“And how is my little major leaguer, catch any junebugs today?” – Homer Simpson
“Well, me and Milhouse took some mail from a mail truck and threw it down the sewer.” – Bart Simpson
“Son, I know you meant well, but that wasn’t the right thing to do.” – Homer Simpson
“What the hell are you talking about? You’re the one who double dared us.” – Bart Simpson
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“And how is my little major leaguer, catch any junebugs today?” – Homer Simpson
So David Letterman announced that sometime next year he’s going to hang up his mic and ride off into the talk show sunset. Two years ago, he did a short guest voice for a couch gag on Zombie Simpsons. That video was freaking everywhere this week, so it’s another shorter than usual Reading Digest. (It’s worth pointing out, of course, that the family seeing Letterman on the couch was a repeat of the one above from Season 5, but I digress. Bonus Critic points here.) Beyond that we’ve got some cool fan art of the amateur and professional varieties, some news about the new FXX syndication deal, some excellent usage, an old Chinese bootleg t-shirt, and a bunch of fake beer.
Joshua Budich Has The Munchies For Gallery 1988′s Exhibit: “The Subtle Art Of Pop Culture” - Cool drawings of stuff from movie and TV. There are twelve of them, three are from the show. Nobody else got more than one. Just saying.
Tuesday Top 5 – Simpsons Songs - Excellent list, lots of YouTube, and no Zombie Simpsons.
Do You Know These Cartoon Cats? - Snowball II and Scratchy are on here, plus several I know and several more I do not know.
‘The Simpsons’ Paid Tribute To David Letterman By Taking Their Couch Gag Inside The Ed Sullivan Theater - One of those really long filler couch gags from Season 23 was making the rounds this week because David Letterman did a guest voice on it. I would simply like to point to this couch gag’s entry in Wikipedia:
Similar to the couch gag from the season five’s “The Last Temptation of Homer,” the Simpsons find themselves on the set of The Late Show With David Letterman.
Simpsonize Yourself - Fan made self portrait, including tattoos and a Donnas t-shirt. Bravo.
I GUESS EVERYBODY REALLY IS PLAYING MAH JONGG! - Cool bootleg t-shirt from the dawn of the show with the family playing mahjong and yelling at each other in what I assume is Chinese.
Your Guide To The 20 Best Fake Beer Brands From Movies And Television - Duff comes in shockingly low at #6.
Bartolo Colon Jiggling His Belly Fat is Frontrunner for MLB GIF of the Year - It’s like a lava lamp.
Mimi Pond sketches an alter ego’s youthful days in ‘Over Easy’ - Pond, who wrote “Simpsons Roasting On an Open Fire”, gas a new book out.
14 Simpsons Look Alike People - Some of those are pretty good.
Nish Kumar plays life like it is as a comedian and confidence trickster - British comedian knows what’s up:
His guiding model in this, he says, is The Simpsons. ”The Simpsons is my favourite-ever show,” he says. ”It never speaks down to the audience; It always assumes the audience is going to catch up but it never [does] in a way that would make you feel stupid if you didn’t. I watch some of those episodes now and wonder: what was I watching when I was 10? But that’s the trick.”
The Simpsons’ Take on Standardized Testing - Heh. Also, don’t forget “Separate Vocations” from Season 3: “It’s called the Career Aptitude Normalizing Test, or CANT.”
Affliate Post Godzilla, Deadpool, and Jon Snow in detention. - Bart/Jon’s got a lot of writing to do.
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play Will Make Midwest Premiere at Theater Wit - The play is coming to Chicago early next year, so maybe I’ll finally get to see it.
‘The Tech Sector’: Growing, and growing vaguer - Excellent usage:
Anyone remember when Homer Simpson created “Compu-Global-Hyper-Mega-Net”? Marge asks him what, exactly, his company does, and he responds, “Eh, this industry moves so fast it’s really hard to tell.”
