A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again
Couch gag: Everything and everyone are represented by words on a white background
Director: Chris Clements
Steve Coogan as Rowan Priddis
Treat Williams as himself and the General from the movie
Synopsis: Realising his life is a bore, Bart saves up for a family vacation on a cruise ship, and tricks the crew and passengers into believing they can’t go back to shore, leaving them on an eternal vacation.
Discussion: What a fun episode! There’s a point in everyone’s life when they realise that every day is the same and this is how holidays are born. Holidays are full of sun and fun, and nothing encompasses those things like a cruise ship, where you are literally taken away from all that ails you for a week of calm oceans and exotic places you never thought you’d see. Unless you were on my last cruise, which followed a cyclone all the way to the South Pacific islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu…
Part of this episode’s appeal is the reality of life, something which the show based itself on and somehow moved quite far away from it to become a caricature of itself. Bart is suffering anxiety and depression, which a holiday itself won’t cure but the family’s advice at the end to enjoy the few perfect moments and have fun within the drudgery is not only a good family bonding experience but also Truth. It’s another way of saying stop and smell the roses.
Everything about this episode works: from Bart’s reality of saving up for the holiday to his plan of staying forever by showing a DVD to the ship’s passengers forcing the ship to stay afloat to the song sung by the Cruise Director… it’s just a whole ton of fun but with the message to enjoy the fun moments because life isn’t 100% drudgery 100% of the time.
And although your cruises may not feature rock climbing or triple room upgrades, think about taking a cruise holiday. Just make sure it’s not in the middle of cyclone season. The seas are just a bit too rough even for ocean sex.