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  • 4/5 Hero

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    7 20.00%
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    R&R - "Last Traction Hero" (WABF03)



    Synopsis: A workplace accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in a position to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made "Bus Monitor" and tries to keep the peace.

    Written by Bill Odenkirk
    Directed by Bob Anderson

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    No opening, very short couch gag! Good sign
    * Smart car joke
    ** Burns getting knocked by gun
    -- Overly long glofing gag
    * Classic grandpa rant
    ** Homer's imagination, especially the zeppelin flying into his ear
    * Burns's trapdoor joke
    Decent start, 7/10
    -- Dumb list gag
    * 555-555-5555
    ** Tarantula on Homer
    * Ralph next to his invisible friend
    ** Mr Burns skull emojis
    Mediocre, 6/10
    ** Smithers squeezing Burn's chest
    * Nelson eating extinguicher
    ** Ralph falling out of bus
    * Ralph in truck
    ** Burns blowing on panda
    * Homer and Marge hit by truck
    *** Grandpa pouring soup
    * Daddy's children
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    Not bad!
    The plot wasn't really too good. The stuff with Homer in a cast was strong, but the whole "marriage crisis" stuff with Homer only used for sex was really dumb and dropped the grade significantly. The B-plot was strong, though.
    The humor saved it, lots of good laughs throughout, especially the joke with Grandpa at the end.
    Overall, 7.5/10.
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    FINALLY, Kevin Michael Richardson has been promoted to the "Also Starring" cast, with Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell, and the mysterious Chris Edgerly.

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    Oh hey, the Simpsons did something the fans have been writing in their fanfics for years and wanted to see on the show - a plot where Smithers' and Marge's friendship blossoms. Emotional support? Yes please.

    Gotta go over the episode again so many times to take note but man, woo. The heart emojis. My friends reassured me that ain't no mistake from Burns - they are too far apart on the keyboard (reminds me of that typo someone made of "Prime Sinister" when the M and the S were on opposite ends.)

    Glad to see them make clear parallels between these two again.

    As for the episode? Eh, probably a 7/10. Bus plot was meh.


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    Such a boring episode. (Yawns) Can't believe the quality difference between seasons 20/21. The difference is the early HD episodes didn't rely on gimmicks and they still has some charm to it despite a few stinkers and snooze fest(Season 25 or 26 was the last decent season). Here, the plot is lame as hell, the humor is just phoned in. I only laughed a few times and that's it. Other than that, it felt flat. 3/10 because 2/10 is too harsh, but that's still a perfect score for an episode like this.
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    3/5 - too many things I've seen too many times on the show. It was half "Bart Gets Hit by a Car" and half "The President Wore Pearls."


    The couch opening is based on Goya's El 3 de mayo de 1808 en Madrid: los fusilamientos en la montaña del Príncipe Pío.

    Principal Skinner's file cabinet is missing I-J.

    The puzzle is supposed to be 5000 pieces, but the pieces are so large that 5000 would not fit in the box.

    Lisa says that Martin is supposed to sit next to Wendell, but he's sitting next to Database.

    Marge's mobile/lazy Susan has the book "Callback Mountain."

    Kevin Michael Richardson now gets an "Also Starring" rather than a "Special Guest Voice" credit.

    Lisa's lists:
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    Column 1: Richard, Becky, Sherri, Terri, Wanda, Chuck, Bart, Wendell
    Column 2: Greta, Janey, Martin, Lisa, Üter, Ralph, Allison, Milhouse

    Pushers Swingers: Sherri, Greta, Terri, Lisa, Janey, Ralph, Allison, Wanda
    Swingers Pushers: Milhouse, Bart, Richard, Becky, Wendell, Chuck, Martin, Üter
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    While not the absolute worst, it was still incredibly mediocre, with both ploys being uninteresting. Homer gets injured for completely stupid reasons, Marge and Smithers barely have any chemistry together, all the lawyer guy does is make me miss Lionel Hutz, the ending with both Homer and Marge getting injured was dumb. Also, wasn't a fan of the whole "Starts with F and ends with CK" , just because you almost spell out profanity, doesn't make it funny.

