Opening Sequence: 41 Seconds (Twice in a row, maybe they're actually learning)
The episode begins with Homer sleeping which causes a power outage with no real consequences on the rest of the episode... moving on. After a scene of Lenny and Carl play with the sleeping Homer, Mr. Burns gives afternoon announcements (In fairness, I felt like this was a decent short joke, maybe because I expected them to go way further than they really did) and tells everyone that the plant will be giving Physicals on Monday. After an unfunny random Asian guy smoking appears (Again, random does not equal funny, I don't know how many times I've said this). However, Burns informs them that alcohol will result in firing as well, which causes Homer to "D'oh!" so loud, he causes an earthquake that has no consequences on the remainder of the episode (While I did get a few chuckles out of some of the jokes, the scene is ruined for me by two things. 1) The cartoony idea that shouting causes an earthquake. 2) Like I said, this earthquake is inconsequential to the rest of the episode, it could have worked just as well (If not better) if we cut to people in China hearing him).
|Now then the following employees will be sent for their execution: Lenny, Carl... bah too long, everyone but Homer|
|FOX wanted you to see these ratings from the last 3 years, they're abysmal|
|Wait! I need someone to stay around to make these bland robots look interesting in comparison|
|The robots caused all this because?|
|Homer: It's so nice to be around so many things that are as lifeless as I am|
|Burns: Will you please kindly get out of my house? No? Oh, well you can stay then|
Final Verdict: This episode was rather dull, while it did have its fair share of jokes, it doesn't make up for the stupid premise and bland execution. Taking one-shot jokes and turning them into entire storylines haven't been kind to this writing staff in the past and this was no exception. Really while I liked this better than last week's episode, that's partially because I have lowered my standards and they're all still lame.
Final Grade: 3.4/10 just rather forgettable.