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Press Your Luck Episode Guide (Part 4: July 1985-December 1985)

New Version 6.0
By: Brian Dominy, Todd Hunter, Adam Marchese, Jason Hernandez, et al.
SPECIAL THANKS to David Hammett
With additional editing by Adam Marchese and Jason Hernandez

    In the latter part of 1985, the show was still popular with more whammies, more surprising contestants, a HUGE Home Player Contest, and a Round One spot that would stay with the show until the end. Also, some new colors would change the look of the game!

**Thanks to Tyshaun Miles for this one!...the last Home Player's Sweepstakes ran from October 21, 1985 until November 22, 1985. This means that the slide change for the three prizes in square #10 left in December 1985.
 

7/1 (460) Danette Steve Abe DANETTE $14,200 -
7/2 (461) Kathy Dan Danette DANETTE $12,825
($27,025)
-
7/3 (462) Danette Julie Robert JULIE $14,328 Good end!
7/4 (463) Julie Jim Patricia JIM $15,025 Peter wears a Red, White, and Blue bow-tie! Patricia's BIG whammy from the intros!
7/5 (464) Tom Jim Sonya TOM $20,169 -

 
7/8 (465) Jenny Greg Tom JENNY $11,183 -
7/9 (466) Lisa Jenny Tom LISA $12,105 -
7/10 (467) Brian Lisa Pam* LISA $15,106
($27,211)
Pam (from the Sylvester debacle) makes her return appearance.
7/11 (468) Valerie Ron Lisa LISA $15,012
($42,223)
Lisa is rolling! Also, two of the players HATE their good luck charms, so Peter sacrifices them!
7/12 (469) Lisa Judy Steve STEVE
BRYANT
$14,005 This is Steve "No whaaammiiiees" Bryant's first episode

 
7/15 (470) Steve Kent Lynn STEVE
BRYANT
$2,650
($16,655)
Steve winds up playing against the house!
7/16 (471) Kathy Steven Steve STEVEN $10,500 Great episode, even though Steve lost.
7/17 (472) Annette Steven Kane ANNETTE $15,444 -
7/18 (473) Annette Lisa Ed LISA $12,436 -
7/19 (474) Mike Ruth Lisa MIKE $13,198 -

 
7/22 (475) Sammy Mike Josie MIKE $9,016
($22,214)
-
7/23 (476) Rosella Scott Mike MIKE $11,525
($33,739)
-
7/24 (477) Joe Mike Linda JOE $8,250 -
7/25 (478) Mary Joe Tony JOE $13,645
($21,895)
One of the BEST round one performances ever with a new record!
7/26 (479) Mike Melodie Joe JOE $17,070
($38,965)
A VERY intense game! "Thanks a lot, Joe!" Also, a flokati rug... =D

 
7/29 (480) Joe Jerry* Kathy KATHY $15,345 Jerry returns from the "Sylvester" episode! His previous winnings are NOT mentioned.
7/30 (481) Bobby Yvonne Kathy YVONNE $7,538 -
7/31 (482) Yvonne Thorne Jennifer THORNE $14,795 -
8/1 (483) Bobby (not same one) Thorne Melanie THORNE $3,005
($18,800)
-
8/2 (484) Rich Thorne Vicki THORNE $4,935
($22,735)
-

It is here where I need to look back at some episodes.....

8/5 (485) Kimberley Thorne Gary GARY $5,582 Well, Kim does something, well, infamous. Peter also visits board.
8/6 (486) Gary Julie Thad JULIE $10,983 --
8/7 (487) Julie Lee Tricia LEE $23,022 Tricia has a "no-whammies" sticker. Lee's Double Your $$ hit from the intros! Excellent show.
8/8 (488) Debbie Dennis Lee DENNIS $15,736 --
8/9 (489) Robin Dennis Sam* ROBIN $10,259 Sam returns from the "Sylvester" episode.

 
8/12 (490) Bill Robin Michelle BILL $7,973 --
8/13 (491) Cindy Kurt Bill KURT $19,032 Cindy's Paris hit from the intros!
8/14 (492) Greg Kurt Kathi GREG $15,536 --
8/15 (493) John Cindy Greg JOHN $12,289 --
8/16 (494) Judy John Scott JOHN $13,708
($25,997)
--

OKAY, it is within the next two weeks that we have those slide changes, and then those slide problems. It is all fixed by September of 1985.
 

8/19 (495) Debbie John Tom JOHN $4,500
($30,497)
--
8/20 (496) Marcia Mike John MARCIA $22,633 Marcia's car hit from the intros!
8/21 (497) Michael Marcia Basia MARCIA $14,164
($36,797)
Last episode with those old colors...they were fading anyway and gettin' messed up.
8/22 (498)* Mark Toria Marcia MARK $11,595 This is the FIRSTtime weseethe new colors! $75 dollars, Marcia?!?
8/23 (499) Jacklynn Mark Matt MARK $1,150
($12,745)
One of the most bizarre games ever, with 11 whammies and weird edits since...
...this is where the slides blew because...

