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Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

This one’s fun, from a hardcore geek who’s been hiding in a “real” job.

Hey guys! Love the site ... I've submitted an item a time or two before, but hopefully this will make the grade.

I'm a reporter for a newspaper in East Tennessee, and Anthony Daniels will be in this area next weekend, June 5-6, for the annual Adventure Con. I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing him to promote the convention, and he let slip with a few things regarding Episode III that I hadn't seen anywhere else.

To understand the context, know that I'm a rabid, HUGE "Star Wars" fanboy, and professional decorum went out the window as I basically slobbered into the phone about what a huge fan I am. We got to talking a bit about Episode III, and here's what he had to say ...

"Hayden [Christensen] is the nicest, sweetest, most huggable person on the set, and it's hilarious the way he turns into Darth Vader before your very eyes in the next film. One thing I will tell you is how this film dovetails so neatly and locks into Episode IV. You watch Anakin Skywalker, who's this really nice guy, and he gets worse and worse over the course of Episode III. It's really, in a Greek sense of the word, tragic to see this hero figure turn to the Dark Side. I read the script three or four times, and there were pieces that gave me goosebumps every time I read them, and they had to do with the human drama more so than big beasties."

He also said that Threepio's "great claim to fame is that he's pure gold in this one. In all the other prequels, he had something missing, some pieces, but in this one, he gets the solid gold, which fits into where he lives at the time."

And then the big one ... we talked about how the opening of "A New Hope" changed the cinematic consciousness forever, and how the image of Tatooine against a cold star field panning up to the Blockade Runner was one of the defining moments of my generation's movie-going experience. And then I asked, "Will Episode III explain how R2-D2 and Threepio came to be on the blockade runner at the beginning of Episode IV?"

He chuckled, and this is what he said:

"I'm not going to tell you that! But's that's amazing! Why do you ask that?"

ME: "Because of how monumental that scene is, and how Threepio's dialogue was the first lines spoken in all of the films!"

Then he goes off on a riff - THREEPIO WAS FUCKING TALKING TO ME ON THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE, reciting the lines from the opening of "Star Wars": "Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness! We're doomed! There'll be no escape for the Princess this time."

Off the top of his head. Needless to say, I had to sop the cream out of my boxers after the conversation. But that's not even the best part. THEN he said:

"I'm amazed that you bring that up. Let's just say you may recognize an old piece of scenery, and that's all I'm going to say about that."

Could it be that we flash-forward, at the end of Episode III, to the moments before Darth Vader's Star Destroyer overtakes the blockade runner?!!????? Sounds like it.

Next May can't get here fast enough.

What a great conversation. Anthony Daniels truly is the "Grand Old Man" of "Star Wars," as he jokingly said his castmates referred to him on the set.

Thanks - and keep up the ass-kicking work!

If you use this, just call me ...

Leo Badass

Nice work, Leo, and thanks for sharing.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • June 1, 2004, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by Easily Pleased

  • June 1, 2004, 5:12 a.m. CST

    It's against my better judgement I know...

    by cpz

    ...bu I actually think this film may stand a good-to-fair chance of being almost watchable *fingers crossed*

  • June 1, 2004, 5:18 a.m. CST

    creamed his pants?

    by Barton Finked

    Do we really need to hear these types of metaphors? It's a movie bro, get a date.

  • June 1, 2004, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Wow, how fantastically exciting!!!!!!!!!!!

    by theoneofblood

    Not! Come on, nobody's falling for this shit anymore. You fooled us once with Phantom Menace, twice with Attack of the Clones (the name itself should have been a fucking warning!), but go to hell if you think I'm going to buy this "moving piece of human drama" shit! Go to hell George Lucas! Realise you can't write movies for all the Ewoks on the Forest moon of Endor!

  • June 1, 2004, 5:28 a.m. CST

    gay robots ? he 's got his nuts and bolts mixed up.

    by el zar

    Threepio's Gold in this one? Must be shinier than shiny

  • June 1, 2004, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Can Daniels be unbiased?

    by Darksider

    He has been living off Star Wars for almost 30 years. I just want someone from the Lucas camp to acknowledge that digital eye lash rendering has been but aside in favor of a good story.

