Mission Hill

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot Episode (or The Douchebag Aspect)

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Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1999 on The WB
9.2
out of 10
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Pilot Episode (or The Douchebag Aspect)
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Andy's parents stick his nerdy, little brother Kevin on him. Kevin, who is the total opposite of Andy, poses quite the threat to Andy's slacker lifestyle. Meanwhile, Kevin is having problems of his own, as he is torn between his desire to rat on Andy and his desire to cease being a nerd!moreless

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  • A great start to a great series

    9.0
    Mission Hill is probably the best show you're not watching. When I first saw this show, I was very surprised it only lasted 13 episodes. I think it could have lasted 4 or 5 seasons if it were on the right network.

    In this episode, Kevin French moves in with his hip older brother, Andy, to the city of Mission Hill, while his parents are moving over to Wyoming. Andy is of course, disillusioned as Kevin has been is a nerdy optimist who has been a major annoyance to Andy his entire life. Kevin, however, is excited to move to the big city with his cool older brother. Kevin meets Andy's roommates for the first time - neo-flower child Posey and Andy's mellow high school buddy, Jim. During their first night in the city, Andy and Jim go to a bar to see a band to play and the ever-eager Kevin wants to tag along. Jim is happy to let him, but Andy has his reservations. Kevin starts to freak out when he finds out that nobody under the age of 21 is allowed at the bar they are playing at, which leads to the three being thrown out. Andy gets angry and shouts at Kevin that his nerdy ways clash too much with his trendy lifestyle and that he should stop being like his obedience-heavy parents. The light dawns on Kevin that he should be more cool, since he is now living under the wing of his hip brother and not his parents. The next day, Kevin's new bad behavior gets him suspended from school and his brother couldn't be more proud. He decides that he also wants to start drinking during the party his brother is throwing. At the party, Kevin makes an ass of himself after drinking too much and decides that being cool isn't for him. The episode ends with Andy saying that maybe Kevin would be happier being himself. Kevin is relieved that his parents will never know about him being drunk - or will they? (He left a message on their machine.)

    I felt that this episode was a good start to this great series. The plot was very endearing and the sentimentality did not feel tacked on in any way. It introduced the hilarious characters that would be part of the following 12 episodes in a way that felt like we were meeting real people for the first time. There were also a number of great gags - with the highlights including the guy throwing the air conditioner out the window, Kevin randomly playing a piano and Andy laughing at the sight of the word "douchebag" being written in cursive. Overall, a very good episode. (A)moreless
  • Good start.

    9.6
    Ultimately, this was a nice way to start the series, with it actually having the story begin, I came to the show expecting large laughs and a well put togethor set of episodes, because i love Josh and Bill's years on the simpsons and their work on Futurama. I got that, after watching the pilot episode of the show, i saw why this is a cult favourite. The jokes in this episode are very clever and alot more adult then they were on the simpsons. And also the characters are very well thought out, it's obvious most of the plot points would have been told if the pilot launched a very succesful series. The pilot was a good start...(although some characters didn't have the right feel yet)moreless
Bill Oakley

Bill Oakley

George Bang

Josh Weinstein

Josh Weinstein

Toby Mundorf

Brian Posehn

Brian Posehn

Jim Kuback

Herbert Siguenza

Herbert Siguenza

Carlos Hernandez-Leibowitz

Jane Wiedlin

Jane Wiedlin

Gwen

Lisa Arch

Lisa Arch

Stacy / Miss Colleen Peck / Chola Girl / Tina

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Andy: (To Kevin) I did you a big favour letting you move in with me. You should be down on your knees kissing my ass. Ooops! I'm sorry, I said "Ass". Please tattle on me. Please give me a preachy speech. Why not show me the way Reverend Goody McFreaking Gumdrops?!

    • Andy: (to Ron) Hey Ron is it okay if i take off a little early today? I'm suppose to have dinner with my folks and they're way out in the suburbs so I.
      Ron: No way!

    • Gus: Store bought condoms? What's wrong with our regular brand of condoms?
      Wally: Nothing, but these were on special.
      Gus: You cheap gay bastard. These things are gonna fly right off!

