Open All Night, Part 2

Another round of pancakes in the wee hours with strangers.

April 20/21
About 3 AM

Sam (left) and Ray

Sam (left) and Ray

AMY ROSE Where are you guys coming from?

SAM Do you know where the Boiler Room is?


SAM It’s a gay club in the East Village.

RAY I know the bartender, and he gives us free drinks. So there’s this guy there who kinda…um, what do you want to describe him as?

SAM I would describe him as a hustler.

RAY Let’s just call him John—he kinda led me on.

RAY John led us both on.

LOLA Oh my god.

SAM Yeah, he let us both believe he was attracted to us.

RAY And then he starts making out with another club guy. Let’s call him Joseph, OK? Joseph is the birthday boy at a club on 42nd Street.

AMY ROSE Wait, do you know Joseph?

RAY No, but we have a friend that knows Joseph. Let’s say…Jamie knows Joseph.

LOLA I’m following, actually. We’re doin’ good.

RAY So Joseph and John like…

SAM Hit it off. HARDCORE. So we’re buying drinks for John while he’s totally getting it on with Jamie.

AMY ROSE & LOLA Oh my goddd…

RAY So I kinda got pissed and got ice cubes and threw them down John’s back.

AMY ROSE You didn’t come to play.

RAY Nahhh.

SAM So John threw ice cubes down my shirt and said, “You can thank your friend for this one.”

RAY And then do you know what John did? John threw vodka at my eyes.

LOLA Oh my god!

RAY I was like, “Fuck you!” He tried to apologize, and I was like, “You led me on.” He goes, “We were just good friends.” What kind of friends cuddle each other while watching Downton Abbey? I’m sorry. That’s, like, it.

LOLA Yeah. No, that’s real. At what moment did you guys realize that he was leading you both on?

RAY Um, well we both talked.

SAM And literally he was doing the same exact things to both of us.

RAY Yeah, like, we’re frat—he’s one of the pledges and I’m one of the brothers—so we talked. So…what do you want us to do?

AMY ROSE We want to play a game with you guys. Have you ever heard of the Newlywed Game?

RAY Yes! Oh my god, is that the Ellen show game?

LOLA Yes, it’s like that. You got it.

SAM Oh my god, I love Ellen.

Question 1

AMY ROSE What do you think Sam spends most of his time thinking about? Sam, keep your answer quiet but think of something.

SAM Probably where I’m gonna be in 10 years.

RAY I said musicals.
Sam: 0 | Ray: 0


AMY ROSE Are musicals where you’re going to be in 10 years?

RAY If I had the voice for it. He’s the actor.

SAM I’m an acting major at NYU.

AMY ROSE [To Sam] What’s your major?

RAY I’m a communications major. I really want to go into advertising. Public relations and advertising.

AMY ROSE Do you kind of want to be like a Mad Men kinda guy?

RAY YES! I love that show!

AMY ROSE You just want to wear a suit everywhere.

RAY No I don’t! I just want to impress clients with, like, “This is my pitch. You like it or you don’t like it. Take it or leave it.”

[A fight breaks out in the restaurant.]

RAY IHOP has like the most drama every night. It’s like my favorite.

AMY ROSE Oh my god, there are like five different fights going on right now.

RAY Good for them.

Question 2

LOLA Ray, I want to think of when you first met Sam. What did you think of him?

RAY [To Sam] You want to say it first? You say it first.

WHAT SAM WROTE Slutty but kind of sweet.

RAY Yes, slutty! Exactly!
Sam: 1 | Ray: 0

AMY ROSE That’s a good first impression.

RAY Oh my god, “slutty.” You got that one correct! This is such a good game! I’m like in love with it.

RAY Are those your pancakes?

SAM Help yourself.

RAY Fuck you.


Question 3

AMY ROSE What cartoon character would you say Sam is most like?

SAM Bubbles the Powerpuff Girl.

RAY I went with Spongebob. Bubbles is my favorite character, but I don’t think you suit the Bubbles world.
Sam: 1 | Ray: 0

SAM You think I’m more of a Buttercup?


SAM I’m not a Blossom!

RAY You’re more of a…a…a Teen Titans Starlight.

SAM Starfire.

LOLA Why do you think you’re Bubbles, Sam?

SAM I’m Bubbles because I’m like super cute and…

RAY No you’re not!

SAM …and wide-eyed and hopeful…

RAY No you’re not!

SAM I’m super wide-eyed and hopeful but I’m also a Buttercup like when bitches ain’t got their shit together and I’m like, “You ain’t got your shit together.”

LOLA You do not tolerate the basic.

SAM I don’t tolerate the basic. You need to have your shit in line.

Question 4

AMY ROSE Who is Ray’s greatest role model, living or dead?

RAY Beyoncé.

SAM It is not Beyoncé. It’s Tina Fey.
Sam: 1 | Ray: 0

RAY Nope!

SAM Dammit!

AMY ROSE Why Beyoncé?

RAY Because Beyoncé has this presence in the world. Like, I find Beyoncé attractive shaking her booty at the Super Bowl. [Laughter]

AMY ROSE It looks like you guys are getting ready to pay your check—

SAM You know what? We didn’t get a single answer correct.

RAY No, we got one. I got you a point for “slutty.”

SAM Oh yeah! Thanks, Ray.

Winner: Sam


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  • Charlotte CallaGirl May 17th, 2013 7:32 PM

    I LOVE!
    Great interview/quiz/thingy!

