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This is the 1985 section of the Press Your Luck episode guide. The show's popularity would hit its ultimate peak sometime in the summer, possibly because of some new elements that enhanced Sale of the Century, which may have resulted in viewers tuning in to NBC in that time slot. Press Your Luck tried to reboost ratings with the addition of Add-a-One in Round 1, and the final Home Player Sweepstakes with the Giant Sweepstakes Spin to close it out. Sometime in 1985, CBS was considering adding a big money game show to its schedule, and a revival of Card Sharks was one of the contenders. Card Sharks debuted on January 6, 1986.

NOTE: Press Your Luck did not air on January 1 due to the Tournament of Roses Parade coverage.

Ep. # CBS airdate Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Show total Running total Noteworthy moments
332 1/2 Cydney Sam Jill $11,050 $11,050
  • For the second straight year in the series, three new players start off 1985.
  • Sam's hitting of Big Bucks would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • The Baby New Year Whammy for 1985 appears for one day only.
  • Sam becomes the first new champion of 1985.
333 1/3 Eddy Sam Julie $5,300 $16,350
  • Eddy uttering "cold cash, cold cash" would be featured in a future flashback intro.
  • Sam wins his second show.
334 1/4 Sam Rick Esmerelda $11,348 $11,348
  • Date of Home Player Sweepstakes II is announced on this episode.
  • New Whammy animations debut.
  • Other minor cosmetic changes prevalent as of this episode.
  • Esmerelda defeats Sam.
335 1/7 Ryan Jeanne Esmerelda $16,619 $27,967 Esmerelda wins her second show.
336 1/8 Buddy Mary Ann Esmerelda $7,750 $7,750
  • Buddy defeats Esmerelda, and starts his three-day run.
  • Peter demonstrates a flokati rug in the closing segment.
337 1/9 Brian Annette Buddy $19,858 $27,608 Buddy wins his second show.
338 1/10 Karin Buddy Jerome $15,191 $15,191
  • Jerome defeats Buddy.
  • Jerome starts his four-day run.
339 1/11 Jerome Michael LeeAnn $11,503 $26,694 Jerome wins his second show.
340 1/14 Lisa Max Jerome $8,470 $35,164 Jerome wins his third show
341 1/15 Lesley Jerome Tim $6,939 $6,939
  • Lesley defeats Jerome, who lost big time.
  • Start of Lesley's three-day run.
342 1/16 Donna Paul Lesley $4,328 $4,328
  • $18,000+ lost to a Whammy.
  • Lesley wins her second show.
  • Donna would return on a later episode.
343 1/17 Andra Lesley Brad $15,759 $15,759
  • Brad defeats Lesley.
  • Brad wins a car!
344 1/18 Brad Will Christine $5,874 $21,633
  • Will Willis was a professional football player.
  • Brad wins his second show, and with a dramatic ending.
345 1/21 Brad Arlene George $3,225 $3,225
  • Start of Home Player Sweepstakes II.
  • Home player Eleanor Shultes wins $750 courtesy of Brad.
  • Arlene defeats Brad.
346 1/22 Andrea Arlene Mike $10,489 $10,489
  • Andrea defeats Arlene.
  • Andrea and Arlene would appear in future flashback intros.
347 1/23 Andrea Al Rita $0 $0 Rita defeats Andrea and wins nothing!
348 1/24 Nancy John Rita $16,724 $16,724
  • Nancy defeats Rita.
  • One of Rita's spins in this episode would be seen in a future flashback intro later in 1985.
349 1/25 Nancy Dayna Ron $15,290 $32,014 Nancy wins her second show.
350 1/28 Jennie Terry Nancy $10,622 $10,622
  • Future talk show host Jennie Jones starts her run.
  • Jennie defeats Nancy, winning on a pass and she and Terry became best friends.
351 1/29 Michael Jodi Jennie $8,084 $18,706
  • The last time Pick-a-Corner was hit with a Whammy being one of the choices.
  • Jennie wins her second show.
352 1/30 Melodee John Jennie $24,133 $24,133
  • Jennie Jones' last episode.
  • Melodee defeats Jennie with a huge total!
353 1/31 George Melodee Savannah $10,000 $34,133 Melodee wins her second show, and with a perfect $10,000.
354 2/1 Mike Melodee Jody $7,645 $7,645
  • Mike actually tries to push down a Whammy.
  • Jody defeats Melodee, who loses to a Whammy.
355 2/4 Barbara Jody Evan $9,899 $17,544 Jody wins her second show.
356 2/5 Jon Steve Jody $19,124 $19,124
  • Round Two board updated - Whammy slides have moved around.