  • June 1, 2004, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Star Bores

    by Bcphil

    I have said it many times, the franchise is so terrible anymore I only hope that it ends with Episode 3 and doesn't prolong all our suffering and extend into a TV series as we heard on this site a few weeks ago. Please just let it be over. Star Wars sux!

  • June 1, 2004, 6:47 a.m. CST

    tantive 4 was visible in the "back in black" video

    by vaderscodpiece

    there is a shot of them running backwards with a steadycam and iirc a figure in a blue bodysuit? the blockade runner is bail organnas ship and he takes R2 and 3po with him to alderaan with leia

  • June 1, 2004, 7:15 a.m. CST

    As I was saying...

    by CellarDoor

    I read the synopsis for episode 3 and it ain't all bad, but most of it is. Wookies? Yoda pretending to be mental? No thanks. Also the reveal of Darth Vader could ultimately be anti-climactic, seeing as we already know what he looks like. I mean, it'a taken a long, long time just so we can look at a costume we've already seen a thousand times.

  • June 1, 2004, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by alfiemoon

    What synopsis? Link?

  • June 1, 2004, 8:02 a.m. CST

    This one?

    by alfiemoon

  • June 1, 2004, 11:13 a.m. CST

    ...the nicest, sweetest, most huggable person on the set...

    by Jeditemple

    Oh, now that's just creepy...

  • June 1, 2004, 6:47 p.m. CST

    plot holes the size of the Death Star...

    by Sith Witch

    Brobdingnag, what kind of plot holes are you referring to? By my calculations, its all air-tight.

  • June 1, 2004, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by DarkBastion

    Uh ... what? The transformation from Annakin to Darth Vader, the supreme badass on the galaxy, the space Hitle, the guy who KILLS ALL THE JEDIS, is "hilarious"?! There is no hope for this movie. Lucas fucked up Eppy I and II, and now he will fuck up Eppy 3.

  • June 1, 2004, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Is that all we get...

    by monorail77

    Is that all we get nowadays when an exciting and breaking story like this goes up on AICN: a bunch of bitching in the talkback? I agree with that guy, to have heard Daniels spout out lines from the very first film, just off the top of his head, would have been very exciting and fun. The more I hear about Episode 3, the more exciting it sounds. I didn't mind Episodes one and two that much (except for the "acting" by Natalie Portman and Ewan Macgregeor - terrible). I'm sure episode three will have its "cringe" moments too, but which Star Wars film hasn't? Personally, I am very excited to see this film, and I hope that everyone involved with the franchise continues to do a good job (yeah that's right, I said CONTINUES - they've been doing very well so far, in my opinion).

  • June 1, 2004, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by jhechanova

    I know there is so much negativity brought about by how Lucas "bastardized" his own creation. I also know for a fact that there are still legions of fans who simply love Episodes 4-6 and still could find glory in Episode 1 & 2. In fact, I would rank AOTC as probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite SW movie. How is this possible? Well, maybe it because I can sometimes tune-out and disregard "senseless" scenes or dialogue and just basically look at the big picture and how a scene should or should not be a part of the master story. And when there are classic scenes to find, I amplify it all the more to uphold my belief in the SW franchise. This is why I am still going to watch Episode 3 because I know I can take those lame moments and make grand those really "kick-ass" scenes! And I respect whatever others say and I hope the others will respect what we fans have to say. Peace and may the force be with you.

  • June 1, 2004, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Fool me once...

    by MrCere

    Fool me once - shame on you. Fool me twice - shame on me. Fool me three times - shame on being into S&M and just wanting to be punished. "Spank me George. HARDER!!! Thank you sir, may I have another? Oh yes, yes HARDER!!!"

  • June 1, 2004, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Hey I can relate...

    by ComicBookGeek77

    I'd be "mopping the jizz" out of my boxers as well, oh to hear threepio's Ep 4 dialogue tickling my ear! Personally, I'm really looking forward to this film. I have a feeling it will kick some serious ass. Unfortunately I had the same set of blue balls before episode 1 and 2 came out and they turned out to fucking SUCK. I really hope George Lucas doesn't FUCK this one up as he has everything else he has touched over the past 10 years.

