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  • 5/5: The trip of a lifetime!

    10 16.95%
  • 4/5: A great Paris trip.

    18 30.51%
  • 3/5: Alright, maybe we shouldn't have gone

    17 28.81%
  • 2/5: Oh well, at least I didn't go.

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    R&R: "To Courier With Love" (VABF14)


    May 8, 2016
    Season 27 Episode 20
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    After promising Marge the trip of a lifetime, frugality gets the better of Homer when he makes a deal with a travel agent to be a courier of a top-secret briefcase in exchange for a discounted family vacation to Paris.
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    I think you forgot to make the poll public

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    10/10! Looks like the Simpsons are getting back on track!
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    Ah well.
    - Lame couch gag.
    -- Overlong extended filler sequence.
    ** Drawing of Marge
    -- Lame show-tune, which pads out time, again.
    --- Stupid gag about reading between lines.
    Man, Marge's voice sounds really rough.
    End of act 1. 1/10.
    -- Lots of bad French stereotype jokes.
    --- Stupid overlong trip gag.
    *** French/ German ATM
    -- Stupid Marco Polo gag.
    End of act 2, this is quite bad. 2/10/2.5/10
    --- Wait, so the WHOLE thing was just a CAVE PAINTING? Terrible. Almost as bad as the one in Every Man's Dream.
    Closing thoughts:
    Terrible, TERRIBLE episode.
    The only good thing about this was the plot, which was alright, I guess.
    Too bad the humor was AWFUL! So many stinkers. Cesar and Ugelin were just unfunny French stereotypes, and so many jokes bombed. The reading between line gags, the Marco Polo gag, the stupid trip list gag... awful. The opening scene was just bland filler.
    It also had another bad show tune, and the couch gag was lame.
    Even the plot was ruined, with the reveal it was just a CAVE PAINTING!
    2/10.

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    1) Nice to see them bring back the French guys when Bart first went to France.
    2) Having gone to Paris it was nice to see some of the places that I visited. It's fun seeing Homer and Marge visit the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Jim Morrison's grave and knowing that to get to each place they would have to take subways at certain points instead of just walking to them.

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    The very definition of average, which makes it about a million times better than Bart-Mangled Banner. I thought the "Chubby Dude in a Tiny Car" song was one of the best songs in a while, although that plot ultimately led up to nothing. The trip to France didn't have any great jokes; mostly just tired stereotypes. I was surprised to see Cesar and Ugolin; that's probably the longest time between two appearances in the show's history. There isn't really anything else to say about this episode. 3/5

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    Ten-second FOX 25 News promo always comes first!

    And we get another episode using the long Flash-animated intro, though I liked the chalkboard gag about Mother's Day. And we get a nice quick couch gag, too.

    About time the moving backgrounds in car scenes were now rendered in CGI, just like "Family Guy" does.
    And then when Marge gets upset, she begins talking like she's 76 years old again. Jay Leno's appearance seemed to come out of nowhere, like another one of those "previously-appearing celebrities reappearing again" bits.
    I did get a chuckle out of Marge's long hair pushing up the in-flight movie screens.

    Yay, Cesar and Ugolin appear in it too! Though Cesar has been recast to Hank Azaria (I guess they did that back when Harry Shearer planned to quit the show.) At least Dan still voices Ugolin, like in the original.
    The tire mascots reacting to the Springfield Tire Fire was also pretty funny to me. I also liked Marge referencing all their past trips, even Itchy and Scratchy Land!
    Am I the only one noticed Lisa dressed like Madeline when she wore the yellow hat and blue dress?
    I also liked the French Chief Wiggum, and Lou and Eddie too.

    Now for the other Fox 25 news promo that strangely ignores the weather this time! (Maybe because it's going to be mild again?)
    The cute police poodles were pretty amusing.
    MAN, what a short third act.
    The cave Matt Groening was a nice touch to the closing.

