Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 22, 2021


Today is Thursday, Day #4 of Robin Roberts’ hosting stint. Through 3 days, $97,410 has been donated to Be The Match. Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1970s Movie Scenes) for Thursday, July 22, 2021 (Season 37, Game 214):

Writer Dan O’Bannon based a scene in this film on his own Crohn’s disease, which felt like things inside him fighting to get out

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Pete Wisniewski, a math teacher from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Pete Wisniewski on Jeopardy!
Rekha Rajkumar, a stay-at-home parent from Oak Park, Illinois
Rekha Rajkumar on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (1-day total: $40,400)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Matt knocked off a strong 3-day champion in Josh Saak yesterday, aided greatly by picking off 7 clues off the bottom of the board and another 5 off the fourth row. That sort of wide, deep knowledge is going to be difficult to beat.

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Correct response: What is Alien?


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O’Bannon based Alien‘s famous chest-bursting scene, where an alien punched his way out of John Hurt’s chest during dinner, on his own Crohn’s disease, where his “digestion process felt like something bubbling inside of [him] struggling to get out.” O’Bannon’s Crohn’s disease was the cause of his 2009 death at the age of 63.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $31,000
Rekha $9,600
Pete -$400


Tonight’s results:
Pete -$400 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Rekha $9,600 – $4,500 = $5,100 (What is The Exorcist?)
Matt $31,000 + $10,000 = $41,000 (What is Alien?) (2-day total: $81,400)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the July 22, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $9,400
Rekha $4,800
Pete $400


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) HOWARD’S END $600 (clue #16)
Rekha 5000 -2000 (Matt 7400 Pete -800)
2) MARK YOUR CALENDARS $1200 (clue #12)
Matt 18600 +4000 (Rekha 8000 Pete 0)
3) ANCIENT HISTORY $2000 (clue #23, $7200 left on board)
Matt 24600 +2000 (Rekha 11600 Pete 1600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -10


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: ANCIENT HISTORY $400 SOMETHING BIG IS COMING! $400
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 201 (0.94 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Matt $28,200 Coryat, 32 correct, 2 incorrect, 58.18% in first on buzzer (32/55), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Rekha $11,600 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Pete -$400 Coryat, 7 correct, 4 incorrect, 18.18% in first on buzzer (10/55), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $39,400
Lach Trash: $3,600 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,200

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
52 correct, 6 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
45.95% in first on buzzer (51/111)
3/3 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $7,800)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $23,700

Rekha Rajkumar, career statistics:
16 correct, 3 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
21.82% in first on buzzer (12/55)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$2,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,600

Pete Wisniewski, career statistics:
7 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
18.18% in first on buzzer (10/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$400

Matt Amodio, to win:
3 games: 80.665%
4: 65.069%
5: 52.488%
6: 42.340%
7: 34.153%
Avg. streak: 6.172 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Through Robin Roberts’ hosting stint, $141,410 has been donated to Be The Match. $2,432,826 has been donated in total through all hosts.
  • Matt is the 23rd person to win at least $70,000 in their first two wins and only the 6th to win at least $80,000. The other 5: Larissa Kelly, Roger Craig, Mark Runsvold, Chris Fleitas, and James Holzhauer.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, July 22, 2021"

  1. My first thought was Alien but wasn’t sure if it was made in the 1970s and so it was.

    • Raul Pinto | July 22, 2021 at 9:55 am |

      ditto. For some reason, I had me thinking Alien was 1990s

      • Just shows how ahead of their time some of the great sci-fi movies really were, plus Sigourney Weaver seems to be aging really well.
        Star Wars was 1977 and I still find the effects amazing. Clash of the Titans, by comparison, was 1981, and the Harryhausen stop-motion effects make it look like a 60’s movie.

  2. Having ulcerative colitis, I can relate – and yes, guessed the movie correctly.

  3. as a person also having ulcerative Colitis. I can relate to it as well and I got alien too. Congrats Matt on a big win! I think he definitely has a good shot for the 100K mark tomorrow.. I remember watching alien but I wish I still had the dvd version.

  4. 2 wins and $80,000 – I think we have a potential super streaker!

    On a side note, sorry about the O.C. Mark and Lou, I can only imagine what you two have to deal with.

  5. Hey Andy…at the very beginning of the show, did u catch what Robin Roberts said today was?…Alex Trebek’s birthday. He would have been 81 years old TODAY..July 22

  6. Congrats to Matt and best wishes for a game 3 win! Of the previous 5 with > $80k through two games, he becomes the first with > $40k each in the first two games

  7. Michael R | July 22, 2021 at 6:55 pm |

    Matt has obviously stepped up his game from what was already an impressive performance yesterday. Today he got 32 questions right on his own, ie, more than half the entire board. If he keeps that up, we have the makings for a long haul champ here. BTW, only 2 triple stumpers today, also an impressive stat. And if I were Josh, I’d feel sick every time I heard an Andrew Lloyd Webber tune.

  8. I liked the two syllable, three letter category.

  9. 4 for 4 on Final so far, never been 5 for 5, can it possibly happen?

  10. Doug Bowden | July 22, 2021 at 11:08 pm |

    Of course it happened to John Hurt again in Mel Brooks’ ‘Spaceballs’; ‘Bring this guy some Pepto Bismol’

  11. Marilyn Gideon | July 24, 2021 at 5:28 pm |

    I want to know where Robin got the outfit she was wearing Thursday night- multi- colored
    blouse & pants- you have shown every night but this one!! Plus, she does a wonderful job hosting Jeopardy!!

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