Crack open a Topo Chico (glass bottle, please) and Come Sail Away with the LRB for a recap of one of the loooooooooongest weeks of TBTL we can remember. The reunited I-35 Crew of Ann, Hillary, Meredith and Mike have gathered to make what lemonade we can out of this lemon, even if it means listening to endless talk about vegetarianism, vanilla dairy-free mac and cheese, and unappealing carb substitutes. We dig into the flaw in the premise of “giant bow” car commercials, ponder the hotness level of Beto O’Rourke, thoughtfully discuss the trickiness of trans pronouns, and agree that, despite our civic responsibility, we want no part in the El Chapo trial. Hillary’s ashamed that her knowledge of twins consists of Mary Kate and Ashley references. Mike insists his nickname is El Guapo (where’s that eye-rolling emoji when you need it?). Ann explains why she doesn’t go to the movies with her mom. Meredith reminds us that kids have been drawing boobs using parentheses for decades. We’re pretty confident that we got this.
The struggle is real on this week’s TBTL Week in Review. Forty N’ QUERTY Hillary’s anxiety is flaring because of the messy house in The Cat in the Hat, Word-forgetter Bobby is drinking warm Maker’s Mark with a Fresca back, and Future Detroit Tiny Fence Concert Host Meredith is at her wit’s end single-parenting the heck out of Bear. We’re happy for Luke’s positive life choices, and that Rich is (a) real(ly good friend), even if Luke is Frank Lloyd Wrong about where to keep his lasagna leftovers.
This month on the LRB clip show we’re taking a deep dive into one of our favorite segments: fire up the theme music, because we’re doing some Cooking With Sean! Our second-favorite KIRO board op is known for his creative culinary pursuits, and we’re looking back at just a few of the recipes he’s tested out on TBTL. We’ll hear about a heavily modified tuna casserole, dubiously flavored pickles, hotel room hacks that get forced on unsuspecting live show guests, and the questionable decision to introduce an open flame into the workplace. Christy is fleshing out a new conspiracy theory, while Ann makes a shameful food-related confession. Plus, leafy greens, a queso emergency, orange slice candies as a palate cleanser, an act of grocery store thievery, and weird ice cream. Is Sean a flavor visionary or a just a mad experimenter? Heck if we know.
Over here at the LRB we know that you were promised a handful of special pet-related episodes of TBTL last week. We also know that these promises were poorly fulfilled, as our TBTL friendos proved once again that following a show sheet is not one of their stronger skills. Luckily, your LRB hosts can fill that gap, bringing more pet-related content than all three of TBTL’s Pet-agogy episodes combined (not that it was difficult). Mike is contemplating hair-of-the-dogging-it while his fingers are being decimated (literally) by cat attacks. Ann tells the tale of her self-mutilating hamster before she throws her newly-replaced phone over another mind-boggling Burbank statement. Meredith reflects on the civility of the mosh pit and how her dad got a bad case of prairie dog plague. Also on today’s agenda: secret therapy whispers, the Shaggy Defense, karaoke trapdoors, the problem with fake meat, White Guy Confidant Syndrome, the zucchini measure of friendship, and much more.