Homer to the Max
No one wants to hear about my sciatica
Couch gag: Marge hangs up the family on the washing line to dry
Director: Pete Michels
Ed Begley Jr as himself
Synopsis: Homer finds himself having the same name as a new character on TV and becomes the ridicule of Springfield, so he legally changes his name and becomes a valued member of high society.
There’s a new show on TV featuring a cool, suave, handsome police cop named Homer Simpson. When the show changes the character of Homer into a bumbling idiot, Springfield starts ridiculing ‘real’ Homer, waiting for him to do something stupid and live up to his counterpart. This is the catalyst for changing his name into something he read on a hairdryer. What is more brilliant than that?
Behind Homer’s Triple Bypass, this is probably my favourite episode. What’s not to love? There’s a ton of memorable lines, Homer as Max is everything Homer as Homer wants to be, and the reason for Homer changing his name is one of the best plot points in the season.
Having said that, none of the above applies to the third act. It’s almost like the writers ran out of ideas and stuck on some crazy environmental message about trees. Was this part a court ordered community service for crimes against sequoias? Choosing to ignore the entire third act, save for Homer’s choices of new names for Marge, this episode rocks!