    At least it was fun to see the whole family go to Paris for a change, after only Bart had went way back in Season 1, though I still think "The Crepes of Wrath" was better.
    It seems all Pamela Hayden and Tress MacNeille did in this episode were provide vocal effects for those skinny French models.


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    Wow, that was honestly terrible. After Fland Canyon brought up my expectations, this one crushed this went and crushed them

    The couch gag was just ok, I didn't have any strong feelings toward it. We start with some really dumb opening scene showing the Simpsons cavemen ancestors that felt pointless and was obvious filler, and I'm pretty sure they've already done the "Moe is descended from rodents" joke before. Then we get the real start of the episode, where Homer randomly finds some small green car and starts driving it everywhere while singing a song that's probably a parody of something that I don't recognize. Who owned this car, why did they leave in the garage, why did the family never notice it before, and how can it still work if it's been siting there for at least a decade? Not answered. At least they finally did something with Barney by having him sing. Then Bart and Lisa call him Daddy (I thought that was Homer's dream to hear his kids call him that? Why doesn't he react to it?) and talk about how Homer can always go on wacky adventures. Then Marge starts crying and whining about Homer always gets to go on fun adventures while she never does... what?? She almost went to space four episodes ago, and went to Capital City with Lisa two episodes ago! Also they need to stop writing scenes where Marge cries, because she sounds awful when she does them. Then Homer feels bad and I guess it's another marriage crisis episode? Anyway, Jay Leno just shows up for no reason and buys Homer's car, but then after Homer promises an expensive family trip, he comes back to get the money after he already bought another car and lost the small car to Wiggum. So why does Homer have to give Leno the money back just because Leno lost the car to the police and bought another one? That makes no sense. Also this is the last we see of the small car. So Homer can't afford a trip, because this week the Simpsons suddenly have money problems again. Then Homer has to deliver a package from the mob to France to get his trip and then when their on the plane there's a joke about Marge accidently knocking all the TV's up and doesn't care. At least their was a cute visual of Maggie sleeping on Bart's shoulder. Then Homer finally opens the suitcase and it turns out there's a snake in there, which excites Lisa instead of making her freak out like a rational being.

    So it turns out that the snake is endangered and Lisa says they have to protect it, which she says in a very casual tone to him, as though he hasn't just broken the law. Incidentally, I notice that Lisa while is happy to see the snake and starts going on about how they have to protect it, not only does she not acknowledge or freak out that Homer has just smuggled an animal on board a plane (which would get him and the family arrested), but that the snake might escape and attack someone...I guess at this point Lisa cares more about animals then other humans. Also Lisa sounds horrible when she started whispering to Homer. Then they get down and somehow have different outfits, and it turns out Homer's contact are the French winemakers (who I only just discovered now actually have names), who I was happy to see again, even if I felt they were wasted. I figured at this point Bart would see them and recognize them and wonder what was going on and that was how he was going to get involved with the plot, but nope. In fact, Bart is the only family member that doesn't interact with Cesar and Ugolin in this episode! What's the point of the bringing the two back if they don't interact with the one character they've already met? So then Homer and Lisa decide not to give the snake to them and decide to spend the rest of the day trying to get rid of the snake which Marge doesn't find suspicious at all. Then there's kind of a mini-subplot where Bart screws around with some skinny models (which was kind of funny if weird), that seems to only be here just to give him something to, otherwise you could have just replaced him with a cardboard cut-out and the episode wouldn't change. Bart also never brings up that's he's already been to France before. Homer and Lisa then try to dump the snake in France (where Lisa kind of makes a joke about how it would screw up the ecological system, but doesn't really care...?) but then the snake for no reason doesn't want to leave the suitcase at all. At first, I thought it was dead, but that wasn't the case, and then Cesar and Ugolin somehow find them and chase them. There's also a joke about Lisa playing in a jazz club while on the run, and I couldn't help but notice that in the jazz scene and models scene, both Bart and Lisa are saying their having fun, but neither of them are opening their mouths. Lazy animation.

