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A timeline for Season 12 of Wheel of Fortune, which aired in first-run from September 5, 1994 through June 23, 1995.

Season Changes

  • "Changing Keys" is rearranged yet again, with a big-band orchestration and a very different melody. This new version is performed by Mort Lindsey's orchestra. A variant using the "big band" orchestration but the original melody plays between Pat and Vanna's sign-off and the end of the fee plugs.
  • There is now a half-second pause between each word in the opening chant.
  • Charlie's intro is changed to "From Hollywood, it's the Wheel of Fortune! America's most popular game show! And now, the world's! Here they are, soaring into your lives: Pat Sajak and Vanna White!"
    • The intro starts with the logo in gold letters over a graphic of the Wheel, which has undergone a few layout changes: the lone Bankrupt is replaced by a purple $300, and the pink $200 from Rounds 3-4+ and the $3,500 swap places. In addition, the "U"'s bottom is flat, and the "O" in "of" is a normal-looking O instead of Wheel-shaped, like the two-row logo. As the letters fly towards the screen, the Wheel graphic rotates towards its side to reveal a cartoon version of Pat and Vanna "riding" the middle of it, with various America-related graphics in the background, which are all from their previous road shows, except Walt Disney World. The words "SPIN THE WHEEL", written in white letters a semicircle, spin around at the end of the "riding" graphic and wipe to a shot of Vanna blowing a kiss while the words "America's Game" appear in cursive on gold squares next to an animated Statue of Liberty lowering and raising her torch; the square with the S flips to show another America graphic (Miami). Afterward, "Millions Won!" appears in orange at the bottom as the "riding" graphic returns, with a money figure ranging from $5,000,000 to $9,000,000 flying by, which Pat and Vanna swipe to reveal frames of international versions of the show in the background. The Wheel graphic then tilts again as Charlie said "soaring into your lives", and finally, it explodes into graphics of Pat and Vanna parachuting with their hands extended, along with a circular, white wipe to a shot of center stage.
  • The puzzle board's border is changed to a "spiky" style.
  • The rugs are no longer used.
  • Charlie no longer describes the Round 4 Prize unless it is won. As a result, the overhead shot at the start of Round 4 alternates between zooming in on the Round 4 Prize wedge or $5,000.
  • Columbia TriStar Television (owned by Sony) takes over production as part of Merv's "deal" he made in July that he would remain executive producer until 2000; thus Charlie's closing spiel is changed to "Wheel of Fortune is produced by..." (over copyright/title screen and drumroll) "...Columbia TriStar Television!" (accompanied by a slightly slower, rearranged version of the Columbia Pictures Television music), with the King World logo, music, and spiel playing out as usual.
  • This is the last season in which the show's logo appears in the credits.
  • Sometime this season, the shot of the $25,000 sign during wins is changed from it being lowered to an extreme close-up panning the length of the sign.
  • Beginning with this season, many shots of the board are done from behind the contestants' backs.
  • This season is the first of only three following Season 6 which does not have a College Week.
  • Promos for this season refer to Wheel as America's Game and feature Aretha Franklin.
  • Several Wheel Prizes this season are under $2,000; any known instances are noted.
  • On several episodes early in the season, "Nightwalk" is used as a prize cue.
  • On at least two episodes sometime this season, the Round 4 Prize are worth at least $10,000, but none are claimed. One known prize is a trip to Greece, and the other is a necklace.
  • Closing text appearing in lowercase is now printed in white, in the Palatino Italic font; uppercase text (such as names) remain in Gill Sans, but in a pale pink version. Credit rolls begin with the title logo in a multi-color, marble-like appearance; headers appear in Palatino Italic upon a parallelogram in the same color scheme as the logo.

September 1994

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  • September 5 is Teen Week.
  • On September 5, the Round 2 Prize is a set of backpacks and a camera, worth $826. This is the last Wheel prize under $1,000.
  • On September 6:
    • The Round 1 Clue puzzle YABBA-DABBA-DOO FAMILY (The Flintstones) is a tie for the longest known puzzle with none of the five most common consonants. This puzzle is also incorrectly hyphenated.
    • Round 2 and the Bonus Round are Person, and Round 3 is People.
    • $3,500 is accidentally placed over $150, thus putting in play the red $300 it normally occupies. Neither wedge is hit.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Clue and Round 4 is a rare instance of a Red-Letter Puzzle being used in a Speed-Up.
  • On September 7:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Blank and Round 2 is Clue.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the main game.
    • Contestant Paul sweeps the game but loses an annuity in the Bonus Round.
  • On September 12, the Round 2 Prize is on the pink $200 in Round 4.
  • On September 13:
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are Before & After.
    • Charlie is shown on camera before Round 2.
    • Pat forgets to acknowledge that there are no vowels left in Round 3 until contestant Michael tries to call one.
    • The Round 2 and Round 4 Prizes switch positions.
    • The slide whistle accidentally sounds in Round 4 as the wheel just misses the Bankrupt.
  • On September 14:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Clue and Round 3 is a Red-Letter Puzzle.
    • The Round 2 Prize is on the peach $200 in Round 3.
    • There are two sets of repeated categories: Rounds 2 and 3 are Phrase, while Round 4 and the Bonus Round are Thing.
    • Vanna shows off her newborn son, Nicholas (Niko).
  • On September 15:
    • For the first known time outside a road show, the category chyrons are yellow with a black outline.
    • Contestant Lesley sets a new one-round record of $45,000 in the Speed-Up.
  • On September 16:
    • In Round 1, nobody correctly identifies what is described by the Fill In the Blank puzzle HARRIET ? STOWE (Beecher). The puzzle also has its question mark by itself on the second row.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Blank and Round 4 is a rare instance of a Red-Letter Puzzle being used in a Speed-Up.
    • All of contestant Diane's spins land on $200 four times in a row in Round 2.
    • Round 4 is the second known use of Events.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose a Turn is hit.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • On September 19:
    • Pat's Final Spin lands on Surprise.
    • Round 5 (MAVERICK) is a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters.
  • On September 20:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is the debut of Megaword and Round 3 is Fill In the Blank.
      • Unlike other "bonus" categories, Megaword does not use the High Rollers chimes. Throughout the category's life, it is used in any round of gameplay; this results in multiple instances of shorter puzzles in Rounds 2 or 3, as well as uses of "bonus" categories in Speed-Up rounds, both of which are otherwise very rare occurrences.
    • Round 4 is Person, and the Bonus Round is People.
  • On September 21:
    • Three males play.
    • Round 4 (VIOLIN & BOW) is a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters.
    • Eleven wrong letters are called in above round; despite this, the round still manages to end without a Speed-Up.
    • For only the third known time, Landmark is used in the Bonus Round. The puzzle, TAJ MAHAL, is solved.
    • Contestant Kevin sweeps the game and wins $25,000 in the Bonus Round.
  • On September 22:
    • The Round 1 Blank puzzle JACK BE ? JACK BE QUICK (Nimble) is a very rare main-game puzzle with none of the five most common consonants in it. After the first four turns are all wrong letters, contestant Denise apparently figures out the answer on the fifth turn, as she calls off all the consonants in the puzzle (starting with C) and does not buy any vowels.
    • Kevin spins $5,000 three times in a row in Round 4. He ends up winning the game with $24,500, all claimed in this round.
    • The Round 5 Speed-Up puzzle BUSY AS A BEE has only three unique consonants, and no letters are revealed until the eighth turn.
  • On September 23:
    • In Round 1, nobody correctly identifies what is described by the Clue puzzle CATERPILLAR CONSTRUCTION (cocoon).
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Clue and Round 3 is Blank.
    • Kevin retires with $101,388.
  • On September 26:
    • Contestant Roger's name tag uses a larger, wider font than usual.
    • Surprise is accidentally placed on the tan $200 next to the top dollar in Round 1. This is corrected in Round 2.
  • On September 27:
    • For the first time, a contestant fails to use a Megaword (HAPHAZARDLY) in a sentence.
    • In Round 4, the buzzer sounds on a correct letter.
  • On September 28:
    • Three females play.
    • The Surprise is a $1,090 Vuarnet men's watch. This is the least expensive known Surprise.
    • The Round 3 Fill In the Blank puzzle ? -A-DEE-DO-DAH ? UP ? CODE (Zip) has four hyphens. Regardless of whether or not the question marks are counted, this appears to be a record for the most punctuation ever revealed on the trilon board.
  • On September 29, two "bonuses" are played: Round 3 is Clue and Round 4 is a Red-Letter Puzzle.
  • On September 30:
    • Vanna wears a suit.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Clue and Round 3 is Megaword.
    • Contestant Ben has only $3,400 before the Bonus Round.
    • "Buzzword" is used when Charlie describes the Bonus Round trip to London and Paris, a rare instance of that cue being used for something other than a car.

