Monday, September 25, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 27: Mork & Mindy - "The Night They Raided Mind-ski's"


Na-uu na-nu! Our TGIF-athon may be over, but this week's episode once again plunges into the halcyon sitcoms of yesteryear with a discussion of Mork & Mindy's season two episode,"The Night They Raided Mind-ski's", in which alien Mork, played by America's beloved funny man, Robin Williams, falls in with a group of white supremacists. The fact that a sitcom episode from 1980 featuring a plot like that is so relevant today says something not KO, leaving David, Carolyn and special guest, comedian Eric Cash, lots to say about it as well.

So climb out of your egg-shaped ship then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Also, be sure to check out Eric on Twitter and Facebook!

A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.



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Monday, September 11, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 26: Full House - "The Apartment"


Our TGIF marathon concludes with the show that started our little pop culture coffee klatch, Full House, and the season seven episode "The Apartment", in which DJ doesn't have sex with Steve in his swanky (?) new apartment, but gets the same level of shit from her dad as if she did. And no, this isn't the Papouli episode or the DJ eating disorder one, but more importantly, it is the episode that lured Ryan back to discuss this show once again. Along the way, the Aluminum Four play a game of eff/marry/kill (with surprising results), heap praise on Kimmie Gibbler's bedroom, and emphasize again and again how Joey is The Worst.

So get off your coffee table, put away your vanilla ice cream dinner and turn down that "rock" music, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And if you haven't already checked out Ryan's website, Full House Reviewed, in which he reviewed every single episode of the show (and lived to tell about it), you can do so here.

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 25: Perfect Strangers - "This Old House"


Our TGIF-athon continues with one of the block's oldest shows, Perfect Strangers, as we review season five, episode twenty-one, "This Old House", in which Larry decides to get in on the ground floor of that sweet HGTV money by flipping a house, and in the process, learns an important lesson about...greed...and...chandeliers, and, well, we'll be honest: there's not much "very special" about this particular TV episode, but it does give us a chance to talk about Cousin Balki, and the history of TGIF, and chandeliers, so it's all good.

So do the Dance of Joy, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 24: Step by Step - "Video-Mania"


Join us as we once more endeavor to convince ourselves that the Friday nights of our youth weren't entirely wasted. That's right, it's part two of our AVSE TGIF series!

This week we're discussing "90s Brady Brunch", aka Step by Step, season three, episode six, "Video-Mania", in which OCD Mark trades his addiction to good grades for that scourge of youth, video games. It sort of addresses the issue of video game addiction, but it's also hard to tell how earnestly the issue is regarded by the show's creators. Plus, the glaring marital issues that Suzanne Somers and Patrick Duffy are struggling with are only slightly addressed as well, and the personality disorders running rampant through their excessive gaggle of children is virtually ignored. But helping Ryan and David sort all this out is very special guest, podcaster and admitted video game addict Gary Butterfield. If his life hadn't already been ruined by that damn computer box, then watching this episode would've gotten the job done for sure.

So put down your controller then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Be sure to follow Gary on Twitter @GaryBuh, and check out his podcast, Watch Out for Fireballs!

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


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Monday, July 31, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 23: Family Matters - "Good Cop Bad Cop"


This week, the Aluminum Four return to the halcyon days of TGIF to discuss "Good Cop Bad Cop", a season five episode of Family Matters in which Eddie (Darius McCrary) is pulled over for driving while black, much to the dismay of his police officer father (also, Urkel goes to the dentist). Not surprisingly, things get political in this one, but also personal, as Ryan's deep, abiding love for Urkel is laid bare. Also, Shai guest stars, and if you know who that is already, well, you've got a leg up on all four of the hosts.

So take a couple pulls of laughing gas, then then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 22: Community - "Mixology Certification"


Mix yourself up a Seven & Seven, as Carolyn, Austin, Aaron and special guest Kyle McCormick attempt to get their "Mixology Certification" by discussing an atypically-morose episode of Community, in which Troy (Donald Glover) turns 21 only to discover adulthood isn't all it's cracked up to be when the study group takes him out drinking.

So pour yourself some extra credit, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And be sure to follow Kyle on Twitter @Kyle_McCormick, and check out his podcast, Reboot, Reuse & Recycle

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.



Monday, July 3, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 21: Amazing Spider Man #96-98 - "Green Goblin Reborn!"


Hey there, True Believer! This week, we stretch the format of our show once again as we review a trio of "very special" comic books, Amazing Spider-Man #96-98 from 1971, which somewhat famously were published without the seal of the Comics Code Authority due to their depiction of drug use, despite having been commissioned at the request of the federal government to serve as an anti-drug story. Join Austin, Ryan, David and special guest, podcaster, author and Spider-Man expert Mark Ginocchio, as they tackle the import issues, such as who the definitive Spider-Man artist is, the difference between "slinging" and "swinging", and the importance of strong thighs to crime fighting.

So pull on a tasseled deerskin shirt and a chunky necklace, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com.

