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    Rate and Review: Lard of the Dance

    I saw this for the first time Today. It's okay, and that is it really. There's some funny moments, but at the end of it, I was thinking what was the point. Homer's eye sucking out and popping out was disgusting, and there were many other nasty pain gags in the subplot. Though Milhouse falling over at the begining was great. Characterizations were poor. Lisa wasn't very good, Homer was quite jerky and I didn't get Milhouse at all. We know how much he likes Lisa, but when asked for a date he rejects with a pathetic excuse. Marge was well characterized though. On the actuall plots, the main plot, had a nothing happend feel to it as I say. There was nothing really exciting or intresting that happened. The subplot whilst wacky and had its pain gags as stated above as well as poor Homer produced some good laughs and atleast it was fun in a silly way. Though I couldn't stand how they stressed Bart was missing school, I know they were making the point but still. The ending was a nice link in, wheather it be silly or not. And the actuall ending with the greace fight was a nice idea. C+

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    BUMP, I didn't have a poll before, so I don't think hardly anyone read it. A mod has added one now though.

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    I quite like this episode - it made a good premiere for Season 10, my least favourite season. 4/5 B-

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    Lisa has a rival. Homer has a get rich quick scheme. Where have I heard this before?

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    3/5 - It's okay, nothing impressive though

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    6/10 probably (5/10 being not good, not bad). It's funny as hell, but it's simply not good enough to warrant a higher score.

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    3/5 - It's okay, nothing impressive though
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    It was an OK episode. I did like the joke about Homer praying to jesus .

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    It was somewhat memorable, and, though the lard part of the title was stupid, I quite liked the bit on childhood wasted.

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    It would be good if it weren't an exact clone of "Lisa's Rival". Other than that, though, it really doesn't do too much wrong.
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    A decent, if definitely inferior, remake of "Lisa's Rival". In fact, I may have liked this episode better if it didn't nearly rehash both the main plot and sub-plot of the above episode. Here, instead of Allison bringing out Lisa's insecurities of fitting in, we have Alex, a mature student (did they ever say what grade she was in?) who makes Lisa feel like a baby. Like Allison, Alex is never malicious or even tries to make Lisa feel insecure. She invites Lisa to go shopping with her and even offers to pierce her ears. Unfortunately, nothing she does can help the fact that her mere presence makes Lisa feel inferior. I've heard people say that Lisa's characterization was poor. While it's true that she was a little too obsessed with how she was viewed by her peers, I think that it's kind of understandable. She is eight years old, after all, and even highly intelligent and independent people like herself want friends. I liked the fact that she wasn't a "mini-adult" like she sometimes can be. However, I do agree that her childishness and insecurities were exaggerated a bit too much. On the positive side, Alex was a good one-timer and Lisa Kudrow did a nice job voicing her. One of the problems with this part of the episode, in my opinion, was that it was too short. I would have liked to hear more from the other girls (Janey, Allison, Sherri and Terri) and I would have liked to see a deeper explanation for Lisa's preoccupation with being popular. It could have expanded on the ideas given in "Summer of 4 foot 2" and become a nice episode about character exploration.

    Unfortunately, the sub-plot brings this episode down a lot. At least in "Lisa's Rival", Homer's sugar sub-plot was fairly amusing and didn't detract from the main plot, despite being a bit pointless. The grease sub-plot, on the other hand, just annoyed me and felt like a waste. I really disliked the scene of Homer and Willie fighting in air vents, mainly because I usually don't like action scenes in the Simpsons when they're not needed and this was no exception. I also didn't like Marge's characterization. I don't know, she seemed kind of a prototype to the "kooky Marge" character that we would see more of in Seasons 11 and 12 (and to a lesser extent, Seasons 13 and beyond). Bart was basically a non-entity, and Homer fluctuated between being decent and annoying.

    Rating? C+ or 3/5.

