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Couldn’t you try a non-delicious fat?


Faith Off

I will stop phoning it in

Couch gag: The couch is now overseen by a psychiatrist. Homer flops down, proclaims he’s crazy and the rest of the family look at each other in bewilderment.

Director: Nancy Kruse

Guest Voices:
Don Cheadle as Brother Faith
Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony

Synopsis: During a college prank, Homer gets a bucket superglued to his head and Bart is able to remove it during a faith healing, leading Bart to believe he has the power to heal.

Discussion: This is another of those episodes which don’t fit together well. There’s two distinct plots which, when fitted together, don’t quite make a whole. There’s the lead-up to Bart’s short gig as a faith healer, in which Homer’s college prank sees him get a metal bucket superglued to his head. Then there’s Bart being a faith healer (the definite highlight of the ep) and then there’s a college football game, threats over a broken leg and… then what?

‘Testify’ is a great song and harks back to earlier seasons when there was a song just for the hell of it (we all know I’m sucker for a catchy song). But, and correct me if I’m wrong, we haven’t seen a catchy song for quite some time. This really lifts the episode out of mediocrity, but it falls again quickly with the college game and Fat Tony threatening Homer with an ice pick if the star player’s leg can’t be healed. What? Delete that bit, flesh out Bart’s painful realisation that he doesn’t have the power to heal his best friend (put in a couple more miracles and leave Milhouse’s accident another 5 minutes) and you’ve got yourself an episode.

Starts with promise, finishes weakly.

I hope that’s shepherd’s pie in my knickers


Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken

Sherri does not “got back”

Couch gag: The Simpsons ride the couch, which is dropped like a bomb a la Dr Strangelove

Director: Mark Ervin

Guest voice:
Cyndi Lauper as herself

Synopsis: After Homer’s drunken night out, kids of Springfield are wrongfully blamed for the damage and a curfew is imposed. Bart and the other kids form a pirate radio station in order to tell secrets about the adults until the curfew is lifted. 

Discussion: There are good bits and not-so-good bits about this episode. Obviously, the song at the end where kids vs adults is a highlight for me, that goes without saying. I’m just not so sure about the bits in the middle… 

Let’s dissect. 

The Isotopes are losing, and we cut to six months later when they’re winning and Homer is a fan again. Homer, Barney, Lenny and Carl get drunk and use Homer’s car to damage the local school. Firstly- what? It’s obviously done to fill in time, but it doesn’t make sense. If you want to show Homer’s fluid patriotism towards ‘his’ team, have him whining about the ‘Topes and then winning tickets or something, he can whine he prefers second prize, and then have Cyndi Lauper singing the national anthem and the game and whatever else, leading up to his new-found enthusiasm for a winning team and then he can get drunk. Simples

So, the damage caused by Homer et al is erroneously attributed to punk kids. Sure, that makes sense in Simpsons world. Let’s keep that. The kids don’t like curfews, that’s cool too. Moving on. 

Kids sneaking out to see a parody of Village of the Damned, entitled The Bloodening. Perfect. Getting caught- also good. 

Kids deciding to tell secrets about the adults of Springfield. And these are juicy secrets: Luann is cheating on her Gladiator boyfriend, Homer is eating garbage and practicing medicine without a licence, and Chief Wiggum wears control top underwear. This whole segment reminds me of Pump up the Volume, in which a lonely nerd has a pirate radio show and pisses off the adults. No secrets though. I think this part is average. There’s no zing and it’s over too quickly. The cops, aided by Frink, find the kids, a song and dance number ensues and somehow the oldies vote for a curfew for anyone under 70. Huh? 


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