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It’s an interesting story, really.

My roommate’s TV has a DVD player attached. Very fancy.

And we watch movies on it all the time.

And lucky for me, my friend Betsy has a Netflix membership. So on rare occasions, I ask to borrow one of her movies.

In fact, I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever done it.

[Which merely enhances the “only you, Annie, this would only happen to you” factor.]

So Betsy let’s me borrow This American Life: Season 1. I’m blooming an addiction to This American Life, via podcast and video. Not that that fact has anything to do with anything, but it is still true.

So I watch the DVD, laugh, think, tear up, etc. And I’m ready to take it out and mail it back.

But the DVD won’t come out.

At all.

In fact, when I push “open”, it doesn’t even make any type of whirring sound. It is flagrantly ignoring my request.


After a few days of punching the TV, using other DVDs to attempt to lure the renegade out, and repeated pleas to the heavens, I gave up.

I called Magnovox help line and they really, were no help. It was like, “Uh, unplug it and try again. Nope? Ok, uh, push the eject button. Not yet? Um…. unplug again.”

I saw myself stuck in a vicious cycle of mediocre customer service.

I hung up and called a repair guy.

Just to bring the TV through the door is SIXTY DOLLARS IN US CURRENCY.

I think I laughed out loud.

I hung up and called Betsy.

3 minutes later, I’ve logged onto Betsy’s Netflix account and after a small $14 donation for their kind services, I’m now the proud owner of This American Life: Season 1.

If we return it within a year, Betsy gets my $14 back.

So you guys have got 360-ish days to help me get this blasted thing out of the DVD player.

Any tips?

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