Saturday, October 14, 2017


It took over two years but I'm finally getting attuned to watching the Adult Swim show 'Rick and Morty'.  To the point where I'm interested in seeing the crude origins of the characters.

So I figured you might like a taste of those primitive cartoons as well.  Plus some analyses videos in case you missed some of the jokes that raced by.


Friday, October 13, 2017


From NBC News:

LOS ANGELES — Fierce wildfires whipping up nightmare conditions in Northern California have killed at least 15 people, destroyed more than 1,500 structures and turned wineries into charred wastelands.

The death toll continued to climb Tuesday as fire crews battled at least 17 large fires, while more than 20,000 people in the paths of the fast-moving infernos fled their homes, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said. In all, more than 115,000 acres have burned since the weekend, officials added.

Firefighters were counting on cooler weather and weakening winds to help in their fight.

From Wikipedia:
Napa Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Napa County, California, United States. Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world. Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century,[5]but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s.

The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. John Patchett established the Napa Valley's first commercial vineyard in 1858. In 1861 Charles Krug established another of Napa Valley's first commercial wineries in St. Helena. Viticulture in Napa suffered several setbacks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including an outbreak of the vine disease phylloxera, the institution of Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The wine industry in Napa Valley recovered, and helped by the results of the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, came to be seen as capable of producing the best quality wine – equal to that of Old World wine regions. Napa Valley is now a major enotourism destination.

While many winery owners have not yet discovered or determined the extent of the Wine Country fires in Napa and Sonoma counties, many are reporting damage, ranging from complete destruction to smaller impact.

Shortly after the Towers fell in 2001, somebody wrote in to the Letters To The Editors column of the New York Daily News, declaring angrily that no one should try to capitalize on the tragedy by making a movie about it.  And yet, in the sixteen years since, we've had at least one - "Remember Me".

But in Toobworld, there have been more references to that fateful day.  At first, TV shows did try to avoid the subject matter.  In its short life on the toob, '100 Centre Street' never once made mention of the collapse even though the series was only blocks away from the World Trade Center.  The characters from 'Friends' never addressed the terrorist attack in the show; but finally in "The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath", Joey is seen wearing an FDNY T-shirt with the name of Captain Billy Burke, who perished in the towers' collapse.

Slowly TV shows, especially those set in NYC, began to forge connections to the fall of the Towers.  'Without A Trace' and 'Becker' had guest characters who lost family members that day. Mac Taylor of 'CSI: NY'  lost his wife and Tommy Gavin of 'Rescue Me' lost his cousin (who was also a brother firefighter.)

The involvement of fictional characters in historical events is nothing new; there are millions of characters who were lost on the expansive canvas of war throughout all the meta universes of Fiction, and thousands just from the realm of television.  The American Revolution, the Civil War, both World Wars (with some emphasis on Pearl Harbor and D-Day), but also wars with no connection to the United States.  (After all, it is Toobworld.)  The Boer War, the War of the Roses, the English Civil War, the Russian Revolution, the Boxer Rebellion - they've all see their televersions made manifest.

It's not just war.  The 1989 San Francisco earthquake caused a man's death in the pilot episode of 'My Life And Times'.  The aforementioned Mac Taylor of 'CSI: NY' and Jethro Gibbs of 'NCIS' both survived the 1983 barracks bombing in Beirut while so many real marines and soldiers perished. And of course the Titanic has always been a magnet for TV shows.  There are records, passenger lists, of who was on board that fateful maiden voyage, but still more are always being added.  'The Time Tunnel', 'Doctor Who', 'Upstairs, Downstairs', 'Captains And The Kings', 'One Step Beyond', 'Voyagers!', and 'Downton Abbey' all had characters rubbing elbows with Astor, Molly Brown, and Captain Smith on the promenade deck.  Some of them survived, usually via temporal manipulation or by heroic sacrifice.  But most of the fictional characters perished.

'Treme' built a whole series around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

And so now we have this horrible wildfire tragedy causing so much damage and as I write this there have been at least 34 people who have already died and authorities believe that number will rise.

Will the Powers That Be behind the expansion of Toobworld find some way to incorporate this tragedy into their TV shows?  I'm afraid it's possible.

