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Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Baltimore” | Aired July 22, 2014

Drunk History creator and Baltimore native Derek Waters approves of the idea that Baltimore is a shoe. It’s scuffed and worn in, but it doesn’t need polishing, because all of those marks have stories to tell. What have we learned from those scuffs this week?

  1. Paget Brewster has at least one fabulous robe.

Is it zebra print? Is it hoping to one day achieve zebra print status? It’s great either way.

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  1. Choose a signature accessory now, in case you ever need to go undercover.

sherlock hatIf everyone recognizes you by your hat, disguising yourself is as easy as picking out a new hat. Abraham Lincoln (Martin Starr) learned that on the road to his Inauguration. To encourage goodwill, Lincoln went on a tour of the Southern states, working his way back toward Washington, D.C. His private security detail, Allan Pinkerton (Charlie Day), pulled together a dream team of Harry Davies (Preston Flagg) and Kate Warne (Adrianne Palicki), the first female detective in the history of the United States, to keep Lincoln safe.

When the team unearthed a plot to kill Lincoln in Baltimore, they replaced his stovepipe hat with a beanie. (“Lincoln says, ‘Sorry stovepipe, I gotta be incognito. I’ll see you soon.’”) Warne snuck Lincoln onto a train as her invalid brother, and they made it to Baltimore in the middle of the night. There, thanks to a noise ordinance, they actually had to hitch horses to the train car to pull it across town, only to be stuck at another station for an hour, surrounded by people who didn’t want Lincoln to be President. He was fine, though, because he was wearing a beanie.

  1. Stovepipes are easily confused with Pop-Tarts.

Brewster initially calls Lincoln’s preferred headwear a “Pop-Tart hat, or whatever that was.” Ten-year-olds everywhere now want to know how they can make the 16th President’s fashion sense work for them.

  1. Always try for the classiest negotiation.

drunk history francis scott keyWhen beloved local physician Dr. Beanes was taken captive on a British ship in the War of 1812, prominent Baltimore lawyer Francis Scott Key (Jeffrey Ross) asked President James Madison if he could appeal for Beanes’ release. Madison authorized Key to board the ship with prisoner exchange agent John Skinner, where they “wined and dined” the British soldiers until they agreed to let Beanes go free.

Over the course of their meetings, though, the men had overheard details of a British plot to attack Baltimore. Realizing how much Key and Skinner knew, the soldiers kept them locked below deck with Beales as they launched their bombardment. Key kept watch throughout the night, and when the sun rose and the smoke cleared, he could still see the American flag flying over Fort McHenry. Inspired, he began writing a poem. The British retreated and released their prisoners, and Key spent the night finishing what would later become the national anthem.

  1. The American national anthem is set to the tune of a drinking song.

parent trap classKey’s brother-in-law liked “The Star-Spangled Banner” so much that he suggested putting it to music, and the tune he decided to repurpose was an old British drinking song. So basically, Francis Scott Key classed up everything he touched.

  1. Streets of gold are nothing compared to the real streets of the 1800s. (Real streets were better.)

According to narrator and comedian Duncan Trussell, “This is the 1800s. No one has any money. People were, like, sweeping the streets, and maybe you’d find, like, a crust of bacon, and you’d eat it.”

  1. Don’t mess with anyone who writes about ravens.

drunk history rufus griswoldEdgar Allan Poe (Jesse Plemons) was a broke, disrespected writer when he met Rufus Griswold (Jason Ritter). Griswold was compiling a book of poetry, and he asked Poe for submissions, only to publish three poems by Poe and 50 by his friends. Griswold then had the nerve to offer Poe $100 for a review, assuming that Poe wouldn’t badmouth any collection that included his work. Poe took the money and wrote a scathing review, claiming that he was the only poet of the group who would ever be remembered. He insulted Griswold’s anthology at every stop in his tour across America.

The anthology succeeded anyway, and Poe returned home to find that Griswold had taken his job. Poe’s wife passed away around that time, and he spiraled, eventually dying after being found in a gutter in Baltimore. Griswold, clearly not big on dignity, took the opportunity to write an insulting biography of the poet, but that plan backfired. (“Everyone in America read this, and they were like, ‘Wait, what? Drunk, crazy guy who wrote about ravens? Where can I get this book? That sounds awesome.’”) Poe’s popularity soared after his death, and Griswold died alone, with a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe on the wall.

  1. None of this matters.

Trussell considers that his story ends with everyone dead and suddenly realizes he’s on a show that uses drunk narrators to tell history’s greatest stories—and that maybe one day we’ll ALL just be stories told by drunk people. “No one’s buying it, man. Forget it. We’re all getting sucked into the void.”

jim halpertJesse Plemons nails that moment when the fourth wall breaks, and Poe walks triumphantly into the “void” of the Drunk History set, and Charlie Day pulls off a stovepipe hat like a pro (Pop-Tarts not included). What did you know about Baltimore’s history before this week? Grab your best animal-print robe and talk about it.

Drunk History, rated TV-14, airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on Comedy Central.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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