The most frustrating episode of the year for me...
There was so much to love in this episode. After all the subtle jokes about the Australia / New Zealand rivalry, a story like this was bound to happen. And it worked wonderfully, with a couple of exceptions...I liked the following things:
[*] It was nice to see Jemaine finally get a girl - once he got over the whole Australian thing, he was actually very sweet instead of his usual acerbic self. While it's a shame that Keitha turned out to be as bad as everyone feared (shades of last year's "Girlfriends") I really like Sarah Wynter and she did a good job in the show. I actually wish they would have spent more time on her character.
[*] I'm still loving the reappearances of favorite props like the hair helmet and the (working!) cameraphone.
[*] The running gag with Dave not knowing who's who, and his poor grasp of geography continues to amuse me.
[*] Some very funny lines and scenes that will go into the FOTC hall of fame - "Squint your ears", "Stay calm. Jump out the window.", the story of how Keitha's great-grandparents "met", the milk with Fruit Loops, Bret's phone message, "Interracial Hole-Stretchers 2"... there was a LOT of good stuff in this one.
[*] The Jemaine and Bret non-hug, and the visual absurdity of Bret duct-taped to the wall. The pat on the head with the sandwich was the perfect finishing touch.I disliked the following things:
[*] I really didn't care for the "Too Many Dicks" song and frankly, I'm tired of hearing them use that word on the show. It's gotten really
old. And it's not that I have a problem with language in general - hell, I love "South Park" - but it just doesn't seem right for the style of the show.
[*] "The West Wing" beat them to that "accidentally slept with someone" joke by 10 years.
[*] The bit with Bret's weird gloves and the ensuing struggle was the oddest, most violent thing this show has ever done, and it felt very out-of-place.
[*] And now for the big one - I can't get over what they did with the "Carol Brown" song. I'm not exaggerating when I say it's my second-favorite FOTC song (next to "Ladies of the World" if anyone was wondering), and was eagerly anticipating hearing it in the show. I even made a bleep-bloop version of it for my upcoming game because it's such a great little tune.
But what they did for the show was a mess. It was way too rushed, over-produced and busy. There was too much going on in the background, and it detracted from the lyrics and the humor. It's a very simple song, and it needed an equally simple video. What they did was just overkill. I guess I'm lucky because we saw them live in Columbus and they performed probably the best version of the song I've heard. I'm just disappointed in the TV translation.