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A timeline for Season 39 of Wheel of Fortune, which will air in first-run from September 13, 2021 through June 10, 2022.

Season Changes

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions still in Los Angeles, various changes from Season 38 carry over to this season including:
    • There is no studio audience other than the other contestants of that taping day.
    • Contestant auditions are still held exclusively online.
    • Contestants still use the White Things to spin.
    • Contestants still place cardboard in a bag behind them if they hit Bankrupt while holding any.
    • Contestants are still disallowed to bring guests.
  • The show is once again open to contestants outside of Los Angeles and surrounding areas, but only on a limited basis. Except where noted, each episode features no more than one contestant from outside such regions.
  • Portions of the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune set are retained, albeit not colored gold. These include the arches behind the puzzle board and the circular LED logo behind the contestant area (now multicolor), the latter of which replaces the video wall permanently.
  • The name tags permanently use the font Helvetica Neue Black Condensed, first used sporadically on Season 1 of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and some late Season 38 episodes.
  • The shots of the board are now zoomed in further, cropping the far left and right monitors on the middle two rows on 4:3 screens.
  • The opening features a new animation sequence with a tunnel of golden blocks featuring wedge amounts, both the round and two-row variants of the show's logo, and various pictures of Pat, Vanna, and Jim. Except for the first two weeks, the pictures vary each day.
  • Jim now has a podium, allowing him to be seen on-camera as he introduces Pat and Vanna. At any other points in the show, he is seen in the booth.
  • "Changing Keys" returns as the theme tune for the first time since Season 17, this time using a re-arrangement of the 1983-94 melody on trumpets, similar in style to the marching band version used on College Weeks in the late 1990s. This arrangement is done by Bleeding Fingers Music, who also did the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune music, although they are not credited until February 2022.
    • The Toss-Up, Speed-Up, puzzle-solve, and Bonus Round cues are all changed. The puzzle-solve cues are now short portions of "Changing Keys".
    • Instead of generic music cues, portions of the new theme are used going into commercial breaks.
    • The only music cues not changed are the Express and Final Spin ones, which carry over from the 2017 music package.
  • The category strips are redesigned for the first time in 13 years: they are now a 3D rounded rectangular prism tilted upwards, and are an embossed purple-to-blue gradient which "ripples" (similar to the previous pattern without the green cycle), and the font is changed to Helvetica.
  • Free Play is retired and replaced with a yellow $850, marking that value's first appearance in gameplay since 1979.
  • There is now an overhead shot of the entire Wheel at the start of the Mystery Round.
  • SPIN IDs following $10,000 Mystery Wedge wins are now displayed in Arial instead of Contax Sans. The latter font is still used for Secret Santa drawings.
  • Solving all three of the Triple Toss-Ups now awards a $4,000 bonus, augmenting winnings of that round to $10,000.
  • The "popup" score displays now appear when the Round 3 and 4 puzzles are revealed, and for the first two shots of the puzzle board in Round 3. Their designs are changed again to neon rectangular outlines corresponding to the podium colors, on a dark purple background.
  • Pat no longer does the Final Spin. Instead, the contestant who is in control at the time the Speed-Up bells ring now does the Final Spin, and the value is determined by their own arrow. According to a video on the show's official YouTube channel, this change was made because Pat felt that doing the Final Spin himself allowed him too much influence over the game.
  • On early episodes of this season, Mike Richards still serves as executive producer. However, following his resignation from this position on both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! on August 31, Sony announces that Michael Davies will become producer of both shows. However, Davies never actually assumes the role on Wheel, with senior producer Steve Schwartz serving as an uncredited interim producer for the remainder of the season.
  • Presumably due to Mike Richards leaving on bad terms, the running gag of him being credited as "Mike 'Confetti' Richards" on episodes with $100,000 wins is removed on any weekend repeats of such episodes from Season 38.
  • Karen Griffith retires shortly into the season.
  • Pat's daughter, Maggie Sajak, is now a social media correspondent.
  • Occasionally, an overhead shot will not be used during a spin; this is done frequently enough that it is presumed to be a deliberate choice.
  • The Retro Bonus Round is retired.
  • The contestants and audience no longer applaud the announcement that Round 3 is a Prize Puzzle.
  • With one exception, any episodes that originally featured T-Mobile plugs (i.e., most Tuesday episodes) are now excluded from the weekend rerun rotation.
  • Early in the season, on ABC affiliates only, Thursday and Friday episodes (plus other days where noted) feature a promo for Season 2 of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune after Round 1, replacing various show-related plugs seen on other affiliates' airings.
  • On several early episodes this season, the closed captioning uses guesswork for the spelling of contestants' surnames, resulting in many of them being misspelled or misinterpreted.
  • Early promos for this season tease the show's "first ever tournament" (which would not have been the case). This was likely proposed by Mike Richards (as Pat has frequently reiterated the show's refusal to hold a tournament), and the idea is scrapped sometime after his firing. Early documentation listing most scheduled theme weeks implied that it would have been held the week of May 16 and/or 23.
  • This season ties the record from Season 23 for the most top prize wins, with six instances of the $100,000 being won.
  • 2022 is the calendar year in the show's history with record for the most top prize wins, with six instances of the $100,000 being won.

