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Check out the radness that came in the post yesterday! A doorknob scarf, perfect for both all my canine uprising needs and for making people in the street do a double take as they register that yes indeed, it really says knob. A plushie Weremarsicorn complete with key-shaped cutie mark. And a knitted Bill Cipher, ready to hand out horror and deer teeth at a moments' notice!

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Also seen here: FunkoPOP customs of Simon, Mars and Dash by JaDisArt, crochet Sparky by Pixelkei and altered beanie baby Sparky (aka Sprite or Sparky Lite) by Erik237.
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The story structure for “Eerie, Indiana” takes an interesting twist in this second episode, which is a story relayed to us by lead character Marshall Teller. In the introduction, told in the present time, Marshall’s parents are confused when Marshall is terrified of getting a retainer. As we soon learn, it has nothing to do with the fear of pain, or the fear of being made fun of, but rather because of what happened to the last friend of his that got one…

That friend was Steve Konkalewski, whose teeth refuse to straighten after five years of visits to a mad dentist. The evil tooth-doctor makes for him a “special” retainer, one that gives him the “gift” of hearing what dogs are thinking. In a rather interesting twist, dogs only appear to be friendly on the outside, a front because they are eventually planning to take over the world, something Steve figures out thanks to his newfound ability.

Marshall and Simon, his closest friends, quickly put two-and-two together after a series of odd occurrences, and develop a hunch that he can read the mind of dogs. To test this, Marshall uses a rather absurd experiment: He places a paper bag over Simon's head, then flips a coin and shows it to a dog. Once Steve is able to accurately read the outcome of the coin flip—via the dog's eyes—they are convinced of his superpower. (Would a dog really have an understanding of “heads” and “tails”? Am I putting way too much thought into this?)

This is a minor breakthrough, but Marshall is more intelligent than most kid's show heroes: He understands the absurdity of the whole situation, and realizes that no one will believe them without proof. And so he creates a recording device so that he can capture the sounds that Steve picks up via his retainer (the scenes of them trying to move him around like an antenna to get better reception is pretty clever stuff, despite the obvious outdatedness of it all). Well he also inadvertently picks up some nearby chatter, which leads him to a dog pound known for a high rate of euthanasia. (This is a show for kids?)

Earlier in the episode, an evil kennel warden is attacked by a lone dog who doesn't take kindly to the way the man treats the mutts (he even threatens to “toss them into the chamber”, which looks eerily like a cremation chamber). When our heroes arrive to find the source of the chatter (which are chants of “Freedom!”, by the way), there is a lone bloody bone propping open the door...obviously the bone of the warden, who was picked clean by the dogs. This is a show for kids?

Anyway, the canines don't appreciate Steve being able to monitor their thoughts, so they demand he gives them his retainer. The only problem? It's stuck to his face and he can't get it off. The flashback ends with the dogs chasing him out into the streets, at which point they presumably attack him, kill him, and forcibly take the retainer for themselves. I arrived at this conclusion because we flash back to the present, where Marshall has his own retainer, and calmly explains to a familiar dog that his retainer doesn't allow him to hear the dog's thoughts...and the dog responds by coughing up Steve's old retainer, leading Marshall to contemplate the possible fate of his friend.

It's not a very good episode overall, mainly because it lacks the joyful absurdity of the premiere. There are precious few laughs, and none of the off-the-wall fascination from the first one, making this one feel like a complete dud. Steve just isn't really all that fascinating of the character to center an entire story around, and the retainer idea—while it's clearly going for the offbeat—never gets its feet off the ground. On the flipside, I'd say that Marshall's blandness is already starting to grow on me...it's a welcome change from the over-the-top characters in most such shows.

Regardless, I'd file this one under “sophomore slump” for sure.

RATING: 4/10
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It's the 14th of the month, and that's the date we put aside to think about all those amazing minor characters, places, organisations and general backdrop that make Eerie so compellingly watchable.

This month's theme is: Steve
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The IT stories you don’t get in other newspapers usually turn up in The Sun. For example, the tale of Abbi Rendell’s cat Jerry, lost in October in her home village of Polperro, Cornwall.

She posted on the local web site (www.polperro.org) asking if anyone had seen Jerry and received an email from Deb Wilgus.

Deb had seen Jerry sleeping outside a local hotel. But... Deb lives in Indiana, and saw Jerry while watching Polperro on her webcam. Are we the only people who find this a bit creepy?


Is Polperro south England's version of Eerie? Could they be sister cities? Is internet surveillance the latest front in the war between cats and dogs? Does Deb work for the Canine Arrest Team?


Jerry the tabby had run away when the couple moved house from Staffordshire to Cornwall and it was feared he had got lost and died.


But then, thanks to the wonders of technology, Jerry was spotted - by a woman nearly 4,000 miles away in America.


Deb Wilgus, an avid Anglophile from Indiana, had regularly seen the two-year-old cat out and about in the middle of the night on a webcam outside the Claremont hotel in Polperro , Cornwall.


When she saw an appeal on the same website she immediately passed on the amazing news.


Now Mr and Mrs Rendell are staking out the hotel and are convinced they will find their long lost pet.

Mrs Rendell, 30, a barmaid, said: “About three weeks after we moved in Jerry decided to take himself off on a walkabout and we haven’t seen him since. I was so upset.

“I’d get up at two or three in the morning to try to find him but we heard nothing for seven months, even though I put up posters of him in every shop and pub in the village.

“Then out of the blue we got this message from a woman in America saying she had seen him and when I looked at the webcam picture I knew it was him instantly.

“I felt quite emotional when I saw him. I just couldn’t believe it and it’s definitely going to help us find him because he’s a creature of habit.

“Deb loves looking at the website because she thinks it’s so quaint here. She’d seen Jerry dozens of times - almost every day.”

Mrs Rednell left her “Lost cat!” message on the Polperro village forum on October 25 but it was not until April 12 that Deb replied saying she had seen Jerry.

Her message reads: “Hello, I know that this may sound strange but I have the best of intentions. My name is Deb and I live in Indiana in the US and I love looking at the Polperro web site (your village is lovely) and particularly the web cams.

“One night last week I read about your Jerry who went missing. To finally get to the point, there is a tabby kitty who some nights sleeps on the mat at the entrance to the Claremont Hotel.

“I have seen this cat MANY times and love seeing him. I feel sorry for him really, he seems very nervous when people walk up or down in front of the hotel. I get the feeling he is lost. He doesn’t look as if it’s his home.”

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