Episode 212: Pizza Club
Before seeing this, you’ll want to see 113, 207 & 208
for the full story of Andrew. Also, for the full Cynthia story, see
203 & 206.
Brendon Small/Dwayne/Perry – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk/Walter – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Andrew – Louis C.K.
Cynthia – Jennifer Kirkman
Synopsis: Andrew & Brendon begin meeting weekly for a "Pizza
Club", a club based on fondness of pizza. McGuirk, who also enjoys
pizza, feels left out. Paula's boredom at home begins to interfere
with Brendon's latest project.
Lawn Gnomes: (Click for picture)
· McGuirk’s (well,
Lynch’s) bike has a lawn gnome on the front.
· “Who’s Your Daddy” – Two convicts decide to break out of prison
when they find out their daughter Malooloo is still alive. The movie
follows the prisoners from their reunion with Malooloo to an emotional
scene with Malooloo’s long lost mother.
· “Scab – A Documentary” – The history of the rock band Scab; starting
with the birth of front man Dwayne to their performance at the Battling
of the Bands.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· "Who's Your Daddy" plays off the general theme of the
episode: Brendon finds himself at the center of a conflict between
his real life father (Andrew) in a conflict with his father figure
(McGuirk). Like Little Malooloo, he has 'two dads'. This works down
to Malooloo going out on a date around the same time Brendon seeks
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· McGuirk and Paula's storylines connect: They both want to be involved
with something Brendon does. The Brendon and Cynthia thing shows us
Brendon wants to get involved (and i mean this in the least sexual
way possible...) with Cynthia. ahh...involvment!
· Bad Fusion
· Bad 80s Song
· Bad Heavy Metal
· Bad Coffee
Wake up in the morning
And I have some coffee
Put in the sugar, and the cream
And it tastes nice I hope
· Dwayne Outtro
Special from www.adultswim.com:
· A retroscripted session, in the long run cut from the scene, can
be found Here.
It relates to the "Sending a message" conversation between Jason,
Melissa and Brendon.
Random Observations & Facts:
· The opening TV doesn’t have the wire we always see.
· Brendon’s calendar has the pizza club meeting on the Wednesday the
9th at 2:00 P.M. Brendon is with McGuirk when he leaves. Unless this
is the summer, wouldn’t Brendon have school?
· Paula holds a script: “Robin Good” It has “-Paula Small” in the
· Brendon bounces a soccer ball off McGuirk.
· The pizza club takes place at “Pizza Pizzaz”.
· The toppings list at “Pizza Pizzaz”: Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni
Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni
Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni
· Caligula The movie
Brendon was talking about.
· Melissa and Jason drink Jaicin’ Juice.
· Caption under Dwayne’s name: Dwayne – Lead singer, song writer,
founding member of Scab
· Scab apparently once had a fifth member that no longer works with
the group. Apparently he got kicked out during the fights over changing
the volume setting.
· Brendon’s feet can’t reach the petals on his bike.
· The initials on the bike seem to be R.L.
· The pizza club meeting is #24-1.1. I doubt this means anything.
· McGuirk wears a pizza club sash when he holds the meeting with Walter
· Burpsi and David’s Hard Lemonade sponsor the Battling of the Bands.
· The first band has psychedelic effects on their monitor (well, psychedelic
in terms of Home Movies animation)
· The second band has this messages on their monitor: “You Will Obey
Us” and “Love Us”
· Someone tosses a pair of boxers onto the stage when the Van Halen
type band is playing.
· Lynch is watching the soccer game
Past Episode References:
· Some of the footage in the Scab documentary is taken out of Episode
203 – Hiatus.
Movie & Other References:
· Dwayne’s amplifier volume goes up to 11, a reference to the mockumentary
“This Is Spinal Tap”.
End Credits: “Dwayne Outtro”
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
Randomguy: As for my
thoughts, I thought tonight's Home Movies was gold. I mean, it worked
on a million levels. I think the highlight of this episode was character
interaction though. The principle focus of the episode was conversation,
the way HM should be, and it was all extremely funny. My favorite
moments were all of Brendan's talks with Andrew (seems like they're
warming up to each other now), McGuirk stealing Lynch's bike, Brendan's
documentary of Scab, the various bands, and pretty much everything
else, like the movie, the music, the animation, you name it. The only
thing I didn't like was the subplot with Paula', which felt tacked
on and didn't really go anywhere interesting. I think some might not
like Cynthia, seeing as how Brendan's infatuation with her makes NO
sense, but I enjoy her character. Anybody who's ever had a crush from
afar, the kind that don't make much sense but dominate you anyway,
will understand Cynthia's role in HM. Plus, I think she brings out
some genuinely interesting emotions in Brendan (I couldn't help but
feel bad for the guy in the end). McGuirk's acceptance into pizza
club was obviously symbolic for his role as a psuedo father figure
for Brendan (and Brendan's movie pretty much nailed that point also),
which was interesting to me. In fact, there was really some fairly
poignant stuff here. Overall, HM just seems to be getting better and
better to me, and this episodes focus on a few principle characters,
great dialogue, and a simple plot made it one of the better episodes
of the second season. I give it a much-deserved A+
Spectre: I thought
the episode was great in some aspects; and rather boring in others.
