Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Sunday, October 2, 2022

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Today’s Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants:

Iliza Shlesinger, an actor from “Good on Paper” and a comedian, playing for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Iliza Shlesinger on Celebrity Jeopardy!
Reggie Watts, an actor, writer, musician, and comedian, playing for Musicares
Reggie Watts on Celebrity Jeopardy!
Eddie Huang, the creator of “Fresh Off the Boat” and a restaurateur, playing for the Innocence Project
Eddie Huang on Celebrity Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

After the massive upset in last week’s game, Simu Liu sees himself in the first semifinal on October 16! This week sees Eddie Huang, Reggie Watts, and Iliza Shlesinger take to the stage to do battle in the second quarterfinal.

One thing that I’ve definitely noticed: a lot of people, predominantly older viewers, are flabbergasted that there might be celebrities that they haven’t heard of. To those viewers: I hate to tell you this, but the world doesn’t revolve around your knowledge base; there will be celebrities you haven’t heard of. And that’s okay. Insisting that the show pick people who have only been relevant for thirty years is not going to lead to a particularly interesting group of games, in my opinion.

I also would like to point out that I think the show has done a really good job of balancing various factors. Three rounds are perfect for a celebrity game as it both allows the celebrities to have fun and vamp, while also getting all of the clues finished for the home viewers. It’s also my belief that a number of fans have come into this show with unrealistic expectations.

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Final Jeopardy category: 19th Century Literature

Final Jeopardy! clue: William Brodie, an upstanding Scottish tradesman by day & leader of a gang of burglars by night, helped inspire these 2 title characters

Correct response: Who are Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde?

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: This Information; Creatures Great & Small; Around The House; Boogie!; Comedy Atlas; “All” Things Aside)

Iliza certainly had the run of the signaling device early on, and she took the early lead, in spite of three incorrect responses. Eddie and Reggie rebounded after the first break, but Iliza still held a small lead after 30 clues.

Statistics after 15 clues:

Iliza 8 correct 3 incorrect
Eddie 3 correct 1 incorrect
Reggie 2 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Iliza 15 correct 4 incorrect
Eddie 4 correct 1 incorrect
Reggie 6 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: History Quiz; What Happens In Vegas; That Paints A Picture; French Words & Phrases; 19th Century Novels; TV Show Theme Songs)

In the first half of Double Jeopardy, Reggie used his strong knowledge of French—so good that it even threw Mayim on one clue—to jump into a slight lead over Iliza. However, the two Daily Doubles were saved for the round’s back half. Those two Daily Doubles were split by Iliza and Eddie—Iliza getting hers correct, Eddie missing his.

Statistics after 45 clues:

Reggie 11 correct 3 incorrect
Iliza 20 correct 5 incorrect
Eddie 8 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Iliza 26 correct 7 incorrect
Eddie 13 correct 3 incorrect
Reggie 13 correct 4 incorrect

Triple Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Helpful Internet Acronyms; World Geography; Celebrity Cameos; “Go” Into The Dictionary; Mythology; Austin Tends Bar)

Iliza got to all three Daily Doubles in this round, getting two of them. The third would have given her a runaway, but she didn’t quite get there. Scores going into Final were Iliza at $13,300, Eddie at $7,200, and Reggie at $4,700.

Statistics after Triple Jeopardy:

Iliza 40 correct 13 incorrect
Eddie 17 correct 5 incorrect
Reggie 17 correct 7 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Iliza was the only player correct in Final—she moves onto the semifinals!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Iliza $13,300
Eddie $7,200
Reggie $4,700

Tonight’s results:

Reggie $4,700 – $2,000 = $2,700 (Who? Thelma + Louise)
Eddie $7,200 – $7,200 = $0 (Who are the Peaky Bl)
Iliza $13,300 + $1,101 = $14,401 (Who are Jekyl + Hyde) (Semi-Finalist)

Iliza Shlesinger, today's Celebrity Jeopardy! winner (for the October 2, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Iliza $2,500
Eddie $1,300
Reggie $900

Scores after the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Iliza $6,600
Eddie $5,700
Reggie $4,700

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) CREATURES GREAT & SMALL $300 (clue #9)
Iliza 600 +300 (Eddie 300 Reggie -100)
2) HISTORY QUIZ $400 (clue #16)
Iliza 4100 +700 (Eddie 3500 Reggie 4700)
3) THAT PAINTS A PICTURE $800 (clue #24, $9900 left on board)
Eddie 5700 -1000 (Reggie 4100 Iliza 6800)
4) MYTHOLOGY $900 (clue #3)
Iliza 11400 +1200 (Eddie 6000 Reggie 3200)
Iliza 13300 -500 (Eddie 5700 Reggie 4400)
6) WORLD GEOGRAPHY $1200 (clue #16, $9900 left on board)
Iliza 12700 -3000 (Eddie 5700 Reggie 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 33

