Artie wondered what Howard thought of last night's premiere of "The Better Half." Howard replied that he liked the show, although he didn't feel like Artie's highly promoted voicemail message to Dana was all that entertaining.
Artie told Howard that he warned him it was "corny," but then admitted that it didn't play well on the air. Robin found there to be an "easy kind of feeling" throughout the program, which she found "fascinating."
Howard said that, as usual, Mr. X had the funniest line of the night, noting that Mr. X joked that he doesn't listen to Robin on SIRIUS because it's the only time he can "get her to shut up." Robin added that, in her opinion, Mary came off the best of all the significant others because she did nothing but praise the show and her husband, Gary.
Despite Robin's feelings, Howard felt Mary was too "prepped" for her appearance and that there was no way she was really as supportive of Gary as she claimed. However, Gary promised Howard that he didn't tell Mary what to say on the air and that she actually doesn't get at all offended by the program, only by certain things he himself does on the air.
Cut to the Chase
Howard commented that he called into the program to ask certain questions that its host, Jon Hein, hadn't asked. Robin responded that she thought his call interrupted the flow of the show. However, Jon came into the studio to report that he appreciated Howard calling into the show, because he was able to cover topics Jon didn't feel right discussing. Howard then played a clip of Mr. X, who told Jon that some of his food used to go missing when Robin would leave his home and he never knew what happened to it until he heard her meat and vegetable revelation. Howard proceeded to take a call from Jessica Hahn, who noted that Howard's inclusion in the show last night bumped it up from "a two to a 10" because he asked the questions the fans wanted to hear.
Hope After All
Artie acknowledged that he learned some things about Dana during "The Better Half" that he didn't know and that her appearance on the show has actually strengthened their relationship. To illustrate his point, Artie mentioned that Dana wants him to go to therapy instead of sitting through a Pre-Cana, which he described as a Catholic tradition in which people who are about to be married tell a priest that they've never engaged in certain sexual practices. Robin then noted that she was surprised to discover that Dana would be willing to marry Artie if he sees a psychiatrist first. Howard added that he can tell Dana really loves Artie, while Fred pointed out that Dana thinks of Artie as "a god and a genius." Artie responded that he and Dana are getting together this weekend and he hoped they can work out their troubles.