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Paths of Glory

Couch gag: A parody of Yahtzee.

Director: Steven Dean Moore

Synopsis: Lisa follows in the footsteps of Springfield’s first female inventor. Marge and Homer think Bart is a sociopath.

Discussion: So, a Simpson wants to be an inventor… This time, Lisa decides to clear the name of Springfield’s first female inventor, Amelia Vanderbuckle, sent to an asylum more than 100 years ago.

Meanwhile, the diary of a homicidal maniac is mistaken for being Bart’s diary. It could have been a good storyline, if characters stopped explaining everything they’d just read and the concept wasn’t so poorly written. And clearly, it’s not Bart’s handwriting… But never let facts get in the way of a story (however lame the story might be). Marge gives Bart a sociopathic test… Let’s be honest, that whole scene is garbage: Thinking Bart is a dangerous sociopath, Homer and Marge let him do whatever he wants in a montage set to Black Sabbath’s ‘Crazy Train’. It’s nothing more than a muddled attempt at a subplot when the main plot takes up less than half the episode anyway. Did a drunk monkey type this script?

In any case, we’ve seen Lisa solving mysteries before, and done much better. Milhouse is a lousy sidekick sleuth.

Wait- why is Groundskeeper Willie wearing a bra??

Somehow the conclusion to this madness involves being drafted to the US Army and Lisa being right. Yawn. It’s a mishmash of half-arsed, badly executed ideas somehow smooshed together to make a “plot” (and I use the term very loosely). As the credits rolled, I was left scratching my head and wondering what the fuck I’d just watched.

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