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Pat Sajak: Only vowels are left. You can buy a vowel or solve.
Trope-tan: I'd like to solve the puzzle
Pat Sajak: Go ahead.
Trope-tan: ...FANNY MOMENTS?
Pat Sajak: ...No. [audience laughter]

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    In General... 
  • Early on, whenever the Final Spin landed on Bankrupt, the slide whistle would still sound to rub it in. This also dates back to the Chuck Woolery era.
  • Several times during Sajak's original daytime run, the puzzles would either include mild profanity (e.g., "HELL BENT FOR ELECTION") or, because only part of the puzzle was revealed, the puzzle board showed a profanity (e.g., "DAVID HASSELHOFF" with the A's and S's uncovered but, among other letters, not the Hs or the E). Pat was sure to make a big deal out of things.
    • Once, a partially filled-in puzzle that eventually led to BARBECUE SPIT had, among other letters, the "P" still uncovered, and a contestant called an "H." "Thankfully, no," noted Pat.
    • A contestant humorously tried to avert this once. A woman opted to solve the partially filled puzzle FRANKLY MY DEAR I DON'T GIVE A DAMN but replaced the last word with DARN. The answer was not accepted, obviously.
    • September 17, 2004: Part of the puzzle ASSEMBLY & THE DOTTED LINE is filled in, leaving ASS_____ on the top row. After the E is called, Pat remarks "Praise the Lord!"
    • March 5, 2009: A Before & After puzzle reads _A___ ____ SHI_T. After an incorrect letter and a Bankrupt, a contestant finally calls the R, to which Pat says "Thank you!" (The answer was MARCO POLO SHIRT.)
  • On several occasions during the shopping era, Pat would play with various prizes on the turntable during the intro, which often sent then-announcer Jack Clark into fits of laughter.
  • Some incorrect solves can be pretty funny too, and Pat will occasionally poke a little fun at their answer. (Bonus points if any incorrect letters still fit the blanks, and even more if the required letters haven't been called yet.)
  • Just about any time Pat's First or Final Spin lands on a penalty or prize wedge is funny note . When he lands on Bankrupt or Lose a Turn, Pat mentally facepalms and gives a little quip.
    • May 31, 1990: Pat's Final Spin lands on Bankrupt three times in a row. His fourth spin? $5,000.
    • One Final Spin landed on a Wheel prize, which happened to be a rug. Pat remarked the show doesn't have ten rugs to away.
    • He also landed on Surprise once, quipping, "The host can't get a surprise, he has enough of those."
  • A few contestants have jokingly tried to hold onto any pieces of cardboard in their possession despite having just lost them to Bankrupt.
  • Sometimes, if a contestant solves a bonus puzzle after getting little to no help from their letters, Pat will pretend to search them. One instance was shown during the ceremonial 4,000th episode, when a contestant from the week of February 5, 2001 solved GOPHER despite getting no help from his extra letters.
    • Perhaps the most notable is contestant Emil on March 19, 2014, who managed to solve NEW BABY BUGGY even though the other letters he called were of no help. First of all, it took the tech crew a couple seconds to light up the answer (likely because they were incredulous that he had actually solved it), followed by Pat once again pretending to frisk him.
  • Pretty much any time a contestant lands on a Mystery Wedge when they already have more than $15,000 on the table; Pat will still ask if the contestant wants to risk it, albeit sarcastically.
  • Unknown what version, but there was once a contestant who kept yelling out "Come on, BM, BM, BM!", apparently blissfully unaware that "BM" is typically used as an abbreviation for "bowel movement."
  • Kind of cruel, but it is admittedly pretty funny when all three contestants spin and land on Bankrupt consecutively, leaving no one with any money.
  • From Seasons 29-36, any time a contestant wins "three halves" of a car by solving for three 1/2 Car tags during the game.
  • Any time Pat comments on the Speed-Up music.

    Daytime (1975-91) 
  • Late 1977: When the famous slide whistle was first added to accompany a contestant spinning Bankrupt, Chuck gets spooked and yells, "What was that!?"
  • March 27, 1979: After Round 2 begins with three consecutive Bankrupts, Chuck responds to this by beginning the Round 2 opening spiel again. This is followed by Lose A Turn, and finally the blue contestant lands on a dollar value...only to call a wrong letter.
  • June 20, 1980: Some funny moments here.
    • Susan comes out in a cute pink dress to which Chuck says "Well, you look like a little Swedish girl!"
    • Charlie has a little tickle in his throat while describing the watches in round 1.
    • Charlotte wins round 2 with $2050. She says "I want one thing for my husband!" Chuck says "You'll probably get him the candy dish." Later she relunctally takes the candy dish but Chuck assures her that he was only joking, so they take that off. Charlotte buys the print because "She has to." Chuck says the picture was better than the last print which had "17 lizards sucking on an orange."
    • Ken wins round 3 with $3500. He buys the twin motorcycles for him and his son. Chuck didn't think Ken had a son old enough to drive yet. Ken says "By the time he's old enough, we'll let him drive." Chuck jokes "Maybe by the time you get them, he'll be old enough." He then finds out that the prizes are delivered within 90 days and at the end of the show admits that he didn't know that.
    • Chuck hits a bankrupt on his first final spin. His second final spin is only $200 and he says "That's the pits!" After Linda solves with $1200, he apologizes to her for not hitting a higher amount.
  • December 28, 1981: A couple of moments from Pat's first day.
    • After introducing himself for the first time and giving a heartwarming thanks to original host Chuck Woolery, he quipped "And now, I'd like to announce that I'm leaving the show..."
    • Round 2 had a contestant with $2,650 decide not to pick a hot tub valued at $2,195. He instead purchases the other 10 prizes in the showcase, which led to a two-minute marathon voiceover for announcer Jack Clark. Pat had fun ribbing the contestant for this decision.
  • Sometime during his first week, aired between December 29-31, 1981: A contestant missolves a puzzle as "ABRAHAM BINCOLN." Sajak later quips that the man in question would be the one who delivered the Bettysburg Address.
