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    Rate and Review: "Pulpit Friction" (RABF11)

    April 28, 2013: A new minister(guest Edward Norton) arrives in Springfield and usurps Lovejoy's position. Bart is particularly displeased by this as Homer is appointed as deacon and becomes overzealous in his duties. Getting Lovejoy back might not be a simple task however as he has gone on to greater things: selling hot tubs. Discuss!


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    Very unfunny episode. I didn't laugh once except for when Rev. Hooper was referencing all these random things when the townspeople were closing in on him. 1/5, a true borefest.

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    Forget the Rev, this episode bored me to death.

    2/5, and that only because there wasn't anything offensively unfunny.


    Well, ya'know if you stay positive and forget about trivial things like "proper characterization," "Satire," and "emotional depth" watching new Simpsons episodes can be a seemingly enjoyable lie.

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    Initial thoughts: I'm on a massive amount of pain killers and "happy pills" tonight. Let's see if drugs makes Modern Simpsons any better. Since this episode has the potential to make Flanders look more like an ass, I doubt it will get much praise.
    Couch gag:
    Act One:
    Well, those two were combined. Didn't see that one coming.
    So, in this act... we went from falling 18.000 feet and only breaking the couch, to a bedbug outbreak from the new couch, to Rev. Lovejoy being shown-up at church. Meh.

    Act Two:
    In this act, the new Reverend wants Homer to be his Deacon, and Marge has lost her wedding dress. Meh.

    Act Three:
    In this act, Lisa finds Marge's dress and Homer is good at his new job... so is Reverend Lovejoy. But... guess what! Bart and Flanders aren't happy. Yay! Jackass Flanders! Meh.

    Act Four:
    Bart decides to unleash a Biblical plague on the town because Flanders pissed him off somehow. (Honestly, I lost interest until the frogs started making noise.)
    Uh... why are they running from frogs?
    ...and Reverend Lovejoy comes in to save the day and make everything just like it was the previous week so the episode can be shown in syndication.

    What a pile of shit.

    1/5 Not a single laugh from me.
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    ACT ONE:

    So far, the only real retarded thing about this episode was the plot being jump started by the couch gag.

    The whole "bedbug" thing seems really disjointed, though and it seems like it forgotten about when the new reverend was introduced.

    ACT TWO:

    The new priest just happens to arrive at Moe's and after listening to Homer's stupid rambles, he just decided to make him the new deacon. Why? No reason. Or a really stupid reason. Whatever, fuck you.

    ACT THREE:


    This is just getting really disjointed. Homer loves being deacon for no reason and Reverend Lovejoy leaves and gets some job that's never been addressed before.

    ACT FOUR:

    I almost fell asleep. The frogs at the end pretty much represented this guy.

    OVERALL:

    Another mediocre outing. End this show already. 3/5 (C-)
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    Decent enough plot idea, subpar execution. 1 or 2 solid jokes. Main problem with the new writers seems to be that they have decent ideas but just aren't funny at all.


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    I thought this one was pretty good 3,25 or 3,5 on 5 for me. But I'll give a 3 in the poll.
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    It actually had a flowing plot even if derivative and the bed bugs were actually used in the end. Aside from that it was probably on the same level as the last new one but those things did allow me to just barely prefer this one. I laughed at Moleman's reason for taking the program, and several Nelson lines/moments. 3/5

    Oh, and I don't know why I care, but seeing Chalmers at the church bugged me. Isn't he anti-religion? Or is that only regarding the school?

    EDIT: Oh yeah I did enjoy Apu at the hot tub place.

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    Not bad. It was interesting how the couch gag actually tied in with the beginning of the episode. I liked the suspenseful vibe the beginning gave with the bedbugs. But the bedbug plot was really lost a lot of the time and only came back when it was necessary. What about all those scenes that took place outdoors, and not a single bedbug or itch was seen. But when they get to the frog plot, suddenly the bedbugs are rampant again. That bothered me a lot. I liked the Lovejoy's plot somewhat, although I'm still not sure why he was replaced in the first place. And Homer becoming the deacon really did nothing. Usually Homer will do things regarding his new job that affect the episode, but here, he was the deacon but not much was done with it. And the wedding dress plot was just a big load of nothing. But the episode wasn't too bad, mostly due to the Lovejoy's plot. 3/5.

