Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Thursday, January 26, 2023

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Today’s Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants:

Michael Cera, an actor from “Arrested Development” and “Life & Beth”, playing for Saving Mothers
Michael Cera on Jeopardy!
Michael’s previous game: January 5, 2023
Brendan Hunt, an actor from “Ted Lasso” and a comedian, playing for Soccer Without Borders
Brendan Hunt on Jeopardy!
Brendan’s previous game: January 19, 2023
Patton Oswalt, an actor from The King of Queens and a comedian, playing for Alice’s Kids
Patton Oswalt on Jeopardy!
Patton’s previous game: January 12, 2023

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

This semifinal will be taking place between three players who all dominated proceedings in their respective quarterfinals. Of the three, I think Patton and Brendan are a slightly higher tier of player than Michael is, and I do expect this to be a two-horse race. Having been in the regular contestant pool as late as 2020, though, gives Brendan a slight advantage in terms of knowledge base, and I do think he’s a slight favorite to win tonight. However, the fact that there are six Daily Doubles provides for a significant amount of variance, which absolutely means that tonight’s quarterfinal is going to be both a slugfest and very unpredictable, in my opinion.


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Final Jeopardy category: Novels

Final Jeopardy! clue: “Breeders, wives and unwomen” was the headline of the New York Times’ 1986 review of this novel


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Psychology; Pop Music; All Things Irish; “G”eography; 4-Letter Adjectives; The Museum Of Failure)

Patton got to the Daily Double, but Brendan had the best time on the signalling device, jumping out to the early lead! After the first set of interviews, Brendan kept a small lead over Patton, while Michael had a slightly better time with things.

Statistics after 15 clues:

Brendan 7 correct 1 incorrect
Patton 5 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 1 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Brendan 12 correct 1 incorrect
Patton 10 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 6 correct 1 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Famous American Quotes; Character/Actor; Bestsellers; What An Animal!; ____ & ____; Real Estates)

Brendan ran CHARACTER/ACTOR to open the round and extended his lead; however, Patton got to the round’s first Daily Double just before the break and made things much closer again! Things are very close with 45 clues to go! The highlight of the fourth segment tonight was Michael bringing himself right back into the game with a True Daily Double late in the round. Everything is still to play for with 31 clues to play!

Statistics after 45 clues:

Brendan 21 correct 1 incorrect
Patton 14 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 7 correct 3 incorrect

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Brendan 27 correct 1 incorrect
Patton 17 correct 0 incorrect
Michael 13 correct 3 incorrect

Triple Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: It Grows On Trees; U.S. Government; A Sign Of Shame; Under Study; World History; The Golden State Warriors [presented by Amy Schneider])

We got fireworks! Michael doubled up again on the fourth Daily Double! Brendan got the last two, though, to hold the lead going into Final. Scores going into Final was Brendan at $31,200, Michael at $20,800, and Patton at $12,300.

Statistics after Triple Jeopardy:

Brendan 42 correct 1 incorrect
Michael 19 correct 6 incorrect
Patton 24 correct 1 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

In a shock result, Patton was the only correct player in Final—he’s your third finalist!

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Brendan $31,200
Michael $20,800
Patton $12,300

Tonight’s results:

Patton $12,300 + $12,300 = $24,600 (What is The Handmaid’s Tale) (Finalist)
Michael $20,800 – $20,800 = $0 (What Seabiscuit :()
Brendan $31,200 – $10,500 = $20,700 (What is heartburn?)


Patton Oswalt, today's Celebrity Jeopardy! winner (for the January 26, 2023 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Brendan $3,400
Patton $2,900
Michael $1,400


Scores after the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Brendan $12,400
Patton $8,700
Michael $8,600


Daily Double locations:

1) ALL THINGS IRISH $200 (clue #7)
Patton 300 +300 (Brendan 900 Michael 400)
2) FAMOUS AMERICAN QUOTES $1000 (clue #15)
Patton 4900 +2400 (Brendan 8200 Michael 1800)
3) REAL ESTATES $400 (clue #27)
Michael 3800 +3800 (Patton 8100 Brendan 11600)
4) WORLD HISTORY $1500 (clue #20)
Michael 9800 +9800 (Patton 10500 Brendan 20200)
5) A SIGN OF SHAME $1500 (clue #25)
Brendan 22300 +3000 (Patton 10500 Michael 20500)
6) UNDER STUDY $1200 (clue #29, $1500 left on board)
Brendan 26200 +5000 (Patton 10800 Michael 20800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 342

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 $10,800 Coryat, 24 correct, 1 incorrect, 22.62% in first on buzzer (19/84), 4/4 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Brendan $25,900 Coryat, 42 correct, 1 incorrect, 47.62% in first on buzzer (40/84), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Michael $9,100 Coryat, 19 correct, 6 incorrect, 27.38% in first on buzzer (23/84), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $45,800
Lach Trash: $3,500 (on 5 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $4,700

