Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 4, 2023

Note: This page contains spoilers for the September 4, 2023, game of Jeopardy! — please do not scroll down if you wish to avoid being spoiled. Please also note that today’s game is an encore presentation of the game that originally aired on November 21, 2022.

Because today is Labor Day and there are usually preemptions today, there is a link in the “Andy’s Pregame Thoughts” section of this recap to Jeopardy!‘s YouTube channel, which does have today’s full episode posted; it was posted a few months ago as a preview for Jeopardy! Masters.

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Plays) for Monday, September 4, 2023 (Season 39, Game 51):

The January 12, 1864 Washington Evening Star reported on a performance of this “dashing comedy” to “a full and delighted house”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School from Pacific Grove, California
Sam Buttrey on Jeopardy!
Andrew He, a software developer from San Francisco, California
Andrew He on Jeopardy!
Amy Schneider, a writer from Oakland, California
Amy Schneider on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

After Friday’s game, I was worried that Amy was going to be knocked off her game by her Final Jeopardy! wager in Game 5—for what it’s worth, the show broke for lunch between Games 5 & 6. However, now that she has specifically said on Twitter, “I knew there was an outcome where that wager cost me the entire tournament, and I’d resolved that even if that happened, I wouldn’t let it haunt me”, I think that Amy will come out with the same resolve in Game 6 that she had in Games 4 and 5. The way this tournament has gone and how everyone has played, I just get the sense that Amy is going to be in the driver’s seat, and I feel like the situation is going to break in her direction at some point in the last two games, and that things will work out for her to take the tournament down.

One other important note about today’s encore presentation: Jeopardy! did post this game to its YouTube channel a few months ago; in case you missed today’s episode, you can find a link to it here to watch!

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Correct response: What is Our American Cousin?

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FORD’S THEATER.—Tom Taylor’s dashing comedy, entitled “Our American Cousin”, will be performed tonight again at Ford’s. Mr. John T. Raymond will appear as “Asa Trenchard”, and he will be ably supported by Mr. Ford’s line stock company. This play was performed last night, and to a full and delighted house, and there is no doubt it will be equally attractive tonight. Tomorrow night Mrs. D. P. Bowers appears. Such was the report from Page 3 of the Washington Evening Star of Tuesday, January 12, 1864. The most famous performance of the play in American history took place at Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865; it was during that performance that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in the Presidential booth at the theater.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Monday, September 4, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Welcome To The New Millennium; Sports; Abbreviated Jobs; Gestures; Writers & Their Works; Numerical Terms)

All three players got off to a good start; it was Sam who found the Daily Double. Unfortunately, he was unable to get it correct and fell back to $0. Amy and Andrew both ended up with 10 correct in the round, but Amy held a tiny lead after 30 clues.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Andrew 6 correct 0 incorrect
Amy 4 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 4 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Sam wants to thank the Jeopardy! crew.
Andrew wants to thank his opponents, his girlfriend, and his parents.
Amy wants to thank everyone at Jeopardy!, her mother, and her wife.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Amy 10 correct 0 incorrect
Andrew 10 correct 0 incorrect
Sam 9 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Amy $6,400
Andrew $5,800
Sam $1,400

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Bodies Of Water; Films By Tagline; Let’s Do The Math; “P.J.”s; Hegel; With Cream Cheese)

Double Jeopardy! saw Sam find both Daily Doubles and get them both correct to take the lead. Unfortunately, Sam took three crucial incorrect responses on the way to the finish line to leave him in third place. Meanwhile, a tight battle between Amy and Andrew was only cemented on the 28th clue of the round, with Amy holding a very slim lead going into Final.

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Amy 19 correct 1 incorrect
Andrew 17 correct 2 incorrect
Sam 19 correct 6 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 12 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Amy $15,600
Andrew $14,200
Sam $8,000

Andrew and Amy both got Final correct—there was some suspense as we waited to see if Amy made the cover bet today—and she did! Amy Schneider has won the 30th of Champions.

Tonight’s results:

Sam $8,000 – $8,000 = $0 (What is “Our Mutual Friend”?)
Andrew $14,200 + $2,801 = $17,001 (What is Our American Cousin?)
Amy $15,600 + $13,000 = $28,600 (What is Our American Cousin?) (1-day total: $28,600)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) WRITERS & THEIR WORKS $800 (clue #10)
Sam 2600 -2600 (Amy 800 Andrew 4200)
2) BODIES OF WATER $1200 (clue #1)
Sam 1400 +2000 (Amy 6400 Andrew 5800)
3) FILMS BY TAGLINE $1600 (clue #10, $22400 left on board)
Sam 7000 +3000 (Amy 8000 Andrew 6200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 43

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Amy 2 5
Andrew 5 5 5 4 3
Sam 4 5 4*

DJ! Round:
Amy 5
Andrew 2
Sam 3* 3 4 1 4 5 3 4*

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Amy 4.00
Andrew 4.00
Sam 3.64

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 12 (0.24 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Amy $15,600 Coryat, 19 correct, 1 incorrect, 33.33% in first on buzzer (19/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Andrew $14,200 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Sam $8,400 Coryat, 19 correct, 6 incorrect, 36.84% in first on buzzer (21/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $38,200
Lach Trash: $6,400 (on 4 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,400

Player Statistics:

Amy Schneider, career statistics:

1505 correct, 99 incorrect
71/87 on rebound attempts (on 192 rebound opportunities)
49.80% in first on buzzer (1386/2783)
70/82 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $217,200)
32/49 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $24,971

Andrew He, career statistics:

298 correct, 42 incorrect
17/20 on rebound attempts (on 50 rebound opportunities)
35.21% in first on buzzer (281/798)
19/25 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $84,400)
5/14 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,571

Sam Buttrey, career statistics:

263 correct, 34 incorrect
13/15 on rebound attempts (on 40 rebound opportunities)
37.87% in first on buzzer (259/684)
8/11 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $13,000)
6/12 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,183

Note: The above career statistics are as of the original air date of today’s game, November 21, 2022.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • I’m happy that the tournament worked out this way—there’s no real change to the outcome of the event due to Wednesday’s controversial Final.
  • This game was uploaded by Jeopardy! to its YouTube page: (Can you tell that I’m expecting a lot of people who have been preempted today for the holiday?)
  • Today’s box score: September 4, 2023 Box Score.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Amy $15,600 Andrew $14,200 Sam $8,000)

Amy: Standard cover bet over Andrew is $12,801. (Actual bet: $13,000)

Andrew: You’re probably safe to limit your bet today to $1,801. If you’re really worried about Amy not covering, you could go all-in, though a bet of $6,199 still keeps your advantage over Sam. (Actual bet: $2,801)

Sam: You need to bet at least $4,401, just in case Andrew bets small. Limit your bet to $5,199 so you stay ahead of Amy in case she covers. (Actual bet: $8,000)

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2 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, September 4, 2023"

  1. And… that’s it!

    I had just as much fun (or as little fun, for certain episodes) watching the tournament this time around as I did back in November of last year. And I love how Amy has, throughout the entire tournament, used her platform to stand up for transgender rights and the ability for transgender people to live how they want to. (Personally, I know for a fact that quite a few of my trans friends have been inspired by her!) This was possibly the strongest ToC field we’ll ever get in the history of the show, though the roster for the next one isn’t something to sneeze at, either!

  2. I was so excited that Amy won.

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