We have to agree with Greg in that stripper poles definitely can be good exercise. (We know this not because we're former dancers, but because we took a stripper-pole exercise class and it kicked our butts. And our abs. And our biceps.) Kelly surprised us by saying maybe Dianah would enjoy the pole. She did not surprise us when her word choice included that Dianah might learn to get "freaky-deeky" with it. (We now fully expect nightmares of Kelly Ripa getting freaky-deeky, the next time we eat spicy pizza too close to bedtime…)
In the end, Alex, Kelly, and the ref voted no pole, since Dianah was adamantly against it. But you could tell they were all going to go home and order one for themselves…And we're betting Jerry already has one.
Overall, the simplistic depictions of each couple's "problems" made us cringe. Being newly married, we'd like to think we won't age into a stereotypical fighting couple, wherin the husband wants to install either a stuffed dead dog (or a stripper pole) in the home, and the wife angrily but humorously rants against him. But then again—it's just TV, and humorous TV at that. The Marriage Ref may not solve any deep relationship issues, but it will make you smile, laugh, and cringe while laughing. Plus, with new celebrity panelists each week, we can look forward to Tina Fey, Larry David, Ricky Gervais…and Madonna giving marriage advice. We can't wait to hear The Material Girl's relationship insights and see her new face in action.