  • Spring 1989: Rolf Benirschke congratulates himself on hitting $2,000 on his Final Spin... only to have one of the contestants tell him he's looking at the wrong arrow. He had actually spun Bankrupt. And this was during Teen Week.
  • C. 1990: Bob Goen has so much trouble hitting penalty wedges for the Final Spin that he asks Vanna to spin for him.

    Nighttime (1983-Current Day) 
  • From early in the syndicated run, Pat and Vanna have a little problem with the curtain.
  • An episode from late November or early December 1984:
    • In Round 1, the red contestant hits the Free Spin wedge three times in a row, and then a fourth time after calling two letters, after which she cheers the Wheel to land away from the wedge. She uses "only" one Free Spin in this round.
    • In Round 3, Pat runs up to the board to reveal the apostrophe in the puzzle. After the blue contestant loses her turn, the red contestant eventually solves for $15,700 with a little help from her three remaining Free Spins.
  • December 5, 1985: After contestant Niki solves her bonus puzzle, her family races to her, prompting Pat to scream "Oh no!" and struggle free. He takes off his jacket, then runs back to Niki to open the door to the Mazda RX7 she just won. All while time, as she is mobbed by her family, she squeals her Bonus Round answer, "TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT" repeatedly. The look on Pat's face is priceless, and Jack Clark tries to hold in his laughter following promotional copy as Pat pretends to pass out during the closing credits. note 
  • December 23, 1988: Pat's Christmas gift to the viewers: "singing" "White Christmas" in an intentionally off-key manner while Vanna accompanied him on the piano.
  • January or early February 1989:
    Pat: What would you like to play for [in the Bonus Round]?
    Contestant: Vanna White!
    • The contestant then added that he actually wanted to play for $25,000 cash, prompting then-announcer M.G. Kelly to say "I was getting ready to tell him about Vanna!"
  • Spring 1989 (sometime after Charlie O'Donnell's return): This exchange in the bonus round:
    Pat: So what are you going to play for?
    Contestant: The good ol' American cash.
    Pat: He stole your line, Charlie! You're gonna have to ad-lib!
    Charlie: (laughs) Okay, solve the puzzle and you win good ol' cold cash that adds up to $25,000. Good luck!
    Pat: Yeah, after 70 years in the business, you know he's good.
  • Spring 1989 (again, sometime after Charlie O'Donnell's return): A contestant faced with _ANC_ T_AT as her Bonus Round puzzle mumbles TWAT which has to be censored by the Pyramid cuckoonote .
  • September 8, 1989: The yellow contestant has won Rounds 1-3, so Pat consoles the other contestants by saying, "Things can change around here in a hurry." The blue contestant then points to the yellow contestant and replies "We gotta get rid of him, though!"
  • October 17, 1989: The puzzle DESE DEM AND DOSE GUYS (supposed to be a thickly-accented "these, them, and those guys") is completely filled-in. The contestant reads the first word as "Desi", and Pat turns to then-producer Nancy Jones for a reading, adding "I know it's a crummy puzzle." She has the contestant say it again, which he does (with the same mistake), and Pat just says "Listen, he's got all the letters up, I'm taking it."
  • October 30, 1989: The puzzle reads _AR_EC_E S_IT. Contestant calls an "H". Pat's response? "Happily, no." (It was BARBECUE SPIT, which the next contestant filled in entirely before solving.)
    • In another episode, the Bonus Round puzzle was "CUSSWORDS." Pat suggested – jokingly, of course – that the contestant's mouth needed to be washed out with soap.
  • During the speed round in a 1989 episode, Pat Sajak tries not to let the wheel land on bankrupt during the final spin. And he kept on re-spinning the wheel. After four times of landing on bankrupt, It finally landed on $5,000 space. And which Pat Sajak remarks "That's what I have been waiting for."
  • May 7, 1992: A Before & After puzzle of R__ T__ T__ ___ is shown during a Speed-Up. A contestant guesses RIP THE TIE OFF to which Pat remarks, "Nice thought." The answer was RIN TIN TIN CAN.
  • November 24, 1992: On Soap Opera College Challenge, Jill Larson of All My Children is stumped on the puzzle _ & _ CHROMOSOMES. She spins again, exclaims "Oh!" as the answer hits her while the Wheel is spinning… but she lands on Lose a Turn. Her opponents then hit Lose a Turn also, causing her to laugh uproariously as she then solves X & Y CHROMOSOMES for $2,950 (plus $1,000 more for a bonus question asked by then-announcer Charlie O'Donnell — "what do they determine?" — to which she gives the correct answer of "gender").
  • December 28, 1992: The puzzle is BATHTUB GIN & FLAPPERS, in the category of The Twenties. It's also followed by a question, asking what the most popular dance was in the 1920s. The contestant couldn't come up with the name Charleston, so he said "the one that goes like this" and started dancing the Charleston. They took it as a right answer.
  • February 25, 1993: A Slang puzzle with B_TT_NSKY revealed. That's easy to solve, isn't it? Well, not quite. Watch this clip, and you'll see our point.
  • January 1994: Raymond Taylor, an undefeated champion who on his first day acted like he was a stoner the show pulled in when a contestant didn't show up. He ended up being a lot better than he looked and acted, which he proved by winning all three of his appearances with a total of over $81,000; indeed, he was so popular that he came back for "Some of the Greats!" the following year.
    • Harsher in Hindsight: Raymond ended up getting obsessed with the show, to the point of trespassing on the set, and in 1997 was banned from even so much as being in the audience via court order.
  • Unknown, 1993: When the contestant on yellow guessed picked a D, the incorrect buzzer sounded first, then a D appeared on the puzzle board. Then the contestant on blue spins the wheel thinking it's his/her turn. And Pat Sajak stops the wheel immediately, because the D was in the puzzle. It was due to a sound error.
    Pat Sajak: (As the blue contestant spins the wheel) No, Hang on, Hang on! (As he stops the wheel from spinning) Whoops, I am going to stop this wheel here. That buzzer flew us all by mistake. And the D was in the puzzle.
