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Blockbusters
Episode Guide
1980
1981 1982
UPDATED: 4/19/03, Year: 1981
*-According to JohnXXVII and tvfavorites at the GS Ezboard, G-T shows have 3 episodes per tape and likely the tape was damaged, thus 3 skipped episodes. Thanks to Don Howard for info that supports this claim
**-Thanks to Don Howard at GS Ezboard for this info!
***-Thanks to JohnXVII for this episode!
Ep # Air Date Solo Winnings($$) Family Winnings($$) Notes
Ep 1
10/27/80
JoAnne (0-2) $0 Joe/Tom Hendricks (3-0) $2,800
Premeire!
Nancy (0-1) $0
Ep 2
10/28/80
Nancy (0-2) $0 Joe/Tom Hendricks (4-1) $2,900($5,700)
--
Georgia (1-0) $0
Ep 3
10/29/80
Georgia (1-2) $2,500 Joe/Tom Hendricks (6-1) $7,500($13,200)
--
Ep 4
10/30/80
Geri (0-2) $0 Joe/Tom Hendricks (9-1) $5,600($18,800)
--
Bill (0-1) $0
Ep 5
10/31/80
Bill (1-2) $2,500 Joe/Tom Hendricks (11-2) $7,500($26,300)
--
LaRae (0-1) $0
Ep 6
11/3/80
LaRae (2-1) $3,000 Joe/Tom Hendricks (11-4) $500($26,800)
--
Ep 7
11/4/80
LaRae (4-1) $2,900($5,900) Denise/Linda Farrell (0-2) $0
--
Ep 8
11/5/80
LaRae (5-2) $5,000($10,900) Florence Tanay(sp?)/Pat Hobbs (1-1) $300
--
Ep 9
11/6/80
LaRae (7-2) $7,500($18,400) Florence Tanay(sp?)/Pat Hobbs (1-2) $0($300)
--
Cassandra Iverson/Don Boden (0-1) $0
Ep 10
11/7/80
LaRae (10-2) $8,000($26,400) Cassandra Iverson/Don Boden (0-2) $0
--
Bill/Penny Cooper (0-2) $0
Ep 11
11/10/80
LaRae (11-3) $0($26,400) Ruby Densen/James Granderson (1-1) $2,500
--
Ep 12
11/11/80
LaRae (13-4) $8,100($34,500) Ruby Densen/James Granderson (1-2) $0($2,500)
--
Jerrilyn/Barbara Kiokhani(sp?) (0-1) $0
Ep 13
11/12/80
LaRae (15-4) $7,500($42,000) Jerrilyn/Barbara Kiokhani (0-2) $0
--
Rhonda/Matt Blum (0-1) $0
Ep 14
11/13/80
LaRae (16-4) $5,000($47,000) Rhonda/Matt Blum (0-2) $0
LaRae retires
Patti (1-0) $400 Steve Wilson/Diane Kay (0-1) $0
Ep 15
11/14/80
Patti (1-2) $0($400) Steve Wilson/Diane Kaye (2-1) $2,800
--
Penny (0-0) $0
Ep 16
11/17/80
Penny (1-1) $300 Steve Wilson/Diane Kaye (3-2) $3,000
--
Ep 17
11/18/80
Penny (3-1) $800($1,100) Steve Wilson/Diane Kaye (1-2) $0($3,000)
--
Vicki Azar/Eileen Noren (0-1) $0
Ep 18
11/19/80
Penny (3-3) $??($1,100+) Vicki Azar/Eileen Noren (2-1) $700
Missed one of Penny's Gold Rush attempts, that's why her $$ is in question
Ep 19
11/20/80
Tommy (1-1) $500 Vicki Azar/Eileen Noren (3-2) $0($700)
--
Ep 20
11/21/80
Tommy (?-?) $500+? Vicki Azar/Eileen Noren (?-?) $700+
GSN skipped this episode and two more. *
Ep 21
11/24/80
??? $??? ??? $???
GSN skipped this episode, this episode is where the "$500 per win, $1,000 to win a match and play the Gold Rush for $5,000" rule takes effect
Ep 22
11/25/80
??? $??? ??? $???
GSN skipped this episode, Jan Cooper and Jack Conn are somewhere in this episode
Ep 23
11/26/80
Ann (0-2) $0 Jan Cooper/Jack Conn (4-?) $6,000($8,100)
--
Dan (1-1) $500
None
11/27/80
NO SHOW ON THANKSGIVING!**
Ep 24
11/28/80
Dan (1-2) $0($500) Jan Cooper/Jack Conn (6-?) $6,000($14,100)
--
Jackie (0-1) $0
Ep 25
12/1/80
Jackie (0-2) $0 Jan Cooper/Jack Conn (8-?) $5,500($19,600)
JOHN HATTEN's FIRST APPEARANCE! Board malfuntions in this episode!***
JOHN HATTEN (1-0) $500
Ep 26
12/2/80
JOHN HATTEN (4-0) $6,500($7,000) Jan Cooper/Jack Conn (8-?) $0($14,600)
--
Judy Binder/Susan Brownstein (0-2) $0
Ep 27
12/3/80
JOHN HATTEN (7-0) $11,500($18,500) Glenda/Clarence Darrow (0-2) $0
No, that isn't the lawyer Clarence Darrow!
