Network TV is not dead
Couch gag: The family are dropped onto the couch by pneumatic tubes. Fry from Futurama is placed on the couch before being replaced by Bart.
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Synopsis: After discovering a crayon lodged in his brain is impairing his intelligence, Homer has it removed and realises what it means to be smart. But intelligence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Discussion: This episode took a long time to get to the point, which makes it seem like a short episode. Act 1 was still good, don’t get me wrong, but the ep could have been made into something better. Homer’s financial woes are a common theme within the series, so there’s nothing new there, but the discovery of a crayon in his brain feels like a tacky add-on instead of the catalyst for the plot of Homer’s intelligence. I feel that the intelligence plot wasn’t explored as fully as it could be.
Having said all that, I’m glad another 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 in a different paradigm, even if it is temporary and he can’t handle it. The note he left Lisa is beautifully written and a real asset to the episode.