And be sure to check out Mark's book, 100 Things Spider-Man Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, as well as his website, Chasing Amazing, and his podcast, Amazing Spider-Talk. And follow him on Twitter @ChasingASMBlogExcelsior!

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


Monday, June 19, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 20: RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 9 Recap


Hayyyyyyy, squirrel friends! This week, we stretch the boundaries of our show once again, as we tackle an actual current, still-on-the-air show by discussing the entirety of the ninth season of Ru Paul's Drag Race! Join Ryan and Carol as they spend the entire episode arguing over who's the Ru and who's the Michelle Visage, while All Star and Fan Favorite guest judge Terry Blas returns to the podcast to lend his expertise! Spill the tea with us as we review every queen from the season, and, in a nod to the rare topicality of this episode, hear our speculations about who will be America's next Drag Superstar, before the winner is announced!

Download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show, or give us suggestions for future episodes!

And be sure to check out Terry's website, and follow him on Twitter @TerryBlas

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.



Monday, June 5, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 19: Family Ties - "A, My Name is Alex"


This week, we finally confront one of life's eternal questions: what would we do, baby, without us?

That's right, it's time to tackle one of the seminal sitcoms of the 80s, Family Ties! Join Ryan, David and special guest Jess Tholmer as they discuss "A, My Name is Alex", in which Alex grapples with grief in the wake of his friend's sudden death, and the show stretches beyond its normal confines in the process. Do the gimmicks add to the impact of the episode, or does the whole thing just come across as forced and overwrought? You'll have to listen to find out!

So dim the lights and enter a minimalist representation of reality, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show, or give us suggestions for future episodes!

And be sure to follow Jess on Twitter and Instagram @tholmz, then check out her Tumblr and her writing for Hello Giggles

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


Monday, May 22, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 18: Roseanne - "Crime and Punishment"/"War and Peace"


This week, David, Carolyn & Austin are joined by David's girlfriend, Lauren Paulson, as they tackle one of the greatest sitcoms of the nineties (and all time), Roseanne, by discussing the two-part "Crime and Punishment" & "War and Peace", aka the ones where Fisher beats up Jackie. Join us as we talk about how great Laurie Metcalf is, how sexy John Goodman is, and how very funny these episodes manage to be while also being very special.

So pick up a bucket of chicken (skin only), then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show, or give us suggestions for future episodes!

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


Monday, May 8, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 17: Leave it to Beaver - "Beaver and Andy"


Don't be a-scared by the lack of color, we've just gone back to an allegedly-simpler time to discuss Leave it to Beaver's "Beaver and Andy"! Join Ryan, Carolyn & Austin as they discuss an episode NOT about child molestation, but instead, one about the surprisingly-sophisticated question of how much information is too much information to share with kids. We also offer up our own theory as to the origin of Beaver's nickname, marvel at Ward's suits, and make fun of Wally.

So put aside that untied Monkey's Knuckle, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show, or give us suggestions for future episodes!

Also, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


Monday, April 24, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 16: World War II Cartoon Theater LIVE


It's another very special episode of "A Very Special Episode", as Carolyn first leads the Midwest boys in a discussion of "Booby Traps", one of the infotainment cartoons starring Private Snafu ordered by the US Army in World War II and created by some of the finest minds working in Warner Bros. animation, including Mel Blanc and Dr. freaking Seuss. Then, she and Ryan are joined by special guest (and SbtB Reviewed favorite) Terry Blas to discuss the World War II-era, Academy Award-winning, Donald Duck cartoon "Der Fuehrer's Face" in our first ever LIVE episode, recorded at the Alberta Street Pub as part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation launch show.

So bone up on fascism and set your Rube Goldbergian deathtraps, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. You can follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show, or give us suggestions for future episodes!

Also, be sure to check out Terry's website, and follow him on Twitter @TerryBlas 

And of course, A Very Special Episode is part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet (but mostly physically in Portland). Check out the other great shows here.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 15: The Mary Kay Letourneau Extravaganza!


It's time for another very special episode of A Very Special Episode, as Ryan leads Austin and special guest Alex Falcone in a discussion of Mary Kay Letourneau, the infamous teacher who had sex with her sixth grade pupil, got pregnant by him, went to jail, had sex with him again, got pregnant again, went back to jail, then eventually married him. We discuss All-American Girl, the made-for-TV movie about her story, and a 20/20 special, in which Mary Kay, her husband Villi Fulaau. and their teenage daughters are interviewed by Barbara Walters in honor of their tenth wedding anniversary. Along the way, we debate whether it's okay for a teacher to have sex with her student if they're in love (it's not), whether Barbara Walters is still a good interviewer (she's not great), and how to talk like a convincing couple-in-love (Mary Kay & Villi aren't great at this, either).

So break parole, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. Also, follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show!

And be sure to check out Alex's website, follow him on Twitter, and buy his book, Unwrap My Heart!

A Very Special Episode is now part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet. Check out our esteemed company here.


