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Offline blozier2006

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September 16, 1983
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Re: September 16, 1983
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2021, 08:15:45 AM »
I know that this post is seven years old, but since this is due to being the second episode hopefully in the next lease from Pluto as well as with the video still being active, I'd like to make a few general observations about the early part of Season 12.

1. The premiere week of this season is to believed to have aired out of order compared to the next several weeks to air afterwards, and possibly airing right after the taping break and being taped just a week or two before air. Among these changes include a new interior Clam design (As seen with the first prize of Any Number), which replaced the orange/brown chevron design seen for most of the previous season. This old pattern returned for the next several weeks afterwards. Interestingly, this same interior pattern was also used again for a time in the late '80s.

2. This week's credits featured the first use of Fingers with her new (and in this week's case, formal) married name of Greco. The "Mrs. Frank J. Greco" would revert back to Kathy Greco shortly afterwards.

3. This week also launches the first of at least two known experimental uses of the wider-shot arrow graphic in the Showcase Showdown. After reverting back to the narrow arrow for the next few weeks due to taping order, it would return after the pre-taping break shows. It would revert back to the narrow arrow in mid-December. The wide arrow briefly returned again in early 1985 before reverting back again to the narrow arrow until the wide arrow shot permanently appeared in November 1986.

4. The song used in Showcase #2 was the instrumental portion of "Far From Over" from Frank Stallone. It had not yet peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 as of this airing (I myself have a few 1982 issues with a Goodson-Todman Productions address label on it BTW in my collection), coming in at #14 and on its way to #10 in early October.

It's interesting to note if the premiere week of Season 11 featured some of its changes from that season such as the Clam design for that season, the hexagonal Barker Wall, or new turntable patterns on the right side of home base since that could of very well aired out of order.

Also, I'm not sure if Squeeze Play is considered a non-car for a car game, although since they used the "Truck/Van" cue, it's possible that this could be considered the last ever car below $4000 (let alone $5000 and $6000) offered, even if its in a similar vein as a SmartCar. I'd rank it as a notch below a Yugo. But Scorpz currently doesn't have it marked as such.
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Re: September 16, 1983
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2021, 10:09:30 AM »
I'm not sure if Squeeze Play is considered a non-car for a car game, although since they used the "Truck/Van" cue, it's possible that this could be considered the last ever car below $4000 (let alone $5000 and $6000) offered [...] But Scorpz currently doesn't have it marked as such.
As both Johnny and Bob refer to it as a car (and Bob further refers to it as an automobile), I would say that it counts.
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