Posts Tagged ‘Marge Gets a Job

15
Jul
15

Quote of the Day

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“Have you ever read The Boy Who Cried Wolf?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“I glanced at it.  Boy cries wolf, has a few laughs, I forget how it ends.” – Bart Simpson

Sorry for the late quote.

16
Feb
15

Behind Us Forever: My Fare Lady

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“Chauffeur, seamstress, curator of large mammals?” – Marge Simpson
“Marge, have you seen my lunch box?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, I see.” – Marge Simpson

In this episode, Moe leaves Homer in charge of the bar.  Meanwhile, Marge gets a job as a Not Lyft driver.  Then Moe, his bar wrecked, gets a job at the nuclear plant.  Then Homer gets a different job at the nuclear plant.  Then it ends.

On the plus side, they used that awesome pixel opening that hit the internet a couple of weeks back.  Pretty much all downhill from there, though.

– Really was nice of them to use that fan made pixel opening, and it ate up nearly two minutes!

– And speaking of openings, there’s a Jetsons one to eat some more clock.

– “Why Humans Failed” was a nice little reveal to end the Jetsons thing.

– We are off to another rousing expository beginning.  Marge explained what all the kids were doing (we saw them in costume, too!), then Homer described what he was feeling, and now Homer’s at Moe’s and Moe is telling us that he’s tying his apron on while he’s, you guessed it, tying his apron on.

– Montage!

– Wow, this is a really long one.  We just crossed the one minute mark on it and it’s still going strong.

– Back to the exposition: Moe told us about Sideshow Mel getting drunk (we didn’t see it) and now he, Lenny and Carl are talking about a ticket to see a Joan Rivers type we haven’t seen yet.

– Homer is going to be running the bar, apparently.

– Also, Moe just explained a couple of sign gags to us.

– Some Uber/Lyft guy just showed up to tell Marge about the plot.  He will vanish and not come back.

– Marge’s license plate is EP7G08, 7G08 is the production number for “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”.  Huh.

– Lenny, Carl and Homer are going to run a ladies night at Moe’s.  Carl explained what that is, then Lenny thanked him.

– Moe is at the show, and falling in love with the old Hollywood lady.  Meanwhile, Homer and Marge just got new jobs.  They’re using a lot of their tired tropes this week.

– Moe’s is now overrun with women.  Homer and Carl are explaining who they are.  Then there was a brawl.

– Moe just did a comedy “whaa!”, saw his bar was trashed, then explained things.

– Marge’s ride service is off to a rousing start, first the kids were there with Milhouse and Kirk (who popped up out of nowhere, then vanished), then Marge and Shauna explained things we didn’t see:

Shauna: Thanks for the lift. It’s nice to know I can get a ride without having to put out.
Marge: You’re welcome.  If you really want to get your belly button pierced, go see a professional.
Kearney: [who just walked out of a house with a staple gun] I’m ready for you, babe.
Shauna: I’m gonna have this done properly, at a kiosk in the mall.  I’m Shauna.

That’s the whole scene.  It’s like a rejected SNL sketch idea.

– Moe just got a job at the nuclear plant.  Now he’s telling us how he feels.

– Nelson, Willie and Gil have all been in Marge’s car now.

– And . . . driving montage!

– Burns was just talking to Moe, and now there’s a surprise nuclear inspection.

– Well, that ended as quickly as it began, now the inspectors are gone.

– Moe is now supervising sector 7-G and reassigning Homer.  Wacky hijinks, ahoy.

– Homer just got eaten by a giant Venus fly trap.  Such hijinks, such wackiness.

– Moe just got ditched in the cafeteria.  Though there was a mercifully brief callback to the guy who whips Homer to make the cupcake display turn.

– Back to the exposition, Marge just said, “Homer Simpson, working with those plants is great.  It’s helped you get in touch with your feminine side.” That lead to Homer screaming for no reason and setting plants on fire in the front yard.

– Yet another driving montage.  This makes three.  The only difference is that this one is an expository song.

– But even an expository song won’t stop them from more expository dialogue, Marge just recapped the montage, “Moe, I think we’d both be a lot happier if we quit our new jobs.”

– Now other cabbies, who we saw for one brief scene where they talked about being cabbies, have surrounded Marge.  Then Moe showed up with a shotgun.

– And we end on Moe, alone at his rebuilt bar, getting talked to by the giant Lyft mouth Marge hung on the mirror.  Seems about right.

Anyway, the numbers are in and they are just as atrocious as we’d expect.  Last night just 2.75 million people wondered how many “new job!” plots they could squeeze into one episode.  (The answer, if you count Homer watering plants, is four.)  That replaces last week’s “Walking Big & Tall” as #2 on the least watched list, trailing only last year’s 7:30 broadcast of “Diggs”.  That one came in at 2.65, so we may see it dethroned if the rest of the season goes on like this.

