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Men in Charge Season 11, Episode 11: Climb into the Happiness Chimney!

This episode is all about the paradox of the “happiness chimney,” where, as you’ll recall, you were put during sleep-away camp when you got out of hand. Remember? And you had to collect your own kindling! As you sink into nightmarish nostalgia, enjoy two extended segments. First there’s the start of a new British female buddy cop detective series, “Deirdre and Sleestak.” And no, “Sleestak” isn’t Welsh, but reptilian, from another dimension, of course. Next is the fourth in the series, “A Hard Rowe to Hoe, with Nicholas Rowe.” Yes, the professionally disappointed star of “Young Sherlock Holmes,” from the 1980s, is back, this time in a strange interview with a former librarian, who recounts the repellent misdeeds of most library patrons. Does Nicholas Rowe get another chance to play Sherlock? Nope. It’s another trip to the happiness chimney for him!

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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.