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A timeline for Season 17 of Wheel of Fortune, which aired in first-run from September 6, 1999 through June 2, 2000.

Season ChangesEdit

  • The opening graphics are changed again. The intro starts out with a flyover of the new Sony Pictures Studios complex, starting through the gateway, which has photos of Pat and Vanna: Vanna on the left, and Pat behind the previous season's logo on the right, before the gate opens, a spark flies out, explodes to a flashback clip, and then swirls into multi-color sparks to form the 1997 logo which starts on the Wheel's center. A white spark causes the words to fly out and stack-up in two-row form, with the normal looking "O" in "of" from the previous logos. The logo used in the intro now has a graphic of the Wheel around it; this graphic is rather inaccurate, as it has no Bankrupts, and it keeps the $250 spaces even after they are retired. In fact, the Bankrupt between the orange $900 and purple $500 is replaced by the sparkly green $1,000. Each word shines as shouted in the chant, before zooming into the center to cut to the studio.
  • Around this point, the video screen generally stops showing the Wheel in mid-spin.
  • WebTV introduces an interactive element that allows users with WebTV to play along with Wheel and Jeopardy! from home, indicated by a "WebTV interactive program" bug at the top of the show.
  • The Wheel of Fortune Online logo changed to "Play Online and Win".
  • Harry Friedman retires as co-producer, and joins Merv as co-executive producer.
  • Bill Blass' Menswear acquires Pat's wardrobe.
  • The Wheel's pegs are upgraded, a fact which Pat notes twice on the season premiere. These new pegs make the Wheel spin very tightly and loudly.
  • The contestants' arrows are redesigned slightly to have a more curved appearance on each side.
  • After each special space's description (Jackpot and Prize Wedges), each wedge zooms out from the sponsor video and flips over to reveal the wedge.
  • Three locales are once again used on road shows.
  • At this point, the promo for the show's website is still the same as it was in early 1999.
  • Throughout this season, many two-word bonus puzzles display on only one line instead of the usual two.
  • According to one recollection, an episode sometime this season has the only known use of Phrases.

September 1999Edit

  • On September 6:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 2.
    • Around the House debuts in Round 4. For this season only, its category wipe is a drawing of a house.
  • During the week of September 13, the Wheel prizes consist of four trip-vehicle pairs: a trip to New Hampshire with a Saab, a trip to Québec City with a Mercedes Benz, a trip to Seattle with a boat, and a trip to Vermont with a Mustang, plus the $25,000.
  • On September 13, the Prize is a Sony entertainment system including a WebTV, and the footage of the Prize includes two people playing the unit's interactive Wheel of Fortune game.
  • The weeks of September 20 and 27 are done at Universal Studios in Orlando. This is the last time until March 2009 that a road show occurs outside of November, February, or May sweeps. During these weeks:
    • If the $25,000 is won, footage is shown of Dr. Doom trying to steal the money from Vanna until Wolverine comes to the rescue.
    • The cars offered in the Bonus Round are Dodge vehicles.
  • On September 23:
    • There is a rare instance of a Puzzler longer than the puzzle before it: in this case, the Round 1 answer SWIMMERS is followed by a Puzzler of BACKSTROKE.
    • The Round 2 puzzle GINGER MARY ANN & THE PROFESSOR (Classic TV) is followed by a trivia question asking for the name of the charter boat on Gilligan's Island. David provides the correct answer of S.S. Minnow.
    • The second Bankrupt is not used in Round 4, despite it not beginning as a Speed-Up.
  • As of September 23, "bonus" categories are still worth $2,000.
  • On September 24:
    • In a somewhat unusual move, Rounds 1-3 do not have T in them.
    • Contestant Tyler's Post-Bonus Round total isn't shown on screen.
  • September 27 is Family Week.
  • On September 27:
    • The Round 2 Prize is a $5,000 shopping spree at Universal Studios CityWalk in Orlando.
    • Before Round 3, Pat and Vanna promote the Jackpot Round by doing a bumper from the park. They can then be seen walking back to their respective spots as the round starts.

