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A timeline for Season 32 of Wheel of Fortune, which aired in first-run from September 15, 2014 through June 12, 2015.

Season ChangesEdit

  • The logo is mostly the same as last season, but now has a ring of lights around the Wheel graphic. The lights may be a representation of the Wheel's spokes, which would be directly outside the wedges, as the Season 31 logo appeared to be mimicking the long-since-discontinued overhead logo shot.
  • The intro is similar to Season 16: the camera zooms to the logo over the doors, and, after the "Wheel! Of! Fortune!" chant, goes through the doors, which have "STAGE 11" on the right and the Sony Pictures Television logo on the left.
  • A new Sony Pictures Television logo is introduced, consisting of the word "SONY" with a small white starburst between the O and N that "explodes" into the regular logo. The accompanying theme is also shortened, and it now plays only after the "explosion" has occurred. However, repeats from the previous season continue to use the 2002 version of the SPT logo. This also occurs with sister show Jeopardy!
  • The Wheel is altered:
    • The minimum value is increased from $300 to $500: the blue $350 is increased to $550 (and for the first time since August 1986, outside of rug and turntable layouts, $550 is in a color other than purple), $400 upgrades to $700, the blue $300 doubles to $600, the orange $300 triples to $900, and $450 is upped to $650. Despite this, vowels still cost $250.
    • The Mystery Wedges become a blue-purple gradient, with the circles becoming shiny; this color also applies to the Bankrupt side, although the lettering is now smaller. The $10,000 side has the numbers and dollar sign widened and moved upward, removing the $10,000 bill at the top of the wedge; the resulting wedge somewhat resembles the wide-font $1,000 used for part of Season 2.
  • The Mystery Round wipe is finally updated to reflect the alterations to both the Wheel template and the wedge itself. Despite this, the $10,000 side drops onto the blue $600 on the Round 1 template and the wedges themselves are clearly edited onto the Season 25 wipe.
  • Starting this season, the lowest cash amount on the Bonus Wheel is now the current season number multiplied by 1,000. In addition, $35,000 is retired, with $40,000 now the second-lowest value; it is presumed that the $35,000 envelopes are replaced with more of the lowest amount.
  • The cash bonus for winning cars in the Bonus Round returns to $5,000; in addition, the car envelopes in the Bonus Round now say "CAR & $5,000" (or sometimes the design of car, such as "SUV + $5,000" or "CONVERTIBLE + $5,000"; "PAIR OF CARS + $5,000" on team weeks) instead of showing the car's logo. The only exception to the latter is when a Winnebago is offered.
  • The cars available via the ½ Car tags rotate among a $14,690 Ford Fiesta, a $14,734 Chevy Spark, and a $14,975 Nissan Versa Note S.
  • Calling the titular Same Letter on a puzzle in that category now awards a $1,000 bonus.
  • For the first time since 1997, the nametags are altered: the letters are now larger, with the font changed from Helvetica Black to Arial Black (most noticeable in the R).
  • Cameras are no longer awarded with the Prize Puzzle trips.
  • Due to the Hawaii tapings in September, two weeks of "pre-season" shows are taped May 1-2, with no tapings between then and July.
    • In relation to the Hawaii tapings, Hilton Waikoloa Village offers a limited-availability "Contestant Package" stay starting at $229 per night (albeit with a three-night minimum), with a bonus of two tickets to any Wheel taping and a guaranteed audition spot for a Culver City taping.
  • A music bed now plays when a contestant "hops on" Express.
  • Except where noted, all retro Bonus Rounds are ones that were previously seen in Seasons 30 and/or 31.
  • America's Game episodes still use the same audiovisual aspects that they did in Season 31.
  • Jim's announcing booth now has a window overlooking the audience; likely in relation, he is shown on-camera somewhat more frequently than in seasons past.
  • Starting this season, the minimum value for prizes is now $6,000. Also, Prize Puzzle trips appear to have a minimum value of $11,000 on team episodes, barring a few of the Hawaii shows.
  • This is the first season since Season 25 not to have a Military Week, and the first since Season 30 not to have a College Week.

September 2014Edit

  • September 15 is Teacher's Week, taped May 1. During this week, the category wipe is the same as last season's Teacher's Week.
  • On September 15:
    • Three females play.
    • The Gift Tag is $1,000 cash from Pilot Pens.
    • Contestant Trish accidentally calls S in the Bonus Round, but Pat does not realize this until after she calls her vowel.
    • All of the puzzles are abnormally short, with Rounds 2 and 3 being the longest at only 19 letters each.
  • On September 16:
    • Round 2 begins with three consecutive Bankrupts; these are not edited out due to the second one claiming the Million-Dollar Wedge.
    • Later in Round 2, contestant Michelle loses $13,600, a $6,000 trip, and a ½ Car tag to Bankrupt. Overall, Bankrupt is hit five times in the round; the Bankrupt Mystery Wedge is also hit but not flipped.
    • Two contestants claim ½ Car tags in Round 3, thus rendering a car win impossible.
  • On September 17:
    • The third-place contestant has $11,300.
    • The $1,000,000 is won for the third time, by contestant Sarah Manchester. This also results in a new record being set for the most given away in one show: $1,042,590, up from the $1,034,930 on October 14, 2008.
    • This episode was originally scheduled for the 18th, but was moved up to avoid being pre-empted by Thursday Night Football on CBS affiliates.
  • On September 18:
    • The shot of the contestants during the opening is a reshoot, as the yellow arrow is on the orange $900.
    • In Round 2, contestant Lee asks to spin again, and moves the Wheel one peg before changing her mind and asking to solve. Against precedent, she is allowed to solve.
    • Lee wins the Mystery Round with only the Mystery Prize.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • On September 19:
    • The Gift Tag is the same as it was on the 15th.
    • The $2,000 Toss-Up and the Bonus Round are Food & Drink.
  • September 22 is Pacific Northwest, taped July 23. During this week, the category wipe is colored trees.
  • On September 22:
    • The $2,000 Toss-Up refuses to reveal for a few seconds.
    • Both Rounds 1 and 2 are completely filled in before being solved.
    • Round 1 is Movie Title, and the $3,000 Toss-Up is Song Title.
    • Contestant Rosette wins no cash, as she solves Round 3 for only the Prize Puzzle package, and no other puzzles.
  • On September 23:
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of Round 1 (Lose A Turn, an incorrect S, and an incorrect B), while one is edited from the start of Round 2.
    • Since contestant Lisa does not have any friends or family in the audience, Pat lets Jim hold the Million-Dollar Wedge during the Bonus Round; there is a brief cut to him in the booth.
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up and Bonus Round are Living Things.
  • On September 24, contestant Susie has her brother John spin for her.
  • On September 25:
    • Vanna wears a shirt and pants.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose A Turn is hit.
    • The $2,000 Toss-Up and Bonus Round are What Are You Doing?
  • On September 26:
    • Contestant Zach's hometown is never mentioned.
    • In Round 3, Zach hits a ½ Car tag after the round's other tag is lost to Bankrupt, thus rendering a car win impossible.
    • Two males play.
  • September 29 is Home Sweet Home, taped July 11. During this week:
    • The show holds a "Meal of Fortune" sweepstakes held in conjunction with Banquet Foods. Home viewers may collect puzzles from Banquet Foods products, with 250 prizes of $500 cash available to viewers whose game pieces match a special puzzle displayed before the Bonus Round. The sweepstakes is promoted on the show's website with a "Meal of Fortune" graphic: a freeze-frame of the end of the Season 27 intro, with an altered two-row logo and a layout with cash ranges of $50-$500 (Bankrupt is represented by Sorry, with the same color scheme).
    • The Gift Tag and Wheel Prize are $1,000 and $6,000 cash, respectively, from Banquet Foods. The latter is placed on the red $800 due to its wedge also being red; as usual, it still awards only $500 per correct letter if picked up.
    • The wipe for the contestant window in the Bonus Round is a Banquet Foods box.
    • On Monday and Wednesday, before the Prize Puzzle, Vanna announces a special segment in which two contestants from the taping session share a "memorable moment".
  • On September 29, Round 1 and the Bonus Round are What Are You Doing?
  • On September 30:
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 3; it is hit five times altogether in the round.
    • There is a rare instance of a contestant solving the Speed-Up without any money.
    • A Changing Lives segment is done on Katie Hoody, the winner on January 30, 2014.

