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Competent. The ending was surprisingly sweet. In the higher tier of this series for sure. B/B+
Oh, and Laura Powers should be above Jessica Lovejoy on the poll.
Season 25 Ratings
I can't believe that people on this board hate the Family Guy with such a passion, yet love episodes like this. Seriously, Homer killing a fly with his face, being portrayed as mentally retarted, yelling at his refelection, these types of jokes are straight out of Family Guy. There was another episode recentley where Homer embarrses Bart by serving food at the cafetaria, and takes his clothes off and says a very embarrising line to Bart in front of his classmates, this exact joke was done on the Family Guy. Overall, a very unfunny episode.
Pretty standard season 20 stuff. The A-story suffers when you compare it to these kinds of episodes from the past. Nothing particularly funny either, but the B-story with Lisa on drugs was pleasant enough. 2/5
On the other hand, there is some serious development for the characters here. Yes, we have a bunch of those Bart's girlfriend's plots, but it has never been treated from the point of view of a jealous Milhouse. And it was the best Milhouse in a whole lot of time. Not an object for lame gay jokes, not an impersonal follower of Bart, not a sickly, traumatized or [insert medical/psychological term] boy.
Season 21 ratings (A.K.A. Qwert's Generic Sig Vol. II)
Homer The Whopper 7/10 Bart Gets A 'Z' 8.5/10 The Great Wife Hope 9/10 Treehouse Of Horror XX 9.17/10
The Devil Wears Nada 9.5/10 Pranks And Greens 6.5/10 Rednecks And Broomsticks 7.5/10 Oh Brother, Where Bart Thou? 8.5/10
Thursdays With Abie 5.5/10 Once Upon A Time In Springfield 10/10 Million Dollar Maybe 4.5/10 Boy Meets Curl 6/10
The Color Yellow 9/10 Postcards From The Wedge 9.5/10
B story with Lisa was funnier than the recycled plot of the A story for me
not so much with Peter let's take Baby Not on Board for exemple, he went to see a DVD in another car while driving leading his family to go in a car crash, later he spend their remaining money for his own enjoyement and doesn't seem to give a rat ass about the fact his child stuck at home, only to later tell his wife he does love his children and that she doesn't in order not get flack for spending all their money
I really loved the bug joke, one of the best gags in Season 20. Brilliantly executed.
First act was a little slow but the episode picked up after that and it flowed nicely and had a very good subplot.
One of the best of Season 20 especially after I was skeptical at the plot of another Bart girlfriend.
We got no food, we got no jobs, our PETS HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!
4/5, though the first night i saw it, it would be a 3/5. Really good, though i liked the sub plot a little less
The oly thing I disliked was the Lisa subplot, to me her character just keeps on getting more annoying.
Great episode 4.25/5
Well the poll average till now is around 3.86 which is not bad at all, but I think that the episode deserves more than 4~4.25
Obviously not that much of an original plot but overall not too bad, I found Lisa taking the happily pills or 'Ignorital' was rather amusing, especially the scene with her witnessing Wiggum get shot but rather than seeing blood pour out of him she sees smiley faces
Oh my great good God! Gentlemen, your attention please. I am detecting a gigiantic amphibious life-form, it's 80 meters long and it's heading this way. Oh good glayven it's on my shoe. It's a small frog, just get off, just get off there, just get out of it, get out of it. Stupid machine, oh wait a minute, this isn't the Monsterometer, it's the Frog-Exaggerator Mm-hai.
So this is Bart’s fifth girlfriend, right? Doesn’t matter, this story was excellent. We saw Bart being changed into a completely different person because of a girl, and I found this side of Bart interesting.
The unscrewing bits felt far out, but they worked fine for the start. The episode picked up from the moment Bart met Jenny, who provided some nice jokes. Nelson was back to himself, not being too pathetic, but still emotional – that’s what I call a golden mean.
The highlight in this episode, however, is Milhouse. I certainly can’t remember the last time his characterisation impressed me as much as here. Every line was in place and sincere, even his voice made you realize how hurt he was. I only disliked his unnatural grin at the end, but that’s insignificant.
I wasn’t too sure about the subplot, it didn’t really lead anywhere, although Lisa gave Bart a good advice at the end. I enjoyed the sequences with smiley faces, just because of their originality.
Marmalade,I love marmalade...
It was quite decent for season 20.
The Bart story although not incredibly developed, was a story with a beginning, middle and a bittersweet ending and some nice conflict.
I didn't like the Lisa drugged out story at all, the smilies were freakish and weird, reminded me similar on her wacked up experience in Selma's Choice - but more painful to watch that enjoyable.
A stupid and horribly written episode,I did not like this episode much because there was not even two or three funny jokes and the story was pointless and boring.I'm giving this episode a 2.5/10.
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Just another "meh" Al Jean episode. 3/5
I liked a lot of this episode except for Lisa reading news headlines about the future written in the present tense. That leap logic didn't really check with me. That could have used more realism. But the Milhouse bits I liked.
