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"The Inamorata Consequence" Discussion

Welcome, friends, to week five of Venture Bros. season seven! This week's episode is called "The Inamorata Consequence". If you're in the United States (or can fake it) you can watch it on adultswim.com right now. It's also airing on Sunday night at midnight on Adult Swim. Feel free to use the comments of this post to discuss the episode, the season, and the series, if you want. As always, there will be spoilers, so don't read the comments if you don't want to be spoiled!

  • by Captain V
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I really, really loved this one.

Everyone who watches the show has speculated on two things:

1. Are Rusty and the Monarch brothers?

2. Is Rusty actually a clone as well, in a long, sad twisted tradition of family cloning?

This season seems to answer both. However, just not totally definitively... yet.

To me Rusty definitely died multiple times and was cloned. He and Malcom are definitely related. Likely brothers. And maybe BOTH are actually clones.
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22 days ago
The lack of a Mrs. Jonas Venture has made me wonder if Rusty wasn't a clone. In the end Morpho it sounded like Jonas has inseminated Blue Morpho's wife. Now it looks like he pulled a couple worms out of the clone farm. Just as Rusty did 23-24 years later.

I was wondering why HELPer didn't have a vocalizer, and now we have a model 2 with a vocalizer. Pity he wouldn't join the ventureverse, but like Ben seems to exist solely to pass on information that no one else was in a position to reveal.

I agree that Rusty probably died multiple times. In season 2 when we saw the computers used to program the Hank and Dean slugs they were antique, refrigerator-size tape machines. So probably the original equipment of Jonas' creation.

That Dean is Rusty's clone kind of answers when Ben was looking for signs of that frtus-eating gene in Dean. Rusty obviously had it, was a known problem with the first generation of clones and Ben was looking to see if it had been fixed in the second generation of clones.

And if Ben still has cloning equipment one has to wonder if Jonas will come back as a clone. (Though I think by the time he does Rusty will have concluded that Da-Da was better off dead.

This means that Dermet is the first Venture to have a mother since Jonas.

Back in the 1st ep of this season Jonas said something about how assured his virility was. I've wondered for a time that since Jonas seemed to sleep with any woman around either the world would be filled with a lot of baby Ventures, or Jonas was only shooting blanks all this time.

Loved it when Rusty had the breakthrough that OSI/GCI were just a bunch of children in silly costumes and deadly weapons.

This was my most favorite episode so far this season.
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22 days ago
Ben was also looking for extra hair growth around the eyes, which more-or-less confirms that The Monarch is an imperfect clone as well.
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17 days ago
  • by Destroyo
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Nice to see a call-back to the Shallow Gravy - Jacket video set.
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22 days ago
  • by Captain V
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I know right? I laughed really hard at that bit!

It's also just hilarious that mountains of flammable jackets survived the fire b/c they were in the hanger.

I'm really pleased with this one. It addressed many things that needed to be touched upon. And it was all a great excuse to hash everything out with the GCI and the OSI, while showing Rusty can call everyone out while actually being competent, but also giving Hank and Dean great adventures that touched upon important things.

Darby did a great job voice acting too!

For an episode with no 21 or Billy or the Monarch... this one rocked!

Oh, and no Hatred in this one. First episode in a long time he wasn't in at all.
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22 days ago
  • by Captain V
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I meant to type Pete White. Billy is actually in the episode very briefly.
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22 days ago
Episode 5 already...... Dang. Just let that sink in a moment. It's like season 7 just, just started after all this time and so suddenly it's already half over! Well, at least it sounds like the fellas already have stuff in the planning stage for season 8, so maybe it won't be as long til next time?
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22 days ago
Return of the PP!! Thrown off by Dermott's new look!! Guessing this weeks tee would be H.E.L.P.E.R. related..
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22 days ago
  • by Aaaanon
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It shoulda been a H.E.L.P.eR related shirt... An army of them running amok. Although the Superman knockoff on the OSI shirt brought a chuckle.
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17 days ago
A great episode that felt like other classic "a bunch of weirdos get together on the venture compound for stuff" episodes like "Tag Sale, YOu're It!" and "The Buddy System". All three stories felt great and 2/3 have huge unexpected consequences down the line.
And both seem intresting. Rusty possibly being a clone is a great plotline and explains a lot, as one of the commenters here showed, and I look forward to seeing the Peril Partnership and an actual fully functioning rival to the guild. How do they work? While why their striking now is pretty damn obvious, a few months ago in-universe the guild had a massive upturn and just went through a crisis where they lost 15 to 20 members and had two hospitalised, how they function and if any of them are familar faces should be fun to sort out.
It was also nice to get a reunion between Hank and Dermott even if Rusty is bribing his son to keep quiet for now, it was still nice to see Dermott, like his brothers, is trying to make something of his life and his new role means we'll hopefully see him again in the future, especially since Hank and him play off each other well, as well as how it subtly shows how hank has changed. While he's always been willing to take the piss out of Dermott, here he not only does so well but actually solves the conflict and gets him promoted. He also has the biggest laugh of the episode with his fucking bizzare fantasy sequence involving pete's dragon, dwarves, and his girlfriend in an american flag dress for some reason, proving that while hank may be growing up he's still Hank.

