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Episode 291: Good Night, Sweet Prince

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Jonathan Metts - May 13, 2012, 5:26 pm EDT
Total comments: 57

It's Greg's last show, but we manage to talk about Nintendo anyway.

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Well, it's time for that episode. Despite the sad theme of Greg leaving RFN, we celebrate him and all the great times with games, memories, funny clips, and only a few tears. But first... New Business! James starts it with his decidedly mixed impressions of Resident Evil: Revelations for 3DS. Greg's next with Game & Watch Gallery 2, a belated date with Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, and some comments on Treasure's Advance Guardian Heroes (though the impressions are actually from Lindy, who wrote the original review for NWR). Jonny reaches the absurd final track in MotoHeroz, completes a digital transition with Darksiders, and continues his journey through Xenoblade Chronicles. Jon closes it out with his own little tribute -- Radiant Silvergun on XBLA. Too bad Greg can't play it himself... or can he?

After the break, we begin the long goodbye with a pair of Listener Mails, hand-selected by Mr. Leahy as questions he really wanted to answer before he left. The first one's about our hopes for the Wii U launch lineup of games; the other one asks us to look at Nintendo's efforts to reclaim core gamers and how Metroid might fight into that strategy. As always, you can send in your own questions for the new RFN crew-to-be. And special thanks to the hundreds of you who've sent kind words for Greg over the NWR forums, email, Twitter, Facebook, NeoGAF, etc. Your words are truly inspiring.

After much stalling, we have to begin the damnable process of saying farewell to our charming Brit editor, and he to the rest of us. There are gut-wrenching moments, but we managed to pierce through the melodrama with humor whenever possible. A brilliant best-of clip edited by Guillaume certainly helps, and Greg also describes in some detail how he selected and trained his successor. But the focus here is on Greg himself, as we each take turns wrestling with our emotions and thanking each other for the amazing ride that has been the last four-and-a-half years.  And then it's over.

We'll be back next week, with Guillaume and without Greg. No one knows just what the show will become, but it will be something different, and we hope you'll come along for the ride as we move on from this magical formula and try to alchemize a new one.

This podcast was edited by Greg Leahy.

Music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is used with permission from Jason Ricci & New Blood. You can purchase their newest album, Done with the Devil, directly from the record label, Amazon (CD) (MP3), or iTunes, or call your local record store and ask for it!

Additional music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is copyrighted to Nintendo and Square Enix, and is included under fair use protection.


Goodbye again Greg, thanks for all the episodes you worked on.

Hope you pop back again from time to time.

Glad0sMay 13, 2012

OK, so here's my prediction as to what happens:

We soon discover that Ben Linus killed the real Guillame, and after bringing Guillame's dead body back to the island, The Spirit of Greg will then take on the form of Guillame. "Guillame" will then lead Jon and James to kill Jonny in a giant foot, after which they will find out that Guillame is actually Greg, as "Guillame" will then transform into a pillar of black smoke and kill Jonny's bodyguards.

All joking aside, I haven't listened to the episode yet. I'm looking forward to it, but...I'm kind of dreading it too. I feel like I've grown to know Greg over the years, even if I haven't actually met him. (Well, we played Mario Kart 7, but that doesn't really count.) More thoughts after I listen.

Scatt-ManMay 13, 2012

This is why I shouldn't save episodes 'til bed time. I still haven't finished last week's episode, as I like to savour the goodness that is Greg's relaxing voice. Either that, or the voice is just so damned soothing that it sends me off to the land of dreams before the episode is through. REGARDLESS! I am now I sad man.

We'll miss you a little, I guess, Greg...I guess.
*Tries to hold back the tears*

EyothrieMay 13, 2012

Well I just stopped what I was doing to listen to this episode.  Thanks again, Greg. 

Just had to use Chrono Trigger music for the outro...


So long, Greg.  It's been a pleasure listening to you.  Enjoy your retirement from Podcasting.

AVMay 13, 2012

I couldn't think of anything clever to send in but I wanted to. I will miss you Greg.
your valuable input, european perspective, your great insight and the amazing editing skills.

I hope Greg can guest host from time to time for special occasions like e3 or whatever.

