Archive for November, 2009


Zombie Simpsons Ignored by 97.7% of US Population

Pranks and Greens

Last nights exercise in dull was watched by a mere 7.04 million unfortunate souls.  That number is the the lowest of the season and lower than any episode ever broadcast in the fall.  Even though I know these numbers don’t mean anything it’s still nice to see a really awful one like this.  I can’t wait for the winter ratings because if this fall’s numbers are any indicator they are going to be terrible. 

On the downside Zombie Simpsons won it’s completely meaningless competition with The Cleveland Show giving it a 4-2 lead overall.  That’s one less ivory back scratcher for Seth MacFarlane. 


Quote of the Day

Late Night Television Image used under Creative Commons license from Flickr user joelogon.

“Dad, who’s watching teevee at 3:17am?” – Bart Simpson
“Alcoholics, the unemployable, angry loners . . .” – Homer Simpson


Giving This post a Decent Title Would Require More Thought than Zombie Simpsons Devotes to a Whole Episode

Bart is Marge, Marge is Homer, and painfully trite exposition can take up a lot of time if you don’t care in the least about the quality of what you’re doing.  I don’t mind pointless meandering narratives from elderly relatives (the holidays are coming up and I’m 100% ready), but, rightly or wrongly, I expect more from $5,000,000 television episodes.  Making a teevee audience suffer through a 22-minute after school special about the horrors of being a slacker when they could be doing almost anything else is an outright disgrace.  Less unfunny alternatives include waiting for downloads to finish, masturbating when you aren’t horny, and watching television programs that are well paced, written with a semblance of care, and not 100% composed of suck.

This post has no ending because the Zombie Simpsons episode in question didn’t have one either.  That is all.


Crazy Noises: The Devil Wears Nada

Simpson and Delilah2“Mr. Simpson don’t sit on that filthy thing one second longer!  They’ve given you . . . the key.” – Karl

In our continuing mission to bring you only the finest in low class, low brow, and low tech internet Simpsons commentary we’re bringing back our “Crazy Noises” series and applying it to Season 21.  Because doing a podcast smacks of effort we’re still using this “chatroom” thing that all the middle schoolers and undercover cops seem to think is so cool.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “handkerchief”).

We’re almost at the expiration date for “The Devil Wears Nada” but despite some scheduling difficulties we did manage to bitch about it on-line; and now you, the home internet viewer, can suffer through it all over again with us.

Dave: Should we get started?

Charlie Sweatpants: I suppose so.

Mad Jon: So did both you guys watch this?

Dave: Yes sir

Charlie Sweatpants: We suffered through it together.

Mad Jon: I see

Charlie Sweatpants: I’m not sure if that made it worse or better, but then we watched like six old episodes in a row and that definitely made it better.

Dave: Agreed.

Mad Jon: Good tactic

Charlie Sweatpants: How about yourself?

Mad Jon: Yes, yes I did

Charlie Sweatpants: My condolences.

Mad Jon: Much appreciated

I didn’t have a support system like yours

so it was extra painful

I did however drink a few before hand, so you know, that made my life retain meaning

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s good.

Anyone have any thoughts on the actual episode?

Other than just wanting to write “Sucks” in giant letters on it?

Dave: Well, I think we can agree whether we watched it solo or with good company, the episode was a disaster

Slow, unfunny, five montages…

Charlie Sweatpants: It. Just. Kept. Going.

Mad Jon: I get the same product placement feeling I got with the Josh Groban episode.

Charlie Sweatpants: How so?

Mad Jon: Except instead of crappy ipod induced teen ass rock, it was Marge as a centerfold “conveniently” timed for the time following a Playboy appearance.

Charlie Sweatpants: Ah. Yeah, I don’t think anything in this episode is going to cause anyone to rush out and grab a Playdude.

Dave: No way. We saw less skin than in your previous posts, for starters

Mad Jon: No, but I don’t think people who watched the Equalia episode ran out to download Groban either. It doesn’t mean they weren’t trying.

Charlie Sweatpants: But like most Zombie Simpsons, the calendar was just this goofy plot point that started the rest of what I guess I have to call the “plot”.

Mad Jon: I guess. I was pretty delirious from a day of traveling, but I have to say that episode was more of a smattering of events than a plot.

Charlie Sweatpants: I mean, there’s never any resolution about what happens with the calendar, it’s just to get Marge horny, but Bart’s thing at school, the people at the church, the other women who weren’t in the calendar, all of that was just dropped.

