Episode 301: Shore Leave
Brendon Small/FPC Cartoon Guy/Perry/Ken Addleburg– Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk/FPC Woman/Walter – H. Jon
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Josie Small – Loren Bouchard
Fenton Muley – Sam Seder
Trudy Muley - Paula Plum
Synopsis: Brendon, Jason and Melissa face seperation during the weekend
from hell. Brendon is forced to spend the weekend at Fenton Muley's
house after Paula agrees to it; Melissa is forced to join the Fairy
Princess Corporation after Erik signs her up.
· This is the season 3 premiere episode, feautring the return
of Erik & Josie.
Lawn Gnomes: (Click for picture)
· Bed shot during the Walkie-talkie test.
· There is a lawn gnome in the way left
corner when McGuirk is talking to Melissa at the mall. A sign says,
“All Gnomes 40% Off!”
· “Shore Leave” – Three sailors finally get
off the seas and get to spend some time on shore leave.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· The movie is about three sailors who get some time off. The
episode has Melissa, Jason and Brendon spending the weekend away from
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· Brendon and Melissa take a leave for Fenton's and the FPC,
respectively. Paula and Erik also get to take a leave from having
Brendon and Melissa around.
· This episode features the acoustic instrumental of “El
Random Observations & Facts:
· This episode is the first time we’ve seen Erik since
204 and the first time we see Josie since 205.
· Sign at opening of “Shore Leave”: “Anchors
& Aweigh We Go!!!”
· Building in “Shore Leave”:
· Erik is wearing an apron when he talks to Melissa about gender
· The FPC pamphlet has a pie chart on it.
· McGuirk says that Melissa is hanging out with “A bunch
of whiny babies in stupid uniforms”. The next scene has Perry
in his soccer uniform crying.
· Sign in the FPC room: “Pretty Little Cute”
· Fenton’s character has changed from “The Party”.
In “The Party”, he was a spoiled brat who was mean to
his mother. In “Shore Leave”, he is an overly obedient
creepy kid. I guess McGuirk set him straight.
· The clock on the coffee machine says 1:04 during the Erik/Paula
· Erik’s coffee mug has some sort of monster on it.
· Fenton calls Brendon “B” and “Bren Bren”
during the course of this episode.
· During the FPC video scene with the “Before & After”
girl, there is a caption on the bottom of the screen: “* The
FPC generic girl is not actually you but a representation of adolescent
girls in simplistic doodle format.”
· The name for phantom-shoppers in the FPC video: “Civies”
· Brendon and Fenton play “Roll-A-Nine”
· Fenton is holding a bunch of hair care products when he suggests,
“Let’s do something fun with our hair!”
· In Brendon’s nightmare, Fenton’s face appears
on: Coach McGuirk, Paula, Josie, Melissa, and Fenton’s hair
appears on a regular looking-Jason.
· All of the Fairy Princess merchandise is $6.66.
· A guy in a black and white criminal costume holding a bag
with a $ on it walks through the mall.
· Melissa has really big eyes when McGuirk comes back. They
go back to normal size when he asks where the food court is.
· Fenton’s poncho has a mini-umbrella on top.
· Melissa uses all 3 FPC products in her escape: Hair products
to blow up the place, the umbrella to keep her dry, and a string of
cloths to escape from the window.
· Bumper stickers on McGuirk’s car: “Yankees Sucks”
and “Rehab is 4 Quitters!!!”
· Meals at the “Sunny Side Up Diner”
Brendon: Hamburger and fires
Melissa: Pancakes with “Jersey Turnpike "Natural"
Jason: Fish and ice cream
McGuirk: Mug of beer and a bottle of beer
· McGuirk breaks Jason’s Walkie-talkie in two pieces
and puts his ice cream on his head. While Jason & McGuirk talk,
H. Jon Benjamin is actually talking to himself.
· In the credits, we see “El Escapo Music & Lyrics
– Brendon Small” Once again, there were no lyrics in the
· In Shore Leave, after Melissa sees McGuirk at the mall and
she calls Jason on the walkie-talkie and says "Jason, come in,
Jason," the next few lines of dialogue between the two are mistakenly
the unpitched voices of the actors (as opposed to the full-step-up
pitched voices the kids usually get in production). (thanks to a fan
for this contribution)
Past Episode References:
· Inconsistency: In episode 104 – Brendon Gets Rabies,
Melissa says she “does not like birds at all” and says
she wouldn’t want to get one. In this episode, it is shown the
Robbins have a bird.
