Bart Gets An 'F' -- A
Dead Putting Society -- A
Lisa The Beauty Queen -- B
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Bart Gets An 'F' -- A
Dead Putting Society -- A
Lisa The Beauty Queen -- B
Boy Scoutz N the Hood : 18/20.
Monty Can't Buy Me Love : 11/20.
Simpsons Bible Stories : 13/20.
Mom and Pop Art : 18/20.
The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star : 13/20.
Season Rankings : 7 > 5 > 6 > 8 > 4 > 9 > 3 > 2 > 10 > 15 > 16 > 1 > 11 > 14 > 12 > 20 > 18 > 17 > 19 > 13.
A bit of Season 11...
Grift of the Magi - C+/B-
Little Big Mom - C
Faith Off - B-
Grift of the Magi - 3.5/5
Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder - 3.5/5
Pokey Mom - C-
Half Decent Proposal - B (ending was sloppy...)
Itchy & Scratchy Land - A
I've been watching season 8 and there's a part of my brain that's thinking, "it's amazing that they still have so many great ideas that they've never done before this far into the series", when how long the series has gone on actually makes season 8 fairly early in its run. This helps explain why they have so few good ideas these days...they were still creative after 7 seasons, that in and of itself was a huge accomplishment. No way it could be true after 7 more (and beyond).
The last two episodes I watched were "Mountain of Madness" and the Mary Poppins parody episode. Watching "Mountain of Madness" this time, what I appreciated most was how funny their overly dramatic "uh oh!" musical sting is. You know, the one that goes "DUN DUN DUN DUN!". Some of the funniest moments of the episode came from that, like after the reveal that Mr. Burns' telegraph is actually connected to a statue of Samuel Morse in a museum, and the ending when Homer and Burns narrow their eyes at each other. They'd used that sting many times before, but it was still surprisingly effective at this point.
I like how in season 8 there are multiple examples of series regulars playing guest characters who were clearly meant to be played by guest stars, and the regulars just nail the part. Like Hank Azaria as Frank Grimes, Maggie Roswell was wonderful as Bobbins. As the people on commentary said, I doubt Julie Andrews could have done it much better. I've got that "Cut Every Corner" song to the tune of "Spoonful of Sugar" stuck in my head now.
I could see a lot of the Al Jean and Mike Reiss style in this episode, now that I'm older and notice particular writers using their same tricks on all the things they write. In this case, tons of parodies on the Simpsons' TV (to, as they admit, pad things out), but even if they're using the same old tricks, it doesn't matter when the tricks still work. I always love watching Krusty fail on TV, and the "Reservoir Dogs" parody is even funnier now that I'm more familiar with Tarantino's work. I like how Barney is hanging out in The Simpson house with no explanation, just so he can duet with Bobbins when she's singing drunk. The final gag with the airplane is one of the best closing sight gags in the history of the series.
The Blunder Years- A
the man in the blue flannel pants- either a 2/5 or 3/5. can't really decide...
The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants - 4/5
The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants - 1/5 and no hesitation at all.
Faith Off : 10/20.
Last Exit to Springfield : 19/20.
Bart Gets Famous : 11/20.
Homer and Apu : 14/20.
They Saved Lisa's Brain : 8/20.
Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo : 17/20.
Dead Putting Society : 15/20.
Little Big Mom : 12/20.
The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants : B 14/20
When Flanders Failed - A-
Like Father, Like Clown - A
Any Givdn Sundance - 6/10 - Homer walking barefoot, the sound effects being recorded from Martin and Chalmers & Skinner lying in a snow bank were the highlights. But the family's reception of the film, the Ralph scene, and the Nelson movie dragged it down.
Any Given Sundance - 5.25/10 Decent premise, but it felt like there was some missed potential here. More could have been made out of the Simpsons' attitude towards Lisa after the film, but it was just quickly resolved. They show some film about Nelson, that makes everyone forget Lisa's film, and suddenly the family forgive Lisa for no real reason. The film also could have had the potential to have possibly amusing moments, but alas, there were none. Not too bad, but if you want to watch an episode about a film festival, 'A Star is Burns' is the one to watch.
