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Audience Polling Group June 29 to July 3: 10 Men Who Have Been Married 25 Years Or More
Featured Car: Ford Escort ($7,750)
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
384 7/1/1987 Sheri Lance
  • Sheri vs. Lance match continues.
  • Sheri defeats Lance and wins $9,600 on her final trip to the Money Cards, but does not win a fourth car. She retires undefeated with $59,###.
  • Sheri was the biggest winner at this point in the Bob Eubanks run, until April 1988.
  • Two brand new players, Tracy and Michael, start a fresh new match.
  • Tracy defeats Michael at the end of the show, and will play the Money Cards at the start of the next show.
385 7/2/1987 Tracy Willie
  • Show starts with Tracy playing the Money Cards and winning $2,500.
  • After the commercials, Tracy plays for the car and loses.
  • New match between Tracy and Willie begins.
  • Willie defeats Tracy, and wins $5,600 on the Money Cards, and will play for the car on the next show. (total: $5,800)
  • No educated guess question this episode.
386 7/3/1987 Willie Rene
  • Willie plays for the car at the start of the show.
  • During the final segment, Willie faces new challenger, Perri, who was previously a contestant on Press Your Luck in January 1986.

NOTE: Card Sharks likely didn't air for seven days (July 7-10, 13-15) due to the Oliver North testimony.

Also, Bob Hilton fills in for Gene Wood for the next five shows also.

Audience Polling Group July 6, 16-17, 20-21: 10 Mothers Who Have Full-time Jobs
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
387 7/6/1987 Willie Perri
  • Willie is seen wearing an unusual stocking cap - in the summer!
  • Perri defeats Willie, does really well until just before the Big Bet row, but still ends up winning $5,100.
  • Perri takes three jokers to the car game, places two of the jokers on 1 and 7 - which contestants usually stayed away from - and wins the car!
  • Perri then faces new challenger, Steve.
388 7/16/1987 Perri Steve
  • At the start of the show, Perri revealed her husband's name being Mando, who was also a contestant on Press Your Luck on the same taping day that Perri was a contestant.
389 7/17/1987 Perri Brian
  • Round 2 of the Perri vs. Brian match begins at the start of the show.
  • Brian defeats Perri in a very short match that lasted only two questions.
  • Brian wins $3,000 on the Money Cards, with a lot of high and low cards on the board. He does not win the car. (total: $3,200)
  • New match with Brian vs. Jane begins.
  • An embarrassing educated guess question about toilet paper was asked.
  • Jane leads the match one game to none as time runs out.
390 7/20/1987 Brian Jane
  • Brian wears a bow tie and a dark jacket, a la Bill Nye the Science Guy.
  • Round 2 of the Brian vs. Jane match begins at the start of the show.
  • Jane defeats Brian, and during the final segment, she wins $#,### on the Money Cards, but no car (total: $#,###).
391 7/21/1987 Jane Steve
  • New match begins at the start of the show, and continues into the next show.
  • Second episode in the series with no Money Cards and no car game played.

Gene Wood returns this week.

Audience Polling Group July 22-24, 27-28: 10 Deputy Sheriffs from San Bernardino, California
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
392 7/22/1987 Jane Steve
  • Show continues a lengthy match between Jane vs. Steve, which is at Sudden Death in Round 2.
  • Steve defeats Jane, wins $##,### on the Money Cards, and brings two jokers to the car game, places his jokers on 1 and 7 - which an average person is more reluctant to choose - and wins the car (It makes up for the lack of end game last Friday in a big way!) (total: $14,623)
  • Steve's new challenger is Nita.
  • Match is tied one game apiece at the end of the show.
  • Bob starts to plug next week's Young People's Week VII during the closing segment.
393 7/23/1987 Steve Nita
  • Show starts off with Steve and Nita starting a tiebreaker.
  • Steve defeats Nita, who leaves with $100.
  • During the Money Cards, instead of changing the five on the second row, he chooses to bet $3,500 of his $4,000 - he wins his bet.
  • Steve wins $15,000 on the Money Cards, but fails to win the car. (total: $29,723)
  • Steve now faces new challenger Kimberly.
  • An educated guess question reveals there are 1,076 calories in a single pint of Haagen Dazs ice cream.
  • Steve defeats Kimberly, and will play his third Money Cards at the start of the next show.
394 7/24/1987 Steve Wallace
  • At the start of the show, Steve plays his third Money Cards and wins $#,###, but after the commercial break, fails to win the car (total: $30,000+)
  • New match with Steve vs. Wallace is the first time in the series that a match involves two men.
  • Wallace defeats Steve, and wins $#,### on the Money Cards, and will play for the car on the next show.
395 7/27/1987 Wallace Dene
  • Wallace plays for a car at the start of the show.
  • Wallace meets new challenger Dene.
  • Wallace defeats Dene and meets new challenger Joanna.
396 7/28/1987 Wallace Joanna
  • Match between Wallace and Joanna continues.
  • Joanna defeats Wallace and meets new challenger Al.

NOTE: Contrary to Bob's plugging of Young People's Week in the last week of episodes, it actually ended up being adult contestants during July 29-31, 1987. It could be possible that taping of Young People's Week was delayed due to the Oliver North testimony, creating uncertainty as to when the coverage would end.