  • June 1, 2004, 8:10 p.m. CST

    I love Star Wars!!!

    by ApneicMonkey

    I may not be 'cool' for loving Star Wars and not being a cynical little fuck but I don't think anyone one here can be accused of being 'cool'! Episode III is going to be awesome just like the other five movies!

  • June 1, 2004, 8:17 p.m. CST

    All-gold Threepio? Thanks for the scoop, nimrod.

    by DouglasAH


  • June 1, 2004, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by Nekko

    I just read that synopsis (thanks for the link above) and, no, sadly it doesn't sound great. Not epic. Again, I just can't see how it will live up to its original predecessors. Granted it's a synopsis, but considering Lucas' pedigree of late with I and II, episode III will fail to compare with the scale and creativity of the first trilogy. Isn't it interesting that 30 years ago, with considerably less money and technology, those films were far superior? Statistically speaking, the masses love the originals and loathe the prequels. It's a simple as that. And those of us anticipating disapointment, of course we still want to see the new films, if for no other reason than a deeply profound childlike love of the originals. So there is no excuse for these scripts to be so weak. Natalie Portman and Ewen McGregor are excellent actors, to be sure, and have not to prove themselves again in this particular picture. But frankly, if the dialogue is in the toilet, all we're gonna hear is shit. George Lucas came up with a brilliant concept, rife with symbolism and literally brimming with lush material for everyone (not only the cast and crew but the audience themselves) to draw from, and he executed it perfectly with the original trilogy. Now ... well, I don't know what to say for his abilities. I can say this, however, the new trilogy is disposable.

  • June 1, 2004, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by breezysith

    LOLOLOLOLOL! Oh dear god, not SUPERSHADOW!!

  • June 1, 2004, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Legions of Movie Geek Sites Cease To Have "Purpose" On May 19th,

    by jollydwarf

    ...that we learn that General Grievous was hired to lead the droid army only after BattlePoster called Darth Weenious a "solar-aversive, black-cloak-to-match-his-heart-donning, duplicitous, anger-management-problem-having intergalactic geek?" Your good 'friend' sends his best, "Moriarty". P.S. Tantive IV, as mentioned, IS in the film. Unless EVERY spoiler report is wrong, of course.

  • June 1, 2004, 10:18 p.m. CST


    by Pragar

    Do NOT go to that website. It's the biggest load of crap I've ever seen online.... It's even banned from discussion at the message boards.... DON'T GO THERE!

  • June 1, 2004, 10:34 p.m. CST

    The Only Thing Worse Than Bitching Fanboys? The Rabidly Raging

    by jollydwarf

    ...when I scrolled down to your post, my monitor started excreting pure, undiluted bile! Dude, I've got a flatscreen! You know how expensive these things are? Sheesh, calm the fuck down! Or don't and just spontaneously combust, thus reaching your inevitable 'destiny'. Your call.

  • June 1, 2004, 11:11 p.m. CST

    "Threepio's dialogue was the first lines spoken in all of the fi

    by awkwardboyhero

    ANH and ROTJ, yes. Empire Strikes Back... no... "Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me?"

