Episode 306: My Cheatin’ Heart
Note: Though this is the 7th Season Three
HM episode in airing order, by production number it is the 6th episode
of season three (hence 306).
Though it isn’t really necessary to see the whole Dad saga,
you’ll probably want to see 113 – Brendon’s Choice
before you see this one so the episode isn’t ruined for you.
Brendon Small – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Josie Small – Loren Bouchard
Andrew – Louis C.K.
Andrew’s Client – Bill Braudis
Synopsis: Brendon takes up golfing, at Andrew's insistance. Unfortunately,
he's terrible at it, and is forced to look at McGuirk for a new way
of winning. Brendon's new movie, which is to be filmed backwards,
doesn't help matters. Meanwhile, Paula can't find a foot.
Lawn Gnomes: (Click for picture)
· There is a dressed up lawn gnome on
the table during the second discussion about the backwards movie.
· “An Affair To End With” – A basic storyline
of a husband having an affair with his wife’s twin sister, except
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· The movie focuses on a cheating husband (with a crazy father
involved as well), while Brendon cheats to impress his own father.
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· In season one style, Brendon had the only real plotline,
and that was his golf game. The movie doesn't connect all that well.
Random Observations & Facts:
· Brendon’s script originally was “The Affair”.
Brendon crossed out the word “The” and added the words
“An” and “To End With”.
· The golf guy drinks “Black Hole Hard Lemonade”
· Paula goes to “Pediatrician Dr. Roberts, M.D.”
· Patient problems at Dr. Robert’s: Bloody finger, bandaged
· Paula’s trouble comes from the “Baby Fun-Time
· Brendon goes to “Jamie’s Driving Range open daily
5 a.m. – 10 p.m.”
· McGuirk still has the golf clubs he took from his opponent
after he beat him back in high school.
· Brendon has gotten a little better at golf between the driving
range and the game. At least now he can actually hit the ball a good
· Jason’s camouflage costume includes a sash of candy
· Brendon hits the ball 9 times on the green.
· The foot in the puzzle book is incredibly easy to find. I
suppose that's the joke, but really.
Past Episode References:
· The costume/prop corner from Episode 302 – Breaking
Up Is Hard To Do appears once again in this episode. Check that capsule
for all the references made.
Movie & Other References:
· Movie posters behind Brendon:
“Plump Fashion” (Pulp Fiction)
“Reservoir Cats” (Reservoir Dogs)
· McGuirk as a caddy is (intentionally) a parody of “The
Legend of Bagger Vance”.
· "Memento" is both mentioned, and the general backwards
idea is easily connected.
End Credits: “Season Three Theme”
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
Spectre: This episode
was many times better than last week's episode, I must say. The uses
of odd humor in a subtle fashion really works.
And it was fun picking out all of the film references. This episode
was mainly picking at the new wave of independant films with "clever"
storylines and such ("Memento" being the main one). And
the golf subplot was actually funny, really. I love McGuirk, and loved
him even more when he came in with the sun shining behind him and
then told everyone it made his entrance better. How better can it
This season of HM is on a roll. Never have I seen such a consistant
rate of high quality episodes. A+
J-Chan: I remember
loving McGuirk to death, especially with the sun bit, and I remember
laughing really hard when my sister misheard "I've been cheating
all day" as "I've been cheating on me" but other than
that I just remember funny. I need to watch again.
J.C.: Loved this episode!
The golfing plot was what sold me on it, but the thing with filming
a movie from end to begining was funny too. Especially liked Melissa's
line to Brendan about him always saying he'll "fix it in post".
McGuirks bit about the sun was funny, even though it reminded me of
a familiar line in an episode of Grace Under Fire. Definatly one of
my top five favorite episodes so far of this awesome show.
The Condiment King: The
episode starts with the end and then tells the story of how it got
there. The ending really isn't dynamic enough to where it makes or
breaks the episode, which is good because the episode was quality
on its own.
I really like Jason's discussion of directors and how it was a pretty
hack-kneed device to do what Brendon was doing by starting with the
ending. Jason has always been the pretentious critic in this series,
like when he called the fisheye lens a hack-kneed device.
There were a ton of references in this episode, weren't there? There
was the Plump Fashion (Pulp Fiction) and Reservoir Cats (Reservoir
Dogs) posters where Brendon, Melissa, and Jason were discussing the
story. The golf tutor mentioned Memento and Sunset Boulevard. Melissa
referenced Cast Away with the soccer ball having wilson on it. The
creators of this series truly do have good taste in movies, which
has been echoed through the references.
I too liked McGuirk's expression when he was letting the air out
of the soccer balls and said he was "leveling the playing field".