October 1994

  • On October 3:
    • The puzzle-solve cue is changed to a "big band" style, using the same three notes but a faster tempo. A new cue is also introduced for giving the right answer to a "bonus" question.
    • The spikes on the puzzle board no longer blink.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Rounds 2 and 4 (SAVE YOUR SOUL FOOD {Before & After} and HALLOWEEN COSTUME respectively) tied for the longest at only 16 letters.
    • Ben retires with $75,052.
  • On October 5:
    • Three males play.
    • Vanna wears a shirt and pants.
    • The Round 2 puzzle THE JUDGE & THE JURY has the ampersand by itself on the second line.
  • On October 6:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Megaword and Round 2 is a Red-Letter Puzzle.
    • Round 2 is Things and Round 4 and the Bonus Round is Thing.
  • On October 7:
    • The Round 1 puzzle BUSH HAMILTON BURNS & C SCOTT is inexplicably categorized as Clue, rather than using question marks and Fill In the Blank (the answer being "George").
    • After the above puzzle is solved, Pat asks Charlie to explain why the above puzzle was not categorized as Fill In the Blank, to which Charlie responds "You try to use it in a sentence", an obvious dig at the Megaword category.
    • Pat's Final Spin lands on Lose a Turn. His second attempt lands on $5,000.
  • On October 10, contestant Steve's letters fill in the bonus puzzle BASKET entirely.
  • On October 11:
    • Bankrupt is hit six times in Round 3, tying the record for most known Bankrupts in a single round. Interestingly, no wrong letters are called during that round.
    • At the end of the show, Nancy Jones makes an off-camera appearance, telling Pat that nearly $7,000,000 was won last season.
  • On October 12, two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Clue and Round 4 is a Red-Letter Puzzle.
  • On October 13:
    • Round 4's puzzle FALL FOLIAGE is a very rare main-game puzzle with only three unique consonants and none of the five most common ones.
    • For the only known time, RSTLNE reveals every consonant in the bonus puzzle (TIARA).
    • Rounds 2, 4 and the Bonus Round are Thing.
  • On October 14:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL MONUMENT (Place) followed by a question asking where it is located (California) and Round 3 is Megaword.
    • Pat erroneously states that the Round 4 Prize is marked "Crystal" on the Wheel, which had been the Round 2 Prize. The actual Round 4 Prize is marked "Jewelry".
  • On October 18:
    • The Round 2 puzzle WOODSTOCK NINETY-FOUR (Event) is followed by a question asking for the year in which the first Woodstock was held. The contestant provides the right answer of 1969.
    • The winning contestant (Janice) finishes with only $4,450.
  • On October 19:
    • Contestant Susan fails to give a sentence for the Round 2 Megaword FLAMBOYANTLY.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 4.
  • On October 20:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Clue and Round 3 is Fill In the Blank.
    • "Buzzword" is used when Charlie describes the Surprise, one of several rare instances of that cue being used for something other than a car.
  • On October 24:
    • Vanna wears a multicolored tie-dye blouse and purple leggings.
    • Surprise is accidentally placed on the red $300 in Round 1.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 1.
    • Contestant Danny retires with $53,092. He sweeps the game, but loses $25,000 in the Bonus Round.
  • On October 25, the overhead camera accidentally focuses on the yellow arrow instead of the blue one during one of contestant Jacqueline's spins in Round 2.
  • On October 26:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Fill In the Blank and Round 3 is Megaword.
    • Round 5 (VISIONARY) is a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters.
  • On October 27, two "bonuses" are played: Round 3 is Fill In the Blank and Round 4 is a rare instance of a Red-Letter Puzzle being used in a Speed-Up.
  • The weeks of October 31 and November 21 are taped at the Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre at Fair Park in Dallas. During all of the Dallas episodes:
    • The closing variation of "Changing Keys" is used during the intro.
    • There is no Round 4 prize the week of October 31.
    • The traditional Wheel logo is altered in three different styles, all with horseshoes in place of the dots, a lasso rope in place of the Wheel, and flames within the letters themselves: the first with a Texas Ranger badge in place of the "o" and a cactus in place of the "f", the second with a normal "of" but with a longhorn in place of the "o", and the third with a normal "of" with a cowboy hat on it. These logos are also seen on the copyright cards after the credits.
    • After the audience chant is done over a panoramic shot of the set, Charlie's intro for this week is: "Traveling to the State Fair of Texas, it's America's favorite game! Yes, Wheel of Fortune is on location again, and comes to you from the spectacular Starplex theater in Dallas, Texas! And now, here are Pat Sajak and Vanna White!"
  • On October 31:
    • Three new contestants start off the first week.
    • Round 1 is People, and Round 3 is Person.
    • Contestant Nedwin fails to solve the bonus puzzle AWARD with only the W missing.
    • Merv Griffin appears in the final segment, and jokes that he only seems to make cameos when the Bonus Round is lost.