    Anyway, Homer and Marge visit the Eiffel Tower and there's a list gag where she brings up all the various places the Simpsons have visited or gone to. I can't remember if she listed them all, but I don't think she listed Britain, and she certainly doesn't bring up that Bart's already gone to France. She also brings up the World Fair's from Bart on the Road, even though she was the only one who didn't know about the trip and thought he was heading to a grammar convention instead. I guess the implication was that she found out what happened afterwards, but I chalk it up to bad continuity. Then Homer and Marge walk through France, which I guess means they just left the kids all by themselves in a hotel room in another country. So after some visual gags referencing some painting, Homer admits the truth, but Marge doesn't seem to really care at all. Then Cesar and Ugolin again somehow find Homer and he and Marge escape back to their hotel room, only to find Cesar and Ugolin already there and with the kids ( which means they really were left alone)... how did they know where the Simpsons were staying and how did they get there before Homer and Marge did? And like I mentioned, Bart has no reaction to seeing his former abusive captors in front of him and Cesar and Ugolin don't acknowledge or recognize him at all.

    So the third act is incredibly short and where everything falls apart. Cesar and Ugolin call the cops, and at first I thought they were corrupt and were working for the two, but I guess they were actually honest and were going to arrest Homer for smuggling a snake. Also, for no reason at all, the French cops look just like Wiggum, Lou, and Eddie. There's a bunch of jokes of them trying to find the snake, including them bring in poodles as Police dogs, but then they can't find anything and decide to leave, and give Homer a really lone kiss in a joke that went on too long. And they arrest Cesar and Ugolin for... lying to the cops, I guess? or maybe they were just escorting them out of the building, I don't know, it wasn't really made clear to me. Then Marge talks about what a great trip she had and how great Homer is...what?! But he lied about how they could afford a trip, accepted delivering a package from criminals to other criminals, smuggled a dangerous animal onto a plane, had you get chased by abusive former winemakers, and then almost got you and your family arrested by the French police! And then it turns out the snake was in Marge's hair all along...how did the snake escape the suitcase by itself, and how did it get into Marge's hair without anyone noticing at all? Then the third act ends with a bunch of unanswered questions: What's going to happen to the snake? Did they leave it in France? Did they take home with them? Did it eventually escape? What's going to happen to Cesar and Ugolin? Won't the mob get mad at Homer for screwing up delivering their package and want revenge? Who knows, because none of this is ever explained or resolved and instead the fourth act has Homer just randomly home giving presents from his trip to everyone in the bar, and then it ends with a (admittedly kind of funny) joke about caveman Matt Groening drawing the scene centuries ago, somehow. I have no idea what just happened.

    1/5, the worst episode of the season since Every Man's Dream.
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    wasn't keeping track of the time so when it came back for act 4 just for a random minute-long tag about homer as a caveman i was scratchin my head

    that's all of interest i really have to say about this ep.

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    IN FAIRNESS, @AlphaOmega, I'm a "rational human" and I'm not afraid of snakes. There was once one in my basement and I nonchalantly picked it up and put it outside. If it's not poisonous, there's no reason to be afraid of them, and knowing Lisa, it makes perfect sense to me that she was excited and didn't freak out.

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    The blimp in the opening has the message "SEASON 27, EP. 20".

    Apparently, Homer goes to a fried chicken place where they stick the biscuit in with the chicken in the bucket.

    What is the Olmec head doing in the garage? Isn't it usually in the basement?

    The travel agent's office has a Capital City poster with the corner of Fifth Street and D...but according to the Tony Bennett song, it's Fourth and D that is remarkable.

    This week, Springfield is located...an 11-hour flight from Paris, although the return did have a layover in New York

    The money vanished between when Homer took it and when he tried to throw the briefcase to Lisa.

    Wait a minute...outer space is in canon?

    And why didn't Marge mention that they have been to Paris before?

