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    Rate & Review: "Daddicus Finch" (YABF01)



    Season 30, Episode 9
    Original Airdate: December 2, 2018
    Writer & Showrunner: Al Jean
    Director: Steven Dean Moore
    Synopsis: Lisa and Homer's bond gets stronger when they start spending real quality time together, and Bart feels neglected. So Marge tries to help Homer balance his attention between the kids.

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    I liked this one. The Homer and Lisa relationship was done quite well, and while I sort of wonder if she would’ve been as swayed by Homer’s behavior in that store if she hadn’t been reading To Kill a Mockingbird, it was still sweet. There were actually some pretty damned good jokes in here too, like Maggie and the teddy bear, the Trump voter interviews, and Bart riding on Marge. I’d say it’s easily the funniest episode of the season. There were a couple things I didn’t care for: I thought the therapist scenes went on too long, and the beginning with Ralph was kind of an eye-roller too, but the good definitely outweighed the bad here. Probably the best of the season so far. 4/5
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    I LOVED this episode but I must ask: Was this the episode originally titled Lisa Has A Crush on Homer?" Because if so, thank goodness for the change.
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    I'd imagine patting Lisa on the head would sting, damn kids with their spiky heads.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodySimpsonChibi View Post
    I LOVED this episode but I must ask: Was this the episode originally titled Lisa Has A Crush on Homer?" Because if so, thank goodness for the change.
    Yes, it was.


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    That was a really good episode. The Homer and Lisa bonding plot was really sweet and the characterizations were on point. Daddicus Finch was also easily the funniest episode of the season with a lot of good humor like the running gag of Nelson randomly punching holes into animal heads and Homer saying that the terrible racism seen in To Kill a Mockingbird is everywhere now. The counsoler was also a funny one-off character imo.

    Yet another solid episode under Al Jean's writing record. 5/5(A)



    On a side note, Al Jean is a far better writer than showrunner although he probably is burnt out after showrunning for 17 years. He'd probably be better off writing episodes although he probably won't step down anytime.
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    Incidentally, I thought tonight's ep delivered in spades.

    There were two noteworthy Mockingbird references I failed to speculate upon in my exhaustive preview post.

    Lisa's keepsake box that opened up the 2nd act (in black & white) is also the opening scene of the movie... although I did successfully guess that Lisa would provide narration at some point.

    I was also suitably impressed with how Al parodied the townsfolk confrontation scene at the county lockup as Bart sought out safety from the mob he incited with his prank. Gave Homer and Lisa the perfect opportunity to essentially role-play as Atticus and Scout to disarm them. That was quite inventive.
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    Terrible title aside, this was quite enjoyable. Lots of jokes landed and the characters were solidly written. Some of the Mockingbird allegories were a bit straightforward, but overall this was a fulfilling episode of HD Simpsons, which is not something I say often.

    Makes me laugh that the two Selman episodes so far have been lukewarmly received. Then an Al Jean written episode turns out to be rock solid. Who would have thought?


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    Apparently, I didn't like this one nearly as much as the rest of you - the whole To Kill a Mockingbird thing was overdone.

    Speaking of which, the four actors from the movie that appeared in the episode received "Special Guest" credits after the voice actor credits.

    In the opening, Lisa was shown with a harp on the back of her bike, but there was no music room scene.

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    Also, I'm a credits kind of guy, so I was expecting some changes given that this is the first episode of the new production line, but it appears they're almost exactly the same as the XABFs. The sole difference is that there's a guy named Damilare Sonoiki credited as story editor. A quick Google search reveals that around this summer, he pleaded guilty to insider trading, and was accused of sexual harassment, with Al Jean releasing a statement saying he no longer works on the show. So I'm not expecting his name to stick around.


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    Quote Originally Posted by That Don Guy View Post
    Apparently, I didn't like this one nearly as much as the rest of you - the whole To Kill a Mockingbird thing was overdone.
    I was actually kind of leaning this way after the 2nd act so I can see the criticism. I thought the 3rd act kind of excelled at being its own distinct thing to resolve the lingering plot threads and the bit with Maggie's translated pacifier sucks came off especially sweet.


