Days of Wine and D’oh’ses
I was not touched “there” by an angel
Couch gag: The family circa 1990 are sitting on the couch. Modern Simpsons come in, everyone screams and runs away.
Director: Neil Affleck
Synopsis: When the regulars of Moe’s Tavern make fun of Barney’s drunkenness, Barney turns sober.
Discussion: I’m in two minds about this episode. First, it’s great to see someone overcoming a debilitating addiction such as alcoholism. But then again, Barney’s humour is in his drunken states. The process of Barney becoming sober is a good one though: Homer cracking jokes about 12 steps and taking “six silver bullets” so Barney can fly the helicopter and save Bart and Lisa. Barney staying sober… well, we’ll see how that plays out (it’s not long after this season that I stopped watching).
The subplot about Bart and Lisa’s attempts at capturing the perfect pic for the cover of the new phonebook is average, but does lead to the climax of a sober Barney flying the chopper to save them. It’s not a brilliant ep, but it does have a good plot and explores another side of Barney.
This ep screened right after a flash-forward ep; the previous episode in which Barney’s alcoholism was explored was his prize-winning film, which screened right before the first flash-forward ep of Lisa’s Wedding. Coincidence?
Finally, is Barney the long lost father of Nelson? Apart from the nose, they’re very much alike…