How I Wet Your Mother
Couch gag: The Simpsons are rolled into sushi and cut into rolls. Maggie pops out unscathed.
Director: Lance Kramer
Glenn Close as Mona
David Byrne as Dream Operator singer
Synopsis: The family enter Homer’s dream to find out why he’s been wetting the bed at night.
Discussion: I didn’t feel like I was watching The Simpsons. I felt like I was watching Inception with Simpsons characters. Don’t get me wrong, I love Inception and think it’s one of the best films of the past thirty years. But to use the plot of the film to solve Homer’s bed-wetting problem? It’s a little too weird.
The hook of the episode is Homer allowing unrestricted access to the power plant’s supply closet and not getting caught, while everyone else does. Immediately after this incident, he starts wetting the bed at night. According to the American Association of Continence, this problem affects about 2% of the adult population, and is more prevalent in males than females. Usually this is caused by a medical problem such as prostate problems or certain medications, but in Homer’s case, it’s either karma or a niggling psychological issue.
Enter Professor Frink, blown from his house after trying to dodge a news site’s paywall. He’s developed a machine that allows people to enter other people’s dreams. Now, I like the idea and think it’s a clever one, but to then parody the entire plot of Inception made the ep feel overly familiar with nothing fresh and new. I did enjoy the sequence of Homer’s ultimate dream land, where drink driving is encouraged and there are giant doughnuts and beer bottles on every corner. The guest appearance by Homer’s mother Mona (voiced again by the fantastic Glenn Close) was a real treat and a lovely surprise, considering she died several seasons ago but lives on in Homer’s memories.
Mona’s appearance tried to bring the episode back to what it does best: bonding families together and creating those warm, fuzzy feelings. I wouldn’t say that this ep entirely failed in that respect but it certainly lacked something to kick it into high gear. There were a few good jokes along the way, but I still felt that the episode lacked zing. I’m also quite glad that, despite the title, Marge never actually got urinated upon…