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A big dumb idiot and his brilliant, charming friend discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.

A big dumb idiot and his brilliant, charming friend discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.
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A big dumb idiot and his brilliant, charming friend discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.








BSCC 124 - Abby in Wonderland

This weird, surrealistic tableau of a book marks the beginning of Suzanne Weyn's Dada phase. The narrative, such as it is, revolves around Abby and Kristy’s visit to Abby's grandmother on Long Island, which the Cat People have occupied in a new, terrifying phase of their insurgency. Kristy and Mary Anne are up to no good, and the Scholastic lawyers are immersed in their most devious stunt yet. Ben Hobart is back in a big way, the Purple Orb has an army now, and Jack and Tanner have a very,...


BSCC 123 - Mary Anne and the Playground Fight

This week, the boys go inside a haunted mansion. Just by chance they freed a ghost who made them Beetleboys. [Frankenbeans: “BEETLEBOYS!”] Big Bad Beetleboys. Big Bad Beetleboys. Hey look now they're super heros, armed with super powers… [Mums: ”Cool!”] ...taken from a comic strip and now they're Beetleboys. [Count Fangula: “BEETLEBOYS!”] Big Bad Beetleboys. Big Bad Beetleboys. Music Credit: “Lamprey”“Dreams” Thanks to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music and Superbrat for...


WOPC 001 - Ninja Gaiden

Hey Ninja Nation – welcome to a very special bonus episode of WOPC! The show that is very specifically targeted to the ninja in everyone ……. ’s dad. And before you ask …. No, we don’t have time to tell you about Plan F. Works cited in this episode: The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce La Recherche des Temps Perdu, by Proust Stacey’s Ex-Boyfriend, by Annabelle Matthews Martin (the Hand That Shakes) How to Win at Nintendo Games, Vol. 1, by Jeff...


BSCC 122 - Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend

Kristy’s out of the way and busy with her Strawberry Festival and Stacey’s stuck between the two handsome boys in her life, so get ready to Hashtag “Swoon" (this is a new cool thing to say!) over the ever-so-dreamy Ethan, and Hashtag “Speak The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear” (not a thing yet, but hopefully soon!) for Robert “Brewdoggy” Brewster, who is truly going through some stuff this week. If all of that makes you socially anxious, just remember your FORDOW acronym and you can’t go...


BSCC 121 - Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer

This week, the boys are brimming with DINOSAUR ENERGY, which was introduced to the sitterverse by a new character named Deb Cooper, who has more in common with The Golden Bear’s depiction of the Joker in 1989’s The Batman than anyone has any right to. Also, Watson adopts a seeing-eye dong, Ben Hobart returns, Jack hurts his hand, and there’s a lot of fretting over acute angle-closure glaucoma, because where we’re going… we won’t need eyes. Music Credits: "Dead Bee”"Overture”“Biscuit”...


BSCC 120 - Claudia and the Terrible Truth

Tune in for a hearty, rollicking discussion about Kristy and Mallory’s preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Jackie Rodowsky’s latest shenanigans, and the impending dinosaur threat in Stoneybrook, and then stick around to hear how the boys deftly navigate around and steer almost completely clear of the nasty, fetid, vile, miserable little secret that undergirds it all and rots it from within! Also, a long awaited update in the Wandering Frog People game we’re all playing! And some...


BSCC 119 - Abby and the Best Kid Ever

A very good boy returns to Stoneybrook this week, and the boys could not be more excited to welcome them back. But don’t get out the streamers and cake and other party supplies yet, because before this episode is over, Ann and Nola are going to snatch our old friend away again and banish them from the sitterverse once more. Are you next? Maybe. Also, there was something moving around in Tanner’s office this week and it gets very spooky, but as far as I know, he survived the evening, so we...


BSCC: Mystery – Kristy and the Missing Child

It’s the crossover episode everyone’s been waiting for – the boys welcome Kristin Russo from Buffering the Vampire Slayer to talk about the demon Logan Bruno, whether Stoneybrook is built on a hellmouth, and Tanner’s favorite Buffy character, Gilbert. Meanwhile, the baby-sitters have lost yet another charge, Alan Gray is completely out of control, and new facts emerge about Kristy’s dad in the most mysterious BSC mystery yet. Music credits: “The Search for Spock, Main Theme,” by James...


BSCC 118 - Jessi's Big Break

Tanner is back in New York, but he’s not the only one. Jessi Ramsay has somehow escaped Ann’s grasp and fled to New York City, where she’s been offered entrance into a prestigious ballet academy. But Jessi and Tanner aren’t the only ones in New York City because, who’s that? Award-winning actor Liam Neeson?! Wow. What a get. Music Credits: "Clair De Lune Variations”"Capclear”The Little Mermaid"Venus” Thanks to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music and Superbrat for the outro...


BSCC 117 - The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier

Who could have imagined, when we started this little podcast about the hit 1990 LucasArts PC game “Loom,” that we’d still have stuff to talk about 117 episodes deep. But here we are! This week, we’ve got some practical business tips for dragons, plenty of material on the great Elf war, and, weirdly, a surprisingly robust discussion of a novel about a baby-sitter named Mary Anne Spier. Trust us, there’s a connection there. We think! Music credits: “Theme from Loom,” by LucasFilm “Fantasy...


