Monday, October 17, 2016

Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Podcasters

In this week's pair of Season 3 WKRP episodes, "Bah, Humbug" and "Baby, It's Cold Inside," we revisit some well-trod ground. In "Bah, Humbug," we have our second and final WKRP Christmas episode, and in "Baby, It's Cold Inside," we take a good look at the Mama Carlson/Arthur relationship, this time told from Mama's perspective. I think Rob and I both had fairly fond memories of "Bah, Humbug," and rewatching "Baby, It's Cold Inside" as a grown-up definitely revealed new and hidden depths to Mama Carlson, beyond the fantastic drunk work being done all episode by Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, and Carol Bruce. Certainly, under any normal circumstances, this would be a fine pair of episodes for HMOTD to cover.

But this pair of episodes seemed to be crying out for something more. I mean, we mined Christmas pop culture nostalgia pretty thoroughly during our look at "Jennifer's Home For Christmas," and the Big Guy/Mama dynamic has appeared in episode after episode of the podcast. Rob and I both thought that this episode needed a little something extra, a fresh perspective on Mama Carlson, who hovers in absentia over "Bah, Humbug" as much as she dominates the action in "Baby, It's Cold Inside." Perhaps in the form of a special guest host... or two.


Yes, it's finally happened. The long-promised Episode With Our Moms is finally here! Dropping this Wednesday, tune in for the podcast's certified two biggest fans, Betty Jo MacDougall and Karen Grasso, as they guest host with us and talk MacDougall and Grasso Christmas memories, the pop culture archetype of the Bad Mom, and what it was like to raise a pair of precocious, TV-obsessed sons in the '70s and '80s. Among other things; to preview this fantastic episode any more would be a horrible spoiler. Just listen in on Wednesday morning!

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