October 1999Edit

Preview

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Puzzler with Purple Banner
  • On October 1:
    • There is a $13,300 Jackpot win.
    • The buzzer sounds on a wrong letter in the Speed-Up.
    • The second-place team has $14,296.
  • During the weeks of October, the $25,000 envelope has the two-row logo on its top flap.
  • Several changes are made on October 4:
    • The Preview Puzzle debuts.
    • The three $250 spaces are replaced: the orange-yellow $250 becomes $500, the purple $250 becomes $600, and the orange $250 becomes $800. As a result, $300 is the lowest value on the Wheel, which remains until the end Season 31. Pat and Vanna discuss this change on the 8th.
    • The Final Spin now has $1,000 added to its value.
    • The digits on the wedges now have a white outline, as does the lettering on Lose A Turn.
    • The Puzzler graphic changes to a purple banner with light-purple lettering reading "$3,000 PUZZLER", which wipes to the puzzle board and settles (as just "PUZZLER") in the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Presumably by this point, the value of "bonus" categories is increased to $3,000.
  • October 4 is Great Outdoors Week.
  • On October 7:
    • No vowels are bought in Rounds 1 and 4.
    • The Round 2 puzzle JESSE VENTURA ELECTED GOVERNOR (Headline) is followed by a trivia question asking for the name of the state. Jay provides the correct answer of Minnesota.
    • Rounds 2 and 4 are played entirely by the contestant who began them.
    • Six rounds are played.
    • Round 5 and the Bonus Round are Person.
  • October 4 and 6 have two very similar Bonus Round answers: A WEEK OFF and A DAY OFF, respectively. The latter is also the first known instance of a bonus puzzle without RSTLNE in it since I DO in March 1996.
  • On October 21:
    • The Round 2 puzzle ? RANGE ? A CAR ? A HARD BARGAIN is one space further to the right than usual.
    • The Preview Puzzle, Round 4, and Bonus Round are Thing, while the Puzzler and Round 3 are Phrase.
    • Contestant Joe sweeps the game and wins a trip to Hong Kong and a Honda Prelude in the Bonus Round.

