Couch gag: The Simpsons do the Harlem Shake
Director: Chuck Sheetz
Synopsis: The Simpsons discover Grampa’s secret past as a glamorous professional wrestler.
Discussion: Right, well. Now that The Simpsons have effectively ruined a complete historical canon of their story, we can look past all that nonsense and see that Abe Simpson used to be a despised pro wrestler sometime in the 50s.
The episode starts well; Homer is inspired by a reality show where people go through storage lockers and find stuff worth a few thousand dollars. Rocking up to the local storage auction, the Simpsons find boxes full of lady wear and makeup, all labelled with Grampa’s name. Thinking Abe is gay and has been hiding it, the family encourage him to live the life he should and find a male companion.
But then something goes wrong: the episode peaks far too early and then falls completely flat for the next ten minutes as Abe tries to recapture past glory, taking Bart with him.
The only glimpse of former brilliance is Mr Burns’ song about what a high to be loathed. It almost reaches the heights of other great songs from the show but it still manages to fall face first in a puddle of excrement.
But, as the first ten minutes are so enjoyable (once you get past the dodgy timeline), this ep rates a whopping “average” compared to the rest of the drivel we’ve seen so far this season.