Today I Am a Clown
Over forty and single is not funny
Couch gag: The Simpsons slide down a fireman’s pole and land on the couch dressed as characters from 1960s era Batman.
Director: Nancy Kruse
Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky
Mr T as himself
Synopsis: In order to gain a star on the Jewish Walk of Fame, Krusty must complete his bar mitzvah. Meanwhile, Homer has his own talk show and is a hit.
Discussion: On their own, each plot is a very good one. Mashed together with no time to explore either means this is a very average episode. Now, I’m no expert in the Jewish religion, but I do know that the bar mitzvah is a very holy and sacred ceremony whereby a boy becomes a man. How the heck Krusty missed it is beyond me; I hear there are lots of presents for those boys and it’s unlike Krusty to miss out!
While Krusty’s off learning the Torah and preparing for the televised event, Homer gets his own chat show with panelists Moe, Carl and Lenny (who is replaced by Barney and Disco Stu). This could be a really funny plot all on its own… but it’s whitewashed to fill up time while Krusty’s real plot takes place… but there’s not much of that either.
So, where did it go wrong? The opening scene of the Simpsons waiting for the bathroom while Maggie plays ball inside is very good. Sadly, it’s just a time filler. Dr Hibbert knocks on the door with some weird-looking puppies fathered by Santa’s Little Helper (who wasn’t neutered after the brilliant ‘Two Dozen and One Greyhounds‘ episode) which is also filler in the lead up for Krusty’s plot, which leads to Homer’s plot. Convoluted? Absolutely.
But let’s get back to those puppies. What if there’s a sequel to ‘Two Dozen and One Greyhounds’? What if Bart and Lisa take the puppies to Mr Burns (conveniently forgetting the previous episode) and he either bursts into song or says those puppies are ugly…? Wasted opportunity, bro.
In any case, the resulting show is mediocre at best. Either plot would be great on their own but as I’ve said, the writers mashed them together and it looks like they didn’t have enough ideas to fully flesh either plot. Sad, really.