25
Nov
13

Behind Us Forever: The Kid Is All Right

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“Worked for the Carter Administration?” – Marge Simpson
“Well, you voted for him, twice.” – Lisa Simpson
“Lisa, shh, someone might be listening.” – Marge Simpson

It’s never been all that hard to poke fun at Republicans and Democrats, but doing so would require Zombie Simpsons to make some jokes instead of spending all their time expositing an inane and nonsensical story.  And when I say inane, I mean in-fucking-ane.  Lisa meets the new kid in her class outside of class, for some reason, they do a project on FDR together without, it seems, ever talking to one another about the subject, and all that’s before Burns and a real life vampire get involved.  Oddly enough, the episode did have a singular bright spot, a Simpsonization of an eighty-year-old Disney cartoon called “Silly Symphony: Music Land” where people are musical instruments and there is great conflict between different genres.  Burns tries to stop Lisa from playing jazz, which is made retroactively funnier as the actual episode involves Burns trying to rig a second grade election for some reason.

– I know it’s just them redoing an old Disney cartoon, but the opening was entertaining.  It’s not quite “The Longest Daycare”, but it’s pretty cool.  They really are at their best when they don’t have to write dialogue.

– For further evidence, see Lisa singing a song for the first minute of the episode.

– Another case in point, why did they have Bart say “And the best part is, I’m bombarding her with her own homework”?  You could’ve just showed that to us.

– I’m not going to transcribe the whole episode or anything, but they are seriously bad at this:

Lisa: “That’s a reference to the Bronte sisters!”
Isabel: “You got my reference to the Bronte sisters?”

We just saw that, less than two seconds ago!  Please to not be explaining everything as it happens.

– Oh, hello there, silent Mr. Bergstrom fan-service.

– I guess it’s nice that they bothered to include a conflict in this plot, but when they do things like have Lisa not realize this girl’s politics until they’re both on stage together it sucks the life so completely out of this that I’m not even sure why they bothered.  (And, as if on cue, Skinner walks on to tell us what we just saw again.)

– This 1980s party in the attic is almost existentially sad.  Remember cassettes and VHS?  Remember?  We said remember, damn it!

– Republican Headquarters keeps getting less inventive and fun.

– Why, Nelson, so kind of you to appear out of nowhere and then disappear again.

– There are a lot of things wrong with this ice cream parlor scene, but having the squeaky voiced teen first remove the wheelbarrow of ice cream and then drive another giant thing of ice cream into the scene thirty seconds later is illustrative of them all.  It makes no sense, is all exposition, and indicates that they, once again, seem to think things that just happened have no bearing on what’s about to happen.

– Uh, what was with Pig Pen from Peanuts showing up and then disappearing?

– Lisa is smacking, punching and kicking Bart.  I don’t even know what to file that under.

– That scene with Lisa pretending to be drunk was so good they repeated it with Bart.

– I could say something about the empty-headed time wasting that was Lisa’s “liberal” speech, but Harold Ramis said it better.

– This scene with Clinton and the Democratic losers sure takes a long time.

– And a pointless flash forward ends with a call back to the musical opening.  That on repeat ten times would’ve been a lot more fun than this episode, and it even has a better Burns plot.

Anyway, the ratings are in and they remain embarrassingly bad.  Just 6.65 million people were glad this isn’t an election year last night.  That’s the highest all season; in fact, it’s the highest since last January.  But it was with a football overrun, will probably come down when the final numbers are released, and is well below what the show was averaging just three seasons ago.  That’s as good as they can do these days, and it’d be historically bad if it weren’t for all the other historically bad numbers they’ve been putting up the last couple of years.

08
Nov
13

Quote of the Day

Bedtime

“I won’t sleep in the same bed with a woman who thinks I’m lazy!  I’m gonna go right downstairs, unfold the couch, unroll the sleeping bag . . . eh, good night.” – Homer Simpson

05
Mar
13

Quote of the Day

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“Maybe I should apply for that job.” – Marge Simpson
“Forget it, Marge, we already live together, we shouldn’t work together.  As the Bible says, ‘Thou shalt not horn in on thy husband’s racket’.” – Homer Simpson
“Where does the Bible say racket?” – Marge Simpson
“It’s in there!” – Homer Simpson

19
Feb
13

Quote of the Day

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“Good news, boy, I found a pharmacy that carries leeches.  Well, it wasn’t exactly a pharmacy, more of a bait shop.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson

11
Nov
12

Quote of the Day

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“Here we have an Alaskan timberwolf.  He weighs two-hundred and forty pounds and his jaws can bite through a parking meter.  He does get spooked by loud noises.” – Zoo Lady
“Loud?  That’s our secret word for the day!” – Krusty the Klown

Happy (belated) 20th Anniversary to “Marge Gets a Job”!  Original airdate 5 November 1992.  (Also got lost in the craziness and confusion and mishegoss of the election.)




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