Hip Hip Hurrah for greg.
Hip Hip Hurrah for Greg.
HIP HIP HURRAH FOR GREG !!!!!!!!!!!!  :-[ :-X :-\ :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

TizonaMay 13, 2012

I just don't know if I can listen. Greg, you were easily the person I most identified with, game wise, and I will very much miss your particular insight on the world of gaming. I'm sure the rest of the crew will continue to put out amazing content, but you will be missed. Thank you sir and godspeed.

RodrigueMay 13, 2012

I'll definitely be less excited about listening to each week's episode after this.

On the bright side, there's someone to represent the glorious Québécois master race.

scrawntonMay 13, 2012

This was a sad moment for me and the chrono trigger music at the end almost made me cry... I dont take separation well.

Amazing episode, it was a really fitting end to Greg's tenure. The last segment was really nice.

Also, I did want to apply for the site because I loved RFN, it pushed me over the edge so to speak.

ShyGuyMay 14, 2012

I refuse to say goodbye, because I WILL find you.


Just finished it. Very touching.

I hope you liked the clip reel, it was done over a pretty short period of time. I think I detected your editing magic on it, I don't recall each clip being at the same volume. Sorry for that!

I've already told you this but it bears repeating: you've been a direct inspiration for me even trying my hand at doing a podcast, your work has been fantastic and I'll always look up to your professionalism and skill.

Jonny was absolutely right: you are one of the foremost experts on Nintendo, and just like John I've often been in awe at your analytical abilities. I don't know where your knowledge of the business came from, but it's damn impressive. Right up to these last few episodes, even though anyone else might have been tempted to phone it in for the past few weeks.

Listening to your podcast over the last few years, I've often thought it would be awesome to get to talk to you guys for real, be invited on the podcast out of the blue to just hang out and talk about Nintendo. I never actually expected it to happen, yet it did. Pretty bittersweet that it should be under these circumstances.

You leave behind some ridiculously big, well-worn shoes that are impossible to fill, Greg. It's the end of an era.

Pixelated PixiesMay 14, 2012

Good luck Greg!

SageprotectorMay 14, 2012

Good luck Greg, may your travels continue serving you well!

ivanincubusMay 14, 2012

Oh boy, A very emotional episode this was. I must admit that I broke down a bit, and why shouldnt I? When all the crew open their hearts to all the podcast listeners. You are all awesome guys, and james takes the throphy for being the soul of this weeks podcast.

MoRZMay 14, 2012

I've said my piece about Greg on the last thread, so I want to express my gratitude to the entire staff for making this a truly remarkable and emotional episode.

And I fuckin laughed so hard when Jon said "what about me, it's the podcast people"...

EJtheKMay 14, 2012

Greg, who will proudly represent Buffalo's great and steadfast Bills on the podcast now!?

You'll be missed...

Farewell, God Speed, and Good Luck.

LithiumMay 14, 2012

I got all misty eyed listening to James' farewell. Be Honest James, i wasn't the only one. Sounds like you were about to tear up. man i feel like it's the end of an era :(

...Well, here's to Season 4.

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And I fuckin laughed so hard when Jon said "what about me, it's the podcast people"...

don't worry Jon you're awesome too haha

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)May 14, 2012

This was a big shock for me. I've been very busy work-wise this month, so I was completely unaware of this development until this morning. It's very sad to hear Greg depart from the show - best of luck with all future endeavours.

When Jonny mentioned your inspiring cache of vocabulary, it really resonated with me. In the past three years, I have observed a noticeable improvement in my language while writing essays, presentations and the like. I'd be working on an assignment and insert a certain word or phrase, something that I wouldn't normally use. I'd pause, then trace my choice of words back to RFN and back to something that Greg said. It speaks to the insight and intelligence that you bring to this podcast - you have honestly contributed to my academic growth and for that, I tip my hat to you.

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Greg. Your knowledge and priceless sense of humour will be greatly missed. No pressure, Guillame. :)

Uncle_OptimusMay 14, 2012

Was gettin' a little misty myself, there.Only been listening to the show for a month (plus a hefty bit of the back catalog) but Greg's comments are some of the most poignant Nintendo-related analysis that I have come across.

