Episode 213: The Wedding
To completely get every aspect of this episode, see
112 (Stephanie), 113, 207, 208 & 212 (Andrew), and 202 & 203
Brendon Small/Perry – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk/Walter – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Janine Ditullo
Andrew Small – Louis C.K.
Linda Small – Laura Silverman
Stephanie – Kelly Kimball
Arnold Lindenson – Andy Kindler
Synopsis: Andrew and Linda are getting married. Paula (attempts to)
supplies the flowers for the ceremony, Lindenson (attempts to) get
a message to Paula ASAP, Stephanie is back in town and (attempts to)
get with McGuirk, Perry (attempts to) marry Walter, while Brendon
has a rather bad rash.
· As you might guess, this episode marks the marriage of Andrew &
· This is the season 2 finale.
Lawn Gnomes: (Click for picture)
· There is a
lawn gnome extra in “Landstander”, right next to Melissa when on the
· You can see
the tip of a lawn gnome hat on Brendon’s bed in the quick scene in
his room a few seconds before the commercial break.
· Lindenson hits
a lawn gnome as he drives recklessly.
· There is a
lawn gnome man at the wedding.
· *“Landstander” – A mystical tale of the Landstander, who meets a
dragon mastress and her dragon.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· Nothing psychological here. Landstander says he’s going to “The
Splendid Eternal Unitement of the Fairy Princess and the Mylady of
Flowers”…I’m guessing that means a wedding. Also, apparently Landstander
suffered a rash at some point in the movie, as it is mentioned at
the end of the film. You can interpret “I just want to stand on land”
however you'd like.
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· Wow...so many plots. its going to be a tough one! Well, Walter and
Perry want to get married...and (well, of course) Linda and Andrew
are getting married. A lot of the other storylines seem to tie in...Brendon's
rash is connected to the whole wedding because it is a nervous-related
rash and he's nervous about the wedding and it ties into when he appears
in his underwear and his eye is twitching and that seems to ruin the
wedding and having Linda like him even less. Brendon also inviting
people to the wedding caused McGuirk to get with Stephanie (why does
she always get with drunks???) and Mr. Lindenson telling Paula some
news thats she wants to hear (which is a good thing...go Brendon!)
this one is much like "Class Trip", where everyone's plots are tied
togther in some way
· Both the Landstander theme and the Dwayne Outtro are featured.
Special from www.adultswim.com:
· A retroscripted session cut from the scene can be found Here.
Hardcore fans, who no doubt noticed Josie's weird absence for the
majority of season 2, will especially like this clip.
· Another cut scene, this one a cool "Attack!" sequence, can be found
· A very funny cut scene can be found Here.
Shows how funny H. Jon Benjamin can be while improvising.
Random Observations & Facts:
· At 23 minutes, 8 seconds, this is the longest episode of
· The opening store: “Tuxes N’ Stuff”
· You can see the string that slowly lowers Melissa during “Landstander”.
· Melissa rings a bell for that sound effect.
· Jason’s dragon costume only has one big tooth.
· Lindenson’s instructions:
As Soon As Possible – ASAP
As Close To As Soon As Possible As She Can - ACTASAP
Whenever She Gets A Free Minute – WSGAFM
· Brendon’s rash gets worse after the Lindenson phone call.
· You can see Jason’s arm move forward to pick at Brendon’s rash.
· Andrew’s invitation: “Share The Love of Linda and Andrew May 25,
· Brendon’s masks:
Eye Patch with Pirate Symbol
Paper Bag with Eye and Nose Holes
Mexican Wrestler Mask. Brendon’s nose seems to stick out
· When Lindenson lets go of the steering wheel and drives all over
the road, Brendon quickly buckles his seatbelt and holds onto his
· If you look really quickly in the window, you can see the church
as Lindenson drives by it. Linda is standing outside.
· Lindenson does finger quotes when he says, “Is this a good time
for a “dialogue”?”
