Much Apu About Something
Director: Bob Anderson
Synopsis: Apu’s nephew Jamshed renovates the Kwik-E-Mart into a Quick & Fresh. Meanwhile, Bart retires from pranking.
Discussion: The last time Apu lost the Kwik-E-Mart, we were treated to a tearful rendition of Who Needs a Kwik-E-Mart? and a delightful adventure where Homer and Apu went on an epic trek and got Apu’s store back. This time, we have Apu throwing a hissy fit, some hipster wannabe trying to bring the show into the 21st century and some pathetic garbage from Bart that the writers think is a prank.
As per usual, this episode makes little sense and contains nothing more than cheap laughs to fill 22 minutes. There is absolutely no substance whatsoever to this ep, making it the latest in a long line of WTF? episodes in which it’s pretty clear everyone involved with the show has given up.
OK, enough rambling from my high horse. Let’s talk plot. Apu’s store is destroyed, his brother Sanjay retires, leaving his majority stake to his son, Jamshed. How Sanjay scored a majority stake is a stroke of pure idiocy and lazy writing: Apu is addicted to scratch-and-win tickets (here in Australia, we call them scratchies). Anyhoo, Jay turns the store into a health food shop, Bart turns off the power, immediately sending the food to the depths of rotting hell, and everyone makes up and Apu regains control of his store. Yay.
It’s lazy, anticlimatic, and seriously boring. The ep relies on explaining jokes and giving voice to sight gags, which is a lazy formula proven to provide one more nail in the show’s coffin. Please please please can we just end it now?
Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles
Couch gag: Homer watches an opening sequence called Laz-E-Rider, which pays homage to 80s TV shows.
Director: Timothy Bailey
Sofia Vergara as Ms Berrera
Synopsis: Homer buys milk with added hormones, which turn Bart and Lisa into premature teenagers. Bart has a new teacher and both he and Principal Skinner develop a crush on her.
Discussion: Sometimes the writers come up with a funny parody title but fail miserably to put any substance into the episode. This is yet another example. The ideas are disjointed; Bart has a cool new teacher, develops a crush on her (as does Skinner) and then the writers decide to make the title relevant by sending Homer to Apu to buy healthy milk.
There’s so much fun to be had with Lisa and Bart as teenagers! Bart grows a moustache, which turns out to be just weird. Lisa doesn’t even grow breasts! They’re missing some golden opportunities to have a lot of fun yet this ep falls completely flat. Sofia Vergara tries her best but just ends up another forgettable guest star.
What if Lisa developed feelings for a much older boy with a motorbike, got her period, grew breasts and had the urge to make out with Milhouse? What if Bart started having wet dreams, grew a mullet hairstyle (as seen in ‘Barthood’) and had the urge to make out with Milhouse? What if Ms Berrera stayed overnight at Skinner’s house? What if…?
There’s just so much fodder, and all of it missing from this extremely weak episode.
The Girl Code
Director: Chris Clements
Kaitlin Olsen as Quinn
Stephen Merchant as Conrad
Synopsis: When Homer loses his job over Marge’s social media post, Lisa creates an app which warns users the consequences of their posts.
Discussion: What a mess! It’s a hodge-podge of half-arsed ideas thrown together to fill 22 minutes.
The first of the WTF? moments comes with Angry Ricky taking the recently-fired Homer home. Ummmmm, what? Who the hell is Angry Ricky and why is he the one kicking Homer out?
After that, it all seems to blur together. The whole coding class is a weird concept. I mean, sure, yay coding and yay female coders, but what? Suddenly the boys in the class are doing Crossfit?
And then… Homer goes back to the Greek restaurant where he worked at 14, washing dishes. He dances. And keeps dancing. And thinking he’s Greek. And that’s pretty much Homer’s “plot” for the rest of the episode.
Lisa’s plot also has little to offer. She goes a bit crazy and thinks the app is talking to her. What?
There’s nothing nice I can say about this episode. It’s just rubbish.