  • Version 2.0 of the board shuffling sound is played during the final two spins of the game.
  • Steve defeats Jody.
357 2/6 Steve Myke Robin $19,119 $19,119
  • Future American Gladiators regular Mike "Gemini" Horton makes his appearance.
  • Robin's uttering of "Cancun, Hong Kong, here we go" would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • Robin defeats Steve.
358 2/7 Kirby Ellen Robin $7,761 $7,761 Kirby defeats Robin.
359 2/8 Philip Kirby JoAnn $14,981 $14,981
  • Kirby's loss thanks to the "one more time" curse would be seen in a future flashback intro.
  • JoAnn defeats Kirby.
360 2/11 Charlotte JoAnn Dave $5,482 $5,482
361 2/12 Joanie Charlotte Seth $10,025 $10,025
362 2/13 Sheila Ernest Seth $15,835 $25,860
363 2/14 Seth Pat Kathie $12,300 $12,300
364 2/15 Lex Jeffrey Pat $13,050 $25,350
365 2/18 Libby Jeff Pat $13,669 $13,669
366 2/19 Dean Jeff Carolyn $2,500 $2,500
367 2/20 Cathy Dean Robyn $8,101 $8,101
368 2/21 Cathy Vince Janie $2,250 $2,250
369 2/22 Sam Susan Janie $9,860 $9,860
370 2/25 Lissa Guy Sam $9,484 $19,344
371 2/26 Sam Jim Pamela $7,278 $7,278
  • The Infamous Jim Hess makes his appearance.
  • When Jim hits a Whammy on the last spin of the game, he utters swear words, although the swearing is so weak, even closed captioning didn't pick up on it when it aired on GSN.
  • Pamela defeats Sam.
372 2/27 Scott Pamela Lisa $15,790 $15,790 The audience hates Scott, but regardless he defeats Pamela.
373 2/28 Scott Suzanne Bob $9,736 $9,736
  • The audience hates Scott so much, they are chanting "Whammy" during his spins.
  • Bob defeats Scott (much to the audience's delight).
  • Rod Roddy makes a cameo.
374 3/1 Dale Norma Bob $1,600 $11,366
  • Eleven Whammies hit throughout the game.
  • Bob wins his second show.
375 3/4 Bob Victor Romey $13,593 $24,939
  • A lot of Whammies hit during the game.
  • Victor is passed nine spins, and Whammies out.
  • Bob wins his third show.
376 3/5 Johnny Jennifer Bob $5,750 $30,679 Bob wins his fourth show with a low total, though better than two episodes ago.
377 3/6 Bob Philip Lynette $1,500 $1,500
  • Philip is seen wearing sweatpants.
  • A lot of Whammies hit during gameplay.
  • Philip defeats Bob.
378 3/7 Steve Sam Philip $21,898 $23,398 Philip wins his second show with a much bigger win!
379 3/8 Mike Marlene Philip $13,033 $13,033
  • Mike defeats Philip.
  • Marlene would return later in 1985 due to a board malfunction.
380 3/11 Mike Donna John $19,254 $19,254 Donna from the 1/16 episode returns due to a technical error.
381 3/12 Joe Sharon John $12,764 $12,764
382 3/13 Joe Michael Julie $11,458 $11,458
383 3/14 Stanford Linnea Julie $15,060 $15,060 Stanford is perhaps the only contestant named for a University.
384 3/15 Susan Linnea Michael $9,610 $24,670
385 3/18 Linnea Richard Lynn $14,740 $14,740
  • First time Montana Ski Trip was won.
  • Lynn teaches Peter how to belly dance during the closing segment.
386 3/19 Gregg Joan Lynn $8,884 $8,884
387 3/20 Joan Ralph Trish $22,862 $22,862
388 3/21 Ralph Alex Jane $14,350 $37,212
389 3/22 Tyler Ralph Mary $9,435 $9,435 Tyler passed nine spins, which ended to someone getting four Whammies.
390 3/25 Tyler Pam Wade $9,400 $18,835
391 3/26 Denny Tyler Bernie $8,668 $8,668
392 3/27 Denny Tony Michele $9,750 $9,750 Day 1 of Michele, the "Mistress of the Pass"
393 3/28 Michele Joe Susan $14,576 $24,326 Day 2 of Michele, the "Mistress of the Pass"
394 3/29 Jack Michele Patti $700 $25,026
  • Day 3 of Michele, the "Mistress of the Pass"
  • Possibly the lowest one-day non-$0 total in the series.
  • Michele's run would continue on 4/8.
395 4/1 Steve (Notre Dsme) Ruth (Columbia) Michael (USC) $14,176 $14,786
  • Day 1 of College Week.
