I like to hide pictures and so on in the back of filing cabinets. I was cleaning out mine at work, and saw this one from years and years ago. That’s why I do it! For those little surprises down the road.
JOHN DUNSWORTH – Stories – Volumes I & II (2010 & 2012)
John Dunsworth, known as the beloved Jim Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, was a Canadian treasure. By all accounts he was a caring man who gave generously of his time to fans and friends. He loved this country and took great pride in the fact that many Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan were entertained by his “drunken” antics as Lahey. He toured coast to coast with Pat Roach as Lahey and Randy, meeting fans in character and signing autographs. People loved John Dunsworth.
John recorded two CDs of his life stories. Some copies were recently found in a box by his daughter Sarah Dunsworth, who plays Sarah on the show. She made them available to fans and even included memorabilia in the mailed packages. We’ll get to that; the CDs are quite interesting.
Dunsworth had a rich voice, and you might even find these stories soothing to listen to. Amusing anecdotes about family and friends are framed in an entertaining way. He had a long career in show business and shares those stories as well. As a casting director, Dunsworth gave a young Ellen Page a role in a TV movie called Pit Pony. She later played Trina Lahey in the second season of Trailer Park Boys. Media gave him credit for “discovering” Ellen Page, but he is far more humble about his small role. The real talent belongs to Ellen Page, and he was very proud of her.
John talks about childhood. I have a few things in common with him. Neither of us could sleep on Christmas Eve, and both of us would creep downstairs in the early hours of the morning. Some stories are darker. “Flight 111” is about a plane crash over the ocean, that John was a member of a search party for. 229 people died, but the cause of the crash is debated. Keep listening as the story takes a turn to the unknown.
I mentioned that copies came stuffed with free gifts. Mine came with two “Lucy and Sarah” buttons but I almost missed the real treasure inside. It’s just a copy, but I got a page from a Trailer Park Boys script, and not just any Trailer Park Boys script. Season five (the hash driveway season), episode nine: “I Am the Liquor”.
Randy: “Is that you talking or the liquor?”
Lahey: “I am the liquor Randy.”
Possibly the most legendary line of Lahey dialogue of all time. Sarah Dunsworth signed it, as it originally came from her script. Incidentally, by this page it appears the episode was originally titled “I’m A Cock-Riding Gay Cowboy Am I?” I am going to keep this page safe and sound, because I love it.
The light and dark of Stories Volumes I and II will be treasured by the hard core Dunsworth fans, and they are out there. Very limited in number, they will not be around long. Check them out on the official John Dunsworth site.
Like any franchise with an extended lifespan, Trailer Park Boys has fans both devoted and hyper-critical. Many are just glad the series is still continuing and still funny. Others whine that the style has changed and many original cast members (Jonathan Torrens, Lucy Decoutere, Mike Jackson, Barrie Dunn) have left. The death of John Dunsworth (Mr. Lahey) late last year put things into perspective. Just be glad we have Trailer Park Boys at all. John finished season 12, which was lovingly dedicated to him.
What’s the Boys’ deal this time? After much pressuring from Bubbles, Ricky and Julian agree to go “legit”. Bubbles is already running a successful brewing company. Green Bastard beer is a hit. Julian gets a job working for Gary in security at the mall. And Ricky? Odd jobs around the park. The first is an unmitigated and hilarious disaster. Things go way off the rails from there.
Lahey and Randy are back, with Bo-bandy trying to keep Jim from causing trouble. But they need help supervising the park, and hire old nemesis George Green. Barb Lahey’s still in charge, and a thorn in everyone’s side. Sarah, Trinity, Jacob and Corey still reside in Sunnyvale. And wait until you see what Ricky has done to the Shitmobile. (Turned it into a two storey home with two TVs and both upstairs and downstairs bathrooms.)
One of the reasons you don’t miss Lucy this season is because she’s been replaced by Susan (Susan Kent of This Hour Has 22 Minutes). She’s batshit crazy and mad for Ricky. Their on-off-on-off relationship is a source of many of Ricky’s problems. All he really needs is a break. Maybe he’ll catch one from some “Angel Shit Sent Down From Jesus God”.
Julian might even have a shot at love. An old girlfriend, from all the way back in season one, reappears in his life….
The season ties into the real world release of the official Trailer Park Boys beer called Freedom 35. It’s a fictional take on how that beer got to the store shelves. Bubbles, who now drives his own green truck, has a secret recipe and it’s caught the notice of the Halifax Beer company. They want to pay Bubbles to sell his brew! Can Bubbles ramp up his production, or will Ricky fuck it all up?
