022 – “A VCR In Every Room”

the extended griswold family stands frozen and spread awkwardly around the room as the police barge into their home

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) holiday comedy classic. They guys snuggle in with Kahlúa hot chocolates for an annual viewing of the John Hughes penned Chevy Chase vehicle to cap off our second season. Local Moncton cable stations will be revered, digital rental prices reviewed, Chris Columbus called out, “The Hero’s Journey” embarked upon, the stitching of Clark’s suede work gloves studied, and the parallels (finally) drawn between yuppies and hipsters. Season finales don’t get much better folks — Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol?

Shout-outs mentioned in the show:

  • Rent or buy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Google Play (not an affiliate link): goo.gl/4OMWNP
  • Station jingle for MITV, “the Maritime point of view”, in the 90’s: goo.gl/KabRPZ

Featuring audio from:

  • Theatrical trailer for “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989): goo.gl/kjg4kK
  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) movie

This episode of The Dust Off is held together with duct tape and the following contributions:

  • Hosted by Stephen Belyea, Pat Brennan, and Jake Martin
  • Research by Jake Martin
  • Edited by Stephen Belyea
  • Communications Specialist, Jeremy Fowler
  • Theme music from Valery & The Greedies: goo.gl/SrdxGD