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Season 3 Episode 2

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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Aired Sunday 11:00 PM Aug 11, 2002 on Adult Swim
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Right after Paula burns her kitchen down, her mother Doris tells her that she’s divorcing Paula’s father. Brendon is working on a cop movie, and McGuirk offers to help fix up the kitchen.

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  • Not the best but still great.

    9.0
    This is a good episode but it is not the best in the series. The highlight, I think, it the interplay between Paula and her mother. Her mother is condescending and controlling and I not only love how Paula relates to this but I also like how Brendon seems to get along with her. Coach McGuirk's attempt to con Paula by pretending to remodel the kitchen is pretty funny. His opinion that he's a father figure to Brendon is great. Also, the movie that they are making is hilarious. The plot is ridiculous and I just love the name Dumper as a character.moreless
H. Jon Benjamin

H. Jon Benjamin

Jason Penopolis, Coach John McGuirk, Perry, Various

Brendon Small

Brendon Small

Brendon Small, Dwayne, Walter, Ken & Junior Addleburg, Various

Melissa Bardin Galsky

Melissa Bardin Galsky

Melissa Robbins, Various

Janine Ditullio

Janine Ditullio

Paula Small, Various (2001-2004)

Loren Bouchard

Loren Bouchard

Josie Small, Phone Voice, Various (Uncredited)

Sam Seder

Sam Seder

Paula's Dad, Fenton Mulley

Guest Star

Mike MacRae

Mike MacRae

Firemen

Guest Star

Robert Smith (IV)

Robert Smith (IV)

Singer

Guest Star

Jennifer Kirkman

Jennifer Kirkman

Doris

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Paula and Brendon were watching wrestling on TV, the wrestlers resembles Coach McGuirk and the FPC leader, from the episode Shore Leave, right down to the color of their clothes.

    • Brendan's mother puts the fire alarm in the freezer, not in a drawer

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Jason is on the phone with Brendon and Melissa.)
      Jason: There's defintely a divorce coming on. Ahh, hold on a second again.
      (Holding the phone down, screaming) Gimme a break! He doesn't want chicken, Mom! Gimme a break! Please stop yelling! I can't stand the yelling!
      (Brendon and Melissa look skeptical. Jason lies on the floor.)
      Brendon: Uh, Jason.
      Jason: Why the yelling?! Why the yelling?!
      Brendon: Jason.
      Jason: Why! Make it end!
      Melissa: Jason.
      Jason: Make it end! (Sits up and talks normally on the phone.) I totally relate to you guys about the divorce thing, because, I mean (sighs) it looks like they'll be divorced by the end of the day.
      Melissa: Jason.
      Jason: Yeah?
      Brendon: Your parents aren't really getting divorced, are they?
      Jason: Huh?
      Melissa: They're staying together, aren't they?
      Jason: Uh, yeah.
      Brendon: Your parents aren't even there, are they?
      Jason: I don't know.

    • (The kids finish a scene.)
      Doris: (Clapping) Bravo, kids! Bravo.
      Jason: Thank you very much, Mrs.…(mumbling) whatever your last name is.

    • Brendon: Jason, your parents are still together.
      Melissa: Oh, I forgot, they're still together.
      Brendon: That's adorable. That's so cute.
      Melissa: That's so cute.
      Brendon: That is the cutest thing I think I ever heard in my life.

    • Paula: And get my wallet and checkbook. (Brendon runs out of the kitchen.) They're in the third drawer.
      Brendon: I know where they are, Mother.
      Paula: Brendon, how do you know where my wallet and checkbook are?
      Brendon: (He stops in the hallway) What?
      Paula: Brendon?!
      Brendon: Yup!
      Paula: How do you know where my wallet and checkbook are, Brendon? Brendon?!
      Brendon: Brendon can't come to the…hallway right now.
      Paula: Explanation, please.
      (The fire spreads from the stove to the counter. Brendon looks inside the kitchen.)
      Brendon: Uh, I…you know, we should really think about calling the fire department.

    • Jason: (acting) All right sucka. Now you have the right to remain silent and the right to feel my fist if you don't shut up.

    • Melissa: Das food? Das good.

    • Paula: Oh my god! Brendon, don't panic.
      Brendon: Okay. Why do they call these tablespoons?
      Paula: Brendon, get your sister and get out of the house!
      Brendon: Can I get my videocamera first?
      Paula: No, just go.
      Paula shoves fire alarm in drawer
      Brendon: What, are you saving that for later mom?

    • Walter: PERRY! PERRY!
      Perry: Yes Walter?
      Walter: PERRY! We can use fabric softener!
      Perry: Whoohoo!

  • NOTES (4)

    • 15 minutes and 1 second of the episode are Act I, making it the longest Act I out of the Home Movies series.

    • Paula's dad has been cleaned up slightly since we last saw him. He has a lot less facial hair and no ear hair.

    • Brendon's Filmography:
      "Innocent But Proven Guilty" – Detective Mulligan and Detective Wenuski are out to find a fugitive Dumper. But is Dumper really guilty of his crime. Featuring Doris as the landlady.

    • The wardrobe closet in the opening shot features various costumes from the second season, including the Starboy uniforms and, oddly enough, McGuirk's Galaxy Coffee suit.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

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