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A currently incomplete timeline for the 2002-2007 GSN run of Lingo. The purpose of this timeline is to document every significant event and unusual occurrence that occurred in the series. Listed next to the original air dates of most episodes is the production number for the episode if it is known. All production codes from Seasons 2 to 6 are known, but no production codes from Season 1 have been documented. Contributions are always welcome.

Season 1 (2002) Edit

August 2002: (season begins August 5; season ends August 29)

  • Two new episodes are aired on August 5.
  • The first August 5 show is quietly aired at 1 PM, which would become the timeslot for the rerun of the previous night's first-run episode. On this episode:
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter G in Round 1 or the letter B in Round 2.
    • At the end of the third segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3, but oddly does not say anything.
  • Paperfirstguess
    The second August 5 show is the advertised premiere at 7:30 PM, and as a result of this, many game show collectors incorrectly list it as the show's first episode. On this episode:
    • Contestants Mara and Kelly get the word PAPER correct on the first guess.
    • This
      Chuck references his hosting tenure on Greed when GREED is a correct word in Round 1.
    • Chuck accidentally says "Bingo!" after contestants Mara and Kelly form a Lingo in Round 1, but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • Contestants Mara and Kelly break both the first-letter rule and the five-letter rule during Bonus Lingo by guessing THIS when the first letter is an S.
  • On August 6:
    • During Round 1, contestant Elke says "angle," but spells ANGEL instead.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 0-25, he never says the yellow team's score.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 50-75, he never says the red team's score.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letters G and K in Round 2.
    • During Round 2, contestant Elisabeth says "group," but spells GROPE instead.
    • During Round 2, contestant Elisabeth says "bellow," but spells BELOW instead, which turns out to be the correct word. She laughs upon realization of the event, which prompts Chuck to amusingly comment "And normally, we refer to that as 'below'! But, bellow's fine as long as you spell it B-E-L-O-W because it's all about spelling!" and laughs as well before adding "Yeah, it's below the bellows! That's what it is!"
    • After correctly guessing the word BELOW in Round 2, contestant Elisabeth accidentally drops a Lingo ball that she intended to draw.
    • After contestants Elisabeth and Christopher earn five pulls in Bonus Lingo, Chuck says "I've seen it won on three." Due to Game Show Network's cherry-picking of episodes, however, this episode is originally aired before any of the first season's $4,300 wins.
  • On August 7:
    • Jenniferhopper
      Chuck's mic is not immediately unmuted during the opening. As a result, his introduction is inaudible until the word "Woolery."
    • Contestant Jennifer mistakenly reaches into the hopper right before the first letter of the first word in the game is revealed. After she realizes her error, Chuck comments "She's ready to reach in and get balls already! It's not time for that, Jennifer!"
    • At the end of the first segment, the music cue for a commercial break is not played and the screen fades to black much earlier than usual.
    • During Round 1, contestant TraShawna says "arrow," but spells ARO twice before correctly spelling ARROW. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted. As she is spelling, ARR is erroneously typed on the board during her first ARO before it is corrected to ARO after her second ARO; it is then changed to ARROW after she spells it correctly.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • Printingpostman
      During Bonus Lingo, contestants Jennifer and Martin guess PRINT twice in a row, although Jennifer actually spells out "printing" the second time. This is the first of only eight known occurrences of a team using a duplicate word on consecutive guesses.
    • Bonuslingowinwith2pulls
      After Jennifer spells out "printing," no guess is entered in and the next line does not appear until approximately five seconds after she finishes spelling her guess. No guess is entered in after she spells out "postman" on the next guess, either, but there is no delay after this guess.
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo ends about two seconds early.
    • Contestants Jennifer and Martin win the $4,000 prize package in Bonus Lingo with the minimum requirement of two pulls. Chuck is so surprised by the win that he closes the show saying "It's not just letters, it's Lingo, and luck sometimes!"
    • After contestants Jennifer and Martin win the $4,000 prize package, the eggcrate display incorrectly reads "4000" before it is corrected to "4200" approximately three seconds later.
  • On August 8:
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Jim says "cast," but spells CASTE instead.
    • An error is made during Bonus Lingo: After contestant Tanny guesses BLEED, BLEAD is mistakenly typed in. It takes two to three seconds for this mistake to be corrected, and unlike a similar incident in the first Tournament of Champions quarterfinal (#2055), the clock is not stopped to be fair to the contestants.
  • On August 9:
    • All four contestants are female.
    • After contestant Alanna draws a 50 during the first segment, her teammate Dani completely forgets to draw her Lingo ball until Chuck instructs her to do so. Chuck quips "You're just lost in the reverie of the moment!"
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the first letter of the first word in Round 2.
  • Orbitfirstguess
    On August 12:
    • Contestants Mark and Mary get the word ORBIT correct on the first guess.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter E in Round 1.
    • The think music is accidentally omitted for the eleventh word of the game.
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    • In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Kathryn guesses the word "please" and spells it out, but despite the first five letters, PLEAS, forming a real word, it is ruled as a misspelling.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not just language, it's Lingo."
  • On August 13:
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the first letter of the first word in Round 1.
    • Aortafirstletteri
      During Round 1, contestant Paula says "crave," but spells CARVE instead.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Paula and Celeste break the first-letter rule during Round 1 by guessing AORTA when the first letter is an I.
    • After contestant Celeste guesses AORTA during Round 1, OARTA is mistakenly typed in. OARTA is almost immediately backspaced after it appears on the board in its entirety, after which the correct guess of AORTA is entered in.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not just the letters, it's Lingo."
  • On August 14:
    • Hopperafterredball
      After contestant Jan draws a red ball in the first segment, her teammate Jennifer mistakenly reaches into the hopper. This prompts Chuck to say "Sorry Jennifer, you don't get to go fishin'!"
    • Redboardandgraphiconyellowteam
      For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter P in Round 1.
    • During Round 2, contestant Linda mistakenly says PROOF, the correct word, when opponents Jennifer and Jan are in control, thus causing Jan to guess the correct word. Chuck points this out afterwards, and while Jan says that she heard Linda say PROOF, Jennifer claims that she "didn't hear a thing."
    • After the above exchange occurs, the very next shot is, unusually, contestants Kim and Linda with Jennifer and Jan's Lingo board under their podium in addition to their opponents' team color and score on the right side of their podium.
    • An error is made during Bonus Lingo: Contestant Linda says "health" on the fifth guess, but spells HEATH instead. However, the word is entered in as HEALT and is thus ruled as a misspelling even though HEATH is a real word. This error does not affect the final outcome, as the correct word was HEART.
    • Although the first two letters of the sixth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • After contestant Linda draws a 05 in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says that 3 and 11 would form a Lingo, but he never corrects himself.
    • After winning the $4,000 prize package, contestant Linda gets so excited that she inadvertently punches her teammate Kim right in the face. This causes everybody in the studio to erupt in laughter, and Chuck jokes "We'll get a piece of meat on her eye!" before attempting to close the show three times, saying "It's just letters, not Lingo" the first time, "It's just letters, it's Lingo" the second time, and then an attempted "It's not just-" the third time before Chuck simply gives up and continues to laugh.
  • Loverfirstguess
    On August 15:
    • All four contestants are female.
    • Contestants Joy and Nicole get the word LOVER correct on the first guess.
    • Hopperafterlingo4
      For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter P in Round 1 or the letter S in Round 2.
    • No sound effect is played after contestants Karen and Margaret's guess of PEIRC is ruled as a misspelling.
    • After contestant Karen draws a Lingo-forming 58 in Round 2, her teammate Margaret mistakenly reaches into the hopper before the animation for a Lingo is played.
    • In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
  • On August 16:
    • Giantduplicate
      When Chuck recaps the scores at 0-25, he never says the yellow team's score.
    • Ronniehopper
      During Round 1, contestants Christina and Ronnie guess the word GIANT twice in one turn.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter E in Round 1 or the letter H in Round 2.
    • When the first letter is a B in Round 2, contestant Ronnie mistakenly reaches into the hopper. In response, Chuck says "No no no! You don't- You have to wait, you have to win first!"
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo starts about two seconds late.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says that contestants Rob and Greg got four words correct when they actually got three words correct, but he realizes his error and corrects himself.
  • On August 19:
    • Closeupbonus10
      For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the first letter of the first word in Round 1.
    • In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
    • After contestants Victoria and Julie guess CABEL in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Okay, that is not a word." This appears to be an edit added in post-production, although the reason for it is unknown.
  • On August 20:
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter M in the first segment.
    • During Round 1, contestant Robert says "flying," but spells FLING instead, which turns out to be the correct word.
    • Hopperafterlingo2
      After contestant Mary draws a non-Lingo-forming 61 during the second segment, Chuck mistakenly begins to say "Yeah, that'll do it!" and ridicules himself for it.
    • After contestant Robert draws a Lingo-forming 31 in Round 2, his teammate Mary mistakenly begins to swivel the hopper. In response, Chuck says "That's it! You don't have to go any farther, that's the whole enchilada right there!"
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not just language, it's Lingo."
  • On August 21:
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • The contestants' name tags are white instead of white-on-blue.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • After contestants Christina and Grant correctly guess the second word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "That's three," but never corrects himself. Likewise, after the team correctly guesses the third word in the round, Chuck mistakenly says "That's four," but once again, he never corrects himself.
    • Unneccessarysixthline5
      At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Christina and Grant were unable to solve, MERRY, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not just the language, it's a Lingo."
  • On August 22:
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • After contestants Tamara and Fiona correctly guess the word WAGON in Round 1, the think music accidentally continues to play; it does not stop playing until the next word, EQUIP, is guessed correctly.
    • After contestant Elton draws a Lingo-forming 48 in Round 2, Chuck mistakenly says "48, does that do it? Nope, not yet," but he realizes his error after the animation for a Lingo is played and corrects himself.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter M in Round 2.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not just language, it's Lingo."
  • On August 23:
    • All four contestants are female.
    • During Round 1, contestants Michelle and Sara fail to correctly guess the word PLANE despite knowing that P and L were in place and A, N, and E were out of place.
    • Olivefirstguess
      Chuck completely misses the offstage signal for a commercial break at the end of the first segment. In order for him to realize his mistake, the sound effect for the end of Round 1 is played.
    • Contestants Merilee and Meredith get the word OLIVE correct on the first guess.
    • For no apparent reason, the animated intro is played in its entirety right before Bonus Lingo begins.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Meredith says "chilly" and spells it out, but realizes that it is a six-letter word. Chuck informs her that because the first five letters spell out a real word, CHILL, it can be accepted.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not just the letters, it's Lingo."
  • On August 26:
    • All four contestants are female.
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • Contestants Amanda and Andrea attempt to use "approach" as a five-letter word during Round 1, which could possibly be a record for the longest attempted guess.
    • $0
      Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • After drawing a ? ball in Round 2, contestant Jodi nearly drops the ball while she announces it. In response to this, Chuck quips "Good hands, Jodi! Good hand!"
    • Contestants Amanda and Andrea become the only team in the series to ever win $0 in Bonus Lingo. This incident was likely responsible for the rule changes in Bonus Lingo for Season 2.
  • August 27's episode is the only Season 1 episode that is known to have been rerun since 2005; it was shown on August 10, 2006 for GSN's 50 Greatest Game Shows marathon alongside the June 9, 2006 show (#5050). It is unknown why such a generic episode was chosen for the marathon, but due to various game show collectors incorrectly listing this episode as the premiere, it seems likely that this episode was promoted as the first episode of Lingo during the marathon, thus making it #1001. Keep in mind that the owner of this Wiki does not own a copy of this broadcast, so this is nothing more than a guess.
  • On August 27:
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • The contestants' name tags are white instead of white-on-blue.
    • After contestant Jean draws a 58 during the first segment, his teammate Don completely forgets to draw his Lingo ball until Chuck instructs him to do so.
    • When contestants Ellen and Chiara guess HOLEY in Round 1, Chuck asks an offstage staffer if it is a real word. In response to this, the sound effect for a bonus letter is unusually played to confirm that it is a word.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter M in Round 1 or the letter F in Round 2.
    • During Round 2, contestant Ellen says "alien," but spells ALEI before saying "IEN." In an unusual occurrence, ALIEN is entered in and accepted.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not just language, it's Lingo."
  • On August 28:
    • During the opening, the camera zooms in on Chuck much further than usual.
    • The contestants' name tags are white instead of white-on-blue.
    • Both teams are from Canada.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter L in Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestant Andrea says "laugh," but spells LUGH, which appears on the board, before correctly spelling LAUGH. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
    • The think music is accidentally omitted for the tenth word of the game.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not just language, it's Lingo."
  • On August 29:
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter E in Round 1 or the letter V in Round 2.
    • During Round 2, contestant Ellen guesses FRESH, then she guesses FREEZ a few moments later. While FREEZ is rejected for being a misspelling, Chuck claims that Ellen's guess was also illegal because it was her teammate's turn. However, this rule is not known to have been enforced in any other episode.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the set lights up about a second early.
  • The first August 5 show is reran on August 30, its first time airing in the 7:30 PM timeslot normally occupied by a new episode.
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September 2002:

  • Although the final first-run episode of the season is aired on August 29, September 2 marks the first interactive broadcast of Lingo, which allows gameshownetwork.com users to play along with the show online for a spot on the leaderboard that is shown on-air at the beginning of the second and fourth segments.

Season 2 (2002-2003) Edit

Season Changes:

  • Firstseason2episode
    Chuckmonitorseason2
    The show is now taped and produced at the Burbank Studios in Los Angeles, with a new wood-paneled set similar to the Dutch set used for Season 1 that now has flashing set pieces on the floor resembling Lingo balls as well as the show's logo, in addition to several windows resembling a Lingo board with Lingo balls on it. Behind each window is an array of lights that change both color and lighting scheme with each segment in the show. There are also new podiums for Chuck and the contestants that are wood-paneled as well, with Chuck's podium now housing a monitor while the contestants' podiums now feature both names of the team members on name plates resembling their team color rather than the blue TEAM 1 and TEAM 2 plates used in Season 1 (save for the first seven episodes produced for Season 2, where the name plates for both teams were blue). A new wood-paneled podium is also used for Bonus Lingo that has a larger and sleeker eggcrate display than the one used in Season 1.
  • Because of the aforementioned name plates, the contestants no longer wear name tags.
  • A new logo is used with each letter of the show's title placed on a Lingo ball. Previously, the show had used the same logo as the Dutch version.
  • Season2intro
    A new animated intro is used. In this intro, the individual Lingo balls in the logo first enter the screen in a snake-like form before bouncing around the screen with countless other sepia-colored balls in the background in addition to the letters in the logo being superimposed over the screen in bright colors, eventually cutting to an aerial shot of the set.
  • An announcer is added to the show. The announcer this season is Randy Thomas, who is best known for her announcing on Entertainment Tonight, The Tony Awards, The Academy Awards, and the Hooked-On-Phonics ads in the 90's by reminding viewers to call 1-800-ABCDEFG. She introduces the show during the animated intro and also describes the Jamaica vacation package if it is won.
  • Season2scoregraphics
    To reflect the logo change, the contestant score graphics are slightly changed. The background is now several blue spheres resembling Lingo balls with the logo in the very center (which is barely visible due to the contestant squares overlapping it). Additionally, the spheres in which the scores are displayed have now been changed to yellow and red, respectively, to reflect the team colors seen during the game and on the name plates. The font for the scores is also significantly larger than it had been in Season 1.
    Season2tutorialvideo
  • The gameplay elements in the tutorial video have been slowed down to match the actual speed of the gameplay. In Season 1, they had played much faster and resulted in the sound effects being out-of-sync during the tutorial video. Additionally, a new background resembling the new set and its lighting scheme during Bonus Lingo is now used during the tutorial video.
  • The sound effects for taking too long during the main game and running out of time in Bonus Lingo have both been changed to a standard game show buzzer. Previously, the sound effect for taking too long was a single beep from the end-of-round sound effect (which was also changed this season; see below), and the sound effect for running out of time in Bonus Lingo was the same one used in the Dutch version of the show.
  • A second sound effect has been added for nonexistent words, which plays immediately after the first one; this sound effect is better known for serving as the sound effect for the end of Round 1 in Seasons 3 to 6.
  • The sound effects for the end of a round have been changed to two different foghorns, with one for each round. The sound effects for the end of a round in Season 1 had been three beeps at a fast pace for Round 1 and the same three beeps at a slow pace for Round 2.
  • Bonuslingoseason2
    Likely as a result of the $0 incident on August 26, 2002, the rules in Bonus Lingo are slightly altered. Contestants can now earn bonus letters to use in Bonus Lingo, which they can call for at any time during the round. One bonus letter is earned for winning the game, and any subsequent bonus letters are earned for each Lingo they formed during the game. In addition, 12 numbers are now removed from the Bonus Lingo board instead of 13, with a potential Lingo-forming number available on the first pull. This number is known as the Instant Winner Ball, and if a contestant draws the Instant Winner Ball on their first pull, the team wins $5,000 and a Jamaica vacation, a prize package worth over $15,000. If the team forms a Lingo on any subsequent pull, they win just the $5,000. From this point onward, the number of words earned only counts towards the contestants' winnings if they fail to form a Lingo at all, in which they receive $100 for each word just as they had in Season 1. Because of this, the $100 for each word is now only displayed on the eggcrate display once Bonus Lingo is lost.
  • Also likely a result of the $0 incident, the computer in Bonus Lingo is noticeably sped-up: The contestants' guesses are lit up much quicker than in Season 1.
  • A new remix of the Season 1 Bonus Lingo music bed is now used during Bonus Lingo.
  • Bonuslingowinseason2
    Despite Chuck constantly advertising the top prize as being valued at $15,000 during the season, the eggcrate display on the Bonus Lingo podium only reads "$5000" if it is won. This appears to be because it cannot support five-digit winnings, which is further evidenced by the celebrity specials on April 1 (#1064) and May 10 (#1075), in which the eggcrate display was not used at all after a $10,000 win for charity.
    Lingointeractiveseason2
  • The Lingo Interactive leaderboard is redesigned to use both the new logo and a new background that resembles the logo. A sponsor is also added to the bottom-left of the leaderboard on some airings, while the URL is shortened from "www.gameshownetwork.com" to "www.gsn.com".
  • At some point this season, the show switches from using the Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition CD-ROM Version 3.0 to the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary. This was done in response to a rather large amount of obscure words being accepted that many would consider misspellings.
  • While Season 2 is a separate season from Season 1, GSN initially acknowledges it as a 65-episode extension to the first season; the production number for the first episode produced for Season 2 is #1021, continuing off from where the final episode produced for Season 1 left off at #1020. GSN does not officially acknowledge Season 2 as a separate season until 2006, when the production numbers jump from #3065 (the final episode produced for Season 4) to #5001 (the first episode produced for Season 5).

December 2002: (season begins December 9)

  • On December 9 (#1068) (taped December 2):
    • Valuefirstguess
      Contestants Leah and Stephen get the word VALUE correct on the first guess.
    • Contestants Leah and Stephen win the top prize of $15,000. The hotel for their Jamaica vacation is SuperClubs Grand Lido Sans Souci.
    • After contestants Leah and Stephen win $15,000, Chuck tells them "Boy, I love it when that happens. It doesn't happen very often," in reference to the wins on December 16 (#1022), January 13 (#1063), January 20 (#1044), January 29 (#1056), and February 8 (#1058). Due to Game Show Network's cherry-picking of episodes, this episode is originally aired before all of them despite Chuck's comment implying that it has happened before.
  • On December 10 (#1028):
    • Both teams are from California.
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    • During the first segment, Chuck's teleprompter is visible at the far right of the screen whenever the red team is in control. It is moved out of sight before the second segment is taped.
    • After contestants Tim and Michael guess TEARS in the first segment, a close-up shot is used of opponents Maisha and Ryan figuring out the word.
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the first and second segments.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • At the end of the second segment, the camera pointing at Chuck never zooms out and a dissolve transition is used to segue into a zoom-out shot from the red team's podium, which appears to have been taped during the third segment due to the lighting scheme. Interestingly enough, this exact same shot would be used at the end of the third segment in the Mother's Day special on May 10 (#1075), as Chuck had walked over to the red team's podium after they lost the game.
    • After contestants Tim and Michael guess ISLAM and JONES during Round 2, there are long pauses to verify if they are each a common noun. Both words end up being rejected.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Tim and Michael fail to mark off any numbers on their Lingo board; they only got one word correct the entire game, which was SKIRT in Round 1 for 25 points, and Tim drew first and pulled out a red ball.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Ryan is oddly left of his teammate Maisha. He had been to the right of her during the main game.
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo starts about a second early.
    • An error is made during Bonus Lingo: With RU.ER showing, contestant Ryan calls for his team's final bonus letter, but Chuck mistakenly tells him "I think that's it." His teammate Maisha manages to correctly guess RULER before the staff corrects Chuck, so after Maisha submits CABIN on the first guess for the next word, Chuck clarifies with the staff that they do have one bonus letter remaining. This error does not affect the final outcome, as Maisha and Ryan end up winning $5,000.
    • Clips from this episode are later shown in the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions.
  • On December 11 (#1029):
    • Weirdedit
      No sound effects are played at all when BEING and BADGE are lit up in the tutorial video.
    • When contestant John draws his first (and only) Lingo ball of the game during the first segment, the set uses the lighting scheme of the second segment and the set pieces flash as if the show were going to commercial. In the very next shot when he announces it as a 53, everything is the way it should be. It is very obvious that this is just a poorly-made edit, although the reason why John drawing the ball was reshot is unknown; it should be noted that several staffers are quite audible right before he announces the 53, and the number is marked off his team's Lingo board much later than it usually is.
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the first and second segments and the beginning of the third segment.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck asks contestants John and Estefanny which cable provider they watch Lingo on. They answer AT&T Broadband. Unusually, he never asks the other team.
    • When the sound effect for the end of Round 1 is played, the set pieces are already flashing as if the show were going to commercial. This is an edit that was added in post-production due to the sound effect for the end of Round 1 initially being played well after Chuck sees the offstage signal for a commercial break, as shown in a blooper montage uploaded to YouTube by Wink Martindale in October 2018.
    • At the beginning of Round 2, Chuck asks contestant Estefanny if he could just call her Stef. She obliges, so Chuck calls her that for the remainder of the episode.
    • The sound effect played when the M spins in the third segment sounds muted.
    • An edit is obviously made when contestant Kasey guesses SWARE during Bonus Lingo; after she guesses it, the letters are still being typed in, but in the very next shot, the letters are already typed in. This was clearly done to make up for the time that it took to verify that SWARE is a real word, as in the very next shot, an offstage staffer can be heard saying "that's a word."
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    • After contestants Kasey and Jeff correctly guess the word SWEAR in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Next letter." This appears to be an edit added in post-production to save time, as less than two seconds pass between the beginning and end of the shot. However, the clock goes from 1:15 before the shot to 1:10 after it.
  • On December 12 (#1035):
    • Chuck accidentally says "13 would give you a Bingo" after contestant Courtney draws a 61 in the first segment.
    • At the end of the first segment, the theme song begins to play from the beginning, but is cut off by the correct music cue for a commercial break, which plays for a few measures before restarting and playing at half its speed.
    • Amber
      The logo animation is absent at the end of the first segment.
    • During Round 1, contestant Courtney says "leaf," but realizes that it is a four-letter word and spells LEAVE instead.
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    • During Round 2, contestant Kurt guesses AMBER on the first guess when the first letter is an A, the same name of his teammate. Chuck and Amber react in amusement to this.
    • When the score is 375-225, Chuck mistakenly says that it is 325-225, but he never corrects himself.
      Closeupbonus2
    • A different logo animation resembling the snake-like form of the logo during the animated intro is used at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • After contestants Josh and Courtney correctly guess the word COLOR in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Alright, here's your next word." This appears to be an edit added in post-production, although the reason for it is unknown.
    • After contestant Josh guesses JOKEY during Bonus Lingo, there is a long pause to verify if it is a real word. Unlike similar occurrences on December 11 (#1029) and February 28 (#1021), the clock is not stopped and an edit is not made to remove the pause, costing the team five seconds between the entry of the word and the lighting of the letters.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Josh and Courtney were unable to solve, INDEX, has no sound effects played for it when it is revealed and is never acknowledged by Chuck or the contestants.
    • Lightsoffinbonushopper
      After time runs out in Bonus Lingo, contestant Josh begins clapping. In the very next shot, however, he is not clapping at all.
    • The lights in the hopper malfunction during Bonus Lingo. When contestant Courtney draws the first ball, there are no lights on at all. On the subsequent drawings, the frame underneath the hopper is unusually lit up instead of the lights in the hopper themselves.
    • After winning $500 in Bonus Lingo, contestant Courtney begins to walk away from the podium, prompting Chuck to say "Don't leave, just stay right here" before he signs off.
  • On December 13 (#1037):
    • The sound effects for a misspelling are oddly played in reverse order throughout the episode.
    • After contestant Jessica guesses MECCA during Round 1, there is a long pause to verify if it is a common noun. It ends up being accepted.
    • During Round 1, contestant Nathan misreads ball 09 as 60. He nearly disposes it before an offstage staffer can be heard telling Chuck that it is a nine, causing Chuck to instruct Nathan to toss it over to him. Chuck then reads it as a nine for him before tossing it back to him to dispose.
    • Contestants Jessica and Mike get the word SMART correct on the first guess.
    • During Round 2, contestants Nathan and Bruce fail to correctly guess the word CHIME despite knowing that C, H, and I were in place and M and E were out of place.
    • A different logo animation resembling the snake-like form of the logo during the animated intro is used at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • During Bonus Lingo, Chuck states that he hasn't "given away one of these trips for a long time," referring to the fact that the last $15,000 win occurred on December 16 (#1022), 15 episodes earlier in production order. Due to Game Show Network's cherry-picking of episodes, however, the last $15,000 win occurred only four episodes earlier.
  • December 14 is a special Christmas edition. It is also the first episode to originally air on a Saturday, airing as part of Game Show Network's Snow Day Marathon that day. On this episode (#1040):
    • Christmasset
      The set is decorated with many (presumably fake) evergreen trees that are given the appearance of being covered in snow. Only one of these trees, located at the end of the stage, appears to be decorated with ornaments, including five blue ones that make up the show's logo. There is also a menorah on the set that is shown at the end of the third segment.
    • The yellow team, Bill and Mollie Ann, are dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, respectively, while the red team, Samantha and Rebecca, are dressed as elves.
    • Both teams are from California.
    • When CARVE and CATCH are lit up during the tutorial video, the sound effects are out-of-sync. However, when CAMEL, the correct word, is lit up, the sound effects are in sync.
    • When contestant Bill draws a 01 in Round 1, he asks Chuck "Is that a one or a ten?" Chuck tells him that it is a one and subsequently jokes "Turn it upside down, it's a ten! No, it's still a one."
    • No sound effect is played after contestant Mollie Ann draws a 65 in Round 1.
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the second segment.
    • After Chuck recaps the scores at 125-175 in Round 2, an edit of him saying "Bill and Mollie Ann still in control" is culled directly from the second segment. This clip taken from Round 1 comes after Chuck recaps the scores at 50-25.
    • A different logo animation resembling the snake-like form of the logo during the animated intro is used at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • Randy plugs Croton watches and SuperClubs Grand Lido Sans Souci at the end of the episode.
  • December 16 is the second episode produced for the season (#1022). On this episode:
    • Chuck mistakenly says that the top prize is $5,000.
    • Both teams have blue name plates on their podiums rather than their respective yellow and red.
    • As Chuck explains the rules of the game, dissolve transitions are unusually used between shots of him and the tutorial video.
    • During the tutorial video, the sound effect for a marked-off number is never played.
    • A different foghorn is used as the end-of-round signal, and the foghorn is used for both rounds. This foghorn is also used on December 24 (#1031), January 27 (#1054), February 28 (#1021), the second January 6, 2004 show (#2002), and the first January 8, 2004 show (#2001).
    • Fightfirstguess
      Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • Contestants Jennifer and Robbie get the word FIGHT correct on the first guess.
    • Contestants Jennifer and Robbie pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
    • While Chuck is explaining the rules of Bonus Lingo, contestant Auguste touches his forehead with his right hand. In the very next shot, however, his right hand is on the podium.
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo starts about a second early.
    • Unneccessarysixthline
      No sound effects are played when Auguste and Collete's final guess in Bonus Lingo, EAGLE, is lit up.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Auguste and Collette were unable to solve, EMPTY, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • During Bonus Lingo, the hopper camera is zoomed in much further than usual.
    • Contestants Auguste and Collette win the top prize of $15,000. The hotel for their Jamaica vacation is SuperClubs Breezes Montego Bay.
    • The theme song is not played during Randy's description of the Jamaica vacation package.
  • December 18 is the fifth episode produced for the season (#1025). On this episode:
    • Chuck mistakenly says that the top prize is $5,000.
    • Both teams have blue name plates on their podiums rather than their respective yellow and red.
    • During Round 1, contestant Joel misreads ball 60 as 06.
    • After contestants Todd and Joel draw a 16 and a 20, respectively, in Round 1, the hopper is made visible again from the board shot for no apparent reason.
    • At the end of the first segment, the music cue for a commercial break plays for a few measures before restarting and playing at half its speed.
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the first and second segments.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck asks contestants Marisa and David which cable provider they watch Lingo on. They answer Adelphia Cable. Unusually, he never asks the other team.
    • When the sound effect for the end of Round 1 is played, Chuck makes a puzzled look and says "What? What was that?" In response to this, the sound effect is played two more times, after which Chuck remembers that it means that it's the end of Round 1.
    • Lsi
      After contestant Todd guesses SLIME during Round 2, LSI is mistakenly typed in before being backspaced about a second later, after which the correct guess of SLIME is entered in. In response to this, Chuck jokes "I think you scared the computer to death!"
    • At the end of the third segment, the camera zooms out much more slowly than usual.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Todd and Joel's guesses of ALIEN and RODES oddly light up twice, the first time without sound effects and the second time with sound effects.
  • December 19 is the seventh episode produced for the season (#1027). On this episode:
    • Tutorialvideozoomedin
      Both teams have blue name plates on their podiums rather than their respective yellow and red.
    • The word portion of the tutorial video is zoomed in further than usual. However, the Lingo board portion is at its normal pan.
    • During Round 1, contestant Tami says "noble," but spells NOBEL instead.
    • At the end of the first segment, the cue for a commercial break is restarted after it initially plays for a few measures.
    • Chuck references his hosting tenure on Love Connection during the contestant interviews.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck asks both teams which cable provider they watch Lingo on. Both teams answer AT&T Broadband.
    • The third or fourth word of the game, BARGE, is thrown out. This is edited out of the actual episode, but it is later shown in a blooper montage uploaded to YouTube by Wink Martindale in October 2018.
    • Roachfirstguess
      For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter P in Round 2.
    • Visibleteleprompter2
      Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 75-75. As a result, the contestant score graphics are not used.
    • Contestants Will and Adam get the word ROACH correct on the first guess.
    • Towards the end of the third segment, Chuck's teleprompter is visible at the far right of the screen when the red team is in control.
    • Losing contestants Tami and Stacey are invited back on July 20 (#1084) due to a "small production problem." The error in question is never specified.
    • A bizarre edit occurs during Bonus Lingo. After contestants Will and Adam correctly guess RELIC, PR... are the next two letters. In the very next shot, however, the next two letters are H.M..; interestingly enough, the team also uses a third bonus letter in the round despite earning only two. It seems safe to assume that the initial word was thrown out, the timer was corrected, and the staff gave Will and Adam an additional bonus letter due to the error, but the circumstances for this event are unknown.
    • Scrapscrapscrubscrub
      During Bonus Lingo, contestant Adam guesses the word "scrape" and spells it out, but despite the first five letters, SCRAP, forming a real word, it is ruled as a misspelling. Amusingly enough, his next guess is "scrap," also spelled SCRAP, and it is accepted.
    • Unneccessarysixthline6
      During Bonus Lingo, contestants Will and Adam guess SCRUB twice in a row. This is the second of only eight known occurrences of a team using a duplicate word on consecutive guesses.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Will and Adam fail to correctly guess the word SCUBA despite having two guesses knowing that S, C, and B were in place and U and A were out of place.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Will and Adam were unable to solve, SCUBA, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not letters, it's Lingo."
  • December 20 is the fourth episode produced for the season (#1024). On this episode:
    • Chuck mistakenly says that the top prize is $5,000.
    • Both teams have blue name plates on their podiums rather than their respective yellow and red.
    • Contestant Loralin is originally from the Philippines, but living in California.
    • Contestant Marc is originally from Holland, but living in Nevada.
    • Both teams consist of newlyweds.
    • The sound effect played when the S spins in the first segment sounds muted, and the animation for the S spinning starts about halfway in.
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 0-25.
    • Loralindropslingoball
      After contestants Martie and Marc's guess of ORANG is ruled as a misspelling, the bonus letter received by opponents Todd and Loralin, M, never spins or has a sound effect played for it.
    • After correctly guessing the word OMEGA in Round 1, contestant Loralin accidentally drops a Lingo ball that she intended to draw. This causes Chuck to comment in amusement "She's in there playing basketball!"
    • Oddshotofredball
      During Round 1, contestant Loralin misreads ball 51 as 15, but almost immediately corrects herself. Chuck jokes "A little dyslexic as you reach in!"
    • Before contestant Todd draws a red ball in the first segment, the camera oddly cuts from the hopper to the shot of Todd and Loralin at the game board as Todd pulls out and announces the red ball. It's likely that the hopper camera operator went too slow and missed the drawing.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck mistakenly states that Todd and Loralin are in control. Once he walks back to his podium, he realizes his error and corrects himself. As Chuck corrects himself and mentions Todd's red ball, Todd reaches into the disposal hole, pulls out the red ball, holds it up, and then disposes it again.
    • Visiblecamera4
      During the second segment, a camera is visible at the far right of the screen when the red team is in control. It is moved out of sight before the third segment is taped.
    • In Round 2, the letter L does not spin.
    • Differentbonuslingoreveal
      During Bonus Lingo, contestant Marc is oddly left of his teammate Martie. He had been to the right of her during the main game.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Martie and Marc were unable to solve, WHEAT, is typed in after time runs out as though they had guessed it. In the next shot of the board, the letter boxes are red as though they had gotten it correct. In addition, the word is revealed on the first line even though Martie had guessed WALLE, which was ruled as a misspelling.
    • In one shot at the end of the episode, Chuck is shaking contestant Martie's hand. In the very next shot where he says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo," however, his hand is not touching Martie's hand at all.
  • December 23 is the sixth episode produced for the season (#1026). On this episode:
    • Both teams have blue name plates on their podiums rather than their respective yellow and red.
    • Both teams are from Massachusetts, a fact that Chuck points out after the contestants introduce themselves.
    • When CARVE and CATCH are lit up during the tutorial video, the sound effects are out-of-sync. However, when CAMEL, the correct word, is lit up, the sound effects are in sync.
    • During Round 1, contestant Lenny says "gouge," but spells GAUGE instead.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck asks contestants Andrew and Matt which cable provider they watch Lingo on. They answer Adelphia Cable. Unusually, he never asks the other team.
    • Asile
      After contestants Lenny and Kate correctly guess PUPIL in Round 2, their first word of the game, Chuck sings a Hallelujah chorus.
    • Closeupbonus5
      In Round 2, contestants Andrew and Matt's guess of ASILE is initially accepted and lit up, but is then ruled as a misspelling approximately three seconds later. ASILE is removed from the board by the time control passes over to opponents Lenny and Kate.
    • When contestants Andrew and Matt's guess of ASILE is ruled as a misspelling, only the second sound effect for nonexistent words is played.
    • After contestants Andrew and Matt correctly guess the word WIRED in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Let's see what's next. Go ahead." This appears to be an edit added in post-production to save time, as less than two seconds pass between the beginning and end of the shot. However, the clock goes from 0:41 before the shot to 0:38 after it.
  • On December 24 (#1031):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the first and second segments.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck asks contestants Dawn and Jamie which cable provider they watch Lingo on. They answer Adelphia Cable. Unusually, he never asks the other team.
    • Visibleteleprompter3
      During the third word of the game, Chuck's teleprompter is visible at the far right of the screen when the red team is in control. It is moved out of sight after the red team's fourth guess.
    • A different foghorn is played at the end of Round 1. This foghorn is also used on December 16 (#1022), January 27 (#1054), February 28 (#1021), the second January 6, 2004 show (#2002), and the first January 8, 2004 show (#2001).
    • 75-200
      Due to a record-setting low of both seven words collectively played in both rounds and two words played in Round 2 (record-tying if one goes by production order), the episode runs about two minutes short. In addition, the final score of 75-200 is a tie for the lowest known scoring game in the series with 175-100 on February 28 (#1021), 125-150 on the second December 16, 2003 show (#2019), 25-250 on the second January 7, 2004 show (#2003), and 150-125 on August 10, 2005 (#3004).
    • Bonus Lingo ends in a bizarre way: Contestant Alicia says "floor" right after the buzzer, which causes Chuck to claim that she made her guess in time. In spite of this, however, the correct word, FLOOR, is revealed on the second line. Chuck briefly clarifies with an offstage staffer that Alicia made her guess in time and then instructs her to spell it; by this time, FLOOR is removed from the board and the round continues as normal.
  • No new episode is aired on December 25. A rerun of the Christmas special from December 14 (#1040) is aired instead.
  • On December 26 (#1042), all four contestants are female.
  • On December 27 (#1052), after contestants Kris and Susana get buzzed out following their guess of DUMMY in Round 2, the sound effect for a missed word is unusually played.
  • On December 30 (#1043):
    • Both teams consist of neighbors.
    • During the contestant interviews, contestant Melinda says that she loves Chuck Woolery and was inspired to move to California because of him. Chuck quips "I paid her a lot of money to say that!" in addition to jokingly asking the next contestant, Danielle, "How do you feel about me?" Contestant Gary also says that he loves Chuck Woolery, causing Chuck to exclaim "Man, the love is just- Boy, I can feel it! It's just pouring out here!"
    • Contestants Jason and Melinda get the word FORTY correct on the first guess.
  • On December 31 (#1038):
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the first segment.
    • During Round 2, contestant Brian misspells "small" as SMALE, which prompts his teammate Lindsay to spell it as SMALL after the two briefly laugh. Chuck then explains to the team that they lose control because SMALE is a misspelling.
    • Following the above incident, which results in contestants Aaron and Suzy correctly guessing SMALL, Chuck instructs a team to say thank you to the other team for the first known time.
    • After contestant Brian guesses LANCE during Round 2, there is a long pause to verify if it is a common noun. It ends up being accepted.
    • The infamous "I have red balls, Chuck!" incident occurs during Bonus Lingo.

