Episode 202: Identifying A Body
Brendon Small/Ken Addleburg – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Josie Small – Loren Bouchard
Mr. Lynch – Ron Lynch
Arnold Lindenson – Andy Kindler
Synopsis: Brendon's attempts to get money for Mr. Lynch's walkathon
are foiled by McGuirk's road trip to identify a dead body. Meanwhile,
Paula asks for a raise.
· This is the first time we see McGuirk’s “Reckless” mobile.
· Though this isn’t the first episode to introduce Walter & Perry,
this is the first episode where we see exactly what type of friendship
· This episode introduces Paula’s boss, Arnold Lindenson.
Lawn Gnomes: (Click for picture)
· A Lawn Gnome
falls outside right before “The Wall”
· Brendon is
sleeping with a lawn gnome when he finds out he missed the walkathon
· *“The Wall” – A man crushed by a wall repents his sins to a priest.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· In “The Wall”, Brendon’s character’s biggest sin is that he stole
from charity, which is more or less what Brendon did with the walk-a-thon
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· Brendon and Paula both have money problems: Brendon spends money
he shouldn't and Paula wants a raise. McGuirk also has a bit of a
money problem: he thinks he's getting money in the will from his dead
uncle, but only gets a sausage, and that kind of ties into Brendon's
Random Observations & Facts:
· Brendon’s foot gets stuck in a “Burpsi” cola bottle.
· In the first scene with Brendon & McGuirk’s road trip, it is
· McGuirk has an 8-Ball on the top of his stick drive.
· On McGuirk’s rear-view mirror, something hangs that says “Class
· Brendon pays for: Gas, soda, bagels, pants, and dinner.
· 15% of $39.50: $5.92. Under McGuirk’s logic: $4.10.
· There is a bloody basketball net hanging over the morgue’s trashcan.
There is also a burger on a bloody napkin.
· McGuirk’s uncle has the same type of hair.
· Playing at the Booth Cinema: “Farmageddon” and “Not Without My Schnapps”.
· Ken Addleburg is on the “Not Without My Schnapps” poster.
· Brendon (as Mr. Lindenson) shakes Paula’s hand with his foot.
· A wheel rolling by to switch to Paula/Lindenson’s scene is the only
time Home Movies has used that type of scene-transition.
· Apparently the lawyer has been keeping the old watery sausage in
his expensive suit.
· Addleburg stands on a stool in the butcher shop.
· Lindenson has an autographed poster of a basketball player on his
wall, and also a framed $100 bill. (I’m guessing it’s 100)
· Jason has less screen time in this episode than in any other.
· How did Brendon manage to miss the walkathon? Back at my school,
they always had those things on a regular school day.
Past Episode References:
· Lindenson’s car runs into the same people who hit Brendon in Episode
112 – Law and Boarder. And, once again, a biker is involved.
Movie & Other References:
· “Farmageddon” is a reference to the movie “Armageddon”.
· “Not Without My Schnapps” is probably a reference to “Not Without
· We can see McGuirk & Brendon’s shadows on the movie screen when
they watch “Farmageddon”, a Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference.
· Jason's Priest outfit is based on Father Guido Sarducci, who appeared
on Saturday Night Live several times in the 1970s-1980s (and also
appeared several other places). For a picture of the real man, click
here, and compare to Jason, found here.
(Thanks to Ulan Shad for giving this cool little tidbit)
End Credits: “Season Two Theme”
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
Spectre: For some odd
reason... as much as I loved "Politics," and as much of a Home Movies
fan that I am, this one sort of disappointed me. It wasn't as funny
for me as other Home Movies episodes usually are. And for once, I
actually spotted an actual bad joke(Brendon and McGuirk yelling "Road
trip!"). There were some extremely funny moments, but otherwise, it
is probably the worst HM episode I've ever seen. Grade: C
Jdoggg: Not as solid
as some episodes, but still very funny. Highlights McGuirk, First
display of "weirdness" between Walter and Perry.
J.C.: Pretty funny
episode which I missed the first time around. My favorite line was
the "Hey, I got my quarter back" bit towards the end. And the whole
'hugging' part was actually cute and weird at the same time. Overall,
a good episode.
Behonkiss: One of the
more average Season 2 episodes, but still funny.
