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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Let This Be Called "Getting Merkeled" From Now On.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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OK, panel, time for you, of course, to answer some questions about this week's news. Luke, there's a lot of tension between Greece and Germany. it's Germany that holds most of the debt that Greece can't pay. German Chancellor Angela Merkel handled a stressful situation in Greece this week when what happened?

LUKE BURBANK: Someone borrowed her David Hasselhoff CD and didn't bring it back to her.

SAGAL: No.

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BURBANK: I think actually it was when the waiter spilled a tray of beers down her back.

SAGAL: That's exactly what happened, five glass of beer. It's on YouTube. It's great.

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SAGAL: Walking by, splash, right down Angela Merkel's back. She was at a meeting for the Christian Democratic Union. They apparently like to party.

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SAGAL: The waiter spilled the tray of five beers down her back. Being German, she immediately whipped off her suit jacket and started to wring the beer into her mouth.

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SAGAL: Actually, it was amazing - this is true - how well she handled it, with real grace and aplomb, she didn't angry. Almost as if, you know, this happened all the time.

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SAGAL: Or maybe she was just happy something had finally washed the feeling of George W. Bush's hands off her shoulders.

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BURBANK: It's actually such a sad story for the guy who was bringing the beer, because he wasn't even supposed to be the person who brought the beer to her. Somebody else was supposed to do it and they got too nervous.

SAGAL: Really?

BURBANK: This is a true story.

SAGAL: And he's like, no problem, I can handle this.

BURBANK: Yes, exactly. And then he's standing there and it isn't even his fault.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Somebody bumped into him, yeah.

BURBANK: Yeah, Secret Service, or their Der Secret Service...

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BURBANK: I speak a little German.

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BURBANK: Behind him and bumped into him and I mean they are never going to let him forget that at Der Applebee's.

SAGAL: Yeah.

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SAGAL: On the plus side, that guy just got elected president of Greece. So apparently it worked out OK.

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