Early in the show, Howard complained that Gary's phlegm had returned in spades: "He was in rare form clearing his throat today. Yeah, I was trying to eat. And now I have this new attitude. I ignore it. Because I want him to feel comfortable so he doesn't have to clear his throat anymore. Because he says I make him uncomfortable and that he doesn't clear his throat any other time of day unless he's here with me." But today, Gary's hacks were compounded by coughs from JD and Brian Phelan: "It was like a symphony of sick people." Brian came in to blame Gary: "It's like when somebody yawns and all of a sudden you have to yawn." Later, Howard listened to audio of the pre-show meeting, counting the times Gary cleared his throat--a total of 13: "I feel like I was in an infirmary. It's gross. And then JD starts coughing? I mean, it's vile...it's like I'm in a TB ward."