  • No returning champions from April 1 to 5, 1985.
  • Mark resembles a leprechaun.
  • After Ruth wins the game, she runs out and hugs Peter! (seen on a future flashback intro)
  • This week would later be rebroadcast on July 29 to August 2, 1986.
396 4/2 Sonya (UCLA) Lana (Alabama) Stuart (Northwestern) $11,000 $11,000
  • Day 2 of College Week.
  • Debut of Whammy Cheerleaders
397 4/3 Elizabeth (Ohio State) Cliff (Arizona) Trey (Harvard) $13,384 $13,384 Day 3 of College Week.
398 4/4 John (Wake Forest) Laurie (Texas) Tim (Nebraska) $12,742 $12,742 Day 4 of College Week.
399 4/5 Brian (Missouri) Terri (California) Chris (University of Pennsylvania) $11,060 $11,060
  • Day 5 of College Week.
  • $62,312 given away during College Week!
400 4/8 Michele Drew Val $12,325 $37,351 Day 4 of Michele "Mistress of the Pass"
401 4/9 Brenda Mark Michele $14,728 $14,728
  • Day 5 of Michele "Mistress of the Pass"
  • Michele's strategy failed to Mark Lambrecht.
  • Mark would later appear on Now You See It in 1989 and also win $500,000 on The Mole in 2008.
402 4/10 Katherine Jim Mark $21,591 $36,319
403 4/11 Mark Nancy Vern $1,000 $1,000 One of the lowest winning totals in Press Your Luck history.
404 4/12 Vern Sheri Glen $6,290 $7,290
405 4/15 Vern Therese Brick $2,250 $2,250 Brick has a carrot as a good luck charm.
406 4/16 Mike Therese Marlene $13,250 $15,500 Mike is perhaps one of the most aggressive players in the series.
407 4/17 Tracy Therese John $10,306 $10,306 Start of Tracy's 5-Day run.
408 4/18 Harry Jan Tracy $10,500 $20,806
  • Day 2 of Tracy's run.
  • Tracy's total is all cash.
409 4/19 Tracy Tim Diane $10,050 $30,856 Day 3 of Tracy's run.
410 4/22 Tracy Helen Marty $14,237 $45,093 Day 4 of Tracy's run.
411 4/23 Terri Jeff Tracy $12,543 $57,636 Day 5 of Tracy's run.
412 4/24 Kirk Jonie Joanie $4,418 $4,418 Jonie and Joanie have the same pronunciation, similar to Tony/Toni in November 1983
413 4/25 Jonie Dave Denise $25,332 $29,750
414 4/26 Jonie Lance Cynthia $11,151 $11,151
415 4/29 Rich Jennie Lance $14,974 $26,125 Whammies from College Week start appearing regularly as of this episode.
416 4/30 Lance Susan Tommy $5,050 $5,050
417 5/1 Cindy Curtis Tommy $6,685 $6,685 Day 1 of Cindy Morgan's 5-day run.
418 5/2 Duncan Cindy Jackie $15,658 $22,343
  • Day 2 of Cindy Morgan's 5-day run.
  • "Duncan Just Made My Day!" reads the chyron on screen just after Cindy was declared champion.
419 5/3 Jamie Cindy Kurt $700 $23,043
  • Day 3 of Cindy Morgan's 5-day run.
  • Tied with Michele's one-day win from 3/29 for the lowest one-day non-$0 win in the series.
  • This may be the last episode to air during the five weeks of Summer 1986 reruns.
420 5/6
421 5/7
422 5/8
423 5/9
424 5/10
425 5/13
426 5/14
427 5/15
428 5/16
429 5/17
430 5/20
431 5/21
432 5/22
433 5/23
434 5/24
435 5/27
436 5/28
437 5/29
438 5/30
439 5/31
440 6/3
441 6/4 Leila Bob Danny $10,169 $19,576 Peter teaches the audience to spell his last name.
442 6/5 Cindy Al Danny $11,763 $11,763
443 6/6 Al Lisa Paul $14,019 $25,782
  • Men dressed as "Whammybusters" are in the studio audience.
  • Paul gets four Whammies in a row.
444 6/7 Al Cheryl Ken $16,131 $41,913
445 6/10 Myrna Martin Al $17,418 $17,418 Al could have surpassed $50,000 and retired, but to no avail.
446 6/11 Martin Jerry Carol $10,064 $10,064 Al could have surpassed $50,000 and retired, but to no avail.