...Back-to-School Week was this week...and some weird notes about this week. This week was taped before episode #498 was taped. Episodes #500 to 504 were taped first, which is why we saw some weird color slides...
 

n/a -- (500)* Jacquie
Matt
Roxy
MATT
$3,695
This was a "lost episode" GSn decided to air during Summer, 2004 that was never intended to air on CBS! As for the episode itself.....whoa...insane...
8/26 (501)
Katie
Ramon
Greg
KATIE
$8,070
Many wh-wh-whammies!
8/27 (502) Elliott
Jake
Christy
ELLIOTT
$7,414
The whammy goes to work here...
8/28 (503) Monica
Missie
Chris
MONICA
$7,730
Oooh, what a thriller in the end of this close battle! Great game.
8/29 (504) Vicki Mona Greg MONA $12,920 Mona LOVES PINK, and just a very interesting game overall.
8/30 (505) April
Janis
Mike
JANIS
$10,240
--

*Ever since it was discovered that there were six episodes taped for the teen week, there is much speculation as to why six episodes were taped, and it turned out that one of them never made it to air. Also, episode #500 did air on that Monday, thanks to Ramon Hernandez (contestant from confirmed AIRED episode #500) for that information!

*Additionally, because CBS anticipated that they would air five episodes for Back-to-School week, the episode numbers (originally, anyway) are known to be correct as the September 2 episode would be marked as episode #505.
---> However, according to GSN and their schedules, the episode numbers all actually go up by one. Also, a couple of the original production slates have the episodes "adding-a-one" to their production numbers. Because of this discrepancy, I have had to adjust the episode numbers as stated.
(This information is contradictory from prior information gathered as the lost episode would be marked episode #500a, and AIRED episode #500 was the episode shown on August 26th, 1985.)

Say hello to our newest member of the PYL family, Add-a-One! Last season starts!

9/2 (506) Feargus Nancy Mark MARK $6,900
($19,645)
It is Labor Day, 1985! Nancy is one of a handful of people to get 12 earned spins in a round.
9/3 (507) Vernon Maxine Mark MAXINE $20,712 Maxine came to see Peter and The Price is... er ...Press Your Luck! :-D
9/4 (508) Maxine
Susie
Steve
STEVE
$10,302
Maxine whammies out on this episode, prompting her to say, "I'm going home!"
9/5 (509) Nomi
Steve
Janis
NOMI
$18,406
It's the premiere of Add-A-One!  It is also the premiere of the prize descriptions between rounds. Good game between 3 unique players.
9/6 (510) Carol
Nomi
Bill
BILL
$15,993
Good battle between everyone.

 
9/9 (511) Jin
Bill
Edith
JIN
$4,500
The whammies are out in full force as Jin plays against the house! Peter does a soliloquy from Hamlet...in a way...
9/10 (512) Jin
Nancy
John
JIN
$18,297
($22,797)
My birthday, FWIW! Add-A-One is hit...for TEN dollars?!? Jin earns a total of 22 spins in the game, a record.
9/11 (513) Ramin
Jin
Cassie
JIN
$13,100
($35,897)
Jin can't get rid of her spins towards the end of the game.
9/12 (514) Jin
Millie
Corkey
CORKEY
$9,660
Corkey is fun!
9/13 (515) Corkey
Ginger
Bertie
BERTIE
$9,543
A nailbiter that comes down to the very last spin.

 
9/16 (516) Bertie
Charlene
Dave
BERTIE
$19,455
($28,998)
This is silly day with the shuffly board!
9/17 (517) Frank
Bertie
Holly
BERTIE
$3,214
($32,212)
Peter has trouble with cheese... Bertie practically plays the house.
9/18 (518) Cookie
Rick
Bertie
COOKIE
$15,456
High-octane game!
9/19 (519) Cynthia
Mike
Cookie
COOKIE
$3,900
($19,356)
--
9/20 (520) Cookie
Gary
Diane
DIANE
$12,110
--

 
9/23 (521) Cindy*
Mike
Diane
DIANE
$7,248
($19,358)
First mention of the final Home Player Sweepstakes! Also, Cindy is back from mid-August.
9/24 (522) John
Diane
Christal
DIANE
$5,113
($24,471)
--
9/25 (523) Diane
Mike
Sandi
MIKE
$6,914
Weird game.
9/26 (524) Mary
Susan
Mike
SUSAN
$12,000
Mary passes from third place with $0?!?
9/27 (525) Susan
Bobby
Vallie
VALLIE
$7,800
Peter...he's getting a little antsy in the second question round with only 6 earned spins.

