Final Jeopardy: Animated Movie Characters

The Final Jeopardy question (5/18/2015), in the category “Animated Movie Characters” was:

Her look was partly inspired by descendant Shirley “Little Dove” Custalow McGowan & by model Christy Turlington.

2x champ Andrew Haringer is back after the Celebrity Jeopardy! break to try to score another win and add to his $39,599 total so far. His opponents today are: Fritz Brantley, originally from Little Rock, AR; and Cindy De La Pena, from Southborough, MA.

Round 1: Andrew found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Composers” on the 4th pick of the round under the $400 clue. He was in a $400 tie with Cindy and Fritz had yet to buzz in. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

He spent the summer of 1839 at Nohant, George Sand’s country house. show

Fritz and Andrew finished in a tie with $7,000 each. Cindy was next with $400.

Round 2: Andrew found the first Daily Double in “Literary Cities” under the $800 clue. He was now in the lead with $9,800. $400 more than Fritz in second place. He bet $4,000 and he was RIGHT.

L.A.’s corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga, where this detective had an office, has been named Raymond Chandler Square. show

Fritz found the last Daily Double in “Elements” under the $800 clue. He was now the lead with $14,600, $2,400 more than Andrew in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

The gold standard in hip replacement isn’t gold at all but this super-strong metal named for mythical figures. show

Fritz finished in the lead with $16,600. Andrew was next with $13,400 and Cindy was in third place with $800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


According to The Disney Wiki, Pocahontas was inspired by Irene Bedard (who also was her voice in the 1995 movie), Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and the real life Pocahontas. Shirley “Little Dove” Custalow McGowan was a consultant on the project who, apparently, was less than happy with the John Smith romance angle.

We also linked to the wiki pages of the wrong answers in case you are interested in the inspirations behind them.

Cindy got it right. Her $799 bet brought her up to $1,599.

Andrew thought it was Belle. He lost his $7,000 bet and ended up with $6,400.

Fritz came up with Ariel. He lost $10,201 so he finished with $6,399 and that made Andrew a 3x winner by a dollar. Andrew’s 3-day total is $45,999.

FJ Results: 5-18-15

During the chat, Andrew recounted his experience in New York City when he was paid for several weeks for not tutoring a child.

Here is Keith Williams’ analysis of the betting in this match:

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

An article about improvements in transportation, including the opening of the Suez Canal, inspired this 1873 novel. show

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23 Responses

  1. LafinJack says:

    I was watching in a restaurant and couldn’t hear it properly, what was the ‘hardest two word English phrase’ answer/question?

    • VJ says:

      Clue ($2K, Foreign Praisebook) – In Japanese, it’s yoku yatta; in the film “Whiplash” it’s called the most harmfuI 2-word phrase in English.

      Answer: What is “good job”?


  2. Adam says:

    I must be missing something big here. I guessed Pocahontas correctly, but I am too dumb to figure out Fritz’s wagering strategy that led him to losing by a buck. Andrew had 13,400 and Fritz 16,600 going into Final Jeopardy. Am I missing something or was this just an unlucky coincidence?

    • doris s says:

      Don’t over think it Adam: Andrew had 13.400, times 2,equals 26.800. So Fritz had to bet 10.201 , adding to his 16.600 to win by a buck. Andrew figured that out and was hoping Fritz would be WRONG. That made Andrew’s 7 K bet the only logical and correct bet. (see my comment below as well).And Fritz WAS wrong=Andrew wins.
      Andrew played the typical second place game in FJ. On the $, literally.

      • Eric S says:

        Well not exactly the only logical bet: but the one at the top of his range. A bet which allowed him to barely overtake a zero bet, in this case 3201, would still be as effective (to win the game) and could be employed if Andrew really felt weak in the category. Any bet in that range would provide the same chance of winning.

      • Adam says:

        Thanks, Doris. I thought about it more since then and figured it out. Yes, best strategy for a guy in second place. Fritz could have gone for the tie, also, but that would be risky, too as Andrew is tough and has a smooth buzzer thumb. I’m an Andrew fan. SPOILER ALERT: He had a phase on tonight’s show where he wasn’t doing anything as the other two competitors were battling it out pretty hard, but he also didn’t get anything wrong in that time and still pulled out the victory in the end.

