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Meg Ryan’s Iconic Orgasm Scene in “When Harry Met Sally” Provides Unique Embarrassment for Her Kids

by Barbara

The fake orgasm scene in the 1989 romantic comedy classic “When Harry Met Sally” has become one of the most recognizable and talked-about moments in film history. In this iconic scene, Meg Ryan’s character, Sally, decides to educate Billy Crystal’s character, Harry, on the concept of women faking orgasms. What follows is a hilariously awkward live demonstration in the middle of a crowded deli, with Sally’s enthusiastic performance leaving both Harry and the diners in awe. The scene concludes with a priceless reaction from another diner, played by director Rob Reiner’s mother, uttering the now-famous line, “I’ll have what she’s having.”

While this scene has been beloved by audiences for decades, it holds a slightly different meaning for Meg Ryan’s children, Daisy True Ryan and Jack Quaid. During a recent conversation with Carol Burnett for Interview magazine, Ryan revealed a humorous anecdote involving her son. Jack, currently known for his role in “The Boys,” found himself staying at a hotel in New York that happened to be right across the street from Katz’s Deli, the exact location where the iconic scene was shot. Ryan’s daughter, Daisy, was present during the phone call, and they jokingly labeled it as a “very unique embarrassment.”

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The nostalgia surrounding the fake orgasm scene doesn’t end there. Katz’s Delicatessen, an institution in New York City for over a century, pays homage to the rom-com by marking the infamous table. With a playful sign pointing out the exact spot where Sally’s unforgettable performance took place, Katz’s Deli adds a dash of humor to visitors’ dining experiences. The sign even cheekily suggests that guests should order the same meal and “enjoy what she had.” While Ryan seemed amused by this playful tribute, she couldn’t help but wonder if the labeled table was, in fact, the correct one. The sign misidentifying it as the spot where Harry and Sally first met raised a valid question regarding its authenticity.

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The impact of Ryan’s role in “When Harry Met Sally” extends beyond her children’s lighthearted embarrassment. Jack Quaid has admitted to his mixed feelings about watching the movie, particularly due to his mother’s infamous orgasm scene. In an interview with EW, Quaid confessed that he didn’t watch the film until he reached adulthood. He humorously advised, “Guys, when your mother has one of the most famous orgasm scenes of all time, you do not jump to the film, okay?” His sister Daisy also followed suit, waiting until she was 14 to see the movie, at the encouragement of their mother’s then-fianc√©, John Mellencamp. Despite their initial hesitation, both siblings eventually found appreciation in the film. Quaid even went on to consider “When Harry Met Sally” as his favorite movie featuring his talented mom. In an emotional moment of pride, he confessed to crying for a long time after watching the film and immediately calling his mother to express his admiration.

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As Meg Ryan prepares to return to the romantic comedy genre in the forthcoming film “What Happens Later,” alongside actor David Duchovny, her children may soon have more recent cinematic experiences to discuss. The ever-evolving nature of Ryan’s career and the various roles she takes on ensure the continuation of unique anecdotes within her family. Whether it’s enduring moments of embarrassment, laughing at the quirks of fame, or shedding tears of pride, Ryan’s children are undoubtedly proud of their mother’s iconic contributions to the world of film. As audiences eagerly await Ryan’s next rom-com venture, her ability to captivate hearts and bring joy through her performances remains unmatched.

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