Audience Polling Group July 29-31: 10 Beauty Pageant Winners
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
397 7/29/1987 Joanna Al
  • Match between Joanna vs. Al continues.
  • Al defeats Joanna, wins $#,### on the Money Cards, and wins the car (total: $##,###).
  • During the final segment, Kimberly is Al's new opponent. Before Bob signs off, Al has won his first game.
398 7/30/1987 Al Kimberly
  • Kimberly defeats Al, wins only $600 - thanks to a push on the Big Bet row with deuces - on the Money Cards, and loses the car.
  • Kimberly's new challenger is Ron.
399 7/31/1987 Kimberly Ron
  • Kimberly defeats Ron and plays the Money Cards.
  • Scotty is Kimberly's new challenger.

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NOTE: Due to the Oliver North testimony coverage which resulted in seven days of pre-emptions and screwed up the CBS airdate schedule, in order to start Young People's Week on a Monday, Eps. 397 to 399 with adults playing aired on July 29, 30 and 31, 1987, and Eps. 400 and 401 aired on August 10 and 11, 1987 respectively. Young People's Week aired on August 3 to 7, 1987 as a result. It can be inferred that Young People's Week was actually the second week of episodes taped after Ep. 396, and was originally slated to start airing on a Monday in July 1987.

Now, Young People's Week VII starts here...

NOTE: As of this Young People's Week, the words "YOUNG PEOPLE'S WEEK" appear in red chyron text for the first time during the opening.  This could be an early sign that, with regards to the opening, a change may soon be coming.

Audience Polling Group August 3-7: 10 Fathers of Babies aged 7 Months or younger
Featured Bonus Prize: Trip to Hawaii
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
402 8/3/1987 Brandon Nicole
  • Brandon vs. Nicole match continues from where it left off in February 1987.
  • Brandon defeats Nicole, wins $2,### on the Money Cards, but is headed back home instead of going to Hawaii.
  • New match features a girl with a peculiar name, Spontaneous, playing against Chris before Bob signs off.
403 8/4/1987 Spontaneous Chris
  • Match between Spontaneous vs. Chris, which started during the final segment on Monday's show, continues for the entire show.
  • As time runs out, Spontaneous became the champion.
  • Third episode with no end game played. Spontaneous will play the Money Cards and trip game on the next show.
404 8/5/1987 Erich Michelle
  • Show starts with Spontaneous playing the Money Cards and trip game. She wins $10,600 but no trip (final total: $10,800).
  • After Bob kisses Spontaneous goodbye, followed by commercials, two new card sharks, Erich and Michelle, start a new match.
  • Bob makes his second reference to The Newlywed Game in the series. Such reference was also mentioned on March 20, 1987.
  • Michelle defeats Erich, and plays the Money Cards just before Bob signs off. She would play for a trip on the next show.
405 8/6/1987 Jenny Matt
  • Show starts with Michelle playing for a trip to Hawaii. She places the jokers on cards 1 and 7 - which an average contestant would refuse to pick - and loses.
  • New match with Jenny Lewis vs. Matt begins.
  • Jenny Lewis was a child actress who regularly appeared on the short-lived sitcom Life with Lucy as one of Lucille Ball's grandchildren.  Lewis also appeared in several commercials including Toys-R-Us and Cinnamon Toast Crunch; and later became an indie rock singer.
  • Jenny wins a $500 exact guess bonus on a 100 people question.
  • Matt defeats Jenny, and wins $4,000 on the Money Cards.
  • Trip cue starts to play when it shouldn't. The producers quickly realized their mistake.
  • Matt takes three jokers to the trip game and wins the trip (final total: $7,#96).
  • As Matt heads off to Hawaii, a new match with Jeremy vs. Lisa begins.
  • Jeremy wins a $100 exact guess bonus on an audience poll question.
  • Match continues on the next show.
406 8/7/1987 Jeremy Lisa
  • Match between Jeremy vs. Lisa continues at Question 2 in Round 1.
  • Lisa defeats Jeremy, and Young People's Week VII goes out on a high note, as Lisa wins $6,### on the Money Cards and wins the trip to Hawaii (Lisa did mention she was the only child in her family, so Bob mentioned, since it is a trip for four, she could bring a friend if she wanted to). (final total: $#,###)
  • During the closing segment, Bob thanked the audience polling group, and two of the fathers showed off their babies on the set, one of their names revealed to be Danielle.
  • Bob also mentioned that there would be another Young People's Week in the near future just before he signed off. It could be inferred that it may have occurred later in August 1987.

NOTE: The remaining episodes from the taping day prior to Young People's Week taping day continue from July 31, and shows from the taping day after Young People's Week start to air on Wednesday. CBS airs Card Sharks in order by scheduled airdate, while GSN does air the show in production order.

It can be inferred that, soon down the road, some weeks may have more or less episodes taped in order to get back on track with starting a different audience polling group and changing the car being offered on a Monday again.

Now, it's back to regular play with the adults...