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    /5

    Oh, and can the writers please stop with the Futurama background references. Or at least keep them as quick background jokes, instead of the reference just slowly walking across the screen. They did it here, Bender walking across the screen in Simprovised, the PE Ship being held on in the THOH, ect.. enough already.
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    this was more of a plot-episode than a humor-episode, for me at least. though it did have its share of good jokes, like Nelson's repeatedly punching holes, Homer closing his eyes when talking to Marge and Lisa, and then waking up in church and the dentist, respectively; even liked Ralph at the beginning, where he was dumb but not toodumb. I said it elsewhere but I always enjoy scenes where Homer sticks up for the kids, and so I knew I'd like this one enough. probably a 3/5 for the pol


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    If anything, this episode confirmed more than ever that the best thing Bart could possibly do is get the hell away from his family, especially Lisa.

    Honestly it was hard to swallow any of the scenes with her and Homer considering that. Hell, even after they establish Bart's being neglected they don't really do anything for him. If anything Homer just moves right on to Maggie which has really been a problem throughout the kid's life, I mean in Lisa's Sax they gave up on him the minute he wasn't doing so well. Really the only thing I enjoyed was J.K.Simmons as the therapist and that's because Simmons is great.

    On the bright side, I can at least say my hate for Lisa is entirely valid again, yeesh, after Werking Mom I was worried she'd be likeable again. Definite least favourite of the season so far.


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    Remember when OFF watched parodies of movies, not licensed clips?

    Remember scenes that had jokes in them?

    Remember when Lisa/Homer plots made a lick of sense, weren't creepy as all hell, and resolved themselves organically?

    The line that went, "racism is now everywhere, unlike in the 1930s when it was restricted to the South"...

    Remember when OFF challenged institutional knowledge instead of blindly accepting it?

    Call me a contrarian, but Al Jean Must Be Stopped
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    Also you Lisa haters misogynist as shit


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    Very pleased Gregory Peck's corpse consented to be in this modern classic


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    "LISA GETS A CRUSH ON HOMER"

    y'all: UMMMMM

    "DADDICUS FINCH" [content of episode remains unchanged]

    y'all: so glad Al made the change, I cried hot tears!


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    @mods thx for deleting the posts where I tagged an admitted child pornographer and directly addressed a rich and powerful writer who is definitely reading this thread. Truly preserving the transgressive spirit of OFF!


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    Quite a good episode. I very much liked the bonding between Homer and Lisa in this one, despite that their relationship has been going strong in a lot of other episodes troughout the show. The plot was pretty straight forward with some good jokes and characterisation. Some of the best jokes were Homer not wanting to see Lisa dressed as a steak cry and the school's speed counselor who Is voiced by J.K Simmons (the guys voice sounds perfect when he speaks so fast). Some other jokes lasted a bit to long like the Duff gang waiting for the bus. I'm only not a huge fan of the long real life scenes of To Kill A Mockingbird, its not something I want to see in this show to much.

    Also credit to making Bart more like his old self, switching around all the car keys and making Springfielders go berserk feels closer to the original Simpsons. Maybe they could've tried to bond him more with Marge other than that one scene where Bart is riding her back, at least we got a decent joke with Bart catching Marge's hair in his mouth. I do like how they integrated Bart to the main plot by making him somewhat jealous of Homer and Lisa's relationship. Though do I really need to believe that Lisa can just beat up Bart like that? Maybe Marge could've done more but she got some good scenes with giving Maggie a plush bear (that she rips his head off and uses it as a pacifier) and her visiting the school counselor.

    I'd say that this has been one of the funnier episode we've gotten. It has a lot of good and smaller gags like Bart challenging Abe to a fight (and how Abe tricks him), Homer eating Lisa's icecream without realising (and you could see a Futurama cardboard on the background), and Homer sleeping trough a whole day when closing his eyes. The Simpson family had a lot of genuine moments, even Maggie and Abe had some. I really liked the couch gag-ception that somewhat made up for all the missing couch gags from previous episodes, and the ending sequence with Bart aging as to whether he decides to kick Homer in the butt or not. Not a whole lot of complaints, maybe some minor ones where some of the jokes lasted a bit to long. So I'll give this episode a:

    4.5/5
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    The three acts almost felt structured like three separate anthologies. It worked. It felt like we were delving into the daily family dynamics rather than watching a plot unfold. Definitely an A-plus. By now, it's almost given that an Al Jean script can and will deliver in spades. No one nails the Homer/Lisa dynamic the way he does.

