Pretty good episode. Lisa and Grandpa talking about the fan was the best part of the episode. 4/5
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Pretty good episode. Lisa and Grandpa talking about the fan was the best part of the episode. 4/5
Actually, the stretching the joke with long pauses was started by Family Guy.
Marge: Have you noticed any change in Bart?
Homer: New glasses?
Marge: No...he looks like something might be disturbing him.
Homer: Probably misses his old glasses.
Marge: I guess we could get more involved in Bart's activities but then I'd be afraid of smothering him.
Homer: Yeah, and then we'd get the chair.
Marge: That's not what I meant.
Homer: It was, Marge, admit it.
Cut away gags and slow paced gags are Family Guy style gags...Originally Posted by That Jerk
This story started out great, minus the frozen mailman, but once the actual "Who's your daddy" plot started after the toll-road jokes, it just sort of...petered......out.......
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Lame, pathetic plot, but some pretty good jokes.
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Jeez I haven't even seen this episode yet but The Simpsons have been doing cutaway gags since Season 3
Family Guy does rely on cutaway gags to hide the shallow plots, but The Simpsons have been doing them for a LONG time.Originally Posted by Super_Cool
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This episode was very mixed for me. On one hand, I loved probably 80% of this episode. The animation was amazing as usual, the plot was actually pretty interesting, and this was probably one of the funniest episodes I have scene in a while, but then there were sections of this episode that just bugged me about this episode. First of all, it was clearly a short episode, but it boogles my mind they would add in that dumb General Access show with Jimbo and William H. Macy, when they could have explained stuff at the ending. I really wished they had somewhat explained why Mason thought Homer was his son in the letter, even if it was just quick. I guess this was my only really problem with the episode, but there were still little things that annoyed me. For one, I thought Bart thought Mona was dead(maybe I just interpereted the ending of Carjacker wrong). Also, did anyone else cringe at Helen Lovejoy's voice. I wish they could have just cut that scene, because, even though I'm guessing they just couldn't get Roswell, it hurt too much to hear her with the wrong voice. Luckily, like most Cohen episodes, very few jokes missed, but I hated the bully show, and Homer groaning. I absolutely hate it when he does that. But the joke I hated the most was the hat size one. Seriously, was that even a joke? What the hell was the punchline to that.
However, I'm not saying by any means this episode was all bad. I thought it had some great moments in it, and it had genuine emotion. I thought the explanation of the test results was lazy, but it did work. I was originally thinking I hated the underwater exploration scene, but then I realized I'm kind of nuetral to it. It seemed unnessecary, but it worked well with the episode. As I said before the animation was fantastic, but the real gem was the writing. The writing on this episode was great. So many of the jokes made me laugh, and not too many missed. I think my favorite jokes was a tube, and I don't even know why, it just had me cracking up. I did feel how they got to the main plot was a bit disjointed, but they did a good job pacing the main plot once it came. In the end, I'm still confused about how I felt about this episode, but I think it was pretty good. I found myself laughing a lot, which is basically what a good Simpsons episode should make you do. If this review was a confusing read, it was for this reason. Basically, I'm not gonna vote quite yet, but I think it was generally good. Still a few problems, but I think I liked it.
P.S. Upgraded this by .5 because I thought about it, and I didn't really dilike it that much. Also, apon reviewing Last of the Red Hat Mamas, I'm pushing that down .5 because there were a few problems I forgot about.
FINAL SCORE(actually not so final): 9/10
Also, see "The Jacket" episode of Seinfeld produced in 1990 for very similar awkward pause jokes. It's a universal humorous situation that people actually experience, there's no way Family Guy started it
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Alright, well then Family Guy has overused it and I haven't seen the Simpsons do that style jokes in a while or maybe ever. If they have done it before, please tell me, I could you use another laugh.
It's sad that people think The Simpsons are stealing off of Family Guy
Shouldn't it be a good thing if the Simpsons hasn't done that specific joke before?
Family guy was a rip off of the simpsons, so people people should shut the fuck up.Originally Posted by AngryDad33
A specific joke is different from a style joke. We're just saying that The Simpsons isn't stealing the style of other shows.
