Episode 203: Hiatus
Episodes to see: For a proper Lindenson introduction, you might want
to see “Identifying A Body”.
Brendon Small/Dwayne/Ken Addleburg/Perry – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk/Walter – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Mr. Lynch – Ron Lynch
Cynthia – Jennifer Kirkman
Arnold Lindenson – Andy Kindler
Synopsis: A cinematic failure prompts a hiatus for Brendon, Jason,
and Melissa. Melissa seems bored, Jason finds a friendship with Walter
& Perry, and Brendon attempts a friendship with a new girl, Cynthia.
Meanwhile, McGuirk befriends Lynch in order to get a discount on travel
during his vacation, and Paula gets bad news from her work
· This is the first episode where we learn Melissa’s last name is
Robbins (by her mail box). We also learn Ken Addleburg’s name.
· This episode introduces Cynthia and begins her arc.
Lawn Gnomes: (Click for picture)
· Bed Shot while
Brendon is talking to Melissa about boredom
· “Jazz Fighters” – A man getting a divorce from his wife (as well
as being represented by his wife) gets mad when Richard (Jason) tries
to get with her. After a sword battle, they have to resort to other
methods of fighting. JAZZ FIGHTING!
· “Jazz Fighters 2” – Pretty much the same as the first one. Perhaps
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· I always thought it was appropriate that the trio came back to do
the exact same thing they went on hiatus for in the first place.
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· Brendon, Melissa and Jaso take a hiatus from making movies. McGuirk
wants to go to Mexico on vaction, which is sort of a hiatus from his
life. Paula gets fired, a (forced) hiatus from her job.
· Jazz Fighters Theme (Ski
Scop-skid-dip-a-zappidy-zo (And so on…)
· Crazy Legs #1
Well I found five bucks so I bought some fancy shoes
Gonna put on my feet put them to some good use
Well I’m 15 years old and I don’t like being told what to do
I got, two legs they’re crazy legs they’re very very leggy and they’re
crazy legs I said..
Ooh! I got those crazy legs!
Woo-oo-oo-oo, I got those crazy legs!
· Crazy Legs #2 (Ballad)
Ooh! You’re such a pretty girl (yeah you are)
And you like to spin and a twirl
I said ooh; you’ve got those crazy legs
I said ooh; you’ve got those crazy legs…Guitar!
Random Observations & Facts:
· Brendon cuts off part of Jason’s Afro in “Jazz Fighters”.
· This is the first time Brendon has ever looked right into the camera
(during “Jazz Fighters”). Scary.
· There appears to be a banana on Paula’s desk.
· In any scene between Brendon and Dwayne, the actor Brendon Small
is talking to himself.
· As Brendon leaves the table to go outside, you can see he did successful
cut his pants off.
· Hasta manana compadre = See you tomorrow,
· Paula’s shoe (from the shoebox) looks a lot like Dwayne’s shoes.
On the commentary, they mention how this kills the joke.
· Dwayne’s skull has a crack in it. Dwayne’s bones also bend (this
is probably just to fit the animation style).
· The way Dwayne is sitting after he gets electrocuted the first time,
it looks like his legs have melted. After Dwayne gets electrocuted
the second time, it looks like his whole body has melted.
· After Brendon goes, “Dwayne I am so sorry”, Dwayne gives Brendon
a quick thumbs-up sign.
· On Lynch’s Spanish board: Ir = Go, Taberna = Bar, El, La, Los, Las
= The, Bano = Bathroom, Ayuda = Help, Comer = Eat, Si = Yes, No =
· Pencils McGuirk has thrown at the ceiling gradually fall during
the classroom scene.
· Tu eres el profesor de soccer actually should be Tu eres el profesor
de futbol, since futbol in Spanish means soccer.
· Although Lindenson drank most of the wine, Paula looks like she’s
had a little herself. There's a running "gag" about her
drinking in this season, if you follow it.
· Lindenson has made a Gandhi-style sash using toilet paper, and also
a toilet paper bandana.
· Jason’s face turns red when he says “No More!” to Walter & Perry.
· Paula is looking at the classified ads towards the end of the episode.