Cheers for the years of dedicated service, my man. Your passion for the show and in making it amazing was evident in every episode you were involved in.

When I started writing for NWR, it was about two months after the current crew started doing RFN. I've always been a fan and a listener. This sort of sucks.

I believe I can speak for the site as an entire whole (staffers, readers, listeners, etc.) when I say it won't be the same without Greg. We will all miss him dearly.

latterdayrastaMay 14, 2012

I've been listening for years now, and I knew that this day would eventually come.  Thanks to Greg for putting in so many hours to make this show great.  I'm impressed that you held on to that grueling schedule for so long.

The absence of your insight, wit, and professionalism will leave a void, but thank you so much for being a part of our lives each week.  I have written into the show as Chris from Chicago several times, and I was always most interested to hear what you had to say about my emails, since our taste in games is similar.

Enjoy your weekends!  You have definitely earned some time for yourself.  I hope to hear from you again in the future through some other medium.

Go Bills!

Just listened to the whole thing...holy ****.

I didn't know just how much I really was going to miss you until I heard the goodbye segment at the end...admittedly, there was a tear or two shed. Those goodbyes were really touching, and I think it was James' at the end that really got to me (in combination with the other two, surely).

I started listening to the show around five years ago, before the four of you became the dream team you were (are). I stopped listening for a little while out of silly foolishness that the show would become worse without the Karl, Jonny, and Sklens lineup. When I started listening again, I was quickly proven wrong (of course), and you guys actually opened my eyes up to the site, and to gaming journalism in general. With that information, I continued listening, started writing on my own time for a few years, and eventually ended up applying for the site several months ago, allowing my fandom in the site to come full circle. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, and I hope you won't be a stranger.

EnnerMay 14, 2012

Great show. My eyes got a little misty near the end.

With Riki the Heropon in Xenoblade Chronicles, the localization team made some smart choices with the direction they went with. The voice in the Japanese voice over is the high-pitched and cute voice that Japanese voice actors seem to naturally while the English voice over went with the deeper, funny creature voice. In turn, all the Nopon male adults sometimes have a similar voice quip so the players aren't completely blindsided when Riki comes to play.

Either voice over, Japanese or English is a hard sell unless you are tolerant of such cartoon voices. I went in to the game knowing what to expect by listening to character voice clips on the official English Xenoblade website. Still, I hope you give Riki a chance as he goes from doofus to one of the more wise and caring characters in the game (counting the Heart-to-heats here). That is no surprise from a character who is 40 years old, has a wife, and many children. I didn't hear any hints of that facet of the character being known so I hope you were all being respectful of spoilers.

Strong men...also cry.

BlueStormMay 14, 2012

Thanks again (to all of you) for keeping the podcast going after all these years.  I listen to quite a few podcasts and it's amazing how many of them have faded over the years.  Fortunately for us all, this one has not.  Your podcast has ranked consistently as one of my most liked podcasts over the years, and while things will never be quite the same, I'm sure things will be fine, just different.

Farewell Greg, enjoy your new found time. 

I'm still getting myself ready to listen to 291. I usually listen at work, but there is no way I can do that this week. I've actually been avoiding this thread since the show went up.

I said my piece on the show and I'm glad to see the comments here that indicate I got it out. I really felt like I was rambling, but I had things to say. And no, I didn't cry. Honest...

I want each and every listener to know, this last week and a half has really shown me how much this show means to our listeners. The outpouring of support, praise, emotion, and genuine humanity in the inhumane tundra that is the Internet has been absolutely touching.

It has encouraged me to do the absolute most I can to make this podcast as good as it can be, even if I have to do the unthinkable and read the show notes in advance. While I'm sure it often seems that I'm not taking this very seriously, know that this show means a lot to me. I know it means a lot to each of us, and even though he retired I know it will continue to mean a lot to Greg. I now know that it means a lot to you, our listeners, as well. I want it to continue to, and that is now my mission. Am I going to continue to be an ass? Yes, but that's my way.

Thank you, all of you, for listening. Keep sending us your email. Keep posting in the talkback. Keep hitting us on twitter. Half the show is from you guys, and we can't make it great without you.