November 1999Edit

  • On November 3:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 4.
    • Unusually, both Round 4 and 5 are very short puzzles (HANKY-PANKY and SHIRTTAIL). The former is also a very rare instance of a puzzle with only one vowel.
    • The bonus puzzle FIG TREE is both a very rare instance of RSTLNE revealing more than half of the answer and one of only two known instances of it filling in an entire word.
    • Darlene solves the bonus puzzle despite getting no help from her extra letters.
  • On November 5:
    • Contestant Steve celebrates and compliments Pat after solving THE STRING SECTION. A clip of this has been seen in retrospectives including the 4,000th episode.
    • In the post-game chat, Pat shows off his hidden ponytails to everyone. This was seen in several retrospectives.
  • The weeks of November 8 and 15 are taped at Madison Square Garden. During these weeks:
    • The opening montage includes several shots of the city including one where Pat, Vanna, and Alex Trebek are seen ringing the opening/closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
    • Most of the Preview Puzzles are revealed in many different places in New York instead of the puzzle board.
    • The nametags use a thinner font than usual, and the letters are not outlined.
  • On November 8:
    Regis & Kathie Lee Preview Puzzle
    • The Preview Puzzle is presented on the set of Live with Regis & Kathie Lee by that show's staff, who hold up cue cards with the letters on them; Regis and Kathie Lee also announce the puzzle instead of Vanna. The full answer, BROADWAY, is also revealed in this fashion.
    • The Round 2 Prize is a $2,500 certificate for FAO Schwarz.
    • Contestant Romy mispronounces the fifth word of the Round 2 puzzle PETER PIPER PICKED A PECK OF PICKLED PEPPERS as "pack", but her answer is accepted.
    • The Preview Puzzle and Round 3 are Show Biz, the only known duplication of that category until February 2017.
    • Romy sweeps the game (except for the Puzzler) and wins an Audi in the Bonus Round.
    • In the final segment, Pat and Vanna show off the prop $25,000 envelope with flashing numerals.
  • On November 11:
    • The Rockettes stand beside the puzzle board during the Preview Puzzle.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 2.
    • In the Speed-Up, contestant Joe calls two repeated letters in a row, neither of which are acknowledged by Pat as such.
    • Later in the Speed-Up, there is a very well-known incident where Joe guesses A GROUP OF PILL-PUSHERS on the puzzle A GROUP OF WELL-WISHERS. After laughter and applause from the audience, the cameras cut to Pat, who says "Good night, everyone!" and then yells, "This is Wheel of Fortune, Joe!" This clip has been seen on several retrospectives and blooper specials.
    • Four turns later, David gives an incorrect answer with only vowels remaining. Before Chandra's turn, there is an abrupt cut to Pat telling her that only vowels remain while the "only vowels remain" beeps sound; Chandra then solves without guessing a vowel.
  • On November 12:
    • The Preview Puzzle FULLBACK is presented in MetLife Stadium by the New York Giants who hold up cue cards with the letters on them. Jason Sehorn also announces the puzzle.
    • The Round 2 Prize is a $2,800 shopping spree at the Counter Spy Shop.
    • Round 2 is a Quotation of BE SURE YOUR RESPONSE IS IN THE FORM OF A QUESTION followed by a bonus question asking what game show provides the quotation; contestant Philippa provides the correct response of Jeopardy!
    • Alex Trebek makes a cameo after the above round to promote the then-upcoming Celebrity Jeopardy! episodes also taped at Madison Square Garden.
    • The bonus puzzle WOOL CAP uses only one line.
  • November 15 is Best Friends Week.
  • On November 15:
    • The Preview Puzzle is presented on the toy blocks at F.A.O. Schwarz.
    • The original Round 3 (SOFT PRETZEL VENDOR) is thrown out due to Pat accidentally crediting a team with a right answer when they said SALT PRETZEL VENDOR.
    • Two teams call two letters in a row in the Speed-Up.
    • Round 4 is an extremely short answer of ROAD MAP, suggesting that Rounds 1-3 ran abnormally long.
    • Contestants Veronica and Alessandra sweep the game but lose an undersea tour of the Titanic wreckage in the Bonus Round.
  • On November 17, Around the House makes its first known appearance in the Bonus Round.
  • On November 18:
    • Against current practice, the buzzer sounds after the yellow team (Kathleen and April) gives a wrong answer in Round 1.
    • Round 2 is the first known instance of Slogan not using its bonus question due to the product name being part of the answer (LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR STATE FARM IS THERE).
    • The blue team (Charlie and Greg) sweeps the game but loses an electronics package in the Bonus Round.
  • On November 19:
    • The Preview Puzzle is displayed on the side of a subway car. Interestingly, it uses the font of the original puzzle board.
    • The Round 2 puzzle LAVERNE DE FAZIO & SHIRLEY FEENEY (Classic TV) is followed by a trivia question asking what is their first job. Corey and Christine do not provide the correct answer of brewery.
    • The Round 3 Prize is a $7,500 certificate to Pizza Hut.
    • Don Harty, then-president of the New York City-area Pizza Hut franchise, appears in the closing segment and helps give pizza to the audience during the credits.
  • November 22 is the first NBA Week, with basketball star/civilian teams. For the next several seasons, the NBA week is always the first week of Summer reruns. During this week, The basketball star/civilian teams wear blue rectangle-shaped nametags with the names in red with an NBA logo on the side.
  • On November 25, contestant Annie solves the Bonus Puzzle PILGRIMS before Vanna finishes touching the letters.

