When Jemaine and Bret are forced to go night-clubbing under the orders of Murry; Jemaine goes home with a girl whose vulgarity and obnoxiousness isn't what shocks Jemaine and his friends but the fact that she's Australian. Jemaine continues to see her until it is revealed at the end that Australians can do much more damage than just releasing Paul Hogan onto the world.
From the beginning which sees Murry forcing Jemaine and Bret to enter a nightclub as if he was a parent dropping his kids of at school to the conclusion where Jemaine is struck with loneliness and Bret with duct tape (you'll see what i mean), this episode is totally hilarious. The awkward conversations and mortifying silences are at their best, the songs are as amusing as they are musically credible and every word spouted by the uncouth Australians especially when followed up some mushy, Kiwi banter is just golden. However, what really sets this show comedically apart from rival sitcoms is the modesty that lies behind all the jokes, absent is the cocky self-assurance or grating laugh tracks which plague other comedies with the Conchord gags being as understated as the two main guys and just as appealing. The songs in this episode are particularly masterful, "Too many dicks on the dancefloor" features Jemaine and Bret branching out into the dance genre very successfully with lyrics that offers more synonyms for male genitalia than Monty Python could ever offer. Nothing however surpasses "Carol Brown" whose Emmy nomination (yet shocking failure to win) represents the pinnacle of the show's musical prowess with THE cleverest rhyming out of all the songs prior and subsequent to this episode, a great musical backing and visually amazing video clip which includes a suprising abudance of ex-girlfriends that Jemaine has. As true in the first season, this episode takes place in a rather twisted version of New York City where grubby, inner-city locales replaces images of the gleaming and welcoming tourist attractions that other NYC shows throw at us constantly and people are not exceptionally nice or rude but just pay no regard to others leaving the displaced New Zealanders to bumble around in their haplessness but this time the show is concurrently offering a negative depiction of another culture; Australians. It's as if this episode is aimed at justifying the cheap shot which Australians received back in the episode "Drive By" through portraying them all as mind-bogglingly crude and abhorrent with living areas that resemble a ransacked gift shop. A fine line between playfulness and maliciousness is flirted with (very much so in the ending) but never crossed as it is impossible to imagine Jemaine and Bret sitting down to write this episode with any intention of defaming a country and its inhabitants, because this differentiation is maintained; the parody of Australians is side-splitting and one feels free to guiltlessly laugh.
Jemaine and Bret maintain their comically minimalist acting styles here which, like always, reaches the intended effect when they suddenly launch into vivacious musical performances which contradict their usual state of quiet dismalness. Because of this contrast, the rather bombastic guest appearence from Keitha does not overwhelm the audience. Murry is at his scene-stealing best and the enthusiasm with which he spouts his numerous insanities (which are particularly notable in this episode) is physically impossible not to laugh at. The only criticism this episode can justifiably receive is the absence of Mel, to deprive any episode of her hilariousness is criminal in itself but one can only imagine how she would react to Jemaine having a girlfriend, let alone an Australian one. The fact that any negativity towards the show comes in the form of nit-picks speaks volumes about its general excellence. This is the first Flight of the Conchords review I have written since being forced to swallow the bitter pill that the show is over, it is for this reason that re-watching any of the past episodes stirs up mournful feelings which contradicts the show's lightheartedness. Thankfully, when watching any episode from this show one is so enthralled by the quirky brilliance of it that any outside dilemmas is quickly forgotten and this anti-Australian masterpiece is a firm example.