Hal Block had been released from the program following the events of EPISODE #141, but was allowed to appear in three more episodes before he was permanently replaced by Steve Allen. - agent_0042 (2008)
THE LOOK OF THINGS - This is the last episode with John's old host desk. The improvement is long overdue, as his current desk shows signs of wear and tear. On the next episode, he gets a newly designed desk with a longer side panel which hides John's chair from the view of the camera. No longer will we be able to see the cushion on John's chair that makes him sit taller in his seat than the contestant. The panel desk remains the same until EPISODE #155. - Suzanne (2004)
Bennett Cerf takes over Hal Block's anchor position. Steve Allen is now a regular panelist. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Not one mention is made of Hal Block's absence on the panel. Bennett introduces John as "John Charles Daly," a habit he'll keep until the end of the series. During the final game, a police siren can be heard outside. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.