September 2021

  • September 13 is Teacher's Week, taped July 22. During this week:
    • Road Scholar sponsors each day's Prize.
    • The Gift Tag is $1,000 cash from Pilot Pens on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and $500 cash and $500 credit to Mrs. Prindable's on Tuesday and Thursday.
    • The Celebrity Wheel of Fortune promo is present on ABC airings of Monday's episode, as well as the September 18 weekend repeat, in addition to Thursday and Friday.
  • On September 13:
    • Wheel does not air on some West Coast ABC affiliates due to Monday Night Football going into overtime.
    • The Round 2 THOSE LAZY HAZY CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER is a rare instance of a puzzle with three Z's in it.
    • The $4,000 Triple Toss-Up bonus is awarded for the first time.
    • For the first time, the Final Spin is not determined by the red arrow.
  • On September 14, for the first time since February 4, none of the contestants are from the Los Angeles area.
  • On September 15:
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION is the first instance since June 2013 of a What Are You Doing? puzzle not using an "-ING" suffix.
    • The "Wheel of Fortune Memories" clip is the "AN UGLY CHILD" incident on April 11, 2002 with the Toss-Up music absent.
  • On September 17:
    • Bakersfield, California affiliate KBAK-TV accidentally airs the September 20 episode three days early.
    • Rounds 2 and 3 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
  • The week of September 20 is the first week since early Season 14 not to have a theme. During this week:
    • Since there is no theme, the $1,000 Toss-Up is themed either to the show itself, or not at all. This continues to be the case with all subsequent weeks that have no theme.
    • The color of the set is randomized, which continues to be the case for all subsequent weeks without a theme.
    • The Celebrity Wheel of Fortune promo is present on ABC airings of Monday's episode, in addition to Thursday and Friday.
  • On September 20:
    • Starting with this episode, the Toss-Up music bed now changes keys every four measures (as with the previous versions) instead of eight. Also, the $2,000 Toss-Up and second Triple Toss-Up have the music cued to start at the first key change. On the third Triple Toss-Up, it starts at the second key change.
    • After Round 1, the Winners Circle segment from the September 11 weekend repeat (on September 14, 2020 contestant Jolena Lomax-Brown) is aired again. As with its first airing, it is replaced with the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune promo on ABC affiliates.
  • On September 20 and 21 only, the opening mix of "Changing Keys" is remixed slightly, with more percussion added, and the opening animation has its first ten frames removed.
  • On September 21:
    • The $1,000 Toss-Up's alignment is one space too far to the left, resulting in Vanna needing to reach further than usual to reveal the rightmost letter.
    • Contestant Nicole Ware-Spencer's full name is displayed in the closed captioning as "Nicole [ unclear ] Spencer".
    • Donny Osmond reads part of the Prize copy, a trip to Las Vegas including a meet-and-greet with him. This was likely filmed during the taping of his appearance on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (which was taped June 10, before this episode, but does not air until October 10), as he is wearing the same outfit.
    • None of Same Name, Before & After, Same Letter, or Crossword are used.
  • On September 22:
    • The intro and opening theme revert to the version used during the previous week.
    • The closed captioning misspells contestant Julee's name as "Julie" throughout the episode.
  • On September 23:
    • Round 1 is the first appearance of Star & Role since May 29, 2017.
    • The "Wheel of Fortune Memories" clip is contestant Caitlin solving the Prize Puzzle I'VE GOT A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS with only the L revealed on November 5, 2010.
    • One contestant (Aly) wins all five Toss-Ups, and another (Giovanni) wins all other rounds, including the Bonus Round.
  • On September 24:
    • Some non-ABC affiliates accidentally air the version with the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune promo.
    • Contestant Renee solves the Prize Puzzle IT'S TIME TO TAKE A TRIP with only the I's and T's showing.
  • The week of September 27 has no theme.
  • On September 27:
    • Starting with this episode, the intro animation is slightly updated. An orange and yellow gradient background is added to the first shot of the scrolling photos (it previously had no background at all), the beams of colored light along the tiles' sides are now brighter, and the photos now have less contrast. The photos also begin to change each day of this week, with the photos used up to this episode now only appearing on Mondays.
    • Pat mentions his wife Lesly during the final segment, though the closed captioning misspells her name as "Leslie".
  • On September 28, the show announces that any input will be accepted for the T-Mobile puzzle due to this episode being pre-empted in the New York and Philadelphia markets by the New Jersey Gubernatorial debate.
  • On September 29:
    • The "Wheel of Fortune Memories" clip is contestant Emil solving the bonus puzzle NEW BABY BUGGY with no help from his extra letters on March 19, 2014.
    • The third Triple Toss-Up KITCHEN MAGICIAN (In the Kitchen) is a rare instance of the category also being part of the answer.
  • On September 30, contestant Chris solves the second Triple Toss-Up RULE OF THUMB with only the F showing.