447 6/12 Jerry Ana Steve $11,798 $21,862 Jerry sets a pre-Add-a-One era record in Round 1
448 6/13 Carol Jerry Pat $10,438 $32,300 Pat makes a gesture as if he was trying to shoot down the airplane Whammy.
449 6/14 Pam Sam Jerry $6,964 $6,964 The infamous Sylvester episode! *After the fee plugs, Mel Blanc, voiced as Sylvester, calls Peter and clarifies the error in the question round, prompting all three players to return at different times later in 1985.
450 6/17 Bill Christy Pam $5,810 $5,810 Pam's total from 6/14 did not count towards her total, due to the technical glitch.
451 6/18 Andrew Pam Lisa $18,876 $18,876
452 6/19 Nina-Jo Andrew Paul $12,771 $12,771
  • Nina-Jo wins the game by just three dollars!
  • The deciding spin would be seen in a future flashback intro.
453 6/20 Nina-Jo John Sandy $6,858 $6,858
454 6/21 Cindy John Guy $13,516 $13,516 Cindy's victory is featured in a future flashback intro.
455 6/24 Ned Joanna Cindy $5,250 $18,766
456 6/25 Cindy Sherri Theodore $16,593 $16,593
457 6/26 Alison Theodore Ted $20,100 $20,100
458 6/27 Ted Randy Karen $14,364 $14,364
459 6/28 Steve Mary Randy $14,329 $14,329
460 7/1 Danette Steve Abe $14,200 $14,200 Start of Danette Jacobs' 3-day run.
461 7/2 Kathy Dan Danette $12,825 $27,025
462 7/3 Danette Julie Robert $14,328 $14,328 Julie defeats Danette.
463 7/4 Julie Jim Patricia $15,025 $15,025
  • 4th of July episode!
  • Peter wears a red, white and blue bow tie to honor the occasion.
  • Patricia's huge Whammy loss is featured in a future flashback intro.
  • Dynamite Whammy sets off the detonator to close out the show.
464 7/5 Tom Jim Sonya $20,169 $20,169
466 7/8 Jenny Greg Tom $11,183 $11,183
  • Jenny defeats Tom.
  • Trip to the Daytime Emmys offered as a prize until 7/23. Strangely enough, Press Your Luck was never nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
466 7/9 Lisa Jenny Tom $12,105 $12,105 Start of Lisa's 4-day run.
467 7/10 Brian Lisa Pam $15,106 $27,211
  • Lisa wins her second show.
  • Pam from 6/14 returns due to the Sylvester incident.
468 7/11 Valerie Ron Lisa $15,012 $42,223 Lisa wins her third show.
469 7/12 Lisa Judy Steve Bryant $14,005 $14,005 Steve Bryant's first episode, where is known for his cry "No whammmmmmmmmmmmieeeeees!"
470 7/15 Steve Bryant Kent Lynn $2,650 $16,655
  • Steve's second episode.
  • Steve becomes the third player in the series to play against the house.
471 7/16 Kathy Steven Steve Bryant $10,500 $10,500 Steven defeats Steve.
472 7/17 Annette Steven Kane $15,444 $15,444 Annette defeats Steve.
473 7/18 Annette Lisa Ed $12,436 $12,436 Lisa defeats Annette.
474 7/19 Mike Ruth Lisa $13,198 $13,198 Start of Mike's 4-day run.
475 7/22 Sammy Mike Josie $9,016 $22,214
  • Mike's second show.
  • Last day of Daytime Emmys offered as a prize in Round 2.
476 7/23 Rosella Scott Mike $11,525 $33,739
  • Mike's third show.
  • Peter makes an indirect reference to Michael Larson at the start of the show.
  • Rosella's name tag has a different font. In fact, newer name tags would sport the new font (closely resembling Impact) until 9/5.
  • Daytime Emmys slides revert back to New York as of this episode.
477 7/24 Joe Mike Linda $8,250 $8,250 Joe defeats Mike.
478 7/25 Mary Joe Tony $13,645 $21,895 A new Round 1 record is set at this point in the series.
479 7/26 Mike Melodie Joe $17,070 $38,965 A new Round 1 record is set at this point in the series.
480 7/29 Joe Jerry Kathy $15,345 $15,345 Jerry from 6/14 returns due to the "Sylvester" error.
481 7/30 Bobby Yvonne Kathy $7,538 $7,538 The "Whammy Races" episode. Bobby demonstrates his horse-racing announcing skills with a barrage of Whammy animations running simultaneously. This segment would later be featured in a one-time only flasback intro.
482 7/31 Yvonne Thorne Jennifer $14,795 $14,795 Start of Thorne's 4-day run.
483 8/1 Bobby Thorne Melanie $3,005 $18,800
  • Bobby is not the same one from 7/30.