October 2014Edit

  • On October 1:
    • Contestant Ritz's hometown is never mentioned.
    • Round 1 is a non-sequitur answer of SUNFLOWERS AND APPLE BLOSSOMS.
    • In Round 2, contestant Candra uses her Wild Card on $900 after buying a vowel, but the letter that she calls is not in the puzzle.
    • Later in Round 2, Dan calls N before spinning; he is held to his call, and loses his turn as N was already called.
    • For the first time, a contestant gets buzzed out on Express.
  • On October 2, the Round 4 puzzle CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY is inexplicably categorized as Thing instead of Place.
  • On October 3:
    • Round 2 begins with three consecutive Bankrupts; this is not edited out due to the first one being on the reverse of a Mystery Wedge, and the second taking away a ½ Car tag and the Wild Card.
    • Vanna reads most of the Prize copy.
  • October 6 is Shopping Spree, taped May 2. During this week, the Prize is a $6,000 shopping spree: overstock.com on Monday, Beyond the Rack on Tuesday, Dick's Sporting Goods on Wednesday, retailmenot.com on Thursday, and cooking.com on Friday.
  • On October 7:
    • The closed captioning misspells contestant Lilly's name as "Lily".
    • The $3,000 Toss-Up is People, and the Bonus Round is Person.
    • Contestant Jeff solves the bonus puzzle LUCKY GUY with only the L and C showing.
  • On October 8:
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • The "pop-up" score display in Rounds 3 and 4 misspells contestant Hether's name as "Heather".
    • The second-place contestant has $20,200.
  • On October 9:
    • Vanna wears a sleeveless shirt and pants.
    • Before contestant Dan starts Round 3, Pat lets him name his family members, since he did not do so in the interview.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • Rounds 1-4 all have an -ING suffix.
  • October 13 is Wheel Was Here, taped August 7. During this week:
    • The category wipe is the Wheelmobile peeling out.
    • Robert Ennis Jr. (credited only as Robert Ennis) fills in as director, as Bob Cisneros was recovering from neck surgery during these tapings.
  • On October 13:
    • The Million-Dollar Wedge is picked up on the first spin, and lost to Bankrupt on the next spin.
    • Bankrupt is hit five times in Round 1.
    • Rounds 3, 4, and the Bonus Round are Phrase; this is only the third known instance since 2003 of a category being used three times.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna show outtakes from their last trip to Hawaii, several of which feature Lesly; ABC broadcasts feature an alternate ending with guest appearances from four contestants from the new season of Dancing with the Stars, who perform during the credits.
  • On October 14:
    • Vanna wears a sleeveless shirt and pants.
    • Retro Bonus Rounds are once again done on Tuesdays.
    • The Prize Puzzle copy is preceded by a trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction and a plug for its DVD and Blu-Ray release; as a result, the copy does not give any details on the prize package other than it being a trip to Hong Kong.
    • The ad for the mobile game now sometimes appears before the Bonus Round instead of after.
    • In the final segment, Jim narrates footage of himself touring New York; the camera then cuts to him in the booth as he does the "promotional consideration provided by…" tag.
  • On October 15:
    • Five consecutive turns are lost in Round 1 (two Bankrupts, an incorrect O, an incorrect K, and a Lose A Turn).
    • Bankrupt is hit five times in Round 1.
  • Between October 6 and 16, Before & After is a category for ten consecutive shows; with the exception of October 13 and 16 (Round 1), all appear in Round 2.
  • On October 16:
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of Round 3 (an incorrect answer, followed by an incorrect C and a Bankrupt from a contestant who also hit Bankrupt on his previous turn).
    • The Bonus Round timer graphic does not appear.
  • On October 17:
    • The closeup shot of the contestants during the intro is obviously a reshoot, as the yellow arrow is on the orange $800 instead of $2,500.
    • The $2,000 Toss-Up is SPINNING AND WINNING.
    • After contestant Anisa solves Round 1, her total is mis-stated as $15,350 instead of $17,237. Pat corrects it at the start of Round 2.
    • Sara fills in the entire Round 3 puzzle PRISTINE TURQUOISE WATERS (which is inexplicably categorized as Thing instead of Things) by herself.
  • On both October 16 and 17, two contestants in a row accidentally call M twice in the Bonus Round, due to repeating the letter as their Wild Card choice.
  • Between October 6 and 17, nine out of ten Bonus Rounds are played for $32,000.
  • October 20 is Great Outdoors, taped July 24.
  • On October 20:
    • There is a ½ Car win in Round 1.
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of the Speed-Up.
    • The second-place contestant has $23,100.
  • On October 21:
    • Contestant Rod spins only once in the entire game, calling a wrong letter on $500 in Round 2. This is the first known episode since May 10, 2011 in which a contestant is only able to spin once.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose A Turn is hit, although a contestant goes Bankrupt on Express.
  • On October 23:
    • Round 4 is only the sixth known use of Occupations.
    • In the final segment, Vanna shows footage of the second Millionaire Maker Sweepstakes winner being announced; as was the case last year, she makes the announcement from Las Vegas with Marty Lublin.
  • On October 24, contestant Erich spins $3,500 three times in a row in Round 3; on the third spin, he accidentally calls a repeated H.
  • October 27 is Halloween Week, taped July 10. During this week:
    • The intro is the same one that was used on the Halloween week of Season 28, complete with the pitch-shifted opening chant.
    • The Vanna avatar, dressed as a witch riding a broom, forms the wipe for the "HD where available" graphic.
    • The category strips are orange with black bats, with flying bats as the wipe. As a result of the strips being changed, all uses of Character(s) this week are in the correct font.
    • The pre-Round 2 bumper uses the same animation and unknown spooky voice as last season's.
    • A howling wolf accompanies the Mystery Round chord.
    • The Speed-Up wipe is a jack-o'-lantern.
  • On October 27:
    • There is a ½ Car win.
    • Before Round 3, Pat mentions that Jim's booth now has a window overlooking the audience; there is a brief cut to him, accompanied by obviously dubbed-in laughter.
    • For only the second time, more than one contestant lands on Express; however, the second contestant calls a wrong letter on it.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
    • In the final segment, several of the crew members are onstage with their children, who wear their Halloween costumes while Pat and Vanna hand out candy to them.
  • On October 28, there is a ½ Car win.
  • On October 29, for only the second known time, a contestant (Christopher) calls Q in the Bonus Round.
  • On October 30:
    • The shot of the contestants during the intro is a reshoot, as the yellow arrow is on $550.
    • Contestant Wren solves the bonus puzzle with 0.1 of a second remaining.
    • Before the Bonus Round, Wren mentions that he always wanted to see the piece of tape that contestants stand on in that round; in the final segment, Pat calls Wren to come back onstage and gives him the piece of tape.
  • On October 31:
    • Four consecutive turns are lost in Round 2; this includes a cycle (an incorrect T followed by two Bankrupts that claim no cash) that would be "null" except for one of the Bankrupts claiming the Wild Card and a ½ Car tag.
    • Contestant Miranda lands on Mystery Wedges three times in a row without flipping any of them. After she solves the puzzle on one between $800 and $700, Pat lets her flip it just for fun, and it has a Bankrupt on its reverse.
    • Before Round 3, there is a cut to Jim in the announcer's booth, which Pat jokingly calls the "disembodied head of Jim Thornton".
    • Bankrupt is hit four times each in Rounds 2 and 3, with three of the hits in Round 3 being consecutive; interestingly, three of the four hits in Round 3 do not claim anything.
    • The Round 4 puzzle SALTED PUMPKINSEEDS is misspelled (the latter should be two words).
    • Rounds 1 and 4 (the latter ending as a Speed-Up) are played entirely by the contestants who began them.

