Billboard: McBain Capital: Consider this a hostile takeover
I will not wear white after Labor Day (Bart is wearing a white suit)
Couch gag: The Simpsons hatch into butterflies and are chased around the daycare by Gerald, the unibrow baby and Maggie’s arch enemy. This closely resembles the plot from Maggie’s short film The Longest Daycare.
Director: Bob Anderson
Zooey Deschanel as Mary Spuckler
Ken Burns as the narrator
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Gina
Anne Hathaway as Jenny
Don Pardo as the announcer
Natalie Portman as Darcy
Sarah Silverman as Nikki
Al Roker as himself
Kevin Michael Richardson as the drummer
Synopsis: Bart travels to New York in search for Mary Spuckler, the only girl who still likes him.
Discussion: What the hell did I just watch? And why are there a bunch of guest voices who only had one line in the entire episode? And how did Mary Spuckler get a job on Saturday Night Live? So many questions, so little time.
Bart hasn’t had a lot of luck in love, but hopes to rekindle something with Mary Spuckler, a daughter of Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel. Bart travels to New York on a tipoff and stuff happens, but I’m not really sure what. Marge and Lisa look for high culture, Homer gets an air conditioner dropped on his head and Bart loses Mary again. It seems like a bunch of ideas thrown together without any coherence or adding to the story… if there was a story to begin with. Did the writers take summer vacation and forget to write a plot? How did they convince the celebrity voices of Bart’s ex girlfriends to come back to record just one line? And why do we care if Bart can’t find love? He’s ten years old and sure, there may be “a storm brewing down there” but come on, if he hasn’t reached puberty yet, he never will.
This episode is a terrible opener to a season. I am not excited to get this season underway if this is the “quality” I can expect. It’s not like Mary is an interesting character, all she has going for her is a twangy accent and interesting parents. Normally I take notes while watching the episodes, funny lines I can use as the blog title and such. Today’s offering gave me exactly two potential lines- the other being Lisa’s quip, “Departo de Barto” which was uttered in the first few minutes of the show. That’s how poor the writing was here. For comparison, I normally gather at least 5 potential lines, and in a good episode I can have 10 or more. Sadly, that’s becoming more and more rare 😦