He also had a great line where he was hit by the golf ball and then
screamed, "SON OF A *****! I'M TRYING TO HELP A KID." It
comes so out of nowhere too that its hilarious. I really like McGuirk's
incessant accent as Bagger McGuirk in this episode too. He waited
until the sun was down at just the right level to where he achieved
that effect when he came. Ridiculous. He gets to be unbearable for
Andrew and Brendon. It was nice that Andrew ended up cheating just
like his son, Brendon. It showed just how similar they are. Good episode.
Mynd Hed: LOVED the
Memento spoof, I haven't seen The Legend of Bagger Vance so that whole
Bagger McGuirk thing kind of flew right over my head. Overall, pretty
once in a while, even among what could be a good episode of this show,
it loses some steam somewhere and seems to fall flat at the end after
a promising beginning. This just is one of those episode...but the
strange thing is that because of the idea of this episode, we actually
see the end at the beginning! The episode literally begins with the
end of the episode, which is hilarious in that we feel so out of it
even before we find out what exactly is happening. (Brendon and Andrew
playing golf? McGurk reciting a poem? Paula going crazy over a "Seek
and Find" game?) It is then that the episode rewinds to the real
beginning, where we find Brendon, most likely influenced by "Memento",
wanting to film an entire film backwards! The conversations that he
has about his ambitious idea are some of the funniest in the episode,
with Jason constantly calling him a hack without any originality and
even a golf instructor he has to go to (which I will get to later)
giving him various film ideas involving film placement. (including
a film which starts at the beginning, then goes to the end, and ends
at the middle!) The actual film itself, "An Affair to End With",
is your typical romantic drama only, according to Melissa, "it's
backwards". (it probably would have made more sense forwards,
but the backwards effect did allow for more of the anticipation of
later things) While it doesn't make the film better, you better at
least give Brendon the A for effort.
The other major plot here involved Brendon and Andrew getting involved
in golf, yet neither being too good at it. The conversation at the
beginning between the two of them is another of those good father-son
moments where Andrew is trying to show Brendon the positive aspects
of the game, while Brendon just proves how much he sucks at it. The
practice session he has later with a tutor doesn't do much either
except teach Brendon why they use pencils in the game! (well isn't
it obvious?) When Brendon approaches McGurk about his problems, we
see a situation that seems promising, yet ends up ruining the episode:
the "leveling the playing field" idea. (which we see McGurk
deflating soccer balls, yet his team still loses) While it is funny
in seeing McGurk trying to coach Brendon at golf, even if it only
involves tipping the hat, it is where he decides to "level the
playing field" in a game against a potential client of Andrew's
that the episode falls apart. It is here that essentially we see the
whole cliche of the good golf players vs. the people who cheat using
someone else on the field in order to seem better. (in this case,
Jason and Melissa in fatigues) While the game itself, as well as the
interaction with the other characters, isn't that good in itself,
it is sort of funny watching McGurk running around in a takeoff of
"Bagger Vance". By the time we see the end of the episode
a second time, while we may now understand what caused all this, it
just doesn't seem as funny as it was before. And even more mysterious
about the ending was the sudden appearance of Paula: while it was
funny watching her try to solve the "Seek and Find" throughout
the episode, her sudden appearance at the end on the golf course was
mysterious and somewhat pointless. I guess I was hoping a for a bit
more in this episode, but I guess this episode doesn't go for the
birdie...or the bogey for that matter. Most likely par for the show.
The Landstander: This
isn't a great episode in some ways, but I still find that I really
enjoyed it. It has an underplayed feeling to it that really works.
Though perhaps not intentional, the fact that Andrew only appears
in this episode during season 3 (or 4, for that matter) is oddly appropiate.
His relationship with Brendon seems to be akin to occasional days
together; that they would take up golf is appropiate. Brendon's complete
lack of skill is, a bit less subtly, appropiate as well. And McGuirk
helping Brendon deal (albeit in his own, unusual way) with his real
Then there is the movie, which provides some nice material for Jason
and Melissa. Putting the actual ending of the episode at the beginning
was bizarre, but also kind of funny; putting the ending into context
slowly is fun. The movie itself works on just about every level; Brendon's
desperate seeking of approval (even going to a golf instructor he
doesn't really know), fighting against Jason and Melissa for a stubborn
idea, and the great backwards sequence in the middle of the episode/movie.
Though, on that note (maybe I've just watched this show too much),
couldn't a video of two 8-year olds (one shirtless) shooting a movie
about an affair be considered a bit....yeah. I'll move on.
Oh, and Paula's foot storyline is fairly funny, but not too notable.
But what the hell was she doing at the golf course, anyway? I assume
picking Brendon up.
For all my raving this isn't quite a great episode, it just works
rather well all around. Recommended.