The Marriage Ref Episode Guides
Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Eva Longoria Parker
Joe and Paula Ramundo debate Joe's metrosexuality and whether he spends too much time taking care of himself and not enough taking care of his wife in bed and in other parts of their life. The Marriage Ref sides with Joe. Luis and Dalia Rios have an issue that will not be tabled: The formal dining room table. Luis wants to use it more often, Dalia would like to keep it sacred for special events and she wants Luis to build a porch. The panel is split, as is the decision: Both Luis and Dalia win. Martha and Mark Wiza have a happy marriage but a problem in the bedroom: Martha's flossing. Mark thinks it is gross, Martha does not see the problem. The panel and the Ref side with Mark and his need for boundaries. Howard and Christine Kohlenberg are not Tolkien fans but a ring is at issue. Howard does not wear his wedding ring when he plays basketball or hangs out with his friends. The panel and the Ref agree than Howard should wear the ring. Christine wins the argument.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Seinfeld, Greg Giraldo
Jonny and Emily Monroy have a problem with too much communication, specifically Jonny calling her mobile phone repeatedly. The Marriage Ref rules in favor of Jonny. Laura and "Bones" Rodriguez have no problem finding love, but currently have an argument with how "Bones" wants Laura to dress. "Bones" wants Laura to dress more scandalous. The Ref sides with Laura. Richie and Barbara Magic have a marriage built around love and the magic act they perform together but Richie wants to add a new trick: Throwing knives at Barbara. The Magics demonstrate the trick in-studio and the Ref votes for Richie after the trick goes off without a hitch. Geoff and Ellen Capell have not been sleeping together recently, but it has less to do with sex than Ellen's snoring. Guest Ref Gwyneth Paltrow makes the decision in Geoff's favor, but suggests they try other snoring remedies.
Larry David, Madonna, Ricky Gervais
Mindy and Alan Goldman have been married for almost three decades despite a huge conflict: Mindy values cleanliness and Alan is a slob. This would not be such a problem if Mindy was not withholding sex based on Alan's neatness. The panel and the Marriage Ref vote for Alan. David and Susan Harper gave each other a fresh start in life, but some items from the past are causing problems. Susan does not want David to keep hanging onto a couch he and his wife used to fool around on and David wants Susan to deal with her ex-husband's ashes and prosthetic leg. The Marriage Ref sides with no one and suggests they get rid of all the mementos. Laura and Tony Banner have been together for 14 years but Laura has another man in her life: Iggy, her iguana. The Marriage Ref initially sides with Tony, but when he learns that the lizard was a gift from Tony, the call is reversed and the lizard stays. Clive and Jacqueline Spiegel have a similar problem with an interloper, but this time it is Clive's mother causing problems. Clive wants to keep her mother as a confidante, but the mother's judgmental attitude has to go. The Marriage Ref sides with Jacqueline and encourages Clive to communicate less with his mother.
Cedric The Entertainer, Martha Stewart, Jason Alexander
Sam and Pam Cohen have a storage problem: Sam's habit of stealing hotel toiletries has the drawers of their New Jersey home brimming with miniature shampoo bottles. The Marriage Ref rules in Sam's favor, but Sam agrees to give some of his stash away. Kelvin and Kathy Hawkins rap about their latest problem: Kelvin, a musician, has been asked to perform on a hip-hop tour and spend six months on the road. Kathy does not want him to go. The Marriage Ref rules that Kelvin needs to bring Kathy with him. Pat and Mimi Mulvihill are big dreamers - but not the same dream. Pat wants to move to the quiet life of Amish country. Mimi has dreams life in Hollywood or Malibu, where she can roll the top down and see celebrities. The Marriage Ref recommends they move to Los Angeles. Naveen and Shan Wong have been married for two years, but it is apparent to Shan that her husband's first love is badminton. She wants Naveen to spend more time at home, Naveen wants to go pro. The Marriage Ref rules in favor of Naveen.
Adam Carolla, Gloria Estefan, Donald Trump
Don and Phyllis Rubin have been married for 41 years but his sense of direction has always been an issue. Now he has his wife and the car GPS nagging him about directions. The Marriage Ref rules in Don's favor. Lazaundra and Antwon Burris spend a lot of time together, but Antwon has a problem with Lazaundra's shopping. Antwon hates accompanying his wife to the grocery store because her insistence on using coupons turns a routine trip into a painful, endless ordeal. The Ref rules in favor of thrifty Lazaundra. Ron and Patsy Galan do not see eye-to-eye on Patsy's roller derby career. Ron would like Patsy to be around more (and cook better dinners), but Patsy wants to keep going. The Ref votes for Patsy. Robert and Misty Chang can duck their problem no longer: Robert wants to eat the eggs his duck Lucky produces, Misty is grossed out. The Ref rules in favor of Lucky. She gets to decide the fate of her eggs. Anthony and Patti Cavallaro have a problem that sounds like an episode of "Seinfeld": Anthony has a cigar store Indian that Patti does not like. Guest Ref Gloria makes the call: Anthony wins and the Indian stays - but with a blanket on it.
