Issue #1: Treatment of Fat Tony
Whenever there's a discussion about this episode (Very rare) it always come back to "They killed Fat Tony only to bring him back". I cannot even begin to describe the levels of suck this has (But don't take my word for it), it is honestly one of the worst ideas ever and the execution is terrible. If they did this to a minor character, there would be a small backlash, nothing that wouldn't die down after a month at most. But to do this to a recurring guest star who has been nothing but nice to the show? That's just sickening. Joe should've flat out said no and walked out right after reading the words "Fat Tony dies" and nobody would have given him flak. Now I said I'd do my best to avoid referencing Classic Simpsons but if you think about Bleeding Gums Murphy (Very minor character) even he got a more dignified death and mourning that Fat Tony.
|It's funny because he's fat... oh no wait it's not funny at all, my mistake|
|Whatever you say guys, whatever you say|
Issue #2: Characters
This is just an excuse to put two rather smaller problems together. I have two big issues that aren't that big in the scope of things, but it really just speaks to the crappiness of this episode. First off; Wiggum. Wiggum's character makes no sense here, even if we were to completely forget Classic Wiggum, Modern Wiggum is still a rather incompetent, crooked cop (Just more pratfalls that's all) and here he acts way out of character. Wiggum fines Homer for mixing recycling with garbage (...What?) and then continues to fine Homer for backtalking him. While the latter somewhat makes sense, the former is just odd for why he'd even bother. When Homer tries to later bribe a court official to get the ticket wiped clean, Wiggum arrests Homer for the bribe. That doesn't even begin to make a lick of sense knowing what we know about Wiggum, Wiggum would easily take the bribe for himself (Heck even in another Modern Simpsons (Can't remember exactly which one) his badge read: "Cash Bribes Only").
|You know if you had given this to me at the start, I would have cleaned your record|
|The many faces of Agent Draper; Face 1|
|And of course face 3, spot the differences for a prize|
Issue #3: The "Really?" Moments
Okay this one might be stretching it, but there were just so many moments that either made me shake my head or just go "really?". Oh yeah the whole "Fit Tony's arrival" does not make it on here since I bitched about it earlier, but as soon as I saw him I just shook my head in disbelief.
- The Moe and Homer bit was one of those moments as it seemed to take 1 minute to go from Moe's Bar to... Moe's Bar to discuss what they were just discussing. It's rather lazy writing when you deem the last minute or so completely pointless with a 5 second line.
|Let us head on out, so that we can come right back to discuss your problem|
- Another one was the ending as the Goodfellas homage (I would call it parody, but I'd be lying) as it really came out of nowhere and seemed to try to mask over their lazy writing (Converting "Fit Tony" to Fat Tony). It also didn't help with the stupid bits of text they modified from Goodfellas to make it seem funny, hate to break it, but in reality, it's not funny. I just ended up looking at Maggie shooting at us and said "Really? You're ending it like that? That's stupid".
|Don't be fooled by it being out of context. In context it's really not funny|
- The scene where Homer's helping to bust Fat Tony had a huge script error in my opinion. So we see Homer feeling guilty about busting Fat Tony so he not so subtly tries to tell Fat Tony to step away from the guns. So it makes perfect sense why his very next actions show him trying to bust Fat Tony... wait what? This scene would have made sense if we saw Homer have an ethical dilemma in his mind about whether or not to follow the FBI agent's orders or to save Fat Tony and then in the end decides that prison isn't worth it. But nope, Homer's actions are like a light switch, can change just like that.
|You can understand why Homer in the next scene tries to incriminate Fat Tony|
- The "Bribe/Bride joke" was just painful. First off it's a bad sound-alike joke to begin with because it makes little to no sense why a bag labelled "Bride" would even be placed at a courthouse (Nobody dare mention how people can get married at a courthouse because I don't know many brides named "Bride"). Second off, a woman with a bridal dress just shows up from out of nowhere takes the bag of money and runs off, that's just weak and lazy. And to top it all off, Homer shouts at her to give him back his bribe. It's the close to the writers just saying "Laugh at this joke people! Laugh at it!" (And if it weren't bad enough there, they decide to extend the joke into Homer going into the cop car... Let's do some basic math: Not funny + Not Funny = NOT FUNNY!)
|This isn't funny, this is lame|
- The part where Fat Tony has Homer torch Moe's bar was an example of bad filler if you ever needed to see what it looks like. There's the whole conversation between Tony and Homer about whether or not Homer will blow up the bar which seems to take quite a while. But then it's deemed utterly pointless after the act break (Because false tension is another way to get on my bad side) when Moe inexplicably blows his bar up thus making the past minute and a half pointless. It's hard to feel bad for them when they bitch about more commercials in newer episodes limiting time when they can't even bother to fill out the time properly.
|Oh thank God, for a minute I thought that scene would have a point|