    Subplot was there just to fill time, which is most of them tbf. There was a pointless parody of that 1984 commercial. Then after the first bus ride was successful, all the power goes to Lisa's head and she becomes some sort of dictator. It makes no sense.

    Overall Rating: 2/5

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    I felt I had no choice but to quit this one less than halfway through, it was just that boring.
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    yeah this was super boring, woof. i think the only think i took note of was some moderately amusing animation during homer's fall. but other than that this was boring as hell, felt like a template of an episode or something.

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    Idea of Marge and Smithers being friends could've been good, if given some actual development. Lisa plot was also given little development for a decent premise. Kinda liked both Homer and Marge falling at the end, and uh, yeah, usual boring shit.

    2/5
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    Looks like KMR is being used a lot more. Thankfully, not as much as Tress MacNeille, but it does go against the whole "no cartoon VAs" thing Groening wanted at the start (then again, as noted before, Frank Welker was used frequently in the classic era himself, voicing Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II very frequently, only voicing supporting animals in the Scully era and only once in the entire Jean era so far (Frank the Wonder Horse and the vicious dog from "The Lastest Gun in the West"... unless you count Nibbler in "Simpsorama")

    My only real complaint about this one was the parking lot gag was a bit overexplained, but I can sort of relate to it. (I was wondering why the TV part didn't happen after the couch gag.) I did like Homer's "Developed by? What the hell does that mean?" gag though.


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    I wish there was more interaction between Marge and Smithers-that was the most interesting part of the episode.

    Lisa and the bus monitor....M-E-H.

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    A perfectly fine episode that didnt fall back on marriage crisis and has an incredibly low key, low stakes plot that is executed well. Not ambitious or amazing, but doesnt need to be.

    7/10. 4/5 on the poll because 3 seems too low because 5 star ratings are lame.
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    pretty sure dennis perkins is falling prey to severe simpsons stockholm syndrome: http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/it-feel...ne-simp-246860

    this is an episode where marge and smithers nearly kiss, then marge turns to the camera and states she's glad that she has an "husband with benefits" while playfully tugging on her necklace, then has sex with homer while saying smithers' name and homer concludes that he's happy that all he's good for is sex in his marriage. and yet at the same time it was really boring.

    I used to see the modern simpsons series as nothing but a glorified kids show with a side helping of nostalgia and viral pandering, but after watching this I'm not so sure if it really is being made for kids as the ulterior motive. sure it's animated, colorful and is significantly less potentially offensive than family guy, but there's a lot here that doesn't make it seem like that's the endgoal. honestly at this point the target audience seems to be the easily amused. it's for those who want their satire and comedy delivered with heavy kid gloves in a nostalgic wrapper, all while thinking they're really smart for watching it because of what it used to be.

    watching this show is just depressing

    2/5

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    Felt like a season 5 episode to me - 3/10

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    Not bad. Loved when Bart threw the hammer at the tv but it bounced back and knocked his head off. The Marge and Homer relationship was handled better than the previous episodes.


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    Great idea for an episode, having Smithers and Marge bond. Wasted opportunity though in execution. Too much goofy Homer filler, the b-story, and the wacky Marge/Homer injury ending. Felt like the Marge/Smithers relationship needed a lot more time to evolve and breathe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. O'Reilly the Christmas Poo View Post
    pretty sure dennis perkins is falling prey to severe simpsons stockholm syndrome: http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/it-feel...ne-simp-246860

    I used to see the modern simpsons series as nothing but a glorified kids show with a side helping of nostalgia and viral pandering
    I'm pretty sure that someone blinded by nostalgia in the simpsons fanbase wouldnt have an end result of enjoying the newer episodes. And as someone who's been following those reviews a few years, I'm very glad he's finally out of the "I enjoyed this episode a lot, there were a number of funny jokes, but here's an episode from season 4. so C-."

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    the b-story
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smear-Gel View Post
    I'm pretty sure that someone blinded by nostalgia in the simpsons fanbase wouldnt have an end result of enjoying the newer episodes.
    there's a reason they bring up shit like the leperchaun from "this little wiggy"... not everyone who is nostalgic for the simpsons hates the new episodes, y'know.

