So, the answer, of course, is that the four actresses — Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey) Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Lisa Kudrow (Friends), and Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) — all had their real-life pregnancies written into their shows.

Debra Messing, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Phylicia Rashad, on the other hand, all opted to hide their expectancies from the audience with fat jokes, high-waisted dresses, and/or a series of pillows, grocery bags, countertops, and, in at least one ridiculous episode of The Cosby Show, a gigantic stuffed animal.

It was this article in the New York Times (see, we read) — about the evolution of Jennifer Garner’s Sydney Bristow (above, with costar Greg Grunberg) on Alias from globe-trotting superspy to intelligence-gathering supermom — that inspired this week’s “too easy” question (I keep trying to get out, but they keep pulling me back IN!).

Not surprisingly, most of you answered correctly. Know-it-alls! There were a few of you, however, who thought the answer had something to do with female duos (Cagney and Lacey, Romy and Michele, Hilary and Jackie — I mean, who even saw that movie?), but that logic fell apart when you got to Xena, except to say something sort of general about her faithful sidekick, loyal partner, and co-huntress Gabrielle, but honestly, the gin started blurring my vision at that point, so it was all Charlie Brown’s teacher after that…

Upon regaining consciousness, I was amused by Ben Chung’s theory that none of the women were actually pregnant, just overweight: “Producers decided to ‘write in’ their increasingly blatant fatness into the scripts,” he claims. “When Debra, Sarah, and Phylicia became similarly engorged, producers decided to hide the weight gain from the audiences, to mixed success.” Very funny — everybody Ben Chung tonight!

Special props go to the three Graces — Shannon Cheng, Stephanie Slatkin, and Connie Chilton — who were the first of many to answer correctly. As a prize, you will be my Motown backup singers for the entire week. Start practicing “This Old Heart of Mine” because when I’ve had six or eight Tom Collinses, I can really sing the hell out it.

(As an aside, it’s weird how many of you, after delivering the correct answer, ask: Do I get a cookie? What kind of childhoods have you had? The correct question is: Do I earn your love? Jeez!)

No bullies this week (secretly I miss them), but the increasingly Kathy Bates-like Dyan Glazer tells me that she’s my “number 1 fan” (shudder), but at least she didn’t sing “Oh You-Know-Who You’re So Fine” (shudder) this time.

Friday will be a little more difficult – we need to find that tolerable threshold between pleasure and pain. You know you want it – sickos!

Is gin and Coke a drink?

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