  • Thorne wins his second show.
484 8/2 Rich Thorne Vicki $4,935 $22,735 Thorne wins his third show.
485 8/5 Kimberley Thorne Gary $5,582 $5,582 Gary defeats Thorne.
486 8/6 Gary Julie Thad $1₩,983 $10,983 Julie defeats Gary.
487 8/7 Julie Lee Tricia $23,022 $23,022 Lee defeats Julie.
488 8/8 Debbie Dennis Lee $15,736 $15,736 Dennis defeats Lee.
489 8/9 Robin Dennis Sam $10,259 $10,259
  • Robin defeats Dennis.
  • Sam from 6/14 returns due to a technical error regarding "Sylvester".
490 8/12 Bill Robin Michelle $7,973 $7,973 Bill defeats Robin.
491 8/13 Cindy Kurt Bill $19,032 $19,032
  • Kurt defeats Bill.
  • The trip to Paris hit by Cindy would be featured in a flashback intro in 1986.
492 8/14 Greg Kurt Kathi $15,536 $15,536
  • Greg defeats Kurt.
  • Only time an intro with no actual gameplay involved (Bobbu's horse racing announcing skills from 7/30 was featured).
493 8/15 John Cindy Greg $12,289 $12,289
  • John defeats Greg.
  • Cindy is not the same one from 8/13.
494 8/16 Judy John Scott $13,708 $25,997 John is the first contestant yo win more than one show since Thorne on 8/2.
495 8/19 Debbie John Tom $4,500 $30,497 John wins his third show.
496 8/20 Marcia Mike John $22,633 $22,633
  • Marcia defeats John.
  • Peter does the moonwalk upon arriving on the set during the opening.
  • Marcia hitting a car would be featured in a flashback intro in 1986.
497 8/21 Michael Marcia Basia $14,064 $36,797
  • Marcia wins her second show.
  • Last epidode with cash slides with old color scheme, which were showing signs of fading for some time by that point.
498 8/22 Mark Toria Marcia $11,595 $11,595
  • Mark defeats Marcia, and wins by $75.
  • Cash slides now have a neon-color scheme. Font of cash slides also have a drop shadow.
  • This episode, along with #399, were taped after Back-to-School Week (designated as #500 to #504) was taped.
499 8/23 Jacklynn Mark Matt $1,150 $12,745
  • Mark becomes the fourth player in the series to play against the house.
  • After Mark gets his third Whammy while playing against the house, the slides blew, resulting in an edit. Once the problem was fixed, Mark came back and continued to play, and took one spin, chose Mazatlan on a Move-One-Space choice, and quit on his own terms.
  • Before the slide malfunction, Water Bike appeared in one of the Square #10 prize rotations. After the problem was fixed, Hong Kong was now shown in said prize rotation.
  • Mark would next appear on 9/2 due to Back'To-School Week beginning the following Monday.
500 Unaired Jacquie Matt Roxy
  • Original airdate of this episode was 9/4/2004 on GSN.
  • This Back-to-School Week episode was not aired on CBS due to reasons beyond their control. Some speculated that it may have been due to a contestant playing against the house, getting three Whammies, and gambling and winning all of his remaining spins.
  • Like College Week, no returning champions during this episode and the next five episodes.
  • Jacquie may possibly have later appeared on Bob Eubanks' Card Sharks on May 18, 1987.
501 8/26 Katie Ramon Greg $8,070 $8,070
  • Day 1 of Back-to-School Week.
  • This episode did make it to air on CBS.
  • Magic Mountain, which was on the board at the end of Round 1 in the unaired episode #500, does not appear.
502 8/27 Elliott Jake Christy $7,414 $7,414 Day 2 of Back-to-School Week.
503 8/28 Monica Missie Chris $7,730 $7,730 Day 3 of Back-to-School Week.
504 8/29 Vicki Mona Greg $12,920 $12,920
  • Day 4 of Back-to-School Week.
  • Mona is the biggest wonner of Back-to-School Week.
505 8/30 April Janis Mike $10,240 $10,240
  • Day 5 of Back-to-School Week.
  • Magic Mountain appears on the board at the end of Round 1, but it was never hit, so its price remains a mystery.
506 9/2 Feargus Nancy Mark $6,900 $19,645
  • Regular play resumes.
  • Mark wins his third show.
  • Feargus was the last contestant to wear a nametag with the updated font. They would revert back to the Futura-style font after this episode.
  • Nancy earns the maximum 12 spins for Round 2.
507 9/3 Vernon Maxine Mark $20,712 $2₩,712
  • Maxine almost calls Press Your Luck its lead-in show The Price is Right, but then catches herself. Peter mocks her blooper.
