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The boys (and special guest Jaime Green) make a valiant effort to keep the rating on this one down and appease the censors, but end up with what can only be described as a raunchy, titillating, supercharged s*x romp. "The Governess Game" is a very naughty novel that does indeed have some babysitting in it but really is mostly frenching and groping …
 
The year is 1988 and it is prophesied that a bikini baby will bring about the downfall of an evil sorceress named Bad Mother. Consequently, Bad Mother attempts to steal the foretold child for a ritual murder, which is very bad babysitting. After the child escapes, Bilbo Baggins and his best friend Val Kilmer look after her until she can fulfill her…
 
Can you babysit your own children? What if you're pretending to be someone else? Is it in any way creepy to disguise yourself as an elderly nanny and spy on your ex-wife? These are just a few of the nuanced and complex babysitting questions that are posed by the iconic 1993 babysitting film Mrs. Doubtfire, and as usual, the boys bring their sensiti…
 
Much like the local mall where a giant meat monster does a big battle in the hit TV show "Stranger Things," this episode could be best described as a disaster scene. Someone forgot to take notes, someone else was in a salty mood because of work, and someone who we thought was going to help us never showed up! Anyway, Steve Harrington from Stranger …
 
Let's take a trip back to the early days of babysitting: It was 1987, and an unsuspecting world was just beginning to appreciate the giddy highs and the awful lows of sitting babies thanks to the pioneering work of Ann M. Martin. But what if ... babysitting on the big screen?! Enter ... "Adventures in Babysitting," the ultimate babysitting adventur…
 
One of the great babysitting novels of all time, Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" is a story about an ongoing act of ambulatory babysitting right at the very end of the world. And it's just as fun as it sounds! Now, in glorious stereo sound, you can hear two complete buffoons talk about it. What BSC novel is this based on? What tweaks could we make to …
 
Aquatic babysitting is one of the hardest types of babysitting there is, as Dawn and Claudia famously learned in Babysitters Island Adventure; as Kristy notoriously discovered in Babysitters on Board; and as Kevin Costner comes to realize in the hit 1995 film about boat babysitters called Waterworld. This one's got lots of useful tips for babysitti…
 
The boys from the baby-sitters club club are back for yet another scintillating discussion of baby-sitting style and technique, this time in the smash-hit baby-sitting-themed video novel, The Mandalorian. Listen and enjoy as the boys talk about tiny green yoda and the big babysitter who never takes off his hat. Music credits: “Showtime,” by Stockwa…
 
Join the Hot Legs Gamer Clan as they bravely venture into this year's most anticipated title: The Baby-sitters Club 4th Grade Learning Adventures CD-ROM from 1998! From what we can tell about the plot here, it looks like Stacey, Kristy, and Jessi have hidden Mary Anne, Mallory, and Claudia's heads in different boxes that are scattered throughout th…
 
Mean old Tabenanner Scroogering and his sniveling pushover assistant Bob Jackchit try to discuss Karen Brewer's disastrous performance in "A Christmas Carol" ... but it doesn't go as planned. This episode originally appeared on our Patreon. To get an episode like this every week for just $5 a month, subscribe to the show here! We love and also kiss…
 
In an act of dangerous desperation, Ann has attempted to go back in time and fix what she set into motion before it ever started. An astonishing, rapturous novel about beginnings and endings – sometimes all at once – that can only be described as "scintillating." It is no surprise that this one has everything – dolls, bees, orbs, time travel, vampi…
 
This one's a mess. Josh and Jack from the hit Pokemon/Baby-Sitters Club crossover podcast "The Babysitters Experience" make a good-faith attempt to discuss "Pokemon The Movie 2000" and "Logan Likes Mary Anne" the graphic novel, but their nice podcast is sabotaged and also vandalized and, frankly, ruined. Music credits: “Overture,” by Lionheart “The…
 
In 1993, Ann and two distinctly separate beings who would later fuse into one uncanny entity joined forces to create what they thought would be the one book to end them all: The ultimate guide to baby-sitting, featuring everything anyone could possibly want to know about head wounds, house fires, and bad burps. This week, our intrepid heroes ventur…
 
