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Moral Orel: God's Chef

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 29th 2006 9:58AM

moral orel(S01E02) This is an early review courtesy of Adult Swim Fix. The televised version will air Sunday late night on Adult Swim.

This initial season of Moral Orel has been shown entirely out of order due to issues with standards and practices, though it hasn't really affected the series all that much since every episode works as a stand-alone anyway. In this particular episode, Orel figures out a way that he can masturbate and not spur God's wrath, and I can only imagine what they had to cut out to make this acceptable for television.

The episode begins at Orel's school, probably the only public school where "Jesus" could be an answer on a science test. Orel decides to use the bathroom not to go "number one" or "number two," but to go "number three." He only learned about "number three" recently, and like most adolescent boys, he can't get enough of it. The janitor catches him in the act and sends him to the principal, who explains to Orel that masturbation is actually worse than murder, and spouts off this fractured logic: "Oral, there are some things that are burned so deep into a person's subconscious that you forget just why they're there. You only know that they've scarred you in such a horrible and personal way that they must be right."

The principal sends Orel to talk to Rev. Putty, who explains that Orel's seed should only be used for procreation and not recreation. Orel turns to his father to see exactly how babies are made, so his father consults the book Fake Facts of Life for Ages 5-15, which list these explanations for ages 5 through 11:

  • Babies are little bowls of smiles that fell over in a garden
  • Martians shoot goo-goo rays into mommies' tummies
  • Faeries make babies out of bubbles
  • Babies are made from the skin that flaked off God's foot
  • You were born because a stork got pregnant
  • You were born because mommy swallowed a watermelon seed
  • Babies are made by God's chef visiting ladies at night while they are asleep and injecting him with the delicious glaze from his holy pastry bag

His father tells Orel the last explanation, which leads Orel to masturbating into a pastry bag, sneaking into the homes of all the women on his block, and injecting them with his sperm while they sleep. One month later no one can explain why they've suddenly become pregnant, but the police finally catch Orel and his father explains to him that what he did was wrong, and that he must obey yet another "Lost Commandment," the one that states, "Thou Shalt Only Have Sex Face-To-Face, Man on Top." You know, because that's how Noah forced the animals on the Ark to have sex.

I don't have a whole lot to say about this episode, other than I laughed like crazy all the way through it. It followed the same formula as the rest of the episodes this season of Orel trying to do good but ultimately doing bad and ending up being punished in his father's study. Creator Dino Stamatopoulos has said they plan to break away from that for the next season, so I'm hoping they come up with even more outlandish stories than this one. Those of us with a sick sense of humor will be waiting patiently.

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Well, if the guys that made this show wanted to offend Christians (there is no doubt that they did), then they have succeeded. This is one of the worst shows I have seen. I continue to be amazed at how far the envelope is being pushed. I happen to caught it early Monday morning & I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Actually, I could believe it, Christianity is the only thing these days where there is nothing sacred when it comes to the entertainment industry. If you made fun of Jews or Islamics in this manner you would get booted off T.V. after your first airing. So, it looks like Christians will continue to be the punching bags of soceity in this country until we finally stand & say enough is enough! So, if the object is to upset Christians they have done a wonderful job. Thanks!

August 07 2006 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with Schwarz on this one, not Adam (Adam the commenter, not Adam Finley!). This show cracks me up--why should a target being easy mean you don't have to have a go at it? Are we *really* supposed to stop baching Bush, too? That would be a sad world.

This episode cracked me up completely. The shot of all those women in the neighborhood with morning sickness--wow. I love Orel's ability to take these wacko fundamentalist attitudes and through his innocence expose their insanity and hypocrisy. It's a beautiful sight.

I look forward to season 2!

July 31 2006 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Moral Orel's been a 'guilty' pleasure of mine since it first came on, and I'm a big fan. Of course, it's elicited as many gasps as it has laughs from me. It's an edgy show in every sense of the word, and that's what makes it so brilliant.

That being said, they REALLY pushed the envelope with this one. The simple storyline of a naive, christian kid concocting the idea he did (not spoiling anything here!), and actually carrying it out, left my jaw open. I couldn't believe they were showing that on TV (even if it was late-night), and I kept thinking of the hell that would break loose if Pat Robertson ever saw this. I admittedly gasped more than laughed in this episode, more than any other.

That being said, I loved it in spite of (nay, BECAUSE OF) that. The fact that the crew won the battle against Standards & Practices to air it in the first place makes it that much better. (Hoorah, free speech!)

I'm looking forward to the second season!

July 31 2006 at 4:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Shapiro

This show is terriable anyhow regardless of the chronology the episodes are shown in.. It's kind of like bashing George Bush, it's so easy to pull off

Aren't far the right religious nutbags in this country a joke in itself??

July 29 2006 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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