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Minute 031: For the Sake of the Children

September 12, 2016

Guest Host: Pete Mummert

Pete Mummert is a co-host of the Indiana Jones Minute podcast, a show that the AV Club once hailed as “not nearly as tedious as a thing like this could potentially be.” He lives with his wife and two cats in San Francisco, a town in which the term “snow desk” only rarely enters casual conversations.


Mel stands behind Tanya, with his hands on her shoulders, in the Trans Global Executive Lounge. Tanya said TGA is pushing her for a transfer to San Francisco.

“It’s a beautiful city,” says Mel. “I’ll miss you.”

“Will you?” asks Tanya. “Enough not to let me go?” Mel drops his hands from her shoulders. Tanya turns around. “I’m sorry,” she says. “I had no right to say that. You’ve been honest with me from the beginning — no false hopes, no promises…”

“I’m not as honest as you think,” says Mel. “I said I invented excuses not to go home and that’s true — but I didn’t mention the real reason I needed to stay here.”

Mel walks behind the sofa and ponders his situation. “I tell myself I’ve got to try to hold things together — ‘for the sake of the children’ — but I’m not sure that’s true, or even kind. They know what’s going on, and it’s hurting them — especially Roberta.”

Mel continues, “And I think about my mother and father, and God knows they — they had their ups and downs, but somehow they — somehow they worked it out. I feel I ought to be able to do the same, or else I’ve failed. And I don’t like to f-”


In This Minute

Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingston
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld



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