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.