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Recap / Tenacious D S1 E1a "The Search for Inspirado"

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After a successful gig at the open-mic night, host (played by Paul F. Tompkins) asks Tenacious D to perform a new song. The band searches for "inspirado", but ends up with nothing. The pressure of this leads to the band's break-up. The band's break-up becomes the inspiration for the new song.


  • Couch Gag: This episode features the first in a series-long Running Gag where the Open-Mic Host reads aloud the band's intro upon their request.
    Open-Mic Host: "Warning: If you want your asses blown-out, stay in the room." Ladies and gentlemen, Tenacious D.
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  • Friendship Song: It was after Kyle leaves and Jack freaks out about it were they able to write the song "Kyle Quite the Band", based around their breakup and reconciliation.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "History" is a song about Jack and Kyles many alleged accomplishments.
    Kyle's fingers be silver, Jacks voice then be gold
    But lest you think we're vain
    We know its open-mic night, we don't care
    Tenacious D, we reign!
  • Mad Artist: Jack gives a poetic Socratic idea of great songs coming from an unknown land named "Inspirado" (hence the title of the episode), their various eccentric activities throughout the episode them trying to attain Inspirado and thus write a new kick-ass song.
  • One-Hit Wonder: In-Universe. Jack and Kyle have been singing their one song over and over again at open-mic night and the plot of the episode kicks off with the host calling them to tell them not to sing it again.
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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Sick of Jack's antics and all of their hard work with nothing to show for it, Kyle quits and storms off, leaving a distraught Jack. Turns out it was the perfect premise for the new song.
  • Shout-Out: After Kyle leaves, Jack suffers a Sanity Slippage and reenacts the Hotelroom Freakout Scene in Apocalypse Now, complete with punching a mirror in his underwear.
  • Swallowed a Fly: Jack accidentally does this when explaining Insparado to the audience.
  • Writer's Block: The whole episode is surrounded around the basis of Jack and Kyle trying to write a new song.

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