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Is there a mefite working on Don't Trust the B in Apt 23?
January 16, 2013 2:05 PM   Subscribe

In the cold open of the Don't Trust the B episode "Dating Games," the titular character says, "I'm sorry, my friend wants to apologize for the boringness. To make up for it she'll show you her taters." Was this a coincidence or is there someone working MeFi in-jokes onto the show?
posted by emyd to MetaFilter-Related at 2:05 PM (64 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Almost certainly a coincidence, but it's one of those "can't prove a negative things" in any case.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:09 PM on January 16, 2013


I'm pretty sure that sitcoms make a habit of comng up with non-R-rated "funny" ways of referencing breasts. This is probably a ten-thousand-typing-chimps situation.
posted by Bookhouse at 2:10 PM on January 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ten Thousand Typing Chimps Situation was my favorite band in 1977.
posted by The Deej at 2:15 PM on January 16, 2013 [10 favorites]


"my favorite band in 1977" is what I call my boobs.
posted by carsonb at 2:22 PM on January 16, 2013 [22 favorites]


Your favorite band in 1977 doesn't suck.
posted by mochapickle at 2:25 PM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


I just assumed cortex is James Van Der Beek. I actually assumed all of the mods are former Dawsons cast members.
posted by Think_Long at 2:26 PM on January 16, 2013 [30 favorites]


Speaking of that lady on the show, did you know about this Vamps thing? Because I just found out yesterday.
posted by box at 2:28 PM on January 16, 2013


All the same, if Reddit brings it up just stay cool and don't deny anything, ok?
posted by ceribus peribus at 2:28 PM on January 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


I've asked someone on Twitter who may be the writer of the episode. At least a Twitter account that maintains to be the official show Twitter account says that they are the same person.
posted by grouse at 2:28 PM on January 16, 2013


i freaking love krysten ritter. if the news about don't trust the b is true, i hope she finds a good landing spot for her talent (but, pleaseohplease don't let the news be true! i love this show so much).
posted by nadawi at 2:31 PM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


I may have to watch this show, I joked that they should have an episode with a Bee (so it would be "Don't trust the Bee in apt 23" and someone said that episode actually exists.
posted by hellojed at 2:36 PM on January 16, 2013


Fun fact: it's actually Krysten Ritter (and not a Clinton) who is the writer of all anonymous AskMes.
posted by phunniemee at 2:39 PM on January 16, 2013 [4 favorites]


Man, the fact that AskMe exsts is actually an early plot point in this almost novel.....

...that i'm not writing.
posted by The Whelk at 2:42 PM on January 16, 2013


We got The Whelk's take on "Vamps" in this thread.
posted by mbrubeck at 2:59 PM on January 16, 2013


Taters is a reference to breasts? I always thought we were talking about potatoes.
posted by biffa at 3:28 PM on January 16, 2013


My wife asked me to to bring back tater tots for dinner tonight. She is not aware of the MeFi history with taters and I will now be forced into an embarrassing explanation.

MetaFilter: starting awkward conversations since 1999.
posted by arcticseal at 3:41 PM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


I actually assumed all of the mods are former Dawsons cast members.

I bear striking resemblance to Joshua Jackson circa season 1. Am I about to be promoted?
posted by SpiffyRob at 3:45 PM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


That's pre-tip-frosting, btw.
posted by SpiffyRob at 3:45 PM on January 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Taters is a reference to breasts? I always thought we were talking about potatoes.

I solved this ages ago.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:52 PM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


...it's one of those "can't prove a negative things" in any case.

Seems like it would easy admit of proof if we had access to a writer for the show.
posted by DU at 4:04 PM on January 16, 2013


are you sure it was taters and not tatas?
posted by smoke at 4:04 PM on January 16, 2013


An acquaintance from the IA writers workshop who is a staff writer for Treme was mum when I asked who the mefite was.
posted by brujita at 4:15 PM on January 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


She meant polyps.
posted by Burhanistan at 4:30 PM on January 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


MeFi's "taters" just means porn, right? Whereas in the show it clearly meant breasts. So I doubt it's MeFi influence.
posted by benito.strauss at 4:33 PM on January 16, 2013


The QI elves quoted Jessamyn West on twitter today. And then I remembered there was another one.
posted by Diablevert at 6:16 PM on January 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


I'm assuming they were softcore taters. This is network TV, after all.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:05 PM on January 16, 2013


That's just how I like my taters, soft in the core, crispy on the outside.

Wait, what are we talking about again?
posted by benito.strauss at 7:42 PM on January 16, 2013


Now is as good a time to mention this as any. "Every time I read the site and someone brings it up, it's like we've opened that wound all over again, and I get to again experience all of the LOL-LOOK-AT-THAT-RAGING-NUTBAG comments that were so hurtful."
posted by unliteral at 8:26 PM on January 16, 2013 [4 favorites]


I just assumed cortex is James Van Der Beek. I actually assumed all of the mods are former Dawsons cast members.
posted by Think_Long at 2:26 PM on January 16 [13 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]

Which one is Joshua Jackson? I need to know, because....reasons
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:41 PM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


softcore taters

For mashing? With bangers?
posted by carter at 9:09 PM on January 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


sigh
posted by mintcake! at 9:27 PM on January 16, 2013


I bear striking resemblance to Joshua Jackson circa season 1. Am I about to be promoted?

Um hi, I am cairdeas' tweenage self and uh... never mind.
posted by cairdeas at 10:08 PM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


For the record, nobody gets promoted in a thread where I get Van Der Beeked.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:56 PM on January 16, 2013 [8 favorites]


I sincerely thought that taters was a euphemism for weeners. What with the whole hard/softcore jokes and all.