December 1999Edit

Puzzler with Pink Banner
  • By December 3, the Puzzler wipe changes again to gold-on-pink. The wipe is otherwise identical in movement to the previous one.
  • On December 3 (taped August 26):
    • The Prize is a Sony entertainment system including a WebTV, and footage of the prize includes two people playing the unit's interactive Wheel of Fortune game.
    • There is a $9,200 Jackpot win.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are won on the week of November 29.
  • December 13 is the last Puerto Rico Week.
    • On at least one episode from this week, the Bonus Round window is rectangular and much larger than usual, allowing Pat to be seen within it.
  • On December 14, there is an $8,700 Jackpot win.
  • By December 20, the website promo at the end of the show becomes a "Play Online and Win" promo, with the music now lasting the duration of the chant.
  • During the week of December 20, one of the bonus prizes is a "Christmas stocking" which is mentioned being as being over $42,000.
  • On December 20:
    • Round 1 (NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL) is categorized as Event instead of Title.
    • After contestant Teresa lands on the red $600, that amount is not added to the Jackpot.
    • Robert wins a "Christmas stocking" that has a pair of Arbor snowboards, Yakima roof racks, and a set of keys to the Chevrolet Tahoe worth $42,249.
  • On December 22, contestant Anna tries to spin the wheel after Debrah lands on the orange $900 in Round 4.
  • December 27 is the first Retro Week, which pays tribute to the shopping era. Several changes are made for this week only, including:
    Retro Week Preview Puzzle
    • The Preview Puzzle is a freeze-frame of a trilon-era puzzle. After Vanna walks out, she reveals its answer on the current board.
      • Monday: IT'S SHOWTIME from the Radio City Music Hall episode of November 22, 1988
      • Tuesday: MARSHMALLOWS from a Norfolk episode in May 1995
      • Wednesday: BIG AS LIFE from March 17, 1995
      • Thursday: RUBBER DUCKY from an episode circa 1991
      • Friday: IN MINT CONDITION from September 21, 1994
    • The standard opening includes a retro Bonus Round win: an episode with the diamond contestant backdrops on the 27th, an October 1983 show (Bob/Pearl/Carmen) on the 28th, two clips from the ceremonial 3,000th episode (contestant Larry wiping his head and Renee winning a Land Rover on October 8, 1998) on the 30th, and the September 4, 1995 show on the 31st.
    • Following the chant, Charlie's intro is "Look at this studio, full of fabulous prizes, exotic trips, and this classic 1965 restored Mustang convertible, just waiting to be won tonight on Wheel of Fortune! And now, here is your host: Pat Sajak!" A new piece of music accompanies this intro.
    • As Charlie says "tonight", the intro from a 1983-84 episode appears (with the original "Changing Keys" dubbed over), which continues through Vanna's introduction before wiping to Pat and Vanna discussing the special week. At least one of the historic clips inadvertently leaves in both a reference to Jack Clark and a few seconds of "Changing Keys".
    • The set has 1970s flower-power decor, a ceramic Dalmatian, and a smaller replica of the 1983-89 turntable.
    • The contestant video wall shows the 1992-97 backdrops.
    • A Shopping wedge is used in place of the regular Wheel Prizes, allowing the contestant to "shop" for one of three prizes (each represented by props on the mini-turntable). One of the prizes during the week is a home-entertainment package, the TV of which shows an opening from the early 1990s. The wedge uses a drawing of a ceramic Dalmatian. If a Shopping wedge is picked up, the player is shown in an insert at the top-right corner over the choices, as was the case on at least the 1974 pilots.
    • Three of the episodes have a puzzle whose category is appended with a decade: 70's Song/Artists [sic] on the 27th, 60's Event on the 28th, and 80's Headline on the 30th. The former two are in Round 1, while the latter is in Round 2.
    • Another classic clip is shown just before Round 3: a sign-off by Pat and Vanna (possibly from daytime, as nighttime rarely used "tomorrow" in the 1980s) as "Ken" and "Barbie" on the 27th, Vanna's entrance from her 1982 audition on the 28th, Pat visiting various areas of the turntables on the 30th, and Various clips of Vanna showing off her great wardrobe after she's introduced on the 31st.
  • On December 27:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 1.
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 1.
    • After contestant Brad lands on Bankrupt in Round 3, a clip of the Bankrupt from Round 1 appears, as evidenced by the Prize wedge disappearing.
    • Contestant Brad sweeps the game (except for the $3,000 question) and wins a Route 66 trip in the Bonus Round.
  • On December 28:
    • Contestant Gary shouts "No Whammies!" on his first spin, a reference to the 1980s TV game show Press Your Luck.
    • A "null" cycle is edited out of the Jackpot round, as referenced by Pat saying "Natalie, try it again." despite it being her first aired turn. Pat also mentions the Jackpot to contestant Gary, but the value is muted likely to avoid any aired inconsistencies. Perhaps in relation, the Jackpot display uses smaller, thinner numbers than usual.
    • Richard Simmons appears in the final segment. He promotes his syndicated series DreamMaker, which is canceled by the time this episode airs.
  • On December 30:
    • The Round 2 puzzle FIRST FEMALE U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE APPOINTED is followed by a trivia question asking for the person to whom the puzzle refers; contestant Kathleen does not provide the correct response of Sandra Day O'Connor.
    • The third- and second-place contestants have $12,400 and $28,766 respectively.
    • Contestant Jeff wins with $30,000, all claimed in the Speed-Up.
  • On December 31, both Rounds 1 and 2 are completely filled in before being solved.

