Opening sequence: 25 seconds. Hot damn they actually did something right
The episode begins with Smithers going into a supply closet and accidentally causes a Plutonium rod to prop the door open (Random Portal reference by the way. Pros: It was short and they didn't explain the joke. Con: It was random). Homer, Lenny and Karl pass by and as Karl closes the door, Homer slides in to prevent it from locking, thus he gets his head caught in the doorway (You know, I'm all for physical comedy, I really am. But the writers have run the "Physical abuse against Homer" joke into the ground so deep, not even the first time in an episode can I find it funny, I just know it'll be beaten into the ground about 9 more times per episode). Anyways, after a bunch of employees steal some stuff, we see Burns walking outside as Homer decides to floor it and escape with all the supplies he looted (I know this might sound stupid later, but what does this have to do with Homer's bed wetting problems or why the family goes into Homer's dreams? Just because the set up doesn't HAVE to be related to the rest of the episode doesn't mean you can't make sense). The next day, Burns addresses how he's fed up with them stealing their stuff (Barney stands up to object to which Burns points out how he doesn't work there. I would find this funny if not for the fact that in The Falcon and the D'ohman Barney is at the Plant and they treat it like he DOES work there. That's just pointing out their horrible writing).
|Now then, because I like this man, you should all worship him like a God|
|Homer: You know the best part about being poorly written Bart? Everyone loves me in the end|
|Toilet humor is always funny, right?|
|Thank God the plot dropped in to help Marge out|
- You already created that device in Eternal Moonshine for the Simpsons Mind (Which actually would be a better Inception parody than this one despite coming out two years before the movie)
- He doesn't even know WHY Homer is wetting the bed. Bed wetting isn't always psychological, it could be medical, who knows? That is the equivalent of telling someone you're afraid of dogs and they recommend you go to China for the Summer
|Lisa: So let me get this straight, we're going to do an Inception parody and not make any jokes whatsoever?|
Lisa: This new format sucks
|Hey I saw it in a movie, therefore is HAS to work|
- Instead of actually having their references to the shorts make sense, all the characters just spout them out. References still need context. For example, Bart burps, to which Homer tells him to fetch him a baloney sandwich. You guys are in a waiting room, where the fuck do you think Bart is going to get a baloney sandwich from?
- Because the characters have changed (Jerkass Homer, Know-it-all douche Lisa) the bits don't work as well
By the way, a total of 5 shorts are referenced here, none of which make sense in context. You know what this reminds me of? There was a Pearls Before Swine strip where 4 punchlines from 4 different comics were used by the main characters. Out of context, the punchlines didn't make sense, but that was the joke, all the punchlines, none of the buildup. Instead, here they are referenced just for the sake of referencing. Anyways, the family is called back to the therapists' office where they open the coffin to reveal fish. They go into another level of dreaming, to which they ignore Lisa's dream and go into another level of dreaming.
|No, if you're going to go for taking all of Inceptions ideas, those buildings should be crumbling|
So inside the fourth layer of dreams, we see Homer's dreams as basically a knock-off of Cobb's 4th layer but instead, the buildings are made of food and beer. Anyways, the next two minutes are spent as the family wanders around "Admiring" this dream with random occurrences as the road going up at a 90 degree angle a la Ariadne warping Cobb's dream and a bunch of Moes. Back in the real world, Frink is sitting around as Wiggum and the police bust in to order Frink to shut the machine off... why? No seriously, this scene is NEVER explained in the episode. Who called the police to inform them of this? Why is it a crime that the inventor of a machine be allowed to use said machine? Why do the police care? Why didn't the writers put any effort into this? Anyways, as a result from Frink and Wiggum fighting, the 4th level begins to collapse and it results in beer spilling over and almost killing the family. After admittedly a funny fight scene between Frink and Wiggum (Still doesn't justify his existence in this scene) the family is saved by Death who turns out to be Mona Simpson to help Homer find out why he's dealing with his problem (I smell bullshit explanation). Mona takes them to a theater where we discover that one Summer, Homer and Abe went fishing as Homer asks if Abe and Mona were fighting the other night. Abe lies to Homer and after Homer capsizes the boat, we find out that weeks later, Abe and Mona split up, leading Homer to believe that he caused their divorce... *Bangs head against wall* UGH, where do I begin with this?
|Homer: Oh God this is horrible|
Mona: This is next week's episode
Homer: Why do you think I said it was horrible?
- Did the writers just never see Mother Simpson? Homer never blamed himself for their divorce. And really this episode seems to hate that episode, seeing as it was good and gave Homer some closure with his mother for why she had to leave him.
- Again with the problem of a show with as much history as this one. The conclusion they come to is that the fishing incident caused Homer's bed wetting problem, I'm pretty damn sure he's fished before and was perfectly okay. How sad is it that the hypnosis from The Blunder Years would make more sense for Homer's problem here?
So the writers know about the shorts, but cannot remember something as basic as Mother Simpson? Why are these guys employed? Oh right, they are blackmailing Jean and would go nowhere if they wrote on their resume "Wrote for the last 4 seasons of The Simpsons". Might as well write "Financial adviser for Enron" on your resume, you'd stand a better chance. Anyways, Mona tells Homer that it wasn't his fault for their divorce (Something he discovered in Mother Simpson, no I'm not letting that go) and she tells them to wake up from their dream states (Too bad they didn't set up any way to wake themselves up in each dream state, they're all screwed).
|And the top would spin forever, thus making the past 10 seasons not exist|
But of course, the writers can't figure out which logic they want to use and the family proceeds to wake up from each dream state until they're all back in reality (So Inception logic is back off, God dammit writers, logic is not like a light switch, you can't just turn it on and off when you feel like it). After Wiggum pulls the plug, Homer realizes he's cured and his family congratulates him. The episode ends with Marge giving Homer a top to spin to see if they're in a dream or the real world (Wait a second, the totem system was never brought up before this scene. NO! You can't just introduce a concept like this with no set up in the episode and expect us to buy it you lazy hacks!) and after they think it's still a dream, they go off to bike naked only to find out it's reality. Hardy-har-har, oh thank God this is over.
Final Verdict: This was bad, not as bad as some of the others, but still very bad. The whole bed wetting plot was painful and unfunny, the plot point about karma is dropped at about the halfway mark with a very lazy resolution, the jokes were hit and miss, more good ones here than in a lot of other recent episodes though. And the parody of Inception was horribly written with it being basic Modern Simpsons "Hey, let's put our characters in this movie" logic and the jokes were mostly terrible. I would not recommend this and even though Insheeption was a better parody of the movie than this piece of junk, despite the main parody being a parody of a College Humor clip.
Final Grade: 2.8/10 I wish this episode was a dream