Jaws Wired Shut
Couch gag: The family are dressed as characters from silent films
Director: Nancy Kruse
Synopsis: Homer breaks his jaw and learns to listen.
Discussion: At the basis of comedy, you find truth. At the beginning of this episode are two nuggets of truth: gay pride parades are awesomely over-the-top and there is a lot of crap shown before a movie starts. After Homer breaks his jaw, it’s funny for about two minutes before mediocrity sets in. What happens when you take away a defining trait from a character? You end up with boring, that’s what. There’s nothing to replace the funny when funny is taken away.
Homer learning to listen is a good premise, but one that can’t be carried for a whole episode. Sitting and listening to Grampa’s tales of liberty cabbage or Marge’s frustrations with Ned whilst communicating with a chalkboard aren’t enough to keep one’s attention. Let’s not mention Marge’s brief foray into demolition derbying, it’s just ridiculously stupid and isn’t saved by Popeye parodies.
There are good moments: a personal favourite is Afternoon Yak, which parodies The View and is fairly amusing. Sadly, not enough to save the episode from the pits of snore-fest.