Saturday, June 29, 2013


Yesterday I posted my ramblings about the wedding of Paul and Angela Dabkowski and what it might have been like in the TV Universe.

Here's a slide-show from YouTube chronicling the event, created by her sister Monica Bushor:

Monica was the official photographer for the wedding and the reception.




It's time to pay the bills....

I feel sorry for that woman in the Cadillac commercial
You know the one who gets caught in the rain
She has a tough time getting to her great big station wagon
All that plotting has to be an awful strain
And the shameless, shallow harlotry she feels she has to practice
As she makes use of every passing fella
But I’m thinking if she hadn’t blown her money on that car
She, too, could have her very own umbrella.
- John O'Creagh



From Wikipedia:
William Gary Busey (born June 29, 1944), better known as Gary Busey, is an American film and stage actor, and artist. He has appeared in a variety of films, including "Lethal Weapon", "Point Break", and "Under Siege", as well as guest appearances on 'Gunsmoke', 'Walker, Texas Ranger', 'Law & Order', and 'Entourage'. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in "The Buddy Holly Story".


"Busey and the Beach", Season 1, Episode 6; 
"The Boys Are Back In Town", Season 2, Episode 1; 
"Gary's Desk", Season 4, Episode 8


Friday, June 28, 2013


Everybody in the Trueniverse has a doppelganger in the TV Universe, living on Earth Prime-Time.  Sometimes they even have more than one, living in the alternate dimensions like Skitlandia or the Tooniverse. 

Best known of course are the celebrities who play themselves in various TV shows, and I've been featuring them all year in the daily showcase "The League Of Themselves."

But ordinary folk like you and me (well, you anyway) would also be in this Brave View World.  Most of us would lead the same lives we do in the real world, with some adjustments. 

So this week, I'd like to use this showcase to salute two lovely young people who have made their lives one.  In the real world - and thanks to YouTube, in Toobworld as well....

At the beginning of June, I took a two-week vacation and hopefully you didn't notice - I set up most of the Inner Toob posts for those days in advance.

I took it so early in the Summer At The Lake season because I had a wedding weekend in Northampton, Ma.  My cousin Paul Dabkowski married the loverly Angela Jacobs, whom he met through the live action role playing game company he runs called "Magestry".

Angela is a very talented artist whose work has enhanced their LARP experiences through paintings, costumes, props, etc.  And their wedding and reception reflected that - the bridal processional music was from "The Princess Bride" and the Ring-Bearer was their dog... named Samwise.

See that dice bag around his neck?  It contains the rings.
Remember that.  It comes up later....

Angela also made the shirt Paul wore for the ceremony underneath his leather doublet, as seen above.

For the reception (at the Boy Scout reservation where the Magestry weekends are held), several board games were available for those gamers looking to play.  "Hounds" freely wandered the Hall as in the days of Beowulf.  And to cap off the evening, Paul disappeared for a bit in order to transform the lifeguard tower down by the lake into their honeymoon suite.

As always in any wedding celebration, there were a few hitches to the proceedings.  But nobody is going to remember those in the years of their marriage ahead; and if they are, they'll be remembered with laughter, for they enriched the experience.

But it may not have been so over in the TV Universe.....

Since there was so much of a mystical, magical, fantastical feel to the whole weekend, I wouldn't be surprised if Paul and Angela's televersions experienced that even moreso on this new playing level.  And since it looked like a period fantasy in modern times, there are several TV shows that could have influenced the TV wedding's proceedings - 'Charmed', 'Supernatural', 'True Blood', 'Once Upon A Time' of course, and since I've been posting how elements from the show can still be found today in Earth Prime-Time (even though I consider it to be taking place on another planet), 'Game Of Thrones' as well.

But I've chosen another modern fantasy that could also be considered science fiction - 'Warehouse 13'.

Here's the basic plotline for how Paul and Angela's wedding could have played out in Toobworld......

After the wedding rehearsal dinner the night before, Paul's groomsmen (including his brother Brian) take Paul off for a friendly game of "Dwarf Lord: The Conquest" (from 'Lizzie McGuire'*)  But there's something different about this particular board game.  One of the groomsmen, let's say it was - dun dun DUNN! - Scott Slater, brought along an unusual pair of dice which he had picked up in his travels.  

