Friends Everywhere

May 12, 2017
Originally published on August 11, 2017 9:31 am

Every answer in this final round will contain the first name of a character from the TV show "Friends." And if you've never seen "Friends"... we'll be there for you — for moral support. But not for hints.

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Now, it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Jen Winter, who says her dream is to be an unentertaining Billy Joel cover artist...


EISENBERG: ...And Brian Norton, who says the chance of a natural disaster will end this show early is only 1 in 100.


EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin, take it away.

CECIL BALDWIN: All right. Jen and Brian, your final round is called Friends Everywhere. And every answer will contain the first name of a character from the TV show "Friends." So for example, if I asked what woman is credited with making the first American flag, you would answer Betsy Ross because, of course, Ross is a character on "Friends." And we will be reusing characters. And if you've never seen "Friends," I'll be there for you.


BALDWIN: The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner, and your prize is an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Andy Karl.


BALDWIN: We flipped a coin backstage, and Jen is going first. Here we go. Jen, it's a baby kangaroo.


BALDWIN: Correct.


BALDWIN: Brian, she's the MSNBC host who revealed Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns.

BRIAN NORTON: Oh, God, Monica.

BALDWIN: No, I'm sorry. That's not correct.


BALDWIN: We're looking for Rachel Maddow. Jen, this member of The Supremes starred in the movie version of "The Wiz."

WINTER: Diana Ross.

BALDWIN: Correct.


BALDWIN: Brian, it's a beach city that neighbors LA and marks the end of the legendary Route 66 - three seconds.

NORTON: Ross City.



WINTER: That was a good one.

BALDWIN: We were looking for Santa Monica.

NORTON: Oh, yeah.

BALDWIN: Jen, this comic co-hosts the podcast "2 Dope Queens" with Jessica Williams.

WINTER: Phoebe Buffay - I don't know (laughter).

BALDWIN: Oh, so close. It was Phoebe Robinson.

WINTER: (Laughter).

BALDWIN: Brian, this actor played Coach Eric Taylor on "Friday Night Lights."

NORTON: Oh, God, I know this one - Eric Chandler.

BALDWIN: Oh, so...

NORTON: No, Scott - what's his name? - Kyle Chandler.


BALDWIN: Yeah, there you go, Brian.


BALDWIN: Jen, this French mime's most famous character was named Bip - three seconds.

WINTER: Chandler.


BALDWIN: Oh, the answer is Marcel Marceau because Marcel was Ross' pet monkey.

WINTER: Oh, the monkey. Oh, got it.

BALDWIN: Brian, he's a Swedish supermodel turned Europop musician born Mats Olle Goran Soderlund.


NORTON: I should know this too.

BALDWIN: Three seconds.

NORTON: It's not coming to me.


NORTON: The Swedish chef.

BALDWIN: Oh, sorry, we were looking for Gunther. Gunther managed the coffee shop at Central Perk. All right, so we're at the halfway point, and Jen is in the lead, 2 to 1. So, Jen, this author created hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe - three seconds.

WINTER: I don't know (laughter).

BALDWIN: The answer is Raymond Chandler. Brian, this chain of stores has the slogan dress for less.

NORTON: Geez (laughter).

BALDWIN: Three seconds.


BALDWIN: Oh, the answer is Ross.


BALDWIN: Jen, this musical instrument is known as the mouth organ.

WINTER: Harmonica.

BALDWIN: Yeah, that's it.


BALDWIN: Brian, this star of "The Notebook" received an Oscar nomination for her role in "Spotlight."

NORTON: Rachel McAdams.

BALDWIN: Correct.


BALDWIN: Jen, this actress, who starred in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" and "Gremlins," is married to Kevin Kline - three seconds.

WINTER: I don't know (laughter).

BALDWIN: Oh, the answer is Phoebe Cates. Brian, this member of NSYNC went on to host a game show called "The Singing Bee."

NORTON: Oh, God (laughter).

BALDWIN: Three seconds.

NORTON: Goodness (laughter).


BALDWIN: Oh, the answer is Joey Fatone. All right. So the score is 3 to 2. You each have one question left. Jen, if you get this question right, you win. She's a fashion designer who starred in her own project on Bravo TV.

WINTER: Oh, God, Rachel Zoe.

BALDWIN: That's correct, Jen. You win.


EISENBERG: Congratulations, Jen. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Cecil Baldwin.

BALDWIN: Hey, hey, my name anagrams to blind ice claw.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Julian Velard.

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EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Eric Feinstein, Andrew Kane, Adam Markowitz and senior writers Karen Lurie and J. Keith van Straaten. Our senior supervising producer is Art Chung. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Denny Shin and Rommel Wood, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We were recorded by Damon Whittemore, Rick Kwan and David Hurtgen. ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y, The Bell House...

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EISENBERG: ...And our production partner, WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias.

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