When you think of War of the Roses, the first thing that comes to mind is "that movie" with Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny Devito. But this is not the case in Houston, Texas. In our city, you think of Roula & Ryan's Roses.
Roula & Ryan are currently Houston's #1 Morning Radio Show, which airs locally on KRBE 104.1. They have hosted their show on this station for a little over 5 years. The segment I'm speaking of is on every Thursday morning, and was actually called War of the Roses. when they worked together at another radio station. Unfortunately for them, they were not allowed to to take the name with them. Hence, Roula & Ryan's Roses.
The premise behind Roula & Ryan's Roses is...
You have a caller (male or female), who calls in to the radio station requesting assistance with their relationship or marriage. They're not seeking advice, they're seeking a little "private investigating" on the part of Roula and Ryan. They (Roula & Ryan) ask the caller about their relationship and what's been going on with it. The caller proceeds to tell them that they have either found something online, seen their partner talking to someone, or they tell them about anything out of the ordinary.
Now, this is when things get a little tricky...
Roula will take on the role of a flower shop sales person, or manager, and attempt to call the person in question (the spouse or partner). She will then introduce herself to this person with a fictitious name and company. After offering to ship a dozen "free" red roses to anyone they like, the caller will either accept, or deny the offer. If he denies the offer, Roula does her best to keep him on the line - 99% of the time they take the offer. Roula then proceeds to ask for the name of the person they would like to have the flowers shipped to, and a greeting for the card.
Keep in mind, this is all going on while the spouse or partner are listening-in on another line. Roula & Ryan always advise them to stay quiet during the entire conversation, so as not to botch the call.
Now, a couple of things can happen during the time the name, and greeting are revealed. The spouse or partner loses it, and start yelling at the person on the phone, or they wait patiently for host, Ryan to chime in. Ryan will usually come on the line, introduce himself and Roula as hosts of KRBE, and explain what is happening to the deceived, at which point the spouse or partner will come on the line and start accusing the deceived of lying and cheating. The deceived party is usually taken aback, and either he/she confesses, or they lie their way out of it.
These conversations can get ugly or humorous at times, it all depends on the outcome. Sometimes it doesn't work out as the concerned caller hoped it would.
In this morning's call, Roula took on the role of Kathryn from Plants & Flowers, Incorporated. She spoke with Megan, who had found something questionable on her computer's internet history - a link to a hotel suite which was unknown to her. She also stated that her husband, Hershel had been "kind of shady lately". It's actually rather sad, because she says she's ready to have a baby after 4 years of marriage to him.
In what was a surprise turn of events on the Roula & Ryan show; Hershel asks Roula if he can have 2 dozen red roses for free, and he would be willing to buy a third from her. Could this possibly be three people he wants to send roses to? Roula agrees, and the rest is history.
You can listen to all the drama down below. I had to post it in 2 parts, but there are no commercials.
Make sure to stay tuned for next Thursday, as this will be a regular series on my blog, titled "War of the Roses". And please feel free to share it with your friends on Facebook or email. There's a little Facebook button right underneath this post, under "This Post Written By".