Basically, we've already seen this whole Cynthia thing before - and
in better fashion - in "Impressions."
But the good things about it were indeed really, really above average
-- McGuirk's obsession to get Brendon's acceptance, and his obsession
to get into "pizza club" were memorable moments.
Another bad thing, though: Dwayne's voice. It's gotten cleaner...
and I could understand EVERYTHING he said -- that's not how it should
be! I liked him better, much better in earlier episodes.
Best moment? The Walter and Perry one. I loved that. I'm really getting
to like those characters.
The Condiment King:
As Loren Borchard mentions in the Season 2 interviews, the subtext
becomes the text in this episode with Coach McGuirk feeling jealous
of Andrew Small as being Brendon's new father figure in his life.
Coach McGuirk desperately wants in the Pizza Club because he feels
left out because a.) he's been Brendon's main father figure and b.)
he doesn't have many friends or things going on in his life.
Something else from the interviews: Loren mentions that the animators
from time to time would clamor to add some more action into a scene.
The scene where Brendon and McGuirk are discussing Brendon missing
the soccer game, Brendon is bouncing a soccer ball against McGuirk's
arm and McGuirk stops him and gives the ball back. Its an odd scene
in the Home Movies universe where there isn't much unnecessary action.
The video from Brendon, Melissa, and Jason is a rather transparent
showing of what Brendon is dealing with now: having two father figures
in his life like Andrew and McGuirk. Perhaps he is feeling trapped
as the two compete for his time. The scenario to set up this movie
is laughably hilarious with the two fathers falling in love with the
same mother on the same night in the same bed. Them being escaped
convicts for a crime that they "may or may not" have committed.
The Skab documentary was pretty funny as it overdramatized a pretty
simple band like Dwayne's. I liked the "This Is Spinal Tap"
reference there with the volume going to 11 and them turning the volume
down. Speaking of Dwayne, he was pretty adamant about what he wanted
to do with Brendon in this episode, unlike in "Hiatus" but
similar to "Director's Cut". He looked more or less like
an amalgamation of Season 1 and (thus far) Season 2's Dwaynes. This
is a good mixing of characterizations.
There are some things that deter this episode. First of all, Paula's
storyline about wanting to act in Brendon's films is odd for the character.
Even if she is really bored, she seems like a relatively responsible
woman, who would continue to look for a job rather than put her energy
into this. I mean, look at "Writer's Block", where in her
spare time she spent actually creative writing, which she taught at
the university. I don't know, it just doesn't click with me. At the
same time, I really liked Brendon's just lone expression after Paula
flatly says she doesn't want to be in a movie.
This episode also touched on the season long Cynthia storyline with
Brendon finally confessing that he is "falling in like"
with her. The storyline just doesn't do that much for me in the long
run and neither did this installment.
At the same time, I don't think any of these elements really took
away from the hilariousness of the pizza club. I liked the schtick
with McGuirk and the supposedly lactose intolerant Walter & Perry.
McGuirk becoming more and more desperate by the fact that he would
even try with Walter & Perry as well as stealing Lynch's bike
for Brendon. It shows that Brendon really is important to McGuirk,
or at least being important to Brendon is important to him. This episode
really helps tie up this storyline. *****
Shnay: Very good episode
for a number of reasons, and definitely the best of the last few episodes.
The most important element of this episode was, of course, the characterization,
which was expressed with excellent dialogue and atmosphere. There
were basically three major scenes that (directly) established the
relationships Brendon has with his father and with McGuirk. They were
the first meeting in the pizza restaurant, the confrontation at the
soccer game, and the final scene, introducing the newest member of
the "Pizza Club."
Not only did these reveal a great deal about the characters and their
relationships, but also they were also hilarious, while keeping many
of the trademarks of the "HM style." In the first dialogue between
Brendon, McGuirk, and Andrew, we see just how much Brendon means to
McGuirk, Brendon’s discomfort in the presence of both of them, and
the insecurities of both Andrew and McGuirk. But the way we see this
is what sets Home Movies apart from so many other show. The exchange
between the characters grows from an awkward moment into a tense and
chaotic situation where they are all talking at the same time and
all hiding how they truly feel. This "talking at the same time" style
of dialogue is so refreshing for a TV show. Conversations in life
don't end in a punch line, and they're not scripted. This episode
found a nearly perfect balance between realistic characters and dialogue
and wacky comedy.
I say it finds a balance between the two because, as desperate as
he was, McGuirk would not have asked Walter and Perry to start a pizza
club. They put that in for comedy, and it worked wonderfully. That
was just hilarious.
