3.5 stars. Flawed, but I loved the scams!
5/5 I wrote the book on flim flam!
4/5 Colgate Cavity Patrol!?
3/5 My bar mitzvah cake! Oy, I'll never be a man.
2/5 I guess you haven't heard of chloroform
1/5 Damn I hate you Butters.
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I didn't mind it. A fairly general Homer and Bart scheme, but there were a few good laughs and it always kept my interest. 3/5
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Half-half for me, 3/5
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Actually not a bad episode, the characterizations were a bit off, the Marge sub-plot (if you can call that a sub-plot) went nowhere and wasn't funny and the end was goddawn awful, but that's pretty much my only complains about it. The rest is either great, good or decent. Gave it a 3/5 but it's more a 3.5/5
The end of this episode is not isolated from the rest of the episode. The episode got itself into a plot so sitcommish, so absurd, so half-assed and so shit that the only way out was through deus ex surf's up. you can't gloss over this. the episode might have been suitable for some saturday morning cartoon, but for something with the gravity and respect of The Simpsons.
M-E-H. C, 3/5
It was better than I remembered.
Watching this episode really reminds me how tongue-in-cheek the Scully Era is sometimes. The whole ending with the trial of Groundskeeper Willie and the famous "Surf's Up!" ending. It's extremely sarcastic and tongue-in-cheek, with Lisa herself questioning what a cop-out it is. It's wacky, but at least it's self-conscious wackiness?
Okay, it still kind of sucks. But the ending does make me wonder if I take the show too seriously sometimes. So there's always that.
Everything else, okay, fine, whatever. 2/5.
i gave it a 3/5, it was very average-y. i liked the alternate ending on the DVD far more then the actual ending. the only time i laughed hard was Willie saying "Willie wasn't!" the rest was either bland or unmemorable.
Meh, 3/5. I remember it being the first "meh" episode I ever watched. To be honest, I can't really remember much about it, and that's not like me with The Simpsons. So it must have been pretty meh
I do remember it having a cheesy ending though..
Let us celebrate with the adding of chocolate to milk.
one of the worst endings of all time, however the first two acts especially are actually rather funny and I'm a bit of a sucker for Homer and Bart working together.
We got no food, we got no jobs, our PETS HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!
just re-watching some S12 episodes tonight and I almost forgot about this one.
this episode is complete crap especially the ending. 2nd worst of the season next to the computer menace one.
I actually like this episode. I think Homer's "dog for sale" scene is hilarious. Overall I'd give this episode a 4/5
A really good episode. For some reason, the ending doesn't bother me that much, which is weird, as I like logic, and not cop-out crap, but that didn't really faze me.
Separate Vocations, on the other hand...
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: Marge vs. the Monorail Krusty Gets Kancelled 5: Cape Feare Lady Bouvier's Lover 6: Homer Badman Lisa on Ice 7: King-Size Homer Lisa the Iconoclast 8: Simpsoncalifragilisticexpialad'ohcious Lisa's Date with Density 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 The Boys of Bummer 19: Funeral for a Fiend All About Lisa 20: Gone Maggie Gone The Good, the Sad and the Drugly 21: The Bob Next Door The Color Yellow 22: Homer Scissorhands Love is a Many Strangled Thing 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
I wonder why Grampa was the judge. I thought the entire thing was to make them stop their grifting, but he was a grifter, so why was he in on it?
THE EPISODE IS SUCH A MYSTERY!!! ^_^
(ps that was sarcastic)
you're right it is weird, as well as hypocritical.For some reason, the ending doesn't bother me that much, which is weird, as I like logic, and not cop-out crap, but that didn't really faze me.
Separate Vocations, on the other hand...
edit: i also want to make the point that usually, when you hand in a paper or a piece of work that's unfinished, you'll receive a failing grade. incomplete works are usually failed works, and especially so when what is finished really isn't that good.
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"so she was made of chimps!"
This episode had me laughing a bunch. Nothing amazing and some dullish parts, but overall just a damn fun episode. B-
Act 1: B- This act was definitely my least favorite. It was pretty dull, and there weren’t a whole lot of laughs. However, there was enough to keep me entertained. Most of the humor wasn’t particularly memorable, and the only laugh out loud moments were Homer saying they already left the gift shop, and Bart and Homer arguing about how Homer is a bad father. My problems with this act were that the sturgeon falling on there car was really random. I don’t mind some randomness here and there, and I’m more lenient than most fans, but that was too weird, and there had to be a much more plausible explanation, that may have been funnier. My other problem was that Marge was annoying when she was drunk. It wasn’t very funny, and while I like to see a different side of Marge, they could have made her better. I also found the Jackson 5 thing to be stupid and unfunny. I don’t know what purpose they served, since they didn’t make me laugh. Overall, this wasn’t a bad act, just a little dull and random, but it does introduce the story nicely, in an interesting way.