 
9/30 (526) Kerry
Chuck
Vallie
KERRY
$8,846
Rod Roddy begins his prize descriptions before spin rounds!
10/1 (527) Michael
Kerry
Sherry
KERRY
$17,297
($26,143)
BIG Bucks in round one! Kerry made a very smart decision...
10/2 (528) Pat
Bruce
Kerry
BRUCE
$8,368
--
10/3 (529) Faye
Bruce
Gwen
FAYE
$10,967
Gwen passed her last spin...and gave away the game...
10/4 (530) Mike
Jean
Faye
JEAN
$10,118
GSn skipped this ep, but we know Faye & Jean are here thanks to a late flashback intro.
*Why GSn skipped that episode entirely is still a mystery to me, unfortunately.

10/7 (531) Maxie
Jean
Donarae
MAXIE
$9,475
AAO hit for $10.
10/8 (532) Jeanette
Nickie
Maxie
MAXIE
$22,896
($32,371)
An absolute classic, one of the best episodes of the season. Aside from the insane game, PYL has now given away over $6 million, and Maxie
10/9 (533) Vicki
Christine
Maxie
VICKI
$5,750
Maxie still can't get over the flokati rug! Vicki comes back from oblivion!
10/10 (534) Brian
Becky
Vicki
VICKI
$14,823
($20,573)
Another good game.
10/11 (535) Vicki
Pam
Mitchell
PAM
$12,343
Great ending!

 
10/14 (536) Carolyn
Robert
Pam
CAROLYN
$12,800
Peter is in silly mode, again.
10/15 (537) Carolyn
Lynn
Mark
CAROLYN
$10,603
($23,403)
Carolyn's intro from late in the run.
10/16 (538) Bob
Doris
Carolyn
DORIS
$19,246
Big win with an African Safari!
10/17 (539) Doris
Janice
Phil
JANICE
$12,150
GSn had skipped this episode, but was eventually aired only once! Very strange game here.
10/18 (540) Christina
Janice
Mark
JANICE
$4,918
($17,068)
--

For the Home Player's Sweepstakes, $2000 or Lose 1 Whammy was replaced by $500 + ONE SPIN in square #15.
A couple days after the Sweepstakes, $1000+ was replaced by $2000/Lose 1 Whammy. So, after the HPS, the square was:
$500+, $2000/Low, Prize....and that's when the board got all screwy.

10/21 (541) Mona
Joe
Janice
MONA $9,264 Home Player's Sweepstakes #3 begins here and will go on through 25 shows!
10/22 (542) Bill Mona Mary MONA $13,556
($22,820)
Close game.
10/23 (543) John Kristin Mona KRISTIN $17,188 HPS hit for $2500! Great ending, and a CAR win! Mona sets a record by hitting 4 whammies in 4 spins. One of a handful of people to hit 4 of 'em in a row!
10/24 (544) Kristin
Dusty
Sharyl
SHARYL
$4,700
Snoopy says "Good grief"?!?
10/25 (545) Sharyl
Debbie
Stephen
DEBBIE $13,378 --

 
10/28 (546) Colleen Andy Debbie ANDY $5,750 --
10/29 (547) Lark Andy Carolyn* LARK $3,850 Carolyn would come back in a later episode.
10/30 (548) Brian Robin Lark BRIAN $17,000 Awww, Lark got beat by so little. Also, Brian hits AAO for $11,500!
10/31 (549) Savina
Brian
Laurie
BRIAN $5,800
($22,800)
Halloween, 1985. Brian won his second show.
11/1 (550) Ollie Debi Brian DEBI $9,914 Britain hit for HPS! Debi from intros!

 
11/4 (551) Debi Peter Peggy DEBI $9,900
($19,814)
$5,000+ is hit for the HPS!
11/5 (552) Debi Russ Tinker RUSS $8,300 Russ plays against the house! Sixth person to do so, I believe.
11/6 (553) Mary Kay
Geri
Russ
MARY KAY
$4,400
--
11/7 (554) Marty
Mary Kay
Ron
RON
$11,049
--
11/8 (555) Christine
Ron
Gayle
GAYLE
$6,414
Peter is silly...! Also, a wine cellar is hit here.

 
11/11 (556) Gayle Mark Wolf MARK $7,807 Wolf hits AAO...for ten bucks.
11/12 (557) Mark Carolyn Yolanda YOLANDA $8,650 Several whammies in this one! (Seven in round one)
11/13 (558) Yolanda Kurt Michelle KURT $17,453 Only time "Japan By Rail" is hit.
11/14 (559) Helen Sheila Kurt SHEILA $23,751 One of the BEST episodes of the new-colors era!
11/15 (560) John Sheila Yvonne JOHN $3,250 Weird game... (Latest GSN has ever gone in the run until 2014)

 
11/18 (561) Karen
John
Yolonda
KAREN $7,530
A car win here!
11/19 (562) Karen Judy Steve STEVE $18,695 Steve's Big Bucks hit from the intros! What a thrilling game in the end!
11/20 (563) Stephanie Carol Steve STEPHANIE $9,078 Stephanie thanking everyone from the intros!
11/21 (564) Shirley Stephanie Kurt SHIRLEY $10,648 Kurt from the intros where he makes a fool out of himself.
11/22 (565) Jon Carla Shirley JON $10,304 This is it! The final HPS day with the all-cash board for one lucky viewer!

