Final Jeopardy: Flowers

The Final Jeopardy question (10/23/2015) in the category “Flowers” was:

The flower pictured here is called this, also a disparaging term for people on the political left
Flowers FJ 10-23-15

It’s the third match for 2x champ Dennis Golin. His winnings now total $59,099. Can he keep it going today? His opponents are: Sean Anderson, from Champaign, IL; and Becky Sullivan, from Kansas City, MO.

Round 1: Becky found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Black & White” under the $1,000 clue. She was in second place with $1,200, $3,000 less than Sean’s lead. She bet it all and thought it was a black-footed ferret. That was WRONG.

In winter this weasel, whose fur was once prized by royalty, has a white coat with a black-tipped tail. show

Sean finished in the lead with $5,600. Dennis was second with $2,200 and Becky was last with $1,200.

Round 2: Sean found the first Daily Double in “European History” under the $1,600 clue. He was in the lead with $8,400 and had $4,600 more than Dennis in second place. He bet $2,000 and thought it was an earthquake. That was WRONG.

Because of this natural event in Southern Italy, London replaced Rome as the host of the 1908 Olympic Games. show

Dennis found the last Daily Double in “High Tension Lines” under the $1,600 clue (asking for the name of the film, per Alex). Despite an earlier $2K setback, he was in second place with $11,000, only $1,000 behind Sean’s lead. He boldly made it a true Daily Double and thought it was “The Apartment”. That was WRONG.

“What am I supposed to do? You won’t answer my calls. You change your number… I’m not gonna be ignored.”. show

Sean finished in the lead with a runaway $15,600. Becky was next with $6,000. Dennis was in the hole for $400 and out of the game. He only picked one clue after that “Go Big or Go Home” strategy failed and he missed that too.

Only ONE out of the two left got Final Jeopardy! right.


Garden has “The History of the Bleeding Heart Plant,” a perennial native to Japan” that “hangs like a drop from the red petals and its shape suggests the bleeding heart image. Gardeners often tell stories and legends about this plant’s meaning. Most center on a tender or bleeding heart.

Tom Paine’s suggests that the origin of bleeding heart liberal may be from “a semi-religious medieval organization called the ‘Order of the Bleeding Heart.'”

Becky thought it was a pansy. Before her response was even shown, Alex said “I have a feeling that you may have found a way to insult liberals in this country,” confirming once and for all that he can see those answers before they are revealed.

She bet and lost it all but everyone had a good laugh, including Becky.

Sean got it right. He added $3,599 and became the new Jeopardy! champ with $19,199.

FJ Results: 10-23-15

2 years ago:: ONE of the players got this FJ in “European Literature”

This 1922 novel’s first chapter is entitled “The Son of the Brahman” show

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28 Responses

  1. Eric S says:

    VJ, if you get a premonition again for 5 numbers, you may want to play those 5 with all of the others. It has worked well for me in The Sport of Kings

  2. Trevor Panno says:

    On that second DD Dennis hit, I would have bet $4,000 instead of the whole $11,000.

  3. jacob ska says:

    So the video editor, Dennis, felt the last DD was in his wheelhouse and wagered it all with 1/3 of the clues still left on the board. Evidently, he didn’t watch Celebrity Jeopardy when Aaron Rodgers (QB Packers) cleaned Astronaut Mark Kelly’s clock in the Physical Science category. There were 3 ts and Aaron got the $1200 clue correct and Mark got only the $400 clue correct.

    So “there’s no joy in Mudville tonight for Mighty Casey has struck out.” Imo there is no guarantee in Jeopardy that because a category is in one’s wheelhouse the contestant will rack up in that category with certainty.

  4. Eric S says:

    I will readily defend Dennis’ wager. As I understand it, there seemed to be about 4000 left worth of clues remaining. If he wagers a low amount , say 1001 to barely take the lead, he either obtains a small lead or is 2000+ back with 4000 to play. If he wagers 5001 to lock the lead, he is in jeopardy of falling into third and being locked out (not a bad option against perceived weak players). He chose the third option of trying to assure the lead into FJ.

