The “Portlandia” Season 5 premiere won’t waste any time in updating you on your favorite outrageous Portland residents, but there’s a twist when it comes to feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace’s first story: It’s a prequel.
Find out how the Women & Women First bookstore owners met in a flashback skit that not only features some fierce shoulder pads and intense ’90s hair, but also some totally rockin’ dance moves.
Interestingly, the pair started as frenemies. We first meet them in a club (oversized jackets and Aqua Netted hair included) as they transform the energy from their mutual hatred into a badass dance-off. But their body language is too strong, and somehow it appears the two will emerge friends after their battle is completed.
Former “Saturday Night Live” star Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein bring the fifth season of their sketch-comedy show back to IFC with a premiere episode titled “The Story of Toni and Candace,” a half-hour that will follow the narrative of the fan-favorite characters rather than a collection of sketches skewering everyone’s favorite Oregon hipster haven.
It turns out that Toni and Candace began as rival bookstore chain executives in New York City in the early ’90s.
Watch the clip from the season premiere below. “Portlandia” premieres Thurday (Jan. 8) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.