Episode 205: The Party
Brendon Small/ Perry/Junior Addleburg – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk/Walter – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Josie Small – Loren Bouchard
Trudy Muley – Paula Plum
Fenton Muley – Sam Seder
Synopsis: Fenton Muley, a kid from the soccer team, has his birthday
party. But when Fenton's mother asks Brendon to make a movie tribute
to Fenton, he's at a loss for how to portray Fenton as anything but
a jerk. Jason's falling to his candy addiction and McGuirk's inevitable
appearance don't help matters.
· This episode introduces Fenton Muley, as well as his mother, Trudy
· We also meet Ken Addleburg’s son, Junior Addleburg, in this episode.
His role is gradually expanded.
· Didn’t catch any, though I’m pretty sure there is one in there.
I’m probably just missing it.
· *“Kung Fu Fighters” – What else is there to say?
· *“Happy Birthday, Chump!” – A birthday video to Fenton Muley, where
Brendon makes fun of him. Honk honk.
· “Fenton is…” – A movie that shows the real Fenton Muley.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· Beyond the nice "birthday suit" gag, Brendon’s storyline
centers on the movie, so no real connection.
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· Pretty simple: The Party. Brendon has to do a video for it, Jason
goes on a candy binge during it, Melissa tries to stop Jason during
it, McGuirk shows up to it, Paula helps Brendon with his video for
it, Walter & Perry are at it, and the party is Fenton's.
· The music that plays in the background through most of Fenton’s
party (credited as “The Birthday Song”) sounds a lot like “The Compliment
Song” from Episode 210 – History.
· “Sunset Theme” – Instrumental.
Both of these are on the CD Soundtrack.
Random Observations & Facts:
· This is the last time we will see Josie until 301 - Shore Leave.
· When Jason says, “that was a haiku”, it actually wasn’t. It had
16 syllables, not 17.
Melissa How High
Can You Jump? How High Do You
Need? Eighteen Feet.
· The birthday invitation has a bear eating cake on it.
· Brendon uses “Loco Coco” chocolate syrup, in both his milik and
his Sloppy Joe.
· Fenton complains about “Cristy” potato chips.
· On the Muley’s fridge are Fenton’s tests. Grades include B, C-,
· Pictures of Fenton at the Muley’s: Fenton with a black eye, Fenton
in a rabbit costume, Fenton as a baby, and Fenton with a dog.
· McGuirk’s present is wrapped in soccer wrapping-paper.
· Jason eats “Chipz” and drinks “Spaz” cola.
· McGuirk tosses the soccer ball when he puts it behind his back.
· When McGuirk says, "Here's a trick even Houdini couldn't do"
(paraphrasing), he's right! Houdini used to harden his abs and let
punch him in the stomach. One day, a fan punched him when he wasn't
for it, and he died several days later from internal injuries. So,
is actually a lot smarter than it seems! :-) (thanks to Allyson for
this very neat observation)
· Melissa rolls a 7, and McGuirk says she rolled a 4. Though I guess
it doesn’t matter anyway.
· Jason’s pupils grow large and small as he looks at the Gummi Bears.
· How exactly did Jason get back to the party? I mean, yeah, he was
determined, but in terms of pure practicality...I'm overthinking this.
· The sunset scene is 1:08 long.
Movie & Other References:
· Brendon’s opening movie is a parody of all kung fu fighting movies,
particularly “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.
· There is a picture of Fenton in a rabbit costume at the Muley’s,
which might be a reference to the movie “A Christmas Story”.
End Credits: “Sunset Theme”
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
I'm convinced I might have just witnessed the singular best episode
of this series. Be forewarned, this is going to be a long review;
there was a LOT that was done right this time around (In fact, I'm
only listing good points- I can't think of anything that was so wrong
with this episode that it should be mentioned).
This is what a rocked about "The Party" (Spoilers):
-The Opening Movie- a Crouching Tiger spoof, it was really funny.
