Every second of every day we have the chance to catch an amazing moment that could shock a crowd or even change a life. Sometimes these moments happen on national TV for the whole world to see. Let’s take a look at one of the strangest episodes of Wheel Of Fortune to ever air. We usually don’t associate a show that is a fan favorite of senior citizens to be crazy but behold. We see as a woman starts off strong and then things take an unpredictable turn, the crowd stands shocked and history is made. This is not a story to miss.
What’s She Doing?
There have been many famous game shows throughout the decades, but one surely stands out amongst the many. Wheel of Fortune has been around for decades, and longtime fans of the game show probably feel like they have seen it all.
However, they were in for a surprise one day when a contestant started to behave very erratically during the final speed round. Of course, it would all make sense before long, but at first, the whole world and the host were very stunned by these actions.
On many occasions, Wheel of Fortune hosts special events to change things up and add a little extra fun and spice to the proceedings. This was the case on Veterans Week, which was set to honor military veterans from the United States military.
Current and former military members would be featured in all of the week’s episodes. The audience walked in knowing they’d be in for something special, but they could have never predicted what they’d witness on this night. Their minds would be blown.
The episode that shook the entire world took place on a Tuesday night. The Monday episode had gone just fine with nothing too surprising going on and there was no reason for the audience to expect anything different for the follow-up on that Tuesday.
The contestants that day were going to be Steve, Troy, and Nura, who again, had all served in the military at some point in their lives. Nura, Troy and Steve military past would all come into play during the episode, but in a way, nobody could have guessed.
Sometimes in Wheel of Fortune, a clear winner emerges pretty quickly and the rest on the contestants are left penniless and in the dust. This was the case on that particular day, as Nura had earned $13,970 already. Meanwhile, Dave had accumulated $4,300.
Steve had not been able to win anything and he was finding himself left in the dust with not a cent in his pocket, which of course probably isn’t all that fun, despite all of the excitement of being on TV. He basically got beat in front of the entire world.
A Done Deal
At that moment, if you would have asked any of Wheel Of Fortunes millions and millions of fan who’d win, they’d all say Nura. They’d all be wrong at that point. As Nura stood there confidently above the wheel, she had other plans going through her head.
She wasn’t going to let this be a straightforward game. Being the lead contestant, she was in control and had the power to spread the wealth she was earning. She was going to take everyone on the ride of their lives and make Wheel of Fortune history.
In The Bag
The speed round began, and it started normally enough, with Dave guessing the letter “T,” which is always a pretty safe bet. The clue was “What are you doing?” (which would soon be ironic), and it was a two-word answer. The crowd was very tense in these moments.
Soon, the play went to Nura, and everyone waited to see which letter she would guess. There were a lot of obvious choices that she could have went with at this moment. What would she choose. Everyone was waiting in anticipation for her choice and then it came.
Catch Some Zs
The turn passed on to Nura, who had been absolutely dominating that day. Everyone in the audience could foresee her winning some money. All she had to do was guess a very used letter. Anyone in the audience could have chosen that winning letter.
She ended up doing just the opposite. Instead of guessing a letter like R or L, she guessed “Z” and looked very serious as she did so. The audience was of course stunned by her choice. Z! Who in their right mind would ever choose “Z” on Wheel of Fortune.
Can’t Figure Her Out
The audience got quiet and tried to figure out why she would guess that letter. Nobody could come up with a proper answer in their heads. The other contestants looked at Nura as if they couldn’t figure out what she was thinking, either. Had she gone mad?
Vanna White looked like she might have heard the wrong letter being called. Even the host looked a bit off. She gave away an obvious win for something like a “Z.” Everyone turned to the host in search of a reaction. The world was at a complete shock.
Did He Hear That Right?
Normally, Pat Sajak is pretty self-assured during Wheel of Fortune. He is practically the commander of that spinning wheel. After all, he’d been hosting the show for decades. However, this answer was strange and he wanted to make sure he heard it right.
He turned to the contestant with wide eyes, “Did you say Z?” he asked. She confirmed it, even saying, “As in ‘Zulu'” to make it completely clear. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He nodded over to Vanna and all was confirmed.
