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Season 12 (1983-1984)[]

Pricing game calendar for Season 12, hosted by Scorpz.


Week 1 (499): September 12-16

  • The set is decorated for the start of the new season all week.
  • Monday show's opening spiel is, "And here it comes! It's the beginning of the 12th year of television's most exciting hour of fantastic prizes, The fabulous, 60-minute Price Is Right!"
  • The set is decorated for the season premiere on Monday.
  • All of Monday's opening titles read "12th Year".
  • On Monday, Range Game is played for a car.
  • Monday show features the debut of The Phone Home Game.
  • On Monday, The Phone Home Game's intro cue is missing the fourth of its five measures; this is believed to have been added on the game's second playing, on Wednesday.
  • For the first two weeks of this season, The Phone Home Game is played every other day; on the remaining episodes, Bob plugs its appearance on the next day's show at the beginning of Act 5 or Act 6.
  • By Monday, two $900 cards have been added to New Card Game's special deck.
  • On Monday, the split-screen arrow for the Big Wheel is enlarged to nearly the whole height of the screen.
  • On Monday, a rule is added to New Card Game allowing contestants to hold an ace and play it later in the game.
  • On Monday, after the credits end, a white version of the "12th Year" opening title is put on the screen for several seconds.
  • By Tuesday, Now....and Then has adopted its second color scheme.
  • On Tuesday, the interior of the Clam is changed to a series of blue and white zigzags; this pattern was technically present on Monday, as well, but the Clam was not used on that episode.
  • On Tuesday, Race Game is played for season tickets to four of LA's pro sports teams.
  • In Tuesday's One Right Price, one of the digits on the first prize's price tag falls off and can be seen resting on the podium's shelf before Dian opens the flap; fortunately, the gameplay has already ended before anyone notices this.
  • On Tuesday, Deluxe Dice Game malfunctions during the price reveal; the second and third numbers are initially lit up in the wrong rows, and the second number disappears entirely while the third number is being fixed.
  • On Tuesday, the Dice Game board's chase lights are slowed down to their current speed.
  • Throughout this season, beginning on Wednesday, cars are occasionally offered in the fourth game again; the practice is still uncommon but is noticeably less so than at any point since the late '70s. Whether by coincidence or not, just over half of these cars are offered in 3 Strikes, with no other game being used more than once.
  • On Wednesday, 3 Strikes's first strike is burned out.
  • Circumstantial evidence suggests that Fremantle does not currently possess airable copies of Thursday or Friday's shows.
  • On Thursday, the zooms in Plinko's intro do not begin until after the sign has flipped to "$25,000".
  • On Thursday, the rightmost "card" in the top row of Poker Game refuses to light up.
  • On Thursday, the second showcase, The Price Is Right Department Store, is presented with the Beauties all still in character from the first showcase, Big John, Roving Reporter; Dian runs the elevator dressed as Marilyn Monroe, and Holly and Janice model the prizes as a wino and a fairy, respectively.


Week 2 (500): September 19-23

  • Circumstantial evidence suggests that Fremantle does not currently possess an airable copy of Monday's show.
  • On Monday, 3 Strikes is played for a 5-digit car for the first time. At this time, the name "3 Strikes +" has not been introduced yet.
  • On Thursday, the contestants in The Phone Home Game lose a turn when the at-home player accidentally names an item instead of a price.
  • On Friday, the Golden Road sign is visible before Bob reveals the first item up for bids.


Week 3 (501): September 26-30

  • On Thursday, Take Two is played for season tickets to four of LA's pro sports teams.
  • On Friday, Squeeze Play is played for a car.


Week 4 (502): October 3-7

  • In Monday's Master Key, as soon as the contestant opens the first prize with her first key, Bob takes it from her and has her use her other key in the other two locks. While she wins the game with this key, which unlocks the car, it is never revealed whether the first key was the prize one key or the master key (and, thus, whether or not she won the second prize).
  • On Thursday, contestant Laura wins Deluxe Dice Game without making any decisions, rolling three 6's and the fifth number.


