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    That doesn't really sound like a Mirkin episode, though. Most of his episodes didn't have as much emotion as the episodes of the other classic showrunners. Still good, though.
    Favorite and least favorite by season
    1. Krusty Gets Busted There’s No Disgrace Like Home 2. Bart Gets an F Dead Putting Society 3. Homer at the Bat Like Father, Like Clown 4. Brother From the Same Planet Krusty Gets Kancelled 5. Cape Feare Lady Bouvier’s Lover 6. Homer Badman Another Simpsons Clip Show 7. King-Size Homer Lisa the Iconoclast 8. Homer’s Enemy El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer 9. Bart Carny The Trouble With Trillions 10. Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo Homer Simpson in: “Kidney Trouble” 11. Guess Who’s Coming to Criticize Dinner? Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder 12. HOMЯ Tennis the Menace 13. Tales From the Public Domain She of Little Faith 14. The Dad Who Knew Too Little Helter Shelter 15. I, Annoyed Grunt)-bot Bart-Mangled Banner 16. A Star is Torn On a Clear Day I Can’t See My Sister 17. My Fair Laddy Bonfire of the Manatees 18. The Haw-Hawed Couple You Kent Always Say What You Want 19. Funeral for a Fiend All About Lisa 20. Gone Maggie Gone The Good, the Sad and the Drugly 21. The Bob Next Door The Color Yellow 22. Donnie Fatso Love is a Many Strangled Thing 23. The Falcon and the D’ohman A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again 24. Hardly Kirk-ing Moonshine River 25. The War of Art What to Expect When Bart’s Expecting 26. Sky Police Let’s Go Fly a Coot 27. Halloween of Horror Lisa With an ‘S’ 28. There Will Be Buds Moho House 29. Springfield Splendor Throw Grampa From the Dane

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    I was kind of trying to go for the "Lisa on Ice" type episode, but I actually have to head to work soon. I was intending to keep some obnoxious Homer moments towards Abe anyway.

    I can maybe see Bart trying to make Ralph into his little sister, thinking Lisa's disowned him.

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    Bart's Inner Child (By Jean)

    The Simpsons are angry after having to endure another day of Bart's antics: he gets Lisa's sax melted down, gets the school infested with rats, steal Marge's car and gets it into an accident, and sells Homer's beer to kids. The final straw comes when Bart runs into rapper Eminem (voiced by the real Eminem) who's car has a flat, so Bart uses Homer's credit card to pay for damages, which really angers Homer, as now they can't afford their wacky vacation to Canada (Maggie randomly shows up dressed like a Mountie for this scene). The Simpsons go a to a therapist (voiced by Rosario Dawson) who suggests that if the rest of the family start acting just like Bart, he won't feel unique anymore and will start behaving to stand out. Soon the rest of the family start dressing up like Bart and start annoying him with their pranks, like Homer breaking Bart's skateboard when he tries to ride on it or Marge setting his comic books on fire for the fireplace. Meanwhile the rest of the town assume that it's part of a new trend and start dressing like Bart and doing stupid shit too, and create a new trend called "Bart-Style". Bart becomes miserable as the rest of the town keeps acting like him and decides to give up pranks and become a good person, much to Lisa and Marge's joy.

    However, it backfires when Homer won't let Bart live in the house anymore. It turns out Milhouse dyed and spiked his hair, shaved his eyebrows, and is wearing contacts, so Homer can no longer tell the difference between him and Bart, but randomly decides that Milhouse is the real Bart and calls the real Bart a fraud and tells him to go away. Kirk and Luann don't care because they don't even want Milhouse and are glad he's gone. Milhouse is too wimpy to pull any real pranks and does everything Homer tells him to, so Homer ends up loving him more then the actual Bart and says he's finally the son he's always wanted. Lisa and Marge are kind of upset at this but don't really do anything about it and just decide to accept the new Bart. Meanwhile Bart is forced to live on the streets, sleeping in alleys, eating food from cans, and be constantly attacked by random stray animals, including a sewer alligator at one point. Bart decides to spend the night in a car, which turns out to be Eminem's from earlier. Eminem recognizes Bart from earlier and after hearing his story, decides to pay Bart back by helping him out, although he is disappointed that Bart doesn't want him to go and shoot his family.

