Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 20, 2021


Today begins the Mayim Bialik/Ken Jennings era of Jeopardy! Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 1980s Movies) for Monday, September 20, 2021 (Season 38, Game 6):

The Dip used to kill characters in this 1988 film consisted of acetone, benzene & turpentine, ingredients of paint thinner

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Tracy Pitzel, an accountant from Ellensburg, Washington
Tracy Pitzel on Jeopardy!
Carlo Anguili, a postdoctoral researcher from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Carlo Anguili on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (23-day total: $825,801)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: As was mentioned above, today begins the Mayim Bialik/Ken Jennings era of Jeopardy!; this also means that Matt Amodio is now onto his sixth different host. Going forward, I also believe that I now have enough data to calculate Matt’s chances of winning based on each individual day of the week (for example, the prediction model believes that Matt is more likely to lose on a Friday than any other day of the week). Thus, the prediction model will use a slightly different calculation until Matt loses.


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Correct response: What is Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


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Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a 1988 live action/animated comedy film set in a world where live action and cartoon characters (“Toons”) coexisted; a character named Judge Doom creates the Dip as a method of executing Toons; the substance is allegedly harmless to the human characters. Another interesting bit of trivia about this film: it’s the only time that Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appeared onscreen together, sharing a scene.


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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $33,200
Tracy $17,000
Carlo $1,600


Tonight’s results:
Carlo $1,600 + $5 = $1,605 (What’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
Tracy $17,000 – $16,600 = $400 (What is Dune?)
Matt $33,200 – $2,000 = $31,200 (What is Raiders of the Lost Ark?) (24-day total: $857,001)


Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 20, 2021 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $11,400
Tracy $3,000
Carlo -$800


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) BOOKS & AUTHORS $800 (clue #2)
Tracy 1000 -1000 (Matt 0 Carlo 0)
2) GREATS IN HISTORY $1200 (clue #8)
Matt 17000 +7000 (Carlo 0 Tracy 7400)
3) OH MY GODS! $1200 (clue #13, $18400 left on board)
Carlo 400 +2000 (Matt 26000 Tracy 9400)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 41


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Matt $27,400 Coryat, 31 correct, 1 incorrect, 49.12% in first on buzzer (28/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Carlo $800 Coryat, 5 correct, 4 incorrect, 14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
Tracy $18,000 Coryat, 20 correct, 2 incorrect, 35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $46,200
Lach Trash: $2,400 (on 3 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
764 correct, 79 incorrect
40/47 on rebound attempts (on 87 rebound opportunities)
52.95% in first on buzzer (717/1354)
48/54 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $189,200)
17/24 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,767

Carlo Anguili, career statistics:
6 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 1 rebound opportunity)
14.04% in first on buzzer (8/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $800

Tracy Pitzel, career statistics:
20 correct, 3 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
35.09% in first on buzzer (20/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,000

Matt Amodio, to win:
25 games: 93.336%
26: 86.592%
27: 80.011%
28: 72.614%
29: 67.631%
Average streak: 36.580 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Once again, the prediction model is now using data split out by day of the week to calculate the chances of his streak continuing.

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30 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 20, 2021"

  1. This is one where if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll get it (as long as you remember the title). If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s very unlikely you’ll get it.

    • Todd mcdonald | September 20, 2021 at 10:53 am |

      I’ve seen it lots of times, this one’s too easy for me

    • I’ve seen the movie but it’s been many many years since then so I didn’t even think of it hehe.

    • I think it’s possible to get this one even if you haven’t seen it–so long as you are familiar with the fact that the movie involves cartoon characters. The clue mentions that the Dip is basically paint thinner, which would thus be used to kill characters who consist, essentially, of “paint”.

  2. Ghostbusters came to mind. Watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit but came no where close

  3. I wonder if anyone will leave out the “what is” part since someone got away with that recently when this film was the correct response. I’m guessing at least 1 of these contestants saw that episode.

  4. I’ve seen this movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit tons of times already. This one is an easy final jeopardy since many of the people here have not seen it. Furthermore Roger Rabbit has been seen too many times in other cartoon episodes.

  5. It was a great match and a nail biter up to the end. I thought Mayim did better hosting too. She seemed calmer and didn’t giggle so that should make some people happier perhaps.