    Caveman Matt Groening is right handed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Financial Panther View Post
    IN FAIRNESS, @AlphaOmega, I'm a "rational human" and I'm not afraid of snakes. There was once one in my basement and I nonchalantly picked it up and put it outside. If it's not poisonous, there's no reason to be afraid of them, and knowing Lisa, it makes perfect sense to me that she was excited and didn't freak out.
    I wasn't trying to suggest that Lisa is afraid of snakes, and I will admit that, if this was in their backyard or a park, I can see Lisa being happy to see a snake as being in-character for her, but their on a plane in the middle of the sky. She just saw that her father was hiding a dangerous animal in a suitcase, and instead of asking what was going on or wondering why her dad was smuggling an animal through an airline or even react in shock to what's he done, instead she goes "aw, look at the snake". She also seems way too accepting about Homer having smuggling a snake onto the plane, and talks casually with him like as though he hasn't just committed a serious crime by violating international custom laws.

    That's what I meant when I said she wasn't acting like a "rational human".
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    Act 1:
    -Normal intro and short couch gag.
    -Moe design from evolution couch gag.
    -Caveman intro comparison added nothing.
    -Yay for Olmec head appearance!
    -Yay for random car that existed in the garage all these years now!
    -And now filler car jingle, cause Homer really enjoys the car, so here’s a song about it.
    -Not a bad song though, plus we get some sweet Barney opera singing out of it.
    -Mmm that crying Marge voice. Don’t even think she’s supposed to be crying here, but nice to see it for the umpteenth time in Season 27.
    -Oh hi Jay Leno.
    -Thank you for pushing the plot Jay Leno, by giving and taking Homer’s money away suddenly like that.
    -And now travel agent is brought in the push more plot into this, yay.
    -Liked Marge’s hair closing the TV’s.
    -Homer of course opens case, topping off this good plot. Mmm, plot.

    Act 2:
    -Homer really worried about the snake for some reason.
    -Crepes of Wrath villains return. Tbf, at least they’re actually part of the episode, and not just pointless classic era cameos shoved in like normal.
    -“Back when religions still scared the crap out of you.”
    -Marge lists previous travel eps, some better and worse than this ep.
    - Some 2 minute filler of Bart getting rid of food and finding supermodels (?).
    -2d French girls joke was…um..
    -BURGER KING.
    -Ha, Homer suicide joke. It’s funny cause Jazz sounds BAD.
    -Sax guy dies, Lisa plays in his place, living out her dreams for the umpteenth time.
    -“Never been happier” line from something I guess.
    -And French Chief Wiggum cause why not.

    Act 3:
    -French poodles kinda cute.
    -Obligatory French slams, cause travel episodes like to do that.
    -Overly long Marge/Homer kiss, and…wow that was a short 3rd act.

    Post ep scene:
    -Snake is dead anyway, making that plot pointless.
    -And it was all apparently a caveman drawing anyway, so all that was pointless.


    Boring pointless travel ep, what else is new.

    Overall: 5/10, 2/5 for the poll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1010011010 View Post
    -Mmm that crying Marge voice. Don’t even think she’s supposed to be crying here, but nice to see it for the umpteenth time in Season 27.
    Yeah, that's where Julie Kavner really shows her age when voicing Marge. Like I said, all of a sudden Marge goes from sounding like she's 36 years old to sounding 76 years old when she's upset!

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    Nice, harmless vacation ep. To start, I don't think you could attempt to write a more predictable joke than caveman Homer going "ook" followed by modern day Homer going "ook." Then there was two minutes of Lol Jay Leno Likes Cars, but I think the plot got going fairly quickly after that with Marge being unhappy about Homer always doing the fun stuff. I think the ep's main strength once they got to Paris wasn't the whole running from Cesar and Ugolin story, but all the little slice-of-life scenes that depicted a vacation in Paris way better than any wild goose chase. Homer and Marge walking through a bunch of Parisian landmarks, Lisa at the jazz club, Bart pranking the supermodels (well that last one less so) were all nice little scenes that contributed to the overall set piece.

    The ending with a French version of Wiggum and Lou and the Simpsons being inexplicably cleared was pretty convoluted though - it sure was lucky that the police dogs became a throwaway joke. Also pretty lucky that the snake hid in Marge's hair (though this one is kinda forgivable because the snake was blue), and that Cesar and Ugolin just somehow found the police and convinced them to go to the Simpsons' place.

