Flight of the Conchords

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Jun 17, 2007 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Bret and Jemaine go to a party at Dave's, where Jemaine meets and falls for the 'most beautiful girl in the room', Sally. When it turns out that Sally used to go out with Bret, things get weird between Bret and Jemaine.

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  • The pilot episode.

    This show is absolutely terrible. Critics lost their credibility along time ago, but there is no excuse for them enjoying this program. Zero acting ability between the two, and their accents make it hard to tell when they are trying to make a joke. When that becomes clear the jokes are poor, and that is an understatement.

    The show is slow-moving and probably causes the viewer to fall asleep within minutes. The characters are hard to get attached to and you really could care less what happens to any of them. It might be unfair to bash a show off its pilot episode but this doesn't even have any seedlings to becoming a good series.moreless
  • The Conchords begin their flight

    The world is introduced to New Zealand folk/comedy duo Jemaine and Bret in this pilot episode that has Jemaine try to form a relationship with the beautiful Sally despite having little to no social skills and Bret having to deal with his best friend not spending much time with him anymore. We also meet their useless yet sincere manager Murray, their psychotic only fan Mel and their friend Dave who acts as their New York Yoda, "bad advice, i give". It's obvious this pilot aims at making first-time viewers feel comfortable with the direction being a lot less zany than it is in future episodes and the songs being a direct narrative to what's happening in the episode as opposed to surreal, nonsensical interludes. Like most shows, the pilot features a few aspects that are phased out once the show gets picked up; for one thing, while the show still retains a sort of low-key charm the pilot really overshoots it with picture and sound quality that is often quite fuzzy and poor. Also, in this opening episode Jemaine was very much the main character with Bret being more of a pretty, bearded decoration who only sometimes offers a line or some backing vocals to the songs.

    However, this episode is thoroughly consistent with the rest of the series in that it is funny in it's own subtle and slightly uncomfortable way, the musical numbers are catchy and wonderfully satirical and the acting is solid from the two understated leads to the oddball supporting cast who inhabit one of the more bizarre depicitons of New York City.

    The songs themselves are brilliant; "The most beautiful girl in the room" thoroughly deserved an Emmy nomination with amusing lyrics and a score that not only pokes fun at Prince-style songs but pays valid respect to the genre. The "Humans are dead" is short and doesn't exactly have us dancing or laughing our heads off but acts as a furthur reinforcement of the band's style and the final "i'm not crying" is simply hilarious as almost every ballad is lampooned and we hear some very interesting explanations as to why the two heartbroken lads appear to be crying. In the two short seasons that entailed the Flight of the Conchords journey, widespread praise and devotion was poured into this show from people all over the globe and this solid pilot was a great kickstarter to the cult sensation that the show became.moreless
  • Episode 1: Jemaine dates Bret's ex-girlfriend after a party at Dave's house.

    In any new series, it always takes awhile for characters to develop, and for the audience to grasp what the actors are trying to portray. How does Flight of the Conchords stack up?

    Its a solid start for the Conchord team. This episode gives us the most songs of any episode, which showcases what these guys are about, lyrical comedy geniuses. Though this episode IMO is the weakest of the series, it gives us a good introduction to all the characters of the show. Bret and Jemaine are the under-achieving, naive, band duo.

    They have Murray as their hopeless manager. Mel the fan base/stalker, Eugene the super and Dave their friend.

    What I like most about this show, is the way its funnier after repeat viewings. What's missed once is picked up a second time, particularly when it comes to the visual side of the comedy. Certain looks from the characters, pictures on the wall etc, all play a part to make repeat viewings enjoyable. What I liked most from this episode:

    The song, most beautiful girl in the room.

    The debate about why Jemaines date ended abruptly, was it the ex watching from another room OR the startling light.

    Helmet Hair, what will they think of next.

    Anyhow, good start in this episode with the hint that even better is to come.moreless
  • This episode sets up the two chaps from New Zealand in their New York backdrop as struggling members of an awkward musical duo.

    When I first saw this pilot I wasn't too impressed but now several episodes later the characters have grown on me and i absolutely love this intro episode to our new hapless heroes. I don't know why but these guys are just the best. This is the kind of show that you can't help but watch more than once. The two songs "Most Beautiful Girl in the Room" and "I'm not Crying" are priceless. You owe to it yourself to watch at least the first four episodes. After that it starts to get a bit shakey. Hopefully the boys can pull it together in the last few to hopefully get HBO to renew this very innovative and original series back for another seasonmoreless
  • Pilot Episode

    This was the first episode aired on HBO, and a wonderful introduction to the characters. The first song, Most Beautiful Girl, is an instant classic. And you meet Mel, the hilarious stalker fan who lurks around every corner. For anyone just getting into the series, this is a good place to start. And Flight is something of an acquired taste. It takes an episode or three to get acclimated to their timing and dry wit. But it's so worth it. These guys are great!moreless
Marisa Kinsey

Marisa Kinsey

Party Guest

Guest Star

Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander


Guest Star

David Costabile

David Costabile


Recurring Role

Rachel Blanchard

Rachel Blanchard


Recurring Role

Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Eugene: May I interject?
      Bret: Hm?
      Eugene: (Reveals a faucet he is holding) What do you think of this?
      Jemaine: It's good.
      Eugene: I'm getting them for the building.
      Bret: Right.
      Jemaine: (to Bret, continuing their conversation) I just think she found it off-putting.
      Eugene: Do you wanna give it a shot? Just a (whistles as he turns the knobs on the faucet)
      Jemaine: (Turns the knob. No water comes out) Doesn't work.