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
TJ! 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:

Iliza $16,200 Coryat, 40 correct, 13 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer (42/84), 3/6 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
Reggie $4,700 Coryat, 17 correct, 7 incorrect, 22.62% in first on buzzer (19/84), 5/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
Eddie $8,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 5 incorrect, 20.24% in first on buzzer (17/84), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $29,100
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 13 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $15,900

Eddie Huang, career statistics:

17 correct, 6 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
20.24% in first on buzzer (17/84)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $8,200

Reggie Watts, career statistics:

17 correct, 8 incorrect
5/5 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
22.62% in first on buzzer (19/84)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,700

Iliza Shlesinger, career statistics:

41 correct, 13 incorrect
3/6 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
50.00% in first on buzzer (42/84)
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,300)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,200

Today’s interviews:

Iliza is having her second book and sixth Netflix special coming out on Oct. 11.
Reggie was born in Germany, but doesn’t think his worldliness will help.
Eddie plays basketball with Iliza’s husband.

Today’s interviews, part 2:

Iliza’s mom is a huge fan of both Jeopardy! and Mayim.
Reggie has one memory of Jeopardy: SNL Celebrity Jeopardy.
Eddie has been a correct response on the show.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Celebrity Jeopardy! has been played like this for over 30 years. What we’re seeing is no surprise to me. Some fans have given themselves unrealistic expectations regarding the show, and I would suggest that these fans try to lighten up a bit.
  • While I’m covering this like normal shows, I’m also finding myself entertained—once I realized I needed to lighten up.
  • Today’s box score: October 2, 2022 Celebrity Jeopardy! Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Iliza $13,300 Eddie $7,200 Reggie $4,700)

Eddie: You have to be right to win. You might as well go all in! (Actual bet: $7,200)

Reggie: Bet whatever you’d like. You don’t have much of a chance unless Iliza overbets. (Actual bet: $2,000)

Iliza: Standard cover bet over Eddie is $1,101. (Actual bet: $1,101)

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20 Comments on "Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Sunday, October 2, 2022"

  1. Michael Johnston | October 2, 2022 at 9:11 pm |

    This FJ should have been a gimme, but I completely blanked on the phrasing. A strange case of selective amnesia😓

    Current FJ streak: 1L

  2. Got it immediately, to the relief of my hoodie. (I threatened to eat it if Jekyll and Hyde was incorrect.)

    Overall, I’m enjoying Celebrity Jeopardy a lot more than I thought I would. I like how the hour format gives the chances for the celebrities to express themselves. (I especially liked all of Reggie’s various accents.) At this point, the only thing I don’t like about it is the lack of aggressive wagering, but they’re on the stage and I’m on my couch, so they can do what they want.

    • Ditto [FJ correct], though I think the accents began to get distracting. I’m kind of glad Reggie didn’t win — not in an “he doesn’t deserve it” or “take that for being disruptive” kind of way, just so I don’t have to listen to it any more.

  3. I know twitter critics (usually name+bunch-o-numbers) are quick to accuse contestants of not phrasing their response in the form of a question. And review of the tape pretty much always shows that there was a garbled “what is…” that wasn’t totally clear on the broadcast.

    But I rewound my DVR a couple times and am convinced that they allowed Iliza to respond with just “Indigo” for the $1500 clue in Triple Jeopardy!. I suppose they’re not as strict about such things in the Celebrity games. Though the tabloids will probably run a piece about how Mayim had biased judgement in favor of her friend (the fact that the host does NOT make the final ruling on such things doesn’t matter to the tabloids)

  4. Robert Fawkes | October 2, 2022 at 11:59 pm |

    In my opinion, people just shouldn’t take “Celebrity Jeopardy!” as seriously as the regular episodes of “Jeopardy!” Relax, folks, it’s entertainment and supposed to be a good (fun) time. There’s a lot more joshing and kidding around among the contestants; that’s how it should be with celebrities. If you don’t enjoy that kind of game play, then, just don’t watch it. My guess is that if someone saw “Celebrity Jeopardy!” first without having ever seen “Jeopardy!,” they would be surprised (and possibly disappointed) at the regular edition.

    • It’s probably a better representation of how the person off the street would do on the show, even if it was dumbed down for them.

