[Ed. – Both movies were actually pretty funny. Well, Down Periscope was just stupid, but it was funny. No one has ‘fessed up to Roll Call on being the culprit in this matter.]
As Rep. Marcy Kaptur began Monday’s House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, she seemed completely unaware of the peril the crew of the USS Stingray was in.
“As this hearing is fully virtual, we must address a few housekeeping matters,” she said, as Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge guided his submarine toward their target. “The chair or staff designated by the chair may mute participants’ microphones when they are not under recognition for the purposes of eliminating inadvertent background noise.”
Unbeknownst to Kaptur and the other lawmakers participating in Monday’s hearing, the audio from a movie — 1996’s “Down Periscope”… — was playing over the congressional livestream.
After the movie ended, the hearing continued with Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., testifying over a soundtrack of “In the Navy” by the Village People.
And that’s when “Galaxy Quest” began.