 
11/25 (566) Patti
Jon
Dan
DAN
$11,880
Dan wins a car ($6130) and $5750 in cash in a mere 3 spins!
11/26 (567) Fae
Dan
Jill
JILL
$10,250
All cash!
11/27 (568) Jill
Cheryl
Scott
SCOTT
$15,703
$2000/Lose-One-Whammy comes back, and the Whammies wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
11/28 NO SHOW ON THANKS- GIVING :-)
11/29 (569) Alex
Jeanne
Scott
SCOTT
$8,268
($23,971)
Scott wins his second show in a row, for sure... and a cold-blooded pass from Scott leads to a huge whammy loss from Jeanne.

--->These are pushed back a few days further because the Scott who won on November 27th is the same Scott who won *points down* here! This is confirmed. He won at least three shows... while THAT is not definite, these dates are fairly safe.
 
12/2 (570) Scott
Hal*
Deanne*
SCOTT
$10,426
($34,397)
Scott wins a Mexican Cruise, and Hal and Deanna come back in later eps in 1986.
12/3 (571) Valerie
Colleen
Scott
COLLEEN $24,389 One of the big wins of the season.
12/4 (572) Colleen Diane Danny DANNY $16,735 What an ending!
12/5 (573) Rocky Danny Trish TRISH $5,196 Last episode with three prizes in square #10. Also, last time DYS without a spin is hit.
12/6 (574) Courtney Trish Susannah TRISH $17,750
($22,946)
NEW BOARDS! (Both rounds)
Back and forth battle here.

 
12/9 (575) Robert Jackie Trish* ROBERT $4,345
You'd think I'd put in the total by now, huh? :-D Eh, I didn't like Robert, anyway.
12/10 (576) Robert* Deborah Mark DEBORAH $8,200 Robert blows a huge lead, and the game.
12/11 (577) Guillermo Deborah Ruth RUTH $12,916 --
12/12 (578) Ruth Genevieve Greg RUTH $14,500
($27,416)
This episode has one of THE most entertaining and silly question rounds ever!
12/13 (579) Ruth Gerard Gene GENE $3,326 This ep was pushed back since there were no decorations.

 
12/16 (580) Gene
Stacey
Pat
PAT
$4,799
The Christmas Whammies for 1985 start here, and Stacey takes some of the longest spins ever!
12/17 (581) April
John
Pat
JOHN
$3,000
John is the lone survivor of this whammy-fest.
12/18 (582) Molly
Tom
John
JOHN
$8,704
($11,704)
Molly with a vicious pass, and John wins a Mediterranean Cruise!
12/19 (583) John
Madeline
Janice
JANICE
$12,850
Very exciting ending, and a great comeback victory by Janice with a close finish.
12/20 (584) Bruce
Janice
Hillie
JANICE
$12,028
($24,878)
Another big win by Janice here!

12/23 (585) Ginger
Brent
Janice
GINGER
$11,986
Christmas Week begins here, and the set is dressed for the occasion! Also of note, the blue "Home Robot" is hit and won.
12/24 (586) Mark
Susan
Ginger
MARK
$12,900
Twas the day before Christmas, and Ginger earns a total of 20 spins in the question rounds!
12/25 (587) Mark
Sylvan
Pam
PAM
$8,150
Merry Christmas! This is the fabled episode where Peter Tomarken does the entire show in his pajamas, Rod dresses as Santa, and Peter's daughters are in the show with him!
12/26 (588) Marie
Ron
Pam
RON
$10,112
Marie Isbel may be the oldest PYL contestant ever at 86 years old. She may also be one of the most entertaining contestants ever, even asking Peter out on a date.
12/27 (589) Craig
Ron
Georgia
CRAIG
$14,286
Solid win for Craig who begins a great run here!

 
12/30 (590) Sally
Craig
Andy
CRAIG
$11,018
($25,304)
Andy nearly gets four whammies in four spins. Speaking of whammies, the newer whammy slides begin here.
12/31 (591) Betsy
Kirk
Craig
CRAIG
$9,850
($35,154)
It's New Year's Eve! Peter and Rod wear tuxedos, and Craig ends the year on a high note!

On to Part FIVE of the episode guide with all of 1986.

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