Week 5 (503): October 10-14

  • By Monday, the split-screen shot of the Ten Chances board and the car has been done away with.
  • On Wednesday, the $10,000 cash award in The Phone Home Game is found for the first time.


Week 6 (504): October 17-21

  • On Thursday, the contestants in The Phone Home Game lose a turn when the at-home player accidentally names an item instead of a price.
  • On Friday, a contestant wins Dice Game without making any decisions, rolling only 1's and 6's.


Week 7 (505): October 24-28

  • On Thursday, Double Prices is played for a car.
  • After Friday, The Phone Home Game begins its annual hiatus for the Home Viewer Showcase.


Week 8 (506): October 31-November 4

  • Friday show features the debut of Walk of Fame.
  • On Tuesday, Dice Game adopts its yellow color scheme; at this time, the gray backing on the bottom of the board becomes red.
  • On its first two playings, the word "Fame" in Walk of Fame's logo is green.
  • On at least its first playing, Walk of Fame has three autograph books, only one of which contains the words "Second Chance."


Week 9 (507): November 7-11

  • Tuesday show has an extremely rare appearance of a regular car game fourth.
  • Walk of Fame's second playing occurs on Wednesday; as the contestant wins the first three prizes, it cannot be determined if the autograph book rule has been changed yet at this point.


Week 10 (508): November 14-18

  • The Home Viewer Showcase "Home for Christmas" is presented each day this week before the fifth Item up for Bids; Johnny repeats the contest's mailing address each day before the winner of the Showcase is revealed.
  • Holly is absent this week as a result of the shows being taped out of order. A model named Chanel is her replacement for this week.
  • On Monday, the word "Fame" in Walk of Fame's logo becomes gold.
  • By Monday, on its third playing, Walk of Fame has begun using two autograph books.
  • On Monday, Squeeze Play is played for a car.
  • Thursday's show opens on a shot of Marc Breslow's son, Marc, Jr., in the back of the audience; in accordance, Johnny opens the show with, "Happy birthday, Marky Breslow! And here it comes! Television's most exciting hour of fantastic prizes! The fabulous, sixty-minute Price Is Right!"
  • On Thursday, the second contestant called is Kyle Aletter, the future long-term TPIR substitute model; she ends up winning Poker Game but is beaten at the Big Wheel.
  • On Thursday, Bullseye is played for a car.
  • On Friday, Safe Crackers is played for a car.


Week 11 (509): November 21-23

  • Thanksgiving week; only three shows.
  • On Monday, the original Clam is still in use.
  • On Wednesday, the total value of the prize package for Master Key stops being announced.


Week 12 (510): November 28-December 2

  • Circumstantial evidence suggests that Fremantle does not currently possess an airable copy of Wednesday's show.
  • On Friday, Walk of Fame is played for a car.
  • Friday's show is Holly's last episode before leaving the show to pursue an acting career; she ultimately returns to Price later in the season.


Week 13 (511): December 5-9

  • On Monday, Bob's mother Tilly is a guest in the audience.
  • On Tuesday, Janice wrecks the Train into the Turntable.
  • Starting this week, Holly leaves the show to pursue an acting career. She returns to Price later in the season.
    • A model named Chanel is the first to substitute for Holly. She first appears during Week 10 (#5081D-5085D) due to out-of-order taping, then appears starting this week. Several other substitute models rotate in between now and the end of March '84 - Janice Baker, formerly of Jim Perry's Card Sharks, Kyle Aletter, a model named Pat, the first African-American model to appear on the daytime version, another model named Andie (rumored to be future famed Hollywood actress Andie MacDowell) and lastly, Kristin Bjorklund, a substitute card dealer on Jim Perry's Card Sharks & assistant crew member on Family Feud and other Goodson-Todman shows.
    • Late in the week and into the following week, Chanel wears a dark wig to match Holly's hairstyle before she left.


Week 14 (512): December 12-16

  • Tuesday's Grand Game contestant, Kathleen, is called down again 29 years later, on Price's 40th anniversary episode, #6023K, she ended up playing Plinko.
  • On Friday show, the winner and price of the Home Viewer Showcase are revealed.
  • At this point, the light border is still being keyed in roughly the same manner as it was in 1975.


