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#0719: Hello, You're on Mom Talk: A Mother's Day special, featuring Elizabeth Magliozzi

Original Air Date: 05.12.2007

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This week on Car Talk, we dig into the archives for an all-time classic salute to Mother's Day, featuring your hosts Tom, Ray-- and their mom, Elizabeth. That's right: there's a third microphone in the studio this week, and that means no shortage of tales from Tom and Ray's childhood, plenty of (unwanted!) maternal advice, and several moments of poor Elizabeth just wondering where she went wrong. And yes, Tom, Ray and Elizabeth do answer car questions! For example, Sandy from Prescott, Arizona gets helpful advice on why her car is imitating Felix from "The Odd Couple," and possible responses to her kids' constant query, "Are we there yet?" Then, hear what happens when Mom's pastor listens to Car Talk. (Hint: it's not pretty.) Other calls include Jim, who's trying to force his Mom to learn to drive, and Trish, who's wondering if it's time to get her Mom out from behind the wheel. We've also got a few motherly cameos. Our producer's mom checks in on her not-so-very-in-touch son, and Susan Stamberg probes Elizabeth for the dirt on Tom and Ray as kids. When did they start taking things apart that they didn't know how to put back together? But, the toughest question of the day comes from Linda in Kansas: Which child was Mama Magliozzi's favorite? It's putting it mildly to say Elizabeth's answer catches Tommy a bit off guard. All that-- and one of the funniest moments in Car Talk history (hint: it rhymes with lipstick)-- on this week's Mother's Day edition of Car Talk.

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Tom and Ray welcome a special guest to the show: their mom, Elizabeth.

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What a great laugh!!!

by ktmacgillivary

Loved this show! Cracked me up and I love hearing their accents (I've got a wicked good maine accent) In tears laughing so hard!

Favorite Moment: Elizabeth Magliozzi having a laughing fit over her son making "light bulbs" ! Awesome!

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by nfn03398

Click and Clack, The Mothers' Day Program is, in my less-than-humble opinion, the best of the best, and without exaggeration, I've listened to it (streaming online) no less than a dozen times, enjoying each listening experience as much as the first. Thanks to this program, your Mom is always with us, giving us a smile, and keeping you clowns in line . . . (just kidding, of course). Thanks for sharing her with us. She may be giving everyone in heaven indigestion with that pasta sauce of hers, but even if that is the case, I'm guessing that there is plenty of Pepsid AC up there too.

Favorite Moment: Mrs. Berman and Mrs. Magliozzi's conversation about keeping kids from returning home after moving out . . . "Don't do their laundry!" and as Tom added "You moved and didn't tell him? GREAT!!"

M.O.M. (move over Magliozzi's !)

by Jakespeed63

This weeks show litterally brought tears to my eyes from laughing so hard. Or maybe it was the exhaust fumes, from the Honda Accord I just finished working on? Anyway I think I need to buy the CD transcript and send it to my Mom.

Favorite Moment: The whole shtick about the cigars and "be good boys" was too much!

...but Mom, we love our cigars!

by jake jacobson

For me, this was the funniest show that I've heard since I've been listening (over ten years). Joke: what's the difference between a mother and a pitbull? A pitbull knows when to let go!

Favorite Moment: Your mother harping on about the cigars! It sounded just like my mother. Maybe it's just that we're from Brooklyn N.Y. (it can't be just East Coast mothers).


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