“Love is a razor. It’s cold, and it’s sharp. It’s cutting out hearts that glow in the dark. And it’s selling wine…”
The core of this chapter is your basic lyrically inspired play by play: C has a glow in the dark razor and challenges Benji to a shaving contest. Absurd shenanigans the eventually turn more serious. Simple, right? No need to suspend any disbelief whatsoever. 🙂
Allegedly an alternate version of Benji’s afterword playfully cited this song interpretation as being the least realistic. Something to the effect of “There’s a scene where two characters decide to shave together in the dark. That would never happen in real life, but who am I to police art?”
I told Benji that was hilariously awesome. I also pointed out that he gave me a glow in the dark razor. What else was I supposed to do with it? (Upon closer review of the lyrics, now I realize it’s the hearts that glow and not the razor itself. Props for not policing that misinterpretation either.)
Another extreme mondegreen I guess…
- Originally this chapter started with Benji drowning his sorrows in wine on Kitchen Island, but since “The Mummy” needed to work as a standalone television episode the intro/outro segues bled into the chapters around it.
- With the DJ no longer dead due to something being set right that once went wrong, the name of the hardware store changed from Wilicur’s to Didicur’s.
- Do you know about the Evil Space Queen and the identity of the mummy like Frank does? (We don’t think you’ll figure out what it’s really all about…)
- “It works for me. I’m glad it hasn’t caught fire.” — Encore Magazine interview
- One of my first video sessions with Benji involved a tale of a shaving mishap—before he knew of a similar reference in the book. I reworded to match his phrasing, but also took it as a sign from the universe I was on the right track.
- The unnamed ZZ Top song (quietly) playing on the jambox is Rough Boy.
- Overemphasizing the “together” part of the shaving contest is a reference to a song by McClintock G’s, a Benji Hughes side project.
- If you’re keeping score like C, 9 of the 14 items from fake Halloween trick-or-treating have come in handy so far.
- A random old terrible idea found in my notes: “They need to take down the shower curtain and make it into a divider between the sinks so they can’t see each other shaving.”
- Topping the charts is a lyric from “Love Is A Razor.” Taking a song to number three comes from “Neverending Party” by the Goldenrods.
- The killed/kissed bit about the DJ still makes me smile, as does Benji asking for her name only to learn the DJ’s name is literally DJ.
- Lungman & Clarinetress deserve a spin-off. Perhaps that’s who Heartman & Songstress dress up as for Halloween.
- Circling back to the intro, I admit this chapter pushes the limits of absurdity. My goal was to blend the various story threads together here—sketch comedy banter, surreal dream-logic, wordplay, callbacks to previous scenes, and a heartfelt exchange between friends as we get closer to the ultimate reveal.
- C starts to put some pieces together at the end: “If Heartman plus Songstress divided from Jessica equaled L times Benji minus Jessica, then recalculating the proof to include DJ would yield…” The knock at the door exactly when he figures it out isn’t a coincidence.