Recorded 23 December 2018
Merry Christmas fuckos!
We had a spot of wind.
No Agenda 1094, 1095
Omnibus: Patrick Nagel
Do By Friday: The Lady Will Have the Diet Plate & Heavy Petting
Junkfood Cinema: The Long Kiss Goodnight
Skip to the End #110: Aquaman
Reconcilable Differences #93: Forty Gronks
Somehow I manage #38: Nog-A-Sake
No Such Thing as a Fish: Footprints on the Sea
Defocused #221: The Dan Street View Podcast (The Big Lebowski)
The Incomparable #437: Whale Logistics Movie (Star Trek IV)
TV Guidance Counsellor #333: Lamont Price
50 Things that Made the Modern Economy
Londonist: Rabbit and Pork
Someone called Adam Carolla?
The Show: The IT Crowd (Series 1)
The IT Crowd is a British sitcom originally broadcast by Channel 4, written by Graham Linehan, produced by Ash Atalla and starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry.
Set in the offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries, the show revolves around the three staff members of its IT (information technology) department: coding genius Maurice Moss, work-shy Roy Trenneman, Jen Barber, the department head/relationship manager, who knows nothing about IT. The show also focuses on the bosses of Reynholm Industries: Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris) and later, his son Douglas (Matt Berry). Goth IT technician Richmond Avenal (Noel Fielding), who resides in the dark server room, also features in a number of episodes.
The comedy premiered on Channel 4 on 3 February 2006, and ran for four series of six episodes each. Although a fifth series was commissioned, it was not produced. The programme was concluded with a special, one-off episode, that aired on 27 September 2013. The show was critically acclaimed and has become a cult television series.
1-1 “Yesterday’s Jam”
Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson) is interviewed for a position at Reynholm Industries. Based on the claim on her CV that she “has a lot of experience with computers”, Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris) places her in charge of the IT department. She discovers to her dismay that her office is on the basement floor with “standard nerds” Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade). The two are resistant to her leadership, which is affirmed when they discover she knows very little about computers. However, Denholm’s adversity to non-teamwork forces the trio to get along. Jen hosts a party to boost the department’s popularity, but it backfires when Moss accidentally recalls an inappropriate story.
1-2 “Calamity Jen”
Denholm mandates his employees to attend a stress seminar, threatening to fire those who still experience stress by the end of the day. Roy, who has annoyed the seminar’s instructor, later steals his stress-measuring machine. Moss tries to make his own version, but when he leaves a soldering iron switched on, he starts a fire in the office. Jen is obsessed with buying and wearing a pair of red high heels that are several sizes too small; she inadvertently tells off a visiting executive who was planning on doing business with Denholm.
Roy’s date with a woman goes horribly wrong after she mistakes some chocolate on his head for faeces. Despite Roy’s insistence that “it’s not shit”, he declares that the woman didn’t like him because women only like “bad boys” and devises a plan to prove his theory by posting a despicable singles ad. After getting many responses, Roy arranges a date with a surprisingly good-looking woman and sets out to act like a “bastard” to progress their relationship. Jen impresses a company security guard by correctly guessing obscure facts; she is later selected as his “phone a friend” on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The security guard asks her out, following which Jen is unable to answer the quiz question correctly. Roy and Jen then take their dates to the same restaurant on Moss’ recommendation. Following a scene in which a restaurant entertainer is assaulted by Jen’s date after mocking him for failing on Millionaire, Roy and Jen’s dates leave together.
1-4 “The Red Door”
Frustrated at the repeated theft of his coffee mug, Moss shows off a plain-white one which supposedly has a picture of his head on the bottom; however, he is unable to find it. After heading upstairs to resolve an IT problem, Roy finds himself trapped underneath the desks of two female employees like a “desk rabbit”. As Roy calls Moss away for help to escape, Jen investigates what’s behind a strange red door in the department that Roy and Moss have forbidden her to open. Inside, she discovers Richmond (Noel Fielding), a lonely goth whose job is to watch over some blinky lights on a machine. Richmond shares his back story of how he was Denholm’s right-hand man until the death of Denholm’s father and (coincidentally) Richmond’s discovery of the dark-wave band Cradle of Filth. Touched by his story, Jen sets out to help and restore Richmond to his former glory.
1-5 “The Haunting of Bill Crouse”
After a terrible dinner date with co-worker Bill Crouse (Adam Buxton), Jen wants to avoid his asking for a follow-up date, so she tells Moss to lie and say that she is too busy. However, when Bill arrives and is about to uncover Moss’s lie, Moss tells Bill that Jen has died. Things escalate when Bill spreads the rumour that he was the last person to sleep with Jen, while Moss lies to Jen that the flowers and sympathy card are because she was made Employee of the Month. When she starts reappearing in the office, Bill thinks she is haunting him, which is made worse when she later calls him and shows up at his house to take back the rumour. Meanwhile, Roy gets a request from a girl from the fifth floor (a place Roy calls “The Land of the Beautiful People”), but confuses the attractive Julie with the ugly Judy, the latter of whom made the request.
1-6 “Aunt Irma Visits”
Following a meeting in which Denholm thanks everyone involved in a successful project except for the IT department, Jen becomes exceptionally moody and irritable. When Moss and Roy ask about it, Jen replies it’s a visit from her “Aunt Irma”, a euphemism for her premenstrual syndrome. Moss has been having therapy sessions with an attractive company psychiatrist, but when the latter wants to halt the sessions, Moss gets angry and starts swearing. After being personally thanked by Denholm for his work, Roy experiences strong emotional feelings. Jen reasons that the recent mood changes must be “Aunt Irma”, but Moss mistakenly shares this insight to the IT community and it goes viral, turning them into Internet celebrities and inciting Aunt Irma riots throughout the world. To settle their emotions, Jen, Moss and Roy have a “girls’ night out” where they watch Steel Magnolias. They then go to the company’s celebration party where they all become drunk and wake up with unexpected partners the next morning.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Nothing except UK Christmas specials on tap.
The collective Star Trek Movies (all of them. ALL. OF. THEM.)
I’ll probably see Bumblebee and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse again, hopefully in stereo, which because of Aquaman is out of my local theatre.
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