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    Not much to say about this episode, other then having an interesting premise with Marge and Smithers friendship, which felt lacking by the end. This episode felt a lot more focussed on Homer instead, with a rather long subplot and some Mr Burns moments aswell. Short but somewhat weird couch gag atleast.

    The beginning actually had some good moments with Homer looking for a parking spot, Burns' cut-away and the montage of him living in Burns' place. The tiki joke dragged on for to long, and I'm sure that I missed a lot of jokes when Homer got frightened by Burns' bathroom. Homer falling down was a good scene, some good laughs like the wall painting being broken down and Homer mistaken cement for concrete. Not sure what to think of Marge's ''invention'' to make Homer's life easier. Bart actually wrote something nice on Homer's gypsum... guess he just liked to play with Homer's head instead. I liked how Maggie spinned him around. Marge sure knows how to.... kill the fun of making a puzzle.

    Starting the actual plot, I liked Smithers introduction tricking Homer with his cake. They started to build up the relationship with Marge and Smithers well at first, but then we got these sudden unnecesary moments with Marge's urge to kiss and remembering that she has a husband with benefits. At the end of this plot it was hard to follow Homer's intention, a fun moment with Homer tripping Marge down the stairs though.

    And we actually got a subplot that is rather well developed, despite not being part of the main plot at all. I liked most of Otto's jokes and Skinner having tor ewind his mobile phone, also credits to how the bus fell apart at the end. The ending was pretty fun aswell, gotta love the Lisa/Hoover relationship. Wish I knew more of what this subplot was a parody of though.

    So overall this episode was lacking in its original premise, and just tried to fill up the episode with a lot of gags and other moments. The subplot also took a substantial amount of time, but atleast it was pretty solid. I do like the idea of using Smithers more without having Mr Burns or his sexuality involved, they could've gone with a good relationship episode with Marge but it doesn't really turn out that way. Some good jokes and credit to Homer and Lisa's characterisation, though I can't say the same for Marge.

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    Honestly, I thought it was fine, nothing special of course... You can tell theres a new animation team because the animation looks SHIT. Doesn't suit the show what so ever...
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    This seems to be the season of odd couples: Homer and Milhouse (Bart and Kirk), Marge and Smithers...wonder what they'll think of next

    Overall I did not think this episode was bad, though I agree with some of the general impression that it was a bit dull. I liked the dynamic between Smithers and Marge at least, and there were a few things that made me chuckle. I'm relieved that it didn't turn into a "marriage crisis" as that's what I suspected based on the brief descriptions we were given before it aired. Can't really see this episode as being better (or worse) than mediocre, though. The subplot wasn't much either--another "Lisa goes too far" story that we've seen variations on before.

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    Forgot to mention:

    Despite it going on a bit long, I did love the gag with the lawyer commercial, if only because that's not really too much of an exaggeration on real lawyer commercials.

    Also, I've had, "The Wiki-Waka Liki-Laka Mr. Burns" stuck in my head all week long.

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    This episode opens up with one of the most shocking moments I've ever seen in a Simpsons episode: they actually skipped the part where they zoom in on the tv and it gives the created by/developed by credits, instead just putting them in the episode itself. I don't know if they've ever done that before, but it sure surprised me. The couch gag itself was pretty cool though.

