Episode #59 – Law Abiding Citizen

What do you get when you take Death Wish, mix it with Saw, and add a soup├žon of Gerard Butler? An unholy mess, that’s what. Meanwhile, Elliott pitches our cartoon spin off, Dan leads us down a side road about Back to the Future Part II that goes fucking nowhere, and Stuart boasts about his giant… sandwich-making prowess.

0:00 – 0:33 – Introduction and theme
0:34 – 2:24 – We waste a few minutes talking about how long it’s been since we’ve invaded your ear-holes.
2:25 – 35:39 – We discuss Law Abiding Citizen, the most egregious crime against hyphens since The 40 Year Old Virgin.
35:39 – 38:18 – Final judgments
38:20 – 39:25 – Station identification
39:26 – 44:07 – We attempt to re-create a Flop House Movie Mailbag from memory, and we make fun of Stuart’s fragile mental state.
44:08 – 52:10- The sad bastards recommend.
52:11 – 53:01 – Goodbyes, theme, and outtakes.

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May 9th, 2010



  1. Gwardo says:

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  2. Gwardo says:

    Just a comment regarding “Flophouse Babies” my wife is pregnant with our first child who was conceived via IUI (intra-uterine insemination). Since the procedure was performed on a Monday it is possible that conception did take place while I was listening to an episode of the Flop House. More specifically it would have been the Dragonball: Evolution episode.

    I’ve been wracking my brain to figure out a way to name the child, regardless of sex, after all of you guys. Is there a single name that captures the spirit of Dan, Elliott and Stuart or do you guys happen to all share a middle name? Should I just give up and call the child Goku (Dragonball callback*)?

    * Do callbacks work in comments?

    My previous comment was edited since I managed to spell 66.6% of the host’s names incorrectly.

  3. Brian S. says:

    I keep waiting for someone around me to say, “I really hate Gerard Butler”, so I can say, “Well, do I ever have the podcast for you!”.

    Do we need Movie Minutes for a BiffCast podcast, or Stuart’s vaguely depressing recipes? I think so.

  4. Matt says:

    I like that idea! I was trying to remember all of Stuart’s recipes from memory last night and could only remember the grilled cheese hamburger one. So Dan, get cracking on some movie minutes or better yet, see if Flophouse contest winner Dash can make some more videos.

  5. Matt says:

    Also, Dan you’re completely right about the paradox in BTTF II don’t let the others bedevil you!

  6. Robert says:

    Biff returned to the same 2015 occupied by Marty and Doc Brown, because he failed to alter the future. Marty successfully stopped Biff from obtaining and using the sports almanac back in 1955 (on Marty’s “second” return to 1955, but of course, both visits to 1955 occurred simultaneously). The hellish version of 1985 with Biff in control did not exist as part of any continous time stream, but was a self-contained bubble, exisiting only as long as it was occuppied by Doc and Marty, because every effect must have a cause, and without the bubble, this universal law would be violated, and without the “theoretical” 1985, there would have been no cause for Marty’s return to 1955. Old Biff’s return to his (exact same) present (2015) differs from Marty’s return to his present (1985). Each time Marty returns to 1985, he returns to a different 1985 (dramatically different at the end of BTTF I, less dramatically at the end of BTTF III), because Marty succeeded in changing the past. Or something. Maybe not.

  7. Robert says:

    Ok, I know I’m way to into this, and I know my explanation is bullshit, but it does make some thematic sense. Marty changes the future because he learns, he is dynamic. Biff is always a loser, he doesn’t learn, so when he goes back in time, he ultimately changes nothing.

  8. Brian S. says:

    Heh heh…Biff. He fell into a cart full of manure.
    Though I much prefer Robert’s explanation, I actually found a webpage about the temporal anomalies in “Back to the Future: Part II”
    Right Here (no, it’s not a link to porn)

  9. Matt says:

    I just realized I haven’t watched any of these in years and as such I should default to anyone else’s interpretations since I can’t remember anything about them really. Also, someone email Dan and tell him the message boards are on FIRE!!! Also, also, I like how most of these comments are about BTTF and not Law Abiding Citizen.

  10. Brian S. says:

    Maybe if the 10 year jump in “Law Abiding Citizen” was due to time travel, or there was at least one reference to a flux capacitor in the movie, there’d be more interest in it.

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