Uncle_OptimusMay 15, 2012

@James I appreciated the genuine and heartfelt feelings the crew shared in this episode, cheers for letting the man crystals tumble.
What I found the most poignant was the revelation that the crew has not even all met face to face to shake hands, slaps on the back and toasts. Yet, real and meaningful relationships can form nonetheless and neither geography or facial familiarity can be a barrier to that.
Going back to what Jonny said about the relationship between a host and his unknown listeners, there is really something beautifully human (sometimes) about how we can develop strong personal feelings even for, essentially, a smooth, disembodied voice.

ROiDSMay 15, 2012

Damn ninjas putting onions on my eyes!  :'(
Anyway, it's been a great time, Greg. Too bad that you have to leave the crew. :(
However, thank you for providing us information and insights about video games and the video game industry as a whole, and I hope that you have a great future ahead of you. Thank you.

CericMay 15, 2012

I thought the episode was bittersweet.  It was an excellent episode except Greg was being sent off.  Even though Dr.Metts is the host it always felt along the line of Greg being the Steward.  I'm a little concerned the limits won't be able to be pushed as far without him.

Greg is someone that I have come to really respect.  I wouldn't mind my Son turning out like Greg. 

Also for some reason I feel a need for a Cho Aniki tribute to Greg, but alas I don't own the game.

Can I just say that although I am going to miss hearing Greg's musings on the podcast, that I'm grateful you all didn't decide to take Jonny's initial reaction to pull the plug? 

All gushing about being sad of Greg's departure aside, Radio Free Nintendo is a great podcast to listen to because of ALL the members that are involved.  From this listener's perspective, what is being lost just as much as Greg's individual input is the great group cohesion & collaboration that seemed to flow so well.  Despite this, I do believe the three of you can soldier on with Guillerme (Not sure if that's the correct spelling, apologies if it isnt) to form a new consensus and direction.

I'll say again that I'll miss the old group mojo, but do also look forward to future episodes and believe that the podcast won't be worse, just a bit different.

P.S. The new intro music in the episodes have been sounding like funeral procession music to me.  Any possibility of choosing a different selection?  Just saying it sounds kind of like a downer, and prior intro music selections always made it seem like "the party is about to start!".

CericMay 15, 2012

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P.S. The new intro music in the episodes have been sounding like funeral procession music to me.  Any possibility of choosing a different selection?  Just saying it sounds kind of like a downer, and prior intro music selections always made it seem like "the party is about to start!".

Maybe a March

roykoopa64May 15, 2012

Thank you for all your hard work Greg, you will be greatly missed for sure. I wish you the best wherever life may take you.

Planet_JASEMay 15, 2012

I'm a relatively new listener but I've come to enjoy having you all in my weekly schedule.  You will be missed, Greg.  Thankfully I can still (and will) go back and listen to about 3 years worth of shows from before I found the podcast.  Not everyone is that 'lucky'.

Like I said, I'm a new listener and will miss you.  I cannot imagine what it must be like for Johnny, Jon and James who have had you in their lives for over 4 years.

All the best, Greg.

apdudeMay 15, 2012

I'm humbled at the fact you spent 20+ hrs a week for our sake. We were not worthy of that type personal sacrifice but are grateful for the quality podcast you brought us week in and week out. We couldn't possibly thank you enough.  Looking forward at least we still have Jon's steady hand to guide the ship. God help us all.

TeaHeeMay 15, 2012

I have been listening to various podcasts for about a year now, and RFN has always been the best of the bunch.  Now I know that this excellence was due in large part to not only Greg's thorough knowledge of gaming but also his technical skills with editing.  I will miss Greg on the show, but I am highly optimistic that the show will maintain its high level of professionalism.
Once again... thanks.

I feel it's also worth noting that I feel the show will continue to be great, the other three regulars Jonny, James and Jon are also what make this show great.

NinSageMay 16, 2012

Just finished listening.  :-\

I feel like, well, not like someone died... but like, when a close friend moves away for whatever reason.  You know you'll still hear from them now and then, but that frequent contact will likely never happen again.

Very sad indeed.

At least the blow is softened by having someone as great as Gui join the crew.

