TV Decor

Aug 25, 2017

We've spent so much time in the rooms of certain TV shows, they can be as familiar as our own. Ophira and Jonathan read an imaginary real estate listing for a room and contestants guess what TV show it's featured in.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about people keeping the fake houseplant industry alive. I'm talking about TV set designers. But first, let's meet our contestants. First up, Kristen Chester on buzzer number one.

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EISENBERG: You are a software project manager. Welcome.

KRISTEN CHESTER: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Your opponent is Tadd Sholtis on buzzer number two.

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EISENBERG: You're a public affairs officer for the Air Force.

TADD SHOLTIS: I am.

EISENBERG: Welcome.

SHOLTIS: Thank you.

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EISENBERG: Kristen, you have a lot of fun hobbies. The one that caught my eye was actually you're part of a local roller derby team.

CHESTER: That's absolutely true.

EISENBERG: All right.

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EISENBERG: So you obviously have a roller derby name.

CHESTER: I do.

EISENBERG: And what is it?

CHESTER: It's Hella Hitzgerald (ph).

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CHESTER: I want something classy.

EISENBERG: Is there a position that you're in?

CHESTER: Mostly, I play blocker if I'm practicing with the team. And then I help out with our junior roller derby team. And I'll tell you, you have not seen joy until you tell an 8-year-old on wheels that she can body check the little girl next to her.

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EISENBERG: And they just laugh and fall and laugh.

CHESTER: Yeah. No. And they're tiny and terrifying and just fierce. So it's a great time.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) That's great. Tadd, you actually tried out for "Teen Jeopardy" when you were younger. Your mother has an interesting theory as to why it didn't work out. What is that?

SHOLTIS: I was about eight inches taller than all of the other contestants...

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SHOLTIS: ...And Alex Trebek, so...

EISENBERG: So she said it was your height that kept you back?

SHOLTIS: It had to be, right?

EISENBERG: Because how would you...

SHOLTIS: I'm her baby boy. I couldn't be dumber than the other kids.

EISENBERG: That's right.

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EISENBERG: But see how it all turned out? Here you are.

SHOLTIS: On radio.

EISENBERG: That's right.

SHOLTIS: No height problem.

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EISENBERG: That's right.

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EISENBERG: All right. Well, let's go to your first game. Well, we spend so much time in the rooms of certain television shows. They can seem as familiar as our own. So Jonathan and I will read a real estate listing for a room, and you just have to tell us what television show it is featured in. Let's go. Grab your favorite spot on the couch and peruse the scientific textbooks, action figures and Rubik's Cubes packing this nerdy pad.

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EISENBERG: Tadd.

SHOLTIS: "Big Bang Theory."

EISENBERG: That is correct, yeah.

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EISENBERG: Sounds so kitschy and nerdy, and then the people in that room are making a million dollars an episode.

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JONATHAN COULTON: That's right. That's right. Careful not to get sliced on the iron throne dominating this regal hall. Also, make sure you don't get beheaded, poisoned, pushed out the window or any of the other horrible ways you could die in Westeros.

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COULTON: Kristen.

CHESTER: "Game Of Thrones."

COULTON: That's right.

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EISENBERG: I think the tip to surviving on "Game Of Thrones" is never be in the same room as anyone.

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EISENBERG: You'll love sharing this garden-level maisonette in an up-and-coming New York neighborhood. Enjoy decor supplied by your roommate, Titus Andromedon. If you've just escaped from a doomsday bunker, it will seem like a big improvement.

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EISENBERG: Tadd.

SHOLTIS: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

EISENBERG: That is correct, yes.

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COULTON: Rug weavings, macrame and a dreamcatcher join forces to create the ultimate hacker hostel, ideal for coding your own Pied Piper.

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COULTON: Kristen.

CHESTER: "Silicon Valley."

COULTON: That's right.

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EISENBERG: Trying to launch a law career but short on funds? You'll enjoy working out of and living in the back room of an Albuquerque nail salon.

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EISENBERG: Tadd.

SHOLTIS: "Better Call Saul."

EISENBERG: That is correct, yes.

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EISENBERG: You guys watch a lot of television, as it turns out.

SHOLTIS: We're old. We don't have anything more to do.

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EISENBERG: It's all we have, for God's sakes.

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COULTON: This living room interior features plenty of blank wall space, perfect for you and your CIA superior to create a rainbow-colored timeline of terrorist Abu Nazir's movements.

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COULTON: Tadd.

SHOLTIS: "Homeland."

COULTON: You got it.

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EISENBERG: That was like an amazing tennis match. Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

ART CHUNG: They both did great. Tadd, well done. You're one step closer to our final round.

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EISENBERG: Here's a description of a place - game show buzzers, silver high heels, spilled beer. If you want to see it in person, apply to be a contestant on our show. Go to amatickets.org. Color of heels subject to change. Coming up, Jonathan Coulton, musician and warlock, sings about fictional witches. It's like a witch hunt but fun. I'm a Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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