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He Loves to Fly and He D’Ohs

I will not wait another 20 years to make a movie

Couch gag: Since this was the first episode to air after the movie was released, the entire opening sequence recalls places and characters from the film. Spider Pig (yes, I know his name is Hairy Plopper now but he’ll always be Spider Pig to me) is on the couch while the Spider Pig theme plays.

Director: Mark Kirkland

Guest voices:
Lionel Richie as himself
Stephen Colbert as Colby Klaus

Synopsis: Homer falls in love with Mr Burns’ private jet so Marge hires a life coach to teach Homer how to be successful.

Discussion: Several bits of this episode were highly enjoyable, and several bits fell flat. The premise, where Homer saves Mr Burns and is treated to a private jet to Chicago, was really good. Once the life coach stepped in, I wondered what was going on because it was obvious from the outset that whatever Colby Klaus was there for, Homer wasn’t going to succeed.

Homer spending his days at Krusty Burger because he didn’t get the job… well, OK, I can buy that. The flashback as to why he didn’t get the job wasn’t as funny as I was expecting. It was far too simplistic and a huge let down. Not to mention Colby talking Homer through landing the plane safely.

I’m going to have to give this first ep of season 19 an average mark. Singing to Homer wasn’t the last time Lionel Richie was involved with beer, though… Does that ad air in the US?

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