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Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore

Couch gag: Cards featuring the family are dealt to the couch; it’s a royal flush.

Director: Mark Kirkland

Guest voice:
Richard Dean Anderson as himself

Synopsis: When Mr Burns outsources the nuclear power plant to India, Homer is sent over to train the new employees but becomes drunk with power. Meanwhile, Patty and Selma kidnap their idol, Richard Dean Anderson, and get more than they bargained for.

Discussion: This episode is actually pretty funny. It was written by the voice of Homer, Dan Castellaneta, and his wife Deb Lacusta. It’s a tight script with two separate plots which don’t need to work together but they get the ep moving along nicely. Richard Dean Anderson is a brilliant addition to the episode and shows that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Patty and Selma’s obsession with RDA is long acknowledged in the series, but this time they’ve caught him by kidnapping him during a Stargate: SG-1 convention and taking him to their own MacGyver convention. He turns a bit weird and insists on being placed in ever stranger predicaments to see if he can really escape in true MacGyver style. Feeling he’s a bit too weird for them, they decide to bore him with travel photos and he jumps out a window. His MacGyver-style mullet is never really explained though…

Homer’s trip to India is also pretty good. For once, it’s not an offensive trip overseas (although he does offend the Indians when wrestling with a cow who stole his iPod). Thinking he’s a god is a bit weird, but makes sense in context so I’ll forgive it. I wish there was more Lenny and Carl involved with the episode- perhaps the three of them are made team leaders with different leadership ways which conflict and Homer’s team is in front so he still thinks he’s a god…?

Apu’s cousin Kavi makes an appearance and again, I think he could have been utilised a bit more. Changing seamlessly through his accents when answering phones was funny and just the cushy job Homer aspires to.

A rare gem in the later seasons and well worth watching, even if it’s just for Patty and Selma’s plot.

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