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Opening Spiel[]

"(Two great stars and their contestant partners are going to have) Close calls... Narrow escapes... Split-second decisions... and (a chance to win) $25,000 in cash! A combination guaranteed to make you say... WHEW! And now here's the host/star of our show, Tom Kennedy!"

Catchphrases[]

"We pronounce our show WHEW! (There's a very good reason for that.) And you'll see why we call it that as you watch our show." - Tom Kennedy

"Now giving me the level...and the money/dollar amount...CHARGE!!!!" - Tom Kennedy

"Level (insert number), (insert money amount)!" - The contestant

"CHARGE!!!!" - Tom Kennedy

"BLOCK!!" - Tom Kennedy

"4...3...2...1!!!" - The Audience

Same level (insert number)!" - Tom Kennedy

"I want to introduce you to ten of the most (insulting words) who ever stood between a contestant/(contestant's occupation) and his/her money, and here they are!" - Tom Kennedy, introduction to Gauntlet of Villains

"The Gauntlet and the clock will begin with the first bell. (DING!!)" - Tom Kennedy

"TIME'S UP!!!!" - The Villains

Villains' Quotes[]

Start of Bonus[]

  1. "Hi, Folks!" (Premiere Show; April 23, 1979)
  2. "Ain't We Cute?" (April 24, 1979)
  3. "Back Again Andrea?" (April 26, 1979, referring to Andrea Kline)
  4. "Howdy, Buckeroo" (April 27, 1979)
  5. "Her Again?" (April 30, 1979, referring to Andrea Kline)
  6. "Enough is Enough" (May 1, 1979)
  7. "Make Love Not Money" (May 30, 1979)
  8. "Here Comes The Sad Part" (June 1, 1979)
  9. "A Big Walk For Nothing" (June 4, 1979)
  10. "We Need Love Too" (June 6, 1979)
  11. "Post No Bills" (June 6, 1979)
  12. "He'll Fall In 4" (June 8, 1979, referring to Howard Wilson)
  13. "Villains: 5 Howard: 0" (June 11, 1979, referring to Howard Wilson)
  14. "On Guard, Howard" (June 12, 1979, referring to Howard Wilson)
  15. "Villains: 65 People: 13" (July 30, 1979, referring to the Gauntlet win-loss record at that point)
  16. "Villains: 80 People: 14 (August 14, 1979)
  17. "Bite The Bullet" (August 15, 1979)
  18. "We Got Up For This? (August 16, 1979)
  19. "He'll Never Learn" (August 17, 1979)
  20. "It's Now Or Never" (August 20, 1979; October 1, 1979)
  21. "Brace Yourself" (August 20, 1979)
  22. "Beginning Of The End" (August 21, 1979)
  23. "Punt" (August 22, 1979)
  24. "Yankee Go Home" (August 23, 1979)
  25. "Such A Cutie!" (August 24, 1979)
  26. "Ho...Hum..." (August 27, 1979)
  27. "Burrrrp" (August 28, 1979)
  28. "Looks Like a Loser" (August 29, 1979)
  29. "You Again?" (August 29, 1979, referring to David Hilton)
  30. "Gobble Gobble" (August 30, 1979)
  31. "Easy Mark" (August 31, 1979)
  32. "We're On the Ropes" (September 3, 1979)
  33. "It's Been 20 Weeks, Introduce Us Already" (September 4, 1979)
  34. "The Last Mile" (September 5, 1979)
  35. "You Won?" (September 7, 1979)
  36. "For God's Sake, Get Out!" (September 10, 1979)
  37. "Fools Rush In" (September 11, 1979)
  38. "Kilroy Was Here" (September 12, 1979)
  39. "Gonna Getcha" (September 13, 1979)
  40. "We Need A Breath Mint" (September 14, 1979)
  41. "A Fool And His $$..." (September 18, 1979)
  42. "Another Bimbo" (September 19, 1979)
  43. "Need We Bother?" (September 20, 1979)
  44. "Wanna Boogie?" (September 21, 1979)
  45. "You Gotta Be Kidding" (September 24, 1979)
  46. "Don't Buy A House" (September 25, 1979)
  47. "It's A Nerd! It's A Pain!" (September 26, 1979)
  48. "No Way Jose'" (September 27, 1979)
  49. "No Way Ray" (September 28, 1979, referring to Raymond Frear)
  50. "Ten Against One" (September 28, 1979)
  51. "The Villains Is Willin'" (October 2, 1979)
  52. "Morning Already??" (October 3, 1979)
  53. "No Go Schmo" (October 5, 1979)
  54. "We Want A Contract" (October 24, 1979)
  55. "Palms Sweaty?" (October 24, 1979)
  56. "Last Requests?" (October 30, 1979)
  57. "Trick or Treat" (October 31, 1979)
  58. "We Want A Raise"
  59. "We're Cute, But Deadly"
  60. "This Turkey Again?" (referring to Alan Emrich)
  61. "Five Time Turkey" (referring to Alan Emrich)
  62. "The Guy from M*A*S*H, Won't Win the C*A*S*H" (referring to Jamie Farr)
  63. "A Villain A Day Keeps The Money Away"
  64. "Woe be to Mobely" (May 16, 1980, referring to Mary Ann Mobley)
  65. "We're Just Pawns in the Game of Whew!"
  66. "Welcome to the Slalom of Shame"
  67. "White On!" (referring to Betty White)
  68. "Hi...Anxiety" (1980 Finale)

