This week, Matt and Robbie are discussing Episode 7F16, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, the fifteenth episode of Season Two. They talk about Danny Devito’s excellent performance as Herb Powell, how Herb mismanages his car company, and how you can never find a car horn when you’re angry.
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For those who don’t know, Julia Child was a chef, an author, a television personalitay and a powerhouse of a woman. She also has the same initials as Jesus Christ.
Fun fact about Jules…’When she found out that she was too tall to join the military (she was 6’2″), Julia volunteered her services to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), where she helped develop shark repellent used on underwater explosives during WWII.’ What CAN’T she do?
Julia also wore a size 12 shoe which Nicola once slept in for a dare.
Julia Child has a special place in our blog-hearts, not because she used to be the LeBron James of her college basketball team in Massachusetts, but because, if you’ve seen the film Julie & Julia, you’ll know that a woman named Julie Powell, in 2002-3, decided to start a blog where she would cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s most famous cook book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, over 365 days. Not too dissimilar to our own 365-day food challenge you might say. Although Julie Powell made the effort to cook everything, she cooked 524 things, she probably didn’t fuck everything up, she probably planned a lot of her things ahead, she probably wrote all her posts on time, she probably didn’t whine about it every hour of every day, she had a huge following, she made a lot of money from it, and Amy Adams played her in a movie alongside Meryl Streep. So apart from that we’re practically the same.
So as an ode to JC on her birthday, we made (from scratch) one of her most famous recipes ‘Chicken with Herbs de Provence’ from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1. And guess what Julie Powell, it was a success! We finally pulled our fingers out our butts and made a fancy meal. And we didn’t wash our butt fingers before cooking.
We forgot to take pictures of the whole process because we were too busy panicking about getting it right. This is step 2 after making a nutritious butter sauce, cooking the herby breasts in the butter. Mmmmmm. Then 3 fire alarms, 4 arguments and 2 burnt pans later we came up with this piss-de-resistence…
Our hearts had never felt so warm with fear of imminent heart attacks.
Happy Birthday JC. May your breasts always be buttered and your butter always be breasts.