Kill Gil Volumes I & II
Frankincense is not a monster
Couch gag: The Simpsons are in a bauble on a Christmas tree, while the animals are lying in front of a fireplace.
Director: Bob Anderson
Elvis Stojko as himself
Synopsis: After losing his job on Christmas Eve, Gil moves in with the Simpsons.
Discussion: This insanely stupid episode is right up there with the very worst of the entire series. There is exactly one highlight: the unique opening sequence in which the town in covered with Christmas snow.
I take notes during the show, things I want to mention and lines for potential use as blog titles. I have exactly two of those lines written down, and neither deserves special mention. The title of this post was very nearly “What the fuck did I just watch?” The picture included in this post is from the very end of the episode just to prove I watched the entire 20 minutes without stabbing my eyes out with a pen (there’s a reason I don’t keep forks in my room, you know).
Nothing in this ep makes sense, except for Marge feeling sorry for Gil on Christmas Eve when he sells a toy to Lisa which was meant for the boss’ daughter. That part makes sense. The Grumple stalking Homer throughout the year and Gil suddenly getting a job that he’s been waiting for, does not make sense. Gil is not an interesting character to begin with, and him mooching off the family for 11.5 months is equally uninteresting. Marge not being able to say NO to him is the most pointless plotline in the history of the series.
Don’t watch this episode. Just don’t.