Episode 110: School Nurse
Brendon Small – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Josie Small – Loren Bouchard
Jennifer Kirkman – Nurse Kirkman
Mr. Lynch – Ron Lynch
Synopsis: The new school nurse, Nurse Kirkman, is at the center of
three stories. McGuirk tries to woo her with unsatisfactory results,
Jason thinks he's in love, and Brendon is determined to fake sick,
perhaps too determined.
· Brendon Small (the real one, not the character) once did an article
for girlcomic.net, which Jennifer Kirkman (who plays Nurse Kirkman)
is the co-editor of. I’m not sure if the article came before or after
the episode, but you can read Small’s article here.
UPDATE: Apparently they were old friends in Brendon's stand up days.
· This episode introduces us to Nurse Kirkman, who has appeared in
several episodes since this one.
· Black Hole Brew, the beer of HM, is introduced, as is McGuirk's
general drinking problem and his home between Lonely Ave. and Brew
· Bed Shot
(Brendon when he really gets sick)
· *“Doctors” – Watch a thrilling operation by two doctors who may
or may not know what they’re doing.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· The episode is about a nurse and the movie is about doctors. What?
You want more. I'm sorry.
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· All plot lines in this episode revolve around Nurse Kirkman. Brendon
wants to fake sick (and actually does get sick), Jason has a crush
on her and McGuirk goes on an unsuccessful date with her.
Random Observations & Facts:
· In the gymnasium during the lice check, there are signs saying:
“Please stay in line! Por favor quedasil en linea!” “Walk! Don’t run”
· Nurse Kirkman does in fact look like the real Jennifer Kirkman.
is Jen Kirkman.
· In the nurse’s office a sign says “Lice Prevention Week” and has
a lice crossed out.
· Jason wipes his sneeze on his pants.
· Jason (playing a doctor) reads “Surgery for Nimrods”.
· Brendon (playing a doctor) has wire cutters.
· The syringe in “Doctors” is probably a turkey baster. It is filled
· On the wall at the bar: “Joey + Helga 4ever” “Stop carving up my
booths“ “Twinky (Heart) Brandy”
· McGuirk drinks: “Black Hole Brew” “David’s Hart Limonade” and another
drink I can’t see the name off.
· Scurvy is a disease that comes from a lack of Vitamin C, which often
happened on long sea voyages due to a lack of fruit. Melissa was right.
· Paula says she is going to call some of her old friends to discuss
her life. 2 episodes later, in 112 – Law and Boarder, one of them
· At the end assembly, there are signs on the door: “Soccer Rally
Today”, “All Must Attend”, “Faculty Members Are *Not* exempt!!!!!”
· Inside the soccer rally assembly, a sign on the ceiling says: “Girls
Pee Wee Rugby Champs”
Past Episode References:
· The guy Paula made out with in 108 – Method of Acting is in the
End Credits: McGuirk’s begging to go out countdown (he got up to
20) > “Season One Theme”
Some interesting little tidbits: you can spot the guy from Paula's
creative writing class in "Method of Acting" in the bar.
Also, clearly carved on one of the booths in the bar is don't carve
on them. I also find it neat the Coach McGuirk lives on the corner
of Lonely Avenue. I think this is shown later with "Law and Boarders"
also at a moment when he would be lonely.
Paula has some great lines in the scene where she talks to a sick
Brendon. "The doctor said it was psychosematic or stress-related
or...menopausal.." Telling Brendon its important to check up
on people who used to be in your life and see how their lives are
to see who won. Brendon's story is obviously a classic "boy who
cried wolf" scenario, and unlike previous episodes, it hits home
to Brendon early and without any help from any parental input. He
"appreciates the irony".
McGuirk's plot with the nurse and Lynch of course carries the episode
as its the main plot. This is really the first time that Coach McGuirk
(and especially Lynch) is thrust into the spotlight of an episode,
rather than being an ensemble. This date with the nurse was way more
entertaining than McGuirk's date with Paula in "Get Away from
My Mom". Jason jumping on McGuirk and biting his leg is one of
the best visual gags of the series and it comes out of nowhere. You
really cannot beat that last scene with McGuirk's pep talk for people
to join soccer by saying "if you don't suck at soccer, come to
my office" as well as the hilarious absurdity of actually counting
down the minute for a faculty member to beg for a date with Coach
McGuirk. Hilarious. ****
while McGuirk seemed somewhat useless in the previous episode, here
we see him go more all-out in this one. His interactions with the
school nurse (who also reappears later) involve perhaps one of the
first "drunken" sequences we see him in the whole series. When I first
saw this episode, I didn't like the date scene as much, but now that
I know McGuirk better I see this is one of his better moments. (and
the intro to his "Black Hole Brew" obsession) Another great and fun
character in this episode I thought was Lynch: although he was only
in a few scenes, he almost stole the spotlight in every sequence he
was in. Jason was OK.... but his obsession with the nurse did get
a tad disturbing to me. I know it was supposed to be cute, but it
just got on my nerves to see love at such a young age. (but then,
I did like the last line about when Jason can date her) Finally, I
like to note that unlike many people, I did like the whole "Brendon
wants to get sick" subplot, but only up to a point. I've discovered
that when Brendon over obsesses with doing something (like getting
sick, or in previous episodes things like the fish-eye lens or "Louie
Louie"), he can be at his funniest. Sure I liked the dramatic irony
of what really happens when Brendon got a stress-related illness,
but it just wasn't as funny as Brendon's overdramatic. One last note:
I finally figured out that the doctor movie had this funny reference
to the adrenaline scene in "Pulp Fiction", but luckily Melissa got
up before it was administered.
The Landstander: An
all around good episode. Kirkman was a good character, played great
off McGuirk and it's unfortunate she wasn't used more throughout the
series. McGuirk's first "drunk" scene is hysterical, and
would be depressing if the delivery wasn't so good. His views on soccer,
his mother, the school, and his Arabica coffee were all great. Jason's
story was well done, and I think for all the simplistic animation
the animators got some neat drawings in here (I always liked the posing
when the group is sitting around and Jason is drawing his picture).
The only story that feels a bit tacked on is Brendon's faking sick
stuff, which wasn't so much bad as unnecessary.
Also, Lynch actually comes back for the first time in awhile. In
a limited amount of screentime he has some great material as well.