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from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybod it's thirsty thursday. it's december 8th. have a terrific show today. hoda goes undercover. i hope you get a chance to see this. as a meter maid. she's handing out tickets in new jersey. you can imagine how that went over. >> yeah. >> but you did so well. >> it was a little scary, i got to say. >> you were really not even recognizable. >> nope, not one person.
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look. >> they kept saying i was, like, you're too close to the curb. my producer was like, what are you, from guys and dolls? move over from the curb. i was panicking. guys and dolls. >> very cute. >> plus ambush makeover for a birthday. two ladies celebrating their birthday on the plaza got picked, they're going to be glam and gorgeous. we're going to reveal them in a little bit. >> to your front door, lou manfredini, quick fixes around the house without breaking your back or your budget which is good. >> no dinner tonight? we've got one of the easiest recipes. one minute pork chop. >> are we setting a world record? >> i bet it's delicious because everything you cook is delicious. yesterday was pearl harbor day. we didn't talk about the party that we'd been to the night before. but we want to let you all know,
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old ladies like us to do it. >> why did they do it? >> courtney hall and her publisher, think it's her husband, daniel hall, they're sweethearts, there they are, they gave us a party, didn't they, hoda woman? >> it was packed. >> it was like you were a rock star. >> party on. we were drinking and it was sweaty in there, wasn't it? >> you were, you were sweating. >> exactly. >> a lot of people in sweating last night. hairspray live aired last night had the pregame 30 minutes. i was watching the countdown. this young girl right here, this newcomer from texas, maddy balagio, she played tracy. i got to tell you, there was something about -- i was picturing her on that stage, first time in front of people like this. she's been in, like, high school musicals. there she was with ariana grande, kristin chenoweth, derek hough. she much have been freaking. it was such fun to watch.
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>> i don't know if we have any preliminary overnights? i think it probably did very, very well. >> let's take a lack at her number in the finale, "can't stop the beat." ?? ? you can't stop ? ? you can try ? you can't stop the beat ? >> come on, she did it. she went from texas to the big stage. she was seen by millions of people. >> what a cinderella experience, good for them. >> some of the past tracies made an appearance too. ricki lake. i was like, is that ricki lake? i tweeted it and people thought i was an idiot. >> doesn't exactly look like her so -- >> thank you. >> and melissa jarrett winoker.
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>> it was really fun. guess what's next? j. lo in "bye-bye birdie." >> that should be great. that's another fun one. oldie but goody. we have some friends here from my mom's town in alexandra, virginia. did you see hairspray? oh, who care, just wave. >> they were out doing something in new york, i'm sure. >> now, there's some news with united airlines. >> if you think that airline prices are astronomical and through the roof. there is a new ticket that they're adding called basic economy. there's always a reason that's something less expensive than it used to be. >> you're going to give up something to get something else. >> here's why. you do not get a seat assignment. when you walk up to the ticket counter, they will give you your seat assignment. if you are middle seat in the back by the bathroom, you say thank you and you go all the way back. if your family is separated, you say thank you and you go all the way -- >> you might want to be separated. >> and the other thing they're
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any overhead space. you come in with one item. has to be under the seat in front of you and that's it. it's a cheaper ticket but you do not get those perks. if you do bring a bag, because sometimes people try, like, please, they're not going to stop me, they're going to charge you 25 bucks. >> would knows how much you sayed on the ticket to begin with so -- >> who knows. >> okay. >> nobody knows. >> we'll see how that goes over. now, john cena is a good friend of ours. he'll be hosting weekend. >> yeah, the promos look really good. it looks like he's afraid, though, of one of cast members, so take a look. >> you can't see me. >> ladies and gentlemen, your host, john cena! >> i'm going to destroy the "saturday night live" cast. except for lesley. i think you're great. >> of course he's talking about
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>> the musical guest is a country -- she's like a new phenom, her names meran. >> grammy nominated, on the rise. dolly parton. we talk about her a lot. dolly is doing work. first she announced her foundation was going to donate to those affected by the tennessee wildfires that have destroyed more than 1,700 homes. now she's organized a musical telethon and she's going to have performa b allison krauss. it's going to wear on great american country station. >> it's going to be great. i have an i-hoda for you. here it is. meghan trainor is going to be honored tomorrow at the bill board -- >> she's going to be getting the chart topper award. >> guess who's presenting it? me. >> brittany's getting honored too. >> and the main honorary is madonna. it's madonna, shania twain.