        • Adam says:

          p.s. I didn’t even get the “Little Dove” connection on Final Jeopardy either, which was a huge hint… I just thought of Disney women and thought Pocahontas was the one who looked the most like Christy Turlington who has an angular face and also the timing worked as she was at her peak popularity in the mid-1990s.

  3. Nullifidian says:

    Sorry, guys, but Belle and Ariel? Are you kidding me?! I’m pretty sure I read the word “descendant” in the clue, and “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” are entirely fictional tales! I think it would be slightly disconcerting to find that you were descended from a fictional character.

    • doris s says:

      If nothing else, “Little Dove”, and in “” does not point to INDIAN??? I am surprised that guys who accumulated 16 K and 13.400 resp., could not make the most simple deduction. It was one of the clues that I had not even finished reading in CoD when Pocahantas came immediately to mind when I saw “Little Dove”.
      Talk about brain freeze,Andrew and Fritz must have set new record lows today.
      Congratulations to Cindy for keeping her thoughts together , giving the only LOGICAL answer. Too bad she was so far behind, Andrew lucked out today. He did not deserve to win with an answer like “Belle”.Same goes for Fritz with “Ariel”.
      The only positive thing for Andrew in FJ: his bet, anticipating that Fritz would bet the exact amount needed BUT would be wrong, thereby A. won by a buck. That was nice work. But I guess the guys had both not to much of a clue about animated characters. Still, I think you could not have been any clearer with the clue, save for providing the answer outright.

  4. jacob ska says:

    Watching this game was interesting. Andrew and Fritz kept picking the higher amount clues imo looking for the DD’s. However, in round 1 the DD was behind a $400 clue and in the 2nd round both DD’s were behind $800 clues. Fascinating!

    • Cece says:

      Also fascinating was the TS on “iodine”. Talk about brain freeze. :)

      • Nullifidian says:

        But it might have also been manganese (not that this was anyone’s guess). Potassium permanganate produces pink or purple solutions.

    • Adam says:

      I must be missing something big here. I guessed Pocahontas correctly, but I am too dumb to figure out Fritz’s wagering strategy that led him to losing by a buck. Andrew had 13,400 and Fritz 16,600 going into Final Jeopardy. Am I missing something or was this just an unlucky coincidence?

      • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

        If Andrew bets it all and is right, he has 26,800. Since there are no more ties, Fritz had to bet 10,201 to reach 26,801 and beat Andrew by 1.00 if he is right.

      • doris s says:

        Just dissected it 15 minutes ago, real simple actually.Answered your first post

    • VJ says:

      Somehow that seems better for the players if Jeopardy! is going to “cleverly” put the DDs up higher to mess with DD hunters. If they play the bigger clues first, they’ll have more $$ when they get to the DDs, not to mention that the clues closer to the top are easier.

      • Tom Clark says:

        For over fifty years now, I’ve wondered if the difficulty of a Daily Double relates to the dollar amount of its place on the board, or if they’re all of a moderate difficulty. I’ve always suspected the latter.

      • doris s says:

        Still think it would be a little more exciting if they showed the TV audience where the DDs are. (Would also preclude any “conspiracy”theories”}.
        I can hear people yelling at home _Stay with it, go on, go on!!” or “Switch categories already!” and the likes. Some will argue it takes away from the “surprise” moment, I feel it would add to the excitement. Opinins anyone?

  5. Dalton Higbee says:

    I wanted both Fritz and Andrew to come up with the correct responses, Fritz would have won.

  6. elijahjt says:

    Yeah, people missed the TOMs in the clue. Like “descendent”. Or at least I hope they did.

    • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

      Can you please tell me what TOMs means? It’s probably a dumb question, but I’m old. Thanks.

      • VJ says:

        it’s not a dumb question, Marilyn. It’s lingo they use on j-archive and means tease out metric — they explain how it originated here LINK