    The episode opens with Homer trying to find a parking space at work and after passing the credits, ends up finding an empty one. However, Lenny and Carl show up, who now work at the parking lot (and wear convenient t-shirts about their new job) for some reason, and tell Homer that he parked in Burns space, and point at a sign that literally wasn't there even a moment ago. Homer flatly says he doesn't give a shit because Burns is out on vacation and then takes out a pipe and starts smoking in it, even though Homer doesn't usually smoke. I guess it's to make him more of a snooty jerk or something. It turns out Burns is with a bunch of rich guys hunting drugged out animals, even Rich Texan is there too. Hey, anyone else remember when they used to have Rich Texan appear all the time in episodes back a couple of years ago? What happened to that? But at least Burns getting sent flying by his shotgun gave me a laugh, because I didn't see it coming. So for no real reason at all, Homer randomly decides he's going to live Burns' life in a montage that confuses me. Is Homer just running in Burns house and his office, or is just his office? And how long is this going on? Also there's a joke about Burns having singing tiki's that goes on forever. Homer plays golf in the office when Burns suddenly shows up, and Homer accidently falls through the broken trapdoor, leading to a pretty long scene of Homer injuring himself. Homer ends in a cast, and Marge creates a mobile for him with food, beer, tv remotes, and Moe, because even Marge knows at this point that those are the only things Homer cares about. Also Lisa has an angry look on her face during this whole scene, which is very bizarre and distracting. Is she supposed to be annoyed at her father for getting injured? Why does she have that look on her face? It's very confusing. Meanwhile, the episode cuts to the school bus and all the bullies get into a fight over where to sit, which makes Lisa really sad for some reason and she decides to record the fight with her iPhone....ok, this part really bugs me. First, how can Lisa afford to have an iPhone when her dad is a lazy bum in a low-earning job and is the sole provider for a family of five? And second, where was she keeping it? Her dress doesn't have any pockets. Did she just magically summon a phone into her hand from out of nowhere? Back at the Simpsons house, we get an awful joke that's punchline is "ha ha, Bart makes it sound like he just wrote "fuck" on his dad's cast, but he didn't!". Lame. I am surprised that he did write a nice thing on Homer's cast though. I guess Bart is only capable of saying something nice now if it's part of a prank. Maggie then spins Homer around, because an infant has the strength to move a 300+ pound adult, but at least Homer happily drinking the beer was a little funny. Homer gets bored because all Marge wants to do is play puzzles and knit with him, which leads to a decent joke about him imaging a zeppelin and then later being at Moe's.

    Meanwhile, back at school, Lisa shows Skinner's the video....wait, it's still the same day? Then why was Bart at home just two minutes ago? Or did Lisa wait a whole day to show Skinner the video? Also Milhouse is shown running away in the video, but by the time Lisa took out her phone, he had already left, so he couldn't have been in the shot. Lazy. Skinner decides to make Lisa bus monitor, saying it's because she has a "handle on the bus problem". Handle on what, exactly? All she did was just record the fight, she did absolutely nothing to try and actually stop it, and it doesn't look like your going to be punishing the bully's either. Also, Chalmers randomly shows up because the writers are obsessed with having him show up in every episode where Skinner gets a line. Doesn't Chalmers have anything better to do then just hang around Skinner all day? Meanwhile, back at the power plant, Blue Haired Lawyer informs Burns that he can be sued by Homer, so Burns tells Smithers to get Homer to sign a wavier. Then Burns willing falls through the incomplete trap door because he's a cartoon character. I thought Burns was smart, why would he do something like this? And if Homer ended up in a cast because of this, wouldn't the fall just kill Burns? I mean, we saw that the fire of shotgun can make him fly several feet. Either Burns is cartoonishly weak or he's cartoonishly invincible, he can't be both in the same episode. The most annoying thing about this scene is that I'm pretty sure Harry Shearer gives his best performance as Burns since he came back to the show in it, and he wasted it on this dumb moment. Meanwhile Marge is still working on the stupid puzzle and has deluded herself into thinking she and Homer are having a fun time, but then Homer basically admits he hates spending more time with her. What happened to when Homer used to insult or hurt people by simply being too ignorant to understand his actions? Here he just flat out admits and then badly denies he hates spending time with Marge in front of her face. So Smithers shows up and gives a Homer a get-well card (which includes a cute drawing from Lenny. That's nice.) and encourages him not to sue, but Homer naturally decides to go along with it as part of a crazy get rick quick scene.