· In the recycling bin: “Wino”, “Grape Death”, and another one I can’t
· This is the first time we see Lynch drunk.
· A drunken Lynch says (in Spanish) “My name is hotel.”
· As far as I could tell, there is no Josie in this episode.
End Credits: “Crazy Legs” (#1)
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
Spectre: A big improvement
over last week, "Hiatus" was a pretty good HM episode. Greatest parts
would have to be Paula's boss (once again), every Jazz part, Jason
narrating his journal entry, Dwayne - him even speaking is freaking
hilarious, everytime Brendon messed up at Dwayne's dance rehearsals,
McGuirk at his Spanish lessons, the whole "Me - he - co" sequence,
and even the ending was fairly good. I really enjoyed this episode.
Although not as good as "Politics," it's at least the second best
episode so far in this new season. Grade: A-
Randomguy: Wow. That
was quite an episode. Better than Politics or Identifying a Body,
I think. The intro (Let us Fight with Jazz!) was truly hilarious,
and more or less let you know you were in for a good episode. Let's
-The whole Cancun subplot with Lynch and McGuirk was awesome. These
two play really will off each other, and their interactions here were
almost as funny as in Mortgages and Marbles (Not quite though)
-The Premise. After the so-so premise of Identifying a Body, this
was a great idea for an episode. Just taking time to show the Home
Movies cast sort of dawdling and doing nothing is really pretty clever.
-The Re-appearance of Dwayne. I was really waiting for him to come
back in, and I have to say, I was not disappointed. His speaking voice
is just perfect, and the new song was great too. I'd love to see a
Home Movies soundtrack with all of Dwayne's songs.
-Jazz Film. I already mentioned it, but it was gut-bus tingly funny.
-Jason's diary entry was funny too. He wasn't in the episode a ton,
but that was classic moment right there.
-Ending. Having Jason, Melissa, and Brendan come back from hiatus
and realize they still suck was appropriate.
-Paula's boss. I realize some might like him, being an obvious Jerry
Lewis homage, but me, I find him annoying and over-the top.
-Under usage of Melissa. Once again, I just think Melissa doesn't
get the screen time she deserves. It's like she could be an interesting
character, but they don't give her any real scenes of her own. At
least the telephone call was something...
Overall, this episode was really great. A definite step in the right
direction. Grade A. I urge you to catch it Thursday if you missed
The Condiment King:
"Fight....with jazz!" "Bring it on, daddy-o!"
I noticed that in this first scene they used the Rich joke again,
which is amusing. They also used the same dialogue rewind joke with
McGuirk and Lynch as they did with Brendon and Paula in "Politics".
This is the introduction of Skab's new choreography, Cynthia. I never
really was a fan of the character or the storyline that she has running
with Brendon throughout Season 2. At least we got some funny Skab
facial expressions and some of their better music here. Its odd that
Cynthia ends up showing that she's at least somewhat interested in
Brendon after all the indifference. I think this might be the only
instance in the series that she really shows this.
Its really ironic that Brendon, Melissa, and Jason decide to go on
hiatus after doing the jazz movie since it was so (I guess unintentionally)
hilarious. Melissa and Jason weren't really used much yet again with
Arnold Lindenson and Cynthia taking some screen time. Melissa and
Jason (with Walter & Perry) were explained away as bored.
I love the rendition of Brendon and McGuirk playing out Brendon asking
Paula to go with McGuirk to Cancun and McGuirk assumes she'll just
say, "sure". It reminded me of Brendon and Paula with Lindenson
in the previous episode, but an even funnier one-shot scene.
Arnold Lindenson was even better in this episode than in "Identifying
a Body" with his ill-timed bad news, all for Paula, and how blatant
and painful he delivered it. Its true that the comedy isn't really
consistent with the rest of the show, but it brings a new variety.
In a way, its almost like Jonathan Katz comedy with things like asking
Paula to at least clean the windows if she doesn't have a desk to
clean out. A bad time for jokes. I love how obvious the wine bottles
that Arnold Lindenson brought were (GRAPE DEATH). "THAT'S YOUR
CALL! TO EACH HIS OWN YOUNG WOMAN!"
