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  1. "Homer To The Max" Written by: John Swartzwelder First aired: February 7th, 1999 Synopsis: When a new TV show has a character who is fat and stupid named Homer Simpson, Homer becomes the town's pariah. To combat this, Homer changes his name to Max Power and gains new friends to force him to protest against a forest being knocked down. Holy shit guys, this episode is WEEEEEEEEIRD. Like, holy fuck, this is one of the strangest episodes of the Simpsons I've ever seen, and not really in the good way. I have a problem with Scully's episodes being too absurd and out of nowhere, and this episode's second half is the perfect example of it, because honestly, the first half is pretty funny. It's got some nice meta jokes poking fun at the show's history that feel a little forced but are still funny, but man, when this whole "pariah" thing gets started, things start getting weirdly nasty. I hate the word "mean spirited" a fuck ton (because of morons like Mr. Enter) but it just feels weird because all the characters are making fun of Homer and shit and it feels like elementary school students poking fun at someone. These scenes are just weird, and feel out of place and slightly nasty. And then, Homer, after trying and failing to get the character's name changed, changes his name to Max Power, which the scene where the names are listed by the judge is pretty funny, as well as the decision of him changing his name. The scenes between this and when Homer meeting his new friends are moderately funny too, my favorite one is when Homer/Max/whatever the fuck tries to get his own jacket. Anyway, after "Max" meets this businessman and they become friends, "Max" and Marge go to some private party and this is where the episode escalates, badly. The scenes at this party are so forgettable and boring. The joke with Marge dancing with Bill Clinton goes on way too long, gets a little creepy and just is weird, and it all feels "there" because there's some mildly funny lines, but that's really it and it feels like it just goes on for way too long and is just a complete drag. Now, here's when the episode gets baaaaaaad is during this protest. Out of nowhere, "Max" and Marge go on this bus to a forest protest to avoid these trees getting cut down. This is such a strange plot concept and I hate the fact it feels like it's just thrown in out of nowhere. Nowhere is there a slight reference to "Max"'s new friends being environmental activists, no hint that this party is planning to do this, nothing. I'm not saying every plot element in an episode has to be foreshadowed, but here just taking these super weird choices that have nothing to really do with anything before just makes it feel like the writers are throwing shit at the wall and seeing what sticks, and instead of leaving me "so confused it's funny" it leaves me just feeling confused because there's just little to no correlation with ANYTHING before this to this weird protest where people get chained to trees to save some forest from being bulldozed. The police show up, chase "Max" because he doesn't want to get..... swabbed with mace. Like, there's not really any joke about this besides Marge asking why they're not just using pepper spray, but this is treated as a plot element because the cops chase "Max" with the mace because the cops want to move the environmental protestors out of the way and because "Max" is running in chains for some reason even though he's clearly tied to the tree, he runs in a circle chasing Chief Wiggum and Lou, the tree falls over, causing a domino effect on the other trees that revolves in the DESTRUCTION OF THIS ENTIRE FOREST, and it's clearly shown that the people afterward are hurt, and as in most episodes, "Max"'s friend gets angry at him, "Max" leaves, and things are back to the status quo. That's partially what happens. There's no confrontation scene or anything, it just goes right back to "Max" changing his name back, and it turns out he changed Marge's name. The name they choose is kinda funny, but after seeing jerkass Homer it's just not funny, as 90 percent of this episode. This episode had enough negatives for me to give it a Scumsons and a good 4/10. The episode's got a good idea with Homer changing his name to something super stupid, but we've seen the whole "Homer/Marge/whatever the fuck does X new thing to get them new friends and it doesn't work out", and it was done 10 times better with Scenes From The Class Struggle In Springfield in Season 7 because there was a lot of emotion and Marge went through a decent character arc, and it's fine if they want to do a more comedy based approach to this plot, but don't wrap it up super poorly and absurdly and just leave me feeling confused in the end. This episode's severe plot problems and abysmal final act just leave me feeling confused and annoyed.
