Mad Max Minute 73 - Don't stop, Just go right through

As May locks the Acolytes in her shed, Jessie gets Sprog in the van and the three of them head out on the open road to find safety. Unfortunately, May’s shed is no match for several grown men and the gang is soon in hot pursuit. We discuss our evaluations of how the door held up against the bikers, question the wisdom of fleeing the farm without Max and Benno, and highlight how Mad Max manages to pass the test for female representation.

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Mad Max Minute 72 - Ah! I hate guns!

May Swaisey arrives on the scene armed with her old shotgun and confronts the Gang head on, managing to herd them into a small shed. All the while we see more amazing interactions with Toecutter and his lieutenants, May’s questionable marksman skills, and Sprog’s uncanny skill as a ventriloquist. The lactose intolerant should be warned, Rick spends several minutes talking about cheese.

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Mad Max Minute 71 - Cundalini wants his hand back

Jessie finds herself face to face with several threatening individuals with sprog held hostage in the middle of it all. This minute features some remarkable blocking and scene setting that makes the most of the dynamic characteristics of Toecutter’s lieutenants. This scene also features some excellent accent work from Hugh Keays-Byrne (the jury is still out on Rick’s accents). It’s a great start to a week that does not end well.

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Mad Max Minute 70 - Sprog!

May goes to make a phone call as Jessie sits on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, and catches her breath, but there’s no time to rest as Jessie remembers that no one is looking after Sprog and springs back into action. We start this Friday episode talking about May Swaisey name dropping herself like a boss. The conversation then turns to Max and Jessie leaving sprog unattended.

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Mad Max Minute 69 - You've had an awful time, darling

Max heads into the woods with Benno to take care of their hoon trouble as May leads Jessie into the house so they can calm down and have a nice cup of tea. We talk about Max’s foolhardy plan to take Benno into the woods and take on an entire motorcycle gang, May’s caring nature, and what we call legacy buildings and their charms. If you are annoyed by historical inaccuracy, be warned, you’re going to hear some assumptions.

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Mad Max Minute 68 - The Men

Jessie isn’t out of the woods yet, but she soon will be as she passes what’s left of the dog and runs headlong into Benno before finally getting back to the perceived safety of the farm yard. We take some time to ask if Toby was a necessary part of the story, Rick reiterates his distrust of toddlers, and we uncover a secret character that was cut from the movie back in the scripting phase.

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Mad Max Minute 67 - The trees have eyes

Things are real creepy as Jessie begins making her way back to the farm yard, but caution turns to panic as she runs for her life to safety. We raise the question of whether the bikies are actually in the woods at all, is it possible that all of these shots where we see men in the forest are a figment of Jessie’s imagination? We also talk about over-the-top pratfalls and pigeons that materialize out of nowhere.

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Mad Max Minute 66 - Life is a beach

Commander Cody, the time has come. Execute Minute 66. Jessie walks out of the ocean and takes a moment to dry on the beach, meanwhile, Toby hears a noise and runs off leaving Jessie behind to return to the farm alone. We talk about sexy people walking out of the ocean, the strategic use of animal noises, and try our best to fill an entire episode using a minute where someone takes a nap.

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Mad Max Minute 65 - Into the woods

Week 13 wraps up with Jessie heading out to the little beach by the trees that May told her about, with the dog in tow. Rick talks about ecoregions as a way to make up for the fact that he thought Australia was just a big desert, we take a stand and give the Rockatansky dog a name, and Julia brings up Jurassic Park and Friends in reference to staying still to avoid detection.

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Mad Max Minute 64 - Okay, Tarzan

Jessie’s invitation to the beach is shot down because the van is broken, so she heads off to the beach solo, passing by May Swaisey on the way. Rick does his best impression of Sprog, Julia has questions about Prisoner: Cell Block H, and we wonder why May wasn’t more helpful with her warning about Jessie not letting Benno bother her.

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Mad Max Minute 63 - Connect the doohickey to the gizmo

Jesse crosses the yard to check in on Max’s progress with the van, only to take the opportunity to tease him. Max retaliates by threatening to touch her with his grease covered hands and the whole situation spins into them kissing and being a cute couple. We crack wise about Jessie’s teasing, groan about their displays of affection, and Rick brings up all of the research he didn’t want to do about UGG boots.

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Mad Max Minute 62 - I figure it's lost property

Max and Jessie hand over the severed appendage they found to the local Sheriff who doesn’t seem that phased by a disembodied hand in a bag. We disagree about how far-reaching the MFP Headquarters’ influence and jurisdiction extends but agree that Ziggy holding onto a hand for someone to pick up later is a ridiculous idea.

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Mad Max Minute 61 - What a mean old lady you are

Toecutter plays “got your nose” with the Grease Rat as Jessie and Max escape to a quiet spot by a river. We take a moment to wonder how Jessie described her experience Max and whether he fully grasps how serious it was. Speaking of grasps, Jessie discovers Cundalini’s severed hand dangling from a chain held by a crew member.

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Mad Max Minute 60 - The world's full of crazy people

Happy Friday! Jessie speeds back to the Mechanic’s shop and collects Max before speeding off again, leaving a bewildered and frustrated Grease Rat to face the scrutiny of the Toecutter. We complain about the Grease Rat’s lousy customer service, try to uncover why Max is so slow to pick up on Jessie’s distress and discuss the common practice of talking to one’s self.

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Mad Max Minute 59 - Watch the tongue, lovable

The Acolytes close in around Jessie as she tries to get back to the Mechanic’s shop, a task made more difficult by Toecutter’s insistence on placing himself in her path. By staying calm, Jessie is able to catch Toecutter off guard and evade her pursuers, for the time being. It’s a tense minute which prompts us to dive into the subject of street harassment and suppose how much worse things could have been.

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Mad Max Minute 58 - Look what's turned up for Sunday dinner

As Jessie disappears into the distance in a cloud of dust, the Grease Rat tries to initiate small talk with an impatient Max. Meanwhile, Jessie visits a quaint seaside village where a shady group of ne’er-do-wells happen to be hanging out. The madcap geography of Mad Max’s version of Australia rears it’s ugly head once more, Julia reminds Rick about his awful car, and we try to understand just what Toecutter is doing.

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Mad Max Minute 57 - Sprog-o's talked me into buying him an ice cream

The Grease Rat shows himself to be a pushy salesman as Jessie decides to leave Max at the Garage and venture off in search of ice cream. We have some fun with etymology today as Rick digs up the roots of words like “Donk” and “Toodle-pip.” There’s also discussion about the idea of upselling and we ask important questions like: “Why did Jessie leave Max Behind?” and: “Is Max lactose intolerant?”

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Mad Max Minute 56 - I can tell you about it now

Max picks up where he left off last week struggling to tell Jessie how he feels, and ultimately gets stuck before Jessie bails him out with a kiss. From this scene, we transition over to the mechanic shop where we meet the Grease Rat who turns out to have a pretty interesting IMDB profile. We continue talking about love languages and the importance of verbally communicating with your partner.

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Mad Max Minute 55 - I always counted on you understanding

Week 11 wraps up with Max and Jessie together on the riverbank as Max reminisces about walking with his father as a way to illustrate how He has trouble expressing his emotions. Julia brings up the concept of the 5 love languages, and we determine how Max and Jessie show their love for each other. Rick also continues to make sweeping generalizations about the continent of Australia.

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