Week 15 (513): December 19-23

  • The set is decorated for Christmas this week.
  • Monday's show features the first appearance of the Robot.
  • In Tuesday's Card Game, a contestant is $2 outside the winning range - the closest loss ever recorded in the game's history.
  • On Friday, Walk of Fame is officially won for the first time, as the contestant wins all four prizes.
  • On Friday, a contestant automatically loses Bullseye by not hitting the target with a single grocery item.


Week 16 (514): January 3-6

  • New Year's Week; only four shows.
  • Circumstantial evidence suggests that Fremantle does not currently possess an airable copy of Tuesday's show.
  • On Thursday, the Plinko sign has been moved to the Turntable.
  • On Thursday, Bob and the contestant walking to the Plinko board stops being shot from the left; the game's reveal is now viewed from the right.


Week 17 (515): January 9-13

  • Tuesday show opens with the infamous "Susan Derbeck/Dupont incident," in which contestant Susan Derbeck does not get up during the opening for about 45 seconds after Johnny calls her because she is (wrongly) expecting to hear her future married name of "Susan Dupont." Once she finally arrives in Contestants' Row (to Johnny's quip of, "there she is. Forgot her name!"), the Big Doors open for Bob, and he does not appear for nearly 20 seconds. When he finally reaches the stage and takes his microphone, he quips, "Welcome to The Price Is Right. If it's good enough for you, Susan, it's good enough for me!"
  • On Thursday, Janice Baker, formerly of Jim Perry's Card Sharks, makes her debut as a substitute Barker's Beauty.
  • Thursday's show marks the debut of the second Race Game Curtain. The new curtain has a Super Ball!!-style dollar signs in boxes with an orange background.


Week 18 (516): January 16-20

  • On Monday, Kyle Aletter makes her debut as a substitute Barker's Beauty after previously appearing as a contestant on the show.
  • On Wednesday, Pat makes her debut as a substitute Barker's Beauty and the first African-American model to appear on the daytime version.
  • Wednesday's show features an extremely rare appearance of a regular car game fourth.
  • On Thursday, before the playing of Hit Me, Bob acknowledges Dian's (then-39th) birthday.
  • On Friday, Kyle returns as a sub Barker's Beauty.


Week 19 (517): January 23-27

  • On Monday, Race Game is played for season tickets to the four LA sports teams.
  • On Tuesday, Janice Baker returns to Price once again as the sub Barker's Beauty, she appears on Wednesday's show as well.
  • By Wednesday, the bases of Dice Game's board and table have become blue.
  • On Wednesday, Bullseye's green arrow still has its original appearance.
  • On Thursday's show, which was presumably taped on December 12, the Beauties lead the audience in singing "Happy Birthday" to Bob after the first game.
  • On Thursday, The Phone Home Game returns to the rotation.
  • On Thursday, Kyle is back, appearing as the sub Barker's Beauty
  • On Thursday, an aircraft was the main prize in one of the Showcases -- and, apparently, a censored colorful response to that aircraft by the contestant bidding on it!
  • On Friday, Double Prices is played for a car.
  • On Friday, Double Prices is played at Door #3.


Week 20 (518): January 30-February 3

  • On Monday, Bob counts how many kisses he has received "after 2,590 episodes," an incorrect number; in reality, it is only the 2,493rd episode.
  • Thursday show features an extremely rare appearance of a regular car game fourth.
  • By Thursday, Five Price Tags' third (and current) small prize podiums have been introduced, along with their original, red-and-blue prize backdrops.
  • On Friday, Janice Baker returns as a substitute Barker's Beauty and appears all next week.
  • On Friday, Safe Crackers is played for a truck.


Week 21 (519): February 6-10

  • Circumstantial evidence suggests that Fremantle does not currently possess an airable copy of Wednesday's show. However, the episode was shown by Game Show Network in early 2000 as one of the last few run during the time it had TPIR re-broadcast rights.
  • Wednesday's show features the now-famous contestant Ethel, who came to the show to tell Bob she'd had a dream that he "was chasing her in the hayloft."
  • On Thursday, Clock Game is played for a car.
  • On Thursday, Danger Price is played for season tickets to the four LA sports teams.
  • Thursday's show was the final episode to air on Game Show Network during the time it had TPIR re-broadcast rights in the late 90's and 2000.