November 2014Edit

  • The weeks of November 3 and 10 are taped outdoors, in front of the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii. During all of this season's Hawaii episodes:
    • Pat wears short-sleeved dress shirts, and both he and Vanna wear leis.
    • The category strips in maingame rounds feature the traditional logo and Hilton Waikoloa Village logo throughout.
    • There is a flowery frame around the puzzle board.
    • During the credits, Jim announces that Hilton Waikoloa Village provided promotional consideration.
    • The ½ Car tags are not used even if the theme of the week does not preclude their use.
  • During the week of November 3 (Wheel Goes Waikoloa, taped September 13):
    • The category wipe is the Pat avatar in a small sailboat, with the surrounding water forming the strip.
    • All contestants are from Hawaii.
    • Interestingly, on both the 3rd and 4th, a contestant hits both of the green $500s that normally contain the tags in Round 1 and solves that puzzle without hitting Bankrupt in between, but on neither episode does it affect the outcome: the contestant on the 3rd wins the game anyway, and the contestant on the 4th would have had a second-place total in the $22,000 range even if the car were available.
    • Every episode has a cold open with Pat and Vanna:
      • On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Pat has a parrot on his head and jokes, "So this parrot goes to a doctor's office and says, 'How do I get this game show host off my butt?'"
      • On Tuesday, Vanna exclaims "What?" upon seeing Pat wearing flowers in his sandals, to which he responds, "What's wrong? They're comfortable and they make my feet smell good."
      • On Thursday, Pat and Vanna are lounging in beach chairs and Pat says, "Look, I know it seems like easy work, we're in paradise, we're doing 20 shows here, but it's-it's taxing. I mean, this is what happens when you fly out to an island and do 20 television shows", followed by Vanna sighing.
  • On November 3:
    • The Round 2 puzzle SILLY STRING BIKINI is a rare instance of a puzzle with only one vowel.
    • The closed captioning inexplicably indicates the Speed-Up music with "[ DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING ]", as opposed to displaying musical notes or not indicating it at all.
    • The $2,000 Toss-Up and Bonus Round are Food & Drink.
  • On November 4:
    • The Prize is a $6,700 shopping spree at Ala Moana Center, using the same "shopping spree" wedge seen repeatedly over the past two seasons.
    • The Prize Puzzle trip is an $11,218 tour of China.
    • Pat and Vanna only have time to say goodbye at the end, due to the episode running long.
  • On November 5:
    • Vanna wears a sleeveless top and pants.
    • The Prize and Gift Tag are accidentally switched. In Round 1, contestant Kaleonani wins the incorrectly-placed Gift Tag, while the Prize is not hit. This does not affect the outcome; Kaleonani still would have finished in second place had the Prize been placed correctly.
    • For only the third known time, a contestant (Shawn) calls Q in the Bonus Round.
  • On November 6:
    • When Jim reads the Prize copy, he is shown in a "window" in the upper right-hand corner.
    • The Prize is a $6,000 shopping spree from RetailMeNot.com.
    • The Round 3 puzzle FABULOUS LAS VEGAS NEVADA is the first known instance of On the Map using a descriptive term.
  • Between October 28 and November 6, eight Bonus Rounds are played for $32,000.
  • Between October 30 and November 12, Before & After is the category in Round 2 for ten consecutive shows.
  • November 10 is Best Friends, taped September 14. During this week:
    • The cold opens are used again:
      • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Same as November 4.
      • Tuesday and Thursday: Pat and Vanna playing toy ukuleles; Pat makes only sour notes with his, while Vanna walks by playing hers fluidly. The intros on Wednesday and Friday display the closed captioning of this intro, while Thursday displays the closed captioning of the "flowers in flip-flops" intro instead.
    • The title card is "BEST FRIENDS" against five surfboards, with two beach balls in front, one featuring the traditional logo.
    • On Monday, the opening montage is sped-up footage of the Hawaii set being put up; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday instead use general Hawaiian footage.
    • The category wipe is Pat driving a personal watercraft.
    • The Gift Tag and Prize are both Walmart shopping sprees, the latter valued at $7,500; after reading the Prize copy, Jim promotes the upcoming Secret Santa Sweepstakes.
  • On November 10:
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are played entirely by the teams who began them.
    • The category strip does not appear on the second shot of the board in Round 3.
    • Contestants Lee and Mitch fill in the entire Round 3 puzzle ALL-INCLUSIVE ESCORTED TOUR by themselves, using Express from the second turn onward.
    • In the Speed-Up, Lee and Mitch guess RIDING A BROWN HORSE on the puzzle SEEING A BUDDY MOVIE with only the N revealed, after which Trinette and Audrey call G and guess RIDING A WHITE HORSE; in an incident recalling the "A GROUP OF PILL-PUSHERS" round from 1999, there is then a cut to the laughing audience, and then Pat as he walks off-set and shouts, "Who said anything about a horse?!"
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose A Turn is hit.
    • Lee and Mitch accidentally call C twice in the Bonus Round, the second time as their Wild Card letter.
  • On November 12:
    • The Round 3 puzzle CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL COAST is categorized as On The Map instead of Same Letter.
    • The "only vowels remain" beeps do not sound after contestants Paul and Jerry call the last consonant on Express in Round 3.
  • On November 13:
    • There is no opening montage after the title card, possibly due to the episode running long.
    • Round 1 is a non-sequitur answer of ALL DRESSED UP AND EVERYWHERE TO GO.
    • Contestants Claire and Kelly's total score is not shown or stated after they solve Round 3.
  • On November 14:
    • In Round 1, contestants Sonya and Jane's arrow stops on the red $600 long enough for Pat to call out that dollar amount, but clicks over to the Bankrupt on the right edge of the Million-Dollar Wedge before they can call a letter.
    • During the closing chat, Pat does a brief segment on Kona coffee and Greenwell Farms.
  • November 17 is Viva Las Vegas, taped August 8. During this week:
    • Robert Ennis fills in as director again.
    • The category wipe is the Pat avatar dressed as Elvis, accompanied by an electric guitar riff.
    • All of the trips are to various hotels in Las Vegas.
    • In the Bonus Round, the RSTLNE graphic is the same one used on last season's Vegas shows.
    • The Final Spin wipe is a pair of playing cards: Pat as the king of spades and Vanna as the queen of hearts.
    • On Tuesday and Thursday, the Gift Tag is $1,000 from Bicycle playing cards.
  • On November 17, contestant Cameryn picks up the Million-Dollar Wedge on the first spin of Round 2, and risks it and a ½ Car tag on a Mystery Wedge; the wedge's reverse is a Bankrupt.
  • On November 18:
    • For the first time, a contestant (Matt) picks up three ½ Car tags but does not win the car.
    • For only the third time, a contestant (Ashlee) who has a successful Express run does not win the game.
    • For only the sixth known time, a contestant (Matt) calls Z in the Bonus Round.
  • On November 19:
    • Vanna wears a sleeveless top and pants.
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are played entirely by the contestants who began them; the latter has a contestant (Bob) fill in the entire puzzle FRIENDLY HELPFUL AND COURTEOUS by himself, using Express for the last five letters.
    • The second-place contestant has $23,100.
  • On November 20:
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • For only the second time, a contestant who picks up three ½ Car tags does not win the car.
  • On November 21, the $1,000 Toss-Up LET IT RIDE! uses only one line.
  • Between November 21 and 28, Before & After is a category for six consecutive shows.
  • November 24 is America's Game. During this week, there is an ad for the Secret Santa Sweepstakes before Round 3.
  • On November 24:
    • As it is the sixth episode of Teacher's Week, all three contestants are teachers.
    • Contestant Ignacio, despite having his real name on his nametag, is referred to by the diminutive form "Nacho" during the show.
    • Both Rounds 1 and 2 are completely filled in before being solved.
    • In the Bonus Round, Nacho says the correct answer THE WHOLE BALL OF WAX but pauses before saying the last word. Pat prompts him to say it again, and he does just ahead of the buzzer.
  • On November 25:
    • The Prize is a shopping spree from NoMoreRack.com.
    • The retro Bonus Round, the same one from both September 20, 2012 and October 3, 2013, is edited down in the same way as it was on the latter episode.
    • Pat and Vanna read most of the Prize Puzzle copy, with Jim reading only the Hotwire plug and prize value.
    • In the final segment, Vanna shares a letter that she wrote to her parents in 1982 about auditioning for the show.
  • On November 26, winning contestant Krista's grandmother joins her onstage for the credits chat.
  • On November 27:
    • Unusually for a sixth episode, the $1,000 Toss-Up (TALKING TURKEY) is themed to the airdate, while the $2,000 Toss-Up is American-themed.
    • There is a ½ Car win.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • The third- and second-place contestants have $13,500 and $23,634, resulting in the sixth instance of a ½ Car winner not winning the game.
  • On November 28:
    • In Round 1, contestant Erica picks up both ½ Car tags, but loses them to Bankrupt on the very next spin.
    • In Round 2, contestant Kathleen picks up the Million-Dollar Wedge but loses it to Bankrupt on the very next spin.

December 2014Edit

  • December 1 is Bed & Breakfast, taped October 29. During this week, the Secret Santa Sweepstakes is promoted after Round 1.
  • On December 1:
    • In Round 2, contestant Jon asks to solve but goes silent. Pat asks him if he wants to spin again since he did not attempt to solve; he does, but hits Bankrupt.
    • Pat and Vanna read portions of the Prize Puzzle copy on-location from Sandals Grand Riviera in Ocho Rios.
  • On December 2:
    • After Jim reads the Prize copy, he is shown on-camera due to Pat remarking that Jim is "always smiling" when he does so.
    • Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays the title role in the 2014 movie Annie, announces the Prize Puzzle copy, which is only described as a trip to New York City. A trailer for Annie is then shown before she announces the value.
    • Quvenzhané also does the post-Speed-Up bumper.
    • Round 1 and the Bonus Round are Food & Drink.
  • On December 4:
    • Jim is briefly shown on-camera before he starts reading the Prize copy.
    • In Round 1, Pat accidentally begins to take away contestant Brianne's Gift Tag after she hits Lose A Turn, before an offstage voice is heard shouting "no".
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • On December 5:
    • In Round 1, contestant Eben accidentally picks up the Prize despite contestant Yvette's arrow being on it at the time, causing Pat to shout "Put that trip back! It's not your trip!" Although this is cut from the actual episode, it is shown in the weekly promo.
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of Round 2 (a Bankrupt by a contestant with no money or cardboard, and incorrect calls of L and M); this is even more unusual due to the above edit.
  • Interestingly, on both December 4 and 5, one contestant solves all three Toss-Ups, and another solves all other maingame puzzles.
  • December 8-19 are the Secret Santa Sweepstakes, taped October 16-17. The first week is also Family Week. During these episodes:
    • Contestants' winnings are also matched and donated to a Children's Miracle Network hospital of the winner's choice.
    • Each show opens with each day's contestants, Jim, Pat, and Vanna promoting the sweepstakes.
    • The Gift Tag and Prize are both Walmart gift cards, the latter valued at $7,500.
    • During the first week, the category strip has Christmas lights on it when the puzzle is first revealed, and sleigh bells follow the usual chime; during the second week, the Pat avatar driving Santa's sleigh is used instead.
    • During these weeks, the wipe for the Bonus Round window alternates:
      • 8th, 15th, and 19th: a wreath accompanied by sleigh bells.
      • 9th and 16th: a gingerbread house accompanied by chimes playing the first line of "Deck the Halls".
      • 10th and 17th: a nutcracker accompanied by a reed instrument playing the first line of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen".
      • 11th: a wreath, also accompanied by chimes playing the first line of "Deck the Halls".
      • 12th and 18th: a gingerbread house, accompanied by a reed instrument playing the first line of "Deck the Halls".
  • On December 8:
    • There is a rare instance of all cardboard being removed from the Wheel by the end of Round 3: contestants Mary and Mary win the Prize, Gift Tag, and Million-Dollar Wedge in Round 1, and contestants Laura and Rachel get the Wild Card in Round 3 but later lose it to Bankrupt.
    • As Mary and Mary do not have anyone in the audience, Pat sets the Million-Dollar Wedge on the edge of the Wheel during the Bonus Round.
    • The overhead shot is not used when Pat reveals the location of the $1,000,000 envelope, thus making its position unclear.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna announce that everyone in the audience will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.
  • On December 9:
    • The area around the Wheel is noticeably darker than usual during the opening; this is fixed by the Prize copy.
    • Contestants Michael and Chris pick their Bonus Round letters by singing the chorus of "YMCA" by the Village People and doing the associated dance.
    • Michael and Chris solve the bonus puzzle AVERAGE PRICE on the buzzer. According to Michael, this is initially ruled as a loss, but there is a stopdown while the tape is checked; the team is then informed that a ruling has been made, but not told what the ruling is until taping resumes and Pat declares that they have won. This goes against precedent, where the rulings on such close calls were announced during or in place of the closing chat.
    • After the bonus puzzle is solved, the letters fill in one at a time (albeit much faster than usual), and the board's border does not flash.
    • In the final segment, called "Wheel Family Time", Pat and Vanna share stories from various families who view the show together.
  • On December 10:
    • For only the second time, more than one contestant or team hops on Express.
    • Contestants Ranada and Jeannette's score of $1,800 is not rounded up to $2,000 after they solve the Speed-Up; this is never corrected or acknowledged on-air.
    • Once again, the overhead shot is not used when Pat reveals the location of the $1,000,000 envelope; unlike on Monday, he at least states its location.
  • On December 11:
    • Round 1 is only the seventh known instance of Occupations.
    • There is a jump cut to Pat after the first letter call in the Speed-Up, causing the music to play over itself for the rest of the round; it is clearly not a "null" cycle, as the puzzle has all of the common consonants.
  • On December 12, for the only confirmed time, a contestant calls X in the Bonus Round.
  • On December 15:
    • After Round 2, there is a segment titled "Wheel Family Memories" where contestants from the taping session share Christmas memories.
    • There is a ½ Car win. This also results in a rare instance of all cardboard being removed from the Wheel by Round 3, as contestant David gets the Wild Card and Gift Tag in Round 1, while Karen gets the Prize and Million-Dollar Wedge in Round 2. However, David later loses the Wild Card to Bankrupt, and Karen does not win the game.
  • On December 17:
    • Contestant Katy's hometown is never mentioned; as the episode shows obvious signs of being edited for time due to an abnormally long Speed-Up, particularly during the interviews, it was likely edited out.
    • There is a ½ Car win by a contestant who claims three tags.
    • Interestingly, the only Bankrupt of the entire game claims the Million-Dollar Wedge and nothing else.
  • On December 18:
    • Due to time constraints, almost all of contestant Angelo's interview is cut.
    • On the Map makes its first appearance in the Bonus Round since October 15, 2013.
  • December 22 is Southern Hospitality, taped October 30. This is only the third time that the week of Christmas is not Christmas-themed, and unlike previous seasons where this was the case, Christmas-themed puzzles are not used. During this week:
    • The category wipe is the Pat and Vanna avatars driving a horse-drawn carriage.
    • The Gift Tag is $1,000 cash: from Southern Living magazine on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from Zatarain's on Tuesday and Thursday.
    • Various staff members wish the viewers happy holidays after Round 1 and before Round 3, with a third set of greetings before the $3,000 Toss-Up on Tuesday and Friday:
      • Monday: Producers, promotions and marketing.
      • Tuesday: Art department, contestant department, camera and audio department.
      • Wedneday: Stage crew, licensing and clearance department.
      • Thursday: Production (including wishes in Spanish, and for Hanukkah), post-production.
      • Friday: Production department, Jim Thornton, control room.
  • On December 22, contestant Lindsay's total is erroneously shown as $11,400 instead of $11,700 after she solves Round 2; Pat corrects it at the start of Round 3.
  • On December 23, there is a rare instance of the only Bankrupts of the game not taking away any money; notably, the second hit takes away only the Million-Dollar Wedge and Wild Card.
  • On December 24, three consecutive penalty wedges are hit early in Round 2 (Lose A Turn and two Bankrupts); this is not edited out due to the second Bankrupt taking away a ½ Car tag. This is also the only thing lost to Bankrupt in the entire game, despite it being hit three times.
  • On December 25:
    • Before the answer to the Retro Bonus Round is revealed, Jim announces that over $11 million has been given away by SPIN IDs to date. This appears at this point on a few other episodes.
    • Contestant Mavis calls M B P A in the Bonus Round, which is correctly shown on the chyron, but Pat initially mishears the P as V, and it is shown as such on the closed captioning.
  • On December 26:
    • Contestant Matt solves the $2,000 Toss-Up THE LONE RANGER with only the second E showing.
    • In Round 1, Matt tries to use his Wild Card on $2,500 after buying a vowel, but Pat tells him that they must go with the vowel. He successfully uses the card on $3,500 in Round 2.
    • Contestant Joanna only spins twice in the entire game, landing on Bankrupt both times.
    • Matt sets a new main-game winnings record of $91,892; he sweeps the game, but loses $32,000 in the Bonus Round. This is also the first main-game sweep since October 26, 2011, and the combined pre-Bonus Round total of $93,892 is likely the highest pre-Bonus Round cumulative total in the show's history.
  • December 29 is America's Game. During this week:
    • The opening animation has a Christmas tree edited in next to the TV.
    • The Gift Tag is $1,000 cash: from Nature's Way on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from Kit-Cat Clocks on Tuesday and Thursday. As was the case in January, the latter tag is oriented vertically instead of horizontally.
  • On December 29:
    • Vanna wears a sleeveless top and pants.
    • The ding does not sound when the H is revealed in Round 2.
    • Contestant Victoria wins two cars: the ½ Car in Round 3, and a BMW SUV in the Bonus Round.
    • Show Biz makes its first appearance in the Bonus Round since May 2011.
  • On December 30, contestant Laura spins again in Round 1 after calling the last consonant. Pat does not realize this until about halfway through the spin, at which point he stops the Wheel, informs her that only vowels are left, and then asks her if she wants to solve, which she does.
  • On December 31:
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up (EASY AS ONE TWO THREE) is themed neither to America's Game nor to the corresponding taping week; however, the $3,000 Toss-Up is American-themed.
    • Against precedent, the connecting word in Round 2's Before & After puzzle HOT DOG STAND BY YOUR MAN is not on its own line.