    Probably one of the better season 27 eps. Also enjoyed the musical number and the animation backgrounds so...borderline 4 for the poll maybe?

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    This was pretty meh and probably the most boring vacation episode they've done. Paris seems like a place where they could've made some good jokes but instead we get an uninteresting story about Homer smuggling a snake. Of course, not before we get an appearance by Jay Leno. I honestly couldn't tell whether the writers were bad at writing dialogue for him or if he genuinely wasn't funny. The rollbacks to previous episodes were lame, "I've always wanted Ugolin and Cesar to appear in HD Simpsons" said no-one ever and Marge listing of previous episodes didn't seem to have much of a joke behind it. French Wiggum was also lame and the kissing joke was just awkward. Average episode at best. 2.5/5

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiley207 View Post
    Am I the only one noticed Lisa dressed like Madeline when she wore the yellow hat and blue dress?
    No, I thought that was sweet as hell.. Heck, I like it when I see any of the Simpson family dressed in get ups that go outside of their regular threads. I was also pleasantly surprised that Lisa's immediate reaction to the animal in Homers briefcase was one of kindness.. for this, I willingly suspended any disbelief in what "would've happened" normally.
    Cesar and Ugolin appearance was a nice touch of the past, I was secretly hoping for a brief "Bart" meet up, but the past is the past.. no need to touch base on that, even for a quick gag.
    As a frequent visitor to Paris, I enjoyed seeing the animated sights through Simpson's eyes. I was kinda hoping they would've thrown in a mad chase or something through Paris's cavernous, skeleton filled Catacombs.. "tant pis" .. maybe next time. .. Rated 5/5


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    I honestly just logged in to express my displeasure with the "I have never been happier" gags.

    Lazy, lazy, lazy... and in the Lisa scene at the Jazz club, Homer looks to his right for no fucking reason.

    Was it a post-production mistake? I mean... what the Hell?
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    This episode exuded laziness on so many levels it almost seemed intentional. Came off extremely poor with it following Fland Canyon which had stronger characterizations, stronger gags and took the time to logically explain most of what went on... AND did the slice-of-life material that pkkao enjoyed far better.
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    The only part if the episode I didn't like was Lisa's inexplicable opportunity to play Jazz at the club. Outside of that, I found the humour to be pretty good. Also loved the villains.

    Actually the ending was a bit hand-wavey as well, but not to the point where I would mark the episode down considerably. Actually, a third "convinient" thing was, if Homer didn't take the snake, how did they afford everything? I assume he took the money first and just didn't give it back.

    And I suppose the Jay Leno thing was random. But I do give it credit for "Homer finds a tiny car in the garage and goes out driving, and then Jay Leno comes up to buy it from him" sounds like a typical "Homer's exciting life" plot, which I think they were trying to parody/use as a springboard.

    Yeah, the plot had a lot of conveniences, and if the episode wasn't as funny I'd probably rate it lower. I might just give this an 8/10.
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    I enjoyed this episode too, even though the "Marge wants excitement" thing has been done before, with her wanting a new doorbell or wanting to paint eggs (and the demolition derby, but that was because Homer shaped up). It was nice for a subversion: Instead of the guest star fixing everything, he actually kinda made things worse. I like that "Chubby Dude in a Tiny Car" song. There's been a lot of songs this season, and it does give me hope for a new CD.

    I will admit, they were a little crazy with continuity here. For instance, Marge knows that Bart drove to the World Fair? You could argue that Homer may have accidentally spilled the beans when he laughed at him getting courier calls, but "Brawl in the Family" implied that Marge didn't know. Kinda snickered when she brought up the jockeys.

    I actually didn't mind the cave stuff. Some of it was funny. The Moe-rat thing has been done before, but the rest was okay.

