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San Francisco, CA (Davies Symphony Hall)Peter Sagal "Hey, before the apocalypse starts, let me be your last Bill and testament" Bill Kurtis 
Paula Poundstone: 16 (2/8)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 14 (2/6)
Alonzo Bodden: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Alonzo Bodden
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Jerry Rice: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone using the Freedom of Information act to request some surprising information, Not My Job about Hannah Montana, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what crazy thing will happen using the solar eclipse?
After Peter Sagal read the three options for the first Not My Job question, someone in the audience yelled out "C" and Jerry Rice chose to go with "C"; which, was the correct answer. The audience also helped out by yelling "A" for the second Not My Job question.

Peter asked the same Bill Murray going to see performances of a play adaptation of "Groundhog Day" on all three panelists during Lightning Fill-in-the-blank. When asked if Alonzo Bodden was ready to start his set of Lightning round questions, he asked if he could concede.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey, Guy Raz, watch how I Bill This" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 14 (2/6)
Patton Oswalt: 12 (2/5)
Adam Burke: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Adam Burke
Jeffery Tambor: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about peanut butter in the news, Not My Job about the timber industry, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will make President Trump turn on to new Chief of Staff John Kelly?
The Bluff the Listener contestant initially chose Patton Oswalt's bluff story, but the audience reacted disapprovingly. After some nudging from Peter, the contestant changed her choice over to Adam Burke's story.

During the Not My Job segment, Faith Salie asked Jeffery Tambor what his favorite book was. Jeffery decided to start eating something instead of answering the question, causing Patton asking Jeffery if he was eating.

The Listener Limerick Challenge contestant is a distant relative to Abner Doubleday, who, in some circles, has been credited at one point (but refuted) with creating baseball.
Chicago, IL (Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park)Peter Sagal "Hey, there. No matter who you are, you're welcome to serve in the Bill-itary" Bill Kurtis 
Adam Felber: 19 (3/8)
Roxanne Roberts: 16 (2/7)
Mo Rocca: 16 (2/7)
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Ryan Dempster: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about breaking summer camp rules, Not My Job about belly itching, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will cause President Trump to turn on Anthony Scaramucci?
Adam Felber started questioning Peter about the UK study that found people who drive over two hours a day get dumber; in which, Peter responded back with, "What, are you Paula?" Adam is on Paula Poundstone's "Live from the Poundstone Institute" podcast from NPR.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey O.J., now that you're free, come find the real Biller" Bill Kurtis 
Tom Bodett: 17 (3/7)
Adam Burke: 13 (3/5)
Paula Poundstone: 10 (4/3)
Chosen: Paula Poundstone
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Bassem Youssef: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new tech peripheral, Not My Job about potatoes, Trump Dump, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing to get nerds all excited?
The audience reacted when Bassem Youssef his first guess for his third Not My Job question, thus leading to Peter Sagal giving Bassam another chance.

While Paula was trying to figure out the correct answer to her second panel round question, Peter gave her hints to narrow down to the correct answer.

During the Listener Limerick Challenge, the topic of people listening to podcasts at "Chipmunk" speed. That lead to Paula saying that people would hear "Thanks for having me, Peter. I lose!" when people would listen to her on Wait Wait at chipmunk speed.

Bill Kurtis stated that Tom Bodett's 17 points was the highest score he's seen since being on the show. There have been 4 times where panelists have scored 19 points and 10 times where panelists have scored 18 points on shows where Bill was judge and scorekeeper.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Hey Don Jr., don't collude with Russians. Bill-lude with me!" Bill Kurtis 
Faith Salie: 12 (2/5)
Luke Burbank: 11 (3/4)
Negin Farsad: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Faith Salie
Aubrey Plaza: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an engagement proposal unlike any before, Not My Job about the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: What will be President Donald Trump's favorite memory from his trip to Paris?
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