Agents of SMOOCH

Hosted by Annette Wierstra

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.”

Latest Episode: May 10, 2024 — Good Omens (TV Series)

118 The Kiss That Broke the Internet

It’s our Director’s birthday! She is using her power to make the Agency do a mission about Aziraphale and Crowley in Good Omens. If you like seeing Angels and Demon romance each other in a gentle comedy about the end of the universe, this is the episode for you.

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Previous Episodes

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    April 26, 2024 Dirty Dancing
    117 I Carried a Watermelon

    Return to the Eighties’ version of the Sixties as we explore summer camp, first loves, progressive politics, and never putting Baby in a corner. After this week’s Dirty Dancing mission, we’re saying forget cop/not-a-cop pairings, let’s have more dancer/not-a-dancer matchups.

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    April 12, 2024 Footloose (1984)
    116 Dangerous Things on Tractors

    Our agents are kicking off their Sunday shoes for this mission. It’s time to fight for your prom and get Footloose. This mission explores how teenagers gonna teenage and whether Footloose still holds up 40 years later. Join our discussion of sex, religion, politics, and shaking your bootie in a rainfall of glitter. Back to the Future makes several surprising cameos, but it all makes sense—trust us. So get up off of your knees and everybody cut footloose.

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    March 29, 2024 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2024)
    115 Kick Your Butt, Buttercup

    Our Agents were so excited about Mr. & Mrs. Smith, that they just jumped right back in with the 2024 series. This is not a chronological episode but entirely based on what the Agents are excited about. This is another intense relationship in an intense fantastical situation and literal booms exploding. We dig deep into love and communication while making wild speculations about what could come next for John and Jane if we get a season 2.

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    March 15, 2024 The Buccaneers
    114 Full of Wild Notions

    For today’s mission, our Agents take on The Buccaneers, an Apple TV series that is scandal-laden and somewhat historical. The modern sensibility and soundtrack laid over the historical invasion of rich American debutants into cash-strapped British upper-class society make for an energetic vibe. If you missed it, our Agents recommend catching up before joining us for a good gossip about the collection of characters. In lieu of research, these Agents have chosen to go for wild historical speculations.

    Warning! The Director permitted Agent Kirsten to swear and she took advantage so this episode is NSFW.

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    March 1, 2024 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
    113 A Metaphorical Solution

    Our Agents are back with another Romance in Action mission with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Part 1). We are starting with the 2005 movie that shows Great Truths Hidden Under the Fantastical. On the surface, this is a movie about two married spies flirting by trying to kill each other. Underneath the fantasy, this movie is about the safety of expressing your feelings and true self to your partner. Grab your hidden stash of weapons, it’s about to get dangerous-metaphorically. Don’t blow up your house, Agents.

    This mission includes a bit of a discussion about the Mr. & Mrs. Smith TV show, but we hold on to those thoughts until Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Part 2) comes to a mission near you soon.

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    February 16, 2024 The Big Easy
    112 And Boy, Will They

    We are back with a classic Romance in Action from 1986: The Big Easy. We have Dennis Quaid practicing the art of seduction with Ellen Barkin amid a murder investigation. With a seedy 80s vibe, they follow a trail of clues that lead them deeper into a corrupt mess in New Orleans. The investigation keeps pulling them apart making us wonder: Will they or won’t they?

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    February 2, 2024 Paging Mr. Darcy: Writer Interview
    111 A Lack of Malevolence

    Our Director Annette Wierstra interviews playwright and writer Reina Hardy in advance of the release of her Hallmark movie Paging Mr. Darcy. They discuss Jane Austen, conferences, Regency dancing, and casting Austen heroes. They also dive into how one gets into writing a Hallmark movie, the logistics of writing a screenplay, and the experience of having your script come to life.

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    December 26, 2023 Free the Squee: Round and Round
    110 It’s Time (Loop) to Free Your Squee

    I’m freeing my squee about this new podcast on the Incomparable. Drs. Stacy Watnick and Heather Berberet asked me to join them on Free The Squee for their holiday episode about Round and Round, the time loop Hanukkah movie. We loved it. And we are sure you will too.

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    December 22, 2023 Annual Christmas Movie Marathon
    109 Flaws in the Ikea Rug

    It’s time for our annual holiday movie marathon. Don your Christmas PJs, gather your festive snacks, and get out the Holiday Bingo Cards. Our Agents watched three Christmas movies of varying quality and enjoyed every minute of it. We watched:

    • A Biltmore Christmas
    • Christmas in Notting Hill
    • Where Are You, Christmas?

    We also discuss other movies we have watched this holiday season:

    • Must Love Christmas
    • Checkin’ it Twice
    • Fit for Christmas
    • Ex-mas
    • Mystery at Mistletoe Lane
    • Merry Mystery Christmas

    Join us to find out who made “the stupidest peanut butter cookies I’ve ever seen” and a surprising amount of sports talk.

    *Note that we are ending Season 4 here and we will be back for Season 5 in time for Valentine’s Day. *

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    December 8, 2023 Long Kiss Goodnight
    108 No Love Story Just Murder

    It’s time for the holidays! And what better way to celebrate than with the Christmas action movie Long Kiss Goodnight with Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson? You might think this movie is the antithesis of a Hallmark holiday movie, but it is the struggle between the two sides of amnesiac Samantha/Charlie. Will she stick with the idyllic small-town family life she created or return to the life of an international spy?

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