· Jason wears the same thing he always wears to the wedding, except
he has a bowtie. Melissa wears her "rich bitch" dress.
· Brendon’s rash gets worse between his entrance at the wedding to
when he’s lying in the doctor’s bed.
· During the wedding, Paula starts scratching her cheek, and Jason
starts pointing at her (she’s getting a rash)
· Andrew is wearing his headphone thing in his ear when he walks out
of the church.
· The ending “Landstander” scene features a bird and a cloud on a
· In the end credits, it says Original Music & Lyrics for “Landstander
Theme” – Brendon Small. Lyrics?
· Instead of the usual Soup2Nuts logo, we get to see Jason hit it
like a gong.
Movie & Other References:
· As said on the commentary, "Landstander" is an inverse
of "Skywalker", as in Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.
· During the scene where Stephanie is trying to seduce McGuirk you
can see a clock radio next to her. The clock radio has the station
107.3 which in Massachussetts is the rock station WAAF. Since all
of the animators are probably from the
New England area, this was probably a shoutout to the station. (thanks
to Adam D. for this tidbit)
Past Episode References:
· Stephanie made her first appearance in Episode 112 – Law and Boarder.
· This is the second time Lindenson has mistaken Brendon for a girl.
He said, “What an adorable young lady” to Brendon in Episode 203 –
End Credits: “Landstander Theme”
Reviews: WARNING: Spoilers
Spectre: I understand
many people don't like Paula's old boss (annoying Woody Allen type),
but I've always found him hilarious. I love his conversations.
"The Wedding" was indeed a good episode personally. My favorite moments
would have to be...
1. Paula's boss and his conversations with Brendon (especially on
2. When Brendon told Linda to take a picture because it would last
longer... and she did..
3. Andrew and Linda's insane laughter when he made the divorce joke..
3. Stephanie! God, how great she was (especially when she first got
to see Brendon once again)
4. I don't know... this episode had an incredible zaniness to it.
A good feeling for this show. I liked how all of the characters were
once again drawn together, like "Class Trip."
5. Walter and Perry's most discomforting moment as of yet (...)
I didn't like the ending really though. It wasn't a cliff hanger...
and I was expecting one kind of. Oh well... at least I got an all
around good episode.
Randomguy: Really unspectacular.
I mean, not bad, but not one of the better ones. It had some funny
moments (Stephanie attempting to seduce McGuirk, Melissa posing as
Brendan, and as always, Walter and Perry), and some les funny stuff
(I still don't like Paula's boss). I mean, I just came away from this
one like..."eh". One of the few Home Movies that I neither liked nor
hated...just kinda mediocre. Kinda disappointing for the season finale,
but I'm looking forward to what's to come (glad there's a third season,
cause this would have been a bad way to end the whole series)
Shnay: Well, overall,
I really enjoyed it. But I also feel that there was a lot of unused
potential here. First the positive aspects:
I thought almost all of the comedy worked very well. Mr. Lindenson,
who I normally don't care for, worked really well on the phone where
his condescending tone was increased even more when talking to Paula's
"daughter." The Walter and Perry scene. Why were they at the wedding?
Who cares, it was hilarious. It was a far cry from HM's usually more
subtle style, but I think it definitely works (though I don't want
to see the show change directions and include more of this kind of
humor). I thought Paula's feelings toward Andrew and the marriage
were handled very well. I thought they could have easily gone over
the top with her jealousy for comedy's sake, but I thought they kept
it pretty realistic while still making it funny. McGuirk's awkwardness
with a woman was also funny, and revealed an element of his character
we didn't see before. Jason "on the door" was also very funny, as
he seemed very genuinely concerned about him turning into a werewolf.