Week 22 (520): February 13-17

  • Kristin Bjorklund, a substitute card dealer on Jim Perry's Card Sharks & assistant crew member on Family Feud & other Goodson-Todman shows, makes her debut as a substitute Barker's Beauty. She appears all this week, as well as the following Monday.
  • Bob declares that Monday's show is Price's 2,601st episode, in reality, it is only the 2,503rd episode.
  • On Monday, Bonus Game is played for a car.
  • Circumstantial evidence suggests that Fremantle does not currently possess an airable copy of Tuesday's show.


Week 23 (521): February 22, 21, 20, 23, & 24

  • Originally scheduled for February 20-24.
  • Tuesday's show is a half-hour episode.
  • Tuesday's show has a different opening spiel, although exactly what it is is not known, as the copy of the episode available to the fan community is missing the first several seconds. It is known to end with, "The fabulous Price Is Right!"
  • Tuesday's consolation prize plugs occur at the beginning of the Showcase. Similar to how things are done on hour shows, Johnny finishes the plugs with, "And now, here's Bob Barker with our fabulous showcases!"
  • Beginning on Tuesday, Kyle returns once again as a substitute Barker's Beauty.
  • Circumstantial evidence suggests that Fremantle does not currently possess an airable copy of Wednesday's show.
  • On Wednesday, after playing Plinko, a Samoan contestant hugs Bob so hard, he ends up with cracked ribs.
  • On Thursday's playing, the Range Game malfunctions, with the range finder going off its track again and being stopped by the production staff before the contestant actually presses the button. Bob remarks that the range finder looks like it must have had a bad night.


Week 24 (522): February 27-March 2

  • On Wednesday, for no apparent reason, the lights around the doors are turned off during the show.
  • Wednesday's Lucky Seven contestant, Sandra, is called down again 29 years later, during Season 42's Big Money Week, on episode #6451K (October 14, 2013, aired out of order on October 21); she ended up playing Rat Race.
  • On Wednesday, the staff forget to take down the Now....and Then sign after the game is played, and leaves it in place behind Blank Check; most of the latter game is shot zoomed farther in than usual to avoid showing the sign.
  • On Friday, a staff member named Sharon celebrates her birthday, and gets a kiss from Bob on-stage. After this and a number of other Bob moments indicative of the era, the models playfully rough-house him after the Showcases as the credits roll.


Week 25 (523): March 5-9

  • On Wednesday, Bob accidentally called Squeeze Play "Switcheroo", then sardonically recognizes the misnomer at the beginning of the next act.
  • In Wednesday's Ten Chances, a contestant used a number twice in one guess, but neither the audience nor Bob noticed.
  • On Thursday, Race Game is played for season tickets to the four LA sports teams.


Week 26 (524): March 12-16

  • Clips of a contestant named Barbara playing Bullseye on Monday's show were shown in the second "TV's Funniest Game Show Moments" special in 1985.
  • In Tuesday's Walk of Fame, a buzzer sounded as soon as the contestant made her first bid, before Bob can reveal the actual price, incidentally, it turned out to be outside the range.
  • On Wednesday, the total display in Phone Home Game malfunctions, for no apparent reason, it displays $32,100, then $3,120, while the contestants' actual total is $4,200. The total is finally displayed correctly at the end of the segment.
  • On Friday, Andie makes her debut as a substitute Barker's Beauty. She is the last guest model to appear before Holly's return, and she appears for the next two weeks. She is rumored to be future famed Hollywood actress Andie MacDowell.
  • On Friday, a technical error occurs in Race Game when the jukebox shows 4 despite the contestant having only two right. When the prices are revealed, it turned out that she got all four right in the first time, but they mistakenly shown 2. Bob was confused about the situation, and then he decided to give her all the prizes. The contestant actually told Bob she had won the game on her first selection during the confusion.
  • The cue music played during Friday's second Showcase, "Spot the Leprechaun," is the alternate theme that was used at various points during the 1974-75 Jack Narz run of "Now You See It."
    • This theme was used most often at "halftime" of the opening round when teammates would switch roles, but was brought on more frequently for a while in late 1974, replacing the more familiar main theme, Quincy Jones' "Chump Change".


