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Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play

Have a great summer, everyone

Couch gag: All the couches in Springfield turn into monsters

Director: Bob Anderson

Guest voices:
Mandy Moore as Tabitha Vixx
Stacy Keach as Howard K. Duff

Synopsis: Marge and Homer provide marriage counselling to a baseballer and his superstar singer wife.

Discussion: The premise of the episode is pretty good, but there’s something missing to make it a great episode. Maybe it’s that I tuned out when sport was mentioned, or maybe Tabitha and Buck aren’t interesting characters. In any case, this episode never lifts above mediocrity.

When Marge and Homer are caught on the stadium’s Kissing Cam, Buck Mitchell, a baseballer for the Springfield Isotopes, decides to rock up on their doorstep and reveal that his marriage isn’t going well. Surely there’s a better reason for him to rock up besides a random Kissing Cam moment? But no, here he is and the next thing you know, Marge and Homer agree to provide counselling.

The counselling sessions themselves provide few laughs but a lot of cliches and obvious reasons as to why they’re not happy in their marriage. There’s no playing around with these characters- they do exactly what they’re expected to and end up together after Homer pulls a stunt involving a blimp and a loving message to Buck while he’s playing. OK, so it was mostly to ensure Buck had a good game but there’s no reason the audience cares at that point. What if they stayed together for multi-million dollar magazine photo shoot or publicity stunt or a myriad of any other lame reason? Instead it’s just these two uninteresting characters who have wandered in and decided to stay together for some strange reason known only to themselves.

This ep brings us to the end of season 17. There were a couple of really good episodes, a few really painful ones, and plenty of average ones. This ep was bordering on painful.


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