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Bart’s Comet

Cursive writing does not mean what I think it does

Couch gag: The family appear in black & white

Director: Bob Anderson

First appearance of:

Synopsis: As punishment for humiliating Principal Skinner, Bart has to join Skinner in some amateur astronomy. He discovers a comet which is heading straight for Springfield. 

Discussion: I’m not a huge fan of this episode. The first half is great but I feel it loses momentum after the bomb shelter scene (watch carefully and you’ll see Where’s Wally in the corner). Homer shows uncharacteristic smarts and compassion towards Ned Flanders, leaving the bomb shelter to join Flanders in certain death. It’s all a bit too mushy for me. 

Anyhoo… There’s not enough science on TV, at least, not when this ep was produced. The idea of Bart having a really early morning detention (“There’s a 4.30 in the morning now?”) and being accepted by the nerds at school is pretty funny. We meet Database, who is annoying and Matt Groening himself says Database is his least favourite character. Thankfully, we don’t see a lot of him in the show but I think he has his place. Apart from Lisa and Martin Prince, there’s no regular appearances of smart characters- it’s not until the Mensa episode that we find out there are a lot of truly intelligent people residing in Springfield. 


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