However most of the shows that would have tried to capitalize on the wildfires no longer exist.  The two that first come to mind are 'Falcon Crest', a prime-time soap opera, and the sitcom 'Encore! Encore!':

From Wikipedia:

Falcon Crest is an American prime time television soap opera that aired for nine seasons on CBS from December 4, 1981 to May 17, 1990. The series revolved around the feuding factions of the wealthy Gioberti/Channing family in the Californian wine industry. Jane Wyman starred as Angela Channing, the tyrannical matriarch of the Falcon Crest Winery, alongside Robert Foxworth as Chase Gioberti, Angela's nephew who returns after the death of his father. The series was set in the fictitious Tuscany Valley (modeled after the Napa Valley) northeast of San Francisco.

From Wikipedia:
'Encore! Encore!' is an American sitcom starring Nathan Lane as an opera singer. On the verge of becoming "The Fourth Tenor", Lane's character injures his vocal cords and must move in with his family, who run a vineyard in Northern California.

In the last couple of years, a few shows have been revived - 'Dallas', 'Will & Grace', 'The X-Files' and 'Twin Peaks' perhaps the most notable.  So I would not be surprised if somebody tries to bring back 'Falcon Crest' perhaps in syndication or on one of the online premium platforms.  They might address the wildfires and their effect on the Channing/Gioberti label with a loss of arable land and maybe even a few lives.

But as for 'Encore! Encore!', Nathan Lane's showcase as ruined opera singer Joe Pinoni was called "The Moose Murders" of sitcoms and never made it through the full season.  I don't see how it could be a problem for Toobworld in general to consider the Pinoni Vineyards as being destroyed.  I wouldn't wish death on anyone, even if they are fictional, but if anybody did want to revive 'Encore! Encore!' then they might consider the fate of Joe Pinoni's sister who was played by Glenne Headley.  I adored Glenne Headley and was upset when I heard she died earlier this year.  So even though it would be a downer, this might be the reason why her character didn't come back for a revival.  (Not that anybody is holding their breath for that.)

So TV shows set in the Napa vineyards aren't that common.  The fires have come close to threatening Sacremento, but even 'The Mentalist' is no longer on the air.  But there are TV shows that occasionally have dealt in the vineyards - two episodes of 'Murder, She Wrote' with two different vineyards.  At least the Carsini Vineyard would have been spared as it was located outside Los Angeles.  (The vineyard where that 'Columbo' episode was was filmed is 83 miles south of Napa on the other side of San Francisco.)

There's nothing to say that the Marino Brothers vineyards had to be near their rival Carsini (whoever was now running it.) So those purveyors of liquid filth could have lost everything if they were located in Napa Valley.

So other TV series with nothing that usually connects them to Napa Valley might find a way to do so.  

And that's just the sad news coming out of Napa.  Who knows if somebody wants to build on the sorrows caused by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.?

We'll just have to wait and view.


Thursday, October 12, 2017




When actor Josh Roberts moved back to New York City and into the apartment squeezed between his parents and his brother and his family.  A “Welcome Home” gift was a giant poster of Josh’s last acting job: the lead role in a TV show called ‘Blind Cop’.

Based on that poster – the tagline “See No Evil”, the position of Josh (looking one way but aiming in the opposite direction) – I would think it was being marketed either as a straight-out sitcom or as a light-hearted hour-long police procedural. 

At the very least, I trust the network’s law squad had locked up the rights to the life story of Jim Dunbar before the series went into production….


Jim Dunbar was an NYPD detective who had been blinded during a shoot-out with a suspect.  In late 2004/early 2005, Dunbar and his partner had arrived in response to a distress call from two other officers who had already expended all of their ammunition. 
Seeing how dire their situation was, Dunbar’s partner froze in fear which left Dunbar to bring down the gunman on his own. 

But while making the attempt, Jim Dunbar was shot and although he survived it, he was left blind.  He ended up suing the NYPD – not for money, but for the right to continue working for the department as a detective.  (He may have found inspiration in the San Francisco Police Department’s consultant, former Police Chief Robert T. Ironside.)

When Dunbar signed the contract with the production company to make a TV series about his life, he might not have had the best representation by his side, as it does appear that even If “Blind Cop” was presented as a straight drama, the audience thought it was a joke.

Dunbar probably had the same reactions from the people in his life, both at home and on the job.  (I think on the whole, the Trueniverse audience saw the premise of ‘Blind Justice’ to be too far-fetched.) 

At any rate, ‘Blind Cop’ was eventually canceled by the network.  But as I know, Detective Jim Dunbar is still on the job.  That’s how it goes in Toobworld….


(No offense, Jim.....)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Every so often I get stuck for a story for the next day in Inner Toob.  And so I have to refer to the "slush file".  And what better to get readers than something salacious and juicy?

How about fictional sex acts only found in Toobworld?  (With one of them found on another planet - Mondas on the continent of Westeros.)