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here, i had to pick this song. watch me do it. it's meghan trainor. >> they air on lifetime on december 12th. ? singing hey hey hey ? >> watch me do. ? watch me do ? >> watch me. ? watch me ? ? watch me do ? ? watch me ? >> her songs are so catchy. >> they are. congrats to her. all right, by the way, you can find her i-hoda music, if you good one, on apple music. you can find us on sirius xm 108. we're there every day and hoda's there every monday and wednesday at 2:00, she has a great show. >> is it okay or not okay to wear high heels while pregnant? jessica simpson has, kim kardashian, they've all been photographed wearing heels. here's what we had to say about it. >> of course it's okay. you're pregnant, not incapacitated.
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just ask savannah guthrie. >> yeah. >> uh-huh. >> she looks good. >> yeah. >> she hasn't had her baby yet by the way. we're waiting patiently. hoda goes undercover as a meter maid handing out tickets to unsuspecting drivers. >> they're not the kind of tickets they expect. wait until you see what happens coming up right after this. and at progressive, we let you compare our progressive direct rate... great deals for reals! ...and our competitors' rates side-by-side, so you know you're getting a great deal. saving the moolah. west. not always the lowest! jamie. what are you doing? -i'm being your hype man. not right now. you said i was gonna be the hype man. no, we said we wouldn't do it. i'm sorry, we were talking about savings. i liked his way. cha-ching! talking about getting that moneeeey! talking about getting that moneeeey! savings worth the hype. now that's progressive. savings worth the hype. ?? our craftsmen begin each day...
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would better to spread a little christmas cheer than our own hoda woman. >> turned out to be cheering the end but in the beginning i was a little naughty elf. i was handing out fake parking tickets as an undercover meter maid in new jersey. those tickets turned out to be a big surprise. to pull it off, i joined forces with ticket master and live nation. south orange, new jersey. a quaint manhattan suburb. is about of undercover kindness. let's start this thing. >> lengthens the tip a little bit. >> it changes the look. i'm opting for the unibrow. my new look is so convincing no one will recognize me all day. get up, get up. the play is i'm impersonating a meter maid. handing out tickets for ridiculous parking violations. the catch, attached to the phony tickets are much better tickets
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>> okay, that's the lady in the first car. >> we outfitted the block with hidden cameras. and i'm even wearing a strategic button cam. >> i'm sorry about that. excuse me. >> this will transmit to your ear. >> 6 inches from the curb. i'm sorry, you get a ticket. >> are you going to talk in your regular voice? >> no. >> i'll do the judge. >> hey, ya'll, talk to the judge. with that settled, a officially on duty. >> they are >> i soon forget. >> this guy's got one minute left on the meter. >> this is not my day job. >> got some time, put some money in there. >> yes, i'm helping citizens left and right. that's nothing compared to the joy i'm about to spread. >> i'm sorry, you guys. sorry. >> we're leaving. >> i just -- >> you're too far from the curb and your meter's not -- >> are you serious? i just parked the car.
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>> you got to open your ticket. >> what? >> you got to open your ticket. >> is this a joke? why are you doing this? you're giving me tickets? i feel so -- i just yelled at you. >> wow, thanks. >> you're welcome, bye-bye. >> got to give you a ticket. you're too close to the curb. it has to be more than that. >> away from or -- what does she mean? >> just take it to the judge, okay? >> too close from the curb. >> too close. >> too close to the curb? >> too close to the curb. oh, god, this is turning into a nightmare. she finally opens it to find --
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it's a random act of kindness. enjoy yourself. enjoy yourself, bye-bye. >> i was really going, like, how are you supposed to be too close to the curb? thank you! >> oh, god, i'm exhausted. i think people might want to kill me. that's a ticket for you. this lucky lady scores orchestra seats to the radio city christmas spectacular. she seems pretty cool with that. luckily, after they figure it out, all is forgiven. >> you're going to see hamilton. >> oh, my god, thank you. >> thank you, whoever this is from. >> hello. why are you ticketing me? >> the best exchange is with a guy who was already having a really bad day. >> hello! i'm talking to you! >> please read the ticket, sir. >> can i have your badge number? >> okay, okay.
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oh, my god. oh, my god. i'm so sorry, i apologize. oh, my god. >> it's all right. >> i'm going to give them to somebody. i am. >>mischievous, maybe, but in the end, i hope it's a reminder that it pays to be kind and feed the meter. >> that was thewe >> thank you. >> that is really wonderful. >> how sweet. >> that man had just come from a funeral and he was having a horrible, horrible day. sometimes you don't know what people are going through. in defense of all the meter maids when you're out there and everyone's yelling at you, i understand why they glaze over and don't look you in the eye. it's a little scary being on that end of it.
