But I don't write in order to discuss the genius and unending entertainment of these two segments. That's self explanatory. I write to point out the idiocy of a certain part of the War of the Roses ruse.
So Roses works like this:
- Girl (sometimes it's a dude, but that's like 1 in a million) calls Johnjay and Rich saying that she suspects her dude (sig. other of some kind) of cheating on her.
- Carrie (Johnjay and Rich's female counterpart) impersonates a florist, calls the dude (suspected cheater) and offers the dude free roses that can be delivered to anyone anywhere.
- Dude (more often than not) does not send the flowers to the girl-caller and instead sends them to whomever he's cheating with.
- Girl caller breaks into the call and freaks out.
- Awkwardness and intrigue ensue.
And yet every week Johnjay, Rich and Carrie spend about 30 seconds figuring out what Carrie's fake florist name should be. And sometimes she actually changes her fake name just before the call. Here's one example.
- Rich: "Carrie, who you gonna be this time?"
- Carrie: "I was thinking Victoria, but I think I've already been Victoria." (on a previous segment of Roses)
- Rich: "Okay, let's go with Debra, then."
- Carrie: "Okay, I'm Debra."
No. It will not go like that because anyone who has heard the segment before will realize they're getting offered free flowers on a Thursday morning (the segment is always on Thursday morning) and that'll be that. The gig is up. Anyone who HASN'T heard the segment before is gonna get duped whether your name is Victoria, Debra or Sharonda-Jennie-Lee.
Just to drive this point home, let me give you another example which happened on today's Roses:
- Rich: "Who you gonna be, Carrie?"
- Carrie: "I was thinking Brandy, but then I thought that sounds too much like Bridget." (In this segment of Roses, the caller girl was named Bridget.)
- Rich: "Okay, how about Helen then?"
- Carrie: "Okay, I'm Helen."
I hope you get the point.