As a quick aside I did love the whole romance subplot even if it ended sadly and on a wham note as well as the runner about pee on the belts.

WHile I talked abotu the clone side of things a bit, I did love dean's plot, bonding with helper 2, played by the wonderful rhys darby, as we learned ben just sorta fucked off to new zeland but left behind a new friend. And while Dean's new buddy sadly is too afraid of dying to leave, they do leave with Dean promissing to watch skins and Dean, despite his hangups, coming to realize just why his dad's so crewed up.

Finally we have the confrence the entire episode was built around which was just comic gold. Shore Leave's introductions were fucking gold, and I missed the character terribly for most of season 6 and was glad to have him back. Shiela's line about rusty to dean was also the most accurate thing that's been said about the character so far. And Rusty actually gets a moment of triumph, berating the council for acting like squabbling kids and outdoing his dad for once in his life. It was a feel good moment and James Urbaniak really sold the hell out of the moment. There was just too much hilarious about this subplot to get into.

Overall this was an amazing ep, and having finally caught up on the series, this season is proving to be a step up: taking the serilization and underarching plots (Setting up one with the guild and having Dean possibly rush at his dad and grandad's old fraternity in a future ep), but scaling it back, while touching on things they kinda left unreslolved like ben and dermott (even if they still haven't fully dove into Rusty being his dad, they have at least one more season for that and given this show we may never get an answer.)
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22 days ago
  • by Captain V
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I concur completely, great comments Mogo.
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22 days ago
  • by Aaaanon
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Conference was funny. Dunno about comic gold, but definitely funny. It seemed to me that for the first 3 of this season the (very interesting) story line considerations crowded out the humor. My comic gold: Brock trying to escape his duties when Rusty was in the hospital In "High Cost..." by reaching over and clicking the hell out of Rusty's meds infusion pump.
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17 days ago
  • by Captain V
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The puzzle is not complete, but it is coming together:

Jonas got Mrs. F drunk and pregnant with his sperm.
Malcom is the real Venture.
Rusty is just a clone of Malcom, and it was the start of all the cloning.
Mrs. F was gonna tell BM everything, or already did.
Next, Jonas crashed the plane to cover everything up, and out of guilt rebuilt BM.

Then... *something something* ... Hank and Dean's mom is revealed. And it is fucking mind-blowing!!!
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22 days ago
  • by Captain V
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Oh, and Malcom could be the true Venture... but also a clone b/c he died at some point. Maybe he died in the plane crash even? Jonas cloned him... and dropped him off at the planes crash site... out of guilt or whatever. Nothing is off the table!
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22 days ago
If Dean is a clone of Rusty, there would be no mother, either of Rusty or of Hank and Dean.
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21 days ago
Miss Clair Chenelwith is the name of the woman that was "rescued" by Jonas from the freezing water in the newspaper shown during H.E.L.P. eR. Mod-2's narration. I couldn't find any references to somebody by that name online. Anyone recognize the name?

Maybe the rescue of a damsel in distress itself by a celebrity is a reference to an actual event? I wonder if she plays any significant role in the Venture family saga? Perhaps she becomes Mrs. Fitzcarraldo?

Also, H.E.L.P. eR. Mod-2 tells Dean that he cannot go to New Zealand because he is an abomination, and he is voiced by Rhys Darby who is from New Zealand.