And then at the end, it’s all this suspenseful string music about whether or not Marge and NED FLANDERS(!) are going have sex.

Mad Jon: The only time I cracked a smile was when Ned told his children he’d fill their pockets with rocks and march them to sea before letting them live with their Uncle and his ‘friend’.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, but even that was out of character.

Mad Jon: This episode even had a scene in the plant. Still not worth me putting my bear down.

Dave: The whole Marge/Ned sex thing was preposterous – it was never going to happen

Charlie Sweatpants: Which in and of itself I don’t have a problem with, but they dragged it out like it was going to happen.

Mad Jon: Heh, I meant beer.

Dave: Yeah, we were at SNPP long enough to see Carl completely transform into not-Carl

Charlie Sweatpants: unCarl was definitely very weird.

Mad Jon: That was like the Carl in ‘Lisa’s Wedding’, except for more than 1.5 seconds.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, but he was a jerk, and an ill informed jerk at that.

Mad Jon: Yes, yes he was.

Charlie Sweatpants: At the end when Carl’s hitting on . . . ugh . . . the first lady of France he doesn’t know anything.

Not only does Carl become a jerk, but he let’s Homer run his life.

Mad Jon: Honestly I had checked out by then, I stopped watching when I saw Homer dancing with a handkerchief

Dave: I was numb by that point in the episode

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, it happened.

Also, I’m pretty sure that Lisa had literally one (1) line in the entire episode.

Dave: Easiest paycheck ever

for Yeardley Smith, anyway

Charlie Sweatpants: Hey, that’s a good idea, let’s go to the transcript . . .

Her line was, “Sorry, I have a tea party at Janie’s.” That’s eight words, at a reported $400,000 per episode that’s $50 grand per word, and ~$36,000 per syllable.

I don’t think Schwarzenegger made that much for “Terminator 2”.

Mad Jon: Also she got to keep her prints off that train wreck for the most part.

which is priceless

Dave: That’s really high and not terribly surprising

Charlie Sweatpants: Not my money.

Dave: Bingo.

Charlie Sweatpants: Although it was my half hour, but I don’t think my time is as valuable as hers.

Mad Jon: Not unless you have any $400,000 checks that haven’t cleared yet.

Dave: I would like a $400K check, Jon

Are you offering?

Mad Jon: Can I post date it?

Dave: Of course

Mad Jon: I may be able to swing something then. Will you take a two-party out-of-state bad check?

Dave: I don’t think I’ve ever said “no” before

Mad Jon: Nice.

Charlie Sweatpants: That was better repartee than anything in this episode. Well done, gentlemen.

So, everyone acts out of character, there’s no discernable story, what story there is hinges on Marge and Flanders rather pathetically thinking about humping, and the kids are barely in it. Oh, and Homer has the French President on speed dial. Did we miss anything?

Dave: I think that pretty well covers it

Mad Jon: As far as I am willing to devote any brain power, I agree.

Charlie Sweatpants: Anything else?

Dave: Nothing from me

Mad Jon: Nah.

Charlie Sweatpants: Good, screw this episode and let us never speak of it again.


Quote of the Day

Marge in Chains1“And if we freeze on frame 138, we distinctly see a puff of blue hair coming from the grassy knoll.” – Prof. Frink


Synergy Half-Asses It (and Tacitly Admits Zombie Simpsons Sucks)

Not content this week to slurp at the company slop bucket merely by pretending to review Zombie Simpsons, IGN has run a series of quotes from Moe.  There are eight quotes in total, of which only one is from Zombie Simpsons (it’s from Season 18).  Of the seven that are not in Zombie Simpsons (although there’s one from Season 11’s “Pygmoelion” which is right on the line) only three of them are correctly quoted.  The others are either missing important words or outright mangled.  A cursory check of SNPP – SNPP! – would’ve gotten the correct quote in several cases, but apparently checking the internet’s most famous and well respected repository of Simpsons quotes was too demanding.

In addition to that, one of the times when they did manage to get the quote correct they didn’t manage to pair it with images from the same episode:

IGN Phones It InEntertainingly, “Team Homer”, from which those images are taken, was one of the other quoted episodes.  Whoops.

To sum up, IGN didn’t care enough about their content to either a) properly quote Simpsons or b) match the quotes with pictures from the same episode.  On top of that, six of the eight quotes they ran are from Season 7 or earlier and only one is from the true bowels of Zombie Simpsons.  (Not that everyone at FOX always remembers to pretend that Zombie Simpsons is good.)  Keep in mind that this is a website (albeit with a different author) that praises new episodes as being right up there with the classics with some regularity.


