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Monster Tracks

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about fictional monsters like gluten.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This is an audio quiz called Monster Tracks. It's simple. I'm going to play you a clip of a fictional creature. You're just going to tell me what television show or movie it's from. And guess what - the points are doubles. Whoever wins this game goes to the Final Round. Whoever doesn't win this game, just like the producers of "The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina," will be sued by the Church of Satan.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here we go. This monster's natural habitat is a Manhattan food cart.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "GHOSTBUSTERS")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) What the hell is that thing?

(SOUNDBITE OF BURPING AND LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) Ew.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jennifer.

JENNIFER CONNORS: That's Slimer from "Ghostbusters."

LAURELL HAAPANEN: Nice.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

HAAPANEN: So good.

(APPLAUSE)

HAAPANEN: So good.

EISENBERG: The 2016 all-female version which screwed everyone up.

JONATHAN COULTON: Right - ruined all of our childhoods.

EISENBERG: It was very hard on everyone. How did we move on?

COULTON: I don't know. We - in a way, we haven't.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: In a way, we haven't. You're right.

In this clip, a Bigfoot struggles to adapt to his new life with his new tiny-footed family.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS")

MARGARET LANGRICK: (As Sarah Henderson) I don't care how big and ugly and smelly you are. You just can't go around eating other people's corsages.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Laurell.

HAAPANEN: "Harry And The Hendersons."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This monster finds a new home in a nice, dry, shady house with strict meal schedules.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "GREMLINS")

ZACH GALLIGAN: (As Billy Peltzer) Can I pick him up, Dad?

HOYT AXTON: (As Randall Peltzer) Sure. Go ahead. Just be careful. You got to be gentle.

GALLIGAN: (As Billy Peltzer) I will.

FRANCES LEE MCCAIN: (As Lynn Peltzer) I hope he's housebroken.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Laurell.

HAAPANEN: "Gremlins"?

EISENBERG: Yes, "Gremlins."

(APPLAUSE)

HAAPANEN: Don't feed it after midnight.

EISENBERG: Yes, that's right. Also, the only female gremlin was in high heels and lipstick. That seems unfair.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: We need, like, a nonbinary reboot...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...Where they all just wear flats and lip balm and nobody - they can figure it out as they go along...

COULTON: That's right. That's right.

EISENBERG: ...All right?

For some reason, the Internet embraced this bedtime story monster as a gay icon.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE BABADOOK")

TIM PURCELL: (As The Babadook) Babadook - dook - dook.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jennifer.

CONNORS: "The Babadook."

EISENBERG: Yeah. It's right in there, isn't it?

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: That's right.

HAAPANEN: So good.

EISENBERG: Yeah. That began as an ironic joke on Tumblr in 2017. Just saying Tumblr sounds very 2017...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...Doesn't it?

COULTON: Very old-fashioned.

EISENBERG: Tumblr?

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: And then it was embraced and spread during the following Pride Month. So the true monster, once again, is the Internet.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This monster finally makes it right-side-up for the final showdown.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "STRANGER THINGS")

GATEN MATARAZZO: (As Dustin Henderson) Is it dead?

FINN WOLFHARD: (As Mike Wheeler) Go. Go. Go. Go.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jennifer.

CONNORS: Well, it's the monster from "Stranger Things," and it goes from the Upside Down to the right side up, so the Upside Down monster.

EISENBERG: Yeah. All you had to say was "Stranger Things." You already got the point.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: The Demogorgon didn't originate in "Stranger Things" or Dungeons And Dragons. It appeared in "Paradise Lost," in Voltaire's writings, and it was referenced in "Moby Dick." This is your last clue. Here, a monster goes through his daily calisthenics.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "MONSTERS INC.")

BILLY CRYSTAL: (As Mike) You call yourself a monster? Scary feet. Scary feet. Scary feet. Oh, the kids are awake. OK. Scary feet. Scary feet. Scary feet. Kid's asleep.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Laurell.

HAAPANEN: Well, it's a "Monsters Inc." monster.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's all you need. You just needed to give me "Monsters Inc." That's right.

HAAPANEN: "Monsters Inc." character.

EISENBERG: James P., Sully Sullivan and Mike Wazowski. All right. Well done, both of you. It's a tie.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So here's the deal. I have a tiebreaker question. So I'm going to throw the question out. Ring in, and we'll see how it goes. What blue creature's alter-ego Alistair hosts Monsterpiece Theater on "Sesame Street"?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Laurell.

HAAPANEN: Cookie Monster.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: After two games, Laurell is going to our Final Round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against Laurell in our Final Round. Plus, comedian Michelle Wolf is here, and she is hungry like the wolf because we don't provide craft services for our guests. I'm Ophira Eisenberg. And you're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(APPLAUSE)

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