I also wonder if Ben's "trip to NZ" is just a cover story, as the timing seems suspect, and he's really at OSI HQ working on cloning Jonas?
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21 days ago
  • by zombiejesus
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All of the newspapers have interesting bits about the history and hysteria of H.E.L.P.eR., and why model 2 is so afraid of humanity. I recommend pausing and reading each article. Jonas rescues Ms. Chenelwith a couple of weeks after all the bots were burned in protest regarding some incident. He was not worried about the long-term effects of that fiasco because the public's memory is short, and he did something great right after to make everyone forget.
The [AS] feed is in HD. Click the window to pause. Go read those articles.
(I'd screencap and post them all somewhere, but people better than me have more capable hands and skills.)
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21 days ago
I did read the stories, but good advice for the viewers. I did suspect that the "rescue" was just a PR ploy and likely Ms. Chenelwith's name is bogus, perhaps played by a young Grace Kelly? Jonas allegedly slept with her after all, and he also had connections with other actresses.
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21 days ago
"I've never seen curves like that on a seal...."
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21 days ago
  • by Aaaanon
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Story indicates a H.E.L.P.eR going bad in Cold Springs, Montana. Don't think that's an actual town, tho there are any number of Cold Springs locations. There is a Cold Springs grade school in Missoula. There a MT connection doing some writing?
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12 days ago
I always thought Ben was an author's convenience rather a real person. That is, he was injected into the show to tell Dean he's a clone and had no other exist beyond that. And in a sense this is true because he just disappeared with Helper mk2 explains things to Dean, then refuses to leave the creepy old house. Helper2 like Ben in a sense don't exist and never will.
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21 days ago
  • by zombiejesus
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Ok, where did they find a Carvel near Colorado Springs?
Or did they bring Fudgie all the way from the East Coast?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fudgie_the_Whale

"Forget it, Jake. It's Ventureverse."
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21 days ago
  • by Pkmeat
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Amazing episode. This season is so dark! Even the setting has mostly been at night or cloudy. The morphic trilogy acted as a finale for season 6, but now it seems to be the perfect intro for this season’s arc. Anyone else notice how ambiguous all the language Has been in these first five? It’s like they take us right up to the edge of the truth without saying it. Even the episode titles are obscure
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21 days ago
FYI Ars Technica has an short article on Titmouse animation. One comment about the Venture Brothers was that they can't begin begin work on the early episodes until all the episodes are written in case they want to drop a clue into an early episode about something revealed in a later episode.
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/09/between-cintiq-and-streaming-animation-is-thriving-ask-titmouses-chris-prynoski/
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21 days ago
So I'm just stringing together some facts here with the apparent confirmation that Rusty is a clone. I'm sure some of you have already pieced this together. Nonetheless...

Red Means Stop - Col. Gentleman says that Rodney killed a baby. Rodney claims it was a werewolf and Gentlemen says all he saw was a wee little baby with a silver bullet in its BRAIN.

Powerless in the Face of Death - In the 'many deaths of Hank and Dean' montage the boys are apparently mauled to death by what looks like Doc as a werewolf.

Assisted Suicide - Inside Doc's mind, two of the dead Hank and Deans look like they had been mauled. Doc later tells Hank that the Action Man used to wake him up in the middle of the night as a child by putting a gun to his HEAD and pulling the trigger. "Not today, Rusty. Not today." (a silver bullet in the baby's brain)

So if The Action Man had killed a baby Rusty, then Doc would have to be a clone to still be around. Doc must also have been cured of his lycanthropy at some point as there was a full moon in A Party For Taran and he didn't change. He still got shot though.
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20 days ago
Now that's some next level Venture sleuthing!!
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20 days ago
  • by Captain V
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Nice!
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20 days ago
I hadn't put any of that together, nice work.

I did immediately think of the video from Now Museum Now You Don't:

Interviewer: Dr.Venture. What would you say was your greatest adventure and, eh, parenthetically eh what is your greatest invention?

Dr.V: Well, Dick, those are both excellent questions. But I'm afraid I only have one answer- My son.
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20 days ago
I hadn’t put those pieces together. Nice job!
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18 days ago
Informative
I called in as Augustus St. Cloud, that was fun!
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19 days ago
Ha! That was interesting (although my response was not clever or funny), still glad I called the number to listen to the Monarch for 15 seconds.
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19 days ago
  • by Captain V
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Perhaps Rusty is just a clone of Jonas afterall.

Jonas Jr. is actually making more sense now.

Two clones formed together and screwed eachother up.

Plus, dudes a Peril Parnership mole! Dun. Dun. Dunnhhhhh!

Great episode, and SL definitely kicked PL's ass during the commercials!
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20 days ago
Called that hotline and am embarrassed by my attempt but I tried my best ;__;
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20 days ago
Whatdidjado? I had to call twice bc 1st time didn't leave an email. 1st time was White & Billy, then Brock.
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20 days ago
Did the best Hatred I could muster hahaha.
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19 days ago
Wait. Shouldn't you have been Hank? Or was that one of those "If there was ever a time I needed you NOT to be Hank it's now" moments?
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18 days ago
PROBABLY I NERVOUSLY WENT TO MY FIRST IMPRESSION ON HAND. Hank might've been easier too but harder to come up with what he'd say.
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15 days ago
  • by Captain V
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VB7 Cake Giveaway Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2seXWeEnkY

I called and did a bunch of bad voice impressions, go me!
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19 days ago
  • by Captain V
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I'm now noticing a theme with the S7 episode titles...
 