Movie & Other References:
· Brendon’s video in the Muley’s closet plays out
like "The Blair Witch Project”.
End Credits: Spoken: McGuirk registers fentonsnakedmom.com
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
Interesting. Strange. I don't think it's a whole new show, but it's
getting closer. Anyway, although the movie parodies were great, there
was one big, BIG instance of wackiness that I didn't much care for,
and that was Melissa blowing up a can of hairspray. Way too out-there
for the normally semi-realistic Home Movies. Everything else was golden.
McGuirk was toned down a little, which was good. The editing and animation
were great. Melissa getting more development was superb, and I did
like that we saw her in the light that we did- smart, sympathetic,
with a little badass in her. Indeed, this ep was more about her than
Brendan, which is fine with me (if they do it only occasionally).
It ruled to see both Josie and Erik back, and the dynamic between
Erik and Paula was most interesting indeed (it seems Melissa's old
man has a bit of a thing for Paula, although she couldn't care less).
That being said, though, I hope they're careful about not getting
too wacky. Having Melissa blow up a room is a little much.
Spectre: Oh, God, hopefully
I'm not the only one here -- I thought this episode was fantastic.
It was incredibly better than "Politics," even though that
episode was a pretty good. It's not a first season episode -- and
by this, I mean it had more of a second season atmosphere to it --
and let's face it, no future episode will ever be like a first season
episode. Those were it, and it seems like that's going to be the way
for a while.
But even so, this episode could easily top a few first season episodes.
Really. It's got a great storyline -- that of Brendon and Melissa
feeling not quite in place in their surroundings -- Brendon at Fenton's
house for the weekend, Melissa at a girl camp -- and it's done in
such perfect timing, it totally works. Completely. It's got all of
the usual HM humor that we've all known to love, and it has it in
spades. It also has this beautiful dramatic quality, like the moment
where Brendon and Melissa brake out of their horrible, horrible surroundings.
Music is top notch, too.
HM has really aged well. Let's hope for more good episodes like this.
Jethro-McB: Very nice,
very nice! The whole "stuck hanging out with the annoying kid"
plot really worked with me, for some reason. Didn't you love the way
that every time you stayed over at another kid's house as a child,
you were always forced to conform to their bizarre, ass-backwards
rituals? The Fairy Princess plot was also great, especially the sales
video (and, of course, Melissa's "What the crap" reaction.)
As usual, Coach McGuirk steals every scene he's in. I don't know why
he's such a great character - maybe it's the way that Jon Benjamin
delivers the lines. Anyways, had to love McGuirk in this episode.
He had the best lines - "Are you drunk?" "Of course
I'm drunk, that's why I came to the mall," "I was right
and you were wrong and now you're miserable. And that's good."
And let's not forget the resolution. "El Escapo" steals
the show, only to be punctuated by the outstanding voice-over during
the credits. Overall, a solid A
Jdoggg: This started
out as a good episode. It had good jokes, plots, etc. The Melissa
plot was good. The Brendan plot was great. Then there was that ending.
I see this as both a turning point and an omen of things to come.
Melissa should not be able to blow up a room without consequence.
That's way too cartoony. HM was interesting mainly because the stuff
that was portrayed could happen, and that was what defined it from
most of the animation. How long is it before they build giant robots
and fight Martians? Still, for the most part, a great episode. A
Rad Recker: This episode
was awesome! I can't believe at one time I hated this show and wished
they would remove it for good. Thank god for the drastic improvements
of Season 2. Tonight's episode was in the season 2 veins but went
beyond and became what I consider probably the best episode of Home
Behonkiss: Well, I'm
in awe. This surpasses 'The Party', even 'Writers' Block'. The parts
with Brendan and Fenton fighting, and the infamous explosion (Me and
my brother just about died watching her stroll down the hall like
that), the return of Josie and Erik, and a focus on Melissa for once
made this a triumphant return. I kind of think it would have been
a nice idea for Jason to have been involuntarily thrown into something
horrible as well, and it was nice for him to finally have a talk with
Coach McGuirk. And let's not forget McGuirk talking with the Sausage
Guy over a web domain.
"Wouldn't your family like a cloth?" "No, I don't
have any." "Why not?" "They're dead." "Oh,
I'm sorry I brought it up..." "Don't be. It's not your fault.
People die." "Would a cloth make you feel better?"
"No. Get out before I call the police." "OK."
