Barry has a birds and bees conversation with a very shy and mortified T’Challa. LaToya points out how uncomfortable that convo is for us all. T’Challa keeps it 100 and tells LaToya that he’s bored by her, and Barry points out that her topics for discussion always seem to be steeped in depression. LaToya doesn’t give in to the peer pressure. She can only be her one true and authentic self. Plus, with 2020 being a problematic year, it’s hard for her to find joy.
LaToya has hijacked this week’s show by taking Barry’s breadcrumbs in their program guide and making it better. T’Challa isn’t thrilled about this week’s show, and Barry is determined to make what should have been a serious episode and coloring it. From Star Trek to Aunt Jemima, Juneteeth to The Neighborhood, this episode is sufficiently diverse and almost monster erotica-free.
The hosts are tired. Is 2020 done yet? From COVID-19 to George Floyd, this week’s episode has an unequal sharing of highs and lows. Both Barry and LaToya are depressed. T’Challa is easing into the summer break. However, the weight of life is truly upon them. No amount of television watching can get them out of the funk. Maybe Barry’s teeth collection will.
Barry provides an update on the family emergency that caused the one-week hiatus of the show. And how could we not talk about the coronavirus?! It’s impossible to escape, just like Tiger King. If you haven’t seen the salacious series the hosts give you reasons why you need to stop everything and watch. We learn that the Class of 2020 is at a disadvantage and we rank our modern-day Doctor Who doctors.
T’Challa graces us with his presence this episode, and as they say, out of the mouths of babes… Barry puts everyone on spoiler alert. He’s in his feelings about teaching The Great Gatsby and about what’s been done to Jean-Luc Picard. LaToya has more grandma-sitting in her near future and she purchased some grocery items from Amazon. Assimilation complete. When we say Birdman, what do you think of? Let’s just say that neither of the hosts are on the same page. And yes, that’s nothing new.
It’s yet another day where neither host wants to do the show. However, since it’s therapy for them both, they put on a brave face and bring their B-game. Barry’s reading a book that LaToya’s interested in and LaToya commits a cardinal sin when her Christmas movie list doesn’t include what Barry feels is a required Christmas classic. They both plan on seeing the same movie next week. Separately, of course. As usual, Barry proves that he’s blacker than LaToya.
It’s Thanksgiving, y’all, and what is there that’s better than a brand new In the Stacks episode! It’s all about entertainment and the gobble. Barry plans on having a low-key celebration while LaToya will be continuing her 15+ year tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with some of her favorite family members. If you’ve somehow not yet seen Frozen II, you’re in the minority, and Barry suggests a few other podcasts for your listening pleasure.
Barry wants to record early, and LaToya wants to try a different audio recorder for the show. Barry wins. LaToya loses because her plan to switch from Zoom to Skype didn’t work as she hoped. It’s been a busy past couple of days for the hosts. One host breaks up a fight while the other attended a wedding. And based on the title of this episode, it turns into a very interesting show.
They’re back for another season, and LaToya isn’t ready to get back in the stacks. With an upcoming business trip and her trying to stave off a cold, she seems a bit delirious and absent-minded. Barry, on the other hand, is locked and loaded and brings his usual A-game to the season opener.
It’s the end of the 8th season. LaToya’s feeling more depressed than usual and was recently sick. Barry is still excited about The Great Gatsby and talks about his harrowing experience of falling down three steps. They both agree that there are movies that never need to be remade, thanks, Cary Elwes. Barry has a new solo podcast and reveals a season-ending cliffhanging confession.