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Apocalypse Cow

A person’s a person no matter how Ralph

Couch gag: A medieval tapestry showing the Simpsons versus Flanders over a couch

Director: Nancy Kruse

Guest voice:
Zooey Deschanel as Mary

Synopsis: Bart is forced to marry Mary Spuckler in exchange for keeping his cow alive.

Discussion: Did I watch the same episode as everyone else? This ep won a writing award, Matt Groening says it’s his favourite episode and some other critic gave it 7.5/10. Did I miss something??

I’d never heard of 4-H, but apparently you raise cows only for them to be slaughtered, and drive combine harvesters. Bart is given a cow to look after, it wins first prize and is now first in line to be slaughtered. In order to save the cow, he gives it to Cletus’ daughter, which in hillbilly land, means he wants to marry her. In case no one else noticed, this is the most ridiculous “plot” since Bart and Homer trained Duncan, the racehorse. I counted myself audibly groaning three times in this episode. Three!

There was nothing endearing about this episode at all. Lisa’s atop her moral high ground, pushing vegetarianism. Bart finally utters the phrase, “I’m glad I had a cow, man” to close the episode (we all knew it was coming) and Homer, dressed as a cow, is a whisker away from being slaughtered. Do cows have whiskers…?

This is easily one of the stupidest episodes ever. Even the minute or so of Zooey Deschanel (who is annoying at the best of times) can’t save this train wreck of stupidity.

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Homer’s Phobia

couch gag: The family are downloaded from the internet, but the download takes too long and the unseen someone repeatedly presses ‘cancel’.

Director: Mike B. Anderson

Guest voice:
John Waters as John

Synopsis: Homer discovers his new friend John is gay and disassociates himself from John, believing he has a negative influence over Bart. 

Discussion: This is pretty much the first episode featuring an openly gay character. There was one ep back in season 2 in which Homer’s assistant Karl kisses Homer, but that could be construed as something similar to Smithers’ feelings for his boss; being attracted to power or whatever. Smithers’ own sexuality is only implied, not explicitly stated- he’s not openly gay. 

Anyhoo, for whatever reason, Homer is offended by John being gay and begins to worry that Bart will turn out “queer” as well. In an effort to straighten Bart, Homer, Barney and Moe take Bart deer hunting and when it goes awry, John rocks up to save the day. 

There’s no doubt whatsoever that Homer is a complete arse in this episode. Interestingly, it’s not based on religious reasons which makes this ep stand out from “real life” gay criticisms. I wonder if Homer would be shocked to learn Smithers is gay? Apart from Homer, no one else has an issue with homosexuality and it’s dealt with in a really supportive way with the Simpson family pointing out how moronic it is for Bart to “catch gay” or be turned straight by hunting deer. 

Having said that, I’m not entirely convinced by the ending in which Homer changes his mind when John saves his life. Maybe the point could have been stronger: despite Homer being a complete jerk to John, John was man enough to step up and save Homer’s life. 

In another scene, Moe asks Homer if they should take Lisa hunting and Homer replies she’s a vegetarian. Moe is concerned: “Oh geez Homer. Geez! You and Marge ain’t cousins, are ya?” Back in the mid 90s, vegetarianism was on the fringe of acceptance, much like being gay. I believe that both homosexuality and vegetarianism have made leaps and bounds in positive ways to complete acceptance… but if God wanted us to be vegos, He wouldn’t have made animals so tasty. 

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