Homer the Moe
A burp in a jar is not a science project
Couch gag: The Simpsons tackle each other for a football. Maggie is triumphant and scores a touchdown.
Director: Jen Kamerman
REM as themselves
Synopsis: Moe is disillusioned with the path his bartending is taking, so returns to college while Homer looks after the bar. When Moe returns, he changes the tavern into a hip nightclub, much to the chagrin of Lenny, Carl, Barney and Homer.
Discussion: Moe wanting to redesign his tavern isn’t a new idea. He’s previously transformed it into a swingin’ hotspot (featuring Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and a family restaurant. Now he turns his bar into a po-mo (post-modern) nightclub catering to snobs and Russian models of questionable gender. The regular barflies are unhappy, and for good reason.
So, Homer opens his own bar in his garage. It’s a reasonable plan… until he goes hunting. Then the episode turns into yet another WTF? moment.
What goes wrong in this ep? The premise isn’t original and it’s also quite dark at times. When Moe heads back to his old bartender’s college, he chats with an old professor who confesses he has cancer, then wades into a pond, essentially committing suicide. There’s also a half-finished robot which Homer throws onto the street. The robot asks his “father” to give him legs, Homer refuses, and the robot pulls himself along the road using only his makeshift arms. It’s very sad and adds to the dark tone of the ep. Then, of course, there’s Homer hunting a turkey to validate his hunting club.
REM appear as themselves, first singing in Homer’s garage bar (with Homer ad-libbing his own hilarious lyrics) and then being invited to Thanksgiving dinner, complete with tofurkey. They seem quite stiff in the ep, like they don’t really want to be there. Can’t blame them really, they’ve obviously read the script and probably shuddered like the rest of us…
This starts well but winds up being a below average episode. Yay for season 13…?