October 2021

  • On October 1, contestant Shweta only spins twice the entire game, hitting Bankrupt in Rounds 2 and 4.
  • The October 2 rerun of the October 19, 2020 episode adds a Winners' Circle segment on $100,000 winner Patrick McIntosh from October 12, 2020 (which reran two weeks prior).
  • October 4 is National Parks week. Despite this week being taped after Mike Richards' firing, he is still listed in the credits; as stated above, Steve Schwartz begins serving as interim producer from this point until March.
  • On October 4:
    • This episode is moved up from its originally intended air date of the 6th.
    • Contestant Aaliyah finishes second with $21,568.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
  • On October 5, the Round 2 puzzle GRIZZLY BEARS AND GRIZZLY BEAR CUBS is a rare instance of a puzzle with four Z's in it.
  • The shows originally scheduled for October 6 and 8 are swapped. This is likely due to the original October 6 episode featuring a plug for a Disney+ original film, and that day's episode being pre-empted on Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV (owned and operated by ABC, itself owned by Disney) by Monday Night Football. Despite the swap, the website's gallery of Vanna's dresses for the week still has Monday and Wednesday's dresses on their originally-scheduled days.
  • On October 6, Pepe the King Prawn joins Pat and Vanna during the closing chat to promote Muppets Haunted Mansion. This is followed by a clip of Pat's cameo in the same film.
  • On October 7:
    • In the Mystery Round, contestant J.R. flips over a Mystery Wedge after filling in the last letter in the puzzle, only for it to conceal a Bankrupt.
    • The original Round 4 (which begins as a Speed-Up) is thrown out, as evidenced by the original puzzle's reveal (a four-word Phrase) accidentally being left intact, along with Pat announcing the category as Phrase before and after the Final Spin, even though the blanks now show a three-word Living Things puzzle.
    • Footage of Vanna's cat Stella watching a YouTube video of birds is shown during the closing chat.
  • All ten Bonus Rounds are lost on the weeks of September 27 and October 4, part of an eleven-day losing streak starting on the 24th. This is also part of a four-week span beginning on September 20 where only three Bonus Rounds are won.
  • The week of October 11 has no theme. As this week was taped on August 12, Mike Richards still serves as executive producer.
  • On October 11, contestant Michael solves the bonus puzzle FLIPPING OUT despite getting no help from his extra letters.
  • On October 13:
    • Vanna accidentally walks up to the puzzle when a wrong letter is called in Round 1.
    • The Prize Puzzle THIS PLACE IS BREATHTAKING is one space further to the left than usual.
    • The "Wheel of Fortune Memories" clip is contestant Michelle becoming the show's first $1,000,000 winner in 2008.
  • On October 14:
    • The Round 2 puzzle WHO ARE YOU? WHO WHO WHO WHO? is the first known puzzle outside of Fill In the Blank to use more than one question mark.
    • The "No More Vowels" graphic is used in the Speed-Up.
    • The Speed-Up puzzle is MY NICKNAME IN HIGH SCHOOL, a running gag that Pat has used since the early 2010s toward certain puzzles with uncommon adjectives.
  • October 18 is Great American Cities. During this week:
    • A different city is saluted every day: San Diego on Monday, Chicago on Tuesday, Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, South Florida on Thursday, and the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday.
    • All contestants are from the areas saluted, as was the case during previous seasons' weeks that saluted one city for the entire week.
    • Starting this week, no executive producer is credited.
    • Jim's podium when introducing Pat and Vanna moves from the front of the audience to in front of the puzzle board.
  • On October 18, contestant Steve solves the third Triple Toss-Up JELLY BEANS with only the Y showing.
  • On October 19:
    • For the first time since September 2, 2020, none of the contestants are from California.
    • The T-Mobile puzzle of the week is done for the last time until December 21.
  • On October 20:
    • Rounds 1 and 2 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • The "Wheel of Fortune Memories" clip is Pat giving out candy to trick-or-treaters for Halloween in 2013.
  • On October 21:
    • Contestant Dan solves the third Triple Toss-Up FIRST-AID KIT with only the D showing.
    • Neither Thing nor Phrase is used.
  • On October 22:
    • Contestant Anthone lands on the Mystery Wedge next to Lose a Turn three times in a row without flipping it.
    • Anthone leaves out the first S in the Prize Puzzle TOURISTS AND LOCALS, but it still credited with a correct response. This does not affect the outcome.
  • The week of October 25 has no theme.
  • On October 25, the Bonus Round is I BOUGHT A VOWEL.
  • On October 26:
    • Pat does not plug the Mystery Round.
    • Contestant Todd uses the Wild Card on $600 in Round 3.
  • On October 27:
    • The Clue for the Crossword Puzzle in Round 1 does not appear until contestant Jordan spins the wheel.
    • Round 2 (CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN) is categorized as Movie Quote instead of Quotation, and is the longest known puzzle with only one vowel.
  • On October 29:
    • The blue contestant, whose real name is Quentin, is referred to as Q throughout the show.
    • On MediaCorp Channel 5 airings of this episode in Singapore, the closing segment is omitted due to discussing Halloween being on Sunday; the episode does not air in this country until April 2022.

