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Dial N for Nerder

Couch gag: Professor Frink pours water on 5 capsules, which become the Simpson family. Homer is only half size so Frink pours a bucket of water onto him.

Director: Bob Anderson

Synopsis: Bart and Lisa accidentally cause Martin to fall off a cliff, while Marge forces Homer to diet.

Discussion: Oh no! Is it true? Have The Simpsons killed off another character? On an innocent trip to Springfield’s National Park (now smaller than ever), Bart and Lisa come across Martin Prince hunting to fossils. Bart plays a prank which backfires, sending Martin to his death over a cliff. Wracked by guilt, Bart and Lisa pretend everything’s OK while the town mourns their lost nerd. However, Nelson is on the case: why would Martin be on a cliff if he was scared of heights?

Meanwhile, Homer is suffering weight-related lethargy and Marge forces him to diet, but when he gain seven pounds, she calls in a TV show about cheaters to see what Homer is really up to.

Firstly, Homer’s weighty plot started out a bit ho-hum. How many diets has he been on before? The introduction of a TV show about cheating was a very good idea. But it really should have been obvious, no one likes bell peppers that much! (By the way, here in Australia, we call them capsicums.)

Secondly, the main plot of Martin’s death is very well done and having Nelson as the detective hot on the trail of Bart and Lisa is pure genius. Let’s face it, with Martin gone, who else is going to play the part of Columbo?? Nelson makes sense to me, particularly at the end when the game is up and Lisa tries to flirt with him again in exchange for his cooperation in letting the truth be told.

The episode turns out to be pretty good. There are some fantastic one liners and memorable moments. However, if you’re a vegetarian, I advise you to skip the Homer and kebab meat in a hotel sequence. It’s just a little bit wrong.

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Working is for chumps

Three Men and a Comic Book

I will not show off (written in fancy writing)

Couch gag: The couch falls backwards

Director: Wes M. Archer

Guest Voices:
Daniel Stern as narrator/older Bart (in the vein of The Wonder Years)
Cloris Leachman as Mrs Glick

First appearance of:
Comic Book Guy
Radioactive Man
Fallout Boy
Mrs Glick

Synopsis: Bart is saving up to buy issue #1 of his favourite comic book, Radioactive Man. He does odd jobs, saves pennies but doesn’t have enough. Martin is also trying to buy the comic but doesn’t have enough, and Milhouse has the exact amount of the remainder, so the three boys buy the comic book together.

Discussion: I’ve never really liked this episode, to be honest. It really sucks that the comic book was destroyed in the end. I know, I know, there’s a moral to the story and so on and so forth, but it feels like a wasted episode. It built up to a climax but didn’t really deliver. Bart’s meltdown was pretty good and maybe that could have been expanded so that he was the sole cause of the failure of the arrangement, not some random storm. The same scenario is echoed in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, where Sheldon, Howard, Raj and Leonard fight over an authentic ring from Lord of the Rings (I didn’t love that episode either).

The Wikipedia entry for this episode tells me this ep was the first to beat The Cosby Show in the ratings. Regular readers will note that The Simpsons was the antithesis to The Cosby Show, attempting to appeal to a wider and different audience. (If you’ve missed the story, check out my first blog post which gives a background).

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