  • Maxine defeats Mark.
  • Maxine's victory would replace Lela's victory from a flashback intro that first appeared during Back-to-School Week.
508 9/4 Macine Susie Steve $10,320 $10,320
  • Steve defeats Maxine.
  • Maxine declares "I'm going home!" after she hits her fourth Whammy.
509 9/5 Nomi Steve Janis $18,406 $18,406
  • Nomi defeats Steve.
  • First appearance of Add-a-One in Round 1. Peter describes this new addition as "a new wrinkle".
  • First episode with film footage of each round's feature trip shown at the beginning of each round. They were described by Peter during this episode and the next ten episodes.
510 9/6 Carol Nomi Bill $15,993 $15,993
  • Bill defeats Nomi.
  • First time Add-a-One was hit - it was hit for $1,000.
511 9/9 Jin Bill Edith $4,500 $4,500
  • Start of Jin's run.
  • Jin may be the only female contestant in the series to play against the house, but she is the sixth player to do so.
512 9/10 Jin Nancy John $18,297 $22,797
  • Jin wins her second show.
  • Nancy teases her hair after she hits her third Whammy.
513 9/11 Ramin Jin Cassie $13,100 $36,897
  • Jin wins her third show.
  • Toward the end of Round 2, Jin has a hard time burning off her spins.
514 9/12
515 9/13
516 9/16
517 9/17
518 9/18 Cookie Ginger Bertie $15,456 $15,456
  • Cookie defeats Bertie.
  • The names Cookie and Bertie sound reminiscent of Sesame Street.
519 9/19 Cynthia Mike Cookie $3,900 $19,356 Cookie wins her second show.
520 9/20 Cookie Gary Diane $12,110 $12,110 Start of Diane's 4-day run.
521 9/23 Cindy Mike Diane $7,248 $19,358
  • Cindy from 8/13 returns due to a technical error.
  • Peter first announces Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Diane wins her second show.
522 9/24 John Diane Christal $5,113 $24,471 Diane wins her third show.
523 9/25 Diane Mike Sandi $6,914 $6,914 Mike defeats Diane.
524 9/26
525 9/27
526 9/30
527 10/1
528 10/2
529 10/3
530 10/4 Mike Jean Faye GSN skipped this episode, but thanks to a once-circulating screenshot from a 1986 flashback intro, a closeup of the male contestant's nametag revealed his name was Mike.
531 10/7 Maxie Jean Donarae
  • Prize rotations updated.
  • Peter has a new hairstyle.
  • On the first spin of the game, Add-a-One is hit for ten dollars.
532 10/8 Jeanette Nickie Maxie $22,896 $32,371
  • Maxie wins his second show.
  • Maxie is dubbed "the six million dollar man" because his total winnings put the show's total winnings past the $6 million mark. For his effort, he receives a flokati rug.
533 10/9 Vicki Christine Maxie $5,750 $5,750
534 10/10 Brian Becky Vicki $14,823 $20,573
  • Vicki wins her second show.
  • Brian makes a cricket-like sound onsomebof his spins to deter the Whammies.
535 10/11 Vicki Pam Mitchell $12,343 $12,343 Pam defeats Vicki.
536 10/14 Carolyn Robert Pam $12,800 $12,800 Carolyn defeats Pam.
537 10/15 Carolyn Lynn Mark $10,603 $23,403
  • Carolyn wins her second show.
  • One moment with Carolyn appears in a future flashback intro.
538 10/16 Bob Doris Carolyn $19,246 $19,246
  • Doris defeats Carolyn.
  • Doris wins an African Safari among her winnings.
539 10/17 Doris Janice Phil $12,150 $12,150
  • Janice defeats Doris.
  • Originally skipped by GSN in 2005, but did air on December 26, 2006.
  • Doris does not win any spins for Round 2, but receives one via a pass.
540 10/18 Christina Janice Mark $4,918 $17,068 Janice wins her second show.
541 10/21 Mona Joe Janice $9,264 $9,264
  • Day 1 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Mona defeats Janice.
542 10/22 Bill Mona Mary $13,556 $22,820
543 10/23 John Kristin Mona $17,188 $17,188
  • Day 3 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Kristin defeats Mona, and wins a car.
  • Mona is the first contestant to hit four Whammies in four spins.
544 10/24 Kristin Dusty Sharyl $4,700 $4,700
  • Day 4 of Jome Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Sharyl defeats Kristin.
545 10/25 Sharyl Debbie Stephen $13,378 $13,378
  • Day 5 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Debbie defeats Sharyl.
