Tanner asks Chris if it’s weird that he wants to just stay home and cook a meal for himself on Thanksgiving. Tanner went to Hawaii, visited his girlfriend’s family, and did nothing but stress out. Finally, the boys discuss their Halloween plans and offer some tips for getting the most out of the season.
It's fall -- well kinda. Chris isn't feeling it, and Tanner is on the fence. Still, Tanner puts Chris in the hot seat and has him try to guess the Farmer's Almanac's top ten fall activities. Chris is dating someone new and about to reveal to her he has the health of someone twice his age. Tanner discovered that the movie Monster Trucks was thought up by a movie executive's four year old son. Chris recalls the bizarre story of the movie Don's Plum.
Chris is still filming his movie so longtime listener and short time friend Anna fills in once again. Tanner finally puts The Great Towel Debate to rest. Anna is having a baby and Tanner worries about the future her child faces. Tanner read about how apes and monkeys have entered the Stone Age, and a bonobo has learned to create fire, cook food, and put out fire. Tanner went to Michigan to help out with Chris's movie, stayed at a nightmarish motel, and met someone who was convicted of some nightmarish things.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Tanner's audio sucks until 33 minutes in. Feel free to skip if it's too annoying.
Listeners have weighed in on the The Great Hand Towel Etiquette Debate stirred up in Episode 17, and the results aren't pretty for Chris and Tanner. Chris is making his first movie and is an anxious mess. Tanner saw Don't Think Twice and has been thinking about what it means to be 35 and goal-less. Tanner also ponders why he has so few friends.
The boys are back in town. Chris provides a detailed timeline of 2016's worst moments, the most recent of which was attending his uncle's funeral and getting "ghosted" by a woman. Tanner found out his girlfriend used his bath towel as a hand towel and freaked out. Tanner saw a guy get singled out for seeing a movie alone. Chris and Tanner saw Ghostbusters.
Tanner goes it alone in more ways than one in this episode, recorded in the middle of nowhere California at an isolated cabin and a semi-isolated Best Western. Tanner discusses solitude, receiving an urn in the mail, bidets, and almost getting punched in the face.
Tanner's in Detroit and dealing with the immediate aftermath of his mom's death. Chris tries to cheer him up with a story about an orangutan building a hammock. Tanner couldn't get enough of a story about a man who lost his life savings on a carnival game. Friend of the show Jason sent in some Love/Hate topics, so Tanner tosses Chris in the hot seat.
Tanner successfully moved his hair part from one side to the other. Chris gave his phone number to a woman and didn't hear back. Chris recommends the Netflix documentaries Welcome to Lieth, The Barkley Marathons, and Frank and Cindy. Tanner recommends Dead Slow Ahead. Tanner explains the true story behind flying ant day, and Chris reminisces about deer flies.
Tanner can't handle that he's the same age that John Candy was in Summer Rental. Tanner and Chris mourn Prince and break down his insane performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tanner got punched in the head while walking home from work. Chris puts Tanner in the hot seat and sees if Tanner can guess whether the topic was chosen by Chris or a listener.
Chris went to a Bruce Springsteen concert and had to deal with a drunk woman invading his space and trying to make him dance. Tanner introduces a new twist on the traditional Love/Hate game called Love/Hate: Newlywed Edition and enlists long-time listener, short-time friend Anna to host.
Tanner breaks the story of a generation; Chris is a millennial according to Pew Research Center, and Tanner has Chris take a quiz to prove it. Inspired by friend of the show Casey's hilarious white dude claim that Tucson has "too much Mexican food," Chris asks Tanner what annoys him about Oakland. Tanner went to Sephora and complains about it, and Chris complains about buying clothes. Chris debuts a new game where he challenges Tanner to identify the correct months (and even days) within which one is allowed, according to Chris, to watch specific movies.
Chris had a surprisingly uneventful Easter dinner at Red Lobster with his parents, and he reminisces about participating in traditional Polish Easter rituals with an ex-girlfriend's family. Tanner complains about allergy attention seeking. Neither Chris nor Tanner liked the new Pee-wee Herman movie, but they still love Big Adventure. Tanner stumbled on a press release for a VR porn game.
Season two! Chris and Tanner are back with a soft reboot that adds a little more structure and flow. Chris kicks things off with a story about an awkward moment he had with a blind person at work. Tanner saw a guy smelling clothes at the laundromat and is trying to figure out what it means. He also remembers a couple underwear stories from his past. Chris burps like a Boglin. Finally, Tanner puts Chris in the hot seat to play Love/Hate, a long-running game focused on knee-jerk reactions to random things.