  • May 3, 1994: "Weird Al" Yankovic plays during a celebrity week. He's clearly having a blast up there, and being the Weird Al we all know and love. Among his humorous moves are asking to buy an umlaut, trying to buy prizes after solving a puzzle, and saying the Bonus Round answer very slowly so it takes up the entire 10 seconds...then proceeding to run around a lot in victory and jump into Pat's arms.
  • December 15, 1994: When the bonus puzzle "ZORRO" is not solved, Pat starts singing the theme to the old Walt Disney TV series, Zorro
  • February 24, 1995: The rest of this round, all the way to the commercial break.
  • March 1, 1995: A contestant solves the Megaword puzzle BOMBASTIC and uses it in a sentence — "Being on Wheel of Fortune is a bombastic experience."
    Pat: Let's turn to that part of the Wheel of Fortune rulebook called "The Giant Gray Area", and see what our Producer says.
    Nancy: If she really feels that way.
    (Pat laughs for a few seconds) Our producer — Nancy Jones, by the way — has said "If she really feels that way", so we're accepting this? (applause; Pat picks up the contestant's prize wedge) ...Yeah.
  • March 24, 1995: In the Speed-Up round, SCR__ is showing on a Slang puzzle. An old lady calls W. (The answer was SCRAM.)
  • November 1995: Pat kills a fly on the Wheel during a Seattle episode by swatting it with the Surprise wedge.
  • December 1, 1995: Pat has been teasing Vanna about her decision to cut her hair. He pulls out a huge pair of scissors and turns Vanna around, much to her shock. She's obviously nervous, making comments like "He's really gonna do it, isn't he?" He does. During the credits, he passes out clippings to members of the audience.
  • September 12, 1996: Pat and Vanna are talking about the Jackpot wedge that will debut on the next Monday's show. He holds it upside-down and says "Beginning next week we have our Topkcaj..." before Vanna smirks, takes the wedge, and turns it right-side up.
  • November 15, 1996: In the middle of the round, Pat runs up to the puzzle board to adjust the ampersand in the puzzle due to it being crooked.
  • November 21, 1996: Still recovering from laryngitis, Pat and Vanna switch roles for the bonus round. Cue Pat working the board in the absolute most exuberant and over-the-top way he can. For instance, he starts off by holding his hands out under the board (in a bit of a ta-da fashion) from when the round starts until letters start lighting. Then when he goes to turn them... "I'm exhausted."
  • February 21, 1997: Pat and Vanna mention that the trilon-based puzzle board will be retired. Vanna then turns letters that reveal FOR SALE.
  • February 24, 1997: Vanna shows Pat the new puzzle board, but when he touches the letters, they don't seem to work.
  • April 1, 1997: The April Fools' Day episode mentioned in the main page. Pat said "I'd like to take a P", for which Alex scolded him. Pat responded with "I've been saving that one for 15 years."
  • May 8, 1997: A special charity episode featuring celebrities and their moms playing together. Bonnie Hunt accidentally spins before her letter can be revealed, so she abruptly stops the Wheel and proceeds to spend a great deal of time Chewing the Scenery before re-spinning. Pat could barely contain his demeanor, finally telling her to "spin the damn Wheel!"
  • May 28, 1997: A letter on the puzzle board refuses to show, so Vanna resorts to hitting the monitor with her fist.
  • September 11, 1997: Sandy lands on $250, but she's looking at the wrong arrow, so she thinks she's landed on Bankrupt and says "Damn!" Pat then quips "A little editing and no one will know." After she calls a letter then asks to solve, he says, "We wish the hell you would!"
  • October 24, 1997: Contestant James has just solved the Slogan puzzle THE BEST TO YOU EACH MORNING and has a chance to guess whose slogan it is.
    James: I'm guessing Maxwell House coffee.
    Pat: Well, that's a fine guess...
    James: YES! (Beat) Was I right?
    (buzzer sounds)
    Pat: No.note 
  • Season 15 (1997-98): "Put down that ____, Charlie, it's time for our Jackpot round!"
  • May 4, 1998: Contestant Sherry picks up the $10,000 Wedge, but does not flip it upside-down at first. Pat tells her to turn it around, and she rotates it left and right instead. Pat eventually walks up to her at the blue spot, and she says she just wanted Pat to come over there, after which Pat stated that was his line.
  • October 8, 1998: The winning contestant jumps on her husband after winning a car in the bonus round. Pat and Vanna replay a clip of this during the closing chat, leading to this fine snark:
    Pat: 16 years on the show and you've never jumped on me like that.
    Vanna: Well, you've never given me a car.
    Pat: Well, there you go.
  • January 6, 1999: One contestant can impersonate Forrest Gump, and another can impersonate the Road Runner. In response to this, Pat asks the former to do Forrest Gump as the Road Runner, which he does.
  • November 11, 1999:
    • Joe is unable to solve a Puzzler, mumbling "Oh, Jesus" before time runs out. Pat remarks, "That guess was wrong."
    • During the Speed-Up, Joe calls a B and blurts out "Oh, Jesus!" when he realizes it had already been called. Pat then quips that Joe is an "extremely religious man".
    • And to top it off, he thinks A GROUP OF PILL-PUSHERS is the answer to the puzzle even though he just said the letter P. Pat chuckles as does the entire audience, then a moment later he exclaims to the audience "Goodnight everyone! Thank you!", and then to Joe, he shouts "This is Wheel of Fortune, Joe!!!" Later, with only the vowels missing, another contestant mis-solves as A GROUP OF WILL-WISHES before the third contestant finally solves A GROUP OF WELL-WISHERS. Finally, after congratulating the winner, Pat walks over to Joe and pretends to punch him while remarking "Don't make me come over there!"
  • Week of November 15, 1999: A contestant on the blue team says "We'll take a P". They hit Lose A Turn on their next spin, after which Pat says "the good news is you have time now".
  • November 2, 2000: In honor of Halloween week, celebrities play the game in Halloween costumes. Alex Trebek, of all people, hilariously plays a temperamental gnome. Richard Simmons as William Shakespeare is quite funny as well.
  • February 5, 2001: As noted above at the top of the page, the Bonus Round has the nigh-unsolvable "____ER".
    Contestant: (on a wild guess while calling out random things) Gopher...!
