I loved this episode, it provided many laughs.
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I'm not really sure as to where I stand upon this one - good premise, lots of great gags (the 'Bort' plates, Bart and Homer's tirades against the park entertainers, the 'Jurassic Park' references), and a nice expansion upon I&S as a whole. However, for some reason, Marge as a character in this episode annoyed the living crap out of me. As a character, her role is, and always has been, the backbone of the family, yet here I feel this part of her character was over-egged to the point that it became irritating. In any case, it's always great to see Cletus pop up in an episode, no matter how short the cameo. 3/5.
Itchy and Scratchy Land : I feel this episode is the best vacation episode ever. This remains the only one apart from Mr. Lisa Goes To Washington which actually provides a realistic down-to-earth reason for the family going on vacation; its just the same in real life with kids bugging their parents to take them to disneyland. And its funny you mention that other just "for fun" episodes have better satire while this is a great satire on Disney franchises and Disneyland. The Itchy and Scratchy parodies , "Scratchtasia" and "Pinitchio" are favourite shorts apart from the hitler one. All the references are just brilliant : "Violentest place on earth" (refer to disneyland's happiest palce on earth slogan) ,Parents Island (Disneylands' pleasure island), the parades at differen times, the irritating guys on character costumes, I& S money. The references to Disney itself is great : the jab at Walt Disney's infamous antisemitism, the short-lived "Itchy & Scratchy and Friends Hour". Even after all these references, the parodies of "Westworld","Birds" and "Jurassic Park" are just great. I also love how the ending refers back tothe family enjoying their vacation. A+
It's a bit like having sex with a jellyfish: once might an interesting experiment, twice would be perversion!after I told him my name, he beat seven shades out of me and left me in a dumpster with a bar of soap shoved in my mouth and a brush shoved in where the sun doesn't shine
This is a great episode. Lots of great gags (especially the Bort license plates). Homer's "shortcut" was good too.
NOTE: John Swartzwelder seems to have written a lot of Itchy & Scratchy themed episodes: Itchy and Scratchy and Marge, Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie, Itchy and Scratchy Land, The Day The Violence Died...any others?
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Originally Posted by Steve
while not itchy and scratchy, schwartzwelder wrote I am Furrious (Yellow) which was about a cartoon... same difference, still hillarious.
I love this episode, when i watch it nothing can possiblie go wrong... er possibly go wrong... heh thats the first thing thats ever gone wrong.
On the other hand, who's to say what's right these days, what with all our modern ideas...and products?
In some ways this is almost the only true "vacation" episode, because it's the only one that really captures what a family vacation is like. From what I recall from childhood, all the road-trip stuff in particular is really spot on and endearingly hilarious, and of course the Disneyland-esque scenes at the actual park (which I can't relate to quite as directly) are great too. Obviously the third act gets crazier (which isn't a bad thing as the scenes themselves are great, and it's not like there aren't family vacations where something dangerous or crazy happens...ask me about my African safari sometime), but ultimately, this is the one vacation show where there isn't some larger story at hand (Lisa giving her essay, Bart on trial, etc.) or where it doesn't ultimately descend into generic jokes about the location (pretty much every vacation episode since). It's just a charming, accurate, and hilarious look at a family vacation, with tons of great movie parodies and Itchy and Scratchy scenes to boot. On that note, the "Scratch-tasia" scene is one of my favorite movie parodies ever on the series. A+
Two eyes, two ears, a chin, a mouth, ten fingers, two nipples, a butt, two kneecaps, a penis. I've just described to you the Loch Ness Monster. And the reward for its capture? All the riches in Scotland. So I have one question: why are you here?
There's only one word that can describe this episode: weird! The plot is weird,the jokes are weird - everything is weird! Bort? Robots trying to kill people? However,those weird moments are what makes this episode a classic. Swartzwelder's a genius! I gave it an A.
Marmalade,I love marmalade...
It is kind of strange, but it's a classic episode. I've watched it so many times on my DVD, but I still crack up at every joke. 5/5. I couldn't give it any different, with jokes like:
"My son is also named Bort"
The ride with all the horrible stuff on it.
MARGE: I'll have the baby guts
WAITER: Lady, you disgust me
LISA: Mom, that's veal
"Oh, I forgot to...carry the one"
Great episode, unbelievable rewatchability value.
deuces on the ride
Oh,yeah! That joke is great!Originally Posted by bluemoose
Haven't seen it in ages. 4/5. Good episode though.
"SAY WHAT AGAIN. I dare you, I double dare you, motherfucker".
One of the best vacation episodes ever, not to mention a classic Swartzwelder script (aren't they all?). Honestly, has this guy written an episode that isn't considered a classic? I've seen every episode, and I can;t think of one. Definitely my favorite writer.
Kill the Alligator and Run, Simpson Safari, The Latest Gun in the West, Homer Simpson In: "Kidney Trouble", just to name a few episodes he's written that aren't considered classics, two of which are considered some of the worst episodes ever. Then again, he's also written quite a few classics in the golden era, and the good definately out weigh the bad. Back on topic now.
John is my favorite writter,too. He made some of my favorite episodes ever. "Itchy&Scratchy land" is one of them. Gorak,I liked "The lastest gun in the west" and I don't think that "Simpson safari" is terrible. My opinion is very weird,I like those episodes that everybody hate. :laugh:
However,John wrote my least favorite episode,"The frying game".
loved the episode! one of my favourites!
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Classic. The refrences to Jurassic Park, Westworld ect. are priceless.
Oh....you better believe thats a paddlin
I was cracking up through the whole epsiode at everything Homer and Bart would say.
"I & S Land" is a definite 5/5. It has everything you could ask for in an episode. "With a dry, cool wit like that..."
Yeah, completely hilarious episode.
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It was a good episode
Classic Swartzwelder episode. Full of hilarious gags. The plot is crazy but it's no doubt one of the funniest episodes of the Sixth Season, possibly even of all time.
"My Son is also named Bort..."
Good morning! And in case I don't see ya: Good afternoon, good evening and goodnight!- - -
One of many amazing Swartzwelder + Mirkin episodes from S5-6.
Perfect in...pretty much every way.
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Speaking of Bort..If I have a son. It's going to be VERY hard not to name him Bort.
The 1 is great
The 2 is great
the 3 is good
Solid A. Totally absurd without sacrificing any characterization, and at the same time there's a robot fight scene, there's also a great look at what makes a Simpsons' family vacation. Great stuff.
3/5, I have always found this episode to be slightly over-rated.
Kids, let me tell you about another so-called ``wicked'' guy. He had long hair and some wild ideas. He didn't always do what other people thought was right. And that man's name was...
I forget. But the point is... I forget that, too. Marge, you know what I'm talking about. He used to drive that blue car?
-- Homer's parable of the guy in the blue car, ``Homer the Heretic''
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Ralph: Me fail English? That's unpossible.