Episode 89: Rose in the Cleve

We’re baaaack! Jody and Alison present chapters 19-20 of Judy Blume’s gorgeous adult novel “Summer Sisters,” published in 1998. Vix finally turns 17 and Caitlin plans a very intimate beachside gathering. She gets a weird machine washable garden party dress (could be a nightgown?) but the night does NOT go as planned… or DOES it?! The gals read FOUR (4) letters from some badass Blume Heads, discuss laundry safety tips, Jody does a Special Report on the Chappaquiddick Incident, and Alison tries a freaky mint that turns to liquid. Kudos to this week’s Blume Head of the Week, Becky T!

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Episode 88: Dry Humping to Van Halen

Settle in for a real humdinger episode of assorted content! Alison and Jody read chapters 17-18 of Judy Blume’s fan favorite novel “Summer Sisters,” written in 1998. Vix is doing private things with Bru in his shaggin’ wagon. The gals get a couple awkward talks from Abby. We discover that Dan is basically an incel and Sharkey might be having some GSA (dare you to look it up!). Jody and Alison drink sparkling rosé and talk about their thieving compulsions, aggressive kissing, baby-naming controversies, Bradley Cooper’s Lolita fetish, and gibberish '90s cyber sex. There’s a primo letter from Jo about her Fiat NOT named after Grandad, an update from Rebecca Kate Mate, and a Blume Head of the Week: Mandy Sutton!

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Episode 87: Mountain Day Mates

In chapters 14-16 of Judy Blume’s “Summer Sisters” (1998), our gals Caitlin and Vix are seventeen, just like the Dancing Queen! They’re all grown up, cruisin’ the island in their pickup truck, flirting with all the boys, and dabbling in some garden variety existential terror. Abby and Lamb have an epic fight and poor Sweetie crosses the Rainbow Bridge. But most notably, BRU KISSES VIX!!! Alison and Jody read all the juicy bits and chat about Roomba meat disasters, boy stink, otherworldly realms, and terriers named Jake. A big woohoo to Blume Head of the Week Brie Williams!

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Episode 86: Orlando

It's 1980, baby! Alison and Jody read chapters 12-13 of Judy Blume's riveting 1998 novel, "Summer Sisters." Caitlin and Vix are now 15 and their friendship is tested when they end up at the same high school. The Countess makes her grand entrance with casually discarded cigarettes and a strange bathtub scene. Our heroines end up babysitting for a celebrity couple but it does not end well. All we can say is: YOU STAY AWAY TIM CASTELLANO! Jody does Special Reports on the quintessential '70s perfume, Charlie, and days of the week as first names. Meanwhile, Alison tries not to black out inside the steamy Cocoon. There's also lots of dramatic reading, a Blume Head of the Week (congrats, Kate P!) and plenty of errors in need of correction.

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Episode 85: Plenty of Spunk

Chapters 9-11 of “Summer Sisters” (1998) by the one and only Judy Blume! It’s 1979, the hottest summer ever on the Vineyard. Vix wins a bet, the Chicago boys get rude at the movies, Tawny pays an unexpected visit, Dorset pines for her Magic Pole, and Grandmother Regina Mayhew Somers plays the whole fam. Alison and Jody read an incredible letter from Blume Head Maria, Alison learns some new British slang, while Jody analyzes her deep hatred of the jigsaw puzzle. And finally, congrats to Blume Head of the Week, Panicked Jibberish!

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Episode 84: Dream On

Jody and Alison delve into chapters 7-8 of Judy Blume's essential nostalgic beach read, "Summer Sisters" (1998). Bitchy Grandmother Somers and flaky Dorset pay a visit to Martha's Vineyard and we learn about Lamb's tragic past. Vix and Caitlin practice a new toothbrushing technique, become tiny witches, bury their alter egos, and vow to only use their Powers solo. Come inside the cozy Blume Cocoon for talk about dirty nicknames, pervy peeping packages, ‘90s eau de toilette, and the usual dramatic readings. All hail this week's Blume Head of the Week, Tracy Brisson!

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Episode 83: Sun Bleached Tongue

I’ve got the POWER! Hello and welcome to chapters 5-6 of the spectacular “Summer Sisters” by Judy Blume. It’s still 1977 in Martha’s Vineyard and Vix and Caitlin are weathering storms, having tantrums, flirting with boys, and – in true Judy fashion – getting periods. There’s a new woman in Lamb’s life, Abby, and Caitlin is not having any of it. Join Jody and Alison for talk about Doggie Bjorns, golf, ghosts, and keen literary analysis. Lastly, good on ya to this week’s Blume Head of the Week, Chrissy Field!