    Pat: WHAT?!?
    Contestant: OH, MY GOD!!!
    Pat: (pretends to frisk the contestant thinking it's too good to be true)
  • February 12, 2001: During a Hawaii episode with family teams playing, Pat asks one contestant "What was that noise you made?" The contestant looks behind himself and says "...Noise?", prompting Pat to say "Good night, everyone!" and start walking away.
  • April 2, 2001: A Toss-Up puzzle is WHEEL OF FORTUNE...
    Pat:'s official. We have officially run out of puzzles, apparently. The next puzzle's gonna be PAT'S SHOES...
  • May 2001: Pat realizes after Round 1 that his zipper is undone, so he slumps over the railing to obscure it. He asks Charlie to "kill some time" by reading the Jackpot copy and Charlie deadpans "You're on your own."
  • April 11, 2002: One contestant thought a Toss-Up answer was AN UGLY CHILD, causing Pat to reply with "Now you do realize you are a school counselor." (The correct answer was AN ONLY CHILD.)
  • April 25, 2002:
    • A contestant fails to solve the bonus puzzle HOCKEY FANS with __C_E_ _ANS showing, making a bunch of humorous guesses beginning with "uncle". After time expires, he says "I wasn't even sniffing it!"...and then misreads the now-revealed answer as HOKEY FANS.
    • As this was NASCAR week, Vanna highlighted the Pit Stop crew and what it can do in about 10 seconds. Immediately after, Pat says that Wheel of Fortune also has its own Pit Stop crew ...which proceeds to alter the Wheel for Round 2 at a similar pace.
  • May 3, 2002: During a Teen Best Friends Week, one contestant solved a Toss-Up as CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE. Her partner then added an S to COOKIE to form the correct answer. They giggled like crazy, and the answer was accepted. Pat was quick to lampshade their Ass Pull:
    Pat: That's a great display of teamwork. Chocolate Chip Cookie-zuh!
  • Week of November 18, 2002: Pat's response to a mother-daughter team who won: "The only reason I'm smiling is because your mother is patting my rear end!"
  • December 12, 2002: After Bea does not solve the bonus puzzle, Pat looks in the envelope, quickly closes it and hides it in his jacket. She reaches into his jacket to retrieve the envelope anyway, resulting in laughter from the audience. (Cue Mood Whiplash after she opens the envelope to find $100,000.)
  • May 1, 2003: Kara accidentally breaks her Toss-Up buzzer by jumping up and down after solving the second Toss-Up. Pat takes the broken buzzer and looks at it for several seconds, after which he pretends to fix it, also pretending to be electrocuted in the process. Also notable is this exchange:
    Kara: Well, what about the third Toss-Up?
    Pat: We'll worry about that later. Right now, you're gonna spin the Wheel, and don't break it!
    Kara: Okay, I won't!
  • Week of May 5, 2003 (Armed Forces Week): Pat and the red contestant have a bit too much fun butt-slapping, after which Pat says to move on as it could take an ugly turn. At the end of the show, Vanna slaps Pat's rear while saying it was a great show. Both moments would later be used as one opening clip for the 30th anniversary.
  • November 7, 2003: After a very enthusiastic contestant yells out the Speed-Up answer DOUBLE-DECKER BUS (with only the B's and S showing!), Pat placidly remarks "The answer was 'DOUBLE-DECKER BUS'." Said contestant later goes to the Bonus Round, solving the bonus puzzle in a similarly exuberant fashion...leading to Pat pretending to wrestle the contestant to the ground.
  • January 2, 2004: A contestant had a little trouble picking her letters in the Bonus Round.
    Contestant: C, D, I...I'm sorry.
    Pat: That's okay. Is I the vowel you're going with?
    Contestant: Yeah. C...did I already say C?
    Pat: You did. Usually this is one of the easier parts of the show...
    • She went on to pick B as her final consonant, then solved the puzzle GOLDIE HAWN right away.
  • 2004: A blooper reel which shows Vanna repeatedly stumbling on the Tongue Twister line "Highlight your nightlife" while shooting footage of a car:
    Vanna: Highlight your knife light! (bursts into laughter)
  • November 5, 2004: Pat asks a contestant if they have any family members or friends in the audience. The contestant says that he doesn't, and Pat realizes that he already asked that same question right before they came back from commercial. He then decides to blame his gaffe on "that damn ventriloquist" who was one of the other contestants that day.
  • December 7, 2004: A contestant solves the puzzle TV HOST WHO GAVE BRAND-NEW CARS TO ENTIRE AUDIENCE. When asked to identify who it is, she guesses Pat Sajak (The answer was Oprah).
  • Season 25 (2007-08): "Hey, Charlie! I got a message for you..."
  • February 13, 2008: After the puzzle HISTORIC OPERA HOUSE, Pat accidentally tells a contestant that she's going to Australia instead of Austria. He acknowledges the error before the next round, but points out that the offscreen scoreboard is displaying it as Jamaica.
  • April 1, 2008: The second April Fool's Day episode, also mentioned on the main page.
  • November 5, 2008: When showing the contestant's relatives who are in the audience (as is often done before the Bonus Round), one of said relatives gives the contestant a thumbs-up. The bonus puzzle? THUMBS UP, which he solved.
  • December 15, 2008: A contestant mis-solved the Toss-Up WISH LIST as FISH LOVE, immediately causing everyone to think that he was playing What an Idiot! straight. He proved them wrong by proceeding to the Bonus Round and winning it; after the victory celebration, Pat tells the contestant to look at the puzzle board, which reads FISH LOVE. Watch the incident here.
  • March 25, 2009: Pat says that because two of the contestants' names (Tani and Connie) sound similar, having already led to confusion in the $2,000 Toss-Up, he will refer to Tani as "Ed". Pat later calls on "Ed" after Tani rings in for the $3,000 Toss-Up, and things don't go as planned.
  • January 4, 2010: REGIS PHILBIN & KELLY RIPA.
  • April 7, 2010: During a "Going Green" week, Pat and Vanna chowed down on the Wild Card. That thing's got some fiber...