Lynch teaching McGuirk spanish was a great little scene as the headed
towards Cancun for their trip, just because its easier to go in a
group. Lynch and McGuirk go really well together as Lynch being the
overexuberant teacher and McGuirk the bored student. Its relentlessly
ironic that its Lynch that ends up being the one that's drunk and
unable to communicate with the locals in Cancun. ****
are those episodes where just, well, nearly everything works. "Hiatus"
is just one of those shows where the magic of second season starts
truely making itself present. It all opens with one of the worse movies
that our trio of filmmakers have made, but of course this one has
the now famous "Jazz Fight", which while we think is hilarious (including
myself), adds to the crappiness quotient of the commentary. (Like
Jason's comeback to Melissa: "It's an alternative to good") Thus leads
to the kids going there seperate ways for once, with Melissa moping
a lot (wish we saw more with her), Jason spending some time with Walter
and Perry, and Brendon just getting into mischief until getting recruited
to Dwayne's latest project. I love the little interchange between
Brendon and Paula as the moping continues, showing how desperate she
is to get him out of her hair. But then, the episode sort of slows
down once we get to meet the infamous Cynthia. Personally, I don't
hate her as much as some people (in fact she inspired one of my favorite
HM scenes coming up soon), but the whole Brendon hitting on a girl
making himself look stupid in the process just never works for me.
(well, except the "looking stupid" part: the part where he electrocutes
Dwayne is one of the best parts of the episode!) Meanwhile, Paula
has to put up with another episode with Lindenson, which while similar
to the previous episode in annoyance, at least appears better with
the whole home sequence where he gets drunk. Then, of course, I've
been saving the best part of the episode for last: McGurk and Lynch's
Mexican expedition. This is one of those episodes where the chemistry
of the two just works into overtime making one of the best interactions
in the whole series. (it was rather simple: Lynch tries to get them
prepared for the trip, McGurk just acts like himself) And who doesn't
laugh when Lynch, the only Spanish speaker, gets drunk himself at
the end? Overall, all this put together makes for one heck of an episode!
Superloud: I love this
episode... Brendon electrocuting Dwayne, the jazz fight, the, uh,
other jazz fight, the drunk Mr. Lindenson, McGuirk in the Spanish
class, the drunk Mr. Lynch, donde esta the hotel that we were staying
at! Who cares what everybody else says, this is one of my favorites.
Mynd Hed: The jazz
battle really made this episode for me. The rest of the episode was
good, although I thought Brandon's whole unrequited-love plot fell
a little flat. McGuirk and Lynch were good, and I found Mr. Lindensen
great as always (I swear I feel like I'm the only person in the world
who likes this guy), but the jazz battle was GREAT.
"We'll have to continue this battle without weapons."
"You mean a battle of wits?"
"Close. We'll fight... with jazz!"
The Landstander: This
episode has one of the funniest scenes in the entire series, and a
very good McGuirk plot, but an oddly uninspired romance story at the
Following the hilarious "Jazz Fighting", the trio decide
to take a break. Jason (in a very funny side joke) and Melissa get
a bit of screentime, but I would've liked for them to have done a
bit more. Instead, we get Brendon meeting up with Cynthia, a nice
girl (who doesn't live, but is often) next door. I can see how a Cynthia
storyline would sound good as a character arc on paper, but in execution
it kind of fizzles out. Brendon's awkwardness is funny, as is Cynthia's
indifference, but it kind of doesn't stand out as anything we haven't
seen before. The Cynthia storyline throughout season 2 doesn't quite
do it for me, on the whole, as I'll review as it goes along. Then
there's Mr. Lindenson, who is a bit better here than in the previous
episode, but still feels off from the humor of the show. Still, mistaking
Brendon for a girl and yelling loudly about nothing is pretty funny.
The highlight here, besides "Jazz Fighting", is McGuirk
and Lynch's trip to Mexico. McGuirk's instincts and Lynch's intellectual
approach conflict nicely. You can really feel McGuirk's pain when
Lynch instructs him on Spanish. It also has one of the funniest ending
jokes of the show, and seems perfectly true to the characters.
I'm on the edge between a Recommended episode and just a Good one.
Since I'm purposefully trying to be critical in these reviews, I'll
go with the latter. A Good Episode.