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  • (5/5) I just wanted to tell everyone I love Ned Flanders!

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  • (4/5) SWEET! What does mine say?

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  • (3/5) DUDE! What does mine say?

    68 28.33%
  • (2/5) Sometimes you just wish Flanders was dead.

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  • (1/5) scrw flandrs scrw flandrs scrw flandrs scrw flandrs

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    Rate/Review: Dude, Where's My Ranch? (EABF13)

    Description: David Byrne guest voices as himself when Homer's not particularly glowing song about Flanders becomes a big hit, and the Simpsons end up vacationing at a dude ranch, where Bart and Homer get between Native Americans and beavers

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    my show notes

    open/first act:

    --Rabbi Krustofski! But not voiced by Jackie Mason
    --David Byrne: not bad.
    --Homer's annoying a little.
    --David Byrne: getting annoying as well.
    --Moe kidnapping people now?! Shit.

    second act:

    --Actually relieved to see CBG back, as he hasn't been used too much this season. Then again, there's the rich Texan PUT DOWN THOSE FUCKING GUNS AND STOP DANCING
    --"Daddy, I need upsies."
    --And to think that was the voice of Simba... puberty killed his career.
    --LOTR REFERENCE! HOLY FUCK. awesome
    --How come we have casino references with every Indian appearance?
    --Homer attacked by beavers = lamest thing this season
    --COLLARGRABJESUSFUCK
    --Luke = Jesse Grass. Unoriginal.
    --The Britney thing was a little chuckle... but meh

    third act:

    --FRESCA?! heh
    --STOP SHOOTING THE FUCKING GUNS
    --I knew the "What-ever!" line wasn't in the episode, it looked so badly dubbed
    --Moe song = HILARIOUS

    Good to see a good multilayered plot... yet it should have started a lot earlier in the episode and the layers shouldn't have been sucky. Not the best of the year. meh

    Next week looks somewhat cool... heh, Atomic Dog in the background.

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    horrible...worst of the season...hello Mike Scully
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    Surprisingly good episode 4/5

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    Complete CRAP. Horribly diss-jointed plot, and I don't think I laughed once.

    1/5

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    Eh...it was pretty bad. Stupid first act, bad reason to go to a ranch, recycled "Lisa crush" plot, bad humor, not a lot of good jokes, bad character-action, creepy voice work...I was just not feelin' it tonight. 2/5

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    eh, 3/5.

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    didn't Lisa have a crush on Nelson?

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    And Mr.Bergstorm, if you want to count that.

    As for the episode .. ugh. One or two laughs at tops .. still better than Helter Shelter, but just barely. 1/5

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    Not great, beavers sucked - 2/5
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    Awful

    I don't know how that episode left the cutting board.

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    Oh man this episode was hillarious!!5/5!

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    Above-average episode that has more than a few good laughs, even if the plot was silly. All three acts were realitively balanced in quality. I didn't like the darker then usual ending, but it still gets 4/5 from me.

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    I liked it. Enjoyable throughout... although not quite what this season has been thus far.


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    Fair outing

    A fair episode. Dull at most points but some highlights. Worth the watch if only for the "Maggie Spears" bit and the silly Ned Flanders song. 3/5.

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    i liked it. the maggie bit had me laughing for quite a while. the song was funny too. but the smeagol bit was just pure awesomness.

    great. 4/5 (the car thing at the end, and texan guy kinda put me off)

    not sure, but i think this was the first episode of the year without an apearrance by cletus. and thats a good thing.

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    Weak, 2/5. There were a few good one liners and the psycho beavers were a bit amusing to me, but this one definitely wasn't up to par with the recent quality episodes.

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    6.5/10, Not bad

    What I liked
    Andy Serkis, you're officially the man, one line = pure hilarity. The plotlines tied well together, me like that. The Ned and Moe songs were catchy and amusing. Rich Texan was actually tolerable for the most part(his line about blanks was good). Maggie moments are good too.

    What I didn't like
    Moe almost got psychotic, but thank god that was resolved in the final minutes. Lisa's first crush? Highly doubtful. The first act went by way too fast (sheesh, Homer's song became a hit in less than 30 seconds).

    EDIT: Oh I forgot, another stupid "The Simpsons are going to..." reference, god that was dumb.
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    it was okay.....

    They got Andy Serkis to guest star. Heh. I just thought it was a good Gollum impression, but they actually got the guy....

    William Shatner's cover of the song
    Krusty's dad
    Maggie as Brit Spears
    Fresca
    Some Cookie bits

    Episode went together well, and it had some jokes... but it was definetly rushed. It felt a lot like Simpson Safari. Lisa acted foolishly and definetly out of character (if Ned can be for having sex). Awfully out of character in the third act... not so much in second act.

    3/5
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    well, there was some decent humor (fresca, "they outlawed that two years ago" maggie britney spears wasnt bad, daddy i need upsies)
    some good characterization (marge consoling lisa at the end)
    excellent lisa subplot. i know it completely reeked of the lisa the treehugger crush but this was a lot better

    however, the plot was very disjointed and for the first time since the season opener do i think it really jumped around. i think a 22 minute episode about homer writing a song like that would have been good, although i am fully aware it has been done.

    rich texan wasnt so bad this time, and i liked the character of cookie all right.

    no terrible sex jokes for the first time in a while. huge plus.

    i think it turned out better than everyone thought but the plot was just a little too much for me at times
    3.2/5

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    2/5

    A definite borefest. The only reason I gave it a 2 is because the Flanders part was fairly funny. Is it just me, or have poor episodes lately have had more of a yawn factor and then a " it's way too crazy" factor?

