Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Thursday, January 12, 2023

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Today’s Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants:

Torrey DeVitto, an actor from Chicago Med and Pretty Little Liars, playing for Planned Parenthood
Torrey DeVitto on Jeopardy!
Candace Parker, a 2-time WNBA champion and WNBA MVP and an NBA on TNT commentator, playing for the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation
Candace Parker on Jeopardy!
Patton Oswalt, an actor from The King of Queens and a comedian, playing for Alice’s Kids
Patton Oswalt on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Last Thursday, Michael Cera booked his ticket to the semifinals. One of Torrey DeVitto, Candace Parker, and Patton Oswalt will join him tonight.

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Final Jeopardy category: Corporate Mascots

Final Jeopardy! clue: Born on an island in a sea of milk, this pitchman was jokingly disavowed by the U.S. Navy by saying he is not in personnel records

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Correct response: Who is Cap’n Crunch?

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: A Tory Party; The 50 States; Other Famous Volunteers; Letter, Perfect; Plenty Of Fish; I Love My Dad)

I’m definitely getting Season 1 vibes from this opening—Patton opened well, and Candace and Torrey struggled with some incorrect responses. Things kept up after the break, with Patton extending his lead.

Statistics after 15 clues:

Patton 9 correct 1 incorrect
Candace 2 correct 2 incorrect
Torrey 0 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Patton 17 correct 2 incorrect
Candace 4 correct 4 incorrect
Torrey 2 correct 3 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: The Movies; Triangles; Colleges & Universities; Everyday Italian; The 20th Century; Gloomy Authors)

At the start of Double Jeopardy, Torrey pulled into second place, while Patton continued his dominant play, running GLOOMY AUTHORS. Patton’s utter dominanace of proceedings continued in the back half of the round; Patton’s score was $28,200 after 60 clues.

Statistics after 45 clues:

Patton 27 correct 2 incorrect
Torrey 5 correct 3 incorrect
Candace 5 correct 5 incorrect

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Patton 36 correct 2 incorrect
Candace 6 correct 6 incorrect
Torrey 6 correct 4 incorrect

Triple Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: We’Ve Got Chemistry; Explosive Music; “Mis”Information; They Came To America; Peninsulas; O Canada—presented by Mattea Roach)

Triple Jeopardy! saw everyone play a Daily Double, and everyone get on the plus side! Scores going into Final were Patton at $47,200, Torrey at $5,200, and Candace at $2,200.

Statistics after Triple Jeopardy:

Patton 47 correct 2 incorrect
Torrey 14 correct 4 incorrect
Candace 9 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Patton was the only correct player in Final—he’s moving on to the semi-finals!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Celebrity Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Thursday, January 12, 2023 Celebrity Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:

Patton $47,200
Torrey $5,200
Candace $2,200

Tonight’s results:

Candace $2,200 – $240 = $1,960 (Who is)
Torrey $5,200 – $2,000 = $3,200 (Who is I have no clue?)
Patton $47,200 + $7,200 = $54,400 (Who is Cap’n Crunch) (1-day total: $54,400)

Patton Oswalt, today's Celebrity Jeopardy! winner (for the January 12, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Patton $4,700
Candace -$200
Torrey -$1,000

Scores after the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Patton $28,200
Candace -$200
Torrey -$400

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) LETTER, PERFECT $300 (clue #25)
Patton 3800 +800 (Candace -100 Torrey -1300)
2) TRIANGLES $1000 (clue #25)
Patton 14300 +4300 (Candace -600 Torrey -400)
3) COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES $600 (clue #28)
Patton 18600 +8600 (Candace -1000 Torrey -400)
4) WE’VE GOT CHEMISTRY $900 (clue #8)
Patton 31800 +10000 (Candace -200 Torrey 1100)
5) “MIS”INFORMATION $900 (clue #18)
Torrey 2000 +500 (Patton 42700 Candace 1000)
6) PENINSULAS $1200 (clue #24, $6000 left on board)
Candace 1600 +600 (Patton 45400 Torrey 2500)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 191

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:

Patton $26,300 Coryat, 47 correct, 2 incorrect, 50.00% in first on buzzer (42/84), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
Torrey $5,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 20.24% in first on buzzer (17/84), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Candace $2,800 Coryat, 9 correct, 6 incorrect, 13.10% in first on buzzer (11/84), 1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $34,700
Lach Trash: $13,900 (on 20 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,400