Audience Polling Group August 10-11: 10 Beauty Pageant Winners
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
400 8/10/1987 Kimberly Scotty
  • 400th show, and as always, no mention of such milestone.
  • Kimberly defeats Scotty, and wins $#,### plus a new car!
  • Kimberly's new challenger is Dave.
401 8/11/1987 Kimberly Dave
  • Bob mentioned at the start of the show it was Friday, even though the episode ended up airing on a Tuesday.
  • Dave defeats Kimberly, who leaves with $##,###.
  • Dave wins $10,600 on the Money Cards but wins no car.
  • Dave's new challenger, Wendy, speaks with a Arkansas drawl.
Audience Polling Group August 12-14, 17-18: 10 Women Divorced in the Last 6 Months
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
407 8/12/1987 Dave Wendy
  • For the first time in months, a car that is not red or wine colored is on display.  It can be inferred that 1988 models are likely being phased in by this point in the series.
  • An educated guess question starts off the show.
  • Dave defeats Wendy and wins $3,###. thanks to a push with double nines on the Big Bet row. He fails to win the car.
  • Debbie is Dave's new challenger.
  • As time runs out, Debbie leads the match 1-0.
408 8/13/1987 Dave Debbie
  • Dave vs. Debbie match continues.
  • Debbie defeats Dave, wins $7,500 on the Money Cards, and wins a new convertible (total: $20,###)
  • When Debbie won the car, the car marquee flashing around Debbie's face has the middle "CAR" on the top and bottom rows being positioned higher and lower respectively.
  • Debbie now faces new challenger Edward.
  • An educated guess referred to 28,000 viewers at an average baseball game, and how many hot dogs are sold. The answer? 28,000 - that's one hot dog per person!
  • Edward wins a $100 exact guess bonus on a 10-people survey question.
  • By the end of the show, Edward leads the match 1-0.
409 8/14/1987 Debbie Edward
  • Match between Debbie and Edward continues.
  • Edward defeats Debbie and meets new challenger Judi.
410 8/17/1987 Edward Judi
  • Match between Edward and Judi continues.
  • Judi defeats Edward and meets new challenger Judi.
411 8/18/1987 Judi Meredith
  • Meredith defeats Judi, wins $#,### on the Money Cards and wins a car in the car game
Audience Polling Group August 19-21, 24-25: 10 Married Men over 65 Years of Age
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
412 8/19/1987 Meredith David
  • Spotlight beams behind featured car are both white and red.
  • Meredith wins $4,500 on the Money Cards plus wins her second car.
  • New match with Meredith vs. Gussie begins. Gussie was actually a female.
413 8/20/1987 Meredith Gussie
  • The series has reached the halfway point as of this episode.
  • Meredith vs. Gussie match continues at Sudden Death in Round 1.
414 8/21/1987 Gussie Mike
  • Gussie defeats Mike, busts on the Money Cards, and loses the car.
  • Gussie vs. Carmen match begins.
  • By the end of the show, Carmen leads the match one game to none.
415 8/24/1987 Gussie Carmen
  • Gussie defeats Carmen, wins $1,400 thanks to a push with double queens, and wins a car! (total: $17,042)
  • Gussie now meets her new challenger Craig Smith.
416 8/25/1987 Gussie Craig
  • Craig defeats Gussie.
  • Craig wins the car.

As of this week, the flashing light border is now seen behind the week's featured car. The spotlights behind the car are eliminated, but return later in 1988. Also, the following week of episodes only have four episodes taped.  This means another four show taping day occurred afterwards in order to get back on track to start a fresh week with a new audience polling group on a Monday.

Audience Polling Group August 26-28: 10 Single Women Who Lost 100 Pounds or More
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
417 8/26/1987 Craig Jennifer
  • Show starts at the beginning of the tiebreaker.
  • Jennifer defeats Craig, wins $8,400 on the Money Cards, and wins the car. (total: $14,673)
  • New match with Jennifer vs. Chris gets underway.
  • Week's audience polling group was not revealed until the third segment.
  • Jennifer wins a $100 exact guess bonus on an audience poll question.
  • At the end of the show, the match is tied.
418 8/27/1987 Jennifer Chris
  • Chris defeats Jennifer and meets new challenger Sadie
419 8/28/1987 Chris Sadie
  • Chris defeats Sadie and meets a new challenger
  • Chris defeats said challenger and will play the Money Cards upon the conclusion of Young People's Week VIII

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Young People's Week VIII begins with a revised opening spiel

NOTE: When the Hawaii trip display is shown, the diagonal Hawaii banner normally seen in the top right corner is gone, and a horizontal banner with "Young People's Week" is attached to the front of the trip display.  Also, the trip display's outside frame is changed from green to blue. The color scheme would be changed one more time on July 11, 1988.