    As far as credits go, I did notice the Nigerian story editor. Not only that, but the show's already lost Megan Amram, who's gone back to her gig on The Good Place. Her two scripts already written. I do wonder who they'll bring aboard to replace Sonoiki once he's out.


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    Did @Le Jake write this episode?

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    This episode was hardly outstanding, but I'd still say it's the best of the season so far. The plot wasn't exactly organic, but I thought most of the characters were well-characterized and there were a handful of laughs throughout. However, there were a few downsides: Bart's dilemma didn't carry any weight and the clips from To Kill a Mockingbird were not needed at all. Despite that, it was pretty breezy and not very grating. Won't go down in history as a great, but a notch above serviceable.

    3.5/5


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    This was a good Homer episode that was already done. However, he showed how he can be a great dad. The way he acts when he goes into the clothing store is how a dad is supposed to act. Now do it for Bart once Al. We've already seen Homer being a good father to Lisa. We need an episode where he isn't strangling Bart that is meaningful. 3 of 5.
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    Bart's New Friend wasn't THAT long ago, guys.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3t8yb View Post
    This episode was hardly outstanding, but I'd still say it's the best of the season so far. The plot wasn't exactly organic, but I thought most of the characters were well-characterized and there were a handful of laughs throughout. However, there were a few downsides: Bart's dilemma didn't carry any weight and the clips from To Kill a Mockingbird were not needed at all. Despite that, it was pretty breezy and not very grating. Won't go down in history as a great, but a notch above serviceable.

    3.5/5
    I read your review and changed my opinion.

    The problem is that this theme has been shown before. Though the idea of him not wanting his daughter to dress in scantily clothes is something I think most fathers don't want. But it was a good for it to happen. I also like the lesson in the episode Lost Our Lisa when he gets mad at her for saying that she will never take a stupid risk again.
    I agree with your opinion about Bart story that it meant nothing to the plot.
    It would be nice to see Bart as Scout. The problem is with some of the writers is that they write episodes with jerkass Homer and smartass Bart. it would be nice to see a bonding episode like they write for Homer and Lisa. No strangling, no fighting and no disrespect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Lascelle View Post
    Bart's New Friend wasn't THAT long ago, guys.

    Maybe its because that strangling has never really been that funny, I would like to see a better dynamic between Bart and Homer where there is no strangling and disrespect. Bart shouldn't being calling his father Homer. Then again Bart is more artistic like Marge and I feel have a better relationship. I'm sure you can add any Freud theory here if you want. I'm kind of all over the place, but I would like to see that Homer and Bart are father and son. If that never happens, I guess I would be ok. Why not more Bart/Marge episodes? And who is Maggie like?


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    Maybe I got my hopes up a little too much, but I wasn't really feeling this one. It seemed like it could've and should've been more, especially once Bart's plot kicked in. I'd have to agree with the earlier comment that some of the "To Kill a Mockingbird" references were a bit overdone. They weren't done badly, it was just a bit much after a while, and got in the way of having some story beats that aren't direct references.

    That being said, I enjoyed J.K. Simmons as the therapist, Bart's prank was very much in character for him, Kirk was hilariously pathetic as always, and Nelson had a good running gag. I feel like this might be one I need to watch again to see if it grows on me a little, because I don't think it was a bad episode. It just didn't resonate with me as much as I'd hoped. 3/5
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    Now now, the Bart subplot did have a point, apparently to give him as much shit as possible. I mean during the "fight" is was totally one-sided and Lisa started it so she just assaulted him for daring to have a negative opinion of the man who lately alternates between neglecting and strangling him. And apparently he deserved that since Lisa isn't punished in any way or even presented as the bad guy for it. Say what you want about Homer but I don't remember even him leaving Bart bloodied and bruised on purpose and threatening to do it again over what were incredibly mild comments coming from him. Then earlier on he's punched out by Grampa, who challenged him, Maggie no longer likes him and even the dog wouldn't pick him over Lisa when the latter never does anything with him.