  2. "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" Written by: Tom Martin, George Meyer, Brian Scully, Mike Scully First aired: January 31st, 1999 Synopsis: When Homer meets a travel agent named Wally Kogen (voiced by Fred Willard), him and Homer make a trip to the Super Bowl in Florida with several of Springfield's residents, only to find out that when they get there, Kogen's tickets are counterfeit, and they try to break into the game. Meanwhile, Lisa and Marge try to find the missing parts of "Vincent Price's Egg Magic" I'll cut to the chase. This episode's plot is a fucking mess. The B plot literally gets zero resolution which is a gigantic problem, and the A plot gets a very poor fourth wall joke as it's ending, which just feels lazy. However, there are some positives in this episode. I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the idea of Homer taking a giant group to an event like the Super Bowl (this episode also aired on Super Bowl Sunday in 1999), and there's some good jokes with the character chemistry. It's very much like Viva Ned Flanders in the way that the banter, although there's way more in Viva Ned Flanders, is pretty entertaining, and the plot is generally paced alright, but fails in one way and that it has a very poor conclusion. There's some good jokes with these characters, the joke about the portable church outside of the Super Bowl to be my favorite when Ned Flanders tells Kogen it's Sunday and he hasn't been to church. The jail scene is kind of funny, the Bill Clinton segment is also a little funny, and you know that's mostly it. The A plot is just kind of mildly entertaining to entertaining. However, there is one thing that is nice about this episode and that is while this episode is loaded with celebrities, for the most part they're treated like the celebrities in the Simpsons past with exaggerated traits and personalities, which is nice to see after When You Dish Upon A Star, but it still feels just gimmicky and nothing more. The stuff with them is just okay. Anyway, let's talk about this "B plot", if we can even talk about it. This B plot is complete garbage. It isn't even resolved, like holy shit. They use the kit, can't find the leg part, Marge calls Vincent Price in a really unfunny joke that gets uncomfortable past, says he'll deliver the parts even though he's dead of course, and it just.... goes away. It's just weird because it's structured like it's going to be the episode's B plot, and it just feels out of place and because there's no solution, makes the episode seem rushed. The joke about the oversexualized Super Bowl commercial from their last appearance in the episode is probably the most memorable joke from the episode besides the portable church joke, but that's really it. This episode has some major problems, and this episode just deserves a 5/10. This episode's got some alright jokes, but it's got a lot of flaws and is just the epitome of middle of the road Simpsons. It's like drinking an offbrand soda from your supermarket that's extremely obviously supposed to be Dr. Pepper, Coke, what have you. It's still good, but it lacks the taste of what it's based off of and leaves you never wanting to come back because the better stuff is just as easy to get to. I'm not done quite yet, there's some stuff to note about this episode. For some reason, Song 2 by Blur plays for like 10 seconds in the episode and just.... goes away and it feels out of place and just weird. Maybe Song 2 was performed at the Super Bowl that year, I don't know, but it feels out of placed watching this episode about 20 years later. Song 2 is awesome, but yeah, out of place. Also, this episode had some of the highest ratings of the season because not was it aired after the Super Bowl, but the premiere of Family Guy. Anyway, this episode pissed off the Catholic League AGAIN! In arguably the episode's most memorable joke, Lisa and Marge are watching an oversexualized Super Bowl commercial for the Catholic Church, that says "The Catholic Church: We've made a few... changes." Obviously the scene was one giant parody of oversexualized 80's glam metal band music videos and the more risque Super Bowl commercials that we see a lot of today, and it's a pretty memorable and funny scene. Anyway, what happened this time was the same president at the time, Bill Donohue, wrote in their newspaper that the Simpsons had "struck again, big time" and wrote to Chavez again about the scene, and encouraged others to. Several angry Catholics wrote to the show's crew, saying stuff like they watched the show until the scene, and according to Scully they even received a lot of letters from kids saying "Don't make fun of my religion." Fox decided to censor the scene, replacing "The Catholic Church" to just "The Church". Scully was furious, and so were a lot of major news sources. Now the episode airs censored, but the uncensored version can be found on the Season 10 DVD. Here's the scene if you want to watch it yourself:
  3. "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"* Written by: Larry Doyle First aired: January 17th, 1999 Synopsis: When Homer and his friends vandalize Springfield Elementary while drunk, a curfew is imposed on the children of Springfield, who retaliate by exposing the secrets of Springfield's adults via radio. I only remember this episode being okay to pretty good, but rewatching this, I can easily say that beside Lisa Gets An A, this episode is fucking awesome. There's so much to like in this episode, I can't even start. The plot is a great one, and it's funny that it was brought up by Mike Scully himself because this plot just works so damn well. It's a classic "adults vs. kids" plot, that ends in a memorable song number that comes out of left field and is super funny because of it, and Springfield's senior citizens randomly join in out of the blue, just adding to how funny it is. Here in this episode, unlike in When You Dish Upon A Star, it makes sense for the kids to do these things because the adults have been horrible to them, and this episode definitely harkens back to the classic elementary "we hate adults" mentality, and it just feels like you're seeing that ideology from your youth all over again in this episode. There's tons of awesome jokes in this episode. Homer's quote at the start telling Lisa to "never love anything" feels super Season 5/6 esque, Nelson's Dr. Hibbert impersonation, the scene where the radio exposes Chief Wiggum, Homer, and a few other's secrets is really funny, the scene in the police car where Chief Wiggum believes the kids to be possessed is a pretty funny fakeout, and the ending with the curfew for anyone under 70 is really funny and just a weird ending, but it works because it makes sense for this plot and it's so funny that this is never foreshadowed, but when it comes to the forefront it actually makes sense. And that doesn't even end because just the whole episode is littered with great jokes. I really can't say much more besides the fact it's such a great idea, it has such a solid execution, and is littered with great jokes. I can't even really talk much about this episode because it's just really solid and funny and has an awesome plot, and I can't say much else besides that. It deserves a 10/10 because it's just one of the best ones I've seen from the season. Definitely check this one out, it's awesome.