November 1994

  • On November 1, three males play.
  • On November 2:
    • The Round 3 Clue puzzle CLASSICAL JAZZ ROCK RAP & COUNTRY (Music) has two blank spaces between JAZZ and ROCK.
    • The cameras cut to a shot of some audience members mouthing the answer when Dan solves Round 3.
    • As Dan calls L in the Speed-Up (which is not in the puzzle), the camera briefly switches from the usual split-screen to a closeup shot of him, then pans over to contestant Keri calling her letter before returning to the usual shot. It is very likely that these turns had to be re-shot due to a technical error.
  • On November 3:
    • Three males play.
    • The Round 1 puzzle STOP EJECT PLAY REWIND & RECORD BUTTONS (Things) has two blank spaces between STOP and EJECT, and between PLAY and REWIND. Given that both this puzzle and the similar puzzle on the 2nd are lists of items, it is likely that the spacing was deliberate so as to make the divisions between the individual elements clearer.
    • Round 3 is a Where Are We? puzzle with four clues.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose A Turn is hit.
    • The bonus puzzle, THE ALAMO, is only the fourth known use of Landmark in the Bonus Round.
  • On November 4:
    • Contestant Bree starts to offer her sentence for the Megaword JUXTAPOSITION just as the buzzer sounds. She is allowed to finish her sentence and is still credited with the $500 bonus.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Megaword and Round 3 is the last appearance of the "old-style" Fill In the Blank.
    • Rounds 1 and 5 are Person.
    • Bree accidentally calls N in the Bonus Round, and it is briefly placed on the chyron.
    • The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during the closing segment.

      Ooh, it's a toughie. -Pat

  • The weeks of November 7 and 14 are the Red, White & Blue Sweepstakes. Similar to the Red Letter Sweepstakes of Season 10 and the Gold Letter Sweepstakes of Season 11, each episode has a puzzle where some letters are red on top and blue on the bottom, which spell out the last name of a U.S. President when unscrambled. While the contest plugs are typically cut out of GSN reruns, at least one episode (November 15) has been shown with the sweepstakes address intact. 200 winners of the contest receive a trip on the MS Windward (now the SuperStar Aquarius) and a chance to audition for the show.
  • On November 7:
    • One-day champion Stefan from October 28 returns to play after week-long absence.
    • Rounds 1, 3 and the Bonus Round are Phrase.
  • On November 8:
    • Round 1 (BAYWATCH) is both a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters, and of one with only one vowel.
    • Round 3 is Things, while Round 4 and the Bonus Round are Thing.
  • On November 10:
    • The Round 4 puzzle MOVERS & SHAKERS has the ampersand by itself on the second line.
    • The winning contestant has only $2,450 before the Bonus Round.
    • The bonus prize is a historic document signed by George Washington.
    • Rounds 1, 3 and the Bonus Round are Phrase.
  • On November 11:
    • Nobody correctly identifies what is described by the Round 1 Clue puzzle MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE (South Dakota).
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are played entirely by the contestant who began them.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 4.
  • On November 14:
    • The "bonus" for Round 2's Fill In the Blank puzzle ? EYES ? IN THE GRASS ? CHARMER (Snake) is thrown out after an audience member shouts out the answer. This does not affect the outcome.
    • After contestant Gary solves Round 3's puzzle GERMAN OCCUPATION OF PARIS, Pat says that he is forced to do weird things such as repeating the puzzle solution. This was seen in the 25th and 30th anniversary flashbacks.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose a Turn is hit.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the main game.
  • On November 15, no letters are revealed in the Round 1 puzzle BIG BROUHAHA until the seventh turn.
  • On November 18:
    • Pat does not do his pre-Round 1 spiel. Additionally, he uses a party blower before announcing the category Megaword.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Megaword and Round 2 is Where Are We?
    • The Round 2 prize is a $10,190 piano, which is won.
  • The week of November 21 has the same changes as the week of October 31. Charlie's intro for this week is: "Traveling to the dynamic city of Dallas, Texas, it's America's favorite game!" He then pauses as Vanna says a line about their venue, and then continues, "Yes, the Big Wheel has rolled into the Big D, Dallas/Fort Worth, and comes to you from the Starplex theater! And now, the stars of Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak and Vanna White!"
  • On November 21:
    • There are two returning champions: contestants Teresa from November 18, and Bree from November 4.
    • Surprise is accidentally placed on the blue $500 in Rounds 1 and 2.
    • Rounds 2 and 4 are Things, while the Bonus Round is Thing.
    • Against normal practice at the time, Charlie reads copy for the Round 4 Prize.
    • Teresa retires with $103,240.
  • On November 22:
    • Round 2 is the first known appearance of The Nineties.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 2.
    • Rounds 1 and 5 are Before & After.
    • Contestant Denise spins $5,000 three times in a row in Round 4.
    • Denise's hands are visible in the shot of the board during the Bonus Round.
  • On November 24:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Megaword and Round 3 is Fill In the Blank.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the main game.
    • Denise retires with $99,026, a seemingly-rare instance of two consecutive undefeated champions.
  • On November 25:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Clue and Round 3 is Megaword.
    • At the end of the show, a dance performance is given by Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico.
  • On November 28:

    The original $10,000 wedge.

    • Three females play.
    • The applause machine is only used when the audience is clapping and when players spin the Wheel.
    • Round 1 is a Same Name puzzle with three "names".
    • The video for the Surprise shows Vanna walking with Fred Hayman.
    • The $10,000 Wedge debuts in Round 3. It is initially placed on the Bankrupt between $600 and $500. For the first few weeks only, its digits are narrower.
    • Pat's explanation of the $10,000 Wedge at the top of Round 3 appears to have been done in post-production, as the close-up shot of the wedge uses the normal $10,000 Wedge (with enlarged numbers and dollar sign), but the narrow-style wedge is used in gameplay.
    • The Round 4 Prize is on the pink $200 in Round 4.
  • On November 29:
    • Contestant Gordon fills in the entire Round 4 puzzle PORGY AND BESS TRUMAN by himself.
    • Rounds 3 and 4 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • Pat forgets to mention the category for the Bonus Round until he prompts Gordon for his three consonants and a vowel.
  • On November 30:
    • The Round 2 Prize is on the peach $200 in Round 2.
    • The Round 4 Prize is on the pink $200 in Round 4.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the main game.
    • Gordon sweeps the game and wins a jewelry package in the Bonus Round.

December 1994

The regular $10,000 wedge.