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Episode 82: Little Lambs Eat Ivy

NBO or die! Alison and Jody discuss chapters 3-4 of Judy Blume’s beloved adult novel “Summer Sisters” (1977). So much is happening at the Psycho House in Martha’s Vineyard: Vix and Caitlin discover their Power and get up to some secret shenanigans, Sharkey speaks, Von and Bru turn heads, Trisha makes her debut, and the whole gang hits up a nude beach. Jody and Al talk about Pogs, wearing children’s clothing, and long-haired men. They read a near-perfect listener letter from Ellen and play some vintage ‘70s-era commercials. Shout out to Iron Betty, this week’s Blume Head of the week!

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Episode 81: Lavacious

Nothin’ like a NEW BOOK! Alison and Jody start reading Judy Blume’s 1998 fan favorite adult novel, “Summer Sisters” (chapters 1-2). The girls set the scene for ‘77, the year Vix meets Caitlin and her life is changed forever. There’s already so much intrigue, surprise, and serious questions to ponder: who the hell is Bru? How does a Pizza Wagon work? Does Judy have an animal nickname fetish? And what is “IT”? Jody recounts 1977’s notable events (did you know that Argentina sent a pregnant lady to Antarctica for first dibs on the South Pole?), while Alison talks about music, TV, movies, and the tragic Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. They also read two heartwarming/tear-jerking Blume Head letters and announce this week’s Blume Head of the Week, Lizza!

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Odds and Ends #10: Goodbye Gymsuit

Calling all Danziger Heads! This one's for you. Jody and Alison tie up "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit" (1974) with special guest Jack, and the Blume Cocoon spins a little out of control. The gang reads some A+ listener letters and a follow-up from Paula not long before she passed. Alison presents a Special Report on The Pledge of Allegiance, Jack schools us on the PTA, and Jody does the origins and evolution of the word "Ms." Listen in for school suspension stories, magic blue potion, star spangled cookies, weird anti-drinking PSAs, amateur songwriting, Pillow People, and a quiz about grown-ups who love stuffed animals. You will learn SO MUCH this episode. Giant congratulations to this week's Blume Head of the Week, Aimee Hagerty Johnson!

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Episode 80: Platform Crocs

Can you believe it's the final "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit" episode?! Alison and Jody read chapters 16-18 of Paula Danziger's super awesome 1974 YA novel about a gal learning to be okay with herself. Marcy and Joel go on a wild shopping plaza rampage, Stuart learns a Very Important Lesson, Mom figures out how to be her own woman, and Ms. Finney FINALLY has her hearing (hint: it does not play as you'd expect). Join the gals for more Blume Head letters and dramatic reenactments as Jody recovers from jet lag and Alison endures a cold. But everything's amazing because there are AUSSIE SNACKS in the Cocoon.

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Episode 79: Dysfunction Junction

It's time for Marcy's first party! Join Alison and Jody for chapters 14-15 of Paula Danziger's beloved novel about teen rebellion, teen love, and teen angst, "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit" (1974). Marcy and Joel hit up Nancy's unchaperoned basement party, where things start to get a little wild with flying pretzels and beer karate. Marcy also gets her FIRST KISS... but it's not what she had imagined. Dad proves to be an even bigger dick than we thought, mom remains helpless, and grandma remains nameless. The girls read two very awesome letters from Blume Heads describing awkward dates, first protests, and body image coping mechanisms. Congratulations to Melissa, this week's Blume Head of the Week!

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Episode 78: Purple Pants Suit

Marcy’s suspension is going swimmingly! In chapters 12-13 of Paula Danziger’s “The Cat Ate My Gymsuit” (1974), our heroine gets an awesome new outfit, spends quality time with Stuart and Wolf, learns about boys from Nancy, and prepares for her first date! The girls receive a fantastic letter from Blume Head Jennie, Alison presents her findings on the Pledge of Allegiance and its legal ramifications, and Jody forces her sister to sing “Advance Australia Fair” in two-part harmony. Come inside the Blume Cocoon for some whiskey, Oreo Creme Eggs, giggle fits, dramatic readings, sweet nostalgia, and astute literary analysis. Shout out to this week’s Blume Head of the Week, Sharifa!

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Episode 77: Single Dad on the School Board

Get ready for some old-fashioned teenage rebellion! Jody and Alison read chapters 10-11 of Paula Danziger's YA classic, "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit" (1974). Marcy and the Four Horsemen of Finney plan a sit-in to save their favorite teacher from getting fired. Evil Principal Stone puts the kibosh on their radical plot and (spoiler!) Marcy ends up with a suspension. But Joel asks her to Nancy's party so everything's fine! The gals read some wonderful letters and notes from Blume Head listeners, reminisce about getting in trouble at school, Jody gives a Special Dream Analysis Report, and Alison rallies with a decadent Targ-Bucks beverage. Tune in for plenty of dramatic readings, the Star Spangled Banner, and too much caffeine. Lastly, congratulations to Blume Head of the Week, Surfer Girlie.

