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
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.