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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.



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.

GROSZ: Yeah.

GOLDTHWAIT: And knows a faster way.

SAGAL: Yeah.

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: Yeah.

GOLDTHWAIT: ...T-shirts.

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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