This single shot from “Sideshow Bob Roberts” contains a more coherent story than the entirety of “Peeping Mom”.
After four weeks off, Zombie Simpsons is back. Not much changed. This week, Chief Wiggum accuses Bart of going on a bulldozer rampage, he then hands Bart to Marge so that the two of them can have the same idiotic conversation several times in a row. Because that one note attempt at emotion couldn’t possibly fill twenty whole minutes of screen time, the Flanderses get a new dog who likes Homer better than Ned.
– Decent couch gag.
– We’re not off to a good start here as Marge walks into the Apple store (or whatever they’re calling it) and has a random stranger exposit things at her before taking off his shirt and waving it around.
– Marge is in the car, brakes suddenly, then asks what happened so Lou can appear out of nowhere to tell her.
– Chief Wiggum, handcuffed to Bart (who is weirdly silent) continues this week’s parade of telling us what’s happening.
– Now Lisa is using a magnifying glass to look at, in order, “monarch butterfly, earwig, rollypolly, doodle bug, beer cap, ant, beer bottle, Barney”. She then tells us that the Flanders got a new dog.
Ned: Now it’s time for her Christian doggy training.
Lisa: This will be interesting.
Guess what comes next?
– This conversation between Marge and Bart is really bad.
Homer: Marge, Bart, I’ve noticed neither of you has said a word all meal. Are there feelings going unexpressed here?
He then holds up his fist and threatens . . . both of them? It’s not clear. It is awful writing, though.
– Marge and Bart are now in the kitchen going through the exact same conversation we just saw them have . . . again. In a sick way, it’s almost impressive how many words they can use to describe basically nothing.
– Ooh, a popped eyeball! When it doubt, go with what you know.
– They’re still having the same back-and-forth conversation. Bart says something, Marge doesn’t believe him, repeat until time on the episode expires. For extra stupidity this week, neither of them is acting like even a vaguely sentient person. Marge hasn’t asked Bart for an explanation and Bart hasn’t offered one. In what parent-child conversation has that ever been true? And we’re on the third go round of this.
– Marge is now following Bart onto the school bus.
– Homer just said, “Oh, you must be Flanders’ new dog.” We’re looking right at him!
– Marge is in class with Bart now. Even if this did make sense it wouldn’t help when Nelson just ran screaming out of the room because he thinks she’s a zombie.
– The bullies just zinged Bart while Marge stood there. Nice to see they still don’t care who’s present for a conversation.
– Now we’re on the playground. Milhouse just told us what we were about to see, then we saw it.
– Now we’re at dinner and Marge told Lisa to lean back so she could keep looking at Bart. Here’s one of the problems with this: we’ve already seen Marge not look at Bart several times. Her focus on looking at him at all times is so stupid they can’t even keep it up, but they keep bringing it back up.
– Lisa and Homer are now having a fully expositive conversation, with both of them say how they feel at all times.
– Now Bart and Milhouse are in the woods. This will make it even stupider the next time Marge insists on focusing her gaze at all times on Bart.
– Bart and Marge just rehashed their conversation again. Neither one of them offering or asking for an explanation. Ten minutes to go, I’m setting the O/U on times this happens again at 2.5.
– Oh, goody, half the family is dressed like ninjas now.
– The b-plot about Flanders dog just checked in.
– Now we’re rehashing the opening credit sequence as Marge chases Bart. Filleriffic!
– Even by the rock bottom standards of their chase/action sequences, this is bad.
– Yet another bulldozer conversation rehash. Two and a half minutes since the last one.
– The b-plot is winding down, so Homer’s Brain is now expositing what he’s feeling for us.
– After telling us what he was feeling several times, Bart changes his big, end-of-episode prank. That took a lot of time.
– Bart just ran up and told us what we just saw him do.
– And, naturally, we get one final bulldozer conversation. The under has it at 2.0 since I set it.
– Since they remain completely unwilling or unable to structure an episode to actually fill their allotted time, we’re now getting one of their bizarro post-plot series of sketches. This one involved dog’s butt sniffing and the theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Anyway, the numbers are in and they continue to be real bad. Last night, just 3.23 million people couldn’t understand why Bart and Marge had the same idiotic conversation over and over again. That’s #4 on the all time least watched list and keeps Season 26 on track to be the least watched season ever.