  • Nomi May 17th, 2013 8:49 PM

    Yaaaaaaay I’m so happy to see this come back this was one of my favorite articles! You guys should do more of these!

  • Jes May 17th, 2013 10:41 PM

    seong and toni are frickin awesome. i wish i was friends with themmmm

  • Jes May 17th, 2013 10:52 PM

    okay, I finished reading, and all of them are awesome. why am i not in nyc??

  • I.ila May 17th, 2013 11:52 PM

    ooohh, Lucretius!

    • HaverchuckForPresident May 19th, 2013 6:34 AM

      LUCRETIUS <3

  • Alex S. May 18th, 2013 12:28 AM

    This was so much fun to read, it was almost like I was there. Forever now gravitated towards the idea of going to an Ihop in the wee hours of the night when I can’t sleep in hopes of meeting fun strangers like this/people watching because that’s just a lot of fun too.

  • rhymeswithorange May 18th, 2013 1:03 AM

    Fan-freakin’-tastic <3

  • Melisa May 18th, 2013 3:02 AM

    Oh my god. I’ve been waiting for this.

    Susanna and Wells are just freaking cute. Perf couple.
    Seong and Toni are such a fun duo.
    Samhita and Teresa sounds cool.
    I LOLed throughout reading Keira, Hailey, Destiny, and Jahmane’s.
    Sam and Ray are just rad. Would love to be friends with them.
    Marissa, Jon, and Bradley’s little nighttime adventure is wow. (Got drunk+fell on a pizza+fractured a bone+meeting snoop dogg in one night??)

  • elliecp May 18th, 2013 4:36 AM

    These are so awesome! Such a good idea, and god I want pancakes now :(

  • strawberryhair May 18th, 2013 5:25 AM

    Susanna and Wells <3 asdfghjkl

  • jessthetics May 18th, 2013 9:13 AM

    This is amazing! It makes me want to get pancakes with my friends immediately.

  • umi May 18th, 2013 1:46 PM

    starfire she was my girl

  • Conana May 18th, 2013 1:56 PM

    Susanna and Wells are the cutest couple ever <3 <3 I wish I had friends like them :cccc

  • hanalady May 18th, 2013 5:27 PM

    this is both hilarious and adorable. i love it.

    but heads up, there is some wacky stuff going on with capitalization, also the fonts, and sometimes your formatting marks show up in the article.

    • Anaheed May 18th, 2013 6:41 PM

      Thanks, hanalady. You guys have no idea the problems I had trying to get this piece up yesterday. I’m fixing everything now, but I’m sorry you had to read it in its original error-ridden state!

      • Dyl May 23rd, 2013 10:05 PM

        There’s still some weird formatting issues on page 4, just so you know.

        This was great though. I LOVED IT

        • Anaheed May 25th, 2013 6:11 PM

          Thank you, Dyl! I think I fixed those, but lemme know if you notice any more. And sorry again, everyone, that this went up with so many errors/issues. My computer kept crashing and I had been awake for more than 48 hours and then WordPress kept reverting to earlier versions and…I’m getting heart palpitations just REMEMBERING that day.

  • Nadya May 19th, 2013 12:34 AM

    Am I the only one who still didn’t get Well’s “going around the diamond” thing? What does this mean!

    • NotReallyChristian May 19th, 2013 5:58 PM

      It means he did lots of other more serious stuff than kissing without ever actually kissing, I think. Like you know the ‘first base’ ‘second base’ euphemisms for romantic/sexual stuff? It means he skipped the early ‘bases’ and went straight to the end.

  • amelia May 19th, 2013 4:29 AM

    i love this feature! the city that i live in doesn’t have many open-all-night places, so i love reading this… hope you do another one soon!

  • pollystyrene May 19th, 2013 7:51 AM

    It’s too bad there aren’t any places like that around my town, I’d love to go on a midnight pancake eating adventure with my friends.

  • Patrícia May 19th, 2013 10:39 AM

    Seong and Toni were so awesome, seriously, holy crap.

  • Ruby B. May 19th, 2013 10:43 PM

    I love Open All Night so much! That first couple made me unbelievably happy because of cuteness

  • EmilyJn May 20th, 2013 8:57 AM

    What’s 4/20? I don’t know if I’m being stupid or if it’s a primarily American thing or something?

    • annah-daly May 21st, 2013 11:11 AM

      It’s my husband and I’s anniversary! 4-20 2010!
      No, it’s bob Marley’s birthday, or else a day to get reeeally stoned. we have Marley fest where i live and we play reggae and people walk around waving bags of weed to sell and don’t even get in trouble! everyone loves 4-20!

  • wallflower152 May 20th, 2013 1:24 PM

    I love this! I read the other one in the Yearbook I believe. Makes me want IHOP and it’s kool to see how there are a bunch of people out there just like you only different. This and People Reviews are some my favorite Rookie features. : )

  • taliabc May 20th, 2013 3:54 PM

    Oh my god these are so perfect please do more!

  • Pashupati May 22nd, 2013 10:30 PM

    I would hate to be Robin if my older sibling was Batman.

  • unicornconnect May 25th, 2013 4:35 AM

    I need to live in new yorkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • julalondon September 12th, 2013 2:50 AM

    OMG this is crazy but i just found this article i don’t know what happend there but somehow i missed this???!!! The last one was on of my favourite articles on here EVER and today i’m having a really shitty day and i decided to flick through some old rookie articles and i find THIS!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!