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Walking Big & Tall

Couch gag: The Simpsons are on a sushi plate; everyone except Homer is picked off. Homer falls backwards and is eaten by a fish.

Director: Chris Clements

Guest Voices:
Pharrell Williams as himself
Kevin Michael Richardson as Albert

Synopsis: Homer joins a club celebrating obesity.

Discussion: Remember the days when The Simpsons started with a storyline which segued into another? Or when the show had two actual plots? I don’t know which one this episode tried to be, but it turned out to be neither.

Having noticed that Springfield’s anthem is stolen, Lisa and Bart write another one (which is utter rubbish) and then Homer joins a club which celebrates the members’ obesity. I don’t get it. I remember other, better episodes where Homer was proud of his weight (like reaching 300lb to qualify for disability), but this one… well, it doesn’t go anywhere. Homer explains everything, which is fine if you’re blind and can’t see the “jokes”, or are partially deaf and missed the “joke” the first time around. But for the rest of us, it’s a complete waste of time and effort. And what was that thing with Bart as Robocop with Milhouse in his stomach??

Can’t really say much about this episode. It’s just another terrible waste of a once-good show.

I have been grossly misinformed about witches


Bart After Dark

couch gag: The Simpsons are dressed like The Beatles on the cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  

Director: Dominic Polcino

Synopsis: Marge and Lisa volunteer to clean up a beach after an oil spill, while Bart pays off a debt in a burlesque house.

Discussion:. This episode takes a while to get to the point, but when it does, it hits with a BAM! There’s been an oil spill and Lisa wants to go help clean up all the cute baby animals (which have actually been reserved for celebrities to clean). While they’re gone, Homer and Bart muck around, one thing leads to another and suddenly Bart breaks a gargoyle from a house and is made to repay the debt. Springfield learns it has a house of ill-fame. Oooh! Naturally, Marge overreacts and wants to tear the place down and the problem is solved through an Emmy-award winning song. 

Although it takes a while to get moving, it’s still a fantastic episode. As always, I’m a sucker for a catchy song and also burlesque. It’s a lost art. It keeps the mystery of a woman. Anyhoo, I digress. Marge’s insistence that Maison Derriere be bulldozed is typical and expected of Marge. It’s a bit tiresome but hey, that’s what we love about Marge: her high moral ground. But please, don’t make up your mind until you’ve heard both songs. 

It’s one of the best episodes of the series. 

I got a hankering for some spankering

Two Dozen and One Greyhounds

The Good Humor man can only be pushed so far

Couch gag: The family chase a rapidly receding couch

Director: Bob Anderson

Synopsis: Santa’s Little Helper falls in love with a racing greyhound, producing 25 puppies. Mr Burns steals the puppies and plans to make a tuxedo from them. 

Discussion: Always a sucker for the musical episodes, I love this one also. We begin with Santa’s Little Helper feeling a bit frisky and overexcited. He leads the family to the race track where they got him way back in episode 1, and mates with a female greyhound while she’s racing. The rest is history- everyone who has seen this episode recalls Mr Burns’ evil plot and that very catchy song about his plans. Even Bart hums it afterwards, Lisa reminding him they need to steal the puppies back. 

Borrowing heavily from some classic Disney films (also a reason to love this ep), this shows Burns as a true villain- before now, he was just annoyingly schematic with not much punch. The closing scenes where Burns accepts a million dollar cheque for racing these purebred puppies is just the icing on the cake, leading Homer to bat the lightbulb in the basement to calm himself down. 

Overall, it’s a great episode. Santa’s Little Helper has been mostly absent from storylines since season 3 so it’s good to see him again in the forefront of the show. 

Who rigs every Oscar night?

Homer the Great

Adding “just kidding” does not make it okay to insult the principal

Couch gag: The living room looks like Relativity

Director: Jim Reardon

Guest voice:
Patrick Stewart as Number One

Synopsis: Homer discovers Lenny and Carl belong to a secret society named the Stonecutters, and wants in.

Discussion: This is easily one of the best episodes ever. Full of quotable lines plus a catchy song make this ep one of the best.

Homer discovers a secret society and joins, but he’s still feeling a bit left out. After desecrating the society’s parchment, he’s banished… until the members discover Homer’s birthmark revealing him to be the Chosen One. Power goes to his head, he acts like a dick, the society disbands and forms a No Homers club instead. And because it’s ho Homers (plural), they’re allowed to have one.

There’s not a lot to say about this ep. It’s instantly recognisable, memorable and quotable. The Stonecutters are clearly based on the Freemasons and the episode is a dig at them with their supposed secret history and goings-on. If I’m not mistaken, this ep was produced before Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which brought Freemasonry into the limelight once again.

Silly customer, you cannot hurt a Twinkie

Homer and Apu

I will not go near the kindergarten turtle

Couch gag: The family pop up from behind the couch

Director: Mark Kirkland

Guest voice:
James Woods as himself

Synopsis: Apu sells some expired meat to Homer, who becomes very ill. As a consequence, Apu loses his job at the Kwik-E-Mart and is replaced by actor James Woods, who is researching for a role. Homer and Apu travel to India to get Apu’s job back.

Whether igloo, hut or lean-to
Or a geodesic dome
There’s no structure I have been to
Which I’d rather call my home…

When I first arrived, you were all such jerks
But now I’ve come to love your quirks
Maggie with her eyes so bright
Marge with hair by Frank Lloyd Wright
Lisa can philosophize
Bart’s adept at spinning lies
Homer’s a delightful fella, sorry ’bout the salmonella
Homer: Hehe, that’s okay

Apu: Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart?
Now here’s the tricky part
Oh, won’t you rhyme with me?

Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart?
Marge:  Their floors are sticky-mart!
Lisa: They made Dad sicky-mart!
Bart:  Let’s hurl a bricky-mart!
Homer: That Kwik-E-Mart is real – d’oh!
Apu:  Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart? Not me!
Forget the Kwik-E-Mart
Goodbye to Kwik-E-Mart
Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart? Not me!
…Who needs a Kwik-E-Mart? I dooooooo

Such a catchy song to liven up the episode! Homer has given in to temptation once more and eaten things he really shouldn’t have. This time, it’s cost Apu his job, which is his heart and soul. Homer tries to make amends but ends up screwing it all up again. Throw in James Woods for good measure and you have yourself a classic Simpsons episode!

What I really like about this ep is that it’s focused on Apu even though Homer’s the one who caused all the trouble. This is really the first time Apu has been allowed to shine in a starring role instead of being a cameo figure within the town. The convenience store is where he belongs, it’s his life breath, his karmic role (“Karma can only be portioned out by the Cosmos!”) and to lose it, he loses a part of his soul. Plus there’s a catchy song which always brightens an episode.

In fact, I think this whole episode is cran-tastic!


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