‘Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions’ Episode 3 Recap & Spoilers

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ET Canada - YouTube Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer prepare for the Greatest of All Time Tournament

The Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions Greatest of All Time (GOAT) tournament continued tonight, January 9, 2020. The tournament will run until one of the champions wins three matches. The GOAT contestants are Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.

The “Greatest of All Time” title will be given out Friday, January 17 at the latest since the tournament is running as best-out-of-seven. The earliest the title will be given out is Tuesday, January 14. The champions are competing for bragging rights and $1 million. Each of the runners-up will receive $250,000.

Prior to the beginning of the GOAT tournament, Ken Jennings held the longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history along with the record for highest earnings in the regular season. Brad Rutter’s Jeopardy claim to fame is his title as highest-earning champion in Jeopardy! history. James Holzhauer holds the top ten records for highest-earning Jeopardy! games.

Going into the third match of the tournament, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer are tied for first place with one match won. Brad Rutter is behind with 0 points. He has consistently been far behind the other two contestants at the end of the games.

SPOILERS: We’re recapping episode 3 of the tournament below, so only keep on reading if you don’t mind spoilers or have already seen the episode.

Ken Jennings won tonight’s episode, putting him at 2 out of 3 wins needed to earn the Greatest of All Time title. The next episode, which will be the last if Ken wins, airs Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. James is still on the board with one match won, and Brad is in third with zero matches won so far.


Game One

Tonight’s episode started out the same as the past two; the contestants were introduced, and Alex let us know that James would be choosing the first clue. The contestants again wore purple ribbons for pancreatic cancer awareness in support of Alex.

Ken got off to a strong start, hitting 3,000 before Brad had even had a chance to answer a question. James hit the first daily double, though, betting all his points to double his score to 2,800. Going into the first break, James was ahead with 7,600, Ken was sitting in second place with 6,000 and Brad was in third with 3,400.

Since he was in third place, Brad got to go first in the Double Jeopardy round. He hit the daily double in the first clue, betting 3,400 points. He got the question incorrect, dropping back down to 0. Ken hit the second daily double when he had 9,200 points. He got the question right, moving his score up to 18,400.

Going into Final Jeopardy, Ken was in the lead with 25,600, James was in second with 13,600, and Brad was in last with 8,800. The category for final Jeopardy was U.S. Political History. The clue was “these two now-defunct parties each gave the U.S. 4 presidents in the 19th century.” The answer was “democratic republican and whig.”

After the sped-up think music was done, we learned that Brad got the question correct and doubled his score to 17,600, James also doubled his score, adding up to 27,200, Ken got the answer correct as well, doubling his score as well, ending up with 51,200. James gave Ken a very enthusiastic high-five after seeing his wager.


Game Two

Brad won the draw, so he was able to choose the first clue this game around. This time around, James got off to a quick start, getting earning 5,000 before anyone else was able to buzz in. He found the daily double at 5,000 points, wagering it all. He got the answer incorrect, bringing him back down to 0, even with the other two contestants.

After the first round, James had 4,200 points, Ken had 6,000, and Brad had 600. After the first break, the show showed a highlight video of James Holzhauer’s performances on Jeopardy. 

Brad went first in the Double Jeopardy round. Brad hit the first daily double when he had 1,000 on the board; he wagered 2,000 and got the answer correct, ending up with 3,000. He hit the other daily double two questions later, wagering the entire 3,000 and telling Ken “You’re welcome” for hitting the question before James could. Brad got the question correct, bringing him up to 6,000 and second place behind Ken.

Going into the final, Ken was again in first place with 17,600, Brad was in second with 10,000, and James brought up the rear with 7,400. The Final Jeopardy subject was 21st-Century Oscar Winners. The Final Jeopardy Clue Was “These 2 foreign-born directors have each won 2 best director Oscars, but none of their films has won best picture.”  The answer was “Who are Ang Li and Alfonso Cuaron.” All three contestants answered incorrectly.

James instead paying Alex a compliment with his answer. He wrote down “Who is the GHOST? (Greatest Host of Syndicated TV) Pat Saj Alex Trebek.” Alex seemed touched by this, but then told James he wished he’d risked more money since he considered writing down Pat Sajak’s name instead. James ended up with 33,692 overall.

Brad made a joke about Ken being the man, writing down “Ken es el hombre” on his answer board, leading Alex to make a joke about Jeopardy comedy hour. Brad ended up with 23,467 overall.

Ken got the answer incorrect as well, so he ended up with 67,600 overall, meaning he won the second match. If Ken wins Tuesday’s episode, he will be crowned the “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy! champion.

READ MORE: Meet The ‘Jeopardy!’ Greatest of All Time Contestants

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