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Lisa the Tree Hugger

I am not the acting President

Couch gag: The family are dressed as Teletubbies. Maggie claps as they all sit down.

Director: Steven Dean Moore

Guest voice:
Joshua Jackson as eco-hunk Jesse Grass

Synopsis: Lisa lives in a tree to stop it being cut down.

Discussion: Despite a lot of great lines (“Have a good time at hippy club!”), this episode falls flat for me. Buoyed by eco-hunk Jesse, Lisa agrees to live in Springfield’s oldest tree in order to stop it being cut down by a rich Texan. Yawn. I feel that we’ve been over this before… sure, it’s great to see Lisa on her high horse about environmental issues again, and to feel the adrenalin of having another crush, but really, it’s just too predictable. I read that the last piece, about Lisa Land’s log floating out to sea, was a last minute inclusion. It totally looks it too.

Lisa’s rampant environmentalism hasn’t been explored for a while. Jesse Grass is the kind of enviro-hero you want to see: he’s just dreamy! Marge remarks he’d be cute if he weren’t so idealistic… Nothing wrong with ideals. The plot was sorta kinda based on a real person who lived in a tree for TWO YEARS!! I cannot comprehend that kind of commitment, never mind the day to day living in the tree part. Go you!

Anyhoo, this episode ends up in the realms of average. It’s too predictable to be fantastic but the addition of charismatic Jesse Grass definitely lifts it.

The human wang is a beautiful thing

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D’oh-in in the Wind

No one is interested what my definition of “is” is

Couch gag: A bar comes down across the family on the couch and the couch takes off like a rollercoaster seat

Directors: Mark Kirkland and Matthew Nastuk

Guest voices:
Martin Mull as Seth
George Carlin as Munchie

Synopsis: To find out his middle name, Homer goes to the hippie commune where his mother lived and decides to embrace the hippie lifestyle.

Discussion: Every hippie stereotype is exploited in this episode. Even though the critical reaction to this ep was mostly negative because of the stereotyping, I thoroughly enjoy the ep. Homer has some of the best lines in the entire series and embraces a culture so different to his normality with hilarious results.

As often seen inĀ The Simpsons, the ep begins with something completely unrelated. Here we have Mr Burns making a short film to encourage grad students to work at the power plant (did Mr Burns end up eating garlic pickles for lunch that day?) Homer, inspired to become an actor, fills out his application form but doesn’t know what the J. in his name stands for. Enter: the hippies.

Homer as a hippie embodies his lazy side, but also the side that rebels authority (as will be seen later in the ep where he gets a motorcycle). His mission to “freak out the narcs” ends badly; the narcs aren’t freaked and the organic juicilator is jammed from Homer’s frisbee, meaning the hippies aren’t able to supply the town with juice. Homer attempts to resolve the situation, with predictable results as he fails miserably.

But hey, the moral of the story is that he tried. He recognised the wrong and attempted to fix it (causing hilarious results).

I can see why the ep met with negative reviews. Stereotyping is the lowest form of humour, however I feel it is somewhat justified to spoof the youthful ideals of hippie-dom in older hippies. I liked the ep. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s a look at various forms of conformity we face every day. Oh, and Grampa & Jasper acting like Beavis and Butthead is also hilarious.

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