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17
Apr
15

Quote of the Day

22 Short Films about Springfield12

“Swing serenade is brought to you by Gorman’s Ear Guards.  GUARD YOUR EARS! . . . with Gorman’s.” – Radio Announcer

16
Apr
15

Quote of the Day

The PTA Disbands17

“Ow! My bones are so brittle, but I always drink plenty of . . . Malk?” – Bart Simpson

Happy 20th Anniversary to “The PTA Disbands”! Original airdate 16 April 1995.

15
Apr
15

Quote of the Day

The Front16

“Maybe he just didn’t take us seriously cause we’re kids.  Let’s put a grown-up’s name on it.” – Lisa Simpson
“How about Grampa?  He’s pretty out of it.  He let those guys use his checkbook for a whole year.” –

14
Apr
15

Quote of the Day

Burns' Heir14

“Careful, Smithers, that sponge has corners, you know.” – C.M. Burns
“I’ll go find a spherical one.” – Mr. Smithers

13
Apr
15

Quote of the Day

The Canine Mutiny12

“He’s trained to do all sorts of stuff.  He can herd sheep and perform CPR.” – Bart Simpson
“Some call it the dog that never sleeps, though it actually does, while jogging.” – Marge Simpson

12
Apr
15

Quote of the Day

Mountain of Madness7

“Sir, this can’t be right.  You assured me this drawing was rigged so we’d be teammates.” – Mr. Smithers
“Yes, well, frankly you’ve been a bit of a pill lately.” – C.M. Burns
“Why do we always fight on vacation?” – Mr. Smithers

11
Apr
15

A Little Weekend Reading

When Flanders Failed11

“Oh, right as rain!  Or, as we say around here, left as rain!” – Ned Flanders
“Just stamp the ticket.” – Guy

There are two things I didn’t have time to properly explain in Reading Digest yesterday. The first is our old friend Noah P, who’s adding a new twist to his “watch ’em all” blog: Character Files. Similar to that “Permanent Record” thing we tried to do here a few years ago, he’s taking a look at one character’s appearances through the show. He’s done a couple of big name characters (Troy McClure, Frank Grimes), but my favorite so far is the “Just Stamp the Ticket Guy”:

When Flanders begins to start taking about non-parking-related things, he scolds, “Just stamp the ticket”, hence his nickname given to him by the hardcore Simpsons fan community. But…is that all we saw of him?

No. His legacy would not end there.

Turns out JSTTG is a jerk all the time. When the Squeaky-Voiced Teen tries to talk to him, he scurries away, saying, “Don’t touch me”. Then, when he sees Barney Gumble dressed as a baby, passing out fliers, he says, “You disgust me”. He also tells Marge that his kids aren’t stupid enough to want one of her wishbone necklaces, and for an encore, he punches a hippie, and later, Homer. A man of a few words, most of them rude.

Anyway, if you’d like to put in a request for another character, click through.  Surely the Sarcastic Guy (“Okay, but I’m only paid to drive”) can’t be too far behind?

Second is our old friend Wesley Mead on that Nigerian princess episode in Bakwa Magazine:

It’s significant that the characters featured are an unnamed King and his daughter, a Princess. This allows for Moe’s initial concern that they are connected to a “Nigerian prince” who had scammed him on the Internet. But in aid of a silly, predictable subplot (one that’s not too timely, either— 419 scams were parodied in Fox stable mate Futurama eight years ago), The Simpsons’ crew have failed in their responsibility to reach beyond the lowest common denominator.

The same site also asked yours truly and some other writers to comment on that one. My favorite was this, from Ikhide Ikheloa:

This episode is disappointing on at least one level— the script was poorly written. As someone who used to watch The Simpsons religiously in the past, it just seemed disjointed and contrived. Sarcasm, snide retorts and brilliant takes on society’s dark sides are her trade mark, but this episode struggled.

Indeed it did.




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