Randomguy: Well, after
loving "Politics" I have to say this one kind of fell flat. I really
enjoyed the bonding-type scenese between Brendon and McGuirk, especially
when they were looking at the stars (I think Brendon and McGuirk understand
each other more than either would care to admit). I think Lynch's
obsession with beating the fifth graders, and the classes' response,
was hilarious, as was the whole sausage thing. What I didn't like
was the gross underusage of Jason (It was well over halfway into the
episode when he made his singular appearance), and the whole subplot
with Paula and her boss. One of my fave parts of Season one was how,
unlike the newer Simpsons episodes, the writers at Soup2Nuts didn't
feel the need to add cumbersome, tacked on subplots like every other
sitcom. After two fairly boring Paula-related subplots, I'm kinda
starting to worry about that. Don't get me wrong, I love Paula's character,
but I'm dissapointed by the boring, forced events they've been putting
her in. I'm still waiting for Erik and Dwayne to appear as well, thoug
I'm sure they'll pop up sooner or later. Still though, it was solid
enough overall, definitely worth watching. I'd say B-
This review was written upon first airing; his review on
a re-air is below.
Wow.... Home Movies episodes are like fine wine, they get much better
with age..... the first time I saw "Identifying A Body", I immediately
considered it the worst HM ever. What a difference a couple of months
makes... watching it this time, I loved every minute. The real highlight
here is the McGuirk/Brendan interaction. Their scene on top of McGuirk's
car philosophizing (albeit in a disillusioned way) about death is
one of HM's better moments by far. It goes a long way towards illlustrating
the bond between McGuirk and Brendan- not quite fatherly, but not
quite brotherly. Something inbetween. It's lighthearted but also somewhat
poignant. The dialogue is great, my favorite moment being Brendan
and McGuirk's coversation with the buisessman about Uncle Pedro's
McGuirk: Oh no.... I'd kill myself if this guy was my son.
Brendan: I'd kill you too.
McGuirk: Shut up.
Yeah, the retroscripting really shined here. There were some great
little touches (the two in the convertable are from "Law and Boarder",
the homeless guy sprouts legs and walks off in the end), and Brendan
was really at his best in this ep (his Mr. Lindenson was dead-on,
pretty amazing for someone who hasn't even met the guy). Lynch had
some great lines as well. I complained about Paula's subplot the first
time through, but compared to the rest of the Paula subplots from
Season 2, it looked great this time around. At least it was integrated
into the main plot through a couple of conversations with Brendan.
I'll admit, it was a bummer that Jason only made one appearance, but
it was a good one, and at least Melissa got in some good moments.
Overall, what was great about this was that it reminded me of Season
1- a simpler plot, a lighter focus, just more streamlined overall.
And did anyone notice Brendan's line at the close of his argument
with Melissa? I believe he said something to the effect of "If you
dump me you will only make me stronger." I mean, it was pretty fast,
but that's what I heard. Hmmm....anyhow, I up my "Identifying a Body"
grade to a A. Event the "worst" HM eps still beat the best Simpsons
episodes from the last 3-4 seasons.... not too shabby. I await Season
3 with much anticipation.
Shnay: I'm gonna have
to conquer with the others about this one being much better the second
time around. The first time it was shown, I enjoyed it more than most
seemed to, but (at the time) it still failed to meet my high expectations
for the beginning of season two. I was expecting a lot from season
two, and was weary about the changes to the show. So I think that
I, and possibly many others, were judging these episodes by different
standards. Now, in retrospect of all of season two, this is certainly
a very good episode.
This was, for the most part, a very solid and complete episode of
HM. It had great interactions between the characters, with McGuirk
and Brendan's scenes the clear standout. Paula was much more her usual
character than in later season 2 eps, and the subplot was also comparatively
solid. Mr. Lindenson is good for some things, but very bad for others.
The scene with his secretary over the intercom and their "code" was
great, but him getting injured was kinda stupid (I don't think physical
humor works in flash). The comedy was good overall, but there were
also some unfortunately slow points.
A few final, random points: Who knew the sausage guy would return
in so many different roles (guess he has a strong resume). I would
have like to have seen more scenes with Jason and Melissa and not
just because they're usually hilarious. Their scenes together usually
add a lot of insight (along with a lot of humor) into how Brendan
really feels about his weekly conflict. And, finally, Randomguy, I
believe the line was, "If you doubt me I will only grow stronger,"
or something to that effect.
The Condiment King:
The first appearance of Arnold Lindenson, Paula's boss. Some people
love Arnold and some people hate Arnold. I personally love Arnold
and his quirky poorly timed letdowns of Paula. I can see how Arnold
can be grating for some people, but some of the best slapstick was
Arnold slamming his hand in his car door and locking his keys inside.