    At Eminem's concert, he and Bart sing a parody PG-rated version of "The Real Slim Shady" cleverly titled "The Real Bart Simpson", with lyrics talking about how Bart is the real one. The rest of Springfield is shamed by the rap and Quimby declares "Bart-Style" to be over. Homer says that rappers never lie and decides he was wrong, and ends up throwing back Milhouse at Kirk, causing the two to fall off a nearby ledge. Homer apologizes and says he learned an important lesson about never trying to make Bart act better and will just wait until Bart eventually goes to prison before doing something about it. However, Bart doesn't let Homer go back inside the house and reveals that he has replaced Homer with a new and better Homer, who turns out to be Eminem (who wants to take a vacation from rapping) wearing Homer's clothes. Bart mockingly says that Homer can't prove he's the real Homer and has to leave. Marge and Lisa protest this at first, but instantly give up when Bart reveals he'll replace them with rappers too, and Homer is left outside before being chased and beaten up by all the stray animals from before. The episode ends with a montage of Bart and his new dad Eminem having fun while a pg-rated version of an Eminem song is playing, and then the credits rolls while Eminem begins singing his own rap version of the Simpsons end credits song.
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    Saddlesore Galactica (Jean & Reiss)

    Honestly I'm not really sure they'd change much about the Lisa subplot, or most of the fair for that matter (although Lenny's eye gags didn't start yet). Maybe no Bill Clinton (or Bush Jr. because their tenure predates Clinton's presidency by two years), but for the main story:

    At the fair, Bart sees the man torturing Duncan by making him dive into the water, and is visibly upset. Bart promises to free the horse, and that night, he sneaks out to do so. When he does, he is almost caught, but Duncan kneels down, offering Bart a ride on his back. Bart rides the horse away to what seems like safety, then goes back home. When he returns, Duncan is at his doorstep, wanting to stay with Bart. He begs the family to keep him. Homer is for the idea (keep the "He'll bring us joy!" quote), Marge is against it due to how much it would cost, and Lisa is envious that Bart got a horse before she did.

    Bart pleads with Marge, saying he'll find a way to take care of Duncan. He later finds out about the racetrack and becomes a jockey, racing the others to offset the costs of keeping him. Duncan, however, seems to like the racetrack and Bart decides to give him to the Rich Texan (in his first appearance) as the two share a tearful goodbye.

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    A lot of the last few attempts have been so good that I feel embarrassed trying this :-).

    Three Men and a Comic Book
    (by Mike Scully)

    When Bart attends a comic book convention dressed as his superhero alter ego Bartman, he finds the first issue of Radioactive Man for $100 at Comic Book Guy's Android's Dungeon. However, he does not have enough money to buy it, and Homer refuses to give him extra money. Bart’s plight is then forgotten about, with the focus now on Homer’s conflict between using the money for his son and finding interests for himself. This is out of jealousy at everyone else who’s fascinated at comic books. Homer tries to be like them at the convention first of all, but in a surprising turn of events he becomes convinced that the organisers are corrupt with no evidence. He interrupts the proceeding parodies by shouting about his conspiracy theories, which include calling the Buddy Hodges on stage an impostor who made a deliberate attempt to resemble the real one’s looks through chain smoking. A local news agency then hires Homer for his efforts, which in turn gives Bart the money to pay for the comic.

    The cycle of power and paranoia has now affected all of Springfield, who are fighting for Bart’s comic book to see if it was legally obtained, before the news agency suddenly decide Homer’s more trouble than it’s worth after one scene. Furious at their decision, Homer decides to prove his worth by joining in the fight for Bart’s comic book in order to reveal the ‘real scandal’. He then breaks it into shreds but that’s fine because he’s learned that we should appreciate what we have. After some thought, the crowd don’t buy that, but it’s then revealed that the news agency only hired Homer to instigate the fight for their show all along. The end.


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    Lisa the Iconoclast (Jean Era)

    Well, Lisa would want everyone to listen to her and try to push her beliefs on everyone... hang on, that was the actual plot of the episode.

    Homer would act wacky and get aggressive, pushing Ned around and stealing his bell and hat and threatening to trash the school and the museum glass with a baseball bat... wait, that actually happened too. He'd also get away with it... wait, that happened too.

    A joke about shooting an 8-year-old child... wait, that happened too.

    So what about this episode would actually change? All I see is updated technology and replacing Troy McClure with some random guest appearance.

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    There were several good Lisa episodes in the Early Jean era (Scuze Me While I Miss the Sky and The Presidents Wore Pearls come to mind), so it's kind of plausible that this episode could have aired in that era. It probably wouldn't have been as dark and serious, but rather goofy though.

    As for the HD era, no way they could come up with this episode without screwing it up spectacularly. The plot makes too much sense and there's also too much jokes in it. And Lisa wasn't as bitchy and annoying as she is today, and the episode would have ended with the secret revealed and the city going apeshit in the most boring way, because they clearly don't care anymore about the character's morals.

