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Midnight Rx

Couch gag: The Simpsons sit on the couch and nothing happens. Lisa remarks, “What? Can’t we sit on the couch without anything happening?” Just then, Homer is impaled by a large spear.

Director: Nancy Kruse

Synopsis: When medications become too expensive, Homer and Grampa smuggle meds from Canada.

Discussion: Well, well, well. Aren’t we scraping the bottom of the plot barrel? Mr Burns cuts the subsidised medications for his employees, forcing Homer and Grampa to become drug mules to feed Springfield vital medications. What?

There’s nothing in this episode to hold interest. Lisa and Marge at the pharmaceutical company echoes my own feelings as they look silently at each other with a WTF? expression on their faces. Is this really the best plot the writers could come up with? Medication smuggling with some generic Canadian insults (and poorly done accents) thrown in. I am slightly amused at the biting satire of patriotism exhibited by Homer, but that’s fleeting and certainly not enough to carry the episode.

But… there must be something I liked, right? Well, the musical score was pretty good. The argument between Ned and Apu over deities was amusing for about five seconds, and Ned meeting his Canadian doppelganger was also mildly amusing. Given the chance, I’d happily wash out my eyes if it meant un-seeing this ginormous waste of time.

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Time to ram-a-lam these ding dongs

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The Bart Wants What It Wants

The Giving Tree is not a chump

Couch gag: The family form a chorus line, which is revealed to be a huge production

Director: Michael Polcino

Guest Voices:
Wolfgang Puck as himself
Reese Witherspoon as Greta

Synopsis: Bart meets Rainier Wolfcastle’s daughter, Greta, who falls in love with him.

Discussion: Bart has another girlfriend, this time it’s the daughter of actor Rainier Wolfcastle. Bart likes her because she has awesome stuff, Greta has genuine feelings for him. Aww! Naturally, it’s destined for disaster. Bart chooses to heckle Skinner at a comedy club instead of taking Greta to a school dance. Greta finds solace with Milhouse… and something about going to Canada.

Bart and Milhouse’s girl troubles are regular fodder for the show, and this one isn’t really that different. What if Bart and Milhouse were each trying to win the affection of Greta? And what if they didn’t go to Canada and use every cliche in the book?

Reese Witherspoon, as always, is fantastic in this ep. She has an ability to be sweet as pie or delightfully snide. A little bit of both are seen here as Greta falls for, and punishes, Bart. And Milhouse, to a lesser extent.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing new. Girl troubles and tired cliches about another country are really all this ep offers. It starts out well but by the third act, it’s just embarrassing. There are some good moments, usually provided by Rainier Wolfcastle (including the appearance by authorised look-alike, Chuck) but overall, the ep falls flat.

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