When Cliff announces his raise at the post office, Sam and Woody try to confront Rebecca for wage increases of their own, only to get stuck with empty titles for the same pay. But hearing that Cheers’ revenue is down, the gang decides to hold a raffle to raise funds for the bar, with a Caribbean cruise as the prize. But when Woody announces the winner as entrant #66 (or is it #99?), they’re suddenly facing a bar full of angry patrons.
When Sam goes on vacation, Woody is chosen to manage the bar in his absence. But he’s floored when he receives a letter from his old girlfriend in Indiana, announcing that she’s now engaged to someone else…and will be coming to Cheers to give him the news in person. Seeing that Woody is afraid to look pathetic in front of his ex and her new fiancee, Diane lies and says that Woody has been dating someone too. Now roped into a double date, Woody turns to Sam’s little black book for a fake girlfriend. Only too late does he realize– that he’s on a date with Sam’s cleaning lady.
After being handed another humiliating softball defeat by their rivals at Gary’s Olde Towne Tavern, the gang at Cheers is looking to turn their luck around. Sam challenges Gary to the one sport that he hasn’t been beaten them at yet: bowling. And Woody just might be their secret weapon, if only he hadn’t been traumatized in a tragic bowling accident years before.
Lovable barfly, Norm gets some terrifying medical news and falls into a deep existential slump. When that news quickly turns out to be merely a flaw in the X-ray machine, Norm’s new zest for life causes him to announce that he’s leaving Cheers forever, to live on a beach in the South Pacific. Chickening out on his dream at the last minute, Norm now has no idea how to let his friends at the bar know that he never left town and is currently subsisting on pretzels and beer nuts, living out of Sam’s office.
Mike makes his first appearance on Ryan Daly‘s Midnight…the Podcasting Hour to wreak bloody vengeance upon a tale of DC’s favorite murdery ghost! We dissect Adventure Comics #435‘s 1974 horror tale, “The Man Who Stalked the Spectre” by Michael Fleisher and Jim Aparo.
Hunting a gang of rabid killers, undead detective James Corrigan finds that both he and his ghostly alter-ego are being investigated by a relentless and naive magazine reporter. Add one-part Death Wish to one-part Freddy Krueger and mix liberally until the bad guys have to hosed off the walls!
Crom and Mithra! Mike returns to the Hyborian Age of Robert E. Howard on Ryan Daly’s Showcase Gene Colan podcast on the Fire and Water podcast network! This time, we’re looking at the legendary comic book artist’s work in Savage Sword of Conan #33‘s tale, “Curse of the Monolith”
It’s a tale of treasure, betrayal, bloody revenge, and a barbarian who just absolutely refuses to die. Seriously, do not fuck with Conan.
Mike joins Ryan Daly’s Give Me Those Star Wars podcast and a murderer’s row of talented pop culture podcasters to dissect a topic that no one has ever, ever talked about, and absolutely no one has strong opinions about: Star Wars. In particular, the first five years of the franchise under the stewardship the Walt Disney Company.
Feelings are purged! Spleens are vented! Catharsis is Found!
And even though it’s been avoided on our own show, Mike gets all of the venom out of his system about The Rise of Skywalker.
Hoo Boy. Here goes nothing…
Carla’s dirtbag ex-husband Nick is getting remarried, and he’s invited her to the ceremony. Currently single, Carla is worried that showing up alone will only allow Nick to rub his happiness in her face. So, Carla convinces Sam to pose as her boyfriend in a desperate move to make her ex jealous.
“Spins a web, any size. Catches thieves, just like flies.”
This month, we’re web-slinging through New York with the Fire and Water Network‘s Ryan Daly and Tobiah Panshin of the House of Jack and Stan podcast. We’re climbing the wall over Marvel’s revolutionary and relatable comic book hero: the Amazing Spider-Man!
From his beginnings in a cancelled anthology comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962, Spidey has exploded into multimedia superstardom, and changed the superhero genre forever. He’s headlined literally thousands of comic book issues, seven feature films, and countless animated shows. He’s been a company mascot, a parade balloon, a breakfast cereal, a cartoon pig, and even the star of his own failed Broadway musical.
We dig into all things pertaining to the web-head, try to figure out if the Daily Bugle is a reputable news source, and try to answer that question: is Spider-Man hero, or menace?
“Main Titles/Costume Montage” from Spider-Man (2002) by Danny Elfman
When Sam and Diane agree to set each other up on blind dates, Diane takes it seriously, and Sam doesn’t — because he’s outsmarted himself into thinking that Diane is setting him up with her. Only realizing his mistake at the last minute, Sam sets her up with a complete stranger at the bar…who might actually be a deranged killer just released from prison. Mike and Ryan dig into one of Cheers’ trademark farcical episodes, and why it holds up so well.
When Diane learns that her family cat has died, she’s devastated. But the rest of the gang can’t be pulled away from the night’s Celtics game to show her the slightest bit of sympathy. Mike and Ryan dig one of the show’s first attempts to balance comedy with sincere drama, marvel at how wonderfully underrated Shelley Long’s performances are, and wonder if we’re on the other side of a cultural shift where it concerns the loss of a pet.
Mike make an appearance on the pilot episode of Ryan Daly‘s podcast tribute to the classic 1980s sitcom, Cheers Cast!
We look at the 1982 pilot of the show, set in a downtown Boston bar, that would become a television juggernaut. Mike sits down with Ryan and fellow guests Rob Kelly and Omar Uddin to dig in and talk about a piece of TV history.
Does the show hold up? Does it hit the ground running in the pilot? Is it really funny? Not to be a total spoiler, but yes, yes and yes.
Mike took a moment to make a contribution to the latest episode of Ryan Daly’s Give Me Those Stars podcast!
In the countdown to the release of Star Wars: the Last Jedi, Ryan is asking eight past guests — Mike included — to make a prediction for what may or may not happen in the upcoming movie.
” He was a hero to some, a villain to others… and wherever he rode people spoke his name in whispers. He had no friends, this Jonah Hex, but he did have two companions: one was death itself… the other, the acrid smell of gunsmoke.“
In our series prologue, Mike and Casey get into their mutual love of a largely unknown comic book character: DC’s western anti-hero, Jonah Hex.
We get into the character’s origins, his lasting appeal and why this merciless bounty hunter with a hideous facial scar has outlived the genre that spawned him.
The Riddler has appeared in comic books, television, animation and feature films. He’s one of the Dark Knight’s most recognizable foes, yet one of the least consistently defined, being depicted as both a manic mentally unstable puzzler, and a cold mercenary thief with a penchant for matching wits with Batman.
They get into the history of the character in his many incarnations, including his kinda-sorta-but-not-really origins as depicted in DC Comics’ Secret Origins Special #1 from 1989.