Monday, April 30, 2012

Episode 19: A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never do Again

What can I even say? Nevermind just how selfish the main plot is (Bart having his family sell valuables JUST so he can go on vacation) but the title threw me for a loop for the longest time. I was convinced that they just ran out of titles, but silly ole me thinking that they could actually come up with their own title. Little did I know that the title was actually based off a David Foster Wallace essay of a similar name. So add a spot on that card for "Pun title"(x). Anyways, let's see what Bart will never do again, and by never I mean at least one more time before FOX cuts its losses with this unprofitable show.

Opening sequence: 16 seconds (Holy shit a short opening, the apocalypse is upon us, RUN!)

The episode begins with Bart waking up as we get a montage of Bart going through the week as it turns out to be the exact same thing with little variation on each day (Oh so this montage is a microcosm of the show today). Oh and for those of you wondering how I'll incorporate the Bingo card, I'll just put (x) next to the thing in the episode each time a new spot is checked off. Let's start off with Wiggum appearing just for the sake of picking his nose (x) and Homer's a jerkass to Bart (x). So Bart turns on the TV as the plot device channel has a commercial for "Royalty Cruises" (I knew I should have included "Plot device channel" and "Montage" to the card). Oh and this doesn't count because unlike so many other of their "Parodies" this does not apply to any given cruise liner, it can be used against ANY of them, so credit where it's due. So after Bart overexpresses his emotions (Maybe it's just me, but Bart's voice sounds really off) he asks Marge and Homer to go, but Marge tells him that Homer spent too much money recently on Mr. Steak (x) (Homer says the words "Mr.Steak" 4 times in the span of two sentences so I count that against the "Awkward dialogue").
I want to be on TV!
So after Bart mercifully leaves, he finds out he can't afford it himself. After Lisa explains that it's because they're kids (Thank you captain obvious) Bart decides to sell all his stuff in a garage sale and in the end is still short (Okay while this isn't quite what I thought he'd do to get the money based on the promo, I still find selling priceless memories JUST to go on a cruise to be utter bullshit). So after Bart goes to sleep on the floor of his empty room (Taking bets now that his room will be a-okay by the next episode with NO explanation)  Marge feels bad and the next day his money jar is full. Marge then explains that everyone sold something special to afford the cruise. Lisa sold Jazz records (Knowing the writers it probably included Sax on the Beach) Marge sold stolen China *Fake laughter* and they sold Homer's mini-pool table... which he apparently owned... what you couldn't sell the island decorations from the last episode? Clearly you didn't need them. Bart thanks everyone, but Homer starts complaining about how he'll be miserable (x) (Way too long). At the port, the family finds out that their cruise was overbooked and Homer goes into full jerkass mode. However as they prepare to go on their lesser cruise, they get upgraded not once, not twice but three times (x) (I know the spot says "Homer gets treated like royalty" but for the family to go from "We'll just have to sell valuable possessions just to get on" to "We're first class citizens" No, just... no).
Since the writers forget we're a middle class family, we get to be rich all the time
Inside their cabin, they get an introductory video from the director as he tells them to have fun. Immediately afterwards, a "Fun schedule" is given where it's essentially "How many jokes can we fit on a page?" (x) (I'm counting this as joke explained because we see it and Bart reads it off, a more effective way would have been to NOT show us the actual list but Bart reading a few). After Marge and Homer have some alone time, we see Lisa insult the "Kidzone" expecting it to be a broken hellhole. However, she is allowed to play in the "Kidzone Elite" where it suits Lisa perfectly (x) (Liberal douchebag? Check!) We then cut back to Bart as we partake in another montage, this time him having fun (I'm so excited, can't you tell by just how giddy my text sounds? Zzzz....) So we cut to dinner as everyone is happy so far and it's all thanks to Bart and his selfishness (But they're happy, so that makes it all better...). However, the director breaks into song explaining that they will all have to resort to their normal lives soon (Dammit, I already used up my "Awkward dialogue" spot). Bart then goes outside and goes into a soliloquy about how everything will go back to normal and how he doesn't want it that way (x) (Bart as a wuss. Oh and by the way, they explain the soliloquy joke. I would have had multiple Bingos by now if I was allowed to use multiple spaces for single themes).
Now where's the section for banging your head against a wall?
So after a pointless dream sequence, Bart decides that he needs to do something to extend the vacation. Later that night, the ship gets a message from William Sullivan (x)(x) as it turns out that Bart was playing a video of his (x) (Guest star voicing himself, multiple guest stars and he only got one scene. Now if only one of them was introduced as "OMG it's "x"" I would have won here). Because NOBODY is able to recognize that scene from the movie Bart played, the ship is forced to stay at sea (Oh and Bart damaged communications). After 12 days at sea (With our "Not McBain" captain mind you) we see various actions showing that life on the cruise has gone to shit. Okay seriously, this requires a HUGE suspension of disbelief that I just cannot conjure up. In the 12 days at sea after the prank virus outbreak NOBODY felt the need to entertain themselves by watching a movie and for that matter, the movie Bart showed?! That was one of the movies given in the cabins and NOBODY has seen it yet? Bullshit! No, seriously, bullshit! Bart goes around and finds that Homer, Marge and Lisa are all miserable now (Oh and there's an X-Men First Class reference here. It's about a year old so no dice).
Dammit Bart, you knew how hard it was for them to use that remote to figure out your plan
Back in the cabin, Marge and Lisa shows Bart the movie he used to prank everyone (I still count the one scene for him since it's the same scene)  and as a result, he goes in front of the "Fun Court" to admit what he did (How can a civilization decaying around themselves be so boring?). Naturally, the passengers turn against the family... wait what? So Marge turns Bart over and they want her blood as well? Wait a second! It's because the plot said so (x) THAT'S BINGO IN THE 'O' COLUMN! So the cruise throws the family into Antarctica (...Wait what?) as they leave them there to die. So THIS is what the whole "Simpsons go to Antarctica" thing was all about? Fuck this show that was horrible! So as they're walking to a research station, Bart tries to apologize and deflect the blame by saying he did it because Lisa made friends (Friends who I could never name) and Homer and Marge were happy (NO! Bart was selfish, stop pretending like we should feel bad for him).
Marge: Thanks to you Bart, we'll never get home and your room would be bare even if we did go home
After Homer fails to strangle Bart because his hands are all numb (x) the family stumble upon a penguin flock as Bart is unimpressed. However Lisa tries to tell him that despite their lives being boring and painful, it's how you perceive it and make the most of it... what?! Are they seriously trying to shoehorn a message at the very end? NO! You do not deserve to have this, not after 20 minutes of boring, unfunny, unattached nothingness. You fail! You failed miserably with the medicine episode and you fail here. You flat out FAIL! So the episode ends with the family all sledding down the hill (Not dying from hypothermia somehow) as we cut to Old Bart (Never learning HOW they got off Antarctica) reminiscing about how that experience taught him to enjoy life... oh go blow it out your asses writers. Just... blow it out your ass.