546 10/28 Colleen Andy Debbie $5,750 $5,750
  • Day 6 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Andy defeats Debbie.
547 10/29 Lark Andy Carolyn $3,850 $3,850
  • Day 7 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Lark defeats Andy.
  • Carolyn would return for a rematch due to a technical error.
548 10/30 Brian Robin Lark $17,000 $17,800
  • Day 8 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Brian hits Add-a-One for $10,000, and Add-a-One remains on the board for the final spin of Round 1, which could have exceeded Michael Larson's total if Brian was to hit it again.
  • Brian defeats Lark, winning by a narrow margin.
  • Both female contestants' names are also types of birds.
549 10/31 Savina Brian Laurie $5,800 $22,800
  • Day 9 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • No Halloween references mentioned by Peter, though the Trick-or-Treat Whammy animation appeared during the intro.
  • Brian wins his second show.
550 11/1 Ollie Debi Brian $9,914 $9,914
  • Day 10 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Debi defeats Brian.
  • Debi's victory seen in future flashback intro.
551 11/4 Debi Peter Peggy $9,900 $19,814
  • Day 11 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Thanks to Debi, a home player wins $5,000, the largest ever given away on a home player spin.
  • Debi wins her second show.
552 11/5 Debi Russ Tinker $8,300 $8,300
  • Day 12 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Russ becomes the seventh player to play against the house.
  • Home player spin is taken while Russ plays against the house.
  • Russ defeats Debi.
553 11/6 Mary Kay Geri Russ $4,400 $4,400
  • Day 13 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Mary Kay defeats Russ.
554 11/7 Marty Mary Kay Ron $11,049 $11,049
  • Day 14 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Ron defeats Mary Kay.
555 11/8 Christine Gayle Ron $6,414 $6,414
  • Day 15 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Gayle defeats Ron.
556 11/11 Gayle Mark Wolf $7,807 $7,807
  • Day 16 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Mark defeats Gail.
  • Wolf hits Add-a-One for ten dollars.
  • Mark apparently wants to copy Michael Larson.
557 11/12 Mark Carolyn Yolanda $8,650 $8,650
  • Day 17 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Yolanda defeats Mark.
  • Seven Whammies hit in Round 1.
  • In the end, Yolanda passes nine spins to Carolyn, who had three Whammies. She Whammies out on her first passed spin.
558 11/13 Yolanda Kurt Michelle $17,453 $17,453
  • Day 18 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Japan by Rail was hit once, won and never seen again.
  • Kurt defeats Yolanda.
559 11/14 Helen Sheila Kurt $23,751 $23,751
  • Day 19 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • Sheila defeats Kurt.
  • At the end of the game, there was over $60,000 among all three players.
  • One of Sheila's spins is featured in a future flashback intro.
560 11/15 John Sheila Yvonne $3,250 $3,250
  • Day 20 of Home Player Sweepstakes III.
  • John defeats Sheila.
  • John's winnings are all cash.
  • In 2005, it was the latest episode to air on GSN until September 2014.
561 11/18 Karen John Yolonda $7,530 $7,530
  • Day 21 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Karen defeats John, and wins a car.
  • Home Player Spin number not shown on screen - it is not certain if it is a GSN edit or not.
  • Despite being taped in the same weekend, Acapulco in Round 1 is the version with the trees and not the sombrero.
562 11/19 Karen Judy Steve $18,695 $18,695
  • Day 22 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Stephen defeats Karen.
  • Intense ending to Round 2.
563 11/20 Stephanie Carol Steve $9,708 $9,708
  • Day 23 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Stephanie defeats Steve.
  • Stephanie's victory win is featured in a future flashback intro.
564 11/21 Shirley Stephanie Kurt $10,648 $10,648
  • Day 24 of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Shirley defeats Stephanie.
  • Kurt's strutting to the Whammy Supremes, making a fool out of himself, is featured in a future flashback intro.
565 11/22 Jon Carla Shirley $10,304 $10,304
  • Day 25 (and final day) of Home Player Sweepstakes III
  • Jon defeats Shirley.
  • Nashville makes its first appearance on the board.
  • Jon would later become a contestant on the Bob Eubanks' version of Card Sharks in February 1987.
  • During the final segment, Jon spun the all-cash board and the home viewer, Ed Kolzac, won $36,000 courtesy of Jon.
566 11/25 Patti Jon Dan $11,880 $11,880
  • Dan defeats Jon.
  • Dan wins a $6,130 car plus $5,750 in just three spins.
  • Staffer Ted Ray's birthday was acknowledged on air.
567 11/26 Fae Dan Jill $10,250 $10,250
  • Jill defeats Dan.
