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Episode 15: "Broomstick of a Man" -

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Episode 1.15 -- “Caroline and the Bad Date”

Original airdate: February 15, 1996

IMDB entry for this episode


Written by Dottie Dartland Zicklin and Bill Prady
Directed by Tom Cherones

It’s the ‘90s, just go with it!  Margaret H. Willison drops by our tower made of Sweet’n’Lows to debate just how “bad” a date can get in episode 1.15, “Caroline and the Bad Date”! Grab your neighborhood mimbo and cozy up for a lively discussion of terrible middle names for children, the evolution of conspiracy theory bros, whether or not there’s such a thing as “good” mansplaining, and several real-life dates of ours that make this one look quaint.  We’re just inertia’s pawns!

This week's "plugs":

are you warm, are you real
Annie's outfit

or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art?

Visual aids:

Amy recommends One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London!

Christie recommends Muppets Now on Disney+!

Margaret recommends Stumptown on ABC, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay on Freeform, Work in Progress on Showtime and Dickinson on Apple TV+!

This week's guest

Margaret H. Willison is a culture writer, librarian, and low-key social media socialite. She's one half of the Two Bossy newsletter, one third of the Appointment Television podcast, and a regular fourth chair on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.


Twitter and Instagram - @mrsfridaynext

Margaret H. Willison!

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Dan Cortese of the Newport '90s:

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Back off, Salty, you already ate Richard's candy bar an episode ago:

"I'm just inertia's pawn!"

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This screencap makes it look like Caroline and Charlie are falling in love over a chunk of sod:

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The many faces of Lea Thompson in the face of mansplaining, part 1:

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The many faces of Lea Thompson in the face of mansplaining, part 2:


Anyone else miss those huge brick-like cordless phones?  Just me?

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The Notorious B.U.G.:


but they're cousins
identical cousins--


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I miss movie theaters, but not this much:

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Cat on a hot tin payphone:

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It's pretty bad when a mugging isn't the worst part of your date:


"Knock yourself out."

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We feel you, girl.

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Yes!  Correct!  It's a mistake!!!

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