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>> we've got some jersey girls, okay. thanks again to our friends at ticket master and live nation. they provided all -- most of those tickets. had a good time. >> that was awesome. you are a natural actress, you really are. too close to the curb. all right, have the holidays got you crazed? >> bobbie's got the perfect gift to help you relax when you get home. >> wait until their husbands see their two birthday girls. >> one husband has no idea. first, your local news. when things went wrong? because for every tornado... there's a twister. for every crash... an even bigger collision. and for every tailspin... well, tailspins. state farm understands that getting the most out of life doesn't just mean being there when things go wrong. it's about being here... in all of life's moments.
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it's time for bobbie's buzz. with all the hustle and bustle of the season, you probably want to do nothing more than vej out, binge watch over the holiday break. >> some comfy and cozy gifts for you and your friends. here is bobbie thomas. >> hi, sweet girl. >> this was a fun segment to pull items for. and you are >> so comfy. >> a wearable blanket. because would doesn't want to be cozy inside. but this is actually -- >> this is fantastic. you can wear it out? >> exactly. this is a great piece from nordstrom. these are blankets designed to drape over you on the couch but also you can wear this out with jeans. look, we belted it. look how cute this is on hoda. you could wear this out as a fashion topper. >> i love this. >> i'm so obsessed.
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>> it has two pockets. >> sold, sold, sold. >> $24, three different colors. it's like a poncho cardigan. >> how soft this is, it's unbelievable. >> how much are these? >> 24. >> i would wear this out of the house, definitely. >> so cute. okay, next, i was flipping for this because i'm a fan of breakfast at tiffany's. remember holly go lightly, the character, she wore -- yes, yes, pretty much. >> she wasy >> when you don't want to hear things like that, you can use the tassel inspired ear plugs. so great for the plane, hoda. >> and people know that you're -- >> you have ear plugs. but these are adorable. >> adorable. >> more eye masks. faux fur eye masks from target, $7. so great. fantastic find. >> these are fantastic. >> a marshmallow slipper collection.
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oh, my god. >> you literally want to live in these. they're lined with the softest butter soft faux fur. and they have different lengths. different colors. the best part is they have a sole that you want slip. it's really great if you have to go outside. they're slipper socks. >> perfect. >> just darling. >> they start at $28. it's such a great gift. >> great stocking stuffer. >> next, we have alex this is our chewbacca. >> he looks like a bear, i'm sorry. >> well, if you have guys at home, you can pick up darth vader, rt 2 d, yoda. and princess leia is sold out by the way. $99 for the star wars fantasy life. if alex takes a seat, the next item i have for you, we call it couch coaster.
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what's not surprising? how much money heather saved by switching to geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. it's thirsty thursday. it's synonymous for ambush makeovers. while the rest of us are getting ready to celebrate the holidays, the two women plucked off the plaza this morning are both celebrating their birthdays. >> and making sure they got what they came for stars from the licari cutler salon louis licari, fa, la, la, la. >> that was the christmas version. >> to make sure they stay in step and in style, today contributor and author jill martin. >> hey, kids. >> hello. >> she looks great today. >> she does. in her winter white. tell us about the jets. >> birthday time. >> today was a birthday makeover. we have two girls -- two women i
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recently. and they are both excited about just having complete new looks. >> pamela is our first lovely lady, 50 years old, from jamaica plain, massachusetts, i think. 50th birthday goal was to get an ambush makeover. she loves to travel and cook. she spends very little time on makeup and fashion. her most recent haircut she did herself. >> oh, dear. >> let's take a listen to this or we actually have two birthdays today. so tell me why you want this so badly. >> my mom died when i was 9 years old and it is so interesting aging without that person in your life to see where you're going and what you should do and so it just was really -- you foe, means a lot to me. >> we're going to take good care of you. you trust us with her, right? >> oh, yes, how sweet is that?
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please keep your blindfold on for just a sec. here is pamela yellen before. all right, pamela, let's see the new you. wow. wow. >> she looks gorge. >> oh, my gosh. >> all right, david, it's time for the unveiling. take off your blindfold. >> oh, wow. >> just gorgeous. >> are you ready? take a spin. take a look. >> oh, my god! >> absolutely gorgeous. >> oh, my god! >> it's really you. >> you, all you. tell us about the hair. >> david, you scored. because she was beautiful before. she's even more beautiful now. >> look right into that camera please, sweetie. >> i made her hair a little bit more auburn. it was in between color and it wasn't really doing as much for her as it could. although she still looked beautiful. then she had a few strands of bangs.
