A podcast that’s looking for love in all the right places. Join the Agents of SMOOCH as we delve into the romance of sweeping epics and classic romcoms. Our mission is to investigate the important questions: Should they or shouldn’t they? Is there such a thing as One True Love? Did that smooch have any chemistry? We might not have all the answers, but we know you had us at “Hello.”

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Mission: Season 2

We are back with a little teaser for our season 2 and to tell you about the amazing podcast network we are part of The Incomparable.

Annette Wierstra


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Agency Memo

The S.M.O.O.C.H. Agency is making a change to our schedule. After two years of consistent podcasts, we are switching to a seasonal schedule. We are already hard at work recording new episodes for you and we will be back soon.

Annette Wierstra


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When Bigfoot Carried You

It’s our second Anniversary and the Agency has convened two groups of friends to play the romantic role-playing game Warmer in Winters from Will Lentz. In our first romantic adventure, our characters are gathered in the small town of Hopewell Springs just before the Winter Solstice Festival. Some ne’er-do-wells are trying to stop the festival because it is too witchy. Pebbles will be tossed. Ruckuses will be instigated. But will our friends save the festival? Will we actually see Bigfoot? When is someone actually gonna SMOOCH? Join Ruby (Julia), Amelia (KatyBeth), Jac (Heather), and Ellie (Riley) to find out if our dice are in the mood for love…

Annette Wierstra with Heather Berberet, Riley Silverman, KatyBeth Schmid and Julia Skott


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Aspirational Spaces

This week we are sharing an episode of our favourite Old Movie podcast hosted by Agent Shelly Brisbin. It’s time for Lions Towers & Shields. We discuss a classic mystery that mixes romance with suspense in the most perfect way…


All this fuss over one lady in a painting. Laura! Loads of men want her, she has a song that’s quite memorable, and everyone in this movie talks about her constantly. Otto Preminger directs Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb. It’s a great cast, and the film comes just as we’re entering the film noir era. But it’s far too pretty to be noir.

Shelly Brisbin with Annette Wierstra and Erika Ensign


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Love in All the Universes

Join our Agents as they dive into another romance-saturated, sci-fi story. This time they are discussing all 5 seasons of Fringe, because what was the pandemic for, if not to rewatch all our comfort shows? Fringe is more proof that you can take a procedural science fiction show and blend in the romance perfectly. Comparisons to X-Files were inevitable. We cover the important beats of all five seasons and ponder the important questions such as Do we like Fauxlivia? And why aren’t there more Astrid-centric stories? Are there any other sci-fi shows that do romance as well as Fringe?

Annette Wierstra with James Thomson and KatyBeth Schmid


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The Smoochiest of Smooches

This might be the smoochiest of Agents of S.M.O.O.C.H. episodes and likely overdue. We are holding a favourite kiss draft just in time for the New Year. We have all kinds of kisses for you from movies and television, classics and new shows. They all get our Agents’ motors going and our hearts humming. So get out your chapstick and lip gloss. It’s time to SMOOCH.

See our extensive show notes for all our picks and related links if you want to watch along.

Annette Wierstra with Jean MacDonald, Shelly Brisbin, Mois├ęs Chiullan and KatyBeth Schmid


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A (Not) Definitive Guide to Christmas

Join some of our Agents for a cozy in-person recording. They are cozied up in Christmas sweaters and Santa hats (really) and surrounded by snacks (or the remains of them). They have paused in the middle of a Christmas movie marathon to tell you about their favourite Christmas movies and try to answer all your holiday movie questions: Why are there SO MANY Christmas movies? What makes a good one? What makes them angry? What would they like to see improved? Why are we eating so many snacks? Come listen in and then go on your own festive mission with the Official Agents of S.M.O.O.C.H. Holiday Movie Bingo Cards.

Annette Wierstra with Kirsten Goruk and Erika Ensign


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You Could Kill Someone With That Scarf

Our Agents who knit and crochet convene for this mission about our favourite pop culture knitwear. Instead of talking about lovers, we are talking about something that we love. Join us as we discuss our fibre art origin stories and things that we like to knit or crochet. So often during missions, our agents end up talking about knitwear and wardrobe and whether or not Christmas sweaters are good sweaters. This mission is a grand experiment that lets us fawn over pictures of knitwear so we can discuss what we like (or don’t like) about cable-knit sweaters. Yes. Of course, we talk about THAT sweater. And the longest of long scarves.

Annette Wierstra with Amanda-Rae Prescott, Erika Ensign and Kelly Guimont


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One Might Say a Trinity

The Agents who have gathered for this mission really like The Matrix. Like really like it. We even like the sequels like it. And they are all very excited for the fourth installment dropping this December. We’re here to decide if this trilogy is really is as smoochworthy as we remember. Is it our destiny to find The One in The Matrix? Be ready for wild speculation about numbers and the upcoming fourth movie. Forget blowing up helicopters and buildings, we blow our own minds.

Annette Wierstra with Sarah Hendrica Bickerton, Sandra Wong and Erika Ensign


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Your Stupid Boyfriend

Our Agents are wrapped in flannel and grooving to grunge for this mission. Get your video dating profile ready because today we are all Singles. This beloved 90s romance classic from Cameron Crowe brings back fond memories of a bygone era. Our Agents delve into whether or not this movie is romantic even if it is packed with romance and whether or not that building actually has an elevator. Join us as we reflect on the technology of the past and speculate on what the modern-day sequel would look like for these characters.

Bonus Mission: Can you guess what are Agent Jean MacDonald’s two crushes in this movie?

Annette Wierstra with Kelly Guimont, Jean MacDonald and Sarah Hendrica Bickerton


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Haunted AF

Join our Agents for our second OcTOMber mission. This time we join Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain in a haunted house story: Crimson Peak. This beautiful gothic horror, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, is full of tension and just enough scares to please our Agents. The Agents go on side missions about Burn Gorman and sink repair. They heroically save the dog through headcanon. Help us ponder burning questions such as: How do you pronounce “magnate?” What is Hiddlestuff? Is this a vampire movie? Who knows?! You will have to listen to find out.

Annette Wierstra with Julia Skott and Erika Ensign


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