    At least @Financial Panther would have liked this better though.
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    Homer Defined (By Jean)

    After sneaking in a couple of beers and getting extremely drunk, Homer throw his MyPhone at his station when he can't figure out how win at an Angry Birds parody and accidently starts a meltdown. Despite the instructions manual being right next to him, Homer is too lazy to read it and decides to accept death with the knowledge that at least Flanders will die too. However, he accidently presses a button with his feet while trying to sit down, stopping the meltdown. Homer is labelled a hero by the press, Homer feels some guilt for this at first, but when people start giving him special attention and gifts for being a hero, he embraces it instead. Lisa praises her dad for being a hero and makes it clear that she always thought he was a loser until now. Homer goes mad with power thanks to the glory, and starts threating to start a meltdown all the time unless he gets what he wants. A musical montage showing Homer terrifying everyone plays. A businessman (voiced by Hugo Weaving) shows up and offers Homer a job with better pay at a power plant he just opened up, and Homer accepts, much to Mr. Burns fury. Homer decides to text Lenny and Carl the truth about what he did and how great being a fraud is, but he accidently sends the text to his family instead, with Lisa saying that her father is dead to her now. Homer decides that to win back Lisa's love, he must stop another meltdown but on purpose. He gets Barney and Moe to stage a fake meltdown at the new power plant when Homer is about to give a big presentation about nuclear safety. Unfortunately, Homer forgot to study and didn't bring a manual, so he asks Moe and Barney to stop the fake countdown, but it turns out they actually started a real meltdown, so he's forced to admit he's a fraud to everyone in the room. He then tries to same thing he did earlier and presses a random button with his foot, but it just causes the plant to explode instead. Everyone in the room is fine thanks to the all lead in the doors, but Homer's confession was caught on camera and sent to the news, and Homer is arrested for blowing up a power plant. He gets five years in prison, but Burns shows up and pays for bail and gives Homer his old job back, because he believes that Homer was trying to intentionally sabotage the plant. Lisa still hates her dad, but with only two minutes left, Homer gives her a half-assed apology that he doesn't really mean about how he wanted Lisa to think he was cool, even though that's not why he went along with the lie, and she suddenly forgives him. However, it turns out that Homer blowing up the plant is now a meme and a twitter hashtag, so Lisa says she won't acknowledge he's her father for a month until people stop carrying about the meme.

    Meanwhile, Bart convinces Milhouse to pull a prank involving a rocket that destroys the school cafeteria and severely injures several people. Skinner calls in Luann and Kirk about the prank and tells them Bart is a bad influence on their son. They agree to forbid Bart from seeing Milhouse again. Bart thinks that Milhouse will suffer without him, but discovers that Milhouse has instead become more self-confident and more popular in school now that he has to stand up for himself. Bart can't pull off his pranks by himself and no one is interested in being his friend, and soon, he ends up becoming the biggest loser and loner in school, which he constantly cries and whines about. He tries to play games with Maggie, but she constantly outsmarts him because Bart is basically a brain dead moron now. Marge tries to talk to the Van Houtens, but when they point out about how much trouble Bart causes and how better Milhouse is without him, she agrees with their decision, leading to more whining and crying from Bart. In a desperate attempt to regain his popularity, Bart tries to pull another prank with a rocket to blow up the cafeteria with Milhouse inside it, so that he can save Milhouse and fake being a hero, only for Milhouse to catch him in the act, and the two end up getting into a fight. The rocket ends up going off and goes through a window and ends up landing at Kirk's latest job, causing an explosion that he gets caught in. At the hospital, Bart smugly says that no one will ever be able to find out what happened, but Milhouse reveals he filmed it on his MyPhone. In desperation, Bart gives an apology and admits that he pulled the prank and that he is a bad influence and whines and begs them not to send him to jail. However, Kirk and Luann actually thank Bart because thanks to the explosion, they were able to sue the company for everything and got a lot of money, so they won't call the cops on him. They allow Bart to be friends with Milhouse (who instantly turns back into a loser) again and everything goes back to normal.

    The Call Of The Simpsons (By Scully)


    After Homer spends all the money that was supposed to go to Abe's medicine on a raffle ticket, he manages to win an RV. Despite Abe having to go to the hospital because of a heart attack, Homer doesn't care and forces the rest of his family to on a trip with the RV. Homer then gets distracted by watching the tv in someone else's car and when Bart points out that the car is out of control, Homer starts strangling him and crashes the RV into the woods, then continues to strangle Bart and blames him for the crash. Homer then forces Bart and Maggie to go along with him while Lisa and Marge stay behind, as Homer wants to keep safe the people he cares about the most safe while he wants to bring the ones he considers expendable or for good use as bait. Lisa manages to make a communicator out of the wood and get help for her and Marge. Meanwhile, Homer, Bart, and Maggie are constantly attacked by wild animals and almost die several times, with Homer get injured the most (and bleeding profusely). At one point the trio fall down a waterfall, and Homer believes that Bart is dead, leading him to celebrate by doing a happy dance, only for Bart to reveal he's alive and Homer barely gives him a half-assed apology before moving on. Eventually Homer falls into mud and is mistaken for bigfoot, and hunters go into the woods searching for Homer. When the park rangers show Marge the footage of bigfoot, she explains that it's her husband, and she and Lisa are immediately arrested by the government as bigfoot's wife and daughter. Lisa happily goes along with the lie at first for popularity, but when they say their going to experiment on her, she tries to tell the truth, but they don't believe her. Homer is lured into a trap with beer and tries to save his own skin by offering up Bart and Maggie instead, but they all get captured, with Homer getting shot with 100 tranquilizers. The whole family ends up in the government's hands. Despite their protests (including Homer begging for them to just keep his kids instead, because he doesn't want them), the government decides to dissect them all. In a shocking twist, the real Bigfoot (voiced by Michael Keaton) shows up and rescues the Simpsons. He explains that his cousin Sasquatch (voiced by Hugh Jackman with only two lines) told him what happened and he came to save them. He then beats up Homer for accidently impersonating him. Bigfoot's annoying cousin the Abominable Snowman (voiced by Nicholas Cage) shows up and annoys everyone until Bigfoot and Homer scream "Shut up, Snowman!". The episode then cuts to the Simpsons house where Marge happily says everything is back to normal, and Homer says he got a lot of money because he told the government agents where Bigfoot and his family are hiding. Homer doesn't care about Lisa freaking out about how the government will dissect them, and then admits he already spent all his money on beer for himself. The episode ends with the agents about to dissect Bigfoot's family, and Snowman starts annoying everyone, with Bigfoot admitting that he least he won't have to put up with Snowman anymore once he dies. The plot with Abe at the beginning is never resolved.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Homer Defined (By Jean)