January 2003:

  • On January 1 (#1032):
    • Both teams consist of married couples.
    • Contestant Fiona is originally from Australia, but living in California.
    • After contestant Amber draws a 67 during the first segment, her teammate Allen completely forgets to draw his Lingo ball until Chuck instructs him to do so. Chuck quips "Allen's ready for anything, he's just not sure what!"
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo starts about a second early.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Jeff says "frier," but spells FIR before correctly spelling FRIER. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
    • After contestant Fiona guesses CHAIR in Bonus Lingo, the music bed jumps back a couple measures.
    • Randy plugs Croton watches and SuperClubs Breezes Golf & Beach Resort at the end of the episode.
    • While Randy is plugging SuperClubs Breezes Golf & Beach Resort, the video footage for SuperClubs Breezes Montego Bay is accidentally played instead.
  • On January 2 (#1046):
    • Noune
      Both teams consist of a brother and a sister, a fact that Chuck points out after the contestants introduce themselves.
    • During Round 1, contestant Melissa says "noun" and spells it out, but realizes that it is not a five-letter word and helplessly adds an E at the end. To the surprise of everybody in the studio, NOUNE turns out to be an obscure English number and is accepted as a result.
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    • During Round 2, contestants Dylan and Corine fail to correctly guess the word SNAKE despite having two guesses knowing that S and K were in place and N, A, and E were out of place.
    • Contestants James and Melissa pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • After contestant James draws a ? ball, he and his teammate Melissa spend approximately seven seconds deciding whether they should use it on 8, 32, or 64 despite the fact that all three numbers would form a Lingo. They settle on 32, causing Chuck to say "Sorry you had to think about that very long!"
  • On January 3 (#1050), during Round 2, a contestant says "flight" and spells it out, but realizes that it is a six-letter word. Chuck informs them that because the first five letters spell out a real word, FLIGH, it can be accepted.
  • On January 6 (#1034):
    • After contestants Sara and Julie correctly guess the word SNAIL in the first segment, an edit of Chuck saying "Reach in there and get your couple of Lingo balls and see if you can put a Lingo on the board" is culled directly from the third segment. This clip taken from Round 2 comes after Sara and Julie correctly guess the word EXCEL.
    • When contestants Jake and Jeff's guess of NALLY is ruled as a nonexistent word, only the second sound effect for nonexistent words is played.
    • After contestant Sara draws a 29 during the second segment, her teammate Julie completely forgets to draw her Lingo ball until Chuck instructs her to do so. Chuck quips "Yeah, you get to play, too! All that work!"
    • 90
      During Round 2, contestant Jake misreads ball 06 as 90. Chuck instructs him to turn it around because "it's probably a six" and laughs about the misreading (the highest number possible is 70).
    • After contestant Jeff guesses NINER during Round 2, there is a long pause to verify if it is a common noun. It ends up being accepted.
    • In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
  • On January 7 (#1061) (taped November 22):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • A then-unknown Rielle Hunter is one of the contestants. She gained national media attention in 2008 when it was discovered that she was the mistress of former Senator John Edwards.
    • Right before the yellow team gets their first Lingo board, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Rielle by the name of "Gabrielle," but he never corrects himself.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter S in Round 1.
    • Creamfirstguess
      No sound effect is played when the letter A spins during Round 1.
    • Contestants Teresa and Stephanie get the word CREAM correct on the first guess.
    • Chuckreachesintohopper
      After contestants Teresa and Stephanie guess WACKS in the third segment, a close-up shot is used of opponents Patricia and Rielle figuring out the word.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Rielle says "server," but spells SEVER instead.
    • After contestants Patricia and Rielle fail to form a Lingo in Bonus Lingo with five pulls, Chuck allows Patricia to pull another ball to see if they would have won the $5,000 with an additional pull. They still wouldn't have formed a Lingo, causing a disbelieving Chuck to jokingly reach in and get a ball himself. He pulls out a ball that would have formed a Lingo, then oddly places it back in the hopper.
  • On January 8 (#1033):
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck asks contestants Amber and Greg which cable provider they watch Lingo on. They answer DIRECTV. Unusually, he never asks the other team.
    • During Round 2, contestant Greg says "inks," but realizes that it is a four-letter word and spells INTER instead. Chuck comments in amusement, "That makes perfect sense to me! That's the scary part about it!"
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    • When contestant Keita draws a 66 in Round 2, he is unable to pronounce the number. Chuck jokes "He is so overwhelmed by the number 66 that he cannot say it!"
    • Contestants Cher and Keita get the word QUILT correct on the first guess.
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 50-200. As a result, the contestant score graphics are not used.
    • After contestants Amber and Greg form a Lingo in Round 2, Chuck mistakenly tells them that they are still in control. As they get their new Lingo board, he realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Amber misspells "juror" as GUROR. However, after an obvious edit that is evidenced by the music bed jumping ahead a couple measures and the lights on the set being in completely different positions, JUROR is entered in and accepted.
    • Graphicalerror3
      After contestants Amber and Greg correctly guess the word RADAR in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of the team as Chuck says "That's five. 40 seconds left." This appears to be an edit that serves to correct the timer after the above edit, as the clock goes from 0:50 before the shot to 0:40 after it.
    • Unneccessarysixthline8
      During Bonus Lingo, contestant Greg guesses OVERS, which is ruled as a misspelling. However, the board reads OVER. for his guess. Bizarrely, after time runs out, the board instead reads OVR.. for his guess.
    • A single-frame graphical error occurs right after contestants Amber and Greg run out of time in Bonus Lingo.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Amber and Greg were unable to solve, OPERA, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • Randy plugs Croton watches and SuperClubs Grand Lido Braco at the end of the episode.
  • On January 9 (#1062), for the first of only seven times in the series, a $100 win occurs.
  • On January 13 (#1063):
    • After guessing TURNS on the fourth guess during Round 1, contestants Abby and Zak intentionally allow themselves to be buzzed out. This strategy does not work in their favor, as opponents David and Jessica get the correct word TONER on the next guess.
    • During Round 2, contestant Zak says "their," but spells THIER instead.
      Redgraphiconyellowteam
    • After contestants Abby and Zak guess THIER in the third segment, a close-up shot is used of opponents David and Jessica figuring out the word.
    • Unneccessarysixthline2
      After contestants Abby and Zak's guess of APRIL in Round 2 is ruled as a proper noun, the very next shot of contestants David and Jessica still has Abby and Zak's team color and score on the right side of their podium in addition to the word APRIL on the board. Shortly afterwards, Abby and Zak's team color and score disappear as David and Jessica's team color and score appear on the left side of their podium, with APRIL removed from the board approximately 1/5 of a second later.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Abby and Zak were unable to solve, SOCKS, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • Contestants Abby and Zak win the top prize of $15,000. The hotel for their Jamaica vacation is SuperClubs Grand Lido Sans Souci.
  • On January 15 (#1059):
    • Rarecamerashot1
      The logo animations are completely absent. This allows for some rare camera shots to be seen on-air.
    • After contestant Sue guesses SANTA during Round 1, there is a long pause to verify if it is a common noun. It ends up being accepted.
    • Rarecamerashot2
      During the contestant interviews, contestant Sue says that she is "looking forward to going to Rio de Janeiro for New Year's." However, this episode is originally aired two weeks after New Year's Day. While airing the episodes in production order would have still resulted in this episode airing after New Year's Day, it is interesting to point out that #1068, a later episode in production order, was originally aired on December 9.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck mistakenly states that Suzanne and Gayle are in control, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
  • On January 16 (#1053):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • In a rare occurrence, contestants Monica and Melanie form a Lingo after the first word of the game.
    • During Round 1, contestants Kami and Kimberly guess CARRY twice in a row. This is the third of only eight known occurrences of a team using a duplicate word on consecutive guesses.
  • No new episode is aired on January 17. A rerun of the January 1 show (#1032) is aired instead.
  • On January 20 (#1044):
    • During Round 1, the buzzer is accidentally played after contestant Ann guesses STATE. Once STATE is revealed to be the correct word, Chuck tells her "I don't even know why that sound effect went in there; it didn't work, it didn't matter, it didn't count. You were fine."
    • After contestants Rick and Linda guess SWARD in Round 2, Chuck interrupts their next guess and spends about 20 seconds attempting to use the word in a sentence before allowing the game to continue.
    • During Round 2, contestants Rick and Linda guess the word SEETH, in which the S and second E are in the correct place and the remaining letters are out of place. After they guess SHEET, Chuck assertively says "Well, that can't be right," but is surprised when it turns out to be the correct word. Afterwards, Chuck hysterically exclaims "I'm looking at this thinking 'Wait a minute! There's gotta be another H in there! Isn't there?!' I'm totally lost! I don't know what I'm doing!" and later comments "I'll learn this game eventually!"
    • Grapeduplicate
      When Chuck recaps the scores at 100-75, he mistakenly refers to contestants Rick and Linda as "Lick and Rinda," but almost immediately corrects himself. After Chuck notices the contestants laughing at his error, he comments "A little dyslexic thing going on, did you hear that? I know, you're all laughing at me! I know you are!"
    • Bonuslingowinwith1pull
      During Round 2, contestants Ann and Tico guess the word GRAPE twice in one turn.
    • Before Bonus Lingo begins, contestants Ann and Tico predict that they will get eight words correct. They end up getting only one word correct.
    • Contestants Ann and Tico win the top prize of $15,000. Amazingly, they do this with only one pull earned in Bonus Lingo, the only time that such a feat ever occurred in the series. The hotel for their Jamaica vacation is SuperClubs Grand Lido Sans Souci.
    • After contestants Ann and Tico earn only one pull in Bonus Lingo, Chuck erroneously states that he has "seen people win six balls and not get anything" and has also "seen people win one and get everything." While three $600 wins did occur in the series, it wouldn't happen for the first time until September 14, 2005 (#3037). In addition, Ann and Tico are the only contestants to earn one pull and draw the Instant Winner Ball; it is possible that Chuck may have actually been referring to August 7, 2002, where contestants Jennifer and Martin earned only two pulls, the bare minimum required to form a Lingo at the time due to the different Bonus Lingo rules in Season 1, and miraculously formed a Lingo on the second pull to win $4,200. It seems more likely that Chuck was referring to the fact that he has seen contestants in Season 2 pull out the Instant Winner Ball, however.
  • On January 22 (#1049):
    • For the only time in the series, a contestant on the yellow team is named Michelle and a contestant on the red team is also named Michelle.
    • Only two words are played in Round 2.
  • No new episode is aired on January 23 due to Game Show Network's Confessions of a Gong Show Marathon taking over Lingo's 9 PM timeslot.
  • Due to the above, two new episodes are aired on January 24, with one quietly airing at 3 PM, a timeslot normally occupied by a rerun of the previous night's episode. The episode airing in this timeslot is the third episode produced for the season (#1023). On this episode:
    • Graphicalerror
      Chuck mistakenly says that the top prize is $5,000.
    • Both teams have blue name plates on their podiums rather than their respective yellow and red.
    • A single-frame graphical error occurs when the tutorial video begins to play.
    • The music cue for a correct answer during the tutorial video cuts off when the shot of Chuck returns.
      Visiblecamera2
    • During the first segment, a camera is visible at the far right of the screen when the red team is in control. It is moved before the second segment is taped, yet still remains slightly visible until it is moved out of sight entirely before the third segment is taped.
    • After contestant Liz draws a 58 during the first segment, her teammate Christopher completely forgets to draw his Lingo ball until Chuck instructs him to do so. Chuck quips "You're over there trying to solve a puzzle that's not there!"
    • During Round 1, contestants John and Laura's guess of WRITE oddly lights up twice, the first time without sound effects and the second time with sound effects.
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the second segment.
    • After contestant John draws a red ball in the third segment, his teammate Laura can be heard exclaiming "Shit!", which is never censored.
    • During Round 2, contestant Christopher says "rogue," but spells ROUGE instead. Chuck points this out and quips "That's a rogue with a really good face!"
    • An obvious edit is made after contestant Liz says "rough" under a second before the buzzer sounds, as the buzzer abruptly cuts off when Chuck says "Okay, that's on the buzzer, spell it." There had clearly been a stopdown to allow for the staffers to check the tape in order to verify that Liz had made her guess in time.
    • Quit
      In a rare occurrence, a team fails to fill in all five spaces, as contestant Christopher guesses QUIT during Round 2.
    • When contestants John and Laura's correct guess of QUEST lights up during Round 2, the think music abruptly stops.
    • Sevenlettertiebreaker
      The seven-letter tiebreaker round is played for the first of only three times. In this playing, the first and seventh letters are immediately revealed, the contestants do not have to spell out the words, and teams are locked out after an incorrect guess, after which the other team is given another letter and a free guess. The sound effect for a missed word is played after an incorrect guess, and there is also a sound effect used when a contestant buzzes in, which is the buzzer from the Dutch version of the show.
    • At the end of the third segment, the music cue for a commercial break plays earlier than usual, which causes it to be out-of-sync with the logo animation.
  • On January 27 (#1054):
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letters A, S, C, and M in Round 1 or the letters B, S, and T in Round 2.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck mistakenly states that Ernie and Sally are in control, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 150-25.
    • A different foghorn is played at the end of Round 1. This foghorn is also used on December 16 (#1022), December 24 (#1031), February 28 (#1021), the second January 6, 2004 show (#2002), and the first January 8, 2004 show (#2001).
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Mike is oddly left of his teammate Lindsay. He had been to the right of her during the main game.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestant Lindsay guesses SPEAK right before the buzzer. When the word begins to light up, the camera cuts to a shot of Lindsay and Mike while the lights on the set are in completely different positions. There had clearly been a stopdown to allow for the staffers to check the tape in order to verify that Lindsay had made her guess in time.
    • After contestants Lindsay and Mike earn four pulls in Bonus Lingo, Chuck erroneously states "seven's the most we got." However, the winning teams on December 9 (#1068) and June 22 (#1039) earned eight pulls in Bonus Lingo, each of which predates this episode in airing order and production error, respectively.
    • Randy plugs SuperClubs Grand Lido Braco at the end of the episode.
  • On January 28 (#1047):
    • Before the first letter of the first word in the game is given, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Tye by the name of "Try," but he never corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, contestant Christa says "course" and spells it out, but realizes that it is a six-letter word. Chuck informs her that because the first five letters spell out a real word, COURS, it can be accepted.
    • During Round 2, three buzzouts occur in a row as both teams try to figure out the word ENACT, which could possibly be a record. This causes the second, third, and fourth letters in the word to be revealed on the same line. This exact same event is known to have also occurred on September 23, 2005 (#3056) with the word CACTI, on April 21, 2006 (#5015) with the word DERBY, and on April 25, 2006 (#5017) with the word DISCO.
  • On January 29 (#1056):
    • All four contestants are male.
    • Contestants Mike and Daylan win the top prize of $15,000.
  • On January 30 (#1080), during Round 1, contestant Jennifer mistakenly says DISCO, the correct word, when opponents Tara and Jose are in control, thus causing one of them to guess the correct word.
  • On January 31 (#1077), both teams consist of identical twins.

February 2003:

  • On February 3 (#1055):
    • A then-unknown Naureen Zaim is one of the contestants.
    • Contestants Jill and Shannon are wearing homemade Lingo shirts.
    • Winning contestants Jill and Shannon are later invited back for the Tournament of Champions in Season 3.
  • On February 5 (#1067):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the third segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
  • On February 6 (#1048):
    • Chuck nearly misses the offstage signal for a commercial break at the end of the first segment.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 125-0, he never says the red team's score.
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 125-0.
    • During Round 2, Chuck misreads ball 61 as 67, but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck accidentally says "Lingo Bonus card," but he never corrects himself.
    • After contestants Sally and Carolyn correctly guess the fifth word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "Yes, six," but never corrects himself.
  • On February 7 (#1057):
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter T in Round 2.
    • Contestants Stan and Martha use all of their bonus letters in Bonus Lingo within the first 11 seconds of the round, which is very likely a record.
  • February 8 is a special Valentine's Day edition, airing as part of Game Show Network's The Game of Love marathon that day. On this episode (#1058):
    • Valentinesdayset
      The set is decorated with many candles, Cupid statuettes, red curtains, and bouquets of red and white flowers. There is also a chandelier on the set with two white dove figurines that is shown during the opening and at the beginning of the third segment.
    • The male contestants are dressed as Cupids, while the female contestants are dressed as angels.
    • Both teams consist of engaged couples.
      Bridefirstguess
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 25-0.
    • In Round 2, the letter S does not spin.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter S in Round 2.
    • Contestants Ben and Julia get the word BRIDE correct on the first guess.
    • The word CUPID is ruled as a proper noun. However, it was accepted on August 20, 2002 and on April 24, 2007 (#6017).
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck accidentally says "Lingo Bonus card," but he never corrects himself.
    • Contestants Ben and Julia win the top prize of $15,000. The hotel for their Jamaica vacation is SuperClubs Grand Lido Braco.
    • Randy plugs Croton watches at the end of the episode.
  • On February 10 (#1060), all four contestants are female.
  • On February 11 (#1079):
    • All four contestants are male.
    • During Round 2, contestants Ford and Will fail to correctly guess the word BASTE despite knowing that B was in place and A, S, T, and E were out of place.
    • Contestants Keith and Richard get 9 words correct in Bonus Lingo, making them the first team in airing order to do so.
  • On February 13 (#1082):
    Each
    • All four contestants are female.
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 25-0. As a result, the contestant score graphics are not used.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
      $100
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter E in Round 2.
    • During Round 2, contestant Carrie says "bread," but spells BEARD instead.
    • In a rare occurrence, a team fails to fill in all five spaces, as contestant Valisa guesses EACH during Bonus Lingo.
    • For the second of only seven times in the series, a $100 win occurs.
  • No new episode is aired on February 14. It's safe to assume that the Valentine's Day special that originally aired on February 8 (#1058) was reran on this date.
  • February 17 is a special Presidents' Day edition. On this episode (#1070):
    • Presidentsdayset
      The set is decorated with an abundance of American flags and white pillars. There is also a replica of the Statue of Liberty on the set that is shown during the opening and at the beginning of the third segment.
    • The male contestants are dressed as Presidents, while the female contestants are dressed in colonial attire.
    • Judgefirstguess
      During Round 1, contestant Melissa says "shows," but spells SHOES instead.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter M in Round 1.
    • After contestants Phil and Melissa guess MONTH in the first segment, a close-up shot is used of opponents Alan and Katherine figuring out the word.
    • Contestants Phil and Melissa get the word JUDGE correct on the first guess.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • An error is made during Bonus Lingo: With two seconds remaining in the round, contestant Melissa calls for a fifth bonus letter; despite her team only earning four bonus letters, the next letter in the word is revealed anyway. This error does not affect the final outcome, as contestants Phil and Melissa run out of time before being able to submit a guess.
    • Randy plugs Croton watches and SuperClubs Grand Lido Sans Souci at the end of the episode.
  • On February 18 (#1072):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • When contestants Jeanne and Amanda's guess of BRING is lit up in Round 1, no sound effects are played for the R and the I.
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 50-0.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • After contestants Michelle and Kelly get buzzed out following their guess of PLACE in Round 2, the sound effect for a missed word is unusually played.
    • After contestants Michelle and Kelly correctly guess the word SIREN in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Okay, next word." This appears to be an edit added in post-production, although the reason for it is unknown.
  • On February 19 (#1069):
    • After guessing COLDS on the fourth guess during Round 1, contestants Jamal and Chris intentionally allow themselves to be buzzed out. This strategy does not work in their favor, as opponents Tahirah and Mahasin get the correct word CLASS on the next guess.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Jamal says "brain," but spells BRAN before saying "IN." In an unusual occurrence, BRAIN is entered in and accepted.
  • On February 20 (#1085):
    • During Round 1, contestant Caleb says "beegan," but spells BEGAN instead, which turns out to be the correct word. As the letters are lighting up, his teammate Chris realizes that he actually spelled BEGAN, which causes the two to laugh as Chuck does a facepalm. Caleb then asks Chuck "It's not pronunciation, right?" In a deadpan manner, Chuck responds "I liked it, I don't care. Go ahead and get some balls, I don't care."
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • An obvious edit is made when the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is played, as it sounds abruptly cut off at the beginning. Due to the fact that Chuck said "Next word" over a second before the sound effect was played, it seems likely that another word had been played that the winning team, Caleb and Chris, had guessed correctly, but due to time constraints, it was completely edited out.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Caleb and Chris were unable to solve, HYPER, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • On February 21 (#1073):
    • Contestant Brian does a dance called "the clog" during the contestant interviews.
    • Contestant Brian uploads a highlight reel of his appearance to YouTube in January 2009. Due to a graphic promoting Game Show Network's Our Salute to Mom the next day, the broadcast is likely a rerun from May 9, 2003.
  • On February 24 (#1083), for the third of only seven times in the series, a $100 win occurs.
  • The first January 24 show (#1023) is reran on February 25, its first time airing in the 9 PM timeslot normally occupied by a new episode. As a result, many episode guides incorrectly list this date as the episode's original airdate.
  • On February 26 (#1036):
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter F in Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestant Mara says "breast," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells BREAD instead.
    • After contestant Mara guesses ABBEY during Round 1, there is a long pause to verify if it is a common noun. It ends up being accepted.
    • Chuck correctly tells the winning team that they have earned three bonus letters for Bonus Lingo, but mistakenly says "Two from the Lingos and two for winning the game."
  • On February 27 (#1065):
    • Closeupbonus3
      Contestants Ghana and Mark begin Round 2 with 0 points and end up winning the game with a final score of 300-250. This is the first of only two times that such a feat has ever occurred.
    • For no apparent reason, a close-up shot is used of Chuck during Bonus Lingo when he says "Could be" after contestants Ghana and Mark guess FORTH, the correct word. Unlike the other known uses of this shot on other episodes from Season 2, this does not appear to be an edit.
  • February 28 is the first episode produced for the season (#1021). As a result, it is also the first Lingo episode to ever be produced in the United States. On this episode:
    • Chuck mistakenly says that the top prize is $5,000.
    • Both teams have blue name plates on their podiums rather than their respective yellow and red.
    • On this episode only, the red flashing set piece located to the right of the red team is noticeably closer to their podium.
    • During Round 1, contestant Martha says "pierce," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells PRICE instead.
    • Latehopperlights
      The lights in both teams' hoppers keep lighting up late for practically the entire episode.
    • In the first segment, contestants Lance and Martha guess FRAME on their final guess despite an L being out of place, and every letter except the R is in the word and in the correct place. When control passes to the other team, the L is oddly present in its correct spot as contestant Jason guesses FLAME, the correct word. This is likely just a poorly-made edit.
    • For no apparent reason, Jason drawing a 46 and Rosa drawing a red ball after the team had gotten FLAME correct is completely edited out. Interestingly enough, this unaired red ball is the only one drawn in the game.
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the first and second segments.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck asks both teams which cable provider they watch Lingo on. Contestants Lance and Martha answer Adelphia Cable, while contestants Jason and Rosa answer Trevor Communications.
    • The third word of the game, which is most likely WHALE, is thrown out due to the staff being unable to determine if contestant Lance's guess of WEALD is a real word. This incident is edited out of the actual episode, but it is later shown and documented in the second episode of Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned.
    • After contestants Lance and Martha get buzzed out following their guess of HUMOR in Round 1, the very next shot of contestants Jason and Rosa still has Lance and Martha's team color and score on the left side of their podium for a single frame.
    • Visiblecamera
      Towards the end of the second segment, a camera is visible at the far right of the screen when the red team is in control. It is moved out of sight before the third segment is taped.
    • A different foghorn is used as the end-of-round signal, and the foghorn is used for both rounds. This foghorn is also used on December 16 (#1022), December 24 (#1031), January 27 (#1054), the second January 6, 2004 show (#2002), and the first January 8, 2004 show (#2001).
    • 175-100
      Due to a record-tying low of both seven words collectively played in both rounds and two words played in Round 2 (record-setting if one goes by production order), the episode runs about two minutes short. In addition, the final score of 175-100 is a tie for the lowest known scoring game in the series with 75-200 on December 24 (#1031), 125-150 on the second December 16, 2003 show (#2019), 25-250 on the second January 7, 2004 show (#2003), and 150-125 on August 10, 2005 (#3004).
    • At the end of the third segment, the camera zooms out much more slowly than usual, the logo animation comes up earlier than usual, and the music cue for a commercial break is cut off after the screen fades to black.
    • Fiveperiods
      An edit is obviously made when contestant Martha guesses SIXER during Bonus Lingo: After she guesses it, the letters are still being typed in, but in the very next shot, the letters are already typed in. This was clearly done to make up for the time that it took to verify that SIXER is a common noun.
    • Contestant Lance's guess of DOUBL during Bonus Lingo, which is ruled as a misspelling, is never put on the board. Instead, the board reads ..... for his guess.
    • Zoomedinonhopper
      During Bonus Lingo, the hopper camera is zoomed in much further than usual. It is slightly zoomed out after Lance and Martha's first two pulls, but is still zoomed in much further than usual.
    • This is the final regular first-run episode of the season until the five remaining civilian episodes are broadcast weekly as a part of Game Show Network's Sunday Night Buzz block beginning on June 22.

April 2003:

  • Only one new episode is aired this month, which is a special April Fools' Day edition on April 1. On this episode (#1064):
    • Toddnewtonannouncing
      Every host from Game Show Network's then-current originals are present; Mark L. Walberg from Russian Roulette and Marc Summers from WinTuition compete against Kennedy from Friend or Foe? and Graham Elwood from Cram for charity, while Todd Newton from Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck takes over Randy's role as announcer, introduces Chuck at the beginning of each segment, wanders around the set during the show, and draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • The top prize is $25,000 for charity, with $10,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $2,500 a piece for their charities; Todd also receives $2,500 for a charity of his choice.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter L in Round 1.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck mentions that Marc used to substitute host for him on Scrabble.
    • PRESS is a correct word in Round 2. In response to this, Todd runs across the set.
    • Due to time constraints, the seventh word of the game is completely edited out; this is evidenced by the numbers 5 and 47 being marked off on Mark and Marc's Lingo board after they correctly guess the word ENEMY, despite neither of those numbers being drawn during the broadcast.
    • 500-0
      For the first of only two times in the series, a team fails to score at all; Kennedy and Graham lose the game with a final score of 550-0 (but due to the above edit, it is shown as 500-0 in the broadcast). Chuck claims that this is the first time that such a feat has ever occurred on either the American or Dutch version of the show.
      9wordsmarkmarc
    • Due to the presence of Todd on the set while he introduces Chuck, the logo animation used at the end of the first, second, and third segments is also used at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • Mark and Marc get 9 words correct in Bonus Lingo, making them the first team in production order to do so. Chuck informs them that they broke the previous record of 8; however, due to Game Show Network's cherry-picking of episodes, a later episode in production order where a team gets 9 words correct is aired on February 11 (#1079).
    • Oddly, Randy plugs SuperClubs Breezes Golf & Beach Resort at the end of the episode.
    • While Randy is plugging SuperClubs Breezes Golf & Beach Resort, the video footage for SuperClubs Breezes Montego Bay is accidentally played instead.
    • This episode has only been reran two times: Once on July 5, 2003 as part of Game Show Network's Summer Blockbuster Spectacular marathon, and once on November 28, 2003 as part of Game Show Network's Feast of Favorites marathon. This is most likely due to the fact that all five of Game Show Network's originals that were advertised on this episode were cancelled by 2004.

May 2003:

  • Only one new episode is aired this month, which is a special Mother's Day edition on May 10. On this episode (#1075):
    • Mothersdayset
      The set is decorated with bouquets of flowers behind Chuck and the contestants in addition to many white pillars with flowers wrapped around them and an arch covered in leaves and flowers at the end of the stage. The white pillars appear to be the same ones used in the Presidents' Day special on February 17 (#1070).
    • Meredith Baxter and her daughter Eva compete against Jo Marie Payton and her daughter Chantale for charity. Because of this, all four contestants are female.
    • The top prize is $25,000 for charity, with $10,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $2,500 a piece for their charities.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
    • Chuckwoolerybobblehead
      In an indirect advertisement for Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned, Chuck walks over to the podium of the losing team, Jo Marie and Chantale, to give them Chuck Woolery bobbleheads in addition to $5,000 for charity. He also gives Meredith and Eva bobbleheads at the end of the show.
    • Closeupbonus4
      After contestants Meredith and Eva correctly guess the fourth word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says that they have two bonus letters remaining instead of one, but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • As the letters CH... spin during Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Go ahead." This appears to be an edit added in post-production due to a stopdown, as the music bed jumps ahead a couple measures even though the timer does not.
    • Clips from this episode are later shown in the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions.
  • At least one source claims that the five remaining civilian episodes of the season are originally aired the week of May 12-16 in the following order: #1074, #1076, #1039, #1071, #1084. Due to the lack of any other evidence, however, this Wiki will refer to the Sunday Night Buzz airings as the original broadcasts of these episodes.

June 2003:

  • Game Show Network's Sunday Night Buzz block premieres on June 15. However, the first edition features a rerun of the December 23 show (#1026) instead of a new episode.
  • Beginning on June 22, the remaining five episodes of the season are broadcast weekly as a part of Game Show Network's Sunday Night Buzz block.
  • On June 22 (#1039):
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Tymeka and Yolanda get buzzed out on the first guess when the first letter is an N in Round 1. Amazingly, opponents Emily and Jonathan also get buzzed out on the first guess immediately afterwards even after receiving a bonus letter. In response to this, Chuck comments "This is a whole different way to play this game!"
    • The logo animation is absent at the end of the first segment.
    • During the contestant interviews, contestant Emily, who is pregnant, says that she is expecting on March 10. Due to Game Show Network's cherry-picking of episodes, however, this episode is originally aired well after March 10.
    • Neverfirstguess
      Contestants Tymeka and Yolanda get the word NEVER correct on the first guess.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Yolanda misspells "sharp" as SHRP, but immediately spells SHARP afterwards. Against precedent, her second guess is accepted.
    • After contestants Tymeka and Yolanda correctly guess the fourth word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "That's five," but never corrects himself.
    • Although the first two letters of the ninth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Randy plugs SuperClubs Grand Lido Negril at the end of the episode.
  • On June 29 (#1071):
    • Right before the red team gets their first Lingo board, Chuck accidentally begins to refer to contestant Daneka by the name of "Danecka," but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • The first three correct words in Round 2 are STRIP, KINKY, and FREAK. This causes Chuck to quip "Is this where we are in this show? What is it with you people, anyway?!"
    • 10wordsbenjaminjosh
      In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
    • Contestants Benjamin and Josh break the Bonus Lingo record by becoming the first team to ever get 10 words correct. They accomplish this feat with 0 seconds remaining on the clock.
    • Randy plugs SuperClubs Breezes Golf & Beach Resort at the end of the episode.
    • While Randy is plugging SuperClubs Breezes Golf & Beach Resort, the video footage for SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas is accidentally played instead.
    • The taping of this episode is documented in the fifth episode of Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned, which is originally aired on July 13, 2003. Among the things shown are interviews with the contestants and Chuck's interactions with the staffers. Clips from the actual episode are also shown, including Benjamin and Josh's Bonus Lingo record.
    • Winning contestants Benjamin and Josh are later invited back for the Tournament of Champions in Season 3.