    • Jemaine: Hey Bret, I think I know where I went wrong.
      Bret: ...hm?
      Jemaine: I think I know where I went wrong last night.
      Bret: Yeah?
      Jemaine: Yeah, Sally wanted to leave when you turned the light on. I think she found it weird, the whole thing with you, there, with the, with the light... on.
      Bret: Yeah, I think it might also be 'cause she and I used to go out.
      Jemaine: Yeah, it's 'cause you and her used to go out but also because of the thing with the light. She's thinking "uhh, this is a nice situation", but then "uhh, who turned on the light?"
      Bret: Yeah. Yeah, maybe. But I think it's mainly 'cause her and I used to go out. For like six months.
      Jemaine: Yeah... well, yes, mainly 'cause you used to go out, but also mainly because of the whole situation with the light.
      (Scene changes from bedroom to elevator in their building)
      Bret: Yeah, but the last thing you wanna see when you're hooking up is your ex in the same room.
      Jemaine: Yeah and you also don't wanna be startled by a light, do you?

    • Song: I'm Not Crying

      Jemaine: (in his thoughts, as Sally is talking aloud) So. You're leaving, aren't you? I knew it. When you said just then, when you told me you were leaving. That's when I definitely knew. But if you're trying to break my heart, your plan is flawed from the start. You can't break my heart. It's liquid. It melted when I met you. And as you turn around to leave, don't turn back to me. Don't turn around and see if I'm crying. I'm not crying.

      Not crying...

      Not crying...

      Not crying...

      I'm not cryin'
      It's just been rainin'
      ...on my face.

      And if you think you see some teardrops down my cheeks, please
      Don't tell my mates.

      Bret: I'm not cryin'.
      No, I'm... I'm not cryin'.
      And if I am crying
      It's not 'cause of you
      It's 'cause I'm thinkin' about a friend of mine
      you don't know
      who is dyin',
      that's right, dyin...
      These aren't tears of sadness
      because you're leaving me,
      I've just been cutting onions.
      I'm makin' a lasagna...
      for one.

      Oh, I'm not cryin'...

      Both: There's just a little bit of dust in my eyes,
      It's from the path that you made
      When you said your goodbye

      I'm not weepin' 'cause you won't be here to hold my hand
      For your information
      There's an inflammation
      In my tear gland.

      I'm not upset because you left me this way
      My eyes are just a little sweaty today
      They've been
      Lookin' around a lot, searchin' for you.
      They've been lookin' for you
      Even though I told them not to.

      These are not tears of sadness
      they're tears of joy
      I'm just laughin'...

      Jemaine: Ha.

      Bret: Ha.

      Jemaine: Ha.

      Both: Ha-ha...

      I'm sitting at this table called love
      staring down at the irony of life
      How come we've reached this fork in the road
      And yet it cuts like a knife....

      I'm not crying...

      I'm not crying...

      Oh I'm not cry-i-i-i-i-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ying', no...

    • Song: Humans Are Dead

      Both: The distant future.
      The distant future.
      Jemaine: It is the distant future. The year 2000.
      Bret: We are robots.
      Jemaine: The world is very different ever since the robotic uprising of the mid-nineties. There is no more unhappiness.
      Bret: Affirmative.
      Jemaine: We no longer say "yes". Instead, we say "affirmative".
      Bret: Yes, affirmative.
      Jemaine: Unless it's a more colloquial situation, with a few... robo-friends.
      There is only one kind of dance. The robot.
      Bret: And the robo-boogie.
      Jemaine: Oh yes. Two kinds of dances.
      Both: Finally, robotic beings rule the world.
      Bret: The humans are dead.
      Both: The humans are dead.
      We used poisonous gases
      And we poisoned their asses.
      Bret: The humans are dead.
      Jemaine: He's right, they are dead.
      Bret: The humans are dead.
      Jemaine: They look like they're dead.
      Bret: It had to be done...
      Jemaine: I'll just confirm that they're dead.
      Bret: ...so that we could have fun.
      Jemaine: Affirmative. I poked one, it was dead.

