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    Rate and Review: Duffless

    Best episode ever? Oh so close. This is THE episode that turned me into a fanatic, and it's still one of the best half hours I've ever seen on television. A++

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    One of the best season four has to offer. A good balance between comedy and emotion.

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    Nothing special IMO - 5/5
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    Isn't a 5/5 supposed to mean the episode was something special?

    Anyway, this episode was something special. One of season 4's finest; hell, one of the series' finest. When an episode can blend awesome humor and wonderful emotion, you know you got a classic on your hands. First, the humor. Top notch. From Homer's beer song, to his wish of an alcohol-fueled car, to Homer jumping out the window when the Reverend said that with his help he wouldn't drink another beer, to Wiggum mixing up DOA and DWI; it just goes on and on. And that's only the beginning. It featured the great scenes with Homer and Marge and Marge's desperate attempt to get Homer to quit drinking, not to mention the great ending with them riding bikes. All classic stuff. Deserving of a spot in the top 20. A+.

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    Words are not enough to describe the excellence of this episode. But I'll give it a try.

    Simply put, it's twenty minutes of non-stop laughter, emotion, drama, pathos, you name it, it's got it in there. Homer struggling to live without alcohol for a month, makes hilarious viewing, and I really loved Troy McClure's educational filmstrip on the dangers of drink-driving, and that scene really stands out for me. Minor flaw: Bart's a little too stupid for me. But hey, I have to say something bad.

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    It's great! I do find it ever so slightly overrated, but it's still classic. Easily an A, very funny and a great plot! Great use of Homer's character.

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    One of the best of the series, and one of those episodes that had me in stitches throughout. Homer's characterization was great; he played both humor and emotion well. The subplot was hilarious, with Bart's innocent stupidity being milked for all it's worth. Marge asking Homer the questions on the AA form ("Do you drink to escape from reality?") and that entire scene is one of the funniest of the series, while also being sort of sweet. Homer's song was also great, if not laugh-out-loud funny. The emotion worked well too, and never reached sap. I also love the ending, because it wasn't corny (like it easily could have been), but simply sweet. A great ending to a great episode. Please forgive me from saying this, but it's true: They don't make 'em like these anymore. Anyway, one of my personal favorites, and a top 15/20 episode at least. A+

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    Simply awesome. But night quite amazing enough to get a '+'. A

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    A+ One of the best ever. This was full of emotion. The two plots worked well and improved as the feed off each other. The A Clockwork Orange parody was perfect. Homer's alocholism was perfect and his reaction when he could start drinking again was great. But the best part was that Homer would rather go on a bike ride with Marge rather than having a beer.

    Having Homer drink the next episode and acting as if he never gave up drinking was better than have him start drinking again during this one. I wish Barney could have followed the same path in The Day of Wine and D'ohes.

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    Great! 5/5 again

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    Duffless= One of the greatest episodes ever. 5/5!

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    I personally consider this to be one of the best episodes ever- a hilarious take on a serious topic. It's just wonderful. A+.

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    I'll give a nine out of ten.

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    One again the writers and creators manage to take an incredibly serious subject and make it funny as hell. This time, Homer's alcoholism is tackled in a serious light for one of the first and only times if my memory serves me correctly. The way Homer handles himself without beer is great, and the Clockwork Orange parody subplot (although i've never seen the film) is clever and smile-worty at the very least. Homer realizing Marge is more important than beer could ever be is a very sweet touch to an already incredible episode. Of course, he doesn't actually quit drinking forever, which makes it even funnier. Top ten material here, A+.

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    Simply amazing. One of the best put together episodes I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. It's solid through and through; the ending is absolutely beautiful. I'd almost go as far as to say that Duffless was indeed touching. A wonderful analysis of the human condition.

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    As everyone has said, this is a great episode. There are so many memorable scenes and lines in this one, my favorites being the Very good Beer song, and the No Deer For A Month thing. Also hilarious was Marge asking Homer questions about his alcoholism with Homer's troubling answers. 96%

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    There's not much I can add about this classic that hasn't been said already. I do have one criticism, which is that I think the pacing of the plot is a little bit off; you'll notice that Homer doesn't actually begin counting off his beer-free month until the subplot is finished, well into act 3. I thought that the scene where Homer agrees to give up beer should have come right after Marge picked him up at the police station, instead of the end of act 2; giving the main plot more time to develop adds to the emotional heft. Still an excellent show. And I'm surprised nobody mentioned the hilarious opening dream sequence: "Can't! Stop! Doing! The Monkey!" A

    Oh, and one fun bit of foreign-language trivia about the episode: The aforementioned beer/deer scene is actually slightly improved in the Québec dubbing, since the words for "beer" and "deer" sound totally different in French. Marge asks him to give up bière [beer] and Homer replies "You got it, no prière [prayer] for a month!" A perfect fit for the constantly Bible-misquoting Homer of that era.
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    Duff Dry

    ONLY! because i havn't seen it for about 6 months and don't remember the jokes but I LOVE the area the hidden beer and the PssT i love you bit (GOOD SCENE)

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    It really is fantastic I just put in 4th in my top 25 episodes, everyones already said what needs to be said. I'd agree with gorky they don't make'em like this anymore, but then they never made em like that too often.

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    Bravo to the wirters here. They delivered in every aspect. From the very beginning with Bart's dream, you can tell this is a classic in the making. You get a good dose of hilarity just from this sequence and you also get the Bart-Lisa rivalry started early on in this one. You can really see what is going on between them and it is completely relatable to all people who have siblings. Bart destroying Lisa's tomato was just hilarious and the experiment conducted by Lisa that followed was also great. She took the classic experiment of running a hampster through as maze and gave it a new twist. Good character use there too, as the wrters make great use of Bart's below average intelligence. Bart finding out of her plan, giving a nice Bond parody was good as was the irony of him winning the experiment.
    The main story was even better. The way Homer's alcolicism was portrayed was flawless, done almost exactly how it happens in real life. Homer's license being revoked was done well as was the scene where he decides to give up beer for a month. There was excellent pacing which brought Homer into different scenarios at the plant, at home, and the AA meeting had one of the greatest lines ever. "Ann Landers is a boring old bitty." Homer's flashback was also great. The part in the 3rd act where he is so tempted by the train chugging along and the blimp dropping beer was done brilliantly. One of the best endings ever was done here, as it shows Marge and Homer on the boke singing as the ride off along the horizon during the sunset.
    To sum up, great use of characters, main and minor, as they were put into the plot well even if they had no real vital role in the episode, Marge in particular. They were all perfectly characterized, and there was just a great mix of emotion and humor. A

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    It's 4th on my top 25 list. 5/5 indeed.

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    5/5. I love that episode, it's one of my favourites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pie Pants
    Nothing special IMO - 5/5
    Nothing special, but you gave it a 5/5? Hmmmm.....
    Anyways, definately the classic from that season.

    Ending was very good and not too sappy w/ Homer going on the bikeride w/ Marge instead of getting plastered after being sober for 30 days.
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    The greatest episode ever. I'll make a complex review later, but the humour in this episode is brilliant and the superb animation and characterisations couldn't get better.

    A+++

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    5/5, one of my all-time favourites.
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    5/5- Pure Duff heaven in my opinion.

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    Duffless is one of my favorite episodes from Simpsons.
    Has a great story, funny moments and sub-plot with Bart and Lisa
    is also good story.
    The scene at the end with Homer and Marge is really memorable imo.

    5/5

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    This episode's top five material easily. A+

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    Nothing special, IMO. A+++

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    A tad bit overrated, but it's still Duffless. 5/5



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