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December 5, 2007
'Daily Show' or local TV news?: Part 18

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Close call for "Good Day Sacramento" this morning. The show lost audio in the 9 o'clock hour and was forced to act silly - and without sound.

Among the highlights: Mark S. Allen takes another shot at Channel 3's Walt Gray (see above); Tina Macuha holds up a "Quiet" sign, and Marianne McClary does the old disappearing thumb trick. They also brought in a white board and wrote out what was coming up on the show. Tres old school TV.

Fortunately, sound was restored in time for a memorable segment that qualifies for inclusion in our continuing feature, "Is it 'The Daily Show' or Local TV News?"

The segment featured Cody Stark hitting the streets of Sacramento to ask people to show him their scars. (FCC take note: One dude flashed a scar on his right buttock.)

The topper, though, was a man named Daniel.

"I got sucked into a boat propeller about two months ago and it did a number on me," the man tells Stark.

Then, he lifted up his shirt to show a hideous disfigurement that runs horizontally across his abdomen.

"See, that's where my intestines fell out," Daniel added.

Ewwwwwwwww.

Stark was smitten. But in the studio, anchor Stefanie Cruz had her head in her hands. (This thought bubble should've been over Cruz's head: "I once reported from Ground Zero on Sept. 11 for a Hartford station; now I'm reduced to this.")

Our editors won't let us post the scar-on-the-butt screen grab. Some things are too gross even for 21Q. But here's the link to "GDS's" report.

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