Melanie Ballard/Beverlie Frame (0-1) $0
Ep 28
12/4/80
JOHN HATTEN (9-0) $6,000($24,500) Melanie Ballard/Beverlie Frame (0-2) $0
Puff(Eps 11, 12, 13) and Addie(Ep 41) would appear on Trivia Trap 4 years later!
Addie Stein/Puff Contreras (0-1) $0
Ep 29
12/5/80
JOHN HATTEN (10-0) $5,500($30,000) Addie Stein/Puff Contreras (0-2) $0
Antoher famous name!, Jimmy Carter!
Cindy/Jimmy Carter (0-0) $0
Ep 30
12/8/80
JOHN HATTEN (12-1) $6,000($36,000) Cindy/Jimmy Carter (1-2) $500
John's first game loss occurs here
Faith/Norma Lipton (0-0) $0
Ep 31
12/9/80
JOHN HATTEN (14-1) $6,000($42,000) Faith/Norma Lipton (0-2) $0
Episode where John reveals his house burned down during a taping, but he keeps going strong!
Jean Rajewski(sp?)/Deirdre McElroy (0-0) $0
Ep 32
12/10/80
JOHN HATTEN (17-2) $6,500($48,500) Jean Rajewski/Deirdre McElroy (0-2) $0
John becomes the all time Blockbuster's champ, for now...! Also John's second loss occurs here
Rosalie Alexander/David Stagno (1-1) $500
Ep 33
12/11/80
JOHN HATTEN (20-2) $11,500($60,000) Rosalie Alexander/David Stagno(1-2) $500
John Hatten retires. John retired going to the Gold Rush the max amount of times and won the max amount of money possible! A great run by John!
Dee Pierce/Kris Murray(0-2) $0
Ep 34
12/12/80
Cathy (1-2) $500 Richard/Carla St. Laurent (2-1) $6,000
Three entirely new players here
Ep 35
12/15/80
Pat (2-1) $1,500 Richard/Carla St. Laurent (3-3) $500($6,500)
--
Maletta/Robin Hutchinson(0-0) $0
Ep 36
12/16/80
Pat (3-2) $500($2,000) Maletta/Robin Hutchinson (1-1) $500
--
Ep 37
12/17/80
Pat (3-3) $0($2,000) Maletta/Robin Hutchinson (2-3) $1,000($1,500)
--
Donna (2-0) $1,000
Ep 38
12/18/80
Donna (4-0) $11,000($12,000) Berle Hempel/Bunny Gass (0-2) $0
--
Pam/Paula Gibbs(0-0) $0
Ep 39
12/19/80
Donna (6-1) $6,000($18,000) Pam/Paula Gibbs (1-2) $500
--
John Shannon/Kathy Thomas(0-0) $0
Ep 40
12/22/80
Donna (6-3) $0($18,000) John Shannon/Kathy Thomas (2-0) $1,600
A win by Donna was overturned and awarded to John and Kathy because the answer John and Kathy gave, as they buzzed in first, was in fact ruled correct. Earlier it had been ruled incorrect and Donna got the "correct" answer and had won.
Heidi (0-0) $0
Ep 41
12/23/80
Heidi (0-2) $0 John Shannon/Kathy Thomas (4-0) $6,000($7,600)
--
Susan (0-0) $0
Ep 42
12/24/80
Susan (0-2) $0 John Shannon/Kathy Thomas (7-0) $6,500($14,100)
--
Rick (0-1) $0
None
12/25/80
$
NO SHOW ON CHRISTMAS! MERRY CHRISTMAS 1980!!!
Ep 43
12/26/80
Rick (0-2) $0 John Shannon/Kathy Thomas (9-0) $6,000($20,100)
--
Linda (0-1) $0
Ep 44
12/29/80
Linda (0-2) $0 John Shannon/Kathy Thomas (12-0) $6,500($26,600)
Kelly is a male, FYI
Kelly (0-2) $0
Ep 45
12/30/80
Joyce (0-2) $0 John Shannon/Kathy Thomas (14-0) $11,000($37,600)
--
Wayne (0-0) $0
Ep 46
12/31/80
Wayne (1-2) $500 John Shannon/Kathy Thomas (16-1) $1,600($39,200)
New Year's Eve 1980!
Lesley (0-0) $0