"No, you're not supposed to say OK! What's the worst the police
willll do, arrest you?"
Moreysurf: I had never
seen this episode til last night....boy was I in for a treat! This
ep was just hysterical, quite possible the best HM ever(Dare I say
better than director's cut?) The Fairy Princesses, Mcguirk, Brendon
and Fenton, it was all good. Now we come to the part some people hated...Melissa
blowing up the Fairy Princesses "compound". Was it a bit
unrealistic for HM? yes. did it detract from an excellent episode?
NO! So it was a bit unrealisitic...so what?
Shore Leave gets a big A+
Condiment King: This
was a great episode, perhaps the best season premiere of the series.
Fenton was back and on form, but this time with a different type of
annoyance. He was annoying in his overzealousness of the weekend with
Brendon. The rules that ran the Mulley household suggested that either
Mrs. Mulley ran a tighter ship since "The Party" or it was
just a really eccentric household. Brendon was in a living hell. "Rice
This is the first time that Melissa really had a storyline all her
own, and she thrived. This is the season where Melissa's characterization
really comes on strong. I like the fact that the Fairy Princess Club
ends up being some corperation pyramid scheme, as well as McGuirk
once again being really hard on Melissa. Notice that the fairy clothes
that Melissa was selling were $6.66. There was a great scene there
with the leader of the club trying to teach Melissa how to sell, even
if it meant the person would call the cops for her to stop. H. Jon
Benjamin was really great here.
Its interesting that Erik was so worried with Melissa having a mother
figure in her life, but its really true that she doesn't. Its weird
that Erik would think that Brendon doesn't have a father figure when
he has two in Andrew and McGuirk. He even might have four if you were
liberal and included Erik and Lynch. He might have more father figures
than mother figures since he just has Paula as an older woman who
guides him in life.
The ending to this episode was classic with Melissa doing the elaborate
get away, the fallout with Brendon and Fenton at Fenton's house, as
well as Jason and McGuirk ending up at the exact spot that they all
got to. This is the first time we actually see Jason interact with
McGuirk (which is odd since they are both voiced by H. Jon Benjamin).
Great line from McGuirk at the end about registering fentonsnakedmom.com.
I noticed that the animation is better for Season 3 as well. Very
well-written fantastic episode. *****
Jacob The Hedgehog:
Shore Leave is, in my opinion, one of the best Home Movies episodes.
In fact, the only thing I didn't like about it was Fenton. I understand
him to have a new personality, but his change was a little bit to
sudden, It makes him look like Walter and Perry. All that aside, my
favorite scene in the episode is the Walkie Talkie scene.
Jacob's Observations: The only thing that the Muellys serve is rice.
Melissa is obviously gifted, if she can make a bomb out of hair care
McGurk seems drunker then usual
Seems kinda weird that McGurk got a copy of that video (and disgusting)
Why Brendon didn't burn that tape is beyond me
This is one of the fiew times Melissa's last name is shown
Jacob's Overall Rating: A+
Mynd Hed: This is a
new one to me, and I friggin' LOVED it. It got off to a slightly rocky
start, but it finished STRONG. Is it just me, or have the kids in
this show gotten slightly more foul-mouthed? Not that I'm complaining
or anything-- Melissa echoed my sentiments entirely when she said,
"What the crap?" and I think Jason just might be the only
non-South-Park 8-year-old ever to tell anyone to kiss his ass on basic
Anyway this episode just got better and better. The Fairy Princess
Corporation training video was hilarious, McGuirk's drunken mall conversation
with Melissa was aces (especially Melissa's doe eyes-- that freaked
me out) and the ending was pure gold.
One pretty major flaw: I disliked the whole Fenton subplot, and that's
rare for me. I usually love seeing all the other characters in the
show react to Fenton, but it just didn't do it for me this episode.
It was also pretty out of character-- since when did Fenton turn from
a 100% demanding obnoxious brat to someone who flip-flops between
a demanding brat and a saccharine-sweet-eager-to-please-mama's-boy?
And for that matter, when did Fenton's Mom turn from an easily controlled
puppet into a demanding authoritarian who makes him go to bed at 6:30
and do chores in the rain when he has a guest over?
The only other real flaw some people might find in this episode is
that it's a tad phallocentric-- everything feminine is skewered as
either being silly, superficial, and lame (the FPC uniforms, the way
Brendon runs "like a girl") or else overly capitalistic
and exploitative (the FPC training video, the pressure-intensive FPC
leader). Being a dude, I didn't have any particular problem with this,
but I can see how some ladies in the audience might have.