It turns out that these dice were those used at the Crucifixion of Jesus.  And because Paul rolled double sixes, he triggers the power in those dice - they trap the soul of the gamer and frees the previous player.  In this case, Paul's body is possessed by the spirit of a minstrel named Brent (which means "holy one", but maybe not in this case.....)

Just as would happen in 'Warehouse 13', the smell of fudge becomes overpowering; but everybody chalks that up to the brownies that would be later served at the reception.  

Brent really means no harm; it wasn't his fault that he was trapped in the dice.  But he is consumed with finding the love of his life from ages ago - a young woman named Isolinde.  Feeling the panic of being lost in this new age, Brent threatens violence if Isolinde is not brought to him. 

Guided by the advice of a young Warehouse agent who happens to be at the wedding as a friend of her family (Claudia or Jinxie, either will do), Angela is able to convince Paul/Brent that she is Isolinde Reborn.  She asks for the dice as a token of his love and he willingly hands them over.  Angela quickly drops them in the dice bag hanging from the neck of Samwise, which she is using as her bridal purse.

Unbeknownst to the soul of Brent, the purse had been lined with one of the Warehouse bags treated with the purple goo which acts as a neutralizing agent.  Too late Brent realizes the danger and tries to stop her, but loyal Samwise leaps to her rescue and knocks down his possessed master.....

Once they are snagged and bagged (later to be tagged), the dice are rendered harmless and Paul's soul is returned to his body.  The soul of Brent is freed to journey to the next stage and there could be witnesses who swear that they saw the spirit of Isolinde waiting for him before they both disappear in the vortex to the Other Side.

Why the names of Brent and Isolinde?  They are the characters in the epic lay poem that Paul wrote for Angela and which each of the wedding guests received at the reception (illustrated of course by Angela).  (Fie on those who left their copies behind!)

I'm not saying this is how it had to play out in the TV Universe, but as Muskie Muskrat used to say: "It's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble."


* They could also have played "Demons and Dragons" (from 'Quantum Leap') or "Wizards and Warlocks" (from 'The Greatest American Hero').  I just thought "Dwarf Lord: The Conquest" was the cooler name!  (And more imaginative, just like the couple.....)


Recently I wrote about the back-story for Sean King on the new TNT series 'King & Maxwell'.

Even though it was based on the books by David Balducci, I thought there was some wriggle room for Toobworld suppositions - like the identity of the presidential candidate who was assassinated while Sean was supposed to be protecting him.  

So now we know it was a white guy named Clyde Ritter, which rules out that it could have been Senator Gary H. Wright from an episode of 'House'.  This brings the TV series in alignment with the events of the book, so Toobworld and BookWorld are in harmony... at least on that point.

I'm always sorry when a fun li'l theory of mine is eventually shot down - the one I miss most was that Fionnuala Flanagan was the White Guardian of 'Doctor Who' in her first appearance on 'Lost'.  But dat's da name of dat tune, as Baretta would say.....

At least I got the timeline right for the assassination - it was eight years before the episode, making it 2005....




'The Big Bang Theory'
"The Excelsior Acquisition"

With only a learner's permit in his possession and not even owning a car, Sheldon is summoned to traffic court after he is caught speeding by a traffic camera. He was driving Penny to the hospital in her car as a favor to her, she who reported Sheldon when she knew she couldn't pay the traffic fine herself. Feeling this situation is all Penny's fault and feeling that he did nothing wrong, Sheldon vows to beat the ticket in court. Beyond the issue of Sheldon winning or losing the case, his scheduled court appearance coincides with a personal appearance by Stan Lee at Stuart's comic book shop. Leonard, Howard and Raj have no conflicting emotions on going to court with Sheldon or going to meet their idol at the comic book shop - they're going to the comic book shop. In addition to paying the fine if one is incurred, Penny vows to make it up to Sheldon by trying to arrange a meeting with Stan Lee. It would help both Penny and Sheldon if Stan knew about Penny's plans. (Written by Huggo for the IMDb)

From Wikipedia:
Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber; born December 28, 1922) is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, voice actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, theHulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and many other fictional characters, introducing complex,naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he headed the first major successful challenge to the industry's censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, and forced it to reform its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

He was inducted into the comic book industry's The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.

Back in September of 2010, I said that Stan Lee would be inducted into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame the next year.  It hasn't happened yet, but it will!


Thursday, June 27, 2013


Salon has published a list of fifteen ways 'Mad Men' could end next season - whenever next season is.

But I've got one of my own.

