Using the same setup as Surprise!, IE Agents staged a marriage proposal on the subway during the afternoon of June 9, 2002. 11 agents met up at the Union Square Barnes & Noble (AKA the IE Command Center) and headed over to the 2 train. The group bypassed their usual underground stage, the 6 train, due to rumored massive Puerto Rican Day crowds. Real life husband and wife Agents DMartin and JMartin were set to play an unmarried couple who met each other on the 2 train two years ago.
Agent Butler films as Agent White decorates
Strangers pose with their signs.
A woman readies to snap a photo of the proposal
JMartin sees the signs
Jmartin and DMartin hug as the crowd cheers.
JMartin gives thanks
JMartin accepts congratulations from a stranger
Strangers watching the newly engaged couple
Amigone & Sklaren pass out refreshments
A stranger shows off her refreshments
More strangers at the reception
The proposal on the 1 train
Happy strangers talk with IE Agents
Agents JMartin and DMartin
DMartin: “On the second train there was the middle-aged couple, with the curmudgeon husband. He was skeptical and told me that he had been through marriage a few times already. ‘Good luck, you’re gonna need it.’ After JMartin accepted the proposal and they were leaving he said ‘congratulations’ he seemed to warm up a little bit.
Also on 2nd train, there were four older women who just had the best time. One of the ladies told me that she wanted to marry me, ‘can I have you?’ she asked. The others said I was so romantic for doing this, that we should contact the MTA and set-up events on the subway for people. ‘I wish my husband would do something like this for me,’ one of the ladies said.”
Stranger: “She certainly has a romantic boyfriend.”
Amigone: “He’s wonderful.”
Stranger: “I want to marry him.”
Butler: “A middle-aged woman turned to her husband and said, ‘Honey, you never did anything like this for me.'”
Sklaren: “There was a couple on the train, a German and a Texan, who had met on a bus in England and had been married for six months. A woman who had gotten married the previous day kept insisting that we call the MTA PR department…she insisted that our bride and groom could end up on the cover of the Daily News.”
Todd: “The noise we created was unbelievable. Agent White and I played uninvolved bystanders for the second proposal, so we were able to sit back and truly listen. It was so exciting to witness a train erupt into deafening cheers of joy.
On the first train, I was totally taken off-guard by JMartin’s reaction. Upon seeing the signs she screamed at the top of her lungs. It was so nice to have a real married couple for this mission; their reactions were just so real.”
JMartin: “Demblowski made his ‘best man’ toast, then afterward apologized, ‘sorry man that was all I could think of, I was so nervous man,’ and the women on the train were like ‘No no that was so SWEEEEEEEEEEET!’
Many people suggested that we also get married on the subway, and one woman suggested we also honeymoon on the subway.
It was also so sweet that many of our own IE party were getting teary eyed at all this too, even though they knew it was just staged.
Another excellent day of organized fun.