Quote of the Day

Sharks vs Atoms “Springfield has come down with a fever . . . football fever, brought on by the biggest game of the year, the pigskin classic between the Shelbyville Sharks and our own Springfield Atoms.  If you have the fever, there’s only one cure.  Take two tickets and see the game Sunday morning.” – Kent Brockman

“Warning: Tickets should not be taken internally.” – TV Announcer

“See, because of me, now they have a warning.” – Homer Simpson


A Small Example of a Terrible Zombie Simpsons “Joke”

“How did you get this number?” – NASA Guy

After each week’s Zombie Simpsons there’s always one or two (usually one) lines that people begin quoting incessantly on Twitter.  This week there were several people quoting “Hello, you are getting cozy with Sarkozy” from that sloppy ending when Homer calls the French President for some reason.  This afternoon it started cropping up again (mostly in French language tweets).  It took almost a week, but apparently that line made it to France:

Their cameos passed largely unnoticed in France until Friday, when news websites started linking to pirated clips of the episode, creating a buzz which saw more than 117,000 fans linking to the DailyMotion site alone.

I understand that the French, even if we grant them their reputation for good taste, might get suckered in by seeing their president mentioned on Zombie Simpsons.  But that line is yet another example of a more or less humorless reference masquerading as a joke.  The line rhymes, sure, but even if we set aside the fact that Homer has Sarkozy’s number it still doesn’t make any sense.  “Cozy” is simply not a word that has anything to do with answering a telephone.  There’s no joke, no thought, it’s not even a pun.  All it does is rhyme (and not even that well). 

And that’s if we set aside the whole “Homer can call the president of France” thing, which we shouldn’t be doing anyway.  Even when you cut this show some slack it still sucks. 


Reading Digest: Lists Edition

Homer's Revenge List

Alright Econo Save, you just made the List.” – Homer Simpson

We’ve got a couple of people with best episodes lists this week, plus a list of cartoon deaths, and a list of random thoughts and other lists as well.  Lists for everyone, hooray!  There’s also some strange art, one piece of excellent beer related usage, some love for The Critic and some trivia about Simpsons’ middle names. 


Milhouse of The Simpsons Gay? – I don’t know whether or not Milhouse is gay.  I don’t think it has anything to do with how Matt Groening refers to himself (see the comments at that link).  I do know that he has many flamboyantly homosexual tendencies

Lisa Simpson & Grooveshark? – Lisa carved into a sidewalk, possibly in Gainesville, Florida.  Continue with your day. 

‘Simpsons’ character contest winner is the Bomba – Zombie Simpsons outsourced its creative process and came up with . . . a Latino dude.   This is me not caring. 

Miller Heavy – Discussing the awesomeness of beer he quotes Reverend Lovejoy.  Excellent usage.

Gone Too Soon: The Critic – That show was ahead of its time.  Oh well, we’ll always have “Rubik’s Cube: The Movie”. 

My Top Ten Simpsons Episodes – This is an outstanding list.  The youngest episode on here is “You Only Move Twice”.  Even at the end, when he runs through all the episodes he didn’t pick, it’s all old ones (with one Fierstein hated exception). 

My Top 5 Episodes Of The Simpsons – I wouldn’t put “Hurricane Neddy” anywhere near this high up, but other than that I have no complaints. 

Light the Candles! – Blog birthday celebration with several video clips, including the always sweet “Lisa It’s Your Birthday”.

Nine Cartoons with Seriously Sad Deaths – Maude Flanders is number nine, but no mention of Bleeding Gums Murphy, Dr. Marvin Monroe, or Frank Grimes.  (via Springfield Springfield’s Twitter feed)

I Have Created Art – I don’t get this, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t oddly compelling.

Dan Radcliffe to do Simpsons Twilight Spoof – We mentioned this briefly on the Twitter feed, but for posterity’s sake I guess it should go here too.  The dude who plays Harry Potter is guest voicing in next year’s Zombie Simpsons Halloween special.  Yawn.

The Simpsons Cupcakes – These are so incredibly detailed and awesome I had to scroll through the Flickr gallery to convince myself they were real.  They are.  Wow.  (via Cupcakes Take the Cake)

Harry Shearer Speaks at the Byrd – Shearer will be at the Byrd Theater in Richmond, Virginia this Sunday.