  4. "Viva Ned Flanders"* Written by: David M. Stern First aired: January 10th, 1999 Synopsis: When Homer realizes Ned is 60 and has never lived life to the fullest, Ned asks Homer for help, and Homer takes Ned to Las Vegas where they become drunk after a night at a casino and marry two cocktail waitresses while drunk. First things first to note is that this episode was nominated for an Emmy, and honestly, that's so weird because I just don't know what to think about this episode. This is a different kind of Simpsons episode. First things first, what makes this episode "different" in my book, and what is this episode's biggest flaw (another flaw I have is it's about halfway through the episode when they actually get to Las Vegas, but I can let that slide) is there's not really any good jokes in this episode. The opening with Don Rickles is decently funny, so is the ending where Homer and Ned walk into the Nevada sunset, but other than that, there's not really any jokes. There's a few gags that are chuckle worthy, but other than that, not really. And it sucks because this plot has a lot of comedic potential. Homer and Ned going on a vacation at Ned's request in ending up landing in trouble is a plot with tons of comedic potential, and none of it's really used. However, that leads into this episode's major plus; it is just entertaining to watch these two banter. The ending scene is great at it, them starting to gamble is entertaining, and them trying to get out of the mess they made while drunk is entertaining. I really don't care for these cocktail waitresses too. I don't hate them, but they just kind of feel there, so I don't really mind them so I'm able to let that slide. Seeing Las Vegas in The Simpsons is also nice, and the scenes before they go to Las Vegas are pretty alright. My favorite part of this episode is the brief chase scene with Viva Las Vegas. I think the animation's great and they should've made it just a little longer. The scene where they get cornered trying to leave's alright too, even though for some reason Boomhauer from King Of The Hill.... is there. Look, seeing Hank and his family was funny in Bart Star because it made sense for them to be there for a brief gag, but there's not really a reason for him to be there and it just feels weird. Granted I've never watched King Of The Hill really even though I've been meaning to, but it just feels weird. Also the band The Moody Blues are in this episode, and they're also just kind of...... there. Also, to help round this out another plus is that this episode has a lot of awesome continuity, which is that Burns's Casino from $pringfield is in the start and some of the workers from Burns's Casino are seen at the casino in Las Vegas. Something to note is that the writer of this episode, who has wrote a couple episodes since around Season 2/3, David Stern, went on to create Ugly Americans, if anyone remembers that show. I've never seen it, but there seems to be a bit of a cult following for it. Overall, I want to be nice and give this episode a light 7/10. It's better than our 6/10's so far, but I don't know, it's just not really funny. Even some of the most emotional episodes of the series like 'Round Springfield, And Maggie Makes Three, and Marge Be Not Proud had good jokes, and while this episode doesn't try to be emotional, it just feels kind of weird to watch a non-emotional Simpsons episode that just isn't funny, but Ned and Homer's banter is entertaining enough.
