How I Spent My Strummer Vacation
Couch gag: The living room is water with sharks swimming. Homer, on waterskis, jumps over them.
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Mick Jagger as himself
Keith Richards as himself
Elvis Costello as himself
Lenny Kravitz as himself
Brian Setzer as himself
Tom Petty as himself
Synopsis: Feeling down about his lost dreams since he started a family, Marge surprises him with a week at Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.
Discussion: Welcome to season 14! My vote of confidence for a good season isn’t high; not because I’ve been musing that the show has jumped the shark since season 9, but that it’s self-referenced as the couch joke at the beginning of this episode! Hmm… In any case, this episode is probably going to be the best of the season (prove me wrong, season 14) and it’s all due to a bunch of awesome guest stars.
Maybe it’s the “camp” factor, but this ep reminds me of Kamp Krusty, but way more fun. Let’s start at the beginning. Something about Moe refusing to serve Homer, Homer gives blood, goes back to Moe’s, loses keys. Expectations are pretty low at this point. Then comes the parody of Taxicab Confessions, a show I used to love. Homer reveals his dreams of rockin’ n’ rollin’ were shattered when he married Marge and had some kids. They really cramp one’s style. Although the family are really angry with Homer, they agree to give him the chance to fulfill that dream anyway. Aww.
Cue the rock stars, who are the ones who make the ep shine. Who else but the Simpsons could attract stars of this calibre and treat them like this? It’s brilliant (I like one reviewer’s comments; “You’ve gotta admire a show that lands the greatest names in rock and then gives them as much respect as a brown M&M.”)
It’s not the greatest ep ever, and I really think it’s the guest stars making fun of themselves that lift it out of mediocrity, but it’s a strong start to the season and I really hope it continues… I have my fingers crossed.