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Judging the Judge is episode 12 and a standalone episode. Posted 8 June 2015.


One year ago before this episode was recorded, acclaimed actors Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall appeared together in the film The Judge. The movie is about a big city lawyer returning to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of killing someone after running them over. It was directed by David Dobkin, was the first feature release from “Team Downey,” Robert and wife Susan’s production company, AND Duvall even received a Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. It must be great! Right?!

No. it’s a steaming pile of garbage.

You the fans did not ask for it, but in this week’s special episode Griffin and David judged the Judge. Together, they discuss at length the trajectory of RDJ’s career and what lead him to turn down roles in Gravity, Oz the Great and Powerful and Inherent Vice to produce and star in the Judge, why Dobkin thinks he’s funny and why possible incest is always a great sign for drama.

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • On Avatarland/The Second Blank Check Mailbag, Griffin lists this as his pick for the best episode they've ever done, and the "Judging The Judge" theme song as his proudest moment. This episode is also frequently cited by Blankies as among the best starting places for first time listeners.
  • Music courtesy of "Night Court Theme" by Jack Elliott
  • Rock and Roll Vinyl salary: Undisclosed
  • Bagel chewing: Copius

Judging The Judge on Soundcloud