Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 2, 2022


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Theater) for Monday, May 2, 2022 (Season 38, Game 166):

In November 1864 John Wilkes Booth & his brothers were fittingly part of a performance of this Shakespeare play

(correct response beneath the contestants)


Today’s contestants:

Becky Benninghoff, a church organist from Woodbridge, Virginia
Becky Benninghoff on Jeopardy!
Adam Ilgin, a ferryboat deckhand from Lewes, Delaware
Adam Ilgin on Jeopardy!
Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (19-day total: $460,184)
Mattea Roach on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Julius Caesar?


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A scant five months before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, Edwin Booth arranged for a one-night production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Edwin played Brutus, Junius Booth played Cassius, and John Wilkes Booth portrayed Marc Antony. Edwin decided that the performance would be a benefit for the statue of Shakespeare that still stands in Central Park, and didn’t pay his brothers at all for their performances. Five months later, John Wilkes Booth did “what Brutus was honored for” when he assassinated the President; the assassin was a Confederate supporter who had been kicked out of his brother Edwin’s New York apartment for expressing support for Confederate-set fires that had beset New York City the night of the performance—fires that had interrupted the performance of Julius Caesar.


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round categories: Miami News Clues; You Got Next; Reptiles; From Book to Movie with a Different Title; College Football History’ “A.T.”

Mattea started well, going 3/5 in FROM BOOK TO MOVIE…, but was shut out in both college football and “A.T.”; Becky held a small lead after 15 clues. Coming out of the break, Mattea found the Daily Double and doubled up! It was a good thing she did, too—she only got 7 clues correct in the round, but still held a $2,200 lead over Adam.

Double Jeopardy! Round categories: Congress in the 19th Century; Around the World; Tea Time; Famous Names; Country Music Song Titles; A Vow of No Vowels

Mattea got to both Daily Doubles in this round, but she split them for a net $0. Meanwhile, choosing to finish the Miami category last in the Jeopardy! round led to three unplayed clues in Double, keeping Adam within 50% of Mattea’s score! Scores going into Final were Mattea at $16,200, Adam at $8,400, and Becky at $3,200.

In Final, a sole get final for Mattea has tied her with Julia Collins; she’s now a 20-day champion!


Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, May 2, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Mattea $16,200
Adam $8,400
Becky $3,200


Tonight’s results:
Becky $3,200 – $800 = $2,400 (What is Henry V?)
Adam $8,400 – $8,400 = $0 (What is Hamlet?)
Mattea $16,200 + $601 = $16,801 (What is Julius Caesar?) (20-day total: $476,985)


Mattea Roach, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 2, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mattea $5,800
Adam $3,600
Becky $2,000


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) YOU GOT NEXT $800 (clue #19)
Mattea 2200 +2200 (Adam 1400 Becky 2200)
2) AROUND THE WORLD $1600 (clue #13)
Mattea 12200 -3000 (Adam 4400 Becky 4000)
3) TEA TIME $800 (clue #16, $20000 left on board)
Mattea 9600 +3000 (Adam 6400 Becky 4000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 107


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: COUNTRY MUSIC SONG TITLES $1600 $2000 A VOW OF NO VOWELS $1200
Total Left On Board: $4,800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 67 (0.40 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles


Game Stats:
Mattea $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 31.48% in first on buzzer (17/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Becky $3,200 Coryat, 10 correct, 3 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer (13/54), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
Adam $8,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 24.07% in first on buzzer (13/54), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $27,200
Lach Trash: $15,800 (on 14 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,200

Mattea Roach, career statistics:
547 correct, 49 incorrect
27/32 on rebound attempts (on 76 rebound opportunities)
45.40% in first on buzzer (513/1130)
25/31 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $49,200)
14/20 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $20,190

Adam Ilgin, career statistics:
13 correct, 2 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
24.07% in first on buzzer (13/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,400

Becky Benninghoff, career statistics:
10 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 0 rebound opportunities)
24.07% in first on buzzer (13/54)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,200

Mattea Roach, to win:
21 games: 75.795%
22: 57.449%
23: 43.544%
24: 33.004%
25: 25.016%
Avg. streak: 23.131 games.

Today’s interviews:
Becky is married to a Marine and has moved 12 times in 18 years.
Adam has a boat named for him out west.
Mattea studied at the University of Toronto.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • With 547, Mattea passes David Madden for 8th all-time in terms of number of correct responses on the show.
  • I’m not sure if it was just a bad day material-wise for Mattea, but she didn’t seem as on her game today. If this keeps up, her days may be numbered.
  • Link to the box score: May 2, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Mattea $16,200 Adam $8,400 Becky $3,200)

Mattea: Standard cover bet today is $601. Keep your bet there, just in case Adam doesn’t bet enough.

Adam: You need to get to at least $15,600; your minimum bet is therefore $7,201.

Becky: If Adam’s wrong and bets to give himself a chance to win, he’ll fall to at most $1,200. Make sure you bet no more than $1,999.

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15 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 2, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | May 2, 2022 at 9:37 am | Reply

    W/o knowing those little historical details, there are a few possibilities with Kings being assassinated or murdered in Shakespeare’s plays. But Julius Caesar stands out in a few ways, the “Sic semper…” quote allegedly being said by Brutus and the confederacy of co-conspirators among them.

    Current FJ streak: 2W

  2. I’m guessing this is a triple get.

  3. I want Mattea to win, I really do, but four consecutive non-runaway games isn’t making things look very good for the future!

  4. Who was the host?

  5. It is an interesting detail that a video category is always played to completion, even at the expense of Double Jeopardy, if necessary.

    • I tend to dislike those types of categories. especially the news team ones. but I suppose they do it to recognize some of the local stations that have bought subscriptions to the show syndication (or whatever the terminology is for that)

  6. Robert Fawkes | May 2, 2022 at 6:33 pm | Reply

    RE: “I’m not sure if it was just a bad day material-wise for Mattea, but she didn’t seem as on her game today.”

    Since it was the first show of a new taping day, it could also be that Mattea is not a morning person. How did today’s game compare to her other Monday performances? Personally, I think it may have been just a bad set of categories for her. Mattea has such an impressive broad range of knowledge but she can’t be expected to be strong in every category. I wouldn’t really expect her (or most people) to be strong in College Football History, for example.

  7. Does anyone know if this was a back to back taping day, or if she was coming in off of travel? Not sure which would be worse.

  8. did anyone else think of Gilligan when Adam Ilgin was introduced as a ferryboat deckhand? the two names do have some phonetic similarity.
    a three hour tour….

  9. L. A. Watson-Haley | May 2, 2022 at 11:16 pm | Reply

    How about adding to your wonderful site Top-Ten lists of Questions Answered and Games Won? And consider moving the “interview questions” section to the top of the page so those of us who avoid spoilers can read the non-game-critical info before watching. Just some thoughts-I love what you’ve created here!

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