  • Jill's winning total is all cash.
568 11/27 Jill Cheryl Scott $15,703 $15,703
  • 1985 Thanksgiving episode.
  • Start of Scott's 4-day run.
  • Scott appears to be related to Maxie from October 1985.
  • $2,000 or Lose-1-Whammy returns to the Round 2 board after a 27-show hiatus, and appears to be a darker rose pink in color.
569 11/29 Only episode to air on the day after Thanksgiving.
570 12/2 Scott Hal Deanne $10,426 $34,397
  • Day 3 of Scott's run.
  • Hal Johnson is known for appearing in the Body Break fitness segments in Canada.
  • Hal would later appear on Bob Eubanks' Card Sharks in March 1987, and in the late-2000s, he would become a contestant on the Canadian edition of The Amazing Race with his wife, Joanne MacLeod.
  • Due to a technical error, Hal and Deanne would be invited back for separate rematches in March 1986.
571 12/3 Valerie Colleen Scott $24,389 $24,389
  • Colleen defeats Scott.
  • Colleen has one of the biggest one-day winnings so far in 1985.
572 12/4 Colleen Diane Danny $16,735 $16,735
  • Danny defeats Colleen.
  • Game ends with incredible ending.
573 12/5 Rocky Danny Trish $5,196 $5,196 Trish's uttering of "Stop!" does not sync with pushing the button.
574 12/6 Courtney Trish Susannah $17,750 $22,946
  • First Round 1 cash value change since December 5, 1983.
  • In Round 2, two prize rotations in Square #10 are replaced by $1,250 and $1,400 respectively.
575 12/9 Robert Jackie Trish $4,345 $4,345 Robert defeats Trish.
576 12/10 Robert Deborah Trish $8,200 $8,200 Deborah defeats Robert.
577 12/11 Guillermo Deborah Ruth $12,916 $12,916
578 12/12 Ruth Genevievr Greg $14,500 $27,416
579 12/13 Ruth Gerard Gene $3,326 $3,326 Ruth faces two opponents both with "G" names for her second straight show.
580 12/16 Gene Stacey Pat $4,799 $4,799
  • Christmas Whammies start to appear.
  • One of Stacey's spins is among the longest ever.
  • Pat defeats Gene.
581 12/17 April John Pat $3,000 $3,000
  • A lot of Whammies hit in this episode.
  • John defeats Pat.
582 12/18 Molly Tom John $8,704 $11,704
  • Molly receives a lethal pass.
  • John wins his second show, and wins a Mediterranean Cruise, the most expensive prize ever offered.
583 12/19 John Madeline Janice $12,850 $12,850 Janice defeats John, with an exciting comeback in the end.
584 12/20 Bruce Janice Hillie $12,028 $24,878 Janice wins big on her second show.
585 12/23 Ginger Brent Janice $11,986 $11,986
  • First show with Christmas decorations. They would remain on the set until 1/3/1986.
  • Slides that spell "MERRY XMAS" are given a neon-era makeover, and would only prevail for three days.
  • Prize rotations updated. During Round 1, the blue Home Robot slide from the 1983 pilot episode makes its first appearance in the actual series, was hit and won.
  • Ginger defeats Janice.
586 12/24 Mark Susan Ginger $12,900 $12,900
  • 20 spins earned by Ginger in both question rounds.
  • Mark defeats Ginger.
587 12/25 Mark Sylvan Pam $8,150 $8,150
  • Christmas Day 1985.
  • Peter's twin daughters, Candice and Alexis appear during the opening and the final segment (first time since August 24, 1984).
  • Peter does the entire show wearing his pajamas and robe, and Rod Roddy's face is seen in the intro.
  • Pam defeats Mark.
588 12/26 Marie Ron Pam $10,112 $10,112
  • At 86 years old, Marie may be the oldest contestant in the series.
  • Bicycle Whammy and Ben Franklin Whammy both debut.
  • Copenhagen appears on the board for the first time.
  • Ron defeats Pam.
589 12/27 Craig Ron Georgia $14,286 $14,286
  • Craig defeats Ron.
  • Start of Craig's four-day run.
590 12/30 Sally Craig Andy $11,018 $25,304
  • Board update: Some Whammy slides get replaced with updated versions that appear to be positioned differently.
  • Craig wins his second show.
591 12/31 Betsy Kirk Craig $9,850 $35,154
  • New Year's Eve 1986.
  • Champagne Whammy appears.
  • Peter and Rod appear in tuxedos.
  • Craig wins his third show and ends 1985 on a high note.
  • Craig's run will continue as the show enters 1986.

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