“I felt kinda guilty cause I was always trying to score with his wife.” – Moe
I don’t mind exceedingly cliched cell phone shenanigans when they happen in dumb horror movies. We know the characters need to be isolated, and it’s not a big deal. In fact, the chronic failure of cell phones is the kind of thing a mildly comedic show might find some way to satirize. Instead, Zombie Simpsons played it straight, blundering into another pop culture faux pas without even realizing it.
But that was only a taste of the horrifyingly unpleasant time to come: Moe acting pathetic combined with scene after scene (after scene, after scene) of marital arguments. They just kept on going, in one jokeless flashback after another we got to see poorly written and horribly cliched husband-wife tiffs. And the suspense! Ohh, how they milked it for all it was worth, is Moe really leaving forever? Which husband/wife duo would be permanently split? Oh wait, that’s right, there was never any danger of that happening. But all that suspense, combined with the long couch gag and dialog-less Mother’s Day montage, did manage to stretch this thing to the required time.
The numbers are in, and they’re still very bad. Last night’s marriage counseling session was reluctantly attended by 5.66 million viewers. That’s the fourth lowest all season and the fifth lowest all time. In “insult to injury” news, Family Guy Spinoff #1 (American Dad) pulled in 5.75 million viewers.