Looking over this and the Jazz fight from Hiatus, with their costumes
and lighting, I think we can all agree that Brendan has progressed
a lot from "Dark Side of the Law"
-Josie. She's alive and eating. Thank God.
-Walter and Perry. Some might find them annoying but I think they're
a great addition to the series. Their interactions are hilarious-
stemming no doubt from the improv technique; they play great off of
each other. The romance angle between the two is hilarious. For two
background characters that don't get a bunch of screen time, they
do a nice job of adding a few laughs.
-Jason's candy problem. This thinly veiled metaphor for a drug problem
was so gut-bustlingly funny it's unbelievable. It was so clichéd (purposefully)
that it was great. Seeing Jason begging for just "One More Gummy Bear"
was awesome. His talks with Melissa were good too, as well as, I believe,
being the first Home Movies character to utter b***ch (Do I have to
censor myself on an AS board), leading into....
-Melissa’s increased amount of screen time. She played really well
off of both Jason and Brendan, be it talking about the movie or begging
Jason to stop his bad habits. Further cementing my theory that she's
a great character.
-McGuirk. 'Nuff Said, y'know? Having him barge into the party with
beer was so random and unexpected. Even better, McGuirk (With Brendan's
re-enforcement) finally showed some backbone, yelling down that snobby
punk just as he deserved, and getting the partygoers the apology they
-The Annoying Kid (Already forgotten his name). He was great because
he was SUPPPOSED to be irritating. Watching him get his comeuppance
was suitably satisfying.
-Voice acting. I know I'm being random here, but I'd like to give
the Home Movies cast props. They render the characters with just the
right timing and emotion. Home Movies would be a pale shadow of what
it is without such a great cast.
-The Ending. Pure and simple, this ending was great. The strength
of Flash is really showing itself here, because the ending had the
first shot ever in Home Movies to take my breath away. Up until this
point, the animation has been a means to end, but that lost shot,
cornball it might sound, was beautiful. First showing Walter and Perry
walking away, shadows moving across their faces, to having Brendan,
Melissa, and Jason strolling into an awesome sunset was one hell of
an ending. Their dialogue here was great as well. Having them walk
into the sunset talking about their next movie would have been a great
way to end the whole series. Their was development here, actual growth,
and it was really sweet, in a way. It proved to me that Home Movies
and its central characters were deeper then I first gave them credit
for. This was all complemented by a superb musical track, "Sunset
What really made this episode was the character interaction. Be it
Walt off Perry, Jason off Melissa, Brendan off McGuirk, it was the
dialogue that made this episode worth watching. All great shows have
one thing in common, and that's characters. They're important to any
good piece of work, and Soup2Nuts knows it. This whole episode was,
more or less, the "Ballad of Fallen Angels" of Home Movies- everything
was that spot on. I think it's clear, at the very least, that Home
Movies has come a long from "Get Away From My Mom". I'm gonna watch
it again Thursday, it's just so well-done. If Home Movies had ended
here, I would have died a happy man. And that's saying something.
Spectre: This episode
has a lot of awkward humor here and there -- Jason gets "drunk" but
eating a lot of candy, and in a rather uncomfortable moment, he tries
to kiss Melissa, er, "drunkenly." But the fact is that it's all funny.
The awkwardness evokes laughter. "The Party" is about a party (surprised?)
where Brendon, Melissa, Jason, practically the whole soccer team,
and Coach McGuirk (eventually) go to a birthday party of Fenton Mewler,
another student at their school. You have to laugh when Fenton's mom
continually says "Video-film" and vice versa. You also have to laugh
when Jason gets shoved in a cab while on a sugar high (or down). Brendon
gets good jokes in; Paula does as well. She wasn't used to great effect
like she could of been, but whenever she was on screen, it was time
of value. This episode was probably the most "adult" episode of Home
Movies so far -- Coach McGuirk brings beer to the kid's birthday party;
Jason actually says a bad word; and Jason acts drunk (did I say this
yet?). But we got to know all of the characters more, and in the end,
you realize that this little party will probably be a good memory
of our favorite characters -- Jason, Melissa, and Brendon -- as they
grow up. It was a good episode, handled in a gentle and actually caring
way. It ended, what can I say... perfectly. Grade: A
Jdogg: Generally regarded
as the best post-season 1 episode, "The Party" was not quite
as good as I remember. It is still very good though. Very poignant.