Audience Polling Group August 31-September 4: 10 Bachelors
Featured Bonus Prize: Trip to Hawaii
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
421 8/31/1987 Jodi Jimmy
  • New match with Jodi vs. Jimmy kicks off the week - and takes up the entire show.
  • Due to the length of the match, no end game was played. Match continues into the next show, starting with the tiebreaker.
422 9/1/1987 Jodi Jimmy
  • Lengthy match with Jody vs. Jimmy continues with the tiebreaker.
  • New match begins with Cory and Brittany.
  • Match between Cory and Brittany continues on the next program.
423 9/2/1987 Cory Brittany
424 9/3/1987 Debbie Jerry
  • Debbie defeats Jerry, wins $2,500 on the Money Cards, but loses the trip (total: $2,700).
  • New match with Kim vs. Kevin begins afterwards, and continues into Friday.
425 9/4/1987 Kim Kerry
  • The closing segment was a rare occurrence where only Bob and the models were seen interacting with each other.
Audience Polling Group September 7: 10 Women who Lost 100 Pounds or More
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
420 9/7/87 Chris Joretta
  • Ep. 420 is the actual episode number, as this episode was taped prior to the start of Young People's Week. GSN airs episodes of classic shows in production order.
  • Show begins with Chris at the Money Cards.
  • Chris meets new challenger Harriet and match between them resumes on the next show.
Audience Polling Group September 8-11, 14: 10 Women Over Age 65
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
426 9/8/1987 Chris Harriet
  • Tuesday episode of the week.
  • Match between Chris and Harriet continues.
  • Chris wins a $100 exact guess bonus on an audience poll question.
  • Harriet defeats Chris, who leaves Studio 33 with $33,200 - entirely in cash.
  • Harriet bets all of her money on a five and loses her bet, but ends up winning $1,400 in the end. She does not win the car. (total: $1,600)
  • Harriet's new challenger is Steve, who wears a cowboy hat.
  • At the end of the show, Harriet has won game 1.
427 9/9/1987 Harriet Steve
  • Show starts at the beginning of game 2.
  • Steve defeats Harriet
  • Steve meets new challenger Mary Lou.
428 9/10/1987 Steve Mary Lou
  • Mary Lou defeats Steve and will play the Money Cards at the start of the next show.
429 9/11/1987 Mary Lou Bob
  • Mary Lou wins $7,500 on the Money Cards, but does not win a car (total: $9,475)
  • Mary Lou faces new challenger, Bob.
  • Bob defeats Mary Lou, wins just $500 on the Money Cards, but makes up for it by winning a car! (total: $6,425)
430 9/14/1987 Bob Paula
  • Paula Sullivan of Abilene TX's first show. Appeared on Newlywed Game in 1971, Jackpot in the 70's, won $2,000 on Wheel of Fortune in 1982 (her mom appeared in December 1982 before Vanna's official debut and says she has it on tape), and $25,000 Pyramid with Michael J Fox.
  • Paula defeats Bob.

NOTE: Only four shows were taped for this week of tapings. The following Monday is when the taping schedule is back on track, so that a different car and audience polling group would start on a Monday.

Audience Polling Group September 15-18: 10 Bodybuilders
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
431 9/15/1987 Paula Renee
  • Lacey and Suzanna make an unusual entrance - they are carried by one of the audience polling group members.
  • Renee defeats Paula and meets new challenger Jim.
  • Match between Renee and Jim continues on the next episode.
432 9/16/1987 Renee Jim
  • Jim defeats Renee.
  • Jim wins $3,400 on the Money Cards, but fails to win the car. (total: $3,600)
433 9/17/1987 Jim Anna
  • Anna defeats Jim, wins $#,### on the Money Cards and will play for the car on the next show.
434 9/18/1987 Anna Jim
  • Show starts with Anna winning a car (total: $16,935)
  • Anna's new challenger is another Jim.
  • Jim defeats Anna, wins $1,000 on the Money Cards, and loses the car. (total: $1,200)
  • Dreama is Jim's new opponent. Match continues into the next show.

NOTE: As of September 21, 1987, the green background is finally made transparent to show the feature car during the intro. To accompany this change, Gene's opening spiel is modified, mentioning the car first, before the $32,000 top payout. This opening spiel would remain until July 4, 1988 when Version 2.0 of the car game (with the Range Board) was launched.

Also, once again, only four shows were taped for this week, as a different audience poll group and car was featured on Friday.

Audience Polling Group September 21-24: 10 Secretaries
Featured Car: Chevrolet Sprint 4-Door Hatchback
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
435 9/21/1987 Jim Dreama
  • During the revised opening spiel, a case of redundancy occurred where Gene Wood mentioned the car twice. This would be corrected on Tuesday.
  • Dreama defeats Jim and meets new challenger Larry.
  • Match between Dreama and Larry continues on the next show.
436 9/22/1987 Dreama Larry
  • Dreama defeats Larry and wins $6,600 on the Money Cards (during that Money Cards round, three straight Aces popped up on the bottom level, resulting in successive pushes), but does not win a car (total: $10,400)
  • Bettye defeats Dreama at the end of the show and will play the Money Cards tomorrow.
437 9/23/1987 Bettye Tommy
  • Bettye plays the Money cards to kick off the show, and wins $1,500 thanks to a push with double kings, and loses the car (total: $1,700)
  • Bettye's new challenger, Tommy, was previously a contestant on Press Your Luck on January 7, 1986.
  • Tommy defeats Bettye and meets new challenger Sandi.
  • Match between Sandi and Tommy continues on the next program.
438 9/24/1987 Tommy Sandi
  • Sandi defeats Tommy, wins $2,800 on the Money Cards but loses the car (total: $3,000)
  • Sandi later appeared on Wheel of Fortune from Disney World in February 1995 as a 3 day champion.
  • After the car game, James is Sandi's new challenger.
  • Match between Sandi and James continues on the next program.

Six shows were taped for this week in order to get back on track to start with a new audience polling group and car for the following week.

