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  • The Facebook game has one: If none of the players on a "Whammy Round" question get it wrong (either by answering correctly or using a wildcard to pass on it), the Whammy walks out sad, hands in his pockets. He then pulls the pockets out to reveal they're empty, and then kneels on the ground and has a round of silent Inelegant Blubbering. His tears almost fill the space...only for a hand to come from above and pull out a stopper plug on the floor, draining the tears (and the Whammy) off the screen.
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  • On the series, whenever a contestant landed on an Undesirable Prize (say, a Flokati Rug), Peter would ask "Stop at a [undesirable prize]! What is an [undesirable prize]?!"
  • From 1983 through early 1984, any time Peter hits a Whammy for his opening spin.
  • The Whammy that lampshaded contestants' cries of "Big Bucks!" by bringing out a large deer.note  It's even more amusing when you realize that the Whammies were generally voiced by franchise creator Bill Carruthers.
    Whammy: All I hear is "Big Bucks! Big Bucks!" — I've got your big buck! (deer walks on-screen) Heh, heh.
  • The "Spin Battle" between Cathy and Lori. The two just could not stop landing on "$X + One Spin" spaces and passing the extra spins back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, with Cathy growing more and more incredulous the longer the spin-passing stretched on...until she hit a Whammy on the ninth consecutive passed spin, and lost $31,408 and composure.
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  • Anytime Peter dances along with the Michael Jackson Whammy.
  • One contestant called the Whammy a "creep" before hitting one on a spin.
    Peter: Don't call the Whammies "creeps" because I don't think they like it.
  • Date Unknown: Peter talks with a woman who used to be a mortician but was pressured to quit by her husband. She says it was because she put a dead person's ear in his food after they had an argument.
  • April 3, 1984: Karen Martin asking for, and getting, a "pool table for Dan" [her husband]. She hit a Whammy later that round.
  • May 19, 1984: Michael Larson buzzes in too early on a question and pays the price for it:
    Peter Tomarken: You've probably got President Franklin D. Roosevelt in your pocket or purse right now, because his likeness is on the head side—(Michael buzzes in) Michael?
    Michael: $50 bill.
    Peter: —of what American coin? (Michael winces and looks down in disbelief)note 
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  • Tomarken's astonished reaction at the end of Michael Larson's run.
    Peter Tomarken: We'll be back. We'll be back sometime.
  • June 26, 1984: The last question of round 1 "In a recent study of college aged students, when asked which human quality is the most important, what ranked first?" After no one buzzes in, Peter responds with "Evidently, it wasn't quickness."
  • October 22, 1984: Mabel won by default because the two other contestants hit four Whammies. Unfortunately, her score was $0, which caused Peter to stumble around a bit in total disbelief. When the show returned from break and he had composed himself:
    Peter Tomarken: Press Your Luck winner Mabel, now is the time when Rod Roddy tells you everything you've won! Rod?
    Rod Roddy: Yes, Peter?
    Peter: What'd she win?
    Rod: Bupkis!
    ** Unfortunately, she lost her next game, and since she had won nothing her first game, she received the same consolation prizes that the other loser from her second game won.
  • February 27 and 28, 1985: Scott Haven would chant "No little red men!" when it was his turn to spin, unaware that he was repeating an ethnic slur against Native Americans. It got to the point where the audience cheered when he hit a Whammy!
  • March 12, 1986: Peter imitates the windsurfer from the Bahamas prize film.
  • The April Fools episode in 1984 (unaired) where three deadpan contestants nearly drove Peter into a conniption. Three questions, one spin. Watch the hilarity here.
    Rod Roddy: APRIL FOOLS!
    [the Whammy foghorn plays for Peter as everyone has a good laugh]
  • June 14, 1985: The question put forth was along the lines of "Which Looney Tunes character says sufferin' succotash?" All three contestants said Sylvester the Cat, which was the right answer. However, Peter said they all got it wrong and that it was actually Daffy Duck who said that. After the second commercial break, Mel Blanc himself called the show (in-character as Sylvester, also doing his Speedy Gonzalez and Porky Pig voices) to call them out on their blatant Critical Research Failure, pointing out that yes, Daffy has said "sufferin' succotash" in the past, but he actually stole that line from him to boost his popularity. Peter then promised to go through the Warner Bros. office in the future to fact-check any Looney Tunes-related questions.
    • May also count as a Tearjerker, as you can really hear the age in Blanc's voice when he does Porky's voice.
  • 2020: One Whammy animation from the second season of the revival has a chorus of Whammies singing "You suck!" to the tune of The Beautiful Blue Danube.
    • They also now have animations when the contestant hits a whammy without any cash. In one the whammy comes out only to do a Wild Take when he realizes the contestant doesn't have any money. He then stands there and goes "Well, this is awkward"
    • A particularly ridiculous one features Tammy Whammette giving birth to a bag of money while being encouraged by Whammy, and as soon as he catches it he says "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, and it's all mine!". The two then laugh together. Even Elizabeth Banks was left stunned by that one.


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