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I Am Furious (Yellow)
Couch gag: A prize machine claw grabs Homer’s head, who yells “Ow! My brain!”
Director: Chuck Sheetz
Guest voice:
Stan Lee as himself
Synopsis: Bart creates a comic called Angry Dad, based on Homer.
Discussion: Just when you think The Simpsons is completely dead, along comes ‘I am Furious (Yellow)‘. Inspired by an illustrator at the school’s Career Day talks, Bart decides to create a comic based on Homer’s tantrums. It garners attention from an internet animation company, who put the series online, making Homer and Bart stars.
This is a fantastic episode. It doesn’t quite shine like earlier seasons, but it gets pretty darn close. Homer is at his angry best, pouring out his rage at the world, every moment being captured by Bart. This ep is character and plot-driven, making it a highlight of the season. Stan Lee is fabulous as himself, who has somehow found a home in the Android’s Dungeon, happily rearranging comics and figures to highlight his Marvel collection.
I don’t get the title reference; a 1960s Swedish art house film called I Am Curious (Yellow), but that’s a minor thing. The ep also references the so-called dot com bubble, which busted somewhere in the early 2000s when internet businesses all over the world suddenly went bust. This ep was produced after the bubble burst, making hindsight 20/20 as far as these things go.
Overall, it’s a great episode. It’s referenced again in a later season when Bart is offered the chance to make Angry Dad: The Movie. But we’ll get to that later. I’d have liked to see this internet comic/cartoon thing be a mainstay in the series. I think it would Bart a lot of good to become wealthy- that way, you can poke some fun at child stars who lost their fortunes due to bad parent-manager relationships (I’m looking at you, Macaulay Culkin).

Out of my way, nature!

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Marge Simpson in: Screaming Yellow Honkers

Grammar is not a waste of time

Couch gag: The family sit on the couch which turns into a rollercoaster seat. 

Director: Mark Kirkland

Synopsis: Marge is forced to attend classes for her road rage, but winds up needing that anger to save the family from rhinos. 

Discussion: Yep, you read right: Marge needs to channel her road rage to save her family from rhinos. 

The episode starts well. We all remember and love the Canyonero from ‘The Last Temptation of Krust‘ when Krusty sold out and started endorsing the SUV in order to gain some quick dosh. This time, Homer buys a Canyonero, not realising he’s bought the F-series which is intended for a female market. Marge uses the car to do her shopping, decides she likes it and uses it all the time, leading to some road rage and an anger management class. 

The highlights of the ep are: Marge calming herself down in the carpark when Agnes and Kearney refuse to move, the Canyonero song, road rage class and the ability to fit 32 grocery bags in the back. Lowlights include: the entire third act. Rhinos? Really??

The short film shown at road rage class is a perfect vehicle (‘scuse the pun) for Troy McClure, however this was produced after Phil Hartman’s death. His absence is noticeable. You can really imagine Troy saying, “Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such road safety films such as ‘The horn is for honking’ and ‘Red lights mean stop’…” Instead we have a forgettable character of um, what’s her name? Constable woman talking about stuff. Add Curtis E. Bear, the courtesy bear, who is actually one of the better one-time characters in the season, and you’ve got yourself some average laughs. 

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