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    the whole point of that religion thing is satire on schools. obvious when you think about it.

    boring as shit, why did i waste another half hour watching this show? 1/5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Financial Panther View Post
    But the bedbug plot was really lost a lot of the time and only came back when it was necessary. What about all those scenes that took place outdoors, and not a single bedbug or itch was seen. But when they get to the frog plot, suddenly the bedbugs are rampant again.
    The bugs themselves were supposed to be dead which is why you wouldn't see them rampant anymore, they were just feeding the dead ones to the frogs. Of course that joke with Bart shoving the frog under his shirt kinda confuses that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh, that's raspberry! View Post
    The bugs themselves were supposed to be dead which is why you wouldn't see them rampant anymore, they were just feeding the dead ones to the frogs. Of course that joke with Bart shoving the frog under his shirt kinda confuses that.
    The was one live one that was biting Bart.

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    Laughed about twice... very unmemorable. I doubt most of us will remember this episode in 2 or 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertMcHoover View Post
    Laughed about twice... very unmemorable. I doubt most of us will remember this episode in 2 or 3 years.
    I remember something about... frogs?

    ...and it's only been 15 minutes.

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    i already forgot about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertMcHoover View Post
    Laughed about twice... very unmemorable. I doubt most of us will remember this episode in 2 or 3 years.
    I barely remember last season's episodes.

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    ...something about Lady Gaga and her talking rag?


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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertMcHoover View Post
    Laughed about twice... very unmemorable. I doubt most of us will remember this episode in 2 or 3 years.
    Like a lots of the recents episodes. I thought about Black Eyed please a few minutes ago and I already wasn't able to remember the story of Homer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubbb! View Post
    ...something about Lady Gaga and her talking rag?
    Moe Goes from Rags to Bitches?

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    Wow this was just boring. I mean I'm gonna be generous here and give it a D+ but WOW! I chuckled once. At Groundskeeper Willie giving the frogs to Lunchlady Doris. I mean not a single laugh! But the only reason I'm giving it that was because their is nothing really cringe worthy.

    Stray Observations:

    -Bringing back Helen Lovejoy's catchphrase in a terrible joke
    -The CONSTANT references to past episodes like "Mr. Plow" and "Deep Space Homer" trying to remind the audience that they were once funny.
    -Homer wishing Bart had rabies? WTF!?
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    3.5/5 from me. One of those middle of the road episodes that have more redeeming qualities than bad, pushing it more towards the positive for me. I liked the tying in with the couch gag a la Futurama's "Decision 2013". Some other good meta gags was the reference to Sunday Best Bart and Pie Man, and Homer's "as we say in the snowplow business, I'm your astronaught."

    Marge's plot wasn't necessary, but it wasn't that bad. I thought Edward Norton did a good job as a VA, even if his character looked like Gabbo. Animation was pretty good this week, great shots of the town and I liked the bit with Homer getting into his church clothes.

    I noticed the old living room tube tv made a reappearance in Homer and Marge's bedroom. I yelled "the old tv!" In the same way I yelled "Herman!" a while back.

    Old tv gets an extra .5
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacalRoboKiller View Post
    -The CONSTANT references to past episodes like "Mr. Plow" and "Deep Space Homer" trying to remind the audience that they were once funny.
    I forgot about this, but it did make me crack a smile and then say to myself a post exactly saying this would be in the episode review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh, that's raspberry! View Post
    I forgot about this, but it did make me crack a smile and then say to myself a post exactly saying this would be in the episode review.
    Well what do you expect? I'm surprised they didn't reference Maggie shooting Mr. Burns for the 5,000th FUCKING time! >_>

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    Oh no I know it was just one of those things I wish I had remembered so I could do a in before type post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacalRoboKiller View Post
    Well what do you expect? I'm surprised they didn't reference Maggie shooting Mr. Burns for the 5,000th FUCKING time! >_>
    The season isn't over yet....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh, that's raspberry! View Post
    Oh no I know it was just one of those things I wish I had remembered so I could do a in before type post.
    do you get a weird sexual thrill from this kind of stuff

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    At this point in the series they can't not reference themselves. It doesn't bother me much, it's not as though I take the callbacks as "what the fuck they're reminding me of when the show was really good argh!!", I usually smile at the acknowledgement and then continue to watch and don't think much of it.

    The Plow King callback in Oh Brother Where Bart Thou was probably the best one of recent years.

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    This episode sounds horrible. Not sure if I should watch it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy View Post
    This episode sounds horrible. Not sure if I should watch it..
    I'd recommend against it. Rewatch the Simpsons Movie instead.
    Your sig .gifs with Lisa and Colin always makes me smile.

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    ^ Lisa and Colin were some of the best parts



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