November 2021

  • November 1 is Disney Ultimate Princess Celebration. During this week:
    • The pictures in opening animation are those of Disney princesses.
    • Wheel Watchers Club members have a chance to win up to four trips to Disneyland.
    • The Bonus Round category choices appear with a sparkle effect.
    • The Prize Puzzle offers a Bahamas cruise on Disney Wish.
  • On November 1:
    • During the contestant interviews, a photo of contestant Michelle and her family wearing Mickey Mouse ears in front of Disneyland is shown.
    • Various clips of Disney princesses are shown as commercial bumpers.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
    • During the post-game chat, Pat and Vanna discuss Disney princesses and show off a model castle.
  • On November 2:
    • During the contestant interviews, photos are shown of their trips to Disneyland.
    • In a rare occurrence, the first three rounds all use all four rows of the puzzle board.
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 3.
    • Contestant Veronica finishes second with $21,050.
    • During the post-game chat, Pat and Vanna promote Starlight Children's Foundation, an organization fundraising to help donate Disney princess themed hospital gowns to children in hospitals.
  • On November 3:
    • During the contestant interviews, photos are shown of contestants Daron and Wes's family.
    • Various clips of Disney princesses are shown as commercial bumpers.
    • During the post-game chat, Vanna promotes the book Tales of Courage and Kindness.
  • On November 4:
    • During the contestant interviews, photos are shown of contestants Divya and Liz's family.
    • Contestant Dishanta solves the Speed-Up puzzle BABY'S FIRST STEPS with only the S's and T's showing.
    • During the post-game chat, footage of Brandy's music video "Starting Now" is shown.
  • On November 5:
    • During the contestant interviews, photos are shown of the contestants' families.
    • Various clips of Disney princesses are shown as commercial bumpers.
    • Round 2 (OUR FATE LIVES WITHIN US) is categorized as Quotation instead of Movie Quote.
    • Bankrupt is hit five times in Round 3, three of which are consecutive.
    • During the post-game chat, a Disney Princess castle appears on stage.
  • November 8 is America's Game. As these episodes were taped early in the season, Jim's podium is once again in front of the audience, and Mike Richards serves as executive producer on every episode except Thursday.
  • On November 8:
    • Contestant Helen solves the second Triple Toss-Up PHOENIX ARIZONA with only the X showing.
    • The daily promo spoils the Bonus Round outcome.
  • On November 9:
    • As it is the sixth show of Teachers Week, all three contestants are teachers.
    • The old Toss-Up music is used due to this episode being taped prior to the change.
    • Contestant Chris lands on the Mystery Wedge next to $650 three times in a row without flipping it.
  • On November 10, all three Triple Toss Up puzzles (RAILROAD CROSSING, DEER CROSSING and CARIBOU CROSSING) are categorized as Phrase instead of Place, due to the Prize Puzzle being Places.
  • On November 11, during the post-game chat, in honor of Veterans Day, Jim presents Pat with a new necktie.
  • On November 12, the bonus puzzle JAGUARS IN THE WILD is a rare instance of a bonus puzzle with at least one of R, S, T, L, N, and E.
  • The week of November 15 has no theme. As this week was taped on August 13, Mike Richards still serves as executive producer.
  • On November 16:
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 3.
    • Contestant Gabe solves the Speed-Up puzzle MY NEW BEST FRIEND with only the N's showing.
  • On November 17
    • The Wheel of Fortune Memories clip is a montage of Pat modeling prizes on the turntable during the shopping era; unusually, the 1983 arrangement of "Changing Keys" is left intact on these clips.
    • During the post-game chat, Pat reveals the correct pronunciation of the word Antigua on his cue card.
  • On November 18:
    • Contestant Steven leaves out the first S when solving the Speed-Up puzzle QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP, but this is not noticed. This ruling ends up affecting the outcome.
    • Contestant Christina finishes second with $20,055.
    • During the post-game chat, Vanna brings out her crochet kit.
  • On November 19:
    • The Round 4 puzzle SCHOOL OF ROCK is a rare instance of a main game puzzle with only one vowel.
    • Mike Richards is credited for the last aired time on the regular series.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are played for $39,000 on the week of November 15, part of a seven-day streak.
  • The week of November 22 has no theme.
  • On November 22, Rounds 2 and 3 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
  • On November 23, the first puzzle in the Triple Toss Up (HASTE MAKES WASTE) is categorized as Quotation instead of Rhyme Time.
  • On November 24, 80's Song Lyrics is used for the first time since March 12, 2018.
  • On November 25, Wheel at least partially pre-empted on CBS affiliates in the Mountain Time Zone due to NFL overrun. 6:00 PM airings are pre-empted entirely, while most 6:30 airings are joined in progress around Round 3.
  • On November 26:
    • 7:00 PM Eastern airings on ABC and CBS affiliates, as well as some 7:30 airings scheduled after local newscasts, are joined in progress around Round 3 due to overrun from college football games on both networks.
    • Rounds 1 and 2 are played entirely by the contestants who began them.
    • Contestant Roman finishes in second with $24,200.
  • The week of November 29 has no theme. During this week, Jim's podium once again moves back from the audience to the puzzle board.
  • On November 30, contestant Holly solves the second Triple Toss-Up EATING DINNER with only the G showing.

December 2021

  • On December 3:
    • Wheel is pre-empted on the ABC O&O's by a holiday shopping special and on West Coast ABC affiliates by the Pac-12 Championship college football game. Ironically, all three contestants reside in markets impacted by these events.
    • Contestant Lanessa mentions that her sister Liana was a contestant last season.
    • The $2,000 Toss-Up puzzle WHO CAN IT BE NOW? is categorized as 80's Song Lyrics, resulting in only the second time that category being used more than once in the same week, following the week of October 30, 2017 in Season 35.
    • Rounds 1-3 are completely filled in before being solved.
  • December 6-17 is the Secret Santa Sweepstakes, taped October 13 and 14, sponsored by Disney. During these weeks, Jim's podium has three Christmas wreaths assembled to resemble Mickey Mouse, and Jim himself wears a Santa hat.
  • On December 7:
    • The Round 4 puzzle IT'S A TIGHT MATCH is incorrectly categorized as Fun & Games instead of Phrase, likely due to Round 1 being Phrase.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
    • During the post-game, Pat promotes the 50th Anniversary of Disney World while a video montage is shown.
  • On December 10, at least three affiliates, KAIT in Jonesboro, Arkansas, KYTV in Springfield, Missouri, and WMC in Memphis, Tennessee pre-empted Wheel due to the December 10 tornado outbreak.
  • During the week of December 13, Jim's podium moves back to the audience.
  • On December 13:
    • Pat forgets to acknowledge contestant Paymon's Wild Card after he hits $3,500 in Round 3.
    • The second letter of the third-place Secret Santa SPIN ID does not match the name announced with it.
  • On December 15, two contestants lose their turns with only vowels remaining in the Speed-Up.
  • On December 16, Pat cuts off Jim just as he is about to read the Prize copy. As a result, the background music stops also.
  • On December 17:
    • Contestant Kayla spins only once in the entire game, landing on Bankrupt in Round 2. However, she also does the Final Spin and wins $10,000 from the Triple Toss-up. As a result, she is the first contestant since February 15, 2019 to spin only once yet still win something, and her total is possibly the most ever won by such a player.
    • The bonus puzzle LAUNDRY BASKET is a rare instance of one under three-and-a-vowel rules to have at least one each of R, S, T, L, N, and E.
    • During the post-game, Pat promotes the 50th Anniversary of Disney World while a video montage is shown.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are played for $39,000 on the week of December 13, part of a seven-day streak.
  • The December 18 weekend repeat contains a promo for Celebrity Wheel of Fortune on ABC airings, despite the show not airing that weekend.
  • On December 19, former director Dick Carson dies.
  • December 20 is Happy Holidays! During this week, the Bonus Round chime is replaced by sleigh bells.
  • On December 20:
    • The Prize Puzzle (I AM PACKING MY BAGS) is categorized as What Are You Doing? instead of Phrase, due to Round 1 being Phrase.
    • The bonus puzzle YOUNG JOCK causes some controversy on social media due to some fans of rapper Yung Joc believing that the puzzle was referring to him and misspelled his name. Yung Joc himself later comments on the matter, defending the show and knowing that the puzzle was not referring to him.
    • Maggie joins Pat and Vanna for the closing segment.
  • On December 21:
    • Wheel is pre-empted on all FOX affiliates due to two postponed NFL games.
    • Round 2 is the first Crossword Round this season to have only three words.
    • The T-Mobile puzzle of the week returns.
    • Contestant Charlene solves the bonus puzzle CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORD but takes a long pause before the saying the last word just as the buzzer sounds. After a stopdown, this is ruled as a loss, with Pat explaining that the pause was too long to be acceptable. The show receives backlash on social media after ruling goes viral, and Audi's social media accounts confirm that they will award her the Q3 car that she lost.
  • On December 23, the $1,000 Toss Up (SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS) is inexplicably categorized as Husband & Wife instead of Characters. It is also the first time since May 16, 2019 that a puzzle in that category spells out AND instead of using an ampersand and the second time is category is used in a Toss-Up puzzle.
  • On the December 25 rerun of the December 25, 2020 episode, the Winners Circle segment from September 11 and September 20 (on September 14, 2020 contestant Jolena Lomax-Brown) is aired again after Round 1, this time including on ABC affiliates. On this airing, the closed captioning misspells Jolena's name as "Jolina".
  • The week of December 27 has no theme. During this week, Jim's podium moves back to the audience.
  • On December 27, the daily promo teases that all of the winner's Bonus Round picks appear in the puzzle, but uses a clip from the November 19, 2020 episode of Pat saying such.
  • On December 28:
    • Wheel is pre-empted in the New York and Philadelphia markets by a special promoting ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
    • The T-Mobile puzzle is PLAYING WHEEL OF FORTUNE ON YOUR PHONE.
    • Despite being the 40th Anniversary of Pat Sajak becoming the host, no acknowledgement is made on the show at any point or by any social media accounts about this occasion. However, both Pat and Maggie discuss this on their respective social media accounts.
  • On December 29, contestant Blake finishes second with $22,400.

