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Skanks for nothing, Lamerella

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Milhouse of Sand and Fog

Couch gag: A pop-up menu appears after the family have sat down, and the unseen person chooses “Delete recording”.

Director: Steven Dean Moore

Synopsis: Milhouse’s parents look like they’re getting back together but Milhouse misses the attention, so he and Bart plot to break them up again.

Discussion: Unlike the previous two atrocities, this episode isn’t eye-stabbingly bad. In fact, it has moments where glimpses of Classic Simpsons shine through. Sadly those moments don’t last long, but hey! I didn’t want to stab out my eyes with a rusty spoon so it’s all good.

Milhouse’s parents have been separated since season 8’s ‘A Milhouse Divided‘. Now that they might get back together, Milhouse misses the extra attention he gets from both parents competing for his love, so he and Bart plan to break up the new couple. Cue Bart planting Marge’s bra to make Luann think Kirk has been cheating… but Bart didn’t realise his mother’s name is sewn onto the lingerie. Ooooh!

All of this is great- the plot works, it goes smoothly, there’s no reason to cry (unless you’re Milhouse and you have a remainder in your long division). Bart’s final prank to get his own parents back together is a bit stupid and cliched but I’m willing to forgive it because the rest of the ep is so different to what I’ve recently been subjected to.

Whether Luann and Kirk stay together is another story… Don’t look at me, I don’t know the answer. I’m beyond the limits of what I’ve seen previously (apart from the odd one here and there). And no spoilers either!

You should try Mary Magdalene’s chocolate orgasm

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Insane Clown Poppy

I will not surprise the incontinent

Couch gag: In a nod to The Matrix, the family stop in mid air, the scene flips 180 degrees and the family continue to the couch

director: Bob Anderson

Guest Voices:
Drew Barrymore as Sophie
Stephen King as himself
Jay Mohr as Christopher Walken
Amy Tan as herself
John Updike as himself
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony

Synopsis: Krusty is reunited with his long-lost daughter.

Discussion: Did the critics watch the same episode I did? I love this episode! It’s relevant, funny, fresh and story-driven as opposed to the mush thrown together, seemingly at the last minute.

After Homer and Bart blow up Lisa’s room (and half the house, dog house, letterbox, drawers…), the family set off to the book fair where Bart meets Krusty’s daughter in line for an autograph. I do question the guest voices in this segment: Stephen King is brilliant but everyone else’s role seems wasted.

Krusty’s tragic story of a one-night stand in the midst of a war is funny but moving as well. It was indeed a turbulent time (as a tween, I wrote in my diary how scared I was at the prospect of WWIII) and serves the plot well. Poor Sophie has never had a father and is making up for lost time, with an angry mother who never forgave Krusty for a whole bunch of things.

The beach sequence is one of my favourites from the entire series. It’s part quality bonding, part Simpsonsesque bonding, every bit what is expected from the show. It’s fantastic and a real return to form. Plus it’s nice to get away from a Simpsons-centred episode for a while.

However, it’s not all good. I’ve never been a fan of Krusty losing Sophie’s violin in a poker game. I can see why this happens- it’s exactly what one would expect from Krusty as a kinda sorta deadbeat dad. Getting the violin back is also inevitable, with Homer’s “help” of course.

Even though the ep isn’t outstanding, it’s a return to form with a bunch of guest voices to reel people in. Are all of them needed? Probably not, but at least I know who they are as opposed to say, the softballers from season 3.

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