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    Rate/Review Moe 'N' A Lisa

    When Homer forgets Moe's birthday, Moe's anger inspires Lisa to write about him for her school report. She finds a poetic side to Moe and helps him get published in "American Poetry Perspectives." However, when Moe is featured at a literary conference where he encounters celebrated authors Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Tom Wolfe and Jonathan Franzen (all guest-voicing as themselves), he takes all the credit despite Lisa's feelings.

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    4/5
    Lots of good humour. For me this episode whad some nice laughs. Which is a breath of fresh air from some other episodes recently that were dull. Homer's "gay poetry" thing in the first act was excellent. And the little maple syrup bit over the end credits was really fun too. Moe was very funny and in-character in the episode, which I enjoyed. I'm glad to see such a stable plot. And I truly think the emotion in this episode wasn't feeling like "who cares?". BTW, nice animation.
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    she didnt exactly read shrek the 3rd, which apparently exists as some sort of companion book for a pixar movie. no, this would probably take several minutes (perhaps 10), and would have ultimately depricated the shrek 3 cinematic experience

    she merely looked at the book

    she saw it, perhaps in the childrens section of a barnes & noble, registered it in her mind as being in existance, and filed it away for later as the subject for a post on BOOKS YOUVE READ. only she just looked at it. and it was shrek 3

    in a way its the saddest post ive ever read

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    meh 3/5

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    I thought it was great at times.
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    Bravo.

    Well done.3

    A+

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    Good: The Willie Reaper in 2nd Place

    Bad: Stupid Scuttling joke ran too long and Homer falling down stairs.

    REVIEW: Well, it was bit light on the jokes, but the story was actually pretty decent, if not a too little by the numbers. The Willie Reaper was the funniest sight-gag this season.

    GRADE: 7.5/10 (B-)


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    First act was pretty good, but the other 2 were pretty hit or miss. Plenty of good jokes. 3.5 rounded up to 4.
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    This episode didnt really have anything terrible in it. But it also didn't have anything funny in it. I thought Lisa was being a bit selfish about the whole acknowledgement thing, considering Moe's work wouldn't have been praised in the first place if he had given it to her. But Lisa is always like this.. too busy worrying about what's right and not what's practical. The only time I laughed in the whole episode was when Moe said "Oh it's just his car" because Homer's stupid plan actually worked. Nothing that made me cringe in the episode though either.

    There have been better this season, definitely

    C- (3/5)

    I also want to add that the characterizations were well done*, as well as the plot. This was a nice simple plot compared to the more outrageous one from last week.

    *However, was the dean whipping the grad students the same was the one from Homer goes to College? It looked just like him, and he was obviously much different than from HGTC.

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    3/5

    A great big "wha?"
    Laughed at Grad Student joke, and the "clinking glasses" line.

    Bullwinkle thing was clever.
    There were a couple of other o.k. parts.
    Overall, not much that stood out.
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    5/5

    i dug every vermont reference, and that might have something to do with the rating. there were a few moments i found to be pretty funny. the chabon/franzen fight towards the end was randomly hilarious.

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    Continuity: Anyone else notice that grandpa still spoke with teeth even though Willie had them?

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    "you fight like anne rice!" Warning Philip Roth may be moody. Strong episode great job by guest voices. 4/5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckles Manson
    Continuity: Anyone else notice that grandpa still spoke with teeth even though Willie had them?
    I really don't think this matters. It would be much worse if he had of talked without them, and plus they probably thought most people wouldn't notice.

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    2/5

    I'm convinced that the writers have completely forgotten how to write dialouge. And most of the dialogue didn't even move the plot, it was just long winded anecdotes and more hammy over-explanations. Every single interesting scene was ruined by slapstick or "zaniness". There were some great gags like the syrup and Wolfe's gavel, but the entire episode was clowning around so much it was tiring. Not every single line has to end with a joke. Ungh, are the HABFs over yet?

