Bottle For A Headstone
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|Original Broadcast Date|
|December 6, 2004|
I stand before you an innocent man.
- Joe in the courtroom defending himself against her accusations, but he knows absurdly too much about her home and lifestyle. His alibi: treating young children with horrific diseases, but his witness cannot appear because of a restraining order. Flirting with a juror. I object!
- Later, defending himself against his incensed girlfriend: seducing his lovely female listeners, a tearful, intimate goodbye with his therapist...in a manly way.
- Dreaming he's a diplomat at a reception. Smelling horrible, covered in urine and feces.
- Intellectual conversations with a porn star.
- His psychotherapist recommends necrophilia.
- "Joe Frank is a character." A paradoxical loop: this is not my voice, I am only a mouthpiece for Joe Frank.
- Father Malcom seduces Bertram, who has a revelation, then becomes mute and joins a motorcycle gang.
- "You can best follow the instruction book on virtuoso piano playing by simply depressing the keys in the correct order."
- Then Bertram becomes a mime and plays at Carnegie Hall. He's visited in the hotel by Veronica, who tells him of a scheme to manufacture artificial time. Then Bertram makes up excuses to try to end the encounter. Then: a knock at the door and it's her client--she's a hooker.
- The nature of time. "Life is simply the punchline of a joke told backwards."
- Then they killed Father Malcolm? (I lost track here, 40 to 50 minutes)
- Ends with a rendition of Pull My Daisy, a poem written by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Neal Cassady.