Vehicular Manslaughter


Anyone who claims to be a Tim and Eric fan should know and love the Adult Swim show that started it all, “Tom Goes to the Mayor” (TGTTM). It premiered on Adult Swim in November 2004. TGTTM is mostly animated, however, the people in the show are actually photos of the cast making strange facial expressions, and the photos are then filtered in Photoshop using the photocopy filter.

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TGTTM Open Scene

Similar to Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, pretty much every show featured a famous cameo such as Jeff Goldblum, John C. Reilly, and Paul Reubens to name a few. There were many hilarious moments in the series, like Tom going undercover at the high school, “chronic nocturnal emissions”, and becoming the vice mayor of hobotown.

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John C. Reilly Cameo

In this post, I’m going to give a rundown of my favorite episode of TGTTM, “Vehicular Manslaughter”, which was the seventh episode of season one, originally airing on April 24th 2005. This episode features cameos from Michael Ian Black and Bob Odenkirk. In my opinion, this episode is the most absurd of the series, which is why its my favorite.

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Dr. Michael Ian Black in the Mayor’s Office

The episode opens with Tom giving the eulogy at Dr. Michael Ian Black’s funeral. Ridiculous pictures of Dr. Black making bizarre faces are displayed, and his family is devastated. Tom then asks himself “How could this have happened to me?” And the episode flashes back three days prior to the events that led up to this point.

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Dr. Ian Black is a Tough Crowd to Impress

Cut scene to Tom’s idea pitch to city council at Gulliver’s Buffet (two of the three city council members are played by Craig Anton and Rob Lynch, I’m unsure of the third). Tom opens with “Hi, I’m Tom Peters, but you can call me ‘poop'”.

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Jefferton City Council AKA Jefferton Shark Tank

He’s going through his presentation on using human poop to power the city, and suddenly his “funputer” (the device he’s doing the presentation with) shuts down.

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Funputer

He says his wife needed to use his laptop to work on her business. The scene cuts to show Tom’s wife, Joy, (Michael Q Schmidt) in the middle of cyber sexing with some strange man.

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Business is Booming

The mayor then interrupts, saying “not to be a sticky Tuesday about this, but don’t you think we’ll need some independent third-party verification”. This, for the most, part kills Tom’s energy plan for the time being. Next, we see Tom in the Mayor’s office wearing a Brainstorming Cap to help him think. The mayor tells Tom “gimme a B-Storm!”. The Mayor puts on the cap and comes up with the idea that they should go on the show “That’s Amazing!” to help with Tom’s energy plan. Then, Michael Ian Black, who’s a 3rd party verification expert, and a newly promoted ‘doctor of energy’, enters the office.

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Ric a Dic a Tic Toc

Here’s a video of the interesting dance they do (one of two reasons why this is my favorite episode), notice Tom looking disgusted by their dance:

Dr. Michael Ian Black notes that Tom “looks like a Steven to me”, which apparently is the ultimate insult. The Mayor then explains that Dr. Black is a doctor of energy and a third-party verification expert who can help with the energy plan. Dr. Black says, “you are not gonna believe the company car they just gave me…a Lebaron!” Tom then says he’ll drive them around town to show them where he wants to lay the pipe. For some odd reason, Dr. Black and the Mayor drive separately in the Lebaron and Tom follows. Then we see Dr. Black and the Mayor doing an odd dance and singing a seemingly sexual song in the Lebaron to a similar tempo of Smash Mouth’s “All Star”. “Hey pal, I’m a rim ram, get your rage on, get laid…”

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To the Lebaron!

The Mayor and Dr. Black turn up the music so they can’t hear Tom’s instructions on where to turn. Tom looks down at his map, and when he looks up he sees the Lebaron has stopped and he rear ends the Mayor and Dr. Black. We see Tom has been thrown from his car, is very hurt, and his car has been completely obliterated; but the Mayor and Dr. Black are completely fine and the Lebaron has no damage.

