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The Kids Are All Fight

Billboard: Montgomery Burns in: The Jinx 2

I will not pay my sister to do my punishment (Lisa is writing on the board)

Couch gag: The Game of Life, chronicling Homer’s life.

Director: Bob Anderson

Synopsis: Homer has an roll of film developed, which has a bunch of photos of Lisa fighting with Bart.

Discussion: A long, long time ago in a Simpsons universe far, far away, lived Bart’s evil clown bed and babysitting at the Flanders’ place. Amongst these beloved memories lies this episode, which attempts to explain why Bart and Lisa fought so much but are now a muted alliance. Or something.

This episode doesn’t make any sense. It’s set “6 years ago” when Lisa was 2 and Bart was 4 and Homer had hair. It’s full of random sequences which don’t mean anything and aren’t part of any greater narrative, such as when Homer wanders in, announces their next kid should be called Maggie because it sounds good when you call it, and he wanders outside again, calling out “Maggie!” As you do.

Anyhoo, the ep feels like it’s trying to make a point, possibly invoking that awesome ep Lisa’s First Word, and failing miserably. By the time the ep finishes, there’s theme music from Seinfeld and Lisa pointing out we’ve had “three natural endings already!” This means a) the episode came up time short and they needed filler and b) the writers know the show is garbage and they, like the audience, have long stopped caring.

This morning, it was announced that The Simpsons has been renewed for another 2 seasons, making this blog at least another 44 posts long… But will someone just kill the show already??? It’s not that I don’t love this blog, because I do, but if the writers aren’t going to make any effort whatsoever to put some life back into this show, then what’s the point. Seriously.

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It seems new to impressionable youth

Another Simpsons Clip Show

I will not use abbrev.

Couch gag: A giant foot stamps on the family.

Director: David Silverman

Synopsis: Marge reads The Bridges of Madison County and wonders where the romance has gone in the marriage.

Discussion: There’s a lot of criticism for clip shows, but when done well, they work nicely. The family sit around the table after Marge laments the lack of romance in their lives. Each Simpson tells a story of broken romance- Homer finds out about Jacques and Marge finds out about Mindy. The moral of these stories is that the romance is alive and well between Homer and Marge. Aww!

There’s a lot of clips from the previous 5 seasons; someone else has done the hard work and listed them all on Wikipedia. Clip shows look very dated when viewed (as in this case) nineteen years after they first aired with a lot of water under the bridge and reruns every day on TV, but I still think that this one works well. You need a theme to build on when you’re doing a clip show, and showcasing the Simpsons’ flirtations with temptation highlights just how ‘human’ they are. They’re not impervious to temptation. I’ve said this a hundred times before, but the original idea of the show was to humanise sitcoms and not show a sanitised-for-TV showcase of robotic forms. (In case you wanted to read the original post, here it is again, complete with research). This clip show emphasises that perfectly in one neat half hour gig.

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