Audience Polling Group September 25, 28-October 2: 10 House Husbands
Featured Car: Ford Festiva
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
439 9/25/1987 Sandi James
  • James defeats Sandi and meets new challenger Maureen.
  • Match between James and Maureen continues on the next program.
440 9/28/1987 James Maureen
  • Maureen defeats James and meets new challenger Frank.
  • Match between Maureen and Frank continues on the next program.
441 9/29/1987 Maureen Frank
  • Maureen defeats Frank and meets new challenger Charma.
  • Match between Maureen and Charma continues on the next program.
442 9/30/1987 Maureen Charma
  • Charma defeats Maureen.
  • During the final segment of gameplay, Charma wins $1,800 on the Money Cards, but fails to win the car (total: $2,000)

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Audience Polling Group September 25, 28-October 2: 10 House Husbands
Featured Car: Ford Festiva
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
443 10/1/1987 Charma Bob
  • Show starts with new match between Charma and new challenger Bob.
  • Bob defeats Charma.
444 10/2/1987 Bob Linda
  • Show starts with new match between Bob and Linda.
  • Linda's last name is Dollar.
  • 38 fourth grade boys said they would kiss a girl for one dollar. The result would likely be much lower today.
  • Linda defeats Bob during a tiebreaker, wins $10,700 on her only trip to the Money Cards, and fails to win the car. (total: $10,900)
  • During the Money Cards, Bob referred to a three as a "trey".
Audience Polling Group October 5-9: 10 16-Year Old Girls
Featured Car: Toyota Tercel
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
445 10/5/1987 Linda Dan
  • Show starts with fresh match with Linda vs. Dan.
  • Dan defeats Linda, wins $3,500 on his only Money Cards, and fails to win the car. (total: $3,700)
  • Dan's new challenger is Myrt, who would be turning 80 years old in three months after this episode was taped.
  • Match continues into Tuesday.
446 10/6/1987 Dan Myrt
  • Myrt defeats Dan.
  • Myrt wins $4,500 on her first trip to the Money Cards, but wins no car (total: $4,700)
  • Myrt meets new challenger Kimberley.
  • Match between Myrt and Kimberley continues on the next program.
447 10/7/1987 Myrt Kimberley
  • Myrt defeats Kimberley and meets new challenger Scott.
  • Match between Myrt and Scott continues on the next program.
448 10/8/1987 Myrt Scott
  • Myrt vs. Scott match continues.
  • Myrt defeats Scott, wins $4600 on the Money Cards and wins a new car! (total: $23,246)
449 10/9/1987 Myrt Lori
  • Myrt defeats Lori, wins $200 on the Money Cards thanks to a push with double twos but does not win a car. (total: $23,646)
  • Myrt faces new challenger Richard in her final match which continues on the next program.
Audience Polling Group October 12-16: 10 Million Dollar Winners on the California State Lottery
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
450 10/12/1987 Myrt Richard
  • For the next five shows, the theme is lower-pitched, and background music for Young People's Week is used as Gene describes the car.
  • Myrt defeats Richard, wins $600 on the Money Cards, wins no car, and retires undefeated as a five-time champion with $24,446.
  • As Myrt exits Studio 33, a new match with two new players, Roy and Marla, gets underway. Match continues into Tuesday.
451 10/13/1987 Roy Marla
  • Roy defeats Marla, wins only $600 on the Money Cards, and does not win a car (total: $800)
  • Roy vs. Nina match gets underway after commercial break. Match continues into Wednesday.
452 10/14/1987 Roy Nina
  • Nina defeats Roy, wins $2,800 on her first Money Cards, and does not win a car (total: $3,000)
  • Nina meets new challenger, Joe. Match continues into Thursday.
453 10/15/1987 Nina Joe
  • Nina defeats Joe, wins $4,600 on the Money Cards but still does not win a car (total: $7,800)
  • New match between Nina and Jeff gets underway after the car game which continues on the next episode.
454 10/16/1987 Nina Jeff
  • Jeff defeats Nina, wins $1,200 on his first Money Cards but does not win a car. (total: $1,400)
  • Jeff meets new challenger Mitra.
  • Match between Jeff and Mitra contiunes on the next program.
Audience Polling Group October 19-23: 10 Married Women in their Second Marriage
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
455 10/19/1987 Jeff Mitra
  • To start a new week, Jeff vs. Mitra match continues in progress.
  • Jeff defeats Mitra and meets new challenger Becky.
  • Match between Jeff and Becky continues on the next program.
456 10/20/1987 Jeff Becky
  • Jeff wins just $500 thanks to a push with double aces, but does not win another new car. (total: $12,735)
  • Jeff vs. Liz match gets underway after the commercial break. Match continues into Wednesday.
457 10/21/1987 Jeff Liz
  • Liz defeats Jeff, wins $8,400 on her only Money Cards, and does not win the car. (total: $8,600)
  • Liz meets new challenger Spike.
  • Match between Liz and Spike continues on the next program.
458 10/22/1987 Liz Spike
  • Spike defeats Liz, wins $#,### on the Money Cards, and will play for the car on Friday.
459 10/23/1987 Spike Jackie
  • Spike plays the car game at the start of the show, and fails to win.
  • Spike's new challenger is Jackie.
  • Jackie defeats Spike after a short match that lasted only two questions.
  • Jackie wins $6,900 on the Money Cards, and fails to win the car (total: $7,200).
  • New match with Jackie vs. Dave begins.
  • Jackie defeats Dave in, yet again, another two-question match.
  • Jackie has run the cards in a single turn four times in a row.
  • Jackie wins $1,175 on her second Money Cards (total: $8,575) and brings two Jokers to the car game which will be played on Monday.

