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Grift of the Magi

I will not sell my kidney on ebay

Couch gag: The family slide down a fireman pole but Homer gets stuck in the ceiling.

Director: Matthew Nastuk

Guest voices:
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
Gary Coleman as himself
Tim Robbins as Jim Hope
Clarence Clemens as narrator

Synopsis: Bart breaks his coccyx, forcing the school to comply with disability laws. The school can’t afford it, so shuts down and is taken over by a toy company wanting to create a new toy in time for Christmas. 

Discussion: This episode is a stab at the toy crazes cashing in on Christmas every year. Add some guest voices and a delightfully kooky performance by Gary Coleman, and you have yourself a really fun ep. 

This ep is full of great moments: Bart and Milhouse jumping on the bed in drag, Fat Tony making disability ramps from breadsticks and paint, Funzo, Homer crashing through windows as Bart and Lisa distract the residents with caroling, Gary Coleman talking to an unplugged phone… It’s just so funny. 

This episode does throw together a bunch of holiday cliches, but you kinda expect that in Christmas shows. I think Krusty summed it up nicely when he wished all major religions a happy holiday using their own respective holidays. The ep was panned by critics but I don’t know what they’re on about. 


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