    • VJ says:

      There were two 2K clues left plus four $400 plus one $800

    • Eric S says:

      As a point of clarification, with 6400 left in clues, the analysis varies only slightly. Certainly, being down 2001 is not an over-whelming obstacle, but far from easy (if the leader gets one of the 2000 answers, only (basically ) a clean sweep would provide a lead, or any correct answer by the leader will lead to the necessity of at least one correct 2000 answer and more). Also, with more available on the board, ensuring a lead into FJ takes a larger wager. To me, it seems more likely that a correct response on one question would be given than the uphill battle.
      Further, if the scenario of returning were to have happen anyway, Dennis would be in position to win on a double (the two others)-stumper (as he would stay nearly pat) which is, for the most part, what he needed if he would have cowered in second place. Basically, other than the possibility of Becky correctly responding and Sean not, Dennis took a free shot.

  5. Jeopardy says:

    He f***** up.

    Biggest f*** up I’ve seen in a while.

  6. Diane says:

    I think she answered that way just to be funny. I’m sure she didn’t really think that was a pansy.

    • Tom Clark says:

      I’m not so sure. The expression on her face indicated to me that she thought it was a perfectly good answer.

  7. aaaa says:

    42/59 here.

  8. Tom Clark says:

    Yes, now we never have to wonder again whether Alex can see the FJ responses before they’re revealed.

    To be honest, I wish that particular one hadn’t been revealed. I don’t think stupidity is funny; it’s just stupid.

    She was an awful player, anyway. She was one of those who answer tentatively, with a question in her voice, as if she isn’t sure. I don’t think Jeopardy is a show for people who lack confidence.

    But, on the other hand ………….. it’s fatal to have too much confidence, as that “true DD” late in the game showed. There was no reason to do that. The other guy wasn’t that far ahead. And with that incredibly easy FJ coming up — easy except for that poor soul in the middle today — there might have been a chance that Dennis could have won. But something got in his way today — arrogance — greed — misplaced faith? I don’t know.

    • VJ says:

      I thought that was the last chance Dennis had today to win. When he went all in, I was like YEAH! I was so sure he would know it. Even if he went more conservative, he probably still would have lost a few thousand and been unable to overtake Sean. Dennis had to be in the lead at the end of DJ to beat Sean.

      After that DD, there were only 7 clues left on the board worth a total of $6,400 and he missed the only one he buzzed in on, worth $400 and his last chance to be in FJ.

      • Cece says:

        LMAO, tell us how you really feel about his move, VJ! See, you talked about wouldn’t that be funny if Matt ended in the hole, and your boy….Karma is a heartless B—. :) :)

        As Tom has said a couple of times here, one shouldn’t bet the farm; leave something just in case…

        • VJ says:

          ROFLMAO Cece. I prefer to think of it as prescience not karma. :)

        • Cece says:

          [giggles] OK, prescience it is, if it makes you feel better. :)

          Let’s see: if he had bet $10K he would’ve been left with $1K, lost $400 on the last clue he answered and be left with $600 and played in FJ! As Tom has said before, again, he would have saved face.

          Anyway, on that “camel passing the eye of a needle” clue, maybe you and others here know this already. I read a while ago that the Bible passage got lost in translation from Greek to Latin. The translator mistook the Greek word kamilos (rope) for Kamelos (camel).

        • VJ says:

          well, no it doesn’t really make me feel better that my hunches are so skewed. LOL. Once I had a hunch to play the lottery and 5 numbers came to me from nowhere. But it was Pick 6 day so I added another number and played them. I turned pretty green the next day when they all came out in the Pick 5.

          That camel thing – it always makes me think of Oprah. Oh the mental image. LOL. but seriously I did not know that and it really makes more sense.

        • Cece says:

          So, if you hadn’t added the 6th number you would’ve won? Geez!

          I just read the predictions on Spoiler Talk and, interestingly, the clue was the DD Dennis missed, not the FJ Flower. I wonder if the flower had been the DD, how he would’ve fared. It just wasn’t his day.

        • VJ says:

          I would have won the Cash 5 top prize (I think it was about $100K) if I had given it any thought that I had a full set for that game,, but I was looking to play the Pick 6. That was in NJ and I would get hunches for 4 out of 6 numbers that were right enough times per year to make it worth playing. The 4/6 prize could be as much of $100 until they changed the prize structure and when they did, I didn’t think it wasn’t worth playing anymore.

          Speaking of prescience, I remember one time the newspaper astrologer published her 5 lucky numbers and a ton of people played them in the Cash 5, as they probably did twice a week. Only this time, they ALL came out and they ended up getting a pittance because there were so many people to split it with!!!

    • Eric S says:

      The easier FJ actually made Dennis’ bet smarter.

  9. Berob says:

    So… Alex is able to read the contestants’ FJ answers before they’re revealed!

  10. Richard Corliss says:

    I told you VJ, didn’t I tell ya?