  5. "Mayored To The Mob"* Written by: Ron Hauge First aired: December 20th, 1998 Synopsis: Homer gets hired as Mayor Quimby's bodyguard, and Homer discovers that the mayor has been taking bribes from Fat Tony. When Quimby stops taking deals from him, Fat Tony threatens to kill Mayor Quimby. Mark Hamill guest stars in this episode. And that's the first thing you need to know, because goddamn, his scenes are hilarious. Him trying to sell Sprint while the nerds at the convention get angry, him on stage at the dinner theater, it's all hilarious and extremely memorable. And after the abysmal Homer Simpson In: Kidney Trouble, this episode's pretty good. I really can't say a lot about this episode because it's just a solid story. The jokes are good. The joke with Comic Book Guy and the girl at the convention is funny, Mayor Quimby saying "Rats? You promised me dogs or higher!" is really memorable, the nerds rebelling at Mark Hamill not talking about Star Wars is funny, just the whole convention scene is funny. But the episode's good jokes don't just stop there. The bodyguard stunt camp's pretty funny, the ending is a great recalling of what caused Homer to become a bodyguard. The episode fixes a major pacing problem I had with Kidney Trouble in that nothing feels too insane or out of place, and the episode doesn't take one third for the conflict to set in, it takes around 5 minutes which is a pretty normal time for the conflict to start with this show. I can't say much more, it's just a solid episode with a really memorable guest star. Something weird is that Uter is wearing a Futurama shirt to promote the show which came out around 4 months after this episode aired. It's a cool little detail in a very solid episode. It is another "Homer becomes X job/profession" episode, but it's funny, has a good plot, and is just a solid episode. It deserves a good 8/10. There's nothing spectacular, but it's a pretty good episode that washes Kidney Trouble's taste out of my mouth.
  6. Blue's Clues Remake!

    Blue's Clues was one of my favorite shows as a little kid, and honestly the news of this doesn't really bother me at all. Maybe it's because I'm so out of the age demographic, I don't know, but I don't really have any problem with this.
  7. Worst class in school you've ever had?

    I'm taking US History I this year. Honors actually. I love history, and I'm really interested in everything and don't find it that boring at all, but it depends on my teacher. My teacher's brand new and is replacing the history teacher that's normally there because she's on maternity leave. My teacher is pretty meh. I'm learning things, so that's good, but she doesn't quite know how to deal with some of the loud, annoying kids in that class.
  8. Here's an out there idea: What if there was a Pokemon game with a region based off of the Southern United States with southern gothic-esque main characters? (Really just like the differing gender roles, villains who see themselves as victims, and events stemming from crime or violence) I thought of this like, man, 3 or so weeks ago and I can't stop thinking about it.

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      It's not quite that kind of goth, but it's possible for it to be that kind of goth.......

  9. Man, I should've given at a 1/10. 0/10 for me is just like "Worst episode of the series, I want to die after watching this tier" while Kidney Trouble leaves me feeling dirty and pissed. The humor fell completely flat, it has plot elements that feel way to surreal and out of place, and awful pacing. And that's not even getting into how fucking nasty the main plot is and how awful it is, and yeah, it feels like such a middle finger because at the end the show wants us to be like "Aww Homer is so sweet" despite that he literally WOULD kill his father and be aware of this if he wasn't crushed by a damn car. It deserves to be with Saddlesore Galactica and Kill The Alligator And Run as some of the worst episodes of the show (Not gonna lie, I might review Season 11 because I'm having a lot of fun reviewing these episodes) I like Lisa Gets an A more than most I feel. It mostly gets brought up because of that amazing B plot, but I like the A plot a lot. That's probably because I like most Lisa episodes. And yeah, I seriously don't think Scully got the Simpsons very well. It just lost all it's emotion and realism, and those were two things that made the show the pop culture icon it is. I think it was perfectly summarized this way by an op-ed in Slate by video game critic Chris Suellentrop: "Episodes that once would have ended with Homer and Marge bicycling into the sunset now end with Homer blowing a tranquilizer dart in Marge's neck. The show's still funny, but it hasn't been touching in years". BTW do you have this rundown anywhere? I'd love to read it!
