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Producer Danny Salles on Episode 2: High Times

Okay, if you had told me that I would be helping Joan light a pot pipe last year, I would have said you were high. I was nervous when Lynne and Joan started looking for marijuana. I know that it’s legal in California, but I wasn’t sure how she would react to trying pot. I mean all I would need is for our star talent to get sick or nauseous. I was praying: “Not on my watch!” “Please god, let nothing really bad happen with my cameras rolling.” “A little bad for good TV, yes. But really bad, no.” I always set out to make a fun and exciting show – just so long as there aren’t any casualties. My mind was racing with all of the possibilities for disaster. What if she had a bad reaction to the drug? What if under the influence, Joan got depressed, or violent, or worst of all…unfunny? And I also hoped that I would not be in the position of having to cut Joan off.

Happily none of those nightmare scenarios occurred. But there were some very funny moments watching Joan go through the process, complete with getting the giggles and the munchies. I think that when Joan saw the pizza and the candy wrappers surrounding her bed the next morning – and mentally added up the calories she ingested, she vowed then and there to never try pot again. Luckily we were there to see Joan “up in smoke” this one and only time.