January 2015Edit

  • On January 1:
    • Unusually for a sixth episode, the $1,000 Toss-Up (BABY NEW YEAR) is themed to the airdate, while the $2,000 Toss-Up is still America-themed.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • As December 31 and January 1 are the sixth shows from the weeks of December 8 and 15, respectively, these episodes retain the Christmas decorations, but neither episode is sponsored by Walmart.
  • On January 2 (the sixth show of Bed & Breakfast), contestant Brandon solves the bonus puzzle WEDDING BOUQUET on the buzzer; as was the case on December 9, there is an edit before he is ruled a winner, as opposed to the usual practice of waiting until the last segment to reveal the outcome.
  • January 5 is Weekend Getaways, taped November 14. During this week:
    • The generic set is used with a blue floor.
    • The category wipe is the Pat and Vanna avatars driving a snowmobile.
    • The retro Bonus Rounds are not done.
  • On January 5:
    • There is a ½ Car win in Round 2. This also results in contestant Brianna winning all cardboard except the Million-Dollar Wedge, as she wins the Wild Card, Prize, and Gift Tag in Round 1.
    • The second-place contestant has $23,340.
  • On January 6, the Round 5 puzzle ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK is categorized as Song Lyrics instead of Song Title, likely due to the $1,000 Toss-Up being Title.
  • On January 7, the ½ Car tag between $650 and $900 is crooked when it is landed on in Round 1.
  • On January 8:
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of round 3 (an incorrect R, a Bankrupt by a contestant who also hit Bankrupt on her previous turn, and an incorrect T).
    • Contestant Alli wins the Mystery Round with only the $10,000 prize; she also becomes the first known contestant to finish the game with only that prize.
    • Alli loses a total of $44,275 to Bankrupt from Round 1 to 3 (counting the value of the ½ Car, as she had both tags in Round 1); overall, a likely record of $49,175 is lost to Bankrupt, counting the Gift Tag and an additional ½ Car tag.
  • On January 9:
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • At some point in Round 3, $250 is not deducted from contestant Tony's score when he buys a vowel, as his score is $7,250 before the Prize Puzzle trip is added, when it should have been $7,000. It is not clear which vowel was not deducted, as his scoreboard is not shown until after he buys the last vowel. However, this does not affect the outcome.
  • January 12 is Trip of a Lifetime, taped November 13. During this week:
    • All the trips are tours provided by Collette Vacations. This results in several instances of the Prize and/or Prize Puzzle trip being more than $10,000: the Prize Puzzle on Monday, the Prize on Tuesday and Thursday, and both on Wednesday and Friday.
    • The floor is blue with the Collette logo at center stage.
    • Six monitors are added at the back of the stage, each displaying a graphic of a different international landmark: two at stage right near the video screen, and four at stage left behind Pat. In addition, most of the neon parts on the set (except the borders of the puzzle board, video screens, and Wheel) are red and yellow instead of their usual blue.
    • The category wipe is the Pat avatar rowing a gondola on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and being chased by bulls on Tuesday and Thursday.
    • The Final Spin wipe is a graphic of the Eiffel Tower on Monday and Thursday, Big Ben on Tuesday and Friday, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa on Wednesday.
    • On Monday-Wednesday, the closing segment is a retrospective narrated by Pat on previous contestants who won Collette-sponsored trips on previous episodes: Monday is January 1, 2013 contestant Keely; Tuesday is April 17, 2013 contestant Kathy; Wednesday is May 24, 2013 contestant Jessica. The segment is sponsored by Collette and not branded as "Changing Lives".
  • On January 12, red contestant Zinnia lands on the Mystery Wedge between $700 and $800 in Round 2 after the one between Free Play and Lose A Turn has been flipped; however, the overhead shot, added in post-production, shows the blue arrow landing on the latter Mystery Wedge instead. Also, the post-production shot is done after contestant Mark loses his turn in Round 3, as his scoreboard is showing $2,500 and the Wild Card and Gift Tag (both of which he picked up in Round 3) are sitting on the railing.
  • On January 13:
    • Pat accidentally states that the category of Round 2 is Same Name instead of Same Letter; after correcting himself, he walks over to the stagehand who holds the cue cards, then displays a cue card reading "The category is Same Letter" to the camera before the puzzle is revealed again (complete with the category wipe).
    • For the first known time, the daily promo shows a clip from a previous episode; namely, the "Who said anything about a horse?!" incident on November 10, which is followed by a shot of the above.
  • On January 15:
    • The Prize is hit three times, but is not claimed.
    • For only the second time, the retro Bonus Round is one that was already used within the same season (A WORK OF GENIUS from March 22, 2004, which was previously used on December 2).
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna stand at stage left and show off the four monitors there.
  • On January 16:
    • The original $1,000 Toss-Up DEPARTURE DATE is thrown out due to Pat accidentally crediting contestant Linda with a right answer when she said DEPARTURE GATE.
    • The Round 4 puzzle RED BELL PEPPERS is a rare instance of a puzzle with only one vowel.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the maingame.
    • The bonus puzzle TRANQUIL WATER is a very rare instance of RSTLNE revealing more than half of the bonus puzzle.
    • For only the fourth known time, a contestant (Ken) calls Q in the Bonus Round.
  • January 19 is Fabulous Food, taped December 5. During this week:
    • The opening omits "From the Sony Pictures Studios, it's America's Game!" The title card is a series of animated chefs in a red-orange colored kitchen. The two-row logo in pink and "Fabulous Food" then appear over a plate with a turkey and peppers. The theme is cued up around the 0:56 mark when Jim introduces Pat and Vanna.
    • The category wipe is the Pat avatar tossing a pizza, which then rolls from right-to-left to reveal the category strip; it is accompanied by accordion music.
    • On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the Gift Tag is a $1,000 debit card from Beef Bucks.
    • The Prizes are all tours sponsored by Intrepid Travel.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna eat a food themed to the day's Prize, provided by the Mr. Food test kitchen: chicken curry on Monday, baklava on Tuesday, paella on Wednesday, veggie tempura on Thursday, and lasagna on Friday. On Monday, Howard Rosenthal of Mr. Food is also present.
  • On January 19:
    • The accordion music does not accompany the category wipe in Round 3.
    • The bonus puzzle JUICER is both a rare instance of a bonus puzzle being themed to the week, and only the second bonus puzzle since November 2009 that is shorter than seven letters.
    • In the closing segment, Vanna announces that everyone in the audience will receive a copy of Mr. Food's Cook It Slow, Cook It Fast cookbook.
  • On January 20:
    • Rounds 3 and 4 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • In Round 5, contestant Molly asks to buy a vowel, but the Final Spin bells cut her off. She ends up calling a consonant instead.
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up and Bonus Round are Food & Drink.
  • On January 21, there is a ½ Car win.
  • On January 22:
    • The Prize is a $10,700 tour of Japan.
    • For only the first time this season, the retro Bonus Round is not one that has already been used in Seasons 30 and/or 31.
  • On January 23:
    • Rounds 1, 2, and 4 are solved for less than the house minimum.
    • Only blue wedges are hit in Round 3 ($600, $700, and Free Play).
    • The "only vowels remain" beeps sound in the Speed-Up, likely due to the yellow contestant giving two wrong answers after calling the last consonant; this then appears to confuse the blue contestant, who pauses, asks to solve without calling a vowel, and gives another wrong answer twice, after which the red contestant solves also without calling a vowel.
  • Between January 16 and 23, seven consecutive Bonus Rounds are played for $32,000.
  • January 26 is California Coast, taped December 4. During this week:
    • The floor is blue.
    • The category wipe is a red station wagon.
  • On January 26, the third-place contestant has $12,450.
  • On January 27:
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • Pat accidentally says that the category for Round 5 is Thing (the category of Round 4) instead of What Are You Doing?, but corrects himself after the Final Spin.
    • The third- and second-place contestants have $13,600 and $29,850, respectively.
    • For only the second known time, the daily promo features a clip from a previous episode (the bonus puzzles of January 2, 2015 and March 19, 2014 being solved).
    • Contestant Nicole solves the bonus puzzle BUBBLY SOAP with only the L, S, and A showing.
    • The total among all three players is $122,978.
  • Starting January 27, the Bonus Round is sponsored by Post Shredded Wheat; except on Friday, this is promoted before the Bonus Round.
  • On January 29:
    • The Prize is $10,000 cash courtesy of Double Down Casino; this is the highest known cash prize offered via the Prize wedge.
    • Nine wrong letters are called in the Speed-Up, three of which are edited out as a "null" cycle.
    • Chad wins $42,000 in the Speed-Up, and has $68,623 before the Bonus Round.
    • Chad exceeds $100,000 without hitting that amount in the Bonus Round; following a $32,000 win there, he leaves with $100,623.
    • Vanna does the closing chat by herself and jokes that, because of the high winnings this week, "it's cutting into our budget, so we really had to eliminate a couple things, but nothing too important."
  • On January 30:
    • There is a ½ Car win.
    • The second-place contestant has $19,872.
  • During the week of January 26, an unusually high total of $441,693 is given away.