  • On December 1:
    • Gordon retires with $64,183.
    • Rounds 1, 2 and the Bonus Round are Phrase.
  • On December 2:
    • Three males play.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 3 is Fill In the Blank and Round 4 is Megaword.
    • There is a very rare instance of a bonus puzzle without RSTLNE in it. The puzzle, HAWAII (Place), is solved.
  • On December 5:
    • Again, three males play.
    • Contestant Brian raps during the interviews, a moment which was seen on several retrospectives including the 3,000th episode.
    • The applause machine is not used during prize descriptions.
    • The value for the Round 2 Prize has an "embossed" effect.
    • The numbers are enlarged on the $10,000 Wedge.
    • Round 3 has the longest known word to be concealed in a Red-Letter puzzle (PASSION, within the puzzle DON'T LOSE ANY SLEEP OVER IT).
    • Contestant Tom begins to hand in his Free Spin right before the Final Spin bells sound, but he is stopped by Pat. Pat asks Nancy whether Tom should still hand it in and call the first Speed-Up letter (while blue contestant John's arrow is blinking), and she tells him yes.
    • Rounds 2, 3, and the Bonus Round are Phrase.
  • On December 6:
    • The Round 1 puzzle ALL THAT JAZZ is a rare instance of a puzzle with only one vowel. It also uses three rows, even though it could fit on only two.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Clue and Round 3 is Megaword.
    • Rounds 2 and 5 are played entirely by the contestant who began them.
    • Round 5 (BANK VAULT) is a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 5.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • On December 7, Round 1 and the Bonus Round are Thing, while Round 4 is Things.
  • On December 8:
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are Before & After, while Round 4 is Thing and Round 5 is Things.
    • The Round 2 Prize is on the peach $200 in Rounds 3 and 4.
  • On December 9:
    • Three "bonus" categories are played: the debut of Next Line Please in Round 1, Fill In the Blank in Round 3, and Megaword in Round 4.
    • In Round 1, no one correctly provides the next line to ARE THE STARS OUT TONIGHT ("I don't know if it's cloudy or bright").
    • Round 4 is also a rare instance of a "bonus" category being used in a Speed-Up. It is also the only instance of a Megaword sentence not being accepted ("The contestants did not know what the word PROLIFERATION meant").
  • On December 14, Round 3 is the second known appearance of The Nineties, and the last known use of that category until 1999.
  • On December 15:
    • The value of the Surprise uses an "embossed" effect.
    • "Nightwalk" is used as the cue for the Round 2 prize. This is the last time that "Nightwalk" is heard on the show.
    • Rounds 1 and 2 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • Round 2 is a Where Are We? with four clues.
    • The Round 4 prize is accidentally placed on $700.
    • Round 4 (WIGGED OUT) is a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 4.
    • After the bonus puzzle ZORRO (Fictional Character) is not solved, Pat sings the theme to the 1957 Zorro TV series while making a Z in the air with the bonus envelope. This has been seen on several retrospectives.
  • On December 16:
    • Three females play.
    • In Round 2, a contestant incorrectly solves the fully-revealed Megaword puzzle PRISTINELY by mispronouncing it.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Megaword and Round 3 is Clue.
    • At least one of the Prize wedges has a shorter font.
  • December 19 is Family Week, played identically to the ones in 1992 and 1993.
  • On December 19:
    • Round 1 is a seemingly extremely rare appearance of Nickname.
    • The Round 2 Prize is a pair of Yamaha motor scooters.
    • The bonus puzzle MARY & JOSEPH is the second known instance of an ampersand in the Bonus Round.
    • At the end of the episode, Pat and Vanna reveal a collage that they made for the top winner. It includes a replica of the $5,000 wedge, nametags reading Pat and Vanna, a $25,000 envelope, a Free Spin token, a red L, two logos, and a replica of a California license plate reading "WHEEL".
  • On December 20:
    • Once again, the Round 4 Prize is accidentally placed on $700.
    • In the final segment, Vanna brings in Nicholas a second time.
  • On December 21:
    • For the first known time, two contestants on one team have the same first name (Brendan).
    • The Round 2 puzzle PALETTE PAINT CANVAS EASEL & BRUSHES (Things) has two blank spaces between PAINT and CANVAS, likely for similar reasons as the two puzzles in November that did this.
    • Round 2 is Things, while Round 4 and the Bonus Round are Thing.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 4.
  • On December 22:
    • In Round 2, the Megaword puzzle COPACETIC has only three unique consonants.
    • Round 2 also has a very rare instance of a contestant losing their turn with only vowels remaining; a team incorrectly solves with only the E missing, after which the next team solves for the house minimum. This is immediately followed by the same team failing to use a Megaword in a sentence.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Megaword and Round 3 is Clue.
    • Rounds 1, 4, and the Bonus Round are Thing.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Round 3 (EARTH'S TALLEST ANIMAL {Giraffe}) being the longest at only 19 letters.
  • On December 23:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Next Line Please and Round 3 is Clue.
    • Contestants Erin and Sheila solve the Speed-Up puzzle CHRISTMAS WREATH with only the C revealed.
    • Each family pair gets a box of Perugina chocolates after the Speed-Up round.
    • In a very rare occurrence, RSTLNE reveals more than half of the bonus puzzle (FRASIER).
  • Reruns air during the week of December 26.

January 1995

  • A second set of reruns airs during the week of January 2.
  • On an episode sometime this month, footage is shown after the Bonus Round of Pat calling the winners of the Red, White & Blue Sweepstakes.
  • On January 9:
    • Vanna wears a shirt and pants.
    • Three females play.
    • The Surprise is erroneously placed on $800 in Rounds 1 and 2.
    • The Free Spin (on the blue $300) comes loose during Round 1, partially exposing the 3. It is secured before Round 2.
    • The Round 2 prize wedge is dark green.
    • The contestant calls her vowel first in the Bonus Round, but against precedent, the chyron displays the vowel last.
    • The Bonus Round prize won is a $7,198 pair of motorcycles plus $10,000 cash.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • On January 11:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 3.
    • Contestant Paula wins with only the Round 4 Prize (a $6,744 trip to Austria).
  • On January 12:
    • The $10,000 Wedge is accidentally placed over the Bankrupt between $900 and $500 in Rounds 3 and 4; this ends up affecting the game, as contestant Paula hits the center of the Bankrupt between $600 and $500.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Blank and Round 3 is I WANT TO BE ALONE (Quotation) is followed by a question asking for who is famous for saying it. Contestant Melanie does not provide the correct answer of Greta Garbo.
    • Contestant Chris solves the bonus puzzle RODEO despite getting no help from his extra letters.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Round 1 (MY LIPS ARE QUIVERING) being the longest at only 18 letters.
  • On January 13:
    • The Surprise is absent in Round 1.
    • Against normal practice at the time, the buzzer sounds on a wrong answer in Round 3.
    • The Round 4 prize is on the pink $200.
    • Contestant Betty wins despite not claiming $13,750 in Round 3.
    • In the closing chat, Pat and Vanna mention that the show's newsletter held a Vanna White lookalike contest, and then introduce the contest's winner, Rosanne Basile.
  • January 16 is Best Friends Week, with the Friday Finals. During this week:
    • All the Wheel Prizes and Surprises are either trips or prizes that come in pairs.
    • The Round 4 Prize is not used.
  • On January 18:
    • The Round 2 Prize is a trip to Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas worth $10,452.
    • The Round 2 Prize is on the pink $200 in Round 4.
  • On January 19:
    • The Round 2 Prize is a pair of Klein mountain bikes, modeled by two unknown teenagers (one male, one female).
    • There is a rare instance of a team losing their turn with only vowels remaining in the Speed-Up.
    • The Bonus Round puzzle is JEOPARDY (Title).
  • On January 20:
    • Rounds 2 and 3 are Before & After.
    • Contestants Cedric and Quintan only spin once in the entire game, calling an incorrect letter in Round 3.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Fill In the Blank and Round 4 is Megaword. The latter is a rare instance of a "bonus" category being used in a Speed-Up.
    • Pat mistakenly states that the Megaword bonus is $1,000 instead of $500, but lets contestants Kristi and Shawna keep the extra $500 anyway.
    • Kristi and Shawna sweep the game. In an unusual move, Pat lets them pick between the two remaining bonus prizes (two cars or two pianos) instead of using the W-H-E-E-L envelopes. They choose the cars, but do not win them.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the main game.
  • On January 23, Betty solves the bonus puzzle ROOF despite getting no help from her extra letters.
  • On January 24:
    • Vanna wears a suit.
    • The Round 2 puzzle ED SULLIVAN THEATER IN NEW YORK (Place) is followed by a question asking whose show tapes there. Contestant Richard gives the correct answer of David Letterman just after the buzzer, at which point Pat says that they will check the tape during the commercial break. Pat forgets to mention the outcome until after Richard's first letter call in Round 3 is revealed, at which point he confirms that the buzzer beat him.
    • Pat's Final Spin lands on a Prize wedge.
  • On January 25:
    • Three males play.
    • Contestant Paul wins a $46,000+ home décor package including $1,000 cash in the Bonus Round, the cash part of which is modeled by Vanna holding several bundles of money.
  • On January 26, two "bonuses" are played: Round 3 is Clue and Round 4 is Megaword.
  • On January 27:
    • Vanna wears a shirt and pants.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Clue and Round 3 is a rare "three question marks" Fill In the Blank with four question marks.
    • Paul retires with $122,075.
  • On January 31:
    • Rounds 2, 4, and 5 are Phrase.
    • The bonus prize is a Wurlitzer piano with $5,000 cash.