Venus Butterfly

[One more show to reference it and the Venus Butterfly could join the TVXOHOF!]

Cincinnati Hat Trick

Mexican Halloween

Page 186

The Stinkbug

Pruning the Hibiscus

Legless Kangaroo

Tokyo Sandblaster
Taking Grandma To Applebee's

Japanese Rain Goggles

Alabama Crab Dangler

Meereenese Knot

Savannah Twister

The Captain

The Left-handed Latvian Rodeo Torture

The Squiggle

Dominican face-hat
Two-fingered Mexican oil job
Double-knobbed rubber-bottom sex-basket
Reverse ceiling squad
(All four of these are fake)

There's one other one I heard the other day but damned if I can remember from where.  And I can't remember who mentioned it, although for some reason I want to say it was Tea Leoni.  Could I have heard it in the season premiere of 'Madam Secretary'?

I'll have to check the transcript if it's up.

A big thanks to the TV Tropes website which listed most of these sex acts.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017



Nick Yemana had the lead on a case involving a store owner who was robbed by a guy who threatened to blow the place up with the dynamite he had shoved down his pants.  The victim said that he had seen a similar robbery already... in a TV show.

So Nick conducted his own kind of research - he read that week's TV Guide....

Barney didn't know that's what he was doing when he caught Nick perusing the issue.  He just figured Nick was goofing off as usual.  But the Captain should have realized something was up because it wasn't the Racing Times he was reading.

Barney was slightly impressed with Nick's initiative and asked him if he found anything yet that would lead them to the copycat.

Nick showed him one entry: Lucy was pregnant and didn't know how to tell Ricky.  Barney added that this was also the episode in which Ricky lost his job.

Actually in the Trueniverse, these were actually two different episodes.

Episode aired 9 June 1952
After Ricky loses his job when he asks for a raise, Lucy comes up with a plan to demonstrate to his boss how important he is.

Episode aired 8 December 1952
When Lucy learns that she's going to have a baby, she tries to find the right way to tell this to Ricky.

Had this been in the real world, I might have just shrugged it off as Barney conflating the two plots into one.

Forget it, Jake.  This is Toobworld.

Long ago I had to accept the reality that even though most TV shows share the same dimension, many times they would refer to each other as TV shows.  Paraphrasing Warhol, everybody in Toobworld will have a TV show made about them.

So there is a televersion of the 'I Love Lucy' sitcom.  It's been mentioned in other TV shows beside Barney Miller:
  • 'Our Miss Brooks'
  • 'The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show'
  • 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis'
  • 'Green Acres'
  • 'Sanford And Son'
  • 'Rhoda'
  • 'M*A*S*H'
  • 'Lou Grant'
  • 'St. Elsewhere'
  • 'E/R'
  • 'Webster'
  • 'Charles In Charge'
  • 'Miami Vice'
And most recently, 'Gilmore Girls', 'Fuller House', and 'Mom'.

The shows from the 1950s, which would include 'M*A*S*H' on the Toobworld timeline, mean that the show is as old as it is here in the real world.  And that means it was being produced around the same time as Ricky Ricardo was performing at the Tropicana, acting in "Don Juan", traveling through Europe, and the family moving to Connecticut.  It's not surprising that a show about the Ricardos would be on the air before their full story had played out in their "real" lives - after all, they were celebrities and thus of interest to the general public.

But the show doesn't have to be exactly as it was in the Trueniverse, the one we all watched over the years.  And this is a good example that the show they talked about was not the same sitcom that we watched in the real world.  The real 'I Love Lucy' had two episodes - one dealt with Lucy being pregnant and the other about Ricky losing his job.  But in Toobworld, the televersions of the show's producers combined those two plots into one.

Two for Tuesday!


Never take the phrase "timeless TV" literally. There are shows that will make us laugh long after the principles involved are no longer with us - 'I Love Lucy', 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', 'Get Smart'.  (Although I admit not every show will elicit similar reactions.)  And there are dramas that keep us captivated decades later - 'Columbo', the original 'Star Trek', 'Perry Mason'.  (But again - to each his own.)  

But even so, we're not blinded by the signs of aging in these shows.  Reality has overtaken 'Star Trek' with communicators and computers - even the sequels are more believable based on just the set designs.  'Columbo' is always tripped up by the technology which seems antiquated now - television recording devices, telephones, home movie centers.  

But none of that takes away from what makes them so intriguing so many years later - the heart of these shows lies in the characters and their dynamic with each other.  That's what makes them immortal.