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bold. he gave her those bold bangs. >> love that. sweeping. >> just gorgeous. >> i mean, she's -- >> i loved even the makeup too. >> that dress -- >> always beautiful makeup. >> the dress is by perfect. >> ready for holiday. i love the lace combined with the sheer up top. it doesn't have the underlay there. >> whose dress is that, sweetie? >> maggie london. >> david, what do we think? >> well, she's stunning every morning anyway, but this is, like -- >> aw. >> happy i can't believe you're 50. i'm shocked. big round of applause. come join your cute boyfriend. our second lady is marie cramer. she's 61 from aptos, california. it's her first ever sibling reunion trip. her husband has no idea she came in to get an ambush makeover and is probably still asleep in california right now. marie hasn't cut her -- more than a few inches off her hair in years. let's hear her story.
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sister," so you tell me you really want this. >> i really need a makeover. and i'm so excited. i watch the show all the time. always dreamed of being on it. so this is awesome. >> well, i love that this is a siblings trip. we're going to take good care of her. >> yes, thank you. >> and her siblings are delores, barbara and john. okay. >> yeah, guys. >> let's take one last look at marie before and bring out the birthday girl, marie >> wow. wow. >> how pretty. >> wow. >> all right, siblings, it's your time. yep, yep. oh. wow. you look beautiful. >> you do, you do. why don't you turn around and look at yourself? wow. you look gorgeous. >> absolutely. absolutely. >> oh, wow. >> okay. we've got some redheads in the
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what we did here -- of course the most obvious change is arson took several inches off her hair which she is donating. such a nice thing to do. i made her hair, again, just a little bit of warmth. it was one of those neutral colors that wasn't doing too much for her. but of course it's all brought together with the soft lipstick and soft colors. >> i think we recognize that top, don't we, jill? >> the best. >> it's new. at the event the other night. >> you talked about the cold shoulder and how shoulders are always the sexiest part of a woman. we love this. just giving her a little something for the holiday in red. >> absolutely beautiful. happy birthday. louis has got your color and your -- >> let's bring pamela out. >> big round of applause for both of our ladies. >> big thank you to louis and jill. >> and arsen and everybody. do we hear someone at the door?
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with all the commitments you probably have this time of year, there's no time to cook an elaborate dinner. >> our "today" food team wants you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family and friends. here is the executive chef and owner of toups eatery in new orleans, favorite city. isaac toups. welcome back. >> thank you for having me. >> of course. >> is it really going to be one minute? >> it's going to be a minute on
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chops. >> they're called minute chops. >> that's how you like them, thin like this? >> get them real crispy. >> salt and pepper both sidings? >> add them to our butter. >> sizzle, baby. >> sizzle, baby. >> we're liking this. you time this. you really only need about a minute. this is so thin. it cooks so quick. they're really fast. really delicious. they have a really good crispy edge. after we sear them for a minute, flip them, let that your bacon already done. your bacon and your vegetables. diced. buttermilk squash, ham and brussel sprouts halved. have your bacon getting crispy, all right. >> now what are we doing? >> after our brussel sprouts and our squash are roasted, we take our bacon we've already chopped up, add it in here. >> bacon works with everything. >> and last time i checked, martha stewart puts mayonnaise
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>> how do you say it? >> mayonnaise. >> that means your from new orleans. >> how do you say it? >> may nans. >> a little cherry vinegar to add some acid. toss this together. >> is this just a little side dish for the pork chops? >> just underneath your pork chops. >> all right, let's go eat. >> let's go eat, isaac, come on. >> you tell me if this is good or bad. >> okay. >> if it's bad, lie to me and tell me it's good. >> no, it's not going to be bad. how could it ? to make sure. >> hold on. mm. >> the chop's delicious. >> chop is outstanding. >> this thing is -- >> delicious too. >> savory and creamy everything. >> can be done in 20 minutes, 20 minutes. >> makes your brussel sprouts taste good. head to for recipes. our holiday surprise for some
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how about we spread some more holiday cheer with another big donation to our annual toy drive. >> today's generous contributor is, drum roll. >> please, the ceo of snap it up, sara douglas. hi, sara. good morning. >> thank you for being here. >> what kind of gifts haveou million worth of paper crafting supplies. >> what did you say? >> wait what did you say? hold on. i don't think our thing goes that high. >> so over $2 million, there you go. >> that's fantastic. >> oh, wow. tell us what some of the items are. >> some of the items are just paper crafting kits to make creating simple and easy. that's our goal at stamping up to make it simple and easy.
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we're counting down the hours until the mgm national harbor opens. a live report from inside in just a moment. and president-elect trump heads to ohio today, set campus attack that left close to a dozen people in the hospital. what we're learning about his trip. amelia? chilly today, but cold tomorrow, it will be a storm team 4 weather alert due to the cold and winds. the latest coming up in the forecast. and thanks for joining us for "news4 midday," i'm barbara harrison. >> and i'm aaron gilchrest. let's get first a check on the


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