Greetings, Quickbeam here–

On tonight’s (Wednesday) broadcast of HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, the following Tolkien-inspired dialogue occurred during a $2,000 dollar game near the end of the show:

Tom Bergeron (host): In J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” what is the name of the little mushroom-loving creatures in the story?

Mark McGrath (from Sugar Ray): Uh, that would be Grateful Dead fans…

[audience laughter]

[close-up of Whoopi Goldberg laughing at Bruce Vilanch]

Tom: Ha-ha.

Mark: No, seriously, the answer is “Lilliputians.”

Contestant Mr. X: I disagree.

Tom: HOBBITS! It was Hobbits, X gets the square!

[audience applause]

I thought this whole exchange was amusing, and obviously Mark McGrath was reading a “bluff answer” the producers gave him. Actually, it sounded like one of Bruce Vilanch’s jokes (he writes for the show). Anyway, just thought I’d share with you….

Much too hasty,