It’s the second week of the TBTL Vanniversary shows, and Mike, Meredith and Ann are ready to break down every single minute, no matter how long it takes. (Sorry about that!) The guys are crisscrossing the state in the van, and while we go along on the journey we lay down some rules for sexytimes, debate how we would behave in the event of an actual airline disaster, and say goodbye to a good friend. Meredith explains how Apple is ruining her social life, Ann is delighted by Sean’s snore-collection theory, and Mike pays tribute to American hero Eagle Eagleson. Most importantly, we let Rudy know, in true Good Will Hunting fashion, that it’s not her fault.
It was a great week of TBTL, with guests Nick “Self-Proclaimed Psychopath” Jarin and Phyllis “Urban Dictionary” Fletcher joining the guys, and Mike, Meredith and Ann are ready to break down everything that happened. Along the way, we settle on a new nickname for Meredith, discuss how to know when to leave an “escape room” party immediately, lay down some ice cream cone law, and find out that both our lady scientists are terrible pen pals (and possibly also terrible people). As a bonus, we give our own answers to this week’s Hey Dummies question about celebrity navigation voices. Plus, the ongoing fabric scissors controversy threatens to split our hosts apart, and Mike has a strange Sting-related episode during the show that has us slightly concerned.
Happy Thanksgiving, Wagoneers! You’re all welcome around our post-holiday table, even if you think casseroles are gross and you’re afraid to eat the onion ice cream. Pull a bag of jerky out of your fanny pack and we’ll get down to business; just don’t accept a cup of Kryptonite coffee from Meredith, okay? Luke’s been skateboarding in the airport. Again. Is it bad of us to be hoping, at this point, for a small disaster? We discuss TBTL’s participation in this year’s Podcrawl, and one of us has a surprising depth of knowledge about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Additionally, Mama Stamberg’s cranberry relish undergoes the LRB test, we agree that Andrew probably shouldn’t call himself The Bone Collector (seriously, have you seen the movie??), and then wonder how long it might be until Luke’s scalp falls off due to his laser baldness products. In host news, Mike’s going after Big Pharma to the tune of one hundo a day, five hundo a week. Meredith shares a cat fact that will melt your heart. Ann wants everyone to listen to Done Disappeared: A True Crime Podcast by John David Booter immediately. Just do it, okay? Also, we wish you a Happy Sex Day, however you may celebrate.
It’s another silly/serious episode today at the LRB. On the silly side, Mike, Meredith, and Ann discuss hippo avoidance tactics, our new show sponsor, and the disturbing, yet effective, motivational methods employed by our fantasy Browns head coach. Mike feels that his anti-straw stance has been vindicated. Meredith is still waiting on her check from the New Zealand National Party. Luke may turn Ann into a football fan against her will. On a more serious note, the teeth whitening debacle leads to some Real Talk about the state of the show and how the guys may be their own worst enemies. Plus, bonus commentary from Link, which is as serious as it gets.
It’s Franzia Friday at the Little Red Bandwagon, as Brooklyn Ten Felicia Powell joins Ann and Meredith to talk about everything from politics to local bovine news coverage. Felicia shares how she got bait-and-switched into the world of TBTL, and why she wrote an email to them that continues to have a big impact to this day. Plus, she teaches us an important fact about our constitutional right (or lack thereof) to vote. Then we refill our wine glasses and listen back to the time Jen convinced Luke and Andrew to try recreating the 4th Hour of NBC’s Today Show without ever having watched it. Luke makes a disturbingly convincing Kathie Lee Gifford, while Andrew’s best attempts to produce competent segments only serve to highlight his endearing cluelessness. If we all agree on one thing, though, it’s that Usher is totally dreamy.