S7:E1 “Kids Hospital”
After being fired by Blake in last season’s finale, Cat, Lola and Owen find themselves working at Kids Hospital, a derelict clinic in the seedy part of Brazil run by Dr Kids and Kahn who welcome the new doctors by running them through an orientation that includes a hostage situation and a bear attack.
S7:E2 “One Million Saved”
Jon Hamm returns as Derrick Childrens, Valerie Flame’s alter ego. Lola joins Derrick in a search for a hidden cure buried years ago by his father, Dr Arthur Childrens. The haunting “Hidden Cure” theme runs through the episode as they search for clues. In the end, after Derrick discovers that he himself is the cure he decides to leave Childrens Hospital for good. Throughout the run of the show, I’ve focused more on situational themes for the score as plots change so dramatically from episode to episode, and so there aren’t too many character themes, but Valerie’s theme is one of them. I used it for her introduction and subsequent reveal to be Derrick Childrens in disguise way back in season 2, so it seemed only fitting to return to that theme again when he leaves.
Now in it’s seventh season, the craziness is back on Adult Swim, 11pm ET. I had a lot of fun scoring this season (as usual), and will be posting score samples from each episode after it airs. Enjoy!
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“Sperm Bank Heist” is a heist story along the lines of “Ocean’s 11” and “Leverage.” Like many of the show’s parodies, this episode gave me the chance to stretch, learn, and try something new (for me). In this case, we wanted to parody Dave Holmes’ great score for “Ocean’s Eleven.” The jazzy, downtempo, slightly trip-hop-y style was one of the more challenging scores to achieve this season, but one of the most satisfying.
“Up at 5” is the annual behind-the-scenes episode for this season where the cast appears on a morning talk show to promote a Kickstarter for there upcoming “Childrens Hospital” movie. There wasn’t a lot of score in this episode but the real fun was scoring the movie clip that airs at the end of an episode, a Mad Max-esque end of the world style action piece with our doctors imprisoned and fighting for their lives.
In S6:E5 “With Great Power…” Lola discovers her pout has the power to make anyone do what she wants. Her power backfires when used irresponsibly, like pretty much everything at Childrens Hospital and she discovers that her mentor (guest star Fred Melamed) has a similar power with his “Imperious Gaze.” In “Facial Battle,” Lola’s pout is represented by a simple celeste arpeggio and Leonard’s imperious gaze is a dark swelling synth sound as they battle on the rooftop for control of the hospital.
Blake tries to find love in S6:E6 “Just Like Cyrano de Bergerac” and enlists the help of Glenn to “pull a Cyrano.” As the story progresses, a whole chain of Cyrano’s is revealed.
“Fan Fiction” is one of my personal favorite episodes of Childrens Hospital so far. When scoring, a composer will watch scenes hundreds of times, but this episode always makes me laugh no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
Like a good portion of episodes, “Fan Fiction” is a parody episode which means I get to stray from the typical score to do a sound-a-like of whatever we’re parodying to help sell the joke. In this case, it’s “Twilight.” I love doing these parodies as it gives me a chance to try to figure out how a particular composer does what they do, and I always learn something new. Plus, it’s just a ton of fun.
Score excerpts from “Codename: Jennifer” where the Childrens Hospital team take an assignment at the White House to treat the president’s illegitimate kid.
This episode’s score includes military procedural and action cues, and Dr. Brian’s theme.