  10. And here we are, @Wumbo. "Homer Simpson In: Kidney Trouble" Written by: John Swartzwelder First aired: December 6th, 1998 Synopsis: When Grandpa's kidneys explode, he is in need of a donor, but Homer begins to have second thoughts right before the operation. Ooooh boy. Let's talk about the relationship between Homer and his father in the show's history. It has been stated numerous times in this show's history, at this point, that Homer and his dad have never had the best relationship. There's been episodes about it, like Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy from Season 6, and their relationship was a major plot point in Season 7's emotional rollercoaster Mother Simpson. Have you ever wanted to see Homer literally INTENTIONALLY cause his father to be on the verge of death, be acknowledged of this, agree to save his life, and then try not to take his life, and Grandpa's life is only changed after Homer ends up in critical condition, and Doctor Hibbert takes one of Homer's kidneys and gives it to Grandpa? Well, this episode's for the like one person in the universe that wanted that. This episode is ridiculously mean spirited, and I know that's a phrase I don't like to use, but it's the best way to put this episode. This episode's just... nasty. Anyway, there's like one or two positives in this episode. The "prostitute" joke at the ghost town is kinda funny, the "largest toilet" gag is kind of funny, and that's really it. Let's talk about the episode's pacing. At the start of this episode, the family visits this ghost town tourist attraction place. This part takes up almost ONE THIRD of the episode, and none of the plot is moved along. This is one of two major problems I have with Mike Scully's Simpsons that are present in this episode. The episodes take so long to start with these segments. It's seen in a lot of other episodes, that I'll probably bring up along the way (most of the episodes I've seen with this problem are Seasons 11/12), and it just feels forced because the writers want to make jokes about a tourist attraction like this. That's fine, if you were to build a MAJORITY OF THE PLOT around this tourist trap. Here, it serves no purpose to move the plot along besides making these gags that are super hit or miss, mostly miss, and just feels out of place with the rest of the episode's narrative, because it's NEVER REFERENCED again and just feels like a part from another episode. The plot actually starts 7 minutes in. I wouldn't mind it if the segment was like 3 minutes long, or it moved the plot along, but it does neither here and feels pretty much entirely pointless. I've got more problems with it's pacing, but more on that later. And on the way back, Grandpa consistently says that he has to use the bathroom, and is literally SCREAMING, and it's not really funny because Homer just continuously ignores him. Normally this kind of scene would go that Grandpa would scream to use the bathroom, and Homer would reluctantly pull over, which would be perfectly in Homer's character, but this is what causes the episode's conflict. Grandpa's kidneys have exploded because of Homer's actions. Marge is rightfully furious at him, and surprisingly, he actually decides to give one of his kidneys. Okay, whatever. Not much happens until the surgery starts, but the scenes inbetween are short, so I can't complain about them. Anyway, when the surgery starts, Homer, who's fully realized what he's done to his father, jumps out the window...... and becomes a crew member on a ship to avoid giving his kidneys to Grandpa, while still feeling guilty. This plot choice is just so fucking out of nowhere, that it doesn't even feel hilariously out of place or random. It's just there. It happens, and it moves on. It's jarring how out of place it is, and this is another problem I have with Mike Scully's Simpsons. These random plot elements are thrown in like this and just feel lame and forced, as well as extremely out of place. And there's not really a point of any of it. There's a scene where some people on this ship ridicule Homer for his decision while it's CLEAR he feels guilty about it, and it just feels like in any other story this would be the scene where Homer is convinced that he's made a mistake and wants to fix it. The people on the ship throw him off because of how he's being a jerk, and he washes up on the shore like he's been knocked out for a day or two, destroys a father and son's sandcastle, not out of anger or anything, he just kinda destroys it.. It's just a weird scene. Anyway, Homer reluctantly goes back, and jumps out of the window again. This just makes the entire ship scene feel pointless. I get that he's chickening out because it's a hard decision, but in a plot like this, wouldn't Homer begin to have second thoughts right after saying he'll be a donor? Anyway, after that, Homer... gets crushed by a car, which like the ship stuff, is a completely random plot decision and feels out of place, and Homer ends up in critical condition, and his kidney is given up when he was asleep, Grandpa is fine, and he realizes his wrong doings and what not and the show has the fucking AUDACITY to pull a "how sweet!" type of scene after fucking all of this, which again, just feels forced to try to get sympathy out of an audience and a lame attempt for the show to be the emotional powerhouse it used to be. This episode is fucking awful. This episode gets a 2/10. This episode twists Homer's character too much to make him a complete asshole, he just kind of learns his lesson in the end and the show pulls a forced emotional moment, and it's all tied together with out of place plot choices, and slow pacing. It's a lot of what's wrong with Scully's Simpsons in my book and why a lot of fans dislike it; forced emotional moments, overly cartoony plot elements (like Homer being crushed by a car), and poor pacing amongst forced and way too out there plot elements. Fuck this episode. This is a true Scumsons.