In a major snub of the Tannerheads, Jack and Josh (?!) come together to discuss two major classics of our time: Baby-Sitters Club #87, "Stacey and the Bad Girls," and Pokemon 3: The Movie. What do these things have in common? Not much, but the boys are doing their best here in a crisis! Special thanks to Josh Fjelstad from the Exp. Share Pokemon po…
 
The boys are indoctrinated into a mysterious chain of secrets, lies, and treachery after accidentally reading a cryptic letter from someone (or something) named "Robin." The more they investigate this "Book of Secrets" (which contains confessions of lurid crimes by Jessi, Mallory, Stacey, Kristy, Claudia, Dawn, and Mary Anne), the more they are reb…
 
Having apparently run out of Baby-Sitters Club books, the boys lie out in the field and wait for the birds to take them. Music credits: “Illuminate,” by Bluebird “Invincible,” by Dimotai Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. Advertise on The Baby-Sitters Club Club via Gumball.fm…
 
The Baby-Sitters Club Club CLUB is a podcast wherein two grown men talk about The Baby-Sitters Club Club, a podcast wherein two grown men talk about The Baby-Sitters Club, a series by Ann M. Martin. In this episode, the boys dive into the first Baby-Sitters Club Club episode, "Kristy's Great Idea," which is pretty good except they keep referring to…
 
A lot of chest-beating and handwringing this week as Kristy grapples with the end of the BSC, Mary Anne makes up with Logan, and one of the boys realizes that he never graduated from the 8th grade. A real surfeit of emotions to process as we experience this, the absolute final word on the BSC before Ann shakes her ghastly snow globe and makes the e…
 
A lot of people have been asking exactly how many shades of Alan Gray there are and while most casual observers think it’s fifty, true experts will tell you that it’s three: Prank Alan, Suave Alan, and Trying-Too-Hard Alan. Anyway, Claudia dates all three of them this week and none of the dates are a disaster and the title of this book is a lie. Mu…
 
The great Sunny Winslow’s paying a visit to the BSC this week and bringing her special brand of California Diaries chaos and angst to the sleepy town of Stoneybrook. The girls commit a bunch of shocking travel crimes, Jackie Rodowsky blips into an alternate reality, and the boys speculate about what kind of music Mr. Spier listened to as a cool, ‘7…
 
What is Stacey’s problem? A question these boys have been asking since book one but one that Ann, Suzanne, and the Scholastic LIARS refuse to address even in this book, of all books! Fortunately, it’s a very good one and Stacey is on her best behavior and actually quite sweet and it’s mostly about Maureen and how she doesn’t need a man. We really l…
 
A pulse-pounding adventure full of elite haxors, Knights Templar, and secret service shootouts, Kristy and the Kidnapper is Ellen Miles’ most ambitious and exciting work yet, and the boys couldn’t be more eager to explore its hidden depths. Except that Jack’s in a bad mood, and Tanner’s not helping. Also, a plea to listeners: Get a cat. Just get a …
 
After heroically grappling with the inscrutable temporal paradox created by having to go and watch the Netflix show in between Friends Forever discussions, our geniuses turn their great brains to the question of whether Cary Retlin is the coolest guy in Stoneybrook, why Cokie Mason has such a big house, and what, precisely, Mary Anne is evolving in…
 
🚨 CLAUDIA DATES ALAN GRAY CLAUDIA DATES ALAN GRAY CLAUDIA DATES ALAN GRAY CLAUDIA DATES ALAN GRAY 🚨 That's right. The guy is Alan Gray. The guy that Claudia "gets" IS ALAN GRAY. Uh, this one is ... a lot. Music credits: “Beyond the Veil,” by Dreamstate Logic “Rising,” by Music Dog “The Prophecy,” by Fox Beat “Romance Piano,” by Twisterium “Empty Pr…
 
