Episode 105: We’ll Always Have Tuesday
Original Airdate: May 24th, 1999
Brendon Small – Brendon Small
Jason Penopolis/Coach Jon McGuirk – H. Jon Benjamin
Melissa Robbins – Melissa Bardin Galsky
Paula Small – Paula Poundstone
Josie Small – Loren Bouchard
Loni – Laura Silverman
Eugene – Eugene Mirman
Mitch – Mitch Hedberg
Synopsis: A camping trip romance begins between Brendon and classmate
Loni, but her old boyfriend Mitch might not have moved on. McGuirk
would help, but he's busy tracking down the person who peed in his
· This was the last UPN episode, billed at the time as the “Season
Finale”. Therefore, it is also the last episode with Paula Poundstone
as Paula Small. (Liars!)
· This episode is one of “The UPN 5”. Therefore, it has Paula Poundstone
as Paula and is 100% retroscripted.
· Towards the
end of the episode you can see a Lawn Gnome in the Small’s backyard
· "Film Noir Detective Story"– Detective Barlow is out to
save his girl Loni from the evil mustached man. (Doesn’t have Melissa)
· “Loniblanca” – Loni (Played by Melissa) is forced to make the hardest
move of her life when she goes with Mitch (Jason) instead of Brendon.
The Movie-Episode Connection:
· A really nice play on the whole event. Brendon takes the situation
which didn't work out for him at all, makes himself the one who rejects
her, and then makes her drink pee.
The Plotline Connection: (TheJazzFighter)
· Hmm...No connection, really, since only Brendon seems to have a
storylie that continues...well...McGuirk's small plot continues, but...it
doesn't really have a connection...except them both feeling crappy
at the end (McGuirk drinks pee...and is called pee-pee breath). As
for the name, Loni was to Brendon's group exactly what Yoko Ono was
to the Beatles; and though they broke up, Loni and Brendon will always
have that day together (which apparently is Tuesday).
· The song Dwayne plays in the second movie is the Home Movies theme.
Random Observations & Facts:
· The $20 bill Loni hands McGuirk has the face of Dr. Katz on it.
(Dr. Katz is another Tom Snyder Productions show).
· Brendon is in his underwear when McGuirk tries to get someone to
step forward and take responsibility.
· Jason’s gun in the first movie is a laser gun.
· On the tree when the show comes back from commercial, it says “L
(Heart with an arrow) M” as in “Loni Loves Mitch”.
· The kid in the hall’s math book says “1+1=2”.
· McGuirk has possibly has been to Africa and Australia. And I suppose
Antarctica. But probably not.
· After the credits, Mitch is getting a tattoo on his chest of a heart
that says “Loni”.
· The book the tattoo guy is reading says “I Love Tattoos”.
Movie & Other References:
· “The girl tied in a chair with an evil villain with a mustache”
used in Brendon’s first film is another classic movie cliché.
· Brendon plays Detective Barlowe, no doubt a play on Detective Marlowe,
who was the star of countless Raymond Chandler novels (and therefore
the star of countless film noir movies).
· Brendon’s second movie is straight-forward Casablanca parody, right
down to sending the woman he loves off with another man because he
believes it's the right thing to do.
· As if you didn't know, calling Loni "Yoko" is a reference
to Yoko Ono, John Lennon's girlfriend who many blame for the breakup
of The Beatles.
End Credits: “Season One Theme”
RandomGuy: A solid
and enjoyable episode whose biggest contribution to the series is
the gut-bustlingly funny camping stuff at the beginning. Although
the rest isn't quite that strong, Lonnie's character still brings
out some interesting qualities in Brendan (a lot of this territory
was covered again, only in a worse fashion, with Cynthia in Season
2). All in all, I'd say it's one of television's more realistic depictions
of an elementary school romance. And Melissa is damn witty.
Condiment King: Coach
McGuirk was great in this episode, similarly to how he was in Art
of the Sucker Punch with his advice about a fight. He was great here
with his advice about woman, or non-advice. The analogy to "grapes".
"I've been everywhere in the world, Brendon, except...Africa
and Asia, and South America.."
I wasn't a big fan of the Loni character actually, I thought she
was incessantly annoying, particularly the constant screaming in the
film that Brendon, Jason, and Melissa were doing. Or the excessive
'really's. I guess she was meant to be annoying or the typical grade
school crush type thing, but it truly was just annoying. Mitch similarly
wasn't the best character, however at least we had Eugene who pee
in Coach McGuirk's canteen. That was a fantastic scene. It was first
truly hysterical scene in the series. The entire episode wasn't hysterical,
but it remained amusing.
Paula was boring in this episode as the typical mother. There's something
about that last scene with Mitch and Brendon that just seemed to go
on forever as an attempt to wrap up this episode. At least we got
a nice Casablanca reference here. Even in these early episodes, we
have references to great directors (in Parent Teacher Conferences)
as well as Casablanca here. The joke, "I'm not sure the name
of that drink -- what do you call that again, Eugene?" really
came out of nowhere.
At the end of the day in reviewing the UPN 5, you can sort of see
why UPN wasn't adored with it, seeing all the errors and drawbacks
in the first five. However, I can't justify the cancellation since
UPN programming is truly terrible. Perhaps they were a little cancel-happy
since pretty much every show ended early. This was made to complement
Dilbert, and in many ways, at least this UPN 5 Home Movies was very
different. At the same time, there are parts of these first five episodes
that show what the series is going to be. ****
really isn't one of my favorite episodes, partially because of the
whole Loni and Mitch thing. (Someone once said that the kids started
acting like adults in the 2nd season, but I think this episode helps
prove that it was probably earlier than that) I really don't see what
those two accomplished other than nothing. As for the whole "pee in
the canteen" subplot, I actually found that pointless and stupid as
well except for two jokes at the end ("What did you say this was called,
Eugene?"; McGuirk hitting Eugene with soccer balls) Probably some
of the conversational stuff saved this episode from being a complete
waste of time. (McGuirk's take on women, probably the part at the
end with the last scene of Paula Poundstone as Paula), as well as
the movie at the end.
The Landstander: My
old review for this episode had me not liking it much, and I can't
imagine why. Next to the hilarious "The Art of the Sucker Punch",
this is the best episode that aired on UPN.
It's interesting to note that there's a long break between this episode
and the next, because it shows some lost potential. Loni doesn't show
up again throughout the series, and Eugene makes a cameo in a season
4 episode ("The Wizard's Baker") that feels a lot more like
a nod to the hardcore fanbase than really doing anything with the
character. But here, both (and Mitch, as well) work great in their
roles. As randomguy mentioned, this is a pretty realistic look at
elementary school romance; things move fast, rumors get spread, and
Brendon, of course, ends up at the bottom. The sequence between Brendon
first meeting Mitch at school and Loni breaking up is fast paced,
funny and on target. Loni's effect on Jason and Melissa was great
as well. Finally, though the idea of Brendon using the movies to reflect
his real life was used before, the Casablanca ending to the story
Beyond that, McGuirk has a nice standalone plotline with Eugene.
I really don't know what caused H. Jon Benjamin to improv something
like "Because I drank it before", but I thank him for it.