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.
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.