After the fever dream that was the Netflix video novels, the boys are thrown headfirst back into the twilight world of "Friends Forever," where the Fame Wolf still prowls, danger lurks around every corner, and any moment could be the one where the Boyfriend Trap is sprung. This week, Stacey McGill stands trial for her crimes against humanity and Cl…
 
The baby-sitters face their hardest test yet, as they stand on the edge of a dark and forbidding forest; a wilderness wherein they must wander until they learn the the truth about themselves, find meaning in the vastness of experience that stretches out before them, or do a great big smooch with Logan, depending on which baby-sitter they are. No gu…
 
The boys send their best and bravest into the heart of suburban Connecticut in search of the secret portal to Stoneybrook, but all they end up with is a nasty case of browntail moths. Coincidentally, that’s what the baby-sitters are getting into this week as well, over at Camp Moosehead, where the moths are poisonous, injustice reigns, and if you’r…
 
Things aren’t looking so hot for Batgirl’s big day! Kristy looks like a banana, the officiant is a witch, and Mr. Spier’s shirt smells like meat. After a robust discussion of these important topics, the boys are joined by Watson himself (Mark Feuerstein) for a bracing round of Dad Talk. Music credits: “Chains,” by 3 (Emerson, Berry & Palmer) “Stard…
 
Something’s going on with the dads of Stoneybrook this week. Watson’s hiding something behind a mysterious blue door, Mr. Spier is undergoing some kind of unnatural evolution, and John Pike is sending us cryptic messages through his license plate. Then, the boys are joined by Shay Rudolph (Stacey) and Momona Tamada (Claudia), who agree to take an e…
 
The boys bring their sharp critical lens to another fascinating video-novel this week as they grapple with a number of complex choices its creators have made around Stacey’s dating life, Mary Anne’s room renovation, and Humpty Dumpty, the shattered eggman. Then the show's Executive Producers, Naia Cucukov and Lucy Kitada, join to hear some provocat…
 
This fascinating video-novel poses three impossible problems: Kristy’s baffling reluctance to accept Dawn into the club; the paradoxical influence of Milton’s Paradise Lost on these texts; and Mrs. Barrett’s impossible legs. Then, the boys bring in Dawn and Mary Anne themselves (Xochitl Gomez and Malia Baker) to subject them to an impossible trial …
 
This one has nowhere near enough boys’ basketball in it, but that kind of sums up Mr. Prezzioso’s life anyway, so it all checks out. Plenty to discuss this week anyway as the boys encounter a new and improved Dawn, speculate about what’s in Mimi’s special tea, and perform in the auditions of their lifetime with their special guest: “Baby-Sitters Cl…
 
There’s a new baby-sitting conglomerate in town and their unique brand of baby-sitting, including sizzle reels, peer-to-peer influencer marketing, and encouraging self-sufficiency by allowing kids to play in traffic threatens to put our precious Baby-Sitters Club out of business. The boys outsource that conversation to trusted Business Scions Golia…
 
This week we find out that the Phantom Phone Caller was inside us all along, which certainly explains why he’s still at large, but somehow isn’t any less frightening. Trevor Sandbourne takes advantage of the (hopefully) temporary non-existence of Pete Black to be the coolest guy in Stoneybrook, and The Hand of God introduces the world to the very f…
 
This week, the boys slam on the brakes of the Friends Forever series and smash through their windshields right into the first episode of the Baby-Sitters Club Netflix show, cleverly titled “The Baby-Sitters Club.” Prepare for a pulse-pounding, bomb-on-the-bus thrill ride as they explore the dangerous new world of Stoneybrook 2020. With edgy, in-you…
 
Unchastened by their disastrous attempts to heckle 8-year-olds during “Claudia’s First Thanksgiving,” not to mention the censorship fiasco in “Mary Anne and the Library Mystery,” Stoneybrook’s surprisingly resilient community of book-burning fascists are back at it again this week trying to get a teacher fired for assigning “Catcher in the Rye.” Is…
 
According to Merriam Webster, a “Friendship Feud” is when you have a big feud with your friend about whether it’s somehow a good thing that Stacey and Claudia are fighting and tearing apart the very fabric of the BSC, or whether it is, in fact, a bummer. This was not by any means a bummer of a book though, because it was elegantly and artfully writ…
 