January 2022

  • January 3 is America's Game.
  • On January 3, the "Wheel of Fortune Memories" clip is contestant Lou standing right beside Pat wearing the same outfits from 2001.
  • On January 4, the "No More Vowels" graphic appears in the Speed-Up.
  • On January 5, the sixth episode of Great American Cities salutes Nashville, and all three contestants are from that area.
  • The week of January 10 has no theme. During this week:
    • The Bonus Round is sponsored by Slotomania.
    • After Round 1, Jim promotes the upcoming Collette Show You the World sweepstakes.
  • On January 10, the revealing of the bonus puzzle's blanks freezes for about two seconds, briefly showing only the two leftmost blanks and causing Pat to quip, "It's a very short puzzle."
  • On January 11:
    • The T-Mobile puzzle is not done.
    • Unusually, Pat and Vanna do the post-game chat sitting down on the steps of the puzzle board.
  • On January 13:
    • Round 4 is the first appearance of 70's Song Lyrics on the regular series.
    • For the second time since the introduction of the Prize Puzzles, a puzzle previously used as a Prize Puzzle (PLAYFUL GIANT PANDA from October 28, 2016) is used in the Bonus Round.
  • On January 14:
    • The category strip does not appear during the $2,000 Toss-Up.
    • The slide whistle does not sound on a Bankrupt in Round 3.
    • An extra $20 is accidentally added to contestant Jeané's final total and never corrected.
  • January 17 is Collette Show You the World week. During this week, the opening theme for travelling-themed weeks is updated.
  • On January 17:
    • Nobody solves the third Triple Toss-Up VIKING HELMET.
    • During the post-game chat, contestant Adam from February 13, 2020 shares his Collette Vacation to Italy.
  • On January 18, during the post-game chat, contestant Anwer from April 16, 2020 shares his Collette Vacation to Iceland.
  • On January 20, the Round 3 puzzle THE BEST PRETZEL EVER is a rare instance of a main game puzzle with only one vowel.
  • Between January 18 and 21, four contestants in a row win $10,000 from sweeping the Triple Toss-Ups.
  • On January 22, Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO-TV accidentally airs the January 24 episode early, in place of the weekend repeat.
  • The week of January 24 has no theme.
  • On January 24:
    • During the post-game chat, a behind-the-scenes look at Vanna's wardrobe is shown.
    • Merv Griffin is now credited for music along with John Hoke, and Bleeding Fingers Music now receives their own credit for "Original Music Production".
  • On January 25, there is a $100,000 win.
  • On January 26:
    • Vanna wears a suit.
    • During the post-game chat, in reference to the Round 2 Crossword Puzzle SEAT SHAMPOO BOOM BUGGY (in the category Baby____). Pat discusses the incident from March 2014 where contestant Emil guesses the bonus puzzle NEW BABY BUGGY with only the N and E showing.
  • On January 27:
    • Contestant Sheila fills in the Round 3 puzzle COULDN'T ASK FOR A BETTER LOCATION entirely by herself.
    • Two consecutive "null" cycles occur in the Speed-Up, the first of which is edited out.
    • The third- and second-place contestants have $19,250 and $24,000, respectively. Interestingly, contestant Shiela wins with $24,140 earned entirely in Round 3.
  • On January 28, Wheel is pre-empted on East Coast CBS affiliates by Round 3 of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament. Milwaukee affiliate WDJT-TV airs this episode in an unusually early time slot of 3:30 PM Central.
  • January 31 is Celebrating the Local Flavor of... During this week, each episode salutes a different city and features all contestants from that area (with one exception), as well as special introductions and post-Round 2 bumpers featuring news anchors and meteorologists from the show's affiliate in that city:
    • Monday: New York, featuring Bill Ritter and Sade Baderinwa of WABC-TV (ABC 7).
    • Tuesday: San Diego, featuring Dagmar Midcap and Sheena Parveen of KNSD (NBC 7 San Diego).
    • Wednesday: Baltimore, featuring Patrice Sanders and Mary Bubala of WBFF (FOX 45).
    • Thursday: Dallas, featuring Doug Dunbar of KTVT (CBS 11).
    • Friday: Cincinnati, featuring Tricia Macke and Rob Williams of WXIX-TV (FOX 19 Now).
  • On January 31:
    • Unusually, contestant Desire is from the Los Angeles area and is said to be "originally from" New York. Despite this, she is still promoted as a New York local contestant, complete with a "Hometown Howdy" that airs on WABC-TV, going against the precedent of contestants being promoted by the affiliate local to their current place of residence.
    • Round 4 is the debut of 80's Song Title.

