035 – “We Had Chinatown”

Released June 2, 2017

Yard Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales – whatever you want to call it. The last of the original Dust Off hosts takes his final stand in this season finale. Steve and his wife, Steph (triumphantly returning from her last appearance at the helm of the show) take part in their neighbourhood yard sale with… varying results. Will Steph’s romatic dream of what a yard sale should be survive the day? Will the slow drive-bys from their neighbours amount to anything? Will anyone end up buying their old food processor? Tune in to find out!

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034 – “Horse Meat”

Released May 26, 2017

Vegetarianism! Steve, Jake, and some guy named Brad (Bort? Bert?) adopt the veggie lifestyle for a week while returning special-guest host Jeremy Fowler tells stories about his life as a dedicated non-meat eater. Plus, tension abounds between the two remaining original Dust Off hosts as Steve’s homicidal tendencies come to the front and Jake attempts to come to terms with Pat’s death.

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033 – “Audible Shudder”

Released May 19, 2017

“Videodrome” (1983) Canadian cult classic. Join Steve, Jake, and guest host Dr. Vesuvius Betamax (he insisted we write his whole name out) on this dive into Cronenberg’s cyberpunk body horror masterpiece. Jake sounds off on the TTC’s St. Clair service, Steve’s finally found a use for his stockpile of Cineplex Scene points, and Dr. Vesuvius Betamax explains the Salisbury diet. Things get weird when the S&M themes set off something deeply repressed in Dr. Vesuvius Betamax. Enjoy some vintage Toronto-spotting, “Blondie” fandom, Datsun love, and lore of the tyrannical John P. Betamax before the Doc (he’ll hate that we didn’t write it out this time) side-lines the show into fittingly Cronenberg territory.

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032 – “Mystery Culkin”

Released May 12, 2017

“She’s All That” (1999) teen rom-com. The show is taken over by far more hilarious hosts this week, with a look at the seminal girl-transforms-herself-for-douchebag “chick-flick” by three of it’s late-90’s target demographic. Join Stephanie, Norah, and Emily as they diagnose Culkin potato face, pen “Sister Prom 2: The Musical”, and attempt to figure out what exactly Usher does at the school (is he a student or an employee?). Just don’t try telling them to ditch their glasses or smile more as the “brain on drugs” girl hears that and more from Buffy’s slow-talking husband.

In all seriousness, though, don’t ever tell a woman (or anyone, really) to “smile more”. It’s incredibly creepy and disrespectful. For real.

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031 – “Full Bowie”

Released May 5, 2017

“Transformer” (1972) sophomore solo album from Lou Reed. Steve and Jake try out a new Craigslist-found co-host, Bernard “Bernie” Stilton, on their revisit of Lou Reed’s Bowie and Mick Ronson produced, jam-packed second album. Bernie brings research notes, stories from his life, a brutal cough, and a pretty weird Andy Warhol impression to the show. Jake winds up Bernie’s “main squeeze”, Steve takes up cobbling, and Bernie packs a constant half Bowie.

He’s no Pat, but Bernie certainly pumps some new (really, really old) blood into the show.

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030 – “Bunch Of Purple Boys”

Released April 28, 2017

“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” (1995) Sega Genesis movie tie-in game. The guys punch and kick their way back to a blue, yellow, white (with some gold), red, pink, and black 1995 with this dismal tie-in Genesis game for the Power Rangers’ first cinematic outing. There’s tension between Pat (temporarily resurrected after his demise last episode) and Steve over the best Ranger – Jason or Tommy – while Jake passes time whittling rocking chairs instead of watching 90’s cable. It’s a reverse “Shaq Fu” this week, with the Genesis’ blast processing falling far short of the SNES version.

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