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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

Guest Voices:
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.

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I was counting corn cobs on the curtains

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Jaws Wired Shut

Couch gag: The family are dressed as characters from silent films

Director: Nancy Kruse

Synopsis: Homer breaks his jaw and learns to listen.

Discussion: At the basis of comedy, you find truth. At the beginning of this episode are two nuggets of truth: gay pride parades are awesomely over-the-top and there is a lot of crap shown before a movie starts. After Homer breaks his jaw, it’s funny for about two minutes before mediocrity sets in. What happens when you take away a defining trait from a character? You end up with boring, that’s what. There’s nothing to replace the funny when funny is taken away.

Homer learning to listen is a good premise, but one that can’t be carried for a whole episode. Sitting and listening to Grampa’s tales of liberty cabbage or Marge’s frustrations with Ned whilst communicating with a chalkboard aren’t enough to keep one’s attention. Let’s not mention Marge’s brief foray into demolition derbying, it’s just ridiculously stupid and isn’t saved by Popeye parodies.

There are good moments: a personal favourite is Afternoon Yak, which parodies The View and is fairly amusing. Sadly, not enough to save the episode from the pits of snore-fest.

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