Ann continues to take a wrecking ball to what remains of our beloved baby-sitting club, this time reducing the passionate and (literally) timeless love affair that began with BSC #10, “Logan Likes Mary Anne” to a pile of dust and rubble. But that’s only the half of it. What’s got these two Weyniacs really worried is an even darker force that Ann ha…
 
With her Wine Crimes in the rearview mirror, Stacey McGill tries her hand at betrayal. Meanwhile, as Stoneybrook reels from what is presumably a five-alarm baby-sitting shortage, two strangers walk into town with their heads held high and their hearts set on chaos. Will Jeremy and Rachel be the lovable new characters we never knew we wanted, or are…
 
Total mystery what Kristy’s Big News is this week, but Patrick Thomas is getting married and he can’t do that without every member of his estranged, alienated, angry, and abandoned family by his side! Except David Michael for some reason. Also this week: Shark People, Heraclitus, and a timely checkin with WebMD. Music credits: “Fun Quirky Retro,” b…
 
It had long been foretold that Kristy would be betrayed nine times before the end. But even after Dawn and Mallory turned their backs on her, no one was prepared for the onslaught that followed. The boys return to Stoneybrook this week to sift through the smoldering ashes of what had once been a safe haven. There’s also kind of a surprising amount …
 
Failing to heed their own best advice, the boys bring dolls into the sanctity of their homes and play with them. But these aren’t just any dolls: They’re the short-lived but presumably beloved 1991 line of Remco Baby-Sitters Club Dolls, complete with fun accessories like “a hot dog” and terrifying, mutated “halfling” versions of themselves. Music c…
 
The California Diaries are over. The time has come for us to roll up our JNCOs, gather up our empty bottles of MD 20/20, feed our Furbies one final time, and wave farewell to Ducky, Amalia, Maggie, Sunny, and Dawn, as they walk—arm in arm—into the warm, comforting glow of Pacific Sunwear. And what is that beautiful music we hear on the wind, like a…
 
OK so Brendan’s acting super weird because he wasn’t there for Amalia when these girls harassed her outside the movie theater and Dawn doesn’t know it but Ducky and Sunny are planning this big surprise party for her? And Meat Pete wrote this one but he didn’t put any baby-sitting in it and ORIM erased something pretty important and the girls are tu…
 
Maggie Blume is dating literally the hottest guy in the world! And if you think that’s Pacey from Dawson’s Creek, you’ve made the biggest mistake of your life, because now the irradiated ghosts that stalk your hallways while you sleep are going to stop your lying mouth with their spectral fingers and make you think again. That was quite a journey, …
 
Ugh, this one was pretty brutal. Sunny’s mom dies, Sunny’s dad can’t make it through his eulogy at the funeral because he’s crying so hard, and Tanner spends entirely too long talking about which characters from Duck Tales he finds the most attractive. Truly a tough one to get through without crying. Music credits: “90s Alternative Rock,” by FUNTOM…
 
Will Sunny and Dawn ever be friends again? Will there ever be a singer as handsome as Belgian heartthrob Pierre X from Jax? Will the mysterious publishing entity known only as ORIM ever get THEIR KNIVES OUT OF OUR BACKS? That’s right, this week Sunny and Dawn are at war with each other, Jax is at war with the notoriously finicky American music mark…
 
YNAW, Poundmasters! Ann gave us a sensitive and heavy topic to chew on this week, so we stepped up to the plate like we always do in these situations and did a really deep dive into some other stuff entirely! Look for an extremely detailed conspiracy theory involving Freddy Prinze Jr., some powerful new insights into what’s going on with Ducky, and…
 
Which of us would not sacrifice the very world for just one glimpse of his baggy jeans; his suave super-gelled Brian Austin Green hair; his shy, bluish-green eyes; his edgy but approachable Operation Ivy T-shirt? His name is Brendan Jones, formerly of Short Hills, New Jersey. And he gave Amalia a single rose at the Homecoming Bash during that one V…
 
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