Happy 50th Birthday, Rocky & Bullwinkle! Moose and Squirrel Through the Years – I didn’t know this:

"I think it’s actually more popular today than it was when it was originally on the air the first five years," says Ward, Jay Ward’s middle child and only daughter, who now serves as the president of Ward Productions. "It had its followers but it wasn’t a huge hit."

Those followers were a devoted bunch, though, and turned out to include many future creative forces in Hollywood, particularly ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening.

"Matt [Groening] grew up saying he wanted to do his own version of ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle,’ he was such a fan," says Ward. "So he created the Simpsons and gave [Homer, Bart and Grandpa Simpson] each an initial J in their names as an homage to my dad Jay Ward. I think the show would have been a primetime hit [today]. In 1959, it was just ahead of its time."


More skate spot pics – Skate park graffiti includes a well done, and very pissed off looking, Homer.  Click for image.

Day old antiques…I’m confused… – Weird signage combined with a link to the old man that sells cursed frogurt is highly cromulent usage. 

Top 5 Fridays – Moustaches – Flanders is #3. 

Lame…I Know! – It’s the lyrics to “See My Vest” complete with audio via YouTube.  What on earth is lame about that?

The Simpsons Nail Design – A remarkably detailed nail polish application that has all five family members.  Bravo. 

My Minnesota Home: The top 10 reasons it rules to be from the land o’ lakes – Points out that it was the University of Minnesota that made Flanders what he is today. 

Just a Thought . . . Part 2 – And finally, a list of random thoughts and observations including, gloriously, this one:

-A headline I wished I had read 10 years ago: “The creator of ‘The Simpsons’ announces: ‘We’re going to quit while we’re ahead.’”

Me too. 


Sunday Preview: “Pranks and Greens”

I don’t know what a “Jonah Hill” is, but apparently there will be one guest starring in this Sunday’s episode of Zombie Simpsons. Here’s the brief description from Simpsons Channel:

Bart tracks down Andy Hamilton, Springfield Elementary’s best prankster ever (guest voice Jonah Hill) and they become fast friends until Bart gets Andy a job working for the ultimate clown.

Not much to work with, admittedly, but I’m not holding my breath for this one. And, bonus, we’ve got an encore presentation of the dreadful Season 21 opener, “Homer the Whopper.” Fox has deemed it fit to let us revel in feeling our grey matter disintegrate for a FULL FUCKING HOUR. Truly, what a god amongst broadcasters they are.


Quote of the Day

There's No Disgrace Like Home2“Don’t blame yourself Homer, you got dealt a bad hand.  You got crummy little kids that nobody can control.” – Barney Gumble
“You can’t talk that way about my kids!  Or at least two of them.” – Homer Simpson
“Why, you got two I haven’t met?” – Barney Gumble


Simpsons Alumni Update: Harry Shearer (Again)

At this rate Harry Shearer is going to wear out our “Simpsons Alumni” category, but I guess you can’t keep a funny man down.  Besides, there’s simply too much awesome in this interview to just bury it in tomorrow’s Reading Digest.  In it he talks about why liberal talk radio can’t get a foothold, the processes of comedy, and his upcoming documentary about Hurricane Katrina (which he hopes to have ready in time for the fifth anniversary next year).

The whole thing is a fun read, but two quotes jumped out at me.  In reverse order (bold mine to denote questions):

It’s all dandy until you get censor notes from the network.

Funny, in the “Unplugged” Spinal Tap Tour last spring, during one of the comedy parts of the show, Michael McKean had gotten a hold of the censor notes from NBC of what they would have to do to show “This Is Spinal Tap” on NBC — and he reads them out. That stuff is always funny. There was a legendary book an old gag writer named Leonard Stern wrote, he worked for Jackie Gleason and Steve Allen and those guys, and I think he worked on “My Favorite Martian.” The script note he got from the network one day, next to a particular line, became the title of his book. And the note was, “a Martian wouldn’t say this.” You just can’t do better than that.

A friend of mine saw that show and said the reading of the NBC censor list was funny as hell.  Wish I’d gone.  Also, this sent my heart aflutter:

How would you rate the current writing on “The Simpsons”?

Umm, no comment.

You don’t need to comment, Mr. Shearer; we’ll do it for you.


