Okay, I've finally managed to actually write down all this stuff that's been rattling around in my head since I first saw this episode. I'm afraid I haven't read every other response in this thread, so I apologise if I'm just repeating stuff.
Basically, I think this episode was an absolutely perfect end to the season, and a perfect end to the whole show, if indeed that's what it is. I actually kind of can't can't get over how clever and wonderful it is. I did have to pause it several times when I first watched it, just to kind of calm down a bit. And I'm not usually a highly emotional person when it comes to watching tv.The last episode is all about the show itself
This is what I call my â€œRidiculous Russian Doll Situation Theoryâ€
The whole of the Flight of the Conchords tv show, all 20 episodes, have been the â€œmusicalâ€ Bret and Jemaine have put on about their lives. So the musical they put on in the last episode represents the whole show (hinted at by having, for eg, a song about J as a prostitute, and also represents reality, as it also climaxes with a musical of its own (like real life â€œclimaxesâ€ with the tv show). (Iâ€™ll stop saying â€œclimaxesâ€ nowâ€¦)
This is hinted at several times, like when theyâ€™re talking bout their â€œrags to ragsâ€ story, and Murray says something like â€œoh yes, thatâ€™s a riveting scenario. Whoâ€™d want to see that?â€ And, obviously, thatâ€™s what we have
been watching for the whole show.
Other little nods include when theyâ€™re looking at the script for the first time and Bret says â€œoh, weâ€™re supposed to be singing at this point, and Jemaine says â€œyeah well, thatâ€™s not going to happenâ€ like itâ€™s ridiculous to think that they might break out into song. And backstage before they go on to do the musical Murray does the roll call, saying â€œBret as Bret and Jemaine as Jemaineâ€ Which IS the show
So, thereâ€™s actually three musicals, thereâ€™s the show that weâ€™ve watched for two seasons, the musical at the end of the show, and the musical at the end of the musical. And each musical creates an alternate â€œendingâ€ for the reality in which itâ€™s played.
In reality, of course, theyâ€™ve had great success, but in the show (realityâ€™s â€œmusicalâ€) theyâ€™re a failure. And in the musical within the show theyâ€™re a success (â€œweâ€™ve made it in America!â€), thanks to the popularity of the musical they performed at the end.
The end of the musical (J: we musnâ€™t forget where we came from. B: I rememberâ€¦) is mirrored by the end of the episode (the end of the original â€œmusicalâ€).
So, yeah. Ridiculous Russian doll situation.Mel and Doug
This seems like a fairly standard B-plot, but I think it was absolutely perfect for the finale.
Based on every other episode of the show, youâ€™d think that the only possible â€œhappy endingâ€ for Mel would be to end up with Bret or Jemaine (or both). But this episode managed to give her an (at least temporary) happy ending, without that happening. And it also confirmed something about her character that had been suggested before: she simply becomes obsessed with what she canâ€™t have.
I think it was also great to finally see Doug put his foot down (and win Melâ€™s respect/ lust back in the process). It made their story complete.Musical bits
I think the Stomp-style musical interludes were perfect for the episode, mainly because, without lyrics, they give the impression of being spontaneous. And, most importantly, they show the guys enjoying their music in a way that we havenâ€™t seen in any other episode. For the rest of the show weâ€™ve kind of been left to assume that theyâ€™ve enjoyed music, because thatâ€™s what theyâ€™ve moved to New York to pursue, but to see the creating music â€œspontaneouslyâ€ and with such obvious joy is wonderful.
It was also the perfect way to end the episode and the show. It would have been drastically out of character to show them â€œjoyfulâ€œ back in New Zealand without musical context (since they donâ€™t really show much of any emotion without musical context). And if they hadnâ€™t been shown as being happy back in New Zealand, I wouldnâ€™t have been able to watch the episode more than once. As it is, I feel like crying and cheering at the same time. Which is nice Some favourite bits
Bret with his head stuck in the chair in the musical. This is an awesome reference back to something we never saw happen, but got mentioned in the S1 episode â€œMuggedâ€, when Murray says â€œremember that time you got your head stuck in that chair, Bret?â€. Also gotta love Bretâ€™s plaintive little â€œJemaaaiiineâ€¦â€
Murray describing Jemaineâ€™s acting as â€œboringâ€. Dollars to doughnuts thatâ€™s a real life reference. I bet someone (quite possibly Jemaine himself) has called his acting boring. Also, when theyâ€™re talking about it backstage and Murray says his actingâ€™s better but â€œstill a bit boringâ€, Jemaine's very obviously choked back laugh
Bret being unaware that heâ€™d been unconscious for five minutes after he stopped breathing during rehearsal.
Welcome to the land of opportunity
I am the Statue of Liberty
Forget about it.
Bretâ€™s little â€œoh s***!â€ when Doug appeared after the â€œMel as husband murdererâ€ fake-out