There Will Be Buds
Synopsis: Milhouse’s dad clings to Homer’s friendship.
Discussion: This ep skips the intro and head straight into the “story”. Homer is forced into a friendship with the town loser, Kirk van Houten. It reeks of the Homer-Ned friendship episode, but way more lame. Homer doesn’t want to be friends with the weirdo. That’s it.
I honestly don’t know what to say about this episode. It wasn’t bad per se, just boring as hell. Or as the cool kids say, shit af. The highlight is Homer and Kirk’s Bro song, which garnered a giggle or two.
On the upside, it was one of the more rounded plots seen in recent years, so I can’t complain about that. Sure, it didn’t contain any depth or layers that are discovered with each viewing, but considering some of the tripe the writers have been dishing up for the past ten years, this is a definite pass mark.
The Homer They Fall
I am not my long lost twin
Couch gag: The family are dressed as cowboys. The couch gallops away when they sit on it.
Director: Mark Kirkland
Michael Buffer as himself
Paul Winfield as Lucius Sweet
Synopsis: Moe becomes Homer’s boxing manager and lines him up to fight Drederick Tatum.
Discussion: OK, it’s another sport episode so automatically I want to tune out. It’s not my fault! I’m just not into sports.
Apparently Homer is, well, sort of. He has a condition called Homer Simpson Syndrome (“Why me?”) which means his brain is cushioned inside his skull and all he has to do is stand there and be hit until the other guy tires and Homer can knock him out. Moe exploits this and soon there’s a heavyweight title fight between Homer and Drederick Tatum.
I like the storyline, I like that Homer has yet another job, I like the parody of Don King (for those playing at home, you can add Lucius Sweet to your Simpsons Logo Quiz). I don’t like boxing. It’s a barbaric “sport”. Homer though, seems perfect for it so hey, who am I to argue? For me, the best part is over the end credits when Moe is saving people using the fan he stole from Fan Man.
I guess if you’re into sports, it’s a good ep, but to me it seems like one joke taken too far.