  • Season 28 (2010-11): Many of the opening animations with the Pat and Vanna avatars. For instance, one shows Pat repeatedly touching a letter on the board and hearing only the buzzer, until Vanna leans in and touches it for him.
  • September 21, 2010: Following the solve of a Prize Puzzle of a vacation to Maui (in Hawaii), the prize was awarded to a Wheel Watchers Club winner. Nothing unusual there, but guess where that winner lives?
  • October 1, 2010: A contestant who had been getting Bankrupt every single time he spun finally lands on a money space...and it's $5,000. He asks for a T...and Pat just shakes his head as the buzzer sounds. At the end of the game, after that same contestant won (thanks to a $6,000 Final Spin) and the audience applauded him loudly, Pat told them they should be applauding him instead as he was the one who spun the Wheel!
  • October 4, 2010: A contestant accidentally removes the backing from a Gift Tag when trying to pick it up. After Pat puts it back together, he jokes "That'll be $87.50." to the contestant before allowing her to take her next turn.
  • November 9, 2010: A contestant rings in to solve a Toss-Up and says the right answer of MILLIONS & BILLIONS, but Pat rules it wrong. After a few seconds, they take the answer. Cue Pat looking at his cards and realizing that he was looking at the wrong puzzle (which is why he accidentally ruled her wrong), then promptly entering Self-Deprecation mode.
  • December 2, 2010: A contestant calls a 7 as his vowel in the Bonus Round.
  • January 7, 2011: The contestant fails to solve the Bonus Round puzzle and asks Pat, about to open the prize envelope, to "show me something small". Cue audience laughter and Pat dropping the prize envelope and walking offstage with a "Goodnight, everybody!"-type gesture. (Followed by Mood Whiplash when the contestant picks up the envelope, opens it himself, and sees that he lost out on $100,000.)
  • January 13, 2011: After a contestant solves a "What Are You Doing?" puzzle (TUNING IN TO MY FAVORITE SHOW), Pat asked the contestant what show that would be. She replies "I dunno, I like 'em all...American Idol." The crowd starts laughing, and it takes her a few seconds to realize that Wheel Of Fortune was the answer Pat was looking for. (He asked her again just before they went to the Bonus Round {which she didn't qualify for}, and she gave the "right" answer.)
  • April 19, 2011: A contestant spins the Wheel but lands on a Bankrupt. Not paying attention, she immediately calls out a letter, only to look down and exclaim "OH, I'M BANKRUPT!" Control did eventually go back to her, and she solved the puzzle.
  • May 20, 2011: At the end of a three-week stint in New Orleans, Pat and Vanna can't wait to try some beignets.
  • June 2, 2011: The contestant asks Pat who he has in the audience.
  • June 3, 2011: Kristina's interview.
  • November 17, 2011: Pat and director Mark Corwin have some fun with each other.
  • December 9, 2011: Tina solves a puzzle for $600 (bumped to $1,000), then during the break admits that she wanted to avoid getting the "pity thousand". No, seriously, a contestant referred to the $1,000 consolation prize as "pity money". ("Pity Thousand" has since become a Fan Nickname for the $1,000 consolation given to contestants who finish with $0.)
  • December 23, 2011: The Round 2 puzzle is PAT I'D LIKE TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE, which Pat lampshaded after it was solved.
  • December 30, 2011: During her interview, the middle contestant says "I'm married to a wonderful husband and I have two great chil—oh, no, that's somebody else's life. I'm single..." Even Pat was fooled.
  • January 19, 2012: Felix lands on the Free Play space five times in a row. But on his seventh spin he lands on Lose A Turn.
  • January 25, 2012: A contestant named Precious makes it to the Bonus Round. Her bonus puzzle? PRECIOUS CARGO.
  • March 16, 2012: Contestant Taylor accidentally calls R even though it's already in the puzzle. He promptly grunts and slumps over the railing before patting one of his opponents on the back, saying "have fun, man." Pat then walks over and consoles Taylor, telling him to be an American and man up, to the applause of the audience.
  • April 20, 2012: After Pat consoles the contestant for losing the Bonus Round, the lights go out unexpectedly, followed by "Goodnight, everybody!" from Pat.
  • October 1, 2012: A contestant hits Free Play on their first spin and calls E. Pat tells him that he has to call a consonant, but quickly corrects himself and calls himself an idiot. The contestant calls T on their next turn and Pat says "Yes, there are no T's."
  • Halloween Week 2012: Jim Thornton was obviously having fun during the taping. On the first episode of the week, Pat asked if Jim would keep cracking Halloween-related jokes, and Jim said "You can count on it." in a Dracula voice. Later in the week, Pat said that the studio was haunted. Cue Jim making ghost noises and Pat saying "That was Chuck Woolery."
  • January 22, 2013: After contestant Zee solves the Speed-Up puzzle FASHION STATEMENT, she jumps around in celebration, after which Pat jokes he could be hurt.
    • In the Bonus Round, she makes seven guesses on the puzzle ____ __ SOMET__N_, then Pat shouts "Can't we give her the money?!" before the answer WHIP UP SOMETHING is revealed. Zee then shouts the full answer after WHIP is revealed joking that she got it, and Pat tells her she needs a nice long rest.
  • February 18, 2013: During Pet Lovers Week, Pat calls Jim to come onstage, and jokingly berates him for daring to say that he bought a "ewe".
  • March 6, 2013: On a show where READING CUE CARDS is a Toss-Up, Vanna asks Pat if he uses cue cards. He replies, "No, not me. I never use cue cards. Every ad-lib is my very own." Vanna then calls a staff member who hands her a cue card with that exact statement written on it. Pat snatches it in embarrassment and promptly bids goodbye. During the credits, he folds the cue card into a paper airplane and throws it.
  • April 30, 2013: With the Bonus Round puzzle showing only _A__N_ ______E, a contestant guesses MAKING WHOOPEE and MAKING DOGGIES. The actual answer was WAVING GOODBYE.
  • May 13, 2013: On the first episode of Best Friends Week, one member of the red team tells her teammate not to spin again; he declines, and lands on… the Prize wedge, before solving the puzzle for $8,750 and an $11,000-plus trip.