    • Song:The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room

      Jemaine: Yeah...
      Looking at the room
      I can tell that you
      are the most beautiful girl in the... room.
      Bret: In the whole wide room.
      Jemaine: Ooh.
      And when you're on the street
      Depending on the street
      I bet you are definitely in the top three...
      Good looking girls on the street.
      Bret: Depending on the street.
      Jemaine: And when I saw you at my mate's place, I thought
      At my mate's place.
      How did he get
      a hottie like that
      to a party like this
      Good one Dave!
      Bret: Ooooh, you're a legend, Dave.
      Jemaine: I asked Dave
      If he's gonna make a move, I knew
      He's not sure
      I say, 'Dave, do you mind if I do?'
      He says he doesn't mind
      But I can tell he kinda minds
      But I'm gonna do it anyway.

      I see you standing all alone
      by the stereo
      I dim the lights down very low
      Both: You're so beautiful...
      Bret: (whispered) Beautiful...
      Jemaine: You could be a waitress...
      Both: You're so beautiful...
      Bret: (whispered) Beautiful...
      Both: You could be an air hostess in the 60's...
      You're so beautiful...
      Well, you could be a Part. Time. Model...
      Jemaine: And then I seal the deal
      I do my moves
      I do my dance moves...
      Both: Let's travel through...
      Just me and you...
      Let's have no other dudes
      Around you on the dance floor
      I draw you near
      Let's get out of here
      Let's get in a cab
      I'll buy you a kebab!

      I can't believe
      That I'm sharing a kebab
      With the most beautiful girl
      I have ever seen with a kebab

      Well, why don't we leave?
      Let's go to my house
      We can feel each other up on the couch
      But oh no
      I don't mind taking it slow-oh-oh
      Yeah, yeah...

      'Cause you're so beautiful

      Jemaine: Like a... tree...
      Or a high-class prostitute

      Both: You're so beautiful...
      Mmmm...you could be a Part. Time. Model...
      Jemaine: Well, you'd probably still have to keep your normal job.
      Both: Part time model!
      Jemaine: Spending part of your time modeling
      and part of your time
      next to meeeeee... eh-ee eh-ee eh-eeeee...

      My place is usually a little tidier than this...

    • Bret: What I was trying to say before is that after six or seven weeks, girls find me boring.
      (Jemaine, who is chewing, gives an "I'm listening" grunt)
      Bret: But, I'm not sure what happens, because, I mean, that's about how long it takes to get to know someone.

    • Dave: I don't wanna be a dick, but could you guys move away? I'm trying to look lonely.
      Jemaine: Lonely? What for?
      Dave: Chicks are attracted to lonely guys. It's a psychological analogy.
      Bret: What about Eugene?
      (Eugene is seen eating what appears to be a samosa by himself.)
      Dave: He knows what he's doing.

    • Jemaine: I don't seem to get with any women. I just talk about getting with women.
      Bret: Yeah, but the ones you talk about are hot. They're a lot hotter than the ones you got with in New Zealand.
      Jemaine: That's true. I do talk about getting with some pretty hot women.
      Bret: You don't just talk about it. You talk about it a lot.
      Jemaine: Yeah, I suppose I do talk a lot about getting with some very hot women.

    • Bret: What happened with the gig at the aquarium?
      Murray: It was kind of a misunderstanding. Um, there was a typo in the ad. It was 'Sand' they wanted. Sand. You know the wavy font, it looks like a 'B' but it was an 'S'. But I sent the demo. The good new is that they liked it, they might play it in the lobby.
      Jemaine: Yeah, well, that's positive.

    • Murray: How was, uh, Dave's party?
      Jemaine: It was good.
      Bret: Mmmm, it wasn't that good.
      Murray: Were you both aware that I wasn't invited?
      Bret: No.
      Murray: Jemaine? Did you know? You did know.
      Jemaine: Yeah.
      Murray: Yeah? Thanks. (Writes in his notes) Jemaine knew.

    • Jemaine: Man, back in New Zealand, I was getting it on with lots of chicks.
      Bret: Who?
      Jemaine: Well, uh, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Claire Fitzpatrick. The list goes on.
      Bret: That was all of them.
      Jemaine: Well, triple figures.
      Bret: No, that's not triple figures, that's 3.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:

      Australia: May 11, 2008 on Channel TEN.

    • This episode was available to view on HBO.com about a month before its premiere date (June 17.)
      This online version contained a goof - it mentions the writers and director twice in the opening credits.

    • Songs performed in this episode:

      Part-Time Model (AKA The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room)
      Humans Are Dead (AKA Robots)
      I'm not Crying (AKA Crying)


    • Jemaine: (in reference to the robot costumes) Well it doesn't look like Daft Punk, we wanted ones like Daft Punk.

      Daft Punk is a famous French electronic music duo. They are well known for their use of robot costumes during their shows.

    • Murray: (Talking about Fleetwood Mac) Mind you, they did make some of the best music back then.
      Bret: "Rumours."
      Murray: No, it's all true.

      "Rumours," released in 1977, was Fleetwood Mac's biggest-selling album.