I think I'm turning into a bug
Episode 106 - Director's Cut

Transcript availible here

Brendon Small – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Coach Jon McGuirk – H. Jon Benjamin
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Andrew – Larry Murphy
Dwayne – Brendon Small

Synopsis: Creative differences arise when Brendon rejects Dwayne's new movie, a rock opera based on Kafka's "Metamorphosis". Brendon wants to do his own project, much to the objection of Jason and Melissa. McGuirk feels threatened as well, by a new assistant coach named Andrew.

When I say move, that means you move!

· This was the first episode to premiere on Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” as opposed to UPN.
· This was the first episode with Janine Ditullo as Paula Small instead of Paula Poundstone. This might be the reason why Paula has approximately two lines in this episode.
· We get to meet Dwayne’s band, Scab, for the first time in this episode. None of them will speak until Episode 206 – Impressions.
· The Kafka rock opera began as a Tron rock opera, and morphed from there (teehee)

Lawn Gnomes: (Click for picture)
· During the first Kafka song, there is a garden gnome in the bed when Dwayne says “Oh look, but there he is, what will he say?”
· At the end of Kafka in “heaven” there is a gnome on a string (God?).

I am Louis Braille!

Comic Con Fun:

Transcript from Brendon Small at the Comic Con 2003 session:

Fan #22: This is for Brendon, could you give us some "Louie, Louie" right now?

Brendon: Aw, jeez. Well, hold on. I'm...hold on. I can't remember it. Help me out here. I say something once, and I forget it, and then it goes on TV. I'm not even joking. (raps) "Well, I'm curing disease, helping blind people read, don't use that milk without talking to me...I'm a, I'm a...I'm savior for those who can't see with their eyes, don't mess with me, you'll get pasteurized." And here's the lyric that got cut out: "I'm a wack motherf%#$er reading from my fingertips, doing drive-bys on the virus, giving sickness the slip. Yeah." And that's the secret one no one ever heard before. There you go.

UPDATE: This version is available on the CD Soundtrack.

Brendon’s Filmography:
· Kafka: The classic Kafka novel “Metamorphosis” is made into a classic rock opera!
· Louis Louis: What happens when germ-fighter Louis Pasteur meets blind-helper Louis Braille? Watch and find out!

The Movie-Episode Connection:
· Since the episode is largely about the movie, there really is no movie episode connection.

The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· Both Brendon and McGuirk have an enemy to take care of in this one. Brendon needs to get rid of Dwayne while McGuirk is worried about getting rid of Coach Andrew.

Living Like A Bug Ain't Easy

Song Lyrics:
· Kafka Song #1: Introduction
He is Franz Kafka!
Franz Kafka!
Be careful if you get him pissed…
Franz! Franz Kafka!
He’ll smite you with metaphor fists!
Writing all he can, he’s just a man
A warrior of words taking a stand
He is Franz Kafka!
Spoken: Oh look, but there he is, what will he say?
I’m a lonely German…a lonely German from Prague!
Kafka! Kafka! Kafka!

· Kafka Song #2: Turning into a bug
I don’t know what’s wrong with me I think I’m turning into a bug
I see double what I see I think I’m turning into a bug
I ain’t got no self-esteem I think I’m turning into a bug
Bet you fifty dollars I’m a man, I’m a scholar and I’m turning into a bug
Momma like a daddy like a baby like a baby like I’ll turn into a bug
Yeah! Yeah!
He is Franz Kafka!

· Kafka Song #3: Living like a bug ain’t easy
Living like a bug ain’t easy
My old clothes don’t seem to fit me
I got little tiny bug feet
I don’t really know what bugs eat
Don’t want no one stepping on me
Now I’m sympathizing with fleas
Living like a bug ain’t easy…

· Kafka Song #4: Ending
Spoken: Welcome to heaven Franz! My name is God! I think you’re going to like it here!
He is Franz Kafka!

· Louis, Louis End Rap
Well, I’m, curing disease
Helping blind people read
Don’t drink that milk without talking to me (Oh yeah!)
I’m saving those who can’t see with their eyes
Don’t mess with me you’ll get pasteurized!
Yeah! Come on! Come on! Louis Louis in the house! Break it down!

