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Well, yes, but even though Homer sees it as he was the one who killed Red indirectly, it's a bit of a stretch to say that he was responsible for the guy's death (in my opinion, Homer would be a lot more responsible for someones death, if say, the family was in the Himalayas and Homer's loud talking would cause and avalanche that killed their guide by buring him in tons of snow).
It's alright. I wouldn't rave but it's not downright terrible as most people assume
7/10 or 3.5/5
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The annoying quote of the episode is when Homer says to the trucker about Red: 'The last time I saw him he was in a bag' (or along those lines) without remorse. Shocking, but expected behavior from the jerkass oaf.
As for the episode, after watching I remember how I didn't mind the main plot. Although there were instances that made me cringe (Homer jumping over the trucks...why?, Homer taking sleeping pills, erm...) and it lacked in the humor department. Not a lot of quality jokes in there for me sadly and it was a bit boring despite the OK plot device.
The sub-plot was awful and it was simply there to kill the time. Marge trying to get someone ring the doorbell was amusing but otherwise it's a complete waste of time.
I'll give it 1.5/5 for effort. Homer's plot was a solid idea but it lacked zest. No noteworthy jokes and a rubbish B-plot and you get Maximum Homerdrive.
a solid episode, but forgettable. The episode has some decent jokes, but the plot overall is just meh. The fact that the plot is lacking is where the episode loses a lot of points.
Bottom line, a few decent jokes and a lacking plot gives you a standard season 10 episode. C-
how in god's name can any of you watch episodes from season thirteen onward and enjoy them more than this?
this episode sure isn't 'last exit to springfield', but it probably has more jokes than the last three seasons of the show combined
I prefer many episodes from the past 3 seasons to this. If they had say 60 episodes I feel pretty confident I prefer at least 30.
can someone please name five episodes from the past three seasons that are funnier than this
I find it ironic that people think the first act is the best part of the episode, considering that this is where all the "jerkassy" moments are. For the rest of the episode he is as wacky as the plot demands him to be, but is actually quite sedate and sweet at times (he and Bart seem to get along quite well together).
Also, Homer is definitely a jerkass in Act 1, but it still has the best jokes from side characters and he has yet to try and run down a little boy, old woman, or kill himself and his boy...so yeah, it is the best act.
Homer wasn't trying to kill himself or Bart either (IMO). I classify this as wacky rather than jerkassy. There is no malice or intent to his actions here.
and when you say "run down little boy", do you mean the kid in the car? If so, I think that's a bit of a stretch.
Even Scully points out in the commentary that that was Homer's first test of the autopilot on the old woman, and his obnoxious behavior is what leads to him almost killing himself and his son, and he still has the angry, mean-spirited, "I'll get you" tone towards the little boy, and I neglected to mention his casual suggestion of leaving Marge to live in a diner...though you are right in that there isn't really a clearly defined "jerkass" Homer. I mean it really depends on the episode and even specific moments in the episode and your own interpretations. But I'll again suggest you watch how Homer behaves in "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere" compared to this and see how different even that is...at least to me.
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so you're saying the scully era didn't have good jokes once in a while?
I can remember arguing last summer over whether the term "jerkass" applied to Homer in "Viva Ned Flanders." I felt it did, but the other user did not so it is certainly a flexible term.
Damn…I forgot about Lisa The Simpson. I wrote my review on the computer and I forgot to post it because I was too busy… But I’ll just do a quick review that agrees with most of what people said in that it’s a great underrated episode. Clever, funny and with heart. A season 9 gem… A-
Now with Maximum Homerdrive…
Watching this one the day it originally aired I thought this is when The Simpsons became a little odd, threading on the things it used to avoid. First of all, I never really was on the “jerkass Homer” wagon but thinking about it this is one of the first episode I can think of him that way. Mostly in the beginning though because he never sunk as low as in some later episodes. Something about him complaining about a 72 ounces steak or throwing food off the table…anyway…
The other big thing that bothers me is the obvious third-act wacky surreal tangent. It is not so much surreal, but this is a thing that has (unfortunately) become a trademark in South Park, the conspiracy technique. It does have a good 2001 Space Oddyssey reference but it’s a thing that I don’t want to see in The Simpsons.
Now, this episode is more of an adventure trip and it does contain a bunch of good laughs. Some of my favorites:
“…but I owe it to old Red as both his friend and his killer.”
“It ate everybody..stupid!”
“Stop looking at that squirrel!”
And: “Dad think of something! (he buckles his belt) something better!”
A joke that I never noticed before:
“I’m not delivering a train full of napalm to Springfield!”
And the addition of Senor Ding Dong is the kind of good wackiness there should have been more of.
Maximum Homerdrive; C+/B-
That's the quality of Mike Scully's showrunning.
Al Jean episodes might be occasionally boring and abysmal (and cringeworthy like the Scully era) but it's still better than the Scully years, simply because he brought back SOME decency into the characters and added a FEW good jokes and stories (for today's standards). Scully is like that man that took an adult show and turned it into a poor man's Family Guy!
EDIT: But like I said, there probably were a few instances that made me laugh, but I tend to forget the Scully episodes as I generally find them annoying.
Finally! We got some debate in this thread.
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