Was listening to Wed's show. Did anyone else feel "punked" by Wednesday's "first guest" ? The bit started out with Howard rehashing Gary's story, from last year, about Gary throwing out all of his mothers stuff, after his father died, and then throwing his mother into a nursing home. Initially, it sounded like Howard was doing damage control / revising history, so that Gary wouldn't sound so evil. (When the story was first related, last year, to promote Gary's paperback, Gary really sounded like an evil shitstain, getting revenge on his mother, by parking a dumpster outside the window, literally throwing stuff out the window, hearing things smashing inside the dumpster, and making fun of his mother for crying & whimpering as her stuff was being destroyed. At the time, I remember thinking: "Someone really needs to call Adult Protective Services and report this motherfucker.") So, Howard retells the story Wed morning, making it sound less evil, while at the same time, making Gary's mother sound more demented. Then, Ronnie & Gary come running into the studio and add details, each trying to one up the other over how crazy their mothers were. Then, some asshole caller on the phone starts talking, authoritatively, about how sick these people are and how much they need therapy. And then the lions came.[SUP]1[/SUP] It turned out the dick on the phone was a house cleaning ex-con gambling addict, who, just happened, to be on TV. "Don't forget to watch the season finale of "Hoarders" this Monday Night, on A & E." Fuck You, Howard. Eat Shit and Die. The whole goddamn bit was just a plug for a TV show. Jesus Christ, Howard. Can't anything real happen on the show? Does anyone remember entertaining? It's all about the fucking marbles. Remember this in the future. Whenever an interesting topic starts being discussed, out of the blue, it's probably going to turn into an advertisement. Punked again, Howard. You got me. The worst part? I have no idea whether Garry & Ronnie were telling anything even resembling the truth, or if the entire bit was a lie. And, if it was a lie this year, it must have been a lie, last year, the first time they trotted this nag out of the stall. What did the Bethman call Howchie in regards to AGT? "funny, honest and direct"? Yeah, right. Footnote: 1. Years ago, the phrase "And then the lions came" was a commonly used tip off that someone was lying and making excuses. More often than not, it was used sarcastically, as the capper of a lame shaggy dog ate my homework story. I just did a Google[SUP]TM[/SUP] search on it, and did not find any current examples of such usage, so it seemed a footnote was in order.