February 2022

  • On February 1:
    • The hidden letters in the bonus puzzle PACKING MY CLOTHES accidentally disappear briefly when it is solved.
    • During the post-game chat, Vanna brings in a basket of tangerines.
  • On February 3:
    • No vowels are bought in Round 3.
    • Contestant Kchristshan solves the second Triple Toss-Up MULTIPLY AND DIVIDE with only the E showing.
  • On February 4, Round 1 is a Crossword Round with only three words.
  • February 7 is Bed & Breakfast.
  • On February 8, Round 1 is a Crossword Round with only three words.
  • On February 9:
    • The "Wheel of Fortune Memories" clip is Vanna talking about wearing a girdle during the closing chat of a 1997 episode.
    • Contestant Nicole solves the second Triple Toss-up TOP HAT with only the second T showing.
  • Between February 7 and 9, for the first time ever, there are three consecutive $100,000 wins. February 8 also marks the first time that the prize is won twice in one week, much less on consecutive shows. This is the first instance of the grand prize envelope being hit three times in one week, and this is also the first month with three $100,000 wins.
  • On February 10:
    • There is a cold opening with Pat pointing out the $100,000 wins.
    • Contestant Donna fills in the Round 3 puzzle ENJOYING THE OCEAN BREEZE entirely by herself.
  • The week of February 14 has no theme.
  • On February 14:
    • The Gift Tag is shown on the purple $500 near Lose a Turn when contestant TuRhonda picks it up in Round 3.
    • The bonus puzzle THIS IS MY FINAL OFFER is a rare instance of a bonus puzzle with at least one of R, S, T, L, N, and E.
  • Between February 10 and 14, three contestants in a row win two trips, each by claiming the Wheel Prize and solving the Prize Puzzle.
  • On February 17:
    • Contestant Jonathan uses the Wild Card on $900 in Round 3.
    • Vanna forgets to touch the L in the bonus puzzle AN OBVIOUS EXAMPLE.
  • February 21 is Hawaii week. During this week, Jim wears a floral shirt and a lei, and is shown holding a cocktail.
  • On February 21, Rachel wins despite failing to claim $19,700 in the round 1.
  • On February 22:
    • Six rounds are played.
    • Contestant Debbie name tag falls off. It is retrieved before the Bonus Round.
  • On February 23:
    • Most Pacific Time Zone airings of Wheel are partially pre-empted due to breaking news updates on the Ukraine-Russia Crisis:
      • On ABC affiliates, 7:00 PM airings are cut off during Round 2. 7:30 airings (including Alaska) begin during the commercial break between Rounds 1 and 2.
      • On NBC affiliates, no gameplay is lost on 7:00 airings as NBC's Special Report cuts in at 7:28. 7:30 airings begin during Round 3.
      • No CBS airings are affected, as CBS's Special Report runs from 7:15-7:30; there are no 7:00 PM Pacific airings of Wheel on CBS affiliates.
    • The Mystery sound effect does not play when contestant Tenaya lands on the Mystery Wedge in Round 2.
    • For unknown reasons, the contestants' scoreboards are cropped out of the split-screen shot during the Speed-Up, despite this not being the case during the Triple Toss-Up. This may have been done to hide an error on the scoreboards.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are lost on the week of February 21.
  • The week of February 28 has no theme.
  • On February 28:
    • The Round 2 puzzle GOOD MOOD FOOD is a rare instance of a main game puzzle with only one vowel and none of the five main consonants.
    • Same Name, Before & After, and Same Letter are not used despite no Crossword being played.
    • During the post-game chat, there is an inside look of the winners of the Winnebago Solis (Eddie & Joyce Hightower) from the previous season's National Parks week.