(Jason does a human beatbox)

· Kafka End Song
Right now he can
He’s just a man
A warrior of words
Taking a stand
He grew up very poor
He's steel, it's to the core
Born in 1883 died in 1924
He is Franz Kafka!

A Warrior of Words Taking A Stand

Random Observations:
· When Jason has the cue card for the line “A warrior of words taking a stand”, you can tell he was using a red marker that started to dry. Despite his attempts to make the marker work again, he ends up finishing the card in blue.
· When McGuirk talks about Drew’s body, his hand movements leave behind a dotted line.
· You can see Brendon’s nose when he’s hiding behind the tree right before he apologizes to Jason and Melissa.
· Some of McGuirk’s graffiti includes: My name is Drew, Drew was here, I hate kids. He also has a crudely drawn man throwing a kid into a fire.

Past Episode References:
· McGuirk has his “pee” canteen when he does the graffiti (Reference to 105 – We’ll Always Have Tuesday)

Brendon, I like it.

Movie & Other References:
· Brendon’s criss-cross speech with McGuirk is from the Hitchcock movie “Strangers on a Train", in which two men agree to perform a murder for the other.

End Credits: “Kafka End Song”

What did I tell you about the points?

Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers

StrangerAtaru: And thus, the show takes off! I don't know how many times I have seen this episode (of course, it probably isn't that many times), but it always seems to make me laugh and smile whenever I watch it. What other show would actually make a movie which is "a musical version of Franz Kafka's 'Metamorphosis'" and get away with it? But that's just the start of it: the interactions between the characters work, with great lines coming out of it (One of my favorite exchanges: "What are we fighting about?" "Who's stupider?") and, something that I just discovered last night, the blending of the two plots (both Brendon's and McGurk's problem with the assistant soccer coach)to create something even funnier. (note the speech McGurk gives to Brendon about "losing", and then note what Brendon tells Jason and Melissa soon after) Then, of course, there is the music, which has some of the most memorable songs in the whole series. (OK, maybe the "Louis, Louis" rap at the end isn't as funny, but it was used by Brendon to try and fenegal Dwayne) The visual humor is also a tad more prevelant than in the UPN episodes, starting the transition of the hybrid this show started to happen. (I primarily mentioned this because of this great scene with Brendon's nervous breakdown as he tries to make "Louis, Louis" by himself) Overall, a classic that defines the show for episodes to come.

Jacob the Hedgehog: This episode proves one of my many nutjob theories, that God is actually a talking garden gnome! The best part about this episode is when Brenden goes insane and tries impersenating Melissa and Jason. Jason's ear problem was disgusting, but would explain why his ear bleeds when he stands next to loud speakers. McGuirk obsessing over Drew is another good point in the episode. Hmmm... it seems like, what I refer to, as a Ned Flanders Complex. Drew is obviously better then McGuirk, so McGuirk tries to sabotage him, such as Homer Simpson does to Ned Flanders

Jacob's Side Notes
The garden gnomes seem to play only charecters in this episode
The bug Dwayne dresses up as resembles either a scorpian or a roach
Jason's costume also resembles a roach
This marks the first time a garden gnome both plays a charecter, and subs for a charecter when the scene calls for it. (other instences include episodes 107- It was Supposed to be funny, 109- Life through a Fish Eye Lense, 305- Renaissance, 306 My Cheatin' Heart, and TWICE in 310- Time to Pay the price)

Jacob's Overall rating: A

Condiment King: This is the first truly hysterical episode. All the material for this episode is dead on, and it has the first truly cohesive plot for every character involved. Another interesting thing, with Paula Poundstone out of the show, the Paula character doesn't show up until well into the episode, and in that scene, she's much more down-to-earth than previously.

Of course, the Franz Kafka Rock Opera is some of the best Brendon Small produced music of the series. The true lunacy of using historical figures for anything such as rock operas or movies is not lost on the Home Movies gang as they'd do it repeatedly (most notably in "History"). Louie vs Louie was also a great idea with Louis Pasteur and Louis Braille. The irony of Brendon's quote: what I'm going for is the ridiculousness (paraphrasing) of two famous people from France both named Louis.

