This episode of Blogsmoke first ran four years ago today.
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SOUND: MODEM CONNECTING FADES UP TO FULL MIKE—SINGLE SHOT—RICOCHET
MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1
ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!
MUSIC: THEME HITS: FULL BROAD SWEEP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 2
ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)
JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.
MUSIC: MAIN TITLE—RECORDED—CUT 3
SOUND: Oldies playing on jukebox in background.
FRIDAY: (Fading up) … last half of the week was a bit slow.
SMITH: Yeah. The Grouch seems to have taken everything down. And abruptly.
JOHN: Did you notice the timing?
PINKY: Wasn’t it after Johnny Atsign filed that report on The Grouch’s location?
JOHN: Not only that, he took stuff down within a few minutes of his connecting to the site and finding Johnny’s last episode.
BRAIN: The Grouch isn’t the only one keeping quiet. Bunny Boy Unread hasn’t posted anything for about ten days.
FRIDAY: It’s as if all of Team Bomber are going to ground. Hmmm.
WAITRESS: Hey, guys, do I need to bring another round before I take your orders?
SMITH: Not for me. I’ve got to get home.
JOHN: Another cup of coffee.
FRIDAY: I’m fine.
WAITRESS: OK, I’ll be right back.
SOUND: Background out.
MUSIC: SCENE BUMPER MUSIC—RECORDED—CUT 4
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MUSIC: SCENE BUMPER MUSIC—RECORDED—CUT 5
SOUND: Background back up.
JOHN: (Fading up) … one of the big differences. They never can sustain anything for long.
FRIDAY: Uh, huh. When you have lies for a foundation, things tend to collapse as the truth comes out.
JOHN: On the other hand, we’ve kept some things running for years. Which reminds me—we should congratulate Pinky. The AYPWIP that ran at noon today was number 3001.
PINKY: Thanks, Boss.
BRAIN: I guess I should propose a toast to my colleague. To Pinky and his continued pondering.
JOHN/FRIDAY: Hear! Hear!
JOHN: And may everything proceed as he foresees!
SOUND: Background out.
MUSIC: CLOSING TITLE UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 6
ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Even with a good imagination, we can’t come up with stories as strange as The Bomber and his buddies provide for episodes of “BLOGSMOKE”!
MUSIC: SWELL AND CONTINUE TO MUSIC OUT
ANNOUNCER: The Legal Department wishes the following declaimer read: “‘BLOGSMOKE’ is a work of fiction. Anyone who feels it might be about him should read Proverbs 28:1.”
This is LBS, the Lickspittle Broadcasting System.
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