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    3/5 Not really a good episode
    rather boring
    the beginning had some funny parts, the daily bugle thing was funny at first but then got kind of annoying

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    Wow. Not that I really have a top 3, but I think this would make a top 3 for the entire Jean era if I did have one. I loved Moe's "poem" being the hotel channel listings, his reading to Ms. Hoover's class with a line comparing something to "eating corn with his eyes", Willie the Grim Reaper, Homer falling down the rails while doing his gay poetry rant thing, Homer slamming his head in the door to get his mind working, ducking in the car while pulling in to think Moe won't see them...wonderful. I think drinking and driving went too long and the line about Moe cleaning up Carl's barf would've suited Barney better, but the plot was great all the way through. Really likes the Vermont foilage; I've heard that they have beautiful Autumns there. 5/5

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    There were a number of great jokes, especially the poetry ones, but a number went on too long. Homer failing down the stairs and Homer drinking and then stopping started out funny, but lost their humor as the episode went along. The plot wasn't great but it worked, although I would have prefered not having another Lisa gets disappointed episode. I didn't like the editor of the poetry magazine. C+

    I thought that the joke over the end credit with Homer on a maple syrup tasting tour started out pretty good, but got old and the punchline was a let down.

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    That was a total abomination, good lord. 1/5

    I just don't find anything funny about this new season of the simpsons, especially this episode. Every joke just seemed either extremely obvious, or just not funny. I can't explain it.

    Why, why why why do they insist on Moe being a completely depressed and worthless loser? Completely one dimensional character now. If you see Moe, you know that a suicide / whining about life etc. "joke" is soon to follow. Is it supposed to be funny and I just do not get it? I wish I knew how exactly to describe it but I can't. It's not entertaining.

    Another thing I just did not like was the surreal style jokes. I'm referring to the Rocky and Bullwinkle homage high dive and the little crab number at dinner. This is just my opinion obviously, but is that really the best they can come up with? If you are going to reference something, at least make it an interesting / funny reference. Having an old man's loose skin turn into wings is just freaking weird. I might be overreacting here, and for some reason I just can't really remember any jokes that worked or even made me chuckle once.

    Oh and am I the only one who immediately thought of "Flaming Homer" when Moe was revealing who inspired him? For some reason I saw that coming a mile away.

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    As quoted by me at KLS

    Good episode, FG jokes and that crap were actually pretty good (if you hate it, it'll attract some teen viewers, the FG fans) instead of what Family Guy normally does. Another Chinese New Year gag, huh? Overall, the storyline was smooth and that stuff, why not? A-


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    Quote Originally Posted by coltonwiggum
    I really don't think this matters. It would be much worse if he had of talked without them, and plus they probably thought most people wouldn't notice.
    I wasn't complaining. Just nit-picking
    Though, droopy mouthed toothless grandpa is always funny, if they had decided to run with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckles Manson
    I wasn't complaining. Just nit-picking
    Though, droopy mouthed toothless grandpa is always funny, if they had decided to run with it.
    Sorry if I sounded negative, I know just what you mean. It's actually quite fun to nitpick sometimes! ;-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Jay
    I thought that the joke over the end credit with Homer on a maple syrup tasting tour started out pretty good, but got old and the punchline was a let down.
    I know. It's like Fox airs Homer's antics, or some wacky adventure as the episode's meat and potatoes, and they sure as hell did not want the average viewer to know about the plot involving Lisa, Moe and Poetry until it was too late to plan to watch something else.

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    I have to completely agree with That Jerk.

    The line that sticks out for me right now is Marge saying (not exactly this): "Hey Lisa, I see you've got a straight lined college rule notebook there!"

    I think that is an example of what you are saying, TJ? Why couldn't Marge have just said, "You've been writing a lot Lisa, what are you working on?" or something. No need to fill it with some corny Marge line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DancinConan
    Why, why why why do they insist on Moe being a completely depressed and worthless loser? Completely one dimensional character now. If you see Moe, you know that a suicide / whining about life etc. "joke" is soon to follow. Is it supposed to be funny and I just do not get it? I wish I knew how exactly to describe it but I can't. It's not entertaining.
    I disagree. I think it's part of Moe's character. If anything, in this episode, they finally turned that character trait into a positive thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by DancinConan
    Oh and am I the only one who immediately thought of "Flaming Homer" when Moe was revealing who inspired him? For some reason I saw that coming a mile away.
    This, I do agree. This is a little bit of why the episode started to lose me.