July 2003: (season ends July 20)

  • On July 6 (#1074):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Sally says "ripe," but spells RIPER instead.
    • After contestants Sally and Amy win $5,000 in Bonus Lingo with only three pulls, a surprised Chuck closes the show by saying "It's not just letters, it's Lingo, and sometimes it's luck and Lingo!"
    • Randy plugs SuperClubs Grand Lido Negril at the end of the episode.
  • On July 13 (#1076):
    • All four contestants are male.
    • An offstage camera is visible at the beginning of the second segment.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • After contestant Todd guesses CHAMP during Round 2, Chuck says "That's the second time you spelled that, Todd," even though he hadn't guessed it before, implying that an earlier word was thrown out and subsequently edited out.
    • The camera zooms out too quickly at the end of the third segment.
    • Two close-up shots are used of Chuck during Bonus Lingo.
    • Contestants Todd and Ricky win the top prize of $15,000. The hotel for their Jamaica vacation is SuperClubs Breezes Golf & Beach Resort.
    • Oddly, after contestant Todd draws a 45 during Bonus Lingo, which is the Instant Winner Ball, the Lingo board is not shown again and the sound effect for a Lingo is not played.
    • Contestant Todd uploads a DVR recording of his episode to Vimeo in March 2011. The broadcast appears to be a GSN rerun from February 1, 2011.
  • On July 20 (#1084):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • Stacey and Tami, the losing team on December 19 (#1027), are invited back to play again. Chuck addresses this during the contestant interviews and attributes their return to a "small production problem" during their original appearance, which is never specified.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the letter C in Round 1 or the letter C in Round 2.
    • Chuck says "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment, a practice he didn't permanently adopt until Season 3.
    • During Round 2, a total of five turns are passed as both teams try to figure out the word GRADE, which is very likely a record for a single word: Contestants Andrea and Kellie get buzzed out on their third guess, which is followed by contestants Stacey and Tami guessing GRACE before getting buzzed out as well. Andrea and Kellie then guess GRANE, which is ruled as a misspelling. Stacey and Tami then get buzzed out again, which is followed by Andrea and Kellie incorrectly guessing GRAZE on the fifth guess. Chuck clarifies with an offstage staffer that Stacey and Tami get one more guess, in which they finally figure out GRADE.
    • Duplicateaccepted2
      During Bonus Lingo, contestants Andrea and Kellie guess the word BATCH twice in one turn. Against precedent, it is lit up the second time.
    • Two close-up shots are used of Chuck during Bonus Lingo.
    • The word COURS is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 28 (#1047).
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo ends about two seconds early.
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    • Although the first two letters of the fifth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • For the first of only five known times, a team wins $5,000 in Bonus Lingo despite earning only two pulls. Chuck is so surprised by the win that he closes the show saying "It's not just letters, it's Lingo, and sometimes it's a little luck!"
    • Randy plugs SuperClubs Grand Lido Sans Souci at the end of the episode.
    • Clips from this episode are later shown in the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions.

Season 3 (2003-2004) Edit

Season Changes:

  • A brand new theme song composed by Robert Etoll is used. The first two seasons had used the theme song that the Dutch version used at the time, but had to be changed due to Game Show Network's one-year license for the theme song expiring. The think music and Bonus Lingo music bed are also changed to parallel the new theme song.
  • Season3logo
    A new logo is used, but aside from the addition of curved parallel lines behind each of the letters, it's really nothing more than a recoloring of the Season 2 logo: The blue Lingo balls become white and the white text becomes pink. This was likely done to pay homage to the 1987-1988 syndicated version, which used a similar logo that sported the same color scheme.
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  • Season3scoregraphics
    Due to the above change, a new animated intro is also used. Ten Lingo balls, five white and five blue, roll down a tube connected to five other tubes, and the five white balls roll down each of the five respective tubes. Each white ball has one of the five letters in LINGO painted onto it in five different ways, respectively. At the end, the balls roll together to form the logo, which then cuts to an aerial shot of the set before they roll apart. The logo animations for commercial breaks have also been altered to show the balls rolling together, with a miniature version shown at the lower-left side of the screen at the beginning of the second, third, and fourth segments that depicts the balls rolling apart.
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    Also due to the logo change, the contestant score graphics have been changed. The contestants are now separated by a shape similar in appearance to the Atari logo, with superimposed images of the contestants placed in the shape.
  • In another likely homage to the 1987-1988 syndicated version, a co-host is added with Stacey Hayes. Her primary role is being the on-air judge, but she also introduces the contestants, "operates" the Lingo board, holds up a ? ball before Round 2, tells the winning contestants the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, and signs off with Chuck at the end of the show. Chuck still announces the first letter of the first word in Round 1, however.
  • Stacey Hayes also replaces Randy Thomas as the announcer; she announces at the beginning of the show and during prize plugs.
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  • The show is now taped and produced at the Ren-Mar Studios in Hollywood. A brand new set is built that completely overhauls the set layout of the first two seasons, sporting walls that can change color, many lights on the stage that change lighting scheme with each segment, neon circles resembling Lingo balls behind Chuck and the contestants, and a blue floor with the Lingo logo engraved at the end of the stage. To the left of the engraved logo is the desk where Stacey sits, with a computer, keyboard, and mouse on the table in addition to a stand housing three monitors displaying live camera shots of Chuck and the contestants.
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    In response to the set changes, the podiums used by Chuck and the contestants are redesigned to be given a much more metallic appearance. The biggest difference between these new podiums and the previous ones are the buzzers for the seven-letter tiebreaker round: Both contestants now receive their own respective buzzer, and these buzzers are now located next to their own disposal holes. In addition, the name plates now light up during the seven-letter tiebreaker round due to the redesign, although this wouldn't be seen for the first time until Season 4.
  • Chuck is given a new monitor on his podium.
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    A new background resembling the new animated intro is now used during the tutorial video.
  • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 has been changed to the second sound effect for nonexistent words (which is oddly still in use during this season), while the sound effect for the end of Round 2 has been changed to an arcade game-esque sound.
  • Chuck now walks away from his podium after he throws to commercial. At the end of the first and second segments, he walks over to Stacey. At the end of the third segment, he walks onto the main stage to give handshakes to the winning team, whose contestants also walk away from their respective podium.
  • The contestants' podium during the game is now used for Bonus Lingo. In the first two seasons, a nameless podium with an eggcrate display to show the contestants' winnings had been used.
  • Because of the above change, a new graphic resembling the show's logo now displays the contestants' winnings.
  • Also due to the above change, the losing contestants' podium is now moved off the stage for Bonus Lingo while the winning contestants' podium is moved into place for the round.
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    The Bonus Lingo setup switches sides, with the game board now on the left and the contestants on the right. Despite this, the graphic used for the clock and number of words correct remains on the left side, but a new graphic displaying the number of bonus letters the contestants have is now on the right side. Additionally, a graphic pull for the shot of the contestants is now used to form and deform the splitscreen at the beginning and end of the two minutes in the round, respectively.
  • The top prize is changed to a Harrah's vacation package in addition to $5,000. Unlike the Jamaica vacation package in Season 2, the retail value of this trip is not mentioned on-air, and the graphic showing the contestants' winnings in Bonus Lingo reads only "$5000" if it is won.
  • Chuck now permanently adopts his practice of saying "two-and-two" at the end of a segment during the show. In the earlier-produced episodes for this season, he says it at the end of the second segment, but in the later-produced episodes, he says it at the end of the first segment.
  • Likely beginning this season, Chuck now instructs contestants to clearly show the numbers on the Lingo balls to the camera; the first-known instance of this occurs on the second December 4 show (#2016). This is likely done due to the many times in the first two seasons where the contestants would point the number at Chuck rather than the camera, thus making the ball unreadable for the home viewers.
  • For most of the season, two new episodes are aired a day.
  • From #2026 to #2064, with the exceptions of #2051, #2057, #2058, #2059, and #2060, Stacey plugs the Tournament of Champions and its grand prize of a 2004 Suzuki Verona at the beginning of the fourth segment. These plugs are edited out in reruns aired after 2004.

October 2003:

  • A special preview episode for Season 3 is aired on October 7. The season does not officially premiere until December 1.
  • October 7 is a special episode with four candidates for the governor of California as contestants, coinciding with the infamous California recall election that occurred on the same day. On this episode (#2007):
    • The set is decorated with an abundance of American flags and California flags.
    • Despite not being the first episode taped for Season 3, this episode is produced as if it were the season's first show; Chuck announces that it is the beginning of the season during the opening and also thanks the viewers for "watching our special sneak peak of our new season" at the end of the episode. Chuck also gives an extended introduction to Stacey both during the opening and when contestants Scott and Kelley's guess of FLUOR is clarified in Round 1. To get viewers to know her better, Chuck also interviews Stacey for about a minute before signing off at the end of the show.
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      The top prize is $10,000 for charity, with $5,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo.
    • All four contestants are male.
    • The background animation played during the tutorial video is noticeably slower than usual.
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    • The theme song fades out at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
    • Contestants Ron and David get the word ELECT correct on the first guess.
    • A different camera shot of Stacey is used during Bonus Lingo.
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      For no apparent reason, the Bonus Letters graphic is not used in Bonus Lingo.
    • At the beginning of Bonus Lingo, the camera is accidentally focused on Chuck and contestant Scott rather than Scott and his teammate Kelley. It pans over to include Kelley and exclude Chuck during the team's first guess.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Kelley misspells "post" as POAST, but immediately spells POSTS afterwards. Against precedent, his second guess is accepted.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Kelley draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • For no apparent reason, the winnings graphic is not used after contestants Scott and Kelley win $5,000 for charity in Bonus Lingo.
    • Stacey plugs the Tournament of Champions at the end of the show.

December 2003: (season begins December 1)

  • On the first December 1 show (#2029):
    • After contestant Robert draws a 57 in Round 2, the number is marked off his team's Lingo board much later than it usually is.
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck begins to say "Clock's gonna start as soon as you fee the first two letters of the first word" and ridicules himself for it.
    • Contestants Randy and Mike win the Harrah's vacation package.
    • When contestant Randy draws ball 10 during Bonus Lingo, which is the Instant Winner Ball, he accidentally shows it to the camera upside down.
    • Chuck accidentally says "Bingo!" after contestants Randy and Mike form a Lingo in Bonus Lingo.
    • Winning contestants Randy and Mike are later invited back for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.
  • On the second December 1 show (#2033):
    • Contestants Lauren and Josh get the word GHOST correct on the first guess.
    • Unusually, the camera never cuts to Stacey when she rules contestants Steffanie and Scott's guess of HOSTE as a nonexistent word in Round 2.
    • After contestants Steffanie and Scott form a Lingo in Round 2, Chuck accidentally says "Alright, let's give them their bonus," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects it to "Lingo board."
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck accidentally says "Lingo Bonus card," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Steffanie draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied during the sign-off.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the first December 2 show (#2023) (taped September 30):
    • At the end of the first segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly does not say anything.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied right after he recaps the scores at 25-50.
    • After contestants Aaron and Shane's guess of HORNS is lit up in the second segment, the second sound effect for nonexistent words is oddly played right after the sound effect for a missed word.
    • SPANK and HORNY are consecutive correct words in Round 1. This causes Chuck to quip "Do you feel a theme perhaps developing in this?", and he later comments "Suggestive Lingo, it's a whole new twist!"
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      The sound effect for the end of Round 2 cuts off early.
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck accidentally says "I'm gonna give you five minutes" instead of "two minutes," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Contestants Merritt and Rachel get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with 0 seconds remaining on the clock. They are the second team in the series to accomplish this feat.
  • On the second December 2 show (#2054):
    • Chuck plugs the Tournament of Champions right before explaining the rules of Bonus Lingo.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Jon says "comfy," but spells SOM before correctly spelling COMFY. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
    • No sound effect is played for contestants Jon and Angie's third bonus letter in Bonus Lingo.
  • On the first December 3 show (#2039):
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      Chuck makes an odd comment to Stacey after she introduces the contestants, saying she looks "like a video game girl."
    • Contestants Rashim and Khali pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, the right monitor, which ordinarily displays the Bonus Lingo setup, is displaying the Lingo logo instead.
  • On the second December 3 show (#2044):
    • Contestant Lanre is originally from Nigeria, but living in Illinois.
    • Winning contestants Tatum and Greg are later invited back for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.
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    The first December 4 show is the fourth episode produced for the season (#2004). On this episode:
    • Stacey does not come up with a playful introduction for Chuck during the opening.
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      The background animation played during the tutorial video is noticeably slower than usual.
    • Stacey has a mouse pad with the Lingo logo printed on it on her desk, but she does not use it at all.
    • After contestant Eric draws a red ball in the first segment, the very next shot of him and his teammate Mike lacks their Lingo board under their podium.
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      The camera does not zoom in on Stacey when she holds up the ? ball before Round 2.
    • After Mike and Eric's guess of JOCKY in Round 2 is ruled as a misspelling, the very next shot of them has Keri and Vanessa's team color and score on the right side of their podium.
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      Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the third segment.
    • A different camera shot of Stacey is used during Bonus Lingo.
    • After contestants Keri and Vanessa correctly guess the word DIZZY in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Alright, very nice, you have five." This appears to be an edit added in post-production, although the reason for it is unknown.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
    • Winning contestants Keri and Vanessa are later invited back for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.
  • On the second December 4 show (#2016):
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      When explaining the rules of the game, Chuck mistakenly says that a correct answer is worth 15 points, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
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      Contestants Shannon and Dawn get the words EARTH and NEVER correct on the first guess. Not only are these two words consecutive, making this the first of only four known occurrences of such a feat, but amazingly, they are also the first two words of the game.
    • During Round 1, contestant Derion says "breast," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells BREAD instead.
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      Contestants Yoli and Derion get the word JUICE correct on the first guess.
    • Contestants Shannon and Dawn pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • During Round 2, contestant Yoli misreads ball 08 as 80 before an offstage staffer can be heard saying "No, that's not what it is," which prompts Chuck to correct her.
    • Contestants Yoli and Derion begin Round 2 with 0 points and end up winning the game with a final score of 225-250. This is the second of only two times that such a feat has ever occurred.
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the third segment.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Yoli and Derion were unable to solve, SQUIB, has no sound effects played for it when it is revealed.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the first December 5 show (#2010):
    • The lights behind Chuck and the contestants are much brighter than usual.
    • No sound effect is played when the letter S spins during the tutorial video.
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      During Round 1, contestants Kellie and Josh fail to correctly guess the word POINT despite knowing that P and N were in place and O, I, and T were out of place.
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
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      Contestants Kellie and Josh get the word FIGHT correct on the first guess.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 cuts off early.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, her monitor, which ordinarily displays the Lingo logo, contains the game board and Bonus Lingo timer instead.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Kellie and Josh correctly guess the word DADDY. When the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Josh while the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed DADDY, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
    • Although the first two letters of the fifth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Josh draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Kellie misreads ball 09 as 06, but quickly corrects herself.
    • Stacey plugs the Tournament of Champions and Harrah's at the end of the show.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the second December 5 show (#2042):
    • When the score is 75-0, Chuck accidentally says that the score is "7 to 5 to nothing," but he never corrects himself.
    • During Round 2, contestant Tamara says "hats," but realizes that it is a four-letter word and spells HATES instead.
    • Due to the episode running short, Chuck and Stacey's chat with the winning team before their sign-off is noticeably longer than usual.
    • Winning contestants Jessica and Scott are later invited back for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.
  • On the first December 8 show (#2021):
    • As Chuck is explaining the rules, he jokes that if the contestants give him a word that doesn't fit, isn't a real word, or they take too long, "our judge Stacey will hit you in the head with her shoes."
    • During Round 1, contestant Angela says "mover," but spells MOVES instead.
    • After contestants Mary and Bret correctly guess the word ONION in Round 1, the think music continues to play for approximately two seconds after the reveal before it abruptly cuts off.
    • After contestants Mary and Bret guess DELTA on the fifth guess in Round 2, in which the D, E, and L are in the word and in the correct place while the A is out of place, Chuck mistakenly says "No bonus letter," but he almost immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Contestants Sevan and Angela pull out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • At the end of the third segment, Chuck mistakenly begins to say that losing contestants Mary and Bret are playing Bonus Lingo, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the second December 8 show (#2031):
    • During Round 1, contestant Rosamond misreads ball 09 as 06, but almost immediately corrects herself.
    • After guessing PLANT on the third guess during Round 2, contestants Rosamond and Lucas forget that it is still their turn. When the buzzer plays, Lucas asks, "Oh, was it our turn?" Chuck responds, "Yeah! It was all yours right there, good night!" This affects the outcome of the game, as the word that opponents Barry and Stacey correctly guess, PLATE, turns out to be the final word of the game, causing them to win with a score of 250-275.
    • Contestants Barry and Stacey pull out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Barry and Stacey were unable to solve, YELLS, has no sound effects played for it when it is revealed, although the final few measures of the sound effect for a missed word can be heard.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the first December 9 show (#2017):
    • At the end of the first segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly says "More Lingo right after this" instead.
    • After contestant Melissa guesses DRAKE during Round 1, there is a long pause to verify if it is a common noun. It ends up being accepted.
    • Contestants Gary and Rodney pull out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • After contestants Gary and Rodney correctly guess the word VOCAL in Round 2, Chuck notices that contestant Jesse looks upset and asks him "What is it?" He responds "I'm having a good time," which causes Chuck to crack up and walk away from his podium in laughter. Chuck eventually responds, "Well, it'd be hard to measure, huh?"
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the third segment.
    • Although the first two letters of the fifth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed. However, the sound effects for the reveal are played anyway.
    • At the end of the show, Chuck messes up the sign-off by saying "It's, uh, not just, uh... What is it?", prompting Stacey to say "It's not just letters!", after which Chuck and Stacey both say "It's Lingo!"
  • On the second December 9 show (#2020):
    • During Round 1, contestant Lena says "ditz," but realizes that it is a four-letter word and spells DITZY instead.
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      After contestants Erica and Melissa guess BLARE in Round 2, the E bizarrely lights up first for a single frame before the word lights up normally.
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      The theme song fades out at the end of the third segment.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Bonus Lingo.
    • After contestants Erica and Melissa correctly guess the word GROSS in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Alright, 15 seconds left." This appears to be an edit added in post-production, although the reason for it is unknown.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Erica and Melissa mark off every single number on their Lingo board that does not form a Lingo during Bonus Lingo. As a result of this, they use all seven of their earned pulls.
  • The first December 10 show is the sixth episode produced for the season (#2006). On this episode:
    • Stacey does not come up with a playful introduction for Chuck during the opening.
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
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      The background animation played during the tutorial video is noticeably slower than usual.
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
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      Chuck does "the two-and-two handshake" with contestants Aubrey and Steve during the contestant interviews.
    • When Stacey gives contestants Emily and Eric a new Lingo board during Round 2, there is a mouse pad with the Lingo logo printed on it on her desk. Bizarrely, it is not seen again after this shot.
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      A different camera shot of Stacey is used during Bonus Lingo.
    • After contestants Emily and Eric correctly guess the word JUMBO in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "And here's your new word." This appears to be an edit added in post-production, although the reason for it is unknown.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Emily and Eric were unable to solve, DIVAS, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Emily draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • Contestants Emily and Eric win the Harrah's vacation package.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
    • Stacey plugs the Tournament of Champions and Harrah's Rincon Casino and Resort at the end of the show.
  • On the second December 10 show (#2012):
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • At the end of the first segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly says "Come right back for more Lingo right after this" instead.
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
    • Contestant Georgia pulls out all three red balls from the hopper.
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      The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is accidentally played at the end of Round 2.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, her monitor, which ordinarily displays the Lingo logo, contains the game board and Bonus Lingo timer instead.
    • Although the first two letters of the fourth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Michael draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • Stacey plugs the Tournament of Champions and Harrah's at the end of the show.
  • On the first December 11 show (#2026):
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • During Round 1, contestants Sonja and Scotty guess PLACE twice in a row, although Scotty said "palace" the second time. This is the fourth of only eight known occurrences of a team using a duplicate word on consecutive guesses.
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      At the end of the second segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly does not say anything.
    • As Chuck is explaining the rules of Round 2, Stacey accidentally holds the ? ball upside down.
    • No sound effect is played when the first two letters of the fifth word are shown in Bonus Lingo.
    • Winning contestants Jessica and Jonathan are later invited back for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.
  • On the second December 11 show (#2034):
    • During Round 1, contestant Joo Yun misreads ball 30 as 03. Chuck jokes "We're all a little dyslexic today!"
    • During Round 2, both teams misspell the word "motor" as MOTER.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Joo Yun and Joo Yi correctly guess the word FORKS. Before the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Chuck saying "That's five, new one," which is oddly placed in the contestants' graphic, while the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed FORKS, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
  • On the first December 12 show (#2041):
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      Stacey wears the same dress that she wore on the second December 5 show (#2042).
    • As Chuck is explaining the rules of Round 2, Stacey accidentally holds the ? ball facing downwards.
    • During Round 2, contestant Andrea says "crepes," but spells CRAPS instead.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 cuts off early.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, the right monitor, which ordinarily displays the Bonus Lingo setup, is displaying the Lingo logo instead.
  • On the second December 12 show (#2051), Chuck and Stacey plug the Tournament of Champions before signing off at the end of the show due to the episode running short. Stacey also plugs Harrah's after the sign-off.
  • On the first December 15 show (#2028):
    • Stacey wears the same shirt that she wore on the first December 1 show (#2029). However, she wore the shirt with black pants on the former episode; on this episode, she is wearing pink pants.
    • All four contestants are male.
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      No sound effect is played after contestant Alex draws a 19 in Round 1.
    • After announcing a 12, contestant Steve places his hand back in the hopper while still holding the ball, but he realizes his error and places the ball in the disposal hole.
    • For no apparent reason, a close-up shot is used of Chuck during Bonus Lingo when he says "Very nice, yeah" after contestants Alex and Pat correctly guess the word DEBIT.
  • On the second December 15 show (#2045):
    • Stacey wears the same shirt that she wore on the second December 3 show (#2044). However, she wore the shirt with pink pants on the former episode; on this episode, she is wearing a black miniskirt.
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      After correctly guessing the word SPOON in Round 1, contestant Mitch draws a red ball, but announces it as if it were a numbered ball. In response to this, Chuck quips "You're the only person I've ever known, Mitch, who's held that up proudly and announced that it's a red ball; most people just throw it in the tube and let it go. And my congratulations to you for doing that!"
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      Contestants Priscilla and Sarah get the word CHARM correct on the first guess.
    • When contestants Priscilla and Sarah get a new Lingo board in Round 2, the sound effect for a new Lingo board sounds abruptly cut off at the beginning.
    • After contestants Mitch and Taylor's guess of BELCH is lit up in Round 2, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Sarah by the name of "Saray," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • In a rare occurrence, a team fails to fill in all five spaces, as contestant Sarah guesses CHUR during Bonus Lingo. Bizarrely, however, it is lit up.
  • On the first December 16 show (#2038):
    • The word SWARE is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on December 11, 2002 (#1029).
    • Unusually, a camera shot of Stacey is used when she says "15 for Lingo" after contestants Toia and Alexa correctly guess the word SWIRL in Round 2.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, the right monitor, which ordinarily displays the Bonus Lingo setup, is displaying the Lingo logo instead.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Toia and Alexa correctly guess the word DRESS. Before the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Chuck saying "Next word," which is oddly placed in the contestants' graphic, while the lights on the set are in completely different positions and the timer does not continue counting down until the next two letters appear. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed DRESS, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
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    On the second December 16 show (#2019):
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    • Stacey wears the same turtleneck shirt that she wore on the first December 8 show (#2021). However, she wore the shirt with a black miniskirt on the former episode; on this episode, she is wearing a pink skirt.
    • Contestants Shauna and Amanda win the game with a final score of 125-150, which is a tie for the lowest known winning score in the series with 150-125 on August 10, 2005 (#3004) and also a tie for the lowest known scoring game with 75-200 on December 24, 2002 (#1031), 175-100 on February 28, 2003 (#1021), and 25-250 on the second January 7 show (#2003).
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the third segment.
    • In a very rare occurrence, winning contestants Shauna and Amanda only earn one bonus letter for Bonus Lingo.
  • On the first December 17 show (#2024):
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is accidentally played twice in a row.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Nicole says "cakes," but spells KAK before correctly spelling CAKES. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
  • On the second December 17 show (#2018):
    • At the end of the second segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly says "More Lingo to come right after this" instead.
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the third segment.
    • At the beginning of the fourth segment, Chuck holds up the plastic case from one of the disposal holes on the Bonus Lingo podium. He places it back into the podium before he explains the rules of Bonus Lingo.
    • After contestants Kimberly and Stephanie correctly guess the word TASTY in Bonus Lingo, a shot of Chuck, Kimberly, and Stephanie is used in which Chuck says "Alright, next word." This is obviously an edit added in post-production, as the set is blue instead of red for this shot only, although the reason for the edit is unknown.
  • On the first December 18 show (#2022):
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      During Round 1, contestant Gene says "dinner," but spells DINER instead, which turns out to be the correct word.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Terrence and Cheryl guess the word NAMES twice in one turn. Against precedent, it is lit up the second time, but bizarrely, the sound effect for a letter not in the word is played five times in a row instead of the appropriate sound effects for each letter.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the second December 18 show (#2025):
    • After contestants Joey and Tita's guess of FLOGS is lit up in the second segment, the second sound effect for nonexistent words is oddly played right after the sound effect for a missed word.
    • During Round 2, contestants Patrick and Shawn guess ANGLE twice in a row, although Shawn said "angel" the second time. This is the fifth of only eight known occurrences of a team using a duplicate word on consecutive guesses.
    • After contestants Patrick and Shawn's guess of ANGLE in Round 2 is ruled as a duplicate word, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Joey by the name of "Toady," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • During Round 2, contestant Joey says "along," but spells LONG before correctly spelling ALONG. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
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      An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo right after contestants Joey and Tita use a bonus letter to fully reveal the word GRADE. The camera cuts to a close-up shot of Chuck saying "Spell it," which is oddly placed in the contestants' graphic, while the lights on the set are in completely different positions and the timer jumps ahead by about a second. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the bonus letter appeared, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
  • The first December 19 show is the fifth episode produced for the season (#2005). On this episode:
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      Stacey does not come up with a playful introduction for Chuck during the opening.
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • The background animation played during the tutorial video is noticeably slower than usual.
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      Stacey has a mouse pad with the Lingo logo printed on it on her desk, but she does not use it at all.
    • After Chuck tells contestants Alena and Shawn to "reach in there and get your couple of Lingo balls" following the team correctly guessing KINKY in Round 1, the very next shot of them lacks their Lingo board under their podium.
    • After drawing the first ball of the game, contestant Alena attempts to draw another ball before Chuck and Shawn correct her error. Chuck quips "Alena is just all over those things! Boy, you're not gonna get any!", while Alena adds "It's fun!"
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
    • During Round 1, contestant Alena says "soothe," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells SOOTH instead.
    • During Round 1, contestant Gabriel says "cheese" and spells CHE, which begins to appear on the board, before trailing off upon realization that it is a six-letter word. He then changes his guess to CHASE. In an usual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
    • When the first letter is a C in Round 1, the think music abruptly stops playing right before contestants Jenna and Gabriel get buzzed out on the third guess. It does not resume playing until right before contestant Alena guesses CARVE on the fifth guess. Additionally, no sound effect is played for Alena and Shawn's bonus letter, A, during this sequence.
    • The camera does not zoom in on Stacey when she holds up the ? ball before Round 2.
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      A different camera shot of Stacey is used during Bonus Lingo.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Shawn draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
    • Stacey plugs the Tournament of Champions and Harrah's at the end of the show.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the second December 19 show (#2027):
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • Stacey wears the same shirt that she wore on the first December 11 show (#2026). However, she wore the shirt with black pants on the former episode; on this episode, she is wearing a black miniskirt.
    • Stacey accidentally addresses contestants Dana and Eric, who are both male, as "ladies" before giving them a W in the first segment. Right after she gives them the letter, Chuck says "That would be gentlemen!" In response, Stacey exclaims "Oh dear! It's always so confusing at times! You don't look like ladies! My fault!" As she says this, Chuck adds "You know what? I get a little confused myself sometimes living in Hollywood, but not with these two guys!"
    • Due to the above blunder, Stacey says "Now I can say ladies!" when female contestants Amy and Trish first gain control later in the episode.
    • No sound effects are played when contestants Dana and Eric's guess of BRAIN is lit up in Round 2.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
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    On the first December 22 show (#2015):
    • Contestant Fiona is originally from Nigeria, but living in California.
    • At the end of the second segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly says "More Lingo to come right after this" instead.
    • For the fourth of only seven times in the series, a $100 win occurs.
  • On the second December 22 show (#2032):
    • Stacey wears the same dress that she wore on the second December 1 show (#2033).
    • During the tutorial video, no sound effects are played at all when the letter B spins or when the first guess of BEING is lit up.
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      During Round 1, contestant Justin says "lions," but spells LOINS instead. Stacey points this out, which causes Chuck to quip "Lions have loins, at least I certainly hope they do!"
    • At the end of the second segment, contestants Kate and Jessica's Lingo board is on the big monitor instead of the Lingo logo.
    • Contestant Leon wears glasses during Bonus Lingo.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Justin says "nurse," but spells NER before correctly spelling NURSE. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
  • On the first December 23 show (#2030):
    • Stacey wears the same shirt that she wore on the second December 8 show (#2031). However, she wore the shirt with black pants on the former episode; on this episode, she is wearing pink pants.
    • A then-unknown Pete Levin is one of the contestants. He later became well-known for being a stop-motion animator on the long-running Adult Swim series Robot Chicken.
    • No sound effect is played when the letter F spins during the tutorial video.
    • During Round 1, contestants Chris and Tami guess FINAL twice in a row, although Chris actually spells out "finale" the second time. This is the sixth of only eight known occurrences of a team using a duplicate word on consecutive guesses.
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      When Stacey gives contestants Chris and Tami the letter A in the second segment, she says "How about, uh, A?" She then laughs and comments "I almost said 'How about a A?'"
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      As Chuck is explaining the rules of Round 2, Stacey accidentally holds the ? ball sideways.
    • In a very rare occurrence, winning contestants Pete and Andy only earn one bonus letter for Bonus Lingo. In spite of this, the main game was not without a Lingo, as opponents Chris and Tami had formed one in Round 1.
    • A different camera shot of Stacey is used during Bonus Lingo.
    • During Bonus Lingo, Chuck states that "somebody the other day pulled one out right on the number one," referring to the fact that the last Harrah's vacation package win occurred on the first December 1 show (#2029), only one episode earlier in production order. Due to Game Show Network's cherry-picking of episodes, however, the last Harrah's vacation package win occurred 18 episodes earlier.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the second December 23 show (#2008):
    • The lights behind Chuck and the contestants are much brighter than usual.
    • The background animation played during the tutorial video is noticeably slower than usual.
    • During the tutorial video, the sound effect for a Lingo is accidentally played twice, but is cut off the second time.
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, her monitor, which ordinarily displays the Lingo logo, contains the game board and Bonus Lingo timer instead.
    • After contestants Tarashaun and Matt correctly guess the word TRUCK in Bonus Lingo, a shot of Chuck, Tarashaun, and Matt is used in which Chuck says "Alright, that's one." During this shot, the Bonus Letters graphic is oddly still on the screen.
    • In Bonus Lingo, the set does not turn red until approximately 12 seconds into the round.
    • No sound effect is played when the first two letters of the fifth word are shown in Bonus Lingo.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Tarashaun draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the second December 24 show (#2050):
    • During Round 1, contestant Erin misreads ball 52 as 25.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied right before contestants Justin and Erin get a new Lingo board in Round 2.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied after contestants Andrea and Stephen's guess of GRATE is lit up in Round 2.
    • Contestants Justin and Erin win the Harrah's vacation package.
  • No new episodes are aired on December 25.
  • On the first December 26 show (#2048):
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck mistakenly states that Sean and Brian are in control, prompting Stacey to correct him.
    • Chuck plugs the Tournament of Champions right before explaining the rules of Bonus Lingo.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Marci and Kelly correctly guess the word GLOVE. Before the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Chuck saying "Alright, that's four," which is oddly placed in the contestants' graphic, while the lights on the set are in completely different positions and the timer does not continue counting down until the next two letters appear. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed GLOVE, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
  • On the second December 26 show (#2036):
    • At the beginning of the show, the neon circles behind Chuck and the contestants continue to flash well after Stacey goes to the contestants. As the yellow team introduces themselves, the lights in the circles finally stop flashing.
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      During Round 1, contestants Kris and Jon fail to correctly guess the word NUDES despite knowing that N, U, E, and S were in place and D was out of place.
    • During Round 1, contestant Jon misreads ball 34 as 40, but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Round 2.
    • During Bonus Lingo, four illegal guesses, MOBIL, MOSES, MASTE, and MOATH, are made in a row, which is very likely a record.
  • No new episodes are aired on December 29.
  • On the first December 30 show (#2035):
    • Stacey wears the same shirt and black pants that she wore on the second December 26 show (#2036).
    • No sound effects are played for the word portion of the tutorial video until it appears on the screen of the viewer.
    • When the score is 25-25, Chuck begins to say that it is 50-25, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
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      Right after contestant Brent guesses LEVER in Round 1, Chuck says "That may give it to you, thank you, Jason." After his teammate Angello correctly guesses LEVEL on the next guess, Chuck says "I bet that's it. Yeah, Jason got you started, though! You only get to do that when it's your turn!" This implies that contestant Jason mistakenly said LEVER when Brent and Angello were in control, but due to his mic being muted in post-production, this is not heard in the broadcast.
    • After contestants Brent and Angello get buzzed out following their guess of ROAST in Round 2, the very next shot of contestants Jason and Megan still has Brent and Angello's team color and score on the right side of their podium for approximately 1/3 of a second.
    • Contestants Jason and Megan get the word SNAKE correct on the first guess.
  • For reasons unknown, GSN has removed the second December 30 show (#2013) from the Season 3 rerun cycle; the last time it aired was on March 8, 2011, and while it was scheduled to air on February 17, 2012, the advance schedule PDF listed "X2013" for its production code, and the first December 1 show (#2029) was aired instead. It's possible that the episode was removed due to contestant Mike commenting that he "looked retarded" after his team lost Bonus Lingo, but this is nothing more than a guess.
  • No new episodes are aired on December 31.