  11. "Lisa Gets An "A""* Written by: Ian Maxtone-Graham First aired: November 22nd, 1998 Synopsis: After Lisa gets a cold and plays and becomes addicted to one of Bart's video games to pass the time, she forgets to study for a test and ends up cheating and getting an above average grade, but becomes extremely guilty to the opposition of Principal Skinner because Lisa's grade gives Springfield Elementary a basic assistance grant. Meanwhile, Homer buys a lobster from a grocery store with the intention of fattening it up and then eating it, but ends up keeping it as a pet. So here's our second episode with an asterik. You know how in my review of D'oh-in' In The Wind that there are 2 episodes I keep coming back to? This is one of them. This episode can best be described as Lard Of The Dance with it's problem fixed; a great Lisa A-plot, but instead of a weak Homer B-plot, I'd say the episode's B-plot rivals the A-plot. Homer buying a live lobster with the intention of fattening it up but in turn keeping it as a pet is very much Season 6-7 esque Homer antics, and man, it steals the goddamn show here. Every moment with Homer and the lobster (named Pinchy) is super memorable, and most of them are just flat out really goddamn funny (Homer pouring table salt in the tank after Lisa says lobsters need salt, him playing with Pinchy in a kiddie pool, and the close up of Pinchy from Marge's perspective are my favorites), culminating in an ending of Marge finally cooking Pinchy and Homer eating him while grossly sobbing that is goddamn hilarious. But that's enough of why the B-plot is so great. The A-plot is pretty goddamn great too. The idea of Lisa cheating is a very interesting one, and I'm glad they went for a comedy approach with it because if they went through a realistic approach I just think we'd have Marge Be Not Proud 3.0: Lisa Edition. I'd say this episode is most famous for being the source of Ralph's classic catchphrase "Hello, Supernintendo Chalmers!", but man, there are tons of great jokes from this episode's A-plot (I've already stated just why the B-plot is so damn memorable and funny), I like Nelson calling his stolen answers "study aides", Bart saying to Lisa's opposition of going in the boy's bathroom that "There's nothing in here you didn't see when Dad boycotted pants", Superintendent Chalmers saying that Springfield Elementary was the worst school in Missouri until they moved it to Springfield is pretty funny, the ice cream puns from the grocery store are pretty funny, man, it's just so many great jokes, one after another. There's a reason I keep coming back to this episode, it's that damn good. It's a very solid episode with some of the best jokes all season so far, and some very memorable jokes, but nothing is quite as memorable as Pinchy. R.I.P. Pinchy. Another thing worth mentioning with this episode as at the scene at the grocery store, the mom and her son that bought Bonestorm when Bart decided to shoplift from Marge Be Not Proud (crazy, right?) are there, as well as the gun store owner from The Cartridge Family from Season 9 being the guy who sells Homer the lobster. There's a reason I keep coming back to this episode, and why it deserves a 10/10. The jokes are memorable, the A and B plots are very well written and memorable, and it takes a unique concept and does it's best with it, and does a great job with it. One last thing. Near the start of this episode, when the family leaves church and Bart says he's starving, he asks Marge if the family can go Catholic so they can have "communion wafers and booze", and Marge responds "No, we're not going Catholic. Three children is enough, thank you.". This joke really pissed off the Catholic League, a civil rights group, and it's president at the time, Bill Donohue, sent a letter to Fox asking why the joke was included in the episode. Thomas Chavez, Fox's manager for broadcast standards and practices wrote back. Here's an excerpt: "In your letter you questioned an exchange in dialogue between Bart and his mother, Marge. Because Bart is starving, he suggests they convert to Catholicism since he is aware communion wafers and wine are dispensed in the Catholic ceremony. Just like other children that are not knowledgeable, Bart sees the wafer merely as food and wine as a forbidden drink. Because many families wait to eat after they have attended Church, it is not atypical that a child would pose a question such as this unknowingly. The writers chose not to have Marge respond to Bart’s ridiculous desire to satisfy his hunger with the Sacrament but rather, elected to have Marge respond by stating why she would not be comfortable converting to Catholicism. Her views regarding birth control are obviously contrary to the Catholic Church's belief. While Marge's response may be perceived as short and curt, it also conveys the impression that one's choice of religion is based on more than the religion's rituals." The Catholic League did not accept Chavez's apology, and ever since then, the whole conflict just kind of... went away. It's a weird note to consider with this episode.
