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Desserts aren’t always right

The Last Temptation of Homer

All work and no play makes Bart a dull boy

Couch gag: The Simpsons sit on a couch and find they’re guests on David Letterman’s talk show.

Director: Carlos Baeza

Guest voices:
Michelle Pfeiffer as Mindy
Werner Klemperer as Col. Klink
Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz

Synopsis: Homer is attracted to the new woman at work, Mindy. Meanwhile, Bart needs corrective implements for his eyes, scalp and feet and spends two weeks looking like a nerd.

Discussion: “Homer loves Mindy! Homer loves Mindy!” chant the trout when Homer accidentally lands in the hatching pool. Homer, for unknown reasons, seems to be attractive to da ladeez; we first saw it back in season 3 when Lurleen wanted to bunk with him. Whereas Homer was oblivious to Lurleen’s advances then, here we see Homer as falling for Mindy just as much as she’s falling for him. It’s an exploration of “What would Homer do?” and the answer is: His wife. Barney points out that Homer’s attraction is purely physical and once he gets to know Mindy, he’ll see they have nothing in common. It’s sage advice coming from Barney… via a handy napkin on the bar at Moe’s.

I’m not so keen on the subplot. Bart as a nerd has its merits and is probably explored as much as it can be. It just doesn’t quite fit the overall tone of the episode; maybe it would be better suited to a different episode and Bart finds himself tempted by something in the same way Homer is… but then again, Bart normally gives in to his temptations and they become whole episodes on their own. Hmm. In any case, Bart’s nerd-dom serves him about as well as one expects.

The highlights of the episode are definitely Homer and Mindy. Their relationship is explored well and it’s a good conclusion that Homer ends up in bed with Marge (and the bellboy?) The scene at the energy convention… well, I realise now that it has coloured my views of nuclear power and is not a balanced view. But, this is The Simpsons, what was I expecting??

if you don’t watch violence, you’ll never get desensitised

Colonel Homer

I will not conduct my own fire drills

Director: Mark Kirkland

First appearance of:
Lurleen Lumpkin

Guest Voice:
Beverley D’Angelo as Lurleen

Synopsis: After fighting with Marge, Homer heads to a redneck bar and discovers a singing waitress named Lurleen. He agrees to be her manager, however her failure means the Simpson family is broke and her success means Homer is always away from his family. Lurleen asks Homer to “bunk with her” and Homer refuses, selling her contract and going home to Marge.

Discussion: Homer and Marge’s marriage isn’t perfect. This is one of those things that add to the show’s realism and lead it away from the cartoonish iconography we’re used to. In this episode, Homer manages a country singer who, amazingly, has the hots for him. Maybe she’s attracted to married men, maybe she’s attracted to power… or maybe she has a fetish for overweight and balding men. Who knows? In any case, she doesn’t hide this crush and Marge notices. Homer is 100% faithful to his wife and gives up his new career to be with his family. Lurleen is young, pretty and talented and has the goods to go a very long way with her career, but Homer chooses to be with his family instead.

You know, when this ep first aired, I had no idea Beverley D’Angelo was the voice. I knew her from the National Lampoon movies and here she’s (surprisingly) perfectly cast. Wikipedia tells me that she even wrote two of Lurleen’s songs and performed them herself! It’s really great to see this kind of diversity in a guest role and should be encouraged.

Country music isn’t really my thing, however the songs in the episode are catchy. I don’t find myself singing them to my bowling ball though…

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