The Scorpion’s Tale
Billboard: Springfield Mall for rent: Free retail space with every purchase
I’m not here on a spitball scholarship
Couch gag: A player chooses characters in the Simpsons Couch Gag game. As soon as the family sit down, the game is over.
Director: Matthew Schofield
Kevin Michael Richardson as the retirement castle orderly
Werner Herzog as Walter Hotenhoffer
Synopsis: Lisa discovers that silvertongue flowers make scorpions docile, and tests it on Grampa. Grampa also becomes docile, leading a pharmaceutical company to synthesise the drug and make old people less cranky. However, the side effect is that their eyeballs fall out.
Discussion: I really don’t know what to say about this episode. It’s easily one of the worst episodes ever. It begins well, with Lisa heading for another A in the science fair with her discovery of a correlation between silvertongue flowers and docility of scorpions. After that… well, let’s just say that some days, this Simpsons endeavour is a hard slog.
Cue all sorts of stupid German jokes when Walter Hotenhoffer appears, including his traumatic experience as Augustus Gloop in the film version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Seriously.
There’s nothing good to say about this ep. It’s unfunny, gruesome, tedious and stupid. It’s a serious WTF? ep.