    After sneaking in a couple of beers and getting extremely drunk, Homer throw his MyPhone at his station when he can't figure out how win at an Angry Birds parody and accidently starts a meltdown.
    Let's call it Ravenous Pigeons, and a few episodes ago, someone mentioned they were playing Angry Birds.

    That usually doesn't bother me (minus "Fluppet"), but it's pointed out a lot.

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    And Maggie Makes Three (By Jean)

    Homer runs to Lard Lads Donut on Free Donut Day, leading to a montage of Homer running over and assaulting people to get to be first in line. including a thirty second scene of Moleman slowly bleeding to death, Homer breaks into the backroom and discovers the secret formula to Lard Lads Donuts, which gets him arrested. The manage of the store (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) tells Homer he will let him go if he finds out the formulas for other restaurants. Since Homer accidently eat his MyPhone, he uses an old camera to take pictures while breaking into other restaurants, which takes up the rest of the first act. Homer destroys the old roll of film to make space and Marge discovers that their Maggie's baby photos that have remained undeveloped all this time. Marge cries and says Homer has never loved Maggie ever since she was born, leading to a flashback to 2015 (the year Maggie was born) where Homer gets a new co-worker named Greg (voiced by Nick Jonas) who he envies because he's a cool guy. Greg says the secret to his coolness is that he never got married or had kids, which would have slowed him down. Homer decides to ignore his wife and kids and spend time only with Greg.

    Meanwhile, Marge discovers she's pregnant, but Homer still ignores her, leading to another montage of a heavily pregnant Marge needing Homer's help and being ignored so he can hang out with Greg. Greg finds out the truth when he visits Homer's house and moves to another power plant in disgust, which Homer blames on his kid. Ned calls Homer to tell him Marge is about to give birth, but he says the baby means nothing to him. Suddenly, Homer shows up at the last minute, declares he loves the baby, and names her Maggie. Back in the present, Homer says he learned his lesson that day and Marge says is true, but then Lisa discovers three forms for adoption in the attic. Homer then admits that he lied, and that he was actually going to give Bart, Lisa, and Maggie up for adoption so he can be a single dad and cool again, but accidently misplaced the paperback, so he lied at Maggie's birth. Marge cries and says Homer is the worst man in the whole world. As Marge continues weeping in her bed about how much of a monster Homer is, Homer then shows up and reveals that he has secretly kept a collection of pictures of Maggie in his office, as he realized long after her birth that it was his kids that made his life worthwhile, and that he keeps the pictures to remind him of that. A happy Marge excitedly goes to Homer's office, only to discover he was lying again and the pictures are just crappy drawings or magazine cut-outs of random people. Marge suddenly declares that she's still happy because Homer had his heart in the right place, and that makes him the greatest dad in the world. Lenny and Carl show up and says that they did all the work making the fake pictures and Homer just got drunk and yelled at them, but Marge still says Homer is a great dad. At the end, Marge goes out with Bart and Lisa but leaves Maggie behind with Homer so they can spend some father/daughter time with each other. After they leave, Homer happily says that its time to go to Moe's, but that he'll keep Maggie safe. The episode ends with Homer locking Maggie in the dark closet and driving off while cheerfully saying "See you in the morning, Maggie!".

    Guest starring Benedict Cumerbatch as a random manager and Nick Jonas as Greg.


