Monty Can’t Buy Me Love
I have neither been there nor done that
Couch gag: The family start dancing and the lounge room is revealed to be a circus (we haven’t seen this one since season 6’s ‘Fear of Flying‘)
Director: Mark Ervin
Synopsis: Monty brings over the Loch Ness Monster to make people love him.
Discussion: This is actually a very good episode! If it seems like I’m surprised, it’s because I am: this is about the time where I start to get a bit jaded about the brilliance of the show. Yet here’s an ep which ticks all the right boxes, even if the ending does seem a bit out of place.
Based on Richard Branson and Virgin Megastores, Arthur Fortune’s new Fortune Megastore has landed into Springfield and the residents just love this new kind of billionaire. He’s fun, down-to-Earth and gives away free cash just because he can. Monty, desperate for the same love and adoration, tries to emulate Fortune’s success and winds up stealing the Loch Ness Monster (affectionately called Nessie) in order to be loved.
Everything works until the final part. One is able to see the Nessie stunt in good humour, part of the episode, but after that it’s a bit sketchy. Nessie ends up working in a casino. What? Nessie is a good-natured beast so there’s no point making her into a monster that Burns can manipulate to do his will, similar to “release the hounds”. Burns’ casino has been torn down so he can’t use her as the star attraction. So what do you do with the Loch Ness Monster once she’s won the hearts of Springfield’s residents? Clearly, I have no better answers than the writers, but the current ending of Nessie watching the pokies in a casino just doesn’t cut it. Other than that, it’s a fantastic episode. Shame.
$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)
I will not say “Springfield” just to get applause
Couch gag: The family run together and shatter
Director: Wes Archer
Robert Goulet as himself
Gerry Cooney as himself
Synopsis: Springfield’s economy is heading south so gambling is introduced as a way to rejuvenate the cash flow. Marge becomes addicted to gambling and neglects her household duties.
Discussion: Hello Floreda!
The town’s economy isn’t doing so well, and Mr Burns seizes the opportunity to capitalise on this by building a casino, featuring the very catchy name of Mr Burns’ Casino. Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer (with predictable results) and Marge becomes addicted to gambling. Who knew? It seems Marge is letting her hair down again (she seems to be doing a lot of that this season) and causing problems in the Simpson household. Lisa needs a costume for the school’s geography pageant so Homer, trying to be a good dad, makes her a costume which is, uh, unflattering to say the least. Apparently not as unflattering as Nevada though…
Mr Burns’ Howard Hughes- like obsession with germs is quite amusing. And sad. And I wonder how Smithers talked his way out of actually getting into the Spruce Moose with a gun being held to him. It’s probably better the aftermath of that wasn’t shown. The episode‘s subplot of Bart opening a rival casino is hilarious, especially Milhouse the Magician’s failed act. An Evening with Jimbo sounds promising though.
We also see a couple of recurring characters appear for the first time, but I haven’t mentioned them specifically up top just because they’re not regular enough and are limited to cameo appearances only. The Rich Texan does have lines in future episodes but contributes very little. Gunter and Ernst are parodies of Siegfried and Roy, and in a case of life imitating art, their white tiger attacked about 10 years after this episode was made. Coincidentally, of course, because having wild animals in a production is just a matter of time before something goes wrong…
I like this episode. It’s something fun, focusing on the town itself and the people within the town (much like the Monorail episode) instead of the town being a background figure. I have no idea who the guest stars are: Gerry Cooney and Robert Goulet. Then again, there’s a few people I only know because they’ve been on The Simpsons.