Take Five is by Patrick Blindauer, and the five that you're supposed to take are the five vowels -- A,E,I,O,U -- and sometimes (but not today) Y.
So when you take five, one at a time, "Rocket Launch" becomes ROCKETLUNCH (17A: Hero in space?) , That lovable monkey Curious George becomes CURIOUS GORGE (27A: Odd ravine?)
My favorite is 38A: Affair with a robot? (ELECTRONICFLING), it just seems appropriate to laugh about taxes the day after they're due. 45A: Ice-cold brew is of course FREEZINGPINT.
I have to say that the U-less entry 62A: Aspect of the bathroom? SHOWERFACET is the weakest of the bunch but then I may be prejudiced, U is my least favorite vowel. (Nothing personal.)
One of the things that I most admire about crossword bloggers like Rex Parker and Orange is their ability to find secondary themes in puzzles, words with connections that the constructor didn't intend except maybe subconsciously. So I was looking for connections in this puzzle, like things that people might eat at a rocket lunch. They might enjoy a nice SALAMI (6D: Deli hanger) sandwich, maybe accompanied by an OLIVE (66A: "Little Miss Sunshine" girl) or two and a chicken LEG (19A: Journey segment). If they get thirsty they could TAKE TEA (20A: What the British do in the afternoon.) And what crossword luncheon would be complete without an OREO (55D: Source of the title material in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "The White Stuff") for dessert?
If you're curious about a gorge, you might wonder how a RECESSION (35D: Tough economic time) got SOBIG (6A: Dirk DeJong's nickname in a 1924 novel). And of course if you fell in, you might say OHNO (56D: Words of horror).
And who would enjoy a freezing pint more than a TOSSPOT (54A: Souse)? Especially if it was full of a variety of GINS 31D: Goes out at the card table, in a way). BTW, even though SOT and TOPER show up more often, my favorite crossword souse synonym is definitely "tosspot."
If you were having an ELECTRONICFLING, its quite possible your mechanical mistress arrived on earth in a fleet of UFOS (59D: Sky line creators, perhaps). And of course you'll have to exercise TACT (54D: Delicatesse) or you might end up with an EENSY (44A: Very small) surprise.
As far as a SHOWERFACET, well every shower I've ever been UNDER (65A: Anesthetized) has been WET (63D: Prohibition opposer).
You know, it's amazing, when you start looking at it, how much there is going on in a 15 X 15 square.