Final Verdict: This episode was utterly terrible. I would be even more pissed at the ending, if it wasn't for the fact that the rest of the episode was basically one long sedative that toned me down by the end and made me not give a rat's ass by the end. For the staff to even mention the family going to Antarctica and then having them be there for all of 3 minutes... that seems a lot like them, although 3 minutes might be giving them too much credit as I expected them to just randomly appear in Antarctica and say "The Simpsons are in Antarctica!". As for the cruise; it was boring, stupid and unfunny, so basically par for the course of this show.

Final Grade: 1.0/10 Almost as boring as the Israel episode, ALMOST

Thursday, April 26, 2012

2nd Year Anniversary, Announcements, and Previews

So yeah, I've been blogging for two years now... go me? Well there's not really much to say, I've been doing this for two years and I've enjoyed my time doing this. I've met some nice people, I've apparently entertained many and despite how much I hate this show now, I do find myself enjoying ripping it apart. Oh well, maybe this will all end soon enough, and then who knows? Maybe I'll take that job over at the up and coming nuclear power plant.

Anyways, there's more to this post than me just patting myself on the back as the title indicates. First up; the announcements:
  • Due to upcoming finals, there WILL be a review for "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do again" (Details later). However, there will be a delay on "The Spy Who Learned Me" and possibly as a result "Ned 'N Edna's Blend" might be delayed.
  • Also, I will do my best to get the newest episode up next week. I was worn down a week ago so I didn't write the script when I should have and took the week off. However, I will do my best to get something up before finals and then after that, it's back up in the air when my Season 1 finale will come (Wait, I have seasons? Since when?!)
  • There might be a lack of content over the Summer, but I will put up a poll soon asking for suggestions (i.e. commentaries on old episodes, short reviews, in-depth analysis, possibly a review of an episode of a different show entirely). I am open to all suggestions
Now that that's all out of the way, time for a preview of the last 4 episodes (Will update with pictures when FOX provides them)

