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She’s answering almost fucking anything, all except for a fucked up fuck/marry/kill scenario that she didn’t want to touch… which in fairness was a FUCKED question. She talks about how she spends her spare time, whether or not she wants to run the park, and answers a number of romantic questions about Jacob, Cory, Trevor, and… Ricky.
She also reveals how she has somehow stayed so young, after so many taxing fucking years in the park (but adds that she doesn’t really give a fuck about looking young).
With Trailer Park Boys Season 12 filming wrapping up, the camera dicks are getting ready to leave Sunnyvale. We can confirm that Ricky is thrilled that they are leaving because he is fucking fed up with them, but we can bet that he will miss the help of Transportation Coordinator Shawn Murphy. Without constant work on the Shitmobile, it’s FUCKED.
Transportation Co-ordinator Shawn Murphy tests out a Sunnyvale Police Cruiser.
Murphy is the vehicle wrangler on the set of Trailer Park Boys, and while he and the rest of the crew dicks have a love-hate relationship with Ricky’s 1975 New Yorker, there’s no question as to its value.
“Generally the Shitmobile is what it is, it’s a piece of shit which requires a lot of bubble gum to keep it running each season,” says Murphy. “But it’s definitely our prize possession.”
It wasn’t always a big piece of shit, but Ricky doesn’t exactly baby the fucking thing.
“Back in the day, it was a great-running vehicle,” recalls Murphy. “But as you’ve seen through the seasons, we’ve definitely put her through her paces. She’s incurred some damage, and it basically is now what it’s called, it’s a Shitmobile.”
Murphy says there are a ton of fucking issues with it – gaskets, oil, all kinds of fuckarounds – but the main thing that keeps him busy is the Shitmobile’s extreme lack of fuel efficiency.
“The biggest problem with the Shitmobile has always been the fact that it runs off a marine gas tank in the back,” says Murphy. “That big motor, it takes about 11 minutes at idle before you gotta dump a jerry can in it. That’s basically the biggest headache with the Shitmobile.”
But lucky for Ricky, when the crew dicks are around, they make sure the Shitmobile at least meets the safety standards of a film set… even a totally fucked one like Trailer Park Boys.
“It starts every time. It does run, the brakes are good, we gotta have it safe for cast and crew, bystanders and whatnot,” explains Murphy. “It definitely doesn’t have an actual safety sticker on it. Even it was in good condition, you couldn’t get that, seeing as how it’s missing a door. ”
The Shitmobile’s actual bullshit inspection sticker
From Japan by way of a greasy Nova Scotian junk yard
When it was time for Bubbles to upgrade from his go-kart, they checked in with Murphy to see if he knew of anything that was low-cost, but could still haul around some barrels of Nuclear Bloom (or bull semen). Enter Bubbles’ fucked little white truck.
“It came from Chester, Nova Scotia,” recalls Murphy. “A guy down there, an eccentric fellow that owns a scrap yard is sitting on 50 of them, in the woods there, with trees and grass all growing up through them. I met him on a different production. When the Boys said they wanted a mini truck, I knew where to get one for cheap.”
The Mitsubishi turned out to be perfect for Bubbles. Well, almost perfect.
“It’s made for Asian men, there’s no seat adjustment,” explains Murphy. “When us Canadian folk go in, we get pretty jammed up in there. And it’s a right-side drive, it’s a little interesting getting used to that at first.”
While the size of the thing might’ve been a bastard to deal with, it did leave Bubbles and the transportation dicks some room for error while they were getting used to steering on the other side of the vehicle.
“The thing is only about three feet wide, so you have a lot of lane left.”
A favourite from his fan days
Before he was fucking around with vehicles on the set of Sunnyvale, Murphy was a fan of the show and loved the many vehicles that Julian would cruise around in. When asked for a favourite, it was an easy answer.
Even though he wasn’t a part of the Trailer Park Boys crew at the time, he still got his greasy fingers on the Mustang. In a bit of foreshadowing for his future role, the car was brought into Murphy’s former place of business.
“I was working at a Ford dealership at the time, when he was getting the motor rebuilt on it, and I actually got to take it on its first test drive with the new motor myself.”
“It was a pretty wild car.”
Don’t let Randy’s gut ruin the picture of this DECENT car!
The camera dicks are back in Sunnyvale for the filming of Trailer Park Boys Season 12. While their cameras are mainly focused on the drunk-n-stoned antics of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, there are other parts of Sunnyvale that are just as key to the success of Trailer Park Boys (no, we’re not talking about Cory and Jacob, nobody gives a flying fuck about Cory and Jacob).
The homes and art direction of Sunnyvale are jam-fucking-packed with character, and are often huge pillars of the schemes and stories of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles.
James Kennedy has played a part in the look and feel of the park since Season 6 of Trailer Park Boys.
James Kennedy has been making Sunnyvale look like shit since Season 6.
It doesn’t take rocket appliances to know this, but working for the Trailer Park Boys is completely fucking different from a lot of other productions. Kennedy has to contend with all kinds of unique issues — take the fury of Ricky’s clearing stick, for example.
“When a toaster oven hits the ground, it’s good for a couple takes,” explains Kennedy. “After that, you’re basically picking it up in both arms and then setting the pieces back on the hood and making it resemble what used to look like a toaster oven for the forth or fifth take. It just goes downhill from there. But that’s a lot of fun.”
The residences of Sunnyvale are not your average dwellings, either. Bubbles lives in a shed, for fuck sakes. Julian has lived in a shipping container, and Ricky spent most of his life living in his car. But since Season 8, the Boys have found themselves in a cozy little compound with Ricky’s trailer sitting across from Julian’s trailer, and Bubbles’ shed is tucked nicely between the two.
