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The Girl Who Slept Too Little

couch gag: Filmed in clay-mation, six balls of clay roll around the living room. Once on the couch, they turn into each Simpson plus Gumby, who waves at the family.

Director: Raymond S. Persi

Synopsis: Lisa has trouble sleeping when a cemetery is built next to her bedroom.

Discussion: Wow, what a pile of *bleep*. First of all, there’s a stamp museum being built to the Simpsons’ house. Didn’t they used to live in a built up residential area? OK, so the continuity doesn’t have to always work… but please give the viewer some credit. Homer protests about the museum and eventually a cemetery goes there instead. Sure, I can buy that, as well as Lisa’s fears of overlooking the new bone yard.

Since the show has clearly gone downhill, let’s review the lowlights of each episode. Today we see Bart drinking from Lenny’s hose and Homer paying a dollar for the privilege, Homer and Marge considering having snuggles in Lisa’s bed (eww), Bart’s racing bed having no brakes and moving itself around the room and finally, a terrible appearance by Dr Nick. What the hell…?

If one was to consider this episode having a highlight, the best candidate would be the parody of Where the Wild Things Are that comes to life in Lisa’s dream to convince her that it’s OK to be scared at any age or intelligence. Other than that, there’s 20 minutes of my life I’m never getting back.

Bad corpse, bad corpse!

Treehouse of Horror II

Director: Jim Reardon

Synopsis: After eating too much Halloween candy, Lisa, Bart and Homer each have a nightmare. Lisa’s nightmare involved Homer buying a magic monkey paw which granted wishes. Bart’s nightmare saw him having powers to do anything he wished and the world feared him. Homer’s nightmare was being turned into a Frankenstein-ian robot built by Smithers and Mr Burns.

Discussion: The usual Halloween offerings from the writers of the show brings little new. This was the first time the Halloween special employed familiar things like the “scary names” bit in the opening credits, plus a return appearance of the aliens introduced in the first Halloween special, Kang and Kodos.

To me, it’s not a standout episode of either the season nor the Treehouse of Horror episodes. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very good moments, particularly in Homer’s nightmare and I love the monkey paw sequence. The animation in the third nightmare is particularly good and that is actually a standout of the season. I think the main issue I have with the Halloween specials is the parodies; I’m not a fan of parody anyway, and now that I think about it, my favourite segments from these specials are the original ideas (having said that, my ultimate fave is Homer in 3D, but we’ll get to that eventually).

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