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Flight of the Conchords: New Cup

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 26th 2009 11:29AM
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(S02E02) "We're back at square one ... Typical isn't it? We were at square two, but now we're back." – Murray, after bailing the boys out of jail


For me, the best thing about Flight of the Conchords is the deadpan minimalist humor that stands in sharp contrast to the elaborate song sequences. (It should be noted that my favorite FotC song is "I Like to Rock the Party.") It's the comedy that's barely there that makes this show funny. Murray checking his notes to confirm that Bret should have a guitar. Bret offering nut loaf to potential "Janes." The "dad guitar." That's the good stuff.

I usually find myself heading to the kitchen when the songs come on -- but I usually glance back at the TV to see if Jemaine is making a funny face – and I rush back to the couch once the last note drops. But I can't wait to download tonight's Police-inspired "Prostitute" jam. It was hilarious and it sounded great. I'll be playing it for weeks. "Sugar Loafs Lumps" was funny, but mostly because of Jemaine's booty shaking.

It's been noted that Bret and Jemaine used up their stock of silly songs in the first season. The duo reportedly struggled while writing new songs for season two. So far, the new songs are hit-and-miss. Some are catchy and offer a few laughs and some are tedious and crude. So, you know, nothing's really changed with that. Thankfully, not much else has changed either. The boys still have no prospects, Murray is still delightfully incompetent, and FotC is still one of the funniest shows on TV.

Last week's season opener saw the boys firing and eventually rehiring Murray after the Crazy Doggz were sued for copyright infringement. This week, the boys slipped below the poverty line after Bret blew their savings on a teacup. Jemaine had to sell his body on the street to make ends meet (only after Bret's idea of selling giant straws got them deeper in the hole, of course).

I loved how the boys went from being struggling musicians living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment to turning tricks in a matter of days. A proper story, I thought, for these difficult times. (Being a professional blogger, I sometimes worry that the same thing might happen to me.)

Before becoming Midnight Cowboys, the boys took a gig giving Mel a massage. Rock bottom indeed. It was nice to see Mel in full FotC stalker mode again, especially since it was in full view of her poor old husband.

Apparently, Mel's one of the few ladies in Brooklyn who'll pay for a piece of Bret or Jemiane's lovin.' The boys had a hard time finding Janes on the street, even with Bret dressed up in his best flannel shirt. The nut loaf didn't help any either. Murray had better luck with his Nigerian friend. That was surprising. Murray's naiveté finally paid off. Well, sort of. He bailed the boys out of jail, but he used up all of their money (and he still thinks a computer monitor is called a "TV screen").

As we saw in the last scene, the boys are indeed back at square one – broke, bummed, and clueless. Right where we like them.

Other Observations:
  • Anyone else notice how Bret can't do simple math?
  • Wasn't it creepy how Mel kept mouthing that giant straw? I know "Mel" and "creepy" are pretty much synonymous by now, but that was super-creepy.
  • Dave's rapping was surprisingly good. The boy's got skills to pay the bills.
  • Murray's "two star" and "no star" reviews were great. I hope this will be a running gag.

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nisesmith

I love this show! I'm so glad it's back on. I thought Sugar Lumps was hysterical! And Bret calling the cops because his friend was prostituting himself was awesome as well as him saying, "I wear the big condom." What a couple of jailhouse turkeys.

February 05 2009 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

great episode, laughed hysterically, i hope there'll be a season 3, despite the rumours.

January 27 2009 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

This show is reason enough to subscribe to HBO. Sunday's episode was great.

http://www.joeonthetube.com

January 27 2009 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gill

A reviewer admitting that he can't spend 30 minutes sitting down to watch a show they're reviewing is a little weak.

This episode was definitely a step up from Ep 1. The songs will rarely reach S1 quality but these two were entertaining and it had a solid and fluid plotline.

The only weak part was the Nigerian joke, it's already been done that way on a couple TV shows and countless internet skits.

Line of the night goes to Jemaine: "I knew when you bought that cup that I'd end up in jail"

January 26 2009 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nacho

This show is turning into exactly what I feared it was. The first season it was all about them taking their previously-written funny songs and finding a crazy way to work them into the plot of their show.

Now they've got storylines for the show and they're writing songs around whatever plot they already have. It just doesn't have the same feeling to me. I guess there's nothing they can do about it if they already used up the songs. But I'm not sure I like the songs being so specific to just that one situation. Oh well. :-/

January 26 2009 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malren

I was put off by the season opener. It felt...wrong. Then by the end they were all losing badly and things felt...right again. Looking forward to this week's ep.

God I love this show.

January 26 2009 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jake

The guys live in Chinatown, not Brooklyn. The fact that every sign on their block is in chinese makes it fairly obvious. And on a number of past episodes, they specifically mention living in Chinatown.

January 26 2009 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yatesy

I think the song was called "Sugar Lumps".

January 26 2009 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LRS62

It's SUGAR LUMPS, not LOAFS, FYI.

January 26 2009 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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TeenWolfie

But loafs is funnier, no?

January 26 2009 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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