Contestant of the Week for June 27-July 1, 2022

Maria from Thursday’s LMaD episode is your Contestant of the Week, averting a BD skunking winning the KIA Stinger while it was revealed second (seventeenth such win this season).

Honorable mentions:

-Francisco “Paco” Moran (LA Cha Cha Cha EC & chef de cuisine) was the winner of “Chopped: Desperately Seeking Sous Chef” and won some “Chopped” Grand Champion knives & went to The Americano.

-Eleanor Dixon saved us (barely) from posting a new season-low in weekly winnings on J! for the second week in a row and (along w/ Shayan Sadegh and outgoing champ Dave Bzdak) finally ended the record-breaking 59-game drought for 3-for-3 FJ! sweeps.

Hoa Quach from Jeopardy! is your Zonk Contestant of the Week. Here is Andy Saunder’s FJ! wagering suggestions for Thursday’s episode:

Halley: If David bets to cover, he falls to $2,199. You’re in a tough spot here, as Hoa could bet small. If you think Hoa is going to bet small, then you may need to go all-in here in order to have any chance of finishing in front of her. (Actual bet: $7,199)

David: Standard cover bet over Hoa is $12,801. (Actual bet: $13,000)

Hoa: Bet at least $501 to cover Halley; I recommend betting no more than $1,698, though, just in case Halley chooses a small bet to win a Double Stumper with David. (Actual bet: $13,000)

Well, FJ! was a triple stumper for the third day in a row, and Hoa foolishly wagered way more than Andy’s suggested amount ($13K out of her $13,900) not taking into consideration of all the possible scenarios that could take place, allowing Dave Bzdak who made the same wager (but he had a legitimate reason to make such a wager, even if it was still a little over Andy’s recommended amount) to win the game w/ just a measly $2K while Halley Ryherd who went viral for whiffing on a clue relating to the hip-hop group Public Enemy (she confused them w/ Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) the previous episode was put in a difficult position and ended up leaving the show down to $1 after one day w/ just $6,999, the lowest departure-score this season until it was beaten by Dave’s $3K the very next day which resulted in a 1-4 week for returning champions.

Dishonorable mentions:

-As you may have guessed, this was another difficult week for Jeopardy! wrapping up what was possibly the WORST MONTH in the show’s history, solidified by this — Clue for Wednesday’s FJ! w/ the category of Television History:

“In the opening scene of its July 21, 1969 pilot episode, a man carves the letter D into wet cement.”

Now you would hope that all three of the contestants would come up w/ the correct response of “What is Sesame Street?”, right? Well, no, because this clue ended up being a TRIPLE STUMPER (outgoing champ Pete Chattrabhuti was the only one w/ a complete but incorrect response; Bobbymgsk was also unfortunately wrong w/ “DRAGNET”). First, Classic Albums, and now, this.

-Even though Tuesday’s FJ! did end up being a triple stumper Marina Hays made a similar mistake as Hoa w/ her FJ! wager by wagering a middling $5,500 which is not helpful for any scenario (except getting lucky and having the correct response assuming all wagers stay as is) instead of either betting small and hope for a TS or to go big and cover Pete as Andy Saunders suggested.

-Tuesday and Wednesday’s LMaD episodes were flameouts (via traded down PD for the former and MD win for the latter), and we were skunked on car games yet again (cars won in the BD do not count).

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