The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular
I will only do this once a year
Couch gag: A montage of previous couch gags
Director: David Silverman (credited as Pound Foolish)
Phil Hartman as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz
Glenn Close as Mona Simpson
Buzz Aldrin as himself
Synopsis: Troy McClure hosts the 138th episode spectacular, featuring outtakes, lost footage and a little history of the show. Plus what we all came to see: hard core nudity!
Discussion: Despite being a clip show, it doesn’t feel like one. It feels more like a trip into a Simpsons fan’s brain with a mixture of unseen footage and clips from past episodes. Troy McClure is the perfect host for this soiree, which parodies the frequent occurrence of live-action shows getting a celeb to introduce a milestone ep. Why not get Troy McClure to host a random milestone? It’s pure genius!
This is much more than a clip show. As I’ve mentioned previously, we here in Australia were never privy to The Tracy Ullman Show and missed the shorts entirely, so when they were presented in this episode, it really was “new” footage unseen here. The outtakes (including alternate endings to ‘Who Shot Mr Burns?‘ are also “new” footage, somewhat expected as it is common practice to film several endings in order to keep the truth a secret.
This ep also contains a couple of trivia questions, the answers to which are wrong. The first trivia Q asks what is flashed on the supermarket scanner as Maggie is scanned? Although Troy reveals the answer to be NRA4EVA, it is actually 847.63 (if you can manage to pause it on that exact frame). The second trivia Q asks which two popular characters died last year? Bleeding Gums Murphy and Dr Marvin Monroe, although Dr Monroe isn’t dead and in fact makes a reappearance in the future. It is also noted that neither character is popular.
Overall, I think this is a great ep because although it is mostly recycled material, it doesn’t feel like it. It offers the viewer something new to add to their already vast knowledge of the Simpsons universe.