January 2000Edit

  • Sometime this year, contestant auditions begin to be held via the Wheelmobile.
  • January 3 is Hawaii Week, taped in Culver City.
  • January 10 is the first Big Money Week. During this week:
    • A dollar sign is projected into the Wheel's center.
    • Cars are not available in the Bonus Round.
  • On January 11, no vowels are bought in Round 4.
  • On January 12:
    • The Round 2 puzzle FUZZY WUZZY WASN'T FUZZY WAS HE? (Quotation) has six Z's in it, almost certainly a record for that letter.
    • Contestant Gina sweeps the game (except for the Puzzler) but loses the $30,000 annuity in the Bonus Round.
  • On January 13, the winning contestant (Carmel) has only $2,950 before the Bonus Round.
  • January 17 is Ultimate Adventures Week (taped December 9, 1999).
  • On January 17:
    • The preview Puzzle and Puzzler (Round 1) are Person, while Round 4 is People.
    • Seven turns are lost in Round 1 (including four in a row).
    • Contestant Eric fills in the entire Round 2 puzzle HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTS WAYNE GRETZKY by himself. Interestingly, the round includes an intact "null" cycle (an incorrect B from him, followed by a Bankrupt and Lose a Turn from his two opponents C.C. and Pat). Later in the round, he mis-solves with only the Z missing, then turns in his Free Spin to spin again and call Z before solving correctly.
    • Eight turns are lost in Round 3 (including Eric calling a G two turns in a row).
    • An extra $3,500 is accidentally added to the Jackpot after Pat calls a C.
    • In the break before Round 4 (which begins as a Speed-Up), the blanks for the puzzle CO-WORKERS are accidentally revealed after the contestants are asked to turn back around and face the puzzle board. As a result, the stage manager then informs everyone that the puzzle has to be changed. Contestant Pat informs C.C. of this issue and says that he thinks the answer is CO-WORKERS. Once taping resumes, the same puzzle is inexplicably put back up; C.C. calls R on her first turn and solves right away. The length of the puzzle also suggests that Rounds 1-3 ran overtime.
  • On January 18, BONUS ROUND STEAK is a Before & After puzzle.
  • On January 17 and 18, all three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 3.
  • On January 19:
    • There is a $9,450 Jackpot win.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 3.
    • The contestant displays don't turn off until before the first letter is called in Round 5.
  • On January 20:
    • The Round 2 Prize is a Sony entertainment package including WebTV, footage of which shows people playing its interactive Wheel of Fortune game.
    • One of Kathryn's spins in Round 2 flips over from the orange-yellow $300 to the red $600 at the last second. As a result, $600 is mistakenly added to her score after she finds two C's in the puzzle. In her last spin, another $300 is also added to her score as she finds two M's in the puzzle for $600. While this is never corrected, it ends up not mattering as she wins anyway.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 3.
  • On January 21, contestant Paulmi spins only once for the entire game, landing on Bankrupt in Round 3.
  • January 24 is NFL Players Week. During this week:
    • The highest scoring champion of the week wins a 5-day trip to Atlanta to attend the 989 sports NFL players party and Super Bowl XXXIV. Also included VIP passes, a selection of valuable player autographed merchandise, Jeff Hamilton custom leather jacket and a Sony PlayStation with a copy of NFL GameDay 2000 and 15 other sports games from 989 Sports.
    • The floor is designed to resemble a football field.
  • On January 27:
    • The category strip (People) does not appear on the sixth shot of the board on Round 1.
    • All three teams hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 2.
    • Bankrupt is hit five times in Round 2.
    • Before the Bonus Round is played, the fifth prize is not mentioned.
    • Jon Kitna and his teammate Brian sweep the game and win a Chevrolet Camaro in the Bonus Round.
  • January 31 is Las Vegas Week, taped in Culver City.
  • On January 31, the video wall begins showing the Season 17 logo until Round 1.

