Malex and friends all find things to love about Snuffleopolis! Have they finally found a new home for themselves? Give this episode a listen and let us know what you think.
No, to answer the question which is surely bubbling up in everyone’s mind, we did not replace Mara with a ninety-year-old man. My sister, who has a beautiful voice, also apparently has been infected with a beautiful virus. Upon mixing the voice with the virus, we come to the conclusion that not all combinations of beauty with beauty result in something beautiful!
One of the worst challenges of running a show like this is definitely flu-season, especially when three-fourths of your principle cast all live under the same roof. All of my siblings keep passing illness around like it’s some kind of sick game.
Really, I’m the one who clearly suffers the most from all this, because I have to keep driving 300 miles every weekend to record one episode. The hope, of course, is that they’ll all feel better next week, so we’d better only record one episode this week. Just enough to scrape by week-to-week.
The best part? The current word on the street is that this week’s illness is even worse! So we may be forced to abandon the current story-arc in favor of a new one featuring a Linus the Laptop who gets a horrible computer virus and an emo Snuffy who gargles razor blades.
Enjoy this episode, and have a great week!
“You never have time to electric ski bounce with me! Why?!”
Malex: Wow! What a day!
Linus: (Mocking rhythm.) I’ll say!
Mara: (Concerned.) Okay?
Snufflefungus: (Joy overload.) Hooray!
Malex: (Mildly frustrated.) Alright, I’ll try this again: Gee, what an incredible day this has been!
Linus: We agree, Malex. This day has been incredible.
Mara: Look at that! I’m so happy I can’t even get angry at him for his incredible arrogance!
Linus: Arrogant? How?! All I did was speak for the whole group without consulting any of you or actually caring about your feelings– Oh! Got it, never mind.
Snufflefungus: Malex, the Candy and Joy Closet! It has so much candy and joy!
Malex: Oh? Tell us about it, Snufflefungus!
Mara: Yes, please do!
Snufflefungus: Well, the Candy and Joy Closet is a shop! It’s like a coffee shop, except for candy and joy! It’s located in a door south of town–
Linus: Don’t you mean it’s located in a building south of town?
Snufflefungus: No! That’s the best part! It’s really just a door until you open it! Then, inside, is all the candy and joy!
Malex: Transdimensional engineering? Really? I’ll have to study that later.
Linus: (Urgent.) Malex! Are you thinking what I’m thinking?!
Malex: I certainly hope not.
Linus: Good point.
Snufflefungus: So anyway, we’re open from 6 AM to 9 PM, and we stock over a hundred varieties of candy and joy! You can come any time, purchase your selection, and spend as much time as you like! (Excited.) Ooh, ooh, and we have an open mic night on Tuesdays!
Mara: Oh Snuffy, it sounds so great!
Malex: Snuffy, it almost sounds like you’re… working there.
Snufflefungus: When they saw how excited I was about their vision, they offered me a temporary position right away!
Malex: Well Snufflefungus, I’m very happy for you! I’ll have to come and visit you at work tomorrow.
Snufflefungus: Please do!
Malex: What about you, Mara? What have you been up to?
Mara: I found the community garden! All that time in the desert and in space, and my heart just ached to work with plants – to get my hands in some rich soil and do my part to help things grow. I think I must have helped in that garden all day!
Linus: Mara, you’re so weird!
Malex: So Mara, what’s the word on these neat little flowers all over that seem to be growing in the shape of smiley faces?
Mara: Oh yeah! Those…
Malex: What causes them to be like that?
Mara: I guess they just grow that way. Darn near the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.
Malex: I’m still trying to figure out if they’re cute or creepy.
Mara: Well, I don’t know about that… (Disturbed.) Just don’t pick any.
Snufflefungus: Why’s that?
Mara: Just don’t. (Upset.) I– I learned the hard way.
Malex: Okay, so, changing the subject, I spent the whole day fixing computers for the good citizens of Snuffleopolis!
Linus: You? How?! You don’t know how their computers work…
Malex: No, I didn’t know how their computers worked. I learned, and now I’ve started fixing them. It’s a nice challenge.
Snufflefungus: Malex! You’re so smart! Can you fix my computer tomorrow?
Malex: I’m sorry, what?
Snufflefungus: My computer! It’s been broken for weeks!
Linus: I hope you are not referring to me.
Snufflefungus: No, silly, we gave up on you years ago!
Linus: Somehow, that’s not at all the answer I was hoping to hear.
Mara: Snuffy, I don’t think any of us knew you had a computer.
Snufflefungus: It’s right here! My lucky computer, which I keep in my pocket at all times!
Malex: That is a toy. It lights up and plays a tune.
Snufflefungus: Well, not anymore.
Malex: And since when do you have pockets?!
Snufflefungus: Since the dawn of the year two thousand and seven!
Linus: I think, in the interest of all concerned, that we should change subjects immediately.
Malex: Well anyway, Snufflefungus, this just needs a new battery. If you leave it with me when you go to work tomorrow, I can have it fixed when you get back!
Snufflefungus: Yay! Thank you so much, Malex!
Linus: Enough! All this talk of people that are not me has left me with a bruised ego and a hankering for cheesy hash browns!
Mara: We’re sorry, your highness. Why don’t you tell us all about your day?
Linus: It was so great! I spent the whole day sharing my wisdom with the youngsters of Snuffleopolis!
Malex: Wisdom? What wisdom?
Mara: (Introspectively.) I suddenly felt a wave of panic. Why?
Linus: You know, like why you should never use fewer than two foreigners to unscrew light bulbs. Or why you should always test the fire evacuation procedures when entering a crowded theater! Or why a bird in the hand is worth two pies in the sky!
Snufflefungus: I’m so glad you’re getting the opportunity to share with so many young, impressionable minds, Linus! You certainly impressed my mind, and I have you to thank for making me into the Snufflefungus I am today!
Malex: Linus, I can’t even think of what to say here, really.
Linus: I know, I’m a genius, right? Listen, I told them to always test glass cleaner by spraying it in their friends’ eyes before using it on the glass. Is that not epically wise?!
Malex: I think I can safely say, “It is not,” to that last question. And also, I think I’m going to cry myself to sleep tonight and hope for a brighter day tomorrow.
Linus: I think I have a charming little proverb for that!
Mara: I think it might be best if you saved it for another time. Any other time.
Linus: Ooh, I know what you’re saying! I should start charging for these!
Snufflefungus: Well goodnight, everybody! I’m opening the Candy and Joy Closet tomorrow morning, so I need my sleep!
Linus: So much to do! So little time!
Producer and Director: Alex Markley
Writers: Alex Markley, with input from Peter Markley and Gabriel Markley.
Voices: Markley Brothers, with a guest appearance by Leela as Mara.
Post-processing director: Leela
Illustration: Peter Markley
Release manager: Peter Markley
Recording assistance: Drew Reed
Thanks to everyone for their help and support.