February 2015Edit

  • February 2 is Fun & Fit, taped December 18. During this week:
    • The Gift Tag and Prize are $1,000 and $7,500 cash, respectively, from Post Shredded Wheat. The latter is placed on the red $800 due to the wedge being red. Interestingly, on every episode this week, a contestant lands on the purple $500 that normally contains the Prize, solves that round's puzzle, and wins the game anyway; the Prize itself is hit twice but never claimed.
    • All of the Prize Puzzle trips are from .buzz.
    • The category wipe is a golf ball being hit into a hole.
    • On Tuesday-Thursday, Jim promotes Orbitz after around 2.
  • On February 2:
    • The Round 1 puzzle WARMING UP & COOLING DOWN uses an ampersand, even though AND could still have fit on the board without even requiring more than two lines.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna stand beside a stack of Post Shredded Wheat boxes shaped like a heart, and announce that everyone in the audience will receive a box.
  • On February 4, Vanna wears a sleeveless top and pants.
  • On February 5:
    • Jim promotes Shredded Wheat recipes on the show's website before Round 3.
    • Round 3 is only the second known use of Landmarks.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
  • On February 6:
    • The closed captioning displays the answer to Round 3 in quotes for no particular reason.
    • Contestant Marlyn solves Round 3 for only the Million-Dollar Wedge.
    • Six rounds are played.
  • The weeks of February 9 and 16 are taped in Hawaii: 2nd Honeymoon (taped September 16) and Hawaiian Adventure (taped September 17), respectively. During these weeks:
    • Cold opens are used again:
      • February 9, 11, 13: Pat and Vanna hula dancing; just before Jim introduces them, there is a shot of them shouting "Aloha!"
      • February 10 and 12: Pat with flowers in his flip-flops; just before Jim introduces them, there is a shot of them giving the Shaka sign.
      • February 16, 18, and 20: Pat struggling to carry an inner tube, boogie boards, beach ball, and toy ukuleles; before Jim introduces them, there is a shot of Vanna holding a flower.
      • February 17 and 19: "We're doing 20 shows" followed by sped-up footage of the Hawaii set being assembled.
  • During the week of the 9th:
    • The Second Honeymoon sweepstakes is held. After the Bonus Round, a special puzzle is shown which viewers may submit on the show's website for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii.
    • On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the Gift Tag is $1,000 cash from Hawaiian Springs water.
    • The category wipe is the Pat avatar dressed as Cupid, shooting an arrow that leaves a trail of hearts.
    • For the first known time, the Prizes and/or Prize Puzzle trips are under $10,000 on team episodes.
  • On February 9:
    • The closed captioning credits the opening chant to "crowd" and puts the answer to the $1,000 Toss-Up in quotation marks.
    • Before Round 3, Jim makes the same announcement about SPIN IDs that is sometimes seen during retro Bonus Rounds.
  • On February 10:
    • The closed captioning once again puts the answer to the $1,000 Toss-Up in quotes, and uses commas in Round 3.
    • Round 1 and the Bonus Round are Food & Drink.
    • In the final segment, Vanna narrates footage of herself at Hawaiian Botanical Gardens.
  • On February 11:
    • The Prize footage is clearly outdated and shot in standard definition.
    • Contestant Jashar asks to solve Round 3 on Express with one consonant remaining, but his wife Riley cuts him off by calling that consonant.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
    • Round 4 is People, and the Bonus Round is Person.
  • On February 12, before the $3,000 Toss-Up, there is a bumper of Pat and Lesly in a pedal boat.
  • On February 13, a repeated E is called in Round 2, but is not acknowledged as such; interestingly, both calls are made on Free Play.
  • During the week of the 16th:
    • All contestants are from Hawaii, just like the week of November 3.
    • The category wipe is the Pat avatar snorkeling in blue water which ripples as the category name appears.
    • The Prize Puzzle copy is preceded by an animated bumper using the Pat and/or Vanna avatars.
    • On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the Gift Tag is a $1,000 wooden surfboard from Hyper Hawaii.
  • On February 16:
    • The Prize is a $10,368 trip to Australia and Fiji.
    • Contestant Shawn solves the Round 4 puzzle TRAINING FOR A TRIATHLON (which begins as a Speed-Up) with only the T's showing.
    • Round 4 and the Bonus Round are What Are You Doing?
  • On February 17:
    • The Used Letter Board is briefly visible as the camera pans across the set in the opening.
    • Jim is shown on-camera before reading the Prize copy; the shot slides onscreen from the right, then slides back just as he puts on his reading glasses.
    • Pat does a bumper in front of the hotel after Round 1.
    • Contestant Rufus solves the Round 4 Speed-Up puzzle CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH with only the T showing.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • On February 17 and 18, for the second time, two consecutive Bonus Rounds are What Are You Doing?
  • On February 18, in the final segment, Pat and Vanna show footage of staffers ziplining with Kohala Ziplining.
  • On February 19:
    • The chimes do not sound when the $1,000 Toss-Up is revealed.
    • Round 1 is the only appearance of a "decade" category (The 90's) this season, and the last appearance of such a category to date.
    • Before and after the pre-Round 3 commercial break, Pat and Vanna do a bumper from a beach.
    • Round 4 and the Bonus Round are People.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna show footage of themselves at Kilauea volcano.
  • During the week of February 16, for only the second known time, neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the Bonus Round for an entire week.
  • February 23 is Wheel Around the World, taped December 19. During this week:
    • The hosts of the Turkish, Spanish, and Georgian versions are seen in the intro. The footage of the Spanish version features Paloma López, who was replaced by Laura Moure on January 22, and the Turkish version is featured despite having been canceled in late 2014. Also, the Brazilian version is not shown despite still being on the air.
    • All of the Prizes are trips from .buzz. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, an international host presents the Prize: Spain on Monday, Vietnam (in subtitled Vietnamese) on Wednesday, and Georgia on Friday.
    • Before Round 3, Pat and Vanna promote the upcoming Disney Sea and Shore sweepstakes.
    • The category wipe is the Pat avatar being chased by bulls on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and rowing a gondola on Tuesday and Thursday.
    • On Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, clips are shown from an international version during the closing segment: Georgia on Monday, Turkey on Wednesday, and Spain on Thursday.
    • The retro Bonus Rounds are not done.
    • Many of the puzzles are somewhat shorter than usual; as a result, Round 2 of February 27 is the only puzzle this entire week to use all four rows.
  • On February 23:
    • The hosts of the Spanish version help present the Prize.
    • In Round 3, contestant Rick lands on Express on his first spin, and successfully uses it to call every letter except A in the puzzle DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR APPETITE.
    • There is a $100,000 win. Against precedent, the winner does not write the contestant blog.
  • On February 25:
    • In Round 3, contestant Katie lands on a ½ Car tag after the round's other tag has been lost to Bankrupt; she throws the tag over her shoulder at Pat's request.
    • Pat and Vanna read the Prize Puzzle copy on-location from Sandals Royal Bahamian; Jim reads only the prize's value.
  • On February 26, the original Round 2 (a Same Letter) is thrown out due to contestant Erika calling S on a Mystery Wedge and accidentally being credited with the $1,000 Same Letter bonus (awarded after she flips the wedge to find $10,000 on the back) despite S not being the Same Letter, then buying an incorrect vowel with it; the mistake is not realized until after control returns to her and she asks to buy another vowel.
  • On February 27:
    • The daily promo shows a portion that is edited out of the actual show (Pat elaborating on where the republic of Georgia is located).
    • Contestant Ed hits the green $500 in between the blue $550 and pink $900 five times in a row in Round 2.
    • Contestant Ashley, who does not solve her bonus puzzle, misses the $1,000,000 by only one envelope.

