Episode 308: Guitarmageddon
Brendon Small/Dwayne/Perry – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk/Walter – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Josie Small – Loren Bouchard
Jimmy Monet – Will Lebow
Clarice – Valerie Kappa
Synopsis: Dwayne enters a guitar competition against a newfound enemy,
Jimmy Monet. Brendon, Jason and Melissa start a band, despite the
fact they can't play.
Lawn Gnomes: (Click for picture)
· There is a guitar shaped like a gnome
· “Freaky, Outtie” – Music video for Brendon
Poppins and the Chimminy Sweep’s first song: “Freaky,
Outtie!” Featuring Coach McGuirk and buck-toothed girl.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· The entire episode is music based, so the only movie is a
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· Music is the obvious connection here. Whether it be "Freaky
Outie!" or Dwayne's excellent solo, that's the theme of this
· This episode has a lot of guitar solos done by Brendon Small.
· Freaky, Outtie!
Woo, woo! Woah, woah!
Woo, woo! Alright!
Woo, woo! Come on!
Yeah, yeah! Rock n’ Roll!
Random Observations & Facts:
· The trio goes to “Mr. Bojingles Music Emporium”.
Shops next door: “Prosthetics R Us” and “Burrito
· Jason plays a “Kozuh”
· Signs in Bojingles: “Oboe Lessons” “Big
Blowout Sale” “Rainsticks” “Robot’s
Dream of Love” “Jazz Festival” (written on a single
piece of paper and attached with a thumbtack, with no other information)
· The Guitar Teacher has a statue of Buddha playing the guitar.
· McGuirk appears to be playing a one man tic-tac-toe game
on his clipboard paper.
· Jason strums his bass.
· Josie rubs her ears after hearing “Freaky Outtie”
· Dwayne has a pet iguana.
· Dwayne goes to “Lionel’s All Night Long Quick
· People at Guitarmageddon: Finger Master, Coffy Sugar, Paulie
Fretstine, Mr. Fingers, Joe-Bob, Kurdt Kurt, Jimmy Monet, Dwayne.
· Jimmy’s guitar holder says “JM” on it.
· The girl who Jimmy steals the drink from is wearing a “JM”
· The crowd holds up lighters during the better part of Dwayne’s
· Clarice's shadow is shaped like a guitar in the scene right
after Jimmy Monet is announced the winner. This could be due to the
larger fact that her whole body is shaped like a guitar. (Thanks to
Maura for this one)
· “Freaky, Outtie” is released under the band name:
“Brendon Poppins and the Chimminy Sweeps”
· During the “Freaky, Outtie” video, McGuirk runs
into a tree. The next time we see him in the video, his nose is bandaged
Episode Special: Guitar References
I got an interesting e-mail today, apparently the episode stayed
true to guitars.
Brendon's guitar in this episode seems to be based off of the Gibson
ES-175 (except in worse condition)
Meanwhile, Jimmy Monet plays with an Ibanez Iceman Guitar while in
Past Episode References:
· When Clarice first appeared in Episode 209 – Class
Trip, she talked about her boyfriend who called her “Lil’
· Dwayne’s “Battling of the Bands” trophy
from Episode 212 – Pizza Club, as well as a poster from the
event, is in his room.
Movie & Other References:
· Jimmy Monet's personality is a reference to David Lee Roth.
· “Alligator Shoes” might be a reference to an
Allman Brothers Band song.
· The judges at Guitarmageddon appear to be Jimi Hendrix, Bob
Dylan, and either Randy Rhodes (Ozzy's Guitarist, thanks to sarcasticad
for this one) or Stevie Ray Vaughn (thanks to David Dycus for this
one). I'm really not sure, but probably the latter.
· The “Freaky, Outtie” video is a parody of the
Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night”.
End Credits: Spoken: Brendon & Paula sing “Freaky, Outtie”
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
Jdoggg: Great. Just
great. The Dwayne scenes ("I only care about guitar"!),
their band, the David Lee Roth character, the return of "Little
Momma", Mcguirk's "helpiee" scene, Walter and Perry's
song "We can do it!", just great. I wonder how Dwayne can
play the guitar without strings. A+
J-Chan: Not bad. That
girl drove me up a wall though.. even though I AM the type who likes
to count their change constantly. ^^; I LOVED the Walter and Perry
scene, yelled out "Hey, Walter and Perry are doing it together!"
and my sister (who wasn't paying attention) whirled around with a
The Condiment King:
This is the first Dwayne focus plot, which is interesting. This is
also the second episode with Cynthia. We see more continuity here
with Jimmy Monet calling Cynthia "Little Mama". Cynthia
is a great random character for a Home Movies. She had some great
Brendon, Jason, and Melissa starting the new band was an interesting
plot device, something once again for Jason and Melissa to argue about
just like the movies. The potential names for the band were hilarious:
Brendon Poppins and the Chimney Sweeps and The Chocolate Factory for
example. "Freaky Outtie" was a hilarious first single and
the music video at the end was great. McGuirk and Paula were pretty
good here with their obvious criticisms.