A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again
  • When Bart sees a commercial for the ultimate cruise, he begs his parents for a family vacation. Low on cash, the only way they can go is if each family member sells one valuable. Once they're away, Bart is determined to make the vacation last forever. So he comes up with a plan to make sure they never have to return home.
    • Guest Voices: Treat Williams (Himself) Steve Coogan (Entertainment Director)
Where to begin? First off, I would find the title as slightly humorous lampshading as that's basically the plot to every episode (Do something that will never be done again). However, given how insecure the staff is and how insistent they are about the episodes being put out are quality over quantity (And I'm an alien from Poochie's planet) the title loses humor for me. Second, I can just see Bart asking Homer "Can you take me on this cruise?" and Homer replying with "No!" (About 15 times, or in their case, a good 3 minutes). Third, Bart is determined to go on a cruise that he saw from a commercial and is willing to allow his family to sell their valuables JUST so he can get away?! The term "Selfish bastard" has never been more appropriate. And to top it all off, based on this picture, Bart puts his family in trouble just so he can stay away from reality. Bart's the guy we want dead, right? Wait, we're supposed to care about him? Fuck that, I'm getting my pitchfork and torch now.

The Spy Who Learned Me
  • After suffering a head injury, Homer begins seeing visions of a suave superspy named Stradvaruis Cain, who gives Homer lessons on being Marge's dream man. Meanwhile, Bart finally devises a way to get Nelson to stop stealing his lunch money.
    • Guest Staring: I don't know, but the spy will be someone else
Oy vey, I don't even want to talk about this. Okay the spy story sounds incredibly boring right off the bat, I don't see that one working at all. With the subplot (I assume it's the subplot based on the title, but who knows? Maybe the spy thing lasts all of three scenes like the Kwik-E-Mart bullshit) it apparently involves a coupon book for Krusty Burger or something, why do I see this as Nelson or Bart getting addicted to the burgers as if they were drugs?

Ned 'N Edna's Blend

  • When the town of Springfield discovers that Ned and Edna have secretly gotten hitched, Marge offers to throw them a congratulatory reception. However, bringing everyone together makes them all realize that no marriage is perfect. Meanwhile, Edna tries to help Ned's children become more socially acceptable by changing some of the rules. 
    • Guest Voices: Marcia Wallace (Edna, duh)
*Sigh* I hated this relationship then and I hate it now, and I hate how they keep trying to force it down our throats like "THIS IS CANON! ACCEPT IT ALREADY!!!" But really I just see this as a bland, forgettable episode with nothing special to even make it memorable from a "So bad it's horrible" standpoint.

Lisa goes Gaga
  • Lisa tries to reverse her status as one of the least popular girls in school by ghostwriting positive things about herself on the school blog. When her plan backfires, her social ranking plummets to a new low - until a psychic force tells Lady Gaga that Lisa needs her help. With Gaga's assistance, Lisa and the entire town of Springfield realize that being yourself is better than being like anyone else.
    • Guest Voices: Lady Gaga (Herself, what you think they'd actually attempt a parody? Get real)
Ah yes, the 22 minute long love letter to Lady Gaga... has she released anything of note recently? I know about "Poker Face" "Bad Romance" "Born this Way" and a few others, but outside of "Born this Way" her most famous songs were 2008-2010, now that's not a knock on Lady Gaga, but like a lot of other stuff, it just feels like the writers were too late in getting to her when the spotlight was the brightest. Really this just sounds like a combination of the failed Social Network homage (Was not a parody, they just inserted Lisa into the role of Mark Zuckerberg and went from there) and Michelle Obama appearing out of nowhere to tell Lisa that being herself is okay. Wait a second, the preview says that Gaga arrives to tell Lisa that being herself is okay... GODDAMMIT YOU ALREADY DID THIS TWO YEARS AGO YOU LAZY FUCKS!!! Also, did I just read that right?

  • "until a psychic force tells Lady Gaga that Lisa needs her help."
...I think I just had a small brain aneurysm from the stupidity of that line. 

Oh and one final thing, I got bored and created this little card. Basically it's a bingo card with as many bad cliches of the show that I could think of. For me, it's a way to try to make watching an otherwise boring as all hell show slightly less boring and test if I understand the format better than the actual writers do. Now I know a few of these are rather vague and some seem repeated, but you know what? This was for fun and just something I thought I'd add on for a bit of amusement, so enjoy:

Oh and for this week's episode, check three off already, 2 guest stars, one of the images contains a guest star by himself, and one guest star voices himself.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Episode 18: Beware My Cheating Bart

Ah yes, that break was bit too long for me, back to mediocrity. Okay before I even talk about this episode, let me address something that wasn't worth it's own post because it wasn't news. Springfield, despite what you may have read is NOT in Oregon. So you may be saying "But Matt said it was!" actually NO he didn't, let's read the quote together:

Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, “This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.” And they do.

