Worst Episode Ever
I will not hide the teacher’s medication
Couch gag: The squeaky-voiced teen, as valet, delivers the couch to the family.
Director: Matthew Nastuk
Tom Savini as himself
Synopsis: When Comic Book Guy has a heart attack, Bart and Milhouse run the store, while Comic Book Guy dates Skinner’s mother.
Discussion: Pfft, this is nowhere near the worst episode ever! Instead, it’s a dig from the writers about the spate of episodes which have probably jumped the shark… that’s my hypothesis anyway.
We have an insight into Comic Book Guy’s personal life. He’s ridiculed at his own store, has a heart attack and dates Skinner’s mum, Agnes. It’s not the best storyline ever but it’s certainly not the worst. I’d like to have seen the relationship between Comic Book Guy and Agnes developed a bit more; the subplots got in the way, making the episode feel unbalanced. Agnes is hilarious here; she’s clearly not had a date for a while (do we ever find out what happened to Skinner’s father?) and the bedroom scene is one of the best scenes in the entire series. It’s OK to be grossed out, you’re only human.
As for Bart and Milhouse, their friendship has taken another turn, and it’s fantastic. Milhouse over orders Biclops, possibly the lamest superhero ever (remember when Milhouse was cool because he was Fallout Boy?) and Bart sells tickets to illegal films. It’s classic Bart and a testament to their friendship as Milhouse goes blindly along with whatever Bart says. You got it, partner.
This is far from the worst episode ever, however it does feel unbalanced. Still, considering some of the garbage the show has spewed out, this feels charming in comparison.