The episode for "Dawn and the Surfer Ghost" was originally released on May 20, 2019 and is Mystery #12. You can listen to it here. This episode is 1:09:48 long.This week's ghostwriter: Ellen Miles.

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Official Episode Description

Hang ten, Riptide Babies! Your favorite cheeba/Stoppard heads, Weed Lord and Half-Pipe, are back all the way from sunny California! The fog is rolling in and the screamers are out for blood, so ghouls and grommets alike should paddle in, because when the surfer ghost is out to get you, you’re bound to get got. Also, there really wasn’t a B-plot this week, so don’t expect to hear much about one. Party on, Riptide Babies! And don’t forget to save a toke for me! (A toke of drugs, to be clear.)

Music Credits

Book Description

Tanner's description is from the movie Point Break (1991)[c 1]. Tanner asks if Jack's online handle is because of Point Break, and Jack says no. Jack relates that he will not share the story because of how deeply personal it is.

60-Second Burger Run update: Jack runs out of time and Tanner did so well, making it to level 6. "I was in the zone."


Burn Of The Week

You think you're hot
But you're really a Grundel
So listen up Grommet
You'll thank me a bundle

IP Freely

The plot of Moana[c 2].

Possible Worlds

1978 article about truth in fiction by David Lewis[b 1]

Tanner Sings a Beach Boys song, Surf City[m 1]

Tanner reads a passage about fog rolling in an proposes a connection to Stephen King's "The Mist"[b 2]

Welfare Check with CPS

Agent Cruella Devile and Agent Uriah Heap

Mary Anne goes to answer the phone while the children do dangerous things on balance beams.



Jack's References

  • Jack relates a story about his first day at college in Scotland ordering half a pint of ale.
  • "We do so many podcasts that I can't remember where we did an extended DOS bit." (BSCMC 008: Jessi and the Jewel Thieves)

Tanner's References

  • Jet Set Radio and DJ Professor K[c 3].
  • Tanner relates a story about trying to take surfing lessons.
  • Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead[b 3]
  • Jumper with Hayden Christensen[c 4] which Jack says is one of the most disappointing movies.
  • Tanner explains quantum entanglement[c 5] (from the plot of Quantum Leap)[c 6].
  • Gonzo from the Muppet Babies


References & Links


  1. Truth in Fiction by David Lewis, 1978:
  2. Stephen King's "The Mist":
  3. Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead:



  1. "Surf City" was written by Brian Wilson but was made popular by Jan and Dean. The Beach Boys do sing it at live shows on occasion.
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