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29
Jul
15

Some Examples of Jerkass Homer From More Recent Seasons

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“Hey, kids?  Always recycle . . . to the extreme!” – Poochie

Johnny Sugar, who once wrote a guest post for us titled “Where Al Jean Went Wrong”, has made it to what passes for the big time if you’re a blogger, Uproxx. There, he’s been the driving force behind their expanded number of Simpsons posts (you know, the ones that keep showing up in Reading Digest). On Sunday, he put up another one:

Homer Simpson’s Changing Ways On ‘The Simpsons’

It’s a rundown of things which will be sadly familiar. In order, they are:

He’s More Of A Jerk

Zany Homer Is Now The Norm

There Are Way Fewer Consequences for His Actions Now

He’s Good At Everything Now

Shortly after the article was published, Al Jean took to Twitter to belittle it:

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“Article how Homer is “now” w eps from seasons 9,11.12.15.  All 10+ years old.  Is Homer the researcher?”

Jean is, of course, correct. All of the examples are from episodes that are now themselves more than a decade old. But his implication, that these traits are not present in more “now” episodes, is demonstrably incorrect.  Here are examples of each from just the last three seasons:

He’s More of a Jerk:

Season 24 – “Moonshine River” – The family goes back to New York City (Bart is investigating his many, many past loves).  Homer doesn’t do well in the “not being a jerk” department:

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Season 25 – “Yellow Subterfuge” – Homer helps Bart get revenge on Skinner by pretending to murder Skinner’s mother:

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Season 24 – “A Test Before Trying” – Homer scams the entire town with a broken parking meter:

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Zany Homer Is Now the Norm:

Season 25 – “The Winter of His Content” – Homer becomes a zany old person:

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Season 26 – “Bart’s New Friend” – Having done him as an old person, they went the other way and had Homer spend an entire episode thinking he’s 10-years-old.  Here he is playing tag with children on the school playground:

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Season 25 – “Steal This Episode” – Homer opens a bootleg movie theater, gets arrested, breaks out of prison, hides in an embassy, then goes on trial, all in one episode:

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This is the lame Fugitive scene, and, yes, they did it a million times better back in Season 7.

Season 24 – “The Day the Earth Stood Cool” – Homer changes his whole life around and becomes a hipster, so it’s zany, but in an ironically un-ironic way:

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There Are Way Fewer Consequences for His Actions Now:

Season 24 – “Homer Goes to Prep School” – Homer gets obsessed with the apocalypse, becomes a doomsday prepper, then releases an “EMP” that wipes out the town, whereupon the Simpsons flee, only to return and find out that everything is fine:

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In this scene, Marge and the kids think Springfield has just been destroyed.  Of course, it wasn’t.

Season 26 – “Waiting for Duffman” – Homer becomes Duffman, feels bad about being a corporate shill, then everything goes back to normal.  The picture speaks for itself:

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Season 26 – “The Wreck of the Relationship” – Homer and Bart go on a father son cruise where Homer repeatedly falls overboard to no noticeable effect:

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He’s Good At Everything Now:

Season 26 – “Covercraft” – Homer picks up guitar, gets immediately good, and ends up replacing a real band on stage in a stadium:

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That’s Homer with Apu, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr. Hibbert, and Kirk van Houten.  The crowd loves them.

Season 26 – “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” – Homer goes into successful business with Elon fucking Musk of all people.  They basically destroy society, but it all gets wrapped up before the credits:

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Season 25 – “Labor Pains” – Homer delivers a baby in an elevator and becomes a great father to the kid:

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Season 25 – “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee” – Homer becomes a frickin’ World Cup referee:

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Season 24 – “Pulpit Fiction” – Homer becomes a hugely popular deacon at the church:

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They are still capable of a good sign gag on occasions.  Don’t say I never write anything nice.

