HOST: David Ruprecht
ANNOUNCER: Johnny Gilbert; Randy West
AIRDATES: 1990 - 2003
CHANNEL: Lifetime; PAX
PACKAGER: Al Howard Productions
TV MYSTERY PRODUCT: This was introduced in 1993. In 3 different parts of the market were 3 screens with the show’s shopping cart logo. Shoppers would see a word to a product in the market by pressing a buttonunderneath the screen. If the shopper could find the itemand get it in their shopping cart or return it to the counter (over the line) before the ending bell, the team won $250. When this game was first introduced, the word was revealed by just touching the screen. However, because “touch TV” technology was new at the time, it took a long amount of time to reveal the word, if the monitor worked. In the 2001 – 02 season, one monitor was removed, making it 2 monitors.
SPLITTING THE NAME: This was a variation for the TV Mystery Product, used when the show was on PAX. A product’s name was split in half, and the half names were put on random screens. If the shopper found the product and got it in their cart, $250 was added to their total.
INSTANT COUPON MACHINES: With the use of Instant Coupon machines across the supermarkets in our country, the show did something as well. A contestant could win some money by grabbing a coupon and then getting the object on the coupon itself. However, this only lasted from 1992 to 1994.
DOUBLE/TRIPLE COUPONS: This has a similarity to the Instant Coupon Machines. Certain items had DOUBLE or TRIPLE value coupons on or near the item, and the actual item would multiply the value of said item by two or three. However, the limit of five is still enforced.
STACK JOB: This was my kind of Big Money Maker. There are 3 bags located at the back of the store, each containing 21 empty soda cans. The shopper can take one bag and bring it back to their partner, who could then stack the cans in the shape of a pyramid, using all 21 cans. If successful before the final bell, they get a marker worth a $100 bonus, which later became $150.
CAN CRUSHER: The shopper brings a bag of empty soda cans to his/her partner. The machine crusher can only accept one can at a time. And if they can crush all the cans before the final bell, they won $100.
MANAGER’S SPECIAL: At some point of the sweep, Ruprecht would announce something over the loudspeaker (“Attention, shoppers. The Manager’s Special for today is…”). Once the name was given, the contestant can go to a binlocated near the checkout to find the can of the special. 3 of the special canshave red stars on them, and if the contestant can bring one back, they win $200. Bringing back one WITHOUT the red star resulted in no money awarded.
RED TAG SPECIAL: A similiarity to the Manager’s Special. Located in the center of the market is a giant shopping cart and find the item that Ruprecht said over the loudspeaker, and get it with a red tag on the bottom. Doing so won $200, but not getting one with the tag didn’t get the money.
$300 MOVIE: This made its debut in the 2001 – 2002 season. During the Sweep, Ruprecht would go on the loudspeaker and say “Activate the TV monitors.” Players at the allotted time would press the buttons under the familiar TV screens to reveal a clue to a movie in the video tape display. And getting the movie with the special envelope attached to it won $300. However, only one copy of the movie was available.
INTERNATIONAL BREAD CENTER: In the back of the market was a bread box, filled with18 different kinds of breads each in their own marked box. Before the sweep, Ruprecht would give the players a listof what they needed to bring back. The contestant would then have to get the correctbreads, put them in a bag, and then seal it with a twist tie. Sealing the bag improperly or getting the wrong breads resulted in no money. BUT, if the correct breads were received and the bag was sealed properly, $250 was awarded.
FRUIT FANTASY: Similar to the International Bread Center. Where the Manager’s Special is, players would pick fruits that Ruprecht had listed before the sweep and put them in a red basket for a $250 bonus. A wrong amount of fruits or a wrong item led to them not getting the bonus.
BREAKFAST BREAK: This was a confusing money maker that met a demise rather quickly. 5 breakfast items were listed before the sweep, and their partners could help them. Finding the 5 would win $250. After a few confusing players couldn’t figure it all out, it changed to 2 items with David announcing them over the loudspeaker. But there were still some confusions, so the game was scrapped.
SUPER SANDWICH: Well, this was an all right game. On a table next to the checkout center is ingredients of a sandwich. Contestants would make the sandwich with the given bread (in 2001 – 2002, they had to go to the Bread Center and get the bread), and then wrap it up in foil. However, there were some occurrences that players didn’t get the bonus because they were to use ALL the ingredients, and some contestants forgot to put the lettuce on the sandwiches.
