Kill the Alligator and Run
I am not here on a fartball scholarship
Couch gag: The family walk over hot coals to get to the couch and when they put their feet up, they’re blackened.
Director: Jen Kamerman
Kid Rock as himself
Joe C as himself
Diedrich Bader as the sherriff
Robert Evans as himself
Charlie Rose as himself
Synopsis: Homer is paranoid that he doesn’t have long to live so he and the family head to Florida, where Homer accidentally kills a famous alligator.
Discussion: Yet another outlandish episode from The Simpsons. There are separate plots which do not marry well and end up as one big jumbled mess of crap.
Homer becomes a fan of self-tests on a range of subjects and finds himself having only another three years to live. Plagued by paranoia and insomnia, the family head to Florida for a vacation, where Homer finds some fun in Spring Break. This is all well and good… but then it goes downhill really fast. At the end of Spring Break, Homer wants to keep the party alive and takes the family out on the glades, where poor Captain Jack is killed by the speedboat. The family are now on the run.
The first bit is good, we’ll keep that. The killing of an alligator is garbage. The bit where the family become hillbillies and work for a redneck cafe is also good. The alligator coming back to life… WTF? Apparently there’s a deleted scene where the ‘gator is lying in state, which explains why Cap’n Jack was crawling out of the library. Some context would be nice. There are so many other sequences they could have left out in order to tighten the ep and leave that one in. Makes a lot more sense!
When this ep first aired, I had no idea who Kid Rock was. Even now his claims to fame over here is 1) marrying Pamela Anderson and 2) All Summer Long. So anything inferred by this part of the story is completely lost on me.
It’s not the first time the family have been on the run: recently we saw them growing tomacco because they were in hiding. It’s also not the first time Homer has been paranoid about his death: remember when he ate that puffer fish? In the Simpsons’ world, this ep takes place about 6 months after Maude died and Homer fell into the grave. Where was that bit in the episode screened? It would have been awesome but no, we were left with Homer making a dating tape for Ned.
In all, this ep is way below average and symptomatic of a dying show. It’s a huge mess.