March 2015Edit

  • March 2 is Disney Sea and Shore Week, taped January 14. During this week:
    • There is a cold open with Pat and Vanna on a Disney-themed locale:
      • Monday and Friday: Vanna says, "At sea and on shore..." and Pat continues, "America's Game is celebrating Disney Vacations, starting now."
      • Tuesday: Pat says, "We're celebrating the magic of Disney..." and Vanna continues, "...on Disney Sea & Shore Week, starting now."
      • Wednesday: Pat says, "Pack your bags..." and Vanna continues, "It's Disney Sea & Shore Week!"
      • Thursday: Pat says, "We're in Hollywood, celebrating the magic of Disney" and Vanna continues, "Disney Sea & Shore Week starts now!"
    • A Disney character introduces Pat and Vanna, and two others escort them onstage:
      • Monday: Mickey Mouse introduces from center stage, with Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck escorting them.
      • Tuesday: Minnie introduces from the back of the audience, with Mickey and Donald escorting them.
      • Wednesday: Mickey introduces from center stage, with Minnie and Goofy escorting them.
      • Thursday: Minnie introduces from center stage, with Donald and Goofy escorting them.
      • Friday: Mickey introduces from the back of the audience, with Minnie and Donald escorting them.
    • The audience members wear Mickey Mouse ear hats.
    • All of the trips are to Disney-owned properties or cruises, with Pat and/or Vanna reading the copy.
    • The $5K Every Day SPIN ID is shown at the bottom of the screen during the contestant interviews, instead of being announced by Vanna and Jim at the end of the show. Combined with the above, this means that Jim is only heard during the throw to the Prize copy and the "promotional consideration provided by…" before the credits.
    • The category strips are teal with green Mickey Mouse heads in them; during maingame rounds, the category wipe is Tinker Bell tapping the screen with her wand.
    • The ½ Car tags are not used, and no cars are available in the Bonus Round.
    • A sweepstakes is held, in which home viewers may submit each day's bonus puzzle for a chance to win a vacation at Disney's Aulani resort in Hawaii.
    • No closing chats are done; instead, Pat and/or Vanna promote a Disney vacation destination.
  • On March 2:
    • The Prize is a $10,748 cruise on Disney Cruise Lines.
    • Vanna promotes Disney Cruise Lines before Round 3.
  • On March 3, the Prize Puzzle trip is a $10,797 Disney Cruise Lines cruise.
  • On March 4:
    • Both trips are over $10,000: the Prize is a $12,376 San Francisco tour, and the Prize Puzzle is the same $10,748 Caribbean cruise offered as the Prize on Monday.
    • Contestant Jonathan solves the Round 4 puzzle NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR with only the N's showing.
  • On March 5:
    • Once again, both trips are over $10,000: the Prize is a $12,936 New York City tour, and the Prize Puzzle is a $10,797 Alaskan cruise.
    • After Round 2, Vanna promotes Adventures by Disney.
    • The Speed-Up music does not start until after the first letter is revealed.
    • The second-place contestant has $17,297, all of which is earned in only one spin (a single consonant on $3,500, followed by the contestant solving the Prize Puzzle).
  • On March 6, the Prize is the same cruise offered on Monday.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are lost on the week of March 2, part of a 10-day losing streak beginning on February 26.
  • March 9 is Spa Getaway Week, taped January 30. During this week:
    • The intro features the Pat and Vanna avatars walking into spa rooms. "From the Sony Pictures Studios, it's America's Game!" is omitted.
    • The category strips are purple with flowers, and their maingame wipe is a yellow flower.
    • Most of the puzzles are noticeably shorter than usual; in addition, the Prize Puzzle answers on Monday-Wednesday are all unusually short (17, 18, and 17 letters, respectively).
  • On March 9, in the final segment, Pat and Vanna show the undated clip of them in an empty hot tub together.
  • On March 10, in an unusual move, Round 4 (ADVERTISING AND MARKETING) is the longest puzzle.
  • On March 11:
    • Rounds 1 and 2 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • In Round 3, the I fails to light up for several seconds after it is called.
    • All of the puzzle are abnormally short, with Rounds 1, 2, and 4 being the longest at only 20 letters each.
    • Six rounds are played.
  • On March 12:
    • For only the second time this season, the retro Bonus Round is not one that has already been used in Seasons 30 and/or 31.
    • Contestant Melanie sweeps the game and wins $32,000 in the Bonus Round. This is the first sweep with a Bonus Round win since April 5, 2011.
  • On March 13:
    • Pat and Vanna read portions of the Prize copy from Sandals Grand Riviera in Ocho Rios.
    • There is a ½ Car win.
  • March 16 is America's Game.
  • On March 16:
    • Against normal practice, after contestant Eric solves on an un-flipped Mystery Wedge, Pat does not ask him if he wants to flip it over anyway.
    • Contestant Nykia fills in the entire Prize Puzzle REMARKABLE ISLAND EXCURSIONS by herself, using Express for the last six letters.
    • Although Bankrupt is hit four times overall, the Million-Dollar Wedge is the only thing lost to it.
  • On March 17:
    • As it is the sixth episode from Trip of a Lifetime, the six extra monitors at the back of the stage are present.
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up (LEPRECHAUNS) is themed to the air date instead of to America's Game; Round 4 is also themed to the air date, although an American-themed puzzle is used in Round 2.
    • The car horn does not sound when contestant Audree hits the second ½ Car tag in Round 1.
    • There is a ½ Car win.
    • Contestant Juila spins only once in the entire game, landing on Bankrupt in Round 1; however, she wins $6,000 from the first two Toss-Ups and the Speed-Up. As a result, she is the first contestant since May 10, 2011 to spin only once yet still win something, and her total is possibly the most ever won by such a player.
    • Rounds 2 and 3 are played entirely by the contestants who began them, although the latter includes two incorrect letters on Free Play.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • Vanna reads most of the Prize Puzzle copy from Sandals Whitehouse; Jim reads only the prize's value.
  • On March 18:
    • The $3,000 Toss-Up is American-themed instead of the $1,000 Toss-Up.
    • Bankrupt is hit six times in Round 2, a tie for the most known Bankrupts in one round; three of them are consecutive, with the first of the three being on the reverse of a Mystery Wedge.
  • On March 19:
    • The Prize is a $6,000 Overstock.com shopping spree.
    • Against precedent, the connecting word in Round 2's Before & After (BOSTON CREAM PIE CHART) is not on its own line, even though such an arrangement could have fit.
    • Round 4 begins with a cycle of three consecutive wrong letters that is not edited out, due to the third being an incorrect vowel on Free Play that is followed by a correct letter.
    • Rounds 3 and 5 are played entirely by the contestants who began them, although the latter includes an incorrect vowel on Free Play.
    • Six rounds are played.
    • The Round 6 puzzle WINE AND DINE has only three unique consonants.
    • The second-place contestant has $19,900.
  • Strangely, the March 19 show is rerun twice on the 2015-16 weekend feed – on October 17, 2015 and February 27, 2016. This is the second known time where an episode has two weekend repeats.
  • March 23 is Leave Winter Behind, taped January 29. During this week, the $1,000 Toss-Up is not themed, except on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • On March 23:
    • The Prize is a $10,458 tour of Australia and Fiji.
    • There are two duplicate categories: the $1,000 Toss-Up and Round 3 are Phrase, and the $2,000 Toss-Up and Bonus Round are Thing.
    • No wrong letters are called.
  • On March 24:
    • For only the third time this season, the retro Bonus Round is not one that has already been used in Seasons 30 and/or 31.
    • Pat almost rules contestant Shawnee wrong on the $3,000 Toss-Up (CINEMATOGRAPHY) due to him misreading the answer on the card.
  • On March 25:
    • The Wheel Prize is $7,000 credit to Hotels.com.
    • Contestant Luke solves Round 2 for only the Mystery prize.
    • The Prize Puzzle trip is an $11,698 tour of France.
  • On March 26:
    • Most of contestant Michelle's interview appears to be edited out.
    • Four consecutive turns are lost in Round 2 (an incorrect M, a Bankrupt that takes away a ½ Car tag, a Lose A Turn, and another Bankrupt that takes away the $10,000 Mystery prize).
    • There is a ½ Car win.
  • On March 27:
    • In Round 2, contestant Lauren hits a ½ Car tag after claiming two tags, but the letter she calls on it is not in the puzzle.
    • Only blue wedges are hit in Round 3 ($600, $550, and $700).
    • Rounds 3 and 4 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • Round 5 is a non-sequitur answer of HAMSTERS AND MUSKRATS.
  • Between February 17 and April 1, only four Bonus Rounds are not played for $32,000; in addition, Between March 16 and April 1, 13 consecutive Bonus Rounds are played for $32,000.
  • March 30 is Spring Break, taped February 12. During this week, the category wipe is the Pat avatar in a motorboat, with the surrounding water dissolving to form the category strip.
  • On March 30:
    • The Prize is $6,000 cash plus a DVD and Blu-Ray combo package of Interstellar, a trailer of which is shown before the copy; while the inclusion of the package is not mentioned in the copy, the fact that the total matches a similar prize on June 2 indicates that the movie is included with the cash.
    • There is a ½ Car win.
    • Round 4 is a non-sequitur answer of BABOONS AND RACCOONS.
    • The second-place contestant has $20,124.