  • June 1, 2004, 11:37 p.m. CST

    you geeks are f**king sad

    by K|LLDOZER

    ... really - NOTHING is ever good enough, is it? it's like you're chasing that feeling you had when you watched "A New Hope" for the first time, life didn't seem so hopeless and empty, girls didn't quite blow you off the way they do these days when you fail to explain to them how much the original movies meant to you in a way they could sympathize with without chuckling on the inside, and you actually had the real dream of moving out of an apartment that didn't feature wood paneling prominently. really...i don't get it...what's the hangup? there were so many great things about Ep. III that everyone else thought was spellbinding...special effects to drop jaws (if you only knew what kind of craft went into it), battle scenes that will stand the test of time (of which, the special effects are even secondary when it comes to technique) story telling that transcends age groups and appeals to all (not just you jaded, sweaty palmed, emotionally bereft nerds), and masterful pacing. all you monday morning quarterbacks can eat it...if you can't see the Western Cinema masterpiece before you're eyes, you deserve every disappointment you extract. these films are sensory treasures, and you act like you're put upon to involve yourselves without even harnessing the skill of suspending your disbelief for TWO HOURS at a time. what a sad thing... don't you even have an ounce of perspective when it comes to science fiction movies? i've been watching this saga unfold since i was 10, and i've rarely been disappointed by the efforts... i've only been disappointed by the caustic opinions of self-aggrandizing geeks, post after post here. get up from the computer, or up from the couch, and get some perspective on the craft of moviemaking and storytelling. perspective makes it easier to get through life, and shattered expectations... I, for one, can't wait for this cinematic serial masterpiece to conclude, thoroughly satisfying.

  • June 1, 2004, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Ep. III actually = Ep. II in the previous post

    by K|LLDOZER

    like it'll matter anyway...

  • June 2, 2004, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Nice Try!......


    Supershadow, yeah right you expect me to believe that Mace Windu dies at the hand of anakin?Vader maybe,but not anakin.Com'on Sam L ain't going out like that.

  • Naaa... I think C3PO's not up to the job (USB 2.0 blowjob???) anymore... Now that've got married with someone off the cast of Sky Captain (one of the giant robots) and settled in upstate California (we're about to adopt a bunch of robot vaccum cleaners as childrens to form a homo family!!!), I find C3PO's quite lame and useless. The main reason for such a drop in C3PO's coolness should be Lucas's poor handling of sidekick characters into bland environments with boring, pedestrian, issues like going get a screwdriver for the little Ani or getting lost and beheaded in a dull droid factory. Nothing like insulting Artoo while he's trying to save the Falcon (with heroes onboard) from being wiped out by a Star Destroyer, by fixing the hyperdrives... those were the good ol'days. Back then Lucas was still alive, and not a stupid double hired by the studios to exploit the hype surrounding the old trilogy (the real Lucas was actually shot to death during a shooting spree in Denver... the masonic crime syndicate's big boss still has his frozen head in his office, wishing to use it as a tool to enslave thousands of Star Wars fanboys in an eventual major conspiracy move! GO TELL THE WORLD!!!).

  • June 2, 2004, 5:02 a.m. CST


    by El Aurence

    Like everyone else I thought Episodes I and II were well below par, and like everyone else (including all those who say they won't) I will go to see Episode III. Speculation is fun, but if you're going to give away plot points, whatever your source, can you PLEASE mention that your post contains spoilers in the subject line. Thank you

  • June 2, 2004, 6:50 a.m. CST


    by Conan_the_Humble

    George Lucas's right hand man you mean? According to supershadow at least. Don't get too excited by SS's Ep 3 storyline. They change every time a new bit of news comes out and his Ep 1&2 storylines changed when the movies actually came out and now appear "correct". He is the biggest fraud on the net and THAT's saying something. But if you don't believe me, go ahead and pay $7.00 and you can access his "premium area" Then you get direct speaking access to GL or something... Oh and this movie will blow chunks like the previous 2 as well. Cheers.

  • June 2, 2004, 6:51 a.m. CST


    by TheAllSeeingEye

    To accuse Ewan McGreggor and Natalie Portman of being 'BAD' actors is just plain wrong. Both are very good actors; it's just that the director is a 'BAD' director and this coupled with the fact that he demands nearly all of his sets to be CGI makes an actors life very difficult. By his own admission George Lucas can't direct, he hates it; not surprising really, if you