    So the second act opens with Homer watching a one-shot lawyer on tv voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. Whatever, Richardson does a decent job with the material he's given, and at least it's not Gil. Smithers tries to convince Homer to sign a wavier again and fails, and then when Marge wants help with her quilt, Homer bluntly tells her that her ideas of fun are so boring, it makes him want to commit suicide. It's amazing how virtually every single line of dialogue that's uttered by Homer nowadays annoys and irritates me, especially when's he talking to his wife, because of the shitty way he always treats her now. Smithers decides to stay and help out Marge, and there's a decent moment where Homer freaks out over Bart's spider. Smithers and Marge have some small talk, and then we get a truly awful scene where Smithers finally asks why Marge stays with Homer, and she basically admits it's because she doesn't want to admit she was wrong about him, and then facepalms and sounds like she's about to cry when Homer makes a happy comment about being an alcoholic. I really don't understand why the writers thought that this scene would be funny. All it does is cast a spotlight on how terrible Homer and Marge's marriage is now, with Homer insulting his wife and not giving a shit about her, and Marge sadly saying that she won't leave him because she can't admit she made a wrong choice in life. That's not funny, that's just really sad and depressing. Meanwhile, back at the bus, Lisa has everybody put in selected seats, and they all completely obey her for some reason. So after this one bus trip (that's not even over yet) turns out fine, Lisa then decides that this is only the beginning, and soon she shall use her power as bus monitor to control everyone's lives. So...Lisa is secretly a power-hungry asshole who wants to rule over everyone as soon she has authority over them? Is that what I'm supposed to be getting from this? Then she fantasizes about a parody of the 1984 Macintosh commercial with her as the dictator on the screen that ends with Bart accidently killing himself, then when it's over, Lisa is happy about her fantasy....um, what? Then it cuts to Burns preparing for court, but screws up his lines because he's an crazy old man instead of an evil genius. Back at the Simpsons house, Marge makes Smithers a shirt and they talk about great a friend he is. Man, it is great that we didn't actually see any of this happen and their friendship happened off-screen. Why waste time actually showing this friendship developing when you can have more wacky jokes, right? So now Marge suddenly wants to kiss Smithers because their friendship is so great now and he's basically a better husband then Homer is....or something. After a funny joke involving skull emoji's, we get a scene that is completely awful: Smithers leaves, but Marge declares that she has a "husband with benefits" and so horny now, she immediately has sex with Homer on the couch. After Marge mutters Smither's name in her sleep, Homer then realizes that Marge is getting her emotional needs fulfilled by him, and she only wants Homer for sex, but Homer doesn't give a shit because that's all he really wants to. So yeah, Homer and Marge flat-out admit to themselves that the only reason their still together is because of the sex. Not because of how much they mean to each other or anything. Just sex. Their relationship really is a shadow of what it used to be.

    The third act has Burns threatening Smithers to get Homer to sign that wavier. It still boggles my mind that Shearer is actually doing a good job voicing Burns here. Out of all the episodes he's had to do since he came back, this is the one he decided to give a shit about? Meanwhile, Lisa and Bart are waiting for the bus, and Lisa is wearing an outfit that I don't recognize, but according to someone else on a different thread, it's supposed to be a reference to Snowpiercer, a film I know nothing about other then that Chris Evans was in it. So yeah, once again, the Simpsons reference something everyone else has completely forgotten about by this point. So now Lisa is now a villain, smugly gloating to Bart about how she's organized everything in school now. This scene makes no sense. I know Lisa is supposed to be insane with power, but shouldn't she be smart enough to realize she doesn't actually have the power to do all that? Bart then says that everyone in school hates the bus seating rules, but Lisa doesn't listen, and then when she gets on the bus, all the kids get pissed and go crazy when the bus goes under a tunnel, which freaks Lisa out, even though I figured that this is what would have happened to Lisa on the very first bus trip. Also I assume all this chaos is a reference to Snowpiercer. Skinner takes out his iPhone...wait, didn't we just have a joke about how Skinner only has an old cell phone? Doesn't this show have editors who notice these inconsistencies? Also Skinner is too stupid now to understand what an SOS is. The bus ends up crashing into Willie's shack. Since was his shack at the front of the school, isn't it in the back? Lisa doesn't understand where it all went wrong, then Milhouse, of all people, develops the moral about kids needing to have fun on the bus, and Lisa concludes that this is all because she's a know-it-all, that nobody likes them...what?! What does that have to do with anything that happened in this sub-plot?! Meanwhile, Smithers tells Marge that he's going to be moving, and Marge now doesn't want to have sex with Homer (who is now out of his cast). After a lame joke about how Homer is a shitty dad who doesn't care about spending time with his kids (especially Bart), Marge says that she feels along, Homer visits his lawyer, Marcus Flinch, who I guess he's been hanging out with off screen. Then the most shocking thing in the entire episode happens: Homer gives up his lawsuit in exchange for Smithers saying. Wait, what??! Homer does something completely selfless to make his wife happy?! What show am I watching?! Anyway, I guess this is supposed to be a sweet moment, but outside of the shock of it happening, it's totally meaningless because we all know the two of them will never interact again and the friendship will be forgotten, plus we were barely shown why they liked hanging out with each other. Also Moe is just randomly at court for no reason. To make his lawyer happy (because I guess the lawyer is a psycho or something), Homer decides to injure himself, but then grabs Marge and they get both injured. Also, they both get hit by a truck, which should really just kill them, but they end just end up in cast's instead. So now their marriage is fixed, or something, and everything has been reset to normal. Abe then constantly drops hot soup on them for six months....wouldn't that just eventually kill them? Also who's going to be watching over Maggie and going to work now? Abe? Also there's another pointless fourth act where Lisa decides to stop being a know it all (even though that had nothing to do with her being bus monitor), but then caves in and angrily rants about everything Ms,. Hoover got wrong while everyone else looks really angry. So I guess the message of this ending is that Lisa has an unhealthy compulsion to be a smug know-it-all who always has to give the answer to every question ever asked and everyone will hate her for it? I don't even know anymore.

