Early in the show, Howard counted the absentee staffers: Gary, Will, Jason, Jon Hein, Richard, and nearly all of HowardTV--essentially everyone who refused to stay in a nearby hotel. Howard feigned surprise that he could broadcast without them: "I don't know how the show's running without Scott [Salem] here. Two days and the show's sounding as good as it's ever sounded."
Howard still thought Richard had the worst excuse--he stayed home during the storm to care for his goldfish: "He could've been in Manhattan. But he's got a fish in a bowl. He's worried about Fishy." Just after 8am, Scott Depace finally showed up, blaming his staff's absence on HowardTV's parent company, iNDEMAND: "As I understand it, this was above Doug [Goodstein]. It was the legal department."