Opening Panel Round Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The TV dinner that's part Hungry Man, part construction worker.
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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The TV dinner that's part Hungry Man, part construction worker.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

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Right now, Panel, it's time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Paula, a British supermarket chain is launching a line of microwave dinners that do what when they're ready?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Call out to you.

SAGAL: Yes, they do. They whistle at you.

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SAGAL: Isn't that nice?

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

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SAGAL: The only thing more depressing than a Friday night alone, with a frozen Salisbury steak, is when that Salisbury steak tries to hit on you.

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SAGAL: The MicVac frozen curry dishes work the same way a tea kettle does, they whistle when they're done. Then like a well-trained golden retriever, you eagerly take the tray from the microwave and silently eat it over the kitchen sink.

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CHARLIE PIERCE: If you continue to talk to the dinner while you're eating it, you might have a problem though, right?

SAGAL: That's true. I mean, on the other hand it could be rather compelling, if you're lonely enough.

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SAGAL: We understand Arnold Schwarzenegger once tried to father a child with his.

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PIERCE: Yes, he failed to roll the cellophane back in time.

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ROBERTS: How many more distasteful jokes can we come up with?

SAGAL: We have just a little bit of time; we'll have to cram them in. Oh, that's what Arnold said.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

PIERCE: Now appearing in seventh grade, Peter Sagal.

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