85 - The Whole Second Half of This Episode Basically Is Stabler Can’t Give Everyone a Ticket to the Gun Show (S12E13 Mask)

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Super famous Oscar-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning actor Jeremy Irons sashays through this week’s wonderfully messed up episode of SVU--S12E13, Mask. He attempts to reckon with his out-of-control Cape Cod Summer o’ Sex two decades prior. Of course, if it comes up in the course of an investigation on this program, you know the effects are still being felt of his indiscriminate adulterous boning of everything that moved in Falmouth, and this time, they’ve gotten his daughter and her lover attacked.

This gleeful voyage into the world of sexual addiction is fertile ground for plenty of discussion about such subjects as: parsing the paradoxical simultaneous adoration of Tony Blair and loathing of George W. Bush, tattoo critique, teen boys having pervdar, the strange ol’ days of Spice, summers on the Cape (and the corresponding nighttime water temps), the Kamadeva, and the broad, beautiful spectrum of paraphilias. Turns out, there’s tons of fun to be had when Jeremy Irons is a recovering sex addict trying to get his addiction codified in the DSM-5.

[Note: Apologies for the hints of static intermittently creeping into Josh’s audio channel. As much was filtered out as was possible without making him sound like an alien. Such are the perils of recording in foreign environs.]

Music:

Divorcio Suave - “Munchy Business”

13:35 - Hindu Love Gods - “Wang Dang Doodle” from Hindu Love Gods (1990)

30:30 - the Smashing Pumpkins - “Lily (My One and Only)” from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

46:51 - R.E.M. - “Nightswimming” from Automatic for the People (1992)

Next Week’s Episode: Season 12, Episode 23 “Delinquent”

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