Howard began this morning saying he'd just gotten into an argument with Gary because Gary played a bit on yesterday's "Wrap Up Show" that he hadn't yet played on the show.
As Howard explained that he sometimes didn't play bits right away, Gary came into the studio to defend himself, even insisting he used to introduce bits on "The Friday Show" without Howard's permission, a claim Howard denied.
Gary then promised Howard that he wasn't "some renegade lunatic" who was going behind his back, and instead made "an organic" decision when it came to playing the bit yesterday.
Howard went onto note that he had told Sal he was going to play the bit in question on the air at some point, but Gary responded he felt Sal was "a lunatic" because of how upset he got when Howard didn't get to his bits as soon as possible. Sal then came into the studio to say he warned Gary not to play the bits on "The Wrap Up Show" yesterday, but admitted he believed Gary did use "common sense" seeing as he didn't think Howard was ever going to play them either.
After Gary took the blame for playing Sal's bit and left the studio, Sal remained and pointed out once again that he tried to stop Gary from playing the bit. This led Gary to get on his intercom, though, to say Sal was lying about the amount of effort he put into stopping him from playing it.
Never Wrong Except for Clothes
While Howard continued on the subject, Gary came back into the studio to ask Howard if he was ever wrong, and he responded he wasn't, and asked for examples of when he was ever wrong. Gary then replied he thought Howard was incorrect when he initially supported the war in Iraq, but Howard informed him that wasn't a good example, explaining he made the decision at the time based on the information President Bush had provided the country about the Iraq's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction.
However, Howard conceded to Artie when he pointed out he thought Howard's choice of a wardrobe on "Late Night with David Letterman" in the mid-1980s – complete with jeans tucked into boots – was wrong.
The Cause of Controversy
To put the argument to rest, Howard played the bit that caused the problems today, featuring Sal calling a restaurant to order food for his grandfather's funeral, only to start crying whenever the man on the other end mentioned a particular food on the menu.
He also played a "The Jack and Rod Show" clip featuring Richard's newest character, Nervous Mark, talking to former television entertainer, Joe Franklin. After playing the bits, Howard acknowledged he didn't think either one of them was "a homerun," while Artie thought they would've been funnier if they had been edited.