Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, August 20, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Writer/Directors) for Friday, August 20, 2021 (Season 25, Game 93):

His headstone, using a line from one of his scripts, says, “I’m a writer but then nobody’s perfect”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Bill Menezes, a non-profit director from Denver, Colorado
Bill Menezes on Jeopardy!
Meagan Grote, a bookseller from Lakeland, Florida
Meagan Grote on Jeopardy!
Greg Jones, a college instructor from Chincoteague Island, Virginia (1-day total: $23,201)
Greg Jones on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Season 38 begins September 13 with the return of 18-day champion Matt Amodio; in the interim, Jeopardy! is running four weeks of reruns. The first two weeks will be the 10 “Alex Around the World” episodes that ran in his memory in late December; the 2021 Tournament of Champions, hosted by Buzzy Cohen, will air from August 30 through September 10. Today’s episode featured a category about Niagara Falls with Alex on location and originally aired January 15, 2009.

With the Anti-Defamation League calling upon an investigation of Mike Richards’ disparaging remarks about Jews, women & Asians, Jeopardy! has left itself in a completely untenable situation. Tony Vinciquerra at Sony Pictures Television, the man who is taking credit for hiring Mike Richards, has a choice: when people inevitably write about his career in television in a decade from now, would he be rather known as “The Person Who Killed Jeopardy!”, or “The Person Who Saved Jeopardy!”? I know what I’d rather be known as. Mike Richards needs to be removed from all positions at Sony Pictures Television. I no longer trust him; if Mike Richards is simply removed as host of Jeopardy! and not as Executive Producer, he will 100% sabotage the proceedings. Tony: you put yourself into this position, but you have the opportunity to get yourself out of it. Make the right call.

Edited to add: In the time since this article was published, Mike Richards has resigned as the host of Jeopardy!, but not as Executive Producer. As Richards is still currently employed by Sony, my paragraph above still stands.

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Correct response: Who is Billy Wilder?

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“Well, nobody’s perfect” was the final line in the Billy Wilder-penned, directed, and produced 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, which starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Some Like It Hot was also voted the #1 comedy of all time by the American Film Institute in 2000.

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

Scores going into Final:
Meagan $17,400
Greg $14,400
Bill $10,800

Tonight’s results:
Bill $10,800 – $10,798 = $2 (Who is Alfred Hitchcock)
Greg $14,400 + $14,399 = $28,799 (Who is Billy Wilder?)
Meagan $17,400 + $11,500 = $28,900 (Who is Billy Wilder) (1-day total: $28,900)

Meagan Grote, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the August 20, 2021 episode.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Bill $5,200
Meagan $4,600
Greg $3,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BOOKS & AUTHORS $800 (clue #4)
Greg 800 -1000 (Meagan 0 Bill 400)
2) MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY $1600 (clue #11)
Meagan 6200 +2000 (Greg 8000 Bill 6000)
3) FUN WITH ASTROLOGY $2000 (clue #20, $12000 left on board)
Meagan 13800 +2000 (Greg 10000 Bill 8000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -53

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Meagan $17,000 Coryat, 16 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Greg $15,400 Coryat, 21 correct, 4 incorrect, 38.60% in first on buzzer (22/57), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Bill $10,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,200
Lach Trash: $6,600 (on 6 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,200

Greg Jones, career statistics:
44 correct, 5 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
35.96% in first on buzzer (41/114)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $0)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,500

Meagan Grote, career statistics:
17 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $17,000

Bill Menezes, career statistics:
16 correct, 2 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800
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13 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, August 20, 2021"

  1. Brad (not Rutter) | August 20, 2021 at 10:34 am |

    With regard to the hosting situation, this is getting ridiculous. Call Ken Jennings and let’s get started.

  2. Andy, WGN TV just announced that Mike Richards will NOT be the new host.

  3. Just confirmed by MSNBC. Jeopardy! will start a new search for a permanent host, using guest hosts in the interim. They did say, however, that taping of new episodes began yesterday, so I imagine we’ll see at least one more week of Mike Richards.

  4. Thomas Gazdayka | August 20, 2021 at 11:58 am |

    Oh one more thing…why not just get Ken Jennings or Buzzy Cohen as permanent host…they already know what to do. Even Joe Buck!!!

  5. Just saying, this episode was never a re-run for me at all when I watched it the morning after Christmas. This Is definitely a ReRun for me today though because I first watched it, again, THE MORNING AFTER CHRISTMAS.

    Also, thxsomuch for keeping this site running. Season 37 has been a sad season to get through. We lost much-loved and inspiring Alex Trebek, and this has been hard for us. It is good that we will be seeing him run the reruns on Jeopardy! this week and next week. So thanks so much! You rock!

  6. This is a situation now bordering on tragic. Jeopardy fans were traumatized by the death of the world’s greatest game show host, but for six weeks, Ken Jennings helped us find comfort and stability by providing a familiar and very competent presence behind the podium. The “search” should have ended right there. Instead, the powers-that-be inflicted more trauma on fans by ending Ken’s run and embarking on an uneven course that for months denied us all the very stability we were looking for and the show desperately needs at this point in time. Now we learn of Mike’s offensive shortcomings, and that we are to be traumatized even further with another round of guest hosts. This is insensitive to the fans, but most importantly, it dishonors Alex’s memory and all he stood for. Sony should immediately place Ken Jennings permanently behind the podium and end this nightmare once and for all.

  7. David John Craven | August 20, 2021 at 2:25 pm |

    If they decide to look for a new host, why not look “out of the box”. I would suggest Ophira Eisenberg. She just finished hosting a quiz program on NPR (it was cancelled as of September) and is smart, personable, young and experienced. And like Alex she’s a Canadian who became a U.S. Citizen.

  8. Mary Jane Stockton | August 20, 2021 at 3:14 pm |

    You not only called it, but you were mentioned in the reports since he got the boot for Jeopardy. I am so happy they reconsidered. And thank you for this site – I will be contributing now if I can figure out how to do it from my cabin.

  9. Mary Jane Stockton | August 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm |

    ps I have wanted Ken to take over since his run so many years ago. That being said, Brad or Buzzy would do, but I have wanted Ken for years.

  10. I concurs about getting off the pot and picking KJ.

    Alex would be honored and respected with this choice, instead of having his beloved show engaged in another series of public auditions.

  11. “concur,” singular!

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