  12. That was a point I really wanted to bring up in my review, but I couldn't because I couldn't phrase it right and I know I'd seem hypocritical because I was going to juxtapose it to Homerpalooza from Season 7, which is one of my favorite episodes in the series, and that episode relies heavily on celebrities. Most of the time when celebrities were on the show the show would make playful jabs at them; look at all the lines like Bart saying "Making teenagers depressed is like shootin' fish in a barrel" as a reaction to The Smashing Pumpkins in that episode. In When You Dish Upon A Star, there's just none of that. It's so "hey look celebrities!" and it just feels dirty that the show treats celebrities how the citizens of Springfield do, when in any earlier episode the citizens would've been parodied to make a point on how our society blindly praises celebrities. And that's a good point. Most of the times when celebrities play themselves on the show, they're almost always meant to look, as you said, like fools, and usually do things that they'd never do in real life for comedy, and satire. Look at Sonic Youth trying to steal food from Peter Frampton's cooler, Cypress Hill asking for The London Symphony Orchestra to play Insane In The Brain, and Billy Corgan actually being nice to people (Okay, last one's a joke, but you get my point). In When You Dish Upon A Star, they're just portrayed as normal celebrities and it just takes out all the fun of the celebrity roles in the Simpsons past. It feels like they just want celebrity voices so they can increase their ratings with "Hey look! Alec Baldwin's going to be in this episode of The Simpsons!" and it works. The reason it doesn't work as well now than it did in 1998 was the Simpsons was still massively popular back then, and now, we look back on the show as one of the biggest pop culture icons of the 90's and most just forget that the show is still making new episodes because people moved on. Let me just say this: When has anyone gotten up and started talking about the new episodes of The Simpsons? Not really at all. Granted there was all the gimmicky stuff like the episode where "Homer would finally leave Marge!" and when they did the 3 minute live thing where they answered phone calls, but those generated minor news buzz because the show's quality has dwindled and people have moved on.
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    "Icebox" // Nada Surf
  14. "D'oh-in' In The Wind"* Written by: Donick Cary First aired: November 15th, 1998 Synopsis: When Homer realizes he doesn't know his middle name, Abe says he should try the hippie commune where Homer's mom would visit. When Homer finds what he's looking for, he decides to stay to become a hippie after catching up with his mom's hippie friends, Seth (voiced by Martin Mull) and Munchie (voiced by George Carlin), who produce juice. So yeah, first episode with an asterik. The truth is I've seen little of this season before, and there's 2 episodes I keep going back to because of how much I like them, and most of the others I've only seen once, thought they were okay, and never went back to them until now. This episode falls into the latter category, but man, upon rewatching this episode, holy shit, this episode is awesome. Imagine When You Dish Upon A Star as a really disgusting medicine, and this episode is the drink of water you take to wash that taste out of your mouth. There's so much to like in this episode. The nod to Homer's mom is a nice one, and it's nice to see she's brought up again. There's tons of great gags in this episode. Homer gleefully saying he'll shoot himself when him and his dad are about to go to the commune, the Woodstock sequence is pretty funny, and the scene where they go out into town has some funny moments, and the tripping moment is decently funny (especially Groundskeeper Willie making out with a rake, it's done just long enough where it isn't creepy or uncomfortable), but man, this episode has a twist ending that's pretty damn funny. The biggest thing I like about this episode is it's atmosphere. They play a lot of popular rock songs from the 60's in this episode and all it does is help add to this episode's atmosphere. Seth and Munchie are entertaining, Mull and Carlin do a great job, and I really like the juxtaposition of Homer and their lifestyles. Homer is irresponsible, laid back and fun loving, while Seth and Munchie are responsible, laid back and fun loving. Jerkass Homer is kept to a good minimum here, and while he doesn't completely fix the problem he put upon Seth and Munchie, he tries his best and it's nice to see he has good intentions. It's nice to see Homer try to fix his problems, although not successful, as juxtaposed to the piece of shit that is When You Dish Upon A Star. It's a solid episode with some really great gags, great new characters, and a great hippie atmosphere and feel to it that makes it feel like one of it's kind (Weekend at Burnsie's did the same a few seasons later, and that's an episode I like as much as this one) It may seem excessive to do so, but fuck it, 10/10. I just can't think of much wrong with this episode. It's not super amazing, but it's very solid. I'm definitely going to keep coming back to this one.
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