Couch gag: Toys drive to the couch and turn into the Simpsons, a la Transformers.
Director: Mike B. Anderson
Amy Poehler as Jenda
John DiMaggio as Bender
Synopsis: Professor Frink shows Bart and Lisa what they’re like as teenagers.
Discussion: This is the third (so far) episode which focuses on the future, after Lisa’s Wedding and Bart to the Future. This time, Bart and Lisa are attending their prom; Lisa is graduating two years early and Bart is… graduating. Maggie is vacationing on the beach in Alaska where it’s warm and sunny due to climate change. Cue the usual teenage dramas: sex on prom night, breaking up, choosing second best, parents’ separation and something about Milhouse’s muscles…
It’s good to have a different focus other than the kids for a while. In that, I mean they’re still kids, but older kids. There’s only so much you can do with an 8 and 10 year old (but yet they keep trying…)
This ep is pretty good but Milhouse’s melancholy and borderline paranoia are just plain weird and would have done better with just one mention straight up, and possibly the narrative closure of Bart saving Lisa from a life with Milhouse. Maybe Jenda could find Milhouse attractive instead? I would have liked to see more depth in the ep, I felt like it was skimming over the possibilities and going too far with the future technology- back in 2005 when this was first broadcast, there was no way we’d have fancy garbage collectors and hover cars within 8 years. Just saying is all.
It’s a worthy inclusion in the future-themed trilogy of The Simpsons.