A body actually falls out the window to the sidewalk of Madison Avenue below.  We finally see the prophecy fulfilled.

I know.  Matt Weiner has heard that hundreds of times already.

But I think everybody suggests it as being Don Draper who's falling - accidentally or deliberately.

I think it would be deliberate.  But not a suicide.  It was murder.

And not of Don.  

Don is the murderer.

Whoever is falling - Pete, Roger, Duck, Bob Bensen, Freddie Rumson - they were tossed out that window by Donald Draper.

I'm more than likely wrong on this.  But if he's going to be the monster that Peggy claimed he was, he might as well go all the way.



Just a quick O'Bservation on the season premiere for 'Under The Dome'......

I like it and plan to make it part of my already crowded line-up for Monday nights.  And so far I see nothing that conflicts with the general atmosphere of Earth Prime-Time.  This could really happen, tucked away up in Maine where it's outside the major concerns of characters living in other TV environs.  

Characters in 'Major Crimes', 'Rizzoli & Isles', 'Perception', 'Suits', and 'Burn Notice' would be aware of the situation - and they may even discuss it, outside the scope of the invasive cameras of the Trueniverse watching them - but they would be more focused on what's happening in their home towns of Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Miami, respectively.

(I chose those series because they are the few that would be in operation during the events of the Chester's Mills dome.)

I just hope the network doesn't get greedy and try to extend the shelf life of the series beyond the summer.  I think that 'Under The Dome' - like the glass bottle of whiskey in a certain episode of 'Columbo' - should be marked "This far, and no farther."



[with Vincent Chase]

From Wikipedia:
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an American actor, producer, model, and former rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, and became famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. 

Wahlberg is well known for his roles in films such as "Fear" (1996), "Boogie Nights" (1997), "Three Kings" (1999), "The Perfect Storm" (2000), "Planet of the Apes" (2001), "Rock Star" (2001), "The Italian Job" (2003), "I Heart Huckabees" (2004), "Four Brothers" (2005), "The Departed" (2006), "Invincible" (2006), "Shooter" (2007), "Max Payne" (2008), "The Lovely Bones" (2009), "The Fighter" (2010), "Date Night" (2010), "Ted" (2012), and "Pain & Gain" (2013). He has also served as the executive producer of the TV series 'Entourage', 'Boardwalk Empire', and 'How to Make It in America'.

"Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Unlike a Virgin" (Season 5, Episode 2)
"Fore" (Season 6, Episode 5)
"Tequila and Coke" (Season 7, Episode 7)

'Entourage' is loosely based on Wahlberg's own relationship with his close circle of friends.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Time for another look at a new show coming in the Fall - this time on CBS.......

I've been too long at the Toobworld game so that if I can't place a show in Earth Prime-Time, then my interest will wane quickly.  It takes a lot to keep me hooked - 'The West Wng', 'Commander-In-Chief', 'True Blood', they held me.  'The Walking Dead', 'Smallville', '24' - they couldn't seal the deal.

So with James Naughton as President Paul Kinkaid, we're in another TV dimension.  And as I mentioned in my O'Bservations about 'Back In The Game' a few days ago, this is a very limited concept for a series.  A mini-series at best, but this should have been a two-part TV movie, if anything.

I'm going to give this a pass.  

But I will offer this sugggestion - CBS should find a way to do a crossover with 'Blue Bloods'.  That Tom Selleck procedural already has a different mayor and police commissioner for NYC, so why not a different POTUS as well?


PS -
This is my 8900th post to Inner Toob!



"Jen Moves To L.A."

From Wikipedia:
Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian who has gained popularity with her deadpan-style comedy. She is a series regular in 'Parks and Recreation' portraying the role of April Ludgate.

Plaza began her career as an intern. After performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, she appeared in the Web series 'The Jeannie Tate Show'. Aubrey would later appear in films such as "Funny People" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World".

In 2012, Plaza earned her first lead role in a major film, starring alongside Mark Duplass in the comedy "Safety Not Guaranteed".

Mention is made by Kyle the Intern of her work on 'Parks & Recreation', but not in specifics.  Since it is such a generic show title, hopefully we can write it off as being some other TV series within Toobworld.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


The physical act of watching TV puts us into a hypnoidal state

We’re inert and passive and slack-jawed and numb and our critical functions deflate

The cars are all red and they’re driven too fast and everyone screams while they’re talking

Information is just not exciting enough, so the news stories have to be shocking

All of the gunfights and all the car chases and all of the loud ballyhooing

Are there so our brains can get the impression there’s something we’re actually doing

- John O'Creagh
[Inspired by his brother Patrick]

One of these days, John should collect all of his social commentary poetry (He waxes poetic about more than just TV!) and publish them, instead of just setting them free in Facebook......