The first elements of dissention between Brendon, Melissa, and Jason are in this episode about their projects. In this episode, they begin to truly take their movie projects more seriously, whereas in the past, it was something to do just for fun. In many ways, it still is for fun, but what Brendon enjoys and what Melissa and Jason enjoy aren't always the same thing. Some symbolism in the bug, Franz Kafka, and Dwayne. Brendon going over the edge is hilarious with his mimicking of Melissa and Jason.

What I enjoyed the most out of this episode though was the fight between Coach McGuirk and Drew, which goes up there as one of the most entertaining McGuirk subplots of the series with Coach McGuirk constantly being jealous of Drew's more effective coaching skills. The first scene of this episode is just classic with the banter between Brendon and McGuirk. There's something about Coach McGuirk's face when he says "Excuse me" after Brendon says "You were too big (to carry off the field)" that just gets me every time. *****

Shnay: This is easily one of the show's finest achievements. Everything in the show worked flawlessly, and this episode may very well be the funniest (minute for minute) HM episode.

The characters were all at their very best comedically, and, on top of that, we see a lot of character development for Brendon, and also some for Jason and Melissa.

The music in this episode is definitely the best piece of musical comedy in the series (even with stiff competition from great songs like "Don't Kill Children"). All the songs (wih the exception of the Louie, Louie rap, which I'll get to later) are memorable, and contain some really well written lines.

The dialogue is top-notch, even by Home Movies standards. Just about every scene has a hilarious dialogue exchange, like Jason talking about points, McGuirk talking to Drew, or the first scene in "Louie, Louie."

It's really hard to find anything wrong with this episode. If I had to pick what was the weakest part, I'd say it's the Louie, Louie rap at the end, and even that wasn't really that bad. This episode is among the very best Home Movies has to offer.

RandomGuy: The "Goldfinger" of Home Movies – this the point at which a franchise is refined to its essence. You could say this episode is a turning point for the series- the art is finalized, the characters take the roles they essentially hold to this day, and the show's irreverent and savvy sense of humor is fully developed. The Kafka rock opera is, without question, the most memorable of Brendan's films (quite an accomplishment), and nothing short of a laugh riot. Every character is well utilized and gets some development- McGuirk, Dwayne, and, above all else, Brendan. It's worth noting that Jason really becomes a new character at this point- little more than a source of gross out gags in the UPN 5, the Jason that we see for the rest of Season 1 is definitely out of it, but also possesses an uncommon amount of... I don't want to call it wisdom, but it's something. The "Louie, Louie" bit is amusing, the music is brilliant, the dialogue is spot-on... all in all, "Directors Cut" is the first classic episode of Home Movies and, to this day, one of its strongest. It’s always a treat to catch a rerun of this one.

The Landstander: This is my personal favorite episode of the series. Over the years I've probably seen the episode plenty of times, and every time it's still very, very funny.

On the most obvious level, there's the great Kafka Rock Opera. This would be enough to make the episode funny on its own, but it's really just a starting point. The real humor, of course, comes from the characters. Jason develops into the lovable weirdo he remained for the rest of the show, at once completely oblivious to what was happening and knowing exactly what to say. Melissa shows her independent side. Dwayne goes from a stock character to having a personality with virtually no dialogue. And Brendon is at his worst here: As Jason and Melissa tell him, he's neurotic, insecure, controlling, cowardly, and a bit insane. Brendon's fall into insanity over something so trivial is hilarious to watch (the scene where he tries to make "Louie, Louie" by himself always gets me). Despite this, Brendon never really becomes enough of an asshole to geuninely dislike him, you just want him to come to his senses (and, with some help from Melissa, he does).

I also feel stupid for never realizing how much the situations of McGuirk and Brendon mirror each other. Brendon, feeling threatened as a "director" by Dwayne's new script, tries desperately to get his friends to do what he wants. McGuirk, feeling threatened by some real leadership around the soccer field, tries awkwardly to get the kids on his side. Brendon, with some help from his friends, comes to his senses and works everything out. McGuirk? Well, he's not so lucky. Best of the Season.

Uh, Brendon?