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Moe Baby Blues

Couch gag: The Simpsons are made of gingerbread and Homer takes a bite out of Bart.

Director: Lauren MacMullen

Guest voice:
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony

Synopsis: After catching Maggie from a car accident, Moe bonds with her.

Discussion: Aww, Moe finally has some meaning to his life and it’s in the shape of a little baby named Maggie Simpson.

Whilst this episode doesn’t compare to the early episodes, there’s a sweetness to it, plus it’s quite surprising that someone like Moe can bond so effectively with Maggie. There are some hilarious visual gags in the ep: when the Simpsons are first entering the Botanic Gardens and Lisa cracks up at the garden (also the title of this blog post), Moe playing bar with Maggie instead of the traditional tea party, and the orange wedges that ultimately give away the fate of little Maggie.

The storyline declines when the Mafia get involved and turns this ep into another “WTF?” moment. However the quip made by Homer makes up for it:

Moe: We have to go into Little Italy.Homer: I’ll get our little passports. 

It’s not a particularly strong finish to the season but it is highly enjoyable. There’s a certain poignancy to the Moe-Maggie relationship, although we know Moe has a heart; we’ve seen him reading Little Women to homeless people before. Poor Moe does seem to be continually left out and ridiculed so it’s nice to see something good happening to him.

Let’s see what’s on tummy vision


Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder

I won’t use no double negatives

Couch gag: A cement mixer pours cement in the shape of the family but Homer breaks in half. 

Director: Mike B. Anderson

Guest voices:
Ron Howard as himself
Penn & Teller as themselves
Pat O’Brien as himself
Nancy Dell as herself

Synopsis: After winning a perfect game of ten pin bowling, Homer’s fleeting status as celebrity wanes and he decides to spend more time with his family. 

Discussion; We already know Homer is pretty good at bowling, so it’s not really a surprise that he can bowl a perfect 300. In this episode, which spoofs the fleeting status of celebrity, he decides that family is the most important thing in life. 

I’m not convinced the two concepts marry well. You’ve got Homer becoming a minor celebrity for five minutes which rapidly becomes a plot focused on Maggie, the forgotten Simpson. Taken as two separate plots, they each work well, but trying to marry them as nothing-else-matters-except-family, it’s not quite there. 

Maggie, being a (mostly) mute baby, doesn’t carry whole episodes and it is difficult to make those ideas work so you do need something else to plug the gaps. Here we only have one brief reference to Maggie before she becomes the plot: Homer is bowling instead of having the promised tea party with Maggie, leaving her to apologise to the guest teddy bears. How rude! 

The scenes of Homer’s fading celebrity are the highlights of the ep. In particular, the scene where Homer is centre square on Springfield Squares, which also begs the question of how real are Itchy and Scratchy? It’s the warping of two worlds which make this show great. Anyhoo, I digress. The suicide scene is tough to watch (this was produced before 11 September, 2001) but lightens considerably when Otto and Homer find underground societies. 

Overall, this is a better than average episode. Maggie is smart and witty in her own way (complete with baby’s first facepalm) and Homer is still unbelievably stupid. The themes of family work, but only just. Fading celebrity, and the ease of which one can become a celebrity, is much easier to swallow. 

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