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Once Upon a Time in Springfield

Billboard: A picture of Maggie with the caption :The Fox Network, still sucking after 20 years

The world may end in 2012, but this show won’t

Couch gag: The Simpsons are sperm and the couch is inside an egg. The embryo grows into Mr Burns.

Director: Matthew Nastuk

Guest voices:
Anne Hathaway as Princess Penelope
Gary Larson as himself
Jackie Mason as Rabbi Hyman Krustofski
Eartha Kitt as herself

Synopsis: In an attempt to draw more female viewers, Krusty hires Princess Penelope, who falls in love with Krusty. Meanwhile, Homer, Lenny and Carl are poached by a rival nuclear power plant when Mr Burns takes away their daily doughnuts.

Discussion: Kudos to Anne Hathaway for being awesome in this episode! Everything else about it was lacklustre. Krusty’s ratings are down (again) and Princess Penelope is brought in to boost the female demographic. She quickly becomes the breakout star, declares her love for Krusty and they marry. Yawn.

The subplot of Homer et al being lured away to another nuclear power plant is far more interesting, yet not fully developed. There’s a crisis when Mr Burns no longer provides doughnuts to the Springfield crew, yet they’re also won back by the promise of the ultimate doughnuts every day. This side of the story could have been developed more and could potentially carry an episode on its own. Lenny and Carl are good characters and when paired with Homer, many strange things can happen, especially in a new setting such as Capital City Nuclear Power Plant.

For me, the best part of the episode was the anticipation of Bart and Milhouse ruining Krusty and Penelope’s wedding. Their execution of such was a major disappointment; a reliving of Krusty’s ex-wives, including Eartha Kitt, to whom he was married for six hours (asleep for five of those hours). It’s kind of sad that the only part I was excited about was the anticipation. It’s like being on a log ride and the several seconds before you drop down the side of the mountain are the scariest.

For an anniversary episode, it sucked. I do, however, like their optimism that the best is yet to come.

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I think Milhouse is El Barto

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The Good, the Sad and the Drugly

Billboard: Luigi holding a breadstick with the caption ‘Luigi’s- Home of the Breadstick’

I will not mock teacher’s outdated cell phone

Couch gag: The Simpsons slice through jungle to reveal a family of apes sitting on the couch

Director: Rob Oliver

Guest Voice:
Anne Hathaway as Jenny

Synopsis: Bart and Milhouse pull a prank but Milhouse takes the fall. Bart meets a girl and falls for her, forgetting Milhouse. Meanwhile, Lisa’s school assignment leaves her depressed so she’s prescribed medication to control her moods.

Discussion: Apart from the obvious repeating of themes, I found this episode to be a bit weird. It’s not that Bart gave Milhouse flowers, it’s not that Bart did things to impress a girl, it’s not that Lisa saw smiley faces everywhere. I dunno, it just felt like I was watching a slow car crash that didn’t happen: it’s not a bad episode but it does feel like deja vu. For example, Lisa’s strong empathy for the world around her was explored in season 1. Homer’s solution back then was to dry her tears with a hairdryer. Bart and Milhouse have fallen out over girls before but this time we’re privy to a make up prank. Aww.

In terms of structure, the episode works well. There’s two complete, separate storylines contained wholly within the episode. They both belong there; neither of them are particularly weak but neither of them could carry a full episode on their own.

Jenny is an adorable character, voiced well by Anne Hathaway. This is about as much as Bart has allowed any romantic interest to see; he’s tried being a good boy, he’s tried being a bad boy but he’s never tried being himself and this is as close as he’s come. He even introduced Jenny to his family!

It’s a slightly above average episode which re-treads old ground, but still enjoyable to watch.

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