flight of the conchords 2×10: evicted

Part of me is pretty sure that if the boys come up with new material there’s a chance this show could be revived in the future, but take note: that was how you do a series finale.

When Bret and Jemaine run into problems with their rent (they were paying in New Zealand dollars) and get evicted, Murray has a brilliant idea: stage an off-broadway musical based on their experiences as a struggling band, in which they play themselves!  (And, at the end of the musical, their manager has the idea that they should put on a musical, and they make it big!)  Oh, show!!!  I love meta humor.

Meanwhile Bret and Jemaine, with nowhere else to go, end up moving in with Mel and Doug.  In no time at all, the strain causes Mel and Doug to decide they need some time apart; Doug gets custody of Jemaine and they move into an RV, while Mel gets custody of Bret.  Awkwardness all around.  I’ve always had a lot of pity for Doug, though, so it was nice to see him having a bit of fun out from under Mel’s thumb.

The musical has a few problems to work out – Murray seems to have confused Bret with Luke Skywalker.  But when we see the finished product, it’s a sweet retrospective on some highlights of the past two seasons, such as Jemaine’s brief stint as a male prostitute.  It’s not exactly a hit (not in the sense that people like it, as Murray explains), but at least they pulled it off, and Mel and Doug even get back together after Mel sees Doug playing his harp on stage and realizes she’s still attracted to him after all (“It is manly!”).  Unfortunately, Murray invited some of his embassy friends to the opening… and they took notice of an ill-advised musical number about Bret and Jemaine’s illegal immigrant status.

In the glorious final scene of the show, Bret, Jemaine, and (for some reason) Murray are all back on the sheep farm in New Zealand… still jamming away.  Oh, boys.  I’ll never forget you.  Sometimes the best TV shows are those that have only a brief run (twenty-two episodes, in this case) and go out while they’re still at the top of their game.  Still, no more kiwi boys clad in denim shirts and penguin-print pajamas.  This will leave a hole in my life.

Quotable:

  • Jemaine: “Our story is the story of two guys who start at the bottom, and with a lot of hard work continue along the bottom, and finally end of up at the bottom.”
    Murray [sarcastically]: “Oh, yeah, that’s an intriguing scenario.”
    Bret: “Yeah, it’s a rags-to-rags story.”
  • Murray: “Jemaine, just a little point with your acting.  I’ve noticed your acting tends to be a bit boring.  It’s okay for the first minute, but then I kind of drift off.  If you can try and stop that, that’d be great.”

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