April 2015Edit

  • On April 1, in the final segment, Pat and Vanna show the bald wig prank from April Fools' Day 2008.
  • On April 2:
    • The Prize is a $10,500 Rhine River cruise.
    • All four of the wrong letters called in Round 1 are vowels (one of which is a repeated E).
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • The $3,000 Toss-Up ICE BUCKET uses only one line.
    • A jump cut for a "null" cycle is executed too soon in the Speed-Up; the cut is made immediately after contestant Albert calls a correct R, instead of after the turn expires.
    • For the first time, there is a $1,000,000 loss; the contestant would have set a new record of $1,041,294 had she solved.
  • April 6 is Sandals Resorts Week, taped February 11. During this week:
    • The Prizes and Prize Puzzle trips are all trips to Sandals or Beaches properties, all valued at $6,000, with Pat and/or Vanna reading the copy. Notably, on April 6, 8, and 10, the Prize is a trip to the Sandals resort of the contestant's choice.
    • There is a cold open featuring Pat and/or Vanna at a Sandals resort:
      • Monday and Friday: Vanna says, "Relax, it's Sandals Resorts Week".
      • Tuesday: Vanna says, "Time to bask in luxury" and Pat continues, "It's Sandals Resorts Week".
      • Wednesday: Vanna says, "Sun, sand, surf, and romance", and Pat continues, "It's Sandals Resorts Week".
      • Thursday: Same line as Wednesday, but said entirely by Vanna.
    • Pat and/or Vanna do bumpers from a Sandals property after Round 1 and before Round 3.
  • On April 6:
    • Pat does not announce what make the ½ Car is when the first tag is landed on in Round 1.
    • There is a ½ Car win.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna show a blooper reel from the Sandals footage they have shot over the years, mostly consisting of Pat doing something amusing behind Vanna.
  • On April 7:
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • There is a jump cut to Pat after contestant Lisa buys the last vowel while on Express.
  • On April 8:
    • The Sandals bumper after Round 1 features Lesly.
    • The $3,000 Toss-Up is only the first appearance of TV Quote this season.
    • In the Speed-Up, contestant Lisa is not given $1,500 after she calls a correct P; this affects her final score (but not the outcome) as she solves on the next turn for $6,000 instead of $7,500, and would have finished in second place either way.
  • Around April 8, some Prize Puzzles begin to be much shorter than usual (20 letters or fewer).
  • On April 9:
    • Pat nearly rules contestant Keri wrong on the $2,000 Toss-Up (RIDING IN A LIMOUSINE) due to him misreading the answer on the card.
    • For only the fourth time this season, the retro Bonus Round is not one that has already been used in Seasons 30 and/or 31.
  • On April 8 and 9, two contestants in a row win the maingame with $33,450.
  • On April 10, the chimes do not sound when the $1,000 Toss-Up is revealed.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are lost on the week of April 6, part of a 8-day losing streak beginning on April 2.
  • April 13 is Wheel Loves NY, taped March 12. During this week:
    • Vanna opens the show by saying, "I love New York!"
    • The prize is a $6,000 trip to New York; no details or sponsor are noted in the copy.
    • The Gift Tag is $1,000 cash from New York.buzz. The tag is shaped like a slice of pizza.
    • The category wipe is the Pat and Vanna avatars in a horse-drawn carriage.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
  • Most stations based in the state of New York air different versions of this week's episodes, modified to promote a new Wheel scratch-off game from the New York Lottery. On the New York version of this week:
    • The episodes are introduced by New York Lottery spokeswoman Yolanda Vega, replacing Vanna's opening.
    • The logo bug is replaced with the New York Lottery logo.
    • During the contestant interviews, a banner with the $5K Every Day logo appears at the bottom of the screen reading "GET YOUR SPIN ID READY NEW YORK! YOU COULD WIN YOUR CHOICE OF $5,000 CASH OR $5,000 WORTH OF [picture of Wheel scratch-off tickets] COMING UP SOON! See end credits for more details."
    • The SPIN ID drawing is unique to this version, guaranteeing a New York winner and offering a choice of $5,000 cash or 1,000 Wheel scratch-off tickets.
    • There is a different closing segment, which is preceded by a clip of Vega promoting the new scratch-off game.
    • During the credits, a clip is shown of Vega encouraging New York viewers to watch tomorrow night for another chance to win.
    • To compensate for the additional lottery promos, the opening montage, Round 1 commercial outro, and Bonus Round car promo are edited out.
  • On April 13:
    • The $2,000 Toss-Up is People, and the Bonus Round is Person.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
    • In the final segment (barring most New York stations), Pat and Vanna discuss the show's previous trips to New York, including footage of the 1988 Radio City Music Hall episodes and the ceremonial 4,000th nighttime episode.
  • Between April 10 and 14, there are three consecutive ½ Car wins.
  • Between April 13 and 15, the $3,000 Toss-Up is Proper Name for three days in a row; this also results in this week being the first known week in which that category is used on all five episodes.
  • On April 15, Pat does a brief segment on Grand Central Terminal in the final segment.
  • On April 16, in Round 3, Pat accidentally begins to ask contestant Adam whether he wants to hop on Express before he calls a letter; the audience begins shouting suggestions before an offstage voice can be heard correcting Pat. He calls a correct letter, hops on, and fills in the entire puzzle EXTRAORDINARY POOLS by himself as a result.
  • On April 17:
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are played entirely by the contestants who began them; the latter has contestant Eric fill in the entire puzzle UNDER THE JAMAICAN SUN by himself.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna show the "A GROUP OF PILL-PUSHERS" clip from 1999, again in edited form.
  • Between April 16 and 24, Before & After is used for seven consecutive shows.
  • April 20 is America's Game.
  • On April 20, there is a ½ Car win.
  • On April 21:
    • The Prize is a $6,000 Beyond the Rack shopping spree.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • The Round 4 puzzle MORNING NOON & NIGHT uses an ampersand, even though it could have spelled out AND without using more than two rows.
    • The overhead shot of the Final Spin is zoomed out further than usual.
    • In the final segment, Pat shows a picture of Lesly along with Harry Friedman's wife, Judy.
  • On April 20 and 21, the wide shot of the Final Spin is done lower than usual; interestingly, both Final Spins end up landing on the Bankrupt near the $5,000 before an edit.
  • On April 22:
    • Round 2 is only the third apperance of Star & Role since May 20, 2011.
    • Five consecutive turns are lost in Round 4, including a "null" cycle which is not edited out (incorrect calls of S and D followed by Lose A Turn).
  • On April 23, in a somewhat unusual move, after contestant Chris calls T on $600, Pat reminds him that he can use his Wild Card "at any time"; it ends up unused, as he calls a wrong letter on his next turn, control does not return to him before the round goes to Speed-Up, and he does not win the game.
  • On April 24:
    • As it is the sixth episode of Sandals Resorts Week, Vanna reads the Prize and Prize Puzzle copy.
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 2.
    • There is a ½ Car win.
    • In Round 4, contestant Suzanne begins to buy a repeated A, then corrects herself and says I. Pat almost rules it as an I before being corrected from offstage, and while it is never acknowledged directly as a repeat, the next contestant (Curtis) takes control when the Speed-Up starts on the next turn.
  • April 27 is Show Your Disney Side, taped January 15. During this week:
    • All teams are composed of married couples; despite this, the ½ Car tags are not used.
    • No cars are available in the Bonus Round.
    • The category strips are teal with small Mickey Mouse heads.
    • The $5K Every Day draw is done during the interviews.
    • The Prizes and Prize Puzzle trips are all to Walt Disney World and/or Disneyland; except for the Prize Puzzle on Wednesday and Friday, Pat and/or Vanna read the copy on-location. Notably, the trips on Thursday both include a marriage vow renewal ceremony.
    • There is a cold open with Pat, Vanna, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy:
      • Monday: Pat, Vanna, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald in a fire truck, announcing the theme.
      • Tuesday: Goofy lets Pat and Vanna into the back of the studio, but only after seeing Vanna's name on the list.
      • Wednesday: Donald walks in front of the board, which reads WHEEL WELCOMES MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS, and complains about his name not being on it. He then runs behind the board, which changes to WHEEL WELCOMES DONALD DUCK before Minnie asks Donald what he is doing.
      • Thursday: Pat and Vanna are driven to the studios in Cinderella's carriage.
      • Friday: Pat and Vanna are behind the puzzle board, asking what is taking so long; there is then a cut to Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy all randomly hitting buttons that result in static.
    • A Disney character introduces Pat and Vanna:
      • Monday: Mickey introduces from center stage, while Minnie and Goofy escort them.
      • Tuesday: Minnie introduces from center stage, while Donald and Mickey escort them.
      • Wednesday: Mickey introduces from the back of the audience, while Minnie and Goofy escort them.
      • Thursday: Cinderella's coachman introduces from center stage with "Please allow me to introduce our royal subjects, Pat Sajak and Vanna White!"
      • Friday: Mickey introduces from center stage, while Minnie and Donald escort them.
    • In the final segment on Monday-Wednesday, Pat and Vanna show off a piece from a Disney park ride: a horse from the King Arthur carousel on Monday; a Dumbo from Dumbo the Flying Elephant on Tuesday, and a train from Big Thunder Railroad on Wednesday. On Thursday, Pat and Vanna instead show cakes from a Disney "fairy tale" wedding, and are seen eating them with the winning team during the credits. On Friday, Pat and Vanna sign off normally with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.
    • It is also the Grand Adventure Sweepstakes. Home viewers may enter each episode's bonus puzzle on the show's website for a chance to win a trip to Walt Disney World Resort.
  • From about this point onward, the $1,000 Toss-Up is not always themed to the week.
  • On April 27:
    • Contestants Eric and Kristie win all cardboard except the Prize Wedge, claiming the $10,000 Mystery Prize, Gift Tag, Wild Card, and Million-Dollar Wedge in Round 2.
    • Four Eastern ABC affiliates accidentally air the April 24 show again: WABC in New York City, WPVI in Philadelphia, WLS in Chicago, and WTVD in Raleigh. Both Wheel and the stations apologize for the mistake and post the correct show's bonus puzzle for the Grand Adventure Sweepstakes. All four stations air the correct episode overnight.
  • On April 29:
    • Rounds 1-3 are played entirely by the teams who began them.
    • During the second shot of the board in Round 4, the category strip is blank.
    • In Round 4, contestants Noelle and Timmy hit the red $700 five times in a row, but call a wrong letter on the fifth hit.
    • Round 4 inexplicably goes to Speed-Up with only one consonant (M) missing from the puzzle YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose A Turn is hit; the wrong letter mentioned above is the only lost turn of the entire game.
    • For only the third time, a team who takes the Million-Dollar Wedge to the Bonus Round does not have anyone in the audience; as a result, Pat holds the wedge throughout the round.
    • The winning team loses the Bonus Round and misses the $1,000,000 by only one envelope.

