As is the case with several of these earliest episodes, this one packs plenty of portent for the future of ROX. We can only ponder in wonder the humble beginnings of the “potable” theme in ROX, as discovered here.
“I thought you were mispronouncing something,” I say when B asks me if I know the word 'potable.' I meant it back then: I didn't know the word. Ironically, I would later come to be known as the potable guy. Frat-boys would stop me at the bar, say something about drinking or alcohol, and inevitably conclude their blabber with some variation on the phrase: “it's potable!” This word, so new to me back in the early 90s, will hover over my head til my dying day.
Not that I mind. It's better than words like “pervert” or “sex-offender.”
There is other foreshadowing to future themes here. B makes reference to being “a slave to the bean” — a topic we explore in-depth two years later in ROX #74, “Slaves to the Bean.” And Kellie says something so eerily appropriate it should probably be struck from the record:
“You guys could become very famous talk-show hosts (or) end up doing this until you're like 80.”
Needless to say, we're on the end-up-doing-it-til-you're-like-80 track.