    (side note: I while typing this, i just did something that I have never done before. I laughed at "American Dad". :-O )

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    Hands down the best episode this season. This was leaning toward a more high concept episode in my opinion. (just as I predicted).


    Moe was Hilarious as usual. (He always crack me up from the start...it never fails).

    Lisa was very helpful and thoughtful with Moe regarding his new found talent (as you would expect her to be) then got a little selfish toward the middle which I sort of understood, taking into account Moe's attitude toward her.

    Lots of heart! Especailly in the beginning when Moe was crying on the phone and on the stoop, after being stood up by Homer. Seeing Moe happy always makes me feel somewhat good inside. (I'm such a sap). It was funny yet sad.


    Didn't quite get the insect movements from Homer and Bart under the table. I knew what they were initially doing but...
    Was it a reference to a movie? Somebody please inform me?


    Overall I'm happy with what I saw. Giving Moe and Lisa the spotlight this week was a very good idea. Note: Do this concept more often. Good job team! 4/5

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    Season's best so far. It was nice to see the writers create a logical story for a change. No jokes really failed, some of the grad student jokes were hysterical, as well as Gore Vidal's bit with the tape recorder. No jokes really fell completely flat per se, but there were definitely some attempts at humor (e.g.- Old Jewish Man diving) that didn't give me a chuckle. However, Willie as the Grim Reaper was fantastic. The "Don't Forget" bit at the beginning remind me of "Pick Up Bart" from Brother from the Same Planet. Certainly well-crafted.

    I did feel Lisa was perhaps too chomping at the bit for recognition, but I don't think it was outside her character to feel upset about the lack thereof. Lisa does care a great deal about poetry in general and I would be sure that she would desire to be acknowledged for any help that she does to get a poem like Moe's published.

    Overall probably the best paced episode of the season. The episode didn't floor me by any means, but it was certainly rock solid: 4/5.
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    Wow, there's a huge spread of differing opinions for this episode so far, more so than any of the recent ones I've seen reviewed on here.

    I'm still waiting to see it, but a general question. Do you guys think perhaps enjoying this episode or not may have a lot to do with whether you have a certain chorde for the material they're using in this ep? Poetry and artistic expression and all that? That sort of thing tends to lead to a particular kind of humor and writing.

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    This episode was pure genius. By far it was the best of the season.

    It had wit, charm and satire. I loved the whole idea of Moe, the depressed and angry bartender becoming a poet with the help of Lisa. The episode got off to a weird start with the senior olympics, but it recovered with some quick gags.


    My favorite part of the episode was when Homer drove through the mans house and said:

    "Lets swap insurance info, I have none."


    I also liked the line:

    "You fight like Ann Rice!"

    Between Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen.


    Overall great episode:

    9.5/10
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    The Mook, The Chef, The Wife and her Homer: B
    Jazzy and the Pussycats: B-
    Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em: B+
    THOH XVII: A-
    G.I. (Do'h!): B-
    Moe'N'a Lisa: A
    Ice Cream of Margie: A
    Haw-Hawed Couple: A+

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    It's almost like the simpsons is another show now, it is very different from the classic simpsons, and I think it should be rated as such, because this episode is'nt comparable to the classic simpsons I give it a 3, because I enjoyed it, I liked seeing moe, I like Moe, this episode was so so. Funniest joke was mole man with the fake legs at the very beggining. I love moleman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyosuki
    Do you guys think perhaps enjoying this episode or not may have a lot to do with whether you have a certain chorde for the material they're using in this ep? Poetry and artistic expression and all that? That sort of thing tends to lead to a particular kind of humor and writing.
    I tend to enjoy "literary humor", but something was missing from this episode for me. Someone else mentioned that there were a lot of "clowning around" jokes. Some of those (eg. Homer's "Oooo! Moe's a poooet...", and the guy in the crowd "YEAH!") fell flat for me. For me it didn't have much to do with the poetic/artistic humor.



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