We heard from a fellow with more questions than we have time to answer in one sitting, so we'll cut to the chase (yes, that phrase was one of his concerns) and reveal today's is the first of our two-part program.
The first half of his question asked for the stories behind the phrases cut to the chase and the whole nine yards. We'll cut to the chase on the origin of the whole nine yards: although theories abound—and we've covered many of these explanations on previous programs—no one knows for certain just how the whole nine yards came to name "everything; the whole ball of wax."
We can be a bit more definite about the storyline that leads us to cut to the chase. To cut to the chase is to skip the lead-in, the building of the plot, and hurry right to the action. As you might have guessed, cut to the chase comes from the world of movie-making, where it allows viewers (and perhaps directors) to "skip over the boring parts."