Awesome: Moral Orel
Who knew a show about claymation puppets making fun of fundamentalism could make you you shout "FUCK YEAH!"
- Stressed and under pressure about a "Praying Bee", Orel takes up Buddhist meditation under Stephanie's advice. Clay is furious and commands Orel to never do it again. But at the Praying Bee, Orel finds himself under stress and resorts to the meditation. There, he has a surreal conversation with Buddha and learns that it's all right to adopt another cultural practice to enlighten his soul (and perhaps become closer to God). Orel ends up in the meditation position at the Praying Bee (there's no rule against it apparently), and effectively wins. While Moralton celebrate the prize money, the episodes ends on Orel, floating off then walking off with a renewed sense of peace.
- Orel beating the crap out of his father in "Turn The Other Cheek". Of course, Orel was just acting on his skewed perception of a moral lesson (as usual) but damn was it fun to see Clay get his ass kicked by his son, considering all the crap that Clay had put him through (and would put him through).
- After a night of abuse and general dickery in "Nature", Clay passes out, drunk. A bear enters the camp, and almost eats Clay, but Orel kills it with a pistol. When Clay wakes up, the night a total blank, he finds the dead bear and begs Orel to tell him that his son finally killed something. Orel, disgusted, replies, "No, Dad, you killed it," just to spite his father.
Orel: I hate you...Clay: Hate away, sister. Hate away.
- Also in "Nature", Orel to Clay: "You become a bad person when you drink!" And, of course, a couple minutes later, Orel finally telling his father what he really thinks:
- Don't forget the scene in the bar where Clay lets loose on the patrons.
Clay:Tell me Doc, did some of those pain killers protect her from the pain? The pain of you, day in and day out, being there, with that face? Not knowing what to say, not caring anymore? Not even knowing that you'll probably only care about her when it's finally too late? Forgetting about all those desperate, desperate years you spent alone, your barren years when no woman would even consider even resting her tired head on your shaky little shoulder, stinking of belly semen. Why even wipe? And then when you finally get one of THESE [points to the female bartender], coveted pieces of tail that have been built up as the trophy in your nothing life you try desperately to keep it. Not protect it, but horde it to keep it away from the other WOLVES and JACKALS circling your territory. And you realize all too soon, that you're not GOOD ENOUGH, and maybe there was a jerk off called Darwin after all, and that you've never acknowledged his existence because you knew deep inside that you were really what you feared you are. Weak and passive and ultimately broken by the ones who were made the fittest. And then through your weaknesses you built up a poison that poisoned others around you. The ones you love. And the only TRUE justice was to let those jackals feed off you. Survive off you.
- Sick of him, Reverend Putty, Officer Papermouth and Doctor Potterswheel get ready to beat the shit out of Clay in "Sacrifice" - then they decide that he isn't worth it and walk away. (Awesomer when you remember that Clay's dad does essentially the same thing— even as an adult, Clay seeks attention through abuse— and fails.
- Coach Stopframe's final rejection of Clay in the series finale, despite Clay's pleas of love. Daniel doesn't deserve someone as depraved as Clay.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The Mountain Goat's "No Children" playing in Season 3's "Numb". It's surreal just how well the song fits the situation Clay and Bloberta are in, and works to fantastic effect.
- The same band's song "Love, Love, Love" in "Passing".
- High Priestess Regan's chilling Airetania, which plays during Orel's near-death experience in "Grounded".
- Ready to bolt at the first sign of failsafe, signing my checks with a name that's not mine...
- The doctor in "Holy Visage" managing to heal himself while both of his arms are bound to the hospital bed, including using his Star of David to blow bubbles of medicine into his wound.
- The fact that Orel, in a brief bout of unknowing resistance to his blind faith, actually pushes the cart next to him so he can do it is also pretty cool as well.
- Then at the end, when Clay is devastated to find that doctor's holy wound has healed and "useless" to cure his foot fungus, Clay then discovers the medications arranged in the shape of Jesus. Because it's an "accidental" holy symbol, Clay helps himself to the foot fungus medicine. Orel, suspecting that the doctor arranged them, shows his approval to the doctor with a smile.
- From "Nesting". When Clay threatens Orel with his usual trip to the study, which usually results in a Loud Gulp from Orel, he instead just stares at him, totally numb to his fathers threats. Orel realizing how pathetic Clay is in that scene, is beyond awesome.
- The last scene in "Honor", in which we see that, despite his often abusive and downright terrible childhood, Orel had the willpower not to be broken by it, growing up to be a loving father and husband, proving to be a better person than his own father.
- Grandpa Puppington(Who by the way, was probably somewhere in his sixties) pulling off a wicked vault with a church cross, and kicking the knife out of 4 year old Orel's hand, before he kills Shapey.