Hysterically funny episode. 5/5
Good laughs. 4/5
Funny, but poor ending sinks it. 3/5
Bizarre Ep, 2/5
WTF??? They made in episode about Mr. Burns' bear? 1/5
Swartzwelder, you've succeeded with making an ep on par with Simpson Safari and Kill The Alligator and Run.
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From beginning to end, there's not a wasted second of screen time.
It's got laughs, emotion, satire, parody, and absurdity all wrapped in one perfect package.
The use of flashbacks and future scenes is amazing.
The fact that this was David Mirkin's 1st episode off the production line, makes me miss him that much more.
Best Quotes (and there are many):
Burns: These minstrels will soothe my jangled nerves.
Ramones: I'd just like to say this gig sucks!
Hey, up yours, Springfield
Go to hell you old bastard.
Hey, I think they liked us.
Burns: Have the Rolling Stones killed.
Smithers: but sir those aren't-
Burns: Do as I say.
Guard: No one termers.
Jimmy Carter: You too, huh. I know a good yogurt place
George Bush Sr.: Get away from me, loser!
Homer: I'll never wiggle my bare butt in public again.
Lisa: I'd like to believe that this time, I really would.
Bart: Dad I know you're discouraged, but please don't deny the world your fat can.
Homer: Don't worry boy, he'll be ready for your Aunt Selma's birthday.
Lisa: I knew it.
Hitler: This is all YOUR FAULT!
Iceman #1: You've got to start selling this for more tha a dollar a bag. We lost 4 more men on this expedition.
Apu: If you can think of a better way to get ice, I'd like to hear it.
Iceman #2: He's got us there.
Iceman #3: beats me.
Apu: Ooooh a head bag, those are chockful of...heady goodness.
Smithers: Here's something that should cheer you up, Sir. It's me Sir, Bobo. hug me, squeeze me, tug at my fur.
Mr. Burns: Enough, stop this grotesque charade. Now find my Teddy. Oh, and .. leave the costume.
Homer: Yes.. we'll send the eye.
Marge: I'm sure he'll offer us a fair award ..Then we'll make him double it!
Marge: Well, why can't I be greedy once in a while?
Homer: Mmmmm 64 slices of American cheese......
Marge: Have you been up all night eating cheese?
Homer: I think I'm blind.
Burns: Good day to you.
Lisa: Is it my imagination, or is TV getting worse?
Homer; Eh, it's about the same. Oh, oh, look out Smithers! Haha, I love this show.
Dr. Hibbert: We've given the word MOB a bad name.
Skinner: Hey everybody, let's go sing at the hospital!
Crowd: For we've got HIGH HOPES! We've got HIGH HOPES!
Martin: Look fellas, the first snapdragon of the season.
Mr. Burns: Damn you, Paparazzo!
Highlights include Free Kittens (Inquire within), George Burns (Trust me, it'll be funny ehen I'm an old man), Sheriff Lobo, Smithers Marilyn Monroe style fantasy, the coathangers, the Ramones, the Bobo montage, Homer's recording studio, the family keeping Homer off the phone, Grampa crashing through the living room, Homer's "much worse" duty, Burns and Smithers TV show, Homer playing with the box (No my box, my box), and the self aware ending.
Homer: Marge I'm confused is this a happy ending or a sad ending?
Marge: It's an ending, thats enough.
Some have questioned Homer's decision to give the bear to Maggie, instead of Burns. I think that it was his duty as a parent to make the tough choice and stand by his daughter.
I watched it for the first time in a while today, and it brought a tear to my eye seeing Homer take it away and give it back. A perfectly staged sequence.
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Good episode, but kinda overrated. I mean every time when I type Smithers or Mr. Burns in the search engine, either Smither's wired cake fantasy comes up, or the "How the Rolling Stones killed" scenes/quotes and gets REALLY annoying. That's the thing with Burns/Smithers scenes or jokes, they're either overrated, annoying, or just repetitive and stupid.
Anyway, I give this episode a 4/5 good, but overrated.
I enjoyed this episode much more when I was younger. I don't watch it much these days, as I do find it a little absurd. Still, plenty of great classic bits!
After careful analysis this is the single, penultimate, greatest episode of The Simpsons. There's no debate. It is the Citizen Kane of Simpsons episodes. It has one of the greatest joke-hit ratio of anything I've ever seen. Season 5 is otherwise mostly overrated, but this episode is easily the best. I don't know what I was thinking before. Homer's Enemy has gotten very stale for me. Not this one. I have swiftly edited my previous page post to reflect this, as it would do the episode injustice. Once again, 6/5.
4th best episode of all time, yet heartbreakingly only the 2nd best episode of its season.
i think homer's enemy is just as funny, and has more substance behind it. as in, it has something substantial to say. very substantial. rosebud is possibly less impressive to me, because it can't compare to the subject breadth which homer's enemy tackled.
it's in my top 5 though, for sure.
@Bartesque. what's the best?
Homer's Enemy used to be my favorite. Repeated viewings over the years has not been kind to it.
How many times have you watched it?
i don't know: that's why i usually avoid that line of "careful analysis". i'd be more persuaded if you'd outlined some reasons as to why you think homer's enemy doesn't stand up to repeated viewings as well as does rosebud. some observations from the two episodes, and the like.
Best episode ever? Nah. Great episode? Absolutely.
Favourite/least favourite by seasons that I own (somewhat stolen from Financial Panther):
3 - Dog of Death/When Flanders Failed 4 - Lisa's First Word/So it's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show 5 - Secrets of a Successful Marriage/Bart's Inner Child 6 - And Maggie Makes Three/Another Simpsons Clip Show 7 - Marge Be Not Proud/Bart the Fink 8 - Homer's Phobia/The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase 9 - King of the Hill/Trash of the Titans 10 - Wild Barts Can't Be Broken/Maximum Homerdrive
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
Yeah this is an internet forum about a show that's sucked for 15 years I don't give a shit.
The penultimate Handsome post
Interpret that however you like.
7. Moonshine River - B 2. Treehouse of Horror XXIII - B+ 8. Adventures in Baby Getting - B - 4. Gone Abie Gone - B 12. Penny-Wiseguys - C
10. A Tree Grows In Springfield - B- 6. The Day the Earth Stood Cool - B 1. To Cur, With Love - A- 9. Homer Goes To Prep School - B- 11. A Test Before Trying - C 5. The Changing of the Guardian - B 11. Love is a Many-Splintered Thing - C 3. Hardly Kirk-ing - B+
Certainly seems that way.
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