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Mon June 4, 2012
Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 9:19 am
OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:
We have our next two fearless contestants onstage. Everybody welcome Mary and Phil Elmer-DeWitt.
EISENBERG: They are married. This is going to be excellent. You guys are pitting against each other in the trivia game. This is amazing that you go against each other. Do you have anything personally at stake depending on who wins?
MARY ELMER-DEWITT: No.
EISENBERG: Good, good, that's a happy marriage.
ELMER-DEWITT: No, it's win win.
EISENBERG: Win win, adorable.
PHIL ELMER-DEWITT: Or lose lose.
EISENBERG: Yeah. I understand the way you work, Phil, all right. Phil, you're in a Tech Blog for Fortune magazine, all about Apple?
ELMER-DEWITT: That's correct.
EISENBERG: And you, Mary, are an artist and you also teach. A professor for arts out at Pratt?
ELMER-DEWITT: Yes. But you guys are like arts and smarts and tech and paint and amazing.
ELMER-DEWITT: Yeah, but our best years are behind us.
EISENBERG: So you're also -
WILL HINES: Way to bring the room up, Phil, way to go.
EISENBERG: Also very realistic.
EISENBERG: This game is near and dear to my heart, it's called Love Triangles. So what we're going to do is we're going to give you two people's name involved in a love triangle and you have to provide the third. OK, so here's a little hint. I will try right here with you. Will, if I say Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston, you would answer?
HINES: Or -
SHONALI BHOWMIK: Believable, Will.
HINES: Yeah. Or Brad Pitt, I guess. I would accept either answer.
EISENBERG: Oh would you?
EISENBERG: Oh interesting. Now that one, the example Jennifer, Angelina, Brad of course is a real life, but the ones we're going to give you are from television, movies and literature.
HINES: Oh, Phil didn't like that.
EISENBERG: Phil just ga - Yeah. Mary looks strong though. Mary looks happy. All right.
EISENBERG: So hit that bell when you know the answer. Good luck Elmer-DeWitts.
ELMER-DEWITT: Thank you.
EISENBERG: Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes.
ELMER-DEWITT: Scarlett O'Hara.
EISENBERG: What do you think, Phil, did you give a damn about that?
EISENBERG: All right.
ELMER-DEWITT: Frankly, no.
EISENBERG: Jacob Black, Edward Cullen.
ELMER-DEWITT: Can I get a hint?
HINES: Team Jacob or Team Edward?
ELMER-DEWITT: Oh, it's that vampire movie.
EISENBERG: Hit the bell, Mary, hit the bell. Hit the bell, Mary.
BHOWMIK: Oh my! Yes, Mary!
HINES: You're in trouble, Phil. You're in trouble.
EISENBERG: Yeah, just so you know, her full name is Bella Swan. Who knew that here? Clap if you knew that.
EISENBERG: That is a light smattering. I understand. OK. King Menelaus of Sparta, Paris.
Phil, what happened there?
ELMER-DEWITT: Helen of Troy.
HINES: Yeah. Yeah.
BHOWMIK: Mary's following the rules.
EISENBERG: We're going to have to call upstairs for that. We're going to have to call upstairs. That's fine. Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan.
ELMER-DEWITT: Oh it -
ELMER-DEWITT: Well no. The - it's "The Great Gatsby" -
ELMER-DEWITT: And Gatsby.
HINES: That's correct.
EISENBERG: Yes. It's "The Great Gatsby" and Gatsby.
BHOWMIK: Mary's on a roll.
HINES: I see why the marriage is lasting, Phil, you just let her get everything right.
EISENBERG: Right. Happy wife, happy life.
EISENBERG: Aidan Shaw, John James Preston. Oh, Mary.
ELMER-DEWITT: Carrie -
HINES: Phil's gotta get that, that's Phil
EISENBERG: [unintelligible] Phil.
That was an alley-oop. Mary threw it up by the hoop and then Phil slammed it down with authority.
EISENBERG: This is a very - like this is a sociological experiment really more than a quiz show at this point, I'm finding a lot about these two.
ELMER-DEWITT: We wanted to be on together.
ELMER-DEWITT: We wanted to be on the same team see.
EISENBERG: Oh yeah. King Arthur, Guinevere.
EISENBERG: Uh oh. Phil, you are correct.
EISENBERG: You're quick on that one. Frasier Crane, Diane Chambers.
ELMER-DEWITT: Oh, it's Sam Malone. Sam -
EISENBERG: Sam Malone is correct from "Cheers." Was that - is that his name?
George Wickham, Fitzwilliam Darcy.
ELMER-DEWITT: Elizabeth Bennet.
HINES: Slam dunk for Mary.
EISENBERG: Elizabeth Bennet.
EISENBERG: Oh, what is the name of one of your cats?
ELMER-DEWITT: Mr Bennet.
EISENBERG: Interesting. Does that have anything to do with "Pride and Prejudice"?
ELMER-DEWITT: Yeah, we also have - we have a Lizzie, a Mali(ph) and a Kitty -
ELMER-DEWITT: Children, children.
ELMER-DEWITT: Those are people.
ELMER-DEWITT: Real children.
EISENBERG: Oh, those are - and then -
EISENBERG: Not cats.
ELMER-DEWITT: Not cats.
HINES: I think we have to adjust their mics for being adorable.
EISENBERG: Right, put the setting on a little lower. Yeah, I understand. Rick Blaine, Victor Lazlo.
ELMER-DEWITT: "Casablanca," Ilsa or Elsa, one of those.
HINES: Ilsa's correct.
EISENBERG: Yeah, Ilsa Lund.
EISENBERG: Well done.
HINES: Well, respectable scores on both side, but Mary is the winner of that round.
EISENBERG: Yes, Mary.
EISENBERG: Congratulations, you won the marriage. In the marriage, you won. So congratulations. Phil, you were fantastic. What a pleasure to have both of you on, and Mary you will be moving on to our final round at the end of the show.
ELMER-DEWITT: Thank you very much.
EISENBERG: You're welcome. Congratulations.
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