Season 1 Episode 7

Performance Klok

Aired Sunday 12:30 AM Sep 17, 2006 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • Songs: Innerchildtiedandbeaten

    • This episode features a flashback scene from Murderface's childhood which reveals what happened to his real parents.

    • In the studio, Skwisgaar is seen playing left-handed. This is either a mistake or it could mean that Skwisgaar is ambidextrous.

    • When Toki knocks Pickles' drumset over, all Pickles has in his hand are his drumsticks, but a few seconds later when he says "F**k you" he suddenly appears to now have a cymbal.(which he throws).

  • Quotes

    • Skwisgaar: Hey I ain't no therapist, but I hate your moustache.

    • (after Murderface smashes a guitar in a rage)
      Dr. Twinkletits: What happened back there?
      Murderface: I don't care.
      Dr. Twinkletits: Hey, I've got an idea.(he takes off his glasses) Let's "rock talk".
      Murderface: No.
      Dr. Twinkletits: Come on. Don't you wanna get in touch with, you know, your - your inner dude?
      Murderface: No, thanks. I hate that guy.
      Dr. Twinkletits: Now we're gettin' somewhere. Let's "rock talk" about that.
      Murderface: I don't wanna.
      Dr. Twinkletits: Hm. What a shame. You know, I... guess I'll just have to, you know... (he gets up and shakes his banana sticker container) ... hold on to all these banana stickers. I've got like...
      Murderface: Okay, I'll "rock talk".
      Dr. Twinkletits: Good! I want you to tell me about young Murderface. Tell me a nice story about when (he chuckles) when Murderface was a little tiny boy.
      Murderface: Well, okay. Here goes.
      (flashback to Murderface's childhood. Murderface is an infant in a high chair, giggling and cooing over his food. Baby music plays in the background, but suddenly changes to horror-movie music as Murderface's father runs across the screen, toting a chainsaw)
      Murderface's Father: How could I have ever married you? (Murderface's mother starts shrieking as the chainsaw revs) I kill you! (Murderface's mother lets out a bloodcurdling scream) Here goes! (Murderface's father runs back across the screen, soaked in blood) And now I kill myself! First my left leg! (the chainsaw revs) Good! Now the right! (the chainsaw revs) Now the arm! (the chainsaw revs) Now my face! (the chainsaw revs one more time) Aaaaagggghhhh!
      (return to present. Murderface looks at Twinkletits as he wets himself. Twinkletits hands him a banana sticker)
      Murderface: Yeah, that was good "rock talk".

    • Nathan: You should know that we don't really let anybody in here.
      Dr. Twinkletits: Relax, Tonto, don't get all neurotic on me! Jeez! I'm just going to observe you all. Now I want you all to be yourselves. Act like I'm not here. Go!
      Pickles: Don't worry, I been tryin' to do that since you got here.

    • Dr. Twinkletits: Your band is in trouble. You're on the verge of destroying each other! You're a bunch of jungle monkeys! You're hurtin' each others' feelings! And why? Why? At the end of the day, what's - what's so great about that? 'Cause you know what that tells me? "I ain't okay with myself. I'm not okay with this guy over here." It literally makes me ill, to see people do that - you're a family! You are! You know that? Hey, then if you don't want that, Jack, there's the door. Take a walk, take a hike. I know what I'm talkin' about, 'cause I was in a band once.
      Skwisgaar: Well, I bet you guys totally sucked. The worst band ever of all -
      (Twinkletits backhands him across the face)
      Dr. Twinkletits: I'm in charge of you now, ya ugly idiots. I'm here to help you! And you need help. Why? Because you're weak. You're terrified. And you're outta control. One small move and you could lose everything. Everything! Is that what you want? Good. Then let's begin, shall we?
      Skwisgaar: (holding his jaw) You slapped at my face.
      Dr. Twinkletits: No, I didn't.

    • Nathan: (after fight onstage) I think it's okay if we hate each other, that's okay with me, but we can't have this happen again. It costs too much.