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    "Blood Feud" (Scully)
    When Bart decides to donate blood for the blood drive, Homer is "meh" to the idea, but when it turns out the blood drive is a ruse to get more blood for Mr. Burns, Homer puts Bart's blood for bid on Ebay. To Homer's disdain, Bart finds out his blood is now worth a lot of cash and decides to run away to give Homer a hard time and to drive the cost up. Meanwhile, a spiteful Mr. Burns fires Homer and threatens to find Bart first and make him his life long blood donor by keeping him in suspended animation. Depressed and whiny, Homer runs into an irritated Blade at Moe's (voice by Wesley Snipes, of course) and after much thinking (and drinking) becomes "Fat Blade" and is determined to find his son. However, just before Homer finds Bart, Homer crashes into the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Broadway cast bus, and because his costume is so kewl, they invite him to join, causing him to forget about locating Bart. Meanwhile, Bart is sitting in his room wondering when Homer will get "it" that he never ran away and has been in his room the entire time watching the bidding on his rise.


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    One I am going to try doing is "Bart's New Friend" from the Brooks/Groening/Simon era, considering it actually could have happened.

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    That sounds interesting. Good luck with that!

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    "Lisa the Greek" (Scully)

    Homer wants to watch the NFL playoffs by himself, but Marge says he needs to spend the weekend relating to the kids. Homer tries to use Bart to get free snacks at the grocery store, and then Maggie, but gives up when Marge catches him in the act. "Oh, why can't I exploit my kids for labor? It's what Michael Jackson's dad did!" Homer then sees that Lisa can correctly predict games based on which team has the more bashful chant. Homer then uses Lisa as his playoff monkey, and has her predict games while he collects money at Moe's.

    With the Super Bowl coming up, Lisa tires of predicting games and wants to spend time with Homer. Homer says that if Lisa cannot get him money, she is no longer his daughter. Lisa then stops speaking to Homer, and when he realizes she has done so, he asks Bart for advice. Bart says that he could spend actual time with Lisa, so Homer decides to travel to Miami for Super Bowl XXXIII and dump all of his earnings out of a blimp he stole from Mr. Burns (referring to himself as the Blimp IRS) onto Pro Player Stadium during a Backstreet Boys performance to make up for how he treated her. The blimp ends up crashing into the stadium when shot at by Nelson and the bullies with darts, and causes an explosion on the field. Despite extensive property damage, the murder of the Backstreet Boys along with several fans, and the game being forcibly cancelled which leads to thousands of dollars lost in the Miami economy, Lisa forgives Homer. The episode ends with the Miami police coming to arrest Homer in Springfield. He then puts Lisa in front of him, tells the cops it was her idea, and runs off.

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    While that sounds terrible, I kind of do want to see Homer calling himself the Blimp IRS. I just imagine him wearing a mustache and doing that same high-pitched voice he did for Shaquille O'Neal and Mr. Burns (and the fakeout of Guy Incognito).

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    While I'm almost 100% sure this thread died months ago, I really love it, and I hope you don't mind me pitching in some of my own ideas.

    (DISCLAIMER: Since I don't want to specifically target a certain writer, as I do not want it to sound like I'm crapping on/glorifying one to another, I'll just stick to the terms "Classic Era" and "HD Era")

    Wedding for Disaster (Classic Era)

    While Homer and Marge look through their (first) wedding album, Homer feels a tinge of guilt while looking at some of the pictures at "Shotgun Pete's". While that is, and always will be, the best day of his life, he worries that he didn't put forth the effort he should have to make it perfect for Marge, and wants a second chance, prompting him to come up with the idea of a "re-do" wedding. He first informs the kids about his idea. Lisa thinks it's a fantastic idea, and wants to be in charge of planning the whole thing. Bart isn't as enthusiastic about the idea of getting all "primmed" up for a wedding, but realizes Homer really wants to do this, and eventually goes along with it to make him happy. They promise to keep it a secret from Marge until Homer works up the guts to propose the idea (no pun intended) to her.

    A few days later, Homer finally tells Marge about his suggestion for a second wedding, and even does a proposal with a ring, which he ends up hilariously screwing up like he did in the 80's. Marge is very grateful,
    and happily goes along with the idea. Deep down, however, she was slightly unsure about it, as she already treasured their first wedding and felt doing a second wedding would make it less iconic, but doesn't want to seem ungrateful for Homer's efforts.

    During the planning process of the wedding, Homer begins getting a bit stressed and feels like he's only messing things up with his dull wits. He wants to assure that everything is perfect, since he believes Marge deserves only the best, and can't risk ruining their special day, yet, another time. Marge continues to assure Homer everything is going fine, but he doesn't believe her, and pulls his (very little) hair out in stress.

    We timeskip to a few months later, and the day of the wedding has finally arrived. The kids and the various other wedding planners were in the chapel, making sure everything was ready. Meanwhile, Jacqueline, Patty, and Selma are helping Marge prepare in her dressing room. Marge is very excited and couldn't be any more thankful than she already was for Homer's hard efforts. She hopes he's much more relaxed, but unfortunately, this isn't the case.

