• Michelle Hebert

Jeopardy’s tie breaker episode


On Thursday, March 1, 2018, the quiz game show Jeopardy had its first tie breaker question in a regular game after the Final Jeopardy ended. Scott Krzywonos, Sarah Norris, and Laura McLean were the contestants on the episode. Norris and McLean were the contestants who were tied after Final Jeopardy.

The category of the Final Jeopardy clue was “European Islands.” “Channel Islands” was the correct response, and out of all three contestants, no one answered correctly. Krzywonos was left with $5, while Norris and McLean wagered amounts that left them each with $6,799.

Entertainment Weekly reports the tie breaker rule: “If there are two or three players tied for first place after each contestant unveils their Final Jeopardy! response, [host] Alex [Trebek] will present one more category and read the clue. The clue has no dollar value and does not increase the player’s winnings.”

Trebek stated the tie breaker clue so quickly the audience did not have time to react. McLean answered the clue correctly, making her the day’s winner.

In the show there are three rounds: Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy, and Final Jeopardy. In round one, contestant choose from six different categories; each category has five questions in it.

The prize for answering the question right in the first round is an amount of money ranging from $200 to $1000. Double Jeopardy has the same amount of categories and questions; however, the prize for getting the answer right is doubled. The amount of money now ranges from $400 to $2000.

In Final Jeopardy, out of all the money the contestants have earned, they can wager a certain amount on the final round only knowing the category the question will be in. Norris and McLean both had different totals after Double Jeopardy, but the money they wagered put them in the tie.