Patton Oswalt, career statistics:

73 correct, 3 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 15 rebound opportunities)
36.31% in first on buzzer (61/168)
6/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $26,400)
2/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $18,550

Brendan Hunt, career statistics:

100 correct, 5 incorrect
3/3 on rebound attempts (on 10 rebound opportunities)
54.76% in first on buzzer (92/168)
7/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,600)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $30,750

Michael Cera, career statistics:

59 correct, 13 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
36.31% in first on buzzer (61/168)
6/8 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,300)
0/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,000


Today’s interviews:

Michael is happy to show off one of his new favourite shirts.
Brendan knows he’s not a good athlete, so thinks his QF was the equivalent of being “in the zone”.
Patton is wearing Michael Cera’s third favourite shirt.

Today’s interviews, Part 2:

Michael was nominated for a Tony for “Lobby Hero”, “and didn’t win that either”.
Brendan feels glad that he doesn’t need to do the “Yes, and” of improv.
Patton had “Seinfeld” as his first acting job.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Brendan $31,200 Michael $20,800 Patton $12,300)

Patton: You might as well go all in—that’s your only chance. (Actual bet: $12,300)

Brendan: Standard cover bet over Michael is $10,401. (Actual bet: $10,500)

Michael: Bet at least $3,801 to cover Patton—but being that this will knock you out of contention if Brendan misses, you might as well go all in to force a cover bet. (Actual bet: $20,800)

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10 Comments on "Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Thursday, January 26, 2023"

  1. I could be reading it wrong, but I think Amy is getting her own category tonight 👀

  2. If this was just based on knowledge, I’d agree that Brendan is a favorite. But since Daily Doubles come into play, I think Patton has the advantage, for two main reasons –

    1: Even though everyone did the top-down strategy, I think Patton’s selections were more in categories where the Daily Doubles are likely to be. Michael and Brendan found all six in their game, but neither of their competition could really get a hang of the buzzer. So if all of them are equal in buzzer strength, I think Patton will be able to beat his competition to them.

    2: Patton is significantly more aggressive than Michael or Brendan – to be precise, despite finding two less Daily Doubles than Brendan, Patton’s average wager is nearly triple Brendan’s average – so his aggressive play could force one or both of them to make more aggressive wagers than they’re comfortable with. And what if their (Michael or Brendan) aggressive wagers come in a category they don’t know? They lose a massive chunk of their money, making victory that much easier for Patton.

    Remember the Scott Wells / Roger Craig matchup? Roger’s doubling up $12,400 on the second Daily Double forced Scott to attempt a massive wager on the last Daily Double, and it didn’t work out for him. That could be the same case here.

    These are just my thoughts, of course. Looking forward to watching the match!

  3. Michael Johnston | January 26, 2023 at 9:17 pm |

    I was concerned when I saw the FJ Category “Novels”, thinking that if it were regarding something recent, I might not even be able to make a guess. Thanks to the revealing clue, I guessed THT, but was still thinking it was probably incorrect, because I thought that book was more recent. I attribute my success to Dame Fortune, without whom I am nothing 😅

    • I was not sure about my guess of THT since I have not actually read nor seen it [though I have been intending to for a good while]. But I was aware (based on interviews with the author when her most recent book came out) that THT was written about the time my kids were born, so I thought if I WAS correct, then it would be a triple get on the show.

  4. That was a great game!

  5. Now that it has enough data for each player, what does the prediction model think of each of the three finalists’ chances of winning?

  6. I was thoroughly entertained by tonight’s CJ episode. All 3 contestants were entertaining but still decently knowledgeable. Brendan certainly seemed to have the better buzzer timing, but I liked how the later Doubles helped keep things competitive (and that the contestants weren’t too timid to take advantage of them).
    I would have been happy with any of the 3 winning it,
    but I have to admit that I was pulling for Patton because I think a Patton/Wil showdown is a fun idea, given how they’re both kind of nerds of sorts (I use that term affectionately); Wil with his Star Trek and gaming, and Patton with his Star Wars and Marvel

    • Ditto to everything you said and I have liked both Wil and Patton a lot for a long time. However, I guess I am rooting for Wil because I have liked him much longer and for more reasons.

  7. Bill Vollmer | January 27, 2023 at 9:12 pm |

    As I recall from a Jeopardy special, the hosts go over the clues for a game, looking for correct pronounciations, and, can ask questions about them during a production meeting.
    Mayim, everytime she read the clues befoe this game, and, obviously during it, in the “Hall of Failure” category was obviously having fun with it.
    Hearing/reading this game’s Final Jeopardy clue, I game up with “the Handmaid’s Tale” just from what I’ve read about it. Don’t recall actually reading it.

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