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    Wow, I'm partially speechless. All I've got to say is too many rediculous sight gags. And I can't believe they've already re-used the "Maggie dancing" bit from C.E.D'oh

    This and most of the recent episodes cause this to probably be the most forgettable, bland season.

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    Well, it wasn't as bad as I suspected, but still not all that great. The opening scenes did seem awkward (this being late April and all), but they still offered some laughs. The Flanders song was very memorable, though I don't think David Byrne was really needed. I liked Comic Book Guy's appearance, but Colonel Tex seriously needs to be toned down. Thomas's character wasn't really annoying (probably because he wasn't playing himself). The beaver subplot actually went better than I'd expected despite some unneeded surrealism (the Indian reservation still being on the river's floor, etc.). The ending was pretty good (Moe's song was funny) despite the car thing - Homer's "That can't be good for the struts" saved it. Overall, not absolutely horrible, but not sensational either. 3/5.

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    Crap

    Pure Crap, The britney spears things is the only funny thing in that episode. Lisa's Crushes have always been boring and obviously arent getting any better And the Beaver joke "The little one isn't getting any" wasn't even close to something i'd call "Humor"

    -Bad reason to go to the ranch
    -Christmas Episode?

    Oh and that guy who said 4/5 and used the word "Silly" I HATE YOU
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    Originally posted by Lawnboy
    didn't Lisa have a crush on Nelson?
    yes it definitely wasnt her first crush.

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    Very dissapointed am I. The songs were actually the best parts. 2/5, just because it wasnt a clip show and had a couple decent jokes. Worst of the season, and of the series, this from a defender of newer epys. uhhgg I'll cry myself to sleep tonight.

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    Something didn't seem right in that episode...it almost had a Scully-esque feel to it. Although the feeling wasn't complete (thankfully), it still left me a bit disappointed. Also, while a multi-layer plot structure was nice to have, it didn't work very well. Some of it was also reused in worse ways; for example, Lisa having a crush.And, of course, some of the jokes were simply bad. I didn't laugh during the Maggie/Britney Spears thing (yes, it's making fun of her Pepsi commercials, I get it!), and just about anything involving the Native Americans and the beavers was awful. And for the love of God, GET RID OF THE RICH TEXAN! He's never been all that funny to me, and the jokes that stemmed from him were very forced.

    While I didn't like much of this episode, there were a few decent spots. Some of the jokes I actually laughed at. These included Shatner's spoken-word version of Homer's song (hey, I always like Shatner jabs!), Homer's interpretation of the "TAKE ONE" on the brochure stand (and some of the subsequent brochures...heh, Mr. T in the wax museum), and for some reason, the Gollum reference, just because I've always like Gollum.

    So, in short, it wasn't a complete train wreck, but it felt too Scully-ish to me. Also, the plot and structuring was a little messy (especially the beavers) and some of the jokes were just terrible. Well, given that I've rated the last few episodes in the season somewhat favorably, I consider this episode just a spot on what is a decent season to me. 2/5.

    Now that I think about it, David Bryne's appearance is just for the sake of a guest star on the show...didn't really laugh at his antics once.
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    i'll list what i found good, because that would be easy, pretty much all of it was bad, as in funny wise, and it was just kind of lame...the goods:
    -the lawyer, somewhat funny with the Aflat Gminor joke
    -homers song revised(i forget the guys name) pretty funny.
    -the misery "parody", pretty funny, i like stephen king
    -the rich texan, few funny parts by him
    -the cloud gag, pretty clever
    -the end how marge explained love to lisa
    -moes song, pretty funny

    lotta little funny parts that no way in hell out weighed the bad. i gave it a 2\5, and thats being nice. this episode was a pretty big upset, but then again, i didnt expect much out of it.

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    Hmmm...one of my least favorites so far this season. Not atrocious, but never really elavated itself above mediocrity. I really hoped this one could keep up the level of quality that the show has had lately. It's been over 2 months since I've given an episode less than a 3.5/5.

    The first act was so bizarre. Homer just suddenly writes a song about Flanders and everyone becomes obsessed with it? Homer having the brochures was pretty lame, and the unnecessary "Simpsons are going to..." line was an annoyance.

    Homer and Bart's plot with the beavers really didn't get any laughs. They pull out a log and it's over. Maggie's Britney Spears thing was disturbing. Lame gags and season 12-like moments really brought this one down. A better reason for the vacation, more humor, and less childish moments could have really helped this one.

    Rating: 2.5/5

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    The first act of this ep was GOD awful, IMO. The only thing that was remotely funny was the Flanders Hate song. I can't stand that "The Simpsons' are goin to..." line is really old and annoying. I felt the way they introduced David Byrne was really stupid. I was ready to ditch this episode, but the second act was ALOT better. Cookie was very funny charater, and so was The Rich Texan. I loved the Homer and Bart subplot...or was it the main plot? Anywho, I thought when the beaver took a picture of the beaver was sooooo funny for some reason. The second and third act saved this episode. But I hated the ending when it said Cookie died, and when the car did that wheelie thing. Overall I give the ep a 3/5...could have been MUCH worst.

    3/5

    P.S. "Barting Over", which Im watching now is better the second time around.



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