Flight of the Conchords

Season 1 Episode 7

Drive By

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Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Jul 29, 2007 on HBO
8.9
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Bret and Jemaine experience discrimination against New Zealanders.

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  • The duo encounters racism from a fruit vendor.

    10
    I loved this episode. It is probably my favorite episode this far. I really enjoyed the songs used in the episode and Brett and Gemaine were great as usual. We even got to see Murray sing in this episode and the rap in leggy blonde was hillarious. The whole point of the episode was great and I do not think the guys could have done a better job. The seen where they learn to flip the bird is hilarious and even sparked me and my friends to come up with creative ways of using our middle fingers. I have seen this episode about six times and I love it. After seeing it I want more Flight of the Conchords and can not wait for the second season to final make its way to HBO.moreless
  • One of the funniest episodes of the series. Great story behind this episode, and two great songs by the band.

    9.7
    This is one of the funnier episodes of the series. It has two separate plots going on at once. The first has Jemaine and Brett dealing with a racist fruit stand owner's racist comments and refusal to sell the boys and apple and a banana because they are from New Zealand. The second plot has Murray infatuated with his tall, hot, blond, leggy, tech girl, and his attempts to win her over with his first original song in the Conchords series, "Leggy Blond". Leggy Blond is one of the best songs of the season, and with backing vocals by Brett and Jemaine, it becomes an instant classic. The funniest part of the episode has Dave, the pawn shop owner, showing the boys comebacks and gestures on how to get back at the fruit stand owner. Overall, this episode is one of, if not the best episode of the series.moreless
  • Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I think this episode was one of the best of the series!

    9.3
    Now that all 12 episodes have aired,I can go back and think about which ones I actually liked the most.Drive By has to be on my Top 5 List! The episode not only has three great songs but the dialogue is classic."Albi",though not my favorite song ever is too great."Mutha Uckas" is a delight and "Leggy Blonde" is one of the best! Plus,in this episode,it's really Dave's chance to shine.Before this episode,I didn't consider him too much but he steals the show in "Drive By".His speech on "prejudism" is classic!The exchange below is probably one of my favorite of the season:



    Dave: Well, you guys are in America now, and there's a lot of prejudism here. Especially towards people like you. Bret: What do you mean, people like us? Dave: You know, the English and what not, red coats, the oppressors... Jemaine: We're not English. Dave: Be that as it may Jemaine, you're pretty much the most disliked race in this whole country. Jemaine: What about black people? Dave: They don't like you either. Neither do the Chinese, the asians, Polish, Russian, Croasians, even the Indians. Bret: Yeah, but Dave, you're Indian. D'you hate us? Dave: Yeah, sometimes. Jemaine: But you're our best friend. Dave: I know. Seriously.Great.moreless
  • Bret and Jemaine experience discrimination against New Zealanders.

    2.5
    What happened? I have been telling all of my friends about this show, and then they release a stinker like this! It is truly awful! The dialog between Jemaine, Bret and their agent Murray is on par with the other episodes, but the rest of the show is simply awful! The storyline about being discriminated against could be funny, but it just doesn't work here. And where is Mel? She (comedian Kristen Schaal) is too funny to leave out of any episode. The song "Racist Dragon" was a funny bit in the Flight of The Conchords standup routine, but it doesn't work here. They made an animation to go along with the tale, but it loses its edge this way -- no longer playing on the absurdity of it all, and instead looking like a lousy kid's fairy tale. And overall, the episode looks like it was simply pieced together to fit in songs that had been previously written. (Accommodating songs is not something new to them. That was clearly why they did the David Bowie dream sequence in the last episode, but it was funny enough to hold it together.) And, I'm sorry, it has to be said, Arj Barker (who plays the guy's American friend Dave) is a TERRIBLE actor! It's a shame, because his standup is funny. But every time he's in a scene, I become fixated on his stilted delivery. I have my fingers crossed for a better episode next week. I'm still a FOC fan.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Sinjay: Hey, New Zealanders!
      Jemaine: He's out there!
      Sinjay: New Zealanders are unhygienic!
      Jemaine: That's a stereotype.
      Sinjay: Hey, what are you guys doing? You, uh, you bungee-jumping up there?
      Bret: No.
      Jemaine: No.
      Bret: No, we're not.
      Sinjay: Hey, New Zealanders all have tartar on their teeth!

    • (The Conchords are trying to figure out how to get back at the racist fruit vendor)
      Dave: You know what you could do: inject strychnine into a piece of his fruit. Then, when a customer dies, the CIA will trace it back to the vendor. He's going straight to the big-house. Alcatraz.
      Bret: Yeah, I don't really want to kill anyone, though, Dave.
      Dave: Why not? Haven't you seen Escape from Alcatraz? It wasn't easy, bro. Forget about it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Series regular Kristen Schaal, who plays Mel, does not appear in this episode.

    • Songs performed in this episode:

      Albi (The Racist Dragon)*
      Mutha Uckas
      Leggie Blonde (A.K.A. Leggy Blonde)

      * Though Bret and Jermaine didn't perform this as they normally do other songs, it was played out through a TV skit.

    • The end credits are accompanied by footage of some 'drive-bys' of the Australian embassy.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Escape from Alcatraz

      Dave tells the guys that they should have Sinjay, the fruit vendor sent to Alcatraz and mentions this movie. Escape from Alcatraz was released in 1979 and stars Clint Eastwood.

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