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Lebaron!

The Mayor and Dr. Black go off in an ambulance (laughing) to the hospital to take care of Dr. Black. The Mayor tells Tom he’s “on his own”. We then see a commercial for “That’s Amazing” which is hosted by a goofy man named Bradley (Bob Odenkirk). We also get a cameo from the great DJ Douggpound as a “man in a tuba suit”.

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A Very Stressed Tompy Tears

In the hospital, the Mayor notifies Tom that Dr. Black has died and his family wants to press charges, unless Tom gives the eulogy at the funeral. So, Tom accepts, since he does not want to go to jail. While writing Dr. Black’s eulogy on his Funputer, it runs out of space, and he must choose to either delete the energy plan or the eulogy. He has no choice but to delete the energy plan, throwing away all his hard work, rather than the eulogy, in order to save his butt from jail.

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Perform the Eulogy!

Then we circle back to the scene from the beginning of the episode, with Tom giving the eulogy at Dr. Black’s funeral. Tom is clearly upset and crying. All of a sudden, Dr. Black awakes from his casket and exclaims, “Hello Steven!” Tom is traumatized, thinking its a ghost, and the Mayor and Dr. Black do the sexual dance again. Dr. Black tells the Mayor, “we sure pulled a Steven on that guy!” And it’s revealed that Tom was unknowingly on “That’s Amazing” the whole entire time! People are cruel!

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Dr. Black’s Head Shot

The episode ends with the Mayor and Dr. Black teasing each other, saying “Shut up you little stinker!”, “You old bag of kale corn!”, and “You minivan!”.

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Synopsis of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job; Season 5 Episode 8, ‘Handsome’


So much can be said about the brilliance that is Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. I’m grateful Bob Odenkirk discovered them and gave them a shot. But I’m also sure they would have eventually gotten famous on their own, they are just too talented. Tim and Eric are geniuses of comedy, their take on the genre is revolutionary. I consider them to be artists of comedy. Their team is very talented as well, specifically their editor DJ Douggpound and their composer Davin Wood. I personally can watch any episode on repeat and it wouldn’t come close to getting old or stale. Among all this geniusness, one episode is the greatest of the series in my opinion (I’m sure many people don’t agree with me but this is just my personal opinion) and that is the season 5 Episode “Handsome” (episode 8 of season 5).

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Eric performing a medical inspection on Tim with a large needle

The episode opens with a “Morning Meditations”. This iteration of Morning Meditations features a hippie-type man with long hair, light yellow button down shirt, grey slacks, and a silver chain. For a split second the camera zooms in on his face and his eyes look like they are ready to pop out of his face as if he was wired on something, hopefully “coffee”. The man starts it off with a bizarre eclectic dance. The dance involves him moving his arms and legs in repetitive motions. The morning meditator then gets on all fours like an animal and claws his hands like he’s a lion. The noise he makes while he’s in this position sounds like that which a seal or porpoise of some type would make. We probably have Douggpound to thank for that noise. The man then removes his button down shirt, probably to show his beastly side, and the noise he makes turns into the roar of a lion. He then stands on all fours and roars again. To conclude the scene the camera zooms in on his face while he’s making a mean face with his pearly whites exposed.

After the Morning Meditation, the opening credits play. The opening for this episode is psychedelic-themed. There’s cannabis leaves popping in and the colors are like the colors you would see on a tye dyed shirt. The word “trippy” even flashes on the screen for a split second, subliminal message-esque.  

