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Men in Charge Season 10, Episode 15: A Stranger's Jelly

This episode title is the runner-up for the third squirmiest title of all time, and yet upon close examination and then further scrutiny, nobody can find a single reason for that status. Just be careful to sit with people you know when you wander unaccountably into a diner. The partly jelly-related episode segments include—in spite of popular demand—a years-delayed return of “British Pub Crawl with Stephen Crawley.” This time, we find Stephen toiling in a pub in the very dampest part of England, when who walks in but world-famous travel guru whose name rhymes with “Mick Weaves”! Stephen suffers accordingly. Next, low-budget larcenist Edwin Slezak tries to sell you “Plaice Masks”—from real plaice(!)—to keep idiot non-mask-wearers at bay and also because he got a real deal on a basementful of plaice. Finally, socialist pirate “Captain Posy Sue” captures a yacht, aided by crossover character Timmy from the beloved “Family Dentistry” series. Timmy is ready to floss away anybody’s jelly, putting the “high” in hygiene.

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Kevin Decker, Professor of Philosophy, was left holding the bag when Tony Flinn recently retired from Eastern Washington University. That bag was full of cats. At first, he thought they were cute, but then they woke up and started mauling him. It turned out that the cats were mountain lion cubs, often referred to incorrectly as “cougars.” One had rabies. From his now-permanent hospital bed, Kevin writes for and co-produces “Men in Charge,” the title of which may or may not be ironic
Tony Flinn, known around the model railroad track in his basement as “Professor of English, Emeritus,” recently retired from Eastern Washington University to age in place, like an old car up on blocks in the barn, convenient for climbing behind the wheel and saying “Vroom! Vroom!” He and his co-host and co-producer, Kevin Decker, have been writing and performing in “Men in Charge” since probably 2014, or even earlier, depending on whether you’re using the Julian or Gregorian calendar.