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Top 10 Moral Orel Episodes

Never knew how loved this show is until I changed my avi here and got props and it's my favorite show so here ya go. The albums are my top 10 albums of this year (excluding Tallahassee obviously)
11The Mountain Goats

Honorable Mentions:
"The Best Christmas Ever"
10The Smith Street Band
More Scared of You Than You Are of Me

"Love" S2 E2
9Remo Drive
Greatest Hits

"Closeface" S3 E9
Saturation 2

"The Lord's Prayer" S2 E8
7Pheobe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps

"Grounded" S3 E2

If you told me that the Moral Orel team handed off writing/directing duties to a college film student for "Grounded," I just might believe you. Warped, abstract, and without any real structure, this episode answers the question "What would it take for Orel to go off the deep end?" with Orel getting grounded from church. There's a fever dream-esque scene towards the end that never ceases to creep me out, but in a... good way I guess.

"Do you really think God can't see the future?"

"Sacrifice" S3 E11

If Moral Orel were in a play format, this is likely what we would get. Other than a "No Children"-less version of the closing sequence from "Numb," the remainder of the 10 minutes is spent in Forghetty's Pub; 10 minutes that are so expertly written that it just needs to be seen to be believed. Clay's monologue is especially well-crafted.

"And maybe there was some jerk-off called Darwin afterall, and you never acknowledged his existence because you knew deep inside that you were really what you feared you were."
5Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface

"Omnipresence" S1 E6

A perfect example of just how well-paced this show can be. It's a very light watch with a straightforward premise, and this is the episode I usually show people to introduce them to the show.

*Patient in hospital flatlines*
Nurse Bendy: "Ugh, I knew it! That beep... gets them every time."
4Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me

"Nature (Parts 1 & 2)" S2 E19 & 20

This is the point in the series where everything changed drastically for the better, and it nearly killed it. Clay and Orel go on a hunting trip and Clay finally reveals himself to be a pathetic, lonely, dangerous man. We've seen glimpses into this before, but it had always been shown for comedic effect, and it was never eluded to just how deep and festering his problems really are.

Who Told You To Think?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!

"Numb" S3 E1

This is the episode that you can tell the creators have always wanted to make. Focusing on Blobertta, who now has two annoying toddlers to look after, she starts mutilating herself by using power drills as dildos to get the attention of the local doctor. It's all weird stuff, but the real show-stopping moment is at the end, when we get a first-person perspective of Clay walking through his home, "No Children" by The Mountain Goats scoring the scene, and seeing his wife break down outside Orel's door just after revealing the second meaning behind the episode title "Nature." It's using expert animation as a means of storytelling, and excels greatly at it.

"That's just his true nature coming out."
2Tyler, the Creator
Flower Boy

"Help" S3 E7

A rare look at young Blobertta's life before and up to when she met Clay, this episode expertly shows how both characters became who we know them as in present-day. It also touches on many people's fear of changing within a marriage, one's partner changing within a marriage, and of course the fear of not getting married at all and becoming alone. Here is where you learn that Blobertta took advantage of Clay first, showing that we've been watching a viscous cycle of abuse between the two all along. My only complaint with this one would be that I wish it aired after "Passing," because when you watch this one before you see a real tragedy unfold: Clay somehow put himself back together after his extremely toxic upbringing only for everything to come crumbling down again.

"You need me. To help."
1The Mountain Goats

"Passing" S3 E8

This isn't the most biting episode of the series. It's also not the most dark, and it certainly isn't the funniest, but damn does the ending (complemented by a great use of "Love Love Love" by The Mountain Goats) hit me more than almost anything else I've seen on television. It hits so hard because everything leading up to it helps you sympathize with Clay's dad, a man who's in love with who him and his wife used to be, one childbirth (and about 12 abortions) ago.

"You're not even worth it."
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