Without spoiling too much of the fun, the best episode this season is called “Happy Birthday Bubbles”. If you liked the old episode when the Boys played “space” and fired a rocket, you’ll love this one. I hope Steve Rogers makes a full recovery though his helicopter sure is fucked. Best of all, this season we return to the arena where Ricky shines like no other: the courtroom. Judge Ticklebury presiding.
Knowing that Jim Lahey has taken his last drinky-poo gives the season a bittersweet flavour. How does the show continue now? We don’t know, so just enjoy season 12 for what it is.
My sadness cannot be expressed, nor can the shock. Actor John Dunsworth, best known as the beloved Jim Lahey from Trailer Park Boys, has died at age 71 after a short illness.
Way she goes, bud.
WTF SEARCH TERMS XXXVIII: Surströmming edition
Heyo, LeBrainiacs! It’s time for more WTF Search Terms, those weird and wacky things that people typed into search engines to bring them here. I’ve gathered 10 more for your enjoyment.
People often search for “naked lebrains”. Should I be flattered? Setting the record right, once and for all: I have never, and will never, do porn. I’m glad that you keep searching for it, but give it up will ya?
- lebrain hot dee
- www . sex photo lebraln fucking
This isn’t a how-to site, but I loved this next question. It had to be from a Trailer Park Boys fan. Nobody else would think of it. Bless you, whoever you are:
- i want to turn my living room into an ice rink
True north strong and free!
These folks also had some Trailer Park Boys questions:
- in tpb europe do they throw up
It sure looked like they did, in Stockholm after opening a can of putrid of fish called surströmming. Nothing appeared to be faked for the cameras!
- what episode is the trailer park boys where they go to denmark
I know this is hard to believe, but it’s the episode called “Copenhagen”. Because it’s the capital of Denmark. C’mon guys, use your heads before asking Siri to find out for you.
- trailer park boys europe wheres randy and lahey
Not in Europe.
- trailer park boys quotes they’re canadians they don’t know any better
I plead the Fifth.
This next one is related to Kiss. I wish this is what I titled from review of Kiss at the Ritz:
- kiss shit fits at ritz review
And then there’s this, obviously triggered by “Kiss” and “Maiden” who I’ve reviewed, but I don’t know what this person was searching for:
- I fear they kiss，gentle maiden
And then in the “Conspiracy Theory that Just Won’t Die” category…guess who’s back!?
- joey tempest lookalike
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WTF SEARCH TERMS XXXV: Trailer Park Boys edition
Guest shot by Thussy
Thussy Boy back with another WTF Search Terms…this time to celebrate the release of Season 11 of one of the funniest shows on Netflix right now. Let’s get two birds stoned at once. Here is WTF Search Terms: Trailer Park Boys edition.
10. fifty shades of piss
Piss jug alley: “These are your father’s urine containers, Ricky.” The ironic thing is I need to piss really bad now.
9. trailer park boys kareoke cab
As far as I know it does not exist but I must see this if it does. [It was a scene in Out of the Park: Europe, in which they meet NHL star Esa Tikkanen — LeBrain.]
8. what episode is the trailer park boys where they go to Denmark
Third episode of Out of the Park season 1.
7. in tpb europe do they throw up
It sure fucking looks like it. They were probably hammered.
6. trailer park boys europe wheres randy and lahey
They are rehearsing for a play at the Blandford recreational centre.
5. trailer park boys remake rush music video
From Live in Fuckin’ Dublin. Shot for shot remake of “Closer to the Heart”. It is amazing.
4. the green bastard bubbles
Hands down probably one of my favorite episodes of the show right up there with Conky. The Green Bastard – Parts Unknown!
3. thank santa’s tits tpb
Favorite quote from the show, and definitely one I use.
2. what episode of trailer park boys does rick turn trailer to hockey rink
That would be Episode 5 of Season 8. “What do you think Orangie, look how much wet there is. You fuckin like that don’t ya. You want to get in there and swim your gold little tits off I bet.”
1. why wasnt jay rock or lucey on tpb season 11
J-Roc just felt like his time on the show was at an end. Lucy quit when Mike Smith was arrested for domestic violence (The charges were dropped). Funny thing is it came out after that she actually told the producers of the show she was planning on quitting a week before Mike Smith got arrested. I think she used it as an excuse to leave.
Thanks Thussy for another WTF Search Terms!
