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18
May
14

Sunday Preview: The Yellow Badge Of Cowardge

 

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Bart is plagued with guilt when he wins the annual “last day of school” race around Springfield Elementary, with an assist from Nelson, who beats up frontrunner Milhouse. Meanwhile, Homer tries to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display after it’s canceled for budget reasons.

 

This is the season finale, so we got that going for us. However, based on the description, there will most likely be lost of guilt horns, so that sucks.  I also read that Glenn Close will be voicing Mona Simpson tonight. I am almost certain she is dead, unless they brought her back in one of the many ZS episodes I neglected to watch,  so maybe its in a dream sequence. Whateves,  I am less interested in solving that mystery than I am in figuring out why Bart gives a crap about winning a race around the school in the first place.

11
May
14

Sunday Preview: Pay Pal

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When Marge swears off becoming friends with couples, after Homer insults the new neighbors, Lisa declares she doesn’t need friends either.

Not much to go off of there.  However, Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell are guest starring as themselves, so you can be sure there will some good ol’ fashioned NPR humor for you tonight.

04
May
14

Sunday Preview: Brick Like Me

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Homer finds himself in a world where everyone and everything in Springfield are made of LEGO pieces.

Oh boy I do love Legos. At least I used to play with them a ton when I was but a wee lad. Coincidentally, it was around the same time in my life I loved The Simpsons as well.  Ah, to be young again.

Anyway, aside from all the hype for this episode, and the multitude of news articles with Al Jean quotes about how this is not a marketing ploy, I imagine this is much like the moment when your significant other decides they no longer need to hide the ongoing affair they are having, and instead decides to have sex with your best friend right in front of you.

I am not accusing The Simpsons of secretly hiding any cross-promotional plans or anything for the last 25 years, because frankly their marketing war machine has been an open book.  I am also not saying this is wrong, as I would guess that Simpsons merchandising has to be pushing a billion a year, and in all fairness this is a business.  I am just saying that the idea of this episode in general makes me feel pretty greasy.

 

 

 

27
Apr
14

Sunday Preview: What To Expect When Bart’s Expecting

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Bart can’t stand art class. So he makes a voodoo doll of his art teacher. But when his spell makes her pregnant instead, he becomes a savior to Springfield couples trying to conceive. Then, he’s kidnapped to help conceive a thoroughbred race horse.

Cool. I was hoping there would be some voodoo this season. I guess I am slightly curious to find out what kind of spell Bart was attempting that would backfire and create life.  Only slightly though – only slightly.

13
Apr
14

Sunday Preview: Days of Future Future

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Set in the future, Homer has a new clone for every time he dies. Lisa is married to a zombie version of Milhouse, while Bart deals with custody issues with his ex-wife, Jenda. Each defines what love means to them.

Well that reads like a THOH synopsis if  I’ve ever seen one.  Amy Poehler is going to voice Jenda, so obviously she must be in some serious debt, or have some bodies somewhere that Al Jean found out about.

06
Apr
14

Sunday Preview: Luca$

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Lisa dates a boy named Lucas Bortner, who wants to be a competitive eater. Marge becomes concerned that Lisa is trying to marry a boy that’s just like Homer. Bart helps Snake Jailbird break out of jail and starts to receive gifts from him, making Milhouse jealous.

 

So I guess Zach Galifianakis is the fatty competitive eater for which Lisa gets the hots. Fine.  Good for him. I suppose it’s his turn on the town bike anyway.  I don’t have much to say about the other plot, except that the first time I read this promo, all I could think about was Zap Brannigan saying “But I thought we would be good friends…”  It’s probably not like that, but with some of the things I have seen on this show the last few years, it’s not impossible either.

 

 

30
Mar
14

Sunday Preview: You Don’t Have To Live Like A Referee

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Homer gets recruited as a FIFA World Cup referee after Lisa praises youth soccer field in a Springfield Elementary speech contest. The Simpson family goes to Brazil where Homer’s honesty gets put to the test by one of the slickest South American gangsters in the soccer match-bribing business

I have often wondered what would happen if you took a nuclear safety inspector and had him referee world class soccer matches. Good thing these writers are always one step ahead of me.




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