Allow me to point out one thing in particular that made the whole "OMG SPRINGFIELD IS IN OREGON" stories complete bullshit.

"Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon..."

Read it with me now: NAMED after a town in Oregon. Plus Matt has said this MULTIPLE times in commentaries and other places. Why would it be so special now? One word: Publicity. The Simpsons have reached all time lows in their rating sinking under 5 million viewers not once, but TWICE this season which are both all-time lows (Update: so much for publicity, this managed to sink under 5 million as well, making it the second least watched in history). But an obvious publicity stunt is obvious, it has no meaning on the show today... except that the staff felt the need to plug it into their opening. *Sigh* And given how little the staff understands irony, I doubt that was meant to be ironic, but rather meant to be taken serious. Anyways, rant over, let's begin

Opening sequence: 1:40 (Already addressed the piss-poor Oregon thing, but the couch gag was nice, at first but there was no reason for it to last that long)

The episode begins with Homer taking Bart and Milhouse to the movies (And by movies, I mean terrible outdated "parodies" of movies, with one simply being called "Horrible Premise." How sad is it that the laziest poster is also the best?) where Homer takes them to go see "Happy Little Elves II: The Sequelf"... Okay let's see the second Alvin and the Chipmunks movie came out December 2009 (So closer to 2010) so that makes this about two years dated... PERFECT TIMING for the reference! So after Homer drops them off, he heads over to the food court where of course, he eats a lot (Lemme guess, a fat joke coming up?) Afterwards, Homer walks a short distance but gets winded almost instantly (*Sigh* Homer's fat and he's the victim of "physical abuse for the sake of comedy" his only two character traits according to the writers). So Homer is approached by a store owner and is brought into the store. By the way, the shop owner? Never given a name, and they even go out of their way to say he's nameless. 3 seconds of effort?! Pffft- yeah right. So the nameless shop owner asks Homer if he wants to live longer (By the way, he instantly calls him Homer despite them never meeting and Homer never saying his name. Giving a shit?! BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA, you must think this show is written by people who care).
Now I know you can't afford this, but through the power of lazy writing
you'll be able to own this with NO consequences against you
So Nameless McLazy (Yeah it's pathetic, I apologize) shows Homer a state-of-the-art treadmill with so many features he would never use. Homer claims he can't afford it, but in the end McLazy gets him to buy it (Oh quick sidenote, the joke of "I can't afford 300 a month" followed by "Can you afford 10 a day?" did crack a chuckle partly because it was short and they didn't feel the need to explain it). So even though I just praised a joke in that scene, it still bugs me that a man of his paycheck would be able to afford something like that. I guess I could just wave it off as "Borrowed credit he couldn't afford and thus he gets deeper in debt" but considering how irrational purchases made in Modern episodes have NO consequences, I'm going to say no and call out the bullshit from this scene. So we see Jimbo and the bullies approach Bart as he leaves the movie as a potentially funny joke is ruined by the writers feeling the need to extend it and explain it (SIMPLICITY! Why is that so hard to understand?!). So after the bullies decide to go see a horror movie, Jimbo's girlfriend Shauna decides she wants to see a mushy girly movie, to which Jimbo decides to have Bart go with her (Huzzah for contrived plots!)
It's a good thing the writers have no real reason for this relationship to exist...
Anyways, after a boring movie which I guess is supposed to be a parody of Jennifer Aniston movies, but really it fails to be amusing, sorry I got offtrack, where was I? Oh right, after the movie. Bart and Shuana go to the food court as squeaky voice teen works there and- OH GOD MY EARS! Dan, buddy, pal, you just CANNOT do that voice anymore, I mean this is a really common theme and besides horrid writing, the voice actors are just losing their ability to do certain voices. Dan struggles with Quimby and SVT, Kavner hasn't done Grandma Bouvier in a long while and seems to struggle with Patty and Selma, and even in this episode, Marge's voice just seems off. I haven't really talked about this because it wasn't this frequent, before it was just a character every third episode or so, but of recent, it seems to be multiple characters per episode. Sorry, got off track again, back to the food court. After Bart tries to convince Shauna to stop flirting with other men, Shauna and Bart engage in dialogue that can only be described as "Somewhat worse than Attack of the Clones love dialogue." Yeah I know I bitch about this constantly, but that's the thing, the writers keep thinking that unnatural dialogue is funny for some reason when in reality it isn't. They will never understand it because they keep getting paid to do what they do now, when a person gets rewarded for sloth, they have no reason to change.
