Today has been pretty miserable, so miserable that I DIDNT EVEN WANT TO LEAVE THE HOUSE FOR ICE CREAM. (Don’t worry, Henry brought it back for me.)
I was laying on the couch being miserable and I kept telling Henry to please turn the channel because 2 Broke Girls was on and I’m sorry but every single voice was sodomizing me and I just couldn’t handle it for one moment more while Henry was slowly scanning the cable guide menu thing so I grabbed the remote and blindly put it on the first thing I saw which was a Mamas and Papas special on WQED – you know the kind of special, where they show a truncated documentary about the band, spliced with YOUR DONATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!! interruptions, where they try to wow you with a CD set that can be yours for the GENEROUS DONATION OF $256.
I love these things. We recently watched one on the Carpenters and I was in some weird 1960s fugue state for the next 6 days.
KEEP QUALITY TV ALIVE!
Thanks to Michelle Phillips, I fell down the Knots Landing rabbit hole. That was one of the shows I watched when I was a kid in the 80s, thinking it made me so cool and sophisticated because it was a grown-up show (along with Falcons Crest and Hunter, obvi). I remember watching some comedian on an HBO special at my Pappap’s house; he did lots of sight gags and pantomiming, etc, most of which went right over my head, until he tied knots in several pieces of ropes and tossed them in the air.
As they landed on the ground, he looked at the audience and said, “Knots landing.”
I thought it was the funniest shit ever, mostly because finally, I understood a thing he was doing.
Actually, I was just thinking about this guy at work a few weeks ago and asked Glenn if he knew who I was talking about because Glenn is old but he said no and that’s because Glenn doesn’t like humor.
[ETA: Bob Nelson! His name is Bob Nelson. Henry is better at Googling than me. My searches are too narrow. I’d get fired for that at work. WORK JOKE, YOU WON’T GET IT. (Actually, that’s not a joke.)]
(ETAx2: it was balloons, not ropes.)
Naturally, I had to look up the Knots Landing opening theme on YouTube, at which point my Joan van Arc hatred was reignited.
Fuck that bitch.
“When are they going to get the part where she dies?” I asked Henry, referring to Mama Cass, obviously.
Once they got to the 1970s portion of the biopic, every time they would start a sentence with, “And then Mama Cass—” I would rush to say, “CHOKED ON A HAM SANDWICH!”
“That’s not really how she died,” Henry sighed.
“Yes it is. That’s how I drew the Mama Cass Glenn at work, so….”
So then it got to the part where Michelle Phillips nonchalantly talks about how Cass calls her one night after a show and is all, “OMG I’M SO HAPPY” and how surprising it was to hear the next day that Cass had died—
“EATING A HAM SANDWICH!!!” I cried as Michelle calmly said, “—in her sleep.”
Henry gave me a disappointed frown.
“Yeah, in her sleep, on a ham sandwich,” I argued.
“That’s not true, that’s just a rumor that the fat shamers started,” Henry sighed.
“No, here, I’ll google it—OK yeah, it says it’s an urban legend but that’s just because they’re trying to preserve her pride,” I explained.
By the end of the show, Michelle Phillips is talking about how she’s the only one left and—-
“Michelle Phillips killed them all! Michelle Phillips is the ham sandwich!” I screamed.
“Did you just tweet that out?” Henry asked, basically all of his energy drained by this point. You would think he would be used to my obsessive latching-on to the small things by now.
Like when I became obsessed with freeing some guy who went to some island and got accused of killing of a person and he totally didn’t do it because he was so handsome but this was like 2009 and I can’t remember what island or who he killed, or you know, his name.
But anyway, remember when Henry said “tweet that out”? God, what an ElderDork.
“I wonder why Cass’s daughter never sang?” Henry mused out loud.
“She could have been in Wilson Phillips!” I yelled.
“Yeah but then it might not have been called Wilson Phillips,” he pointed out.
“They could have been called H—”
“Ham Sandwich,” he finished for me, rolling his eyes.
I AM GOING TO LISTEN TO THE MAMA AND PAPAS ALL NIGHT NOW. I am not going to eat a ham sandwich though because ew, meat. I might actually paint a ham sandwich, though.
Also, what was up with some of those early album covers where their name was spelled Mama’s and Papa’s?! Who approved those?! Probably the same person who approves my blog posts! (Oh wait, that’s just me and my unwillingness to proofread.)
Now some Italian d-bag is singing for more WQED donations. What a fucking Saturday night. And to think I was just going to take some pills and go to bed at 5.
(Kidding. I don’t take pills. Because I don’t have pills.)
Ooh, I hope that Gino Vanelli concert re-airs at some point tonight!!