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Good lord, they’ve been sucking seven!

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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

Guest voice:
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.

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Skanks for nothing, Lamerella

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Milhouse of Sand and Fog

Couch gag: A pop-up menu appears after the family have sat down, and the unseen person chooses “Delete recording”.

Director: Steven Dean Moore

Synopsis: Milhouse’s parents look like they’re getting back together but Milhouse misses the attention, so he and Bart plot to break them up again.

Discussion: Unlike the previous two atrocities, this episode isn’t eye-stabbingly bad. In fact, it has moments where glimpses of Classic Simpsons shine through. Sadly those moments don’t last long, but hey! I didn’t want to stab out my eyes with a rusty spoon so it’s all good.

Milhouse’s parents have been separated since season 8’s ‘A Milhouse Divided‘. Now that they might get back together, Milhouse misses the extra attention he gets from both parents competing for his love, so he and Bart plan to break up the new couple. Cue Bart planting Marge’s bra to make Luann think Kirk has been cheating… but Bart didn’t realise his mother’s name is sewn onto the lingerie. Ooooh!

All of this is great- the plot works, it goes smoothly, there’s no reason to cry (unless you’re Milhouse and you have a remainder in your long division). Bart’s final prank to get his own parents back together is a bit stupid and cliched but I’m willing to forgive it because the rest of the ep is so different to what I’ve recently been subjected to.

Whether Luann and Kirk stay together is another story… Don’t look at me, I don’t know the answer. I’m beyond the limits of what I’ve seen previously (apart from the odd one here and there). And no spoilers either!

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