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Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass

Couch gag: The Simpsons pile on top on one another, like a totem pole

Director: Steven Dean Moore

Guest Voices:
Tom Brady as himself
LeBron James as himself
Michelle Kwan as herself
Yao Ming as himself
Warren Sapp as himself

Synopsis: After a video of Homer dancing goes viral, he’s invited to choreograph victory dances for sportspeople, culminating in producing the Superbowl halftime show. Meanwhile, Ned Flanders makes biblical films.

Discussion: My bias precedes this episode: I am not a fan of either sports nor religion. Having said that, there’s not much that this ep offers anyway. We’ve seen Homer dancing in sports before, but this time he’s training others in victory dances. Still, there’s not much substance to this plot because the dances get more and more silly and completely lose the essence of Homer’s original dance.

Then there’s Ned with a video camera. Who let the Ned out? He starts making biblically-themed movies, but when they’re full of unnecessary and gratuitous violence, the townspeople (led by Marge) threaten to boycott Mr Burns (who is financing these productions) and all hell breaks loose. Or at least, the films stop being made. I suspect this is a dig at overly violent religious films (I’m looking at you, Mel Gibson) which focus on the best bits of the bible and not the overall message.

In any case, Ned’s films and Homer’s half time show come together in one huge monstrosity which leaves fans and viewers booing- and that’s not just the fictional ones in the show.

This ep is memorable for one particular reason though: the revelation of Comic Book Guy’s real name. The writers thought it would be hilarious to give him the most mundane name ever, finally deciding on Jeff Albertson. Creator Matt Groening stated that he wanted the name to be Louis Lane, forever haunted by Lois Lane. But when the lines came to be written, Matt Groening was out of the room and didn’t have his suggestion heard.

 

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Beer is the nectar of the nitwit

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Worst Episode Ever

I will not hide the teacher’s medication

Couch gag: The squeaky-voiced teen, as valet, delivers the couch to the family.

Director: Matthew Nastuk

Guest Voice:
Tom Savini as himself

Synopsis: When Comic Book Guy has a heart attack, Bart and Milhouse run the store, while Comic Book Guy dates Skinner’s mother.

Discussion: Pfft, this is nowhere near the worst episode ever! Instead, it’s a dig from the writers about the spate of episodes which have probably jumped the shark… that’s my hypothesis anyway.

We have an insight into Comic Book Guy’s personal life. He’s ridiculed at his own store, has a heart attack and dates Skinner’s mum, Agnes. It’s not the best storyline ever but it’s certainly not the worst. I’d like to have seen the relationship between Comic Book Guy and Agnes developed a bit more; the subplots got in the way, making the episode feel unbalanced. Agnes is hilarious here; she’s clearly not had a date for a while (do we ever find out what happened to Skinner’s father?) and the bedroom scene is one of the best scenes in the entire series. It’s OK to be grossed out, you’re only human.

As for Bart and Milhouse, their friendship has taken another turn, and it’s fantastic. Milhouse over orders Biclops, possibly the lamest superhero ever (remember when Milhouse was cool because he was Fallout Boy?) and Bart sells tickets to illegal films. It’s classic Bart and a testament to their friendship as Milhouse goes blindly along with whatever Bart says. You got it, partner.

This is far from the worst episode ever, however it does feel unbalanced. Still, considering some of the garbage the show has spewed out, this feels charming in comparison.

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