March 2022

  • On March 1:
    • Eight consecutive turns are lost in Round 2, none of which are edited out. This is a new record for the most consecutive lost turns left in an episode since the practice of editing out "null" cycles became the norm early in the 21st century.
    • Contestant Laura gives three wrong answers in Round 2.
    • Contestant Thomas solves the second Triple Toss-Up DEEP-SEA FISHING with only the A showing.
    • Contestant Christopher's score display accidentally lights up before he calls his first letter in the Speed-Up.
    • The "No More Vowels" graphic appears in the Speed-Up.
    • Laura leaves out the S in the Speed-Up puzzle PEELED CHESTNUTS, but it still credited with a correct response. This does not affect the outcome.
  • On March 2:
    • The "Wheel of Fortune Memories" clip is Pat talking about Vanna's golf game in 2021 followed by another clip of Vanna saying she hasn't broken 100 yet in golf in 2020. This is the first instance of two flashbacks shown in the same segment.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
  • On March 3, Round 2 is a Crossword Round with only three words.
  • On March 4, the bonus puzzle PLEASE QUIT GOOFING AROUND is a rare instance of a bonus puzzle with at least one of R, S, T, L, N, and E.
  • The week of March 7 has no theme.
  • On March 8, the Speed-Up puzzle A WIN IS A WIN is a rare instance of a main game puzzle with only three unique consonants.
  • On March 9, Husband & Wife is used for the third time in a Toss-Up puzzle and also uses the word "AND" instead of an ampersand.
  • On March 11:
    • Contestant Carrie forgets to get rid of her Prize after she hits Bankrupt in Round 1.
    • Nobody rings in on the third Triple Toss-up MUDPUPPY; this is only the second known aired instance of this ever happening.
  • March 14 is America's Game.
  • On March 14, the T in the Speed-Up puzzle SHAKE IT UP BABY fills in much later than the other letters when the puzzle is solved.
  • On March 15, Round 2 is a Crossword Round with only three words.
  • On March 16:
    • A "null" cycle is not edited out of Round 3.
    • Nobody solves the first Triple Toss-Up puzzle LATE BLOOMER.
  • On March 17:
    • In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Pat sticks a sheet of green paper at the bottom of his necktie.
    • The Wheel of Fortune Memories clip is Pat and Vanna's last episode with the mechanical puzzle board and first with the monitor-based puzzle board (February 21 and 24, 1997).
    • Every consonant is called in the Speed-Up except Q, X, and Z.
  • On March 18:
    • As it is the sixth episode of Hawaii Week, Jim wears a floral shirt and lei.
    • During the post-game chat, Pat and Vanna show off a Wheel of Fortune blanket.
    • The credits accidentally list the providers of the previous day's Prizes.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are lost on the week of March 14, part of an eight-day losing streak.
  • The week of March 21 is College Week. During this week:
    • Except on Friday, there is a cold opening of Maggie and Pat:
      • On Monday: She finds her dad doing collages in his dressing room and tells him that the show is about to start.
      • On Tuesday: She finds her dad rehearsing his lines for the next show in his dressing room.
      • On Wednesday: They look at Pat's college transcript in the dressing room.
      • On Thursday: Vanna tells Maggie that Pat is enthusiastic about the players, who are revealed not to be present on-set.
    • Jim's podium is positioned by the Wheel.
    • Pat and Vanna do a promo for the upcoming Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts Family Vacation Giveaway after Round 2.
  • On March 21, contestant Patrick solves the second Triple Toss-Up JUNIORS with only the S showing.
  • On March 22, Maggie joins Pat and Vanna for the post-game chat.
  • On March 23:
    • Bellamie Blackstone is named the show's new executive producer, and former senior producer Steve Schwartz is promoted to co-executive producer.
    • Contestant Amaya is the daughter of contestants Shaun and Kim, who competed on Sandals Romance Week in 2013.
    • The Prize copy includes a trailer for the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
    • Pat and Vanna read the first line of the Prize Puzzle copy.
  • On March 24:
    • Round 2 is a Crossword Round with only three words.
    • As the Triple Toss-Ups are all College Life, this is the first time that category has been used more than once in the same show.
    • During the post-game chat, Pat eats a hamburger and some potato chips.
  • On March 25, contestant Andrew solves the second Triple Toss-Up SUMMER BREAK with only the first R showing.
  • The week of March 28 is Margaritaville Resorts Family Vacation. During this week:
    • On Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Jim's podium is once again in front of the Wheel, and it has flowers and a parrot on it.
    • On Tuesday and Thursday: Jim introduces Pat and Vanna from a juice stand on set instead of at his podium.
    • All of the Prizes are Margaritaville themed.
  • On March 28, Jim appears on-camera during the interviews due to contestant Karina saying that her children "idolize" him.
  • On March 29:
    • Round 1 is a Crossword Round with only three words.
    • Pat and Vanna do the closing chat in front of an oversized flip-flop on set.
  • On March 30, Jim and the ceramic Dalmatian join Pat and Vanna for the closing chat.

