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  • On the last Feud of 1976, the Vaught family had no money going into the Double Round (their opponents, the Tullis family {one of which was future Married... with Children actor Dan Tullis Jr.} had $117). They managed to win the game on the Double question by getting exactly $200 (which was the winning score at the time).
  • The York family — they're the ones who had an infamous Fast Money round that featured the "alligator" response (for a question asking for an animal that has three letters in its name) — was a multi-day champion, and for all the bad responses they'd give throughout the course of their run on the show, eventually did win one Fast Money round (this after spending several days figuring out who the right two players for Fast Money were), and eventually netted more than $10,000 during their several-day reign. In the end, the crowning moment of awesome was just their gamemanship and genuinely having a good time, and it was clear that Dawson — as he was saying goodbye to the family on their final day — truly loved and enjoyed having them on the show.
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  • During the original run, upon expanding to five days a week, the Syndicated version, as game shows are known to do, held celebrity weeks. One 1985 week in particular featured ten members of the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Mark Goodson, Rod McKuen, Cesar Romero, Rory Calhoun, Keenan Wynn, Betty White, Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven, Audrey Meadows, Dorothy Lamour). By the end of the week, the ladies dominated the men, winning three of the five games, and a final score of $41,534 to $10,700. Richard, as he was wont to do, increased the men's total to $12,500.
  • The Manoukian family's first Fast Money round during the Dawson run. Billy, who tackles the round before his brother-in-law and team captain Socrates, manages to give the top answers to all five questions for an impressive 199 points.
    One measurement of distance is an inch. Name another: Billy gives "mile" for 38 points; Socrates' answer of "foot" wins it with 28.
    A color of M&M's candy: Red (39).
    The toughest age for a teenager: Sixteen (38).
    A popular color for socks: White (40).
    A fruit that squirts: Orange (44).
    • The woman responsible for the "September" incident pulled a similar feat, only she was one of the few who also got 200 points in the first Fast Money round.
  • From 1980, Dickey matriarch Lynda gives four responses worth 40+ each, leading to a one-player score of 204 points:
    Tell me what you think is the annual income of the average American family: $15,000 (Scores 18).
    Your most important piece of furniture: Bed (47).
    A brand of children's toys: Fisher-Price (40).
    A deodorant soap: Dial (49).
    An expensive flower: Rose (50, which seals the deal).
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  • Another family in the Dawson era had a single-person Fast Money win where Kathy picks off all five #1 answers for 200 on the dot:
    Name something people asks bank to do for them: Make loans (50).
    A country foreign films come from: France (31).
    A common color of cats: Black (35).
    How many television sets you own: Two (38).
    A food you buy shredded: Cheese (46).
  • On several occasions (once in both Dawson eras and at least three times during Combs'), the first player in Fast Money got 200 points alone. One family on the Combs era managed to do this twice.
  • Three Steve Harvey episodes and two Richard Karn episodes had the first player in Fast Money give all five #1 answers. Here's the first time. Unfortunately, unlike the eras before 1999, this will never add up to 200.
  • One family thought they'd only scored 196 points in Fast Money... and then the judge checked the dictionary.
  • "The Comeback of the Century."
    • Another big comeback.
    • A Harvey-era Comeback of the Century, though he did not refer to it as such.
    • February 9, 2016: the Inverted Comeback of the Century. In probably one of the closest shaves in history, the second player in Fast Money struggled a bit, but slowly got to 199 by the final question. To win, at least two people had to agree with his belief that people ate meat raw. Guess what.
  • Celebrity Family Feud airing June 28, 2015: Catherine Lowe, the winning contestant from Season 17 of The Bachelor, cleans house at Fast Money, scoring a whopping 194 points and giving four of the five No. 1 answers! Despite some nervous moments when her husband, Sean, came up (he repeated the first four answers and couldn't provide a fifth in a timely manner), their team had no trouble winning the $25,000 for charity.
    • Eva Longoria pulled off a similar feat on June 18, 2017, winning 193 points in a single round.
    • The Band Perry lead singer Kimberly pulls off an impressive 196 points by herself.
    • A non-celebrity version by the McKissic family. Michelle gets 194 points with four of the five #1 answers. Her older brother J.E. wins the money with his first question, and his second question was the number one answer that Michelle missed. Steve bluntly says that if Michelle had gotten all five #1 answers, she would have won the money on her own – a feat that has never even been considered possible since before 1999.
  • The June 14, 2020 episode (filmed before the pandemic) featured a particularly fun moment where RuPaul buzzes in before Steve can finish reading the question. Ru has to guess the second half of the question, and then base his answer off of that. He gets the #1 answer.


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