  • September 27, 2013: Contestant Betsy is a Mediator and says that if Pat and Vanna are having any problems, she can help. Pat insists that he's not leaving the show.
  • October 11, 2013: A contestant lands on the Mystery Wedge, and calls M. There happen to be eleven M's in the puzzlenote , worth $11,000, meaning that even if that Mystery Wedge had $10,000, she would have lost money going for it! (In this case, there was a Bankrupt on the other side, making the obvious choice even more obvious.) Pat says it best after the round:
    Pat: If you had [gone for the Mystery Wedge], I would have had to come over and slap you.
  • October 24, 2013: In a Vegas episode, after a contestant flips over the Mystery Wedge (only a $2,000 risk this time) to find a Bankrupt on the reverse, Pat takes the wedge and gives the Bankrupt side a severe beating.
  • November 5, 2013: After a contestant successfully solves the final puzzle SWAN DIVE immediately, Pat quips "Did you need anymore time, or is that enough?"
  • November 12, 2013: After the Before & After puzzle RULES OF THE ROAD RUNNER is solved, Pat explains that roadrunner the animal is one word while Road Runner the cartoon character is two words...then randomly faints as the show goes to commercial.
  • November 13, 2013:
    • One of the contestants in the blue team admits to her grandfather having the "hots" for Vanna.
    • The same team solves the Prize Puzzle round very excitedly, and Pat warns the people of the Prize Puzzle destination (St. Thomas) that the team is coming over.
  • November 21, 2013: A contestant mentions that her dog always barks at the door whenever the "ding" for a right letter sounds. Pat proceeds to ask the sound effects booth to sound the ding three times during the interview, then a fourth before the next Toss-Up.
  • December 10, 2013: One team has a child in the audience who aspires to take Pat's place when he retires. The team makes it to the Bonus Round and celebrates after they solve the bonus puzzle (also a very difficult answer of QUAINT VILLAGE), but Pat insists not to cheer in "worry" that he could be replaced even faster.
  • January 23, 2014: Pat starts to throw to commercial after Round 3 before the contestant points out that it's a Prize Puzzle. Cue Pat slumping over the railing as Jim reads the prize copy. After that, Pat is onstage with stage manager John Lauderdale, pointing out that on a previous episode, John was reminding him that it was a Prize Puzzle and Pat replied, "I'm not an idiot."
  • February 25, 2014: On a Speed-Up puzzle consisting of a single fourteen-letter Thing, the first contestant guesses T and has T_____T_______. Pat jokingly dares her to solve the puzzle, and she blurts out THOUGHTFULNESS… which turns out to be correct! Needless to say, Pat is dumbfounded, and simply says in response, "I guess she takes dares."
  • March 20, 2014: On an episode with husband-and-wife teams, the husband of the yellow team (Whillis) finishes his part of the contestant interview, when his wife sarcastically butts in with "And this is my wife, Emily" as if he had forgotten about her. Cue pat cracking up and saying that he hopes Whillis has a comfortable couch.
  • April 28, 2014:
    • The puzzle reads BOO_ING M_ SHORE EXCURSION, and the contestant who asks to solve says "BOOZING MY SHORE EXCURSION" instead of "BOOKING".
    • Contestant Josh Woo slumping over the railing at the end of the game, upon realizing that he won by $401.
  • April 30, 2014:
    • Trent Girone, a contestant with a learning disability, is stated to be a huge fan of the show (having watched it since he was 2 years old), so Pat challenges him to name a retired category. This exchange ensues:
    Trent: Uh, please promise you won't cringe, Pat? Megaword! (while saying that, Trent flails his arms around)
    Pat: (Laughs for a few seconds) Megaword, I remember that, it the worst category we ever- we would take a very long and obscure word and that was the puzzle, and I hated every minute of it.
  • May 8, 2014: Contestant Debra tries to pick up a ½ Car tag, but it slips away and she has trouble trying to get it. Pat walks over and picks it up for her. She struggled so much that she moved the Wheel one click, which Pat fixed before her next spin.
  • November 10, 2014: On a Best Friends week in Hawaii, the blue team calls N as the first letter on a What Are You Doing? puzzle in the Speed-Up, and guess RIDING A BROWN HORSE. Pat fools them into thinking that they're right before telling them they're wrong. The red team then calls G and guesses RIDING A WHITE HORSE and, in a moment similar to the "A GROUP OF PILL-PUSHERS" round, Pat jokingly pulls a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! before shouting, "Who said anything about a horse?!?', before composing himself, and continuing the round. It doesn't completely end after that, as the yellow team then called out an "R" clearly still going in the "riding a horse" direction to which Pat indignantly replied "No!" The correct answer was SEEING A BUDDY MOVIE)
  • December 9, 2014: During a Family week, brothers Michael and Chris decide to pick their Bonus Round letters by singing the chorus to "YMCA" by The Village People, and even doing the associated dance!note 
  • December 26, 2014: Having already won a staggering $91,892 in the main game, contestant Matt doesn't know the answer to his bonus puzzle, so he spends the entire 10 seconds chatting with Pat.
  • January 15, 2015: After a contestant worries about landing on Free Play, Pat reassures her that she will still keep her turn even if she calls a "crummy letter". She ends up calling H, which she already called on her previous turn.
  • In a Speed-Up puzzle in February 2015, someone tried to solve LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (N was already called) as "SONY ENTERTAINMENT". Pat responds with "Thank you".
  • February 27, 2015: Pat says "I like this music" during the Speed-Up.
  • April 24, 2015: The contestants hit Bankrupt multiple times, resulting in Pat having to take multiple cardboard. When one spins Bankrupt with no cardboard, Pat says he has to take her name tag.
  • April 29, 2015: During "Show Your Disney Side" Cold Open, Donald Duck is upset that the puzzle board reads WHEEL WELCOMES MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS. He programs the board to say WHEEL WELCOMES DONALD DUCK, much to Minnie's chagrin.
  • October 2, 2015: One contestant lands on a Mystery wedge three times in a row, declining the flip all three times. Later on, she loses her turn. The next contestant spins and looks like he's about to hit a Mystery wedge too, only to have the Wheel stop just a tad short on Lose a Turn. His response? "Aw, man, I wanted to flip it!"