I do have a few complaints however. A lot of the episode felt rushed
and crammed together. I think they should have had an episode to introduce
the idea of Andrew's wedding and the characters initial reactions
to it. They probably could have done a lot with an episode like that,
and I think if they did that, Paula and Brendon’s reactions in this
episode would have been funnier. While it was nice to see lots of
different characters, it felt like there were too many subplots crammed
in. Luckily, they were all funny, and the main plot wasn't as strong
as it should have been, so it worked. But I'd rather have had them
focus more on the wedding and do more with that. I also thought more
of Brendon’s feelings could have been shown in his "Landstander" movie.
Usually his movies parallel his life, and while there was some of
that there, I would have liked to see more done with it. I would have
also liked to see a cliffhanger (I even said it was a "lock" that
there would be one last week). But I guess this was made before they
knew whether they were getting a third season.
Overall, it was good, but could have been something more.
Behonkiss: GREAT! Not
as good as The Party or History, but still one of the best Season
2 episodes. (The worst to me was Dad.) Some parts of this were just
crazy, such as Brendan stumbling into the wedding in his underwear
looking like a freak ("Oh God, he's loose."-Jason), Melissa's Landstander
character having mood changes every 2 seconds, the Landstander movie
in general (Was this supposed to be spoofing something? Because it
just seemed crazy to Me.), the return of Paula's boss, and of course,
W&P. (You know who.)
Condiment King: Not
as good of a season finale as "Brendon's Choice", but this
was an all-around good episode, and it did manage to wrap-up quite
a few lingering storylines with a big event like the wedding of Andrew
and Linda. It was weird seeing Linda afraid of caskets and acting
oddly out of place.
We see the return of Arnold Lindenson here as he has to talk to Paula
about something. I like the fact that we continued the plotline of
Arnold thinking that Brendon is a girl as well as his complicated
abbreviations for when he wanted Brendon to tell Paula about his call.
Arnold's "acting" from Death of a Salesman was hilarious
and all his random lines throughout the play from beginning to end.
Its also funny that Brendon gets reprimanded for inviting so many
people to Andrew's wedding and he ends up inviting Arnold Lindenson.
Him re-hiring Paula ends her quest to get a job.
The McGuirk/Stephanie plotline was odd. I was really annoyed by Stephanie
from "Law and Borders", but she wasn't as annoying here.
It confuses me that McGuirk all of a sudden bailed out of the Stephanie
pursuit. My only guess would be that she came on too strong. Its as
hard to explain away Brendon's rash, though I guess its a manifestation
of the anxiety of Andrew remarrying. This does lead to a great scene
with him and Melissa and Jason trying to talk him out of the bathroom.
I like how Melissa actually attempted to impersonate Brendon. The
Landstander was a nice one-note joke.
The Walter & Perry innuendo was never more intense than here
at "The Wedding" when they felt that they should get married
and they were nervous. It was funny as all of the Walter & Perry
scenes are for such a one-note joke. "This is how we'll do it!
Get on, this is how we'll do it!" All in all, there was a sense
of finality to this episode, even though it really just tied up loose
ends and it wasn't hysterical. Good ending to a great season. ****
Mynd Hed: One of my
personal favorite episode. Sure, it had a down point or two-- Walter
and Perry were a little much, and I still don't understand why McGuirk
played the whole "sexual innuendo game" with Stephanie and yet was
for some reason unwilling to go the distance with it. But it was packed
with so many comedic gems that more than made up for any shortcomings
in the episode. Brendon's rash-- I call it The Crab-- the tux that
makes him look like a "magician," the Landstander (second only to
Starboy and the Captain of Outer Space in my estimation), lots of
good McGuirk stuff, and Lindenson; sometimes I feel like my roommate
and I are the only people in the world who enjoy Lindenson.
Overall Grade: A+
second season has brought us many great ensemble episodes where we
get great situations involving the various characters of this world.
(such as "The Party" and "Class Trip") But for every success, problematic
episodes of this kind still occur, and this one, unfortunately, is
an example of the other half. No, I'm not saying that the episode
was bad, but the usage of certain characters in this situation just
made it worse than it could have been. For starters, there is the
re-appearance of Stephanie, Paula's old friend, as this woman who
wants McGurk to the extent of seducing him naked in her hotel room.
