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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

Guest Voice:
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?

This is so like our lives

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Half-Decent Proposal

I will not bite the hand that feeds me Butterfingers

Couch gag: Removalists take the couch and Homer cries.

Director: Lauren MacMullan

Guest Voice:
Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff

Synopsis: Marge reconnects with high school boyfriend, Artie Ziff, who promises a million dollars to spend a weekend with her.

Discussion: Hands up if you have a partner who snores. Hmm, lots of you eh. Well, here’s the solution: stay at your sister’s house and drunkenly email your old boyfriend, who is now richer than a weather girl and still in love with you. What can go wrong?

Homer is a chronic snorer, but the operation is very expensive. Why else would Marge agree to the million dollar weekend? I’m not sure I totally buy that premise but since I can’t think of a better one, let’s just go with it. You may remember Artie Ziff from season 2, where we learned the back story of Homer and Marge and their disastrous prom night. He’s back in this episode, voiced again by the delightful Jon Lovitz (Artie appeared in season 4, but Lovitz was unavailable so Dan Castellaneta filled in).

This is a great ep. It was criticised for rehashing old themes, but do these critics realise that half the eps from season 10 onwards are rehashed old stuff? Come on! Besides, this is actually funny and sweet and poignant and full of unexpected moments… such as Lenny’s admission of carving Mt Carlson for his “friend” Carl (nudge nudge wink wink). Marge sticks to her guns and refuses Artie’s advances, even with the promise of a million dollars and a solution to Homie’s snoring problem.

There are several highlights here: Patty and Selma’s fave show Nookie in New York, every scene with Artie, Lenny’s obsession with Carl and Artie’s snoring machine where he sings “I am watching you through this camera!” Hilarious!

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