  • February 17, 2016: After a team solves the Prize Puzzle GONDOLA RIDE THROUGH VENICE, Pat asks the husband of the team where he thinks they are going. He responds with "Paris, France", after which Pat bursts into laughter. Cue the contestant's wife adding, "So do we still get [the prize]?"
  • September 26, 2016: After failing to solve Round 2, Bill pretends to run offstage with the Million Dollar Wedge and $10,000 Mystery prize.
  • December 23, 2016: A contestant calls T on a Mystery Wedge... and gets ten in the puzzlenote  for a total of $10,000. If he'd have flipped the wedge, he could have gotten exactly what he gambled for (plus for added hilarity, the $10,000 was on the other side). Unfortunately, he hit a Bankrupt later on in the round.
  • December 29, 2016: Vanna does push-ups during the credits, with the audience counting along. After the credits, cut to The Stinger, where Vanna is doing more push-ups, and the audience counts off "115... 116..."
  • From the February 2, 2017 show:
    • Contestant Bob Stulsatz, the day's winner, is greeted with this layout after selecting his letters for the bonus puzzle:
    □ □ORD
    • Bob stands there without even a guess as the clock winds down to zero. When the puzzle is revealed (WITHOUT A WORD), Bob responds, "That's exactly where I was." The crowd breaks out in laughter for five seconds before Pat responds, "Don't encourage him!" Upon the episode's credit roll, Pat stands offscreen as Vanna converses with Bob.
  • March 21, 2017: The board reads "A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE"; the contestant guesses a "K", and after a moment's pause and some gasping from the audience, Pat replied "Noooo" in a self-restrained don't go there tone. The next player correctly guesses "M" and wins the round, prompting Pat to quip that "although you got the right answer, I'd rather see Kevin’s play."
  • June 9, 2017: Pat goes to reveal the location of the $1,000,000 envelope after a lost Bonus Round. He then opens up an envelope, only to realize it's the wrong one — so he clicks the bonus wheel over one envelope, only to realize it's still the wrong one. Cue him face palming, throwing the envelopes on the wheel, and then finally spinning it again to pick the right one.
  • September 2017: At the end of one of the Fall Foilage episodes, Pat talked about how he used to say "foilage" as "foil-age", and that the red autumn leaves are falling because they are dead.
  • October 27, 2017: When one member of a team mentions that her husband could not make it, a picture of him peeks out from behind the Million Dollar Wedge held by her teammate's husband to show that he's "here in spirit".
    Pat: After 35 years, everyone starts to go.
  • December 8, 2017: Contestant Bobby has won the game and will proceed to the Bonus Round, but one of his opponents is holding the Million Dollar Wedge, leading to this exchange:
    Bobby: Can she give it to me?
    Pat: No. Hush.
  • February 1, 2018: The yellow contestant (and later big winner of the night) David has a surprise for all of us... he's the former official back-up voice for "a famous purple dinosaur in children's television".
    David (as Barney): Wheel Of Fortune is super-dee-duper!!
  • May 8, 2018: Pat points out contestant Adrian's shoes, so he takes one off and presents it to everyone, revealing that the shoe is golden, and shouts, "Bam!" Pat then does the same with his ordinary black shoe and shouts, "Boring!"
  • May 25, 2018: At the end of the game, Pat walks over to the blue contestant and sets up a joke: that she can either go home right now, or go to the bonus round. She's not at all focused on what Pat is asking though and instead is just thinking of what category she wants to do for the bonus round. As such, her "response" to his question ends up being the complete Non Sequitur "What are you wearing?" The unintended laughter that results from it ends up with Pat completely losing his train of thought and by the time they finish laughing, he can't even remember what the other two category choices were!
  • November 2, 2018: At the end of the show, when Pat and Vanna usually have a back-and-forth dialog, they instead play out a scene in chaise lounges set on a beachfront patio. They both communicate through Thought Bubble Speech:
    Pat: Gee, what a beautiful day it is...
    Vanna: Although it seems like we're sitting kind of far apart.
    Pat: I feel so relaxed.
    Vanna: These drinks would taste better if there was actually some liquid in the glasses.
    Pat: You know, sitting out here, I've discovered two things—
    Vanna: What's that?
    Pat: (as Pat tries to reposition himself) I don't think I can get out of this chair! And another thing... (tries eating a piece of fruit) this fruit is made out of wax. Bye!
    Vanna: Bye!
    • After this exchange, they both start napping. Vanna's dream centers around a Cute Kitten, which draws a collective "aww" from the studio audience. The subject of Pat's dream: Himself.
  • April 5, 2019: After the bonus round contestant loses out on $100,000, Pat just keeps on closing and opening the envelope, with the audience groaning each time.
  • April 19, 2019: Before the Prize Puzzle, Pat asks Vanna if he is forgetting something, at which point she reveals REMEMBER LESLY & JUDY'S BIRTHDAYS ARE THIS SUNDAY on the puzzle board. (Lesly is Pat's wife, and Judy is executive producer Harry Friedman's wife.)
  • October 14, 2019: Blair's interview provides some excellent Self-Deprecation.
    Blair: I've been trapped in a loveless marriage for the last 12 years to an old battle-axe named Kim. She cursed my life with three stepchildren named Star, RJ, and Ryan, and I have one rotten grandson.
  • December 9, 2019: Thanks to Pat's surgery giving Vanna A Day in the Limelight, things don't go quite as planned during the Final Spin. Vanna ends up looking at the wrong arrow, which has landed on Bankrupt, and one of the stagehands corrects her.
  • October 16, 2019: This set of Triple Toss-Up puzzles, all in the category of "Event": BUYING A NEW OUTFIT, STARTING A NEW DIET, and HIGH SCHOOL REUNION.
  • February 10, 2020: Andy, a rancher from North Dakota with a thick Midwestern accent, a Badass Mustache, and a very off-kilter charm. Highlights include Pat calling him a "jolly rancher" when he cheers upon claiming the $10,000 Mystery Wedge, and then this exchange.