February 1995

  • On February 1:
    • Round 2 has a rare instance of a contestant losing their turn with only vowels remaining; with only the E missing from the puzzle EROTICISM (Megaword), contestant Verla buys an A.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Megaword and Round 3 is Fill In the Blank.
    • The winning contestant accidentally calls E in the Bonus Round, and the E is briefly put on the chyron.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Round 1 (HITCHING & TRADING POST {Same Name}) being the longest at only 19 letters.
  • On February 3:
    • Three males play.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Megaword and Round 3 is Where Are We?
    • Round 3 is also the last Where Are We? puzzle to use four clues.
    • Vanna turns the B in the bonus puzzle THE BLAHS too far, causing the letter to slide partway off the trilon.
    • Contestant David says "the blah" among his Bonus Round guesses, stopping just shy of saying the full answer.
  • The weeks of February 6-27 are taped at Walt Disney World. During these weeks:
    • The original $10,000 Wedge with skinnier numbers is used, suggesting that these episodes were taped before or immediately after the week of November 28.
    • For reasons unknown, the Surprise wedge's letters do not have sparkles on them during these episodes.
    • These episodes have the 1994 logo zooming up and then wiping away vertically in the intro.
    • Each show opens with Vanna saying, "From Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida; it's Wheel of Fortune!" The logo zooms up as Charlie says the show's name; as the logo vertically wipes, he continues, "America's favorite show is on location at America's favorite theme park! And now, your host and hostess: Pat Sajak and Vanna White!"
    • The taping location disclaimer is updated to "Production Facilities Provided by Disney-MGM Studios", complete with the theme park's logo and Charlie's spiel.
  • February 6 is the last My Favorite Teacher Week. Teacher-themed weeks do not occur again until May 28, 2007.
  • On February 6:
    • Six females play.
    • Nobody correctly identifies the missing word in Round 2's Fill In the Blank puzzle ? PLAINS ? CORPUSCLES ? SULPHUR SPRINGS (White).
  • On February 7, the Round 2 Prize is a $1,499 camcorder.
  • On February 8, the Round 2 Prize, a trip to United States Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, has "SPACE" written horizontally at the top of its wedge in very narrow letters with "CAMP" written vertically underneath.
  • On February 9:
    • Contestant Eliot is the youngest known contestant to appear on the show (not counting Wheel 2000) at 12 years old.
    • The Surprise is on the purple $150 in Round 3.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose a Turn is hit.
    • Contestants Noah and Martin sweep the game and win a pair of cars in the Bonus Round.
  • On February 10:
    • Round 1 and the Bonus Round are Person, while Round 4 is People.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 2.
    • Contestants Luann and Rhonda perform a technical sweep, winning everything except the $500 bonus for the Clue (which goes to contestants Alan and John).
    • In the Bonus Round, Pat lets Luann and Rhonda pick from the two remaining prizes (a New York trip or an annuity) instead of drawing from the envelopes. They pick the annuity and win it.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • Sometime during the week of February 13, a contestant solves the bonus puzzle LAGOON at the buzzer, Pat reviews the answer during the commercial break and in the final segment the contestant is pronounced a winner.
  • As of February 15, Fill In the Blank is still shown as just "Blank" on the chyron, and Vanna still turns the question marks as she does with any other punctuation marks.
  • On February 16:
    • The Round 1 puzzle TINA LANA TED & KATHLEEN is categorized as Clue, instead of using four question marks and Fill In the Blank (the answer being "Turner").
    • Rounds 2 and 5 are Thing, while Round 4 and the Bonus Round are Phrase.
    • Surprise is erroneously placed on the blue $200.
    • Pat's Final Spin lands on Bankrupt.
  • On February 17:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 1.
    • After the Round 1 puzzle FUNK & WAGNALLS (People), contestant Sandi is given a bonus question asking who they are, and she provides the correct answer of dictionary and encyclopedia publishers. This is the last time until November 1995 that a non-"bonus" category has a trivia question.
    • There are two sets of duplicate categories: Rounds 2 and 5 are Before & After, while Rounds 3 and 4 are Phrase.
    • Sandi retires with $91,748.
  • February 20 is "Some of the Greats!", with 11 past winners competing for charity. During the interviews, clips are shown from some contestants' prior episode(s). Some other notes about this week:
    • After the chant and vertical logo wipe, Charlie's intro is "Remember [players' names]? They're back, playing for charity, as we present Some of the Greats from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida! And now, the stars of our show: Pat Sajak and Vanna White!"
    • Contestants who finish with $0 are given $500 towards their charities.
    • The returning-champion rule remains in effect minus the three-day limit, which results in Kelly Vaught playing all five shows.
    • The only qualification appears to have been "zany, post-Season 6 nighttime", as totals range from about $39,000-$91,000 and the players consist of one each from Seasons 7-9, three from Season 10, and five from Season 11. Furthermore, five (Carol, Robin, Alison, Nicole, and Gary) did not retire undefeated.
  • On February 20:
    • The contestants are Raymond Taylor ($81,665 on January 13-14 and 17, 1994), Kelly Vaught ($75,498 on December 18 and 28-29, 1992), and Carol Terrana ($76,403 on December 3-4 and 7, 1992). They are playing for the Motion Picture and Television Foundation, the Orange County Red Cross, and the Northern Illinois Hospice Association.
    • Vanna's dress is red, but the category chyrons are magenta.
    • In Round 2, nobody correctly identifies what is described by the Clue puzzle CERVANTES' ROMANTIC IMPRACTICAL KNIGHT (Don Quixote).
  • On February 21:
    • The new contestants are David Schwacher ($71,534 in November 1990) and Monte Sternfeld ($76,451 on March 18-19 and 22, 1993). They are playing for the Police Memorial Foundation and the New York Philanthropic League.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Clue and Round 2 is Megaword.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 2.
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 3.
  • On February 22:
    • The new contestants are Robin Slate (McFadden) ($43,749 on March 10-11, 1994) and Alison Gordy ($77,109 on February 21-23, 1994). They are playing for the Virginia Beach SPCA and the Habitat for Humanity.
    • Round 1 and 4 both begin with three consecutive lost turns: Round 1 begins with a Lose A Turn followed by two incorrect letters, while Round 4 begins with a wrong letter, Bankrupt, and another wrong letter.
    • 10 wrong letters are called in both Rounds 3 and 4.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 4.
    • Kelly solves the bonus puzzle HANGING OUT by saying "Man, we are just hangin' out!" and is credited with a correct answer despite leaving off the second G in "hanging".
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Rounds 1 and 2 (GYPSY ROSE LEE MAJORS {Before & After} and LACK OF COORDINATION respectively) tied for the longest at only 18 letters.
  • On February 23:
    • The new contestants are Maria Mason ($76,421 in November 8-10, 1993) and Nicole Mordis ($91,530 on October 27 and 30-31, 1989). They are playing for the United Negro College Fund and the Hope Worldwide.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Megaword and Round 4 is OF CABBAGES AND KINGS (Quotation), Kelly is asked for the source of the quotation, and he does not provide the correct response of Alice in Wonderland.
    • There is a very rare instance of a bonus puzzle without RSTLNE in it. The puzzle, VOODOO, is not solved.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the main game.
  • On February 24:
    • Kelly becomes the first and only contestant of the syndicated era to appear on more than four episodes of Wheel. This episode marks his eighth and final appearance, likely tying this record with at least one of the finalists in NBC's All Star Dream Machine Championship on the daytime show in 1976.
    • The new contestants are Gary Koven ($39,400 in March 26-27, 1992) and Angela Thompson-Murphy ($60,693 in October 1993). They are playing for the Starlight Foundation and the Black Women in Sport Foundation.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Megaword and Round 2 is Clue.
    • None of the contestants identify the object described by the Clue puzzle FOUND ON A WALL OR ON YOUR TEETH (plaque).
    • In Round 3, with only the C missing from the puzzle INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE BY ANNE RICE, Angie hesitates on whether or not to spin again; she ultimately decides to spin, hits Bankrupt, and slumps over the railing, after which Kelly pats her to "console" her. After Gary calls D, Kelly calls the missing C and solves the puzzle in a Dracula voice, then pretends to bite Pat's neck during the throw to commercial.
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 3.
    • For the second consecutive show, there is a bonus puzzle without RSTLNE in it: COWBOY, which is also not solved. This puzzle was previously used there on December 21, 1992, making it the second known bonus puzzle without RSTLNE to be used twice.
    • In the Bonus Round, Angie calls her vowel before her third consonant, but against precedent the chyron displays the vowel last and leaves a gap for the third consonant.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • By February 24, Charlie's closing spiel is changed to begin with "Created by Merv Griffin", and a separate chyron credit with said text is made to reflect this change.
  • On February 27:
    • There is an undisclosed error with contestant Dan's spin when he calls Q in Round 1; what exactly happened is unknown, since the camera stays focused on the puzzle during the turn.
    • Seven consecutive turns are lost in Round 1 (six wrong letters and a Bankrupt).
    • Contestant Renae fills in the entire Round 3 puzzle PUTTING GREEN AROUND THE GILLS by herself.
    • Rounds 2 and 4 are Person.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
    • Charlie appears on-camera in the final segment.
  • On February 28:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is the last known appearance of a Red-Letter Puzzle and Round 3 is Clue.
    • Rounds 1, 2 and the Bonus Round are Phrase.

