Final Jeopardy: Famous Names

The Final Jeopardy question (5/13/2015), in the category “Famous Names” was:

In March 2012 this director tweeted “just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. hitting bottom never felt so good.”

On the third day of Celebrity Week, the players are CNN anchor, John Berman, playing for Friends of Karen; actress and TV host, Wendi McLendon-Covey, playing for the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach; and TV correspondent and host, Mo Rocca playing for the Inner City Scholarship Fund.

Round 1: Mo found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “City Neighborhoods” under the $400 clue on the second pick of the round. He was the only one with any money — $200. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

The Vieux Carre, Treme. show

Mo finished in the lead with $7,800. John was second with $4,600 and Wendi was last with $800.

Round 2: John found the first Daily Double in “Quotes from Shakespeare” under the $1,600 clue. He was in second place with $9,000, $2,400 less than Mo’s lead. He bet $5,000 and he was RIGHT.

Her barge “like a burnished throne, burned on the water; the poop was beaten gold.” show

Mo found the last Daily Double in “At This Hour” under the $800 clue. In second place with $12,200, he was now $5,800 behind John’s lead. He bet $7,000 and he was RIGHT.

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John finished in the lead with $22,400. Mo was next with $20,800 and Wendi was in third place with $4,400.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In March of 2012, explorer in residence for National Geographic, James Cameron tweeted the message in the clue after reaching the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam. See more at National Geographic

Wendi bet $2,000 and finished with $6,400.

Mo doubled his score to finish with $41,600.

John bet $20,500 so he won the match with $42,900, and his charity will get $50,000.

Wendi’s winnings get bumped up to $10K for her charity and Mo’s receives the full amount he finished with.

FJ Results: 5-13-15

How did you like what happened with the $600 clue in “The Goldbergs”: This late creator of “Family Ties” wrote the memoir “Sit, Ubu, Sit”. Mo buzzed in with “David Goldberg.” That was not acceptable. Then John tried it with “Dave Goldberg,” also wrong. Wendi didn’t try it while Mo frantically tried to ring in again. He did not want to get beat! But he may end up having the highest second place score this week all the same. We’ll have to see.

2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “20th Century Presidents”

These 2 men followed each other consecutively as vice president & later, in reverse order, as president. show

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9 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Every time they have that “the course of true love never did run smooth” Shakespeare clue, I think of Gene Pitney who had a Top 20 hit based on that line, and that’s where I heard the line first.

    Same thing with “East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.” Pitney had a Top 10 hit called “Mecca” with that line in it. Later on, I learned the line came from Rudyard Kipling.

    Category: Literature in Rock n’ Roll.

    • Cece says:

      Thanks for the link, VJ — I liked that song.
      As for the suggested category: totally.

      • VJ says:

        You’re welcome, Cece. I’m pretty sure Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote True Love Never Runs Smooth.

  2. jacob ska says:

    Wow, what a shootout between 2 Harvard grads. John and “Mo” brought their “A” game.

    Congrats, John! Good recovery for the CNN reputation after Wolf Blitzer’s negative $4600 in his appearance on Jeopardy.


  3. doris s. says:

    Since it is for charity I don’t mind the easy clues and DDs. Too bad they cut the amount for second, didn’t they? Like Sony is staring bankruptcy in the face….:):)
    Come on guys! Based on the hours he works annually, Alex makes about 20 K AN HOUR!(Based on about 360 hours of taping a year. I don’t count his hopping around with the clue crew as “work”).
    9 months or 40 weeks @ 120 hours per week= 480 hours @ 10 Mill per year = roughly 20 K per hour.Divide that by 2 for also working clue crew sessions and it’s still
    10 K an hour. Sony could really pay out a little more for just one week. For them that’s the same as for me losing or misplacing a nickel or a penny.