Patton Oswalt, career statistics:

48 correct, 2 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 8 rebound opportunities)
50.00% in first on buzzer (42/84)
4/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $23,700)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,300

Candace Parker, career statistics:

9 correct, 7 incorrect
1/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
13.10% in first on buzzer (11/84)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $600)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,800

Torrey DeVitto, career statistics:

14 correct, 5 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
20.24% in first on buzzer (17/84)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $500)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,600

Today’s interviews:

Torrey always thought she would never go on Jeopardy! when watching.
Candace used to watch Jeopardy! with her grandmother.
Patton wonders when the Plinko part is happening.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Patton $47,200 Torrey $5,200 Candace $2,200)

Patton: Limit your bet to $36,799. (Actual bet: $7,200)

Candace: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $240)

Torrey: Limit your bet to $799. (Actual bet: $2,000)

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16 Comments on "Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Thursday, January 12, 2023"

  1. If doubled, what would Patton’s Coryat score after Double Jeopardy have been?

  2. I don’t know if the celebrity jeopardy format can stand being expanded like this. I think the game is tough and I know from having worked with high school quizbowl, that it is a lot tougher to compete than to watch, even when you know the answer. Still, the pool of contestants is so much smaller that you are going to have nights like this. They seemed like really nice people in a tough situation.

    • There are similarly one-sided games in regular Jeopardy when neither challenger has any sort of shot against a superchamp (and some people seem to love those type of games)
      So I don’t really think it is any more problematic in the Celebrity version.

  3. Michael Johnston | January 12, 2023 at 9:18 pm |

    I didn’t know that silly background story, although I can remember when the cereal first came on the market, but the “sea of milk” was enough to enough to give it away.

  4. I was kind of hoping Patton would wager 36K on final to end up with the highest Jeopardy score by anyone other than James Holzhauer, but alas, he didn’t want to play that way

    • Michael Johnston | January 13, 2023 at 8:15 am |

      Imagine what James’ scores would look like if he played his games in the Celebrity Jeopardy! format😲

  5. Re; pregame thoughts – not only all of that, but I’m pretty sure out of 27 contestants in this tournament, this is the only charity that’s being played for by two different celebrities.

    • To me it is not surprising that there are not many repeated charities since many of them have chosen very small, not well known charities. However, it is also not surprising that there are some duplicates since some of the chosen charities are very well known very big organizations. In a recent episode of ‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ two of the three contestants had chosen the same charity.

  6. Bill Vollmer | January 13, 2023 at 1:31 pm |

    As a Chicago sports, and, a regular viewer of the “One Chicago” trilogy, I wish Candace and Torrey, had been able to do better. But Patton was dominant on the buzzer, this game. As for the Final Jeopardy, “Sea of Milk” seemed to give away the idea that it was a cereal “mascot.” And, the line that the USN “jokingly” he’s not in their personnel records, definetly pointed to Cap’n Chrunch. OF COURSE I got it right. Shame on me if I hadn’t. No shame to Candace,and, Torrey though. In differet circumstances they more than likey would have gotten it right.

    • I, too, thought Cap’n Crunch was very obvious. (I seem to have a very vague memory of hearing the “no Navy records” thing, even the “insignia not of a Captain” thing, but I am sure I would have gotten it correct anyway just from the implications from the clue.)

  7. Andy, I had never noticed before that the “first on buzzer” percentages do not add up to 100% [mostly from just not checking, but largely because in non-celebrity games it is near 100%] but it was so obvious for this game. I presume this means that this was due to some contestants frequently not even trying to buzz in because they had no idea what the clue pertained to. Is that correct? That, combined with the two women rarely looking exasperated with their buzzer and Patton occasionally looking a little awkward with it make me think he might not be THAT proficient in using it as his 50% rate implies.

  8. I was amused by the fact that in this day’s regular (syndicated) Jeopardy, there was a Double Jeopardy category of “Everyday Latin”, and on this day’s Celebrity Jeopardy, there was a Double Jeopardy category of “Everyday Italian”

  9. Patton is going to be a beast in the semifinals!

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