My blogging buddy Ivan* has begun a new feature to replace "Mayberry Mondays" - "Doris Days", in which he'll analyze and recap each episode of 'The Doris Day Show'.

Ivan's observations always make the episodes funnier than they ever had a right to be!

Don't remember the series?  Many people don't.  Here's the Wikipedia splainin for the original premise:

In this gentle sitcom, she was cast as Doris Martin, a widow and mother of two young sons, Billy and Toby, who, when the series premiered, had just moved back to a rural ranch outside of San Francisco, after living in big cities for most of her adult life.

With his look at the first episode, Ivan introduced us to the main players of the sitcom, including the family pet.....

The final member of the Martin-Webb household—yes, the damn dog actually gets a credit—is Nelson…or “Lord Nelson,” to use his full stage name. I know Doris is a dedicated animal rights activist and all, but what you don’t know is…she stole this dog from Joan and Jim Nash (Pat Crowley, Mark Miller) of Ridgemont, NY. That’s right—this is the same mutt from the sitcom 'Please Don’t Eat the Daisies' (1965-67), only he answered to Ladadog (or “Lad”) on that show. (I’m sorry I had to expose this dark chapter of Doris’ life to everyone out there…but I simply couldn’t remain silent any longer.)

Hey, it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble that Doris Martin was originally in New York City.  With her own writer/editor background, she may have come to know Joan Nash.  Perhaps her late husband Steve Martin (No, not him!) worked with Jim Nash as a teacher?

When her husband died, Doris may have gone off the deep end for a short time.  Long enough to pack up her kids and belongings and move back to her Daddy's ranch, outside of San Francisco.  

And for some unfathomable reason, she stole the Nashes' dog, changing its name to Lord Nelson during the trip West.

Of course, it could be that Joan Nash was happy to see the hairball go....

Thanks, Ivan!


* Ivan's site is called "Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear" and you can find the web link to the left.....



'2 Broke Girls'
"The Tip Slip"

From Wikipedia:
Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan (born Piers Stefan O'Meara; 30 March 1965), known professionally as Piers Morgan, is a British journalist and television host currently working in the United States. He is editorial director of First News, a national newspaper for children published in the UK, and host of 'Piers Morgan Live' on CNN, which he began hosting on 17 January 2011. The show replaced 'Larry King Live' in the 9:00 pm timeslot following King's retirement. 

He is a former judge on 'America's Got Talent'.  Morgan is also a former winner of 'The Celebrity Apprentice'.

In the United Kingdom he worked as a writer and editor for several British tabloids, including The Sun, News of the World, and Daily Mirror, and was a judge on 'Britain's Got Talent'.

But wait!  There's more!

'Franklin & Bash'
"Coffee & Cream"

Peter Bash and Jared Franklin appeared on Morgan's CNN talk show to present their case for a man's right to be naked on his own property.  They were left rattled by the presence of their opponent in court, Rachel King, who challenged them to name one precedent in Law.  Jared claimed he could name fifty and she accepted the challenge, still giving them the option of just naming one, with very high stakes.

They lost, and here's how the show ended:

A week later, and Ms. King was now their boss at the firm, which would thereafter be known as Infeld, Daniels, and King.

So there you go!  Two for Tuesday - with video!


Monday, June 24, 2013


The construction worker is from Toobworld, but Superman is from the Cineverse.  At least this one is - there are at least four Supermen from different TV dimensions in Toobworld.  There must be alternate dimensions in the Cineverse as well, considering Clark Kent/Kal-El has been portrayed previously by Kirk Alyn, Christopher Reeve, and Brandon Routh.  But the Cineverse isn't my bailiwick, so I'll leave that to others to splain away.

But this is Henry Cavill's Superman from "Man Of Steel", so we have a Cineverse character in a Toobworld setting.  So this blipvert (also used for Carl's Jr. depending on the market) takes place in the Borderlands where dimensions of Toobworld blend with the other fictional universes (like BookWorld, the Cineverse, the worlds of theater, song, and comic books, etc.)

The construction worker could probably be found in the main Toobworld, but whether he's a serlinguist there as well isn't known.  

