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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.

23
Mar
14

Sunday Preview: The War Of Art

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Marge and Homer get a bargain on a painting at the Van Houten’s yard sale, and later learn that it is a masterpiece worth $100,000, so they wrestle with splitting the money with their neighbors or keeping it all.

I am sure it isn’t going to be that much of the plot, but the aura of disappointment and general failure with which The Simpsons paints Kirk Van Houten used to be one of my favorite things. However, that was nearly a generation ago, and over the years it is starting to wear thin.  Seriously, “A Milhouse Divided” aired in 1996.  All that being said, I am sure that tired abuse of Kirk is not going to be my least favorite part of this episode.

16
Mar
14

Sunday Preview: The Winter Of His Content

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When the retirement home closes, Marge invites Grampa and two other elderly folks to stay at the Simpsons’ house. Nelson becomes Bart’s friend, after Bart defends him for wearing used underwear.

This is going up a little late, but since I haven’t seen the episode, it’s still a preview to me.  For those who did choose to watch it, feel free to let the rest of us know how it went. Or not. I don’t care.

09
Mar
14

Sunday Preview: The Man Who Grew Too Much

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On a research trip, Lisa is shocked to discover that Sideshow Bob is now the chief scientist at a massive chemical engineering company, but they bond over their appreciation for high-culture. Marge attempts to preach healthy sexual practices to a teen church group, which goes awry.

Now for part two of our special double episode extravaganza. Not only will Sideshow Bob grace us with an appearance, but apparently him and Lisa will buddy up tonight. I would say here’s hoping, but we all know what’s going to happen here.

09
Mar
14

Sunday Preview: Diggs

 

 

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A transfer student who is an aspiring falconer swoops in to rescue Bart from school bullies, but Bart soon discovers that he and his new friend are not birds of a feather.

Welcome back from the winter/Olympics/Oscars break.  We actually have TWO zombie episodes tonight. Apparently in the first one Bart makes friends with this strung out bird lover voiced by Harry Potter.  Enjoy.

 

12
Jan
14

Sunday Preview: Married To The Blob

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Homer offers dating advice to Comic Book Guy when he meets a Japanese manga author who catches his fancy.

Oh CBG, how I miss you, and how I loathe what you have become.  From what I’ve read they unfroze Stan Lee to say a few lines, and although that isn’t a new thing for Zombie Simpsons, I think it has at least been a while.

05
Jan
14

Sunday Preview: Steal This Episode

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Homer becomes annoyed with movie theaters, so Bart teaches him how to download movies illegally. Homer is delighted with his discovery of free movies until he’s caught for piracy.

Lots of guest stars tonight, including Judd Apatow, Leslie Man, Seth Rogan, Will Arnet, and several more.  Which I guess is as good of a group as any to use in an episode about a topic that was actually a topic several years back.

 

 

15
Dec
13

Sunday Preview: White Christmas Blues

 

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Springfield is inundated with holiday revelers after the nuclear power plant springs a radiation leak, causing snow to fall all over town. When the tourists drive up Christmas shopping prices, Marge opens up the Simpsons’ house to boarders.

I don’t know off the top of my head why a leak at the plant would blanket the town with snow, and why this would be a tourist draw for America’s “Crud Bucket”.  I also don’t know why this snow causing leak would not endanger the Simpsons themselves.  I am sure the writers think there is a reasonable answer to these and all my other questions, but I learned a long time ago that there is no point in looking for reasoning behind this particular brand of crazy.

08
Dec
13

Sunday Preview: Yellow Subterfuge

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Principal Skinner promises the students that the best-behaved among them can take a ride in a submarine. When Skinner gives all the kids a clean slate, Bart believes even his own past indiscretions will be forgotten if he doesn’t get into any more trouble. Meanwhile Lisa tries to help a cash-poor Krusty to turn things around by suggesting he sell the foreign rights to his shows.

Bart will try to behave for a reward, and Lisa will help Krusty out of the poor house again. Neither of these plot lines are remotely new, but at least this time there may be a submarine.  I like submarines.

24
Nov
13

Sunday Preview: The Kid Is All Right

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Lisa’s new best friend turns out to not only be a Republican, but her opponent in their second-grade class election.

Eva Longoria will guest start tonight as Isabelle, who is Lisa’s classmate/friend/opponent.  Isabelle is also the first name of the character Longoria played on The Young And The Restless. Not that I or anyone else cares; I just don’t have anything else to say about this plot line.  Anderson Cooper also stars as himself, so if you didn’t have a reason not to watch before, there you go.

 

 

10
Nov
13

Sunday Preview: Yolo

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Marge convinces Homer to invite an old pen pal to stay with them, an item that was on a to-do list he created as a 10-year old. Meanwhile, Lisa is instrumental in revising the school honor code.

Oh goodie. Marge for some reason is encouraging Homer to be even more zombie-homer-ish. That outta work out for all involved.

03
Nov
13

Sunday Preview: Four Regrettings and a Funeral

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When a beloved Springfielder dies, four residents recall life events that they would like to do over. Among them: Homer bemoans selling a tech stock to purchase a bowling ball, and Marge fears that she’s the reason Bart is such a rebellious child. Others wishing for a do-over are Mr. Burns, who recalls a long-ago romance with a lovely Parisienne, and newsman Kent Brockman who regrets not leaving the local station to take a job with cable news.

After the replay of Bart the Lover, this fresh zombie simpsons will hit the air.  Not sure who is going to die, but it is apparently a minor character and the major death that has been in the news will happen in the season 26 premier.

03
Nov
13

Sunday Preview: Bart The Lover

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After Ms. Krabappel gives Bart a month of detention, Bart gets his revenge on her by responding to her newspaper singles ad. Homer begins a “swear jar” to keep him cursing.

As by now I am sure you have all heard, Marcia Wallace died recently.  So, in an action I consider highly respectful, FOX will air a Mrs. Krabappel centered episode from the actual Simpsons. This episode aired almost 22 years ago, and is one of my favorites.  It ranks amongst those that cannot be separated by rankings, and I, for the first time in many, many years, will be watching The Simpsons as it is broadcast, while not under the threat of violence.

Although it is under terrible circumstances that this is happening, please enjoy the episode as I am sure Mrs. Wallace would want it that way.

06
Oct
13

Sunday Preview: Tree House of Horror XXIV

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Treehouse of Horror XXIV” kicks off with a tip of the cap to Dr. Seuss, with Homer scaring up trouble around Springfield as “The Fat in the Hat.” In “Dead and Shoulders,” Bart is decapitated in a kite mishap and his head is placed on Lisa’s body, necessitating that the two learn to act as one. With “Freaks No Geeks,” it’s the 1930s and Marge is a trapeze artist and Homer’s the strongman in a traveling circus, where sideshow freak Moe puts the moves on Marge.

Its time for another Treehouse of Horror everybody.  Guillermo del Toro has apparently directed the couch gag this year, but I’m not enough of a film guy to really care about that.  Anyway, enjoy this Halloween tradition. Or don’t. Either way.




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