Like most people, I thought this one was ever-so-slightly uneven. There were some truly wonderful parts, but there were also moments that, in truth, fell distinctly flat. That "Mu...rray" bit and the gag about Greg and the intercom was seriously belaboured, like a Saturday Night Live sketch that forgets that jokes sometimes resonate more
if you kick them less
. But those moments were so
noticeable because the Conchords are generally absolute masters at not telegraphing jokes or allowing them to go stale. They usually just breeze past the mind-blowingly funny bits, and sometimes it's not till days
later that you realise how pant-wettingly absurd they were.
Like Hurt Feelings. Which was brilliant. Oh my god, those thrones. Bouncing
up and down on those thrones. And the rapturously low, spread-legged camera shots? HLY SHT. I think all the dogs in my neighbourhood sat up for a moment and swivelled their ears worriedly at that point. And then resignedly sighed, "Oh. It's just Turnip. Squealing over hilariously objectified Kiwis again."
And then lay back down and dreamed of snausages.
I also adored that incredible look of frustrated outrage on Bret's face as he petulantly cried, "Get me a small man's wetsuit!,"
followed shortly after by a pained "Please."
Amazing. As was the line, "Were you ever called "homo", 'cause at school you took drama?"
Coming from a guy whose mum made him take ballet lessons as a kid, I suspect that laugh came from Bret's long years of rueful experience in school hallways.
Bless! Although as a friend of his once recalled, Bret eventually "discovered the fringe benefits of being outnumbered by females."
And how fabulous was that fleeting moment of Alpha Male Bret when he furiously smacked the roof of the car, with his jaw locked and eyes like flaming daggers? Oh my! Oh I do declare! I feel a little faint! **Eyelash flutter flutter flutter.** [/Scarlett O'Hara]** THANK YOU, JAMES BOBIN, FOR AFFORDING THIS LADY ADMIRER SO MANY MOMENTS OF LASCIVIOUS DELIGHT IN THIS EPISODE. YOUR CHEQUE IS IN THE POST. **