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The Devil Wears Nada

Billboard: Duffman: Don’t face this Christmas sober

I do not have the hots for my mom

Couch gag: The Simpsons and couch sink into a tar pit and their skeletons become exhibits at a museum.

Director: Nancy Kruse

Synopsis: Carl is promoted and makes Homer his executive assistant, resulting Homer being overworked and too tired for sex. Meanwhile, Marge’s libido is high after appearing in a sexy calendar for her Charity Chicks group.

Discussion: Where’s Lenny? In all this Homer and Carl stuff, what’s Lenny doing? He’s utilised in the first five minutes then completely forgotten. Is he angry at Carl and/or Homer? Is he drinking himself into a stupor to block out the pain of his two best friends being promoted above him and hanging out together? Maybe he should have been the one to (almost) hook up with Marge in a revenge plot. And what about the other Charity Chicks? Are they upset that Marge hogged the limelight?

Anyhoo, Lenny’s mysterious omission is probably the most interesting thing about this episode. We’ve seen numerous examples of Homer and Marge’s marital troubles, and bringing in Ned as an object of lust is just a little bit weird.

It’s hard to get excited about this episode. The premise was good but the execution left me feeling flat. Half the episode went by before the point became clear- it really was just about Marge wanting sex and Homer being too tired and overworked. Yawn. The scenes in Paris were good and I liked that Carl was allowed to explore an unambiguous sexuality. The raw lust in the episode made it more real and I’m glad the writers took it only as far as they did… although Ned and Marge in the kitchen was more cringe-worthy than sexy. And who was babysitting Rod and Todd while they were grounded?

For me, the ep brought up more questions than it answered, and some parts of it, I didn’t need to see at all. Still, it showed solid writing and is the best episode of the season so far… but that’s not saying much; it’s like saying puke green is better than baby poo yellow.

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