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Flight of the Conchords Episode: "Mugged"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Bret and Jemaine get mugged, despite Murray's advice about safety on the streets, causing a rift in the band.
Original Air Date: Jul 1, 2007
Guest Cast Lenny Venito: John Arj Barker: Dave
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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 28:00
Aired: 7/1/2007
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July 2, 2007: Mugged Season 1, Episode 3

My mother-flipping boys, what happened this week? I felt like the two-man gang, Bret and Jemaine, mugged my appreciation for their subtle comedy by not putting it out there. It actually made me a little sad. I thought the episode lacked the clever wit of the past two shows. The musical numbers were weak and not up to par with the Bret and Jemaine we have come to know and adore. No particular line grabbed me this week or even stayed with me for that matter. The rapper nicknames, Rhinoceros and Hippopotamus, just didn't do it for me. "The lyrics are bottomless popping off this esophagus in this metropolis" didn't represent. To be completely fair, though, the episode wasn't a complete bust: It did have its moments. For me, it was all about the supporting cast this week. So the boys get mugged. I wonder why? Were the NY hats, safety reflector belts, and maps that Murray suggested they sport while out at night a dead giveaway that the boys were new to the city? Murray was full of good advice and no gigs, as usual. From falling down a manhole to getting murdered, which seemed to be the catchphrase for him throughout the episode, I couldn't get enough of Murray's theory that the boys were better off performing during the day to avoid the dangers of the city at night, a theory that quickly died when Bret and Jemaine were mugged midday. Oh, Murray. As the two ran for their lives, taking route through a sweatshop (sorry, who are the criminals?), Bret deserts Jemaine as he runs to the safety of his bed. I must say, I was disappointed in Bret. I thought he would have made more of an effort to talk his way out of the mugging, which I was looking forward to. The singing definitely backfired this week. Dave came out firing in this episode... well, almost. His paintball gun might have come in handy during the mugging, since it did trigger probably the funniest moment in this episode. With Murray's certainty that Jemaine could be dead and Dave's eagerness to paintball the crap out of the robbers, we ended up cracking up at Dave's ignorance to Murray's accent. After waiting two days to tell the authorities and his immediate advisors Murray and Dave that Jemaine was missing, the trio reminisce about their long-lost friend at the scene of the crime, with Dave recanting his inability to understand a word that Jemaine ever said. "What? He did what?" became a conversation about the awkwardness of the Kiwi accent that even had Bret trying to translate for Murray. Murray was a hit in this episode. His sincerity about his reasons for being possibly the worst manager has made him possibly the best manager - or the most loyal one, to be completely truthful. He defends his actions and always seems to have a great reason for his poor management skills, a trait that makes him such an effective character. The greatest thing about Murray is his ability to actually get the boys to believe that there is some truth to what he's saying. And it wasn't all a letdown. Mel stayed strong in this episode. I love how the wild scenarios playing out in her head come to life in her conversations with Bret and Jemaine. She really does express the things we all think but never say out loud. Her panting breath and "What are you going to do to me? Do it, do it" outbursts nearly get her to climax at every encounter. She never fails in making me laugh. One thing is for sure: Loyalty was contagious in this episode. Mel's loyalty to the boys and, well, I guess that's it? Bret was a big baby who came around near the end when he faced his attackers to retrieve Jemaine's camera phone (a silly and not really funny idea). I get how this was supposed to be funny, but it just didn't do it for me. All weird props aside, the best part about this show is watching the boys be themselves in a real world of average Joes; it's what sets them apart. That's what makes them such a funny duo. But all was forgiven for me when Bret pulled out all the stops to try to reclaim Jemaine's trust. I do have to hand it to Bret - was that an eggplant happy-face pizza? Can he get any cuter? Of course there were a few random lines that can't go unnoticed. Some of my favorites: Bret: "You're acting weird." Jemaine: "No, I'm not, this is what I'm like." Jemaine: "I am upset that you deserted me." Bret: "I wouldn't have done it if I knew you were going to hassle me." PS. How much did you love Mel's T-shirt of Jemaine behind bars? Until next time. show less
My mother-flipping boys, what happened this week? I felt like the two-man gang, Bret and Jemaine, mugged my appreciation for their subtle comedy by not putting it out there. It actually made me a little sad. I thought the episode lacked the clever wit of the past two shows. The musical numbers were weak and not up to par with the Bret and Jemaine we have come to know and adore. No particular line grabbed me this week or even stayed with me for that matter. The rapper nicknames, Rhinoceros and Hippopotamus, just didn’t do it for me. “The lyrics are bottomless popping off this esophagus in this metropolis” didn’t represent. To be completely fair, though, the episode wasn’t a complete bust: It did have its moments. For me, it was all about the supporting cast this week. So the boys get mugged. I wonder why? Were the NY hats, safety reflector belts, and maps that Murray suggested they sport while out at night a dead giveaway that the boys were new to the city?... read more

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