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The end of Season 20 is finally in sight. Simpsons Channel now has promo images and plot descriptions up for all three of the remaining episodes. It’s almost over.
First up is Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’Oh, in which Bart and Lisa go to a rich kids school while Homer enjoys the bachelor lifestyle in the apartment he and Marge rented to get their kids into said school. Also, we’re getting Ellen Page voicing Miley Cyrus Alaska Nebraska.
- Jon’s Thoughts: Didn’t Homer live the bachelor lifestyle with a couple of gay dudes a few seasons ago? Oh God, I think Weird Al was in that episode as a musical guest. Since this can’t possibly be as good as that awful episode, hopefully it will at least spur some derogatory remarks from Miley Cyrus that will help accelerate her career towards the heroin induced asphyxiation death on which I’m counting.
- Dave’s Thoughts: I have the sinking feeling this will be another empty celebrity guest appearance. Not sure I have enough of an emotional connection to tween pop starlets to give a shit about them skewering Hannah Montana.
- Charlie’s Thoughts: When I first read this about a week ago there was a faint glimmer of hope in my Zombie Simpsons scarred mind because the plot is relatively original. Then we had that helicopter parent episode and the tiny ember of hope died.
Next Sunday is a short-story episode titled Four Great Women and a Manicure. We’ll let Brian from Simpsons Channel describe it:
they spin four tales of famous women featuring famous Springfield faces: Selma as Queen Elizabeth I, Lisa as Snow White, Marge as Lady Macbeth and Maggie (guest voice Jodie Foster) as the idealistic architect protagonist from Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”.
- Jon’s Thoughts: God fucking damn it, nothing pisses me off more than these short story episodes. These are always death.
- Dave’s Thoughts: When was the last time Zombie Simpsons did a decent multi-story episode?
- Charlie’s Thoughts: I have nothing to add here except to point out (again) that Maggie did once organize the resistance at the Ayn Rand School for Tots, I’m not sure Objectivism is her cup of tea. Also, “The Fountainhead”? That’s not even the well known Ayn Rand novel.
Finally we come to the season finale, Coming to Homerica. The Simpsons Channel description is only two sentences long, but really all you need is this:
Homer organizes a border patrol group.
- Jon’s Thoughts: You just know he’ll start as some xenophobic bastard that learns that culture mixing is what made America great and then he’ll end the episode on the side of the illegal aliens ala “Much Apu About Nothing.”
- Dave’s Thoughts: No more vigilante groups. Once in a series is more than sufficient.
- Charlie’s Thoughts: My colleagues pretty much nailed it: mix “Homer the Vigilante” with “Much Apu About Nothing”, strain out all the intelligence and wit, and shake well. If we’re lucky, and I wouldn’t count on it, Homer will at least learn his lesson a little faster than he did in “Mypods and Boomsticks”.