Episode 413: Focus Grill
Brendon Small/Perry/Junior Addleburg - 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 - Sam Seder
Synopsis: Brendon, Jason and Melissa hold a focus group on their
most recent movies. McGuirk helps Paula by setting up a grill. It's
· This is the final episode of Home Movies.
This being the last episode of Home Movies, the last 5 or so minutes
of the episode were written to be a "wrap up" for the show.
These are the interpretations of those wrap-ups:
- Landstander - On Brendon no longer
needing the movies.
- CaptainRed - On...everything.
- Alonzopt - A metaphor for the
· The lawn gnome's final scene is being
crushed by McGuirk's grill
· "Zee Diamonds" - Filmed on location during a soccer
game, this film follows a troubled exchange between two spies.
· "Eazy Triker's" - First film by Brendon; ...no
real plotline. 3 endings exist:
- The girl in the movie turns out to be Princess Pretty.
- The three bikers are attacked by a Throw-Up Monster.
- The bikers decide to settle down and build a home out of their bikes.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· Well, this episode is more of a Movie-Series connection.
The show has followed Brendon as he made his films, and in this episode
he finishes his first movie (which, presumably, will be his last).
No songs with lyrics are in this episode, though it should be mentioned
where songs are used.
· The song during the movie montage was "Sunset Theme"
(originally from The Party).
· The song during the final shot of the show, as the camera
turns off, is "Dwayne & Clarice's Theme" (originally
Random Observations & Facts:
· Brendon's comment card reads "Commints".
· McGuirk buys the "Family Grill D9000". He also
puts the box upsidedown to begin with.
· Perry seems to have drawn a picture of him and Walter running
on the comment card.
· Jason says he has his ending "RTG"...it took two
viewings for me to get that meant "Ready To Go".
· In the credits to Jason's ending, Brendon is randomly dressed
as a horse.
· Credits to Jason's movie:
Planet of the
Throw Up Monster
the mother and father of
Written, Directed and
with Brendon Small
Jason....Johnny Thunder & Monster
[can't make out beyond that]
· The scenes with Paula, Melissa and makeup along with Brendon,
McGuirk and the grill seem to indicate that both kids have found a
new parental figure. (Just my opinion...but even though I think the
McGuirk/Brendon thing makes perfect sense, the Paula/Melissa thing
didn't work for me)
· When Melissa puts her head on the pillow, a lot of makeup
· Besides an eyebrow plucker, Perry also has a comb and scissors
in his coat.
· Junior holds a tube of M885. No idea what that means.
· The movies Brendon and the gang watch (in order):
"Septopus" from The Heart Smashers.
"All's Pharaoh In Love & War" from Dad.
"Jazz Fighters" from Hiatus.
"Landstander" from The Wedding.
"Artists" from Stow A Way.
"Prescott" from Four's Company.
"Kung Fu Fighters" from The Party.
"Secret #50" from Stow A Way.
"Heat" from Bad Influences.
"The Slapstick Barbarian Project" from Law and Boarders.
"Shore Leave" from Shore Leave.
"The Man In The Box is Bad" from Psycho Delicate.
"Monster!" from I Don't Do Well In Parent-Teacher Conferences.
"Dark Side of the Law" from Get Away From My Mom. (Notable
since it was the first movie shown on the show)
"Starboy & The Captain of Outer Space" from History.
· Brendon has a weird (yet interesting) reaction to his camera
being broken. At first his eyes water, and he puts his finger up to
say something...but after a minute, listening to the conversation,
Brendon chooses to say nothing.
Movie & Other References:
· The end credits of Jason's ending to the movie parodies "Planet
of the Apes"; the first scene has Jason on the sand a la Charlton
Heston and the second scene has a throw up monster Statue of Liberty.
Also, his music is the same song he auditioned with in "Bye Bye
Greasy". (thanks to Slim102 for that)
· Walter & Perry dance in the style of "Peanuts"
· In Jason's ending credits, you see Brendon dressed as a horse
with Melissa holding him while Jason is on the ground with a painful
face. This is a reference to a photo of Nietzsche of the same nature.
(Thanks to David McGuirk for this addition)
End Credits: Home Movies Ending Theme
GMB: I liked Jason's
ending (the "Planet of the Apes" homage was pretty funny)
but Brendan's ending stealing getting more insane (and Json's bad-ass
trike) made me chuckle as well.
Of course nothing is perfect. I coulda done without the focus group
stuff, which wasn't funny and stayed that way the whole episode. Fenton,
Walter and Perry in the same room are annoying enough to make my friggin'
Man it was kinda affecting to see all those movies again (Darksideofthelaw!).
. .and given the ending, definitely for the last time.
