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Love Means Constantly Having To Say You're Sorry

Apr 9, 2021

From the ABC sitcom Home Economics, Sasheer Zamata and Caitlin McGee listen to apologies from various movies and television shows. Sorry 'bout it!

Heard on Spring TV: 'Chad' & 'Home Economics!' Also, Reggie Watts

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Our next two contestants are ready to go. Sasheer Zamata and Caitlin McGee play a married couple on the new ABC series "Home Economics." Sasheer, Caitlin, welcome to ASK ME ANOTHER.


SASHEER ZAMATA: Hey. Thank you so much for having us.

EISENBERG: So you guys - you know, we're talking about this new sitcom that you're both in called "Home Economics." And you play - you - the two of you are a couple in it. And they - you know, when describing the show, of course, it's going to be compared to a bunch of other shows out there. But I did see that there was an attempt to make fun of that.

ZAMATA: Yeah, the first promo that we have out - it was like, we had, like, a "Home Econom-ish" (ph) poster...


ZAMATA: ...Compared to "Black-ish." And then our photoshoot was literally, like, posing like "Modern Family" because it is, like, a blended family and, like, three different families in one big family. But I think it's different because we really focus on the economic status that we are all going through separately and how that can affect the family at large.

EISENBERG: Right. So there's - it's sort of like a very rich sibling, middle-class, and then struggling to get on their feet kind of.

ZAMATA: Yeah, that's us. We're the poor ones.

MCGEE: Yeah.

EISENBERG: And what are your fictional jobs?

ZAMATA: I'm a second-grade teacher in the show.


MCGEE: And I'm a therapist for low-income, at-risk kids.

EISENBERG: Right. So basically doing the most meaningful work.

MCGEE: Yes, correct. Yes.

ZAMATA: And making the least money.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) And making the least money.

MCGEE: Making the least money - most all over difference in, like, you know, children's lives. But...

ZAMATA: (Laughter).

MCGEE: ...That doesn't matter as much.


ZAMATA: Yeah, that doesn't come out in coins.

MCGEE: Turns out, yeah.

EISENBERG: Right. And then you throw that into a sitcom, ha ha ha.


EISENBERG: So, all right. We have a couple of great games for the two of you. And let's dive in. Are you ready for some games?


MCGEE: Yeah.

EISENBERG: OK. So you're going to take turns answering questions in this one. This is an audio quiz called Love Means Constantly Having to Say You're Sorry. We're going to play you a clip of an apology from a television show or movie, and you just have to tell us what the movie or show is.



EISENBERG: So here we go. Sasheer, this first one is for you.


TOM HANKS: (As Chuck Noland) Wilson, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Wilson. Wilson, I'm sorry.

ZAMATA: Oh, OK (laughter).


HANKS: (As Chuck Noland) Wilson.


EISENBERG: I know. Caitlin has her hands on her heart. It is. It's heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking.

ZAMATA: Is it...

MCGEE: That's a heartbreaking one.

ZAMATA: ..."Cast Away"?

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right. That is Tom Hanks.

ZAMATA: I actually couldn't hear what it was.

MCGEE: I thought it was Rosa.

ZAMATA: Yeah, I was like, Rosa?

MCGEE: Did you think Rosa?

ZAMATA: I definitely knew it was Tom Hanks' voice, but I couldn't figure out who he was screaming to.

EISENBERG: No, you heard his subliminal, like, acting cues. He was saying Rita.

ZAMATA: Good catch.

MCGEE: Oh, that's what it is because he was picturing his wife.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

ZAMATA: Yeah. Yeah.

MCGEE: I understand.


MCGEE: And she's, like, off camera, like, thank you. I do deserve an apology.




COULTON: This is a clip from a 2019 book-to-movie adaptation.


SAOIRSE RONAN: (As Jo March) I can't. I can't change how I feel. And it would be a lie to say I do when I don't. I'm so sorry, Teddy. I'm so sorry. But I just can't help it.

MCGEE: Is that "Little Women"?

COULTON: It is "Little Women." Yeah, that's right. You got it.

MCGEE: OK. I had a second where I was like, OK, it's Saoirse Ronan, but, like, I actually couldn't tell - I had a split second where I was like, huh. I personally like the Winona Ryder. I, like, worship Greta Gerwig. But have you seen...


MCGEE: ...The, like, 1990s one recently?

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's...

MCGEE: It's still so great.

EISENBERG: That's the one I remember really well. All right, Sasheer, this movie adaptation of a book stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.


KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: (As Elizabeth Bennet) After what you have done for Lydia and I suspect for Jane also, it is I who should be making amends.

MATTHEW MACFADYEN: (As Mr. Darcy) You must know. Surely, you must know it was all for you.

EISENBERG: OK. I'm just going to tell you that Caitlin was basically reciting this speech.

MCGEE: I have full-body chills. I know that entire speech.


MCGEE: I just recently made my fiance watch that, and he was just like, OK, it's just people sitting in different rooms.


MCGEE: And he was like, they're just - I'm sorry. I don't want to give anything away, though. It's Sasheer's turn.

ZAMATA: Is it "Pride & Prejudice"?



EISENBERG: That's right. That's right. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy - of course, written by Jane Austen. So that's a favorite, Caitlin?

MCGEE: OK, I used to study to that soundtrack. It's, like, a really beautiful orchestral soundtrack. And so I have a very, like, Pavlovian thing where I'm, like, taken back to a specific moment. Whenever I hear that soundtrack, it just really hits me. I don't know if the movie holds up or if it's just my personal sentimental thing with this movie. But when he walks across the mist of that field at the end, I feel like I'm just transported. It's so hot. He's wearing, like, a cloak, and it's floating.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

MCGEE: It's, like, really - it's peak hotness. Yeah.


ZAMATA: Ooh, a cloak.

COULTON: All right, Caitlin, the last one is for you. This is from a beloved '90s sitcom.


WILL SMITH: (As Will, beatboxing) Will and Carlton are sorry (beatboxing).


MCGEE: "Fresh Prince," of course.

COULTON: Yeah, that is correct.

MCGEE: Oh, man. I like that we mixed it up on that one. That was like a - it was heartfelt, but through song, you know.




EISENBERG: All right. We have established that you know your apologies (laughter). Well done. Nice game. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.