    Homer is by himself in his own dressing room practically drinking himself stupid. He just can't bring himself out of there because he knows he's going to screw everything up. He doesn't want to disappoint Marge or the kids, and realizes the only way to do that is to leave the wedding altogether. So Homer sneaks out and walks to a much more serene place to be by himself for a while, and tries to think about what he's going to tell the family. He feels like a jerk for chickening out like this, but thought it was the only way to make Marge happy.

    Back at the chapel, the wedding commences and Marge is practically seeping with excitement to see Homer at the altar, but while she is walking down the aisle with her mother, she doesn't see him, and no one knows where he could've gone to. Marge doesn't take this very well at all, and breaks into tears right there on the spot. She runs out of the chapel and back into her dressing room, prompting Lisa, Bart, and Maggie to go after her. Jacqueline tells Patty and Selma to go and console Margie while she tries to see what she can do (albeit rather reluctantly). The 5 catch up to Marge and try to comfort her. Patty and Selma are quite angry, believing Homer left Marge at the altar out of apathy, but Lisa is certain her father had a valid reason, so she suggests they go and find him. Bart agrees with Lisa, and thinks they should find him too. Patty and Selma are stuck between whether they should find him or take the opportunity to never see Homer again while it's still open. They decide to do it for their baby sister, and set out to find Homer too.

    So they all split up to find Homer around the town, but to no avail. Homer and Marge miss each other very much, and are both crying in their respective areas. We probably get a few cuts to Homer here and there. Night rolls around, and they still haven't found Homer. They return to Marge's room to break the news to her, and say they can try searching for him tomorrow. However, Marge isn't having any of that, and decides to go and find Homer herself. They try to convince her not to, but she ignores their pleads. She was finding Homer whether they liked it or not.

    Some hours pass, and Homer even begins to wonder if he should return home at all or do them all a favor and stay far away from them. Marge ends up finding him near a pond they used to spend time at back in high school. She gets his attention, and they both hug when they see each other with tears in their eyes. Marge says she's so glad to have found him, but asks why he ran off. Homer says it's because he feared he'd ruin their second chance at their perfect day like he ruins everything else. He says that's why he's been working his ass of trying to make today perfect, but still failed in the end. Marge tells Homer that he doesn't ruin everything but Homer says he knows she's just saying that. Marge admits that Homer makes a few mistakes here and there, but he tries his best, and knowing he tried is all that matters. She then tells him that she knows he isn't the perfect husband, but he's her perfect husband, and they kiss. Homer asks if that means she isn't mad, and she says of course she isn't mad, and to be honest, wasn't too enthusiastic about the wedding in the first place. She thinks the first one was already perfect, and there was no need to do it again. Homer is confused, as he thought that wedding wasn't what she wanted. Marge tells him that wedding's are all about enjoying yourself, even if it doesn't turn out the way you wanted in the end. She'd much rather have an imperfect wedding where they're both happy than a "perfect" wedding where Homer is stressed and anxious the whole time. Homer is very happy to hear this, but asks what they're going to do about the wedding they had already paid for. Marge suggests in stead of re-doing their wedding, they use the wedding as an opportunity to celebrate their marriage.

    The next day, Marge, Homer, the kids, and the rest spend the day at the wedding reception hall, enjoying themselves. They eat, talk, and just have a good time in general. Homer makes a toast to Marge and reiterates his vows from 10 years ago. The two spend the rest of the reception together, and that night when they return home and they've set the children to rest, Marge thinks that since they re-did their wedding,
    it's only "customary" they re-do their honeymoon night. That night, the two happily share an "embrace" in bed.


    Soooo yeah. Sorry for the borderline fanfiction, that came out much longer than I intended lol. TL;DR, I'd imagine the episode would have much more heart and less complaining from Marge. Now, just for some giggles, I'll try a few episodes in the HD Era:

    Homer's Enemy (HD Era)

    The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant hires a new member, and it's everyone's *favorite* actor, Adam Sandler! (Special guest voice: Adam Sandler) Apparently, he's been kicked out of the acting business, and is living off people's leftover trash and animal fur. He and Homer become good friends, but when Adam sees Homer is married to Marge, he gets excessively jealous, prompting him to do whatever it takes to murder Homer so he can replace him in his family. He enlists his league of super celebrities, which is composed of Kevin James (Special guest voice: Kevin James), Kevin Hart (Special guest voice: Kevin Hart), Charlie Sheen (special guest voice: Charlie Sheen), Jack Black (special guest voice: Jack Black), and Mike Myers (Special guest voice: Lady Gaga). Adam sends his troop out to kill Homer, but they fuck it up terribly and somehow end up killing Adam Sandler in stead. Adam dies, but is brought back as a ghost, and he and Homer rekindle their friendship.

    Mr. Plow (HD Era)

    Homer gets fired from the plant and needs a new job. Luckily, he reads on an online news service that a "Mr. Plow" is needed for a "special job". Homer thinks "Mr. Plow" is a snow shoveling service (despite it being summer at the time) and signs up. But... Uh-oh! It's actually a sex line! How's Homer gonna get out of this one? Meanwhile, Lisa makes a new friend, but she's Catholic, and Lisa tries to convert her to Buddhism with the help of Sideshow Mel.