February 2000Edit

  • All five Bonus Rounds are won on the week of January 31, part of a nine-day streak.
  • February 7 is Soap Opera Stars Week.
  • On February 7:
    • There is a $15,550 Jackpot win.
    • Patrika Darbo and her teammate Cal's score is accidentally shown as $26,250 after they solve Round 3. It is corrected to $20,900 before the commercial break.
  • On February 10, the Round 4 puzzle is PARTING GIFTS.
  • The weeks of February 14 and 21 are taped at the Louisiana (now Mercedes-Benz) Superdome in New Orleans. During these weeks:
    • The Preview Puzzle is shown elsewhere in New Orleans, and its answer is revealed on the board (Except on the 14th which as no Preview Puzzle, and the 15th where the puzzle is already at the Superdome).
    • The video wall is replaced with a riverboat with the words "NEW ORLEANS" on the upper deck.
    • The name tags are the same thinner-font style seen on the New York episodes.
    • The "rolling Wheel" category wipe is replaced with a saxophone and trumpet (except for the Preview Puzzles and the Bonus Rounds).
    • Jazz music plays during the end credits.
  • During the week of February 14:
    • Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters perform as a house band.
    • Every episode features clips of an international adaptation except on Thursday: Australia on Monday, Germany on Tuesday, Turkey on Wednesday, Italy on Thursday, and Denmark on Friday. The Round 3 Prize offers a trip to a taping of that version's adaptation and that show's respective hosts are in the audience. The Italy Prize is in Round 2 and the hostess isn't in the audience.
  • On February 14:
    • The opening montage shows clips of Vanna eating a lot of food. This is been shown in many retrospectives.
    • Pat and Vanna make their entrance from the Wheelmobile.
    • The Preview Puzzle isn't used.
    • David Hasselhoff makes a guest appearance after his name is the Round 2 puzzle.
    • There is an $8,750 Jackpot win.
  • On February 15:
    • The Preview Puzzle is shown at the Superdome.
    • Wolfgang Puck makes a guest appearance after the puzzle STOP YOU'RE MAKING ME HUNGRY.
    • Contestant Kara sweeps the game (except for the Puzzler) but loses a Mitsubishi Montero in the Bonus Round.
  • On February 16:
    • The Preview Puzzle is shown on Bourbon Street.
    • A shorter clip of the opening montage of Vanna eating a lot of food is shown.
    • Vanna carries an umbrella during her and Pat's entrance. Later in the credits, she dances with Rockin' Dopsie, Jr.
    • The Jackpot logo on the wedge comes loose.
  • On February 17:
    • The Preview Puzzle is shown at a gourmet restaurant.
    • A spin is edited into Round 2 when contestant Paul lands on the green $500, a clip from Round 4 from February 14th appears, as part of the $5,000 wedge is visible in the overhead shot.
    • The $10,000 Wedge comes loose, revealing part of the orange-yellow $300 and covering part of the red $600. On contestant Paul's last spin, it covers part of the yellow $300.
    • Martha Stewart makes a guest appearance after the puzzle MARTHA STEWART LIVING.
    • The second-place contestant has $16,300.
  • On February 18:
    • The Preview Puzzle is shown in the French Quarter.
    • The opening montage shows clips of Vanna eating a lot of food. This is been shown in many retrospectives.
    • Pat forgets to remove contestant Sherry's prize after she hits Bankrupt in Round 3.
  • During the week of February 14, all five winners are female.
  • February 21 is College Week. During this week, Grambling University's marching band is present.
  • On February 21: 
    • The Preview Puzzle is shown at a gourmet restaurant.
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 2.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 3.
  • On February 22
    • The Preview Puzzle is shown on Bourbon Street.
    • The Preview Puzzle and Round 1 are Event, while Round 4 and the Bonus Round are Thing.
  • On February 24, Charlie is seen dancing with the cheerleaders from Southern University during the credits.
  • On February 25, contestant Angelika sweeps the game and wins a Volkswagen New Beetle in the Bonus Round.
  • On February 29:
    • The red contestant is named Abe Lincoln.
    • Contestant Donna wins despite failing to claim $24,300 in Round 2.