Funny episode. The weak bits were annoying but short and the end
had more of a punch than I thought it would. Well done, well done.
Goodbye, farwell, and amen, Home Movies. A
Behonkiss: The first
half was average Season 4 crap for the most part.
The 3rd quarter was more up to par with Season 3.
The last parts were heartbreaking to watch. Seeing that montage,
having the kids realize the meaning of their movie making, and the
camera....It was very fitting. Something tells me Soup2Nuts saw this
Adios, HM. It was a long trip. Not always great, especially towards
the end, but I will always have fond memories of watching Season 2
when it first premiered.
a finale. A perfect combination of bittersweet and hysterical, Focus
Grill is probably one of the show's best episodes. My one worry going
into this episode was that it would leave some questions unanswered,
but I was proven wrong. The episode wrapped up the whole series perfectly
(obviously the crew was doubtful that there would be a 5th season
in the first place).
The film retrospective was very touching, as was the scene at the
end with the kids, Paula and McGuirk in the car. The focus group was,
admittedly, extremely annoying (but they were supposed to be). McGuirk's
story was OK, nothing too spectacular. But Melissa stole the show.
Her slow evolution from a little girl to a clown was absolutely hysterical,
and her conversation with Paula was priceless. All in all, I really
have no major complaints about the episode, only that I would've liked
to see some other characters, too, like Mr. Lynch, Andrew, Linda and
their kid (whatever happened to them, anyway?) and, most of all, Eric.
No matter what, I'll greatly miss Home Movies, but I feel that this
episode was a great send off, one that makes me a bit more comfortable
that the whole thing is over. Good bye, old friend.
Mog: That's just too
sad. I only recently liked HM, and it pains me to see it slipping
away. While it wasn't the best show on the market, it was one of the
best. It really pisses me off to see good shows getting canceled because
Big Biz types think it'll continue to fall down the ratings chart.
Well that's just crap. While HM didn't get much mainstream popularity,
it had a giant sum of fans that were almost acolytes in it's glow.
I may not have been one of those acolytes, but I sure as hell was
As for Focus grill, it was great. Seeing their older film, seeing
them complete their older film, and the last hurrah when Brandon's
camcorder was smashed were just perfect. They even included a small,
yet funny, McGuirk sideplot, and scrunched in the other support characters
for good show.
The only possible negatives were that the support characters had
a little too much screen time, and that there was too much beating
around the bush when it came to Melissa and her horrible ability to
apply make-up. I was hoping that they would just tell her that she
looked bad, but it never came. Too bad.
All in all, I'll give it a 4.8/5. The Melissa thing was needed, but
not that much.
King of PaQ: Wow.
<--- That's how I felt after I let the show sink in, because right
after I had watched it, I just wasn't feeling it, seemed like an average
show, and then after thinking about it, I just saw how good it actually
was, which sort of represents how I used to feel about Home Movies
(Average Show --> Wow). The episode starts off with Brendon, Jason
and Melissa showing off their latest film (Spies + Soccer Game) to
their focus group of Fenton, Walter, Perry, and Junior Addleberg.
Who all end up giving the trio terrible commints. The other subplot
if you will, is Mcguirk putting together an extremely large grill
he bought for Paula that she paid for. While they were discussing
the grill, you see the trio look at them at the window, where funny
convo takes place, including how Paula never dates, and Melissa and
her makeup. When the trio almost get into an argument about how to
fix their movies, they end up watching the first movie they made,
once noticing it didn't have an ending (they couldn't agree even then)
they decide to each make an ending and have the focus group decide.
Melissa's magical princess ending and Jason's throwup monster ending
are shown, but when Fenton asks for Brendon's, it's not ready because
McGuirk had convinced Brendon to include the grill in it.. and well
McGuirk was having trouble with the grill. Also Paula has some girl
talk with Melissa.. Long story(or in this case rambling review) short,
McGuirk finishes the grill, the trio look back on the old movies they
did and realize they did them because they were together, and McGuirk
causes an explosion, resulting in everyone eating out, where as they're
driving Brendon loses the video camera and it gets run over.. A rather
appropriate, touching ending to Home Movies.. I give it an A-.
Karl Olson: A brillant
ending to the series. Half culmination of some of the character relationships,
with Melissa finding a psuedo-mother figure in Paula and Brendon affirming
McGuirk's psuedo-father status, and half symbolism and metaphot for
actual process and psyche of the people who make Home Movies in real-life,
the crap they put up with and why they put up with it, it flowed somehow
very naturally, like any other HM episode. Then, a shot that was not
only semi-referential (shades of "Lost In Translation" with
their shot out of the window end shot,) but also incredibly strong
and poignent (seeing Brendon's camera smashed was like seeing the
low-battery sign on Shinji's DAT player in Evangelion; you just know
that it's over.) Lastly, the addendum you'd almost have to have; the
rebirth of the simple, inane, yet amusing banter the show is known
Tacos sound good about now.