      • Mostly I agree with you, but I think they should have (for their own sake) practiced at home a bit because they were missing too many where (based on the response they did give) they clearly knew the facts surrounding the correct response, but were just not paying enough attention to the wording of the clue.

  5. aaronthecrystalclod | October 3, 2022 at 12:21 am |

    I’m really surprised there was so much time left over considering their banter.

    • It is an hour show, compared to the usual half hour.
      Twice the time with only 49% more clues
      There is extra banter time figured in.

  6. bill vollmer | October 3, 2022 at 1:00 pm |

    Did Mayim advise Iliza on how much she could wager on the first Daily Double? It seemed like at first Mayim told Iliza she could wager uo to a $1000, the highest amount in the Celebrity Jeopardy first round, then said Iliza could only wager what she had earned to that point.
    And, was it Mayim, the producers, both, who were confused with the way Mark gave his responses in the French Words and Phrases category, during Double Jeopardy?
    And, didn’t Mayim caution Iliza to remember to phrase her responses in the form of a question, after not ruling on one response until Iliza remembered to phrase it as a question, with the timing lights going off.

    • mistakenly saying that she could bet up to $1K was because in the normal game, for the past 20+ years Single J! clues have ranged in value from 200 to 1000. Dropping it back down to 100-500 for the primetime Celeb games is out of the ordinary. Keep in mind that this game would have been taped on the first taping day of the Celeb J taping session.
      Sure, they could have stopped taping and done a second take, but frankly I don’t think this warranted that.

      I don’t know who the “Mark” is that you’re talking about, but if you’re referring to Reggie’s “Tour Eiffel” response, it likely didn’t match what was written on the host’s game cards, so she initially responded that it was incorrect, then the judges would have consulted and notified her that it was the original French translation was acceptable. People complain about Mayim pausing too long before ruling, and yet you also complain when she doesn’t pause long enough. Sheesh.

      I don’t think the timing lights had completely gone off before Iliza corrected herself with the correct phrasing in the instance that Mayim reminded her.

      • Actually, I think if Reggie hadn’t been playing around with accents on so many other responses (and, I think, purposefully giving some comical responses when he’d rung in before realizing he didn’t actually know it) Mayim might have realized he might be giving the correct response, but in French, though she would have had to check with the judges.

        • (Added on so Andy can drop it if he wants to without having to drop what I already wrote.) On “his” show afterward Reggie said that though it aired with barely a pause between Mayim saying it wasn’t correct, then saying it was and explaining it had been in French, there had actually been quite a bit of back and forth between judges, showrunners, whoever (and reviewing of “tape”, I guess) before they decided to accept his response as correct. So, Mayim is unlikely to have immediately said it was correct, regardless, but she might not have been so quick to say it was wrong had he not been clowning around so much beforehand.

  7. So wait they are doing the first semi final game before all the quarter final games are complete? Not sure I’m a fan of that logic

    • The logic behind it is abundantly clear, in my eyes: For 24 of the 27 players, it means that you’re only required to be available on one day. Making the contestants need to come back multiple times plagued the million-dollar celebrity tournament in 2009, for starters—some celebrities, Andy Richter included—had to drop out because of this.

      This also means that the show can air the tournament in taping order.

      • I get the idea of taping the episodes the way they are but I’d much prefer seeing the semi finals one after another even if it’s not in taping order. I guess with it being 27 contestants with no wild cards it makes it a different story.

        • you could always record the semifinals without watching them live, and watch all 3 of them together after all the first round games are done. (though it is possible that the hosts and/or promo spots might reference the already-completed semifinal game result, as the vast majority of viewers would have already watched it)

        • I actually prefer watching each three winners go head-to-head ASAP as I will still be able to remember their initial performances — not just their final score, but category preferences, betting strategy [not that you could call it an actual “strategy” for most of them], daily doubles “actions”, etc.

          One drawback is that I have seen in online TV schedules for a few days now who is going to be on the first semi-final next week when one of the three hasn’t won on air yet.

  8. Rich Pacelli | October 3, 2022 at 1:59 pm |

    I really enjoyed the show and I am a senior even though I didn’t know the contestants very well. As long as they went through all of the clues, I am content. It seems Miyam is a friend of Iliza and Iliza knows Eddie. Could be Miyam has some connections getting the contestants, which is great. Was a fun time and there were plenty of correct responses.

    • Also a senior. I knew who all but one of the first 9 contestants were and that was a sports guy. I think people complaining about how well known the celebrities are(n’t) are just showing the lack of breadth of their own knowledge. I enjoyed the banter.

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