    I thought the Homer/Lisa stuff was sweet, as it always is. I really like it when Homer goes along with something Lisa likes, be it freeing an animal or seeing an ancient exhibit.

    That skinny model thing... ugh, that was a bit much for this show. "Sleeping with the Enemy" did it much better. Sounds too Family Guy.

    The Marge/Homer moments were sweet too. I did like the French versions of Wiggum, Lou, and Eddie, but that kissing gag went on a bit too long.

    I also don't mind the "It was all a Matt Groening cave painting". I don't think it's anything like "Every Man's Dream" or "The Frying Game" or "Days of Future Future" because... well, Matt Groening wrote the show. It's really more of a meta-joke to me rather than a copout. Plus, unlike the former two examples, they didn't use it as a lazy way of resolution and unlike the latter, they didn't use it to troll us after the resolution. (Though I still think "Missionary: Impossible" and "The Great Money Caper"'s copouts were funnier.) This isn't a "It was all a dream/reality show/FOX show". That's saying "It was all a creation of Matt Groening"... which it is.

    I give it a 4 out of 5.

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    A second vacation episode in a row... but sadly its not as good as Fland Canyon. It kinda felt like this episode had no real direction, despite having only one plot aside from a few Bart/Marge/Maggie moments. And a lot of the jokes felt rather lazy. The couch gag was short and sweet.

    I didn't mind the opening with the Simpsons family as cavemans and the same representation in the current time. The kids actually behaved like kids, the baby acted like a baby, Marge and Homer acted... like they should've I guess. Homer saying ''OOK!'' in the current time felt rather predictable and, in their situation like really out of place (though apparently Marge is aware of his ''ooks''). I like the return of the Olmec Head that Maggie pushed away. And while Homers song was good, it detracted me away as there was no real build up for any plot as of yet. Its a bad timing to do a musical song while nothing really happens in the episode yet imo. I want to feel bad for Marge being the only one not having fun... but her crying voice though, it was hard to say if it was even supposed to be crying. The Jay Leno scenes weren't that bad, nothing great either. I was more bothered how they didn't even recognise each other from Krusty Gets Kancelled, why not shove down a line like ''you coming to wash more clowns in my bathtub or what?''. And its kind of a dick move that he got his money back while Homer doesn't get his car back. The travel agency is probably one of the funnier scenes in this episode, especially when he pretended to type as it helps him think. To bad that the plot about the suitcase never really got solved or anything. The plane scenes had some moments, like Homer shutting up Lisa and Marge accidently clapping down all TV's. Not much of a fan of the snake slithering to Homer's eyes.

    So now we're halfway trough the episode and they finally reached Paris, we even get to see the French villains from The Crepes of Wrath that do more then just make a small cameo. For most of the time I found them pretty funny, they were never that bright to begin with so I don't think their characters acted any different. I would've liked to see them interact with Bart though, though maybe its for the better if they didn't. This is also where we now get a small subplot, with Bart pranking thin supermodels that felt completely unnecesary. I liked the conversation with Marge and the waiter, and the ATM scene with Homer/Lisa was pretty funny.

    The French villains coming in was pretty fun, having chased the whole family except Bart. The Marco Polo joke was okay but dragged on a bit to long. The jazz scene felt unnecesary, and apparently its fine for Lisa to drink wine. Homer and Marge had some cute moments, but that undeveloped plot with the snake in the coffin and chasing villains brought it down and went to nowhere. The French version of Wiggum... not sure what to say of it. Seems like a lazy way to present his character in another country, but I kinda liked him. The plot they somewhat had hasn't been solved or even developed or anything, we never got to see the mobs that wanted the snake in the first place, but hey atleast we got to see some cute poodles. The overlong kissing scene felt meh (and I meant the kissing scene with the cops, not with Marge ofc). Some fun presents Hoemr brought to his friends to end the episodes with, and apparently Matt is a caveman.