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The Good, the Sad and the Drugly
WRITERS: Hey Jean
JEAN: What is it?
WRITERS: We have a plot for an episode I think you'll like?
WRITERS: But it's a bit too similar to other episodes?
JEAN: What do you mean too similar?
WRITERS: Well it involves Bart having a Girlfiend...
WRITERS: With Milhouse acting like an antagonist.
JEAN: That's not similar at all, in fact it's a good idea. Bart has a girlfriend and Milhouse wants to break them up, brilliant!
WRITERS: But, isn't that...
JEAN: Look, we're The Simpsons, and we're 10x funnier then that Family Guy show and this plot seems like the one they won't do. Besides, we've done this before and people liked it.
WRITERS: Well, I guess you're right. But what about the Lisa subplot.
JEAN: Eh, just write whatever you want. I don't care...
That script above describes what I feel about these types of episodes. I mean seriously Bart may be the type of troublemaking, rebellious kid we like to see every week but he manages to fall in love with any girl for the small fact that there is an episode behind it, even if the girl doesn't manage to be memorable or unique in any way possible. Still, that won't change the fact that they'll turn out episodes and episodes of this plop.
Anyway, before the praise comes in the form of a review below. I'd like to say that despite the way the plot flowed, this wasn't a very memorable episode. It does begin with Bart and Milhouse unscrewing all of the screws in the school and chaos erupting, it's a nice visual gag but one that's not memorable or funny. The moments between Bart and Milhouse are alright but I just can't believe that Skinner didn't hear them both; I mean how can he just accuse Milhouse when he saw Bart with the screwdriver, that doesn't make any sense. It was nice that they kept it unscrewed that way for the majority of the first act but I couldn't get into it at all. Especially when Skinner and Chalmers act like detectives rather then the bumbling but strict school principals they really are.
I have to say that the moments after the first act is believable. Bart and Milhouse's discussion are alright, so are Homer's lines and some of the stuff in the retirement home but after we're introduced to the girl Jenny, things start to take a turn for the mediocre. Though she does get in some good moments, she is ultimately unmemorable, un-unique and falls prey to breaking the rule the Simpsons people occasionally do. "Children are supposed to sound like Children!" even the South Park people know that.
Bart acts in a believable way and manages to do some nice things for this girl but it's all for naught as beneath Jenny's beauty and good charms lies a point for Bart to do those things, I mean we haven't seen Jenny's parents, Jenny's home. The only thing we do see about Jenny is that she has a grandmother and only she is used for a I admit nice visual gag. All we know about her is that she's nice, looks hot and only falls in love with people who are charitable.
The point where Milhouse is reintroduced does introduce some tension to the plot but Milhouse barely does anything to Bart that makes him confess (the only thing he does is point to a Dolphin who backs away from Bart because he made him swim in 7UP, what???), instead he acts as the person who sticks around making mean stuff happen and just staying in general view so we're reminded that Milhouse is mad at Bart. I mean we could of assumed that Bart visited him, or not; so I'm guessing that they made us assume that he suddenly disappeared from the episode. Anyways, no other characters noticed this, not even that Jenny kid who seems so blissfully unaware of what's going on in the background.
Eventually, Bart does confess and the moment is beautifully acted but it still doesn't make the moment any good or better. It goes introduce the final few minutes where Bart reunites with Milhouse and play a final visual prank to end the episode. I admit, Bart's way of sulking over his loss is believable but all of the effort to make the Quik-E-Mart into a miniature Moe's, is that really a way to shove it in our faces... At least some of the moments there are alright.
Oh and the Lisa subplot, it was a good animated timewaster if not a memorable one; Cynical Lisa is okay (they way they started it off is very unignorable.) but I don't know if staring at smiley faces to waste time is really a good path to go for her. I mean even Marge isn't worried until she starts kissing the fan due to Maggie, then she decides it's enough... Also why would she throw the pills in the trash, it's obvious that Lisa could get to them oh wait... SLH eats them up and then tries to kiss the fan, I guess that's a good way to eliminate the pills she could of easily retrieved. Oh, and I don't know if what Lisa said was an accurate representation of what she went through, nor would it even inspire Bart to do anything.
So all in all, this is just one of the line in Bart gets a Girlfriend episodes that's made even less memorable due to Jenny and the lack of anything unique about her. Some of the gags were good and most of the characters were themselves but it many moments make it seem like these characters are slowly being turned into shells with easily replaceable character traits inserted to fit the plot of the episode. It is a good emotional ride for those able to suspend belief but it's hard due to the gaping plot holes that surround the story. At least Anne Hathaway would redeem herself in a later Simpsons episode.
The Falcon and the D'ohman (4.5/10) Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts (4.0/10) Treehouse of Horror XXII (1.0/10) Replacable You (3.5/10) The Food Wife (4.0/10) The Book Job (8.0/10) The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants (4.0/10)