PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Paula, this week, a man in Texas proposed a novel idea for seniors who are considering moving into a retirement home. He calculated they could save a lot of money by doing what instead?
PAULA POUNDSTONE: Hmm. Hmm.
POUNDSTONE: Can I have a hint?
SAGAL: Well, you have to ask the bellboy to bring up all of your belongings.
POUNDSTONE: Oh, right - by moving into a hotel.
SAGAL: Specifically a Holiday Inn.
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SAGAL: It's the Holiday Inn theory. Although any budget motel would do - Days Inn, Days Numbered...
SAGAL: ...Motel 6 Feet Under.
FAITH SALIE: We'll turn the light off for you.
TOM BODETT: End of Days Inn - I just - like, you just...
BODETT: Once you start, you...
SAGAL: Yeah, I know.
POUNDSTONE: They check in, but they don't check out.
SAGAL: Pretty much.
SAGAL: You know, the Holiday Inn - it's already set up. They've got rooms. They've got a little dining area. You know, they've got cleaning staff. They don't have to make any changes. They'll just change that door hanger to do not disturb or resuscitate.
BODETT: Yes. Yeah.
SAGAL: When you get down to it, the only difference between this and a nursing home is how quickly they find your body.
BODETT: Oh, yeah. That one kills.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ")
TACO: (Singing) If you're blue and you don't know where to go to, why don't you go where fashion sits? Puttin' on the Ritz.
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