The Heart, She Holler

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The Heart, She Holler
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Genre Black comedy
Horror
Southern Gothic
Surrealism
Created by Vernon Chatman
John Lee
Alyson Levy
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) PFFR
Williams Street
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Original run November 6, 2011 – present
External links
Website

The Heart, She Holler is a live-action television series produced by PFFR for Adult Swim.[1] The series, described as "Southern Gothic drama"[2] and "an inside-out blend of soap opera and politically incorrect surrealist comedy",[3] is about the long-hidden and isolated son of the Heartshe dynasty – played by Patton Oswalt – returning to run the town and being locked in conflict with sisters Hurshe (Kristen Schaal) and Hambrosia (Heather Lawless). The show premiered on November 6, 2011, and its 14-episode second season premiered on September 11, 2013.

The title of the series is a play on words, in that the name of the family which controls the town is "Heartshe", and "Holler" is an Appalachian pronunciation of the word "hollow", meaning small valley, essentially making it "The Heartshe Hollow". The name references stereotypical soap opera names such as The Young and the Restless and refers to the land whose inheritance the dynasty is feuding over.

Characters[edit]

  • Hurlan Heartshe (Patton Oswalt) – Secret son of Hoss Heartshe, hidden away "since the minute he was born" in a cave, where he lived for forty years without any human contact, nor ever seeing the light of day, until he is brought out to run the town of Heartshe Holler. Of his character, Oswalt said "I thought of Kaspar Hauser. That was my model – lethally nonjudgmental of the world to himself, that he trusts everything's going to be awesome."[4]
  • Hurshe Heartshe (Kristen Schaal – season 1; Amy Sedaris – season 2) – Psychotic, vindictive, and oversexed sister to Hurlan and Hambrosia. Endlessly plotting to take over the town from Hurlan. It is established in Season 2 that Hurshe was actually married, but her husband is in jail. Moreover, Hurshe had two children with him, a boy and a girl, but she didn't bother naming them. Instead, she keeps her two children in a secret compartment underneath her bed, echoing the childhood of their uncle Hurlan.
  • Hambrosia Heartshe (Heather Lawless) – Hurlan's other sister, who possesses telekinetic and mind-reading powers. She is also trying to take over the town and/or kill her sister. Very religious and married to the town sheriff, she was "born without lady parts", although she carries on an affair with severed ectoplasmic hands.
  • Sheriff (Joseph Sikora) – The corrupt and generally incompetent sheriff of Heartshe Holler, he is married to Hambrosia and in love with her sister Hurshe after seeing her hang herself.
  • "Boss" Hoss Heartshe (Jonathan Hadary) – The leader and owner of the town, who died at the beginning of the series after working tirelessly on his extensive video will. He appears in every episode through the video will which he uses to teach and guide Hurlan. He is resurrected in the last episode when his corpse and living will are posthumously sentenced to "re-death" in the electric chair.
  • "Meemaw" Virginia Dare (Judith Anna Roberts) The matriarch of Heartshe Holler, and the bearer of the curse of Heartshe, being unable to die – though Boss Hoss reveals at the end of Season 1 that the real secret curse is that she can die, through unspecified means, and if she does it will result in the destruction of Heartshe Holler. It is explained in Season 2 that most if not all of the bizarre incidents which occur in the Holler are due to Meemaw's psychic control, which she uses to play twisted games with the inhabitants of the town for her own amusement. For example, Hurshe's affair with her own sister's husband was largely encouraged by Meemaw's psychic influence. Hambrosia may have inherited her psychic powers from Meemaw, but it is unclear which of them is stronger.

"Doc" (kevin Breznahan) The town auto mechanical turned doctor. He's also quite a skilled plumber.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 6 November 6, 2011 (2011-11-06) November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11)
2 14 September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10) September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27)

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

Series no. Season no. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "And So It Begends" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee November 6, 2011 (2011-11-06) 1.18[5]
2 2 "No, Jojo, No!" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee November 7, 2011 (2011-11-07) 1.32[6]
3 3 "Holy Meemaw" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08) 1.25[7]
4 4 "Fear is Dog Spelled Bassackwards" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09) N/A
5 5 "Death Begins at Conception" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10) N/A
6 6 "Dare to Holler" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11) N/A

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger: Boss Hoss rose from the dead to take back control of the town, the Sheriff was killed by a trap set by Hoss, and Meemaw apparently took over psychic possession of Hambrosia's body. Despondent, Hurlan retreated back into the cave in the wall of Hoss's office from whence he came. Yet after walking through the blackness of the cave for some time, Hurlan exited into an identical office, apparently passing into some form of alternate reality. His counterpart in this reality lay dead on the floor, so he simply disposed of the body and took his place. The only discernible differences in the alternate reality are that first, the events of the Season 1 finale never occurred, and second, Hershe Heartshe has a very different appearance (the Season 1/"prime" reality Hurshe was played by Kristin Schaal, while Season 2/alternate reality Hurshe is played by Amy Sedaris).