Poochie needs to be louder, angrier, and have access to a time machine
Any Given Sundance - C/C- I liked the Skinner and Chalmers stuff, I thought that was pretty well done. And I thought the conflict was relatively well done. However it was way too quickly resolved and the episode was pretty low on jokes. And Lisa complaining to Skinner about only getting 3/5 is way too smug for me. But that's just a little nitpick.
I agree, definitely a 9/10 minimum for 'Like Father, Like Clown'
The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants
The original Favorite and least favorite by season
Shorts: 1: The Pacifier Watching TV 2: World War III Maggie's Brain 3: Bathtime Scary Movie
Episodes: 1: Krusty Gets Busted The Telltale Head 2: Bart Gets an F The War of the Simpsons 3: Homer at the Bat Separate Vocations 4: Brother From the Same Planet Krusty Gets Kancelled 5: Cape Feare $pringfield 6: Homer Badman Lisa on Ice 7: King-Size Homer Lisa the Iconoclast 8: Simpsoncalifragilisticexpialad'ohcious The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase 9: Girly Edition The Trouble with Trillions 10: Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble" 11: Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner? Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder 12: HOMЯ Tennis the Menace 13: Tales from the Public Domain She of Little Faith 14: The Dad Who Knew Too Little Helter Shelter 15: The Ziff Who Came to Dinner Bart-Mangled Banner 16: Don't Fear the Roofer She Used to Be My Girl 17: My Fair Laddy The Italian Bob 18: The Haw-Hawed Couple You Kent Always Say What You Want 19: Funeral for a Fiend All About Lisa 20: Gone Maggie Gone Four Great Women and a Manicure 21: The Bob Next Door The Color Yellow 22: Homer Scissorhands How Munched is That Birdie in the Window? 23: The Falcon and the D'ohman A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again 24: Hardly Kirk-ing What Animated Women Want
"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"
Features probably my favourite Krusty freak-out when he reacts to Kent Brockman reporting the public's disgust at Poochie's debut episode. What he shouts, "ARGH!!! WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?" and everything else he yells in that scene, I could just imagine Dan Castellaneta's vocal chords being shredded.
What a powerhouse vocal talent he could be. Terrific performance right there. I love that Krusty shakes Bill Oakley during his tantrum too. Watching this episode this time, when Lisa called Poochie "a soulless by-product of committee thinking", I couldn't help but think, "Oh, she means like 'The Simpsons Movie'!".
I was just watching Itchy And Scratchy and Poochie, great episode
Homer and June Bellamy in recording studio.
Bellamy: I started out as roadrunner. MEEP
Homer: you mean MEEP-MEEP
Bellamy: No, they only paid me to say it once, then they doubled it up on the soundtrack. Cheap Bastards.
and the last itchy and scratchy and poochie cartoon.
Scratchy: Hey look who's here
Itchy: Hi Poochie, you look like you've got something to say. Do you?
Poochie: Yes, I certainly do! (Meyers voice is heard in dub)I have to go now. My Planet needs me. (Animation cel is pulled up out of shot)
Poochie died on the way back to his home planet
The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace - C+/B- (like Half Decent-Proposal, the ending's kinda sloppy)
Brother from Another Series - A
Bart's Friend Falls in Love - B+ (ne pas de boys!)
Secret War of Lisa Simpson 5/5
Mona Leaves-a - 5.5/10 Yet another Season 19 episode I've had to give this score. Mona was a welcome return, and Homer's response to her death was done well in parts.... but never felt fully established. There should have been more focus on Homer trying to make amends somehow, due to his feeling of guilt. Instead, the episode disolves into a Bond parody, which didn't go well, in what could have been a reasonably well-done emotional story.
The Man In the Blue Flannel Pants - 4.5/10 There's a number of ways of making a bad Simpsons episode. It can have an absurd plot, poor characterisations, and unfunny jokes. Or it can just be, really, really boring, like this episode. My God, was this dull. Not much happened at all, the subplot (that could have been somehow interesting) was short and underdeveloped, and the episode ended on a unrealistic, forced decision (not sure how to bring Homer into a dilemma over two choices? how about a waterfall!).
The Old Man and the Lisa - 4/5
Homer's Barbershop Quartet - 4/5
Treehouse of Horror IV - 5/5
Cape Feare - 5/5
Treehouse of Horror X - 4/5
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