Pranks and Greens
Billboard: Otto, surrounded by smoke and holding a bong, captioned with Dr Otto’s “Wellness Clinic”
Halloween does not kick Thankgiving’s ass
Couch gag: The Simpsons, dressed as carolers, sing Twelve Days of Christmas featuring lyrics with characters:
Twelve Grampas grumbling
Eleven Barneys belching
Ten Lennys leaping
Nine Carls dancing
Eight Moes a-milking
Seven Selmas smoking
Six Flanders praying
Five golden Frinks
Four crawling nerds
Three eyed fish
Two special Ralphs
…and a Maggie in a snuggie!
Director: Chuck Sheetz
Jonah Hill as Andy Hamilton
Synopsis: Bart meets the ultimate prank nerd, but realises that he never grew up and is a loser. Meanwhile, Marge becomes worried that the kids are eating too many chemicals.
Discussion: First of all, let’s get the Marge plot out of the way. It’s stupid. Marge is holding a play date with some other babies and the mothers start freaking out over the chemically-laden food Marge feeds them. Apart from having no plot whatsoever and being 100% pure filler, the one thing that really ticks me off is when people go on about “chemicals” in stuff. H20 is a chemical. Cyanide is natural and present in apples. So get over it.
Now let’s move onto the main plot of Bart finding out he’s not the best prankster Springfield Elementary has ever known. That honour goes to one Andy Hamilton, who is now nineteen and still lives at home with his mother (another Skinner in the making?). His greatest claim to fame is filling the school’s swimming pool with worms, and Skinner diving in for his morning swim and being trapped for four days. Groundskeeper Willie says this incident made Skinner into the monster he is today… Wait, Skinner is a monster? Sure, he’s annoying, but a monster? Seriously?
Anyhoo, Bart gets Andy a job at Krusty’s studios and everyone lives happily ever after. Aww.
I was waiting for this episode to really take off… but it never happened. What if Andy and Bart put their heads together and came up with the world’s greatest prank? Regardless of Andy being a 19 year old loser, Bart is still going to keep pranking. Bart’s pranks have featured heavily in recently-viewed episodes and this one isn’t floating my car engine.
There are some highlights though, such as the Simpsons spending $800 on organic food which wilts and becomes mouldy seconds after being scanned at the register. The Christmas carol as the couch gag is also quite funny. Even without Marge’s pointless plot, it’s an average episode.