MARKET MADNESS: A table with five same items (usually cereal boxes or rolls of paper towels) was set up next to the checkout lanes, along with 3 stationary carts, one corresponding to each item. During the sweep, players could pick the items off the table and put them in the stationary carts for their team. But, other runners could try and get them out and get them into their own cart. $50 was awarded for each item, making the award $250 if all 5 are in one cart before the final bell.
SWEEP SWIPE: This was inspired from Market Madness. Two of the same item was set up next to the checkouts, along with three tables, one corresponding to each time. During the sweep, players could take the boxes and put it on their table. Others could swipe it and put it on their table. $100 is awarded for each box on a table, making the potential value of this one $200.
CRACKER JACKPOT: A table was set up with a lot of boxes of Cracker Jack. And, the shopping contestant has to tear through them to find a shopping cart token in one of them. Finding it won $250.
JOLLY TIME IS MONEY: Similar to Cracker Jackpot. Only this time, there were boxes of JollyTime Popcorn, and finding the token won $100, later $150.
SHOPPING LIST: Before the sweep, Ruprecht would give three specific items. The shoppers had to find those during the sweep for $250 for their total. The shopper can get them in any order, but all 3 items HAVE to be in the cart before the ending bell to receive credit. This was the very first big money maker introduced, besides the Bonus Specials.
ALPHABET GAME: Similar to the Shopping List, Ruprecht used 3 consecutive letters of the Alphabet and the products’ names beginning with the letters. Getting those items and putting them in the cart’s front basket (more can be used, if needed) would win $250, later $300. However, if a shopper got more than one item of the same thing, got the wrong item or not putting it in the basket would not receive credit.
MAGAZINE DISPLAY: Similar to Shopping List & Alphabet Game, Ruprecht would give 4 magazine titles. The shopper would then have to go to the magazine display near the checkout lanes to get those magazines for a $250 bonus.
BONUS ENVELOPE: Halfway through the sweep, Ruprecht would come over the loudspeaker and give a clue to the shoppers to an item in the market. After the clue is read, if a contestant could find the bonus envelope, there would be a $200 bonus for the team.
VIDEO ENVELOPE: This combines the Bonus Envelopeand the $300 Movie. A clueis still read over the loudspeaker, but the envelope is hidden behind a single copy ofthe movie. After the clue, if someone got the envelope, they won $200.
BIG BOX OF CHEER: This was also known once to be the Big Box of Gain. In the back of the market, there is a big box of detergent with 4 colored envelopes, each containing a value in between $25 to $100. The shopper picked one envelope, and the money concealed in the envelope was added at the end of the sweep.
FROZEN YOGURT: This was one of my favorite big money makers in the show, although it was only used during the final Lifetime season. There is a frozen yogurt machinewith four different flavors (Sweet Peachy-Peach, Triple-Fudge Chocolate, Berry-Berry Raspberry, and Vanilla Bean Dream) located near the back of the supermarket. Before the sweep, David gave 3 flavors to be put in yogurt cups in the proper order. Shoppers took a plastic cup with black lines (indicating where to put the next flavor), and dispensed the yogurtsto the line. Then, they had to put a top on it and place it in the plastic bucketattached to the cart. If the proper order was given before the sweep ended, $250 was awarded.
BALLOON POP: Three shopping carts or large garbage bags were in the back corners of the supermarket. Shoppers can bring one back, and their partners can try to pop the balloons. If they can pop all the balloons before the time expired, $150 was given. It later became a $200 bonus.
-Supermarket Sweep had slightly higher ratings besides the show that preceded it: Shop ‘Til You Drop
-Game show announcer veteran, Johnny Gilbert of Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy! announced this show before former game show contestant, Randy West did. In the 1980s, West appeared on the Hit Man finale, and an early 1984 episode of Press Your Luck
-In the 1990s, there was a tournament to compete for two GeoTrackers, worth over $25,000. YouTube user, tsskiller08 has posted the GeoTracker finals on his side of YouTube
-The timer on Gilbert’s seasons of the show had the same font that was the timer in the first season of Masters of the Maze with JD Roth.
“And, this is David Ruprecht saying good-bye for Supermarket Sweep. Remember, the next time you’re at a checkout counter and you hear the beep…” –BEEP BEEP- “…think of all the fun you can have on Supermarket Sweep!”
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