March 2000Edit

  • On March 1:
    • The Round 2 puzzle THE SHEEP'S IN THE MEADOW THE COW'S IN THE CORN (Quotation) is followed by a trivia question asking for the fictional character of the nursery rhyme. Michael provides the correct answer of Little Boy Blue.
    • There is a $7,550 Jackpot win.
    • Rounds 1 and 3 are played entirely by the contestant who began them.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are won on the week of February 28, part of a six-day streak.
  • The week of March 6 is Mexico Week. During this week:
    • The Round 3 Prize is a trip to Mexico.
    • A mariachi-sounding piece of music plays as the post-Round 2 bumper.
  • On March 8:
    • Round 1 is THE MATCH GAME (even though "The" was only in the title of the original 1960s series and not the more familiar 1970s incarnations), followed by a Puzzler of GENE RAYBURN. After the round, Pat gives a tribute to Rayburn (who died the previous November) and mentions that the show can be seen on Game Show Network. A clip of Match Game is then shown going into the first commercial break.
    • The Round 2 Prize is a $2,500 gift certificate to Hammacher Schlemmer.
    • Before Round 2, Charlie can be heard laughing and "ooh"ing to one of Pat's jokes.
    • There appears to be an edit at the start of Round 2, as the wide shot dissolves to a slightly different angle before the Wheel comes to a stop.
    • Round 4 inexplicably goes to Speed-Up with only one consonant remaining.
    • The Preview Puzzle and Bonus Round are On the Map.
    • In the closing segment, contestant Jason (who did not win) and senior contestant coordinator Gary O'Brien are present so that Pat can show how similar they look.
  • On March 9:
    • When Kelly spins $450 in Round 4, the overhead shot is clearly taken from another episode's Round 1, due to $1,000 being visible.
    • Contestant Kelly spins over the Final Spin bells. She is allowed to complete her turn, after which Pat does the Final Spin.
    • Seven wrong letters are called in the Speed-Up.
  • During the week of March 13, the Season 17 logo is not on the video wall after it zooms into the studio.
  • On March 14, when the $25,000 prize is announced after the last round, Vanna motions to a $25,000 graphic instead of using the envelope.
  • On March 20:
    • The Gift Tag debuts on the red $900. The first one is for Art.com. For the first few weeks of the Gift Tag's existence, there is a zoom-in on it at the start of the round, similarly to what was previously done with Prize wedges.
    • An animated bumper is added following Round 3.
  • On an episode around this point, the bonus puzzle CATCH A POP FLY is inaccurately categorized as Event, as opposed to using "catching" or the category Phrase.
  • On another episode around this point, the bonus puzzle CANDLEWICK is misspelled (it should be two words).

