Howard started this morning by taking a call from a man, Jim, who claimed he went to etiquette school and felt Howard wasn't rude when he left Gary's party early Saturday night. However, before Jim was able to explain his theory, Robin noted she thought it would've been acceptable for Howard to have left a party with 500 guests instead of 16, which led him to insist he wasn't going to listen to Robin seeing as she didn't even show up at the party. Meanwhile Artie, who was an hour late himself, noted that Fred was the only one in the studio who had "any credible" on the subject.
Given this, Fred commented he felt Howard was out of line for leaving, while Jim added there was "an exception" to departing parties early, which involved "excessive exhaustion due to boredom," which got a laugh from everyone in the studio. Gary then came into the studio and pointed out that, not only was Benjy missing again this morning, but that everyone seemed to think Howard was wrong for leaving, yet he still had an excuse for each of them.
Howard went on to play a clip from yesterday's "Wrap Up Show," of Artie saying that Howard's departure "affected the mood" at the table after he left, and that he believed he was "just wrong" for what he did. As Howard insisted he had fun at Gary's party and that he liked the food, Robin continued to criticize his behavior, and he responded by referring to her as "the rudest person in the world." Howard next played a tape of Ralph on "The Wrap Up Show" expressing his negative opinion about what Howard did, as well as one of Tim Sabean, who remained neutral on the subject.
Howard mentioned he didn't understand why Artie wasn't taking any heat for not only being an hour late, but also getting a tour of Gary's new house as soon as he arrived, which made the dinner even later. When he heard that, though, Artie said to Howard, "What do you think, I walked in with a sign that said: 'Give me a tour'?" and asked Gary to come back in to identify "the rudest asshole" at the party. Gary then entered and explained Artie did, in fact, push back the start time of the dinner by an hour, and as Howard said he felt Artie was "wrong" for doing so, Artie acknowledged he was to blame for being late, but added he didn't appreciate that Howard still wasn't apologizing for what he did. However, Howard then acknowledged he was sorry...that Artie was late.
While Robin brought up the subject of Gary's wife, Mary, packing a dessert for Howard and Beth to take with them, Howard pointed out that, to him, Robin didn't sound like she was sick. Robin claimed, though, that she was "stuffed up" even this morning, and that she spent Saturday night alone in her house "wishing she was at the party."
Following a clip of an etiquette expert discussing the proper way to leave a party early, a caller said he didn't put much credence in Robin's and Artie's opinions on the matter because one didn't show up and the other was, he guessed, dressed sloppily complete with Timberlands, which Howard reported was true.