I Don't Do Well In Parent-Teacher Conferences

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May 3, 1999
Written by
Brendon Small, Bill Braudis and Loren Bouchard
Directed by
Loren Bouchard


Paula is forced to attend a parent-teacher conference after learning that Brendon has not done any of his homework from the entire year, despite the fact that she hates doing so. Brendon's teacher informs her that Brendon is now in danger of repeating the fourth grade because he did not perform any research for a project. She tries to vouch for her son, but her communication skills are terrible and has no other option but to encourage him to display a better work effort. She fails in doing so and Brendon simply becomes overstressed. As a way of expressing his fears of doing the presentation, he creates a new film about a man who becomes a monster when forced with public-speaking.



Jason makes a reference to filmmaker Martin Scorsese with shooting out of sequence, which is a reference to "Goodfellas", "Casino" and "Raging Bull" among others. He also suggests they shoot "Day For Night, like Truffaut", a Francois Truffaut movie.

 Notes & TriviaEdit

  • This episode is one of “The UPN 5”. Therefore, it has Paula Poundstone as Paula and is 100% retroscripted.
  • This is the first episode to feature Brendon’s teacher, Ronald Lynch, and next door neighbor/friend, Dwayne.
  • Loni can be seen in this episode. Loni is the main focus of 105 – We’ll Always Have Tuesday.
  • The word “Jesus” is bleeped from this episode.
    • Paula: Brendon, Mr. Lynch called.
    • Brendon: Oh, je-
  • If you listen, you can tell it was edited out. Update: This appears on the DVD fine, however.
  • Telekinesis is the moving of objects from one place to another without touching. It also refers to the bending of objects with the mind (i.e. spoons). Fun Telekinesis Link
  • This is the first episode to show the rivalry between McGuirk and Lynch. The character of Lynch was not supposed to have a mustache, but was given one when H. Jon Benjamin made fun of it in the course of retroscripting.
  • The highly minor character Fink is shown. He appears a few more times throughout the series.

Movies Within The ShowEdit

  • "The Public Speaking Monster" - It is about a man with a personal past that turns into a monster whenever put in during a public speaking situation.

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The Art of the Sucker Punch

DVD ReleasesEdit

This episode was released on the season one DVD set on November 16, 2004.

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