Swift & Winehouse, Kang & Kodos and 50 Years of the Great Pumpkin – Oct 21-27


After the Mets lose Game 6, we move into 1996 for Thinner, Millennium’s debut and one of the best Treehouse of Horror specials to date. This week in 2006 brought us debut albums from Taylor Swift and Amy Winehouse, while It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown turns 50.


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19 thoughts on “Swift & Winehouse, Kang & Kodos and 50 Years of the Great Pumpkin – Oct 21-27

        1. Hand in a jar of used needles, nothing! In the second one there is a pit of used needles that Shawney Smith gets thrown into!
          And the Saw movies are a fun, turn off your brain, kind of movie. I wouldn’t consider them even close to my favorites but they are good hangover movies.

    1. They are quite horrible. The first one is barely tolerable, and ends with one of the biggest “oh, come on!” moments ever. Saw 3 is literally one of the worst movies I have ever seen – not because it is a “bad” movie, but because it is flat out repulsive, degrading, and wallows gleefully in its bleakness.

      The villain, Jigsaw, is ridiculously implausible, even be low-brow horror standards, and is motivated to go on his massive killing sprees for the dumbest reason ever: because his doctor wasn’t very friendly.

  1. The abortions/miniature American flags line is in my top 5 Simpsons quotes of all time. You guys are absolutely right about how it can be applied to any divisive issue and how it perfectly encapsulates human nature.

  2. I’ve seen THINNER numerous times thanks to AMC’s Fear Fest. It’s definitely one of the better put together King adaptations.

  3. Well since I’m from St. Louis and you guys asked, the Cardinals drought only went back to their last world series win in 1982, not the 1960’s or the 1930’s. Only the Yankees have more World Series wins than St. Louis. The 2011 Cardinals World Series was more exciting for me because I was in Texas rooting against the Rangers and the Cardinals came back in game 6 when they were down to their last strike in the bottom of the 9th, then the Rangers hit a home run in the 10th to take the lead again, and the Cardinals came back again to force an 11th inning, where they eventually won.

    And the movie Dianne couldn’t remember the name of was “Magic” with Anthony Hopkins and an evil puppet.

    1. I didn’t get into baseball until 2010 when I started dating the woman who is now my wife. Her family is from St. Louis, and she’s related through marriage to Mark Buehrle, so she’s been a huge Cardinals fan since she was born, and she passed that love onto me JUST in time for that incredible 2011 World Series. Her aunt is a retired high school teacher and even taught World Series Hero (and current Pirate =/ ) David Freese! His triple in that game 6 will stick out in my mind forever.

  4. Glad to hear someone else shares my undying love of The Great Pumpkin. Hey Chris, if you are reading this I have a question. What was the scene you are talking about when you said It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown had your favorite sky painting ever. Was it the one at the beginning with the red setting sun? Personally, that is mine.

  5. Not trying to be a dick, but it’s a common misconception that Perot was responsible for Bush 41’s loss in ’92.

    “Clinton was elected with 43% of the vote, to Bush’s 37.5%, a difference of nearly six million votes. To overtake Clinton in a two-way race, then, Bush would have needed to gain the lion’s share of the Perot vote, about two-thirds of it. But in the exit poll conducted on Election Day, just 38% of Perot’s backers said Bush was their second choice. Thirty-eight percent also said Clinton was. “The impact of Mr. Perot’s supporters on the campaign’s outcome,” wrote The New York Times, “appears to have been minimal.” The Washington Post’s conclusion: “Ross Perot’s presence on the 1992 presidential ballot did not change the outcome of the election.””


    Bush’s loss was entirely of his own making.

  6. Guillermo Diaz is the best! Not only was he fantastic in Half Baked– as mentioned on the podcast– but he had a major role as (wait for it) Guillermo in Weeds, and is currently starring in Scandal as Huck.

  7. I’m going to play devil’s advocate for Soul Man here, but…

    Is that movie ACTUALLY blackface?

    Blackface is a white actor portraying a black character. But the character he’s portraying in the movie is white. The CHARACTER is pretending to be black. But that makes it blackface in universe, but not to us, the viewers.

    The movie is ABOUT blackface, but it’s not blackface to the audience.

    1. This is 2016. Anytime someone white paints their face black, it’s blackface.

      Context never matters. It’s all about the knee jerk reaction and how great you feel when you post how offended you are about it on Twitter.

  8. Boy, I’m glad the episode description saying the Mets lost game 6 of the ’86 series is just a typo and you get it right in the episode, as well as the extended episode notes. As a big Mets fan, I think I would have had an aneurysm listening to you guys if you got it THAT wrong.

    The Mets did, of course, lose game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship to the Cardinals in particularly brutal fashion. That was 10 years ago last week.

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