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Monday, July 11, 2016

Look to the Cookie is taking a break; enjoy our past stories, interviews, and podcasts

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Looking for a Breakthrough

Episode 282 is the perfect personal pod. Germar is back and solo. He covers a recent experience with open heart meditation. It's part therapy, part meditation and leads to far more questions than answers. But this deep dive into Germar's psyche, energy, and heart could be relatable, informative, or at least interesting. Relationships. Jobs. Conflict.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Game of Thrones: The Winds of Winter POD 1

Episode 281 is a two-podder. GET IT??? Germar and Jessica join forces one last time to discuss the last episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones. THIS EPISODE IS NSFW. WARNING. WARNING. There is CURSING, DRINKING, SEX, and lots more SEX talk. We did it up in true GoT-land style with endless rivers of wine and ale. Someone might be drunk. Oh and the mic handling noise does end at some point--kinda.

Game of Thrones: The Winds of Winter

by Melissa Parkin

It’s time for Cersei to face the music. She prepares for her trial as Loras Tyrell arrives in the Great Sept. On his way to the trial, Grand Maester Pycelle runs into one of Qyburn’s little birds, who whispers something into the man’s ear. Loras fully admits to his crimes, pledging devotion to the Seven Gods for mercy. In return, he must abandon his family’s name and his claim to Highgarden. Loras is then branded with the seven-pointed star on his forehead. Furious by the mutilation, Queen Margaery confronts the High Sparrow, reminding him of his promise. He confirms that her brother will be free to leave, as soon as Cersei’s trial commences. And that’s what plagues Margaery the most. The Queen Regent is nowhere to be found.

Cersei remains in the Red Keep, sending The Mountain to keep King Tommen from attending the trial as well. The Sparrow orders Lancel to fetch Cersei, but Lancel’s curiosity gets the better of him when he sees a child fleeing from the Sept. As he follows the youngster down into the underground, Pycelle follows another child to a remote chamber. The Grand Maester, clearly misled, demands to know where the king is. Qyburn assures Pycelle that none of this is personal. His "little birds" suddenly surround the old man. They pluck out a variety of daggers and knives, attacking him until he draws his last breath.

Lancel finds himself led to a secret storeroom hidden beneath the city. He loses track of the child he followed, only for the boy to emerge from the shadows and stab him in the back. Lancel collapses to the ground as the little assassin runs off. Hauling his dying body across the barrel-filled passageway, Lancel comes across a green puddle and a dying candle. Just as he feared, the green substance is Wildfire. Margaery knows Cersei is up to something. She warns the High Sparrow that the Queen Regent is plotting an attack. The plea falls on deaf ears, as the High Sparrow bars everyone from leaving the Sept.

The Queen tries to fight her way through, but isn’t fortunate enough. A dying Lancel crawls over to the singular lit candle melting on the floor, trying to extinguish the flame before it reaches the spilled concoction. His eyes burn a fiery green, and the entire tunnel goes up in ablaze. The High Sparrow senses the quake, but it’s all a little too late. The floor beneath the Sept shakes just before the Wildfire engulfs the building, blowing it and everyone inside to smithereens.

Taking additional pleasure in her victory, Cersei ties up Septa Unella and begins tormenting her, demanding she confess. The Queen Regent knows the woman enjoyed torturing her when she was a prisoner in the Sept. Unella declares she’s ready to face the Seven Gods, but Cersei informs her that she will not be dying today. In fact, Lannister plans to keep her alive for quite some time. Cersei invites The Mountain into the prison cell. The brute removes his helmet, revealing a disfigured face. “Your Gods have forsaken you. This is your God now.” Cersei begins smugly chanting, “shame, shame, shame” as she walks out of the cell, leaving the two to get better acquainted. Tommen receives word of the Sept’s destruction. Once alone, the young man removes his crown and falls from a window.

Walder Frey makes a toast as Jaime and Bronn feast at the Twins. A particularly pretty girl seems to take fancy with Jaimie, igniting yet another eye roll from Bronn. He promptly leaves with a couple of other young ladies for the night as Frey joins Jaimie at the table. Walder Frey begins gloating over all his victories, which Jaimie quickly mocks. He knows his enemies don’t fear Frey; they fear the Lannisters. 

“We gave you the Riverlands to hold the Riverlands. If we have to ride North and take them back every time you lose them, why do we need you?”