January 2004:

  • No new episodes are aired on January 1.
  • Only one new episode is aired on January 2, with a rerun of the second December 16 show (#2019) occupying the second half-hour.
  • On January 2 (#2014):
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • After contestants Tim and Catherine form a Lingo in Round 1, Chuck mistakenly thinks that they are still in control, but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • After saying that Stacey looks like Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie earlier in the episode, Chuck almost calls her Jeannie right before she gives contestants Lincoln and Adam the letter P in Round 2. After immediately correcting himself, he notes "I almost said Jeannie!"
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      Contestants Lincoln and Adam get the word PARTY correct on the first guess.
    • During Round 2, contestant Adam guesses ENTAI, which is not put on the board. However, right before the camera cuts to a shot of Stacey ruling it as a misspelling, ENTAI suddenly appears on the board for a single frame.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 cuts off early.
    • With 25 seconds remaining in Bonus Lingo, Chuck unusually asks how many bonus letters contestants Tim and Catherine have remaining. An offstage staffer can be heard saying "zero" five seconds later, and Stacey says "no free letters" another four seconds later.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
    • Winning contestants Tim and Catherine are later invited back for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season.
  • Bizarrely, a new episode is aired on January 3, which is a Saturday. This episode was probably intended to be the second January 2 show, but was delayed for unknown reasons. On this episode (#2047):
    • Stacey wears the same shirt that she wore on the first December 26 show (#2048). However, she wore the shirt with a black miniskirt on the former episode; on this episode, she is wearing black pants.
    • Contestant Madeleine is originally from Germany.
    • During Round 1, contestant Devin misreads ball 60 as 06. Chuck responds, "That's actually a 60, but, uh, it's alright. Nice try, Devin."
    • When the score is 0-175, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Kacia by the name of "Kasha," but he immediately corrects himself.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is accidentally played twice in a row.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • Chuck plugs the Tournament of Champions right before explaining the rules of Bonus Lingo.
  • On the first January 5 show (#2009):
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      The lights behind Chuck and the contestants are much brighter than usual.
    • Stacey wears the same turtleneck shirt and pink skirt that she wore on the second December 16 show (#2019).
    • During the opening, a camera is visible in Chuck and Stacey's entrance.
    • The background animation played during the tutorial video is noticeably slower than usual.
    • When the score is 50-0, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Lori by the name of "Laura," but he never corrects himself.
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
    • During Round 2, contestant Rich mistakenly says FEAST when opponents Lori and Tamika are in control.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 cuts off early.
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      As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, the right monitor, which ordinarily displays the Bonus Lingo setup, is bizarrely displaying a white image instead, while Stacey's own monitor, which ordinarily displays the Lingo logo, contains the game board and Bonus Lingo timer instead.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo right before contestant Nicole guesses HONOR. When the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Nicole guessing this word, the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the previous guess, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
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      After contestants Rich and Nicole correctly guess the word INEPT in Bonus Lingo, a close-up shot is used of Chuck saying "Okay, you got that one." This appears to be an edit added in post-production, although the reason for it is unknown.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Rich draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the second January 5 show (#2053):
    • Stacey wears the same dress that she wore on the second December 2 show (#2054).
    • As Chuck is explaining the rules, he jokes that if the contestants give him a word that doesn't fit, isn't a real word, or they take too long, "our judge Stacey will beat you about the head and shoulders and you'll never forget it."
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 0-25.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck mistakenly states that Robyn and Greg are in control, but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
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      Chuck plugs the Tournament of Champions right before explaining the rules of Bonus Lingo.
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      During Bonus Lingo, contestants Patrick and Maria guess HOKEY twice in a row, although Patrick said "hockey" the second time. This is the seventh of only eight known occurrences of a team using a duplicate word on consecutive guesses.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Patrick and Maria correctly guess the word CHIPS. Before the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Chuck saying "That's three, next word," which is oddly placed in the contestants' graphic, while the lights on the set are in completely different positions and the timer jumps ahead by about a second. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed CHIPS, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
    • An "error" occurs that causes losing contestants Robyn and Greg to be invited back on the second January 8 show (#2063). Due to Game Show Network airing new episodes twice a day and the cherry-picking of episodes, their first appearance airs exactly three days before their second one.
  • On the first January 6 show (#2011):
    • The lights behind Chuck and the contestants are much brighter than usual.
    • During Round 1, contestants Toni and Sharon guess the word TOTAL twice in one turn.
    • During Round 1, contestant Toni says "trust," but spells TRUTH instead, which turns out to be the correct word.
    • The theme song fades out at the end of the first, second, and third segments.
    • During the contestant interviews, a cameraman is visible in Chuck and Stacey's entrance.
    • During Round 1, contestants Ty and Sean-Michael fail to correctly guess the word NERVE despite knowing that N and E were in place and R, V, and E were out of place.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Ty and Sean-Michael fail to mark off any numbers on their Lingo board; they only got one word correct the entire game, which was BLOCK in Round 2 for 50 points, and Ty drew first and pulled out a red ball.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, her monitor, which ordinarily displays the Lingo logo, contains the game board and Bonus Lingo timer instead.
    • For approximately the first three seconds in Bonus Lingo, contestants Toni and Sharon mistakenly look at the big monitor rather than the offstage monitor used for Bonus Lingo.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Sharon draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo.
    • After contestants Toni and Sharon fail to form a Lingo in Bonus Lingo with two pulls, Chuck allows Sharon to pull another ball to see if they would have won the $5,000 with an additional pull. She pulls out a ball that wouldn't have formed a Lingo.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not letters."
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • The second January 6 show is the second episode produced for the season (#2002). On this episode:
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      Stacey does not come up with a playful introduction for Chuck during the opening.
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      Paula Cobb is a co-host alongside Stacey Hayes. She introduces the contestants, gestures towards the game board, holds up the ? ball as Chuck explains the rules of Round 2, explains the Instant Winner Ball during Bonus Lingo and places it in the hopper, and stands right next to Chuck at the end of the show while Stacey stands next to the contestants on the other side of their podium.
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      The set is incomplete, with no neon circles resembling Lingo balls behind the contestants. To compensate for this, the lights behind Chuck and the contestants are made much brighter than usual. The Lingo logo is also not engraved on the stage floor.
    • The contestant score graphics are also incomplete, with only the red and yellow spheres containing the contestants' scores present. The two teams are separated by a plain black line.
    • Right before Chuck, Stacey, and Paula walk onto the set, the theme song stops playing for a very brief moment before the second part plays. Usually, the two parts in the opening theme are played seamlessly.
    • As Chuck explains the rules of the game, the tutorial video is shown on the big monitor behind Stacey and Paula rather than on the screen of the viewer.
    • A then-unknown Michael Steger is one of the contestants. He later became well-known for portraying Navid Shirazi on 90210, a teen drama series that ran on The CW from 2008 to 2013.
    • After contestants Brandee and Michael guess STASH on the fifth guess in Round 1, an edit of Chuck saying "Bonus letter's gonna slide in" is culled directly from the third segment before Beth and Corey get a bonus letter in the next shot. This clip taken from Round 2 comes after Beth and Corey are buzzed out following their guess of EVERY.
    • When the score is 25-0, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Michael by the name of "Michelle," but he never corrects himself.
    • Paula forgets to gesture when V and F are the first letter in Round 1.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the first segment.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck nearly makes an error regarding which team is in control; he says "Hey listen, Beth, Corey. Brandee, Michael. Who's gonna go first? Brandee and Michael, they're gonna play first, so Brandee's gonna start."
    • After contestants Beth and Corey guess FEARS on the fifth guess in Round 1, an edit of Chuck saying "Brandee, Michael" is culled directly from the third segment before they get a bonus letter in the next shot. This clip taken from Round 2 comes after Beth and Corey are buzzed out following their guess of CORES.
    • Duplicateaccepted
      During Round 1, contestant Beth spells the word SKIES twice in one turn, the second time being on her team's final guess. A shot of Chuck ruling it as a duplicate word is obviously added in post-production, as not only is the sound effect not played, but the second guess of SKIES is lit up in the next shot. It appears as if it had been accepted in the original take, but the producers quickly realized that it should have been rejected and consequently recorded the shot of Chuck ruling it as a duplicate to make the edit.
    • The foghorn used for the end of Round 1 in Season 2 is used at the end of Round 1, while the foghorn used on December 16, 2002 (#1022), December 24, 2002 (#1031), January 27, 2003 (#1054), and February 28, 2003 (#1021) is used at the end of Round 2.
    • A logo animation unique to this episode is used at the lower-left side of the screen at the end of the second and third segments and is played in reverse at the beginning of the second, third, and fourth segments. The reverse animation of this animation is also used at the beginning of the second, third, and fourth segments on the first January 8 show (#2001). This animation would later be remade and regularly used beginning in Season 4 with the color scheme of that season's logo.
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      Against precedent, Stacey gives contestants Brandee and Michael, who had gotten a Lingo at the end of Round 1, a new Lingo board right before Chuck explains the rules of Round 2.
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      When contestants Beth and Corey guess CORES in Round 2, Chuck asks Stacey if it is a real word. In the next shot after Stacey confirms that it is a word, CORES has already been lit up.
    • After contestant Corey draws a red ball in the third segment, the very next shot of him and his teammate Beth lacks their Lingo board under their podium.
    • A different camera shot of Stacey is used during Bonus Lingo.
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    • The graphic pull at the beginning and end of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is not used.
    • In Bonus Lingo, the set never turns red.
    • During Bonus Lingo, the camera unusually cuts to Stacey twice: The first time is when she informs contestants Brandee and Michael that they have no bonus letters left after they correctly guess SHELF, and the second time is when contestant Michael's guess of HOTTY is ruled as a nonexistent word.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the first January 7 show (#2049):
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      Stacey wears the same dress that she wore on the second December 24 show (#2050).
    • Contestants Leslie and Chris get the word ICING correct on the first guess.
    • After explaining the rules of Round 2, Chuck nearly forgets to instruct Stacey to give contestants Leslie and Chris a new Lingo board, as they had gotten a Lingo at the end of Round 1.
    • The word WIERD is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 27, 2003 (#1054).
    • Contestants Leslie and Chris win the Harrah's vacation package.
  • The second January 7 show is the third episode produced for the season (#2003). On this episode:
    • Stacey does not come up with a playful introduction for Chuck during the opening.
    • The background animation played during the tutorial video is noticeably slower than usual.
    • After explaining the rules of the game, Chuck mistakenly says "Here is your first word" to contestants Desiree and Will. When Stacey gives them a Lingo board, he realizes his error and says "Oh! What am I talking about?! Here's your Lingo board! Stacey's gonna do that!" After both teams get their first Lingo board, Chuck says "Alright, I was really ready to get going and now we will! HERE'S your first word!"
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not announce the first letter of the first word in Round 1.
    • Unusually, the camera never cuts to Stacey when she rules contestants Desiree and Will's guesses of SEACH and HAILY as nonexistent words in Round 1.
    • The camera does not zoom in on Stacey when she holds up the ? ball before Round 2.
    • Due to a record-tying low of both seven words collectively played in both rounds and two words played in Round 2, the final score of 25-250 is a tie for the lowest known scoring game in the series with 75-200 on December 24, 2002 (#1031), 175-100 on February 28, 2003 (#1021), 125-150 on the second December 16 show (#2019), and 150-125 on August 10, 2005 (#3004).
    • A different camera shot of Stacey is used during Bonus Lingo.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used right before contestant Kateri draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo. The graphic pull used at the end of the two minutes is also used after Kateri forms a Lingo with ball 44.
    • At the end of the show, Chuck stands alone while Stacey stands next to the contestants on the other side of their podium.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
  • The first January 8 show is the first episode produced for the season (#2001). On this episode:
    • Stacey does not come up with a playful introduction for Chuck during the opening.
    • Paulaintroducescontestants
      Paula Cobb is a co-host alongside Stacey Hayes. She introduces the contestants, gestures towards the game board, holds up the ? ball as Chuck explains the rules of Round 2, explains the Instant Winner Ball during Bonus Lingo and places it in the hopper, and stands right next to Chuck at the end of the show while Stacey stands next to the contestants on the other side of their podium.
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      The set is incomplete, with no neon circles resembling Lingo balls behind the contestants. To compensate for this, the lights behind Chuck and the contestants are made much brighter than usual. The Lingo logo is also not engraved on the stage floor.
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      The contestant score graphics are also incomplete, with only the red and yellow spheres containing the contestants' scores present. The two teams are separated by a plain black line.
    • Right before Chuck, Stacey, and Paula walk onto the set, the theme song stops playing for a very brief moment before the second part plays. Usually, the two parts in the opening theme are played seamlessly.
    • Paula's mic glitches up as she introduces contestants Neil and Katie at the beginning of the show.
    • Both teams are from California.
    • As Chuck explains the rules of the game, the tutorial video is shown on the big monitor behind Stacey and Paula rather than on the screen of the viewer.
    • After contestants Greg and Tiffany get the first word of the game, Chuck mistakenly says "That's worth 50 points." He corrects himself after Greg draws the first Lingo ball.
    • On this episode only, the full-screen logo animation looks rougher, for lack of a better term.
    • For no apparent reason, Greg and Tiffany getting a new Lingo board after forming a Lingo in Round 1 is entirely edited out.
    • The foghorn used on December 16, 2002 (#1022), December 24, 2002 (#1031), January 27, 2003 (#1054), and February 28, 2003 (#1021) is used to indicate the end of both rounds.
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      The word BRITE is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 15, 2003 (#1059).
    • After Greg and Tiffany's guess of BRITE in Round 2 is ruled as a misspelling, the very next shot of them has opponents Neil and Katie's team color and score on the left side of their podium.
    • Nolingoboard2
      After contestants Neil and Katie correctly guess BRING in Round 2, the very next shot of them lacks their Lingo board under their podium.
    • In the aforementioned shot with Neil and Katie without their Lingo board, contestant Katie begins to swivel the hopper and her hand moves from the right to the left before the shot is changed. However, in the very next shot, her hand is at the right of the hopper once again and it moves to the left, with which she picks up a Lingo ball. Due to Chuck's commentary during the drawing, it appears that the movement was repeated during the drawing to allow for a brief silence before Stacey says that a 53 will give the team a Lingo, which likely overlapped with Chuck's comments during the original taping.
    • No red balls are drawn.
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    • A different camera shot of Stacey is used during Bonus Lingo.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, the right monitor displaying the Bonus Lingo setup is lacking the game board.
    • The graphic pull at the beginning and end of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is not used.
    • Gregtiffanycruel
      During Bonus Lingo, contestants Greg and Tiffany fail to correctly guess the word CRUEL despite having three guesses knowing that C, R, and U were in place and E and L were out of place.
    • A technical difficulty occurs during Bonus Lingo. Contestants Greg and Tiffany had already spelled CRUMB, but their very next guess is "crumble." Tiffany begins to spell it before trailing off, which causes the board to silently light up CRU even though the final two letters were never filled in. When Greg guesses CRUCH on their final guess, the sound effects for the first five letters in "crumble" are suddenly heard (even though it would qualify as a duplicate), which is then followed by only the second half of the sound effect for a missed word immediately after CRUCH is spelled, which is a misspelling. Chuck seems to be in confusion over what happens and simply exclaims "Oh, it's too late! You couldn't get- Oh no!" Bizarrely, CRUCH is then lit up when the correct word, CRUEL, is revealed in the next shot.
    • During Bonus Lingo, the camera pointing at Chuck, Paula, Greg, and Tiffany has strange flickering on the screen. It appears as if the tape in the camera was damaged prior to the taping of the episode. This is also noticeable at points during the main game with the camera pointing at Greg and Tiffany for the contestant score graphics, which was likely the same camera.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On the second January 8 show (#2063):
    • Greg and Robyn, the losing team from the second January 5 show (#2053), are invited back due to an "error." Due to Game Show Network airing new episodes twice a day and the cherry-picking of episodes, their second appearance airs exactly three days after their first one.
    • Unusually, a camera shot of Stacey is used when the first letter of the first word in the game is revealed.
    • Stacey plugs Harrah's at the end of the episode.
  • Only one new episode is aired on January 9, with a rerun of the January 3 show (#2047) occupying the second half-hour.
  • On January 9 (#2046):
    • Lingocorrectanswer
      Unusually, a camera shot of Stacey is used when the first letter of the first word in the game is revealed.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is accidentally played twice in a row.
    • 10wordsdeannablue
      LINGO is a correct word in Round 2.
    • Contestants DeAnna and Blue get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with two seconds remaining on the clock. They are the third team in the series to accomplish this feat. Because so little time was remaining, the first two letters of the eleventh word are never revealed.
    • After winning $5,000 in Bonus Lingo, contestant Blue jumps up and down, which causes his mic transmitter to fall off. Blue immediately apologizes for it, and Chuck responds "What'd you do, drop your mic? Aw, don't worry, just stick it in your pocket. It's okay," while Stacey quips "Oh no, you're falling to pieces over here!"
    • With the exception of two new episodes on February 5 and June 19, respectively, this is the final regular first-run episode of the season. The celebrity editions and Tournament of Champions episodes are all abstained from airing until they are first broadcast in a special Labor Day marathon on September 6.

February 2004:

  • Only one new episode is aired this month, which occurs on February 5. This episode was probably intended to be the second January 9 show, but was delayed for unknown reasons. On this episode (#2037):
    • Stacey wears the same dress that she wore on the first December 16 show (#2038)
    • An error is made during Round 1: Contestant Sandra guesses SCARF and it is initially entered in, but is then changed to SCARS approximately three seconds later, which is followed by Chuck claiming that he believes Sandra spelled SCARS. This error does not affect the outcome of the word.
    • After contestants Tom and Cassandra correctly guess the word SHARK in Round 1, Chuck mistakenly says that the score is 0-25 when it is actually 25-25, but he almost immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, contestant Sandra says "angle," but spells ANGEL instead, which turns out to be the correct word. Chuck comments in amusement, "You know, every angel has an angle!"
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Bonus Lingo.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, the right monitor, which ordinarily displays the Bonus Lingo setup, is displaying the Lingo logo instead.
    • Stacey plugs Harrah's at the end of the episode.

June 2004:

  • Only one new episode is aired this month, which is a special National Spelling Bee edition on June 19. On this episode (#2043):
    • For this episode only, the top prize is a trip to Hawaii in addition to $5,000.
    • All four contestants are under 18 years of age. The show would not allow contestants under 18 again until Win with Words Week in April 2007.
    • When the score is 25-0, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Siri by the name of "Steery," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • When contestant Samir attempts to place ball 70 into the disposal hole during Round 2, it bounces back out and falls off the podium, continuing to bounce until it disappears off the right side of the screen. Chuck quips "Don't chase after it, I'll get it!"
    • For this episode only, each of the losing contestants gets $1,000 just for playing.
    • This episode is reran on September 6, 2004 as part of a special Labor Day marathon. Due to the remaining episodes in the marathon consisting of previously unaired episodes, however, various game show collectors incorrectly list it as the episode's original airdate.

September 2004:

  • For no apparent reason, all the celebrity editions and Tournament of Champions episodes were abstained from airing alongside the other first-run episodes in Season 3 and are all first broadcast in a special Labor Day marathon on September 6. Because of this, each episode will be referred to by either its theme or its tournament match number.
  • On the Sitcom Kids special (#2062) (taped October 22):
    • The top prize is $10,000 for charity, with $5,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $1,000 a piece for their charities.
    • During Round 1, contestant Susan misreads ball 08 as 80.
    • Underfirstguess
      When the score is 50-50, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Mayim by the name of "Mayhem," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Contestants Susan and David get the word UNDER correct on the first guess.
    • For no apparent reason, the camera cuts to Stacey after contestants Susan and David get buzzed out following their guess of TRUMP in Round 2.
  • On the Olympic Winners special (#2061) (taped October 22):
    • Stacey wears the same shirt that she wore on the first December 3 show (#2039). However, she wore the shirt with black pants on the former episode; on this episode, she is wearing a black miniskirt.
    • The top prize is $10,000 for charity, with $5,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $1,000 a piece for their charities.
    • Bruce Jenner is notably one of the contestants. Jenner would make international headlines in 2015 by coming out as a transsexual woman, changing her name to Caitlyn Jenner in June of that year.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Tai and Mitch get buzzed out on the first guess when the first letter is an F in Round 2.
    • When the above event occurs, the buzzer sounds noticeably quieter than usual.
    • Only two words are played in Round 2.
    • After the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is played, a shot of contestants Tai and Mitch with their Lingo board is oddly used.
  • On the Reality TV Stars special (#2064) (taped October 22):
    • Stacey wears the same sleeveless shirt and black pants that she wore on the first December 9 show (#2017).
    • The top prize is $10,000 for charity, with $5,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $1,000 a piece for their charities.
    • Contestants Brennan and Rob pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • Contestants Brennan and Rob also pull out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Brennan and Rob were unable to solve, PIPES, has no sound effects played for it when it is revealed.
    • According to a post by contestant Brennan on the Television Without Pity forums, this episode was originally slated to air on July 7, 2004.
  • On the Playboy Playmates special (#2040) (taped October 17):
    • Writefirstguess
      All four contestants are female.
    • The top prize is $10,000 for charity, with $5,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $1,000 a piece for their charities.
    • Lingologoonrightmonitor2
      Contestants Cara and Carmella get the word WRITE correct on the first guess.
    • BOOBS is a correct word in Round 1. When all but the fourth letter is showing, Stacey suddenly laughs and exclaims "I'm scared!" This moment has been seen on several game show blooper specials.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the second segment.
    • As Stacey tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, the right monitor, which ordinarily displays the Bonus Lingo setup, is displaying the Lingo logo instead.
  • On the first Tournament of Champions quarterfinal (#2055):
    • Neoncirclesturnedoff
      At the beginning of the show, the neon circles behind Chuck and the contestants continue to flash well after Stacey goes to the contestants. As Stacey introduces the yellow team, the lights in the circles turn off completely, but then turn back on after Stacey introduces the red team.
    • In a rare occurrence, contestants Jessica and Scott form a Lingo after the first word of the game.
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 75-25.
    • Contestants Tatum and Greg pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck begins to say "Lingo Bonus card" and ridicules himself for it.
    • A technical difficulty occurs during Bonus Lingo when contestant Scott correctly guesses the word BEAST. To be fair to the contestants, the clock is stopped until the first two letters of the next word are shown. Chuck informs the contestants of this.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, contestant Jessica guesses HEELS, but stops spelling it midway when she hears the buzzer. After Chuck asks "What was that?", however, HEELS is shown to be lit up in the next shot.
    • At the end of the show, Chuck messes up the sign-off by telling viewers to "Join us for more Tournament of Champions!" immediately after saying "It's not just letters." As a result, Stacey says "It's..." before trailing off and looking at Chuck confusedly when he does the plug, causing him to say "It's..." after he finishes, to which Stacey says "Lingo!" in embarrassment.
  • On the second Tournament of Champions quarterfinal (#2056):
    • Stacey wears the same dress that she wore on the first December 16 show (#2038) and on February 5 (#2037).
    • With TUNE. showing on the board, contestant Keri says "tunes," but realizes that TEAMS had already been guessed and spells TUNER instead, even though TENOR had also been guessed already. After contestants Tim and Catherine correctly guess the word TUNED, Chuck says "Well, Keri, if it gives you any satisfaction, it wasn't TUNES, and it wasn't the other word either, whatever that was, I can't remember, so you at least had two shots at it in your head and you know it wasn't either one of those!"
    • After contestants Tim and Catherine fail to form a Lingo in Bonus Lingo with five pulls, Chuck forgets that they win $500 until Tim asks him about it. The "$500" graphic is not used until this occurs.
  • On the third Tournament of Champions quarterfinal (#2057):
    • Staceyrandomlyholdingball
      Stacey wears the same turtleneck shirt and black pants that she wore on the second December 9 show (#2020).
    • Stacey plugs the Suzuki Verona at the beginning of the show.
    • For no apparent reason, Stacey holds up a ? ball at the very beginning of the third segment.
    • During Round 2, contestant Shannon misreads ball 09 as 60 before an offstage staffer can be heard saying "nine," which prompts her to correct herself. When she draws a 63 later in the show and holds the ball up too high for the number to be visible to the camera, Chuck says "You're pointing it straight to the ceiling," causing her to believe she has misread it again and says "36!"
  • On the fourth Tournament of Champions quarterfinal (#2058):
    • Stacey wears the same shirt and black pants that she wore on the first December 11 show (#2026).
    • Stacey plugs the Suzuki Verona at the beginning of the show.
    • Chuck references his hosting tenure on Wheel of Fortune during the contestant interviews.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Jessica says "height," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells HIGHS instead.
    • Chuckbonuslingo
      An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Jessica and Jonathan correctly guess the word HATES. Before the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Chuck saying "That's eight," which is oddly placed in the contestants' graphic, while the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed HATES, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
    • After contestant Jessica fails to draw the Instant Winner Ball with her team's first pull, Chuck accidentally says "Well, you missed Harrods," but quickly corrects it to Harrah's. Chuck and contestant Jonathan then briefly poke fun at this remark.
  • On the first Tournament of Champions semifinal (#2059):
    • Chuck does not wear a tie.
    • Stacey wears the same dress that she wore on the first December 10 show (#2006).
    • Stacey plugs the Suzuki Verona at the beginning of the show.
    • To allow more time for gameplay, Chuck's explanation of the rules and the contestant interviews are omitted. Despite this, the episode runs about a minute short.
    • Nogameboard
      Right before Stacey gives contestants Tim and Catherine the letter V in Round 1, the game board is missing from the set's monitors for approximately 1/5 of a second before it dissolves onto the screens.
    • At the beginning of the third segment, the applause machine abruptly cuts off for half a second before it continues to play.
    • During Round 2, contestant Scott says "brunch," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells BRUNT instead.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • Contestants Tim and Catherine pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • When contestant Catherine draws her first ? ball in Round 2, the close-up shot clearly shows three red balls in the hopper despite the fact that she and her teammate Tim had already drawn all three. This is obviously just an edit, although the reason why Catherine drawing the ? ball was reshot is unknown.
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      Six red balls are drawn, which is likely a record for one episode. This event is also known to have occurred on October 14, 2005 (#3065) and on June 28, 2006 (#5063).
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Tim and Catherine were unable to solve, JERKY, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • Contestants Tim and Catherine win the Harrah's vacation package.
    • Stacey plugs Harrah's Lake Tahoe at the end of the show.
  • On the second Tournament of Champions semifinal (#2060):
    • Stacey plugs the Suzuki Verona at the beginning of the show.
    • To allow more time for gameplay, Chuck's explanation of the rules and the contestant interviews are omitted. Despite this, the episode runs over a minute short.
    • When the score is 50-25, Chuck begins to say that it is "all tied up," but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • After contestants Ben and Josh correctly guess the word CREEK in Round 1, a standard close-up shot of the team is used as Ben quickly draws a Lingo ball. This results in the camera unusually zooming in on him from that shot as he announces a 57.
  • On the Tournament of Champions finale (#2065):
    • Suzukiveronaonset
      A 2004 Suzuki Verona is placed at the end of the stage next to where Stacey sits. This allows for some unique camera shots to be used between commercial breaks due to the presence of the car.
    • Stacey wears the same dress that she wore on the second December 2 show (#2054) and on the second January 5 show (#2053).
    • As Stacey introduces the contestants, she announces their winnings up to this point.
    • To allow more time for gameplay, Chuck's explanation of the rules and the contestant interviews are omitted.
    • Bonus Lingo is not played. Instead, a third round is played during the fourth segment where the point values are tripled: A correct word is worth 75 points, while a Lingo is worth 150 points. In addition, the ? balls left over at the end of Round 2 still remain in the contestants' hoppers. Just like in Round 2, the team with the lower score gets to play first, but it is unknown what would have occurred had the previous round ended in a tie.
    • Visibleconfettishooters
      After contestants Tim and Catherine correctly guess the word FROZE in the second segment, an edit of Chuck saying "Reach in there and get your couple of Lingo balls" is culled directly from the fourth segment. This clip taken from Round 3 comes after Tim and Catherine correctly guess the word EASEL.
    • 550-775
      For this episode only, the sound effect for the end of Round 1 is also played at the end of Round 2, as the sound effect for the end of Round 3 is the same one normally used to indicate the end of Round 2.
    • Tournamentofchampionsending
      The lighting scheme used during Round 3 is virtually identical to the one used during Bonus Lingo, the only difference being that the set is still purple instead of blue and red.
    • During the fourth segment, the confetti shooters are visible behind the contestants.
    • The game ends with a score of 550-775. However, since the final score only managed to be so high because of the presence of Round 3, this is not considered a record by the show and will not be considered a record on this Wiki.
    • At the end of the show, confetti is shot out onto the set and Chuck, Stacey, and the winning team gather around the 2004 Suzuki Verona. Chuck then introduces American Suzuki representative Ben Helverta, who gives each of the winning contestants a key for their new car.
    • Clips from this episode are later shown in the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions.

Season 4 (2005/2007) Edit

Season Changes:

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  • Season4logo
    The show is now taped and produced at the Tribune Studios, with a new set similar to the one used in Season 3. The only significant changes made are that the entrance used by Chuck and Stacey is removed, the lower half of the stage floor is changed to black, and the neon circles resembling Lingo balls behind Chuck and the contestants are replaced by much larger neon arches. Much like the previous set used in Season 3, this new set also changes colors with each segment, with a dark purple color scheme in the first segment, green in the second, light people in the third, and dark purple once again in the fourth segment, each with an entirely different lighting scheme.
  • Winningsgraphicseason4
    The logo is changed once again, although it is basically just the Season 3 logo with its backing curved parallel lines reverting to the color scheme of the Season 2 logo. Because of this, all the Season 3 logo animations for commercial breaks and Bonus Lingo winnings have been remade to resemble the white-on-blue color scheme. Despite the logo change, however, the Season 3 logo is still used on the set's monitors for this season.
  • The opening used in the previous three seasons is overhauled entirely. Beginning this season, an aerial camera shot is used of the set which shows Chuck and the contestants standing in the dark. The camera then cuts to a close-up shot of the yellow team, who light up and then introduce themselves as a portion of the theme song plays. After that, the same camera used for the aerial shot zooms in closer to the red team before it cuts to a close-up shot of them, who also light up and introduce themselves while a different portion of the theme song plays. A camera then zooms in on Chuck, who says "I'm Chuck. Let's play Lingo!" while the first portion of the theme song plays once again. The new animated intro for this season is then played, which shows each letter in the logo sliding across the screen in front of a background filled with blue-colored objects resembling Lingo balls. Five balls then roll together to form the Lingo, very much like in the Season 3 intro, before cutting to an aerial shot of the set and rolling apart as Chuck walks over to his podium.
  • Shandifinnesseyseason4premiere
    Shandi Finnessey replaces Stacey Hayes as the co-host and takes over all of her duties with the exception of announcing; due to the above change to the opening, the role of announcer is eliminated, but Shandi does welcome back viewers at the beginning of the third segment, where she comes up with a playful introduction for Chuck much like how Stacey had during the openings of Season 3 episodes. Chuck briefly chats with Shandi before the game begins and occasionally chats with her before Round 2 as well.
  • Shandi gets a new monitor and keyboard. Oddly enough, though, she is not given a mouse at all during this season.
  • Chuck no longer explains the rules of the game and instead says "You know how to play the game!" This allows for three words to be played in the first segment; in previous seasons, only two words were played in the first segment.
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    Shandi now announces the first letter of the first word in Round 1.
  • The think music and Bonus Lingo music bed are extended.
  • Onlinelingotournamentgraphic
    The second sound effect for nonexistent words is no longer used.
  • The contestant score graphics have been slightly altered, with an animation of objects resembling Lingo balls moving to the right placed inside the shape similar in appearance to the Atari logo dividing the contestants, rather than the superimposed images of the contestants used during Season 3.
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  • Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right after the contestant interviews, although he does it right before Round 2 on several episodes this season. During these plugs, a white-on-blue graphic appears on the screen that reads "www.GSN.com/lingo".
  • As Shandi tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, the logo on her monitor, which includes the text "BONUS LETTERS" underneath it, moves up as the number of bonus letters the contestants have earned dissolves in.
  • The theme song now plays from the end of the Bonus Lingo to the end of the credits. Previously, it had played after Chuck (and Stacey's) sign-off to the end of the credits.
  • The top prize has been changed to $10,000 cash.
  • For most of the season, one new episode is aired a day.

