What a night. And here I thought watching Theresa Caputo medium people into full-on tears would be the highlight!
Little did I know what was in store for us Tuesday night in the form of Oscar Award winner, former Judy Garland neighbor, and my brand new National Treasure, Cloris Leachman. Where do I even begin? When you started the show with a three-way Andy/Jeff Lewis kiss off? When you called Ronald Reagan "not bright?" When you kissed Jeff and Andy AGAIN to see if their kisses had improved? When you shut Jeff down by saying he's "more gay than anybody"? When you full on frenched Andy at the end of the show? Oh, Maw Maw, you are a STAR!
Wait, probably my favorite part of the show was her perfect Judy Garland shaggy dog story that came up unexpectedly during Spill The Tea. (You know how that game usually involves saying the first word that comes to mind when you see each photo? Yeah, that doesn't apply to Cloris. Quiet, Jeff. She's talking about Judy.)
Since I didn't have a camera to record all of our faces during that moment, I must resort to a brief transcript of what was said aloud in the control room:
"Um, what? Cloris saved Judy's life?"
"Wait, she remembers Lorna Luft's name, but not LIZA? She's talking about Liza, right? Cloris, LIZA? LIZA!"
"From a swimming pool?! With her bare hands?"
"JUDY MAKES SOUP!?"
Basically, we were all like:
Oh, yeah, and then the fire alarm went off.
WOOOP! WOOOP! WOOOP! At just the right frequency of woops so that as soon as you think it has stopped...WOOOOOOOP. Oh, boy. We were all safely evacuated from the building, the producer in me thanking our lucky stars that it went off at the end of the show, and milled about outside only to learn that some "censor" on the roof was "triggered" by the "elevator" or "something." Not exactly Backdraft. BUT WE MADE IT U GUYZ! Many thank yous to the FDNY who came to the rescue and made sure the building was not actually on fire.
And, of course, we all went out for drinks afterwards to recuperate from our near-almost-kind-of death experience. Jenni Doll got wasted. I think she needed to burn off some steam.
After all that excitement, it was nice to return to the calm of two fire-free shows to round out the week. I did learn two new things:
#1 Cyndi Lauper is no fan of Jessica Simpson. Check out her Spill The Tea where she refers to Jessica as "...interesting." Ouch.