Jon is joined by Melisandre in the Great Hall of Winterfell. The two dabble in polite conversation before Davos storms into the room and tosses the stag he made for Shireen at Melisandre. He demands the red sorceress come clean for her crimes. Melisandre tries to justify Shireen’s death, but Jon’s mercy only spares the woman her life. He orders her to flee South, and to never return to the North again. If she does, Snow will see to it that she be hanged. Davos promises to kill her himself if he crosses paths with her again. She promptly leaves Winterfell.

Olenna Tyrell goes to Dorne to meet with Ellaria and her daughters. The Sand Snakes try to appeal to her softer side, but this feisty old lady isn’t having any of it. She demands to know the purpose behind this arranged meeting. Ellaria wishes to broker an alliance between the two houses. Olenna makes it clear that she’s not in this game anymore for survival. After the death of her son, grandson, and granddaughter, she’s in it for vengeance. Ellaria shares the sentiment, ringing a bell to invite an additional guest to the party. Varys.

Daario is all geared up to hit King’s Landing, only to discover that Dany has barred him from leaving Meereen. She wants him to stay with the Second Sons in the city to maintain the newly acquired peace. Daario confesses his love to her, demanding to go with her. Still, she refuses. Dany needs to make alliances in Westeros, most likely through marriage. “I can’t bring a lover.” He doesn’t care if he’s seen as her "mistress," but he quickly realizes this idea is Tyrion’s doing. Knowing he will not be able to sway Dany, he wishes her the best and leaves.

The youngest Lannister asks the Mother of Dragons how Daario took the news the moment she arrives. Even though she knows she broke his heart, Dany confesses to not feeling anything when cutting ties with Daario. Tyrion tries his best to console her, but does so rather miserably. To his surprise, Dany names him Hand of the Queen and pins the designated badge to his chest, in which Tyrion kneels.

Walder Frey dines alone in the hall, awaiting his sons’ arrival. The servant girl who caught Jaimie’s eye the night before tells him that they’re already here. He demands they come in. Yet, she replies, “they’re already here.” She then gestures to the food on Frey’s own plate. In true Sweeny Todd fashion, he discovers she baked his sons into the meat pies. “They weren’t easy to carve. Especially Black Walder.” The woman pulls off her face. “My name is Arya Stark. I want you to know that. The last you’re ever going to see is a Stark smiling down at you as you die.” She slits his throat, Red-Wedding-style, and watches him bleed out.

Littlefinger finds Sansa sitting in the Weirwood. He admits to her that his motive is to claim the Iron Throne, with Sansa by his side. He then leans in to kiss her. Sansa, having told Jon earlier that only a fool would trust Petyr, stops him. Littlefinger tells her he’s declared for House Stark. She doesn’t buy it, as he’s already done so for many other houses in the past, with only his own self-interest at heart. “You, my love, are the future of House Stark.” He wants the North to rally behind her rather than Snow, as she’s the legitimate heir.

Benjen says his goodbyes to Meera and Bran as they reach the Wall. The magic guarding it keeps the White Walkers and the undead from heading south, but it stops him as well. Bran notices blood coming out of the eyes of a nearby Weirwood tree. Ready to take his place as the Three-Eyed Raven, he touches it. He returns to the vision where he sees a young Ned Stark going into the Tower of Joy. He finds his sister lying in bed, covered with blood. She whispers something in his ear, asking him to promise to protect her child. Ned gazes into the young boy’s eyes, and the screen cuts to Jon Snow.

Struggling to rally the houses of the North, Jon warns them of the impending doom of the White Walkers. The room erupts into a petty shouting match between the Lords until Lyanna Mormont stands. She calls out each traitorous house for not joining Snow on the field before declaring Jon the true heir. The lords quickly rally behind the proclamation, ending with them chanting “King in the North!” Sansa spots Littlefinger amongst the crowd, and he doesn’t exactly look pleased by the turn of events.

Upon Jaimie’s return to King’s Landing, he sees the Wildfire smoke still billowing over the city. He enters the throne room just as Cersei is re-crowned the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Meanwhile, the Greyjoy siblings join Daenerys as the Iron Fleet sets sail with her dragons soaring overhead. Seems someone is finally heading for Westeros.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Why is Dating So Hard in 2016???

In Episode 280, Germar asks and answers all of your questions about dating in 2016. Age. Appearance. Adultery. Dogs. Dollars. Feminists. Physique. Fornication.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards POD

In Episode 279, Germar and Jessica deliver the GoT-based BEST. PODCAST. EVER. about the best episode of Game of Thrones so far this season. Bastards, dragons, books, incest, pillaging, and "resistance" is the word that Germar couldn't think of . . . .

Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards recap

by Melissa Parkin

Season six comes to a head, and no one's safe in "Battle of the Bastards." As Slaver’s Bay continues their assault on Meereen, Daenerys plots to kill the Masters, destroy their armies, and annihilate their cities. Tyrion tries to convince her of a less volatile approach, reminding Dany of the Mad King’s scheme to burn King’s Landing to the ground with Wildfire. She heeds his advice and takes a more diplomatic approach by meeting with the Masters outside of the Great Pyramid. She inquires about terms of surrender, in which the Masters demand absolute submission including the death of the dragons locked beneath the city. Dany remains stoic. “We obviously didn't communicate clearly. We're here to discuss your surrender, not mine.” 

The ferocious Drogon suddenly swoops in and lands beside her, and the Mother of Dragons climbs onto his back. The two take flight just as Rhaegal and Viserion break out of the dungeons below. The Sons of Harpy begin massacring innocent civilians in the streets before Daario leads his company into the city, killing them all. From above, Daenerys sics her dragons on the attacking fleets, setting fire to some of the vessels. Grey Worm offers the Masters’ guards the chance to walk away if they do not wish to die, and they happily oblige. Missandei informs the three lone Slave Masters that one of them must die as consequence for their betrayal. The Masters turn on one of their own, claiming him to be lowborn. Grey Worm approaches the man in question with his blade primed, only to kill the other two. The sole survivor is told he can return home on the condition that he inform his people that Dany’s mercy is the only reason he was spared.

Sansa and Jon meet with Ramsay Bolton on the impending battlefield. As cocky as ever, Ramsay thanks Snow for returning his wife to him. He knows his army outnumbers the Starks’ by more than double, offering them the chance to surrender. Jon counters the offer by suggesting they settle this fight the old way, in which Bolton and Snow will face off in hand-to-hand combat. Bolton laughs off the idea, dangling Rickon’s safety as bait by lobbing Shaggydog’s head in front of them. “You’re going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton,” declares Sansa. “Sleep well.” She rides off, leaving Bolton with the final word. He tells Jon that he can’t wait to have her back in his bed, along with letting his starving dogs rip Snow and his men apart.

Later on, Jon, Tormund, and Davos try to develop battlefield strategies, in which Sansa scoffs at their plans. She knows Ramsay better than anyone else, and she knows how much he relishes in playing mind games. He won’t fall victim to any scheme Snow cooks up. Jon asks his half sister how she thinks they could get Rickon back. To his disbelief, she tells him that they won’t. Rickon is the rightful Stark heir over Winterfell, posing a greater threat to Bolton than some bastard and a woman. The two argue, ending with Sansa telling him that she refuses to go back to Ramsay alive. Jon insists that he would never let Ramsay get his hands on her again, but Sansa says that no one can protect anyone. Needing space to clear his head, Davos wanders from the camp, coming upon the remains of the pyre that Stannis burned his daughter on. He kneels down, brushing away some charred remains to find the stag he made for Shireen.

The Greyjoy siblings meet with Daenerys in the Great Pyramid, and Tyrion can’t help but to reflect on the last time he saw Theon. Considering Theon’s formerly arrogant behavior, it comes as no surprise that he was cracking jokes about Tyrion’s height. Yara insists her brother has paid for the cost of his crimes, asking for Dany’s support in exchange for the ships she secured from the Iron Fleet. Daenerys asks why she shouldn’t take Uncle Euron’s offer, as he controls far many more vessels. Yara informs her that his alliance comes at the price of marriage. All Yara wants is independence for the Iron Islands. Dany agrees.

Reflective of the Bolton House banners, flayed bodies blaze across the battlefield as the two sides prepare their forces. Ramsay strolls out ahead of his men, dragging Rickon behind him. He taunts Jon by pulling out a dagger and raising it towards the boy. He suddenly slashes Rickon’s binds, telling him to run to his brother. Suspicious, Rickon slowly walks away, but Ramsay further insists he get a move on as a soldier hands Bolton a bow and arrow. Jon sets out on horseback, racing to reach his brother in time. Bolton lazily shoots off a few arrows, striking the ground around Rickon as he furiously scurries across the field. Just as the boy is within feet of Jon, an arrow slices right through his chest, forcing Jon to watch his brother slowly suffocate to death.

Blinded by rage, Jon charges towards Bolton’s forces, alone. Ramsay issues a strike, resulting in a barrage of arrows that kills Jon’s horse. He’s thrown from the steed, but manages to climb back up to his feet as Bolton’s first wave of men charges right for him. He braces for impact, pulling out his sword, only for his own forces to swallow up the scenery. The two sides clash in a flurry of brutality, eventually resulting in a hill of slain men. Ramsay flanks Jon’s entire army, closing them in on all sides with shields and spears. Picking the men off one by one, Bolton’s forces bear down on them until they’re huddled in with nowhere left to run. 

