The first time I read through Ellis' amazing "Transmetropolitan", I ran across a quick throwaway sequence about a fictional TV show in which the hosts invent new recreational drugs, which would then become banned by the government approximately a minute later.

I've since spent the last two hours ploughing through every issue and cannot find these panels to save my life. Nothing is mentioned in this fairly-comprehensive list of Transmetropolitan drugs, either.

Does this sequence exist, and in what issue if so?

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    Good excuse to reread Transmet! – Meat Trademark Dec 30 '13 at 10:44
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    @MeatTrademark - Thank you! I needed one! – System Down Dec 30 '13 at 18:05
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    Ha, yeah; know what you mean! Flipping through for the first time in years the other day, I'd totally forgotten how utterly terrific it is. – aendrew Dec 31 '13 at 22:11
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    I'm pretty sure there was a scene where that pollen that delivers news became legal for only a few minutes and some company sprayed it during that time; could that be what you were thinking of? – MartianInvader Jan 8 '14 at 0:18

Attaching a photo of an ad at the end of Transmet: I hate it here (2000), p-49 Lonely City

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    Brilliant find! Sadly the OP hasn't been active here since November 2016 so I don't know whether they'll ever see this, but if they do, I'm sure they'll be glad to know they weren't mistaken. – F1Krazy Feb 2 at 12:12
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    Ah!!! I just noticed this!!!!! Thank you so much, this is totally the answer! 🙌 – aendrew Feb 2 at 12:23

I've been through every issue of Transmetropolitan as well as the two "specials" and I've been unable to locate any evidence of this sequence.

There are indeed a considerable number of 'throwaway' sequences involving outlandish television programmes such as the fully nude "Ebola Cola" ads, the Crom Stockley show and the decidedly non-family-friendly "Sex Puppets" but nothing that even comes close to what you've described.

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  • For realz? What version do you have? My original read-through was with the set of trade paperbacks, no idea what edition or publishing year. I'm fully willing to admit I may have dreamed that entire set of panels up. Will leave the question open for another 2-3 days, will reward you the bounty and question if nobody else contributes anything. – aendrew Jan 3 '14 at 9:58

I think you are combining 2 different bits. 1 is the info-pollen which is released during a gap in the law that is closed a minute later. The other bit could be any number of drug taking moments.

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