UnderScoopFIRE Podcast #14 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

in Christmas, Movies, Podcast

Merry Christmas! Shitter was full! – an asshole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer

In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) gets his wish for a big family Christmas. When his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) worries that it might not be quite as perfect as he imagines, he says, “Christmas is about resolving differences and seeing through the petty problems in life.”

For a wealth of Christmas Vacation links, collectibles, and more, visit The Clark Griswold Collection – an excellent compendium of all things Christmas Vacation.



In this episode:

Howie, Tank & Googs discuss the best scenes, lines and moments from Christmas vacation. We identify the movie’s place in history, and speak about it’s place as a holiday tradition. This podcast is in no way a summary or breakdown of the film, but more of a celebration of its legacy.

Who is the best Rusty of all the Vacation movies? Your favorite Audrey? How did we connect Rusty Griswold to Magneto?

We recall a few of our favorite Christmas memories (Knight Rider, Sega Genesis, Nutmeg Shots) and as expected, we go a bit off the rails – here is a small sample of some of the hashtags that emerged from this epidode:

#Gremlins, #BoneThugs-n-Harmony #TomWopat #CabinetStack, #ChampKind, #Biker Scout, #KnightRider, #Earthquake
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Edna June 15, 2012 at 7:41 am

Hey guys, Great episode. On the Tim and Eric front: The only time I’ve whecatd the show was when it first came out and a friend of mine made me watch the entire first season back to back when we were hanging out to drink and I HATED it. I am at least semi glad to hear from you guys, and many others, that if you whecatd them back to back you would end up a little irritated by the style and format. I can’t add much to your lists because I don’t play video games and my taste in comics are pretty mainstream but I wanted to throw out one of my favorite TV shows that I don’t know of too many people that watch. It’s called Misfits and it’s a British show which I think is one of the most interesting takes on super heroes/super powers. The story is a bout a group of juvenile delinquents that during a freak storm get super powers. The thing that hooked me on the series was that it didn’t go exactly where you’d expect it. They get powers but they don’t embrace them and see it as a way to make a positive change. They still are the same dickish, stupid, people they were before the powers. Great show. Other great British shows (i’m a UK TV freak) are Shameless, The Inbetweeners, and anything Charlie Brooker has done. I don’t think you can buy most of theses so you may have to go a less then legal way to see them but they are all great.


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