    Pat: We're gonna pick a category, and then we'll go out and rope some dogies.
    Andy: (laughs) You sure you're man enough?
    (audience groans)
  • October 12, 2020: Patrick wins $100,000, but no confetti or streamers fall. As this episode is taped during the COVID-19 outbreak, viewers might assume it's one more precaution the show is taking. However, Pat says during the close that the confetti machine malfunctioned and jokingly blames new executive producer Mike Richards. To make up for the blunder, Pat and Vanna recreate the moment by throwing handfuls of confetti onto Patrick. As a kicker, the new boss is listed as Mike "Confetti" Richards in the credits.
  • October 29, 2020: Contestant Remick immediately figures out the final puzzle with the letters given and enthusiastically exclaims the answer ("SAVORY APPETIZERS") before Pat can even finish saying "Good luck". Pat (in jest) chides her afterward for not giving him time to build up tension.
  • November 20, 2020: Things go awry during the Triple Toss-Up Round.
    • Allison rings in on the first one and says BIRTHDAY WISH, which is wrong. Michael guesses BIRTHDAY CAKE, which is also wrong. Caitlin then gives the right answer of BIRTHDAY CARD.
    • Allison immediately rings in on the second one and says BIRTHDAY WISH again, which is right this time.
    • With only the Y showing on the third one, Caitlin rings in and says BIRTHDAY CAKE, which is still wrong. Michael accidentally rings in and is locked out. Finally, Allison rings in and provides the right answer of... BIRTHDAY SUIT.
  • November 25, 2020: Darin calls out the puzzle writers after "OVEN" is part of an answer to the Crossword round "Kitchen ____":
    Darin: "Kitchen oven"? What was that?
    Pat: Yeah, where else would you keep your oven?
    Darin: For sure in the kitchen, but who calls it a "kitchen oven"?
    Pat: You won! Don't argue, Darin! You got the puzzle! Ungrateful players! I've had it!

    Wheel 2000 
  • November 1, 1997: The Round 2 puzzle is INTESTINE under the category Every Body. With the E's and the I's missing (in other words, only vowels left), the blue contestant buys an A. The red contestant has no points and gets buzzed out. The yellow contestant buys the E's to reveal _NTEST_NE but missolves the puzzle as ANTESTONE. The blue player then promptly solves INTESTINE for 2,000 points.

    Australian Version 
  • On one episode, host John Burgess ran out excitedly at the open... and promptly fell on his rear end.
    Burgo: Alright, who polished the floor?!
  • From the ill-fated "Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune", Bert Newton wants a "P".
  • A couple from the first episode with the revamped 1992 set, including...
    • Burgo's reaction to the new set, as well as his nonchalant reaction to Adri.
    Burgo: Gee...gee, am I in the right place? Have I come to the right...oh, yes, I have.
    Contestant: Could I have a "C" for "cat", please?
    Burgo: "C" for...(sees Adri removing her blouse, revealing a red bikini top underneath)...Holy Moley!
    • What makes this even funnier—the puzzle, which was solved immediately afterwards, was "TO SCARE THE PANTS OFF SOMEONE".

    British Version 
  • The British version used a quiz round to determine control of the Wheel. After the host ran through several questions that nobody could answer, he finally asked "What's the first letter of the alphabet?"
  • One contestant spun the Wheel the wrong way. While this doesn't seem like a big deal (after all, Sajak's done it several times), it actually ruined the mechanism and forced taping to be suspended for several hours while studio technicians tried to get it working again.
  • 2000: After the bonus puzzle is ANGEL FALLS, hosts John Leslie and Jenny Powell provide this exchange:
    Jenny: Whenever I hear that name, I always think of you.
    John: Really? Because I'm...a heavenly creature that fell to Earth?
    Jenny: (jokingly) No, 'cause you're a big drip.
    John: (after the contestant laughs) Don't encourage her!
  • One episode of the Bradley Walsh era had two notable moments.
    • First, when Bradley gave the question of the hybrid of a grapefruit and tangerine, the contestants suddenly gather round and start conferring, much to Bradley's annoyance. They all come up with the incorrect answer of nectarine.
    • Later, in the speed round, Denise uncovers one L in the puzzle, with the clue of 'place'. She immediately guesses the correct answer of 'The Leaning Tower of Pisa'. Bradley quickly goes mental at the shock of the answer being found with so little info, going so far as to check the board for signs of foul play, randomly jump into the prize car, and hum the theme song of The Twilight Zone (1959).

    Spanish Version (La Ruleta de la Suerte
  • 8/14/15: In the finals of the 9th anniversary tournament, three contestants named Javi (short for Javier) advanced to the finals. The very first puzzle of the game was "NO ME LLAMO JAVIER, NO ME LLAMO JAVIER" (My name is not Javier, My name is not Javier).
  • 2016: A total of EIGHT Pierde Turno (Lose a Turn) and THREE Quiebra (Bankrupt) hits occur more or less consecutively, prompting the audience to cheer loudly when the wheel actually lands on a cash space (€25, the second-lowest number on the wheel). As if that wasn't enough, one contestant keeps calling R long after the contestants find out it's not there, prompting Jorge to drag the used letter board onto the stage to drive the point home.
    Jorge: La R está AQUÍ! Está DICHA!note 
  • Since the "Empiezo Yo" wedge was introduced in 2018, a funny little sound effect goes off whenever it's hit (there's a bit that goes "Yo, yo, yoyoyoyoyo..."). At first, the camera would cut to Jorge, who would do a little dance when the sound goes off. More recently, Laura can be seen dancing at the puzzleboard whenever the wedge is hit.

    Video game adaptations 
  • Across all versions, computer players will sometimes pick one of the less common consonants at the beginning of a round such as B or V. A few versions, such as the S-NES Deluxe Edition, make it possible for computer players to call a repeated letter.
  • The Sega Genesis release has a credit thanking "everyone who decided to go without sleep until the product was finished!"
  • The Hasbro CD-ROM game from 1998: When the female AI contestant hits a penalty wedge, she will shout "OH! Why me!?"


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