Amy: I set up an experiment. I painstakingly produce
a realistic political ad where I play an undeniably
appealing candidate. I arrange a focus group of
concerned New Jersey parents… Thank you all
for coming. …to watch the ad
and give their feedback… I’m Dr. Jane Gordon, and I’m running for state
superintendent of schools. …so I can see what kind of
judgment Elaina and Shayne are up against. Balancing my successful
business career with being the mother
of two wonderful children and the wife of
two fantastic husbands hasn’t always been easy. Sometimes, I feel like
I’m raising four kids, but it sure is worth it. The day I married
Randy and Jane was the happiest day
of my life. And since then, our family
has only grown stronger. People often ask me,
“Why two?” but after having our first son,
we knew we wanted another, and Randy and Bob and I
are so glad we did. Vote for me for
superintendent of schools. Man: Okay. What would these
conservative parents think of
a polyamorous candidate? I nervously await
their response. [ Laughter ] She has great time-management
skills, obviously. She has to manage two husbands.
That’s a lot. Woman: If she can deal with
the household like that, that means work-wise
she’ll be very good, too. Man #2: I see that she’s
very open-minded. The varying races, too —
I like that. How great is that?
It’s peace. That’s a brilliant message. Amy: I can’t believe they’re
so accepting of polyamory. I step in as Dr. Jane Gordon
to find out more. Hi. -How are you?
-Hello. So, yeah, what did you
guys think? You are a good doctor. You’re good for the schools.
You’re hands-on. Thank you.
You want to educate. Thank you so much
for saying that because I sometimes get nervous
talking to monogamous people. I’m assuming that you are. Maybe I should have
asked, but — Well, I’ve always had something
on the side, to be honest. I just love women to death, and I can never get
enough of them. Amy: Is that polyamory?
Because it’s not monogamy. I love my wife dearly,
and I had an affair with this wonderful person. Another non-monogamous
panelist? I have a lot of love
to give, but it was probably one of
the most regretful things I think I’ve ever done. I don’t believe there’s
any marriage — well, maybe one or two — that the guy hasn’t strayed
some time or another. But the thing is,
I was so confused. I didn’t know where I
wanted to be. I felt torn. Is it possible that monogamy
is to blame for infidelity or that polyamory prevents it? I guess in her case,
it’s like she — They have an understanding.
Right. She’s open. [ Indistinct chatter ] Thank you for sharing
your story. I did not expect it
to go like this. It was not judgmental,
and that’s what I expected. Okay. I don’t believe in
monogamy, right? Okay. I wouldn’t be able to be with one person
for the rest of my life. I don’t just think
that’s natural. How many romantic partners would
you like to have at one time? I wouldn’t take on
one or two. And have you
had that before? Yeah. Amy: I’m relieved for
Elaina and Shayne but sad for me, monog-Amy. You know, I came in expecting
a very, very different response. Thank you for surprising me
and warming my heart. Man: That’s wonderful.
You’re welcome. I’m glad we did. You got this. Thank you, Ed.