The show starts on an upbeat tone and then drifts to the hard-hitting issues of the day, gun control and race relations. Barry talks about being a surprise role model to kids whose lives are nothing like his childhood. LaToya shares a secret about being of a lighter hue. While there are some uplifting elements, including Barry’s Yoo-hoo obsession, this episode puts it all out there.
Tonight’s show almost didn’t happen because Barry claimed packing for a trip took precedence over recording at the show’s regular time. Hopped up on caffeine LaToya unintentionally leads the conversation until Barry puts her in her place. After all, it’s In the Stacks with Barry & LaToya, not the LaToya Show. Talk turns to entertainment and “train wreck” television, yep, “rowdy, gonna get a little unruly.” Barry’s very guilty pleasure is Love Island. And while it’s been ages since her days of watching Toddlers & Tiaras, LaToya spills the beans on her mother’s addiction to crime television and 90 Day Fiancé. Talk eventually turns to more serious topics, including Barry’s new perspective now that he’s a high school teacher in a rural town.