Cut to Ben, driving down a dirt road. He comes to a fork, which is marked by a sign listing about ten different destinations. None of them is Gunderson, but one of them is "Feebigger," which I'm betting is there because someone knew this episode would be airing right about the time HBO would be deciding on a second season pick-up. Ben thinks for a minute (you can tell because of the pained expression on his face), and then chooses the right fork in the road. Which actually is the right fork, even though we don't know that yet. It's also definitely not the road the less traveled, because five seconds later Ben comes across a guy standing off to the side of the road next to a fancy convertible. It's obvious that the guy has stopped to take a leak, which reminds me of the time my friends and I were driving along a deserted road at night and came along an almost identical scene. Except we thought the guy was having car trouble, so we shined a really bright flashlight on him and offered to help before we realized what he was doing. Yeah. Mute embarrassment all around, I can assure you. Ben asks for directions to Gunderson, and this guy at least has the common courtesy to shake off and zip up before turning around. When he does, however, he instantly takes note of the Carnivàle logo on the side of Ben's truck, and proceeds to give him a set of really long and complicated directions that basically just boil down to "take the other fork." The gentleman in question, by the way, is played by one "John Doe," whom I'm told was quite a big shot in the punk music scene way back in the day. Unfortunately, I grew up right in the middle of the punk era, but in a house where no one was permitted to listen to any music recorded after the nineteenth century. I think the first time I ever heard any of that "rock-and-roll" the kids were always talking about was when my friend's mom started driving eighth grade car pool. And that was Billy Joel. So you'll have to forgive me for not recognizing Mr. Doe.
Episode Report CardAaron: B | 859 USERS: C+
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