A+ 10/10 100%
a certain thread I said I may feel really sad during series finales
of shows I loved, but never cry. Wrong. When Brendon's camera was
crushed...so I was I. And I actually SHED A TEAR! Shows you something.
Man, the only complaint I had was that Coach McGuirk wasn't as funny
as he should be, but the entire episode felt so damn comfy. All the
characters felt like you were breathing a fine
fresh breath of air...except Melissa, because she looked weird with
Walter and Perry, Junior and Fenton both felt like they fit in, and
Paula and McGuirk just went in as well, especially the last parts.
When they viewed their past movies, it took me back...way back...to
September 2nd, 2001, watching "Director's Cut" for the first
time. Watching on Sundays, risking some sleep, tuning into season
I loved Home Movies...hopefully there will be an Xmas special in
the future!...and a DVD...with commentary. That's all we can hope...
God bless HM. Rest in peace. A+
Jaguar: This was an
awesome ending to an awesome series. It served as a great ode to the
series and an amazing farewell. I found myself saying to myself, while
I was watching this episode, "This will be legendary." And
it was. Almost every scene was played out to the best of the actors'
abilities. McGuirk was enjoyable, as were Walter and Perry (who seemed
to be restored to their normal glory and not the creepyness that they
were in "Cho and the Adventures of Amy Lee".)
When the trio were looking over all of their movies and wondering
why they made them, I felt the most nostalgic I probably ever have
watching this show. I was taken back to September 2001, too, when
I first saw this show. It was the first AS show to premiere on the
block...and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it.
And of course, there was the ending. The powerful, almost totally
shocking, saddening ending, with Brendon's camera being destroyed;
signaling the end of an era.
This was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best ending to any animated
series I have ever seen. Although I didn't cry when I watched it,
I can actually feel two little tears forming in my eyes right now.
I would love to say that HM is just a cartoon, but...it isn't. These
past few weeks I've been rushing to review these last few episodes,
mainly because I knew they would be a roller coaster ride. And they
Even though this season was probably not the best, even if you believed
the show has somewhat declined from its former being, or even if you
don't, you have to agree with me when I say that Home Movies really
It was the first.
It was the best.
And it always will be.
MovieGuy: Wow. That
was the best episode of the season. I never thought I'd say this,
but, I was glad with the ending.
Melissa was hilarious. Her whole make-up plot line was great. The
talk between Melissa and Paula was some of the best stuff and I trhink
the first real scene between Paula & Melissa.
McGuirk was used well. He wasn't underdone or overdone. The Family
Grill D9000 was a strange design for a grill.
Brendon, Jason and Melissa's first move was great. I'd have to say
the best movie end was Brendon's. This time around, I wasn't bothered
by Fenton, Walter & Perry a little. The montage at the end of
their past movies had me crying. The explosion was great. The road
and the destruction of the camera was so sad. =[
Goodbye, Home Movies...
My positives were every thing.
My negatives were it's all over. =[
Fone Bone: This episode
was great. I was so sad when Brenden's camera broke but it seemed
like the kids were growing up. Time to put away childish things and
all that. Melissa looked horrible in make-up though. I loved her and
Paula's girl-talk. Great stuff.
Walter and Perry were funny as usual.
The last movie was great, all three versions of it. I like Jason's
throw-up monster and Melissa's princess ending. I was so relieved
that they didn't all die in the explosion. Who would take care of
I think Brenden, Melissa, and Jason will be friends forever even
without the movies. ***** out of *****.
The Landstander: Shows
like Home Movies without much of an audience rarely get to end appropiately
at all; Home Movies somehow got lucky enough to do it just right.
First, the episode was good on its own. Though perhaps not great
(the focus group got a bit old by the time they got into the makeover
bit), it was solidly funny. All of McGuirk and Brendon's scenes were
great. Paula and Melissa get an odd but appropiate back-and-forth.
And the ending movies were all appropiate.
But I think the real greatness of this episode is for the people
who truly followed the show. Without being pretentious or maudlin
it brings all the characters to a logical and touching conclusion.
I won't get into it too much here, but you can read my (long-winded)
interpretation above if you'd like.
Though even reading over my interpretation, it does seem to be a
bit much. But the intelligence of the show is that it doesn't go into
such strict detail or beat you over the head with this; it all just
flows with humor. I had my problems with the show in season 4, but
this just about avoids any of that.
This is my Best of the Season. Which is neat to
say for a finale. But, for a final review:
The Gunshuu: What
a way to go, Home Movies.
What a way to go.