Other Odd Moments
While this case certainly is unique, Nura’s case wasn’t the first time something fishy went on during a Wheel of Fortune game. Sometime back it seemed contestants were taken by a certain animal. The animal in question was a horse.
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortunes longtime host would be reminded of this time, as it was another time that saw him lose control of the show and freak out. Back then he had his contestants guessing for letters as usual. The category was “what are you doing?”
Riding A Brown Horse
The board was completely empty and one constentant chose “N”. With “N” being the only thing on the board. One of the contestants screamed out, “Riding a brown horse!” The crowd burst into laughter at the man’s crazy answer.
Even Pat had a smirk on his face. How one could garner an entire answer right away just based off of one letter is crazy. It was something that had never happened at such an early stage on Wheel Of Fortune. That said, the same went on as usual.
Horse Play Continues
Pat eagerly moved on to a more serious contestant. Thinking the next group of contestants would give him a serious answer, he moved onto them. She asked for the letter “G” which appeared right after “N.” She then whispered something into her partner’s ear.
With that, the woman yelled out, “Riding a white horse.” The crowd and contestants erupted in laughter. Pat and Vanna were in complete disbelief. This was Wheel Of Fortune, not some crumby game show to be taken as a joke. He couldn’t believe what was happening.
It’s at this point that Pat doesn’t really understand what is going on. He appears to be wondering how he lost complete control of his show. He looks around visibly upset and says, “Who said anything about a horse.?” An answer was never given to him.
He then walked off into the distance and completely off the set. Had Pat finally lost his mind. Was this the end of Wheel Of Fortune. The crowd suddenly became concerned for their host. Seconds later he returned to the contestants waiting patiently for him.
Back to the present moment. With Nura’s guess failing to turn up any Zs on the board, the play went back to Steve. Steve guessed R and Troy guessed S, with both being fortunate enough to find their letters on the board. Something very fishy was going on here.
Now, it was back to Nura, and at this point everyone was extremely excited to see what she would guess. It would be a huge shocker, indeed. Pat looked at her with focused eyes and was praying she would not disrespect his show.
The World Awaits Nura
The world looked on at Nura to see what she would choose. The cameras were all on her. The crowd was completely silent as they waited for her. Making a terrible mistake now would shake our nation with a shared groan by everyone from California to Maine.
The camera focused on her face and it looked shockingly relaxed. She knew exactly what she was doing. Pat felt a little nervous as he was hoping she would just make a good guess and help in creating a normal and average episode for everyone at home.
The Loneliest Letter
To everyone’s surprise, Nura did something even more unprecedented this time: she didn’t give an answer at all. After play went around again, Sajak looked at Nura intently, trying to figure her out. This was something he had never come across before.
He was puzzled and nobody is supposed to puzzle Sajak. Nobody! This time, she picked a letter, but it was one of the loneliest letters that are barely ever in a puzzle: the letter “Q.” Sweat beads began to pour down Sajak’s face. He didn’t like this one bit.
The world was in complete shock over Nura’s behavior on the show. Nobody knew what to do, but they had to do something. Back in the 1980s, people might have telephoned one another to check out the crazy woman making horrible guesses on Wheel of Fortune.
In 2015, people took to Twitter to openly question just why Nura was making these awful choices. However, nobody could really figure it out, and they just continued to watch. Her reasons were something that would eventually catch everyone off guard.
Nobody could understand what had happened to Nura. She was so bright, to begin with. Nura had turned from a savvy player to a strangely clueless one in no time flat. As a result, Sajak was a bit incredulous and felt like an audience member on his own show.
As he turned to her for another guess, he couldn’t help himself. “I wonder what latter Nura will call?” he asked. She kept the poor pick streak going, this time choosing the letter X. At this point, Pat began to lose hope of ever finding out what was going on.
As you would expect, Nura’s latest guess wasn’t any better than her previous choices, still failing to turn up any letters on the game board. The crowd wasn’t even shocked anymore. Everyone just kind of sat back, watched and accepted what was going on.
What’s worse, she decided yet again not to make a guess whatsoever during her last turn, and she continued to sit with no money earned during the round. This was something that nobody could understand. Didn’t everyone want to win on some level or another?