When a contestant wins $25,000[]

  1. "Drat!" (Maggie Brown; pilot #3)
  2. "Bye, Bye, Budget" (Ken Freehill; April 24, 1979)
  3. "It's IRS Time" (Carrie Fedora; May 30, 1979)
  4. "Wanna Buy Swampland?" (Tony Smith; June 1, 1979)
  5. "Touché!" (Howard Wilson; June 12, 1979)
  6. "He Has No Class" (Bill Priest; August 20, 1979)
  7. "We Went Easy" (Randy Amasia; August 28, 1979)
  8. "In Pennies" (Anne Hawthorne; August 30, 1979)
  9. "Tilt" (Andy Shriver; August 31, 1979)
  10. "Spare A Dime?" (Gwendolyn Brown; September 3, 1979)
  11. "Lend Me Five" (Sharon Clark; September 5, 1979)
  12. "Calm Down!" (Steven Leblang; November 2, 1979)
  13. "OH NOOOOOO!!!!!" (David Jones; May 20, 1980)
  14. "Take an I.O.U.?" (Chris Campbell; 1980)

When a contestant runs out of time[]

  1. "No Hard Feelings" (Premiere Show; April 23, 1979)
  2. "Who's Next?" (April 26, 1979)
  3. "Another Pigeon" (April 27, 1979)
  4. "Nothing Personal" (April 30, 1979)
  5. "Sooooo Sorry..." (May 1, 1979)
  6. "Maybe Some Other Show" (June 4, 1979)
  7. "Want A Kleenex?" (June 6, 1979)
  8. "Some People Never Learn" (June 6, 1979)
  9. "Eat Your Heart Out" (June 8, 1979)
  10. "Devil Made Us Do It" (June 11, 1979)
  11. "Go Suck An Egg!" (August 14, 1979; Quite a nasty insult)
  12. "Told Ya So!" (August 15, 1979)
  13. "Born To Lose" (August 16, 1979)
  14. "So's Your Old Man" (August 17, 1979)
  15. "Go Back To Bed!" (August 20-21, 1979)
  16. "Someday Never Comes" (August 22, 1979)
  17. "Nice Knowin' Ya!" (August 23, 1979)
  18. "One Up, One Down" (August 24, 1979)
  19. "We Are Soooo Smart" (August 27, 1979)
  20. "We Told You So" (August 29, 1979)
  21. "Ain't We Got Fun?" (August 29, 1979)
  22. "That's Show Biz" (September 4, 1979)
  23. "Try Password" (September 7, 1979)
  24. "So Long, Sap" (September 10, 1979)
  25. "Go Walk the Dog" (September 11, 1979)
  26. "We Struck Again" (September 12, 1979)
  27. "Gotcha!" (September 13, 1979)
  28. "Shoulda Practiced" (September 14, 1979)
  29. "Tough Toenails" (September 18, 1979)
  30. "Bye Bye Birdie" (September 19, 1979)
  31. "23 Skidoo!" (September 20, 1979)
  32. "Hire A Tutor" (September 21, 1979)
  33. "Gone With The Wind" (September 24, 1979)
  34. "Go Fish" (September 25, 1979)
  35. "Beat It Sonny" (September 26, 1979)
  36. "Back To School" (September 27, 1979)
  37. "Party's Over" (September 28, 1979)
  38. "Anything We Can Do?" (September 28, 1979)
  39. "We'll Miss You" (October 1, 1979; referring to Raymond Frear's departure after his final attempt at the Gauntlet)
  40. "Exit Left" (October 2, 1979)
  41. "...And Don't Come Back" (October 3, 1979)
  42. "Take 2 Aspirin" (October 5, 1979)
  43. "Wipe Out!" (October 24, 1979)
  44. "Hip Hip Hooray" (October 24, 1979)*
  45. "You Flunked" (October 30, 1979)
  46. "Happy Halloween!" (October 31, 1979)
  47. "Who's Sorry Now?"
  48. "Want A Tissue?" (May 15, 1980)
  49. "A Fiasco!" (May 16, 1980)
  50. "Sympathies" (May 19, 1980)
  51. "Keep Your Night Job"
  52. "We're Sorry...Almost"
  53. "Act Like A Man"
  54. "Nice Guys Finish Last"
  55. "Remember Your Dignity"
  56. "Try And Collect" (1980 Finale)

*This was before the initial ruling was corrected and the contestant involved, won.

Taglines[]

"This is Rod Roddy speaking. Whew! is a production of The Bud Austin Company." - Rod Roddy "This is Rod Roddy speaking. Whew! is a Jay Wolpert Presentation in association with The Bud Austin Company." - Rod Roddy "This is Rod Roddy speaking. Whew! is a Jay Wolpert Presentation in association with Burt Sugarman, Inc." - Rod Roddy

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