I could cite a lot more examples, or keep going through Seasons 23, 22, etcetera, but the record is pretty clear.  And lots of these episodes could easily fit into more than one category.  When Homer delivers that woman’s baby and starts being a super parent to the kid, he neglects his own family and almost gets Maggie eaten by zoo animals (seriously), that’d certainly qualify him as a jerk in addition to being instantly good at something he’s always been terrible at.  Or when he goes into business with Elon Musk, they wreck society, but there’s no real consequences or fallout and everything gets wrapped up quickly.

The problems that Homer developed as the show slid into senility and Zombie Simpsons haven’t gone away.  They haven’t even changed much.  Any way you slice it, old examples or new, Homer’s been a successful, zany, consequence free jackass for fifteen years running.  And if FOX decides to exercise that option of theirs and take the show through Season 30-31, he’s going to keep being the same jerkass he’s been since Season 10 or so.

29
Jul
15

Quote of the Day

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“I’m having some side effects from the dope.” – Bart Simpson
“It’s not dope!  It’s something to help you concentrate.” – Marge Simpson
“All I know is my testicles won’t fit in my underwear.” – Bart Simpson
“Bart, get those oranges out of there.” – Marge Simpson

28
Jul
15

Quote of the Day

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“Now, remember, criminals prey on small town folk like us.  So, if anyone asks, we’re sophisticated millionaires from the Ozarks.” – Homer Simpson

27
Jul
15

Quote of the Day

Bart Gets Famous15

“What the hell are you reading books for?” – Homer Simpson

26
Jul
15

Quote of the Day

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“Ooh boy, what a mug.” – Nurse
“Yeah, you should see his genitals.  Would you like to see them?” – Cosmetic Surgeon

25
Jul
15

Quote of the Day

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“Five . . . six . . . seven . . . eight.” – Bart & Lisa Simpson
“What are you kids playing?” – Marge Simpson
“Counting game.” – Bart Simpson
“That’s nice.” – Marge Simpson
“Nine.” – Bart & Lisa Simpson

24
Jul
15

Reading Digest: Fan Made Crossovers Are Better Edition

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“But first, move over Baltimore!  Springfield has stolen your idea!” – Kent Brockman

Some internet genius put together a version of the opening credits of the third season of The Wire, including the song, but with clips from only Season 3 of the show, and it works.  Meanwhile, out in Los Angeles, someone’s putting together an art show that’s just about Bart and the various bootleg incarnations he spawned in the early 90s, all of which are more creative than, say, cramming the Simpsons into a Family Guy or Futurama episode.  In addition to that, we’ve got lots of .gifs, Azaria talkin’ softball, Bart and Marge as ducks, and more.

Enjoy.

(Oh, and if you haven’t taken that Simpsons survey yet, here it is again.)

Season three credits of The Simpsons and The Wire = The Wiresons · Great Job, Internet! – This was making the rounds this week, and with good cause:

As A.V. Club explains:

Credit should go to YouTuber CasimirN for managing to take clips from only season three of the animated hit and turn it into a reasonable facsimile, complete with images perfectly matching the real-world sounds injected into the theme song. This seems like a good fit for all Matt Groening and David Simon creations; we eagerly await the dark and gritty world of Tremerama.

Bart in the fitting room as the security camera cracks was damn near perfect.  Excellent.

The Springfield Gifhole: Bart the Murderer – Reader Nick D. sends in this excellent collection of .gifs from “Bart the Murderer”.  It’s a big page, and there are a ton of them.  I’m particularly fond of Bart pouring himself shots of milk and the kids kicking the crap out of Cocoa Beany himself.

Bootleg Bart Simpson Killed Saddam. He Ended Apartheid. And Now He’s Back – If you’re in or around Los Angeles this weekend, there is an art show of classic bootleg Bart happening tomorrow and Sunday.  Looks neat.

Beloved ‘Godfather’ and ‘Simpsons’ Co-Star Alex Rocco Has Died(1936–2015) – No real news here, I just find it amusing that the Simpsons is also in the headline.

Watch Hank Azaria Give the Mets a ‘Simpsons’ Voiceover – This was also making the rounds this week.  Azaria seems like a typically broken Mets fan.

