Episode 408: Cho and the Adventures of Amy Lee
Brendon Small/Junior/Perry/Maggie McFarland - Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk/Walter - H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins - Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small - Janine Ditullo
Josie Small - Loren Bouchard
Fenton/Cho - Sam Seder
Synopsis: Brendon's accidental goal at a soccer game ends up ruining
the streak of opposing goalie Cho. Cho seeks his revenge. The gang
hangs out with Walter & Perry after they save Brendon's life,
and when McGuirk hears some Scottish music he is reminded of his childhood.
· Gnome shaped wizard figures are availible
at "Items on Shelves".
· A gnome symbol is seen on the kilt
given to McGuirk.
· "Amy Lee" - An invisible (kind of) Amy Lee shows
a man his past through a box of rememberances.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· "Amy Lee" (and the original movie "Amelie")
shows people looking at their past when given items of their earlier
days. The exact same thing happens to McGuirk when Brendon brings
him the kilt. Brendon even addresses the box as being from "Amy
Random Observations & Facts:
· This episode has the longest "first act" (before
· The store in Brendon's movie is called "Poisson".
· The box given by Amy Lee says "Choco Sampler".
· The newspaper headline reads: "Maggie Mania!"
· Grandpa's sweatshirt says "State U" (or "State
· Brendon, Jason, Melissa, Walter & Perry go to "Items
on Shelves" to shop.
· Walter's shirt says "Dough Bots" and has a picture
of a donut shaped robot.
· Also availible in the store: "Naughty Cards" and
· Melissa stares dreamingly at Cho as he acts.
· McGuirk gets into his Highland dancing clothes extremely
Past Episode References:
· This episode seems to run with the idea of Walter & Perry's
"evil side", hinted at in episodes like "Storm Warning".
Movie & Other References:
· "Amy Lee" is based on the film "Amelie".
Duh. They even say it! How did you not know that?
End Credits: McGuirk calls Maggie.
GMB: This episode was
"eh." I realise Walter and Perry have their fans but uh,
I don't watch the show for them. Every week they seem to take over
more and more of the episode, never mind being written wildly inconsistently.
Speaking of which, Melissa, Brendan and Jason apparently also put
on their idiot hats and minced around blindly for the episode playing
off of Cho, who may be the most bland, unmemorable, and useless foil
in "Home Movies" long run.
In any case, the McGuirk stuff worked (as did Jason's nightmare),
everything else didn't, and using Amelie as a basis for the movie
does it no favors since I thought Amelie was femmy and stupid.
Still better than the godless, festering, bucket of whale vomit that
was "Honkey Magoo" C
Jaguar: This was a
great episode. When Brendon said "We're all dying, Melissa",
my mind couldn't help but wander to the cancellation. Walter and Perry
were...different in this episode, and I'm not sure whether it was
good or bad. I couldn't help but laugh when Brendon kept punching
his grandpa. It did get a bit redundant after the first two times
he did it, though. Cho annoyed me for some reason, but his reformed
personality was a breath of fresh air (because all we need is another
stale bully) . Jason, as always, was a highlight. I had the Bagpipe
Song playing in my head for the next few hours after this episode.
McGuirk, once again, carried the majority of this episode. I didn't
mind, though, seeing that this season has easily made him my favorite
character of the bunch.
Well, I guess I'll wrap it up--Jaggy liked this one. A+.
MovieGuy: So in conclusion,
this was one of the best episodes this season or ever. I enjoyed everyone
including Brendon's grandfather. Brendon's grandfather didn't seem
creepy to me this time around. He was funny and they didn't overuse
McGuirk's storyline was the best. Nicely done and panned out nicely.
Walter and Perry are starting to get on my nerves, literally (don
not put your nerves on the screen when they are around.)
Nice to actually see a movie this season. I wanna know how these
kids gets such nice makeup. To my knowledge, I don't think it BLEEPED
during the whole show. Cho was a funny character and I hope he doesn't
come back in the final episodes. =( As we end Home Movies, I hope
every episode will be as funny and smart as this one.
My positives were Brendon's story, McGuirk's story, Amy Lee, Cho,
Grandpa, Cho is short for "Chump"
My negatives were too much Walter & Perry?
TacoHunter: I really
liked this episode. And I learned the series have been canned from
this thread. Which I don't mind, there were just too many really bad
episodes this season to justify this series to keep going on.
But this episode though, I thought it was great. I really don't like
where W&P are going. What made them funny was their innocence.
They could go to hell and back and still have a stupid smile on their
face 'cause they're together. Sure, it DOES make sense one why they
would become a bunch of psychopaths, but that's just not why we love
Oh well, aside from W&P's psychotic nature, I really enjoyed
this episode. I thought Brendan punching his grandfather was funny,
and even though I could have easily lived without seeing McGuirk's
ass, it still made me laugh.
Fone Bone: I was laughing
so hard at this episode. Walter and Perry playing chase and then smash
the butterfly was so funny as was their shoplifting. I loved how when
Brenden asked why they don't hang out with them, Jason says "Who
would want to?" and Paula says "Jason has a good point."
I love Paula and that whole conversation in the lawn chairs was the
best part of the episode. Jason: "I love hanging out at the Small's."
Coach McGuirk's stuff was good too. I love it when his psychotic
breakdowns freak out Brenden. His Scottish dancing was bizarre in
the best John McGuirk manner.
The movie parody of "Amelie" was funny too. I like how
they got Cho involved and that changed him into a hippie. I also loved
it when W&P saved Brenden from him by being freaky. Jason's cracks
at his lame one-liners was so funny as was Melissa's bizarro crush
culminating in beating down Brenden for wrecking him. A very funny
The Landstander: Wow,
I didn't care for this one at all. Watching this with "Those
Bitches Tried to Cheat Me" shows how this season can work really
well or just fall completely flat.
A bunch of stuff happens in this episode. Brendon's team takes on
a major opponent, and Brendon accidently scores a goal. Cho gets mad
at Brendon, and Walter & Perry help him out. Walter & Perry
demand Brendon, Jason, and Melissa hang out with them because of this.
Brendon's grandfather helps him fight in case this happens again.
McGuirk discovers his old fondness for Scottish Highland Dancing.
The movie is an "Amelie" parody entitled "Amy Lee".
Notice how nothing really connects? Each plot seems like an idea that
might've worked in another episode, but are tossed in haphazardly
for a quick joke. The best connection I can make is the idea of pressuring
Now, HM is usually not a big plot show anyway, so this could work
if it had that good old dialogue humor fans know and love. It...doesn't.
Walter & Perry are great characters and I actually don't think
the show overkilled them in general; but here, they are plain annoying
as hell. Their evil side comes out of nowhere, and seems cheap and
forced. Bleh. Brendon's grandpa...was just there, really. Though that
sequence with Brendon punching him lasted far, far too long. Cho just
wasn't a very good character.
The best part of the episode, oddly enough, was McGuirk's Scottish
Highland Dancing plot. It was kinda neat to get some info on his father,
and maybe even some background into why McGuirk coaches (or, to word
better, doesn't coach) the way he does. But even that winds up as
a quick "look at McGuirk's ass" joke in the end.
Low on humor, character, and plot, this episode did little for me.
If I sound a bit harsh, it's because I really enjoy the show and therefore
hate when they have an episode that goes against everything that makes
it work. A mediocre episode.