April 2022

  • On April 1, there is a cold opening with Pat and Vanna doing the post-game chat at the beginning of the show, only to reveal that it's an April Fool’s prank.
  • April 4 is Wheel Around the World. During this week, except on Monday, clips of an international version are shown during the closing chat: Argentina on Tuesday, Finland on Wednesday, Uruguay on Thursday, and Spain on Friday.
  • On April 6:
    • The Wheel of Fortune Memories clip is Pat's children Maggie and Patrick doing the post-game chat from September 25, 2000.
    • Contestant Candace solves the Speed-up Puzzle SWISS CHEESE with only the C and H showing.
  • On April 7, the Round 4 puzzle SINGAPORE is a rare instance of a main game puzzle shorter than ten letters.
  • On April 8:
    • Contestant Angie solves the second Triple Toss-up CARROT STICK with only the first T showing.
    • Contestant Calvin is credited with solving the bonus puzzle THE FINAL BUZZER despite getting no help from his extra letters. However, he lists multiple incorrect guesses for the latter two words in between saying the words THE and FINAL BUZZER. Despite this, Pat rules it as a win. Likely due to the inconsistent ruling, the show does not upload the win on most of their social media pages (except YouTube).
  • April 11 is America's Game.
  • On April 12:
    • As it is the sixth episode of Margaritaville Resorts Family Vacation, Jim introduces Pat and Vanna from a juice stand on set instead of at his podium.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose a Turn is hit.
  • On April 13:
    • The Wheel of Fortune Memories clip is Pat and Vanna reading a letter from a home viewer from the 1980s.
    • The Speed-Up puzzle NEVER BEEN BETTER is a rare instance of a main game puzzle with only one vowel.
  • On April 14:
    • Jim appears on camera after reading the Prize Puzzle copy.
    • There is a $100,000 loss.
  • On April 15:
    • The third Triple Toss-Up TREE HOUSE is misspelled as it should be one word.
    • The bonus puzzle IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE is a rare instance of a bonus puzzle with at least one of R, S, T, L, N, and E.
  • April 18 is Home Sweet Home. During this week:
    • There is a cold open in which Pat and Vanna promote the theme from in front of a Margaritaville home.
    • As with prior seasons, a sweepstakes is held where viewers can enter each night's bonus puzzle for a chance to win a Margaritaville home.
    • Once again, a contestant may win a Margaritaville home through the Bonus Round.
    • The Home Wedge is used in gameplay and (except on Thursday) is displayed on the front of Jim's podium.
    • All of the Prizes are Margaritaville themed.
    • Jim promotes Latitude Margaritaville before Round 3.
  • On April 18, the closing segment features a follow-up with the first Margaritaville Home winner Laura Trammell and her husband Dave. According to Pat, their new home in Daytona Beach, Florida is still under construction, and they are expected to move in by the end of the year.
  • On April 19:
    • After Round 1, there is a Winner's Circle segment on January 15, 2021 contestant Angelina.
    • Director of Latitude Margaritaville Mona Ward joins Pat and Vanna during the post-game chat in Dayton Beach, Florida.
  • On April 20, contestant Kevin solves the bonus puzzle BEING PLAYFUL before the timer can start.
  • On April 21, Jim does the opening from a pagoda next to the puzzle board.
  • On April 22:
    • The show announces that any input will be accepted for the Home Sweet Home sweepstakes due to pre-emptions on West Coast ABC affiliates caused by an NBA Playoffs game. Despite this, all affected affiliates still air Wheel in its entirety in primetime slots.
    • Pat continues the tradition of acknowledging the birthday of Harry Friedman's wife, Judy, which was the day prior.
  • All five Bonus Rounds are won on the week of April 18, part of a six-day winning streak. Strangely, this is never acknowledged on the show proper, though it is mentioned on the show's social media pages and in a Wheel Watchers Club Email.
  • The week of April 25 has no theme.
  • On April 25, Pat announces that Vanna's cat Stella has died. A tribute is shown during the post-game chat with pictures and clips of Stella, as well as moments of Pat and Vanna acknowledging her.
  • On April 26, contestant Sheida solves the Speed-Up puzzle A ZEST FOR LIFE with no money showing.
  • On April 28:
    • Starting this season, Wheel is pre-empted on the East Coast ABC O&O's by a special preceding the first round of the NFL Draft.
    • After Round 1, the Winner's Circle segment from the October 2, 2021 weekend repeat (on October 12, 2020 contestant Patrick McIntosh) is aired again.
    • Contestant Scott solves the second Triple Toss-up GETTING A PEDICURE with only the third E showing.
  • On April 29:
    • After Round 1, there is a repeat of the Winner's Circle segment on January 15, 2021 contestant Angelina.
    • Contestant Danielle solves the second Triple Toss-up AVOCADO PIT with only the second O showing.
    • All of the puzzles are very short, with Round 3 (A PLUSH HOTEL BATHROBE) being the longest at only 19 letters.

May 2022

  • May 2 is Big Money 25th Anniversary Celebration. During this week:
    • An IGT logo is on the floor at center stage.
    • The Feature Prize is a trip to Las Vegas.
    • The Prize Puzzle is a cruise from Carnival Cruise Lines.
    • After the Bonus Round, a slot machine is used as the wipe for the cash amount won and the grand total. The font is used in Helvetica Condensed.
  • On May 2, during the post-game chat, the camera pans by a giant "25" at center stage and then to Pat and Vanna standing next to the virtual slot machines promoting the 25th anniversary of the Wheel of Fortune slot machines.
  • On May 3, after Round 1, there is a Winner's Circle segment on September 1, 2020 contestant Tina.
  • On May 4:
    • Contestant Ashish solves the Speed-Up puzzle ATLANTIC CITY NEW JERSEY with only the T's revealed.
    • There is a $100,000 win.
  • On May 5:
    • After Round 1, there is a Winner's Circle segment on October 27, 2021 contestant Jordan.
    • All three contestants hit Bankrupt consecutively in Round 2.
    • Contestant Darius hops on the Express with only one consonant remaining.
  • On May 6:
    • After Round 1, there is a Winner's Circle segment on September 14, 2020 contestant Jolena.
    • Contestant Brad solves the third Triple Toss-up DECAF with only the F showing.
    • Neither Bankrupt nor Lose a Turn is hit.
  • The week of May 9 has no theme.
  • On May 9:
    • After Round 1, there is a repeat of Winner's Circle segment on January 15, 2021 contestant Angelina.
    • There is a $100,000 win.
    • This episode was originally scheduled for the 13th.
  • On May 10:
    • After Round 1, there is a repeat of Winner's Circle segment on $100,000 winner Patrick from October 12, 2020.
    • Same Name, Before & After, and Same Letter aren't used, despite no Crossword being played.
  • On May 11, the Wheel of Fortune Memories clip is Pat and Vanna switching their respective places for the Bonus Round in order to give Pat's voice a rest (November 21, 1996).
  • On May 12, after Round 1, there is a repeat of Winner's Circle segment on September 1, 2020 contestant Tina.
  • On May 13:
    • The Speed-Up puzzle SNACK SHACK is a rare instance of a main game puzzle with only one vowel.
    • During the post-game chat, there is a Winner Circle's segment on $100,000 winner Scott from March 18, 2021 about his donations to Uplift Family Services and L.A. Regional Food Bank.
  • May 16 is Great Outdoors.
  • On May 17:
    • Jim does the opening sitting in front of the cabin to the right of the center stage monitor.
    • Round 1 is a Crossword Round with only three words.
    • During the post-game chat, Pat picks some flowers on the set and gives them to Vanna.
  • The week of May 23 has no theme.
  • May 30 is Gone Fishin'.

June 2022

  • June 6 is America's Game.
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