As for Superman?  His Earth Prime-Time version was played by George Reeves in the 1950s.  (That son of Krypton died in the early 1960s, according to Toobworld theory.)

The other televersions of Superman - man and boy - from other TV shows are in other TV dimensions.  In fact, Tom Welling's Clark Kent is in 'The West Wing' dimension.

Up, up, and away!


While I was on vacation the first two weeks of June, Deacon Jones passed away.....


'The Odd Couple'
"Felix's First Commercial"

Felix gets his first TV commercial assignment, but after Oscar gets football player Deacon Jones for the ad, he insists on being in the ad as well. (

From Wikipedia:David D. "Deacon" Jones (December 9, 1938 – June 3, 2013) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

Jones specialized in quarterback "sacks", a term which he coined. Nicknamed the "The Secretary of Defense", Jones is considered one of the greatest defensive players ever. Without Jones, defense as we know it would be different. The Los Angeles Times called Jones "Most Valuable Ram of All Time," and former Redskins head coach George Allen called him the "Greatest Defensive End of Modern Football".

Jones also appeared as himself in episodes of 'Wonder Woman' and 'The Brady Bunch'.  As such, he will be inducted into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame in February of 2014.

Good night and may God bless.....

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Striking fear in the hearts of criminals.....

(Same Bat Channel; not sure about the Bat Time.)


This past Friday night, Dan Starkey - who plays Strax in 'Doctor Who' - was in New York City for the Who York meeting.  I'm sure he had a lot of fun destroying the pleasant primitives who attended.

It looks like he's an old hand already at this sort of thing....

I wonder what they served as refreshment?  Perhaps massive quantities of lactic fluid on the rocks......



I've fallen behind in taking a look at the various new TV shows coming this Fall to the networks.  So I better get cracking!

Centers on Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father, a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son's underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. [Written by ABC]

Here's the trailer for "Back In The Game":

I have a knee-jerk antipathy towards this show, only because it's taking Maggie Lawson away from her role as Detective Juliet O'Hara on 'Psych'.  It also doesn't look like it can really expand far beyond the basic premise - sometimes these TV show concepts would make better TV movies.  (Another good example was 'The Brian Benben Show'.)

But I did laugh a couple of times while watching this preview and I don't think you can go wrong with James Caan on the small screen.  It's also nice to see Lenore Crichlow taking a stab at a Hollywood career after her great stint as the first ghost on the original 'Being Human'.  

There were a few things that kicked in the Toobworld feel for this show......

I think Terry Gannon, Jr. could be the half-sister of Juliet O'Hara, the product of yet another case of infidelity.  But who was the scoundrel?  Did Terry Gannon, Senior schtup Mrs. O'Hara?  Or did Frank O'Hara commit serial canoodling with Mrs. Gannon?

Both men can be considered reprobates and not above that type of amorous activity.  And the fact that their careers (Terry a former pro baseball player, Frank a con man) would have taken them all across the country, they would not have been tied down by geography in getting their family trees to branch out.

The fact that Terry carries her father's name makes me think it would be better Toobworld-style if her biological father was Frank O'Hara.

With a last name of "Gannon", could it be that the family is somehow related to Detective Bill Gannon of 'Dragnet' and the TV Crossover Hall of Fame?  Perhaps Terry Sr. was his nephew.  It looks like the series will take place in California, so that helps.

I wish it well for the sake of Lawson, Caan, and Crichlow.  But I get this feeling Jules will eventually be returning to Santa Barbara.....



On the occasion of my nephew Neil's 22nd birthday, I did a showcase for Tony Hawk.  And here it is three years later, and Neil has reached the quarter century mark!

Well, this being the world of TV, why not schedule a rerun?

But this time, with a twist - last time, we saw Tony Hawk in the Tooniverse.  Now we're back in the world of Earth Prime-Time.......


From Wikipedia:
Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk (born May 12, 1968), nicknamed "The Birdman", is an American former professional skateboarder and actor. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his licensed video game titles, distributed by Activision. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding.

In 2002, he created the "Boom Boom HuckJam", an extreme sports exhibition and tour that was launched inLas Vegas. Throughout his career, Hawk has made numerous appearances in films, other media, and his own series of video games. He has also been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skate-parks in underprivileged areas.


'Zeke and Luther'
"The Bro List"

The one item left on Zeke and Luther's "Bro List" was meeting Tony Hawk, the man they aspired to be.