    • Nathan: Okay, this is getting completely out of control. Twinkletits thinks he's in our band...I think we gotta to fire him.
      Toki: Wait...we can do that?!
      Nathan: Yeah. I JUST found out that we can fire anyone we can employ.
      Skwisgaar: Can we's fires ourselves?
      Nathan: Yeah. No, I found that out, too.
      Pickles: Can we give ourselves a raise?
      Nathan: Yeah! I--I mean I think so. Don't quote me on that, but I think we can.
      Pickles: Oh dude, then I--you know, I give myself a raise right now.
      Skwisgaar: Yeah. I give me a raise, too.
      Toki: I gives myself a solid gold telephone.
      Murderface: I give myself a bunch...of BOATS! With...a bunch...of Vietnamese people on them...ON FIRE!!!

    • Nathan: (to Twinkletits) We won't be needing your banana stickers. (kicking open a trunk full of banana stickers) We have found out that you can just, you know, buy psychological validation, so...

    • (the band are looking out the window of their complex witnessing Twinkletits being mangled and eaten by the wolves)
      Toki Wartooth: Look. The wol-e-ves eat him.
      Skwisgaar: Yes, Toki, and his body will nourish the wolves.
      Toki: I believe the cycle of learning is complete.
      Skwisgaar: Indeeds. Alls of us should learns a lesson.
      Picklesr: Yeah... (to Skwisgaar) and what lesson might that be?
      Skwisgaar: I has no idea. But it's pretty metal that he's being eaten, look at that, right there.

    • Skwisgaar: (referring to Toki's performance, during his recording session) Just let me record it. Each take gets worse. He's slowly learning how to unplay the guitar.
      Toki: I can hear that, the talkback mic is on.
      Skwisgaar: Pickle, please let me know when the talkback mic is on, so 'Mr. Sensitives' don'ts goes to crysbaby's house for vacation.
      Toki: I can stills hear you.
      Skwisgaar: So what do you want, a 'Be Able to Hear Things' award??
      Toki: Eh, not really, doesn't sound like a great award, to be honest...

  • Notes

    • Jeff Loomis, lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Nevermore, provided the voice for Murderface's dad during the childhood flashback scene.

    • This episode aired with a TV-MA-V rating.

    • This episode title is the first without the word "deth" in it. (Although the third episode, 'Happy Dethday', also goes by the alternate title 'Birthdayface', which would make that episode the first. Whether either is the actual title is unknown at this time.)

  • Allusions

    • Head Automatica

      Toki's request for a "Solid Gold Telephone" could be viewed as a reference to the Head Automatica song by the same name. While Head Automatica itself is not a metal band, its frontman Daryl Palumbo is also the vocalist of the metal post-hardcore band, Glassjaw.

    • Rammstein

      The eyes of Pickles, Nathan, Toki, Murderface, and Skwisgaar glow red as they observe the wolves devouring Twinklet!ts. This may have gotten its inspiration from the music video for the song "Du Riechst So Gut" by Rammstein. In the video the band members are depicted as werewolves with glowing red eyes. It should be noted that Dethklok are also shown with glowing red eyes at the end of the episode "Dethwater."

    • Machaerus

      At the beginning of this episode the band are shown playing a concert in Machaerus, Jordan. Machaerus is a fortress fifteen miles southeast of the mouth of the Jordan River in the wilderness and desolate hills overlooking the Dead Sea from the east. Today the location is known as Mukawir and it is historically identified as the traditional site of the execution of John the Baptist.

    • Some Kind of Monster

      The concept of band therapy featured in this episode parodies Metallica and the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster.

      What began as a film to document the making of the album St. Anger ended up as an unexpected voyage into the complexities of human relationships and the power of the creative process to exact emotional tolls and ultimately, to heal the soul. In the documentary, Metallica are forced to examine their nature and their very existence in the wake of the abrupt departure of frontman James Hetfield as he enters a rehabilitation facility. Metallica's management hires a "performance-enhancing coach" named Phil Towle to help the group to better understand one another as friends, bandmates and human beings.