I noticed that Arnold runs into the same couple from "Law and
What makes this episode so great is Brendon and McGuirk's storyline
of going to see a dead body coupled with the walk-a-thon. I caught
some possible continuity errors with the money though, like how Paula
gives Brendon a $50 bill, yet Brendon has several dollars in the can
when he leaves with McGuirk as well as the fact that even though he
had a single coin left from the change of spending all the money,
he only tossed in three rocks to support the Walk-A-Thon. McGuirk
getting a mere sausage was hilarious. Who passes down a sausage? McGuirk
I like how Lynch so flawlessly pulls off the typical teacher who
tries to start a rivalry with the other classes in the elementary
school over fund raisers. He fits the mold of one of those people
who doesn't have much more going on than this grudge that they take
so seriously. It seemed like Lynch wanted more an excuse to toss in
another $10 bill in their pot than help Brendon out in starting the
Brendon doing a rendition of Arnold Lindenson was funny and strangely
closer than he would think to the real deal, especially when he put
on the goofy glasses. I didn't catch this the first time, but Paula
shakes Brendon's leg and not his hand when he finishes their little
staged meeting. That sausage on Paula's made breakfast for Brendon
looked alot like McGuirk's uncooked sausage.
The final scene with Jason as a priest (or Jew) is one of my favorite
scenes. Its fantastic as Brendon confesses his sins and dies much
to the indifference of Jason's character. *****
one is another one that isn't that good, but isn't that bad either
for some reason. I might as well get started on the good stuff, and
that would be Paula. For some reason, she was great in her quest to
get a raise, as well as putting up with a certain somebody I'll get
to later. Brendon wasn't too bad in this episode either, as he learns
a valuable lesson about charity. Well, two: never loan McGurk money
since he'll never pay it back, and sometimes the homeless just want
the money straight and forward, even if some aren't exactly homeless.
Of course, he reteaches himself this lesson in his movie (where Jason
makes his only appearance this time, but it was a strange cross between
funny and freaky). Speaking of McGurk, he really didn't have much
to do in this episode even if he is front and center for the main
plot. I liked the conversation he has with Brendon about crappy movies,
but did feel for him when all he got for an inheritence was a sausage.
(a tasty sausage, but a sausage no less) Lynch was another pleasant
character in the episode, getting some of the best lines about the
Walk-A-Thon obsession (as well as playing off Brendon's and the rest
of the class' deficiencies) Unfortunately, there is one more character
I need to talk about whom I have been dreading for most of this review:
Mr. Lindenson. While it was funny watching Brendon act like a strange
guy when Paula was trying her plea on him, I don't like that she basically
has Jerry Lewis as her boss. Not literally, but you know what I mean:
a goofy weird guy who you think doesn't take things seriously, but
really does. And then there was the scary scene with the cast....lets
just say that Paula is at her best in this episode for putting up
with him. Not much else to say about this episode except: the Walter
and Perry madness has begun!
a body was a mediocre episode. It had some funny moments but on the
whole...not very good. Lindenson is OK. I loved his line "I thought
this was a thing...I thought we were doing like a raise-schtick."
Also Mcguirk's lines about the sausage being able to go to war and
vote, and the whole thing about not going to a movie because people
said it was bad. Jason as a Rabbi/Priest was pretty and I enjoyed
the flag on his big-wheel that said holy roller. But except for those
things listed above...not very funny
I give it a C
The Landstander: There's
elements to this episode that work, but even with the above changes
of heart, it never worked for me. It has no flow, and has some legitimately
But first, the good. Brendon and McGuirk's odd relationship is brought
to the spotlight, maybe for the first time, in the scene on the hood
of McGuirk's car. Lynch gives some good material in his obsessive
hatred of the fifth graders. And Brendon's play as Lindenson turne
out much better than the actual Lindenson.
Now, the problem is that this is among a bunch of oddly flat scenes.
Upon rewatching the series I've decided I don't quite like Lindenson
here; Kindler is a good comedian, and he works in his own way, but
it doesn't fit with the show as a whole. The "jokey" jokes
in this episode don't work for me much either; from "ROAD TRIP"
to McGuirk's sausage, it didn't quite get a good laugh out of me.
Finally, there's barely any Melissa or Jason screentime, which is
pretty much always a negative in terms of humor and character.
There's elements I like here, but I always considered this a forgetable
episode. A mediocre episode.