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    It was good but not great 6/10

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    Personally, I think both could've been improved, which is one reason I don't particularly like this episode. Both the main plot and the subplot have little going for it, coming across as a rehash, lard, or even rehashed lard. However, I do like how the two plots come together in the end, which makes me generous enough to give this episode 2/5 instead of the 1 it would've got otherwise. This would have been worse than any episode over the previous 9 seasons if not for the ending.
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    Lard of the Dance is an episode which I cannot really enjoy. Lets add up the 'dodgy ep' elements: wasted guest appearance (lets face it, Alex was a bit of a teen stereotype and she wasn't very funny) - 'WTF' subplot (grease? what the?) - pretty unfunny characters - a wasteful main plot (half and hour for an abortive school dance?) and an oddly disturbing ending (where they throw grease at each other), along with gags and jokes that don't really fire nearly as often as they should. The only tangible message that I can attain from this episode is that 'Kids aren't Teens', which is pretty obvious in the first place. Admittedly, I do feel a bit sorry for Lisa here, as she is abandoned by her friends, however, her dressing up as an edgy prostitute was a bit over the top and soooo-not-Lisa-like. As in so many episodes, Marge appears and does nothing (the same can be said of Bart to a lesser extent). As a fellow commentator states, maybe they should have turned this episode into a character study on Lisa. It certainly would have rated better. As it is, however, Lard of the Dance is a wasted effort to me, with only a couple of redeeming qualities if that. Admittedly this episode is technically not a lot worse than Viva Ned Flanders, although that one can at least be seen as a guilty pleasure. I give Lard of the Dance a flat D.


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    I thought it was a pretty funny episode, I liked Homer's prayer and his cconversation with Willie, 7/10, I'll give it a C+ or a B-
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    4/5 great premier episode, some scenes were a bit ordinary but all in all entertaining.
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    I found parts of it to be quite hilarious, favorite bit was with Luigi walking in when they are throwing grease around. Silly but I liked the gags. 4/5

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    I thought it was a good episode, 4/5.
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    this episode is very underrated. i thought it was funny when Homer is praying, just before they go and steal Groundskeeper Willie's retirement grease! and i also liked the fight between these two. defenitly worth to watch at least 3 times
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    4/5 B-

    Not a bad episode, very jokey with a silly subplot, but had a lot of funny moments. Homer saying "God, you're greasy" to the squeaky voiced teen is classic. :silly:

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    4/5
    Like a lot of season 10 episodes,I just can't see this episode as bad,because I just remember watching them on BBC2 as a kid when I came home from school.

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    3.5/5

    One of the better season 10 episodes, a good and semi-fresh plot (while it does mirror Lisa's Rival in several ways, the main internal conflict within Lisa is different), and noticeably excellent pacing. However, there were a few things that made this episode imperfect. The Homer subplot seemed redundant and uninteresting. Skinner seemed very odd and out of character. And Lisa Kudrow did not do the best voiceover job for Alex.

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    3.5/5 It was a rather interesting epsiode. Some of it has been done before, but it was still clever.


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    3/5. It's more an average story for me. Some funny moments, but the story wasn't that good imo.

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    it was a fun episode. not memorable by any means, i had to look it up and read the synopsis to remember what it was but it was an enjoyable episode. (4/5)

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    A totally "meh" episode. It was easily one of Season 10's highlights, but it wasn't produced in Season 10, so that means nothing. If this were included in Season 9, it would most likely be my least favourite; simply because the whole plot bores me, even with it's mildly clever humour.

    Now please, let this be the last Lard of the Dance R&R thread.

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    Both stories are very boring, so all we have are the jokes...and there are some great ones, but not enough to sustain an episode on their own. C
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    Not a bad episode
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    3-5. Its a good clean episode. But very regular. its not terrible, yet its not 5/5.
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    An average episode the main plot wasn't great and changed Lisa's charaterization a bit the sub plot worked well though with some good jokes.This was probably a case of one of the simpsons writing staff has an idea and forgets that they have already done it look at the similarities between the beginings of a Homer Alone and Marge in chains it is hard to come up with new ideas after so many years though as South Park showed in Simpsons already did it.

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