Overall Grade: B+ (would've been an A+ if the Fenton scenes had been
more in character)
some reason to me, as funny as this episode is, I just can never place
this one in the "classic" position as practically everyone
else who sees it. Sure it is an interesting experience, but there
are just some things that don't work or make it more foolish than
funny. The first thing to say is that this is "the" Melissa
episode, pure and simple. She is caught in this typical sitcom plotline
about "the tomboy girl who is forced into something more girly",
even though the basis of this is a funny movie where they are gender-bending
sailors. (with Brendon and Jason acting feminine, and of course Melissa
being overtly macho) It is here that Melissa is forced into the infamous
"Fairy Princesses", which at first tries too hard to be
feminine until the "Satanic sales" side is brought up, which
is where Melissa's situation is made more and more urgent that she
just does not belong here. Her interactions with the BB (as one previous
reviewer commented) starts off as one with fear, considering she is
shocked into this semi-satanic cult, but later in the episode gains
this "calm composure of boredom" as she knows what she is
about to do. (especially after an obvious sequence where McGurk teases
her for everything that has happened to her beyond her control) By
the end of the episode, well, we have this classic, yet somewhat improbable,
finale where she blows the joint (literally), leading to the stereotypical
"be yourself" ending which somewhat remained funny. (but
I will get to that later)
Brendon too also seemed to have a horrible weekend in this episode,
in being forced into a "sleepover" with Fenton that he wants
nothing to do with. However, the humor here involves Brendon's reactions
to staying at Fenton's at what happens gets more and more humiliating
towards him. Fenton is shown here as completely obsessive to the point
of disturbing, making him even less likeable than he was before. Everything
Brendon is feeling is summed up by a funny nightmare where Fenton
takes control of everyone in his life and everyone in it. (except
Jason, who just has a Fenton wig on) At the same time as Melissa's
classic escape, Brendon makes a run for it as well, but unfortunately
his escape involved accidentally seeing Fenton's mom naked, which
while not needed whatsoever made the whole thing even more insane
than it was. Of course, Fenton gets his just deserts in the end...(this
episode shows exactly why I like Walter and Perry as Fenton's foils:
they keep him under control!)
Everyone else seemed to have a good episode for what they did. Erik
made a grand re-entry in the show with his reactions and motions to
help his daughter out, even if they turned out to be bad in the end)
(as for the whole "bird" bit everyone keeps talking about:
note that you only see the birdcage's POV, but no bird) Paula really
didn't have much to do in this episode, but what she did do with Brendon
was funny. Jason had an interesting episode as well, pretty much stealing
the scene every time they had a walkie-talkie bit (especially the
one after the first commercial), but I highly doubt he could of come
up with the whole plan to save Melissa like they said at the end.
(unless he really had a lot of time on his hands that weekend) As
for McGurk, he does have several funny bits throughout this episode,
including a couple of good interactions with Melissa (especially the
one at the mall) and the website registration for "Fenton's naked
mom" at the end. My only complaint about him was that he showed
up too conveniently at the end of the escape sequence, making him
almost like a plot device to get everyone to safety. In the end, while
I do like this episode, I really don't think it is the greatest episode
ever made, but more for some of the little things than the grander
The Landstander: As
mentioned in every other review, the room blowing up was a bit much
for the show. It just doesn't fit the usual mold, and the storyline
could've worked fine without it.
But that's really just a small flaw in one of my favorite episodes.
Everyone is used effectively here, and this is probably Melissa's
best episode. The FPC stuff played out like a skit in and of itself,
and worked well off Melissa's generally confused reaction. Brendon's
plotline was almost as good, with Fenton being in full form. You can
truly feel the pain of spending a weekend with this kid. At first
the change from season 2 Fenton seems daunting, but I think the character
works as a whole; Fenton is the type who is a momma's boy much of
the time, but occasionally can be a brat (particularly when a bunch
of friends are around). This time he's definetely in the former category.
And though they were used sparingly in comparison, Jason and McGuirk
both have some great scenes here.
It was also great to see Erik (and Josie, who mysteriously disappeared
in season 3) again. The ending of the episode, while chaotic and perhaps
too cartoony for the usually grounded in realism Home Movies, is a
lot of fun to watch, and Brendon catching Fenton's mom naked is classic.
Best of the Season.