Ontario, Canada (2-day total: $46,800)
Scott Shewfelt on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Scott won the final two games of the Dr. Oz era, but a new host will mean a new cadence to get used to. It’s been a very long time since someone has won three games. Will Scott be able to break that curse?

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Correct response: Who is Fred Rogers?

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Fred Rogers, the much-beloved host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

In his speech, he said, “All of us have special ones who loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life. 10 seconds, I’ll watch the time. Whomever you’ve been thinking about, how pleased they must be to know the difference you feel they have made.”

You can watch the entire speech on YouTube.

The 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor was made by Morgan Neville about Rogers’ life.

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

Scores going into Final:
Brandon $22,300
Scott $9,300
Jobeth $8,400

Tonight’s results:
Jobeth $8,400 – $901 = $7,499 (Who is ?)
Scott $9,300 – $0 = $9,300 (Who wanted to kick that field goal?)
Brandon $22,300 + $924 = $23,224 (Who is Mr. Rogers?) (1-day total: $23,224)

Brandon Deutsch, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the April 5, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Brandon $7,000
Jobeth $4,000
Scott $3,600


Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) FORTUNE FAVORS THE BALD $1000 (clue #2)
Brandon 800 +1000 (Scott 0 Jobeth 0)
2) HISTORY POTPOURRI $2000 (clue #4)
Brandon 7400 +4500 (Scott 2000 Jobeth 2400)
3) HEMINGWAY $1600 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Scott 4800 +4500 (Brandon 22300 Jobeth 8400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 255

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 169 (1.24 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Brandon $19,800 Coryat, 27 correct, 4 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 4/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Scott $6,400 Coryat, 17 correct, 8 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Jobeth $8,400 Coryat, 12 correct, 1 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,600
Lach Trash: $5,800 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $13,600

Scott Shewfelt, career statistics:
55 correct, 15 incorrect
5/7 on rebound attempts (on 14 rebound opportunities)
32.75% in first on buzzer (56/171)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $17,100)
1/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,667

Brandon Deutsch, career statistics:
28 correct, 4 incorrect
4/5 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,500)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,800

Jobeth Thomas, career statistics:
12 correct, 2 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Brandon Deutsch, to win:
2 games: 64.347%
3: 41.405%
4: 26.643%
5: 17.144%
6: 11.031%
Avg. streak: 2.805 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $26,224 has been donated to the North Valley Community Foundation.

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, April 5, 2021"

  1. R. B. Smada | April 5, 2021 at 9:05 am |

    Anyone think this is a coincidence? I don’t lol

  2. Not being a daytime TV fan, all I could think of was maybe some soap opera star.
    I hope the contestants get it right. I’m sure Aaron will get a kick out of it.

  3. Hoping that Aaron won’t hesitate to “call an audible” and change the FJ clue at the last second if he doesn’t like what he sees.

  4. I thought there was something significant about “10 seconds,” and couldn’t think of a show with a count to ten or anything. But I still guessed right.

    • Yeah, I kept thinking of a game show host of a game where you had 10 seconds to answer…so, nope…didn’t get it correct.

  5. R. B. Smada | April 5, 2021 at 11:40 am |

    Anyway, the Tom Hanks movie about him has a similar quote that’s how I knew

  6. Andrew P Krupski | April 5, 2021 at 1:05 pm |

    I would like to see Austin the bartender from Brooklyn as a guest host on Jeopardy.

  7. When I saw the category “daytime TV personalities” I thought they certainly wouldn’t create a clue about the dreaded dr oz. Glad it wasn’t.

  8. Mr Rogers Neighborhood will always be my favorite daytime show which is why I sometimes watch him when I was a child. As a daytime tv fan for 30 something years, won’t you be my neighbor was the song that gave me the obvious hint to Fred Rogers. I hope arong ot a kick out of Scott’s FJ response

  9. Brandon was certainly rockin’ the stats today! Maybe he can be the one to slow down the revolving door.
    W-E-L-C-O-M-E AARON!!!

  10. EXTREMELY perturbed with KARE-11 in Minneapolis today. I tuned in for Jeopardy at the normal time (4:30), only to find Jeopardy has been preempted by live coverage of the Chauvin trial. Disappointing, but considering the local angle, I can understand the decision. But there was no crawl running in the bottom of the screen discussing their plans. Nothing in their website. Nothing in their Facebook page or Twitter feed. They have four sub-channels, one would think they would be able to show Jeopardy on one of them. But absolutely no information.

    After many minutes of web hunting, I found a Reddit post by a user who said that last week, they ran a crawl, saying that they would preempt during the duration of the trial, and they would instead air the episodes at 1:05am. But they stopped running the crawl this week—thus stranding the many viewers who boycotted the episodes hosted by the host-whose-name-shall-not-be-mentioned. (This boycott was the stated reason the Reddit user posted—to help his/her fellow boycotters.)

    So thanks, Reddit user! And shame on your extremely poor communication, KARE-11!!

  11. “For those who are football-unaware, and there are a few in the Jeopardy! fandom who are …”
    You said it!

  12. It’s curious sometimes whether someone isn’t situationally aware or just doesn’t play strategically. Jobeth was at $8,400 with three clues left on the board. If she hit the DD, she could have easily gotten over half what Brandon had. Instead, out of three clues, she chose the only one that wouldn’t have the DD.

    • Frank Borland | April 5, 2021 at 9:10 pm |

      A few weeks ago, maybe over a month ago, they did have a Daily Double in the $200 box. But I asked to nobody around, “Why aren’t you going for the big dollars? You aren’t going to catch up with the $400 clue.” And lo and behold, the DD was in the $1600 box. Not that it mattered in the long run, since she didn’t get FJ right.

      • I remember that, but it seems like a DD might be under the top clue once a year. It’s amazing how often that late in a round, with a DD still out, that somebody goes for the top clue.

  13. Jim Cardillo | April 5, 2021 at 8:50 pm |

    I wasn’t thinking that children’s shows qualify for Daytime Emmys. I was thinking serials, game shows, and talk shows. I thought of Phil Donahue as the pioneer in the talk show field. Now of course Mister Rogers makes sense. I need to expand my TV knowledge.

  14. I suppose it was just a coincidence that Brandon, like Aaron, attended UC-Berkeley. When Aaron said “Go Bears” he meant of course Golden Bears, not the Chicago Bears.

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