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The Marriage Ref: Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, & Eva Longoria Parker

March 04, 2010 09:04 PM by Nancy Floyd

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NBC premiered the new Jerry Seinfeld produced show, The Marriage Ref tonight! The Marriage Ref is assisted on the season premiere by a celebrity panel that includes Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, and Eva Longoria Parker. Keep reading to find out the ruling on marital disputes involving metrosexuality, do-it-yourself porch construction, and flossing in bed…

The premise of The Marriage Ref is simple. Real-life married couples come on national television to share the details of a weird, unusual, or just plain funny fight they can’t come to resolution on. The Marriage Ref (Tom Papa) hears them out and then comes to a decision, but not without first consulting his rotating panel of celebrity guests (because who better to dole out marriage advice than celebs?). The couples have their answer, the fight is resolved, and all is right with the world again. Now let’s meet tonight’s celebrity panel and couples.

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The celebrity guests on tonight’s episode of The Marriage Ref are 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria Parker. The first couple is Joe and Paula, who have been married for 18 years. Their dilemma? Paula thinks Joe behaves like the woman in the relationship. Joe, an ex-cop and self-proclaimed metrosexual, likes to tan, get manicures and pedicures, and wax his eyebrows. Paula wishes that Joe was a bit more manly. While Joe is at the salon and spa, Paula is busy doing the yardwork.

Eva Longoria Parker worries that Joe has been watching too much Jersey Shore and is beginning to look like an Oompa Loompa. Tina Fey thinks that Paula should simply give Joe a bit more “shnookie” like he continually asks for and maybe he’ll be a bit more accommodating. Jerry Seinfeld thinks there are worse problems in the world than a man who grooms too much. It’s time for the celebrity panel to weigh in. Eva Longoria Parker votes for Paula, but Jerry Seinfeld and Tina Fey are siding with Joe. Now it’s all up to The Marriage Ref. Let’s go to the couple live on satellite.

To prepare for the show, Joe got a mani-pedi, visited the salon for a new hairdo, and had his teeth whitened. The Marriage Ref (Tom Papa) thinks grooming is a good thing so he deems Joe the winner. Wow those pearly whites are bright…especially when contrasted with his orange glow.

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The next couple looking for some mediation from The Marriage Ref is Florida-based Luis and Dalia, newlyweds that have only been married for eight months. Their argument is over the dining room table. Dalia wants her formal dining room table to only be used once a year on Thanksgiving. Dalia likes to sit in a nearby room and gaze upon the table, which is set with fine china all year round, but never actually uses it. Naturally, Luis thinks her rules are completely crazy and wants to use the table for other purposes. When he suggests one of these purposes (playing cards), Dalia almost has an aneurism. Let’s see what the celebrity panel thinks about this one.

Before Tom Papa even asks Tina, Jerry, and Eva for their advice, The Marriage Ref weighs in on this one himself. His biggest concern? Dust! If the china is laid out all year long, won’t it collect too much dust? Time to check in with NBC News correspondent, Natalie Morales for “Just the Facts.” Morales sheds a little light on what dust is made of (human skin cells, pet dander, fabric fibers, and excrement from dust mites). Um yeah, not exactly the things you want accompanying your turkey and dressing, huh?

Once the facts are shared, it’s time to hear from the celebrity panel again. Tina Fey and Jerry Seinfeld think Dalia is crazy, but Eva Longoria Parker can relate. Parker has a formal dining room and living room in her own home which she never allows anyone to use. Tina Fey thinks maybe Luis should allow Dalia to enjoy the table while she can before they have children who will inevitably destroy all formality.

Before The Marriage Ref can reveal his ruling, Luis and Dalia have another dilemma that needs arbitration. Dalia bought a do-it-yourself porch that Luis is unable to build. Luis doesn’t have any porch-building capabilities which Dalia can’t understand. He’s a man, after all. Building should come naturally. Luis thinks Dalia should’ve married Bob the Builder if those were her expectations. The ladies on the panel understand where Dalia’s coming from in wishing her man would be able to build stuff. Natalie Morales sheds some light on this common misconception. Turns out that women are better at assembling things than men because women are more patient and better at following directions. Women are better than men at something? Most. Unsurprising. News. Ever.

On both accounts, Tina Fey supports Luis while Eva Longoria Parker sides with Dalia. Jerry Seinfeld on the other hand has a split vote, siding with Luis on the dining room table fiasco but supporting Dalia on the porch situation. The Marriage Ref deems both Dalia and Luis winners. Dalia wins the dining room table argument, but Luis wins the porch debate.

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The third couple on tonight’s episode of The Marriage Ref is Mark and Martha. Every night, Martha flosses in bed and it grosses Mark out. The panel seems to unanimously agree that flossing is an activity meant for the bathroom, not the bedroom. It only takes about three seconds of deliberation before The Marriage Ref reaches his decision: Mark wins.

Last but not least, The Marriage Ref checks in with Manhattan residents, Howard and Christine who have been married for 13 years. Howard doesn’t like wearing his wedding ring while he plays basketball and hangs out with his friends. Not surprisingly, Christine wants him to keep it on at all times. Howard complains that it messes up his game. From the looks of this video montage, ring or no ring, Howard has absolutely no ball skills.

Tina Fey and Eva Longoria Parker wholeheartedly agree that a man should always wear his wedding agree. Despite the fact that he always professes to wear his wedding ring, Jerry Seinfeld is unsure why it matters so much to Christine. Natalie Morales shares a doozy of a fact: women are four times more likely to go after a man who is attached. Glad to know the hussies of the world are not yet endangered species. This dilemma seems to be a no-brainer. All three celebrities side with Christine on this one, as does The Marriage Ref. All four couples are excited to learn that they’ll be going on a second honeymoon, courtesy of NBC.

Tune in for an all-new episode of The Marriage Ref next Thursday night with special celebrity guests, Ricky Gervais, Larry David, and Madonna.

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