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Mom and Pop Art

A Trained ape could not teach gym

Couch gag: The Simpsons ride the couch a la Dr Strangelove

Director: Steven Dean Moore

Guest voices:
Isabella Rosselini as Astrid
Jasper Johns as himself

Synopsis: Homer’s attempts at building a BBQ pit go horribly wrong, but is seen as art by stereotypical pretentious artists. 

Discussion: I’m not arty at all, but I enjoy this episode. Homer’s failed BBQ pit becomes the centrepiece for his “outsider” art and he becomes an overnight success. 

It’s not fair that Marge is an artist yet her work has been long overlooked and Homer’s anger at the BBQ pit becomes an instant art success. But that’s life both in reality and in the Simpsons world- you don’t always get what you work so hard for. 

Isabella Rosellini is perfect as the hoity-toity Astrid, with famed artist jasper Johns appearing as himself. The beauty of working in animation means the guest stars don’t even need to be in the same country to record their lines. Wikipedia says Jasper recorded his lines over the phone. 

Again, this is a fresh look at a theme in the show: Homer being celebrated for doing stupid stuff but in a way that feels new and exciting. Overall, it’s a great episode and shows the superiority of season 10 over the disappointing and stale season 9. 

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