The play returned to Steve, who had enough letters to be able to solve the puzzle, which was “Following Footprints.” It was Steve’s first win of the entire game and gave him $6,400 to go home with. That is a huge sigh of relief. He ended up getting some winnings.
Nura seemed quite pleased with the turn of events, and everyone started to put two and two together as a result. Nura did something that so many people would never think to do. She is truly a nice human for doing such a thing.
Looking For Answers
Pat Sajak couldn’t let Nura’s terrible play go unexplained. She couldn’t walk away without explain herself to him and the millions upon millions watching at home. He made his way over to her and asked her if she could explain why she picked such strange letters.
“That’s what I saw,” was all she said in response. What could Pat do? He wasn’t convinced, but noted that “she’s not under oath” and he couldn’t make her tell the truth, either. He couldn’t believe that he wouldn’t get to the bottom of this.
It started to become clear what had happened as the results were announced for the day. Nura had bombed the speed round, but still won $13,970 and advanced to the final in the process. She was going to go home with a nice sum of money in her pocket.
Best of all, Troy would finally have a little something to take home with him. It was looking like he would ultimately go home completely broke. Nobody wants to face their family in that condition. Fans started to figure out what she had done.
Was She Being Nice?
This was only an assumption by the masses. Nura never said anything to this effect, but it was quite clear to the viewers that she had purposefully bombed the final round to ensure that her fellow participants would each be able to take home some money.
This would definitely be a nice gesture, especially during an event like Veterans Week. We hope that’s what she did and just didn’t have a moment of zoning out or something. She always did appear to be extremely bright before that big moment.
The world was buzzing and to see this buzz, you would have had to have been on the internet. The reaction on social media was immediate. Many users started to praise Nura for what she did and say that it was a great move.
“Just saw the classiest move on Wheel of Fortune,” write Jeremy Pond. “Nura threw the final puzzle to let a fellow military person win it. Much respect.” This was truly an episode of Wheel Of Fortune that nobody would ever forget. It was one of the ages.
Nura’s charitable act was not lost on other viewers, either. It seemed that all kinds of people were showing support and appreciation for the way Nura had played. She had done something that was never seen on television games shows before.
“Never saw someone throw a round so everyone could win some money,” wrote a Twitter user by the name of Retro Ranger. He was just one of the many shocked viewers that had to write about what they saw on Twitter that night.
Rooting For Nura
There was a shift in the crowd as everyone began cheering for this contestant. Nura definitely had the support of the fans watching on TV after her classy move. She moved on to the last round to try to complete the final puzzle. Would she succeed?
Unfortunately, she was not able to do so, as the last puzzle was “By Appointment.” She ended up missing out on the grand prize of $33,000 in the process. That said, she didn’t go home empty handed and would still recieve a handsome fund.
A Happy Day
Still, Nura was quite pleased with what she had achieved on Wheel of Fortune that day. She would go home with nearly $14,000 in prize money and said she planned to visit Belize with her earnings. That must have been one heck of an amazing vacation.
Meanwhile, Pat Sajak echoed viewers’ thoughts by telling her that she had made everyone very happy that day. He couldn’t recall an episode of his show where he walked off the set feeling so good about himself. There would never be another episode that good.
Love On Social Media
On that fateful and beautiful day social media exploded with love and support for Nura. One couldn’t praise her enough. One user tweeted, “Just saw the classiest move on “Wheel of Fortune.” She truly touched a lot of people on that night.
Nura threw the final puzzle to let a fellow military person win it. Much respect.” Retro Rager also tweeted his support and said, “Way to go Nura! Never saw someone throw a round so everyone could win some money. Everyone was impressed by her.
Where Is Nura Today?
Nura’s kind behavior wasn’t some kind of act for the camera. Don’t think that this woman aspired to get praise via something like social media. According to those who know her, she practices such selflessness on a daily basis. It’s an attitude that has taken her far in life.
Business people see this and want to immediately do business with her and for this reason her own business has had major success. Think about how beautiful the world would be if everyone was like Nura. It would be a beautiful place.