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The Marriage Ref: Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, & Greg Giraldo

May 06, 2010 08:29 PM by Nancy Floyd


Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Greg Giraldo are the celebrity panelists on an all-new episode of NBC‘s The Marriage Ref. Tonight, Jerry, Gwyneth, and Greg help Tom Papa mediate arguments about cell phones, stripper attire, knife-throwing, and snoring. Keep reading for all the hilarious details…

The first couple seeking mediation on tonight’s episode of NBC‘s The Marriage Ref is Jonny and Emily. The couple has been married for five years and it drives Jonny crazy that Emily doesn’t answer her cell phone when he calls. She thinks it’s crazy that he insists on calling her every five minutes. The best part of his argument is the what-if scenario of him being on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ and not knowing that answer to the age-old question of the identity of Brad Pitt’s girlfriend in 1999. Gwyneth Paltrow quickly clears the air that it wasn’t her. She was Brad Pitt’s girlfriend in 1994. Brilliant. How many girls can say that?


Jerry Seinfeld and Gwyneth Paltrow think that Jonny is needy and an over-caller, but Greg thinks Emily’s being a little passive-aggressive by not answering. In the end, Jerry Seinfeld votes in favor of Emily because Jonny calls too much, Gwyneth Paltrow votes in favor of Jonny because Emily has a responsibility to answer, and Greg is bitter and votes against both of them. It’s time for The Marriage Ref to make the call and he sides with Jonny. Emily needs to answer the phone when he calls.

The next couple seeking advice is Florida-based couple, Laura and “Bones.” They’ve been married for three years, but Bones has an issue with the way that Laura dresses. Since they live in South Beach, Bones wants Laura to adopt a “stripper chic” style. He holds up what appears to be a headband and tries to convince his wife that it’s a skirt. This guy has issues. Gwyneth thinks that “stripper chic” is an oxymoron and would never be caught dead in Bones’ fashion choices. Greg Giraldo thinks the real issues is that Bones might be gay. Jerry and Gwyneth side with Laura, thinking that Bones has no place to tell her what to wear, but Greg Giraldo is siding with Bones for no apparent reason at all. The Marriage Ref hands the victory to Laura, telling Bones to come to terms with the fact that he hasn’t married a slut.


The third couple airing their dirty laundry before The Marriage Ref is Richie and Barbara who have been married for 25 years and look like carnies. Not surprisingly, they have a magic act they perform together. Richie wants to add a little danger to their show by incorporating a knife-throwing act. He would be the knife thrower, Barbara would be the target. Like any sane person, Barbara doesn’t want to allow her untrained knife-throwing husband to heave sharp objects at her body. Shockingly, the panel is divided on this issue. Gwyneth Paltrow and Greg Giraldo vote in favor of Barbara because there’s no way it should be ok for her husband to throw knives at her. Jerry Seinfeld is siding with Richie because he thinks that Barbara needs to support his career aspirations…even if she dies in the process. Before The Marriage Ref can make the call, he brings out Richie to throw knives at a “lovely assistant” made of balloons. Since Richie manages to throw five knifes without destroying the balloon lady, he is given the victory.

Geoff and Ellen, married for four years, are the final couple to face The Marriage Ref and his celebrity sidekicks. Apparently, Ellen is quite the snorer, although she refuses to admit it. Her snoring has driven Geoff to the couch every night to sleep with the dogs. Ellen wants Geoff in the bed each night, but he refuses. Since they’re the last couple on tonight’s show, Tom Papa is going to let Gwyneth Paltrow serve as the guest Marriage Ref and make the call on her own. She’s nervous to face Geoff and Ellen, but ultimately Gwyneth gives the victory to Geoff. She thinks theoretically married couples should sleep in the same bed, but if Ellen’s snoring is truly keeping Geoff up all night, it might be in everyone’s best interest for Geoff to keep sleeping with the dogs.

Tune in to NBC next Thursday for another brand new episode of The Marriage Ref featuring Howie Mandel, Bette Midler, and Craig Robinson.

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One Response to “The Marriage Ref: Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, & Greg Giraldo”

  1. Jo-Anne Says:
    April 9th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I saw this show tonight for the first time as a re-run. I could not believe the outcome on the knife throwing husband. They told his wife she had to stand there and let her husband throw knives at her. Unbelievable! To support him… Give me a break. How ridiculous. Not funny, not cool.


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