“If you do not remedy this malparkage within seventy-two hours, your car will be thrown into the East River at your expense.” – Lisa Simpson
There’s no new Zombie Simpsons until September at the earliest (October? fingers crossed!), so we’re going to spend the summer overthinking Season 9. Why Season 9? Because we did Season 8 last summer, and Season 9 was when the show started becoming more Zombie than Simpsons. Since we’re too lazy to do audio and too ugly to do video, we’ve booked a “chatroom” (ours is right between the one with the sexy seventh graders and the one with the bored federal agents pretending to be sexy seventh graders). So log on to your dial-up AOL and join us. This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “contemptuous”).
I swear to Jebus this one went up earlier today, but it appears to have been eaten by the Internet Monster. So here’s the replacement post of 901 “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson”.
Mad Jon: So, which episode goes first?
Charlie Sweatpants: I’d start in the canyons of Manhattan, but that’s just me.
Mad Jon: Agreed.
Charlie Sweatpants: This episode is, I think, the next step in the devolution of the travel episodes.
Dave: I thought you’d say that.
Charlie Sweatpants: Damn this predictable mind of mine!
Mad Jon: I believe it is a step down for multiple traits
Including travel episodes of course
Charlie Sweatpants: All the funny stuff is New York related: the signs on the subway and in Chinatown, the musical, Homer’s call to the parking bureau.
Mad Jon: The call and the musical are by far my favorite parts
Charlie Sweatpants: Those things are all great, but it’s clearly just them with fresh material to work with.
Well, plus Duffman.
Dave: The musical is really catchy.
Mad Jon: Duffman also good.
Charlie Sweatpants: I love his reluctance to endorse the designated driver program.
I think of that every time I see a commercial that ends with a half-hearted "drink responsibly".
Dave: I mean, I recognize the episode’s clear push towards the mediocre, but it makes me happy. Mostly because everything about New York in the episode is true.
Mad Jon: That’s what my wife was just saying.
She hates New York
Dave: And you guys know me, I love NYC.
Mad Jon: You like biowaste flying through your broken windshield and hitting your face?
Dave: There are worse things.
Mad Jon: Or just inside out rabbits?
Dave: The rabbits are delicious.
Mad Jon: They looked delicious.
Charlie Sweatpants: Dave, aren’t you and I agreeing? I mean, the NYC stuff is the best part because it really did give a Simpsons spin to the city, the pizza joints, the people yelling at each other from windows, the gunshots in traffic.
Dave: Yep, I think we’re in the same boat.
Charlie Sweatpants: Even the flash-back montage with "The Entertainer" is great, it’s the Scorsese 70s-80s New York at its best.
Dave: I’m just preemptively fending off what I sense will be the stuff you guys don’t like.
Mad Jon: Well, the things I don’t like are mostly Homer’s fault.
Charlie Sweatpants: What I don’t like is Homer being so damn energetic and paranoid.
It’s wildly out of character.
Jon and I are on the same page.
Mad Jon: Things are just ever so slightly moving from the downtrodden father to the dim witted punching bag we will see in a few seasons.
Dave: We all agree.
Charlie Sweatpants: How bland.
Mad Jon: meh
Overall this is an ok episode, it just happens to not be one of my favorites because I know what’s going to happen in the very near future.
Dave: My point is this: the roots for Homer’s future inanity grow deeper in this episode, yet I can’t entirely fault it.
Again, we seem to agree.
Charlie Sweatpants: Homer’s attempts to remove the boot are really boring, and they just keep going and going.
Even once he gets it off it continues.
And then why the hell does he have to cut off the horse carriage? Why does he ask Marge and the kids to jump?
It’s just very Jerkass Homer.
Mad Jon: Very much so.
Also I don’t appreciate the having to piss scene
Charlie Sweatpants: There’s another thing that goes on for way too long.
Mad Jon: Which was just after the reaching for pizza with a stick scene
Charlie Sweatpants: Repeat what I said above.
Mad Jon: Homer just would have gone for pizza.
Charlie Sweatpants: Exactly. The episode is shot through with that stuff. I get that Homer should have a bad time while the rest of the clan has a good time, but his hatred of the place and bizarre behavior just ruin it.
Dave: Well, if we agree, why are we arguing?
Mad Jon: I thought we were commiserating.
or maybe kvetching.
Charlie Sweatpants: Powwow?
Mad Jon: "You guys rock!" – Bart
Charlie Sweatpants: The ZZ Top/Orthodox Jew thing was pretty good.
Dave: Maybe a little.
Charlie Sweatpants: Though it also goes to what we were saying earlier about the making fun of New York stuff being the only worthwhile stuff in the episode.
Dave: Yep. It’s genius compared to the episode we’re about to talk about next.
Charlie Sweatpants: And with that I guess it’s time we move on to the next one.