Front Street Foods’ Miche Bakery outside Union Station sells The Homer doughnut – Toronto gets all the cool stuff:

“People don’t even have to read the name, they just say ‘oh! It’s The Homer doughnut,’” says baker Michelle Rose of her product. “They just know.”

That’s because Rose’s edible homage to the favourite TV dad is decorated with fuchsia icing and multicoloured sprinkles. It’s a bestseller at her tiny, pop-up bakery stand at Front Street Foods — Union Station’s summertime market, featuring local artisans.

Smartline – I do not have any upcoming gay weddings on my social calendar, but this would be a great card for one.

Hans Moleman Finally Gets Some Love In This New MC Lars Video – Let’s just say that the clips and almost all of the lyrics aren’t from Zombie Simpsons.  Well done.

‘The Simpsons': Albert Brooks’ Iconic Guest Characters – A tribute to Brooks that, I’m sure done only for shock value, includes his appearances in Zombie Simpsons.  (He was the best part of the movie, however.)

The Simpsons: Someone has recreated the entire town of Springfield in Lego form. And it’s amazing… – We’ve linked this one before, but it was making the rounds again and remains damn cool.

Bart Gets An F. – Indeed:

At this point, the series only needed to tell a story without needing to barrage its audience with pop culture references.

There are a ton of references in there, but it’s not the flavor-of-the-week crap that they do now, it’s Hemingway and Melville.

OK, Okay, Okey-Dokey Are A-Okay – Teaching English with the Simpsons:

There are also funny ways to say okay. Some people say okey-dokey or okey-doke. These expressions were first used in the 1930s. Today, a character on the American television series, “The Simpsons,” says it another way. He says okely-dokely.

Summer Books – The Simpsons math book on a list of math books.

SOMEONE JUST PAID $38.5K TO OWN A MICHAEL JACKSON SONG – It was “Do the Bartman”, except that . . .

BRYAN LOREN DENIES THAT MICHAEL JACKSON CO-WROTE ‘DO THE BARTMAN’ – . . . maybe Michael Jackson didn’t write it after all:

“The story of the song and its creation has been a thorn in my side since I did it,” said Loren. “But, despite Matt Groening’s repeated confessions, I am the sole writer of the song.”

He added, “While it’s true, along with me, Michael Jackson does sing backing vocals. And it WAS his idea to call the song, DTB. AND, he did insist I include his name in the lyric. Hence, ‘If you can do the Bart, you’re bad like Michael Jackson.’ And so, obviously, he was involved. Perhaps this tidbit of info is not as sensational as saying MJ co-wrote the song, but I assure you, he did not.”

Epic Beer Names (Part 4) – Football to the Grain would be pretty awesome.

[PHOTOS] Lifetime’s ‘Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story’ & ‘Melrose Place’ Cast – Apparently this is happening:

“The Simpsons’” Dan Castellaneta and “Hot in Cleveland’s” Adam Korson appear in both films, as mega-producer Aaron Spelling and series creator Darren Star, respectively.

Castellaneta’s only 58, if they want to make a true-to-life story about those shows, he should be playing a twenty-something, maybe thirty-ish.

Adam Sandler brings ‘Pixels’ down to his sleepy, bro-ish level – Sandler’s latest cinematic bowel movement is getting largely panned, and this review contains an excellent classic reference.

But the real battle is between the high-concept, effects-heavy blockbuster and the slovenly, lazy, by this point arrogant cinema of its star — two things that go together like nuts and gum, which is to say because some overrepresented demographic likes them both.

Together at last!

Today on the tray: Hot dogs – The whole hot dog song is very catchy.

Tao of Homer – Heh.

Those were the days – A UK site for “free bingo” which sounds flakey, to say the least, e-mailed in with this admittedly kinda neat teevee cartoon retrospective.  I had totally forgotten about Bananaman.

Yellow like the Simpsons – Neat and weird little sketches of Bart and Marge as ducks.




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