While I will approach McGurk later, I did not like Stephanie in this
episode...but then again I didn't like her much in "Law and Boarder"
either. But here, she is just used as a plot device more than an actual
character. Speaking of plot devices, then there is Mr. Lindenson,
as annoying as ever and suddenly wanting to turn around everything
that has happened to Paula this season just as quickly as he fired
her! Lindenson was not just annoying here, but also too conviniently
placed in this episode to solve certain problems that arrise, such
as Brendon being left at home, the whole "Paula's unemployment" subplot,
and even the actual ceremony itself! However, he did have this one
funny bit involving the phone-call to Brendon with all the acronyms.
Finally, there is Walter and Perry, whom while funny in small innuendo
doeses, just go a tad too far in both being conveniently at the wedding
(who invited them in the first place) and doing all this stuff involving
getting engaged to each other. Sure I know how they are, but this
just was one of their more annoying appearances.
With the problems faced with the part of the cast I call the "peanut
gallery" in this episode, the main cast actually had a lot of great
things going on. One of the most central involved Brendon's rash problem,
which just lent itself to one funny situation to another, from the
"take a picture" line to Linda (which she actually does) to the talk
with McGurk that suggested him in being a "circus freak", to the several
scenes with Jason and Melissa about it. (both the one behind the scenes
of the movie and the classic "door" sequence at the chapel) The big
sequence where Brendon storms out with the rash half-naked was a tad
extreme, but I was able to get a few chuckles out of that. Andrew
had another good episode as he tried to deal with the wedding (like
the tux sequence at the beginning), as did Paula, who tried to deal
with things in her own way. (note the dartboard bit) McGurk, while
tied with the whole Stephanie subplot, actually came out at the funny
end of the spectrum, as he expresses his nervousness involving a woman
who just wants to "do it" while he wants to talk first to get to know
her. This could show an interesting side to McGurk in that he isn't
just looking for carnal pleasure in a woman, but something a bit more
tangible and secure. And finally, what description of this episode
would be complete without "Landstander", one of the better movies
in the series which could be tied to the wedding plot, but doesn't
need to be to fully enjoy it. (for some reason, I just loved Melissa
as the Dragon Master, as well as the scenes with Brendon getting mauled
by Jason the "dragon") In the end, an episode that worked somehow
for the main cast, but had too many subplots and characters for its
The Landstander: The
last episode of the second season, "The Wedding" isn't quite
spectactular but still has some pretty good moments.
Between Cynthia, Andrew, Linda, McGuirk, Paula, and Fenton, it's
no wonder Brendon is getting a stress-related rash. Originally a small
"crab" on his back, it nearly takes up his whole body by
the end of the episode. For an eight year old, Brendon gets a lot
of stress-related ailments; he had at least one before this that I
can remember. Brendon's rash happens while filming his newest project,
about "The Landstander", a name I enjoyed enough that I
made it an internet psuedonym.
It seems everyone (including Lindenson, oddly enough) gets their
little moment here. Jason and Melissa have some nice material within
the movie and outside Brendon's door at the chapel, Walter & Perry
have a bizarre marraige of their own, Paula gets her job back, and
Andrew and Linda have some nice scenes at the wedding itself. Oddly
enough, a scene where they laugh about the double-booking of their
wedding with a funeral seems to indicate they really do love each
other. Finally, McGuirk meets up with Stephanie, and though he plays
along nicely with his various innuendos, he can't seal the deal when
it comes to motel time. This aspect throws some people off, but it
fits McGuirk perfectly. I can't really explain why, but it seems right.
The only real problem here is that there's no major relevation, nothing
major at all, beyond the wedding. Brendon's rash works with the rest
of the season nicely, but it doesn't add up to much more than a very
good episode. But hey, good enough. Recommended.