There is a reason we missed reviewing Season 10 of Trailer Park Boys when it came out last year. A dark cloud hung over the season. Mike Smith (Bubbles) was incorrectly arrested on domestic violence charges; charges that were swiftly dropped. The damage was done, and this caused Lucy Decoutere to leave the show. Even though Season 10 was quite great, we just couldn’t produce the gumption to write it up. Better late than never. With this long over and resolved, let’s take a fresh look at Season 10.
As usual, much has changed between seasons at Sunnyvale. Julian now owns the park and is happy with his two girlfriends (Bambi and Dakota — shades of Charlie Sheen here), and his own casino/bar. The house band: Bubbles and the Shitrockers. Ricky runs his Drugs Store, with all the weed and edibles you can imagine. His daughter Trinity has been raising baby Mo with Jacob Collins, proud parents now ready to get married and make it official. All this baby stuff has made Lucy itch for another one, so she’s been getting Ricky to bang her non-stop. J-Roc is raising his son M.C. Flurry, and has brought back a new girlfriend from Mexico. Randy’s supervising the park, and Lahey has left. He’s living in a camper in a park next door, and “pacing” his drinking. He’s using a breathalyzer to keep himself at a steady 0.120 blood alcohol level…but does he have the discipline to maintain that?
There’s a new three-headed nemesis in town. Fresh out of jail is former park owner Barb Lahey, and she has backup. Donna/Don (Leigh MacInness) has also been hardened by jail time. And they’ve brought the tough-as-nails Candy (Candy Palmater), with her bright pink baseball bat to make sure they get their way. They are determined to get the park back, and it looks like they have the legal means to do so. So now the boys need lawyer money.
It’s illegal schemes again, one involving ripping off a former caveman, now “Denture King”. This side-splitting sequence will leave you wondering how far they’re willing to go to save the park. They need money bad. Julian’s been letting everyone drink for free at his bar, and nobody’s paying the lot fees. Finally Julian decides to turn Sunnyvale into a “all-inclusive” vacation resort. Bubbles puts together an online ad, which goes viral and catches the attention of Jimmy Kimmel himself.
The first half of Season 10 is actually a little dull. It’s a bit of the same old, same old. Breaking the law, almost getting caught. Bad luck and dumb fuck-ups. Once the special guests arrive, the season takes on a whole new life.
A fleet of gangsta cars pulls into the park. It’s Snoop Dogg, Doug Benson, and Tom fucking Arnold! Snoop and Doug are there for the “all you can smoke” weed, but Tom has come for the superfan experience. Turns out he’s a huge fan of the show (remember, Trailer Park Boys is a “documentary” on Julian!) and has a bucket list of things he wants to do at Sunnyvale: driving the Shitmobile, sleeping in Bubbles’ shed, and banging Lucy! “I can’t believe it! We’re in Sunnyvale fucking Trailer Park! I’ve seen every episode of your show, man! It’s even shittier in real life! I love it!”
As for Ricky, he’s happy just to “get high as fuck with Snoopy Doggy Dogg Dogg”!
As you can imagine, the presence of Snoop and his posse leads to many hilarious scenes and encounters. Will J-Roc lose his shit completely upon meeting his idol? Will Ricky be able to say Snoop’s name right? The one thing fans would have expected out of a Snoop Dogg guest shot is seeing him rap with J-Roc or Bubbles, and you won’t be disappointed. Episode 8 “The Super Bling Cowboy” has the musical scene you’ve been hoping for. In fact it’s safe to say that Season 10 changes completely upon meeting Snoop. The arc of the season takes a back seat to the guest stars, and some of that big star millionaire money might resolve a few plots. However, at the same time, there is some ambitious writing going on. Early on, we learn that Jim Lahey has a secret that he’s been hiding all along, that only Barb knows about. This secret provides Barb some blackmail leverage, but it’s also setting up a storyline that will run for at least three seasons including this one. Jim’s secret was explored in Season 11, but not fully resolved, presumably leaving it to also impact Season 12, coming in 2018. (Post your fan theories in the comments!) This kind of multi-season story arc has never been attempted on Trailer Park Boys before.
Keeping a show like the highly formulaic Trailer Park Boys fresh can’t be easy after 10 years. Snoop, Doug Benson and Tom Arnold helped distinguish Season 10 as one of the most fun. You can always count on Ricky, Julian and Bubbles to put themselves in some pretty ridiculous situations, and usually drag everybody else into their web of shit. The guest stars offer a temporary pause to that, and allow our characters to have a bit more fun than usual. And when they have fun, so does the audience. However the ending has a sad note, accompanied by a familiar melancholy song. It’s a strangely emotional denouement. “There’s a voice, that keeps on calling me. Down the road, where I always seem to be. Every stop I make, I see my old friend…”
Maybe tomorrow, they’ll want to settle down…in the end, it’s about the characters, who are just a big family we’ve now known for 10 seasons. Randy said it best:
“I love you Ricky! I love you like a brother. I don’t like you at all, but I love you!”