Guitarmeggedon is a great name for a guitar contest of a battle of
the bands-esque contest. Dwayne's plot was mildly interesting with
us meeting Dwayne's father and his rival, Jimmy Monet. Season 3 really
helped to flesh out some of the background characters even more than
Season 2 did. ****
has always been a driving force about this show, and this episode
shows every reason why, with pieces both cool (such as Dwayne) and
absurd (er, Brendon). Starting with Dwayne's plotline, I personally
find it sort of refreshing to see an episode that mostly involves
a character who isn't Brendon or McGurk. (well OK, "Director's
Cut" is another Dwayne one technically, but that was more Brendon
than Dwayne) We find out here not only how Dwayne has learned his
art (in an amusing bit involving his lesson), but the problems that
he faces in trying to be an artist. We meet his father in this episode,
who turns out to be just as, er, fatherly as Paula, but unfortunately
somewhat strict when it comes to the activities of his son. Meanwhile,
it is here that we first meet his rival, the David Lee Roth-wannabee
Jimmy Monet, as well as the return of the strange coffee-shop girl
from "Class Trip", Clarisse. I found Monet to be a tad annoying
at times, partially because of this strange TV stereotype that all
rivals have to be arrogant jerks. Clarisse was as chatty as ever here,
and while she did have a couple funny moments here and there, more
of them were annoying than funny. The highlight of this storyline
is the big "Guitarmaggedon" contest, where we see how good
both Monet and Dwayne really are with their axes. While it got a tad
cliche of Dwayne barely getting a guitar at the last minute (from
Brendon of all people), his performance was worth the wait. Sadly,
Monet won the contest (but then again, he also had a pretty good performance),
but Clarisse redeems herself in the end with her little comforting
conversation to the "rock god" of HM. Outside of all this,
the only other complaint I had to this storyline was that they didn't
really touch the Scab aspect, since I wish they could of had them
in one or two scenes for someone else for Dwayne to work off of.
The other major plotline at work in this episode is the funny, but
sometimes predictable, one of Brendon, Jason and Melissa starting
a rock band. It starts off OK with a little exchange in the music
shop where they first get the idea, especially when Jason wants to
play the rainstick instead of the bass because of lack of respect
for bass players. (OOC: Funny, George Harrison and John Entwise got
a lot of respect when they died) The bit where McGurk talked about
his roadie days to Brendon seemed to drag on for a bit and didn't
really do much to me, but partially because I thought this was another
"Fonzing" they were doing to him. But the big payoff came
with the big performance of "Freaky Outie!", which I consider
one of the funniest and most concofonous songs I have ever heard on
TV, followed by the complaints made by McGurk and Paula over how awful
it was! (up there with "Fugue for Frog"....Muppet Show fans
should know this one) Unfortunately, this storyline loses a bit of
steam when Brendon, Jason and Melissa try to go somewhere with it,
but don't go anywhere and end up breaking up. (who could see that
one coming) But luckily it all comes together in the end with a "Hard
Days Night" parody (with McGurk) followed by an awkward jam session
between Brendon and Paula. (including the fact that Paula sells Brendon's
rental) Overall, I personally think that while there isn't much there
plotwise that hasn't been seen before, it was the musical plotlines
that made this one great! (yes, even Walter and Perry's, um, violin
The Landstander: The
definite "Dwayne" episode, and it's pretty good to boot.
The Jimmy Monet character and the whole idea of the guitar faceoff
may be a bit cliche, but it's played out well enough that it doesn't
matter. Dwayne started off as a last minute character in season one,
so it's neat to see him actually having plotlines at this point. We
even get to see his family life for the first time. Brendon also has
some fun with the music here, from Jimmy's awesomely cheesy guitar
solo to Dwayne's hypnotic improv. Clarice was a really odd character,
but it seemed to fit when she winds up with Dwayne at the end.
On the other end is the equally funny band plotline. The opening
discussion about "talkies" in the music store is one of
my favorite sequences, leading into the horror of Freaky Outtie and
McGuirk's Alligator Shoes memories. The eventual breakup and the ending
was a bit predictable, but no matter, it was all very funny and very
true to characters anyway. Highly Recommended.
Oh, I almost forgot:
WE CAN DO IT