S07, E09 - The Forecast Manufacturer - 9/30/2018  
S07, E08 - The Terminus Mandate - 9/23/2018  
S07, E07 - The Unicorn in Captivity - 9/16/2018  
S07, E06 - The Bellicose Proxy - 9/9/2018

"Arrears" is the only exception... but obviously they had to parody the title from "Careers" in season one. It was too perfect.
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19 days ago
Argh! USPS sucks! The first shirt club shirt shipped from Los Angeles on 8/29. Tracking info just said "Your package will arrive later than expected, but is still on its way. It is currently in transit to the next facility". I click on History and it's still in Los Angeles... STILL... seven days later... and I'm on the East Coast! Okay, I get that Monday was Labor Day and all, but seriously I could walk it here faster, and I have a slight limp due to losing the toes on my left foot a few years back.
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17 days ago
I ad the same issue getting the tracking number last Friday and as of Wednesday it was still showing as "Pre-shipment".

Thankfully I got an update that it should be delivered tonight by 8 pm (fingers crossed!!!)

It's a little infuriating when I've seen other people on Facebook already posting pictures of getting their shirts from 701 & 702 though. I'm hoping I'll get those shirts tonight in addition to the Rusty's Machine one.
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17 days ago
  • by Pyros
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Titmouse has confirmed that the subscribers shirts will be shipped at the end of the run with the tenth shirt.
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17 days ago
Did not know that, thanks for the heads up! I was under the impression it would’ve come with the first shirt like the last seasons
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17 days ago
I got my email 2018-08-31 and my tracking number says it arrives tomorrow.
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16 days ago
Update: I get home from work today (just as a massive thunderstorm begins unloading. Uh, oh - the lights just flickered) and shirt 1 is sitting in my hall. So I guess their tracking wasn't so accurate. So I got it and shirt 2 is on the way. Edit: I opened the package and both shirts 1 and 2 were in there, so Yay!
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16 days ago
  • by zombiejesus
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I don't know if this has been mentioned here before regarding the t-shirt club, take a look at the Page Source code for the astrobasego.com site.
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16 days ago
LOL that is fantastic! And very well done too
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16 days ago
R.I.P. Burt Reynolds. Maybe I'll watch me some Sharky's Machine this weekend. Just not in the cargo bay.....
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16 days ago
  • by Captain V
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Nice, the new V Bros. finished in the top ten in cable ratings for the night -

http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/showbuzzdailys-top-150-sunday-cable-originals-network-finals-9-2-2018.html

This is really good news!
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16 days ago
  • by Aaaanon
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I'm doing my best to hold up the old-people numbers... You know, the ones the advertisers couldn't give a rip about.
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16 days ago
Informative
  • by Captain V
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  • by Destroyo
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That BETTER be this week's shirt - I'm ordering 2!
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15 days ago
I'm down for 3!
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15 days ago
Great episode! So fun to watch the parallel stories and the "behind the scenes" type stuff.

"The tub" was also just like wow.
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15 days ago
  • by zombiejesus
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"The tub" is a version of this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaphism
Warning: this is gruesome.
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15 days ago
  • by zombiejesus
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And, a little bit of 1984 rat-cage on face implied there.
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15 days ago
LOVED this one. This is such an amazing season. Definitely am getting that shirt if that's the one.
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15 days ago
  • by zombiejesus
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Every episode is rewarding an HD pause. They write all of these documents knowing that we will eat them up, and they are loaded with gags and lore!
I'm not going to spoil anything, but I must say: "pinguid laurels".
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15 days ago
Pause it just before St. Cloud crashes through the window and check out that book Colonel Gentleman is reading. Looked it up on Amazon - real book!
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15 days ago
  • by zombiejesus
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AND, we need to get to start this conversation in a new thread on Friday afternoons, when the new ep drops at [as].
Period.

Please.

(And, yes, That Shirt.)
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15 days ago
Whew I need to be more diligent about getting the new discussons up. Go, go, go! http://mantiseye.com/episode/the_bellicose_proxy
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15 days ago
  • by The Blue Morpho
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From the baby/Helper article-

Today’s Think Thought: Old people drink less yet urinate more than the average teenager. Scientists say: “Weird, right?”
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15 days ago
Ok, (very) late to the party, but better than never.

Love the reference to the James Bond photo shoot for the poster ("From Russia, with Love"). The gun in the photo shoot was indeed a Walther LP 53 (though not a "BB gun", as Shore Leave said). The actual Walther PPK wasn't available for the photo shoot, but the photographer did have his own personal Walther LP (Air Pistol) model 53, so that is what was used (http://www.007museum.com/Walther_LP53_Connery_Bond.htm).

Ok, as a guy who actually shoots a Walther LP 201 in competition, I am a bit biased, but I am still impressed.
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4 days ago
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