  • June 2, 2004, 7:35 a.m. CST


    by Goat13

    That supershadow guy is gay. He writes some half arsed synopsis about how mace windu gets killed by anakin.Please. Its a pile of shit. Then he says a few weeks later that george has changed some stuff so he has fell out with him. What he means is he made it up and this is his excuse for why his synopsis is different from the film. Toss bag! He also claims dooku dies in the first 10 mins. He is a girl. Either way, you old school star wars fans have been jilted by time....and the kids of today are too young yet to take it all in. Whats needed I think is someone who was born after star wars originals and before the new ones. Its not about special effects and stuff. Its star wars for crying out loud. I mean the originals were ground breaking then-as the new ones are now. If he had todays technology then it would have all been cgi. Stop clinging to piss poor effects and ropy acting. Star Wars isnt so bad its good and lucas doesnt purposely make them a bit shitty to emulate old serials. However, its star wars-forget about how it looks or the writing. Its that feeling you get when the theme kicks in and the way the hairs stand up on the back of your neck when the light sabers kick up. Its about having fun, not winning oscars. Lets just give it a go. Oh and lets all kick the shit out of the anal gremlin that is super shadow!!!

  • June 2, 2004, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by ATARI

  • June 2, 2004, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Let's just make sure nobody missed it...

    by TempusFugitive

    The Supershadow site is, and always has been, a great big pile of bullshit. The "author" has been claiming to be working with Lucas on the scripts all along, and posting ridiculous plot summaries. These summaries start out as the worst fanboy tripe, and then are changed regularly to reflect ACTUAL news about the movie plots. The tool thatwrites the crap there just LOVES that folks read and believe what they see there. Don't be a dope.

  • June 2, 2004, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Ep III - Birth of the Empire

    by Blanket-Man

    What kind of dopey name is that? Better than Attack of the Clones, I guess. Oh, wait, what was the topic here?

  • June 2, 2004, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by 3MTA3

    Here's the deal: Star Wars naysayers and haters are very dim-witted and don't know shit from Shinola about movies. Once again, stoopid has proved himself to be homophobic and, well, stupid. Suprise, suprise. Anthony Daniels is gay? Jeez, I guess I shouldn't like Star Wars anymore... some sub-moron talkbacker might call me "gay" too, and that would be terrible. Fuck you all. Star Wars remains the 5 best movies ever made. Soon to be 6. Deal with it, illiterate bitches.

  • June 2, 2004, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by whirls

    ....even bother to read, or even go to the trouble of writing back if you hate the movies soooo much, I wasn't impressed with I & II, but I'm not knocking them. and it amazes me- all you homophobes that bother reading the articles too!!! get a life and a girlfriend, just because you're "not gay" doesn't mean everyone else IS. LOSERS

  • June 2, 2004, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Radical Edward is Correct!

    by Gul Shah

    Edward... you don't mind if I call you Edward? Because it does worry some people - I don't know why - but they are a little sensitive so I take the precaution of asking on these occasions. So Edward's all right. Splendid. I'm sorry to have brought it up. Well thank you very much for being so helpful. And it's more than my job's worth to, er... Makes it rather difficult to establish a rapport - put the other person at his ease... Silly little point but it does seem to matter. Still, er, least said the better. Ted, when you first started you... I hope you don't mind if I call you Ted, er, I mean as opposed to Edward? Well of course it's shorter, isn't it. And much less formal! Thank you. Um, incidentally, do call me Tom. I don't want you bothering with this 'Thomas' nonsense! Ha ha ha ha! Now where were we? Ah yes. Eddie Baby, when you first started in the...

  • June 2, 2004, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Let it go

    by Sonic Reducer

    You ladies should unplug the computer for a little while, put down the cheetos, get out of the basement and go out and get some sun and chase some girls. THEY ARE ONLY MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 2, 2004, 7:04 p.m. CST

    by Sonic Reducer

    Sjg is right, it's a movie, it's not going to change the world or cure cancer.

  • June 2, 2004, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Never done this before....

    by Fulan-Key

    but i have to say that some of you are fucking really sad. All these arseholes that continue to condemn the prequels are missing the fact that they probably saw the original trilogy between the ages of 5 - 10 years old. Of course the plot, acting etc is gonna seem bad compared to what you saw in the original trilogy. Your not fucking 6 anymore!!! That was my age when i first saw Star Wars. I'm 33 now, but i still love ALL 5 films and expect to love the last instalment. Know why? Because I enjoy it for what it is. The finest bit of escapism a person can find in sad cynical world.At the end of the day we'd all like to live in that galaxy far, far away but we're stuck here. Just enjoy them for what they are. Fucking great escapism films. May The Force Be With You All. P.S. Claire Quilty or whatever your name was? The pedophile bit was uncalled for. You obviously have issues you fucking mong!

