PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Amy, a new service in Japan allows you to rent a what for as little as $9 an hour?
AMY DICKINSON: Oh. Does it - is it a sex robot?
SAGAL: It is not a sex robot.
SAGAL: In fact, some people might say...
DICKINSON: Oh, sorry. Did I say that out loud?
SAGAL: You did.
DICKINSON: Nine dollars an hour - a mom?
SAGAL: No. I will just say...
DICKINSON: A lactating mother?
SAGAL: I'm intrigued with your thought process here, Amy.
BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Yeah.
DICKINSON: It just seemed that that would be worth it.
SAGAL: I'll give you one more hint, and that is that these people are presumed to have wisdom.
DICKINSON: A grandparent?
SAGAL: No. It's...
DICKINSON: A therapist?
SAGAL: No. It's much more generic than that. I'll just tell you. For $9 an hour in Japan, you can rent the services of a middle-aged man.
DICKINSON: A middle - what would you...
PETER GROSZ: I'm surrounded by middle-aged men.
DICKINSON: ...Want one of those for?
SAGAL: Well, that's the...
SAGAL: I didn't say...
GROSZ: Excuse me.
DICKINSON: I have two I'll give you for free.
SAGAL: I did not say that you would want to rent one of these. I said that you could.
GOLDTHWAIT: But what do you use them for?
SAGAL: Let me explain.
GOLDTHWAIT: Thank you.
SAGAL: Do you need some sage advice? Do you have a lot of things to carry and you want to make sure that you have cargo pants conveniently nearby?
SAGAL: Rent a middle-aged man. This is now a real service in Japan, so book your flight to Tokyo, rent your car from Hertz and then rent your man from Everything Hurts.
SAGAL: The same rules apply, though. You got to check all around the middle-aged man for dings. And it came full of gas, so you have to return it full of gas.
DICKINSON: Oh, yeah.
DICKINSON: No problem there.
SAGAL: The idea is that these men in their late 40s into their 50s can offer the wisdom of age to someone.
GOLDTHWAIT: Because it's really hard to get a middle-aged guy to pipe up about his opinion.
SAGAL: Yeah, it's terrible.
DICKINSON: They're so...
GOLDTHWAIT: You've got to draw it out of them.
DICKINSON: You do (laughter).
GOLDTHWAIT: I don't - I can't - I don't know who the target audience is for this.
DICKINSON: But, you know what? Think about it. Wait. It's cheaper than a Uber, probably. For an hour, you could just get one to drive you around...
SAGAL: I guess you could.
DICKINSON: ...Or carry your stuff.
GROSZ: If all you wanted to do was, like, talk about the route that you were taking.
DICKINSON: That's true.
DICKINSON: I get lost in it.
SAGAL: And tell you how it could be better.
GOLDTHWAIT: And knows a faster way.
GOLDTHWAIT: I've never said, you know what would make this great is if someone chewed with their mouth open and had really weird, unexplainable tiny white flecks on their...
GROSZ: And they were like, hey, I'm going to cut my toenails now in front of you. Is that OK?
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