Panel Round One
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
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ADAM BURKE: Oh, (laughter) with knee windows.
SAGAL: With plastic knee windows.
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SAGAL: Yes. Thank you. I'm so glad you knew that because you know how hard it is to hint the concept of plastic knee windows?
SAGAL: Think of something you'd never actually want in your pants. Plastic knee windows? Yes.
SAGAL: They're called clear knee mom jeans, and they're perfect for moms...
TOM BODETT: Now, that's marketing.
SAGAL: I guess they're being sold to moms who want to show off the one part of their body untouched by pregnancy.
BURKE: Was this like a phone mix-up? They're like, they're going to be called clearly mom jeans.
BURKE: I heard clear knee mom jeans. We've already made 40,000.
BODETT: So what - I mean, I can't even see this in my head. So...
SAGAL: Well, it's easy. Imagine a pair of jeans.
BODETT: That I can do.
SAGAL: And then just take a rectangular patch out of the knee and replace it with a plastic sheet.
SAGAL: And there you have it.
BURKE: Tom, it's like that old saying, the Levis are the window to the knees. Do you remember that?
NEGIN FARSAD: (Laughter).
BODETT: Oh, yeah, yeah. That's right. Yeah.
SAGAL: The website says slick plastic panels bare your knees for a futuristic feel.
BODETT: I mean, like, when you sit down it's just like, the skin would just get all mashed up against it, right?
SAGAL: Yeah. That's the future.
SAGAL: Is that your knees are going to feel - sticking to plastic...
BODETT: Yeah, it'll be like somebody's, like, butt - little butt cheek on a window pane.
BURKE: This is a great way to leave your job as main buyer for Nordstrom. Screw it.
BODETT: You know, and if you had - you know, and eventually there's going to be, like, smears and, like...
BODETT: Because, you know, if you use lotion there'll be, like, little knee prints on your window.
SAGAL: Yeah. Well, that's...
FARSAD: You're going to need, like - you're going to knee deodorant.
SAGAL: Yeah. It's also - it's...
BODETT: Yeah. A knee squeegee probably, you know?
SAGAL: I hate it when I'm stopped in the sidewalk waiting for the light to change and guys come up and start squeegeeing my knees.
SAGAL: I hate that.
BODETT: I don't think I've ever once heard someone complimented on their knees. You know, nice knees, you know?
SAGAL: Yeah, it doesn't...
BODETT: It's just like, you know...
BURKE: You know why...
BODETT: You know, my legs are a little skimpy, but, you know, I've got to say, I'm kind of proud of the knees, so...
FARSAD: They're also, like, the wrinkliest part of your body, you know? That and elbows. It's like you look like a pug right there, you know?
SAGAL: OK, we don't...
BODETT: I mean, I can imagine, like, calf windows. I mean, there are very nice - very nice...
SAGAL: Oh, yeah. You get complimented on calves sometimes.
BODETT: ...Calves. You know, thigh windows, obviously.
FARSAD: And - (laughter).
SAGAL: A well-turned ankle.
BODETT: Even ankle windows, for sure. But...
BURKE: You can tell it's an unattractive body part because we don't have a cute nickname for it. You know what I mean?
BODETT: It's true. It's just...
BURKE: Like, legs is, like, gams. But knees - is anyone like, hey, nice benders, lady, you know?
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