Playing By Toothpaste

There is this horrifying scene in a movie I saw once, and it scarred me. Like, forever.

It wasn’t The Ring. It wasn’t Dawn of the Dead. It wasn’t creepy Norman Bates and his momma. It was “Playing By Heart” starring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, and Gillian “Scully” Anderson, among others.

First of all, the movie is b-list. It’s not a straight-to-dvd movie, but it was probably close. It’s not high quality, is all I’m saying. In the movie, there are all of these separate plotlines about different romances, and as the movie goes on you see how all of these characters all know each other. Sort of a “Sidewalks of New York” idea.

One of the couples is Scully and Jon Stewart. Yes, that Jon Stewart. Don’t go out and rent the movie if you are a Daily Show fan (me), and have a teensy crush on Jon Stewart (me again). First of all, it’s embarrassing to see the man we all know to be so smart and funny and smart and smart and funny sitting right in the middle of this dumbass movie. He’s just so… better than that. You don’t deserve to see him that way. And second of all, he is in The Horrifying Scene. The one that scarred me.

I don’t even remember the plot line. I don’t remember anything but the awful scene. He and Scully, there are in wedded bliss in their apartment. Or shacked up bliss. Something like that. And Scully is brushing her teeth. Not fake brushing her teeth, the likes of which you see in tv and movies, where there is no actual toothpaste involved and it looks all pretty. She is actually brushing her teeth. With white, frothy, saliva-activated toothpaste. And Jon, my lovely Jon, swoops in and takes her in his arms, and they kisss. Like, he just laps up the toothpaste spilling out of her mouth, and they smooch it up.


Nordic Boy and I, we have been together for a long time. And we make out quite a bit. More than is really necessary, really. But in all the times we have kissed, we don’t let our toothpaste, our IN USE toothpaste, touch each other in any way. Because, gross, right? Isn’t that gross?

If I am wrong about this, and you all are sharing toothpaste in this way, please do not tell me. I want to believe this is not acceptable behavior.

So this weekend, I was brushing my teeth (and no, don’t worry, I am not about to tell you a story where I saw the light and actually thought it was fine to kiss this way. I wouldn’t do that to you). And while I was doing so, I look to the side (where the door is open into the hallway). Nordic Boy is walking back and forth in front of the door. First, he walks by in a “Walk Like an Egyptian” sort of dance. Next, he kicks by, like he has a top hat and is marching off a vaudeville stage. Next, he does an MC Hammer scoot by. Next, he booty-bops by, swinging an invisible pretend weave, and singing “to the left, to the left,” like Beyonce. And so on. Each one weirder than the last. Finally, he stays in the hallway, and just peeks his head around the corner with a weird bug-eyed, smiling Carol Channing face and sings “Jeepers, Creepers, where’d you get those eyessssss!”

To which I answered by taking my toothbrush out of my mouth, bursting into laughter, and SPRAYING HIS ENTIRE FACE WITH TOOTHPASTE.

It was brutal. I didn’t mean to do it, I swear. But the more he did crazy walks past the door, the more I wanted to laugh, but the more I thought I could hold it in until I was done. Bad call. Very bad call.

Some performers get tomatoes thrown at them. But this? This is unprecedented I am sure. The toothpaste spit-take. Onto the person I love most in the world, who is just trying to cheer up my day.

So as much as “Playing By Heart” has made me think about how I would never let my used toothpaste touch anyone else, ever, I have indeed sunk that low. Not cool, LG. Not even cool.

I’m out,
Librarian Girl


  1. No no no! I LOVE that movie! In fact, I own a copy… Well, my taste in movies has always been questionable. I still stand by it though, creepy gross toothpaste scene and all.

  2. You are sooooo lucky. Nordic boy is a treasure.And, yes, I did get the point, but I would rather focus on how cool Nordic Boy is and not on your toothpaste. Never saw the movie and will keep it that way.

  3. I *knew* that if any of my blog friends would have seen [and been awesomely horrified by] that movie, it would have been you. Angelina Jolie and Ryan Phillipe, people! Her freespirited whimsy saves him from his terminal diagnosis! Wheee!

  4. One of my nearest and dearest loves loves loves that film and when she loaned it to me and I watched it and didn’t really like it that much I felt so bad…I don’t remember that scene at all (obviously left a lasting impression) but you are correct. That is beyond wrong. Ick! I like dancing Nordic Boy though. Maybe you should think about changing his name to The Dude?Ha! My word verification is snuckede!!!

  5. Every day I wait for more awesome and far too funny stories about you and Nordic Boy. I love you guys, even though I don’t actually know you. I can love through words. Well done/said and most importantly, LMAO awesome once again.

  6. Nordic Boy played with fire . . . or should I say toothpaste?By the way, love the Big Wheel. My icon sports one too (can’t see it here, as I’m on WordPress).

  7. 1. You know, aside from any disgusting usages of toothpaste, I just don’t see how there could ever be any chemistry between Stewart and Scully. I’m grateful that he seems to have realized that his actualy personality is great and it’s a shame to waste it on acting.2. Dude, I wish there was hidden video of the NB dance series. Believe it or not, R and I actually do similar dance routines most nights during getting-ready-for-bed time. His are more in the NB style, whereas mine tend to be energetic interpretive dances set to the theme song for the Amazing Race or whatever.

  8. That makes me want to vomit and I’m not even kidding.I HATE TOOTHBRUSHES AND TOOTHPASTE (gah, even the word ‘paste’ makes me stabby).I don’t understand couples who share toothbrushes. That is THE most disgusting thing ever. Making out is one thing–sharing bristles that scraped plaque off your teeth is entirely different.So the thought of kissing someone all rabid from toothpaste is my own personal Hell.And if I were Nordic Boy I would have hurled all over the place if that happened to me. I’m sure of it. Please send him my condolences.

  9. Thanks to this post, I rented Playing the Heart from netflix and watched it for the second time last night. I cannot decide why this movie doesn’t quite succeed. It has potential. Good stories,a few interesting characters, and great actors. Sadly the chemistry isn’t there. And some of the dialogue, esp. between the older couple is quite stilted. No matter. Somehow the characters grabbed at me, and I almost watched it a third time before sending it back.The toothpaste scene is pretty dull after visualizing toothpaste spraying all over Nordic Boy.

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