From the ABC sitcom Home Economics, Sasheer Zamata and Caitlin McGee listen to apologies from various movies and television shows. Sorry 'bout it!
OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:
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.
CAITLIN MCGEE: Thank you.
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.
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...
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?
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.
ZAMATA: Ooh, OK.
EISENBERG: So here we go. Sasheer, this first one is for you.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CAST AWAY")
TOM HANKS: (As Chuck Noland) Wilson, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Wilson. Wilson, I'm sorry.
ZAMATA: Oh, OK (laughter).
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CAST AWAY")
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.
ZAMATA: Yeah. Yeah.
MCGEE: I understand.
MCGEE: And she's, like, off camera, like, thank you. I do deserve an apology.
JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: Finally. OK, Caitlin.
COULTON: This is a clip from a 2019 book-to-movie adaptation.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "LITTLE WOMEN")
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.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "PRIDE & PREJUDICE")
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.
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.
(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR")
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.