Howard was talking about how he admired Rosie O'Donnell on some level because she decided to walk away from hit TV show to live her life the way she wanted to, as a gay woman. He guessed that she must have felt that she had enough money at some point but Howard said he couldn't understand how she could walk away from earning that much money.
Artie said that, if he knew he only had three more years to live, he'd retire right now and live off the money he's saved so far. He said that he didn't want to work the last years of his life and would much rather relax and hang out. He said he figures he won't live much longer than ten more years anyway and asked Howard how much money he thought he needed to get by. Howard thought $2 million cash given the way Artie spends money. Artie said that was great, he could start thinking about retiring right now. Howard asked Artie what he would do if he happened out live his predicted ten more years and Artie said he wasn't really worried about it. At that point General Manager, Tom Chiusano came in and said he was genuinely worried about Artie. He said that, after hearing about Artie's weekend in Vegas, he thinks he needs an intervention. He asked Artie when all of this was going to stop but Howard told Tom he thought he was out of line by saying that. Howard said that Artie obviously has a drinking problem but he's at work everyday on time, sober and funny as hell so it can't be that bad. Artie agreed and said that since he got this job he hardly ever drinks during the work week. The only problem is that he over indulges on the weekends, especially when he's out doing gigs. Artie said that once he's done promoting his new DVD he's going to take at least a year off from doing stand up. At that point he could go a month without drinking if he wanted to. He said, ultimately what he'd like to do is buy a home in Jersey, retire, and spend all his time out by the pool. Howard told him there is no dream scenario that will make him happy though and he'll realize he still has problems even then. Ralph Cirella called in and said he doesn't think Artie has a drinking problem and his only problem is that he does things to the excess. Howard said he didn't want to hear Ralph talking about other people's mental health though.