    So overall this episode is kinda average, thought I'd say slightly below average. There's no real plot to speak of, it felt underdeveloped without any real solution. Therefor the episode kinda felt all over the place, with a lot of unnecesary stuff like Bart pranking the models. Jokewise it was mediocre, I can't remember laughing to much. I guess it was fun to see the villains from The Crepes of Wrath returning without ruining their characters, and atleast Jay Leno wasn't annoying and didn't play that much of a role.

    2.5/5
    Episodes rated best and worst from each season:
    1: Krusty Gets Busted/Homer's Night Out 2: The Way We Was/Bart's Dog Gets an F 3: Colonel Homer/Dog of Death 4: Marge vs. The Monorail/So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show 5: Cape Feare/Bart Gets An Elephant 6: Treehouse of Horror V/Another Simpsons Clip Show 7: Mother Simpson/Homerpalooza 8: You Only Move Twice/The Canine Mutiny 9: Lisa's Sax/The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons 10: Lisa Gets an A/Sunday Cruddy Sunday 11: Behind The Laughter/Beyond Blunderdome 12: Trilogy of Error/The Computer Wore Menace Shoes 13: I Am Furious Yellow/Homer the Moe 14: The Dad Who Knew Too Little/Large Marge 15: The Way We Weren't/Diatribe of a Mad Housewife 16: Thank God Its Doomsday/Mommie Beerest 17: Marge's Son Poisoning/Bonfire of the Manatees 18: Marge Gamer/Revenge is Best Served Three Times 19: Treehouse of Horror XVIII/That 90's Show 20: Gone Maggie Gone/Coming To Homerica 21: O Brother, Where Bart thou?/The Devil Wears Nada 22: Homer Scissorhands/The Fool Monty 23: Holidays of Future Passed/Moe Goes From Rags To Riches 24: Adventures In Baby-Getting/Whiskey Business 25: Brick Like Me/White Christmas Blues 26: Bart's New Friend/The Musk Who Fell to Earth

    Season ranking: 3 > 6 > 5 > 4 > 7 > 8 > 2 > 1 > 10 > 9 > 15 > 13 > 12 > 14 > 16 > 20 > 22 > 11 > 17 > 19 > 26 > 25 > 24 > 23 > 18 > 21

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    Man, this season seems to be failing at episode placement. Two vacation episodes in a row, not to mention the several "Marge and Lisa" episodes that aired fairly close together. They must have some control over that, but it doesn't seem to be showing this season.

    Things I liked:
    -Generally I am a fan of vacation episodes, as I've stated often. I like the new location of this episode (for the family at least).
    -The ticket machine speaking German when Homer hit it
    -I actually liked that the list gag acknowledged the jockey elves, though it does seem sometimes that the writers feel the need to cram at least one list gag in every new episode...
    -Homer showing the tire fire to the Michelin men was pretty funny.
    -The "extra cruelty" menu at the restaurant :P
    -"Place de la Pointlisme"
    -"Plastered in Paris, there's no better feeling". Having been so myself, I can agree

    Overall, I agree this episode was not very strong. In general, vacation episodes tend to be weaker on plot because they're a chance to showcase the new location for the Simpson family as well as cram in as many jokes about the stereotypes of the location they're in as possible. It's not easy to find any vacation episode that has a particularly strong plot, so I'm not exactly complaining about that too much, but it certainly it does weaken the episode a little (I wasn't as big of a fan of Fland Canyon like a lot of other users here, though this episode's plot was noticeably weaker than Fland Canyon's). The beginning of the episode had little to do with anything (Jay Leno's appearance seemed intentionally super random), which I know is common in episodes like this, but it turning into a small "marriage crisis" was a bit disappointing, though thankfully it was kept to a minimum. I also agree with Kaine that inserting a musical number in the unrelated first act doesn't make much sense. Harmless at best, but a distraction at worst.

    Most of the Paris scenes were okay with a few scattered funny moments (which is really all I can expect from modern Simpsons). The return of Cesar and Ugolin wasn't essential to me liking the episode, but it's better than introducing two new villains that will mean nothing in the long run. The plot then had little resolution. At least with Fland Canyon, we got a nice message about Homer and Ned's friendship. There wasn't much here since the beginning premise of "Marge's life sucks" was so flimsy to begin with.

