Hey, Flight of the Conchords fans, I’ll be sitting in over the next few weeks as your usual recapper, Liz Pardue, goes and has that thing called a "vacation". I’m not sure what a "vacation" is, but if it’s anything like it says in Wikipedia, I should probably look into one myself. But enough about me, on with the recap!
This week found our favorite New Zealand duo looking for love in all the wrong places once again. So far, New York has not exactly offered its finest to Bret and Jermaine, who have only met stalkers like Mel or Aussie-philes like Sally. This week’s newest installment of New York’s Most Psycho were Lisa and Felicia, two girls from their local bakery shop. How did our heroes woo these ladies and blow their visors off their heads? Why, with an incomprehensible French song, of course.
One of the smartest things this show’s done over the course of its run was solving an inherent dilemma: how could they keep the energy of their songs without a live audience? Their shtick onstage concerned them parodying popular song structures and bending it to their own unique sensibilities. In the show, however, what they’ve done is to cleverly parody film styles as suggested by the songs themselves. So, it was only natural that a song composed merely of French words heard in popular culture would be filmed in the style of 60’s French New Wave films. Their second song, "A Kiss is Not a Contract," had a sweet, hippy-esque vibe to it, so it was only fitting that Brett and Jermaine sang in front of Flower Power-inspired visuals.
When not singing, Bret found himself essentially attacked by Lisa, during a cat-and-mouse game in which Lisa played the role of the man and Bret played the role of the woman. From Bret’s desire to take things slow, and Lisa’s overaggressive physical pursuit, and finally her insanely ludicrous story about shipping off to Iraq to become a sniper (since bakery employees make the best snipers), everything pointed to an obvious yet well-played role-reversal throughout the episode, ending in Bret’s humiliation during his last encounter with Lisa. It was like watching "In the Company of Men," only with more croissants.
Jemaine, for his part, remained ever the optimist. And by "optimist" I mean "clueless twit." As the show’s developed, Jemaine’s central characteristic has been his unrelenting ability to ignore what’s directly in front of his face, pushing the show into its most uncomfortable scenes. The awkwardness as he watched Brett woo both women on their first date was worthy of anything Ricky Gervais or Larry David could produce. (I should also say I’ve been the Jermaine in these situations quite a bit, and I would advise Jemaine the following: if it happens again, do what I do: drink heavily.) Still, it’s impossible not to love Jemaine, if for nothing else than his invention of the Talking Oven in order to cheer his best mate up. Let’s hope that stove doesn’t suffer the same fate as their sink, lest Bret dive off their building wearing an animal print shirt.
Murray did his part to damage New Zealand credibility in the greater New York area, giving money hand over fist to a con artist under the bridge. Murray wants to be The Colonel to Flight’s Elvis Presley (going so far as to invoke Presley’s "In the Ghetto" in tonight’s episode), but let’s be honest: Murray couldn’t be the Colonel to a bucket of chicken. I’m chalking this week’s moronic attempt at CD sales to a broken heart. As we all saw, he couldn’t even stand the sight of Tech Girl’s newly installed computer, reverting back to a model that may have been invented before Bill Gates was even born.
Do you want to see Bret and Jemaine get girlfriends, or are they better unlucky in love? How did this week’s song stack up against previous ones? And what’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told someone so they would sleep with you?