    Homer the Great (HD Era)

    Homer joins on an online forum group called "The Stonecutters" to not feel left out. However, he posts a very offensive post regarding racism, sexism, and homophobia, so they kick him out. He only feels worse, but they check his profile and realize he is a top level member of the forum's website, and decide to bring him back in. Later, they find out being a top level member isn't that big of a deal and kick Homer out again, and replace him with Julio.


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    Thinking about it, I'm not sure if something like "Bart's New Friend" could even exist in the Brooks/Groening/Simon era. I'll watch it again and think of just how some of the later classic seasons could have done it (maybe Mirkin or Oakley/Weinstein).


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    I'm glad I'm not alone on this. It seems too outlandish and gimmicky to be a season 1 or 2 episode, even if it was tweaked a bit. An idea like Homer being hypnotized into thinking he's Bart age... The earliest I could see such an idea is maybe Season 11, or some early 2000 season.

    However, I happily await to see how you imagine it would've been done in an early season. I'm certain you can prove me wrong.

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    Well, some people don't believe this, but The Simpsons was no stranger to that kind of surrealism in the pre-Scully eras. The most egregious example was "Itchy and Scratchy Land" which ended with the family fighting killer robots. In fact, I recently read that "The Mysterious Voyage of Homer" was initially pitched as a Season 3 episode, but was rejected for being "too outlandish". But compared to killer robots, Bart owning an elephant (realistically Stampy would have died tomorrow they handled him), and a Mary Poppins-esque maid tending to the household, Homer having a hallucination caused by Guatemalan insanity peppers about a space coyote telling him to find his soul mate doesn't seem too out there.

    That's why I buy this possibly happening in a Mirkin or Oakley/Weinstein episode.

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    I'm pretty sure "Bart's New Friend" would have been an episode during the Mirkin era, or maybe the Oakley and Weinstein era (season seven) because of its focus on Homer connecting with Bart.

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    Well that episode was written by Judd Apatow many years ago, so it makes some sense that it feels a little bit like a throwback.

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    "Homer Badman" (Jean)

    Marge is annoyed because all Homer does lately is go to the bar with his buddies (even though that's what he's always done) so he decides to take her out to dinner. He needs help from the guys, who tell him that Homer should make the experience so terrible that Marge will be turned off from going out ever again. Homer takes her to the restaurant behind schedule, orders the most expensive food he can, gets the restaurant's live band to play music that drowns out his conversations with Marge, and ends up running out of the restaurant with her when it's time to pay the bill, convincing her that the employees are tipped five percent less than they were a year ago.

    Meanwhile, Lisa bonds with the new babysitter because of their shared interest in feminism and people never listening to their opinions. Homer is forced by Marge to take the babysitter home, and when they get to her house, they fall down in a way that makes it look like Homer took advantage of her. The incident is spotted by Flanders taking his nighttime jog in unfamiliar neighborhoods, and he spreads the news around Springfield. Pretty soon, Homer is labeled as a sexual deviant and the family is constantly harassed. Despite Homer pleading his case, Marge and Lisa both believe Homer did it because the babysitter and him have conflicting stories (the babysitter knows nothing happened, but decided to take advantage of the situation and lie to promote feminism in Springfield). "I know you're a good guy, Homie, but that girl is a year away from an associate's degree. It's hard to deny her logic!"

    Bart is the only one in the family that believes Homer is innocent, and invites Kent Brockman to the Simpson house to have a sit down interview with him. During the interview, Homer is constantly confused by Kent's straightforward questions, at one point asking Kent if he's a racist and claiming that Superman would get destroyed by the Hulk in an arm wrestling match. With the odds stacked heavy, the babysitter decides to press charges against Homer.

    Facing jail time, Homer tries to plead his case in court, stating that he loves attractive women and he always taught Lisa to keep boys away by talking about "the planets and that other science crap she likes." Marge suddenly believes Homer is innocent, thinking that anyone trying to send him to jail is probably not a good person. The babysitter admits she fabricated the whole thing, and everything goes back to normal. However, the babysitter's lawyer reveals that Homer was responsible for drunken disorderly conduct the other day alongside Lenny and Carl. The Simpsons then run away and it leads to a chase scene where the people of Springfield try to catch the family in their car. The car then drives off of land and crashes into a lake. The family gets out unharmed and Homer shoots the car several times for no apparent reason. Bart asks Homer why he drinks so much anyway and Homer replies with, "Shut up, boy."

