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Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Joel, we learned something amazing about Hollywood this week - that there is a new way to tell who the villain is in any movie. What is it?

JOEL KIM BOOSTER: They have the least amount of lines.

SAGAL: No, that's not true.

BOOSTER: I know. I know. Can I get a better clue?


SAGAL: You'll never hear them say, Siri, help me bury the body.

BOOSTER: Oh, the - wait. So the villain of every - you can tell who the villain of every Hollywood movie is because they use - or they don't use a virtual assistant?

SAGAL: Not specifically virtual assistant.

BOOSTER: An iPhone.

SAGAL: An iPhone - exactly right.


SAGAL: That's it. Villains never have iPhones.


SAGAL: Director Rian Johnson let slip what is apparently a deeply held secret among filmmakers - that Apple refuses to let their devices be used by bad guys in movies and TV.


SAGAL: They don't want to associate the iPhone with evil. I mean, think of the innocent children that made them.


SAGAL: So if you are in a movie, you are not allowed - if you're making a movie, you are not allowed to show an iPhone being used for something cruel or mean - just nice things like ignoring your family.


BOOSTER: What do the villains have, BlackBerrys?


SAGAL: Exactly.



SAGAL: Yeah, the villains all have Androids.

BOOSTER: Yeah. Well, they deserve it.

SAGAL: Of course, there usually has to be an in-story reason why the villain won't use an iPhone. This explains why Thanos was always complaining about Apple Maps.


LUKE BURBANK: He got into a contract. It's, like, it's a thing. I can't get out of it. I've got to do two more years with this Google phone.


BURBANK: I'm just going to destroy half of humanity.


BURBANK: And I'm still in the contract. That's what's so messed up.

SAGAL: It's the worst. He can snap all he wants. He ain't getting out of that contract.


BILLIE EILISH: (Singing) Duh.

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