Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge
Couch gag: The family find Blue Man Group performing on the couch
Director: Pete Michels
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
Synopsis: With rioters on the loose in Springfield and the police powerless to stop them, Homer forms his own security firm.
Discussion: Welcome to the season finale! I’d love to think that it’s good riddance to a mediocre season, but I fear it will only get worse from here on in…
Anyhoo, Homer has had a lot of jobs (boxer, mascot, astronaut, imitation Krusty, baby proofer, trucker, hippie, plow driver, food critic, conceptual artist, grease salesman, carny, mayor, grifter, bodyguard for the mayor, Country & Western manager, garbage commissioner, mountain climber, farmer, inventor, Smithers, Poochie, celebrity assistant, power plant worker, fortune cookie writer, beer baron, Kwik-E-Mart clerk, homophobe and missionary) but today he’s Springfield’s solution to crime (and to be fair, I’m not sure he was actually paid for some of those “jobs”).
Riots, which were sparked by a Carl and Lenny crashing their cars into a store during blackout caused by Homer when he plugged in one appliance too many during a heat wave, cause the townspeople to go nuts and loot every store they see. Half the episode later, Homer gets the bright idea that he’s the one to protect the citizens from crime. Cue Lenny and Carl as Homer’s helpers in this endeavour and Fat Tony’s illegal operation involving ferrets as toy poodles, a shootout at the Simpsons home, and you have yourselves a convoluted attempt at winning back a bored audience.
At best, this episode is mediocre. Literally half the episode is wasted, waiting for Homer to reach the inevitable conclusion of protecting the town himself. Homer listing his previous jobs is the highlight of the ep, but at least the ending to this one is vaguely within the ballpark of reasonable. After all, Maggie does have a history with weaponry…