Jimmy Fallon, Sheryl Crow, Kirstie Alley
Jim and Lynda Maurer argue about Jim's collection of profoundly creepy ventriloquist dummies. Lynda wins. Milt & Stacy Drewer are in a hairy situation: Milt wants to become a celebrity chef and has bleached his hair, Stacy is not so sure about that plan. Stacy wins, Milt should change his look. George and Ellena McZeal have been married for 12 years and George has cooked every meal during that time. Ellena expects this to continue. George wins. Brian and Caren Fitzpatrick try to resolve one of the most pressing issues of our time: Whether Brian should be allowed to install a urinal in their house. Caren wins. Ira and Fran Carpentier love to eat but Ira hates doing the dishes in a timely fashion. Guest ref Kirstie Alley votes for Ira.
Sarah Silverman, Matthew Broderick, Martin Short
Tee and Therman Arrington have a common problem: Not enough action in the bedroom. Therman wants it all the time, Tee not so much. The Marriage Ref votes for Tee and suggests more romance. Amber and Guy Arkenburg have a great marriage even though Amber has someone on the side: Matt, a male friend. Guy thinks she spends too much time with the other guy. After some assistance from Jay Leno, the Ref sides with Guy. Debbie and Mario D'Amore have a couple problems: Debbie's maniacal obsession with incredibly fresh coffee and Mario's obsession with personal grooming. The Ref votes for Mario on the coffee issue and Debbie on the excessive personal grooming. For a tiebreaker, the Ref votes to allow Mario to continue his new country line dancing hobby. Betty and Ash Hamilton have a lovely home that much to Betty's dismay is filled with "Lord of the Rings" memorabilia. The Ref votes for Ash, as it is better for him to be obsessed with fantasy characters than other fantasies.
Howie Mandel, Bette Midler, Craig Robinson
Tommy & Tabatha Romano have a problem exclusive to the modern age: BlackBerry dependence, specifically Tabatha's. The Marriage Ref rules via text message: Tommy wins; Tabatha needs to put her phone down. Don & Robert Smith-Crawford of Orlando, Florida, have an issue that might seem rare in the gay community: Robert has terrible dress sense. The Marriage Ref votes for Don, but the panel does not find his dress sense to be very chic. Shauna & Nato Davardo of the borough of Queens in New York City ask the panel to shed some light on their domestic problem: Shauna likes the vertical blinds open, Nato wants them closed. The Marriage Ref gives Shauna the victory. Tim & Carolene Davis of Santa Barbara, California have been married for decades and seem to be in love but Tim's fastidious cataloguing of his socks causes Carolene fits. Bette Midler gets to make the call: She votes for the wife and suggests Tim sort his own socks in the future. All the couples receive a special trip to Aruba.
Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa, Alec Baldwin
Kevin and Danielle Ridolfi have an interesting pet: Fonzie, Kevin's taxidermied dog. The panel agrees with Danielle's horror and she wins the argument. Greg Hunter of Gainesville, Georgia, wants to install a stripper pole in his house but his wife Dianah is not having it. The panel again sides with the wife, and the Marriage Ref makes the call in Dianah's favor.
Demi Moore, Jim Breuer, and Kelly Ripa
Tracy Morgan, Kathy Griffin, Nathan Lane
Cregg and Rosalyn Hankerson have much in common, but their different leisure activity choices have the couple at loggerheads. Cregg likes fishing, Rosalyn likes to play solitaire. The Marriage Ref rules that Rosalyn should bring some cards the next time Cregg goes fishing. John and Theresa Argie have been married for ten years but Theresa is still searching for something elusive: Ghosts. John wants Theresa to spend more time with the family, but Theresa is committed to her full-time hobby. The Ref votes for John. Kevin and Shante Ragin have been married for seven years, but Kevin has still not tried Shante's green bean casserole. The Ref rules for Kevin if he is willing to try the casserole on live television, but he chickens out and Shante wins. David and Michael Salinero-Wigh have a strange woman damaging their marriage: A Betty Boop statue in the kitchen. Guest Ref Kathy Griffin makes the call in David's favor, Boop gets to stay.
Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa, Alec Baldwin
Kris and Erin Palestrini live in New York City, the birthplace of hip-hop, and the staging ground for the dreams Kris has of becoming a successful white rapper. Erin does not think that is a practical career choice. The Marriage Ref sides with Kris and his dreams. Jim and Susan Burns have an issue with an item in their living room: Jim's motorcycle. Susan wants Jim to keep it in the garage. Jim also has another obsession: Mariah Carey. The Ref sides with Jim but then switches the call after seeing Jim snuggle the cat instead of his wife. Jim and Maria Beauregard have a problem with a miniature god: Zeus, Jim's dog and best friend. Maria does not like the animal's aggressive behavior but Zeus can do no wrong in Jim's eyes. The Ref sides with Maria.
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