Thank you Netflix for saving the Trailer Park Boys. It hasn’t been smooth sailing, but ever since the Boys returned to Sunnyvale with the excellent Season 8 (remember Orangie?), the show has continued unhindered by cast defections. Season 11 is the first without Lucy Decoutere (Lucy) and Jonathan Torrens (J-Roc). After already losing such favourites as Trevor (Mike Jackson) and Ray (Barrie Dunn), I can understand why some fans may have said enough’s enough. Every show has its peak. For some that would be the first three seasons of Trailer Park Boys. For others, we have rolled with the changes. Not all fans were unanimous in the acceptance of newer characters such as Col. Dancer, Don/Donna, and Candy. For this season, those characters have been dropped. The core park residents are now Ricky, Julian and Bubbles accompanied by Randy, Lahey, Sarah, Cory, Jacob and Trinity. Little baby Motel is around, as is Barb Lahey.
Continuing a storyline from Season 10, Julian has vanished. Bubbles is doing well now, having gone legit selling his own brand of organic pizza sauce. It’s a hit, and a restaurant owner is willing to pay wholesale. He has the whole park working together growing vegetables, contributing to the well-being of Sunnyvale and its residents. All is well, but Bubbles does miss Julian. Jim Lahey is sober and supervising, having truly changed this time. He and Randy are planning to get married, while Randy is vying to get on the police force. The absence of Lucy and J-Roc is explained satisfactorily.
When Ricky and Bubbles (now mobile with his own little truck) discover that Julian is now a lobster fisherman (or is he?) living in a shipping container, they go to confront him. Ultimately, Julian’s return brings what it always does: crime back into the park. Snoop Dogg calls and wants weed, and lots of it. Julian decides to hijack Bubbles’ pizza sauce business and convert it to a grow op. As usual, Bubbles is driven near to the breaking point as the stress builds.
In Season 10, there was a revelation that Lahey may in fact be Ricky’s real father. This is fully addressed in Season 11, via a lightsaber dual (hockey sticks and brooms subbing in for laser swords) and dialogue taken directly from The Empire Strikes Back. Director Bobby Farrelly (Bobby fucking Farrelly!) must be given credit for the perfect Star Wars homage in Episode 4, “Darth Lahey”, right down to the action beats. Brilliant stuff — a highpoint episode for this show.
There are cameos by celebrities and past characters. Look for Susan Kent from 22 Minutes, and NHLer Nathan MacKinnon, first overall draft pick and rookie of the year. A few old adversaries have returned as well, to cause problems for our three lovable idiots. Speaking of idiots, Ricky and Julian manage to bring the stupidly to new levels, but simultaneously, Ricky has a Yoda-like ability to trick cops. Meanwhile, they have also managed to keep up with modern technology. Cell phones, cameras and GPS now figure into the plots. There are references to the Walking Dead and changing times. This manages to keep the series feeling fresh.
After 11 seasons, it is understood that a show rarely hits the highs it once did. Season 11 is a worthy effort; not in the Top Five, but certainly good enough at this point.
TRAILER PARK BOYS – Out of the Park: Europe (2016 Netflix)
It’s a whole new series, and it’s not what you expect. When Ricky, Julian and Bubbles head off to Europe for what they think is a paid vacation, they are in for many unpleasant surprises. Randy and Lahey may be far behind them in Canada, but in London England they are met by a different kind of adversary. Mayhue is their guide, a Swearnet representative, and taskmaster (played by Guns N’ Roses stage manager Tom Mayhue). The boys are going to be driving around Europe in a rock-star class tour bus, but given nothing to eat, drink, smoke, or spend. The only way to make money is to complete special tasks or missions assigned by Swearnet. (If you do the math, in real life Swearnet are writer/actors Robb Wells, J.P. Tremblay, and Mike Smith: the guys who play Ricky, Julian and Bubbles. They are essentially being given missions by their real-life alter-egos.)
Previous Trailer Park Boys offerings have come in the form of stand-up comedy shows, and of course the classic TV series that started it all. The original series was designed as a “mockumentary” reality show, as a film crew followed around repeat offender Julian and his gang of criminals. This new spinoff series takes inspiration from another reality TV program, the Amazing Race.