Sometimes it's like I don't know you people at all.
posted by ApathyGirl at 12:32 AM on January 17, 2013


For the record, nobody gets promoted in a thread where I get Van Der Beeked.

What about Van Der Beeker?
posted by dubold at 3:28 AM on January 17, 2013


We're not supposed to use the "t-word" anymore.
posted by davey_darling at 4:13 AM on January 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


That show is seriously my favorite sitcom right now. I wasn't expecting that at all--it kind of snuck up on me. My husband and I are particularly enjoying Van Der Beek's relentless self-mocking. It is truly awesome.
posted by Kimberly at 5:27 AM on January 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I thought taters meant "huge throbbing cocks," perhaps I was mistaken.
posted by Mister_A at 7:40 AM on January 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


We're not supposed to use the "t-word" anymore.

How did the taters resolution happen OVER A YEAR AGO without my knowing!?
posted by phunniemee at 8:01 AM on January 17, 2013


Because of the first rule of Taters Club.
posted by elizardbits at 8:12 AM on January 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


Also, this show's title irritates me possibly more than the unbearably stupid BLEEP My Dad Says, because it is not unusual for people to say BITCH on primetime network teevees. They might as well put a winking smiley face after the B-.
posted by elizardbits at 8:14 AM on January 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


They might as well put a winking smiley face after the B-

I think they make up for it in the actual show, though. Last week, the morning after Chloe ran off with the guy who sells glowsticks at the farmer's market, June sees her at the cafe taking some sort of pill from a blister pack, and cattily asks her if those are her "vitamins." Chloe replies, "Yeah, vitamin C for 'careless'."

I thought that was pretty impressive for a network sitcom.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:18 AM on January 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Bitch doesn't rhyme with 23.
posted by grouse at 9:19 AM on January 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


And I thought "huge throbbing cocks" was a euphemism for "ten thousand typing chimps", which doesn't make sense but let's just be happy we're all learning something today.
posted by P.o.B. at 9:27 AM on January 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, this show's title irritates me possibly more than the unbearably stupid BLEEP My Dad Says, because it is not unusual for people to say BITCH on primetime network teevees. They might as well put a winking smiley face after the B-.

Yeah, but the name of a show appears a lot more places than just on primetime TV that people are watching by choice. Not saying it's the worst thing in the world for, e.g., people's kids to encounter the word "bitch", but I think this is a small price to pay in the scheme of things.
posted by gauche at 1:09 PM on January 17, 2013


Isn't 'ten thousand typing chimps' an euphemism for James van der Beek?
posted by Mister_A at 1:54 PM on January 17, 2013


Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 has rhythm and it rhymes. Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 isn't nearly as sing-songy.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:59 PM on January 17, 2013


What about Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 36?
posted by Mister_A at 2:00 PM on January 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


The lapsed Catholic's spinoff: Don't Trust the Nun in Apartment 31
The neo-Nazi spinoff: Don't Trust the Jew in Apartment 32
The slut shaming spinoff: Don't Trust the Whore in Apartment 34
The hep cat spinoff: Don't Trust That Jive in Apartment 35
posted by phunniemee at 2:08 PM on January 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


The trustworthiness of the available jive is very important to me.
posted by The Whelk at 2:14 PM on January 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


I was watching an episode of New Girl the other day and was delighted to hear someone use the term "plo chop". Though I think it was probably closer to "plow chop" unfortunately.
posted by ODiV at 2:43 PM on January 17, 2013


Hunh. I always thought it was puppies in sweaters and taters in tighty-whities. Learn something new every day.
posted by bonehead at 2:50 PM on January 17, 2013


I can assure you that the bitch in apartment 36 is trustworthy.
posted by The World Famous at 2:59 PM on January 17, 2013


" dont emulate the author in apartment 88!"
posted by The Whelk at 3:04 PM on January 17, 2013


Consult With Independent Counsel Before Executing Formalized Legal Documents Prepared by the Attorney in Apartment 30.
posted by The World Famous at 3:25 PM on January 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


I don't know if I'd want to live on the 3rd floor of phunniemee's apartment, but I'd at least be the George to their Kramer and visit at all hours of the day.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 9:47 AM on January 18, 2013


Failed spinoff ideas:
Don't Catch the Flu from the Nurse in B22.
Come Get Your Kicks in Penthouse 66*
Don't Meet the Dead Eye of the Hose and Lotion Guy in B35

and
Remember to Tip Raj Down in the Parking Garage

*Yeah, I think that one would get at least a pilot, actually.
posted by misha at 11:36 AM on January 18, 2013


In addition to the rhyme and rhythm of the title, it also strikes me as something the B's roommate would say
posted by 2manyusernames at 5:52 AM on January 19, 2013


Erik Durbin responds:
I did write that episode. I didn't know about MeFi but now I do. Thanks for educating me. P.S., you have lovely taters.
posted by grouse at 9:28 AM on January 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


Aw, looks like it's been canceled.
posted by ODiV at 10:52 PM on January 22, 2013


Aw, looks like it's been canceled.

Don't Renew the Show Next to Apartment Twenny-fo'?
posted by benito.strauss at 1:07 AM on January 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Too soon!
posted by ODiV at 7:44 AM on January 23, 2013


Not nearly soon enough!
posted by box at 3:52 PM on January 24, 2013


Cougar Town, Season 3, Episode 11, 2 minutes 2 seconds in:
Holly is praising Travis to his mother, Jules:

Holly: When we made out, he was super classy. You know, most guys just go, like, straight for the taters [motioning towards breasts], but mm-mm, not this one!

Jules: That's the way I raised him. "Taters are for laters."

Travis: She actually did say that.

Jules: I did.
posted by Greg Nog at 4:36 AM on January 25, 2013


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