My Fair Laddy
Director: Bob Anderson
Synopsis: Lisa turns Groundskeeper Willie into a gentleman, while Homer searches for a new pair of blue pants.
Discussion: Who knew buying a replacement pair of blue pants could be so darn entertaining? When Homer damages his last pair of pants through “normal wear and tear” (go-karting 50 laps with his bum on the ground), he looks everywhere for a new pair only to be constantly told they’re not made anymore. This subplot is never fully resolved: his one-man advertising campaign allows the pants to be manufactured again and everyone is wearing them… but did Homer end up with a new pair?
This is all backdrop to the main plot of Groundskeeper Willie becoming a gentleman, a parody of My Fair Lady. It’s the first time we’ve seen Willie take centre stage in an episode, and I must admit it was enjoyable. The songs were also parodies of songs from My Fair Lady, however they didn’t get to the goody fun-ness of other musical highlights; these seemed forced. They’re not particularly witty or clever which dampens the spirit of the ep considerably. Having said that, it’s still the best episode thus far of season 17 (although the new coach, the Bombardment! guy, was SUPER ANNOYING!)
Lisa does well at transforming Willie and it works quite well, however I don’t think that turning someone into a gentleman is technically a feat of science…