…wouldn’t you like to see something strange?
Oh, we’re just kidding, Jake. 😉 😉
Okay, in lieu of something strange, how about a lil’ Vocal Point-and-candy-flavored viewing game instead?
Here’s what you do:
First, go get your stash of Halloween candy. Got it? Good.
Okay, now you’re ready to watch the Halloween medley opener from the Sing-off last year. That’s right, we’re kickin’ it True Group style today. You guys remember this one, right? It’s the one with this awesome hand raise:
If you can recall the way early days of the blog, that moment of win inspired this Dear Keith, (written before we ever knew Keith would actually see the blog and answer his Dear Keiths!).
Ah, good times.
Alright, so here is the video of the full performance, as posted by caldwellj on YouTube.
You can go ahead and watch the video a few times for enjoyment if you want to. You may notice that certain VPers are easier to spot than others. Once you’re ready, here’s how you play:
Each time you see Keith, eat some Nerds or Smarties. We doubled up on the options for Kevin for two reasons: first, he’s in the number a whole dang lot, so we wanted to make sure you’d have enough candy to get through it. Second, we originally picked Nerds, and we have to say, Nerds are totally one of the best candies and if you’re going to be eating something as many times as Gandalf is in this number, it should be something as awesome as Nerds. But then we got worried that Keith would read an unintended negative connotation into being paired up with Nerds (really, even if we were directly calling him a nerd, that would only be a compliment coming from us). So we thought Smarties might be a good second choice. Plus, everyone always gets a ton of Smarties at Halloween, so there should be enough to make it all the way through to the Charleston magic.
Okay, next up: a McCrockett sighting means it’s time to eat some candy corn. Why, you ask?
Oh, no reason.
Alright, so now we’re chugging right along, which is the perfect time for a little Tyler the Tank Engine action. Of course, if you want to stop for a sammich break at this point, go right ahead. Otherwise, partake in a Tootsie Pop each time you can identify Tyler in the video. Tootsie Pops are a staple of Halloween, and no treat bag is complete without one. Just like how Tyler was a total team player in VP, and the True Group just wouldn’t have been the same without his power stances.
Now if you happen to spot Ben and his smooth voice, take the opportunity to snack on the Milk Duds in your candy stash, with their equally smooth caramel center.
Cool. Now, when you spy a little Rossface happening, it’s time for the 8 second Cowboy Ross challenge. Do as the man himself would want, and see how many Jelly Bellys you can toss into the air and catch in your mouth in 8 seconds. Double-points if you tag-team with a friend and toss the jelly beans into each other’s mouths.
And what candy should you dig out of your bag if you manage to spot Mikey? Well, Mike and Ikes, of course. And really, would Mike be able to get along with Ikes?
Uh, not so much.
This performance, of course, is the one where we noted Robert is being a bit on the creepy side. Of course, that’s kind of the goal, so he’s really just on task. Take the chance when you spot him to enjoy a nice Now and Later, since he was in Vocal Point at the “now” of the taping of this performance, and is still in Vocal Point “later.” Just seems fitting since he’s the only guy who has remained in VP for all of the “nows” between then and present day, and will still be around for some “laters” to come.
CLARK BONUS! Whenever you watch the video and you get to the part at 2:31 where Clark from the Aires says, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” eat a mini-Clark bar if you have one. Otherwise, show that you ain’t afraid of no mystery candy, close your eyes, and select a piece at random. Maybe you’ll get lucky and get a Reese’s. Maybe you’ll draw the despair of those horrible peanut butter kisses / Mary Jane grossnesses. It’s a risk. A low one, admittedly, but that’s the sort of “living dangerously” you get here at TMtP.
Okay, so playing “spot the Hunsaker” is extra fun for this performance, since he puts on his Troy costume for a hot second midway through the number. And there’s really only one candy fit for the man with his very own Jake’s Jokes blog segment. That’s right, enjoy some nice Laffy Taffy when you catch a glimpse of Original Flavor Jake doing his thang. Feel free to submit the jokes from your Laffy Taffy wrappers in the comments, we’re sure Jake will appreciate the new material. Here’s one to get us started (from an actual Laffy Taffy wrapper, we take no credit / blame for this):
Q: Which candy can’t get anywhere on time?
And finally, if you manage to spot and identify the elusive Honey Badger, well, dear reader, it’s time to go all out. Bust out the good stuff. That’s right, if you’ve got it, it’s time for you to eat your BYU Bookstore Fudge. Nearly eight months since we went to Provo, we finally hear about this wonder. And just like Tanner in this performance, it apparently was there all along, but we just weren’t able to see it clearly at first.
And speaking of BYU Bookstore Fudge, we want to give a special birthday shout-out to our blog reader Lynette, who was the first kind soul to tell us about this wonder. We’re currently even considering buying some for our Thanksgiving holiday (any recommendations on which variety is best?). So thanks, Lynette, for providing us with valuable information for making likely poor grown-up decisions! Have a fantastic birthday!
Alright, everybody, now we don’t want you to make yourself sick on candy playing this game, but we do hope that it at least encourages you to rewatch the Halloween opener and try to spot all nine guys. It’s a fun little challenge, exacerbated by the fact that some of the guys are wearing the plastic wigs, while others are not (we can’t find a logic as to the who and why of how that played out, but we’d love to hear if there was some reasoning). And then, if you want to get really sentimental, go check out the Elvis medley again, since that was the other performance VP had this week last year.
-Troi and Crusher