The Heart, She Holler

The Heart, She Holler
Genre Black comedy
Southern Gothic
Created by Vernon Chatman
John Lee
Alyson Levy
Starring Patton Oswalt
Amy Sedaris
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 28 (list of episodes)
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) PFFR
Williams Street
Original network Adult Swim
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release November 6, 2011 – December 11, 2014
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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, for a six-episode first season. A 14-episode second season premiered on September 11, 2013, and a third season premiered in December 2014.


The Heartshe family



Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 November 6, 2011 November 11, 2011
2 14 September 10, 2013 September 27, 2013
3 8 December 2, 2014 December 11, 2014

Season 1 (2011)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"And So It Begends"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeNovember 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)1.18[5]
22"No, Jojo, No!"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeNovember 7, 2011 (2011-11-07)1.32[6]
33"Holy Meemaw"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeNovember 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)1.25[7]
44"Fear is Dog Spelled Bassackwards"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeNovember 9, 2011 (2011-11-09)N/A
55"Death Begins at Conception"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeNovember 10, 2011 (2011-11-10)N/A
66"Dare to Holler"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeNovember 11, 2011 (2011-11-11)N/A

Season 2 (2013)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
71"Begend the Endginning"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 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.
82"Proper Dental Care Is Murder"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 11, 2013 (2013-09-11)1.17[9]
93"The Blue Lonegoon"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 12, 2013 (2013-09-12)1.13[8]
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.
104"The Telltale Butthole"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 13, 2013 (2013-09-13)1.21[10]
Hurshe's estranged husband, 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.
115"Mu-Mu-Mu-Meat"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 16, 2013 (2013-09-16)N/A
126"Pequiem for a Recker"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)1.25[11]
137"Emotional Can of Mommyworms"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 18, 2013 (2013-09-18)1.26[12]
148"The DeArranged Marriage"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 19, 2013 (2013-09-19)N/A
159"Werelan"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)1.33[13]
1610"Come Unity"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)1.19[14]
A mysterious man appears in town.
1711"Hambrain Jan"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)1.23[15]
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.
1812"Preverse Psychologism"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)1.12[16]
1913"Gamebored"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)1.05[17]
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.
2014"The Endginning"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeSeptember 27, 2013 (2013-09-27)1.18[18]
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 by 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.

Season 3 (2014)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
211"In Meatro"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeDecember 2, 2014 (2014-12-02)1.069

Using her psychic powers, Hambrosia is startled to discover that the Holler is deserted. MeeMaw then summons Hambrosia to come to her in the hospital, where she briefly assumes the form of a child before telling Hambrosia a story about the holler.

The story starts with Hurlan asking Hoss for advice after destroying his genitals with a paper shredder. Alarmed that this would mean the end of the Heartshe bloodline, Hoss orders Hurlan to steal some of Hoss's old semen from a sperm bank. Knowing Hurlan lacks the drive to pull off a successful heist, he also orders Hurlan to smoke the blood of a black man, which will fill him with a lust for theft. However, Hurlan blows instead of sucks, creating a bubble of blood that floats out of the office with Hurlan in fast pursuit.

Meanwhile, Sheriff is rejected by Hurshe, who is more interested in hooking to make money. Dejected, Sheriff returns home to Hambrosia, who tells Sheriff that MeeMaw wants the two of them to have a baby. Although Hambrosia is barren, she has hired her sister, Hurshe, to be their surrogate, although she insists it be done surgically.

In the hospital, Doc combines Sheriff's semen with Hambrosia's eggs. After Doc puts the resulting goo into Hurshe, she immediately gives birth to a giant, glowing, yellow maggot, with which she feels an immediate and very intense bond. She refuses to give it up, planning to peddle the creature's love to her Johns in order to afford a high class singing bass.

Hurlan, meanwhile, keeps chasing the bubble of blood hither and thither until he throws up and collapses in exhaustion.

We return to the A plot by learning that Hurshe's glowing maggot of love is so popular, there is a three month waiting list to see Hurshe. Her walls are covered with singing bass. Unfortunately, Hurshe arrives home to discover her baby maggot is missing. It has been kidnapped by Hambrosia, who hastily hides the baby maggot in a pot when Sheriff comes home. Thinking the pot contains stew, Sheriff turns the stove on to get it hot, cooking his own baby maggot son.

Still telling Hambrosia this story, MeeMaw says that Hambrosia was meant to keep the baby maggot safe until MeeMaw summoned Hambrosia (in another story flashback) to reveal a dreadful secret: MeeMaw must shed her current body in order to avoid a catastrophic event called "The Comening." She plans to put her spirit in the body of the bug baby, unaware that it has been cooked.

Hambrosia hurries home to discover that the cooked baby bug is gone. Hurshe, after breaking in to search for her child, grows so hungry that she eats the baby bug stew, not knowing what it is. She later takes a massive and painful dump.

