Judge John Hodgman Episode 227: No-show Contendere

Jean Grae

Ted brings the case against his good friend Chris. They will make plans, but Chris will suddenly become unreachable when it comes time to meet up. Ted's calls and texts go unanswered. Ted says Chris needs to step up and let him know when his plans have changed. Chris says the plans weren't firm, so he's not entirely in the wrong. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Luke Seemann for this week's case name!

Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns this week! You can find Jean Grae online and in real life! Follow her @JeanGreasy on Twitter. Go see her perform live in NYC. Or check out her Bandcamp page.

And be sure to get your tickets to Judge Hodgman's ongoing Vacationland tour.



Xenophon, not Homer

"The Warriors" does indeed have roots in Greek literature, but it is derived from Xenophon's Anabasis, rather than Homer's Odyssey. The Anabasis, a work of non-fiction, relates what happens after the general of a mercenary army is killed. Xenophon then must lead the surviving Greek warriors many miles through hostile Persian territory, being attacked all along the route, until they at last reach the sea in a dramatic scene.

Both stores are about difficult returns home after battle, which probably explains the Judge's confusion.

The Warriors

The Bench erred in its mischaracterization of the multicultural lead gang in the 1979 film The Warriors. Coney Island was then, and still remains, a largely multicultural community of Puerto Ricans, African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans, Eastern European Jews, Italians and Irishmen. Today, Dominicans and Asians are now a part of the mosaic. Because the bench is really from Vermont(?), his gross error may be excused—however, the acting bailiff hails from 23rd Street, and was on a sequel to Crooklyn Dodgers—For that, there is no excuse--There is sufficient basis to overturn the judge’s ruling.

You need to do something

You need to do something about that question mark.