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    "Secrets of a Successful Marriage" (Scully)

    Homer comes home drunk once again and Marge blows up at him, telling him that he can't keep putting little effort into their marriage. Homer interprets this as Marge saying that he has no interests, so he decides to challenge himself by taking an adult education course at the community center. Homer is considered too stupid to take any of the classes offered, and only qualifies for a class on successful marriages because he and Marge are still together. Homer mocks the teacher relentlessly, to the point where he is offered the job. Through telling stories about Marge ignoring him (like trying to have sex with her while drunk as Bart and Lisa look on uncomfortably) and teaching the class that the husband is the boss, Homer gains a reputation as the best marriage counselor in Springfield. His constant attempts to help out much more stable couples in town keep him away from a neglected Marge.

    One night, Marge finds out that Homer has been using her as "inspiration" (telling couples negative stories that paint Marge as a monster) in class, and tries to get him to stop it. Homer agrees, but immediately forgets what Marge was talking about and continues telling stories about her. Marge finds out and goes to stay with Patty and Selma along with the kids. Homer realizes he made a mistake and tries to win Marge back, but is unable to remember anything important about her (including his belief that they were married after Bart was born, making him a bastard child) and gets kicked out by Patty and Selma.

    Homer ends up losing his teaching job when the Springfield residents realize that he is not a real marriage counselor. At this point, Homer has been asked to give Shelbyville couples counseling, but when the news breaks, Homer is immediately thrown in jail for fraud. Through a conversation with Patty and Selma, Marge realizes that her purpose in life is to take care of Homer and bail him out of trouble no matter what happens, because he is unable to even take care of himself. Marge finds out that Homer is in jail and goes to Shelbyville to bail him out. She then apologizes to Homer for being selfish and that she should have realized that she was also putting little effort into their marriage through her constant complaining. Homer decides to retire from marriage counseling, but Marge is proud that he found something he was really good at. They kiss and everything's back to normal.

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    "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (Oakley & Weinstein)

    Bart finds out that Milhouse's father got a promotion at the cracker factory and his new job is located in Capitol City, forcing the Van Houtens to move there. Bart initially does not accept the change and promises Milhouse that he will get him to stay in Springfield. He asks Homer and Marge to adopt Milhouse, which they refuse to. Bart then tries to sabotage Kirk's new position, which will convince the cracker factory that they made a mistake promoting him. However, Kirk catches Bart in the act and scolds him in front of his employers, impressing them and making them think that Kirk is a strong authority figure that commands respect. As a last resort, Bart tries to work out a deal with Milhouse's parents that would allow Milhouse to visit them in Capitol City one weekend a month. They reject the deal and the Van Houtens go through with the move, leaving Bart depressed.

    Bart realizes that he didn't know until Milhouse moved away how much he meant to him as his best friend. Lisa sees this as an opportunity to bond with Bart, but he is initially resistant until she points out that she can help him in ways he doesn't know. Bart ends up becoming a better student when Lisa starts tutoring him, and they begin to bond over Bart's interests like video games and Radioactive Man. Milhouse tries to call Bart from his new home, but he never gets an answer because of all the time Bart's now spending with Lisa. Milhouse's father ends up losing his new job because of a suggestion he makes to improve the factory's efficiency (the higher-ups were offended that a rookie from Springfield would be so brazen). Returning to Springfield, Milhouse believes that Lisa has brainwashed Bart and challenges her to a fight for Bart's friendship. Lisa decides to distance herself from Bart because she believes that she is standing in the way of his true friendship with Milhouse, but Bart says that they're still brother and sister and they can always hang out with each other.

    Meanwhile, Homer and Marge's anniversary is coming up and he doesn't have enough money for a really nice gift. Lenny and Carl encourage him to ask Mr. Burns for a raise, but it doesn't work because Burns can't remember who he is ("Smithers, who was that cowardly fellow?" "Oh, that was Homer Simpson, sir. One of your underpaid schmucks from Sector 7-G." "Hmmm. Well, this Simpson will never be a respectable name."). Flanders finds out about Homer's situation and offers him a part-time job at the Leftorium. Homer reluctantly accepts, but soon warms to the idea due to Flanders' kindly nature, good working conditions, and decent pay. Homer ends up respecting Flanders as his boss but soon becomes unable to insult him. In fact, the more he works at the Leftorium, the more he becomes a sycophant for Flanders in the vein of Smithers. Homer ends up making the money he needs to buy Marge a nice gift, but decides to work on the night of the anniversary. Flanders believes he is destroying Homer and Marge's marriage and decides to fire Homer so he can refocus his attention on his wife. Homer immediately regains his disdain for Flanders and makes up with Marge by rescheduling their anniversary date.


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    Actually, I thought of something else...

    Part of why people like Matt Selman so much is because "The Book Job" feels like the way the classic era would handle a guest star. Yet it's in the same season as "Lisa Goes Gaga" which is the exact opposite.

    What I want to do one day is a Matt Selman "Lisa Goes Gaga" and a solo-Jean "The Book Job", basically what one would look like if it were like the other.

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    I'd like to see MyPods and Broomsticks done through over showrunners...



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