May 2015Edit

  • On May 1:
    • The $5K Every Day SPIN ID does not appear until the interviews are nearly done.
    • Round 3 begins with three consecutive Bankrupts; this is not edited out due to the first being on the reverse of a Mystery Wedge.
  • May 4 is Mom's Week, taped March 26. During this week:
    • The category wipe is a bouquet of flowers.
    • The Prize is a $6,000 shopping spree: gyft.com on Monday, The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, hayneedle.com on Wednesday, Beyond the Rack on Thursday, and RetailMeNot.com on Friday.
  • On May 4:
    • Round 1 is only the fourth appearance of Star & Role since May 20, 2011; this also results in the first instance since Season 28 of it being used more than once in a season.
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of the Speed-Up.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
  • On May 5, the retro Bonus Round (YAKETY-YAK from September 14, 2005) is mis-identified as being from 2004, as was previously done with the same puzzle on January 4, 2013.
  • On May 7:
    • Although Bankrupt is hit three times in Round 1, nothing is lost to it.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done; according to a person present at taping, one was done for the episode as-taped, but likely edited out due to time constraints.
  • On May 8:
    • The Round 1 puzzle FIVE-SPEED HAND MIXER is the second appearance of In the Kitchen that is not a Toss-Up or Round 4+ puzzle since November 17, 2010.
    • In the final segment, Vanna shows a picture of herself with her mother.
  • The week of May 11, taped March 13, is a second Trip of a Lifetime week, done identically to the first.
  • On May 11:
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up HOTEL LOBBY uses only one line.
    • All six of contestant Chris' spins in Round 1 land on the yellow $900.
    • Both trips are over $10,000: the Prize is a $10,458 trip to Australia and Fiji, and the Prize Puzzle is a $10,478 trip to Italy.
    • There is a ½ Car win.
  • On May 12:
    • There is a ½ Car win.
    • In Round 4, $250 is not deducted from contestant Anthony's score when he buys either A or I, as his scoreboard can be seen reading $1,150 instead of $900 when he calls a wrong letter on the next turn; however, this does not affect the outcome as he later hits Bankrupt.
  • On May 13:
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up COUNT ME IN uses only one line.
    • The graphic showing the reverse of the Mystery Wedge is not used when contestant G'na lands on the one between $700 and $800 and decides not to flip it, possibly because contestant Emily lands on the same wedge later in the round and flips it to find a Bankrupt on the reverse.
    • Pat references a "null" cycle edited out of the Speed-Up by telling G'na that D has already been called, despite the original call being part of the cycle.
  • On May 14, there is a ½ Car win.
  • On May 15:
    • Pat forgets to take away contestant Lauren's Wild Card after she hits Bankrupt in Round 2; he corrects this at the end of the round.
    • Both Prizes are over $10,000: the Prize is a $10,698 tour of the United Kingdom, and the Prize Puzzle is a $10,798 tour of Spain.
    • Contestant Madison loses $25,898 to Bankrupt between Rounds 2 and 3: the Prize and $3,300 in Round 2, $11,900 in Round 3.
    • The second letter in the $5K Every Day SPIN ID is inexplicably blank; Jim reads it as "space".
  • May 18 is Spin Into Summer, taped February 27. During this week:
    • The category wipe is the Pat avatar surfing.
    • The Bonus Round is sponsored by Post Shredded Wheat.
  • On May 18:
    • For the last time, there is a ½ Car win in Round 1.
    • Contestant Roland finds six T's on $3,500 in Round 2, but later loses $20,750 to Bankrupt.
    • In Round 3, contestant Angela almost calls a repeated N, but catches herself and calls P. It is ruled as P, which is not in the puzzle.
    • Later in Round 3, Roland asks to solve but goes silent; Pat asks him if he wants to spin again since he did not start to give an answer, and he does.
    • The bonus puzzle GO VIRAL uses only one line.
  • On May 19:
    • The second-place contestant has $20,400, won entirely in Round 4.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna discuss the Secret Santa Sweepstakes, followed by footage of them presenting checks to Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
    • An alternate ending is shot, in which Pat and Vanna discuss the fact that the Speed-Up would have ended in a tie had the second-place contestant called one more consonant.
  • On May 20:
    • The Prize is an $11,396 tour of France.
    • The chimes do not sound when the Round 2 puzzle is revealed.
  • On May 21:
    • After the ½ Car in between the blue $550 and the pink $900 is won in Round 1, it is accidentally not replaced for Round 2; while contestant Bridget hits both the green $500 that should contain that tag and the ½ Car tag between the pink $650 and the orange $900 in Round 2, this ultimately does not affect the outcome as Bridget does not solve the puzzle.
    • The bonus puzzle ZOOM OUT uses only one line.
  • On May 22:
    • After the ½ Car tag in between the blue $550 and the pink $900 is lost to Bankrupt in Round 1, the same tag is accidentally moved one wedge counterclockwise to $550 for Rounds 2 and 3; while this results in a ½ Car win in Round 3, this does not affect the outcome, as the contestant would have won regardless.
    • The $3,000 Toss-Up PIRATE SHIP uses only one line.
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of the Speed-Up.
    • There is a rare instance of a contestant solving the Speed-Up without any money.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are lost on the week of May 18, part of a 10-day losing streak beginning on May 14.
  • May 25 is Wish You Were Here, taped February 26. The category wipe is the Pat avatar in a sailboat.
  • On May 25, contestant Michelle calls two R's on $500 in Round 4, but only $500 is added to her score instead of $1,000; while she solves the puzzle, this does not affect the outcome as she wins regardless.
  • On May 27:
    • Jim is shown on-camera after he finishes the Prize copy.
    • Rounds 1 and 4 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • Six rounds are played.
    • Rounds 3, 6, and the Bonus Round are Thing; this is only the fourth known instance since 2003 of a category being used three times.
  • On May 28:
    • Contestant Florence says the correct answer to the $1,000 Toss-Up CHERRIES JUBILEE but forgets to ring in, allowing Maylin to ring in after her.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done; one is done for the episode as-taped, but edited out.
    • The train horn does not sound when Express is landed on in Round 3.
  • On May 29:
    • After the ½ Car tag between the blue $550 and the pink $900 is won in Round 1, it is accidentally placed on $550 in Round 2; while the incorrectly-placed tag is hit in that round, it is later lost to Bankrupt. It returns to its proper place for Round 3, where it is claimed but not won.
    • Contestant Kendra solves on Express even though one consonant remains, and ends up losing by $100, thus becoming the fourth contestant who has a successful Express run but does not win the game.
    • The third-place contestant has $12,500.

June 2015Edit

  • June 1 is America's Game.
  • On June 2:
    • The daily promo shows a portion edited out of the actual episode (contestant Kristen stating that she loves game shows and that Wheel is her favorite).
    • The Prize is $6,000 cash plus a DVD and Blu-Ray combo package of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, a trailer of which is shown before the copy.
    • The retro Bonus Round is not done.
    • There is a ½ Car win by a contestant who claims three tags.
    • The $3,000 Toss-Up (A LITTLE PEP IN YOUR STEP) is longer than the answers to both Rounds 2 and 3; despite this, Round 4 still begins as a Speed-Up.
    • A total of $42,000 is unclaimed in Round 4.
    • The second-place contestant has $19,000.
  • On June 3:
    • The Prize is $6,000 credit to Beyond the Rack.
    • Two contestants in a row call A in Round 2, the latter happening on Free Play.
  • On June 4, for only the fifth time this season, the retro Bonus Round is not one that has already been used in Seasons 30 and/or 31.
  • Between May 26 and June 4, eight Bonus Rounds are played for $32,000.
  • On June 5:
    • The Prize is a $6,000 shopping spree for Overstock.com.
    • Rounds 1 and 2 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • Contestant Camille hops on Express with only one consonant remaining.
    • Round 2 and the Bonus Round are Person.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are won on the week of June 1, the first all-win week since May 16-20, 2011.
  • June 8 is Happy Father's Day!, taped March 27. It also doubles as a Shop Your Way week. During this week, the Gift Tag and Prize are $1,000 and $7,500 Shop Your Way shopping sprees, respectively.
  • On June 9:
    • Round 3 (CASTLES AND MONUMENTS) is only the third known instance of Landmarks, although it is not known why the puzzle is in that category instead of Places, as Landmark is typically only used for specific establishments.
    • Round 4 and the Bonus Round are Fun & Games; this is that category's first appearance in the Bonus Round since April 2, 2012.
  • On June 10, there is a jump-cut to Pat after Vince calls M in the Speed-Up; this is clearly not a "null" cycle, as the puzzle has M in it. The cut was likely done due to Vince calling the letter slowly and quietly enough to require a ruling from the judges.
  • On June 11:
    • Contestant Trevor spins the yellow $900 five times in a row in Round 1, and spins only the green $500 near the yellow $900 in Round 4, the latter of which he plays entirely by himself.
    • Counting the Final Spin, only an eight-wedge span of the Wheel is hit in the entire game (from the purple $500 in between $800 and pink $650 and near the yellow $900).
  • On June 12, contestant Nick asks to buy a U after landing on the Prize in Round 1, but Pat tells him that he must call a consonant. He calls C, which is not in the puzzle.

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