    While it's not as insanely awful as the last episode, this one was garbage too. It's main problem, specifically for this episode I mean, is that it had three plots going on at the same time (Homer getting injured and suing Burns, Smithers and Marge becoming friends, and Lisa as bus monitor) and all of them were poorly developed because they were all fighting with each other for screentime. Lisa's plot was completely nonsensical and utter garbage: it's not really clear why Skinner would put Lisa in charge, and there's no explanation for why everyone would listen to Lisa when most of the students hate her. Lisa turning into an power hungry dictator after one bus trip feels incredibly rushed and comes out of nowhere, and all it does is just turn her into a villain. The ending where everyone rebels against her feels very rushed as well, and having Milhouse be the one to teach Lisa the lesson when he barely had anything to do in this episode was also very random. The epilogue in Ms. Hoover's class was also pointless and just makes Lisa look even worse, by having her turn into a villain and not have her learn anything in the end. The best thing I can say about this plot was that they gave Otto several lines and didn't make a single weed joke. The other two plots, while not as terrible, were still pretty awful. While it didn't turn into a marriage crisis this was still as awful as those types of episodes, because of the way they treat Homer and Marge's marriage. Homer and Marge admitting to themselves that the only thing they want from each is sex is honestly one of the lowest moments in their marriage I've ever seen. They used to be such a happy, loving couple, now we have them basically only staying together for sex. Homer whining and treating Marge like shit and saying he would kill himself if had to endure Marge's ideas of fun while Marge sadly goes to Smithers for emotional support and says she can't admit she was wrong about Homer is just depressing to watch. Smithers and Marge being friends was a weird but interesting idea, but it's completely wasted as they have no chemistry with each other and all the development of their friendship happens off screen, so it's impossible to care about if they friendship survives or not, especially since we all know it will never be acknowledged again. Homer and Marge injuring themselves together was also a stupid way to resolve everything. The lawyer was also a pretty pointless character who didn't have much screen time or importance. There were some jokes that did make me laugh though. Overall, this episode was a big mess. It had a few good ideas, but wasted them by rushing through them all, leaving underdeveloped, as well making certain characters (like Homer) act completely unlikeable. If they had made the Homer and Marge plots a separate episode from the Lisa plot, I think it would have been a much stronger episode.

    This was a hard episode for me to rate, because while Homer did do something completely selfless at the end to make Marge happy and the scene with them in bed at the end was cute, he still spent most of the episode acting like a dick to her. But then again, they did manage to go through the whole episode without having Otto make a joke about drugs, which is amazing. So to be fair, I'll give this episode a 2.5/5, rounding it up to a 3 on the poll.
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    An pretty very average episode which was fairly dull with not a lot to it, but it was decently enjoyable and had some moments that made it worth watching (as for the title, I think it's interesting that it's taken directly from an pre-existing Itchy & Scratchy cartoon).