August 2005: (season begins August 1)

  • Two new episodes are aired a day the week of August 1-5.
  • On the first August 1 show (#3006):
    • Both teams are from Pennsylvania.
    • Lingoboardglitch
      A technical difficulty occurs during the second segment. On his team's fifth guess, contestant Jody says "sander" and spells SAN before trailing off, which causes Chuck to quip about contestants guessing six-letter words. As he is talking, the sound effects for a guess are heard, with the first two letters being in the word and in the correct place and the final three letters not being in the word at all. When control passes over to the other team, the sound effect for an extended line is heard even though "sander" is not on the board at all, the sound effect played for a bonus letter sounds muted, and the bottom of the board is noticeably glitched up when contestants Autumn and Matt's guess of SAFER is revealed to be correct.
    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it. This is later made permanent in Season 5.
    • Contestants Jody and Jessica pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
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      Shandi imitates Chuck's "two-and-two" right before Bonus Lingo begins.
    • In Bonus Lingo, the set does not turn dark until approximately six seconds into the round.
    • After contestant Autumn guesses DEVIL during Bonus Lingo, the very next shot of her and her teammate Matt lacks the Bonus Letters graphic on the screen.
  • On the second August 1 show (#3016):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • Contestant Lyndsay is from Shandi's hometown of Florissant, Missouri.
    • After the theme song ends following the animated intro, it can still be heard playing on the studio speakers for approximately four more seconds.
    • After contestant Sabrina draws a 65 during the first segment, her teammate Lyndsay completely forgets to draw her Lingo ball until Chuck instructs her to do so. Chuck quips "Love those naps, don't you? It's fun to just kinda nap there!"
    • Sabrinalyndsaypoker
      After correctly guessing the word CRUSH in Round 1, contestant Jennifer accidentally drops a Lingo ball that she intended to draw.
    • During Round 2, contestants Sabrina and Lyndsay fail to correctly guess the word POKER despite having two guesses knowing that P and O were in place and K, E, and R were out of place.
    • Only two words are played in Round 2.
    • After contestant Jennifer guesses YOLKY during Bonus Lingo, there is a long pause to verify if it is a real word. Unlike similar occurrences on December 11, 2002 (#1029) and on February 28, 2003 (#1021), the clock is not stopped and an edit is not made to remove the pause, costing the team six seconds between the entry of the word and the lighting of the letters.
  • On the first August 2 show (#3015):
    • At the beginning of the show, Shandi tells Chuck that she has nothing to talk about. As a result, the game begins earlier than usual.
    • After contestant Yan draws a 53 during the first segment, the number is not marked off his team's Lingo board. This error is corrected by the time his teammate Serge draws a red ball afterwards.
    • Contestant Yan is originally from Russia.
    • Contestant Mila is originally from Russia. In response, Chuck jokingly introduces Yan and Mila to each other.
    • Due to time constraints, contestants Kat and Mila getting buzzed out following their guess of FLAWS and opponents Yan and Serge incorrectly guessing FLAPS on the fifth guess immediately afterwards is edited out of the fourth word of the game.
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    • During Round 1, contestant Yan misreads ball 03 as 30.
    • Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right before explaining the rules of Round 2.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Kat and Mila mark off every single number on their Lingo board that does not form a Lingo during Round 2.
  • On the second August 2 show (#3007):
    • Contestant Danielle announces that she is a go-go dancer during the opening. In response, Chuck says "Hi, I'm Chuck. I'm a no-no dancer!" during his portion of the opening.
    • At the beginning of the second segment, Chuck stands next to the giant pillar and walks over to the yellow team's podium right before the contestant interviews begin. Ordinarily, Chuck just remains stationary at the yellow team's podium at the beginning of the second segment.
    • After contestant Jeff draws a red ball in the second segment, Chuck mistakenly states that contestants Jeff and Lara are in control, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Danielle and Cher get buzzed out on the first guess when the first letter is an G in Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestants Danielle and Cher fail to correctly guess the word HASTE despite having three guesses knowing that H and E were in place and A, S, and T were out of place.
    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it. This is later made permanent in Season 5.
    • The seven-letter tiebreaker round is played for the second of only three times. In this playing, the first and seventh letters are still immediately revealed, but the contestants must now spell out the words. It is unknown if any other rules had changed by this point, however, as the round ends after only one guess. Interestingly enough, the sound effect for a correct word in the first two seasons is still used at the end of the round, but the sound effect used when a contestant buzzes in is now a sound effect from the online game.
  • Differentbackdrop3
    The first August 3 show is the fifth episode produced for the season (#3005). On this episode:
    • A different backdrop is used on the big monitor.
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the letter A in Round 1.
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    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it. This is later made permanent in Season 5.
    • Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right before explaining the rules of Round 2.
    • At the beginning of Bonus Lingo, the camera is zoomed in too far on contestants Sara and Ryan. It is slowly zoomed out to normal position during their first guess.
    • Contestants Sara and Ryan win the top prize of $10,000.
  • On the second August 3 show (#3017):
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied right before contestants Vanessa and Haroun-Raschid get their first Lingo board in Round 1.
    • At the beginning of Round 2, Chuck forgets which team is in control, but he eventually realizes that it is Michael and Scott once they point to themselves.
    • In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Bonus Lingo when contestants Michael and Scott are given B as the first letter and M as the fifth letter. Their third guess is BROOK, in which every letter except the K is in the word and in the correct place, thus causing the correct answer of BROOM to appear on the board.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Michael and Scott were unable to solve, GRILL, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
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  • On the first August 4 show (#3012):
    • Round 1 ends with a score of 100-250, which is likely the record for the highest scoring first round.
    • Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right before explaining the rules of Round 2.
  • On the second August 4 show (#3013):
    • Chuck nearly misses the offstage signal for a commercial break at the end of the first segment.
    • At the end of Round 1, the theme song oddly begins playing before the sound effect for the end of the round is played.
    • Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right before explaining the rules of Round 2.
    • CHUCK is a correct word in Round 2.
    • During Round 2, contestant Kim misreads ball 08 as 80.
  • On the first August 5 show (#3021):
    • As Chuck is plugging the Online Lingo Tournament, he begins to mispronounce "small fee" as "fall smee" and ridicules himself for it.
    • After contestants Kelly and Joslyn form a Lingo in Round 2, Chuck accidentally says "We're gonna give you a new Lingo ball," but he quickly realizes his error and quips "Have you got any idea what I'm saying? I don't!"
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 325-300, he never says the red team's score.
    • At the end of the third segment, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Nima by the name of "Nina" and unsuccessfully attempts to correct himself before giving up and calling him "the guy over there on the left."
    • At the very beginning of Bonus Lingo, the camera is zoomed in too far on contestants Nima and Josh. It is zoomed out to normal position during the graphic pull.
    • The word REALY is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 6, 2003 (#1034).
  • On the second August 5 show (#3018):
    • 525-0
      At the end of the second segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly says "Be right back" instead.
    • While Shandi is adjusting the ? ball in her hands as Chuck explains the rules of Round 2, Chuck jokes "She's still trying to figure out which is up and which is down!" In response, Shandi jokingly tries to throw the ? ball at Chuck.
    • Donuts
      For the second of only two times in the series, a team fails to score at all; contestants Jared and Brian lose the game with a final score of 525-0. As a result, Shandi gives them a plate of donuts since they "have come up with a total donut."
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck accidentally says "I'm gonna give you two letters" instead of "two minutes," but never corrects himself.
    • Shandi imitates Chuck's "two-and-two" right before Bonus Lingo begins.
    • Winning contestants Rainee and Stacy are later invited back for an online winners vs. TV champs special on May 22, 2006 (#5036).
  • August 8 is the first episode produced for the season (#3001). On this episode:
    • Nolingoboard11
      When contestants Brian and Josh introduce themselves during the intro, the board shot of the team is oddly used.
    • Differentbackdrop5
      Chuck introduces Shandi as the "brand new judge," and their chats preceding Rounds 1 and 2 are noticeably longer than usual.
    • A different backdrop is used on the big monitor.
    • When Chuck says "Hi, Tina" to Tina during the contestant interviews, the board shot of contestants Sabrina and Tina is oddly used.
    • Nolingoboard12
      Contestants Sabrina and Tina pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • After contestants Brian and Josh correctly guess CHIMP in Round 2, their first word of the game, Chuck walks over to their podium to give each of them a handshake. This unexpected occurrence results in a cameraman being visible between Chuck's podium and the giant pillar. Afterwards, Chuck comments "Five cameramen had no idea what to do with me!"
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    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 300-50, he never says the red team's score.
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo starts about a second late.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Sabrina and Tina correctly guess the word HONEY. Their guesses for the word HONEY remain on the board about two seconds later than usual, which is followed by a close-up shot of Sabrina when the first two letters of the next word appear; when this shot appears, the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed HONEY, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
  • August 9 is the third episode produced for the season (#3003). On this episode:
    • Differentbackdrop1
      Chuck is stationary at his podium after the animated intro ends. This is later made permanent in Season 5.
    • After the theme song ends following the animated intro, it can still be heard playing on the studio speakers for approximately four more seconds.
    • A different backdrop is used on the big monitor.
    • Videoimageonleftmonitor
      When the camera cuts to Shandi after contestant Lee draws a 67 during the first segment, a video image of contestants Lee and Josh with their Lingo board is obviously inserted onto the left monitor in post-production.
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the letter G in Round 1.
    • Chuck references his hosting tenure on Greed after contestant Tarra guesses GREED in Round 1.
    • Densethrownout
      The seventh word of the game, DENSE, is thrown out. This is the first of only two known times that a word is thrown out on-air.
    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it. This is later made permanent in Season 5.
    • Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right before explaining the rules of Round 2.
    • After contestants Lee and Josh correctly guess the second word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "Three," but never corrects himself.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the buzzer is accidentally played at half its speed.
  • August 10 is the fourth episode produced for the season (#3004). On this episode:
    • Differentbackdrop2
      Right before the yellow team gets their first Lingo board, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Angelie by the name of "Angeline," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • A different backdrop is used on the big monitor.
    • After contestants Quincy and Rob get buzzed out following their guess of HELLO in Round 1, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Thomas by the name of "Tomsy," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, contestant Angelie says "holler," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells HOLES instead. Chuck comments in amusement, "That's an interesting way to spell holler! In fact, I used to live in a holler that was very much like a hole!"
    • Stashthrownout
      After contestant Rob draws a 54 during the first segment, his teammate Quincy completely forgets to draw his Lingo ball until Chuck instructs him to do so. Chuck quips "Quincy dozes off every time Rob goes for a ball!"
    • 150-125
      When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it. This is later made permanent in Season 5.
    • 1bonusletter2
      Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right before explaining the rules of Round 2.
    • The eighth word of the game, STASH, is thrown out. This is the second of only two known times that a word is thrown out on-air. Interestingly enough, both occurrences happen on consecutive episodes in both production and airing order.
    • Contestants Thomas and Angelie pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • Contestants Thomas and Angelie win the game with a final score of 150-125, which is a tie for the lowest known winning score in the series with 125-150 on the second December 16, 2003 show (#2019) and also a tie for the lowest known scoring game with 75-200 on December 24, 2002 (#1031), 175-100 on February 28, 2003 (#1021), and 25-250 on the second January 7, 2004 show (#2003).
    • In a very rare occurrence, winning contestants Thomas and Angelie only earn one bonus letter for Bonus Lingo.
  • On August 11 (#3009):
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      When the score is 25-0, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Kristen by the name of "Kirsten," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Contestants Steve and Carly get the word TEETH correct on the first guess.
    • Chuck nearly misses the offstage signal for a commercial break at the end of the first segment.
    • After contestants Steve and Carly get buzzed out following their guess of BOWLS in Round 1, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Kristen by the name of "Kirsten," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • As Chuck is explaining the rules of Round 2, Shandi forgets to hold up the ? ball until Chuck reminds her to do so.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • Shandi imitates Chuck's "two-and-two" right before Bonus Lingo begins.
    • A bizarre edit occurs during Bonus Lingo. After contestants Kristen and Erik correctly guess MAJOR, HU... are the next two letters. In the very next shot, however, the next two letters are LO...; interestingly enough, after this shot appears, the lights on the set are not in different positions unlike similar edits on many episodes from Seasons 3 and 4.
    • For the first of only two known times in the series, one contestant opts to draw all the Lingo balls in Bonus Lingo.
  • August 12 is the second episode produced for the season (#3002). On this episode:
    • Differentbackdrop4
      Chuck is stationary at his podium after the animated intro ends. This is later made permanent in Season 5.
    • Right before the yellow team gets their first Lingo board, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Aileen by the name of "Eileen," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • A different backdrop is used on the big monitor.
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the first letter of the first word in Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestants Josie and Aviv guess SPEND on the fifth guess, in which every letter except the N is in the word and in the correct place. Chuck then briefly forgets what happens next, but he eventually remembers that control goes over to the other team without a bonus letter. Afterwards, he quips "I'd love to be in the middle of a game and forget where you are!"
    • Chuck accidentally calls the show "Ringo" while throwing to the first commercial break, but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Farawaycamera
      When contestants Lai and Aileen get a new Lingo board in the second segment, an edit is used of the team receiving their first board, which is culled directly from the first segment.
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    • Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right after explaining the rules of Round 2.
    • After contestants Josie and Aviv get buzzed out following their guess of KNOWN in Round 2, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Aileen by the name of "Eileen," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • At the beginning of the fourth segment, the camera that zooms in on Chuck appears to be much further away than usual.
    • Contestants Lai and Aileen win the top prize of $10,000.
    • At the end of the episode, the "$10000" graphic abruptly disappears from the screen instead of dissolving out.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
  • On August 15 (#3010):
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Round 2.
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the letter F in Round 2.
    • Only two words are played in Round 2.
    • Contestant Terrance pulls out a total of four red balls, which is very likely a record for a single contestant.
  • On August 16 (#3011):
    • Blanklingoboardonbigmonitor
      During Chuck and Shandi's chat at the beginning of the show, a blank Lingo board is on the big monitor instead of the Season 3 logo.
    • No sound effect is played after contestant Lynnise draws a red ball in the first segment.
    • An error is made during Round 1: Contestants Lynnise and Leah guess TRUMP on the fourth guess, but then get buzzed out a few moments later. However, TRUMP is removed from the board by the time control passes over to opponents Justin and Stephanie, and their bonus letter is revealed on the fourth line. This error does not affect the outcome of the word.
    • Unusually, the camera never cuts to Shandi when she rules contestants Justin and Stephanie's guess of TRECK as a nonexistent word in Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestant Stephanie mistakenly says SIXTY, the correct word, when opponents Lynnise and Leah are in control, thus causing Lynnise to guess the correct word.
    • Everynumbermarkedoff3
      Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right after explaining the rules of Round 2.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Justin and Stephanie mark off every single number on their Lingo board that does not form a Lingo during Round 2.
    • When the letter S spins during Round 2, the sound effect is out-of-sync with the animation.
    • For the only known time in the series, one of the teams never gains control in Round 2.
    • About 32 seconds into Bonus Lingo, the music bed goes back several measures.
    • The Bonus Lingo win cue is accidentally played when Bonus Lingo is lost.
  • On August 17 (#3014):
    • Blanklingoboardonbigmonitor2
      During Chuck and Shandi's chat at the beginning of the show, a blank Lingo board is on the big monitor instead of the Season 3 logo.
    • Lingocorrectanswer3
      LINGO is a correct word in Round 1.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the second segment.
    • Chuck plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right before explaining the rules of Round 2.
    • The word ZESTY is ruled as a nonexistent word. However, it was a correct word on both January 10, 2003 (#1066) and the first quarterfinal in the Tournament of Champions (#2055).
    • No sound effect is played when the letter R spins during Round 2.
    • Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used after contestants Brett and Devin get their Bonus Lingo board.
  • On August 18 (#3019):
    • As Chuck is plugging the Online Lingo Tournament, he begins to mispronounce "small fee" as "fall smee" and ridicules himself for it.
    • After contestants Jillian and Noel draw a 32 and a 22, respectively, in Round 2, Chuck begins to say that Brandon and Erika are in control, but he almost immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • No sound effect is played when the letter B spins during Round 2.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied right before contestants Brandon and Erika get their Bonus Lingo board.
  • On August 19 (#3024):
    • When the letter T spins during Round 1, the sound effect is out-of-sync with the animation.
    • After contestant Brian draws a 58 during the first segment, the sound effect is out-of-sync with the animation.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the first segment.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Cody and Brian get buzzed out on the first guess when the first letter is an O in Round 2.
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    • After contestants Katie and Robbie get buzzed out following their guess of PAPER in Round 2, the sound effect played for a bonus letter sounds muted.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Katie and Robbie were unable to solve, SHIPS, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • On August 22 (#3023):
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      Contestants Janice and Walter get the word VOWEL correct on the first guess.
    • During Round 2, contestants Mike and Mich fail to correctly guess the word BOXER despite knowing that B, O, X, and E were in place and R was out of place.
    • Unneccessarysixthline12
      An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Mike and Mich correctly guess the word DIZZY. When the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Mich while the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed DIZZY, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Mike and Mich were unable to solve, CHILD, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • On August 23 (#3022):
    • In a rare occurrence, contestants Craig and Jennipher form a Lingo after the first word of the game.
    • Chuck does "the two-and-two handshake" with contestant Craig during the contestant interviews, and he does the handshake again with Shandi after they sign off at the end of the show.
    • Nolingoboard13
      For the only known time in the series, Chuck's explanation of the rules of Round 2 is edited out due to time constraints.
    • The sound effect for a red ball is played at a higher pitch when contestant Jennipher draws a red ball in the third segment.
  • Nolingoboard14
    On August 24 (#3032):
    • Both teams consist of sisters. Because of this, all four contestants are female.
    • When Shandi describes the contestants' clothing during her chat with Chuck at the beginning of the show, the board shots of both teams are oddly used.
    • 10wordsdawnstephanie
      After contestants Dawn and Stephanie draw a 25 and an 11, respectively, in Round 1, Chuck goes over to the team and stands between them to emphasize how much they smile. He then goes over to contestants Lizz and Eva and stands between them to emphasize how much they frown.
    • Dawnstephanie10000
      Contestants Dawn and Stephanie get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with two seconds remaining on the clock. They are the fourth team in the series to accomplish this feat.
    • Although the first two letters of the eleventh word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Contestants Dawn and Stephanie win the top prize of $10,000. This makes them the first of only two teams to play Bonus Lingo perfectly.
    • Winning contestants Dawn and Stephanie are later invited back for an online winners vs. TV champs special on May 23, 2006 (#5037).
    • Clips from this episode are later shown in the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions.
  • On August 25 (#3025):
    • Wherefirstguess
      During her chat with Chuck at the beginning of the show, Shandi promises to bring her Miss USA crown to the show. She eventually fulfills this promise on October 6 (#3059).
    • Kennethjosejolts
      Contestants William and NaaMeka get the word WHERE correct on the first guess.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Jose by the name of "Josie," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Contestants Kenneth and Jose pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • 475-350
      During Round 2, contestants Kenneth and Jose fail to correctly guess the word JOLTS despite knowing that J, O, and L were in place and T and S were out of place.
    • The final score of 475-350 sets the record for the highest scoring game in the series. This record is later tied with 525-300 on May 25, 2007 (#6040).
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestant Kenneth correctly guesses the word WORLD. When the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a shot of Kenneth and Jose while the lights on the set dissolve into completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after Kenneth correctly guessed WORLD, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
  • On August 26 (#3026):
    • The Season 3 Bonus Lingo music bed is accidentally played in Bonus Lingo.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestant Tristan guesses the word TYPES, in which every letter except the S is in the word and in the correct place. When the camera cuts to a close-up shot of his teammate Jeff, who correctly guesses TYPED, the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after Tristan guessed TYPES, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
  • On August 29 (#3027):
    • During Round 1, contestant Carly says "cramp" and spells CRAP, which appears on the board, but then says "MP" several moments later. Against precedent, CRAMP is entered in and accepted.
    • During Round 2, contestant Carly says "eerie," but spells EARLY instead, which turns out to be the correct word.
    • Bonuslingolights
      During Round 2, contestant Carly says "sought" and spells it out, but realizes that it is a six-letter word. Shandi informs her that because the first five letters spell out a real word, SOUGH, it can be accepted.
    • Bonuslingowinwith2pulls5
      An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Christine and Carly correctly guess the word JOLLY. When the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Christine while the lights on the set are in completely different positions, in addition to the lighting scheme reverting to the one used before and after the two minutes in the round. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed JOLLY, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
    • For the second of only five known times, a team wins $5,000 in Bonus Lingo despite earning only two pulls.
  • On August 30 (#3028):
    • Contestant Mary announces that she is a model during the opening. In response, Chuck jokingly says "I'm Chuck, I'm a model" during his portion of the opening.
    • At the end of the second segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly says "More Lingo" instead.
    • During Round 2, contestants Dindo and Mary fail to correctly guess the word JERKS despite knowing that J, K, and S were in place and E and R were out of place.
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the letter W in Round 2.
  • On August 31 (#3020):
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 25-25 and at 250-250.
    • As Chuck is plugging the Online Lingo Tournament, he begins to mispronounce "small fee" as "fall smee" and comments "I don't know why I'm having trouble saying that!"
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Mario and Ann correctly guess the word ACORN. When the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Mario while the lights on the set dissolve into completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed ACORN, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
    • After time runs out in Bonus Lingo, the lighting scheme used during the two minutes in the round remains in use. Right before contestants Mario and Ann get their Bonus Lingo board, the lighting scheme for a $5,000 win is played for a brief moment before the set finally reverts to the lighting scheme used before and after the two minutes in the round.

September 2005:

  • On September 1 (#3029):
    • Shandi imitates Chuck's "two-and-two" right before the game begins, claiming "I've been practicing!" Chuck advises her to "keep practicing." She tries again right before Bonus Lingo begins, and Chuck says she got it right that time.
    • During Round 1, contestants Marly and Regina fail to correctly guess the word NERVE despite knowing that N, E, and E were in place and R and V were out of place.
    • During Round 1, contestants Marly and Regina fail to correctly guess the word BEANS despite knowing that B, A, N, and S were in place and E was out of place.
  • On September 2 (#3030):
    • Before the first letter of the first word in the game is given, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Katlin by the name of "Kaitlin," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Knockfirstguess
      Contestants Zeb and Chris get the word KNOCK correct on the first guess.
    • Nolingoboard15
      After the sound effect for the end of Round 1 is played, Chuck briefly forgets which round it is, but he eventually remembers that it is Round 1.
    • When the score is 125-275, Chuck mistakenly tells contestants Zeb and Chris “You’re ahead by 100,” but he almost immediately corrects it to 150 and comments “I don’t count that well!”
    • After contestants Zeb and Chris draw a 36 and an 02, respectively, in Round 2, Chuck nearly makes an error regarding which team is in control; he says "Michelle, Katlin... welcome to the show." The board shot of contestants Michelle and Katlin is oddly used after this happens.
    • As contestant Zeb draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo, Chuck accidentally says that the first pull is worth $1,000, but he almost immediately corrects it to $10,000.
  • No new episode is aired on September 5.
  • On September 6 (#3040):
    • Contestant Chad announces that he is currently unemployed during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, I got a job!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Both teams consist of best friends.
    • Alien
      In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Round 1 when contestants Alexis and Jason guess ALLEY, in which the A, first L, and E are in the word and in the correct place. On the next guess, they go for ALIGN, in which every letter except the G is in the word and in the correct place, thus causing ALIEN, the correct word, to appear on the board.
    • The word REALY is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 6, 2003 (#1034).
    • After contestants Chad and Danforth get buzzed out following their guess of CHASE in Round 1, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Alexis by the name of "Alex," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • After contestant Alexis draws a Lingo-forming 44 in Round 1, her teammate Jason mistakenly reaches into the hopper before the animation for a Lingo is played.
    • During Round 2, contestant Alexis says "dried," but spells DRIER instead.
    • During Round 2, contestant Danforth says "necks," but spells NEK, which appears on the board, before saying "CKS." In an unusual occurrence, NECKS is entered in and accepted.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Alexis and Jason correctly guess the word READS. When the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Alexis while the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed READS, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
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    • Although the first two letters of the eighth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Contestants Alexis and Jason win the top prize of $10,000.
  • On September 7 (#3031):
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      During Bonus Lingo, contestant Kirk says "ninja," but spells INNJA instead. However, NI is mistakenly typed in and no further letters are entered in. His teammate Brad then spells NINJA, while Kirk also spells NINJA immediately afterwards, after which NINJA is entered in and accepted, approximately six seconds after Kirk's first guess.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Brad and Kirk were unable to solve, RADAR, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • Before contestants Brad and Kirk get their Bonus Lingo board, Chuck asks if the Bonus Lingo record is eight or nine words, after which an offstage staffer can be heard saying "10."
  • On September 8 (#3033):
    • When the letter C spins during Round 2, Shandi accidentally says "Here is your new Lingo board" instead of announcing the letter.
    • Although the first two letters of the seventh word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • On September 9 (#3034):
    • Eatenfirstguess
      Both teams consist of a mother and their daughter. Because of this, all four contestants are female.
    • During Round 1, contestant Yolanda says "course," but spells CURSE instead.
    • Contestants Shaunice and Yolanda get the word EATEN correct on the first guess.
    • After contestants Jessica and Shelly correctly guess the word JADED, Chuck accidentally says "Bonus letter" instead of "Lingo ball," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Contestants Jessica and Shelly pull out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • At the end of the third segment, the losing team begins to walk away from their podium, prompting Chuck to say "You don't have to leave, you can stay right there, it's okay!" before he throws to commercial.
    • Although the first two letters of the tenth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • Hopperafterlingo5
    On September 12 (#3035) (taped July 12):
    • After contestant Carmen draws a Lingo-forming 61 in Round 1, her teammate Jaime mistakenly swivels the hopper before the animation for a Lingo is played.
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      Contestants Don and Bryan do not get a chance to play until opponents Carmen and Jaime are ahead with a score of 175-0, which is very likely a record.
    • After contestants Don and Bryan correctly guess the word RANCH in Round 1, they do a unique handshake. Chuck likes this handshake so much that he walks over to their podium and does the handshake with Don.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied right after contestants Carmen and Jaime get a new Lingo board in Round 2.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo starts about two seconds early.
    • Sevenpulls
      At the end of Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says that contestants Carmen and Jaime got seven words correct when they actually got eight words correct, but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Contestants Carmen and Jaime use seven of their eight pulls earned in Bonus Lingo.
    • Winning contestants Carmen and Jaime are later invited back for an online winners vs. TV champs special on May 24, 2006 (#5038).
  • On September 13 (#3038):
    • Contestant Todd is originally from London, but living in California.
    • Anglefirstlettere
      During Round 1, contestant Eric mistakenly says SCRAM, the correct word, when opponents Vicky and Todd are in control, thus causing Vicky to guess the correct word. Chuck prompts Vicky and Todd to say thank you to Eric as a result.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Eric and Suzanne break the first-letter rule during Round 1 by guessing ANGLE when the first letter is an E.
    • The sound effect for an illegal word is played at a higher pitch when contestants Eric and Suzanne's guess of ANGLE is rejected in Round 1.
    • When the score is 225-50, Chuck mistakenly says that it is 275-50, but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Although the first two letters of the seventh word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • On September 14 (#3037):
    • After the theme song fades out following the animated intro, it can still be heard playing on the studio speakers for approximately 11 more seconds.
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the letter C in Round 1.
    • When the letter S spins during Round 1, the sound effect is out-of-sync with the animation.
    • Contestants Toni and Hannah pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is played at a much lower volume than usual.
    • The sound effect for a misspelled word is played at a higher pitch when contestants James and Roger's guess of LOGIA is rejected in Round 2.
    • Right after contestant James draws a ? ball in Round 2, his teammate Roger begins swiveling the hopper before he decides which number to use it on. Approximately three seconds after Roger begins swiveling, an offstage staffer can be heard saying "hold on," after which he removes his hand from the hopper.
    • After contestant Roger guesses BIGOT during Bonus Lingo, the next line does not appear until approximately four seconds after the word is lit up.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants James and Roger were unable to solve, GOOEY, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • For the first of only three times in the series, a $600 win occurs.
  • Beastfirstguess
    On September 15 (#3043):
    • Contestants Ryan and April get the word BEAST correct on the first guess.
    • The sound effect for a red ball is played at a higher pitch when contestant April draws a red ball in the second segment.
    • In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
  • On September 16 (#3045):
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Ryan and Anna break the first-letter rule during Round 1 by misspelling "jeans" as GEANS when the first letter is a J.
    • When the word that contestants David and Anthony were unable to solve, INFER, is revealed at the end of Bonus Lingo, the sound effects are out-of-sync with the animation.
  • Two new episodes are aired on September 19.
  • On the first September 19 show (#3039):
    • Contestants Summer and Alex pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • After contestant Summer draws a 57 during the second segment, the number is marked off her team's Lingo board, but is then bizarrely unmarked about a second later. This error is corrected by the time her teammate Alex draws a Lingo ball afterwards.
    • During Round 2, three buzzouts occur in a row as both teams try to figure out the word PATIO, which could possibly be a record. Unlike the other known occurrences of this on January 28, 2003 (#1047), September 23 (#3056), April 21, 2006 (#5015), and April 25, 2006 (#5017), only the third and fourth letters are revealed on the same line.
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    • After contestants Summer and Alex correctly guess the fifth word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "Six," but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Summer and Alex were unable to solve, QUIRK, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • On the second September 19 show (#3036):
    • During the opening, Chuck introduces himself by saying "Hi, I'm Chuck, I have a little donut's right here, but let's play Lingo anyway" while pointing to bottom of his lip. After the animated intro ends, Chuck is still standing in his position during the opening muttering about the donut, but he eventually remembers to walk over to his podium to begin the show.
    • At the beginning of the second segment, the theme song plays and fades out instead of the correct music cue for a commercial break.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Round 2.
    • No sound effect is played when the letter L spins during Round 2.
    • After contestant Conrad draws an 04 during the third segment, Chuck comments "Why do they put the O on it, anyway? Why don't they just put 4 down?" Incidentally, this change is eventually made in Season 6.
    • For the only known time in the series, a team wins the game despite earning 0 points in Round 2.
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck begins to say "clock’s gonna start as soon as you fee your first two letters" and ridicules himself for it.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Lisa and Dairek correctly guess the word SAVED. When the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Lisa while the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed SAVED, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
    • Unusedbonusletter
      For the first of only two known times, a team does not use all of their bonus letters in Bonus Lingo; contestants Lisa and Dairek leave one bonus letter unused after getting four words correct. Chuck claims that it is the first time it has ever happened.
    • After contestants Lisa and Dairek fail to form a Lingo in Bonus Lingo with four pulls, Chuck allows Dairek to pull another ball to see if they would have won the $5,000 with an additional pull courtesy of the unused bonus letter. He draws a 09, which Chuck misreads as a 60, a number that still wouldn't have formed a Lingo.
  • On September 20 (#3051):
    • During Round 1, contestants Kira and Shari guess the word FORTS on their final guess and it is never lit up, with the show treating it as a nonexistent word despite neither Chuck or Shandi addressing it as such. Oddly enough, FORTS was accepted on April 1, 2003 (#1064), on the second January 6, 2004 show (#2002), and on June 23, 2006 (#5060), but was also rejected on October 5 (#3058).
    • Visiblecameraman
      During Round 2, contestant Shari says "rallies," but realizes that it is a seven-letter word and spells RALLY instead.
    • At the end of the third segment, a cameraman is visible between Chuck's podium and the giant pillar.
    • Although the first two letters of the eighth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Right before contestants Ed and Margaret get their Bonus Lingo board, Chuck accidentally refers to Shandi by the name of "Shannon," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
  • On September 21 (#3052):
    • When the letter T spins during Round 1, the sound effect is out-of-sync with the animation.
    • After contestants Jessica and Geoff get buzzed out following their guess of LEAST in Round 2, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Sara by the name of "Sandy," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo starts about a second early.
    • After contestants Sara and Andy correctly guess the word BORED in Bonus Lingo, the lighting scheme accidentally reverts to the one used before and after the two minutes in the round.
  • On September 22 (#3053):
    • During Round 1, contestants Matt and Philip fail to correctly guess the word WIDTH despite knowing that W, I, and T were in place and D and H were out of place.
    • Contestants Cynthia and Trish pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 275-0.
    • After contestants Matt and Philip correctly guess ACHES in Round 2, their first word of the game, Chuck sings a Hallelujah chorus.
    • Lunge
      In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Bonus Lingo when contestants Cynthia and Trish guess LOUSE, in which the L and E are in the word and in the correct place while the U is out of place. On the next guess, they go for LUNGS, in which the L, U, N, and G are in the word and in the correct place, thus causing LUNGE, the correct word, to appear on the board. However, Cynthia and Trish run out of time before being able to submit the guess.
  • On September 23 (#3056):
    • Right before the yellow team gets their first Lingo board, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Michael by the name of "Michelle," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, when control passes over to contestants Michael and Danielle with B, R, E, and D in the word and in the correct place, Chuck begins to say "you're gonna get a bonus letter," but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Bizarrely, the logo animations on this episode appear to be a combination of the Season 4 logo animations and appropriately recolored versions of the Season 3 logo animations. These logo animations are also used on October 3 (#3057) and the first episode of Hawaii Week (#3046).
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Danielle by the name of "Daniel," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, three buzzouts occur in a row as both teams try to figure out the word CACTI, which could possibly be a record. This causes the second, third, and fourth letters in the word to be revealed on the same line. This exact same event is known to have also occurred on January 28, 2003 (#1047) with the word ENACT, on April 21, 2006 (#5015) with the word DERBY, and on April 25, 2006 (#5017) with the word DISCO.
  • Despite not being taped as a single week of shows, GSN airs all five celebrity specials the week of September 26-30, advertising it as a "celebrity week."
  • On September 26 (#3041):
    • The top prize is $30,000 for charity. The members of the losing team receive $2,500 a piece for their charities.
    • Both contestants on the yellow team are named George.
    • During Round 1, contestant George Wallace misspells "whose" as WOSE, but immediately spells WHOSE afterwards. Against precedent, his second guess is accepted.
    • During Round 1, contestant George Wallace misreads ball 19 as 13, but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Right before the yellow team gets a new Lingo board in Round 1, Chuck mistakenly states that the yellow team is still in control, prompting contestant Rachel to inform him that the red team is in control.
    • During Round 1, contestant George Wallace misspells "until" as UNITL, but his teammate George Wendt immediately spells UNTIL afterwards. Against precedent, their second guess is accepted.
    • Shandi messes up her re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment by saying "Here's America."
    • Birdsduplicate
      During Round 2, contestants George and George guess the word BIRDS twice in one turn.
    • The sound effect for an illegal word is played at a higher pitch when contestants George and George's guess of BIRDS is rejected in Round 2.
    • After contestants George and George's guess of BIRDS is ruled as a duplicate word, the bonus letter received by opponents Trista and Rachel, O, never spins or has a sound effect played for it.
    • Only two words are played in Round 2.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Trista and Rachel break the English rule by guessing AMORE during Bonus Lingo.
    • 30000
      Although the first two letters of the eighth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • The Bonus Lingo rules are slightly altered for this episode: The winning team is given an additional bonus letter for playing for charity, correct words are worth $1,000 each, and a Lingo at any point in the round is worth $30,000 for charity. Unsurprisingly, contestants Trista and Rachel easily win the $30,000 top prize, the highest win up to this point.
  • September 27 is a special Extreme Dodgeball edition. On this episode (#3054):
    • Co-host Zach Selwyn and mascot Dodgy compete against reporter Michele Merkin and co-host Bil Dwyer for charity.
    • The top prize is $10,000 for charity, with $5,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. Despite this, the rule concerning the bonus letter for charity from September 26 (#3041) is still used in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $1,000 a piece for their charities.
    • The sound effect for a red ball is played at a higher pitch when contestant Michele draws a red ball in the first segment.
    • During Round 1, contestant Zach misreads ball 45 as 15.
    • During the contestant interviews, Bil mentions that he was a contestant on Scrabble and "ate it hard."
    • When the first letter is an A in Round 1, contestant Zach comments "We've already done an A!", even though a word beginning with an A hadn't been used yet, implying that an earlier word was thrown out and subsequently edited out.
    • Nolingoboard5
      When contestant Bil draws a 08 in Round 1, he is unable to pronounce the number, prompting his teammate Michele and Chuck to say it for him. Afterwards, Chuck quips "Obviously, numbers are not his strong suit!"
    • When Shandi says that she wants to wear Dodgy's outfit at the beginning of the third segment, the board shot of contestants Zach and Dodgy is oddly used.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 300-50, he never says the red team's score.
    • Zachdodgy10000
      After contestants Zach and Dodgy correctly guess the second word in Bonus Lingo, Zach says "We gotta beat Kenny," referring to Kenny Hotz's $200 win on September 30 (#3044). Due to GSN's cherry-picking of episodes, however, this episode is originally aired three days before his appearance.
    • Contestants Zach and Dodgy win the top prize of $10,000 for charity.
    • Unusually for a celebrity episode, the losing team does not come onstage at the end of Bonus Lingo to congratulate the winning team.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
    • Due to the removal of Extreme Dodgeball from GSN's schedule, this episode is no longer in the Season 4 rerun cycle.
  • September 28 is a special Poker Royale edition. On this episode (#3055):
    • Hosts Lisa Dergan and John Ahlers compete against pros Kathy Liebert and Kenna James for charity.
    • The top prize is $10,000 for charity, with $5,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. Despite this, the rule concerning the bonus letter for charity from September 26 (#3041) is still used in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $1,000 a piece for their charities.
    • Latchfirstguess
      Chuck references his hosting tenure on Greed when GREED is a correct word in Round 1.
    • Contestants Lisa and John get the word LATCH correct on the first guess.
    • An obvious edit is made in Bonus Lingo after contestants Kathy and Kenna correctly guess the word COMBS. When the first two letters of the next word appear, the camera cuts to a close-up shot of Kathy while the lights on the set are in completely different positions. It appears as if a technical difficulty occurred after the team correctly guessed COMBS, and an edit was made to remove a much longer pause than the one shown in the episode, while the clock was stopped during the pause to be fair to the contestants.
    • Due to the removal of Poker Royale from GSN's schedule, this episode is no longer in the Season 4 rerun cycle.
  • September 29 is a special Ballbreakers edition. On this episode (#3042):
    • Semi-pro pool players Ty Yapelli and Laurie Wagner compete against hosts Sal Masekela and Ewa Mataya Laurance for charity.
    • For the only time in the series, the red team is introduced first during the opening.
    • The top prize is $10,000 for charity, with $5,000 being awarded for a Lingo after the first pull in Bonus Lingo. Despite this, the rule concerning the bonus letter for charity from September 26 (#3041) is still used in Bonus Lingo. The members of the losing team receive $1,000 a piece for their charities.
    • Nolingoboard6
      When contestant Ewa makes a comment during Chuck and Shandi's chat at the beginning of the show, the board shot of contestants Sal and Ewa is oddly used.
    • Racksfirstguess
      The sound effect for a misspelled word is played at a higher pitch when contestants Ty and Laurie's guess of DRAWF is rejected in Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestant Sal misreads ball 70 as 07.
    • Oddly, after contestant Ewa draws a 58 during Round 1, her team's Lingo board is not shown again and the sound effect for a marked-off number is not played.
    • Salewa10000
      Contestants Sal and Ewa get the word RACKS correct on the first guess.
    • After the sound effect for the end of Round 1 is played, Chuck briefly forgets which round it is, but he eventually remembers that it is Round 1.
    • At the beginning of the fourth segment, Chuck accidentally refers to Ballbreakers by the name of "Ballbusters," causing contestants Sal and Ewa to laugh and then correct him.
    • Contestants Sal and Ewa win the top prize of $10,000 for charity.
    • Unusually for a celebrity episode, the losing team does not come onstage at the end of Bonus Lingo to congratulate the winning team.
    • Chuck says "It's not just letters, it's Lingo" by himself at the end of the episode.
    • Due to the removal of Ballbreakers from GSN's schedule, this episode is no longer in the Season 4 rerun cycle.
  • On September 30 (#3044):
    • Despite Kenny Hotz and Spencer "Spenny" Rice from Kenny vs. Spenny appearing as contestants, the episode is played as a civilian game for their own benefit and no mention is ever made of it being a special edition. However, the losing team still comes onstage at the end of Bonus Lingo to congratulate the winning team.
    • Zebrafirstguess
      During the opening, contestant Kenny announces that he wishes he was his teammate Bridgetta. In response, Chuck says "Hi, I'm Chuck. I'm just happy to be who I am!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Nolingoboard7
      Contestants Bridgetta and Kenny get the word ZEBRA correct on the first guess.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Bridgetta by the name of "Buhgetta," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Nolingoboard8
      After contestant Bridgetta draws a Lingo-forming 03 in Round 1, her teammate Kenny mistakenly begins to swivel the hopper. Against precedent, the hopper is briefly made visible again from the board shot while this happens.
    • As Chuck is explaining the rules of Round 2, Shandi nearly forgets to hold up the ? ball.
    • Only two words are played in Round 2.
    • After the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is played, the board shots of both teams are oddly used.
    • When contestant Kenny draws the second and final Lingo ball in Bonus Lingo for him and his teammate Bridgetta, he announces it as a Lingo-forming 19, even though it is actually a 63.
    • Due to the removal of Kenny vs. Spenny from GSN's schedule, this episode is no longer in the Season 4 rerun cycle.