March 1995

  • On March 1:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Blank and Round 3 is Megaword.
    • Renae offers "Being on Wheel of Fortune is a bombastic experience." as the sentence for her Megaword (BOMBASTIC). This results in a quip from Nancy Jones (in her last known appearance), who says "If she really feels that way!"
    • Renae retires with $28,000, having lost all three Bonus Rounds. This is the lowest known total for an undefeated champion.
  • On March 6:
    • Three males play.
    • Contestant Alan retires with $103,275. This is the only known instance of three consecutive undefeated champions.
  • On March 7:
    • Round 1 (WHO'S NEXT) is a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters.
    • There are two sets of duplicate categories: Rounds 1 and 4 are Phrase, while Rounds 2 and 4 and the Bonus Round are Person.
  • On March 8:
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are Before & After.
    • In Round 3, contestant Doreen is only credited with two H's on $600 despite the puzzle having three. This does not end up mattering as she hits Bankrupt later in the round.
    • Vanna's dress is light blue, but the category chyrons are teal.
  • On March 9, the Round 2 Prize is accidentally placed on the blue $500 between $700 and $800.
  • On March 10:
    • Rounds 1 and 6 are both shorter than ten letters (WHAT GIVES and GLOVES respectively).
    • Six rounds are played, with two sets of duplicate categories: Place in Round 4 and the Bonus Round, and Things in Rounds 5 and 6.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Round 4 (TROPICAL RAIN FOREST) being the longest at only 17 letters.
    • Doreen retires with $113,559.
  • On March 13, the winning contestant has only $2,300 before the Bonus Round.
  • On March 15, the Megaword puzzle OXIDIZED is a very rare main-game puzzle with only three unique consonants and has none of the five most common ones. It takes the contestants 11 spins to reveal any letters in the puzzle, and 21 turns are lost in total. Every consonant is called except J, and the round lasts for a likely record-breaking 5 minutes and 40 seconds (from the reveal of the puzzle to the end of the contestant's Megaword sentence).
  • On March 17:
    • Rounds 1 and 5 are both shorter than ten letters (BIG AS LIFE and CHUCK IT respectively).
    • The buzzer does not sound on an incorrect letter in Round 5.
    • Contestant Joe retires with $63,845.
  • On March 21, nobody correctly identifies what is described by the Clue puzzle PRESIDENT ON TWENTY-DOLLAR BILL (Andrew Jackson).
  • On March 22, Vanna is wearing blue, but the category chyrons are purple.
  • On March 23, three males play.
  • On March 24:
    • Contestant Lucille solves the Round 2 puzzle JOHN TRAVOLTA IN PULP FICTION with only the N's and R revealed.
    • The Speed-Up puzzle, SCRAM is a tie for the shortest known puzzle ever used in the main game. It is also a rare instance of a puzzle with only one vowel. It is not known why so many games this month have extremely short puzzles, although it is possible that the ones in final rounds were originally loaded in as bonus puzzles until it was realized that enough time remained for another round.
    • Rounds 1, 3, and 5 are completely filled in before being solved.
    • Contestant Gene wins by $50.
    • Gene fills in the bonus puzzle LOCKER completely.
  • On March 28:
    • The Round 2 prize is a $1,184 set of Oneida Crystal stemware.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 2 is Where Are We? and Round 3 is Megaword.
    • Interestingly, the place described by the Where Are We? puzzle is Africa, which was also described by a puzzle in that category on October 5.
    • The bonus prize is a home theater system, whose TV displays the opening segment while Charlie describes it.
  • On March 29:
    • For what is likely the only time, the main game consists solely of "bonus" categories: Clue in Rounds 1 and 4, Megaword in Round 2, and Fill In the Blank in Round 3. This is the last instance of a specific "bonus" category being used twice in one game, the last time that three are used, and a rare instance of one being used in a Speed-Up.
    • Round 3 is also the last instance of a "three question marks" Fill In the Blank using four question marks.
  • On March 30:
    • Three males play.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 3 is Where Are We?, which uses four clues and Round 4 is Megaword, a rare instance of a "bonus" category being used in a Speed-Up.
  • On March 31:
    • A contestant solves the bonus puzzle WAY OFF BASE with only the O, S, and E showing.
    • Rounds 1, 2 and the Bonus Round are Phrase.
  • All ten Bonus Rounds are won on the weeks of March 20 and 27, part of a winning streak lasting for thirteen days. This is the longest known winning-streak.

