Judge John Hodgman Episode 96: Bench Warrant

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Dimitri brings this week's case against his boyfriend, Landon. Whenever the two of them go out to eat at their neighborhood diner, Dimitri wants Landon to sit next to him, leaving the other side of the booth empty. Landon isn't terribly enthusiastic about this, telling Dimitri that it's a little too lovey-dovey for his liking. Will Landon have to take Dimitri's side? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

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Special thanks to Paul Ruh for suggesting this title.

UPDATE ON EPISODE 85: IPSO LACTO

The evidence for this week's case is purely circumstancial, so no photographs or videos here. However, we do have an update on the Ipso Lacto case from last November. You may remember that his Honor ruled that Angela had to subject herself to American cheese. Angela's account of the event and photographic evidence is available on our forum.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa, back it up... *beep* *beep* *beep*

"Opprubium"? uh-Pro-bee-um?? You are conspicuously lacking an "r", Sir. I am rather scandalized--though, in a pleasant, self-satisfied sort of way.

Doesn't happen often

But I strongly disagreed with the Judge's decision in this case. While it's true that people in a relationship challenge each other to grow, they also need to respect the other persons boundaries. Only Landon has the right to determine how demonstrative he chooses to be in public.
If Dimitri is determined to publicly make a statement about gay pride that's up to him, and more power to him, but he needs to respect his partners feelings.
Your honor frequently states that one can't make another like what you like, and I don't think it's fair for Dimitri to presume that Landon is somehow not being true to himself by not acting gay enough. He's an adult and old enough to know what he likes.
Would you have insisted that a heterosexual woman who is really uncomfortable holding hands in public do so just to make her boyfriend happy?
I understand the ruling was to 'try it,' but Landon didn't say he didn't know, he wasn't sure, etc. He clearly said it made him uncomfortable. Why would someone subject their lover to that?

I decided to look up the

I decided to look up the location at issue, and the Google Maps Streetview of the mentioned coffee shop, shows two women sitting side by side: http://goo.gl/maps/T4Ygd

And, for note: in my hetero relationship, we sit on the same side of the booth at multiple brunch spots further south on Sunset Blvd...

Table Read

Community? My Dinner with Anrdre?
Wha? I thought for sure that I was hearing a parody of The Tobolowsky Files!

Also, I can't hear the name Dimitri without thinking of/hearing Peter Sellers' brilliant President Merkin Muffley phone conversation with the Russian Premier in Dr. Strangelove.

"Well, let me finish, Dimitri. Let me finish, Dimitri. Well, listen, how do you think I feel about it? Can you imagine how I feel about it, Dimitri? Why do you think I'm calling you? Just to say hello?"

Perhaps President Obama should do brunch sitting on the same side of the booth with Kim Jong-un.

Summary Judgement

This was one of the few times I recognized the summary judgement! Abed describes being on "Cougar Town"!