#4: Rotten With Crazy Imaginations: E.T. Knock-Offs from Around the World
Episode Description: Inspired by the release of Greg Mottola’s Paul, Simon & Steve go sailing around the world in search of the weirdest, funkiest E.T. ripoffs they can find. Somehow, this leads to German porn. (Doesn’t everything?!) There are other, more kid-friendly films as well, including a South African film that really must be seen to be believed. (No, really—ask my friend Dave, who was nice enough to watch it with me and whom I neglected to give a shout-out to during the podcast. It’s indescribably singular.) Then, in the Netflix Grab Bag, there’s a Lubitsch musical. No E.T. sightings are present in this, though Maurice Chevalier sure seems otherworldly. Bad Idea Podcast: The ‘cast that loves you back!