Week 27 (525): March 19-23

  • Monday show opens with the infamous incident where Dian kisses Bob and flees as the big doors open.
  • On Thursday, the show's production company designation changes from Goodson-Todman to Mark Goodson.
  • Friday show features the first known perfect playing of Ten Chances.


Week 28 (526): March 26-30

  • On Wednesday, Danger Price is played for season tickets to the four LA sports teams.
  • On Friday, Holly returns to the show.
  • On Friday, Safe Crackers is played for a car.


Week 29 (527): April 2-6

  • On Thursday, Squeeze Play is played for a car.
  • On Thursday, for no apparent reason, an instrumental version of The Hustle is used during the grocery descriptions in The Phone Home Game. As far as is known, this song does not appear on any other episode.
  • Circumstantial evidence suggests that Fremantle does not currently possess an airable copy of Friday's show.


Week 30 (528): April 9-13

  • Monday show features the debut of Balance Game '84.
  • Monday show features an extremely rare appearance of a small prize game fourth.
  • On Monday, Safe Crackers is played for a car.
  • By Wednesday, a new set of Showcase Showdown bonus winning graphics has come into use. Each graphic has a Grand Game marquee-like look to it.
  • On Wednesday, Sugar Ray Leonard was a guest in the audience.
  • On Friday, Super Ball!! is played for a car for the first time.


Week 31 (529): April 16-20

  • In Monday's Hole in One, after Bob successfully made his inspiration putt, a plush turkey holding the 'Congratulations!' sign, resembling the duck in You Bet Your Life, descends from the ceiling to surprise him.
  • On Monday, a contestant sets a new Plinko winnings record of $11,500.
  • Tuesday's show features an extremely rare appearance of a small prize game fourth.
  • During the beginning of Friday's show, Bob acknowledges Janice is getting married on the day the show airs, and the second showcase celebrated the event, titled "Janice Prepares for Her Wedding".


Week 32 (530): April 23-27

  • On Monday, Most Expensive is played for three trips.
  • On Wednesday, Take Two is played for season tickets to the four LA sports teams.


Week 33 (531): April 30-May 4

  • On Tuesday, Clock Game offers a 4-digit prize.
  • On Thursday, Squeeze Play is played for a car.


Week 34 (532): May 7-11

  • On Monday, Safe Crackers is played for a car.
  • On Tuesday, contestant John sets a new daytime winnings record of $39,518.
  • On Wednesday, Range Game is played for a car.
  • Friday's sixth item up for bids marks the first appearance of the Tugboat.


Week 35 (533): May 14-18

  • On Monday, a contestant manages to win 3 Strikes without a strike drawn.
  • Wednesday's show is notable for featuring several very unfortunate game results:
    • In Range Game, the contestant loses by stopping the rangefinder exactly $1 short of the actual price.
    • Race Game is played for season tickets to the four LA pro sports teams. The contestant, who says she's studying sports broadcasting, fails to get any of the prices placed correctly at any point during the entire 45 seconds of game play.
    • In Hit Me, the contestant manages to come up with a score of 20, with the product containing the ace still in play. However, she decides to stand on 20, and the house, which was showing a 3 up, turns a hole 7 and draws an ace, beating her with 21.
    • In Dice Game, the contestant loses despite rolling the first number in the price of the car (6), then another 6, a 5, and a 1. She unexpectedly chooses to go higher than 5 for the third digit, which is a 1.
  • Friday's show marks Barbara Hunter's last day as producer as she became an executive for CBS.


Week 36 (534): May 21-25

  • On Monday, Safe Crackers is played for a car.
  • Beginning on Tuesday, the "Movie of the Week" showcase music is no longer used as the prize cue for Walk of Fame.
  • Thursday show features an extremely rare appearance of a car game fourth.


