And there's the classic "what you show and not show your audience" angle. Yes, I'll give them credit for trying to say Homer's stress from the events in the first act caused him to wet his bed, BUT when that was dismissed, there was nothing to say Homer didn't have a urniary tract infection, bladder cancer, or was just no longer in control his bodily functions...just because he was Homer. Granted Bart tweeted Homer was pissing his sheets, but there was nothing there to connect that tweet to Frink KNOWING it was caused by dreams. Nothing, zip, nada, and that's if you can overlook the solution falling out of the sky. Oy, andjust assuming because it happened at night shouldn't be the job of the viewers if the writers aren't clear enough with their intentions. (Or, we can make the character all-knowing and in this case Dream sniffers!)
Like I sadi above, he could've had a urinary tract infection and he's taken Bart fishing before but didn't begin to wet his bed and nothing from the Office Stealing part of the episode had anything to do with his bed wetting. Not that there's anything wrong with an unrelated first act, but as you said, they should've just gone straight to the dreams and made that the focus. Of course, once we got into dreamland, the visual were okay, but the entire set up was such an unemotional void, people anxiously clamoured over Mona's return it made the trip down exposition lane remake/parody/homage/plagerized/ version of "Inception" seem okay...I guess.And well, since it happens during nightime I don't think it's such a big deal to deduce that it could have a relation with his dreams.
Homer's just such a freaking celebrity now. (I can't stand self-aware jokes that make the Simpsons family some sort of local divas. Fuck you, 500th episode! Quit jabbing us in they eye, writers, we know it's a TV show!) Of course, the joke with all the loser bachelors on the party line years ago was actually funny because it made fun of the bachelors AND the party line...which is how a joke about modern, neato techie trends should work.Also I found the "twitted by Bart, retwitted by Krusty" joke, random as it was, pretty funny, one of the few times a reference to twitter or other modern technologies felt kind of natural.
I'm not soley bitching because it's surreal, but I'm bitching because it's surreal and NOT FUNNY and the writers and defenders of this episode try to claim the classic era wasn't 100 percent realistic...well, NO SHIT! But when the classic era did do surrealism it was FUNNY and it didn't need the "well, it's a cartoon!" crutch. I DO know the classic era went beyond season 2, ya'know!And the second one...of course, cause the workers at SNPP or springfieldians in general have always been perfect and decent guys...What's wrong with them stealing in job? That's the kind of things characters do in a comedy, they are not perfect and that's what makes things fun! Springfieldians always cause riots or steal things when they have the chance. But at least Carl was trying to do the right thing and close the door in the first place, if you are going to get into so many details.
As for this scene above, it happened under Burns's watch, the man who obsesses over his security with his umpteen cameras and not in the wilds of Springfield's poorly policed streets. In the classic era, no one stopped riots, but in the classic era, Burns was there to give the slap down on anyone or anything that was a threat to him or his interests. Before he became a Flanderized senile clown, none of what happened in "Wet" would've made it past the supply room door being left ajar. Sure, he might not have been looking at the MOMENT when the door was left open, but the entire stash of supplies weren't stolen in 2 minutes and Smithers or one of the guards would've seen something.
EDIT: I don't really care for Homer's goes to College.
edit: forgot to mention Urination Domination got a laugh out of me. From now on, thats how I'll refer to the Sunday lineup.