Hurlan, meanwhile, is down in the dumps, after being unable to capture the blood bubble. After giving up, the blood bubble approaches him and steals his wallet, which we later see in the hands of MeeMaw, who tells Hambrosia that her mistake has cost MeeMaw her mortality. Hambrosia says that this is impossible, but MeeMaw says impossible things become possible when their surrounding reality is also impossible. We flashback to the hospital from the beginning of the episode to discover that there are two Heartshe Holler realities. In each one, MeeMaw is telling a story of the other one, so each reality creates the other, which is impossible, meaning MeeMaw's death -- once just impossible -- is now impossibly impossible. In other words, possible.

This revelation gives Hambrosia a headache. Understandably.

At this point, a giant bug crawls out of Hurshe's toilet. It has the Confederate flag on its wings, and MeeMaw's head. It flies up to the screen and says, "The Comening."
222"WUWPs"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeDecember 3, 2014 (2014-12-03)1.138

Thinking Hoss is saving his juiciest secrets for the end of his video will, Hurlan skips ahead to the very last tape. Before Hoss can reveal any secrets, however, Hurlan falls asleep. Annoyed, Hoss changes his own channel to a station showing "Wake Up, White People," a racist talk show hosted by Jacket. His first guest is MeeMaw, who vociferously warns the holler about an upcoming catastrophe (The Comening) that can only be averted by sacrificing "the purest one among you." She then disappears. Literally.

Jacket takes calls from about this admonition, one of which is Doc, who tells Jacket that his wife is having sex with a black man who she was canoodling with at Oodle's House O' Noodles. This news perturbs Jacket. His producer reminds him that the call was a plug planted as part of a nested marketing strategy, but Jacket worries the part about his wife was true.

Meanwhile, the rest of the townsfolk are at the bar, worried about the Comening. They believe that the "purest one" among them must be the child-like Hurlan. They go to Hurlan at night and chop off his head.

Jacket, wanting to soothe his troubled head, goes to Hurshe for sexual healing (which involves nested marketing for beef stew). At the same time, Jacket's producer is banging Jacket's wife. Post-coitus, he mentions a new type of "holistic" marketing that he's been working on.

Partying at the bar for averting the curse, the townsfolk are surprised to discover that Hurlan is walking around with his head in one hand, apparently still alive. They realize he is too dumb to know how to die. Disgusted, they decide they must use education (their worst enemy) in order to smarten Hurlan to death.

After sex, Jacket discovers a brand-shaped blister on his lip. Hurshe reveals this is part of a sexually-transmitted marketing strategy concocted by Jacket's producer. When she informs Jacket that his wife is sleeping with his producer, Jacket says he is going to kill him.

The townsfolk try to educate Hurlan, but nothing works until Hurlan accidentally electrocutes his severed head with a carton of milk, which turns him into a genius.

Jacket goes to Grub's Guns but cannot afford any of the weapons. Grub says he will give Jacket 50% all guns if Jacket kills his wife and producer live on the air and mentions Grub's gun shop as a nested marketing strategy for his killing spree.

Hurlan uses his new-found genius to extrapolate all of the holler's secrets. Foremost among them: MeeMaw is Virginia Dare, the first white person born in America, and therefore cursed by the gods of the indigenous people. "The Comening" is her attempt to avoid the curse. He is about to warn the holler, when he realizes what death is. Realizing he is still decapitated, he dies.

Hoss takes us back to "Wake Up, White People," we see that Jacket has tied and gagged his wife and producer. After plugging Grub's Guns and Uncle Sambo's Edible Gravy, he shoots his producer in the head. He plugs a sponge to remove blood from your walls, as well as a NegrNa, the DNA of a black man that you can sprinkle on crime scenes to avoid incarceration. However, to his horror, he discovers that NegrNA is made in China. Aghast, he realizes he can't kill his wife for cheating on him if he is guilty of a bigger crime: cheating his audience with inauthentic products. He hugs his weeping wife while the townsfolk dance on set with Hurlan's head, celebrating his death.

MeeMaw then politely informs us that the death of the innocent one actually beckons the Comening, rather than prevents it. "The false prophecy has been self-fulfilled," she says before very clearly not brushing her teeth.
233"Klansgender Rights"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeDecember 4, 2014 (2014-12-04)1.263
244"Groaning Amore"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeDecember 5, 2014 (2014-12-05)0.961
255"Oralboros"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeDecember 6, 2014 (2014-12-06)1.159
266"Slaughter Me to Heaven"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeDecember 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)1.035
277"Congroined Hearts"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeDecember 10, 2014 (2014-12-10)1.051
288"The Comening"Vernon Chatman & John LeeVernon Chatman & John LeeDecember 11, 2014 (2014-12-11)1.258

This episode about redneck hell and true identity of Hoss from another dimension.

It is The Comening.


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