1. Mike Leonard
    Mike Leonard February 19, 2021 at 8:43 am | | Reply

    Just like a carpenter to have tools and a shop-vac in the living space. I thought I was the only one. Great episode Erica!

  2. Annie
    Annie February 19, 2021 at 5:11 pm | | Reply

    Erica this cracked me up big time…I mean gut wrenching laughter. Thank you for brightening up a pretty glum afternoon.

  3. Annie
    Annie February 19, 2021 at 5:16 pm | | Reply

    PS…can we get the cocktail recipe?!?!?!?

  4. Sha
    Sha February 19, 2021 at 8:25 pm | | Reply

    ……that bowl with the ‘crusty-i-don’t-know-what-it is-that-you-eat-in-the-day-when-i’m-not-around’ ….if i am ever to be married, i will put that on my registry list!

  5. Jean
    Jean February 20, 2021 at 8:37 pm | | Reply

    Jesus F Christ. I hate them and love them so much. This show is exactly what I needed right NOW. God save us all.

  6. Stephanie Crawford
    Stephanie Crawford February 22, 2021 at 4:35 pm | | Reply

    I’m new to your show. And this totally got me. I had no idea that it was an act. Halfway through I had to pause and go tell my husband that I loved him.

  7. lori
    lori March 26, 2021 at 5:28 pm | | Reply

    I seem to be in the minority in these comments, but I was pretty unhappy to have been tricked into believing this was a true story. I don’t understand why a typically nonfiction show would make an episode and portray it as true all along, only revealing at the end that it was not. It was a betrayal of the trust you’ve built with me as a listener. A seed of doubt has been planted for future episodes. Instead of just being able to immerse myself in the episode, I will be wondering if there’s a gotcha coming up.

  8. Ben
    Ben April 16, 2021 at 11:31 am | | Reply

    Loved this episodes. This is my favorite type of episode on your show, keep them coming!

  9. Irfan Sehic
    Irfan Sehic May 27, 2021 at 2:25 pm | | Reply

    I am so entertained!!!!!!

  10. pyebird
    pyebird November 2, 2021 at 5:40 pm | | Reply

    oh, i love potatoes!
    simple boiled potato with just a tiny bit of salt.

  11. gwenivere
    gwenivere January 8, 2022 at 7:44 pm | | Reply

    I stopped listening partway through because I felt so emotionally confused.

    I’m in a wonderful marriage and we’re both a bit strained by the pandemic, naturally. I really connected with the things Jesse and Serena were saying at the beginning. I saw your note about it not being ‘real,’ but I didn’t know how that would present… so even though I had a heads-up, it was disappointing that the real Jesse and Serena were taken away just when I wanted to get to know them.

    Overall I love your podcast, though. <3

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