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Spoilers below for The Boys' sixth episode of Season 2, so be warned!
Just about everyone who sits down to watch an episode of The Boys is prepared to see and hear things that they would not find on any other TV show out there, from boats driving through whales to The Deep's singing duet with his own gills to Stormfront's twisted story. Still, I doubt that even hardcore fans of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book expected Season 2 to introduce the well-endowed supe Love Sausage by having his dong nearly choke out one of the main protagonists.
In Episode 6, some of the crew took a trip to the Sage Grove Center, the psychiatric hospital housing untold numbers of patients with Compound V-related powers. (Not everyone gets to survive with them, of course, thanks to Stormfront and Shawn Ashmore's newly introduced Lamplighter.) One of those patients was Love Sausage, a giant Russian ex-cop whose superheroic claim to fame is his giant penis...if the name wasn't already enough to sell that idea. In the midst of all the break-out chaos, Laz Alonso's character Mother's Milk finds himself being throttled by the impossibly long and flexible genitalia, and the actor thinks that Karl Urban set that sequence up as a prank. Alonso told EW that particular moment was not included in the episode script that he'd read, saying:
I read the first script. Usually when the scripts come out, I’ll just read the first version and then I’ll put it away because I like to be super, hyper focused on the episode we’re working on now. They usually give us the script for the next episode midway through the episode we’re working on. So, it can be a distraction if you focus on that. I read it just to know where my character is going and then I discard it. . . . There is no penis around the neck [in the original script]! So, we always tease each other, and always on set playing the dozens and cracking jokes. And one day in the makeup trailer, Karl is like, 'You ready for that penis that’s going around your neck?' And I’m like, 'Ain’t no way in the world there is a penis being wrapped around my neck.'
Famous last words, Laz Alonso. Anybody who watched the episode definitely saw Mother's Milk struggling to survive as an extremely veiny and gross-looking penis was wrapped around his windpipe, which I seriously doubt Frenchie will let him forget about for the rest of his life. But Alonso wasn't wrong when he said the scene wasn't included in the original draft of the script, as Eric Kripke confirmed that Love Sausage's inclusion came around late in the writing process, as the writers were trying to figure out a way to add more flavor (as it were) to the Sage Grove sequence.
So whenever Laz Alonso finally got around to reading the updated version of the Episode 6 script, he realized that Karl Urban's penis-around-the-neck jokes were most definitely based in reality. Here's how Alonso put it:
So, I finally get back to my trailer. I let my curiosity get the best of me and when I see that [in the new script], I'm like, ‘Oh my God. Karl is definitely behind this.' I am almost positive to this day he just pitched that idea to Kripke and Kripke with his sick sense of humor was like, 'It’s great! Let’s do it!'
For what it's worth, Eric Kripke denied that it was a Karl Urban-originated prank, but did say that it was "really funny" all the same. Kripke also said they made a 10-foot animatronic version of Love Sausage's man-parts and then added CGI to complete the effect. I'm guessing the CGI bits weren't what Laz Alonso had wrapped around his neck while filming. I hope somebody got to keep that prop to maybe make a scarf out of it, unless Love Sausage will factor into the upcoming spinoff series, of course.
The Boys Season 2 is currently airing weekly on Amazon on Fridays, and though that revised release schedule has angered plenty of fans, it certainly gives everyone more than enough time to reflect on Love Sausage's hog before moving onto the next episode. While waiting to see what zaniness is coming next, head to our 2020 Fall TV premiere schedule.