NOTE: Sometime this week, the flashing chyron $32,000 graphic during the intro starts to appear. Also, as of Thursday, a teaser with Bob plugging the following week's audience polling group starts appearing. These would only be shown on Thursdays and Fridays until summer or fall 1988.

Audience Polling Group October 26-30: 10 Los Angeles Taxi Drivers
Featured Car: Jeep Wrangler
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
460 10/26/1987 Jackie Joe
  • New week kicks off with Jackie playing for the car with two Jokers.
  • Jackie meets new challenger Paris.
  • Match between Jackie and Paris continues on the next program.
461 10/27/1987 Jackie Paris
  • Jackie defeats Paris and meets new challenger George.
  • Match between Jackie and George continues on the next program.
462 10/28/1987 Jackie George
  • George defeats Jackie, wins $#,### on the Money Cards and will play for the car on the next program.
463 10/29/1987 George Barb
  • Show starts with George playing the car game.
  • New challenger, Barb, takes the stage in a new match.
  • Barb defeats George, and wins $8,800 on the Money Cards plus a new Jeep! (total: $20,765)
  • First show with a teaser plugging next week's audience polling group (in this case, the 10 male dancers from Chippendale's.)
464 10/30/1987 Barb John
  • John defeats Barb and meets new challenger Donna.
  • New challenger, Donna, may be the first contestant in this series from England.
  • Appropriate for the occasion, a Halloween-themed survey question was asked late in the show.
  • Match between John and Donna picks up with a tiebreaker on the next program.

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Audience Polling Group November 2-6: 10 Male Dancers from Chippendales
Featured Car: Volkswagen Cabriolet Convertible
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
465 11/2/1987 John Donna
  • Show starts at tiebreaker, in which Donna defeats John.
  • Donna told Bob that $32,000 in US currency was worth about £75,000 in 1987.
  • Donna wins $400 in U.S. currency on her first Money Cards, but no car. (total: $600)
  • Donna now faces new challenger Orv.
  • Match between Donna and Orv continues into the next show.
  • Second episode in a row that an educated guess question about grapes was asked.
466 11/3/1987 Donna Orv
  • Donna defeats Orv and faces new challenger Rob.
  • Match between Donna and Rob continues on the next program.
467 11/4/1987 Donna Rob
  • Rob defeats Donna and meets new challenger Kelli.
  • Match between Rob and Kelli continues on the next program.
468 11/5/1987 Rob Kelli
  • Bob plugs next week's audience polling group consisting of 10 female Marines.
  • Kelli defeats Rob and meets new challenger Ryan.
  • Match between Kelli and Ryan continues on the next program.
469 11/6/1987 Kelli Ryan
  • Ryan defeats Kelli and meets new challenger Carole.
  • Match between Ryan and Carole continues on the next program.
Audience Polling Group November 9-13: 10 Female Marines
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
470 11/9/1987 Ryan Carole
  • Carole defeats Ryan and meets new challenger Evelyn.
  • Match between Carole and Evelyn continues on the next program.
471 11/10/1987 Carole Evelyn
  • Carole defeats Evelyn and meets new challenger Doug.
  • Doug defeats Carole and will meet a new challenger on the next program.
472 11/11/1987 Doug Sheena
  • Doug defeats Sheena.
  • When Bob asks a question to the audience polling group about lingerie, Doug makes an embarrassing comment and apologizes just before the Money Cards.
  • Doug will meet a new challenger on the next program.
473 11/12/1987 Doug Linda
  • Bob plugs next week's audience polling group consisting of 10 single women.
  • Doug defeats Linda and will meet a new challenger on the next program.
474 11/13/1987 Doug Nancy Lee
  • Doug defeats Nancy Lee and meets new challenger Joyce.
  • Match between Doug and Joyce continues on the next program.
Audience Polling Group November 16-20: 10 Single Women
Featured Car: Jeep Wrangler
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
475 11/16/1987 Doug Joyce
  • Joyce defeats Doug, plays the Money Cards, and wins a Jeep.
  • Joyce meets new challenger Mickey.
  • Match between Joyce and Mickey continues on the next program.
476 11/17/1987 Joyce Mickey
  • Joyce defeats Mickey and will play the Money Cards on the next program due to a lengthy match.
477 11/18/1987 Joyce Danny
  • At the start of the show, Joyce plays the Money Cards and wins $3,150 but no car (total: $26,915)
  • After the first commercial break, Danny is Joyce's new challenger.
  • Danny defeats Joyce, and wins $5,300 on his only trip to the Money Cards but no car (total: $5,500)
  • Danny meets new challenger, Suzette, who was born in Mexico. Match continues on Thursday.
478 11/19/1987 Danny Suzette
  • Bob plugs next week's audience polling group for Young People's Week IX consisting of 10 teachers from Emelita Elementary School.
  • Suzette defeats Danny and will meet a new challenger on the next program.
479 11/20/1987 Suzette Cathryn
  • Suzette defeats Cathryn.
  • During the Money Cards, Suzette changes a four twice. Had she not changed the four the second time, she would have lost big time. She ended up winning $7,#00, but failed to win the car.
  • Suzette will meet a new challenger after Young People's Week concludes.