Week 37 (535): May 28-June 1

  • On Monday, Bob refers to 5-digit 3 Strikes as "3 Strikes +" for the first time; despite this, the game's name is not actually changed on the board yet.
  • On Monday, for no apparent reason, the light border briefly went out during the mid-show bumper.
  • Wednesday features the final playing of Card Game under the name "New Card Game".
  • On Wednesday, Most Expensive is played for three trips.
  • On Thursday, the light bulbs in the light border are changed to white, yellow and red, and remained this way until Drew Carey's first year of hosting.
  • By Friday, pet adoption segments have started.
  • On Friday, Tom Kennedy makes an appearance to promote the premiere of Body Language.
  • On Friday, the Tugboat is used during Give or Keep as it brings in a set of luggage for a trip.


Week 38 (536): June 4-8

  • Fremantle's copy of Monday's show appears to have serious audio problems -- on Pluto TV's stream, most of the episode is barely audible, and the sixth game and most of the second Showcase Showdown have no sound whatsoever besides loud static.
  • On Tuesday, the opening titles are pink.
  • On Tuesday, Penny Ante is still using the red-tinted version of its green/blue color scheme.
  • On Wednesday, the Train makes its second appearance in the showcase, representing Canadian & European Rail Tours.
  • Starting with Thursday's show, the Robot takes over from Dian as the elevator operator in the "TPIR Department Store" showcases.
    • The cue music for these showcases changes to a classical composition played on analog synthesizers (like "Switched-On Bach").
    • Johnny voices the robot in a deadpan, mechanical style, and the read-throughs are comical, featuring rhyming sets of unrelated products, random "bleeps" and "boops", and getting "stuck" on words and repeating them multiple times.
  • Friday's show features the now-famous incident in Master Key when a key gets stuck in the lock. Bob attempts to resolve this with a karate kick, but he winds up breaking the key in half.


Week 39 (537): June 11-15

  • During Monday's playing of Ten Chances, like back in March, the contestant again uses the same number twice for the price of the car in one of the chances ($9,049). Bob and the staff again don't catch this and allow the guess to go through as incorrect.
  • On Wednesday, the opening titles are green.
  • On Wednesday, for no apparent reason, the dollar sign at the left of the 3 Strikes board is missing.
  • On Thursday, the opening titles are pink.
  • During the call downs at the start of Thursday's show, the first two contestants end up coming directly on stage instead of going to Contestants' Row and have to be ushered back down, with one contestant almost pushing the other down the stairs. The scene results in Johnny laughing so hard he has trouble finishing the call downs, and when Bob comes out, he remarks that they were just going to start the show without him.
  • On Thursday, The Phone Home Game is completely won, this is the first time it has ever happened.
  • During Friday's playing of Walk of Fame, the contestant wins the first three prizes easily, but inexplicably guesses $25,000 as the price for the final prize (a camping trailer), even though the price display for the game only has four digits. Bob lets her go ahead with that price and she loses with a difference of over $20K.


Week 40 (538): June 18-22

  • Season finale week. Summer reruns begin next Monday.
  • On Monday, Johnny Olson's birthday is acknowledged.
  • On Monday's show, when the robot appears with an IUFB, a contestant asks whether the robot is included with the item. Bob says that it isn't and that it costs somewhere around "$15,000". Someone on the production staff then tells him it actually costs "$25,000", to which he responds incredulously that they "could've hired a person for less than that."
    • During a subsequent IUFB, where Holly is having trouble loading a dishwasher and drops a dish on the floor, Bob remarks that now he understands why they decided to get the robot.
  • On Monday, Holly wrecks the Tugboat into the Turntable during the third item up for bids.
  • On Tuesday, the opening titles are green.
  • On Tuesday, Super Ball!! is played for a car.
  • On Wednesday, New Card Game's name is changed back to "Card Game;" however, the game is still using its second set.
  • On Thursday, a contestant manages to lose Lucky Seven despite having $5 left for the last number.
  • On Friday, in an unusual move, a cash game is played in the first half instead of a car game, and two cars are offered in the second half.
  • On Friday, Double Prices is played for a car.
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