Return to the ’80s Podcast – Episode 3: Fast Times at Ridgemont High


After focusing on music the first two episodes, we now go to the big screen. This week, Paul and Robert discuss the ’80s classic, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Don’t be a dick like Mr. Hand. All you need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, Return to the ’80s, and you’ll be fine. Enjoy! And please leave us comments and questions at

Show Notes

– Intro followed by “We Got the Beat” by The Go-Go’s
– Paul begins the podcast by introducing today’s topic, Cuba in the ’80s, before he is interrupted
– Pizza delivery scene – Return to the ’80s style
– Robert takes the last piece of pizza as we have a feat courtesy of Mr. Spicoli
– Instead of discussing Cuba in the ’80s, we will be discussing Fast Times at Ridgemont High
– But first, we revisit Remember That Song and Trivia from Episode 1. Since we have not received any answers yet, we are throwing these back out there in case anybody missed it.

Remember That Song

The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old lady’s eyes
Just for fun he says, “Get a job.”

Send your answer to with Remember That Song in the subject line


Who was the producer’s first choice to play Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties?

Again, please send your answers to with Trivia answer in the subject line.

– 4 Friends Talking! Our back-and-forth with our great friends at 2 Friends Talking continues, as Robert issues a challenge to Mario and Sean

Fast Times Talk

– The numbers
– Based on a book by Cameron Crowe, which Robert was all over, of course
– Directed by Amy Heckerling
– The Cast

  • Sean Penn
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Judge Reinhold
  • Phoebe Cates – shocking moment (not!), Paul and Robert take a moment to drool. BTW, she was NOT married to Michael Keaton
  • Robert Romanus
  • Brian Backer
  • Ray Walston
  • Forrest Whitaker – This was the first movie Forrest Whitaker ever auditioned for
  • Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards
  • Nicolas Coppola (aka Nick Cage)

– When did we first watch this movie?

– Great deal on VH tix

– Pat Benatar look-alikes

– Relationship between Spicoli and Mr. Hand

– Lesson in the cafeteria involving a carrot

– “We Got the Beat” and “All American Girl” were in the movie but not the soundtrack

– Director Amy Heckerling wanted punk music

– “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne

– “Love Rules” by Don Henley, one of Robert’s favorite songs on the soundtrack

– “Raised on Radio” by The Ravyns

– Jefferson’s car

– Jefferson’s “revenge” on the rival school set to the awesome Billy Squier tune “The Best Years of Our Lives

– As Joe Walsh’s “Waffle Stomp” is playing Brad flirts with somebody who looks strikingly like Nancy Wilson of Heart

– Jimmy Buffett’s “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)

– Stacy’s abortion

– Rat finally stands up for himself. Robert is proud.

– One of the most iconic scenes of the ’80s – Phoebe Cates in the swimming pool

– Plug for ’80s on 8’s interview with Ric Ocasek of The Cars.

– General overview of the Fast Times soundtrack

– Do we like the movie as much now as we did back then?

– Stacy’s detached sex scene with Ron

– As a current high school teacher, Robert informs us that not too much has changed in high schoolers these days.

– TV spinoff – Ray Walston, and the bug-eyed biology teacher Mr. Vargas (Vincent Schiavelli) were the only characters from the movie to star in the TV show

– Final thoughts and Robert lets his Book Geek Flag fly

– Contact Us:
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– Upcoming episode: Sitcom Theme Songs, Part 1

– Closing song: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” by Sammy Hagar

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