By this time, it was nearly 8 am, and the foursome trundled across the road to catch a glimpse of the Today show taping. Despite the cold morning they were lucky enough to see Katie Curic and Al Roker. Jodi AND Pam got to shake his hand during a commercial break, but unfortunately they didn't get on TV.
Thoroughly chilled by this point, our plucky foursome stopped in a Dean and Deluca for some much needed hot, and thoroughly caffeinated, beverages before visiting the famous Rockefeller Plaza, as well as Radio City Music Hall. "Some" of them became quite friendly with the statues!
At 9:15 the heroines of this tale were due back inside the NBC building to get in the line up that gets you into the other line up that might get you into the Rosie O'Donnell show.... IF enough of the random ticket holders don't show up, or the groups in front of you are too large. With a number like 19, the group was skeptical of getting in, but the ticket lady had said that up to 24 got in the day before. Patiently they waited until they were moved into the second line. One group behind the front of the line and five minutes before air they were informed that the show was in fact full.
The taping of the view was at 11:15 on the other side of town. A brisk walk through Central Park and past the American Ballet Academy got them to the view on time. Arrived across town and feelin hungry the girls snacked on cheestrings and granola bars, leaving the cold pizza they had packed along as it did not looking too appetizing. After entering the ABC building they were given Powerbars, which actually taste like peanut butter sawdust!! Finally the girls were led to an elevator and up into the studio. After being seated, a View staffer came out to pump up the crowd. She wowed us with her impression of Julie Andrews singing 'Pump up the Jam' and recruited students from Louisiana to strip, much to their teachers discontent!
The episode being taped turned out to be a pre-taped show, based on the segment 'Hot Topics', bringing back guests and stories that had sparked discussions on previous shows. The first guest was a man who lost a custody battle for his children because he didn't have a job and was a stay at home dad. The second was a couple who were 'Swingers', and that was just scary! Thirdly a doctor who dressed like Erin Brockovich, and finally Helen 'Girley' Brown and geriatric 'Cosmopolitan' editors with a scandolous past. The producers didn't seem all that thrilled with the outcome of the show, but it was still and exciting experience and our main characters were lucky enough to see a taping with the infamous Baba Wawa, (Barbara Walters).
Walking back into the Broadway area, the troops visited the famous Tower Records and Barnes and Noble. By three O'clock they had still not had lunch, so Pam and Ashlee stopped for a New York bagel, while they entrusted Jodi and Jennie with the task of getting 2 for 1 Broadway tickets to a show of their choice.
Rendezvous-ing back at the 'hotel' the girls got ready to see their first Broadway show, Fosse, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
END OF ACT 2
on to ACT 3