NOTE: November 23 to 25, 1987 was Young People's Week IX. Card Sharks was pre-empted on November 26 and 27, 1987 for special Thanksgiving programming.

Also, the introduction of Lacey and Suzanna before the contestants are introduced is restored as of Monday of this week.

Audience Polling Group November 23-25: 10 Teachers from Emelita Elementary School
Featured Prize: Trip to Hawaii
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
480 11/23/1987 Carli Mike
481 11/24/1987 Anupam Minnie
  • New match with Anupam vs. Minnie begins as the show starts.
  • Anupam performs a rap number while introducing himself.
  • Minnie defeats Anupam, and wins $2,000 on the Money Cards, but no trip (total: $2,200)
  • Kevin vs. Bethany match begins, and continues on the next show.
482 11/25/1987 Kevin Bethany
  • Day before Thanksgiving episode.
  • Bethany wins a $500 exact guess bonus on a 100-people survey question.
  • Bethany defeats Kevin, wins the Money Cards and a trip to Hawaii (total: $6,450)
  • New match between Sunny vs. David begins, and continues on December 21, 1987.
Audience Polling Group November 30-December 4: 10 Male Secretaries
Featured Car: Nissan Sentra E
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
483 11/30/1987 Suzette Ted
  • Suzette defeats Ted and wins $6,700 on the Money Cards, and fails to win a car (total: $14,800)
  • Suzette's new challenger is Craig.
  • Match between Suzette and Craig continues on the next program.

December[edit | edit source]

Audience Polling Group November 30-December 4: 10 Male Secretaries
Featured Car: Nissan Sentra E
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
484 12/1/1987 Suzette Craig
  • Craig defeats Suzette, who leaves with $14,800.
  • Craig wins $6,800 on the Money Cards, but fails to win a car (total: $7,000)
  • Maria is Craig's new challenger.
  • Craig wins a $100 exact guess bonus on an audience poll question.
  • There were two occurrences of double aces on the first two cards of a row.
  • Match between Craig and Maria continues on the next program.
485 12/2/1987 Craig Maria
  • Maria defeats Craig and meets new challenger Tony.
  • Match between Maria and Tony continues on the next program.
486 12/3/1987 Maria Tony
  • Bob references Bill Rafferty in this episode, many months after his version ended its run.
  • Bob plugs next week's audience polling group.
  • Tony defeats Maria and meets new challenger Julie.
  • Match between Tony and Julie continues on the next program.
487 12/4/1987 Tony Julie
  • Julie defeats Tony and meets new challenger Michael.
  • Match between Julie and Michael continues on the next program.

Charlie O'Donnell fills in for Gene Wood for the next ten shows.

Audience Polling Group December 7-11: TBA
Featured Car: TBA
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
488 12/7/1987 Julie Michael
  • Julie defeats Michael and meets new challenger Charley.
  • Match between Julie and Charley continues on the next program.
489 12/8/1987 Julie Charley
  • Charley defeats Julie and meets new challenger Shellie.
  • Match between Charley and Shellie continues on the next program.
490 12/9/1987 Charley Shellie
  • Charley defeats Shellie and meets new challenger Laura.
  • Match between Charley and Laura continues on the next program.
491 12/10/1987 Charley Laura
  • Bob plugs next week's audience polling group consisting of 10 women who have had a facelift.
  • Laura defeats Charley and meets new challenger Archie.
  • Match between Laura and Archie continues on the next program.
492 12/11/1987 Laura Archie
  • Archie defeats Laura and meets new challenger Thelma.
  • Match between Archie and Thelma continues on the next program.
Audience Polling Group December 14-18: 10 Women who have had a Facelift
Featured Car: Subaru DL ($x,xxx)
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
493 12/14/1987 Archie Thelma
  • Thelma defeats and Archie and meets new challenge Dara.
  • Match between Thelma and Dara continues on the next program.
494 12/15/1987 Thelma Dara
  • Thelma defeats Dara and will play the Money Cards on the next program.
495 12/16/1987 Thelma Ernie
  • Show starts with Thelma playing the Money Cards.
  • Start of Ernie's run.
  • Ernie defeats Thelma and plays the Money Cards on Thursday.
496 12/17/1987 Ernie Valerie
  • Bob plugs next week's audience polling group for Young People's Week X consisting of 10 female basketball players.
  • Ernie plays the Money Cards to start off the show. He wins $3,800, but no car. (total: $4,000)
  • Valerie is Ernie's new challenger.
  • Ernie defeats Valerie at the end of the show.
497 12/18/1987 Ernie LaRue
  • Money Cards starts off the show for the third day in a row.
  • Ernie vs. LaRue match will continue in 1988.

NOTE: It is believed that episodes #513 to #520, which were, of course, Young Peoples' Week X and XI, were taped after the first three weeks of shows from January 1988.  When the first show of 1988 aired, the educated guess reveal did not have the pastel-green border and were still in Helvetica font. 

