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My Simpsons Ultimate Episode Ratings and Rankings: Season 14, Part 4(Conclusion)

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19.) Strong Arms of the Ma - 2.5/5
20.) A Star is Born - Again - 2.5/5
21.) Special Edna - 2.5/5
22.) How I Spent My Strummer Vacation - 1/5

Well we are finally down to the bottom 4 and I am particularly saddened to see Strong Arms here because of its potential to be very good. The episode has several good jokes including Homer's tetris payoff in the beginning, and I also feel for Marge as she is mugged. The scene comes off as fairly well done and the following act finds her in a sympathetic and believable state, but also allows for some nice humor. Unfortunately the episode still had an act left and we got a roided out Marge who rapes her husband and I really didn't need to see that. So this one turns out to be another one of those episodes which starts out well but is unfortunately ruined by a bad final act.

I tend to view Star is Born and Special Edna as very similar episodes. They both involve the love lives of some secondary characters, but of course neither relationship works out. This doesn't come as much of a surprise for Ned who is dating a guest star, but the way the Skinner and Edna relationship ends is particularly annoying to me. I know that isn't even brought up in this episode, but it hurts this one as well. I can't help but feel that I needn't watch either of these episodes again and a severe lack of good jokes in both doesn't really help them much. Of course now Ned and Edna are finally seeing each other, and it only took another 8 years.

Our worst episode award goes to the Scully episode which I feel is something of a cliche at this point. The episode feels as bad as Dish Upon a Star in that it is a Homer and friends wacky half-hour. The family even seems to reward Homer here for being a bad father and husband. I have said it before but these types of episodes are some of the worst as they don't even really feel like episodes of the Simpsons. I hadn't watched this one since the night it aired and I can easily see myself waiting another 9 years before watching it again.

1.) Moe Baby Blues - 5/5
2.) Brake My Wife, Please - 5/5
3.) The Dad Who Knew Too Little - 4.5/5
4.) The Bart of War - 4/5
5.) The Great Louse Detective - 4/5
6.) C.E. D'oh - 4/5
7.) I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can - 4/5
8.) Treehouse of Horror XIII - 4/
9.) 'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky - 3.5/5
10.) Three Gays of the Condo - 3.5/5
11.) Pray Anything - 3.5/5
12.) Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington - 3.5/5
13.) Barting Over - 3.5/5
14.) Large Marge - 3.5/5
15.) Old Yeller Belly - 3/5
16.) Dude, Where's My Ranch? - 3/5
17.) Helter Shelter - 3/5
18.) Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade - 3/5
19.) Strong Arms of the Ma - 2.5/5
20.) A Star is Born - Again - 2.5/5
21.) Special Edna - 2.5/5
22.) How I Spent My Strummer Vacation - 1/5

So that is Season 14 and overall I'd say it was pretty good. Given the reputation though I was honestly expecting it to be better than it was. We have some really good episodes, one truly terrible episode, and many mostly "okay" episodes. I am not sure but I might actually prefer Season 20 as a whole if I'm being honest. What I can say for sure is that of Jean's first four solo seasons I think Season 16 is his best EASILY.

Next time I'll rank these episodes in order with the ones from the previous seasons I have already reviewed. I am not sure which season I'll do next just yet so feel free to suggest one from the ones I've narrowed it down to: 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. I'll announce that next time as well. As always, thanks for reading

Updated 01-14-2012 at 08:50 PM by Oh, that's raspberry!



  1. Sam's Avatar
    Do you post these whenever I post mine?
  2. Oh, that's raspberry!'s Avatar
    I tried posting this earlier but had to rewrite the whole thing thanks to my computer, I write them up when I feel the urge so no it isn't because you posted yours Wonderful, I have been doing this on and off for months now anyway, possibly before you started your blog I'm not sure.
  3. Financial Panther's Avatar
    I would suggest season 11. A lot of people seem to hate that season, and I don't find it that awful. And knowing your lenient grading tendencies, I'd like to see how you view it.
  4. Oh, that's raspberry!'s Avatar
    I was seriously considering Season 11 but was also seriously dreading it, I dunno yet, thanks for the suggestion regardless Panther!
  5. Sam's Avatar
    Well I mean it seems that since I started season 11 ratings you've done so immediately after.
  6. Oh, that's raspberry!'s Avatar
    Purely coincidental I assure you. I looked and my first blog was back in June of last year while yours was I think November.
  7. Rich Uncle Skeleton's Avatar
    and I really didn't need to see that.
    You didn't see anything during the scene.
  8. Oh, that's raspberry!'s Avatar
    I saw enough in my mind then I guess