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scenefriends.jpgBeing the cosmopolitan social butterflies that we are, Joe R and I decided, of course, to spend our Saturday evening with a rousing game of Scene It, the DVD/board game hybrid that now comes in editions for everything from James Bond to Harry Potter. We were playing Scene It: Friends.
We figured that this would be a fairly even match, since we're both of the demographic that has seen entirely too many episodes of Friends entirely too many times. I personally own all ten full seasons on DVD. That's right, baby. All ten seasons. What would be the outcome of this battle to the death?

Neither of us had played a lot of Scene It, so we weren't entirely sure what to expect from the DVD questions, where they show a clip and then ask you a question about it. The first scene we had featured Ross and Rachel, drunk in Vegas during the same trip where Monica and Chandler didn't quite get married. Joey was full of news about his hand twin...you remember. It was my question, so I watched the clip trying to remember everything I knew about that scene. They're in Vegas! It's for Joey's movie! Rachel and Ross will get married later!

And then, the scene ended, and the question appeared: "What is the room number they're in?"

WHAT?

Joe laughed hysterically at this question, and after the answer was revealed, he called me "506" for a good part of the game. "Your turn, 506!" "Don't know the answer to that one, do you, 506?"

I don't want to ruin the suspense for you, but Joe eventually beat me, mostly because they found multiple ways to ask him questions about Christina Applegate. At one point, we did have to go outside the bounds of the game. We tied on a question to which the answer was, I believe, "Joey." When we went to the tiebreaker, the screen said that the tiebreaker was that it would go to whomever had the better impression of Janice's laugh.

Joe turned to me. "Are we too dignified for this?" "I think so," I said, adding, "Rock-paper-scissors?" So that's what we did.

We did follow that game with a game of regular Scene It, at which we were both pretty sure Joe would flatten me, since that game is about movies, and he's infinitely more knowledgeable about movies than I am. We got all the way to the end of the game, however, with me in the lead. Me! In the lead! This happened mostly because the game produced a very large number of Wheel Of Fortune-style puzzles where you fill in movie titles. I do crossword puzzles. Enough said.

For the win, we had an "all play" question that I had to answer before Joe in order to get the victory. It involved a series of stills appearing from the movie. On about the third picture, which featured a shot of a board including a listing for "PORK BELLIES," I called out, "Trading Places!" and won the game. Or at least that's what I thought had happened. But then Joe yelled out, "Trading Places!" with special emphasis on the second word. And that's when I realized that what I had actually said was "Trading Spaces!"

Damn TV. I'll have you know I eventually won that game, but Joe and I agreed that the only thing either of us will ever remember about that game is that fact that I yelled out the name of the Paige Davis TV show instead of the Eddie Murphy movie.

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