Of Bikes and Men - Excellent mental reference:
Peter is going to be fine, it turns out, but he is in the hospital for tests and needs his insurance information sent over. Since I am also his neighbor and the keeper of the spare keys, I am the perfect person to solve this problem. Except I am not at home; I am across town. A logistical monkey wrench, but not insurmountable. It’s an hour round trip, tops.
In my head I am hearing my favorite Simpsons clip, from Treehouse of Horror III, where Homer is sold cursed frogurt. Peter was in an accident (ooh, that’s bad); he is going to be fine (that’s good!); but he needs you to get dressed and head across town (that’s bad); though it should only delay your plans by an hour (that’s good!).
Ryan Sadri on music and life as a saxophonist - Isn’t it everybody’s?:
I’ve found that more than any other instrument, the sax helps me get closest to expressing what I feel within. It’s an amazing high. And yes, my favourite sax piece is The Simpsons theme song played by Lisa Simpson.
‘The Simpsons’ Will Debut On FXX With A 12-Day, 522-Episode Marathon - Just what it says. They’re filling August dead time with eleven days of the show, including day after day of unwatchable Zombie Simpsons crap. If nothing else, it will serve as a visceral reminder of the decline of the show. Also, the ratings ought to be interesting . . .
So far, this is panning out to be the longest marathon of a TV show ever. I have no problems with it, now I just have to put in some vacation time and do some serious food shopping.
Scratch that, I definitely won’t be watching the entire marathon, the show was only good until maybe the 9th season.
Best of The Simpsons Part… - Heh.
Silver for The Simpsons - A nice little 25th anniversary treatment that agrees with us both in writing and by only posting screen grabs from single digit seasons.
“When are you going to wake up and smell your husband, Marge?” – Selma Bouvier
“Granted, you got some kids out of him, but when the seeds have been planted you throw away the envelope.” – Patty Bouvier
My apologies, but there isn’t going to be a Compare & Contrast this week. My stupid real job threw up a bolt-from-the-blue minor crisis this week that is just now finally squared away, and I don’t have the energy to get my brains back into an episode I’ve already largely forgotten. However, there was one thing that’s been bugging me about “Luca$”: what the hell was with Patty and Selma in that scene in the kitchen with Marge?
They’re sitting at the table watching Lisa and the would-be-competitive eater Lucas in the back yard. Patty jokes that he’s fat, Marge says she’s surprised Lisa likes him, Patty then says:
Really? Justin Blobber over there doesn’t remind you of anyone?
That leads to a quick cut of Homer yelling and complaining, which leads to Selma explaining the plot to everyone:
Women marry their fathers, Marge. So you just might be meeting your future ton-in-law!
Then they both happily cackle at Lisa’s fate. It doesn’t bother me that the twins are being mean to the kid, but by extension they’re also gleefully bagging on Lisa, which is just weird. Patty and Selma hate Homer, and who could blame them? (Would you want your baby sister married to him?) But they’ve always been fond, even proud, of Lisa. Here they’re basically saying to Marge: you married fat loser and so will your precious daughter, ha ha. They want Lisa to marry someone like Homer just to teach Marge a lesson or something, and it’s utterly contrary to everything we know about them.
Characters devolving into unrecognizable goo isn’t anything new for Zombie Simpsons. And it’s not like anyone put too much thought into that scene in the first place. But it goes to show how really empty and hollow this show has left so many once rich characters. Patty and Selma, for all their flaws, were always on Marge’s side. Here they’re not, and they’re attacking her through Lisa. It’s really bad, even for Zombie Simpsons.
“Mickey Rooney!” – Bart Simpson & Milhouse van Houten
“Hi, Milhouse! The studio sent me to talk to you, being a former child star myself, and the number one box office draw from 1939 through 1940.” – Mickey Rooney
“Wow, spanning two decades.” – Bart Simpson
(Thanks to commenter dvcnick for reminding me that I hadn’t used all the Rooney quotes yet.)
“Now turn to the next problem. If you have three Pepsis and drink one, how much more refreshed are you? You, the redhead in the Chicago school system.” – Troy McClure
“Pepsi?” – Redhead in Chicago
“Partial credit.” – Troy McClure