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Flight of the Conchords Episode: "Bowie"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Bret's vanity gets a lift from an idol's advice; Murray promotes one of the band's tunes for use on an audio greeting card.
Original Air Date: Jul 22, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 6
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Length: 28:00
Aired: 7/22/2007
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Bowie — Dream or Nightmare? Season 1, Episode 6

The minute David Bowie appeared in Bret's dream and said, "Am I freaking you out, Bret?" in that deep, dragged-out-sentence-type voice, I knew I was in for many puzzled expressions in this episode. Personally, I find Bowie slightly scary to begin with. When you have Jemaine impersonating him, covering his face in white powdered makeup and turning the lights out, you have officially succeeded in freaking me out. That wasn't a look into Bret's dreams but a recurring nightmare - for me. They lost my vote this week as a hilarious show, a definite disappointment. Was the Bowie theme really necessary throughout the episode? Even more unnecessary were the boys singing to Bowie in outer space. Did I miss something? This was by far the most awkward and least entertaining number from the Conchords. If I was supposed to feel like I was on a different planet, I definitely did. However, don't completely disagree with me yet. I still do have a soft spot for the boys and really tried to find the humor somewhere in this episode. Aside from the bizarre special appearance by the Bowie look-alike and the outrageously confusing outer-space experience, there were scenes that had me laughing - in the usual Conchord style. The body-conscious-Bret theme was hysterical and enough to carry the entire episode. I thought the visits from Bowie actually took away from this idea. I think delivering this idea alone would have sufficed. After the professional photo shoot directed by Murray and shot with the New Zealand property passport camera (great little addition), Murray revealed Bret's weakness in the band - "Bret, it's your fault, you look too small." This was only the beginning of the hilarious body-conscious-Bret scenario and Jemaine's attempt to lend support to his alleged bulimic friend. On hand to assist was our one and only Flight of the Conchords gal, Mel. When Bret realizes "I think I need some compliments," and Jemaine's list of two - "your beard is good and you're good at finding shortcuts around this part of town" - don't cheer him up, he turns to his trusty guitar for some assistance. His "Bret, you got it going on" song, with lyrics like "if one of us were lucky enough to be a lady, we'd have it going on and I put a wig on you when you were sleeping, I just laid there and spooned you," was hilarious. Jemaine was at his best, which we always appreciate. Of course, Mel never disappoints and kept up to speed with Jemaine in her attempt help revive Bret's self-esteem. Mel's clever compliment to Bret, "You're looking good today, Bret, very hot. You have a refined bone structure. Jemaine's is too deep-set to be classically handsome," had Jemaine wondering why his plan to make Bret feel better had given him a complex and made us laugh out loud. Mel played this scene out beautifully - once again. She is so involved in her character that it really is hard to notice anyone else in the scene. After Jemaine sharply tells Mel that she has somewhere else to be, he wonders how his confidence has been shot in an effort to help Bret. All weirdness aside in this episode, you couldn't resist being pulled back into the show with great performances by Mel and Jemaine. Mel is the cutest. She really thought she was doing a good thing by bringing to light Jemaine's faults. Poor Mel. Her effort and two thumbs up didn't receive much more than an annoyed glare from Jemaine (always a treat). Even Mel couldn't completely shake Bret of his lack of confidence. The meeting with the greeting-card company revealed to Murray that not every business meeting requires a role call. After Bret and Jemaine failed to convincingly introduce themselves, the meeting ended with a surprising and outrageous stunt by Bret. As soon as those feet hit the top of the desk, you knew the greeting-card man (can't remember his name) was getting a glimpse of Bret's member. I wondered why in the previous episode we got a shot of Jemaine in the nude, yet they censored this scene with Bret. Did it fit with the whole body-conscious theme? Maybe, but I think it would have added a little something to this awkward episode. The lightening bolt flash sent Murray into the funniest rant. After informing Bret that what he did was illegal, he realized that if his management skills were up to speed, he would have thought of a better idea to get the company's attention. Perhaps Murray thought "if I were a better manager, I could have stopped you before you did it. We could have said it was a cultural New Zealand greeting. We could have all done it." I think if this had really happened, it would have been a Flight of the Conchords moment to remember. If only Mel had been watching. The final verdict: The Bowie dreams bizarre? Check. Was the outer-space experience confusing? Check. Does Mel continue to deliver? Check. Am I hoping next week's episode doesn't freak me out? Check. PS: I was so distracted by the technical talk that I missed what the major money musical card read at the end of the episode. Did anyone catch it? Until the next time show less
The minute David Bowie appeared in Bret’s dream and said, “Am I freaking you out, Bret?” in that deep, dragged-out-sentence-type voice, I knew I was in for many puzzled expressions in this episode. Personally, I find Bowie slightly scary to begin with. When you have Jemaine impersonating him, covering his face in white powdered makeup and turning the lights out, you have officially succeeded in freaking me out. That wasn’t a look into Bret’s dreams but a recurring nightmare — for me.They lost my vote this week as a hilarious show, a definite disappointment. Was the Bowie theme really necessary throughout the episode? Even more unnecessary were the boys singing to Bowie in outer space. Did I miss something? This was by far the most awkward and least entertaining number from the Conchords. If I was supposed to feel like I was on a different planet, I definitely did. However, don't completely disagree with me yet. I still do have a soft spot for the boys a... read more

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