Episode 106 - Director's Cut
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.
· 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
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?).
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"
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.
· Kafka: The classic Kafka novel “Metamorphosis” is made into a classic
· 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.
· Kafka Song #1: Introduction
He is 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
Momma like a daddy like a baby like a baby like I’ll turn into a bug
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!
· 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
Past Episode References:
· McGuirk has his “pee” canteen when he does the graffiti (Reference
to 105 – We’ll Always Have Tuesday)
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”
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
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
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
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,
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.