  6. Yikes! Writing this after the results were posted but before I watched the show.

    I wonder if the delay in taping this week’s shows had an impact on any of the contestants, including Matt. Weren’t they all in the Green room in the morning when Mike Richards was removed as host, and then had to wait a few days before the taping took place? Also, does anyone know how many weeks of shows were shot that week with Mayim? That could lead to mental fatigue if there were 3 full days of taping within a calendar week.

    • Likewise haven’t seen yet and yikes! Too close for comfort! While people are hoping (me included), Matt beats Ken’s record of 74, exceeding James’
      streak of 32 will not be easy, and winning even one more is never guaranteed!

  7. The first time Matt didn’t control his own destiny since Josh Saak’s ALW miss. This is why you always play for the crush.

    • Actually, Matt was forced to wager $1 in the last game of S37 when Nicolle got exactly half his total. And throughout that game I was utterly convinced Nicolle would prevail.

      But I’m glad you pointed out his first game which was really a fateful game. He could easily have gone down in history as the challenger that really made Josh Saak work for his victory on JOSH’S way to 10 or 20 or more victories. And let’s not forget how close all three were to each other. If the question had been different we could very well be referring to Elizabeth Devereux as Courtney Shah 2.0.

      • Great thoughts on Josh and Elizabeth. Re: Nicolle, in that case Matt still controlled his own destiny since he got the right answer in Final. Great player, though.

        • Debbie Stover | September 22, 2021 at 11:01 pm |

          Depends on how you look at it. Tiebreaker questions are typically easy, with the assumption that both players will know the answer and that all rides on who buzzes in first. And that matter — buzzing in first on the tie breaker — is typically looked at as a coin-flip proposition, 50-50. So to say that one controls one’s destiny there is true only in the narrowest sense.

  8. I remember when this came out–not only was it newsworthy that Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse shared a scene together, but both Disney and Warner Bros insisted that the producers give the two equal screen time and equal speaking time before they’d give permission to use either character. It was an incredible coup for the film to get so many classic cartoon characters from multiple studios to appear.

  9. I wonder why Matt made that $2000 bet. $801 would seem to have been a better choice (though it didn’t matter this time).

  10. I’m sorry but I did not understand the Josh Saak ALW reference

  11. David John Craven | September 20, 2021 at 4:55 pm |

    Wow. Close. If Tracy had gotten final jeapordy right, she would have won.

  12. Brad (not Rutter) | September 20, 2021 at 5:09 pm |

    CLOSE CALL!! Would have been sad to see Matt lose when he was oh so close to a runaway.

    I didn’t like Mayim’s giggling the first time around but she did well today imo.

  13. wow matt actually had a chance of losing based on the bidding in FJ

  14. I heard “dip” and locked in the answer.

  15. I’ll bet Matt was sweating bullets after Carlo answered FJ and before Tracy did! I’m sure he knew Tracy would wager big and if she got it right, he was going home.

  16. Damn! A rare FJ that I knew right away while Matt didn’t. However, Raiders of the Lost Ark is a quite understandable incorrect guess with all that crazy flesh melting going on.

  17. Matt’s “Raiders” answer was illegible…..he might have to be more careful. When Matt got the DD in the second half, I thought he should wager $11,000 and that would have taken care of the game. Tracy was a very strong player and I hope she is not too hard on herself for missing that last question. I don’t think it was that easy at all, because there were lots of movies in the 80’s to think of.

  18. If only all finals could be 80s movies. Dont really like it though when finals deal with pop culture. Im lucky to get 20% of finals but I knew this one after the dip…

  19. It’s odd that the actual title of the film is “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”–without a question mark. This grammatical anomaly has been unilaterally “corrected” by fans and pundits alike since 1988, and Carlo was in no jeopardy of being penalized for including a question mark in his response.

    With or without a question mark, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is, imo, one of the best movies ever made–animated or otherwise.

    It seems that this clue might have been timed to coincide with Disneyland’s revamping of its Roger Rabbit ride so as to include barrels of “dip” as props. Also, the Rogerabbit film sequel (“WFRR” 2) is scheduled for release in February 2022.

  20. A little late with this comment but – given Tracy’s apparent pop culture knowledge – I thought that she would get this for sure and was suprised when she didn’t. She’s from my state so I’m glad she made a good showing(to that point).

    I agree with others that Mayim was much better this time around.

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