April 1995

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  • On April 4, contestant Herb retires with over $118,000.
  • On April 6:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Megaword, and Round 3 is I CAME I SAW I CONQUERED (Quotation) followed by Charlie asking for the person famous for that quotation; contestant Richard provides the correct answer of Julius Caesar.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 3.
    • After Richard solves the Round 3 puzzle, Pat accidentally knocks a water glass onto him.
  • On April 7:
    • Three males play.
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Round 1 is Megaword and Round 2 is Clue.
    • Round 1 is the last known appearance of Megaword.
    • Round 4 (SOB STORY) is both a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters, and of one with only one vowel.
    • Contestant Lou wins by $50.
    • Pat and Vanna do their chat from the puzzle board, and Vanna uses the bonus puzzle to show how the trilons work.
  • April 10 is Teen Week, using the Friday Finals.
  • On April 10:
    • Charlie's opening spiel is altered: the word "the" before the show's title and the phrase "soaring into your lives" are removed, with the phrase "here they are" now drawn out to fill the space of the latter.
    • The Round 2 Prize is a $1,499 AT&T computer, which is shown running a 1994 Windows video game version of Wheel as Charlie describes it.
  • On April 12:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 3.
    • Contestant Stacey says the correct answer to the bonus puzzle RAISIN BREAD, and manages to make one more guesses before Pat realizes that her answer has been accepted.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the main game.
  • Reruns air during the week of April 17.
  • On April 25:
    • Rounds 2, 4 and the Bonus Round are Phrase.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Round 2 (SUNNY SIDE UP THE CREEK {Before & After}) being the longest at only 19 letters.

May 1995

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  • May 1 is Celebrity Award Winners week. The games are Richard Karn, Deidre Hall, and Louis Gossett Jr. on Monday; Paul Rodriguez, Chelsi Smith, and Jeffrey Tambor on Tuesday; LL Cool J, Garry Marshall, and Jess Walton on Wednesday; Kimberlin Brown, Janet Evans, and Al Michaels on Thursday; and Dave Barry, Justine Micelli, and Rita Moreno on Friday. During this week:
    • During the intro, all 15 stars are listed off in alphabetical order over the softer closing mix of the theme. Pat and Vanna then introduce each day's players as they walk onstage.
    • The three-round structure is used. As a result, Rounds 2 and 3 use the Wheel templates normally used for Rounds 3 and 4 respectively, the Free Spin is removed after Round 1 if not claimed, $2,500 is not used and the $10,000 wedge is moved to Round 2.
    • Before each commercial break, a clip is shown of a work for which the celebrity is known; likely due to him having no prior on-camera appearances, the clip used for Dave Barry is instead of Harry Anderson portraying him in the sitcom Dave's World.
    • Dave writes a column about his appearance on the show, which is printed on April 23 and ends up spoiling the outcome of his game.
  • On May 1:
    • Free Spin is inexplicably placed on $1,000. Deidre wins despite calling three N's on the token in Round 1.
    • After Richard hits Lose a Turn in Round 2, he rotates the Wheel one wedge clockwise so his arrow is on the purple $250.
    • The Round 3 puzzle is not shown, nor do the category chimes sound, until after the first spin begins.
  • On May 2:
    • Pat and Paul briefly discuss the series finale of The Pat Sajak Show, which Paul guest-hosted.
    • In Round 3, Chelsi decides to solve the puzzle, but Pat convinces her to spin instead. She hits Lose A Turn.
    • Following Round 3, a clip is shown from Paul's version of The Newlywed Game (1988-89).
  • On May 3, Jess calls her vowel (O) first in the Bonus Round, but against precedent, the chyron displays the vowel last. Following a call of G, she has difficulty making her last two choices, likely because there are no other consonants in the puzzle (NOSTALGIA). After she picks C, Pat eventually suggests M.
  • On May 4:
    • Rounds 1, 3, and the Bonus Round are Event, the first of only two known times that this category has been used three times.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • On May 5:
    • Vanna wears a suit.
    • Against normal practice at the time, the buzzer sounds on a wrong answer in Round 2.
    • Only Thing(s) and Phrase are used: the former in Rounds 1 and 2, the latter in Round 3 and the Bonus Round.
    • Dave calls his vowel first in the Bonus Round, but against precedent, the letters are displayed on the chyron in the normal order.
    • Dave finishes with only $3,250.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Round 3 (OPENING NIGHT JITTERS) being the longest at only 19 letters.
  • On May 10:
    • Pat accidentally goes straight to the bonus puzzle before the contestant picks an envelope. Vanna turns the RSTLNE letters while the camera is still focused on Pat.
    • Kathleen retires undefeated.
  • From possibly the above week, there is a rare instance of a bonus puzzle without RSTLNE in it. The puzzle, PUPPY, is solved.

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  • The weeks of May 15 and 22 are taped on the hangar deck of the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is docked in Norfolk, Virginia at the time.
    • The intro for these episodes shows Pat and Vanna standing in front of the ship. Pat says, "We're at the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia, about to board the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for some very special shows." Vanna then says "Please join us as we celebrate Armed Forces Week right here on...", followed by everyone on-ship doing the "Wheel! Of! Fortune!" chant. Afterward, a marching band rendition of the original "Changing Keys" melody plays over footage of the Navy, with a flag background. The logo for the week then appears, followed by a timpani roll as Pat and Vanna are lowered onto the ship's deck. Charlie introduces them as "Here they are, Pat Sajak and Vanna White!"
    • The applause machine is not used.
    • Unlike all other road shows since at least the Disney episodes in April 1994, the chyrons are in Gill Sans.

