couch gag: The Simpsons desiccate into ash.
Director: Bob Anderson
Synopsis: Marge and Homer enjoy some quality drinking time together, but it goes awry when Homer frames Marge for drink-driving.
Discussion: Cripes. Homer frames Marge for drink driving. Why? Possibly because he’s already notched up a drink-driving offense way back in season 4, but probably only because Homer is a complete douche in this episode for no apparent reason.
The subplot involves a parody of Star Wars and the negative criticism the prequels received. Bart and Lisa travel to Cosmic Wars creator Randall Curtis’ ranch to complain in person, and are rewarded with Jim Jam cereal boxes. Abruptly, this adventure ends and never revisited. Pity, it was superior to the main plot of Marge dealing with alcoholism and a cheap shot at rehab.
Marge’s main vice is gambling. Suddenly she enjoys wine a bit too much and believes that she was the one driving the car when it crashed. I suppose that’s fairly reasonable; after all, she is quite attached to Homer but why the heck would she believe everything he says? Especially when it’s so way out of character? Homer’s a douche, plain and simple. Bart and Lisa don’t think there’s anything particularly weird about Marge’s supposed behaviour, so it must be true, right?
This ep feels like a one-joke pony that was stretched into 20 minutes of yawn. There’s no substance to it whatsoever… perhaps it would have been more enjoyable had I been drinking through it.