    I mean they could have had, say, Lisa try to bridge the gap herself or something but that'd require her to actually be half the decent human being the writers like to have characters claim she is. Or maybe he could have actually had more to do with Marge, or Maggie. The writers just really hated Bart this week.


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    I found the episode to be really good and close to great by modern standards. Really liked the charming Homer-Lisa plot about them bonding over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (novel and film adaption alike) after Lisa, as she's reading the book as an school assignment, likens her father with the main character Atticus Finch as he takes a stand against the sexualization of kids' clothing at the mall, leading to a lot of great scenes of the two sharing some good father-daughter bonding. The connecting subplot about Bart feeling left out and finding himself jealous and turns to acting out (naturally by doing a prank) to get noticed after getting some bad advice from the new school speed therapist was good just like the main story and complemented it with a conflict. I'd say that this is the episode that stood out the most to me so far this season.

    The numerous 'To Kill A Mockingbird' references in the main plot were handled well, being nicely utilized by being implemented without feeling all too intrusive (while it kinda got excessive I didn't mind it, even with it y getting really on the nose such as the part of Homer and Lisa acting out a scene to save Bart from the angry mob, which was a fun scene). Bart's side of the story had a lot of good stuff like his prank of switching the car keys outside Shauna's bar mitzvah and the bits with the therapist (who both gives Bart and Marge advice, amusingly enough). There were also some good moments with Maggie, Marge trying to wean her off from the pacifier with bribing her with a stuffed bear and the penultimate scene with her and Homer so every Simpson had a part in it. As for the guest stars, J.K. Simmons as the fast-talking therapist who gives shoddy help was amusing and I liked Jon Lovitz coming back as Llewellyn Sinclair once more, now as the director of the school play in the first part of the episode

    The emotional as well as the dramatic moments were pretty effective, such as Bart starting to feel down and acting out due to his envy and desperation and Lisa getting more aggressively defensive over her dad to the part of getting in an physical altercation with Bart after the latter insults Homer (which we only see the aftereffects of by showing Bart with bruises and such; it did felt like something that could happen as Lisa has bested Bart physically before even in the modern era so I can buy that), leading the bothered Marge to take some charge and ultimately tell Homer to loosen the father-daughter bond which got way too tightly knit as it started to tear into the family (starting with Bart whom it was pretty easy to feel for here), which leads to Homer and Lisa agreeing to not be as close but still having a bit of a bond. I think that the episode's strongest suit was the characters and their interactions which was entertaining and pretty strong, but the episode had a lot of other things going for it.

    Pacing-wise it was good with the episode settling for something slower so the flow was solid, coming off as pretty organic. Animation was all good and the characterizations were all strong, ranging from the family (especially Homer and Lisa but also Bart who maybe got the most interesting arc; I wish he could get an father-son bonding plot since he's so often shunned) to the bits with the secondary characters. While the episode was based on the characters and their drama, emotion, conflicts, bonding and interaction it was also a really funny episode with several great little jokes and gags, most based on Homer doing or saying something silly or stupid, ranging from crying over Lisa crying while in the porkchop costume and taking a bite out of it to the vending machine sequence to him falling asleep as soon as he closes his eyes and waking up somewhere else). A lot of the humor felt like it could be from an classic era episode and I legitimately laughed several times.

    Summing up my views on the episode, I'd say it's likely my favorite of the season so far. It wasn't perfect with some things not being all that good such as Ralph being slow and dim at the start of the first act, maybe a little too much explicit referencing of 'Mockingbird' instead of being original and the final moment of Bart spending his entire life thinking of whether or not he should kick Homer in the rear being just decent, but i didn't find anything to be that bad at (the de facto worst moments were alright). A good and interesting Homer & Lisa plot couple with Bart's subplot, Marge at the one between and the secondaries getting a few good moments as well as a good natured feel, nice emotional moments & the good humor which elevated it; all in all it makes for a solid episode in my book. It just clicked for me. Thumbs up.

    4/5
    Last edited by CousinMerl; 12-05-2018 at 10:12 AM.




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