BSCC 116 - Claudia Makes Up Her Mind

“‘Two boys… two grades… how will Claudia ever decide?’ –Hodges Soileau” –Jack Shepherd Claudia’s got a choice to make this week, and it’s not just between two boys, but also two grades! This is episode two of two recorded in Jack’s Brooklyn Airbnb, and after recording last week’s episode, drinking several beers, and eating their fill of vegan Chinese food, things get a little bit silly. Music Credits: “The Pharaos Theme”“Solitude Theme”“So Go We”“Young Love”“Donuts”“Universe”“Twilight...


BSCC 115 - Kristy and the Sister War

The boys are face to face this week to bring their impressive and nuanced understanding of military tactics and history to the circumstances of the great “Sisty War”™ between Shannon Kilbourne and her sisters. And since this is an Ellen Miles book, the mystical revelations contained in its pages go far beyond the Good Clean Baby-Sitting Fun in the A-plot, or the cool pronouncements of Pete Black in the B-plot. In fact, Ellen has seen fit to reveal something long coveted by students of the...


BSCC 114 - Stacey's Secret Friend

There’s a new girl in town, and despite her numerous similarities to Tanner, she may be one of the most dynamic and engaging characters to ever move to Stoneybrook. Is she tall? Yes. Does she wear glasses? You bet. Does she exclusively wear pink jumpsuits? Yep! Can she move things with her mind? Maybe. Does she go on a destructive rampage after a bucket of pig’s blood is dumped on her at prom, ending with a conflagration of SMS and everyone inside of it? Guess you’ll have to listen to find...


BSCC 113 - Abby the Bad Sport

One day in 1999, a man named Bill Bannerman and the five members of a soon-to-be-VERY-famous pop punk outfit sat in a basement room with a dogeared copy of a little book called "Abby the Bad Sport." What they discovered in that tome would be the stuff of legend. Listen in as your favorite podcast boys recreate that heady conversation, delving into Abby’s rotten attitude, Shannon Kilbourne’s confusing extracurricular activities, Jackie Rodowsky’s travels through the universe, and Claudia...


BSCC 112 - Mary Anne to the Rescue

Does Cringer shrink down when he’s not Battle Cat? Will Mary Anne Spier ever overcome her many, many fears? Are the Star Wars prequel films canon? Will Mark Markson and Dave Daveson ever return from the Cauliflower Universe? Will we ever find out what Alan Gray keeps in that weird room of his? Will Jack and Tanner ever get around to discussing the book this week? These questions and many others will not be answered this week. Sorry. Music Credits: "Last Whale” "Meekness”"Memes” Thanks...


BSCC 111 - Don't Give Up, Mallory

You know what? Mallory really stuck it to the Man this week, and we’re damn proud of her. But while dear, sweet, brave Mal was busy standing up to the (admittedly handsome) Trevor Sandbourne and singlehandedly dismantling the entrenched power structures at SMS, all was not well in the rest of Stoneybrook: Dangerous new knowledge has come to light in the mysterious academic discipline known as Bread Theory; terrifying portents are, well, portended, by The Bird and The Wheelmaker; and the...


BSCC 110 - Mind Your Own Business, Kristy!

Charlie Thomas has a new girlfriend named Angela, Pamela, Sandra, or Rita, and despite the fact that she’s a Crime Girl, they are only getting sweeter (the trumpet!). Kristy doesn’t like her because she’s a Baseball Idiot (and she’s not the only one in this week’s book). Car crimes are perpetrated against the State of Connecticut, and there’s a hit new Blade (the vampire/vampire hunter) musical coming to Broadway. This one’s for you, Harry Nilsson, wherever you are now. We can’t live… if...


BSCC 109 - Claudia Kishi, Queen of the Seventh Grade

Parental advisory: There is a lot of kissing talk and smooching talk right up front and there’s honestly no way to avoid it this week because this was a book about kissing and smooching. Claudia kisses and then smooches an annoying but handsome and swoopy-haired boy named Mark Jaffe. The boys kiss the sweet feet of sweet Pete Lerangis (metaphorically speaking). And Claudia’s new friend Josh is kissed by greatness in a star turn as this week’s Baller of the Week. And even if you don’t like...


BSCC 108 - Stacey the Math Whiz

Okay, so Jack and Tanner spent a ton of their hard-earned ad revenue on new mics and recorders but then that dunce Jack hit the wrong button and essentially recorded all of this episode and the next one on his laptop mic so it sounds awful BUT there’s still a really solid episode there so try to bear with us. Stacey is a nerd now, the Deep Voice Boys are back with an exciting new role, Jack spends a LONG time perfecting a new character who LOVES smoking drugs and doing 69-ing with people...


BSCC 107 - Abby's Twin

This is an urgent message for the Pulitzer Committee: The audio from our original version of Abby’s Twin – which you so kindly singled out as being worthy of your highest honor – has been irreparably lost. But thanks to our precision, our professionalism, and our consummate skill, we have perfectly recreated every note, every beat, every moment of that epoch-defining, award-worthy episode of audio magic and are now humbly presenting that recreation for your consideration. You will not find...