Psych-O’s are chomping (“champing?” -- we’ve heard it both ways) at the bit for more news about USA Network’s upcoming Psych: The Movie. (In case you missed it, we’ve compiled an extensive list of the most tantalizing information here.) But even though it’s just an expression, “the bit” doesn’t sound too appetizing to us here at USANetwork.com. So instead, we’ve decided to take a more thorough look at a food that series fans already love: the pineapple.
You see, the pineapple has a special significance for Psych aficionados, as the fruit has appeared in almost every episode of the detective series. And while it hasn’t had as much media exposure as, say, the apple or the banana, the pineapple has experienced something of an artistic renaissance recently, showing up in celebrated TV shows, films, and music. (Lovers of less-renowned fruits should also check out Part I of USA Network’s The Sinner, in which a pear plays a pretty sinister role.)
Here are some prime pieces of pineapple pop culture for you to snack on ahead of Psych: The Movie’s debut this December.
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Only the coolest sponge to ever grace the planet.
Since his Nickelodeon debut in 1999, eternal optimist and fry cook extraordinaire Spongebob Squarepants has thrilled audiences. His adventures have spawned a hit television show, two blockbuster films, and even theme park rides.
And yet, despite his enormous popularity, Spongebob still prefers his precious pineapple abode on 124 Conch Street to a ridiculous sea-based mansion.
According to show lore, the pineapple home initially fell off a boat and drifted to the bottom of the sea. You know what they say: One man’s trash is another sponge’s treasure.
Seth Rogen is undoubtedly one of the most creative, talented, and genuinely funny actors/writers/producers/directors of his generation. So the pineapple should feel especially blessed that the Canadian comic wrote and starred in a hit 2008 movie titled Pineapple Express.
To be fair, the title actually refers to a strain of marijuana that Rogen’s character, Dale Denton, purchases and smokes with Saul Silver (James Franco). There don’t seem to be any actual pineapples in the film.
So if you absolutely need to see pineapples in a movie, we recommend another picture starring an equally famous comedian: 2004’s 50 First Dates, featuring Adam Sandler. In it, Henry Roth (Sandler) tries to earn the love of Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), who recently developed amnesia after a pineapple-related incident.
Whichever movie you choose, pineapples and jokes makes for a winning combination.
English rock band Glass Animals scored a hit earlier this year with their single “Pork Soda,” taken off their 2016 album, How To Be A Human Being. The song’s chorus begins with the catchy line “Pineapples are in my head,” which -- if true -- may be reason for lead singer Dave Bayley to call a physician.
At live performances, the band celebrates their fruity muse by placing an enlarged, golden pineapple on a platform in the middle of the stage. Likewise, some passionate concertgoers have shown appreciation for the song, and the fruit that served as its inspiration, by bringing their own pineapples.
However, the latter practice has caused problems for England’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, where the band is set to perform the weekend of Aug. 25. In addition to items such as “gas canisters” and “fireworks or flares,” festival organizers have prohibited attendees from bringing pineapples, according to the event’s website.
Apparently, the band’s drummer, Joe Seaward, has taken issue with the festival’s ban. “It’s fruitist,” Seaward reportedly said. “Watermelons are fine, but not pineapples?”
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