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Couldn’t you try a non-delicious fat?

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Faith Off

I will stop phoning it in

Couch gag: The couch is now overseen by a psychiatrist. Homer flops down, proclaims he’s crazy and the rest of the family look at each other in bewilderment.

Director: Nancy Kruse

Guest Voices:
Don Cheadle as Brother Faith
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony

Synopsis: During a college prank, Homer gets a bucket superglued to his head and Bart is able to remove it during a faith healing, leading Bart to believe he has the power to heal.

Discussion: This is another of those episodes which don’t fit together well. There’s two distinct plots which, when fitted together, don’t quite make a whole. There’s the lead-up to Bart’s short gig as a faith healer, in which Homer’s college prank sees him get a metal bucket superglued to his head. Then there’s Bart being a faith healer (the definite highlight of the ep) and then there’s a college football game, threats over a broken leg and… then what?

‘Testify’ is a great song and harks back to earlier seasons when there was a song just for the hell of it (we all know I’m sucker for a catchy song). But, and correct me if I’m wrong, we haven’t seen a catchy song for quite some time. This really lifts the episode out of mediocrity, but it falls again quickly with the college game and Fat Tony threatening Homer with an ice pick if the star player’s leg can’t be healed. What? Delete that bit, flesh out Bart’s painful realisation that he doesn’t have the power to heal his best friend (put in a couple more miracles and leave Milhouse’s accident another 5 minutes) and you’ve got yourself an episode.

Starts with promise, finishes weakly.

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I am so smart, S-M-R-T

Homer Goes to College

couch gag:A giant foot squashes the family

Director: Jim Reardon

Synopsis: Homer is discovered to be unqualified for his job so he’s sent to college to earn his degree in nuclear physics.

Discussion: This ep is a lot lighter than Cape Feare, but contains all of the stupid pranks the show is known for. It’s a return to form, one which requires no brain power to watch as everything is displayed already in the narrative: whereas the previous ep laid out plot points coherently, this episode is based around what Homer can screw up in college. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just something different from the first two episodes from the season.

It shouldn’t be any surprise that Homer is unqualified and somewhat incompetent. He’s gotten away with pure luck for a long time so it’s good to see him needing some qualifications and a plot where he goes to college. I’m not entirely happy with the conclusion of the episode- I’d like to see Homer having a taste of losing his job, feeling the stress of feeding a family before deciding he really can do this and gets study help from Lisa. It’s a lot to fit into 22 minutes.

Definitely a highlight of the ep is Homer chanting he is so smart, then misspelling “smart”. Apparently Dan Castellaneta misspelled it and it’s such a Homer thing to do that the joke was kept in. It totally works and is one of the best bits of the whole series.

 

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