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Episode # Aired Contestants Notes
01 1/5/1987 Debbie vs. Stacy
  • Premiere
  • First player determined by a coin toss, which Stacy wins.
  • One of two episodes with a music clip used in a question (in this case, "Tequila" by The Champs)
  • Round 1 ends to a "dual implication".
  • Debbie defeats Stacy, and plays the series' first Gold Run for a flat $5,000. She wins only $300.
02 1/6/1987 Debbie vs. Karis
  • Starts midway through Round 1.
  • Debbie defeats Karis, and wins just $500 (total: $1,000)
  • Debbie's new challenger is John.
03 1/7/1987 Debbie vs. John
  • Debbie wins a lengthy Round 1, which took up 16 blocks.
  • John wins Round 2, tying up the match.
  • The first tiebreaker of the series, with a board where either contestant can win with as few as four blocks.
  • No Gold Run played this episode.
04 1/8/1987 Debbie vs. John
  • Show starts midway through the tiebreaker round.
  • Debbie defeats John, and wins an additional $300 on the Gold Run. (total: $1,500)
  • Debbie then meets new challenger David.
05 1/9/1987 Debbie vs. David
  • Show starts midway through Round 2.
  • David defeats Debbie, and achieves the series' first gold run win, winning $5,000 in 40 seconds. (total: $5,200)
  • Debbie would be invited back in February due to a technical error.
  • David meets new challenger Andrea, and each win a round with the advantage.
  • Tiebreaker begins before the show is over.
06 1/12/1987 David vs. Andrea
  • Match continues midway through the tiebreaker round to kick off the second week.
  • David defeats Andrea, and wins $500 on his second Gold Run. (total: $5,900)
  • New match with Linda as David's challenger begins.
  • David and Linda each win a round with no advantage, and heads to a tiebreaker.
  • Linda wins Round 2 with the minimum of five questions.
07 1/13/1987 David vs. Linda
  • Show starts midway through a tiebreaker.
  • David defeats Linda, and wins another $5,000 on the Gold Run (total: $11,100)
  • New challenger Debbie takes the stage, and wins Round 1 on a "dual implication".
  • During Round 1, the letter Q appears on the board for the first time, but was never chosen.
08 1/14/1987 David vs. Debbie
  • Show starts midway through Round 2.
  • Debbie defeats David, winning on the day's first question.
  • Debbie wins $5,000 on the Gold Run in just 41 seconds.
  • Before the Gold Run, Bill mentioned that one of Debbie's answers that was ruled incorrect was acceptable, but did not affect the outcome.
  • New challenger Robbie is actually a female, as in a nickname for Roberta.
  • Robbie only earns one hexagon in the match, and Debbie defeats Robbie as a result.
  • Debbie wins $400 more on her second Gold Run. (total: $5,800)
09 1/15/1987 Debbie vs. Bob
10 1/16/1987 Bob vs. Dianne
  • Show begins midway through Round 1.
  • Two "dual implications" were achieved in Round 1 and during a tiebreaker.
  • Bob defeats Dianne at the end of the show.
  • No Gold Run played this episode.
11 1/19/1987 Bob vs. Vanessa
  • New week kicks off with Bob playing the Gold Run and wins $400.
  • Bob defeats new challenger Vanessa on a "dual implication" and wins $5,000 in 43 seconds on the Gold Run.
12 1/20/1987 Bob vs. Annette From this episode on, a bannister was used for the winning contestant to hold on to, to play the Gold Run.
13 1/21/1987 Bob vs. Candy
14 1/22/1987 Bob vs. Laurel
15 1/23/1987 Laurel vs. Chris
16 1/26/1987 Laurel vs. Jackie
  • Laurel defeats Jackie, and wins $5,000 on the Gold Run in only 35 seconds.
  • First mention of NBC's upcoming Car-Azy February Sweepstakes before the Laurel vs. Jim match begins.
  • Blockbusters is the answer to a B question during Round 2.
  • By the end of the show, midway through Round 2, both contestants failed to answer three N questions.
17 1/27/1987 Laurel vs. Jim
  • Show starts midway through Round 2 with a fourth N question.
  • Laurel defeats Jim and gets blocked out in the Gold Run and wins $500.
  • Madelyn is Laurel's new challenger. Madelyn defeats Laurel and wins $200 on the Gold Run.
  • A correct answer was given right after the buzzer, but was accepted.
18 1/28/1987 Madelyn vs. Laura
  • New match to kick off the show.
  • Madelyn defeats Laura, and wins $5,000 in just 32 seconds without a wrong answer on her second Gold Run (total: $5,600)
  • Randy Economy is Madelyn's new challenger.
19 1/29/1987 Madelyn vs. Randy
  • Round 1 continues as the show starts.
  • Randy defeats Madelyn, and wins $700 on the Gold Run after having to start from the beginning again with 21 seconds remaining. (total: $900)
  • Randy has the highest Gold Run win below $5,000 at this point in the series.
  • Maria is Randy's new challenger, and wins Round 1 with the advantage.
20 1/30/1987 Randy vs. Maria
  • The series' first Q question is revealed on this episode.