In each city (of which they visit seven), they are given specific tasks to earn specific amounts of money. They soon learn it’s all about the fine print. The devil is in the details in London with these deceptively simple pit stops: Get comedian Noel Fielding’s autograph ($25), drink six complementary draught at the Swan pub and hold your piss for six hours ($25), reshoot the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road ($25, or $1000 if you can get a living Beatle in the picture), and steal the Queen’s undies from Buckingham Palace ($1000). It quickly becomes apparent that Ricky has never even heard of the Beatles.
Though the show is scripted, setting it on the streets of Europe does give it a “reality TV” feel similar to the Amazing Race. Bystanders stop to take pictures of the three weird looking Canadians, often up to no good. After London, it’s off to Berlin. Communication becomes a problem in Germany. Bubbles orders what he thinks is going to be a hamburger, but turns out to be an octopus burger (still delicious, according to Bubbles). Next stop: Copenhagen, Denmark. Bubbles is horrified to find that one of that day’s tasks ($1000) is to step in the ring as his wresting character Green Bastard, with former heavyweight boxing champion Brian Neilson. Only two ways to win: Give him two shots in the nuts, or last three rounds. Good fuckin’ luck.
The boys get arrested in Oslo, Norway. All they had to do was give a troll a three second atomic hover wedgie ($25), “acquire” a boat and take it around the fjords ($25), and convince actor Fridtjov Såheim (from the Netflix series Lilyhammer in a cross promotion) to join them for drinks ($1000). Stockholm has its own offerings, two of which are food based: Finish the “Belly Buster Meatball Meal” at a local eatery without losing their lunch, and follow it up with a can of surströmming for dessert. According to wikipedia: “When a can of surströmming is opened, the contents release a strong and sometimes overwhelming odour. The dish is ordinarily eaten outdoors. According to a Japanese study, a newly opened can of surströmming has one of the most putrid food smells in the world, even more so than similarly fermented fish dishes such as the Korean Hongeohoe or Japanese Kusaya.” I don’t think anything in this scene was staged.
Being in Europe allowed the boys to meet some NHL heroes from the past. Ricky is tasked to stop one shot by Peter Forsberg (two NHL Stanley Cups) in a five shot shootout ($500). In Helsinki Finland, they are given a relatively simple task: Sing in a karaoke cab, and not talk about hockey ($25). It gets complicated when five-time Cup winner Esa Tikkanen steps into their cab.
The Trailer Park Boys had to end their tour in Amsterdam for obvious reasons. It was a lifelong dream of Ricky’s to go there, and that warrants a two-part episode to finish the season. Humiliation after humiliation, it was a long hard road to get to Amsterdam. It is a delight to see Ricky happy as a kid in a candy store when they finally arrive. Everything seems to be going well; they even run into an old friend from Canada. The final challenge enables Bubbles to play one of his own songs with 2/3rds of Crosby Stills & Nash. Steven Stills wins Best Line of the Series with the simple, “They’re Canadians. They don’t know any better.”
A second Trailer Park Boys series could have been a misstep, especially considering the ill-executed Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour. Instead, this year fans received both the quality-driven Season 10 of the original series, and now Out of the Park: Europe. With double the amount of Trailer Park Boys hilarity, Netflix hit an inside-the-park home run in 2016. It is made clear by the end that this is not the last time Ricky, Julian and Bubbles will be Out of the Park. Where they go next, only Swearnet knows.
WTF SEARCH TERMS XXXIII: Trailer Park Life edition
They’re baaaack! Unusual search terms that somebody typed into a search engine only to find themselves here! This time however I can answer some of your questions. There were groupings of numerous Trailer Park Boys search terms this time out. We’re fans here at LeBrain HQ, and we can answer each of them.
1. super double bunk bq episode
Season 3, episode 6: “Where in the Fuck is Randy’s Barbeque?” The Super-Double-Bunk-B-Q is stacked to include two barbeques with two propane tanks, a toaster oven, and an electric stovetop with two burners. There is even a side attachment with a shelf for condiments and a bolt-on television set.
2. what tpb episode did ricky build the hockey rink
Season 8, episode 5: “Whore-A-Geddon”.
3. what episode does ricky have orangie in the bong
Season 8, episode 1: “Money Can Suck My Cock”.
4. what happened to ray in tpb
Ray faked his own death in the movie Don’t Legalize It (2014).
Then, we have a couple musical inquiries here. Yes, Steve Perry once had really pretty long hair.
5. did steve perry have long hair once
6. okay do you can you tell me how much an aerosmith box of fire album is
7. joey tempest obsession
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And finally, a couple head-scratchers. I have no idea how these led to me:
9. filoplume feathers
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