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Flight of the Conchords Episode: "Drive By"

Season 1, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: A dispute between Bret and Jemaine and a fruit vendor spins out of control; Murray is smitten with a co-worker.
Original Air Date: Jul 29, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 7
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Length: 26:00
Aired: 7/29/2007
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"Driveby" Season 1, Episode 7

After my disappointment with last week's episode, I was thrilled to see the boys back to the basics this week - well, as basic as they can get. The greatest thing about the Conchords, at least for me, is watching them keep it simple. But even better than that? Giving Murray more screen time, letting him write his own song, and best of all, letting him sing it for us. I always hope for more Murray and Mel. I finally got more of Murray, but no Mel. For this episode, I hardly noticed and I wasn't the slightest bit disappointed. Murray's infatuation with the blonde tech-support lady was hysterical, and his attempt at being a songwriter was even more impressive... and somewhat pathetic. With the sweet sounds of the stapler and the shredder, coupled with Bret and Jemaine as the backup singers, Murray's song is definitely one of my Conchords favorites to date. I think with lyrics like, "I wish you knew how much I love your hair and your legs. I had a budgie, but it died and I like pie," only highlighted why Murray is one of the best characters on this show, and just how much his character is capable of. He never fails to deliver and I am always guaranteed a good laugh when he's around. The race war set off by the boys' attempt to buy some fruit spun into a series of events that had the boys determined to change the views of the rude and racist street vendor. With offensive words like, "I don't serve your kind here. I don't want our customers thinking that our fruit tastes like New Zealanders," Bret and Jemaine turned to the comfort of the adorable Albi, the racist dragon, to help them figure out how to make a change. It was Dave, however, who had the best advice for the boys, suggesting the smartest way to fight the battle against racism with the fruit vendor. After explaining to our Kiwi friends the harsh realities of prejudice in America and blatantly confusing them with Englishmen, he decided there was only one way to fight back: comebacks. When that strategy didn't work, Dave pulled out all the stops with the best possible comeback to an insult: flipping the bird. The dedicated scene on the art of flipping the bird was a real treat and was outright hilarious. The rehearsed facial expressions and accuracy of every motion was nicely played out when it came time for the ultimate driveby passed the fruit vendor. This driveby attack actually revealed how racist the fruit vendor was against Aussies, not Kiwis. When the snappy fruit vendor went on an angry rant about the "cocky a-holes, born from criminals," the boys knew that he must have confused them for Aussies , a common mistake. The boys were absolutely right and not only did they earn themselves an apology, but also a red delicious apple and a banana. Fruit that was certainly deserved. As always, some things that can't go unnoticed: " The package from Bret's mom: his favorite box. " The package from Murray's mom: a VHS tape, aka a dubbed video dub. " The package from Jemaine's mom: oh wait, there was no package. " The dragon tears that turned into jelly beans. My favorite scene in this episode: Bret, Jemaine and the fruit vendor flipping the bird to the guard outside the Australian embassy. Until next time.... show less
After my disappointment with last week's episode, I was thrilled to see the boys back to the basics this week — well, as basic as they can get. The greatest thing about the Conchords, at least for me, is watching them keep it simple. But even better than that? Giving Murray more screen time, letting him write his own song, and best of all, letting him sing it for us. I always hope for more Murray and Mel. I finally got more of Murray, but no Mel. For this episode, I hardly noticed and I wasn't the slightest bit disappointed. Murray's infatuation with the blonde tech-support lady was hysterical, and his attempt at being a songwriter was even more impressive... and somewhat pathetic. With the sweet sounds of the stapler and the shredder, coupled with Bret and Jemaine as the backup singers, Murray's song is definitely one of my Conchords favorites to date. I think with lyrics like, "I wish you knew how much I love your hair and your legs. I had a budgie, but it died and I like pi... read more

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Premiered: June 17, 2007, on HBO
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