THE STERNS VS FRED Howard said that it must be in his family's genes for the Sterns to be annoyed by Fred. Howard's parents had recorded a song for the Christmas Show last month and Fred worked with them over the phone. Howard played an outtake from the session where Fred asks Mrs. Stern to sing the last few lines over because they didn't come out right. Howard's mom, who kept calling Fred "Gary", said that she thought it was fine to be off key and they should keep it the way it is. She sounded pretty irritated with "Gary" (Fred). But then Howard's dad chimed in that he agreed with Fred and they ended up singing the entire song from the top about five more times. Howard said his mom is just like he is with Fred. Howard always tells Fred to just hurry up and move things along.