Insane Clown Poppy
I will not surprise the incontinent
Couch gag: In a nod to The Matrix, the family stop in mid air, the scene flips 180 degrees and the family continue to the couch
director: Bob Anderson
Drew Barrymore as Sophie
Stephen King as himself
Jay Mohr as Christopher Walken
Amy Tan as herself
John Updike as himself
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
Synopsis: Krusty is reunited with his long-lost daughter.
Discussion: Did the critics watch the same episode I did? I love this episode! It’s relevant, funny, fresh and story-driven as opposed to the mush thrown together, seemingly at the last minute.
After Homer and Bart blow up Lisa’s room (and half the house, dog house, letterbox, drawers…), the family set off to the book fair where Bart meets Krusty’s daughter in line for an autograph. I do question the guest voices in this segment: Stephen King is brilliant but everyone else’s role seems wasted.
Krusty’s tragic story of a one-night stand in the midst of a war is funny but moving as well. It was indeed a turbulent time (as a tween, I wrote in my diary how scared I was at the prospect of WWIII) and serves the plot well. Poor Sophie has never had a father and is making up for lost time, with an angry mother who never forgave Krusty for a whole bunch of things.
The beach sequence is one of my favourites from the entire series. It’s part quality bonding, part Simpsonsesque bonding, every bit what is expected from the show. It’s fantastic and a real return to form. Plus it’s nice to get away from a Simpsons-centred episode for a while.
However, it’s not all good. I’ve never been a fan of Krusty losing Sophie’s violin in a poker game. I can see why this happens- it’s exactly what one would expect from Krusty as a kinda sorta deadbeat dad. Getting the violin back is also inevitable, with Homer’s “help” of course.
Even though the ep isn’t outstanding, it’s a return to form with a bunch of guest voices to reel people in. Are all of them needed? Probably not, but at least I know who they are as opposed to say, the softballers from season 3.