April 2000Edit

  • April 10 is Desert Southwest Week.
  • On April 14:
    • The Round 2 Prize is a Sony entertainment system including a WebTV, and the footage of the Prize includes two people playing the unit's interactive Wheel of Fortune game.
    • After contestant Tony loses the Bonus Round, Pat discusses the prize distribution with the onscreen staff and then selects the first E, which contains a Jeep Cherokee.
  • April 17 is April in Paris Week.
  • On April 17, in Round 3, contestant Stephanie loses her turn after buying a vowel with only $50. This does not affect the outcome, as she wins anyway.
  • On an episode from the week of April 24, the theme (Wheel Across America) is misspelled "Amercia" on one of the on-screen graphics.

May 2000Edit

  • The weeks of May 1 and 8 are the WheelOfFortune.com Sweepstakes, sponsored by EarthLink. During these weeks:
    • Charlie's intro is "From the Sony Pictures Studios, it's your chance to win trips, cash, PCS phones, and shopping sprees in the WheelOfFortune.com Sweepstakes!" The logo for the sweepstakes is a modification of the two-row logo, with ".com" added afterward in the same font and a spinning Wheel for the dot.
    • The Preview Puzzle and Puzzler are not used.
    • The Round 2 Prize is moved to Round 1 and the Jackpot Round is moved to Round 2.
    • Likely due to the above, $3,500 is used in Rounds 2 and 3.
    • Round 3 is a "Dot com" puzzle, which may be entered through the show's website for a chance to win prizes sponsored by various websites. Among the prizes are $25,000 cash from USABancShares.com, trips from Marriott's VacationClub.com, and other prizes sponsored by Sprint PCS and The EarthLink Mall.
    • EarthLink also sponsors the Wheel Prizes.
    • The video wall has a giant keyboard and mouse in front of it, and is fashioned to resemble a computer monitor. There are also monitors behind Pat displaying the logos of the companies providing prizes.
    • The wipe for the Prize description is a computer window displaying a menu bar, with a mouse cursor clicking on the File menu and selecting the option "Load prize".
    • A similar wipe is used for the post-Round 3 commercial bumper, albeit with "Load Comm1" instead and a progress bar reading "Commercial loading..."
  • On May 1:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 1.
    • The Round 3 puzzle reveals more slowly than usual, so most of the blanks are not seen before the camera cuts to the Wheel spinning.
    • The Final Spin bells "stutter", something which Pat comments on before the Final Spin.
    • Contestant Yos sweeps the game and wins $25,000 cash from Amazon.com in the Bonus Round.
  • May 15 is Wheel Goes to the Movies Week. During this week:
    • The $25,000 envelope has the two-row logo on the inside of its top flap.
    • All of the Prize descriptions are followed by movie trailers.
  • On May 18:
    • The shot of the Round 1 puzzle is different than usual when it is solved: instead of cutting from the contestant area to a full shot of the board, the camera pans over to it. As a result, the board's left side is cut off and no chyron is present when the answer fills in.
    • The Round 2 Wheel Prize is a $2,522 DVD collection, and the copy is followed by a trailer of For the Love of the Game.
  • May 22 is Family Week. The set is a replica of Universal Studios, interestingly the scene of Family Week earlier in the season.
  • May 29 is Big Money Week, making it the first known regular player week to occur twice in one season. During this week:
    • A dollar sign is projected into the center of the Wheel.
    • The set decorations include giant coins and a Brinks truck.
    • All of the Bonus Round prizes are cash, including $20,000 worth of the then-new Sacagawea $1 coins.
  • As of the above week, Fill In the Blank is still in use.

June 2000 Edit

  • On June 2:
    • The Prize is a rare coin collection valued at $2,500.
    • The shot of the board is different than usual when contestant Robert buys the I's in Round 2: instead of cutting to the board, it pans from him to the board and the category strip does not appear.
    • No vowels are bought in Round 3.
    • After winning the game, contestant Pat pulls a Beanie Baby out of her pocket and holds it for the rest of the episode; strangely, this is not commented on.
    • Contestant Pat accidentally calls an N in the Bonus Round, something which Pat does not acknowledge until an offstage voice can be heard pointing this out.
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