Episode 1.04: Leaving Normal

It’s a rough episode for Liz (and for us) as she says goodbye to her grandma. But at least we get to see Isabel don a Crashdown uniform to help her secret girlfriend out of a jam! Join hosts Aliza, LaRena, and Lisa for this week’s discussion of season 1 episode 4, Leaving Normal.

Sources & Notes

  • When I mention that Michael has Poison Ivy powers and is therefore Uma Thurman, I’m referencing this gorgeousness from the 1997 movie Batman and Robin.
  • I was right! Max/Michael shippers are called Peanut M&M’s, according to Fanlore. And I would just like to say a huge, “oh heck no” to whoever came up with that Kyle/Max shipper name. Bad fans, bad!
  • As LaRena mentioned, the song Jeff Parker is listening to as his mother arrives is James William Hindle’s “Leaving Trains,” off his album Prospect Park, which was released in 2003. According to Soundcloud, the song was also featured in One Tree Hill, so I guess it was just making the teen-show rounds. As Pitchfork notes in their review, the song starts off with the exact same guitar riff as Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough.” Do with that what you will. Here’s a fun look at show songs vs. DVD/streaming songs, and also the impetus for my realization that LIVEJOURNAL STILL EXISTS.
  • So…the Navajo. According to the 2000 Census, there were ” a total of 298,197 people who reported Navajo alone or in combination with at least one other race or American Indian tribal groupings.” And according to Discover Navajo, the Navajo Nation covers more than 27,000 square miles. IDK WTF Grandma Claudia was doing, but I hope she was working with the Navajo Nation Heritage and Historic Preservation Department. This dissertation on “Archaeology For, By, and With the Navajo People” wasn’t written until 2016, but it seems like something dear old grandma should have taken a look at before she went on about how her findings were the first in hundreds of years because NO, GRANDMA, NO. If she were my grandma, I would casually (and only slightly passive-aggressively) leave copies of this article on “Confronting Cultural Imperialism in Native American Archaeology” lying around.
  • I cannot remember where I (and LaRena) read the anecdote about Brendan Fehr taking the alien orthodontist prop. I thought it was in Robyn Burnett’s Crash Into Me: The World of Roswell, but you can’t ctrl+F books, so *shrug*.
  • Urban Dictionary says that “feed the monkey” refers to a fueling of desire. (Be advised that Urban Dictionary entries are user-generated, so there’s some language there that’s….user-generated.)
  • For you kids who are too young to remember Yo! MTV Raps, here’s the basic info, and here’s an interview about it with Dr. Dré and Ed Lover.
  • In case you didn’t already know how great Octavia Spencer is, here’s a list of her 34 wins and 67 nominations for various awards, including her 2012 Oscar win.
  • I am pretty sure the doctor babble was made-up nonsense, but if you have evidence to the contrary, please email roswellhotsauce@gmail.com and explain to me what a PT and a PPT and a red top are.
  • LaRena (jokingly) asked what the heck payphones are. In case you’re genuinely too young to remember, The Atlantic has some things to teach you. And if you want your own payphone (WHY?), you can score one on eBay relatively inexpensively.
  • We’re not the only ones confused about the difference between a Texas tuxedo and a Canadian tuxedo. Vogue has referred to the “denim-on-denim ensemble” both ways. Dictionary.com has an entry on Canadian tuxedo, but they note it’s also called a Texas Tuxedo. Mental Floss posits that the origin of the term Canadian tuxedo can be blamed on/credited to Bing Crosby.
  • Here are the test answers we’re shown – this is going to end poorly for…someone? Everyone? Yep, probably for everyone.
Michael’s test
Jock’s test w/original answers
Jock’s test w/changed answers
  • Yahoo was incorporated in 1995 in Sunnyvale (unfortunately, not SunnyDALE), CA. Yahoo! Search was the first popular search engine on the World Wide Web, and as of October 2018, it was the second most popular search engine worldwide, with 2.32% market share. The most popular is, of course, Google Search, with 92.62% market share. Google was launched in 1997.
  • The Rosie O’Donnell Show aired for 1,193 episodes from 1996 to 2002. There is, disappointingly, not a super-cut on YouTube of Rosie saying “cutie patootie” a whole bunch of times (if you feel so inspired, please make one, dear reader), but there is a video of this doll saying Rosie-isms, including that one. If you want someone to call you a cutie patootie all day and night, you can snag yourself a Rosie doll on eBay—just ten bucks for a lifetime of flattery!
  • Hunting animals is not allowed at Yosemite. If you see someone hunting, you are asked to contact a park official, not some old lady who throws gun-toting dudes into her…I’m going to guess 1977 VW Beetle. In 2009, some jerkfaces were charged with federal and state laws against poaching after they killed at least six deer in Yosemite. Luckily for us (and the deer), the National Park Service employs Law Enforcement Rangers, who enforce the laws so your grandma doesn’t have to! There are a number of sheriff’s offices in the vicinity, but they are all outside of the park and do not have jurisdiction over what happens inside of it.
  • Astral projection refers to a kind of “out of body” experience where some part of a person (their “astral body” or “soul”) leaves the physical/material plane and travels to the astral plane. Doctor Strange is really good at it (SPOILERS for the movie if you follow that link). Generally, it seems like you can’t manipulate the material plane when you’re on the astral one though, so Liz’s grandma must have some real boss powers to be able to touch Liz while she’s projecting. If you want to learn how to astral project (results not guaranteed), here’s a guide with some fun illustrations.