Shocking Surprise In this game, we collected movies with surprise endings and gave them a twist of our own by adding one letter to their titles.
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Shocking Surprise

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about movie plot twists, and it has a surprise ending. Here it is - Jonathan's been dead the whole time, and I'm his father.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Let's meet our next two contestants - first up, Caitlin Doyle on buzzer number one.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: You work in production management in MTV's internet video department. Welcome.

CAITLIN DOYLE: Thank you for having me.

EISENBERG: Caitlin, what kind of videos are you making for MTV?

DOYLE: It's a lot of multi-platform, like, celebrity interview type of stuff....

EISENBERG: Uh-huh.

DOYLE: ...And a lot of Facebook Lives now.

EISENBERG: Right. Facebook Lives - OK.

DOYLE: Yeah. It's a big thing.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

DOYLE: Mostly, my role though is, like, if a rapper likes a specific type of coconut water...

EISENBERG: ...That's where you come in.

DOYLE: Yeah - a lot of coconut water.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: There's a lot of coconut - how about almond milk?

DOYLE: Sometimes.

EISENBERG: Sometimes.

DOYLE: Yeah. It's really for the draw.

EISENBERG: That's for the discerning taste?

DOYLE: Yeah - the real A-listers.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: For almond milk - have you found out anything about a particular celebrity that you admire that you were, like, wow, that's an interesting little tidbit?

DOYLE: Everyone's very sensitive to, like, the heat.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So you're telling me all celebrities are like little fragile flowers?

(LAUGHTER)

DOYLE: Exactly (laughter).

EISENBERG: Very good. I like that because I believe it is absolutely true.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Your opponent is Michael Height on buzzer number two.

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EISENBERG: You're a manager for touring Disney musicals. Welcome.

MICHAEL HEIGHT: Thanks so much.

EISENBERG: All right. Michael, what is the best Disney musical?

HEIGHT: Definitely "The Lion King."

EISENBERG: OK.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Clearly, you managed "The Lion King."

HEIGHT: Yes. That's true.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK. And (laughter) - yeah. So when you're watching it backstage, do you feel like, man, I just want to run out there and be one of the characters?

HEIGHT: You know, so usually I stand at the back of the house at the start of the show because, you know, the animals process down.

EISENBERG: Sure.

HEIGHT: So what I have to do is stop myself from wanting to go with all of my co-workers up to the front of the stage.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) And be like, yay.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And everyone's like, who's that guy?

HEIGHT: I have that nightmare. I have that nightmare that I'm going to accidentally walk with my clipboard onto the stage and be like, oh, no.

EISENBERG: Right. Right. Right - very cool. So remember, Caitlin and Michael, win two games, and you will move on for a final round. Let's go to your first game. OK. So in this word game, we've taken movies with surprise twists, and we've given them a twist of our own by adding one letter to their titles. So let's go to our puzzle guru Art Chung for an example.

ART CHUNG: If we said, Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist who finds out that he was a karate teacher the whole time, you'd answer "The Sixth Sensei..."

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: ...Adding the letter I to "The Sixth Sense."

EISENBERG: Easy stuff.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Ring in to answer. Here we go. Charlton Heston crash lands on a strange planet. But in the end, he discovers he was on Earth all along when he stumbles across an electronic cigarette.

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EISENBERG: Michael.

HEIGHT: "Planet Of The Vapes?"

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

JONATHAN COULTON: In this Orson Welles masterpiece, the title character dies right after he whispers the name of his sled, Yeezy.

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COULTON: Caitlin.

DOYLE: Oh, gosh. I want to say "War Of The Worlds," but it's incorrect.

COULTON: That is incorrect. You were correct about being incorrect.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Michael, do you know the answer?

HEIGHT: I know. Oh, gosh. I mean, I can see it - "Citizen Kane."

COULTON: Uh-huh.

HEIGHT: But I don't - the twist was about...

COULTON: ...Yeezy.

HEIGHT: "Citizen Kanye."

COULTON: Yeah. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

HEIGHT: Thank you.

EISENBERG: I like your Yeezy delivery.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: An old man - I'm lying in my - sitting in my rocking chair, and I'm just about to die. And I'm remembering a fond thing from my past, and it's Kanye West.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Russell Crowe stars as a mathematical genius, John Nash, who's obsessed with the actress who played Kelly Kapoor on "The Office."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

DOYLE: "A Beautiful Mindy."

EISENBERG: Caitlin, that is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Nicole Kidman lives with her two daughters in a haunted house. But at the end of the movie, she finds out her daughters also have kids.

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COULTON: Caitlin.

DOYLE: "The Mothers?"

COULTON: That's right. You got it.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Sounds like the most terrifying movie of all time.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Mark Ruffalo stars in this romantic comedy where he's haunted by the ghost of Reese Witherspoon, whom he later learns was killed in a medieval sporting accident. No?

HEIGHT: Nothing.

EISENBERG: Anyone? Anyone want to ring in and just throw something into the mix? I feel like Caitlin wants to.

DOYLE: I think...

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DOYLE: "Joust Like Heaven?"

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Respect, Caitlin. Respect.

(LAUGHTER)

HEIGHT: Yeah.

DOYLE: Thank you.

COULTON: This is your last clue. Two strangers wakeup trapped in a room with a dead body lying between them. Only it's not a dead body; it's chopped cabbage salad.

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COULTON: Michael.

HEIGHT: "Slaw?"

COULTON: "Slaw."

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: They both did great. Caitlin, you're one step closer to the final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: If your ATM password is easy to remember because it's an anagram of a palindrome of your middle name, you sound like the kind of nutjob who should be on our show. For more information on how to be a contestant and our October show in Orlando, go to amatickets.org. Coming up, another plot twist - our next segment will include a mystery guest (gasping). And we found a whole new way to ruin a band you love by rewriting their songs to be about TV anchors. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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