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Last week was great for Suzi. She’d been given a great opportunity to gunge an additional celebrity to the ones nominated and she’d come away almost completely clean for once. She was also quite satisfied with the result of the vote, despite later learning of some technical difficulties.
This week was even better. When she first heard about the premise she was rather intrigued and eager to get into the spirit of it herself. This meant making a call to one of her former guests – Yuriko Maki. Using the contact info from the application form Yuriko had handed in before, she made the call. Being of a rather high profile, she decided to keep her number hidden. “Moshi moshi. Maki Yuriko desu,” came the answer.
“Uhm, hi. This is Suzi Harrison. Can I speak with Yuriko?”
Yuriko was rather shocked to be getting a call from Suzi. “S-speaking! What’s going on?”
“This week’s Superhero Week on Slop Drop. I was hoping you could help me pick out a costume,” Suzi explained, before explaining exactly what it entailed.
Yuriko listened intently and came up with a suggestion. “I’m not so into comic books, but I’d say not to go with a Marvel or DC costume. It’ll make you seem biased. Don’t know much outside them though.”
“Does Sailor Moon count as a superhero?” Suzi suggested, remembering a non-gungey staple of her childhood.
“She’s a lot closer to one than who I’d suggest for you. Your name is Suzi Mia, right? So I’d go with Haruhi Suzumiya,” Yuriko teased. Suzi quietly ignored the atrocious pun. “No but really, Sailor Moon sounds good. If you want I could help you make an outfit.”
“Thanks Yuriko! I’ll get you a free ticket to the show, it’s the least I can do,” Suzi enthused.
“You’re not going to gunge me again, are you?”
“Do you want me to?”
Suzi went quiet for a few seconds. “I’ll make no promises either way. Still, thanks anyway. Bye!”
Yuriko had done a very good job with the costume. Not just the clothes but the accessories and even some nicely sculpted hair extensions and high-quality hair dye. Sure, Yuriko had nominated her friend Kelly for being too into cosplay but it was clear that Yuriko was just as into it when she wanted to be.
As always Suzi went onto the stage, carrying her envelope and mic. “Welcome to Suzi’s Slop Drop, the show where in the name of the goo I, Suzi Harrison, will punish you!” she said boisterously, getting a few laughs from the crowd. “This week is Superhero Week.” The crowd cheered at that declaration and a camera panned to show them.
There were people dressed as all kinds of characters, mostly from comic books but a few from other media. Heroes such as Superman, villains like Syndrome, even a bit of outside-the-box thinking for the choice of characters, with a few people in Power Ranger outfits and all kinds of obscure characters people wouldn’t recognise easily. There seemed, however, to be a really large contingent of Batman and The Avengers characters. The quality of the costumes varied dramatically, too. It seemed for every painstakingly-crafted costume akin to Suzi’s own and every like-for-like replication of a TV show or movie costume there were many people who had turned up in the kinds of costume you could pick up for thirty-or-so quid down at a fancy dress shop or just cobbled a few bits of clothing together to make something that vaguely resembled the character.
Suzi was quite pleased the crowd had at least tried to get into the spirit of the evening even moreso than usual. “I love your costumes, it’d be a shame to see them ruined by some gunge,” she teased. “Speaking of, we should welcome on our first guest this week. Heroes, villains and everything in between, from The Dark Knight Rises let’s welcome Catwoman herself – Anne Hathaway!”
Anne sat down on the now-famous sofa while Suzi took her usual seat. “I said it would be a shame to see some of those costumes ruined but you’ve come in the outfit from the movie!” Suzi said, genuinely impressed with Anne’s outfit choice. “I take it you’ll be wearing it if you lose tonight?”
“I won’t lose though,” Anne said confidently.
“We’ll see. So, who are you wanting to see getting gunged and why?”
“Scarlett Johansson in her Black Widow outfit. It started about a month ago when I was at a party and met Scarlett. We were both pretty drunk but started talking about our movies. Naturally The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers came up and hopped up on booze we started arguing about whose character was better – Catwoman or Black Widow. Kinda sounds silly, right?” Anne blushed.
Suzi stifled a laugh, which came out more like a derisive snort. “Well, we’ve had lesser,” she said, recalling last week’s shenanigans. “So, why is Catwoman better?”
“She’s complex. She’s a criminal, but she’s not really evil. She has an interesting relationship with Batman, both as Catwoman and as Selina Kyle. She’s also been in more movies than Black Widow has,” Anne reasoned.
“More isn’t good, though. Remember that Catwoman movie with Halle Berry?” Suzi pointed out, receiving boos and hisses from some of the more die-hard comic book fans. “Because that lot do.”
Anne nodded. “Well, true. If Black Widow was that good she would have had her own movie by now though. I know they’re making one, but only because people like her in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Catwoman’s already had movies; Black Widow is still to catch up.”
“Well, I’m sure Scarlett has plenty more counterpoints, so let’s meet her. From Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, it’s the Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson!”
Scarlett sat down to Anne’s right, putting her closer to Suzi than the stage exit. “So Scarlett, why do you say Black Widow is better?”
“A lot of what Anne said about Catwoman also applies to Black Widow – she’s complex and has split loyalties. Plus, without meaning to brag, Black Widow’s not been in a bad movie. It’s a bit hard to take Catwoman seriously after that movie Suzi mentioned. Besides, we’re making a Black Widow movie,” Scarlett reasoned.
“So you’re saying Anne’s performance hasn’t redeemed Catwoman in the public’s eye?” Suzi asked.
Scarlett shook her head. “Not at all, I think she’s a good actor. This is about the characters though, and Catwoman’s name is tarnished by that movie. That 1960s Batman series probably didn’t help.”
“The Dark Knight Trilogy balances it out in my mind,” Suzi argued.
“I guess. Still, the point remains that there isn’t a bad incarnation of Black Widow for me to balance out, so Black Widow’s better by default,” Scarlett concluded.
“We’ll just have to see,” Suzi stated, turning to one of the cameras. She then explained the voting process, as she always did. “Before we go to break, I’ve got one last question for Scarlett.”
“If you do end up facing the Slop Drop, you’ll be a sport and keep the costume, right?” Suzi asked.
“Anne said she would, so sure,” Scarlett said.
Suzi smiled and turned back to the camera. “See you all in part 2 then!”
Going back to weekly updates for the time being – Part 2 will be next Wednesday and Part 3 the Wednesday after. Episode 3 will get its final update on Saturday.