The Ziff Who Came to Dinner
I will not speculate on how hot teacher used to be
Couch gag: The view zooms out to show the house, neighbourhood, country, Earth, solar system, galaxy, galaxies, molecules, DNA structures and finally reveals a spot on Homer’s head.
Director: Nancy Kruse
Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff (and others)
Synopsis: Homer takes the kids to see a scary movie and when they can’t sleep that night, they find Artie Ziff living in the attic. Artie’s company has folded and not only is he broke, he’s also in deep trouble with the government.
Discussion: Finally, an episode with a real plot! A really weird one, but a plot nonetheless. Somehow, Marge’s old boyfriend Artie Ziff has been living in the Simpsons’ attic and has escaped detection… until the Simpsons kids can’t sleep and stake out the attic to find those scary noises. My only question about this premise is: if the scary movie affected the Simpsons kids so much, what happened to the Flanders kids? I wanna see them freaking out. Maybe they should have heard the scary noises and staked out their attic to find Artie Ziff trying to get closer to Marge…
Anyhoo, Artie Ziff is in the attic. His company has gone bust and he’s sucking the moisture out of the support beams. Blah blah blah, he’s in trouble with the law, Homer takes majority ownership of the company in a game of poker, and is sent to jail. Ziff gets a bit too friendly with Selma (eww), and ultimately takes his rightful place in jail, setting Homer free. Ta da!
I liked this episode, despite the silliness of it all. I liked that the action was fast paced, it didn’t slow down and Lisa’s Blair Witch moment in the attic was priceless. The ep is rounded off nicely with a strange love affair between Selma and Ziff- who saw that coming? Maybe that could be explored more in a future episode (we’re beyond the looking glass here, people. I haven’t seen many eps from here on in). But when the ep was over, I kept asking myself, what happened to the Flanders kids after they went to bed?