“How did you get this number?” – NASA Guy
After each week’s Zombie Simpsons there’s always one or two (usually one) lines that people begin quoting incessantly on Twitter. This week there were several people quoting “Hello, you are getting cozy with Sarkozy” from that sloppy ending when Homer calls the French President for some reason. This afternoon it started cropping up again (mostly in French language tweets). It took almost a week, but apparently that line made it to France:
Their cameos passed largely unnoticed in France until Friday, when news websites started linking to pirated clips of the episode, creating a buzz which saw more than 117,000 fans linking to the DailyMotion site alone.
I understand that the French, even if we grant them their reputation for good taste, might get suckered in by seeing their president mentioned on Zombie Simpsons. But that line is yet another example of a more or less humorless reference masquerading as a joke. The line rhymes, sure, but even if we set aside the fact that Homer has Sarkozy’s number it still doesn’t make any sense. “Cozy” is simply not a word that has anything to do with answering a telephone. There’s no joke, no thought, it’s not even a pun. All it does is rhyme (and not even that well).
And that’s if we set aside the whole “Homer can call the president of France” thing, which we shouldn’t be doing anyway. Even when you cut this show some slack it still sucks.