A few final points: the Paula subplot just didn't work at all. Not
only didn't it work comically, but also I think it took a little something
away from her character. After seeing her enthusiastically write her
terrible novel last week, and then seeing her desperate and wacky
behavior this week, it seems her character is being treated with a
little less respect on the show. Not a huge deal, just what sort of
came to my mind as I was watching (for the record, I know why they
had her do all that, I just didn't like that they did). Brendon’s
movie was great, I felt it got back to the early style of the movies
that I love. And, lastly, the pizza place in this episode looked exactly
like the neighborhood place I go to...but none of you care...
Behonkiss: I don't
like this one as much as everyone else. Yes, it IS funny, but Paula
acted really out of character and it bugged me. I like the band scenes
("Now, over 100 people know their name.") and McGuirk's Pizza Club
a lot, though.
Mynd Hed: This episode
was all right. I'm usually one of the biggest McGuirk-lovers you'll
find, but I found him annoying this episode. I dunno, usually he's
funniest when he's at his most pathetic, but this episode just didn't
do it for me.
I hate Cynthia's character, maybe Brendon's obsession with her just
reminds me too much of my own youth, heh heh-- too hung up on her
looks to realize what an evil aristocratic wench she is. Other than
that, the Battle of the Bands plot was good, I love it when they give
Skab some screen time-- pity they always seem to be linked with Cynthia.
Overall Grade: C+
of the interesting facts about Brendon in this series is that he has
two father figures in his life: his actual father Andrew, and his
insane non-father McGurk. In this episode, we finally sort of see
Brendon come to grips with this, although it ends up in a sort-of
awkward position. The scenes between Brendon and Andrew in this episode
are some of the best between them so far, partially due to the lack
of Linda to stand in their way. The "Pizza Club" thing is a nice way
to see some good father/son relations, showing that they really have
connected together since "Dad" when he first sees him. Meanwhile,
even though McGurk was trying to remain a "father figure" in the face
of Brendon's real father, his performance in this episode seemed mostly
annoying at times than funny. The parts where McGurk tries to join
this little thing, including the first "Pizza Club" meeting of the
episode and the "bike" sequence (a tribute to "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure")
came off more annoying than funny. Things started to pick up when
McGurk organized his own Pizza Club (with another strange Walter and
Perry moment), and peaked with the climatic meeting at the soccer
game. Meanwhile, the "duel-fathers" motif was also linked to Brendon's
movie involving the two convicts with the same daughter. That movie
started off funny in the beginning, but eventually became old a little
later. However, what kept it fresh was Paula's sudden interest in
being a part of the movie, an interesting side effect to her unemployment
situation. Paula was just a lot of fun in this episode, considering
that she really hasn't been in any of the movies before and her determination
eventually does pay off in the end. (sort of)
Outside of that stuff, we have the other big story in this episode:
the final appearance of Cynthia. Personally, I thought this story
should have ended with "Impressions", but they decided to stick her
into one more Scab-related bit involving a "Battle of the Bands".
Brendon's "Scab" documentary was funny, partially since it was mocking
shows like "Behind the Music" as well as giving us a bit of background
on Dwayne and his group. (even the mysterious "5th member") The contest
itself was funny too, with parodies of all these different bands and
styles that made Scab look good! (I especially liked the Devo takeoff
there) All of this stuff sort of made the conclusion of the Cynthia
plot seem invisible to me, but I was annoyed that even after everything
he had been through, it had to take another episode (and precious
footage) for Brendon to get over her. But other than that and some
of the early McGurk scenes, this was a consistant episode that had
some good moments.
The Landstander: The
main focus of this episode is fantastic, but once again, I just didn't
care for the Cynthia storyline. At least this wrapped it up effectively.
Andrew is working Brendon into his life...a little. They seem to
have scheduled a meet for a weekly Pizza Club meeting, where they
eat pizza/watch movies/whatever. I found it oddly appropiate that
Andrew schedules time with his son like a business meeting. When McGuirk
finds out about the pizza club, he demands Brendon let him in, which
is both a nice look at McGuirk's life and at his odd relationship
with Brendon. Brendon uses this as the inspiration for his newest
movie, about a girl with two fathers. Despite getting (stealing) a
bike for Brendon and his constant insistance, Brendon remains strong
that this is a father/son club. The last scene with McGuirk crying
over finally being let in is great.
But while that storyline works excellently, the other two are a bit
more faulty. Cynthia is back one last time, and Brendon takes up a
(funny) Scab documentary to be around her. She still isn't interested
in the slightest, and Brendon's attempts seem even less focused than
before. I thought the scene with Brendon on-stage professing his "like"
for Cynthia was a bit too much, but the final scene with Brendon looking
on while editing his movie was legitimately sad. Then there's Paula,
whose boredom has amounted to her wanting to be part of the movies.
As in, walking on set in the middle of a scene. This one just kind
of plays through, and ends in the way you'd probably expect it to.
I think the Brendon/McGuirk/Andrew plotline was among their best
here, though, and even though the other plotlines weren't as strong
this still makes for a very good episode. I think, more so than "The
Wedding", this is the climax to the whole Andrew situation. Highly