Behonkiss: OK, it won't
shock you if I say that "The Party" is my favorite episode. The Jason
scenes are so hilarious and bizarre(My friends and I STILL quote them),
Walter and Perry get their first taste of a lot of screentime(Unlike
many, I find them funny), it's so satisfying to see Fenton get yelled
at at the end(That guy was such a jerk to his mom; speaking of her,
how come nothing came out of her and McGuirk talking to each other?),
and an important note....I'm confident that this is the final appearance
of Josie.(She's in the "birthday suit" scene.)
J.C.: As usual, another
great episode. This show is a split hair away from replacing Space
Ghost as my favorite AS show of all time.
The Condiment King:
This episode was really a showcase for the kids, particularly the
guest stars, such as Addleberg Jr., Walter & Perry, and especially
Fenton. In a way, we are introduced to all their mannerisms. How eccentric
Addleberg Jr. is as a Skunk Scout who "earned this badge for
earning that badge", all the innuendo around Walter & Perry,
and of course, the unbearable annoyance and whining of Fenton Muley.
Even his mother is annoying as she and her son call everything a "film
video", and Trudy gives in to everything Fenton demands and takes
all his garbage. Well, at the end, she seems to turn a corner thanks
to McGuirk, but I don't think this sticks with the character very
Its great to see Brendon make fun of Fenton, especially in his first
draft of his video for Fenton's birthday party, no matter how ridiculous
it may seem to actually think about showing that video. Brendon takes
pity on both Fenton and his mother throughout and that's pretty much
the only reason he does anything for him, but in a way, I'm rooting
against Fenton since he's such a terrible person and he deserves his
I liked the subplots here with Jason going crazy over the candy (which
we would see later in "Coffins and Cradles" at Halloween
no less), and Melissa trying to stop him. Its hilarious that Jason
has such a deep-seeded internal struggle over candy here at a meaningless
eight-year-old's birthday party. Also, we see Coach McGuirk being
so bored that he goes to Fenton's birthday party despite the lame
invitation. "Golly geepers, ain't it great. Fenton Muley's turning
eight.." My favorite joke might have been how McGuirk explains
the "slaughter rule" to Melissa and then berates the team
once again. The episode ends with everyone going off into the sunset
to another original theme. I actually think this episode is usually
slightly overrated, but its still a very good episode. ****
every "on" episode this show has, there just are some that seem to
get to me no matter how much everyone likes them. This episode, while
having a few funny bits in it, just doesn't have the comedic consistancy
of something like "Hiatus" or "Director's Cut". Part of the blame
has to go to the semi-important, yet still annoying, Fenton, who is
introduced and gives new meanings to the word "brat". Fenton is the
most obnoxious, whiny kid met so far, to the point that he would pretty
much be holding back everyone else in the episode. But the Fenton
situation does improve the comedic situations for at least 2 (or should
I say 3) characters. The first one is obviously Brendon, who is pretty
much forced to create a birthday video for the brat, both of which
exploit how he really is. (the first one being just a bunch of insults
while Brendon is in his "birthday suit", the other being the infamous
"Fenton Is...") The other characters who actually work with the idiot
well is Walter and Perry, whom you could probably consider Fenton's
subliminal "arch-enemies". Their crazily cheerful (and obviously ambiguous)
routine works in making Fenton even more aggrevated, especially as
seen with the bathroom bit. (you can sort of tell Fenton and Walter
and Perry just seem to mesh as well in "Field Trip", as well as smaller
bits in "Writer's Block" and "Shore Leave") Meanwhile, Jason's "sweets
obsession", while trying to parody alcoholism, just never works for
me. Sure Melissa and Jason tried to make it funny, but it just seemed
more disturbing considering that it's only candy. (and speaking of
disturbing, is it just me or does Fenton's mom trying to do something
with every male she coaxes other than her son?) As for McGurk, his
eccentricities gave a bit more life to the insanities, from when he
payed off the clown to get rid of him to his "dice game" against Melissa.