One good example is 'Barney Miller'.  Modern police work in New York City has gone far beyond what we see here - all of the files would have been digitized and catalogued properly in a computer backup system so that Nick Yemana couldn't lose them under magazines.  No typewriters, coffee pods instead of that old-fashioned brewing system used by the Ol' One-Two.  And they certainly would have moved on to a more efficient office space in which to work.

Yet what was important were the types of criminals and victims and witnesses they had to deal with.  Those characters were immortal!

I started watching it again on a daily basis because I was missing the type of people I used to work with - not just my co-workers, but the clientele who entered our lobby each night.  I always said my job was like a front-row seat for a theatrical performance.

So in that way, the show is timeless.  But the episodes have to be considered as taking place from the mid-1970s to the early 80s.  Beyond that, they can be mixed and matched on the rerun schedule for the most part - one still has to take into account running storylines (Wojo's quest to make sergeant; Harris' book deal; Fish's impending retirement....  You don't want to follow up the episode in which Mr. Cotterman dies with one in which he had the window of his store shot out.

And of course, the holidays, elections, the Olympics, certain other news events - they have to be time-locked as well.

And sometimes they can be pinned down to a more specific date due to some small bit o' trivia in the episode.


Nick Yemana had the lead on a case involving a store owner who was robbed by a guy who threatened to blow the place up with the dynamite he had shoved down his pants.  The victim said that he had seen a similar robbery already... in a TV show.

So Nick conducted his own kind of research - he read that week's TV Guide....

We got several looks at the cover, but never anything too overt.  Today they would have made a fuss over it since it would have been a case of cross-pollinating promotion - one ABC show promoting another.  

The cover was dedicated to Donnie and Marie Osmond who had their own variety show on the "alphabet network".

The date on the magazine is October 8-14, 1977, a week when there was no new episode for 'Donny And Marie'.  On October 7, the week before, their guests were Paul Lynde, Neil Sedaka, Robert Young, and Miss America 1978, Susan Perkins.  When the show returned on the 21st, their guests were Glenn Campbell and Bernadette Peters.

So it was during this week when the episode occurred.  Nick must have run down to Mr. Roth's news stand and picked up a copy of the current TV Guide in order to do his research.  (No need to have one on hand - there was no TV in the squad room.)

This episode aired on October 27, 1977 so it was a delayed projection of the events for the Trueniverse audience.

As to what day it actually took place, I'm going to guess no later than Tuesday the 11th.  After all, by Wednesday Mr. Roth would have replaced that issue with the next one which would go into effect on Saturday the 15th.

Maybe.  Maybe not.  But by saying it happened on a Tuesday, it gave me a reason to turn this into a Two For Tuesday theme!

Stay tuned!

Monday, October 9, 2017


When NYD Lt. Theo Kojak's niece Alexandra got married in late 1973, the ceremony was held at St. Malachi's Greek Orthodox church in the Bronx.  As you might expect, this particular house of worship was only to be found in Toobworld.

And the church's location wasn't much help either - close to the corner of W. 139th Street and West End Avenue.

There is no West End Avenue in the Bronx.  And the one to be found in Manhattan only goes as far north as W. 108th St.

It really is a trivial detail - everybody should know that Earth Prime-Time was never going to follow an exact blueprint of Earth Prime.  There are natural differences with lakes, rivers, mountains not found in our world; fictional cities, countries, buildings and streets.  

I remember when a NY Post writer got a little bent out of shape that the TV series 'Clubhouse' had a subway line going where it never went before.  Yeah... in the real world.  Things were planned out a bit differently in TV-NYC.


Sunday, October 8, 2017


Tom Petty rode to the pinnacle of pop music stardom with his beloved and long-running rock band the Heartbreakers, born out of the ashes of a group that flopped when he brought them from Gainesville, Fla., to California in the mid-1970s. He emerged as one of the most vocal and tireless champions of artistic integrity and musical purity in the record business.

Reportedly found unconscious at his Malibu home on Sunday night, Petty was rushed to UCLA’s Santa Monica hospital in full cardiac arrest and died Monday at 66. For hours, multiple media outlets reported his death only to retract those reports; his death was confirmed Monday night by his family’s spokeswoman.
- Randy Lewis
I'm still going to celebrate Petty here at Inner Toob.  He had a very interesting career in Toobworld and in the Toonivverse and Skitlandia.......

I hope Tom Petty can get better, but I don't want him to be trapped on this plane if his mind/soul has already taken wing.  

All the best, sir....