Smalljon arrives to face off against Jon, but the two get separated amongst the hysteria. Snow finds himself pinned down on the ground as his own men trample over him in an attempt to escape over the piles of bodies. He finally resurfaces, gasping for air as horns sound from a distance. Tormund uses the distraction to his advantage and bites Smalljon’s neck before killing him. The men of Vale descend upon Bolton’s army as Littelfinger and Sansa ride up on top of the hill. As we all suspected, it was in fact Baelish that Sansa sent that raven to. Seeing his army get slaughtered, Ramsay retreats back to Winterfell, but not without Jon, Wun Wun, and Tormund on his heels. 

Ramsay simply orders his men to barricade the front gate, assuming Winterfell’s walls will hold up against Snow’s new forces. Bolton seemed to underestimate Wun Wun’s brute strength, because the giant smashes clean through the barrier. Having taken a volley of arrows, Wun Wun falls to his knees as Jon and his men raid the courtyard. Just as Snow arrives next to Wun Wun, Ramsay finishes off the giant by putting an arrow through his eye. Ramsay says he wishes to revisit Jon’s previous offer of hand-to-hand combat. He starts shooting arrows at Snow, but Jon picks up a shield, absorbing all the hits. Snow charges Ramsay, pummeling him into the ground and pounding his fists into his face as Sansa bears witness. Stark banners are returned to Winterfell, and Jon orders that his half brother’s body be buried in the crypt beside Ned.

Later in the evening, Sansa visits Ramsay, who's now tied up (fittingly) in the kennels. Ramsay says she can’t kill him. He’ll be a part of her now…forever. “Your words will disappear. Your House will disappear. Your name will disappear. All memory of you will disappear,” declares Sansa, ever so calmly. Out of the corner of his eye, Ramsay sees his very own hounds creep out of their cages. He’s convinced they won’t attack him, out of devotion. “You haven’t fed them in seven days. You said it yourself.” Just as she predicted, their starvation trumps his loyalty. Ramsay tries ordering the hounds to stand down, but one comes up to him and begins feasting on his blood spattered face, in which the others follow suit. Sansa walks away, a small smile teasing at her lips as the dogs rip him apart. As for everyone else watching at home...

Yep, it's that glorious!

Saturday, June 18, 2016


In Episode 278, Germar comes back for a solo joint . . . .  He finally got back to the movies to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Nah 2 and Now You See Meh 2. But he covers some stuff and talks about his childhood. Plus, there will likely be a cool opening theme.  NYSM talk starts late--around 24:00.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Game of Thrones: No One POD

In Episode 277, even though they sound like they'd rather be elsewhere Germar and Jessica deliver a damn good GoT pod. They are an odd pod duo, but "no one" covers this week's episode better: season one callbacks, theories, speculation, and what it means to be ugly.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Game of Thrones: No One recap

by Melissa Parkin

Just as the curtain closes on yet another successful play, Lady Crane heads backstage after the show to find Arya hiding amongst the wardrobe. She's still bleeding from the Waif’s vicious attack. Crane patches her up and even offers young Stark a place in the acting troupe. Arya declines, knowing that no one will ever be safe around her as long as the Waif is hunting her down. The actress gives Arya something to sleep and leaves her to rest. 

Meanwhile, members of the Brotherhood lounge around a campfire until an unwanted visitor strolls into the site. Armed with his trusted ax, the Hound storms the grounds, slaying them all in brutal fashion. He’s unhappy however to learn that not everyone is there. The Hound eventually crosses paths with the leaders of the Brotherhood, Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion, just as they prepare to hang the rest of the men who attacked the Sept. The Hound demands that he be allowed to kill them all. Beric consents, letting him kill two out of the three. 

Qyburn breaks the news to Cersei that the Faith Militant is coming to the Red Keep. No sooner do the members arrive, telling the Queen Regent that the High Septon wishes to see her in the High Sept. If she refuses to come at her own accord, they will take her by force. Cersei chooses the latter, siccing the Mountain on the group. The brute proceeds to rip off one of their heads with nothing but his hands. The Militant falls back in sheer terror, in which Cersei concludes their meeting. “Please tell his High Holiness he’s always welcome to visit.”

