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Dave Morris and Steven Ray Orr discuss storytelling, ideas, and life through the lens of a single episode of a television show.

No Pilots – No Recaps – No Hate Watching

One Offs Steven Ray Orr and Dave Morris

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Dave Morris and Steven Ray Orr discuss storytelling, ideas, and life through the lens of a single episode of a television show.

No Pilots – No Recaps – No Hate Watching

    Ep. 11: The Suitcase

    Ep. 11: The Suitcase

    Ep. 11, ‘The Suitecase’, on Mad Men – Season 4, Episode 7

    Dave and Steve are joined by a very special guest to discuss yet another HBO hit series that they didn’t watch when it was popular. That seems to be a trend with these guys. Steve claims to have seen Deadwood when it was on television, but that may never be verified.

    iTunes description for this week: “A deadline disrupts Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce”.


    “The Suitcase” is available on iTunes.
    Bathroom talk. Deal with it.
    Dom’s innocence is precious.
    Bad improv remains bad improv even when done by good actors.
    Dom doesn’t like antisemitism.
    Dave and Dom think they’d make better ad men than Don Draper; Steve doesn’t take a stance.
    “Every human emotion”, Dave? Every.
    Don Draper sees dead people.
    The trio speculate about the events of prior episodes.
    Steve wants to be yelled at.
    That last link is also an unintended pun about the special guest.
    Walter White needed a business manager.
    Dom accuses Dave of breaking the One Off rules.
    Dave and Dom would not make better ad men than Don Draper.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 10: Hush

    Ep. 10: Hush

    Hush little Dave and Steve, don’t say a word, because this One Off takes you back to a time before Joss Whedon was writing and directing blockbuster superhero movies. Sharpen your stakes and peel some garlic, because, it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer time, folks.

    iTunes has this to say about the episode: “From out of a fairy tale comes a group of murderous creatures known as The Gentlemen: first they steal everyone’s voices, then they begin to collect human hearts.”


    Joss Whedon had some good villains.
    Dave says “jump” and Steve asks a series of questions about how high Dave would like him to jump.
    Did Steve make an Ani DiFranco reference? Or was he just trying to sound poetic?
    Dave thinks Steve communicates better when he’s not allowed to speak.
    Steve and Dave have no idea how people get into relationships.
    As it turns out, Dave can’t save a conversation.
    Everybody Poops.
    Dave and Steve are not doctors.
    #TeamAngel
    Steve does not supply the editor with a photo that he seems to imply that he is going to.
    Neither does Dave.
    Frasier reference.
    Speaking of wasted material…
    Does anyone like hairspray, Dave? Or do you mean Hairspray.
    There is more singing in this episode than anyone wants.
    Dave goes to his usual stand-by, the Bible.
    Steve has clearly been listening to the West Wing Weekly.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 9: Pine Barrens

    Ep. 9: Pine Barrens

    Apparently The Sopranos is one of the greatest shows of all time. Dave and Steve didn’t know this when they sat down to watch it and they’re not sure they’d agree with the sentiment, but boy did they ever have feelings about the world of Tony and his band of merry men. Other things they had feelings about: Scrabble,

    iTunes description for this week: “Paulie and Christopher are engulfed in a nightmarish journey into the South Jersey woods while trying to collect a debt from a Russian mobster. Meanwhile, Meadow is suspicious that Jackie Jr. is two-timing her, and Tony finds that family demands are jeopardizing his romance with Gloria.”


    “Pine Barrens” is available on iTunes.
    The editor feels obligated to mention that there is a very mild spoiler for Breaking Bad in this episode.
    Dave and Steve wish that the “nightmarish journey” had been more nightmarish.
    Dave is worried about Sylvester Stallone and copyright.
    Steve was okay with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal flirting in a doctor-patient relationship, but for some reason isn’t okay with James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco.
    Dave and Steve have opinions about Scrabble.
    Steve has been listening to too much Hamilton.
    Steve succumbs to peer pressure.
    Steve doesn’t know his HBO history.
    Dave kind of wants to be a mobster.
    The dream of the 90s is alive in The Sopranos.
    Dave spells swear words. Steve says them.
    Steve asks an interesting question just shy of the thirty minute mark, so they never get around to answering it.

