Bart to the Future
“Non-flammable” is not a challenge
Couch gag: A bouncer allows the family in but turns Homer away
Director: Michael Marcantel
Synopsis: Bart is shown a vision of his future when the family visit a Native American casino.
Discussion: OK, so the critics hated it, but this episode is hilarious and it just keeps getting better. At the time, it was pretty lame. People kept comparing it to Lisa’s Wedding, which is unfair; having the same theme (flash-forward) doesn’t mean it’s comparable.
Anyhoo, let’s get to it. Lisa has “some government job”; the first straight female President of the United States. Bart is the black sheep- a loser who is always waiting for that big payoff. Here’s the hilarious bit- the US is completely broke! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! As I write this is September 2013, the US is close to its debt ceiling (again) which means it is, effectively, broke (why not ask Bill Gates for a loan?). President Lisa’s solution is to hike taxes and Bart buys some time with the creditors.
This ep works because everyone knows someone like future Bart: the guy who was too cool for school and waiting for his big break in life. Everything satirised in the ep is coming true, which makes it much more hilarious now than when first broadcast (although Chastity Bono is now Chas, but who saw that coming?) Quite simply, this is a fantastic ep and one of the few episodes to hold up well against the test of time.