So our episode begins (Without an opening. Not even the title card or TV credits. Okay when I said I'm sick and tired of long openings, I didn't mean cut it all together) with the family at a peach orchard picking peaches (Why are they there? What motivated them to pick peaches? Your guess is as good as mine) After a rather long and dull series of eve- zzzzz.... sorry where was I? Oh right, dull events, the family takes home about a thousand or so peaches that they picked, thus initiating a montage of what they do with the peaches (Yeah screw the idea that the family could even afford that many peaches, this montage was ESSENTIAL to the episode). After the montage, Homer takes Marge to massage parlor where he'll distract her while Bart, Lisa and Maggie take the peaches away (This takes place at the 2 minutes mark, making the past two minutes *Entirely pointless*. Goody, and here I thought openings should actually have purpose in the grand scale of things. Obviously I was wrong) I'm sorry, but I can't let this go yet, the writers wasted 3 and a half minutes (Taking the peaches away takes about another minute and a half) for nothing but filler, at the BEGINNING of the episode. I really hate it when they waste time throughout the episode with pointless subplots, but to basically just say "From the very beginning we're wasting your time, and there's nothing you can do about it. Ha ha!" just pisses me off.
|Now to go hide all the good humor from the audience. It's a good thing we hid them under these peaches|
|Dude! I can see the string holding it up|
|Hate to tell you this Ray, but you look stupid in that milk can|
|Abra-Cadabra I have pulled our next story out of thin air|
|Oh my God! A giant metal can!|
|Now when I put the lid back on, promise you wont mail me to Abu Dhabi|
|*Sigh* only torturing Maggie brings me joy anymore|
|Wild magicians appear. Go Raymondo!|
Final Verdict: This episode is bad, but not terrible, it pisses me off because I felt like it actually had potential. I know I'm going to sound a bit crazy for saying this but; unlike more recent episodes, this episode could have had rather unique storyline (Yeah I made the comparison to Bart's magic story, but the magic storyline here actually lasted more than 4 minutes) there were so many missed opportunities for jokes and the cameos are just wasted. There were times where real emotion could have been felt if the characters were more developed and the writing just needed to be average. I really felt that if the whole "peach plot" had been dropped entirely and the time had been spent developing the magician, this episode would have been average (Not good, but average). The jokes are rather blah and nothing really sticks out. All and all, I still wouldn't recommend it, but I can't say that it sucked either, it's just very 'meh'.
Final Grade: 3.5/10 You get the feeling that this could have been okay with good writing