    • Andy: (Talking about Kevin) Did you know he made a shirt out of his SAT score.
      Jim: How did he do?
      Andy: I don't know, I don't care. (Pause) A lot better then I did.

    • Andy: (to Gwen) We deserve a break from this frenzied go-go corporate rat race.

    • Kevin: Ah, so this is Mission Hill!
      Andy: Don't get excited. It doesn't have anything you would like.
      Kevin: Well, it looks very colorful. I think it's important to embrace as many ideas and cultures as one can. Mom, Dad and I went to see Il Postino and--
      Andy: (angered) Shut up! You are so lame. Shut Up!
      Kevin: Maybe you should shut up.
      Andy: No, You. I'm not the one who's--
      (Andy and Kevin fight)
      Jim: All right, you two. I'm going to pull this car over right now. (Jim does so. He then gets out of the car and unzips his fly.) What? Don't let me stop your arguing.

    • Kevin: (drunk) This apartment spins a lot.
      Andy: Yeah, it tends to do that after a good party.

    • Kevin: (points to a bottle, wanting beer) Can you get me this?
      Andy: Ok, but that's olive oil. (he gets another bottle) That's maple syrup. (he gets another bottle) That's shampoo.

    • Kevin: You're right.
      Andy: That's the first time you ever said I was right about anything.
      Kevin: That's the first time you were right about anything.

    • Andy: Shut up, douchebag!
      Kevin: No you're acting douchebag.

    • Kevin: Do you know where room 401 is?
      Gangster kid: I think it's in my pants, man. Take a look, man.
      Kevin: I doubt that very much because the paper says that it's on the fourth floor.

    • Andy: I need to go get my dog.
      Jim: Does he still get drunk like he used to?
      Andy: Yeah. My dad has to spray the liquor cabinet with dog repellent.

    • Kevin: I know you're gay, okay, but, like, I don't even have a problem with that.
      Gus
      : Alright already.
      Kevin: 'Cause history's full of great homos. Oscar Wilde was a homo. Alexander the Great was a homo. And do you know who else is great? You, ya big homo!
      Gus: (angrily grabs Kevin by the shirt) That is a hurtful term. Please stop using it, or I'll be forced to clobber you!

  • NOTES (11)

    • On the fridge in Andy's apartment magnets spell out "Andy suks".

    • Look at the fridge you can see where Andy was in a photo-booth. 3 out of 4 pictures it took are of his face the last one is his rear-end.

    • Lauren Macmullan designed three versions of Andy, Kevin, Jim, Posey, and Stogie. a realistic version,a slightly less realistic version and a 1930's era version (all of which are on the DVDs). They chose the realistic Posey and Jim and the slightly less realistic Andy and Kevin.

    • Andy's cartoon series was supposed to be about rats in the sewers under England.

    • Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein said on the pilot commentary that the characters were going to age and develope in future seasons. They also said that Andy would become a famous Matt-Greoning-Esque cartoonist by season 10.

    • The reason the baby is called Baby-nameless is because it has no name. The story there is that Natalie and Carlos thought about cultural signifigance when trying to think of a name and eventually they just didnt name it. Also we arent supposed to know what gender the baby was either.

    • Near the end when you see Kevin rolling on the floor drunk, the two people on the far right of the couch are the creators.

    • Stogie the dog was originally named "Stoli" after the vodka. The WB was worried about trademark issues so the name was changed.

    • The dirty title comes from what an apologetic Kevin says to Andy after sobering up and remembering that he called his teacher a douchebag.

    • Each episode has a clean title and a dirty title. The clean title was for listing and promotion purposes. The dirty title was for the producers' own enjoyment (well, it was initially for what the former is for, but the WB put the kibosh on that). Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has no problems listing and promoting each episode under both titles, however.

    • The series was originally titled The Downtowners. It was changed to avoid confusion with MTV's Downtown.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The design of Gus was based on the late actor Lawrence Tearney. Although Nick Jameson just did a voice without knowing who he was.

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