Get your potato salad ready, because buttery smooth-voiced RenTen Sean Vale joins Bobby and Ann for a TBTL favorite, Jen Flash Andrew’s first encounter with The Man from Dixie’s BBQ—$15 worth of pain that would make George Mallory proud.
Tetrahedron clusters Ann and Bobby are flanking special guest host Mike Farnan (our backup Mike F.) for your latest LRB Week in Review, right after we finish shoving in 30-year-old Bernie Kosar breaking news coverage, feasting on kielbasi and sauna meatballs, and avoiding that giant, vicious, vengeful fish. (Just kidding, we promise, on at least one of those.)
In this month’s clip show, Ann and Christy are back for a second round of the TBTL terms and phrases that captured our imaginations over the years. Along the way we discuss mid-nineties nautical movies, the story of Christy’s very own Overboard cruise experience, ways to tell your friends and family you’re having digestion issues, the best unit of time ever, how Luke invented a word (no, not ‘gaymazing’), and take a detour into a discussion about the MochaLatta Chill. Some of these terms even affected our lives: a TBTL vocabulary mystery helped Christy solve a problem at work, and the show has been a primer on functional alcoholism for Ann. Plus, we expand our knowledge of the Jerkington family tree. Be sure to listen all the way to the end of the show to find out whether Ann fires Christy.
P.S. In case you wanted to know, Alec Baldwin’s three hopes for 2009 were: 1) Slumdog Millionaire wins the Oscar, 2) the auto industry continues to work on fuel efficient cars, 3) there won’t be a SAG strike.
Special guest and lady social-scientist Ellen “Kenny G” Middaugh returns (see ep. 193) to help Bobby, Meredith and Ann break down the latest week of TBTL from Bud Light to bird feeder, and every disgusting and insecurity-laden step between. Ann pilots the Millennial Falcon through a Kessler Run of corrections, Meredith brings the facts on pesticides and silk pillowcases, Bobby made his very own batch of Ooey Gooey Tar Bars thanks to a recipe from Ann’s Aunt Carroll, and Ellen doesn’t hate when Andrew jacks up the reverb, but we let her stay anyway. (One thing we do all agree on? The more Carey Burbank on TBTL, the better.)
Our show plan for this episode was foiled by the whims of a US government agency, so Ann, Christy, and Bobby decide to take some time to design a new LRB game/contest. Hey, if Luke and Andrew can do show planning “on-air”, so can we. Get your daubers out, because we’re playing bingo! TBTL bingo, that is. Everyone’s welcome to play – just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you’re in like Flynn. In true crowdsourcing fashion, we want Wagoneer input on which TBTL terms, phrases, or concepts should get a square, so hit us up with your ideas. This is going to be fun: imagine listening to TBTL and crossing your fingers in the hope that Luke will talk about his diet grind, because it’s THE LAST SQUARE you need (kidding – you know we’re going to fill in that square during the first five minutes of the Monday show, right?).
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