    Mediocre, but not bad. Another solid 5/10 from me.

    @pkkao I'm probably being too critical, but Lisa at the jazz club and Bart pranking the super models almost seemed "shoehorned" in, as if they were taking the kids' stereotypes and imposing them on a vacation episode for a couple brief moments. Those scenes weren't bad or anything, but they seemed a little forced to me.


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    For trivia's sake, is this the first time they've done two vacation episodes in a row? Seems like something they would try to avoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaine View Post
    I was more bothered how they didn't even recognise each other from Krusty Gets Kancelled,
    Well, that's probably because Mr. Leno actually appeared in The Last Temptation of Krust.

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    I liked the idea of Homer wanting to give Marge a romantic vacation, but once they got to Paris, it just got boring. I did like how Marge mentioned past trips. If I recall correctly, she mentioned Australia, Brazil, Itchy and Scratchy Land, and ... outer space? Is she referring to Deep Space Homer, or The Man Who Came to Be Dinner? If it's the latter, I thought the family's memories were wiped clean to have no recollection of that episode's events?

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    I re-watched the episode to see if I missed anything, and I thought it was even worse the second time- so they ended up killing the snake after all and making it into a belt that Homer gives to Moe? Well then what was the point of the whole episode?! Or is supposed to be a belt made out of a different snake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nitsy View Post
    @pkkao I'm probably being too critical, but Lisa at the jazz club and Bart pranking the super models almost seemed "shoehorned" in, as if they were taking the kids' stereotypes and imposing them on a vacation episode for a couple brief moments. Those scenes weren't bad or anything, but they seemed a little forced to me.
    Like I mentioned earlier, it honestly feels like the two minute scene of Bart screwing around with the skinny models was only put in solely just to give him something to do in France, because otherwise, he does absolutely nothing else there. You could have replace Bart with anyone else by that point or just not even have him show up at all, and it wouldn't change anything.

    And speaking of which, what was up with the scene where Bart is messing with the models and Lisa is playing jazz in the club, and their both saying they've never been happier...without moving their lips? Was it supposed something they were saying in their heads, or did the animators just forget to move their lips? And if their supposed to be saying it in their heads...why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    I re-watched the episode to see if I missed anything, and I thought it was even worse the second time- so they ended up killing the snake after all and making it into a belt that Homer gives to Moe? Well then what was the point of the whole episode?! Or is supposed to be a belt made out of a different snake?
    I assumed he just bought a different belt in France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Like I mentioned earlier, it honestly feels like the two minute scene of Bart screwing around with the skinny models was only put in solely just to give him something to do in France, because otherwise, he does absolutely nothing else there. You could have replace Bart with anyone else by that point or just not even have him show up at all, and it wouldn't change anything.
    I think it was also there so they could work Pamela Hayden and Tress MacNeille into the episode, since they now have to be in every episode of the show, despite not being principal cast members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    so they ended up killing the snake after all and making it into a belt that Homer gives to Moe? Well then what was the point of the whole episode?! Or is supposed to be a belt made out of a different snake?
    I'd like to think its some other critters tanned hide.. Although, I did find it ironic that they spent the whole vacation trying to save the poor snake from being made into a belt, but at the end, it appears naturally content to take a belt-like position around Homers neck? I love when Marge stores things in her giant hairdo.., and just like Lisa, she surprisingly showed no objection to helping the blue reptile, hiding it in the perfect camouflage of her blue hair.

    I did feel some sympathy pain for the unfortunate gators getting their heads bonked,.. but at least they get a swig of wine before they go.

    P.S. I was surprised to see a "Keflavik" poster in the Travel agents office.. A teeny, tiny, fishing village of no real tourist value in Iceland that I just recently visited a week ago? With all the major destinations on earth a travel agency would promote, this seemed as randomly wild a choice to include in the scene.. I wonder what possible personal decision might've been behind the inclusion of that town?
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