Julian’s Trailer – Sunnyvale’s Business Park
Julian’s priority is money, and he is constantly chasing the Freedom-35-oh-fuck-Freedom-45 dream. This is reflected in the layout of his trailer, which usually resembles a business and not a home.
“Julian’s place keeps evolving,” says Kennedy. “It was a country saloon one year, a beauty salon another year. It was all painted pink that year.”
While Julian was spending time by the ocean in Season 11, Bubbles transformed the trailer into a pizza sauce factory.
“Bubbles had a conveyor line for the pizza sauce, a bottling station, turntables, beautiful labels. He goes all out, Bubbles, when he has a business proposition,” says Kennedy.
The SwearNet art department dicks are always happy to help the Boys when it comes to boosting the look and feel of Sunnyvale.
“The art department started putting it together a few weeks before we commenced filming,” says Kennedy. “The process involves acquiring things, brainstorming stuff, defining the basic look, and then it’s a question of collecting things.”
Collecting “things” for the Sunnyvale set can happen out of the blue. Kennedy remembers a bit of seren-fuckin-dipity from Season 6 when the camera dicks were setting the stage for the search for Oscar Goldman, Trinity’s chicken. On their way to lunch, they found a penis-shaped mushroom on the side of the road.
“We said ‘oh we gotta use that’ and I preserved it in a paper bag through lunch. When we shot the scene, Ray found the penis-shaped mushroom, held it up, and said ‘A cock is a male hen, we’re on the right track Boys!'”
“When you find a mushroom that’s shaped like a cock, boy, I guess you gotta use it,” declares Kennedy. “A gift from nature for sure.”
“That was a neat decor,” says Kennedy. “We had boards around the inside of his trailer, a blue line and red line on the ice, it was a lot of fun. Everybody’s seen hockey games, we know what rinks look like. We just did it Ricky style.”
Kennedy points out that Ricky’s trailer has undergone some changes ever since the gramson came into the picture.
“Sarah’s kind of taken things in hand, she’s working with Trinity to make it baby-friendly,” says Kennedy. “There’s a nice couch and television. It’s gotten a little more homey. There’s still Ricky in there – there are little messes everywhere, but it’s nice.”
A Shed and a Borntday
Bubbles shed has also seen some changes over the years.
“He keeps a cozy little shed, it’s mostly a cat-themed decor,” says Kennedy. “It’s got his bunk beds that he has always had. He sleeps in one and keeps stuff on the other. I guess one of the major additions on the top bunk is a major ghetto blaster that he got from Snoop Dogg a couple years ago and that’s an impressive piece of equipment.”
Kennedy has a particularly fond memory of Bubbles’ shed, or more specifically, the honey oil refinery from Season 8.
“It was the year I turned 50 during the show. Bubbles was explaining how he was using rice cookers to aid in the oil process. Ricky said ‘It’s that easy?’ Bubbles said ‘yeah’ and then he whipped the camera around to me and said ‘But you know the best part? That cocksucker James Kennedy turned 50 today’ and it shocked the hell out of me. The crew sang happy birthday and that was a great fuckin’ way to turn 50. Finished the bottle of Macallan he gave me that night.”
Bubbles gives James a birthday bottle of scotch (from the Season 8 DVD extras).
The main bone of contention is that every drink on the set seems to be warm temperature, as if there is a fucking shortage of ice in Nova Scotia. Ricky confronts a number of the crew members about this fucking situation and does discover that the ice is being hoarded by someone.
Things get off to a good start when Ricky finally pronounces a word correctly, something that he’s been fucking up since he first tried pronunciating it. Don’t worry, he fucks it all up, all over again.
In a discussion that is probably best understood while stoned, the Boys go down a spacey fuckin rabbit hole when they start talking about the Mandela Effect. Some people claim that we exist in a an alternate universe and there are certain parts of pop culture that we are not remembering accurately because some big fucking particle collider fucked up a bunch of space and time bullshit and spawned a new reality. Fire up some blades/hot knives (don’t burn yourself like Ricky), and try this quiz to see if you’re from the old universe or the knew one.
PLUS: Ricky says the Beatles are a lie, and he has proof. Brace yourself.
With the whore of a year of 2016 behind us, we are now rolling a six-paper joint and looking forward to 2017. Season 11 will be unleashed in all of its greasy glory on Netflix (date to-be-fucking-announced), and Canadians coast-to-coast will be able to put their dirty lips on a can of Freedom 35, the best shitty beer ever made!
But what’s in store for the residents of Sunnyvale in 2017? Will Bubbles meet a GREASY lady and take her back to his shed? Will Randy switch to vegan burgers? Will Jacob and Trinity get bornt a new gramson or gramdaughter for Ricky? Will Lahey maintain a 10/10 drunk the entire year?
We want YOUR predictions for the people of Sunnyvale in 2017!
Use the hashtag #TPB2017 on Instagram or Twitter, or leave a comment on Facebook, and the dicks at SwearNet will pick their three favourite predictions and send out some fucking prizes!
It’s cold as fuck in Sunnyvale right now so we figure each winner should get a TPB beanie to keep their heads warm, and a TPB lighter leash to keep their joints warm!
Hurry the fuck up, you have until Monday, January 9th at midnight to submit your predictions!
Randy and Lahey are looking for new ideas to help the citizens of Sunnyvale reach their true potential, and they’re inviting any and all great ideas to test their viability on the Shart Tank. Good-looking dude Rhys Bevan-John has an idea of Shakespearean proportions!
Will he succeed? Will Randy ring the Burger of Acceptance? Or will the shit current drag Rhys away? FIND OUT ON THE SHART TANK!