Later on, Cersei, Qyburn, and the Moutain enter the Throne Room, learning at the last minute that King Tommen will be making a royal announcement. When the Queen Regent goes to stand by her son, Kevan bars her passage and tells her to stand with the other ladies of the court. Tommen declares that Cersei’s trial will take place later that month. To add insult to injury, the King also announces that he is banning the practice of trial by combat. Of course, this places Cersei at a distinct disadvantage. Qyburn then informs her that a particular inquiry she made to him has turned out to be more than rumor . . . much more.

Brienne of Tarth and Podrick arrive at Riverrun, only to be flanked by Jaimie’s men. Brienne asks to speak with Jaimie--she possesses his sword. The two meet, finding themselves on opposing sides of the fight. Jaimie needs to reclaim Riverrun, if he wishes to return to King’s Landing. Brienne needs the Blackfish and his men for Sansa’s army.  Brienne makes a bargain with Jaimie. If she can convince the Blackfish to surrender, Jaimie will offer safe passage to the entire Tully army in exchange for leaving the castle to him. Before leaving, Brienne tries to give the Oathkeeper sword to Jaimie, but he refuses, saying it belongs to her now. The negotiation with the Blackfish goes south. Brienne sends word to Sansa that she failed.

Varys says his goodbyes to Tyrion before embarking on his voyage back to Westeros. He claims they need friends in Westeros along with ships, but Tyrion says they need Daenerys more.  Left now only in the company of Missandei and Grey Worm, Tyrion attempts to break the ice with them over a toast. Though bumpy at first, the trio eventually lighten up, until sirens wail from the city.  The Masters have arrived with their fleets, preparing to attack in order to reclaim their property. Meereen quickly finds itself engulfed in flames as the Masters bombard the city.  Inside the pyramid, Grey Worm and Tyrion try to determine the next course of action when the roof quakes. Daenerys literally flies in on her dragon, bursting into the room to take command.  

Jaimie Lannister visits Edmure Tully, apologizing for the foul treatment bestowed upon him as his prisoner. He schmoozes him into getting Blackfish to surrender, but Edmure doesn’t fall for his flattery or promises. Instead, he asks Jaimie how he can sleep at night, given all the terrible things he’s done. Jaimie tells him that he admired Catelyn Stark for the devotion she had for her children. That same love is what drives Jaimie to do what he must in order to return to Cersei. Lannister threatens to kill Edmure's baby son by slinging him over the wall in a catapult if Edmure fails to convince his uncle to surrender.

Edmure returns to the front gate of Riverrun and demands entry.  The Blackfish tries to stop the Tully army from obeying the order, but a soldier informs him that they must. As the rightful Lord of Riverrun, Edmure’s demands must be upheld.  After entering, Edmure immediately tells the Tully army to surrender, allowing Jaimie to take the castle without bloodshed. Lannister orders his forces to bring the Blackfish to him, but he’s informed that the Blackfish died fighting, after helping Brienne and Pod escape. Jaimie looks out onto the river, seeing the small boat floating away from the castle. He waves to Brienne, who returns the gesture.

Arya wakes up the next morning, only to find Lady Crane murdered. The Waif stands right in front of her.  Arya barely manages to escape the house, with the Waif right on her heels.  After a chase through the city, Arya leads the Waif down an alleyway where she uncovers Needle from her trusted hiding place. The Waif laughs at the effort just before Arya slices the only candle illuminating the small room, cutting the screen to black.

Jaqen walks through the House of Black and White, coming across a trail of blood spatter.  He follows the path, discovering the Waif's face hanging on the wall. Arya appears behind him, pressing the tip of Needle to his chest as he turns to confront her. “You told her to kill me.” He doesn’t deny it. Jaqen tells Arya that, “finally a girl is no one,” in which she says, “a girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home.”  Jaqen gives but a small smile and nods as Arya leaves with her head held high.

Okay, let’s call it like it is: Meereen is essentially Benadryl for its viewers. The subplot is proving to be the weakest link in the series thus far. It lacks the political intrigue of King’s Landing and has none of the dangers seen in the North. The Harpy showed us some promise that we might finally see a little action, but that seemed to fizzle out. Now, we have the Masters, which would be great…if we actually got to see them. They storm into the harbor, and what kind of nitty-gritty action are we gifted with? A very, very distant view of catapults hitting the pyramid. Yippee…

Plus, the story is wasting its greatest assets. If Tyrion isn’t your favorite—or at least in your Top Three list--what’s wrong with you? Considering he’s a fan favorite, it makes it all the more painful to see him going to waste in Meereen. Tyrion lured us in with his silver tongue, intellect, and wit. Now, we have to watch him painfully trying to liven up a room full of dullards.

Can we please wrap things up in Meereen and just storm Westeros already?

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