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This week, we’ll be reviewing the 35th episode of Last Podcast on the Left, which is one of the more problematic ones. So, without any further ado. . .
Mentally and Culturally Challenged
Henry starts the show AGAIN as Hong Kong Henry Zebrowski and claiming a lack of cultural knowledge of Asians. This is our horribly offensive intro to the world of Mentally Challenged killers. There are a LOT of words that haven’t been ok in a long time in this episode so cancel culture folks be forewarned! A discussion of the history of mental disabilities in the boys families follows and is about as carefully handled as your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving.
Henry, the big naked terror that he is, begins this one with a selection of mentally challenged killers. Buckle your seat belt folks. This is gonna be a bumpy ride.
Johnny Paul Penry:
Johnny stabbed and raped the sister of a football player and used his mental state to jockey for innocence. This actually leads to a fascinating discussion of organized versus disorganized killers. Organized killers have a high IQ and plan out their actions. This is your typical serial killer. Disorganized are usually less intelligent and are usually spree killers and sexual predators and are more opportunistic. Henry discusses boners as well as shaping his gut into a sexual organ for Ben. “Henry Zebrowski Presents: Front Butts” still makes me laugh. For a time they discuss Brazilian fart porn before telling us that Penry was convicted and put to death.
Ricky Ray Rector
Ricky didn’t begin life with his disability. He robbed and killed a man at Tommy’s Old Fashioned Homestyle Restaurant in Conway, Arkansas during Bill Clinton’s time as governor. The bouncer at the door wouldn’t let Ricky in due to a $3 cover charge. Returning home, Ricky’s family called a police officer friend to take his confession. That’s when Ricky shot the cop in the back. He attempted to take his own life but ends up damaging his frontal lobe. Ben tells a similar story at this point and they realize they’re basically talking about Arce-face from Preacher.
Ricky’s last meal wasn’t discussed except for his request for a pecan pie which he didn’t eat. He said he was saving it for later. Henry’s voice here is just the saddest god damned thing in the world. I mean GOD DAMN. Henry’s Oscar pitch for this character goes here. Rector’s lethal injection was BOTCHED and took a very long time. It helped the argument against sending people with mental problems to death row.
MAN. This guy inspired Leatherface and Psycho. Definitely had a mental problem. Many people like Gein separate their lives. It’s called compartmentalization. They have their fantasy world where they do the unspeakable and their regular lives. Dahmer is a great example.
His apartment was a house of horrors. By day he worked at a chocolate factory. At this point we get one of my favorite running gags. Bone fragments falling from his fingernails falling into the chocolate leads to “NO! THERE’S BONES IN THE CHOCOLATE!!!” (buy the shirt here!) Back to Ed. Ed was a grave robber and only killed two people. He used body parts to make furniture, decorations, and clothes. He made his mom’s arm bone into a flute! They argue that this would be ok if you were Native American?! This is still better than buying from Ikea. The boys discuss Marcus being ok with this. We find that Leatherface is the patron saint of LPotL. Henry yells at his phone and sounds horrifying.
All of this leads into Henry discussing his volunteer work with “high functioning males” one summer. For the most part they seemed alright but the organization warned him NOT to hand out his number. Here’s a lesson. LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE, HENRY. It turns out a guy was there for braking another guy’s arms (plural) and Henry decided THIS was the guy who needed his number. That dude’s calls and texts never got answered. What follows are several minutes of Wayne’s World quotes and a mental health check in.
If you want to see how far the boys have come, then this is your episode. Offensive terms for the mentally disabled are tossed around liberally. This is really more like a guided episode of The Round Table of Gentlemen than what we’d come to know as Last Podcast. On the plus side, the boys own up to their early stuff and acknowledge that they’ve changed and grown. The world is different, they are different, but they refuse to hide how different they are.
Episode 35 on Spotify
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