  • Maria supposedly swears, which obviously gets bleeped.
  • Maria defeats Randy, and wins $400 on the Gold Run. (total: $600)
21 2/2/1987 Maria vs. Art
  • Episode starts midway through Round 1.
  • Maria gives some questionable answers during Round 1.
  • Art wins the tiebreaker round in a dual implication situation, and wins only $100 on the Gold Run (total: $300)
  • During his Gold Run, Art gets the first question right, but it was all downhill after that.
22 2/3/1987 Art vs. Ann
  • At the start of the show, Art vs. Ann match begins.
  • Art defeats Ann, and wins $5,000 on his second trip to the Gold Run (total: $5,500)
  • New match with challenger Christy begins.
  • At the end of the show, Christy wins Round 1, shutting Art out.
23 2/4/1987 Art vs. Christy
24 2/5/1987 Christy vs. Andy Andy is a female.
25 2/6/1987 Andy vs. Robert No Gold Run played this episode.
26 2/9/1987 Andy vs. Robert
27 2/10/1987 Andy vs. Anne
28 2/11/1987 Anne vs. Michele
29 2/12/1987 Anne vs. Tim
30 2/13/1987 Tim vs. Val Upon arrival on the set, Bill does a brief dance move.
31 2/16/1987 Val vs. Kim
  • Bill says it is a pleasure to have a contestant on Card Sharks.
  • Previously, Val and Kim competed against each other on Super Password.
32 2/17/1987 Val vs. Susan
33 2/18/1987 Val vs. Janet
34 2/19/1987 Janet vs. Debbie Debbie from the first week of the series returned due to an error made on the show, but was completely shut out.
35 2/20/1987 Bob vs. Grace
36 2/23/1987 Bob @ Gold Run
37 2/24/1987 Bob vs. Peggi
38 2/25/1987 Bob vs. Sharon
39 2/26/1987 Sharon vs. Mike
40 2/27/1987 Mike vs. Michelle
41 3/2/1987 Mike vs. Debbi
42 3/3/1987 Mike vs. Pat (Female)
43 3/4/1987 Mike vs. Ann
44 3/5/1987 Mike vs. Susan
45 3/6/1987 Susan vs. Jim
46 3/9/1987 Susan vs. Florence No Gold Run played in this episode.
47 3/10/1987 Susan vs. Florence
48 3/11/1987 Florence vs. Deb
49 3/12/1987 Florence vs. Duchess
50 3/13/1987 Florence vs. Sandy
51 3/16/1987 Florence @ Gold Run
52 3/17/1987 Florence vs. Joanie
53 3/18/1987 Joanie vs. Jeryl NBC appears on the Gold Run board, but obviously doesn't represent this series' original network.
54 3/19/1987 Joanie vs. Garrett
55 3/20/1987 Joanie @ Gold Run
56 3/23/1987 Joanie vs. Melinda
57 3/24/1987 Melinda vs. David A Gold Run Win for the first time in two weeks.
58 3/25/1987 David vs. Wendy
59 3/26/1987 David vs. Melannie
60 3/27/1987 Melannie vs. Deirdre
61 3/30/1987 Deirdre vs. Mayi $10,000 Gold Run Win
62 3/31/1987 Deirdre vs. Tony
63 4/1/1987 Tony vs. Caroline
64 4/2/1987 Tony vs. Rhona
65 4/3/1987 Rhona vs. Michele No Gold Run played in this episode.
66 4/6/1987 Rhona vs. Michele
67 4/7/1987 Rhona @ Gold Run The first - and last - time the letter X appears on the board.
68 4/8/1987 Rhona vs. Sam
69 4/9/1987 Rhona @ Gold Run
70 4/10/1987 Rhona vs. Jeanne
71 4/13/1987 Jeanne @ Gold Run
72 4/14/1987 Jeanne vs. Kieran
73 4/15/1987 Jeanne vs. Cindi
74 4/16/1987 Jeanne vs. Robyn
75 4/17/1987 Jeanne vs. Louise
76 4/20/1987 Jeanne vs. Leslie
77 4/21/1987 Jeanne vs. Denver
78 4/22/1987 Jeanne vs. Teri Jeanne has $40,000 and wins $10,000 more. She retired undefeated with $53,000.
79 4/23/1987 Holly @ Gold Run
80 4/24/1987 Holly vs. Denice
  • Two questions about McDonald's were asked.
  • $15,000 Gold Run Win
81 4/27/1987 Holly @ Gold Run
82 4/28/1987 Holly vs. Faith
  • Faith was previously a contestant on Bob Eubanks' Card Sharks in March 1986.
  • The Gold Run board inadvertently gave her the game winning hexagon as Holly did not get her winning answer in time.
83 4/29/1987 Holly vs. Paul This would be the last time the Gold Run would be won.
84 4/30/1987 Paul vs. Patti
85 5/1/1987 Patti vs. Pete
  • Series finale.
  • The "P" on the game board looks different than normal.
  • The final champion, Patti, would play for $15,000 instead of what she would normally play for.
    • Since she lost the final Gold Run, Bill made an "executive decision" and gave her $1,000 in additional cash so that the show goes out on a high note.