Act 2: B+ This act was better than the first because it was a little funnier, and I enjoyed seeing all of the clever tricks that Homer and Bart pulled, and watching them bond. The first funny part in the act was Homer getting Marge to stop asking questions. I’m gonna have to use that one. I also enjoyed Kent Brockman saying “Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow,” a joke that I had never picked up on until now. I also enjoyed the scene at Flanders’s house. As I previously stated, I liked seeing Homer and Bart bond and seeing all of the interesting tricks they pull. I enjoyed seeing Grampa used differently than how he normally is, and I thought Edward Norton was a good guest star, and he was used well. Overall, this act was better than the first, because it was more interesting and a bit funnier, however, it still certainly could have had more laughs.
Act 3: B+ This act was about as good as the previous one. It was a bit less funny, but it was even more interesting. I enjoyed the twists throughout it, and found that if they weren’t there, the episode would be incredibly dull, with few laughs. I did like the meta-reference at the end, which The Simpsons are good at. I thought Willie was funny, especially the line “Willie wasn’t!” I also found the courtroom scene funny before the twist, just because of how ridiculous the Blue-Haired Lawyer’s accusations were. The twist at the end was very entertaining, too. With all of that said, it still could have been funnier, but the twists kept it from becoming dull.
Overall: B This episode was an enjoyable episode, mainly because it was just entertaining to watch everything unfold. Humor definitely could have improved it, as it was lacking in that department. The episode had some random moments that were a little annoying, like the sturgeon falling from space onto there car. I didn’t mind the “surf’s up” part at the end, but I wish they would have ended it without showing everyone surfing, and just went to the end credits with a surfing song playing. I didn’t like how they showed everyone on the surfboards, including the Russians, which just added to the randomness, but didn’t add any humor. There was very little emotion in it, and the only way I could see putting any would be having a moral dilemma with Bart wanting to do what was right, or something. That might have worked, but it wasn’t needed, as it would have only subtracted from the fun that this episode is. The only other thing I have to say is that I liked how Homer was semi-competent. I could easily envision an episode with Homer ruining every con, and Bart getting annoyed. That may have been funny, but I don’t think it would have worked as well. It was a good episode anyway, that benefited from being very fun, however, suffered from not being funny.
Favorite Character: Bart
1. To Cur, With Love - A-
2. Treehouse of Horror XXIII - B+
3. Hardly Kirk-ing - B+
4. Gone Abie Gone - B
5. Moonshine River - B
6. The Changing of the Guardian - B
7. Dangers on a Train - B
8. The Day the Earth Stood Cool - B
9. Homer Goes To Prep School - B-
10. Adventures in Baby Getting - B -
11. A Tree Grows In Springfield - B-
12. The Saga of Carl - B-
13. Whiskey Business - B-
14. Pulpit Friction - B-
15. Gorgeous Grampa - B -
16. What Animated Women Want - C+
17. Dark Knight Court - C+
18. A Test Before Trying - C
19. Love is a Many-Splintered Thing - C
20. The Fabulous Faker Boy - C
21. Black-Eyed Please C
22. Penny-Wiseguys - C
Oh, I remember this episode as an episode I've only seen twice in 12 years and the last time was 12 years ago.
Very stupid, boring episode that tried to grift its way to a 'neat' ending. Nah....2/5 at best.
I quite liked this episode, actually. But that ending...yeah.
Well, IMO, the Scully Average is a 2/5.
Well, ya'know if you stay positive and forget about trivial things like "proper characterization," "Satire," and "emotional depth" watching new Simpsons episodes can be a seemingly enjoyable lie.
Obviously when Skinner was shot, I kind of guessed the ending, but it was still an interesting way to take the story, even if it was typical season 12 tackiness.
And while the main plot although fun, I disliked most of the drunk Marge stuff.
Liked it, even the ending. The Marge stuff was a subplot that went nowhere.
"Colgate Cavity Patrol?!?"
WE'RE GONNA HAVE FAMILY FUN
This is my favorite season 12 episode. A lot of the schemes made me laugh and the way Dr. Hibbert says "oh dear lord" gets me every time. As for the ending, i don't mind. If this this were a more serious plot, it probably would have annoyed me, but given that this is a pretty wacky episode, i can forgive it. I watched this a lot when i was a kid, and it was one of my favorites then, so i guess i can't give a totally unbiased opinion about it.
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