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    • Several shots of the board appear to be done with hand-held cameras very close to the blue contestant's arrow, as the shots are shaky and lack the chyron.
  • May 15 is Armed Forces Week, with the Friday Finals.
  • On May 15:
    • The trilons containing the first M and W in the Round 1 puzzle MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND are crooked until those letters are revealed.
    • The Round 2 prize is a $2,500 Service Merchandise gift certificate. Its wedge only uses "G.C." in large letters in the top half of the wedge.
    • On Billy's first spin in Round 2, his flipper barely passes $750 to land on Bankrupt, but he is still credited with a $750 spin. Although this mistake is never realized, it does not affect the outcome.
    • Round 2 also has a rare instance of a contestant losing their turn with only vowels remaining: with only the U and I missing from PORTRAIT ON THE U S DIME, Billy buys the I but is obviously unsure of the answer. Even though he has more than enough money to buy the U, he instead attempts to solve, but gets as far as THE before stopping. Against normal practice at the time, the buzzer sounds on his incomplete answer. While the next contestant (Arrah) solves for the house minimum, none of the three players identify the person described by the puzzle (Franklin Roosevelt).
    • A siren sounds shortly into Round 3. Billy's decision to buy a vowel is obviously hindered, and Pat sarcastically thanks the siren after the vowel is purchased.
    • Billy solves the bonus puzzle GAME PLAN despite getting no help from his extra letters.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Round 2 and 3 (the latter being NO PURCHASE NECESSARY) tied for the longest at only 19 letters.
  • On May 16, contestant Yvonne's name tag falls off as she spins in the wheel in Round 2. She picks it up and pins it back on at the end of the round.
  • On May 17, Lose A Turn is hit three times in a row in Round 2.
  • On May 18, Rounds 2 and 4 are Before & After.
  • On May 19:
    • Vanna wears a suit.
    • The bonus puzzle GUY is an extremely rare three-letter answer without RSTLNE in it. It is not solved, and the audience boos after the puzzle is revealed.
    • Round 4 and the Bonus Round are Person.
  • During the week of May 22, the intro begins with an outside shot of Vanna saying, "Welcome to beautiful historic Norfolk, Virginia, for a very special week on..." followed by all of the contestants shouting "Wheel! Of!" and a group of children shouting "Fortune!" A unique piece of music plays over footage of Norfolk, before Pat and Vanna are lowered onto the deck in the same fashion as the previous week.
  • On May 22, the lighting around the puzzle boards suddenly fades out briefly in Round 3.
  • On May 23, Round 1 is Places, while the Bonus Round is Place.
  • On May 25, the Round 2 Prize is a pair of Klein mountain bikes.
  • By May 25, Fill In the Blank's name is now shown in full on the chyron, and the question marks are already turned when the puzzle is revealed.
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  • Sometime during the second Norfolk week, the $25,000 is won in the Bonus Round. Since there is no ceiling that could house the $25,000 sign, a hexagonal graphic is used instead.
  • On May 26:
    • Round 2 (MARSHMALLOWS) is a very rare instance of a one-word puzzle in any round other than the first or last one.
    • Round 2 and the Bonus Round are Things, while Round 4 is Thing.
  • On May 30:
    • Vanna wears a sleeveless shirt and pants.
    • Round 4 (SHANGRI-LA) is the first known appearance of Fictional Place, although Pat's comments imply that it is not the first appearance of the category. According to one recollection, the category was present as early as 1985, although this has not yet been verified. This is also a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters.
    • Pat's Final Spin lands on Lose A Turn.
    • The chyron for contestant Steve's two-day total after the Bonus Round reads $52,592 instead of his actual total, $51,592.
    • In the final segment, Charlie appears on-camera when Pat and Vanna ask him whether the stated two-day total or the total on the chyron was correct.
  • On May 31:
    • Steve solves the bonus puzzle GENIUS despite getting no help from his extra letters.
    • Steve retires with $82,242.

June 1995

  • On June 1:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 4.
    • The bonus puzzle is an extremely rare three-letter answer without RSTLNE in it: HUG, which is not solved.
    • During the closing segment, Pat brings out a Free Spin token and asks why it is not called "Free Turn" since it can be turned in to buy a vowel as well.
  • On June 9:
    • Two "bonuses" are played: Fill In the Blank in Round 2, and Clue in Round 3.
    • Nobody correctly identifies what is described by the Clue puzzle THE YEAR DISNEYLAND OPENED (1955).
    • Contestant Dave fails to solve the bonus puzzle MENU with only the U missing.
  • June 12 is Alaskan Cruise Week. During this week:
    • In the intro, Vanna states the week's theme from Taku Glacier. A unique piece of piano and string music then plays over footage of the staff vacationing in Juneau, with the words "Alaskan Cruise Week" appearing. "Alaskan" is in a golden cursive font, and "Cruise Week" in a blue serif font.
    • "Endeavor" by Network Music Ensemble plays during the intro. This is the first use of stock music from that library, which becomes increasingly common through the end of Season 17.
    • The bumpers are footage of Alaska with the "Alaskan Cruise Week" logo.
    • All of the contestants, except for June 9's champion, are winners of the Red, White & Blue Sweepstakes.
    • Vanna models all of the prizes in Alaska, often with other members of the staff.
  • On June 12:
    • The first two spins of Round 1 are both Bankrupt; the "ooh" applause machine track begins to sound on both, but switches to the "aww" partway through.
    • The Round 2 Prize is a $1,500 gift certificate for Cabela's, with which a pair of boots may be purchased.
    • In both Rounds 2 and 3, Pat forgets to ask contestant Anna if she wants to use her Free Spin.
    • Round 4 (SUPERMODEL ELLE MACPHERSON) is the longest puzzle.
    • A Prize is added for Round 4, despite it going to Speed-Up after only three turns; it is also accidentally placed on the pink $200.
    • The Surprise is the same pair of Klein bicycles that was previously used as the Round 2 Prize on May 25.
    • Contestant Dave sweeps the game and wins a fishing boat in the Bonus Round.
    • "Buzzword" is used when Charlie describes the fishing boat, one of several rare instances of that cue being used for something other than a car.
    • None of the puzzles have T in them.
    • In the final segment, Vanna shows footage of a trip that the crew took to Juneau.
  • On June 14, Harry Friedman is announced as the new producer, replacing Nancy Jones. Strangely, Nancy is not mentioned in any contemporary articles or an October 2007 interview with Friedman about his hiring.
  • On June 16:
    • The Round 2 Prize is the same as it was on Monday.
    • The Round 4 Prize is accidentally placed on the pink $200.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used in the main game.
  • June 19 is Teen Week, using the Friday Finals.
  • On June 19:
    • Three females play.
    • Round 1 (BRAD PITT) is a rare instance of a puzzle shorter than ten letters.
    • The Round 2 Prize is accidentally placed on the pink $200, and the Round 4 Prize on the red $300 (where the Round 2 Prize should be).
    • Round 4 is the last appearance of Slang.
    • Two spins are mis-identified, although neither affects the outcome. The first (from Erin in Round 2) is identified as $800 despite barely passing it for $750; while her score is never corrected, she still would have won regardless. The other (from Jennifer in Round 4) is identified as having landed on $5,000 despite actually landing on $300, but the letter she calls is not in the puzzle.
  • On June 20, the Surprise is a $12,000+ trip to the Virgin Islands.
  • On June 21:
    • Three females play.
    • In Round 2, nobody correctly identifies what is described by the Clue puzzle KRAMER'S FIRST NAME ON SEINFELD (Cosmo).
    • The first six turns of Speed-Up are all wrong letters; overall, 10 wrong letters are called.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • On June 22:
    • Three males play.
    • The bonus puzzle, BACKPACK, is the longest known bonus puzzle without RSTLNE in it. It is solved.
    • Harry appears on-camera at the end of the show.
  • On June 23:
    • The show tapes at CBS Television City's Studio 33 for the last time.
    • In Round 2, nobody correctly identifies what is described by the Clue puzzle BIBLE'S FIRST SIBLING RIVALRY (Cain and Abel).
    • No vowels are bought in Round 4.
    • Contestant David wins by $100.
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