October 2005: (season ends October 14)

  • On October 3 (#3057):
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      Both teams consist of couples.
    • Right before the yellow team gets their first Lingo board, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Hedi by the name of "Heidi," prompting Shandi to correct him.
    • Duplicateaccepted5
      For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 50-0.
    • Bizarrely, the logo animations on this episode appear to be a combination of the Season 4 logo animations and appropriately recolored versions of the Season 3 logo animations. These logo animations are also used on September 23 (#3056) and the first episode of Hawaii Week (#3046).
    • Bonuslingowinwith2pulls6
      After contestant Marc draws a Lingo-forming 37 in Round 1, Chuck does not initially notice and says "Alrighty, Hedi." Due to this error, contestant Hedi swivels the hopper before the animation for a Lingo is played.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Jay and Hillary guess the word TEAMS twice in one turn. Against precedent, it is lit up the second time.
    • For the third of only five known times, a team wins $5,000 in Bonus Lingo despite earning only two pulls.
  • On October 4 (#3060):
    • Yeastfirstguess
      The word ANCOR is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 20, 2003 (#1044).
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Michael by the name of "Michelle," prompting Shandi to correct him.
    • Contestants Michael and Danielle get the word YEAST correct on the first guess.
    • During Round 2, contestants Michael and Danielle fail to correctly guess the word AUTOS despite knowing that A, O, and S were in place and U and T were out of place.
    • During Bonus Lingo, eight of contestants Sanjeev and Gary's guesses are ruled as nonexistent words, which is very likely a record for the round.
    • Right before contestants Sanjeev and Gary get their Bonus Lingo board, Chuck mistakenly says that they have earned $2,000 for correctly guessing two words. As they get their board, he realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • For the second of only two known times in the series, one contestant opts to draw all the Lingo balls in Bonus Lingo.
    • After contestant Gary fails to form a Lingo in Bonus Lingo with both of his team's pulls, Chuck allows his teammate Sanjeev to pull another ball to see if they would have won the $5,000 with an additional pull for him. He pulls out a ball that wouldn't have formed a Lingo.
  • On October 5 (#3058):
    • Both teams consist of identical twins. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck. If you see two of me, see an ophthalmologist!" during his portion of the opening.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Gabriel by the name of "Gabrielle," but he never corrects himself.
    • No sound effect is played when the letter C spins during Round 1.
    • The word FORTS is rejected, with the show treating it as a nonexistent word despite neither Chuck or Shandi addressing it as such. Unlike the previous occurrence of this on September 20 (#3051), however, contestants Pamela and Paula guess it on the third guess rather than the fifth. This does not affect the outcome of the game, as contestants Pamela and Paula end up winning with a score of 200-400.
    • No sound effect is played when the letter A spins during Round 2.
    • After contestants Gabriel and Anthony correctly guess the word ALOUD in Round 2, Chuck begins to say "Two bonus letters" and ridicules himself for it.
    • A technical difficulty occurs during Bonus Lingo. After contestants Pamela and Paula guess CEMEN, which is ruled as a misspelling, they call for a bonus letter, which does not appear for approximately seven seconds. This error does not affect the final outcome, as Pamela and Paula end up winning $5,000.
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  • On October 6 (#3059):
    • Fulfilling her promise from August 25 (#3025), Shandi brings her Miss USA crown to the show and shows it to Chuck during their chat at the beginning of the show.
    • Basemsolange10000
      No red balls are drawn.
    • Although the first two letters of the eighth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Contestants Basem and Solange win the top prize of $10,000.
  • On October 7 (#3061):
    • When the score is 150-50, Chuck begins to say that it is 175-50, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is played much later than usual, causing Shandi to nearly reveal the first letter of the next word prematurely.
    • When the score is 150-125, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Tiqua by the name of "Tikia," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • The sound effect for a missed word is not played after TWILL is revealed in Bonus Lingo.
  • On October 10 (#3062):
    • After contestants Michael and Leslie correctly guess the word JOCKS in Round 2, Chuck accidentally says "Alright, over to-", but realizes his error and quips "I lost my place!"
    • When the score is 75-175, Chuck mistakenly says that it is 75-125, but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Michael misreads ball 34 as 43. Chuck jokes "I get a little dyslexic when I get excited, too! I know the feeling!"
  • On October 11 (#3008):
    • The word BUSTY is ruled as a nonexistent word. However, it was a correct word on the first December 5, 2003 show (#2010) and was also accepted on August 29 (#3027), on October 13 (#3064), and on April 12, 2006 (#5008).
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied right before talking to contestant Barry during the contestant interviews.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 125-25, he never says the red team's score.
    • Due to the episode running short, Chuck and Shandi's chat with the winning team before their sign-off is noticeably longer than usual.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On October 12 (#3063):
    • During the opening, contestant Chris announces that he is a hotel bellman and concierge, while his teammate Nadeev announces that he is a hotel administrator. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck. Room, please!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the beginning of the second segment.
    • During Round 2, contestant Rich says "loafs," but spells LORDS instead.
    • The sound effect for a missed word is played at a higher pitch after CADET is revealed in Bonus Lingo.
  • On October 13 (#3064):
    • Both teams consist of newlyweds.
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the letter C in Round 1.
    • After contestants Larisa and Paul correctly guess the word BONUS in Round 1, Shandi mistakenly says "Looking for 63" when the only Lingo-forming number available is 62, but she realizes her error and corrects herself.
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 100-75.
    • After contestants Anne and Brian guess HOODS on the fifth guess in Round 2, in which every letter except the D is in the word and in the correct place, Chuck mistakenly believes that the word is supposed to be thrown out and asks Shandi "So is it HOOPS?", prompting Shandi to inform him that control passes over to opponents Larisa and Paul. Against standard game show protocol, the word is not thrown out due to Chuck's comment; however, Chuck's comment does not affect the outcome of the word, as Larisa and Paul guess HOOKS instead, which turns out to be the correct word.
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    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Larisa and Paul were unable to solve, BUDGE, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • On October 14 (#3065):
    • During the main game, a camera is visible at the far right of the screen whenever the red team is in control.
    • Six red balls are drawn, which is likely a record for one episode. This event is also known to have occurred on the first semifinal in the Tournament of Champions (#2059) and on June 28, 2006 (#5063).
    • Shandi imitates Chuck's "two-and-two" right before Bonus Lingo begins.
  • Although the final episode of the season (#3065) is aired on October 14, Hawaii Week (#3046-#3050) is abstained from airing until a New Year's Day marathon on January 1, 2007.

January 2007:

  • All five episodes from Hawaii Week are originally aired as part of a special New Year's Day marathon on January 1. During this week of shows:
    • Hawaiiweekset
      The set is decorated with Hawaiian foliage, tikis, and tiki torches, with the lighting schemes altered for a more Hawaiian appearance.
    • Chuck, Shandi, and the contestants wear Hawaiian attire.
    • At the beginning and end of the show and between commercial breaks, Hawaiian dancers come onto the stage to perform.
    • The theme song is given a ukulele arrangement.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 is a conch shell horn. Unusually for a themed week, however, the sound effect for the end of Round 1 remains the same.
  • According to Robert, a contestant on #3049, Hawaii Week was originally slated to air the week of October 24-28, 2005, but was delayed due to GSN wanting "a Hawaiian sponsor in conjunction with their Hawaiian Affiliate." Due to the gap between the season finale on October 14 and the originally scheduled beginning of Hawaii Week on October 24, it appears that the 10 episodes that were first broadcast the week of August 1-5 were originally going to air as two separate weeks, with the remainder of the season pushed back one week.
  • On the first episode (#3046):
    • Greenimageonmonitor
      When Shandi rules contestants Vakisha and Nicole's guess of DRUMB as a nonexistent word in Round 1, her monitor is bizarrely displaying a green image instead of the game board.
    • After contestant Nicole draws a 17 during the first segment, her teammate Vakisha completely forgets to draw her Lingo ball until Chuck instructs her to do so. Chuck quips "She got a little rest there!"
    • Chuck nearly misses the offstage signal for a commercial break at the end of the first segment.
    • Contestants Vakisha and Nicole pull out all three red balls from the hopper.
    • Bizarrely, the logo animation at the beginning of the third segment appears to be a combination of the Season 4 logo animation and an appropriately recolored version of the Season 3 logo animation. This logo animation is also used on September 23 (#3056) and October 3 (#3057).
    • After contestant Brad draws a non-Lingo-forming 54 during the third segment, Chuck mistakenly says "There you go," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
  • On the second episode (#3047), the word NOBEL is ruled as a proper noun. However, it was accepted on December 19, 2002 (#1027).
  • On the third episode (#3049):
    • When contestants Robert and Heather form a Lingo in the first segment, the set uses the lighting scheme of the third segment. This is obviously just an edit, although the reason why Robert and Heather forming the Lingo was reshot is unknown.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Bishop and Rob get buzzed out on the first guess when the first letter is an I in Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestant Rob announces a 61 and places the ball in the disposal hole without ever holding it up. Shandi asks him to show it to the camera, prompting him to reach into the disposal hole, pull it out, and hold it up before disposing it again.
    • Nobonuslettersgraphic2
      For the only known time in the series, a contestant opts not to use their ? ball to form a Lingo when at least one Lingo-forming number is available. This was clearly done unintentionally by the contestants in question, Bishop and Rob, as they appear to realize their error once Chuck recaps the scores afterwards.
    • 10wordsrobertheather
      Contestant Robert wears glasses during Bonus Lingo.
    • Robertheather10000
      After contestant Robert guesses PURSE during Bonus Lingo, the very next shot of his teammate Heather lacks the Bonus Letters graphic on the screen.
    • Contestants Robert and Heather get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with 14 seconds remaining on the clock. They are the fifth team in the series to accomplish this feat.
    • As of this episode, a 10-word cap is implemented in Bonus Lingo.
    • Contestants Robert and Heather win the top prize of $10,000. This makes them the second of only two teams to play Bonus Lingo perfectly.
    • Contestant Robert writes about his experience on the show shortly after the original broadcast.
    • Winning contestants Robert and Heather are later invited back for an online winners vs. TV champs special on June 1, 2007 (#6045).
  • On the fourth episode (#3048):
    • Imagefirstguess
      Before the first letter of the first word in the game is given, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Julie by the name of "Julia," but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • During the first segment, a camera is visible at the far right of the screen when the red team is in control. It is moved out of sight before the second segment is taped.
    • Contestants Tara and Richard get the word IMAGE correct on the first guess.
    • The sound effect for a misspelled word is played at a higher pitch when contestants Tara and Richard's guess of TOWES is rejected in Round 1.
    • The sound effect for a red ball is played at a higher pitch when contestant Maria draws a red ball in the second segment.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Round 2.
    • At the end of the third segment, the losing team begins to walk away from their podium, prompting Chuck to say "Don't leave, stay right there, don't go away!" before he throws to commercial.
    • Shandi imitates Chuck's "two-and-two" right before Bonus Lingo begins.
  • On the fifth episode (#3050):
    • Nobonuslettersgraphic3
      During Round 1, contestant Michael says "scrape," but spells SCARP instead.
    • After contestant Sara guesses BLADE during Bonus Lingo, the very next shot of her lacks the Bonus Letters graphic on the screen.
    • Before contestants Jen and Sara get their Bonus Lingo board, Chuck mistakenly says that the top prize is $1,000, but he never corrects himself.

Season 5 (2006) Edit

Season Changes:

  • Chuckmonitorseason5
    This is the first season where both the logo animations and the set remain virtually unchanged. The only three differences made to the set are that the logo is added to the front of Chuck's monitor, Shandi gets a new keyboard and is also given a mouse, and the lights behind Chuck and the contestants and are significantly dimmed down.
  • Season5logo
    The correct logo is now displayed on the set's monitors. In Season 4, they had displayed the Season 3 logo.
  • Chuck is now stationary at his podium after the animated intro ends.
  • Chuck now plugs the Online Lingo Tournament right before Round 1 begins.
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  • The number of red balls in the hopper is lowered from three to two. Due to how frequently both red balls are drawn because of this rule change, any instances of every red ball being pulled out from the hopper will no longer be noted from this point onward.
  • The contestant podiums are no longer moved for Bonus Lingo. Instead, the contestants' names are removed from the podiums on stage and an extra podium with the winning team's color and names is now used. This podium appears to have been built solely for Bonus Lingo, as the only difference between it and the podiums during the main game is the omission of the buzzers used for the seven-letter tiebreaker round.
  • The $10,000 top prize is replaced by a progressive jackpot, which begins at $10,000 and goes up $1,000 for every show where it is not won. To win the progressive jackpot, a contestant has to draw the Instant Winner Ball on the first pull in Bonus Lingo.
  • Because of the above change, the episodes are now aired in production order and are no longer cherry-picked for airing by GSN.
  • Chuck now mentions the amount of the progressive jackpot before saying "Let's play Lingo" during the opening.
  • By this point, GSN acknowledges Season 2 as a separate season from Season 1, as the production numbers jump from #3065 (the final episode produced for Season 4) to #5001 (the first episode produced for Season 5).
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April 2006: (season begins April 3)
  • On April 3 (#5001):
    • The sound effect for a red ball is played at a higher pitch when contestant Joe draws a red ball in the first segment.
    • Only two words are played in the first segment.
    • 5bonusletters2
      When contestant Nikki draws a red ball in the second segment, the set uses the lighting scheme of the third segment. This is obviously just an edit, although the reason why Nikki drawing the red ball was reshot is unknown.
    • Contestants Dan and Joe win the game with a record score of 675-100.
    • For the first of only two times in the series, the winning team earns five bonus letters for Bonus Lingo.
  • On April 4 (#5002):
    • Dolce
      Shandi is holding her dog Dolce at the beginning of the show. He is wearing a shirt that reads "I ♥ CHUCK."
    • As Chuck is plugging the Online Lingo Tournament, he begins to mispronounce "small fee" as "fall smee" and ridicules himself for it.
    • 11000
      When the letter C spins during Round 1, the sound effect is out-of-sync with the animation.
    • Only two words are played in the first segment.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 cuts off early.
    • A different camera shot of Shandi is used during Bonus Lingo.
    • With 46 seconds remaining in Bonus Lingo, Shandi erroneously tells contestants Laura and Butch "You have more bonus letters" before correcting herself three seconds later.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, contestant Butch says "mural" right after the buzzer. However, in a likely attempt to make up for the above error, Shandi allows Butch to spell it.
    • Contestants Laura and Butch win the $11,000 jackpot.
  • On April 5 (#5003):
    • Chuck and Shandi's chat at the beginning of the show is about how Shandi made the "I ♥ CHUCK" shirt that her dog Dolce was wearing on the previous show.
    • Only two words are played in the first segment.
    • As Chuck is explaining the rules of Round 2, Shandi forgets to hold up the ? ball until Chuck reminds her to do so.
    • During Round 2, contestant Bel says "saloon," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells SALON instead, which turns out to be the correct word.
    • When contestant Bel calls for a bonus letter after guessing CRACK during Bonus Lingo, the bonus letter does not appear until approximately four seconds later.
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      No sound effect is played when the first two letters of the fourth word are shown in Bonus Lingo.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Bel and Nova guess DITTO twice in a row. Against precedent, it is lit up the second time. This is the eighth of only eight known occurrences of a team using a duplicate word on consecutive guesses.
    • Although contestants Bel and Nova submit a guess for the sixth word in Bonus Lingo, the correct word is never revealed.
  • On April 6 (#5004):
    • In a rare occurrence, contestants Jen and Josh form a Lingo after the first word of the game.
    • During the contestant interviews, contestant Kareem, a shoe designer, claims to be designing "the Chuck Woolery shoes" and plans to sell them "for $22. That's two-and-two!"
    • Kareemlirisrifle
      The sound effect played when the C spins in the second segment sounds muted.
    • No sound effect is played after contestant Liris draws a red ball in the second segment.
    • 5bonusletters
      During Round 2, contestants Kareem and Liris fail to correctly guess the word RIFLE despite having two guesses knowing that R, I, and F were in place and L and E were out of place.
    • No sound effect is played after contestants Kareem and Liris' guess of RIFEL is ruled as a misspelling.
    • For the second time this week and also the second and final time in the series, the winning team earns five bonus letters for Bonus Lingo.
    • Although the first two letters of the eighth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • A total of six Lingos are formed, which is very likely a record for one episode.
  • Beginning on April 7 (#5005), the middle monitor now has the Lingo logo on it when Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment.
  • On April 7 (#5005):
    • At the beginning of the show, Shandi tells Chuck that she has nothing to talk about. As a result, the game begins earlier than usual.
    • Winning contestants Mark and Geoffrey are later invited back for an online winners vs. TV champs special on May 25 (#5039).
  • On April 10 (#5006):
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      Contestants Joe and Karla are divorced, with Joe introducing his teammate as his "ex-wife." This causes Chuck to exclaim "DID YOU SAY EX-WIFE?!" right after the camera cuts to him during the opening. After Shandi is introduced by Chuck, she quips "Bringing your ex-wife to be your partner? That takes some Lingo balls."
    • Unneccessarysixthline17
      After the sound effect for the end of Round 1 is played, Chuck forgets which round it is and clarifies with Shandi that it is Round 1.
    • Unusually, Shandi holds up two ? balls as Chuck explains the rules of Round 2.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Joe and Karla were unable to solve, STRAW, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • From April 11 (#5007) to April 17 (#5011), the camera does not zoom in on Chuck before the contestant interviews. This is later made permanent in Season 6.
  • On April 11 (#5007):
    • Both teams consist of couples.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Jen and Steve break the first-letter rule during Round 1 by guessing ALTER when the first letter is a U.
    • During Round 1, three nonexistent words, PICKE, PEOPL, and PESTY, are guessed in a row, which could possibly be a record for the main game.
    • In a rare occurrence, a team fails to fill in all five spaces, as contestant Steve guesses KITS during Round 1.
    • Contestant Steve spells out "melony" during Round 2, but despite the first five letters spelling out a real word, it is rejected.
    • The sound effect for a misspelled word is played at a higher pitch when "melony" is rejected.
    • A total of 14 guesses are rejected, 11 of which are ruled as misspellings or nonexistent words. This is very likely a record for one episode.
    • Contestant Shera uploads a kinescope recording of her episode to YouTube in January 2009. The broadcast appears to be a GSN rerun from August 9, 2008.
  • On April 12 (#5008):
    • Contestant Murielle announces that she is a tabloid journalist during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, I'm the object of tabloid journalists!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Contestant Audrey is originally from the Philippines, but living in California.
    • Contestant Murielle is originally from Chile, but living in California.
    • All four contestants went to UCLA.
    • Unusually, the losing team walks off the stage at the end of the third segment.
    • After contestant Chris forms a Lingo in Bonus Lingo with ball 18, the graphic pull used at the end of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is unusually used to cut to a shot of Chuck and the winning team.
  • On April 13 (#5009):
    • Contestant Genevieve introduces her teammate Jeremiah as her "on-again, off-again sweetheart." In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, and I'm just on-again, off-again, I don't know!" during his portion of the opening. Chuck and Shandi briefly discuss this before the game begins.
    • The word CREME is ruled as a foreign word. However, it was accepted on the second December 4, 2003 show (#2016).
    • After contestants Brian and Rich form a Lingo in Round 2, Chuck mistakenly tells them "You're still in control." As they get their new Lingo board, he realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 50-375.
  • On April 14 (#5010):
    • After contestants Carl and Doug correctly guess FILET, Chuck asks Shandi if it is actually a French word, but Shandi points out that it is also a Middle English word.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 is accidentally played at the end of Round 1, which completely throws off Chuck and results in him getting tongue-tied.
  • On April 17 (#5011):
    • Shanditwoballs
      After correctly guessing the word DOUBT in Round 1, contestant Brian quips "This is the only time I actually want blue balls!" as he is swiveling, which causes Chuck and Shandi to crack up.
    • Unusually, Shandi holds up two ? balls as Chuck explains the rules of Round 2.
    • At the beginning of the fourth segment, Chuck accidentally says "Shandi's gonna tell you how many bonus Lingos you have," prompting Shandi to correct it to bonus letters.
  • On April 18 (#5012):
    • Both teams consist of workout buddies, who flex their muscles during the opening. In response, Chuck flexes his muscles during the opening as well.
    • Before the first letter of the first word in the game is given, an edit of Chuck saying "Okie-doke, Shem, Tarita" is culled directly from the second segment. This clip taken from the second segment comes before contestants Shem and Tarita are given the letter C.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 75-500, he never says the yellow team's score.
  • April 19 is a special Sibling Rivalry edition, with both teams consisting of siblings. On this episode (#5013):
    • Contestants Damien and Matthew get the word RIGHT correct on the first guess.
    • The game ends with a score of 350-300, which is displayed on the contestant score graphics as Chuck reads the score aloud. However, after the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is played, the next shot with the score graphics read 400-300.
    • When losing team Becky and Marianne say that they had a good time at the end of the third segment, the board shot of the team is oddly used.
    • For the second of only three times in the series, a $600 win occurs.
    • Contestant Becky writes about her experience on the show, which is posted by a friend of hers on the Television Without Pity forums shortly before the episode is aired.
  • On April 20 (#5014):
    • Lauralaura
      Both contestants on the red team are named Laura.
    • When the score is 75-50, Chuck mistakenly says that it is "all tied up," but he almost immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Flint
      For no apparent reason, Chuck does not walk over to Shandi at the end of the second segment.
    • In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Round 2 when contestants Ellen and John guess FIRST, in which the F and T are in the word and in the correct place while the I is out of place. A few guesses later, they go for FLING, in which every letter except the G is in the word and in the correct place, thus causing FLINT, the correct word, to appear on the board.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Ellen says "prayer," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells PLAYS instead.
    • Right before contestants Ellen and John get their Bonus Lingo board, Chuck accidentally says "Let's take a look at your Lingo ball," but he almost immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
  • On April 21 (#5015):
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants David and Adam mark off every single number on their Lingo board that does not form a Lingo during Round 1.
    • During Round 1, three buzzouts occur in a row as both teams try to figure out the word DERBY, which could possibly be a record. This causes the second, third, and fourth letters in the word to be revealed on the same line. This exact same event is known to have also occurred on January 28, 2003 (#1047) with the word ENACT, on September 23, 2005 (#3056) with the word CACTI, and on April 25 (#5017) with the word DISCO.
    • Contestants Thalia and Whitney get the word FIRST correct on the first guess.
    • For the second of only two known times, a team does not use all of their bonus letters in Bonus Lingo; contestants David and Adam leave one bonus letter unused after getting nine words correct. Unlike the first known occurrence on the second September 19, 2005 show (#3036), Chuck and Shandi never bring this fact up.
  • On April 24 (#5016):
    • Before the game begins, Shandi asks Chuck what he wants to talk about today. Chuck replies "Nothing, I just want to play!" As a result, the game begins earlier than usual.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the second segment.
    • During Round 2, contestant Julia says "victor" and spells VIC, which appears on the board, before trailing off upon realization that it is a six-letter word. Shandi instructs the team to "spell something," prompting her teammate Amy to guess VOUCH. Shandi then explains to the team that their first spelling has to be accepted. After this, both the buzzer and the sound effect for a misspelling are unusually played.
    • For the third and final time in the series, a $600 win occurs.
  • On April 25 (#5017):
    • As of this episode, the light located to the right of the red team is removed from the set for the remainder of the season.
    • During Round 1, three buzzouts occur in a row as both teams try to figure out the word DISCO, which could possibly be a record. This causes the second, third, and fourth letters in the word to be revealed on the same line. This exact same event is known to have also occurred on January 28, 2003 (#1047) with the word ENACT, on September 23, 2005 (#3056) with the word CACTI, and on April 21 (#5015) with the word DERBY.
    • Riverfirstguess1
      During Round 1, contestant Matt mistakenly says MADAM, the correct word, when opponents Sarah and Pamela are in control, thus causing Sarah to guess the correct word. Chuck prompts Sarah and Pamela to say thank you to Matt as a result.
    • Onionfirstguess
      Contestants Sarah and Pamela get the words RIVER and ONION correct on the first guess. Amazingly, these two words are consecutive, making this the second of only four known occurrences of such a feat.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 cuts off early.
    • Unneccessarybonuslettersgraphic2
      Unusually, the graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in Bonus Lingo is also used when contestants Greg and Matt get their Bonus Lingo board.
    • As contestants Greg and Matt get their Bonus Lingo board, the Bonus Letters graphic is accidentally left on the screen; it abruptly disappears once the first number drawn is marked off the team's Bonus Lingo board.
    • As contestant Greg draws the first ball in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says that the Instant Winner Ball is 24 instead of 44, but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Greg misreads ball 08 as 80. Chuck turns the ball around for him.
  • On April 26 (#5018):
    • When DRAMA is a correct word in Round 1, Shandi says to Chuck "save the drama for your mama," which Chuck claims he has never heard before. When the word is used again on June 27, 2006 (#5062) and on April 4, 2007 (#6003), Chuck recites the quote himself.
    • Loverfirstguess2
      Contestants Angie and James get the word LOVER correct on the first guess.
    • At the end of the second segment, Chuck does the two-and-two hand signal, but oddly says "double up" instead.
    • Unneccessarysixthline7
      During Round 2, contestant Angie misreads ball 70 as 07, but almost immediately corrects herself. Chuck asks for her to show it to him and comments in amusement "Yeah, looks like a 70 to me!"
    • Shandi imitates Chuck's "two-and-two" right before Bonus Lingo begins.
    • The word REALY is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 6, 2003 (#1034).
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Miriam and Ash were unable to solve, DUVET, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • After contestants Miriam and Ash win $5,000, a dissolve transition is oddly used to cut from the board view to a close-up shot of the winning team.
  • On April 27 (#5019):
    • Ball11intohopper
      Both teams consist of a sister and a brother, a fact that Shandi points out after she is introduced by Chuck.
    • Graphicalerror2
      An edit is obviously made after contestant Chad announces an 11, as he can be seen mistakenly placing the ball back in the hopper before the camera abruptly cuts to Chuck. It's safe to assume that there had been a stopdown to allow for the stagehands to pull ball 11 out of the hopper and properly dispose it.
    • A single-frame graphical error occurs as the contestant score graphics appear when the score is 125-175.
    • Visiblecamera3
      An offstage camera is visible at the beginning of the third segment.
    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor does not have the Lingo logo on it. As a result, the camera pointing at Chuck can be seen being adjusted.
    • Right after contestants Cady and Adam form their third Lingo, their score on the right side of their podium mistakenly reads 525 instead of 575. This error is corrected by the time the contestant score graphics appear afterwards.
    • After contestants Cady and Adam win $5,000, a dissolve transition is oddly used to cut from the board view to a close-up shot of the winning team.
  • On April 28 (#5020):
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the first letter of the first word in Round 1.
    • Unneccessarysixthline15
      After contestant Michael draws a 22 during the first segment, his teammate Fielding completely forgets to draw her Lingo ball until Chuck instructs her to do so. Chuck quips "I'll come over and pull your chain there and get you started!"
    • During Round 2, contestant Kia says "cast," but spells CASTE instead.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Michael and Fielding were unable to solve, ELECT, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
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May 2006:

  • The week of May 1-5 is Fiesta Week, in honor of Cinco de Mayo on May 5. During this week of shows:
    • The set is decorated with Mexican cloths and foliage, and a replica of the Aztec Ruins is placed behind Chuck.
    • Fiestaweeklogo
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      Chuck wears a poncho with a sombrero on his back, while Shandi and the contestants wear varying Mexican attire.
    • Portions of Chuck and Shandi's hosting spiels are said in Spanish, most notably "two-and-two" becoming "dos-y-dos."
    • The theme song is given a Mexican arrangement.
    • The animated intro and logo animations have the blue color changed to a hue that cycles the entire color spectrum, with various elements of Mexican culture briefly appearing in the background. The name of the show in the animated intro also reads "¡LINGO!" However, the set's monitors display the normal logo with a blue and green background.
    • For no apparent reason, the lighting scheme for the second segment is also used for the third segment.
  • On May 1 (#5021):
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Melinda and Gina break the English rule by guessing NUEVE during Round 1.
    • The sound effect for a misspelled word is played at a higher pitch when contestants Ross and Jon's guess of FORNT is rejected in Round 2.
    • During Round 2, contestant Melinda says "elect," but spells ELC, which appears on the board, before correctly spelling ELECT. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is entered in and accepted.
    • During Round 2, contestant Jon mistakenly says ELOPE, the correct word, when opponents Melinda and Gina are in control, thus causing Melinda to guess the correct word.
  • On May 2 (#5022):
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is bizarrely played right after contestant Clay announces a 48.
    • After contestants Krissie and Dave correctly guess the word PINTO in the third segment, an edit of Chuck saying "Very nice, get your couple of Lingo balls, reach in there and grab one" is culled directly from the first segment. This clip taken from Round 1 comes after contestants Kristen and Clay correctly guess the word GREEN.
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 75-400.
    • An error is made during Bonus Lingo: After contestant Kristen guesses CURSE, CURFE is mistakenly typed in. It takes two to three seconds for this mistake to be corrected, and unlike a similar incident in the first Tournament of Champions quarterfinal (#2055), the clock is not stopped to be fair to the contestants.
  • On May 3 (#5023):
    • After contestant Monique draws a Lingo-forming 32 in Round 1, Chuck does not initially notice and says "Alright, Anthony," prompting Shandi to correct him by saying "That's one of them!"
    • During Round 1, contestant Jon says "piece," but spells PEI before correctly spelling PIECE. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
    • During Round 1, contestants Jon and Cristiana guess BRASS on the fifth guess, in which the B and R are in the word and in the correct place while the other three letters are not in the word at all. Chuck then forgets the rules and clarifies with Shandi that control passes over to the other team; afterwards, he comments "I got lost there for a minute," while Shandi quips "It's all those margaritas you drink!"
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  • On May 4 (#5024):
    • Chuck does not wear a sombrero.
    • At the beginning of the show, Shandi shows Chuck a Mexican marionette that she calls "little Chuck." The marionette sits on her desk for the remainder of the episode.
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    • During Round 2, contestant Amy says "angle," but spells ANGEL instead, which turns out to be the correct word. Shandi points this out after her team forms a Lingo a few moments later.
    • Contestants Rachel and Amy win the $31,000 jackpot.
    • Winning contestants Rachel and Amy are later invited back for an online winners vs. TV champs special on May 18, 2007 (#6035).
    • Clips from this episode are later shown in the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions.
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    On May 5 (#5025):
    • Both contestants on the red team are named Amy.
    • Chuck does not wear a sombrero.
    • Contestant Amy is originally from Norway.
    • Hopperafterlingo6
      During Round 1, contestant Amy says "rouge," but spells ROGUE instead.
    • After contestant Amy draws a Lingo-forming 44 in Round 1, her teammate Amy mistakenly reaches into the hopper before Chuck says "Got your Lingo!"
    • When explaining the rules of Round 2, Chuck begins to mispronounce "wildcard balls" as "wildcat balls" and ridicules himself for it.
    • Everynumbermarkedoff
      During Round 2, contestant Jacky says "seize" and spells SIEZE before attempting to correct it by spelling SEI. Shandi then explains that her first spelling has to be accepted. After this, both the buzzer and the sound effect for a misspelling are unusually played.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Jason and Jacky mark off every single number on their Lingo board that does not form a Lingo during Bonus Lingo. As a result of this, they are the only team to ever use eight pulls in the round.
  • On May 8 (#5026):
    • Contestants Mashari and Kim get the word TIGHT correct on the first guess.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Melany and Assaf were unable to solve, SCENE, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • On May 9 (#5027):
    • Contestants Jason and Frantz constantly say one word, but spell a different one. During Round 1, Jason says "loans," but spells LOUSY instead, and later says "loins," but spells LOGIC, the correct word. During Round 2, Frantz says "mother" and then "month," but spells MOUND instead, while Jason later says "mowed," but spells MOWER, the correct word. Chuck reacts in amusement to this.
    • During Round 1, contestant Zoe misspells "waste" as WSTE, which appears on the board. Against precedent, however, Shandi gives her a chance to spell it again because all five letters have not been used.
    • At the end of the third segment, Chuck mistakenly says that the jackpot is $11,000, but he almost immediately corrects it to $12,000.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Adam says "grade," but spells GREAT instead.
  • Bonuslingobigmonitor2
    On May 10 (#5028):
    • During Round 2, contestants Pamela and Bill fail to correctly guess the word SUSHI despite knowing that S and U were in place and S, H, and I were out of place.
    • For approximately the first four seconds in Bonus Lingo, contestants Amy and Rob mistakenly look at the big monitor rather than the offstage monitor used for Bonus Lingo.
  • On May 11 (#5029):
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      For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the letter R in Round 1.
    • The graphic pull is not used at the beginning of Bonus Lingo; instead, the camera cuts from Chuck to the Bonus Lingo splitscreen already in use.
    • Contestants Dea and Matt get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with 0 seconds remaining on the clock. They are the sixth team in the series to accomplish this feat.
    • Contestant Matt uploads a VHS recording of his episode to YouTube in February 2016. The broadcast appears to be the original airing on GSN.
  • On May 12 (#5030):
    • Unneccessarysecondline
      Chuck gets tongue-tied after contestants Ray and Bret correctly guess the word WHITE in Round 2.
    • After the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is played, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Bret by the name of "Brad," but he realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Leigh and Ryann were unable to solve, RURAL, is revealed on the third line even though they never made a second guess.
  • On May 15 (#5031):
    • Right before the yellow team gets their first Lingo board, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Nazli by the name of "Nazee," but he never corrects himself.
    • Before the first letter of the first word in the game is given, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Nazli by the name of "Nazee," but he never corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, contestant Chris says "hasty," but spells HASTE instead.
    • During Round 1, contestant Nazli says "whale," but spells WHL before correctly spelling WHALE. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
    • After contestants Chris and Nazli get buzzed out following their guess of WHARF in Round 1, the bonus letter received by opponents Jack and Tim, C, never spins.
    • During Round 2, contestants Jack and Tim fail to correctly guess the word GRITS despite knowing that G, R, I, and S were in place and T was out of place.
    • As Shandi tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, she begins to say "two for winning the game," but she immediately realizes her error and corrects herself.
  • On May 16 (#5032):
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • With 24 seconds remaining in Bonus Lingo, Chuck erroneously tells contestants Jennifer and Matt "You still have a bonus letter if you want to use it," prompting Shandi to correct him.
    • Contestant Andy uploads a VHS recording of his episode to YouTube in August 2014. The broadcast appears to be the original airing on GSN.
  • On May 17 (#5033):
    • Jeffcannata
      A then-unknown Jeff Cannata is one of the contestants. He later became well-known as a host on The Totally Rad Show, a video podcast series that ran from 2007 to 2012.
    • When contestant Jeff draws and announces a 23 during the second segment, the set uses the lighting scheme of the third segment. This is obviously an edit which, in all likelihood, uses an unaired clip right after his teammate Kate drew a ? and placed it on 23 in Round 2.
    • Chuck references his hosting tenure on Wheel of Fortune when VOWEL is a correct word in Round 2.
    • Although the first two letters of the eighth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • On May 18 (#5034):
    • Contestant Annie is from Okayama, Japan.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he begins plugging the Online Lingo Tournament.
    • For no apparent reason, Chuck does not walk over to Shandi at the end of the second segment.
    • After contestants Michelle and Brian correctly guess the word VOGUE, Chuck accidentally says "Bonus letter" instead of "Two balls for you," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
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      The seven-letter tiebreaker round is played for the third and final time. Much like its previous appearance on the second August 2, 2005 show (#3007), the contestants must still spell out the words and the cue used for a tiebreaker win is still the same one used for the first two seasons, but the teams' scores are no longer displayed during the round, the seventh letter is revealed five seconds after the first letter, and no sound effect is played when a contestant buzzes in. By this playing, the teams no longer appear to be locked out after an incorrect guess and the sound effect for a missed word is no longer played after an incorrect guess.
    • Contestant Annie wears glasses during Bonus Lingo.
    • After contestants Greg and Annie correctly guess the third word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "Two," but never corrects himself.
  • On May 19 (#5035):
    • Both teams consist of teachers who are also roommates.
    • As Chuck is plugging the Online Lingo Tournament, he begins to say that “there are three ways to get into the game” instead of two, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • In a rare occurrence, contestants Tarah and Kristina form a Lingo after the first word of the game.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Holly and Matt break the first-letter rule during Round 2 by guessing SINCE when the first letter is a C.
    • The sound effect for an illegal word is played at a higher pitch when contestants Holly and Matt's guess of SINCE is rejected in Round 2.
    • Contestants Tarah and Kristina pull out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • Unneccessarysixthline16
      During Bonus Lingo, contestant Kristina says "croak," but spells CROCK instead.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Tarah and Kristina were unable to solve, AGREE, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • For the first of only three known times, a team earns four bonus letters for Bonus Lingo and still manages to lose.
  • Despite the week of May 22-26 being advertised as online winners vs. TV champs week, May 26 is a regular episode.
  • On May 22 (#5036):
    • After Chuck says "Let's play Lingo" during the opening, the camera does not zoom out. Instead, the camera cuts to a different shot of Chuck and the two teams before the animated intro begins.
    • Right before contestant Jon draws a Lingo-forming 64 in Round 1, Shandi comments that "the ladies have experience with pulling the balls." As a result of this remark, Chuck completely fails to notice the Lingo and mistakenly says "Go ahead, Bill" to his teammate, prompting Bill to remind Chuck that they formed a Lingo.
    • In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
    • 10wordsjonbill
      For the only known time in the series, neither team loses their turn during the spelling portion of the game. The only time control is ever passed during the episode is after a Lingo or a red ball.
    • Contestants Jon and Bill become the seventh team to get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo. They accomplish this feat with a record 15 seconds remaining on the clock.
    • Bizarrely, after contestants Jon and Bill correctly guess the tenth word in Bonus Lingo, the first two letters of an eleventh word are revealed. However, about a second after the letters are revealed, Shandi says "Oh, that's it? That's the maximum that you can get!", which officially ends the round. As a result, the word is never revealed.
    • Winning contestant Jon Foehl is later interviewed for the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions; clips from this episode are shown during the interview.
  • On May 23 (#5037):
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      After Chuck says "Let's play Lingo" during the opening, the camera does not zoom out. Instead, the camera cuts to a different shot of Chuck and the two teams before the animated intro begins.
    • Contestants Dawn and Stephanie get the word JOUST correct on the first guess.
    • After contestants Dawn and Stephanie correctly guess the word BYTES in Round 1, Chuck begins to say "Get your couple of letters," but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, contestant Marilynn misreads ball 08 as 80, but almost immediately corrects herself.
    • In a very rare occurrence, there are no buzzouts.
    • Lingocorrectanswer2
      Unusually, the losing team walks off the stage at the end of the third segment.
    • Unneccessarybonuslettersgraphic
      As Shandi tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, she accidentally says "two for winning the game," but she almost immediately realizes her error and corrects herself. In response to this, Chuck quips "She's starting to sound like me!"
    • LINGO is a correct word in Bonus Lingo.
    • As contestants Marilynn and Andrew get their Bonus Lingo board, the Bonus Letters graphic is accidentally left on the screen; it dissolves out once the 12 numbers begin to be marked off.
    • After contestants Marilynn and Andrew get their Bonus Lingo board, Chuck mistakenly says that the jackpot is $21,000 when it is actually $22,000, but he realizes his error and corrects himself.
  • On May 24 (#5038):
    • After Chuck says "Let's play Lingo" during the opening, the camera does not zoom out. Instead, the camera cuts to a different shot of Chuck and the two teams before the animated intro begins.
    • During Round 1, contestant Jeff says "belch," but spells BETTY instead, which is rejected for being a proper noun.
    • Round1300points2
      After contestant Brett draws a Lingo-forming 08 in Round 1, Chuck does not initially notice and says "Okay, Jeff," prompting Shandi to correct him by saying "There's your Lingo!"
    • Contestants Brett and Jeff finish Round 1 with a record 300 points. This feat is later tied by contestants Katherine and Danny on May 23, 2007 (#6038).
    • Contestants Jaime and Carmen do not score until opponents Brett and Jeff have 400 points, which is likely a record for the slowest start in the series.
    • Although the first two letters of the tenth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • On May 25 (#5039):
    • Hearsduplicate
      After Chuck says "Let's play Lingo" during the opening, the camera does not zoom out. Instead, the camera cuts to a different shot of Chuck and the two teams before the animated intro begins.
    • During Round 2, contestants Mark and Geoff guess the word HEARS twice in one turn.
    • After contestants Mark and Geoff's guess of HEARS in Round 2 is ruled as a duplicate word, contestant Justin spells out HOUND before the bonus letter appears. Against precedent, Shandi gives him a chance to change his guess; he changes it to HYENA, the correct word.
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 275-275.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Geoff says "alias," but spells ALAI before saying "IAS." In an unusual occurrence, ALIAS is entered in and accepted.
  • On May 26 (#5040):
    • Pulsefirstguess
      Contestant Lauren announces that she is a certified spelunking instructor during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, and I've spent a little time in a cave myself!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Contestant Joanna is originally from England, but living in Ohio.
    • Waterduplicate
      Contestants Lauren and Joanna get the word PULSE correct on the first guess.
    • During Round 2, contestants Lauren and Joanna guess the word WATER twice in one turn.
    • After contestants Ranae and Sean correctly guess the word FLOCK in Round 2, Chuck begins to recap the scores by saying "Alrighty, that gives you, uh...", but realizes his error and finishes the sentence by saying "A pretty good job, here!" Chuck and Shandi then laugh at this hosting mistake.
    • Although the first two letters of the sixth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • The week of May 29-June 2 is Armed Forces Week, in honor of Memorial Day on May 29. During this week of shows:
    • Armedforcesweekset
      The set is decorated with an abundance of American flags, white pillars, eagle statuettes, and flags for each branch of the military. The seals for each branch of the military are also present above the monitors behind Shandi.
    • After Chuck says "Let's play Lingo" during the opening, the camera does not zoom out. Instead, the camera cuts to a different shot of Chuck and the two teams before the animated intro begins.
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    • The animated intro is altered to add brief text that lists each branch of the military, and military images and an animation of the American flag are superimposed in the background. The background of the logo animations are also altered to include superimposed military images.
    • The theme song is given a militant arrangement.
    • Each day, four members of a particular branch of the military appear as contestants.
    • Each day, Shandi is dressed in attire that corresponds to the branch of the military whose members are contestants that day.
    • Each day, in honor of this week, Chuck wears a U.S. flag lapel pin on his coat.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck plugs GSN.com/Lingo for information on how to support the troops.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is a submarine radar, while the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is a shortened version of "Reveille" played on a trumpet.
  • On May 29 (#5041):
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    • Four members of the Marines play.
    • All four contestants are male.
    • Shandi wears a Marine uniform from World War II with a long skirt.
    • Unusually, a camera shot of Shandi is used when she says "Looking for a 3, Fernando" after contestant Bryon draws a 33 in Round 1.
    • In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Round 1 when control passes over to contestants Bryon and Fernando with RIS.. on the board; they guess RINKS, in which every letter except the N is in the word and in the correct place, thus causing RISKS, the correct word, to appear on the board.
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    • After contestant Bryon draws a Lingo-forming 03 in Round 1, Chuck does not initially notice and says "Okay, Fernando." Due to this error, contestant Fernando begins to reach into the hopper before Shandi says "That's a Lingo!"
    • During Round 2, contestant Steven says "rogue," but spells ROUGE instead.
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    • The word COURS is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 28, 2003 (#1047).
  • On May 30 (#5042):
    • Four members of the Coast Guard play.
    • All four contestants are male.
    • Shandiarmy
      Shandi wears a full Coast Guard uniform, complete with a trench coat, tie, and pants.
    • Contestants John and Chris get the word ISSUE correct on the first guess.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On May 31 (#5043):
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    • Four members of the Army play.
    • Shandi wears a Women's Army Corps uniform.
    • During Round 1, contestant Duncan says "pouch," but spells POACH instead.
    • Hopperafterlingo3
      Contestants Andrew and Duncan get the word AMBER correct on the first guess.
    • After contestant Duncan draws a Lingo-forming 10 in Round 2, his teammate Andrew mistakenly reaches into the hopper before the animation for a Lingo is played.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Andrew and Duncan were unable to solve, SEALS, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • After drawing the first ball in Bonus Lingo, contestant Duncan begins to swivel the hopper again. Against precedent, however, Chuck tells his teammate Andrew that he has to take the second pull.

June 2006: (season ends June 30)

  • On June 1 (#5044):
    • Shandinavy
      Four members of the Navy play.
    • Contestants Bradford and Meg announce that they are family medicine doctors in the Navy during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, and I'll tell ya, if I get sick, I got the right people on my side here!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Shandi wears a female Navy uniform.
    • As Chuck is introducing Shandi, he accidentally calls her "Shannon," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself. Afterwards, Chuck and Shandi joke that he will never live this incident down.
    • For no apparent reason, Shandi does not announce the first letter of the first word in Round 1.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck begins to say to contestants Bradford and Meg, "You get a new Lingo ball," but he immediately realizes his error and corrects it to "board." Afterwards, he laughs and quips "Did I say that nicely or what?"
    • During Round 1, contestant Richard says "lose," but spells LOOSE instead.
    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor does not have the Lingo logo on it. As a result, the camera pointing at Chuck can be seen being adjusted.
  • Shandiairforce
    On June 2 (#5045):
    • Four members of the Air Force play.
    • Shandi wears an Army Air Corps uniform from World War II with a long skirt.
    • Jasonvickirelay
      When the score is 50-50, Chuck mistakenly tells contestants Keyonna and Diarra "You're in the lead," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • During Round 2, contestant Jason says "stripe" and spells it out, but realizes that it is a six-letter word. Shandi informs him that because the first five letters spell out a real word, STRIP, it can be accepted.
    • During Round 2, contestants Jason and Vicki fail to correctly guess the word RELAY despite having three guesses knowing that R and A were in place and E, L, and Y were out of place.
  • On June 5 (#5046):
    • Contestant Brian announces that he is a behavior interventionist during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, people have tried to intervene with me for years!" during his portion of the opening.
    • In response to Shandi's comment that "you should embrace the Chuckness at least once a day" during her re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, Chuck hugs himself as he explains the rules of Round 2.
    • As he is explaining the rules of Round 2, Chuck mistakenly says that the jackpot is $30,000, but he almost immediately corrects it to $31,000.
    • After contestants Mikey and Rosie guess TRASH on the fifth guess in Round 2, in which the T, A, and S are in the word and in the correct place, Chuck mistakenly says "Brian, Scott, can't give you the last letter," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself by quipping "Of course, I don't have to. You're gonna get a bonus letter! Shut up, Chuck!"
    • When the camera cuts to Shandi during Bonus Lingo as she says that the Instant Winner Ball was also 13 the last time the jackpot was $31,000, her monitor is bizarrely displaying the background animation behind the Lingo logo without the logo itself instead of the Bonus Lingo board.
  • On June 6 (#5047):
    • During Round 1, contestant Chris misreads ball 01 as 10. Chuck jokes "Chris went dyslexic on us there just for a second!"
    • Hoursfirstlettery
      During Round 2, contestants Adam and Marcus guess LIONS, in which the L is in the word and in the correct place, the I is out of place, and the remaining three letters are not in the word at all. However, the sound effect for an out-of-place letter is bizarrely played for all four letters after the L.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Adam and Marcus break the first-letter rule during Bonus Lingo by misspelling "yours" as HOURS when the first letter is a Y.
    • Right before contestant Marcus announces the first ball in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says that the Instant Winner Ball is 32 instead of 52, prompting Shandi to correct him.
  • On June 7 (#5048):
    • After contestant Ray draws a 23 in Round 1 and spends approximately three seconds unsuccessfully trying to make it visible to the camera, Chuck quips "After all that work, you still couldn't see it!" In response, Ray reaches into the disposal hole to pull it back out right before Chuck recaps the scores; Chuck notices this after he recaps the scores and jokes "Don't pull out any more! It's okay! It's okay, Ray, settle down!"
    • During Round 1, contestant Joy says "forth," but spells FOU before correctly spelling FORTH. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
    • For no apparent reason, the screen does not fade to black at the end of the first segment.
    • While talking to contestant Tynesha during the contestant interviews, Chuck begins to say that the jackpot is $32,000 when it is actually $33,000, but he immediately corrects himself.
    • After contestant Ray draws a 17 in Round 1, Chuck instructs him to show it to the camera; it takes approximately 10 seconds for him to successfully do so.
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 75-50. As a result, the contestant score graphics are not used.
  • On June 8 (#5049):
    • Both teams consist of identical twins.
    • After contestants Dave and Rich correctly guess the word MUMPS, Dave draws a red ball and quickly discards it. Chuck completely misses it and says "What happened? Did you get a red ball? Well, I hardly saw it! You were so anxious to throw it away!" Dave then reaches into the disposal hole, pulls it out, and holds it up in a happy manner before disposing it again. In response, Chuck says "Ah, there it is! Look at it with pride!"
    • No sound effect is played when the letter H spins during Round 2.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the third segment.
    • After contestants Pauline and Marsha correctly guess the third word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "Two," but never corrects himself.
    • Although the first two letters of the sixth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Losing team Dave and Rich would later appear on a pilot episode for the unsold game show Combination Lock.
  • On June 9 (#5050):
    • Both teams consist of musicians. In response, Chuck introduces himself during the opening by saying "I'm Chuck, and I'm basically tone deaf."
    • During Round 1, Chuck claims that Alice Cooper, Warrant, and Adrian Young all watch Lingo.
    • Sean1
      The word WIERD is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 27, 2003 (#1054).
    • No sound effect is played when the letter A spins during Round 1.
    • 35000
      Chuck's son Sean co-hosts the Bonus Lingo round.
    • After contestants Mary and Kati correctly guess the fourth word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "Three," but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Contestants Mary and Kati win the $35,000 jackpot, the biggest win of Season 5.
    • As of this episode, a brand new music cue is used for jackpot wins.
    • Winning contestant Mary Votava later appeared as a contestant on the first season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero?; incidentally, another contestant from the first season, Chris Watters, would later appear as a Lingo contestant on May 16, 2007 (#6033).
    • Clips from this episode are later shown in the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions.
    • Winning contestants Mary and Kati are later invited back for an online winners vs. TV champs special on May 25, 2007 (#6040).
  • On June 12 (#5051):
    • After Chuck requests the contestants to help him welcome Shandi, none of them respond. Chuck then points this out during his chat with Shandi, after which all four contestants say "Hi, Shandi!" in unison.
    • In a rare occurrence, contestants Lori and Stu form a Lingo after the first word of the game.
    • After contestant Stu draws a 31 in Round 1, Chuck and Shandi instruct him to show it to the camera; he spends approximately five seconds unsuccessfully trying to make it visible, prompting Chuck to walk over to him and make the number visible himself. This unexpected occurrence results in a cameraman being visible between Chuck's podium and the giant pillar.
    • During Round 2, contestants JooBee and Alan guess the word COULD twice in one turn.
    • After contestant Lori draws a Lingo-forming 03 in Round 2, Chuck does not initially notice and says "Okay, Stu." Due to this error, contestant Stu begins to reach into the hopper before the animation for a Lingo is played.
    • Although the first two letters of the seventh word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • On June 13 (#5052):
    • As contestants Dave and Dillon introduce themselves during the intro, Dave hits Dillon on his back. In response, Chuck imitates Dillon's reaction to this and says "I'm Chuck. Nice hit!" during his portion of the opening. Chuck and Shandi briefly discuss this before the game begins.
    • In a rare occurrence, contestants Julie and Treva form a Lingo after the first word of the game.
    • As Shandi gives contestants Dave and Dillon the letter A in Round 1, she says something entirely incomprehensible. Chuck comments "I know what's going around today, I can't talk! I'm doing the same thing, stumbling all over my tongue!"
    • After contestants Dave and Dillon get buzzed out following their guess of ALIAS in Round 1, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Treva by the name of "Treeva," but he almost immediately corrects himself and quips "What's your name?!"
    • During Round 1, contestants Dave and Dillon fail to correctly guess the word CHOSE despite knowing that C and H were in place and O, S, and E were out of place.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the end of the third segment.
    • In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Bonus Lingo when contestants Julie and Treva are given S as the first letter and T as the fourth letter. Their first guess is STARE, in which every letter except the R is in the word and in the correct place, thus causing the correct answer of STATE to appear on the board.
  • On June 14 (#5053):
    • Both teams consist of teachers. In response, Chuck attempts to say "I'm gonna teach you how to play Lingo!" during the opening, but he begins to call the show "Bingo" instead and ridicules himself for it.
    • Contestant Gaby is originally from South Africa, but living in California.
    • Chuck references his hosting tenure on Wheel of Fortune right before Round 2 begins.
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      In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Round 2 when contestants Ryan and Clare guess EAGER, in which every letter except the G is in the word and in the correct place. On the next guess, they go for ENTER, in which every letter except the N is in the word and in the correct place, thus causing EATER, the correct word, to appear on the board.
    • Contestants Kim and Gaby wear glasses during Bonus Lingo.
    • Bizarrely, at the end of Bonus Lingo, the clock goes from 0:02 to 0:00 in less than a second. As this happens, the set lights up early.
  • On June 15 (#5054):
    • Both teams consist of identical twins. Coincidentally, all of them also work in the travel industry. This prompts Chuck to say "Let's go on a trip to Lingo land right now!" during the opening.
    • After Chuck requests the contestants to help him welcome Shandi, none of them respond. As a result, he requests them to help him welcome Shandi a second time, to which they respond. Chuck then says to Shandi "I have to encourage them to come on and help me welcome you! I want you to feel welcome!"
    • A bizarre edit occurs after contestants Larry and Gary get buzzed out following their guess of CLIPS in the first segment. A video edit of Chuck saying "No, Kari, Lisha, over to you" is culled directly from the third segment, coming after Larry and Gary get buzzed out following their guess of RIDER. However, the original audio of Chuck saying "No, Kari, Lisha, over to you with a bonus letter" is retained, which results in the edit being out-of-sync.
    • Matchfirstguess
      In a very rare occurrence, contestants Kari and Lisha get buzzed out on the first guess when the first letter is an E in Round 1.
    • Contestants Kari and Lisha get the word MATCH correct on the first guess.
    • Contestants Larry and Gary pull out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • For the second of only three known times, a team earns four bonus letters for Bonus Lingo and still manages to lose.
    • Chuck makes a reference to his hosting tenure on Love Connection at the end of the show.
    • This episode was likely taped on February 13 due to contestant Gary's comment at the end of the show that "Valentine's Day is tomorrow."
  • On June 16 (#5055):
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      Contestants Charlene and Dean announce that they work for U.S. Customs during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, and I get patted down at every airport I go through!" during his portion of the opening. Chuck and Shandi briefly discuss this before the game begins.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Charlene and Dean mark off every single number on their Lingo board that does not form a Lingo during Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestant Charlene says "bruise," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells BROWN instead.
    • During Round 1, contestant Lena says "dairy," but spells DIARY instead.
    • After the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is played, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Lena by the name of "Leah," but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
  • Scifiweekset
    The week of June 19-23 is Sci-Fi Week. During this week of shows:
    • Scifiweeklogo
      The set is decorated with many elements from science fiction stories, including generators, old television sets, atoms, aliens, and UFOs, among other things. In addition, Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still is present on the set and changes stage position in each episode, a fact that Chuck points out on the Friday show (#5060).
    • During the opening, a special effect is used where Chuck and the contestants beam onto the stage.
    • Chuckshades
      The animated intro and logo animations are altered to give the background of the logo a more spacey appearance.
    • The contestants are dressed in science fiction costumes in addition to wearing sci-fi-inspired makeup.
    • Each day, Shandi is dressed as a different character from a science fiction film.
    • Chuck sporadically wears shades throughout the week.
    • The theme song is given a sci-fi arrangement.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is a danger alarm, while the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is a warp sound effect.
  • On June 19 (#5056):
    • Meninblack
      Contestant Tara announces that she is a feng shui consultant during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck. We're redefining feng shui today!" during his portion of the opening.
    • After Chuck says "Let's play Lingo" during the opening, the camera does not zoom out. Instead, the camera cuts to a different shot of Chuck and the two teams before the animated intro begins.
    • Shandi is dressed as one of the title characters from the film Men in Black.
    • After Chuck finishes plugging the Online Lingo Tournament, the "www.GSN.com/lingo" graphic abruptly disappears from the screen instead of dissolving out.
    • During Round 1, when control passes over to contestants Kathryn and Dinari with P, R, O, and E in the word and in the correct place, Chuck mistakenly says "you're gonna get a bonus letter," prompting Shandi to correct him.
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Jessica by the name of "Tara," the same name of her teammate, prompting Jessica to correct him.
  • On June 20 (#5057):
    • Princessleia
      A then-unknown Mark McConville and Matt Gourley are two of the contestants. They later became well-known as hosts on Superego, a comedy podcast series that ran from 2006 to 2016.
    • Shandi is dressed as Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise.
    • After contestants Mark and Matt guess SLIDE on the fifth guess in Round 2, the extended line is already present when control passes over to opponents Ashley and Becca, with no sound effect played for it.
    • When contestant Matt calls for a bonus letter after his teammate Mark guesses CHARS during Bonus Lingo, the bonus letter does not appear until approximately four seconds later; in the meantime, Mark guesses CHATS, but against precedent, this guess is not entered in.
  • On June 21 (#5058):
    • Laserfirstguess
      During the contestant interviews, contestant Tiffany says that she is getting married in May. However, this episode is originally aired in June.
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    • When contestants Paul and Matt get a new Lingo board right after the contestant interviews, the circles behind many of the numbers are noticeably glitched up.
    • When the score is 225-0, Chuck mistakenly says that it is 275-0, but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • Contestants Natalie and Tiffany get the word LASER correct on the first guess.
    • As Shandi tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned for Bonus Lingo, she begins to say "two for the Lingos you got in the game" when it is actually three, but she almost immediately realizes her error and corrects herself.
    • Contestants Paul and Matt use seven of their eight pulls earned in Bonus Lingo.
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  • On June 22 (#5059):
    • Shandi is dressed as a character from the Star Trek franchise.
    • Skies
      In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Round 2 when contestants Howard and Rajesh guess SAKES, in which the S, E, and S are in the word and in the correct place while the K is out of place. On the next guess, they go for SKINS, in which every letter except the N is in the word and in the correct place, thus causing SKIES, the correct word, to appear on the board.
    • Although the first two letters of the fifth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • Poisonivy
    On June 23 (#5060):
    • Shandi is dressed as Poison Ivy from the Batman franchise.
    • Chuck nearly misses the offstage signal for a commercial break at the end of the first segment. He attributes this error to his shades, claiming "I can't see with these things on, so how am I supposed to know?"
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    • Contestant Patryce is from Shandi's hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Shandi constantly brings this up the entire episode.
    • As contestant Mark is drawing a Lingo ball with a score of 200-0, Shandi asks their opponents, Josh and Gary, if they're enjoying the game. Unusually, the very next shot is Josh and Gary with their own Lingo board under their podium.
    • After contestant Mark draws a Lingo-forming 31 following the above event, Chuck does not initially notice and says "Okay, go ahead, Patryce." Due to this error, contestant Patryce swivels the hopper before the animation for a Lingo is played.
    • Contestant Mark pulls out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • During Round 2, contestant Patryce says "warps," but spells WARDS instead.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Josh and Gary fail to mark off any numbers on their Lingo board; they only got one word correct the entire game, which was THORN in Round 1 for 25 points, and Gary drew first and pulled out a red ball.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • During Bonus Lingo, Chuck misreads ball 09 as 60, but almost immediately corrects himself.
  • On June 26 (#5061):
    • Lingotowel
      During Round 1, Shandi accidentally says "Try a B, guys" to contestants Andrew and Jason when opponents Todd and Michelle actually get a new Lingo board; she does not correct herself until the board appears.
    • Oddshotofball
      After contestants Andrew and Jason get a new Lingo board in Round 1, Chuck nearly makes an error regarding which team is in control; he says "Okay, Andrew, Jason... You just got a new board, didn't ya? Congratulations! That's all I wanted to say." In response, Shandi quips "Just follow me, I'll lead the way!"
    • Nobonuslettersgraphic4
      During Round 1, contestant Michelle says "smoke," but spells SMOCK instead.
    • At the beginning of the third segment, Shandi re-introduces the show by saying "Welcome back, it's beach blanket Lingo!" while holding up a Lingo towel.
    • When contestant Andrew announces a 68 during Round 2, a shot of both Andrew and his teammate Jason is oddly used.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • When the camera cuts to a shot of both Andrew and Jason with 32 seconds remaining in Bonus Lingo, the Bonus Letters graphic abruptly disappears from the screen; it does not re-appear until the camera cuts back to the same shot of the team with 18 seconds remaining in the round.
    • The music bed for Bonus Lingo ends a few seconds late.
  • On June 27 (#5062):
    • Contestant Jason announces that he is a server in a Mexican restaurant during the opening, while his teammate Shari announces that she is "a server not in a Mexican restaurant." In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, and I'll serve you anytime!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Contestants Michael and Toi get the word OCEAN correct on the first guess.
    • After contestants Jason and Shari correctly guess the word NORTH in Round 2, Chuck begins to say "Reach in there and get yourself a bonus letter" and ridicules himself for it.
  • On June 28 (#5063):
    • At the end of the first segment, Chuck mistakenly says that the score is 25-25 when it is actually 50-25, but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, contestant Bryan says "check," but spells CHEEK instead, which turns out to be the correct word. Chuck comments "We don't care how you say it, it's how you spell it!"
    • After contestant Cindy draws a Lingo-forming 63 in Round 1, her teammate Steve mistakenly begins to swivel the hopper before Shandi says "There's your Lingo!"
    • Bonuslingowinwith2pulls4
      During Round 2, contestant Bryan says "stern," but spells STEAD instead.
    • Six red balls are drawn, which is likely a record for one episode. This event is also known to have occurred on the first semifinal in the Tournament of Champions (#2059) and on October 14, 2005 (#3065).
    • For the fourth of only five known times, a team wins $5,000 in Bonus Lingo despite earning only two pulls.
  • On June 29 (#5064):
    • Contestant Jacqueline is from London.
    • Contestant Bruce is originally from London, but living in California. In response, Chuck jokingly asks Jacqueline "Do you know each other?" during the contestant interviews.
    • During Round 1, contestants Bruce and Brandon guess GRAVE on the third guess, in which every letter except the V is in the word and in the correct place. Chuck then forgets the rules and interrupts their next guess to confirm that control does not pass over to the other team; afterwards, he comments "I got a little lost there in my own game!"
    • During Round 1, contestant Jacqueline says "tried," but spells TIRED instead, which turns out to be the correct word.
    • No sound effect is played after contestant Hajar draws a 53 in Round 1.
    • After contestants Jacqueline and Hajar form a Lingo in Round 1, Chuck nearly throws to commercial before realizing his error and correcting himself.
    • Although the first two letters of the seventh word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • For the only known time in a civilian episode, the losing team comes onstage at the end of Bonus Lingo to congratulate the winning team. In response to this, Chuck exclaims "You're the best group of contestants we've ever had!", while Shandi comments "It's Lingo love, Chuck!"
  • On June 30 (#5065):
    • After contestant Erick draws a 49 during the first segment, Shandi mistakenly says "Looking..." before realizing that no numbers can form a Lingo.
    • After contestants Andy and Jessica's guess of TEACE in Round 1 is ruled as a misspelling, the buzzer is briefly heard when the camera cuts to Chuck.
    • After contestant Ginia draws a red ball in the third segment, Chuck nearly states that contestants Erick and Ginia are still in control, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Clips from this episode are later shown in the 2007 GSN special The Insider's Guide to Winning Game Show Millions.

Season 6 (2007) Edit

Season Changes:

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  • The set remains virtually unchanged from Seasons 4 and 5. The only differences made are that Chuck and Shandi get new monitors and the lighting schemes behind Chuck and the contestants are slightly different than they had been the previous two seasons.
  • Shandimonitorseason6
    The camera shot at the very beginning of the show is slightly altered, with the circle surrounding the giant pillar now lighting up as the camera zooms out.
  • Chuck no longer plugs the Online Lingo Tournament during the actual show. However, a bumper with him plugging the Online Lingo Tournament is taped for each episode of the season and played at the beginning of the first commercial break in first-run airings only.
  • The Lingo balls are entirely repainted and the numbers are much smaller than before. In addition, the lines under the numbers are made much more visible and, beginning on April 3 (#6002), the single-digit numbers no longer have a 0 in front of them. This was clearly done to bring an end to ball misreadings, a fairly common occurrence in previous seasons.
  • The camera no longer zooms in on Chuck before the contestant interviews and Bonus Lingo.

April 2007: (season begins April 2)