    The main plot about Homer ending up in a half-body cast after a mishap involving Burns' trap door and Marge befriending Smithers after the latter comes to the house to try getting Homer signing a waiver was decent at best (and honestly rather packed with three storylines; Marge and Smithers, Burns trying to escape responsibility & Homer in the cast) but I really enjoyed the scenes with Marge and Smithers (barring the one part where she talks about having as hard time admitting that she made a mistake marrying Homer) and I liked Homer doing a selfless deed for Marge's sake so it was better than it could have been; not a huge fan of the wacky ending with Homer dragging Marge with him as he fell down the stairs to make his lawyer happy and then they get hit by a truck and ends up in a half-body cast each (a very silly, Scully-like ending).

    Then there was the subplot about Lisa becoming the "school bus monitor" and after a dark daydream she suddenly goes full totalitarian and even starts dressing like a villain from Snowpiercer (didn't like that movie, btw) for some reason, there's a random Snowpiercer-influenced climax with dramatic music and chaos & afterwards she realizes how much of a jerk she was (or perhaps not as she at the end cannot refrain from reverting into a know-it-all, garnering everyones dislike again); it's pretty messy, the whole Snowpiercer parody aspect felt forced and this subplot was ultimately unnecessary and took up should have been dedicated to the main plot.

    So overall, while it was far from good it wasn't so awful either since minus the unnecessary and messy subplot which sported a bad portrayal of Lisa, the rest of the episode was fairly coherent and well told even though it was overstuffed and had some moments and aspects which I didn't like. I would give it a lower grade but Smither's role and friendship with Marge, Homer doing somthing good for his wife and the whole opening with the paring lot gags and him messing around with Burns' stuff (especially the tiki room sequence) it gets half a point more; a perfectly mediocre episode.

    2.5/5 rounded up to 3/5

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    4.5/5. Full of hilarious moments, like Itchy shoving a pair of scissors through Scratchy's head, after using a chainsaw to chop his muscles off.

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    This was an interesting episode. The main plot was pretty weird, especially seeing Marge and Smithers together. However, I think it was well executed and funny enough (the emoji joke was hilarious). The ending was pretty meh.
    The subplot was short and predictable, but it also had some good jokes. I liked the final scene in the classroom.
    Overall, decent.

    3.5 / 5 (4 for the poll).

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    The best Simpsons episodes, to me, always had something to say. An underlying message. Seeing Smithers and Marge question if they've made the right choice in staying with their respective partners - that hit the spot for me. 4/5.


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    It felt like they tried something new with the Marge/Smithers plot and it was not executed too badly so i guess it was better then the previous two for that but overall i found this to be another boring and forgettable episode with few funny moments. 2.5/5

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    Act 1:

    +"D'oh! Mandatory credit!"

    +Homer dressing as Burns

    -Homer falling down the trap door

    +Geezer canceling headphones

    +Bart signing Homer's cast

    -Maggie spinning Homer

    +"If only I were free to move." And then Homer imagines himself at Moe's

    this is a weird episode so far. it has some good gags and some not-so good gags. and it seems to have a bit of time-filler jokes.

    Act 2:

    +"I'm a notary public"
    "You gave your ink pad to Maggie"

    -Tarantula on Homer

    +"That's what they said to me at that Alcoholics unanimous meeting!"

    -Lisa's "PG-13 fantasy"

    -"She would look good with a mustache"

    -"Thank God I've got a husband with benefits"

    -End Act 2

    Yikes, this episodes turning to shit quite fast. The bad gags are outweighing the good and the plot is pretty boring. Hopefully act 3 can pick it up?

    Act 3:

    -The Chernobyl line

    +Liberty and justice for most

    what the hell was that? no laughs, and it felt like nothing happened. Marge and Homer falling down the stairs was stupid, and made even stupider with them being hit by a truck. good lord.

    and then that scene with lisa correcting ms. hoover. alright...

    man, what did I just watch. it had some OK gags here and there, but it was so lifeless and boring near the end. one of those "can this just end yet" episodes which originally made me stop watching. uh... 2/5 I guess because I liked the first act, for the most part.



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