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Monday, March 27, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 14: Dinosaurs - "Steroids to Heaven"


Join the Aluminum Four as they travel back in time 65 million years/the early 90s, to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth/airwaves, via Dinosaurs, ABC's Jim Henson-produced sitcom featuring pantsless dinosaur puppets tackling the issues of the day via prehistoric-themed puns. Steroids are on the menu in the season three episode "Steroids to Heaven", in which teenage Robbie pops some "thornoids" in order to bulk up and impress a girl, but the Aluminum Four, in true meandering fashion, also take on the Friend Zone, Skype etiquette, and what kind of food they'd still eat if the food talked back to them. 

So put down your refrigerator, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. Also, follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show!

A Very Special Episode is now part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet. Check out our esteemed company here.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 13: The Oprah Winfrey Show - "Cowabunga, It's the Ninja Turtles"


Who is ready for a pizza party? In this week's episode, Carolyn & David are joined by special friends Mel Heywood & Mendi Menefee to discuss the episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in which Oprah interviews the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (no, really) and "April O'Neil" (no, really) in a shameless hour-long promotion of their concert tour (no, really).

So tune up your key-tar and sharpen your sais, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. Also, follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show!

And be sure to check out the Facebook page and website for Lez Stand Up, the comedy event in which Mel is participating!

A Very Special Episode is now part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet. Check out our esteemed company here.


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Monday, February 27, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 12: Boy Meets World - "Cult Fiction"


Bah Weep Granah Weep Nini Bong! This week, the Aluminum Four tackle an episode from the fourth season of that 90s TGIF staple, Boy Meets World, "Cult Fiction", in which Sean (Rider Strong) gets seduced into joining a surprisingly-robust cult ridiculously fast, much to the dismay of Corey (Ben Savage) and his ready-to-kill dad. Along the way, we learn the most important lesson of all: that hot chicks and bad dudes make for the best cults!

So put on your creepiest serene smile and invite all the local teens to live in your warehouse in clear violation of at least several laws, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. Also, follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show!

And A Very Special Episode is now part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet. Check out our esteemed company here.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 11: The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "The Good-Time News"


In honor of the recent passing of Mary Tyler Moore, the Aluminum Four reunite for this week's episode to discuss the third season premiere of her eponymous sitcom, "The Good-Time News", in which Mary learns she makes less money than the man who did her job before her, just because she's a woman, then fights with her boss over whether the news should be more informative, or more entertaining. So needless to say, our discussion gets...political. If that's not your bag right now, consider this your trigger warning. But we also talk about Minnesotans' furious need to claim all the celebrities we can as our own, the real inspiration for Ron Burgundy, and the awesomeness of morning meeting drinking.

So turn the world on with your smile, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. Also, follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show!

And A Very Special Episode is now part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet. Check out our esteemed company here.


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Monday, January 30, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 10: 24 - "Day 4 07:00PM - 08:00 PM"


In this special "All Minnesota" episode, Austin & David are joined by a very special guest, Austin's wife, Kristi, to discuss the fourth season episode of 24, "7:00 PM - 8:00 PM" aka "24 tries to shoehorn a message into a random episode that not all Arab-Americans are terrorists". And because this is 24, we end up talking torture, EMPs, and looting, all the while doing our best to keep David's head from exploding due to the lack of logic throughout the episode.

So put down your active protocols and that mash note to your alcoholic ex, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. Also, follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show!

A Very Special Episode is now part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet. Check out our esteemed company here.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 9: Growing Pains - "Second Chance"


It's back to the 80s, as we discuss an episode of Growing Pains in honor of the recently-departed Alan Thicke. And though the lesson of this episode is ostensibly about the dangers of drunk/buzzed driving (featuring a young Matthew "Could I be any more of a guest star?!?" Perry), in true AVSE fashion, we spend just as much time talking instead about how everyone really needs to just stop constantly shitting on Carol (TV Carol, not Podcast Carol). Also, because this is Growing Pains, and us, we spend more than a few minutes talking about Boner, even though he's not even in this episode. 

So grab your still clunky but not-laughably-large camcorder and crouch in the bushes, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. Also, follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show!

Also, A Very Special Episode is now part of the Rivercity Podcast Federation, a group of like-minded podcasts from across the internet. Check out our esteemed company here




Monday, January 2, 2017

AVSEPod Episode 8: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - "Charlie Gets Molested"


AVSE goes post-modern this week as we discuss Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 1, episode 7, "Charlie Gets Molested", a very special episode whose creators were well aware of the tradition as they tackled the titular event (which may or may not have happened). Carol, Austin and Dr. Bitz are joined by very special guest Aaron Walker, aka Carol's hetereosxual lifemate, and because this is a Carol-directed episode, the Saved by the Bell references are run especially hot and heavy, inspired by the actor playing the alleged molester.

So grab a can of pledge and your therapy doll, then download and listen here, rate & review us on iTunes or listen via PodbeanStitcher and Google Play. Also, follow the show on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and email us via avsepodcast@gmail.com. Drop us a line and let us know what you think of the show!


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