    • 32 min
    Ep. 8: The Chopper

    Ep. 8: The Chopper

    Dave and Steve put on their detective badges for Brooklyn 99 Season 2, Episode 22, ‘The Chopper’. Oddly enough, they spend no time at all talking about how confusing it is that “chopper” could refer to either a motorcycle or a helicopter, but they do find delve into Dave’s weird nicknames.

    Netflix tells us that, in this episode, “Holt worries Jake is being set up to fail when Wuntch green lights his dream assignment, and Terry hosts a field trip for a magnet school.”


    ‘The Chopper’ is available on Netflix.
    Steve makes a rookie mistake and confuses Community and 30 Rock. Specifically, this. Dave blames himself.
    Shoutout to all the magicians in the audience.
    Jane Seymour ≠ Angela Lansbury
    Nobody knows what a “pre show stinger” is.
    Dave subtly makes a book recommendation: The Eight Characters of Comedy.
    Dave and Steve have clearly forgotten the names of the characters.
    Steve says “tight little episode” twice — and it sounds weird both times.
    Could Steve go one episode without referencing Frasier?
    Every now and then, worlds collide when Steve and Dave make the same bad joke at the same time.
    Dave refers to Andre Braugher as “just an actor” which… uh… is accurate?

    • 30 min
    Ep. 7: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry

    Ep. 7: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry

    Your intrepid hosts just can’t help themselves this week as they dive into Star Trek: Discovery with Season 1, Episode 4, ‘The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry’. They go overtime, because of course they do. Nerds. This episode title is so long the podcast is half over by the time they get through saying it.

    CBS summarizes the episode thusly: “With tensions and stakes high as Starfleet continues in their efforts to end the war with Klingons, Burnham begins to settle in to her new position aboard the U.S.S. Discovery.”


    ‘The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry’ is available on CraveTV in Canada. It’s proving to be a hard show to pay money for.
    Dave and Steve accidentally make a statement about gun regulation.
    This seems apropos.
    Star Trek: Discovery: It’s what’s new!
    Discovery is about making discoveries; Voyager was about the voyage home; and Enterprise was about trying to win lotteries and raffles.
    Dave, as the podcast’s resident old man, is an expert in what makes things old.
    Steve makes an entirely expected 90s reference.
    It is unclear whether Steve understands the difference between subtitles and closed captioning.
    Dave says some pretty racist stuff about Klingons.
    Steve briefly forgets Patrick Stewart’s name and hopes nobody noticed. We noticed, Steve. We all noticed.
    Warning: there are puns in this episode.
    Dave’s love of Whoopi Goldberg strikes again.
    Dave and Steve tread carefully so as to make an important point — and, surprisingly, nobody puts their foot in their mouth.
    … Except when he starts talking about the Scottish.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 6: In A Lonely Place

    Ep. 6: In A Lonely Place

    Just in time for the new season of Riverdale that starts on Wednesday, this week’s One Off goes back to Season 1, Episode 7, ‘In A Lonely Place’. Listen along as Steve and Dave share uninformed opinions about popular teen dramas from the 00s. Also of note: nobody uses the term “on fleek”.

    According to Netflix’s summary, this week’s episode is as follows: “Amid harsh rumors about Polly, Alice goes public with family secrets, making Betty and Cheryl uneasy allies. Jughead helps his dad reclaim his life.”


    ‘In A Lonely Place’ is available on Netflix and iTunes.
    As usual, Dave and Steve avoid recapping/deconstructing the episode, but if that’s your thing, Mikey Neumann and Jon Risinger’s Cry Me A Riverdale might be your jam.
    Does anyone else think the Riverdale theme song reminds them of Friday Night Lights?
    Steve appalled that people like things that he doesn’t like.
    As usual, your hosts have their finger on the pulse with their discussion of milk caps.
    Dave, as it turns out, is either remembering his bubble gum comic history correctly or has stumbled onto a delightful coincidence.
    “It’s not real life… It’s high school.”
    Do your research, guys: The O.C. was on Fox and Riverdale is on the CW; Warner Bros. is the one of the production companies for both.
    Steve seems like more of a Dawson’s Creek kind of guy.
    If you were thinking about catching the Scream movies any time soon, you might want to skip this episode because Dave and Steve spoil the first one. Granted, it’s a spoiler that is old enough to vote in Singapore.
    Dave and Steve are old men yelling at clouds.
    Endings. How do they work?

    • 33 min

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