Judge Me Tender
Billboard: Krusty’s one year sobriety show: cancelled
The end of ‘Lost’ was all the dog’s dream. Watch us.
Couch gag: Homer and Bart are performing a Punch and Judy style puppet show, while they strangle each other under the platform.
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Simon Cowell as himself
Ryan Seacrest as himself
Randy Jackson as himself
Kara DioGuardi as herself
Ellen DeGeneres as herself
Rupert Murdoch as himself
Synopsis: Moe displays a talent for judging, and is selected to go to LA to judge American Idol. Since Moe’s bar is closed, Homer spends a lot more time with Marge “helping” around the house.
Discussion: What’s worse than having episode after episode of pointless, crappy episodes? Having a really good one that reminds you how good the show can be, and then having a really crappy one straight after it. What the hell was this train wreck about?
I can see why this episode was chosen to close out the season: a shed load of guest stars hoping to compete with the Lost finale and the increasingly popular Breaking Bad (although the BB ep that aired this night was the inanely slow ‘Fly’ episode, which was only shot in order to cut costs during production, according to Vince Gilligan during a recent trip to Sydney).
The ep absolutely falls flat on its arse. There’s nothing memorable about this ep; in fact I want to wash my brain with disinfectant so I can forget I watched it. Despite being awesome as Dory in Finding Nemo, Ellen DeGeneres shows a complete lack of voice talent here, muttering an inane ramble which ends with her dancing. Other lowlights include: Lisa and Santa’s Little Helper scooting across the backyard and Homer releasing a belly full of water into Ned’s face. At these points, I was embarrassed for the writers, the animators and the director who allowed this rubbish to make it to television.
Nothing about this episode worked. There’s Moe dishing out sarcasm, which hasn’t brought him a lot of love in the past yet now he’s celebrated for it. Marge annoyed at Homer for getting in the way. It could have been done better but got lost in the mediocrity that the show is drowning in. Lisa’s subplot with the dog is pure filler and not worth opening your eyes for. If I had to grade the episode, it’s a big fat F.