  • The Bonus Lingo rounds in the weeks of April 2-6 and April 16-20 are sponsored by Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch cereal. Chuck introduces the fourth segment these two weeks by saying "It's crunch time. That means it's time to play Bonus Lingo, brought to you this week by Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch." The logo for Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch is displayed above the Bonus Lingo timer in these episodes.
  • From April 2 (#6001) to June 11 (#6051), the middle monitor does not have the Lingo logo on it during Shandi's re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment. As a result, the camera pointing at Chuck can be seen being adjusted.
  • Farawaycamera2
    On April 2 (#6001):
    • During the opening, the camera that zooms in on Chuck appears to be much further away than usual.
    • Singledigitnumberseason6premiere
      While this episode features the repainted Lingo balls, the single-digit numbers still have a 0 in front of them for this show only. Several balls in this episode, such as 53 and 55, oddly look faded as well.
    • Bonuslingoseason6premiere
      During Round 1, contestants Jake and Art fail to correctly guess the word RADIO despite knowing that R and A were in place and D, I, and O were out of place.
    • The sound effect for a red ball is played at a higher pitch when contestant Kitalie draws a red ball in the first segment.
    • During the contestant interviews, a camera is visible between Chuck's podium and the giant pillar.
    • For this episode only, a different lighting scheme is used in Bonus Lingo.
    • When contestant Charity draws a 55 and contestant Kitalie draws a 59 and 25 during Bonus Lingo, close-up shots are unusually used of them pulling the balls out of the hopper, which are placed in the contestants' graphic.
    • Chuck does not say "two-and-two" at all during the show.
  • On April 3 (#6002):
    • During the opening, the camera that zooms in on Chuck appears to be much further away than usual.
    • During Round 1, contestants D and Kyra say "guide," but spell GUILD instead.
    • Unusually, the camera never cuts to Shandi when she rules contestants D and Kyra's guess of RIPES as a nonexistent word in Round 1.
    • Contestants Diane and Peter get the word VALUE correct on the first guess.
    • After contestants Diane and Peter form a Lingo at the very end of Round 2, the sound effect for the end of the round is immediately played; as a result, the contestant score graphics are not used and the final score of 100-475 is never addressed. Due to Chuck's comment before his sign-off that the show is "way out of time," this is very likely the result of an edit.
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck accidentally says "I'm gonna give you two words"; he acknowledges the mistake and corrects it to "two minutes" after Shandi tells the winning team the number of bonus letters they have earned.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Diane and Peter break the first-letter rule during Bonus Lingo by misspelling "onion" as INION when the first letter is an O.
  • On April 4 (#6003):
    • When contestants Cassandra and Jessica introduce themselves during the intro, the theme song can oddly be heard playing on the studio speakers.
    • Contestant Cassandra announces that she is a private tutor during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, and I need a tutor!" during his portion of the opening.
    • As contestants John and Christie receive a new Lingo board following their Lingo in Round 1, Chuck laughs and comments that the sound effect for a new Lingo board "sounds like a bunch of midgets running across the ground." Shandi teases him for the remark and brings it up again when contestants Cassandra and Jessica receive a new Lingo board in Round 2.
    • Before Round 2 begins, Chuck mentions that Heroes is taped next door and House is taped right down the street.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Round 2.
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 250-250.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant John says "yearly," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells YEARS instead.
  • From April 5 (#6004) to April 23 (#6016), a camera is visible between Chuck's podium and the giant pillar during the contestant interviews.
  • On April 5 (#6004):
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 25-25.
    • Chuckwalksawayearly
      During Round 1, contestant Lauren says "weight," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells WEIGH instead.
    • After explaining the rules of Round 2, Chuck forgets to instruct Shandi to give contestants Lauren and Daron a new Lingo board, as they had gotten a Lingo at the end of Round 1.
    • At the end of the third segment, the winning team begins to walk away from their podium early, which prompts Chuck to also walk away from his podium during his throw to commercial.
  • On April 6 (#6005):
    • Bonuslingobigmonitor
      After contestant Farah draws a 9 during the first segment, her teammate David completely forgets to draw his Lingo ball until Chuck instructs him to do so. Chuck quips "We need to give you some protein!"
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Angie and Amber bizarrely look at the big monitor rather than the offstage monitor used for Bonus Lingo.
  • April 9-13 is Win with Words Week. During this week of shows:
    • Winwithwordsweekset
      The teams consist of a high school English teacher and one of their students. This is the first time since the National Spelling Bee special in Season 3 that contestants under the age of 18 are allowed to play. Interestingly, the teachers only go by their last name.
    • The set is decorated with lockers, desks, books, trophies, globes, and various other objects related to high school.
    • Each day, Shandi is dressed in specific high school attire.
  • Student
    On April 9 (#6006):
    • Shandi is dressed as a high school student.
    • During Round 1, contestant Ms. Bermejo says "shawl," but spells SHALL instead.
    • During Round 1, contestant Ms. Bermejo says "nave," but spells NAIVE instead, which turns out to be the correct word. Shandi points out while she draws a Lingo ball afterwards.
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 25-50. As a result, the contestant score graphics are not used.
    • During Round 1, contestant Mr. Sarnoff says "hearth," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells HEART instead.
    • After contestants Ms. Bermejo and Kyle guess TEETH on the third guess in Round 2, Chuck mistakenly says "Last chance at it," but never corrects himself.
  • On April 10 (#6007):
    • Plaid
      Chuck nearly forgets to mention the amount of the jackpot during the opening.
    • Shandi is dressed in a plaid school uniform.
    • At the end of the second segment, Shandi hands Chuck an apple after he walks over to her, which he then takes a bite out of.
    • After contestants Mrs. Palmquist and Emmanuel get a new Lingo board in Round 2, Mrs. Palmquist mistakenly reaches into the hopper. In response, Shandi says "Oh, no diggin'! Not just yet!"
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Christy says "guess," but spells GUSS, which appears on the board, before correctly spelling GUESS. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is entered in and accepted.
  • On April 11 (#6008):
    • Shandi is dressed as a teacher with glasses.
    • After contestant Mrs. Meyer draws a non-Lingo-forming 7 during the second segment, Chuck mistakenly says "That'll do it," but almost immediately corrects himself.
    • After contestants Mrs. Meyer and Krystal form a Lingo in Round 1, Chuck mistakenly tells them "You're still in control," but he almost immediately corrects himself and comments "I get confused up here, too!"
    • At the end of the second segment, Shandi jokingly slaps Chuck on the hand with a ruler after he walks over to her.
    • Shandi ruling contestants Mr. Soerensen and Amanda's guess of CORSE as an archaic spelling in Round 2 is obviously added in post-production; not only is a different camera shot of Shandi used during the ruling, but the Lingo logo is present on the set's monitors rather than the game board.
  • Cheerleader
    On April 12 (#6009):
    • Shandi is dressed as a cheerleader.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • Although the first two letters of the sixth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • On April 13 (#6010):
    • Graduate
      Shandi is dressed as a graduating student.
    • During Round 1, contestant Natalie says "please" and spells it out, but realizes that it is a six-letter word. Shandi informs her that because the first five letters spell out a real word, PLEAS, it can be accepted.
    • 10wordsmrszamorjavier
      After contestants Miss Harper and Natalie correctly guess the word SMART in Round 2, an edit of Chuck saying "Very nice, reach in and get your couple of more balls" is culled directly from the first segment. This clip taken from Round 1 comes after contestants Mrs. Zamor and Javier correctly guess the word VOWEL.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • Contestants Mrs. Zamor and Javier get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with 14 seconds remaining on the clock. They are the eighth team in the series to accomplish this feat.
  • On April 16 (#6011):
    • During Round 1, contestants Soroya and Barbra fail to correctly guess the word SYRUP despite knowing that S and Y were in place and R, U, and P were out of place.
    • The sound effect for a missed word is played at a higher pitch after contestants Soroya and Barbra's guess of SHOUT is lit up in the first segment.
    • Contestants Erika and Marc get the word IDIOT correct on the first guess.
    • After contestants Erika and Marc correctly guess the word RANGE in the second segment, an edit of Chuck saying "Alright, very nice, reach in and get your couple of balls" is culled directly from the first segment. This clip taken from the first segment comes after contestants Erika and Marc correctly guess the word SYRUP.
    • When Chuck begins to recap the scores at 25-225, he mistakenly says "225, reach in there and-", but realizes his mistake and informs the red team that they actually get a new Lingo board, thereby ignoring the yellow team's score.
    • Contestants Erika and Marc get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with 0 seconds remaining on the clock. They are the ninth team in the series and, for the first time in the series, the second consecutive team to accomplish this feat.
  • Newcamerashot
    Beginning on April 17 (#6012), a new camera shot is used at the beginning of the fourth segment: The camera zooms out from a close-up shot of the Lingo logo on the big monitor to a shot that overlooks the main stage, in which Shandi, Chuck, and the winning team are all visible. Because the Lingo logo is shown in the close-up shot of the big monitor, the logo animation is no longer used at the beginning of the fourth segment beginning on April 18 (#6013).
  • On April 17 (#6012):
    • Contestants Kim and Cami get the word GHOST correct on the first guess.
    • The logo animation is coupled with the new camera shot at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • Contestants Kim and Cami get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with 0 seconds remaining on the clock. They are the tenth team in the series and the third consecutive team to accomplish this feat, setting a record.
  • On April 18 (#6013):
    • During Round 1, contestant Blair says "angel," but spells ANGLE instead.
    • During Round 1, contestants Charlie and MV fail to correctly guess the word TASTE despite knowing that T and A were in place and S, T, and E were out of place.
  • On April 19 (#6014):
    • Both teams consist of an older brother and a younger sister. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck. I'm looking for a sister or brother or anything out there!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Juicefirstguess
      After contestant Niki draws a 47 during the first segment, her teammate Sam accidentally drops a Lingo ball that he intended to draw.
    • During Round 1, contestant Sam says "graph," but spells GRP and GAR before correctly spelling GRAPH. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is accepted.
    • Contestants Dan and Carol get the word JUICE correct on the first guess.
  • Earthfirstguess
    On April 20 (#6015):
    • Musicfirstguess
      Contestants DJ and Jennifer get the words EARTH and MUSIC correct on the first guess. Not only are these two words consecutive, making this the third of only four known occurrences of such a feat, but amazingly, they are also the first two words of the game.
    • Crossedeyes
      Contestant Matt crosses his eyes when he announces 32, 20, and 46. This causes Shandi to jokingly encourage his teammate Brandon to pat him on the back so "he'll stay that way." Brandon attempts to do this when Matt later crosses his eyes when he announces a 26, but he pats him on the back too late.
    • Unusually, the losing team walks off the stage at the end of the third segment.
    • The logo animation is coupled with the new camera shot at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Brandon calls for a bonus letter right before his teammate Matt guesses ANGEL. Against precedent, the bonus letter is not used.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Matt says "cast," but realizes that it is a four-letter word and spells CASTE instead.
  • On April 23 (#6016):
    • Logoanimationwithnewcamerashot
      During Round 1, contestants Chris and Tish fail to correctly guess the word BASTE despite knowing that B and A were in place and S, T, and E were out of place.
    • The logo animation is coupled with the new camera shot at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, contestant Roy guesses CANST right before the timer runs out. Despite Shandi ruling it as an archaic word, however, it is lit up.
    • In an unusual occurrence, contestant Betsy draws the first two Lingo balls in Bonus Lingo, while her teammate Roy draws the final two Lingo balls.
  • On April 24 (#6017):
    • Both teams consist of sisters. Because of this, all four contestants are female.
    • During Round 1, contestants Linda and Ana fail to correctly guess the word FIRST despite knowing that F and T were in place and I, R, and S were out of place.
    • Closeup52
      During Round 1, contestants Amy and Laura fail to correctly guess the word ADULT despite knowing that A and U were in place and D, L, and T were out of place.
    • Contestants Amy and Laura pull out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
    • The logo animation is coupled with the new camera shot at the beginning of the fourth segment.
    • 41000
      At the end of Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says that contestants Amy and Laura got eight words correct when they actually got six words correct, but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • After contestant Laura draws a 52 during Bonus Lingo, which is the Instant Winner Ball, a close-up shot of the ball is used and placed in the contestants' graphic.
    • Contestants Amy and Laura win the $41,000 jackpot, making them the biggest winners in the series.
  • On April 25 (#6018):
    • Contestant Becka announces that she is a chef during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, I'm hungry!" during his portion of the opening.
    • When the score is 50-0, Chuck begins to say that it is 75-0, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • April
      When the score is 75-0, Chuck accidentally says that the "score is 7 to 5 to nothing," but he never corrects himself.
    • Unneccessarysixthline9
      After the contestant interviews, Chuck begins to say that Becka and April are in control, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Shandi imitates Chuck's "two-and-two" at the end of the second segment.
    • During Round 2, contestant April guesses APRIL. However, it is rejected for being a proper noun.
    • The sound effect for a missed word is played at a higher pitch after CREAK is revealed in Bonus Lingo.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Becka and April were unable to solve, HOOPS, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • For the fifth of only seven times in the series, a $100 win occurs.
  • On April 26 (#6019):
    • Both teams consist of newlyweds, who state how long they have been married for during the opening. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, I just got married in July. That counts, doesn't it? Of course!" during his portion of the opening.
    • Contestants Michele and Zack get the words HOUSE and LOVER correct on the first guess.
    • This episode is one of only seven shows between April 2 (#6001) and June 11 (#6051) in which the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it during Shandi's re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment.
    • When explaining the rules of Round 2, Chuck begins to say "question mark box" and ridicules himself for it.
    • Contestants Chris and Nancy get the word BRIDE correct on the first guess.
  • April 27 is the 300th episode of Lingo. On this episode (#6020):
    • Shandi acknowledges the milestone before Chuck explains the rules of Round 2.
    • At the beginning of Round 2, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Trey by the name of "Troy," but he never corrects himself.
  • On April 30 (#6021):
    • During Round 1, contestant Michael says "quiet," but spells QUITE instead.
    • For the sixth of only seven times in the series, a $100 win occurs.

May 2007:

  • On May 1 (#6022):
    • Three of the four contestants are bartenders, while the remaining contestant is a window designer. In response, Chuck says "I'm Chuck, I'd like to look out a window and get a drink! I don't know about you!" during his portion of the opening.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 25-125, he never says the yellow team's score.
    • After contestants Nicholas and Roxie get a new Lingo board in Round 1, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Camila by the name of "Camella," but he almost immediately corrects himself.
    • During Round 1, contestant Kristin says "annot," but spells ANNOY instead, which turns out to be the correct word.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 250-150, he never says the red team's score.
    • When the score is 250-250, Chuck accidentally begins to refer to contestant Kristin by the name of "Kirsten," but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
  • On May 2 (#6023):
    • Chuck references his hosting tenure on Greed when GREED is a correct word in Round 1.
    • During Round 1, contestant Michael says "rogue," but spells ROUGE instead.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Michael and Matt fail to mark off any numbers on their Lingo board; they only got one word correct the entire game, which was DEVIL in Round 1 for 25 points, and Michael drew first and pulled out a red ball.
      25-625
    • Contestants Leri and Dave win the game with a score of 25-625, which is the record for the largest difference between scores. Chuck informs them of this feat before Bonus Lingo begins, but he also erroneously states that they tied the record for the highest winning score, which was actually 675-100 on April 3, 2006, the Season 5 premiere (#5001).
  • On May 3 (#6024), Chuck gets tongue-tied right before contestants Leilani and Asante get a new Lingo board in Round 1.
  • On May 4 (#6025):
    • Contestant Coco is originally from Munich, Germany.
    • For the third of only three known times, a team earns four bonus letters for Bonus Lingo and still manages to lose.
  • Beginning on May 7 (#6026), Chuck says "Welcome to my neck of the woods" in the intro before saying "Let's play Lingo!"
  • On May 7 (#6026):
    • After contestant Benny draws a Lingo-forming 47 in Round 1, Chuck does not initially notice and says "Okay, Matt." Due to this error, contestant Matt begins to reach into the hopper before Shandi says "There you go! Lingo!"
    • In an unusual occurrence, contestant Julie draws the first two Lingo balls in Bonus Lingo and gives her teammate Shere the third and final pull.
  • On May 8 (#6027):
    • After contestants Alana and Mell correctly guess the word RODEO in Round 1, Chuck accidentally says "75 to 50, red's ahead, still in control" before they draw their Lingo balls.
    • Coast
      During Round 2, contestants Alana and Mell fail to correctly guess the word CHINA despite knowing that C and H were in place and I, N, and A were out of place.
    • Closeup13
      In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Bonus Lingo when contestants Noelle and Betsy guess COUNT, in which the C, O, and T are in the word and in the correct place. On the fifth guess, they go for CHASE, in which the C, A, and S are in the word and in the correct place, thus causing every letter in COAST, the correct word, to be lit up. However, the word itself is not revealed until the extended sixth line appears since CHASE was the team's final guess.
    • For no apparent reason, a close-up shot of ball 13 is used and placed in the contestants' graphic after contestant Noelle draws it during Bonus Lingo.
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  • On May 9 (#6028):
    • Contestants Scott and Laurie get the word MONEY correct on the first guess.
    • Nolingoboard4
      After Chuck says "You won the game" to winning team Diana and Valerie at the end of the third segment, the board shot of the team is oddly used.
    • Bonuslingowinwith2pulls3
      In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Bonus Lingo when contestants Diana and Valerie are given C as the first letter and B as the fifth letter. Their fifth guess is CRUMP, in which every letter except the P is in the word and in the correct place, thus causing every letter in CRUMB, the correct word, to be lit up. However, the word itself is not revealed until the extended sixth line appears since CRUMP was the team's final guess.
    • For the fifth of only five known times, a team wins $5,000 in Bonus Lingo despite earning only two pulls.
  • On May 10 (#6029):
    • For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 250-50.
    • 21000
      After contestant Luc draws a ? ball and places it on 33 during Round 2, an edit of Chuck saying "Alrighty, Bay" is culled directly from the first segment. This clip taken from Round 1 comes after Luc draws a 29 in the first segment.
    • Contestant Bay wears glasses during Bonus Lingo.
    • Contestants Luc and Bay win the $21,000 jackpot.
    • After contestant Luc draws a 43 during Bonus Lingo, which is the Instant Winner Ball, a close-up shot of the ball is used.
  • On May 11 (#6030):
    • After contestants Brent and Lauren guess ENTER on the fourth guess in Round 1, Chuck nearly states that control passes over to the other team, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • After contestants Brent and Lauren correctly guess the word DOLLS in Round 1, an edit of Chuck saying "Very nice, good job, reach in there and get your couple balls" is culled directly from the third segment. This clip taken from Round 2 comes after Brent and Lauren correctly guess the word FAITH.
    • In Round 1, the letter H does not spin.
    • After drawing a red ball in Round 1, contestant Annette accidentally drops it, causing it to bounce off the right side of the screen. In response to this, Chuck repeatedly nods his head and quips "Well, and there that red ball goes!"
    • After contestants Kali and Annette get a new Lingo board following the word SKIRT in Round 2, Chuck mistakenly says "Okay, Kali, Annette," which prompts Shandi to tell Chuck that the other team is actually in control. In response, Chuck quips "I just said their names, I didn't say they were playing!"
    • After contestant Lauren draws a Lingo-forming 33 in Round 2, the animation for a Lingo is played without the 33 being marked off first.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Annette says "at last" and spells it out, but realizes that it isn't a five-letter word. Shandi informs her that because the first five letters spell out a real word, ATLAS, it can be accepted.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Annette says "please" and spells it out, but realizes that it is a six-letter word. Shandi informs her that because the first five letters spell out a real word, PLEAS, it can be accepted.
    • When contestants Kali and Annette's guess of PLEAS is lit up in Bonus Lingo, every letter in the word and in the correct place is bizarrely lit up at the same time.
    • Although the first two letters of the fifth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • On May 14 (#6031):
    • LINGO is a correct word in Round 1.
    • After contestants Briana and Chris correctly guess the word MOUND in Round 1, Chris reaches into the hopper right after Briana pulls her ball out and before she announces the number on it.
    • Contestant Katrina pulls out all three ? balls from the hopper in Round 2.
  • On May 15 (#6032):
    • At the beginning of Round 1, Chuck mistakenly says "It's your turn" to contestants Cat and Britt Marie when opponents Danielle and Dave actually get their first Lingo board; he corrects himself while the first 10 numbers are being marked off Danielle and Dave's first board.
    • Crust
      In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Round 1 when contestants Cat and Britt Marie guess CAUSE, in which the C, U, and S are in the word and in the correct place. A few guesses later, they go for CRAFT, in which the C, R, and T are in the word and in the correct place, thus causing CRUST, the correct word, to appear on the board.
    • This episode is one of only seven shows between April 2 (#6001) and June 11 (#6051) in which the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it during Shandi's re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment.
    • After contestants Danielle and Dave guess VITAL in the third segment, Dave jokingly says "I'd like to buy a vowel." In response, Chuck references his hosting tenure on Wheel of Fortune by saying "That's my old show."
    • When the score is 400-175, Chuck begins to say that it is 400-125, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Bonus Lingo.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Cat and Britt Marie fail to correctly guess the word COCOA despite knowing that C, O, C, and O were in place and A was out of place.
  • On May 16 (#6033):
    • Chris Watters, who had appeared as a contestant on the first season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? alongside Season 5 winner Mary Votava, is one of the contestants.
    • During Round 1, Shandi accidentally says that the first letter is a W when it is actually an L, but she almost immediately corrects herself.
    • During Round 2, contestants Jennifer Mae and Chris fail to correctly guess the word ETHIC despite knowing that E was in place and T, H, I, and C were out of place.
  • On May 17 (#6034), during Round 1, contestant Pinky says "hunger," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells HUMPS instead.
  • May 18 is an online winners vs. TV champs special. On this episode (#6035):
    • At the beginning of the show, the neon arches behind Chuck and the contestants continue to flash well after the animated intro stops playing. The arches finally stop flashing right before the yellow team gets their first Lingo board.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Rachel says "kink," but realizes that it is a four-letter word and spells KINGS instead.
    • Although the first two letters of the sixth word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
  • On May 21 (#6036):
    • During their chat at the beginning of the show, Chuck and Shandi erroneously state that the highest jackpot was either $35,000 or $36,000.
    • After contestants Ben and Logan correctly guess the word GOING in Round 1, an edit of Chuck saying "Reach in there and get a couple of balls" is culled directly from the third segment. This clip taken from Round 2 comes after contestants Amin and Mariama correctly guess the word EBONY.
    • Knees
      During Round 1, contestant Ben says "kneel," but spells KAPUT instead.
    • Closeup63
      In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Round 1 when contestants Ben and Logan guess KNEEL, in which every letter except the L is in the word and in the correct place. On the next guess, they go for KITES, in which the K, E, and S are in the word and in the correct place, thus causing KNEES, the correct word, to appear on the board.
    • Underfirstguess2
      During Round 1, contestants Ben and Logan fail to correctly guess the word HUMOR despite knowing that H, U, and M were in place and O and R were out of place.
    • 17000
      During Bonus Lingo, contestant Logan misspells "lease" as LEACE, but almost immediately says "SE" afterwards. Against precedent, LEASE is entered in and accepted.
    • After contestant Logan draws a 63 during Bonus Lingo, which forms a Lingo, a close-up shot of the ball is used and placed in the contestants' graphic.
  • On May 22 (#6037):
    • Both teams consist of a parent and their child.
    • Contestants Jim and Kelly get the word UNDER correct on the first guess.
    • Contestants Jim and Kelly win the $17,000 jackpot.
  • On May 23 (#6038):
    • Round1300points
      Both teams consist of newlyweds.
    • Closeup66
      Contestants Katherine and Danny finish Round 1 with a record 300 points, a feat that Chuck acknowledges before explaining the rules of Round 2. They are the second and final team to accomplish this, the first one being contestants Brett and Jeff on May 24, 2006 (#5038).
    • This episode is one of only seven shows between April 2 (#6001) and June 11 (#6051) in which the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it during Shandi's re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment.
    • Unusually, the losing team walks off the stage at the end of the third segment.
    • After contestant Danny draws a 66 during Bonus Lingo, which forms a Lingo, a close-up shot of the ball is used and placed in the contestants' graphic.
  • On May 24 (#6039):
    • Chuck does "the two-and-two handshake" with contestant Aisha during the contestant interviews.
    • When Chuck recaps the scores at 50-125, he never says the yellow team's score.
    • 10wordskatyben
      Chuck gets tongue-tied as he explains the rules of Round 2.
    • As he is explaining the rules of Round 2, Chuck mistakenly says that the jackpot is $10,000, but he almost immediately corrects it to $11,000.
    • Contestants Katy and Ben get 10 words correct in Bonus Lingo with three seconds remaining on the clock. They are the eleventh and final team in the series to accomplish this feat.
  • May 25 is an online winners vs. TV champs special. On this episode (#6040):
    • Contestant Kyle does not say his name during the opening.
    • Contestant Rick is a self-proclaimed "celebrity stalker," having chosen Chuck Woolery as his celebrity. He had previously appeared on Wheel of Fortune in 1975 and Scrabble in 1987.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 1 is bizarrely played right after contestants Kyle and Rick form a Lingo and before Chuck recaps the scores afterwards.
    • During Round 2, both teams misspell the word "gauge" as GUAGE back-to-back.
    • 525-300
      Contestants Mary and Kati begin Round 2 with 25 points and end up winning the game with a final score of 525-300. This is very likely the record for the most points earned in Round 2.
    • The final score of 525-300 also ties the record for the highest scoring game in the series with 475-350 on August 25, 2005 (#3025).
    • When contestants Mary and Kati's guess of QUEEN is lit up in Bonus Lingo, the sound effects sound muted.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Kati says "gouge," but spells GAUGE instead.
    • In an unusual occurrence, contestant Kati draws the first three Lingo balls in Bonus Lingo, while her teammate Mary draws the Lingo-forming fourth ball.
  • On May 28 (#6041):
    • This episode is one of only seven shows between April 2 (#6001) and June 11 (#6051) in which the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it during Shandi's re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • In a rare occurrence, a team fails to fill in all five spaces, as contestant Vince guesses GODS during Bonus Lingo.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Vince and Will fail to correctly guess the word VAGUE despite knowing that V, A, G, and U were in place and E was out of place.
  • On May 29 (#6042):
    • During the contestant interviews, Chuck accidentally says "Hiya, Matt" to contestant Andy, an error he does not notice until Shandi corrects him.
    • When contestants Andy and Andrea's guess of STEAK is lit up in Round 1, no sound effect is played for the S.
    • The sound effect for the end of Round 2 is accidentally played at twice its speed. In response to this, Chuck jokes "That sound means that we're under attack!"
    • For no apparent reason, a close-up shot of ball 25 is used and placed in the contestants' graphic after contestant Drew draws it during Bonus Lingo.
  • On May 30 (#6043):
    • Both teams consist of identical twins.
    • CHUCK is a correct word in Round 2.
    • During Round 2, contestant Tiffany misreads ball 60 as 09, but quickly corrects herself. Chuck jokes "Is this like, uh, multiple choice?"
    • After time runs out in Bonus Lingo, the contestants' graphic suddenly disappears. The graphic pull used at the beginning of the two minutes in the round almost immediately occurs again afterwards, but the other graphic pull used at the end is then quickly used.
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    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Brian and Michael were unable to solve, TOWEL, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • On May 31 (#6044), contestants Michelle and Evan win the $16,000 jackpot.

June 2007: (season ends June 29)

  • June 1 is an online winners vs. TV champs special. On this episode (#6045):
    • During the contestant interviews, contestant Mindy says that she is enjoying her time in California because "I hate the winter." However, this episode is originally aired in June.
    • Contestant Robert wears glasses during Bonus Lingo.
    • Although the first two letters of the seventh word in Bonus Lingo are shown, the word itself is never revealed.
    • Backstage footage of this episode is later shown during an interview with director Alan Carter for GSN's short-lived Lingo podcast.
  • Despite the week of June 4-8 being advertised as Lingo Contestant Search winners week, June 7 and 8 are regular episodes.
  • Joustfirstguess
    On June 4 (#6046):
    • The Contestant Search winners of Dallas compete against the Contestant Search winners of Boston.
    • Everynumbermarkedoff2
      Before the first letter of the first word in the game is given, Chuck accidentally refers to contestant Rachel by the name of "Rachey," but he almost immediately realizes his error and corrects himself. This causes Shandi to quip "Already got a nickname from him!"
    • Sockpuppet
      Contestants Will and Mark get the word JOUST correct on the first guess.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Will and Mark mark off every single number on their Lingo board that does not form a Lingo during Round 1.
    • This episode is one of only seven shows between April 2 (#6001) and June 11 (#6051) in which the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it during Shandi's re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • At the end of the show, contestant Mark gives Chuck a sock puppet that his girlfriend made for him.
    • Winning contestants Will and Mark are later interviewed for GSN's short-lived Lingo podcast; backstage footage of this episode is shown during the interview.
  • On June 5 (#6047):
    • The Contestant Search winners of Akron compete against the Contestant Search winners of Sacramento.
    • During Round 2, contestant Karen says "choice," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells CHOSE instead.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Kristie says "prance," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells PRESS instead.
    • After contestants Karen and Kristie correctly guess the sixth word in Bonus Lingo, Chuck mistakenly says "That's seven," but corrects himself during the team's next guess.
    • Backstage footage of this episode is later shown during an interview with Shandi for GSN's short-lived Lingo podcast.
  • On June 6 (#6048):
    • The Contestant Search winners of Los Angeles compete against the Contestant Search winners of Philadelphia.
    • After drawing the first ball of the game, contestant Antonii continues to hold it up well after the number is marked off his team's Lingo board. This prompts Shandi to tell him to dispose it; afterwards, Chuck quips "Antonii's hanging onto that ball no matter what!" in response to this.
    • In a rare occurrence, a word is revealed entirely despite not being guessed yet. This occurs in Round 1 when contestants Adam and Melissa guess PAUSE, in which the P, S, and E are in the word and in the correct place. On the next guess, they go for POINT, in which the P, O, and I are in the word and in the correct place, thus causing POISE, the correct word, to appear on the board.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck mistakenly states that Adam and Melissa are in control, but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • This episode is one of only seven shows between April 2 (#6001) and June 11 (#6051) in which the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it during Shandi's re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment.
  • On June 7 (#6049):
    • This episode is one of only seven shows between April 2 (#6001) and June 11 (#6051) in which the middle monitor has the Lingo logo on it during Shandi's re-introduction of Chuck at the beginning of the third segment.
    • After contestant Jay draws a 61 during Bonus Lingo, which forms a Lingo, a close-up shot of the ball is used and placed in the contestants' graphic.
  • On June 8 (#6050):
    • After drawing the first ball of the game, contestant Heather continues to hold it well after the number is marked off her team's Lingo board. This prompts Shandi to tell her to dispose it.
    • After contestants Zack and Freddie get a new Lingo board in Round 1, contestant Noelle mistakenly begins to swivel the hopper after Chuck tells her team that they are in control. In response, Shandi says "Oh, no balls! You got to get a word first!"
    • 15000
      During Round 2, contestant Heather says "choose," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells CHOSE instead.
    • The word WIERD is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 27, 2003 (#1054).
    • Contestants Zack and Freddie win the $15,000 jackpot, the final jackpot win of the series.
  • On June 11 (#6051):
    • Quiltduplicate
      Both teams consist of roommates.
    • During Round 1, Shandi accidentally says that the first letter is a C when it is actually an S; she does not correct herself until the S appears on the board.
    • During Round 1, contestants Matt and Chris guess the word QUILT twice in one turn.
    • When explaining the rules to Bonus Lingo, Chuck begins to say "Clock's gonna start as seen as you soon the two letters of the first word" and ridicules himself for it.
  • On June 12 (#6052):
    • After contestants James and Udoka guess HIGHS on the fifth guess in Round 1, it bizarrely begins to light up a second time right before the camera cuts to Chuck.
    • After the contestant interviews, Chuck mistakenly states that the yellow team gets a new Lingo board, but he realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Contestants Barrett and Heather get the word ZEBRA correct on the first guess.
  • Bikerfirstguess
    On June 13 (#6053):
    • Both teams consist of sisters. Because of this, all four contestants are female.
    • When the score is 50-100, Chuck mistakenly says that it is 50-75, but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • Sillyfirstguess
      Contestants Maria and Ro get the words BIKER and SILLY correct on the first guess. Amazingly, these two words are consecutive, making this the fourth of only four known occurrences of such a feat.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Sandra says "wrong," but spells WRIN before saying "ONG." In an unusual occurrence, WRONG is entered in and accepted.
  • Otherduplicate
    On June 14 (#6054):
    • During the contestant interviews, contestant Melissa says that she and her teammate Brian are "both graduating in the spring, so- Actually, now, in May." However, this episode is originally aired in June.
    • Sean2
      During Round 2, contestants Brian and Melissa guess the word OTHER twice in one turn.
    • No red balls are drawn.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Brian says "unfit," but spells UNI before saying "FIT." In an unusual occurrence, UNFIT is entered in and accepted.
    • Chuck's son Sean makes a brief appearance at the end of the episode.
  • On June 15 (#6055):
    • At the beginning of the show, Shandi tells Chuck that she thinks they have run out of things to talk about. As a result, the game begins earlier than usual.
    • Queenfirstguess
      After contestants Nathan and Kat correctly guess the word TOWNS in Round 1, Chuck accidentally says "All tied up, 25-25, back to the board with Nathan and Kat, who are now in control" before they draw their Lingo balls.
    • Contestants Nathan and Kat get the word QUEEN correct on the first guess.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Renee and Leann break the first-letter rule during Round 1 by misspelling "judge" as GUDGE when the first letter is a J.
    • During Round 2, contestant Renee says "pals," but realizes that it is a four-letter word and spells PAILS instead.
    • After contestant Nathan draws a 59 in Bonus Lingo, Shandi mistakenly says that 4 would form a Lingo, but she quickly realizes her error and corrects it to 3.
    • Contestant Nathan uploads a highlight reel of his appearance to YouTube in May 2011. The broadcoast appears to be the original airing on GSN. Three days after uploading the montage, he writes a blog post about his appearance on the show.
  • On June 18 (#6056):
    • $1002
      Unusually, the camera never cuts to Shandi when she rules contestants Adam and Britt's guess of BEFOR as a misspelling in Round 2.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestant Britt calls for a bonus letter right before her teammate Adam guesses KNEES. Against precedent, the bonus letter is not used.
    • For the seventh and final time in the series, a $100 win occurs.
    • After contestant Adam fails to form a Lingo in Bonus Lingo with his team's only pull, Chuck allows his teammate Britt to pull another ball to see if they would have won the $5,000 with an additional pull. She pulls out a ball that wouldn't have formed a Lingo.
  • On June 19 (#6057):
    • Chuck gets tongue-tied right after contestants Lindsay and Bonnie get a new Lingo board in Round 1.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Jules and Chuanda break the English rule by guessing AMORE during Round 1.
    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor does not have the Lingo logo on it.
    • As he is explaining the rules of Round 2, Chuck begins to say that the jackpot is $15,000, but he immediately corrects it to $16,000.
  • Beginning on June 20 (#6058), the circle surrounding the giant pillar no longer lights up during the camera shot at the very beginning of the show.
  • On June 20 (#6058):
    • All four contestants are female.
    • After the yellow team gets their first Lingo board, Chuck mistakenly says "Okay, Misty, Kaneita, here's your first puzzle," prompting Shandi to inform him that the red team also gets a Lingo board.
    • Unusually, the camera never cuts to Shandi when she rules contestants Julian and Monica's guess of NINCE as a nonexistent word in Round 1.
    • All four contestants draw a red ball.
  • On June 21 (#6059):
    • After contestants Thomas and Lindsey draw a 16 and a 52, respectively, in Round 1, Chuck mistakenly states that Tim and Victoria are in control, but he realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor does not have the Lingo logo on it.
    • The word BRITE is ruled as a misspelling. However, it was accepted on January 15, 2003 (#1059).
    • After contestants Tim and Victoria draw a 43 and a 19, respectively, in Round 2, Chuck mistakenly states that Thomas and Lindsey are in control, but he quickly realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Tim and Victoria were unable to solve, EMOTE, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
  • On June 22 (#6060):
    • When Shandi re-introduces Chuck at the beginning of the third segment, the middle monitor does not have the Lingo logo on it.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Cara and Jeff mark off every single number on their Lingo board that does not form a Lingo during Round 2.
    • At the end of Bonus Lingo, the word that contestants Troy and Veronica were unable to solve, OCCUR, is revealed on the extended sixth line even though they never made a fifth guess.
    • For no apparent reason, close-up shots of balls 4 and 24 are used and placed in the contestants' graphic after contestant Veronica draws them during Bonus Lingo.
  • On June 25 (#6061):
    • Quitefirstguess
      After contestants Carin and Tad correctly guess the word NINTH in Round 1, Chuck accidentally says "25 to 25, all tied up, Carin and Tad, it's your turn, here you go" before they draw their Lingo balls.
    • Contestants Jay and Maggie get the word QUITE correct on the first guess.
    • During Round 1, when control passes over to contestants Jay and Maggie with F, A, N, and Y in the word and in the correct place, Chuck begins to say "Got a bonus letter," but he immediately realizes his error and corrects himself.
    • At the beginning of Round 2, Chuck mistakenly says "Here's your puzzle" to contestants Carin and Tad when they actually get a new Lingo board, prompting Shandi to correct him.
    • During Bonus Lingo, contestants Carin and Tad fail to correctly guess the word TUTOR despite having two guesses knowing that T and T were in place and U, O, and R were out of place.
  • On June 26 (#6062):
    • During Round 1, contestant Pip says "bought" and spells it out, but realizes that it is a six-letter word. Shandi informs him that because the first five letters spell out a real word, BOUGH, it can be accepted.
    • In a very rare occurrence, contestants Pip and Rebecca get buzzed out on the first guess when the first letter is an P in Round 1.
    • Chuck forgets to recap the scores at 50-200.
    • Chuck references his hosting tenure on Greed right before Round 2 begins.
    • Riverduplicate
      After contestants Pip and Rebecca get a new Lingo board in Round 2, Chuck briefly forgets which team is in control, but he eventually remembers that it is Trish and Taylor and quips "Of course, I know where we are at all times!"
    • During Round 2, contestants Trish and Taylor guess the word RIVER twice in one turn.
    • Chuck slightly messes up his sign-off by saying "It's not letters," a flub he realizes after Shandi finishes the sign-off.
  • On June 27 (#6063), during Round 1, contestant Kelsey says "paint," but spells PAN, which appears on the board, before correctly spelling PAINT. In an unusual occurrence, this guess is entered in and accepted.
  • On June 28 (#6064):
    • Nolingoboard9
      After contestants Elizabeth and Cory correctly guess the word PHOTO in Round 1, which causes Shandi to point out how photographer Lydia was unable to guess it, the board shot of contestants Lawrence and Lydia is oddly used.
    • Closeup43
      For no apparent reason, the contestant score graphics are not used when the score is 375-275.
    • At the end of the third segment, Chuck accidentally says "They're gonna come black and play" instead of "They're gonna come back and play," but he almost immediately corrects himself and quips "I'll get this right!"
    • For no apparent reason, a close-up shot of ball 43 is used and placed in the contestants' graphic after contestant Cory draws it during Bonus Lingo.
    • After contestant Cory draws a 43 with his team's first pull in Bonus Lingo instead of 13, the Instant Winner Ball, Chuck mistakenly says "Ooh, well, only 20 off," but he realizes his error after Cory laughs at this remark and adds "Or make that 30 or 40!" and later comments "Math obviously was not my strong subject."
    • Contestant Lydia writes a blog post about her experience on the show in October 2007.
  • On June 29 (#6065):
    • When the score is 0-75, Chuck begins to say that the "score is 7 to 5 to nothing" and ridicules himself for it.
    • During Round 1, contestant Adriane says "basket," but realizes that it is a six-letter word and spells BATCH instead.
    • Adrianedemondenter
      During Round 2, both teams fail to correctly guess the word ENTER despite knowing that E, T, E, and R were in place and N was out of place: Contestants Erin and John get buzzed out on their fifth guess, which is followed by contestants Adriane and Demond guessing EITER, which Shandi rules as a nonexistent word. Chuck clarifies with Shandi if the word is to be thrown out, but since both teams are still on the fifth guess, Shandi gives Erin and John another guess, in which they finally figure out ENTER.
    • Due to time constraints, the final word of the game is completely edited out; this is evidenced by Chuck stating that the final score is 275-250 right before he throws to commercial, despite the score being shown as 275-200 right before the sound effect for the end of Round 2 is played.
    • This episode is the final first-run episode of the series. The official announcement of the show's cancellation is not made until March 6, 2008.
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