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It hurts where the tiger’s biting it

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Jazzy and the Pussycats

Couch gag: Homer, as King Kong, kidnaps Marge from the couch and takes her to the top of the Empire State Building while biplanes attack him.

Director: Steven Dean Moore

Guest voices:
Meg White as herself
Jack White as himself

Synopsis: Bart becomes a jazz legend while Lisa adopts animals who are about to be euthanised.

Discussion: The Simpsons often starts with a situation that ultimately causes the main storyline but is unrelated to it. In this bizarre episode, Homer’s Vegas wife Amber has died, Bart plays up at the funeral, leading Marge to invest in a drum kit so he can concentrate, he becomes a jazz player because he’s instantly good at playing, and because Lisa is sad, she gets to adopt a new pet (which turns into several pets; and contradictory to the title of the episode, none are cats).

What??

I’ve deliberately chosen the stupidest quote and the stupidest scene as the title and photo for this post. The whole episode consisted of random bits thrown together (including a really funny sequence involving Bart and the White Stripes, based on their video clip) and really didn’t have much of a point to it. Several times during the ep I had a dazed and confused look on my face. There are minor moments where a smirk crossed that dazed and confused look, but for the most part, this episode never reached mediocrity. It’s disjointed, random, seemingly improvised on the spot and overall ridiculous.

As a side note, I’ve been thinking this week about spec scripts. Star Trek TV franchises often accepted scripts from fans and I wonder why The Simpsons doesn’t do the same. OK, I concede there’s a lot of legal mumbo jumbo involved, but the fans are turning away from the show in droves (this episode’s original airing garnered 9 million viewers, down from the heyday of 12 million viewers, and season 25 has a measly 4-5 million per episode). Why not ask the fans to submit scripts? The fans know what works and why- let them bring back the glory (beating a dead horse?). Often in this blog I’ve offered alternate plot points that I think would have made the episode better, I think the forum should be opened in order to let fans write for the show and try to bring back some semblance to what the show used to be. As fans, I think we can do it.

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You smell like dead bunnies

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The Bart of War

Sandwiches should not contain sand

Couch gag: The Simpsons are picked up by a giant baby, who drools on them.

Director: Michael Polcino

Synopsis: Bart and Milhouse wind up in rival activity groups.

Discussion: …What the hell did I just watch? Like yesterday’s episode, this one made little sense with no point. The premise isn’t very clear, but I think it has something to do with Bart and Milhouse having negative influences on each other and needing to be apart. of course, this would be funnier if the judgment was handed down by Judge Constance Harm, but as it is, we’re left with Marge muttering something about something with Bart and Milhouse joining rival groups.

After that, I’ve got no idea what happens. There’s some dialogue, something about laxatives, and before I can collect my thoughts, there’s the Canadian national anthem and the end credits. What? This ep is unfocused, no storyline and completely devoid of anything remotely rational. God help me if season 15 onwards is anything like the past two episodes.

You’re late for your drunkening

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Brake My Wife, Please

Couch gag: The Simpsons have their photo taken in a novelty cardboard cutout.

Director: Pete Michels

Guest voices:
Jane Kaczmarek as Judge Harm
Steve Buscemi as himself
Jackson Browne as himself

Synopsis: Homer loses his license and Marge feels unappreciated when driving him around and running his errands.

Discussion: Screwed if I know what this episode was about. Something about Homer being a jerk and Marge stressing. Throw in a couple of absurd musical numbers and you end up with a confused look on your face and a subtle gladness that the atrocity is finally over.

There are no redeeming features to this episode. No classic lines, no discernible plot, and even the three guest stars are out of place; they feel shoved in at the last moment in a vain attempt to bring a pulse to the dying show. It’s one of the worst episodes thus far simply because I got to the end and thanked the Lord it was over. What the hell was that about? No, really, someone please tell me because I have no idea.

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