Now if you'll excuse me, I feel I must wrap my NES in a fine cloth, place it on a small boat, light that boat on fire, and softly play the trumpet as it floats out to sea*.  :'(

<--- *apparently does not know how to deal with loss =P

Olimar77May 16, 2012

I was listening to RFN while working in my yard a couple of months ago and it dawned on me that this podcast, as I know it, won't exist indefinitely. It was a sad thought, because the staff at RFN speaks to my love of Nintendo in a way no one else does. Greg, you will be missed. Thank you for planning your departure with such professionalism and sensitivity to those of us who have looked forward to hearing from you over the past 3+ years. I wish you the best.

DonkeyBilly KongMay 16, 2012

I just wanted to thank Greg for everything.  I will really miss hearing him every week, and I know that the people he now has more time to interact with are very fortunate.

suzzopherMay 17, 2012

Thanks for all the hard work and for the entertainment you have provided us over the years Greg. You will be sorely missed :(

SundoulosMay 17, 2012

Unfortunately, I was on a trip last week and didn't really get wind of Greg's departure until this week.  I found out by reading the talkback threads in both this episode and 290.  I've frankly been putting off listening to them because the news did sadden me, but I finally made myself finish them yesterday.

There's probably not much to add that already hasn't been said, but here goes...

Greg, thank you for your hard work and sacrifice to make this podcast something truly special.  Just due the nature of my life currently, I probably end up spending more time listening to video game podcasts than I do with actual gaming at times.  RFN has been consistently one of the best, if not the best podcast out there on this subject.  As others have stated, your wit, demeanor and professionalism will be missed.  I was amazed when I first heard about some of your monumental efforts to recreate missing audio or entire segments; I think your level of commitment speaks volumes about your character.

Even though I feel a little silly writing it, listening to 290 and 291 did feel a little like having to say goodbye to an old friend.  Even though I've been fortunate enough to call in to one of the live shows and express (somewhat feebly) a little of my appreciation for RFN and your efforts, I've never taken the time to write the show with a question or just a note of appreciation.  I regret that now.  I hope that you'll continue to make appearances on RFN and other podcasts when you're adjusted and have obtained some of that rest that is certainly well-deserved.  Good luck in whatever it is that you'll do with all of that spare time!  :) 

To the rest of you guys, I'd say that I'd feel the same way if any of you guys left as well.  You guys really do all contribute to this podcast, and have all worked together to craft something that is truly special.  I appreciate it!  Given that RFN has been going so strong for a relative eternity (in internet years), I've been dreading something like this for a while.  This has been consistently one of my favorite podcasts for the last four years or so of my life.  I've always attempted to make time for RFN, even if I was a little late in listening to some of the episodes.

Guillaume, I've enjoyed your appearances on the show so far, and I'm sure that you'll do great as the newest addition.  I've enjoyed your contributions on handheld and downloadable games in particular.  It's not as if you need me to welcome you to the show, but I still say, "Welcome!"  If Greg has faith in you, I'm certain that you'll do an outstanding job. 

Hey Einstein!May 17, 2012

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I want each and every listener to know, this last week and a half has really shown me how much this show means to our listeners. The outpouring of support, praise, emotion, and genuine humanity in the inhumane tundra that is the Internet has been absolutely touching.

I couldn't agree more with James on this. Even just for a regular listener like me the out pouring of appreciation for RFN from all of us and the honest vulnerability the guys showed on the podcast this week has felt like something special. I love knowing that I'm not the only one who can't wait for the show each week and enjoys it as much as I do.

Sad as I am at the prospect of not listening to Gregg each week, I'm looking forward to listening to the next episode and I'm so glad the show is moving on.

Bring on the next Retro Active!

MiyamotoMay 17, 2012

Thank you very much Greg. You've been superb all these years. I hope life is good to you in the years to come. You'll be able to look back one day and remember you made a lot of people very happy by doing something very cool.

Cheers Greg, I'll miss talking shop with you every week.  I look forward to the upcoming NFL season, when I'll be thinking of you when Ryan Fitzpatrick inevitably gets benched and replaced by Vince Young.

To the listeners: thank you all.  It's extremely humbling that you guys enjoy what we do so much.  The appreciation that you've shown Greg (and the podcast in general) over the past few weeks really shows why RFN is something special, and will continue to be something special in the weeks, months, and years to come.