Series no. Season no. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
7 1 "Begend the Endginning" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10) 1.04[8]
Hurlan passes back into the cave from whence he came – only to wander into an alternate reality where the events of the Season 1 finale never occurred. 
8 2 "Proper Dental Care Is Murder" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 11, 2013 (2013-09-11) 1.17[9]
9 3 "The Blue Lonegoon" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12) 1.13[10]
The Preacher delivers fire and brimstone sermons that consumption of meat is evil, because it leads to homosexual behavior. The new ban is hypocritical, as the Preacher himself continues to eat meat in private. Hurlan is attracted by the smell but the Preacher deflects attention from himself by insisting that Hurlan's soul is in danger if he continues to want meat. The Preacher takes him on a weekend prayer retreat in the woods to Camp Praythegayaway, but he soon becomes lost. Awakening, Hurlan is convinced that his desire to eat meat actually did result in some sort of homosexual-orgy-apocalypse, which destroyed human civilization. Hurlan therefore settles into the camp and attempts to rebuild civilization from scratch. Meanwhile, with Hurlan missing, Boss Hoss's video will instructs that Hambrosia will lead the town in his absence. Finally in charge, she decides to "cut loose" by listening to vinyl records and taking a bite of tobacco chaw – which nearly kills her. Hambrosia subsequently bans all forms of tobacco from town, and goes door to door with a shotgun in hand to make sure the ban is in effect. However, Hurshe one-ups her sister by making her own smoke-easy in the local bar. Hurshe makes up her own phoney religion of "Chawstafarianism" and claims the legal loophole that chaw is her religion's "sacred herb" and thus cannot be regulated. The two sisters find themselves at loggerheads. 
10 4 "The Telltale Butthole" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) 1.21[11]
Hurshe's estranged hudband, formerly one of the most feared and terrible men in the Holler, is released from prison and returns to town. This further complicates the affair between Hurshe and the Sheriff. The Preacher is upset as well, because before he joined the Church he used to be a drug mule for Hurshe's husband. Meanwhile, Hambrosia is once again upset that she was "born without lady parts", until she is told that the Doctor can surgically give her some. Hurshe's husband decides to get revenge by having sex with Hambrosia – by making the Preacher have sex with her. Note: Hurlan does not appear in this episode. 
11 5 "Mu-Mu-Mu-Meat" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) N/A
12 6 "Pequiem for a Recker" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17) 1.25[12]
13 7 "Emotional Can of Mommyworms" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 18, 2013 (2013-09-18) 1.26[13]
14 8 "The DeArranged Marriage" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 19, 2013 (2013-09-19) N/A
15 9 "Werelan" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) 1.33[14]
16 10 "Come Unity" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) 1.19[15]
A mysterious man appears in town. 
17 11 "Hambrain Jan" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) 1.23[16]
Hambrosia's brain escapes to find Hurlan, who mistakes it for a Mexican. The brain cleans his room but ultimately causes a wind storm with destruction to the city. Without the torment of her psychic brain, Hambrosia becomes a laid back, free-spirited hippie, constantly trying to share non-sensical poetry with everyone. He sends the brain away, who returns to Hambrosia. 
18 12 "Preverse Psychologism" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25) 1.12[17]
19 13 "Gamebored" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) 1.05[18]
Feeling lonely, Hurlan takes to using an old typewriter, and actually writes a book-length manuscript. He soon becomes a Truman Capote-esque novelist, respected by the town as their first and only literary great. Meanwhile, it is revealed that by manipulating cloth dolls of them on a chessboard, Meemaw psychically influences the townsfolk for her own twisted games. Many of the bizarre occurrences, rivalries, and love triangles in the town were really created by Meemaw for her own petty amusement, such as Hurshe having an affair with the husband of her own sister. When Hambrosia learns of this she becomes outraged that Meemaw is forcing the town's inhabitants to commit negative, sinful acts which they aren't actually responsible for. She attempts to round up everyone into the church to pray away Meemaw's influence, but to no avail, as Meemaw psychically hijacks the meeting. However, Boss Hoss' video will reveals to Hurlan that there is one cloth doll Meemaw doesn't know about, which he hid under his hat: a doll of Meemaw herself. Hurlan uses the doll to control Meemaw and force her to relinquish her gameboard to him, to set the townsfolk free. 
20 14 "The Endginning" Vernon Chatman & John Lee Vernon Chatman & John Lee September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) 1.18[19]
Hurlan wishes to leave town, even though Boss Hoss says that the curse prevents anyone from leaving. To prevent him from trying, the townspeople arrange a fake vacation for Hurlan, sending him on a fake airplane ride (in a port-a-potty) and then pretending that the Holler is really a different town called "Truthton" (so-called because they insist it truly is a different town). Everyone uses fake names and bad disguises to trick Hurlan into thinking he's on vacation, i.e. Direne the convenience store clerk wears a wig and a nametag that says her name is "Dirette". Hanging around with Hurlan on his vacation, Dirette becomes infatuated with how nice and devoted he is. "Dirette" decides to leave her husband and Hurlan offers for her to "return" with him to the Holler. However when they exit the port-a-potty "airplane", no one recalls making the "Truthton" trick, and the original Direne is still there (indicating that either Truthton or this Holler is another alternate reality). However, Dirette promptly falls in love with Direne's husband (identical to her husband) and leaves Hurlan, while Direne tries to get revenge on them by seducing Hurlan (who declines because he is still infatuated with her identical double, Dirette). Despondent, Hurlan puts all of his father's video will tapes in a pile and burns them, hoping this will destroy his hold on him, but it actually sets his spirit free. Meanwhile, the town Doctor discovers that by passing through Meemaw's womb, you can actually leave the town – entering into a busy city on the outside (possibly another alternate reality). Hurlan and the rest of the town soon learn of this and everyone decides to leave be passing through Meemaw. Hambrosia, meanwhile, says it feels like everyone is passing into her, and dissolves into the air (mirroring the Season 1 finale). In the city, the cast buys a new communal apartment, but Hurlan enters a room and finds another TV with stacks of video wills from his father. He puts the first tape in (labelled "took you long enough"), which shows his father pouring a can of baked beans labeled "FATE" out of the screen, which then pours out of the VCR. The tape then enters an infinite regression shot (possibly of many previous, alternate Hurlans who came before). The end credits close with the opening shot of the season, exiting the cave in the wall of Hurlan's office and his father's video will explaining that he has crossed into another alternate reality. 

References[edit]

Notes

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  10. ^ Pucci, Douglas (September 17, 2013). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
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