Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Happy Wednesday! Meaning, I’m sure we’ll be seeing the GEICO clue referencing Hump Day on the show today. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Classic Albums) for Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (Season 37, Game 158):

The title of this huge hit 1977 album was the idea of the bass player, who specified it should be spelled the British way

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Jamie Logan, a writer & consultant from Augusta, Maine
Jamie Logan on Jeopardy!
Elliott Goodman, a history & Latin teacher from Culver City, California
Elliott Goodman on Jeopardy!
Hanna Howard, an editor from New York, New York (1-day total: $20,600)
Hanna Howard on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: “Live by the Daily Double, die by the Daily Double”. Emily likely would have won Game #4 yesterday had she gotten the final Daily Double correct. However, she did not, and Hanna’s excellent play was more than enough to claim the spoils of victory: over $20,000 and the opportunity to play again. This should be a good game today as she takes on Elliott and Jamie in her title defense.


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Correct response: What is Rumours?


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Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s smash hit 1977 album whose title was spelled the British way because Fleetwood Mac originated in the United Kingdom (though the band was living in California by the mid-1970s when the album was conceived.) The album is best known today for its singles “Go Your Own Way”, “Dreams”, and “Don’t Stop”. The album was Billboard’s #1 album of 1977. Bassist John McVie suggested the title; the band agreed because it felt everyone in the music industry, whether informed or not, was talking about the band.


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Scores going into Final:
Elliott $16,800
Jamie $16,200
Hanna $7,800


Tonight’s results:
Hanna $7,800 – $7,000 = $800 (What is ?)
Jamie $16,200 + $16,000 = $32,200 (What is Rumours?) (1-day total: $32,200)
Elliott $16,800 + $928 = $17,728 (What is Rumours?)


Jamie Logan, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 5, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Jamie $6,800
Elliott $6,000
Hanna $3,800


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Opening break taken after: 16 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) SHAKESPEARE FAMILY TIES $600 (clue #8)
Jamie 1800 +1800 (Hanna 600 Elliott 400)
2) DOUBLE “OU” WORDS $1600 (clue #19)
Jamie 14400 -3000 (Hanna 7000 Elliott 12000)
3) MEDICAL PREFIXES & SUFFIXES $1600 (clue #27, $5600 left on board)
Jamie 14200 +4000 (Hanna 7800 Elliott 13200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 107


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 184 (1.16 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Jamie $15,600 Coryat, 20 correct, 3 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Elliott $16,800 Coryat, 21 correct, 0 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Hanna $7,800 Coryat, 10 correct, 0 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,200
Lach Trash: $9,800 (on 8 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,000

Hanna Howard, career statistics:
28 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
23.21% in first on buzzer (26/112)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,900

Elliott Goodman, career statistics:
22 correct, 0 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800

Jamie Logan, career statistics:
21 correct, 3 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
2/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,800)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,600

Jamie Logan, to win:
2 games: 49.227%
3: 24.233%
4: 11.929%
5: 5.873%
6: 2.891%
Avg. streak: 1.970 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Thus far, $81,399 has been donated by Jeopardy! to Media Fellowship House. $1,073,526 has ben donated to all charities thus far.
  • Elliott’s reaction during Final Jeopardy! led me to believe that he had in fact bet enough. I also very much liked Jamie’s larger bet. Today’s game saw a betting scenario known as the Faith Love scenario as 1st place’s score ($16,800) is double the difference between 2nd and 3rd ($16,200 – $7,800 = $8,400). Thus, due to the numbers, Elliott does have occasion to bet $0, thinking that Jamie might choose to keep Hanna locked out. Of course, being that Elliott now has occasion to bet very small, Jamie could go very large, and that’s exactly what happened.

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27 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, May 5, 2021"

  1. Would “rumors” be accepted as correct? The pronunciation is the same, but…..

    • The question emphasizes the spelling so “rumors” should not be accepted. But we shall see. Curious that Jeopardy would leave this as a potential point of contention

    • Good question. I could not get this one in 30 seconds. I started running words through my head, “colour, honour…” trying to think of an album with one of those words.

    • Frank Borland | May 5, 2021 at 9:55 pm |

      Al, I immediately knew it was Rumours, and then I wondered out loud if somebody spelled it Rumors, would it be accepted. We will never know now, but it’s nice to know that I wasn’t the only person thinking that.

    • Ronnie Gambardella | May 6, 2021 at 8:56 am |

      I believe J! rules state clearly that there is no penalty for misspelling as long as it doesn’t change the pronunciation.

      • However, a case could be made that in this specific case, the American spelling does not fit all aspects of category and clue — an important distinction that the show has made in the past.

  2. This was an easy FJ for me. I was a kid when Rumours was a hit in 1977. This one might be difficult for young contestants.

  3. Knowing album names was never a strength of mine being a huge music fan…now had the names of the songs been listed, I’d have gotten it, I think 🤔😅🤷‍♀️

  4. Agree that for people of a certain age, the answer comes quickly. I graduated High School in 1977, so Rumours and the iconic album cover immediately popped into my head.

    I am very curious to see how these contestants fare.

  5. My husband and I had the album.

  6. When I saw the category the first thing I thought was Fleetwood Mac hehe. So I had them fresh in my mind when the clue was read and got it quickly.

  7. I remember listening to Rumours though I don’t remember ever owning the album of it. This is an easy final for me since I am a huge music fan.

  8. Looks like this was a close back and forth between Elliot and Jamie throughout the game. Looking forward to seeing! Good for Jamie, but too bad for Elliot to not miss any, including having the lead entering FJ and correctly answer, but end up second.

  9. There is no worse fail in my opinion than to spend all the effort to get to the Jeopardy stage, be leading into Final and then not bet to win. Wow.

    • That has always been my philosophy. If I’m leading going into final jeopardy, and I get the final jeopardy correct, I’m going to win. I’m not going to bet on myself missing final jeopardy.

    • There have been many games where a player has a slight lead over second place and bets large, misses final and second place or even third wins even though they also miss it. One woman in a semi-final College tournament had that happen and she turned when Alex approached the players because she was so upset. The leading player also has to consider how strong they are in the final category. In my opinion this is not the worst fail.

  10. It looks like the producers approach the contestants between Double Jeopardy and Final Jeopardy. Are they there to suggest possible wagers, or just to make sure the pens are working properly?

  11. Thomas Gazdayka | May 5, 2021 at 7:35 pm |

    If Elliott bet the same amount as Jamie, he certainly would have won. Why he bet such a small amount is anyones guess. Geez.

    • I gave a pretty detailed analysis as to why someone might consider betting the way both Elliott and Jamie did in my episode write-up.

      I’m not sure why people comment without reading.

  12. Myron Rushetzky | May 5, 2021 at 7:37 pm |

    Today’s show again ran the full credits at the end. Over the last few weeks, they seem to be doing that a few times a week. Have the shows been running short?

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