Oh Homer, you can't carry that. You're too weak. Ha-ha-ha-ha-I'm getting to old for this
Oh and now he can summon drinks at will... anything is possible when you're a walking pratfall
Anyways, Homer approaches Bart for the sake of being a set piece as the treadmill crushes him, and then he happens to grab a convenient cup to drink from as he's being crushed (Effort put into jokes?! Why bot- oh screw it, you get the point). So after Jimbo insists that Bart has to take Shauna out again (Does Jimbo have no other friends?) we see Homer walking on the treadmill as Lisa points out that he can stream old TV shows on his treadmill, and after a flurry of bad recall jokes, he decides to watch "Stranded". Okay I want to address this, Lost has been off the air for over two years so of course, this is not topical. I've seen some people argue "Well it's not supposed to be topical, that's the joke" here's the ultimate flaw with that argument: They don't treat it that way. They honestly treat it like he's watching an ongoing television show, so the idea of "It's not supposed to be topical" is a BS argument. Two things they COULD have done to make this joke better:
  1. Treat it like it really is where Homer approaches his friends and tells them "Hey guys, I just found the best show out there: Stranded" and everyone just looks at him like "Where have YOU been these past 8 years?"
  2. Actually MAKE FUN of the problems with Lost with original jokes. Instead of actually putting effort in, they just said basically what everyone else said back in 2010. Here's the problem: it's 2012. Seriously, basically any joke they make about Lost here can just be slapped on a Slowpoke meme and it would be funnier (They aren't be ironic, they're being serious).
It was so nice of them to remind me of their 'hilarious' jokes like "Alaska Nebraska" and "Thicker than Waters"
Although, I think putting their own show within the show violates the 4th Wall Treaty of '05
But again, what do I know? I'm not the paid writer here, I'm just a college student pretending to be an internet critic. Later, we see Bart and Shauna at a beauty salon as Shauna steals some perfume only to be caught. Bart takes the fall seeing as Jimbo would kill him if he didn't and after he gets detained, he somehow causes an explosion in mall security and escapes... I guess Michael Bay decided to direct this particular episode. After Shauna and Bart escape, they hide in an abandoned store where Shauna decides to thanks Bart for taking the fall. Oh well I guess it will be something like a kiss on the cheek, a hug, some money, maybe a kiss on the lips at worst or- WHAT THE FUCKING HELL?! ...BART IS TEN YEARS OLD!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?! ...I'm going to go take a 5 hour shower and then try to cleanse my soul by reading the Jon Benet Ramsey case (Hey don't judge me, it's less creepy in comparison). Anyways after that-*Gag* sorry we see Bart at the table as they 'hilariously' give Bart food resembling boobs and throw around boob-jokes with so much dramatic irony (How is it that the cupcakes scene from Duffless is FAR less creepy despite what I know about what those cupcakes symbolize?) I'm sorry, but I can't let this go because THEY won't let it go, it was such a horrible scene and they try to play it for laughs, when in reality that's like trying to find humor in a guy burning to death.
Two completely different ideas, same imagery. Although one is FAR less disturbing and much funnier
Of course, laced in that horrendous scene includes Bart saying "Doesn't anyone here realize I'm only ten years old?" I would say this is ironic, EXCEPT for the fact that in later scenes, Bart's personality alters from "10-year old kid" to "17 year old boyfriend" with no real explanation, so just mark it up as unintentional irony and inconsistent writing. Dear God, I've spent over a paragraph just talking about that ONE joke, but really it deserves so much worse when I get to it at the "In-depth Analysis" of this episode. Anyways, Homer goes downstairs to "exercise" as Grampa tells Marge he's most likely lying because he's been a liar ever since he was a kid (Uh animators? You DO know he had hair back then, right? He wasn't like Charlie Brown.). So after some more filler involving Not-Lost, Marge finds out and she forces him to return the treadmill since he isn't properly using it. Oh by the way, Homer is now REALLY invested in this show's mysteries for some reason, again I refer back to what I said before in solution 1. This just isn't funny, it's boring. So we see Bart at school (With a blanket around him, oh ha-ha making fun of traumatized victims is hilarious. I think I'll go make fun of the war veteran with PTSD) as Bart tries to