The opening scene after the credits consists of Tim and Eric standing in their office (obviously green screened or some other effect used because the office looks really odd). Their cubicles are across from each other and they are standing in the aisle between their cubes. Eric’s cube contains a pile of letters from fans, apparently all containing the message that he is the handsomest man. There doesn’t seem to be any fan mail in Tim’s cube. One of Eric’s letters is from a fan named “kelly” with a plea to come over and look at her “bazans”. I figure that means “boobs” since there is a crude drawing of boobs in the letter (2 circles with dots in the middle) and Eric proceeds to lick the bazans drawing. Its such an awesome word for boobs that it has entered my own personal lexicon and I now use “bazans” instead of “boobs” in everyday conversation.  Tim and Eric then have a friendly but slightly serious argument about who is the most handsome. Then Tim lets the viewer know the reason for there not being any fan mail in his cube; he scans everything in and digitizes it to keep a clean record of his account. After some more banter about who is most handsome, they agree to get a 3 person panel and have a contest to see who is the most handsome.

After this confrontation a scene begins, featuring a catchy Davin Wood tune, with various middle aged men doing strange dances in their front yard singing about their daily routines on what they would consider the perfect day. Specifically a “perfect dad day”. Obviously, being the Tim and Eric show, the daily routines are abnormal to say the least. The scene also features some Douggpound edits, which are always a riot. My favorite part here is the guy who “checks the levels in his toilet bowls”. I mean who doesn’t do that….lmao.

Next it cuts to the opening of the competition of who’s the most handsome man. Richard Dunn (god rest his soul) is the leader of the 3 member panel along with 2 other women. Who better to judge who is the most handsome other than Richard Dunn?! The competition begins with a card from Eric’s parents showing the parents in bed having what appears to be doggystyle sex and says “To Eric our #1 Handsome Boy!”. Eric then plays a video showing why he’s the most handsome. The video begins with Eric in a magician type outfit with a top hat and leotard. The only words Eric repeats in the video is “oh yeah” in various tones of voice. There are also a couple women with large bazans dancing along with him. Then it ends with the words “undeniably handsome” written on the screen. Eric received creative consulting help with his video from Bilb Ono:

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Bilb Ono is my favorite Douggpound face

After that scene we are treated to a commercial for a very interesting and useful Cinco product, “The Cinco FaceTime party snoozer”. I need to get me one of these! All too often I find myself having mind numbingly boring conversations in social settings that bore me to death. This product allows you to sleep thru parties without anyone noticing. The party snoozer is a clear mask with a set of eyes that are wide open which allows you to close your eyes behind the mask without anyone noticing. When others start to talk to you it says phrases to show you are paying attention. A few phrases it says are “sure why not”, “I understand”, and “okay”. Why can’t there be a real Cinco company to make these useful products in real life!? The product even includes a body brace that allows the user to sleep while standing!

Now the episode goes back to the handsomest man competition and Tim plays his video showing why he’s the most handsome. Tim’s video is great. A Fabio type man makes a few appearances in the video as well. It shows him in various sexuality suggestive positions with either very little cloths or nude. For example:

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Tim is the most handsome man

Tim also does a small bit of commentary saying things such as he likes his eyes and legs. He also reveals that when he showers he often catches himself looking at his body in the mirror and it turns him on. The best part of Tim’s video is him and another man having a conversation at a water cooler and Tim’s pants and underwear are down around his knees allowing his dong and butt to be exposed. He then gets on his knees and drinks straight from the spout of the water cooler. He also says the blood from his body is hot, wet, and red.

Now that Tim and Eric have both played their respective videos, it’s now time for Richard Dunn and his team of judges to decide who the most handsome man is. The judge Boh Boh votes for Eric and the judge Bohdar votes for Tim. Now Richard Dunn has to cast the tie breaking vote. To build the suspense the episode cuts to another scene showing various dads singing and dancing describing the perfect dad day.

Now it goes to the final round of the handsome man competition where Richard Dunn will decide who is most handsome. Richard Dunn says in order to make up his mind he needs to French kiss both Tim and Eric and then he will be able to come to a decision. Lucky them I wish I had a chance to French kiss Richard Dunn!

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Who could resist?

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Don't be timid, Tim

Then the episode ends without us knowing who was the most handsome. Typical Tim and Eric fashion!

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-Jules