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Episode 76: Loquacious Siblings

Damn the man! Poor Marcy's entire world is crumbling. In chapters 7-9 of Paula Danziger's 1974 YA novel, "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit," Ms. Finney disappears and everyone's freaking out. The whole class gets detention for sassing Principal Stone, but this only brings Marcy and Joel closer together. Dad sucks, Mom can't function without tranquilizers, and Stuart never has enough orange pits. Jody and Alison talk about farts and the Pledge of Allegiance, peppered with some maudlin reenactments and vintage commercials. Congrats to TWO Blume Heads of the Week: Sojourner Sleuth and Anna Crossley.

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Episode 75: Je Suis La Jeune Fille

OMG Dad is such a jerk! Welcome to chapters 3-6 of Paula Danziger's "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit," published in 1974. Alison and Jody recap all the Smedley goings-on, the Lewis household arguments, and the budding friendship between Marcy and Joel Anderson. We also learn about the deal with Wolf and those orange pits. The girls read three awesome letters (thank you Kate, Ingrid, and Helen!) and do a follow-up with Blume Head Bex on golf calligraphy sets. Come inside the Cocoon for over-the-top dramatic readings and laughs, with a shiny coat of nostalgia.

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Episode 74: Fluffy Fluff Fluff Fluff

New book y’all! Jody and Alison are thrilled to begin Paula Danziger’s debut novel, “The Cat Ate My Gymsuit,” chapters 1-3. They start with a 1974 primer and delve into some wild specifics: Rumble in the Jungle, Marina Abramovic’s uncomfortable performance art, the worst music in modern history, and Saturday morning cartoons. Our protagonist Marcy pretty much hates her life until the mysteriously hip Ms. Finney shows up at school. What’s up with this crazy teacher? Will Marcy work up the courage to chat with nerdy hunk Joel? What the heck is Smedley? In other news, the gals read two amazing Blume Head letters, reenact their favorite scenes, and sing some Blind Melon. Shout out to Amy Mason Doan, this week’s Blume Head of the Week!

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Odds and Ends #9: A Sheila Screening

Happy Valentine's Day Blume Heads! It's pure chaos with four ladies in the Cocoon to discuss the "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great" movie and to bid adieu to our favorite scaredy-cat. There's a special report on the infamous chopped and screwed 1995 Olsen Twins hit, "Gimme Pizza." There's correspondence with a real life Sheila Blume Head, who ALSO started her own handwritten newspaper. And of course, there is in-depth critical analysis of the movie, a sweet homage that Judy Blume made with her son, Larry. Join Jody, Alison, and special guests Lizzy and Cathy for pineapple upside-down cake and lots of chat about the '90s. Congrats to Sheila Jo Spencer, this week's Blume Head of the Week!

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Episode 73: Wiccan Rock Band

Alison, Jody, and special guest Lizzy finish "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great," Judy Blume's 1972 novel about a fabulous ten-year-old who conquers her fears. Sheila takes the dreaded swim test and doesn't drown! The Tubmans have a farewell party and everyone's invited – even Jennifer's baby daddy! The gals read one fascinating letter from a Blume Head who works with an adorable rodent named Mouse Ellis. Lizzy tells us all about her childhood show dogs with stripper names, while Alison presents a comprehensive Special Report on Tarrytown: the pre-WWI bombings, historic mansions, summer camps with towel service, and local SAT scores. And then Jody reveals a secret surprise involving our Most Famous Sheila, Sheila E.! Lastly, there's a super duper difficult 1972 trivia quiz, drafted by Blume Head Willie. No Whitewaters to be found. Congrats to Becky and Mouse Ellis for being Blume Heads of the Week!

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Episode 72: Put it in the Pizza

It's sleepover time! The gals read chapters 13-14 of Judy Blume's kid lit classic, "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great." Sheila hosts her very first slumber party, get crushed by a Slam Book, trashes Bobby Egran's prized possessions, and winds up with a butt-full of toothpaste. Great night, all in all! There's also a very scary hayride with a possible werewolf sighting. Jody and Alison re-enact all the best scenes, and discuss sleeping bag couture and how awful pre-teen girls can be. Then Jody gives an impromptu Special Report on how to get ready for a date in 1972. Hint: you need to spare 5 hours. Join the gals for laughs, weird facts, and a little bit of Olsen Twins. Big ups to this week's Blume Head of the Week, Margret Caulton!

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