5/5 I liked it a lot, at first I didn't like the fact that they changed fathers for Homer but I knew it would turn out that Abe was really his father. I thought it was nice to see a little more emotion in the story. however, my favorite part no matter how great the rest was, was the "Jasper Beardley" thing. Jaspers my favorite and I enjoyed that little reference. Also I liked how it said "Old Jewish Man" on that same list. Anyways... Great episode
There were 2 bad unnessesary cutaways that stuck out to me:
Moe skipping rope
Grandpa sitting on the "old person bench"
They should have ended the joke before these cutaways, actually seeing it was unnessesary...
fixed. moreso the cut aways though, I will give you that. Yet, it would be silly to say that Family Guy invented awkward silence.Originally Posted by Super_Cool
Actually, that was Maggie Roswell's voice. I thought it sounded strange, too. I guess her Helen Lovejoy impression just wasn't like it normally is.Originally Posted by MattG_Fan
I thought it was a great episode too. Loved the chalkboard. The slowness in Marge approaching the toll booth seemed like classic episodes. I don't know why, maybe just because everything's normally rushed now since there's supposedly not enough time? I also noticed that Bart said they haven't seen Mona for a few years. Since they don't age, maybe they mean that as in they saw her in 2003? Whatever.
A few things I noticed in the Girl Who Slept Too Little Repeat (it's not worth starting a thread so I'll say it here). It's now a PG instead of a TV 14 like it originally was. The episode was dedicated to someone named Jamie (don't know the last name, as the credits were crunched and quick). And when Homer went by the construction workers "Jiggling for Justice," didn't one of the men shriek like a woman at the sight of him before fainting? Tonight they were male screams. Maybe Fox just added that female scream in the original advertisement and it wasn't in the episode.
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Funny, the only time I thought about Family Guy was when the family laughed at Mason's joke all the way until they got home. Reminded me of Peter and Stewie in The Courtship Of Stewie's Father.
Having said that, solid episode. Funny from start to finish (has anyone even mentioned the couch gag yet?), and well-plotted. Lacking a bit in emotion, though. And William H. Macy was wasted almost as horribly as Steve Buscemi. Smokin' Joe's return was all right though.
About a B, or a 4.1/5
the chalkboard gag was so funny 'im not smarter the the presedent.' then bart had to say he was smarter.
the coutch gag was so funny. the photo 2006 then 2007 then 2008 homer is dead
--maybe thats a hint to the movie. homer dies and lenny moves in.--
the first act, was so funny full of good gags. the second act started very good the joke about m night shamalots movies becoming less and less good that was a joke to all of us. the rest of the second act was ok. the 3rd act was better but the ending was not hard to see.
over all another good one. one of the best this year. 2006
the first 11 min. and last 11 min were the best but the mid. was not as good as it could be.
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But they weren't "streching the joke" it was delberatly paced that way to fit in with a scene with Abe. Tossing aside the awkwardness of Abe not being a part of the family, that gag would have worked for any of their visits with Grandpa. But they even had more reason to do it. The more a joke fits in with the characters, the less Family Guy-ish it becomes.Originally Posted by Halfway_Crook
Did anyone else notice that this episode is a lot like The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou?
Not too many funny moments, but it was a nicely done episode overall. The joke about Moe catching up with his childhood was terrible. I give it a 3/5.
An improvement considering I hate 95% of this new season.
This could be one of my favorites of this season, so far.
In my mind, one thing that seemed to set it apart from others was a sort of integrity that permeated most of the episode, provided by genuine emotion and solid dialogue.
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Yep, it was. She was listed in the credits. Unless for some reason they had someone else do Helen's voice and Maggie voiced someone else.Originally Posted by MattG_Fan
Wow. I just don't understand why her voice changed so much for the character. Maybe a bus hit her throat or something . . . .Originally Posted by E-I-E-I-Moe
act 1 was filled with so many gags. i love the the tire fire.
Can people please stop bringing up Family Guy in these threads? Seriously. Every joke people ever claim to be "Family Guy esque" has either been something that was invented by The Simpsons, or that preceeded both shows. Awkward conversations with long pauses wasn't invented by Family Guy or even The Simpsons, it's a standard comedy convention for god's sakes. Same with the "stretching a joke out" idea. If anyone honestly thinks The Simpsons is taking these from Family Guy, they need to try watching some comedy other than those two shows.
Anyway.....no review yet. I don't really know how to feel about this episode just yet so I'll probably need to give it another viewing. I know there are parts I laughed at and parts that made me think "what the hell?" or "that was cheap", but I don't have my overall thoughts down yet.
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on the Family Guy front, the jokes just felt Family Guyish. FG obviously didn't invent awkward silence, but watching that fan sequence, it seriously seemed like you could've replaced Grandpa with Stewie Griffin and it would have felt perfectly natural (especially the "you'd have guessed wrong" line). and i know the simpsons have been doing cut-away gags, but not really like these ones that come out of nowhere and have absolutely nothing to do with the story (like the snakes in the fountain or moe jump-roping). they felt Family Guy-esque, what else can i say? now, i'm not suggesting that they're "copying" FG or anything like that, and obviously FG owes a great deal to the simpsons, but that doesn't mean that they can't have a few jokes that are similar to FG's style of humor without people getting into a giant uproar about it. calm down.
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