Also, during the next eight episodes, the educated guess reveals now have a pastel green border and the answer is shown in a Clarendon-style font if a larger number of characters or actual words or abbreviations were used. Although, when referring to production order, such border and font were first used in the taping of Ep. 502, first aired on January 11, 1988, which was taped before these next eight episodes shown below.

Card Sharks, along with The $25,000 Pyramid, were both pre-empted on December 25, 1987 for a re-airing of the 1972 TV movie The House Without a Christmas Tree, which starred Jason Robards. This means that each of the coming two weeks had only four episodes taped apiece.

Gene Wood returns to the mic after Charlie O'Donnell filled in for a couple weeks.

Audience Polling Group December 21-22: 10 Female Basketball Players; December 23-24: 10 Santas
Featured Bonus Prize: Holiday Gift Package
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
513 12/21/1987 Sunny David
  • Start of two consecutive Young People's Weeks.
  • Continuation of match between Sunny and David from November 25, 1987.
  • Bonus game would be played for a prize package, which would include a trip to Hawaii plus an array of prizes suitable for young people.
  • David defeats Sunny.
  • Two of the prizes in the prize package were described before the Money Cards was played.
  • David wins at least $1,000 on the Money Cards plus the holiday gift package, and the remainder of the merchandise prizes are described just after winning.
  • "WIN!" card showed holiday decorations on it.
  • Jaime vs. Jerry match begins after the end game and continues on the next program.
514 12/22/1987 Jaime Jerry
  • Jamie defeats Jerry after two questions in a tiebreaker.
  • At the start of the Money Cards, Bob lists the prizes in the prize package.
  • Jaime wins $6,400 on her Money Cards, and wins the holiday gift package! (total: $17,431)
  • Gene describes all of the prizes upon winning, unlike on Monday.
  • Troy vs. Lisa match begins during last segment of gameplay. Match continues on Wednesday.
515 12/23/1987 Troy Lisa
  • Troy vs. Lisa match continues.
  • One of the audience poll questions was previously asked on the Bill Rafferty version in 1986. Troy won a $100 bonus for guessing exactly right - and their eyes don't lie!
  • Lisa defeats Troy, wins $2,600 on her Money Cards, and does not win the prize package, but wins a Hitachi color TV as a consolation prize. (total: $3,410)
516 12/24/1987 Gretchen Mike
  • Christmas Eve, and 500th episode to air on CBS, despite being production #515. Most likely no mention of such milestone again.
  • Gretchen vs. Mike match lasts just two questions, with Mike running the cards after winning each question, shutting Gretchen out, and Mike defeats Gretchen as a result.
  • During the Money Cards, Mike tries to avoid betting all his money on a deuce, but Bob convinces him to bet it all, and he can't lose.
  • Mike wins $6,300, loses the prize package, but receives a television as a consolation prize (total: $7,110)
  • Lonnie vs. Alice match begins immediately after the end game in the same segment.
  • During the second audience poll question, Lonnie says something deemed risque, which was garbled for broadcast. This also occurred on August 26, 1986 when Asa also made a risque statement.
  • Lonnie wins a $500 exact guess bonus on a 100-people question.
  • Match between Lonnie and Alice continues on the next program.
  • Last episode with Christmas references for 1987.

As Young Peoples' Week X transitions into Young People's Week XI, Bob Goen does a series of intermittent cameos for the week of December 28 to 31, 1987 to plug his game show disaster Blackout which would premiere the following Monday, January 4, 1988, replacing The $25,000 Pyramid.

Also, animal trainers are used in educated guess questions this week.

Card Sharks was pre-empted on January 1, 1988 for coverage of the Cotton Bowl Parade.

Audience Polling Group December 28-31: 10 Mothers
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
517 12/28/1987 Lonnie Alice
  • A camel is the subject of an educated guess question.
  • Lonnie defeats Alice after sudden death in a tiebreaker game.
  • Lonnie wins $2,400 on his Money Cards, does not win the prize package, but receives a color television as a consolation prize. (total: $3,810)
  • Just before the final commercial break, Jeff vs. Sheralee match gets underway. Match continues on the next program.
518 12/29/1987 Jeff Sheralee
  • Jeff vs. Sheralee match continues in progress at Round 1, Question 2.
  • No Bob Goen cameo.
  • A small elephant is the subject of an educated guess question.
  • The educated guess answer reveal banner is delayed by a few seconds.
  • During the match, Sheralee calls higher than a ten on two occasions and a deuce appears each time.
  • Jeff defeats Sheralee, wins $1,400 on the Money Cards, takes three jokers to the bonus game and loses the prize package anyway, but gets a color television (total: $2,210)
519 12/30/1987 Jeremy Amanda
  • VTR Date is December 13, 1987.
  • When Bob introduces the contestants at the start of the show, Bob Goen arrives to the podium instead of Jeremy, for the purpose of plugging Blackout. Jeremy comes in afterwards.
  • This episode has an educated guess question involving an ostrich who attacks Lacey afterwards!
  • Amanda wins $13,000 on the Money Cards, plus the holiday prize package! (total: $24,031)
  • At this point, Amanda is the biggest Young People's Week winner in the series.
  • New match between Andrew and Kara begins, and continues into Thursday.
520 12/31/1987 Andrew Kara
  • Final show of 1987.
  • Andrew vs. Kara match continues at Question 2 in Game 1 at the start of the show.

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