Phyl: Ok I’m confused. You’re saying that if she tells me she has a problem, I’m not supposed to help her?
Woman 1: Not unless she asked for your help.
Phyl: But if she lets me help her I can make her problem go away.
All the women in the parlor: Aaahhh haha. That is such a male thing to say.
Phyl: Well forgive me for being a male.
Woman on left: When you say “Do this,”, or “Do that,” all she’s hearing is “I’m smarter than you.”
Phyl: Believe me she doesn’t think that.
Woman on left: Mm-mm. She doesn’t want you to solve her problems. She just wants you to give her support so she can solve her problems herself.
Woman on right: Yes, and sometimes, sometimes she wants a sympathetic ear.
Phyl: Whoa…whoa.. Maybe it’s all the creams but that just made sense, girlfriends. So if Claire says, “I hate getting stuck in traffic,” I shouldn’t say, “Maybe you should leave earlier,”
Woman on right: No.
Phyl (continuing): Or “Don’t get on the freeway,” I should just say, “I know, that’s so frustrating”
All the women in the parlor: Yes, that’s it!
All the women in the parlor: Yes! Yes!
Phyl: And if she says, uh, “The waiter I had today was so rude,” I shouldn’t say, “Maybe you should just order something on the menu for once,”
Woman in front of him: No.
Phyl (continues): I should just say, “What a jerk!”
All the women in the parlor: Yes! Yeah! Yay!
Phyl: And if she says, “Phyl, the TV’s driving me crazy,” I should just say, “I know, there is just not enough quality programming for women”
All the women in the parlor: No!!
Woman on right: Turn off the damn TV.
Phyl: Ok, now I’m confused again.
The above is an almost accurate transcript from one of these TV shows I’m watching these days. There are several reasons I felt the need to go through the trouble of transcribing it and put this up here. Read the rest of this entry »