However, he also seemed to channel himself to a more meaningful side,
being the one who finally shuts Fenton up after everything he has
done in this episode. And of course, who can't forget the famous Sunset
ending.....well, maybe Melissa considering Brendon's and Jason's ideas.
Overall, an episode that could have been a lot better, but at least
has a few good things to it.
Noclist: This is a
really good episode from season 2, Walter and Perry are at their best,
wanting to go to the bathroom together and move into a van/house with
each other. Other funny parts include Jason getting drunk on candy
and McGuirk barging into the party with beer.
Mynd Hed: This episode
is one of my personal favorites. This was the first episode containing
Walter and Perry in full "ambiguously gay" mode, back when it was
still fresh. Fenton was annoying, but that made it all the better
when he finally got his comeuppance from McGuirk. McGuirk was great,
bringing beer and playing dice at an eight-year-old's birthday party,
and it was nice to see him actually do something good at the end of
the episode and even get in with Fenton's mom a little. (-: Guy's
gotta win sometime. And the high point of the episode, for me, was
Jason's disturbing chocoholism. So wrong... and yet so funny.
Overall Grade: A+
The Landstander: On
the commentary on the DVD, the creators talk about how they like to
get all their characters into the same situation, and just play around
and have them interact. This is probably the definitive episode done
in that style: There's one big story, Fenton's birthday, housing a
ton of little stories and great characters (some old, some new).
First off, we get to meet Fenton in this episode. He's truly one
of the most obnoxious characters I've ever seen, and it's hard to
pull that off while still being funny. His general bad attitude and
whiny, snot-nosed personality make McGuirk's big speech to him not
only funny, but geuninely satisfying. McGuirk doesn't feel interjected
into the plotline here; it's twice as good because you can geuninely
believe McGuirk would show up to a children's party, just to hang
out. His antics are funny, from his reading of the birthday invite
down to his implied wooing of Mr. Muley. Walter & Perry get their
first real episode that extends beyond a cameo; they rant, they rave,
they creep out, for a good amount of screentime. If there's some audio
file of Walter & Perry outtakes, even if lasts for hours, I would
pay good money for it. Even Paula gets some nice scenes towards the
beginning of the episode, with her appraisal of Brendon's situation.
At the heart, of course, is our usual trio. Jason's candy addiction
is great; season 2 seemed to like having characters drunk, and so
they gave Jason the next closest thing to it. What makes it work even
more is Melissa, who is the perfect straight (wo)man to his insanity.
Brendon is given the tough task of making Fenton seem somewhat likable;
though both of his attempts ultimately fail (one directly, one due
to lack of any usable material), they both seem to be saying, "hey,
I was trying"! Brendon's mingling abilities are showcased in
his awkward conversations with, well, everyone. Finally, there's that
excellent final scene, starting with a walk by Walter & Perry
that lasts a bit too long for comfort and ending with Brendon, Jason
and Melissa walking off into the sunset, discussing nothing in particular.
There's no big concept to "The Party", and maybe not even
any huge gags around which the episode is based. But there's a certain
understated simplicity to it that makes it work wonderfully. The only
concievable complaint I have is that, perhaps, the show chose an image
that worked so well for the series that it's a shame it wasn't the
final one of the series (though then again, they ended up remedying
that nicely). Best of the Season.
You know, I thought randomguy's review was pretty long, but you kind
of need it to review something you like this much.