Something I noticed about The Gang Saves the Day: Each member of the Gang fantasizes about how they would stop the robber in the convenience store in accordance with the delusional ideas they have about themselves.  Mac becomes a badass, Dee becomes a famous actress, Charlie wins the Waitress, and Frank (who doesn’t really hold any delusions about himself) acts out his typical hedonistic desires by gorging on hot dogs while the gang is murdered.  Everyone sees themselves as the hero and fulfills their dreams.  However, Dennis doesn’t.  In his fantasy, Dennis gets shot in the head.  He wakes up in the hospital to then find out that the injury (somehow) has made him impotent and that the rest of the Gang has abandoned him.  Yes, he gets nursed back to health by Jackie Denardo, but has to watch her get hit by a car the moment after he confesses his love for her.  He then mercy-kills her in the hospital, an act which he does appear to enjoy.  Still, it is another disappointment in a daydream that is oddly full of them.  It’s interesting how Dennis, the man delusional and narcissistic enough to call himself a Golden God, loses so spectacularly in his own fantasy.  It implies some serious insecurities and self-image issues buried beneath that arrogant exterior.        

adrianicsea  asked:

hey! so i know you're a big gay dennis fan and i had a thought earlier today that i wanted to send your way, because i'd love to hear your insight on it. what do you think of the symbolism of dennis' fantasy in the gang saves the day as it applies to him being gay? he's in love and happy with jackie, until she loses her breasts-- which dennis sees as a symbol of womanhood. when she loses that, he freaks out and kills her. that seems ripe for analysis to me, and i'd love to hear your thoughts!

well i mean the most obvious conclusion to draw from the jackie denardo fantasy is that dennis is a colossal misogynist, to the point where he mercy-kills his fantasy wife and weeps over her dead body while crying, “good night, my angel” after she loses her breasts.

what’s interesting, though, is that he’s built up this idealized, fantasy version of jackie who exists only to heal him and love him when he’s only ever had one interaction with this woman. and that interaction went… shockingly badly, with dennis turning into a sputtering, incoherent idiot and jackie calling him a creep and wandering off. he’s incredibly confident about his ability to get with this woman when she’s just a pretty lady on tv, but when he’s actually face to face with her, it’s a completely different story.

it reminds me of something that dr. drew said in the dvd commentary for mac and dennis break up - this idea that mac and dennis are both attracted to “fetishized womanhood;” they spend a lot of time fixating on this nebulous, idealized fantasy version of what they think an attractive woman should be, but they don’t actually exhibit much interest in the real women around them. so dennis, for instance, has this twelve-year-old-boy-going-through-puberty-esque fascination with Big Boobs, but he’s never in his 44 years of life had a serious romantic relationship with a woman. and mac is just stumbling through life identifying Attractive Women and performing interest in them in order to fit in with society. and none of that actually constitutes heterosexuality.

EDIT: WOW addendum, at the outset of dennis’s fantasy in the gang saves the day, when he wakes up from a coma, he asks the doctor if his dick still works and the doctor tells him no, so he’s not even having dream sex with jackie denardo in his wildest fantasy, they just hang out and go rollerblading

Musical selections from the soundtrack of Bad Jubies

composed by Disasterpeace

nature collagin’ - Kirsten Lepore

beatboxing/vocalizations - John DiMaggio

from Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland):

“I had the pleasure of scoring Kirsten Lepore’s guest directed, Emmy award-winning episode of Adventure Time from Season 7, ‘Bad Jubies’. This is one of my favorite shows and I wanted to honor the feeling of open-ended creativity I feel is often on display when watching it, so I set out to create a collage aesthetic. I asked a bunch of friends to contribute samples to the score, and I was showered with all kinds of wonderful sounds. Guitars, organs, vocalizations, old answering machines, and that’s just scratching the surface really.

Special Thanks to: Kirsten Lepore (nature collages), Joseph Bourgeois (gameboy and various voice samples), Liz Ryerson (amazing answering machine recordings), Mateo Lugo (jaw harp from one of our sessions), Dan Cantrell (accordion from one of our sessions), Mark DeNardo (wonderful acoustic guitar and dobro recordings), Dan de Lara & Matt Powell (drums, organ and pianet), Martin Kvale (cool weird synth things), Jay Tholen (ukelele, guitar, keyboards), John DiMaggio (for being Jake the Beatboxing Dog wonder), Mathijs Wiermans & Anne la Berge (for avant garde flute improvisations), and Dino Lionetti (because I sampled his circuit bent keyboard).”

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Just announced: YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, featuring Yoko Ono, Denardo Coleman, Erik Friedlander, and Alan Licht, perform at MoMA August 14 and 15. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971, on view through September 7, 2015.

[Photo by Kate Garner © Yoko Ono]

YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, featuring Yoko Ono, Denardo Coleman, Erik Friedlander, and Alan Licht, performed at MoMA this week in conjunction with the exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971, on view through September 7, 2015. 

[YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, featuring Yoko Ono, Denardo Coleman, Erik Friedlander, and Alan Licht, performing at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, August 14, 2015. Photograph © The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Scott Rudd]