Jazzy and the Pussycats
Couch gag: Homer, as King Kong, kidnaps Marge from the couch and takes her to the top of the Empire State Building while biplanes attack him.
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Meg White as herself
Jack White as himself
Synopsis: Bart becomes a jazz legend while Lisa adopts animals who are about to be euthanised.
Discussion: The Simpsons often starts with a situation that ultimately causes the main storyline but is unrelated to it. In this bizarre episode, Homer’s Vegas wife Amber has died, Bart plays up at the funeral, leading Marge to invest in a drum kit so he can concentrate, he becomes a jazz player because he’s instantly good at playing, and because Lisa is sad, she gets to adopt a new pet (which turns into several pets; and contradictory to the title of the episode, none are cats).
I’ve deliberately chosen the stupidest quote and the stupidest scene as the title and photo for this post. The whole episode consisted of random bits thrown together (including a really funny sequence involving Bart and the White Stripes, based on their video clip) and really didn’t have much of a point to it. Several times during the ep I had a dazed and confused look on my face. There are minor moments where a smirk crossed that dazed and confused look, but for the most part, this episode never reached mediocrity. It’s disjointed, random, seemingly improvised on the spot and overall ridiculous.
As a side note, I’ve been thinking this week about spec scripts. Star Trek TV franchises often accepted scripts from fans and I wonder why The Simpsons doesn’t do the same. OK, I concede there’s a lot of legal mumbo jumbo involved, but the fans are turning away from the show in droves (this episode’s original airing garnered 9 million viewers, down from the heyday of 12 million viewers, and season 25 has a measly 4-5 million per episode). Why not ask the fans to submit scripts? The fans know what works and why- let them bring back the glory (beating a dead horse?). Often in this blog I’ve offered alternate plot points that I think would have made the episode better, I think the forum should be opened in order to let fans write for the show and try to bring back some semblance to what the show used to be. As fans, I think we can do it.