The Old Man and the C Student
Loose teeth do not nee my help
Couch gag: The Simpsons’ lounge room houses Springfield’s resident as a movie theatre. Homer plods his way to the couch behind everyone.
Director: Mark Kirkland
Synopsis: When Bart loses Springfield’s right to host the Olympic Games, he and the class are sentenced to “voluntary” work. Bart winds up at the old folk’s home and takes them on a trip to remember.
Discussion: Although a favourite with the critics (and probably my sister too), I don’t love this episode. Springy and the elementary school kids singing are great. Bart rightfully loses the right to host the Games when he presents some racist jokes to the panel. After that, it gets a bit weird.
It may be an accurate reflection of how we treat old people: locking them away in homes with volunteers to keep them amused (and re-dubbing old movies to something nicer for the sensitive folk), but that doesn’t mean it’s funny. Bart taking the old folk out on a boat, which sinks and is bounced up by Homer’s flushed springs: what? It ties the two plots in nicely but apart from that, it’s all a bit too old and cliche.
Lastly, we’ve already had an episode called ‘The Old Man and the...” which saw Mr Burns and Lisa form a partnership. All this combined, plus the old jokes that are the old folk, make this ep seem like well-trodden ground.