  • June 2, 2004, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Radical Edward and Acting

    by Aetius450

    You are of course absolutely correct about the actors, though I'd add Hayden Christensen to that list because he has also taken a lot of unfair shit for his Lucas-driven performance in AOTC. Let's face it, all of the actors could have been better had the script been better and had they been blessed with a director who likes to direct human beings. I've never understood how some can call Lucas a terrible writer and a hack director and then turn around and bash the actors who have to work with his bad script and poor direction, especially the actors burdened with the more emotionally complex roles like Christensen, Portman, and McGregor. Then they'll turn around and praise Ian McDiarmid (and he is good)who has a much lighter load to carry. Its apples to oranges. I also find it to be funny when people say that if only certain roles had been cast differently then things would be different; as if the fantasy alternatives wouldn't also have to work with Lucas' script and direction. I actually disagree with much of the criticism leveled at the acting, but still there is no doubt in my mind that the existing cast could have been great had they been given better material. Imagine a guy like Kershner directing this talented cast from a script written by a guy like Kasdan, and then turning it over to the best effects house for post production.

  • June 2, 2004, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Placement at top or bottom

    by Aetius450

    Is there a reason why sometimes when you post it is placed at the bottom, but other times at the top?

  • June 3, 2004, 3:53 a.m. CST

    WTF?? No Gay Robots??

    by Darth Phallus

    Oh ok there is one? Cool, just checking.

  • June 3, 2004, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Aetius450, well said...

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    What makes the original trilogy so enjoyable is the fact that even though some of the sets look bad and the alien make up looks a bit naff, the actors have completely immersed themselves in character; as far-fetched as the story is you can actually believe it still. I don't see that with the new films; I get the distinct impression that the actors aren't even enjoying themselves and find it very hard to garner the slightest inspiration on set. I seriously believe that George Lucas lambastes anyone who deviates slightly from what he believes to be an accurate rendition of his characters which, judging from the previous 2 films, is somewhere between boring and very boring. You are dead on when you mention Kershner, I

  • June 3, 2004, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    Star Wars remains the five best movies ever made? You must either be an intense retart or have been smoking dust while watching episodes 1 & 2... Those movies suck wild ass and are contending together for most embarrasing unintentionally funny piece of flat out shit to smell up a neighborhood theatre in the last decade... Think about what you're saying! Jar Jar Binx pops up his stupid shit sucking mug every time the thought of those two flicks being quality is even fathomed! and he's got a message for you too- "Mesa JAR JAR BINK- MESA CRAZY GAY AND REPRESENT EVERYTHING THAT RUIN STAR WARS FRANCHISE"- The only people that could logically enjoy those two movies other than creepy pimply headed star wars geeks with no lives are 6 year olds with that fucking Rainman disease...

  • June 3, 2004, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by johnnylong

    ...ya daffy bastards

  • June 3, 2004, 9:21 p.m. CST

    It's all subjective

    by Mako

    It's all subjective. Just cause the prequels weren't the films YOU wanted... it's easy to crap all over Lucas and what he's done. Personally... I liked the OT over the EP 1 & 2. They were huge milestones, and set foundtations for future film makers. Without Star Wars... I doubt we would of had ALIEN/ALIENS. Or BLADE RUNNER. Or RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Etc etc etc etc etc etc. At least Lucas has the balls to keep making these the way he wants, rather than succumb to cries of toddlers who can't change their own diapers. I just think people like to hear themselves fart, cause it makes them feel good about themselves and the rock they live under.

  • Aug. 6, 2004, 2:14 p.m. CST

    keep your sop to yourself

    by jayce76

    i'm excited too, but i don't want to hear about the details of your pants ......or what oozzes out of'em ...clean up on ile vommitt!!!