convince Shauna to find someone better than Jimbo... hello bipolar Bart, I have some pills that will help keep you consistent throughout the rest of the episode. Oh, you don't want them, okay then, be my guest. So after another scene of Homer watching Not-Lost (GO BUY LOST ON DVD! GO BUY LOST ON DVD! Sorry I don't know what came over me, but I have a sudden urge to go watch Lost) we get a montage of Bart and Shauna hanging out together as they do things like a teenage couple (Uh, yeah... what was that line about anyone remembering that Bart is 10? Because the writers sure as hell forgot that). I mean, it's hard for them to have character consistency from episode to episode, but to lose character consistency WITHIN THE EPISODE?! Go back to basic writing!
Bart: Doesn't anyone realize I'm only 10 years old?!
However, Jimbo finds out and Bart distracts him long enough to escape like the little kid he is... fuck it I give up. So Bart runs home as somehow the bullies get there first and wait for him to get home. Now of course, Bart, being a 10 year old has the right to be scared and thinking about himself right now as- ah screw it, he acts like a teenage boy with raging hormones when Shauna arrives. If you'll excuse me, I have a thick book that needs to meet my forehead. Anyways, Bart decides to hide and he asks Comic Book Guy for safe haven. However, this is all for naught as he informs the bullies that Bart and Shauna are there, but Shauna starts to troll text him and they escape. Oh and the bullies NEVER show up at the comic book store, but stay at the Simpsons residence THE WHOLE TIME! Say it with me now; that scene was: A waste of time. We cut back home as Homer is having a Not-Lost discussion group (Like I said, the writers take this concept WAY too serious and act like he's watching an ongoing series) the end result is that Homer and Marge get into another pointless fight (Oh I forgot to mention they've already gotten into 2 pointless fights before over Homer's obsession with Not-Lost. So why didn't I bring them up? Because they were pointless). I mean Homer flat out tells Marge that their marriage is in trouble ALL BECAUSE SHE SPOILED A SHOW THAT WAS TAKEN OFF THE AIR 5 YEARS AGO! I honestly have nothing here, and it's made worse when we get to the resolution as it's less satisfying than the resolution of Lost (No that's not an exaggeration, that's the truth).
Thank you all for helping to pad out this utterly pointless subplot
So because the bullies never left the residence, Shauna and Bart are somehow in the treehouse waiting for the right time to sneak out (I can't explain this, you COULD argue they left for the comic book store, but that's just speculative. Especially considering WHY they would go in the treehouse if the bullies left. Why not go inside the house and lock Bart's room? Ugh, the more logic I try to apply, the more my brain hurts). So Lisa appears out of nowhere to be a condescending bitch to Bart as she says she'll help them, but it's all for naught as Jimbo gets up there anyways (Are you sensing a pattern with these pointless scenes?) Lisa says that Shauna should decide what's best for herself (Yeah Lisa claims to have been watching from a distance, but I call bullshit). So Shauna decides to pick neither as apparently that's the end of that plot (Okay Jimbo hangs Bart upside-down but really, what a waste of ink). Homer goes to bed angry at Marge as apparently Marge decorated the bedroom with an island theme...Okay, time for problems
  1. Homer was so obsessed with a show that it almost ruined his marriage so MARGE has to apologize?! BULL FUCKING SHIT!!! This is another case of the writers thinking that Homer can do no wrong. NO WRITERS! Homer was in the wrong, I will not feel bad for him. He wasted money on a treadmill and then almost lost his wife
  2. How the hell could Marge afford all this?! Suspension of disbelief can only go so far, and I ran out of it in act 1.
Marge: I felt so bad for telling you to stop obsessing over a TV show that's been off the air for years
that I decided to sell a kidney to afford this decor just for you.
So yeah, because of all this, they make up... what a load. The episode truly ends with a zoom out shot (With a few clever sight gags) as we see a cat in a litter box (Oh ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Uuuugggghhhhh)

Final Verdict: This episode SUCKED, not only was it a piss-poor recreation of New Kid on the Block, but it was just horrible in it's execution as a whole. The plot between Bart and Shauna was drained of emotion and uninteresting while the subplot took itself WAY too seriously and had nothing to back itself. While there were a handful of decent jokes and the couch gag was the highlight of the episode, the episode was extremely weak relying on it being memorable for two things: the couch gag and Bart getting flashed... FUCK!!! OW MY EYES!!!

Final Grade: 1.6/10 Just miserable schlock, but honestly, what do you expect from these guys?

Sunday, April 1, 2012