And of course, welcome Gui!  I look forward to educating you on the fine Canadian game of hockey.  Perhaps you've heard of it.  ;-)

The show could never be the same without Greg, but I don't think they could have done any better than Guillaume as a successor. This crew was the only RFN cast I ever knew, and they had have a fantastic dynamic with each other that would be damned hard to duplicate.

As has been said, though, Greg is a far better man than me to be able to devote that much time week in and week out for as long as he did, and I don't begrudge him one bit for wanting out of that arrangement. He will be missed dearly, but the (somewhat) new cast, while different, has proven already to work very well together, and will only improve with time.

Greg or no Greg, for my money, Radio Free Nintendo is easily the best gaming podcast out there, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

NinSageMay 18, 2012

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I look forward to the upcoming NFL season, when I'll be thinking of you when Ryan Fitzpatrick inevitably gets benched and replaced by Vince Young.

I'm so torn up about this.  Fitzpatrick is a mystery because he can be great but it's looking like there is some kind of ceiling on his talent that we can't see.  Where as Vince Young can be a superstar but also refuses to realize that potential.

We'll have to see, but, as a very satisfied Giants fan who lives in Buffalo, I am desperately thirsting for a Bills superbowl championship and I don't care who delivers it.

;D bELIeve.  ;D

NTVY - Never Trust Vince Young

The Bills have adopted the method of my Cleveland Browns, where they have two decent, inconsistent QBs that would be very good backups instead of a real starter.

NinSageMay 18, 2012

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The Bills have adopted the method of my Cleveland Browns, where they have two decent, inconsistent QBs that would be very good backups instead of a real starter.

Otto Graham "for the win"!!

... he's from my hometown.

TJ SpykeMay 18, 2012

Up until Fitzpatrick signed his new contract last year, he was a very good QB (not "inconsistant").

I don't know if I'd go as far as very good. And in this league, what's important is what you've done lately, and lately he's been inconsistent.

IgnoramusMay 19, 2012

The first episode of RFN that I listened to was episode 280 so I am a new listener, but eleven episodes in and I must say Greg's insights were one of the best parts of the show. I will miss you Greg!

That being said, being a new listener has its benefits. I was introduced to Guillaume in the second week of listening to the podcast so this transition will be a welcome one! I look forward to future episodes.

Lastly I am interested (and hope) to see if James tries a hand in RE:R's multiplayer which is something that Greg didn't do when he talked about the game. I think Capcom made a valiant effort in their Raid mode that adds a good amount of replay value to the game as well as adds a layer of depth that we haven't seen in other RE games.

TrueNerdMay 21, 2012

I had to put this episode off for awhile because I knew I couldn't listen to it in my normal public podcast listening setting due to the high probability of crying at some point during the episode. And sure enough, there were tears. Damn you, James.

It really does feel like saying goodbye to a good friend. Thanks for everything Greg. Hope to hear from you again soon.

OldgastMay 21, 2012

I have listened to the show for about a year and it won't be the same without Greg. It was nice to have someone representing us europeans and I really like his sense of humour.

adadadMay 21, 2012

It was very difficult for me to listen to this show, but I was happy to hear that other fans expressed what needs to be said: Greg has contributed a hell of a lot to this great show over the past 4 years. I've been listening since about episode 50, and the show never really took off for me until a few episodes in with James, Jonny, Jon and Greg. Since then I've been avid, looking forward to the show every week. I've never missed an episode in that time, so I don't feel ashamed to say how much RFN feels like a part of my life at this point. Greg, your hard work is much appreciated.

One of my favourite moments of the show was when you guys read out my joke email about Kate Middleton's wedding, Greg's response was perfect.

Good luck Greg and we all hope to hear from you soon.

Glad0sMay 28, 2012

Ha, I love how this heartfelt thread eventually fell into football talk. In true Greg fashion, I suppose. Anyway, I just want to say that this was one hell of an episode, and Greg, you will be truly missed. Also, James's speech was probably the saddest thing I've ever heard on a podcast. The only thing that could have made it greater would be if the theme from Twin Peaks had been used as the outro music. ;)

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