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Season 1 Episode 5

Paper Route

Aired Tuesday 10:30 PM Jul 26, 2005 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Paper Route
The guys become paperboys and soon find themselves confronting a 10-year-old bully.

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  • Brilliant

    This is about Michael, Michael, and David saving a newspaper delivery boy from bullies and then stupidly running over him in their car. This is one of the best ones yet. I really liked the friendship song and the getting beat up by J.T. thing. This is why I watch this show.
  • The FriendShip Song!

    This is by far the best episode of Stella since the Campaign episode. The whole thing was funny! But if I had to pick the best part of the episode it would be the Friendship song or when they tried to ride a bike. Lol. Keep up the good work!

  • This episode is not as quotable, but is still just as funny as the others. And it has a Top 40 Billboard hit in the making included.

    The fifth installation of the Stella series did not disappoint. Filled with silliness and sight gags, as well as smart references and dumb behavior, Paper Route keeps the high quality of the previous four.

    The episode actually has a rather coherent plot, but still keeps the stupidity that has made the series so lovable.

    Scenes like when they try to learn how to ride a bike are already classics for the series.

    The episode also created what could be one of the greatest songs of all time: "The Friendship Song". A happy rap filled with killer rhymes and phat beats, the Friendship Song could be what propels the trio into a great music career.

  • Stella Begins to Find a Method to Its Madness

    A couple weeks ago I felt that Stella had decided to go with a formula where the episodes would start off slow and then build to a level of utmost hilarity.

    This week's episode shows that the guys are beginning to even out without losing their edge. The episode was pretty damn funny from the start with the guys running over their paperboy with their car and then running away only to be plagued by guilt (Michael Ian Black seeing the kid's face in his mashed potatoes is the funniest moment they've had thus far) and thus trying to make up for it with a harpsicord.

    The episode gets even better as the show morphs into a twisted after-school special and the guys take over the paper route to a rousing stomp-esque welcome by their fellow paperboys and papergirls. But then the crew of ten-year-old bullies comes in and even though the guys are in their thirties and the other paperfolk are at least in their mid-teens, everyone fears these little bullies which leads to the brilliant scene of the trio getting the crap beaten out of them by these little kids.

    I felt there was a missed opportunity when the guys were hiding out (they had even grown real facial hair; which reminds me that the blackface joke was so brilliant it made me question why their hadn't been more of those in other series) and the little kid comes in and encourages them to stand up for themselves. If Ian Black had accidentally fired his crossbow and hit the kid in his non-injured leg, the episode would have jumped at least a half-point in my estimation.

    Still, we get the episode ending on its after-school special parody and a nice little epilogue featuring Topher Grace (how do they get these people?).

    At this point, I think the only thing that stands in the show's way is that what would probably serve as its core demographic, college students, are on break right now and probably missing out on this cult-classic in the making.

    It may be their loss, but lets hope its not ours.moreless
  • Three 30 year olds getting bullied by a 10 year old? Classic

    It was a good episode, the concept was great and the if you think about 30 year old guys getting bullied by a 12 year old then its pretty funny in that sense. There are some funny quotes in it aswell and the jokes that are made in it are simply memorable. Not one of their best, but still a solid and great episode
Sam Oz Stone

Sam Oz Stone


Guest Star

Ryan Marsini

Ryan Marsini


Guest Star

Ken Marino

Ken Marino

Mr. Fabrizio

Guest Star

Samantha Buck

Samantha Buck


Recurring Role

Heidi Neurauter

Heidi Neurauter


Recurring Role

Andrea Rosen

Andrea Rosen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Guest Ken Marino is a former castmate of Michael, Michael and David's from The State. He has collaborated with them on several other projects since then including Wet Hot American Summer.

    • The first scene in the Old Warehouse sees what is the first known use of the "Slow Honk", an alteration of the Slow Clap, which is a staple for movies with sappy, heroic endings. Rather than clap, the paperboys use their bike horns and bells.

    • One actor has portrayed the Co-Op Board President (Pilot), Mayor (Office Party), and record producer Don Robertson (Paper Route): Justin Lord.

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Michael, Michael, and David: Who is it?

      This collective line, said when the neighbor girls ring the trio's doorbell, is delivered in the same way as in the Pilot when Don Mueller comes to the apartment.


    • David Wain: I just made an educated guess. I'm a Harvard man.

      Harvard is a private university in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard is famed for its high academic standards and is probably the most famous of the Ivy League schools.

    • The bottles filled with urine seen in the trio's apartment after their week-long cowardly isolation is a reference to the storied insanity of Howard Hughes, who did the same during his long seclusion made famous in the movie The Aviator.

    • (At the college graduation ceremony)
      Older Kevin: Go Badgers!

      This is in reference to the Wisconsin Badgers. Topher Grace (Older Kevin) plays Eric Forman in That 70's Show, who lives in Wisconsin and attends the university referenced.

    • When David Wain wipes off his blackface makeup, a star over his right eye remains. This is a reference to the makeup of KISS co-founder Paul Stanley.

    • Amy: Oh my God... Is that blackface?

      Blackface is an American style of theatre makeup that began in the late 18th century and was a mainstay for over 100 years. It is now considered an archaic icon of racism in this country.

    • Michael Ian Black: Play the minuet!

      A minuet is a dance (or the accompanying music) for two people, often in 3/4 time, which was popularized in the Baroque period of music.