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Brother’s Little Helper

Pork is not a verb

Couch gag: The family are blank and are painted by Asian artists using a paint-by-numbers scheme. 

Director: Mark Kirkland

Guest voice:
Mark McGwire as himself

Synopsis: Bart is diagnosed as ADD and is given medication to help him concentrate. However, the drug makes him paranoid.

Discussion: Bart’s behavioural issues are diagnosed as ADD and he’s given a drug to help him focus. As far as premises go, it’s a good ‘un. How can it go wrong? 

This ep’s downfall is involving the Major League Baseball. Maybe this is just cos I’m an Aussie and baseball isn’t a big deal here, or maybe it’s just a really stupid idea. Bring back the dog with the shifty eyes from last episode and leave the Baseball people out of it. It ruins a perfectly cromulent plot. 

Without getting into the pros and cons of medicating a child (I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV), the burning question I have about this ep is: Does Bart actually have ADD or is he just a brat? We’ve seen so many previous episodes where Bart has a conscience and he really does try his best when he wants to do something well. Maybe the problem is a short attention spa… SHINY THING! 

I’m even willing to buy into the paranoia subplot, however I don’t think this helps any parent who has a child on medication. Parents feel bad enough already without mental health problems thrown in. As we know, The Simpsons is a major cultural entity capable of both influencing and satirising popular culture. 

Wow, that was deep. 

Overall, I think the episode is hit-and-miss. Bart’s change in personality provides amusement but the paranoia and the baseball thing leaves me scratching my head. 

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Comments on: "At my house, we call them uh-ohs" (1)

  1. […] aspect of Homer is explored. We’ve already explored Lisa’s dumbening, Bart’s focusing and Marge’s occasional bouts of alcoholism. It’s good to see what Homer is capable of […]

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