The Conchords stay strong this week "in a city of pressure" and have me wondering just how they keep a straight face through it all. I'm really starting to fall in love with these guys (
not in a Mel sort of way), and I think this episode may have had me laughing harder than the premiere. Let's see why....
Life in the concrete jungle finally sets in and the boys realize that having no gigs has left them poor and hungry. The opening scene in this episode had me rushing through an outburst of laughter so I wouldn't miss the next line. Bret, being the thoughtful (or perhaps thoughtless?) roommate that he is, decides that on his way home, he'll pick up some groceries - literally, off the street. Jemaine is so excited that he digs right into the sandwich before asking Bret how he paid for the food. A few bites in, Bret casually tells him, "It was free, I found it on the street; someone didn't want it." Jemaine's gag refluxes barely shook Bret. By the look on his face, as far as he was concerned, he was salvaging good food going to waste. Way to be practical, Bret.
Now, it wouldn't be a
true Conchord experience without a clever little tune to make us laugh - out loud, of course. With the exception of the hilarious lyrics in Bret's song to Coco the coworker, "Oh my god, she's so hot, she so flipping hot, she's like a curry, she's so hot, she's making me sexist," this episode definitely sang out more dialogue than lyrics. I loved that this episode focused on the dialogue between the characters. The musical parodies in the last episode were without question entertaining, as were the shorter musical snacks in this episode. But truth be told? I actually really enjoyed a little less music and a lot more chatting between the boys.
So the episode revolved around Bret's new job, holding signs for Hot Dogs and Free Phones - a journey that took us through Bret's work ethic, business suit and all. I have to hand it to him: he took the job, one that according to Jemaine "sounded like something a lamp post could do," very seriously, and it paid off... well, sort of. Bret's attitude really evolved with him realizing, "I've changed, I got a job, I have a career, I drink coffee now." This naturally only added fuel to Jemaine's frustration with his absence from band practice. Jemaine went solo at the trade-show gig, and improvised with a tape recording of Bret. When Bret finally arrived, he learned he'd been replaced.
The Bret vs Tape debate had me a little scared for Bret. The odds were definately not is his favor. I was sure the tape was going to win since it was more compact, easier to carry, and more cost-efficient (no subway fees). But there was one thing that the tape couldn't compete with: Bret was alive. And the tape? Not so fortunate. I did appreciate the old-school flashback with the tape winding. You knew the moment that tape was being pulled out of Jemaine's pocket, the zipper would snag a bite of it. Old tricks never fail, though: the pencil-and-turn winding method worked in the end. Back in the day, the common end result for me was exactly what Murray and Jemaine were left with: a sore hand and a whole lot of wasted ribbon.
I waited, I waited, and then it happened: Mel appeared. While Murray fired Bret for missing the gig at the trade show, and denied the boys a ride home after Jemaine called his bluff, Mel showed up ready to drive them - nuts. With Doug steering, Mel cozied up in the back with the boys, strangely turned on by the news of Bret's new job. She really let him know how she felt: "You really know how to move that sign and manipulate it." (Did I mention Doug, her husband, was in the front seat?) Bret's discomfort quickly showed and Jemaine stepped in to reveal to Mel that Bret was no longer a part of the band. Turning her attention to Jemaine, she was shocked to find out that a tape had replaced one of her favorite band members. The news lasted all of a second before Mel protested that she would still support the single man band. As for the band's next gig, Mel assured Jemaine, giving him a once-over, "I'll be there, you bet your ass I'll be there." Crazy or obsessed, she rocks!
Murray's open audition for a band member was a flop. Thankfully, the Bret look-alike (sweater and all) didn't make the band, and Murray and Jemaine happily accepted Bret back ('cause we knew they would). After all, Bret earned the right to negotiate more time off from his successful career for gigs, and free advertising sponsored by the company: hot-dog signs promoting our beloved Flight of the Conchords. Welcome back, Brit!
What else can I say? I leave you with a random favorite line, compliments of Jemaine, of course: "What is that? A hamburger. That's amazing." Too many good lines, they couldn't all go unnoticed.
Until the next time....
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The Conchords stay strong this week in a city of pressure" and have me wondering just how they keep a straight face through it all. Im really starting to fall in love with these guys (not in a Mel sort of way), and I think this episode may have had me laughing harder than the premiere. Lets see why....Life in the concrete jungle finally sets in and the boys realize that having no gigs has left them poor and hungry. The opening scene in this episode had me rushing through an outburst of laughter so I wouldnt miss the next line. Bret, being the thoughtful (or perhaps thoughtless?) roommate that he is, decides that on his way home, hell pick up some groceries literally, off the street. Jemaine is so excited that he digs right into the sandwich before asking Bret how he paid for the food. A few bites in, Bret casually tells him, It was free, I found it on the street; someone didnt want it. Jemaines gag refluxes barely shook ...