Artie mentioned he heard Jason on "The Wrap Up Show" on Thursday, and called him names – like "hairy" and "fat" – because of some of his remarks about him.
Howard then played a tape from the show of Gary discussing where Artie had disappeared to on Thursday when he missed The Gossip Game, with Jason and Sal adding they feared Artie was back on drugs.
When the tape was done, Artie reported his mother called him crying over the weekend because she'd heard the conversation on "The Wrap Up Show" and thought Artie was using again. However, Artie insisted he still wasn't on drugs, and that he didn't want rumors like that spreading given some of the business deals he had lined up.
After a caller noted how "disturbing" Artie has been looking lately because of his size, Artie admitted he was "obese" for the first time in his life, but that he didn't think anyone could convince him to change his eating habits. This led Howard to remember how his parents had an intervention with him when he was in his mid-20s about his weight gain at the time, and that their discussion was what got him to lose weight.