Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Thursday, January 5, 2023


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Today’s Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants:

Zoë Chao, an actor from “The Afterparty” and “Senior Year”, playing for Hour Children
Zoë Chao on Jeopardy!
Brianne Howey, an actor from “Ginny & Georgia” and “Dollface”, playing for Save the Children
Brianne Howey on Jeopardy!
Michael Cera, an actor from “Arrested Development” and “Life & Beth”, playing for Saving Mothers
Michael Cera on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

The 2022–2023 Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament continues tonight! For those of you who need a refresher: Ike Barinholtz and Wil Wheaton have already booked their ticket to the February 2 million-dollar final, as this week begins the third set of quarterfinals! Today’s game features Zoë Chao, Brianne Howey, and Michael Cera. None of the three players have any past Jeopardy! experience; I feel like tonight’s game might be very evenly-matched!

Also, reports are that Jeopardy! All-Star Colby Burnett will be presenting a category during tonight’s game.


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Final Jeopardy category: 20th Century People

Final Jeopardy! clue: Calling him “the embodiment of pure intellect”, in December 1999 TIME Magazine named him Person of the Century


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Correct response: Who is Albert Einstein?


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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Arrested Developments; International Man Of Myth Story; Virginny & Georgia; Merriam-Webster Defines It As…; Chao!; Let Me Noodle On That)

I was impressed by how well the players started this game, nothing wrong with going top-to-bottom to get your feet wet! Michael had the best time of things in the first 15 clues to take an early lead. Coming out of the first break, Michael got the first Daily Double incorrect, but still led after 30.

Statistics after 15 clues:

Michael 6 correct 1 incorrect
Zoë 5 correct 0 incorrect
Brianne 2 correct 0 incorrect

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Michael 10 correct 2 incorrect
Zoë 8 correct 0 incorrect
Brianne 2 correct 0 incorrect

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Obscure Movie Quotes; A Total Frame Job; Famous Women; Blended Words; Nature; Seems Like Ancient Times)

Double Jeopardy! started well for Michael and Zoe, but Brianne had a couple of incorrect responses to put her into the red at the midway point of the game. Michael got to—and was conservative on—both Daily Doubles, and had a bit of a lead at the two-thirds mark.

Statistics after 45 clues:

Michael 17 correct 2 incorrect
Zoë 10 correct 0 incorrect
Brianne 4 correct 2 incorrect

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Michael 25 correct 3 incorrect
Zoë 12 correct 0 incorrect
Brianne 5 correct 2 incorrect

Triple Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Philosophy; We Mean Business; Impersonators; Boozy Phrases; Official State Stuff; They Were Teachers)

Triple Jeopardy! was just about all Michael; he got to all three Daily Doubles, including the last one on clue #30 to cement his runaway! Scores going into Final were Michael at $20,000, Zoë at $6,300 and Brianne at $2,700. And, “They Were Teachers” was presented by Colby Burnett!

Statistics after Triple Jeopardy:

Michael 40 correct 5 incorrect
Zoë 15 correct 1 incorrect
Brianne 7 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 0 (0 today).

Tonight’s Game Stats:

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Scores going into Final:

Michael $20,000
Zoë $6,300
Brianne $2,700

Tonight’s results:

Brianne $2,700 – $700 = $2,000 (Who is Michael Cera (hi Peach!))
Zoë $6,300 – $6,300 = $0 (Who is Bi Bi)
Michael $20,000 – $0 = $20,000 (Who is Hawking?) (Semi-Finalist)


Michael Cera, today's Celebrity Jeopardy! winner (for the January 5, 2022 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Michael $2,400
Zoë $1,900
Brianne $500


Scores after the Double Jeopardy! Round:

Michael $9,300
Zoë $4,500
Brianne $900


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:

1) INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYTH STORY $200 (clue #20)
Michael 1900 -600 (Brianne 500 Zoë 1100)
2) NATURE $800 (clue #20)
Michael 6600 +600 (Brianne -100 Zoë 3900)
3) A TOTAL FRAME JOB $400 (clue #22)
Michael 8200 +500 (Brianne -100 Zoë 3900)
4) BOOZY PHRASES $600 (clue #3)
Michael 9600 -1500 (Brianne 900 Zoë 4500)
5) PHILOSOPHY $900 (clue #24)
Michael 15000 +1000 (Brianne 2700 Zoë 5400)
6) OFFICIAL STATE STUFF $1500 (clue #30, $0 left on board)
Michael 19300 +700 (Brianne 2700 Zoë 6300)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -22

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:

Michael $22,900 Coryat, 40 correct, 5 incorrect, 45.24% in first on buzzer (38/84), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Brianne $2,700 Coryat, 7 correct, 3 incorrect, 10.71% in first on buzzer (9/84), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Zoë $6,300 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 19.05% in first on buzzer (16/84), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,900
Lach Trash: $16,800 (on 26 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $5,300

Michael Cera, career statistics:

40 correct, 6 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
45.24% in first on buzzer (38/84)
4/6 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $700)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $22,900

Brianne Howey, career statistics:

7 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
10.71% in first on buzzer (9/84)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $2,700

Zoë Chao, career statistics:

15 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
19.05% in first on buzzer (16/84)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,300

Today’s interviews:

Zoë has a father who is “very concerned” about Zoë’s participation on the show.
Brianne has a father who is a very devout Jeopardy! fan.
Michael won’t tell his wife how he does, for the sake of suspense.

Andy’s Thoughts:

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Michael $20,000 Zoë $6,300 Brianne $2,700)

Michael: Limit your bet to $7,399. (Actual bet: $0)

Brianne: Bet whatever you like. (Actual bet: $700)

Zoë: Limit your bet to $899. (Actual bet: $6,300)

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10 Comments on "Celebrity Jeopardy! Game Recap – Thursday, January 5, 2023"

  1. No matter who gets the third spot in the finals, I’m sure of one thing –

    An Ike Barinholtz / Wil Wheaton matchup is 100% gonna be a doozy.

  2. Wonder who’s the next guest to deliver clues? I’m anxious there isn’t any.

  3. Because I thought I remembered there were quite a few episodes left, I thought for a second that Andy was saying that in February some celebrity was going to win $2,000,000!

  4. I realize that I am older than these contestants, but it is hard for me to imagine anyone not GUESSING ‘Albert Einstein’ even if they didn’t KNOW that was who had been named by TIME Magazine. I am guessing that “lay” contestants get too focused on the exact clue — TIME Magazine naming a Person of the Century in 1999 — and don’t just think “who is the smartest person I’ve ever heard of?”

    But I think Hawking was a good guess since a decision by TIME would be subjective and the magazine might weigh some intellectual aspects over others that perhaps the average person would not. (Or TIME could have ruled out Einstein because he was BORN in the 19th century.)

  5. To me, all three players in this Celebrity Jeopardy game seemed nervous unsure of themselves though most of the Jeopady round. But entering Double Jeopardy it seemed like their competitive juices were unlocked.
    As for this game’s Final Jeopardy, it as another where I heard, and, read the clue, shrugged, abd, guessed, correctly, There are many smart people, Einstein. for whatever eason was the one who camw to my mind.

    • That kind of goes along with my comment “it is hard for me to imagine anyone not GUESSING ‘Albert Einstein’”. If it were a different clue with that statement from TIME but NOT mentioning “Person of the Century”, perhaps Hawking or Turing or Newton or Da Vinci would come to mind, but I think I probably still would have said Einstein.

      Any idea who Zoë might have been thinking of when she started with “Bi”?

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