May 27, 2000

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This week: The Special Historical Edition. This time, you're gonna have to dig a little deeper and think a little harder if you want Carl's voice on your answering machine.

Host: Peter Sagal
Official Judge and Scorekeeper: Carl Kasell
Not My Job Guest: Nina Totenberg, NPR Legal correspondent

This Week's Panelists:

•Charlie Pierce, Esquire Magazine writer
•Sue Ellicott, BBC
•Adam Felber, Entertainer

Round 1

Who's Carl?
Carl channels three quotes from, well, anytime after the birth of Christ: Attack ads, 19th-century style; Papal wannabes; plus, who needed index cards like this? "Note to self...when they call your name during roll call in Congress, say yes."

Opening Round
We know who should replace David Duchovny when he leaves The X-Files; an intriguing idea for cleaning up the environment, but we're pretty sure Al Gore won't go for it; and we wonder what Dr. Dio Lewis would have said about that diner scene in When Harry Met Sally.

Round 2

The Listener Limerick Challenge!
Three reasons to be glad rap music wasn't around in ancient Greece.

Not My Job!
Legal correspondent Nina Totenberg plays "The Fools in the Academy Thought You Were Insane...Insane, I Tell You! But You'll Show Them! Hah! Hah! Hah! Hah!"

Week month Late 20th Century in Review
We're just glad Silence of the Lambs didn't come out until after this guy left public office; more environmental plans, with an emphasis on mental; employee litmus tests the likes of which you've never seen before; and just because the machine ate your quarter does not give you the excuse to fire at it.

Round 3

Who's Carl II
More evidence that critics are out of touch with the public...

Bluff the Listener
The game in which a listener tells truth from fiction. The topic this week: Bold Strides in Military Strategy

Lightning Fill in the Blank
The rest of the week's news in speedy question and answer form. This week's theme: People Who Shouldn't Be Allowed to Predict Anything Ever Again.

Panelist Predictions
Quotes we'll all be mocking in another 25 years.