Simpsons Alumni Update: David M. Stern

David Stern’s new show Ugly Americans was previewed during yesterday’s South Park.  Comedy Central’s website has the preview from last night as well as a slightly longer clip (that has some of the same stuff).  The only information about it that I could find (I didn’t try very hard) is the same stuff from the generic press release a few months ago.  It’s animated, it’s coming in March, and it’s set in a New York City where horror monsters are part of the everyday. 

Though I can’t stand almost all television shows my ravenous lust for teevee is powerful enough that I’ll give anything a try.  This at least looks like it’s got a chance to be both original and decent. 


Quote of the Day

“Ow. Those gears down there really hurt.” – Barney Gumble

Edit: Whoops, looks like we scheduled two quotes for today.  Oh well, you can never have too many Simpsons quotes.


Quote of the Day

“Sorry Mr. Burns, but I don’t go in for these backdoor shenanigans. Sure I’m flattered, maybe even a little curious, but the answer is no!” – Homer Simpson


Thou Shalt Not Doubt the Comprehensiveness of SNPP

Earlier today, when I was writing the post about the Al Jean quote, I watched the “hard core nudity” credits from “The 138th Episode Spectacular”.  I was trying to get a quick overview of nudity in the show and while I was aware that most of it would be nudity of the “male’s ass” variety (the go to nudity for comedy), I knew that wasn’t all of it.  One of the few that isn’t is this screen shot, ostensibly from Season 6’s “Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy”:

Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy4

But when I considered it for a moment I thought it looked a bit more nude than I expected.  So I went to the actual part from “Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy” and, lo and behold, here’s what I saw:

Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy2

First and foremost, way-to-go to Simpsons (from the before time, the long long ago) for sneaking that one past the censors.  Secondly, I suck for never noticing that before.  Thirdly, SNPP does not suck:

Benjamin Robinson writes, "If you look carefully, you’ll notice that another outtake slipped into the nudie montage at the end. The scene where Bart interrupts Homer and Marge’s is from `Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy (2F07),’ right? Wrong! I checked my tape of the original airing, and — yowsa! — we got to see a lot more of her this time. In fact, the scene that did air looks comparatively crude, as if the censors balked at the last minute and ordered a re- do. Well, I guess this makes up for dropping the `doggy leapfrog’ scene from `Two Dozen & One Greyhounds (2F18).’"

I remain in awe of SNPP. Also, Benjamin Robinson noticed this and had to check it on tape, I was able to verify it in less than 10 seconds on my laptop. Living in the future rules. 

Edited to fix the fact that the quote was in tiny font.


A Quote and a Speculative Question

For anyone wondering whether or not the two officially sanctioned instances of Marge being drawn with little to no clothes were coordinated, wonder no longer.  The Toronto Sun has this from Al Jean himself:

"It’s a little bit of a reference to our recent encounter with Playboy," Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said. "Marge goes to a photo shoot for a charity calendar and the photographer gets her a little tipsy, so she takes off a little more than she expects to.

"The episode idea came first, because we work a year ahead. The Playboy thing (Marge was the cover girl for the November issue) was an independent offer from Playboy. But we thought, to be smart, we should probably have them come out around the same time."

So there you go.  That’s the quote; now for the speculative question: What were the negotiations like between Playboy and Zombie Simpsons over what they could draw? 

The actual drawings are pretty tame, with only one of them having anything that qualifies as “nudity” (in that her nipples are drawn behind a sheer nightgown).  In terms of “what you can see” (the only measurement anyone cares about when it comes to nudity) there’s almost been more of Marge on the show.  I just wonder if Playboy wanted it to be less clothed and Zombie Simpsons came back with something like “you can show X but not Y or Z”.  (Though I suppose it could’ve been the other way around too.)  Are there previous drafts out there, where things are a little more or a little less revealing than the final versions?  Are there entirely different drawings that didn’t make the cut? 

C’mon people at Playboy and Zombie Simpsons, leak that stuff on-line.  It’ll be extra publicity (which I know you both care about) and you can even act righteous and indignant about it in public, and what’s more fun than that?


Quote of the Day

“Wait a minute! What was that last thing you said? ‘Grampa’s Little Helper’… what’s that? Which one of you is the mailman?” – Grampa Simpson



Synergy Hides in the Bureaucracy

“We need to talk about the, marital difficulties, we’ve been having lately.” – Marge Simpson
“Marge, there’s just too much pressure.  What with my job, the kids, traffic snarls, political strife at home and abroad!  But I promise you, the second all those things go away, we’ll have sex.” – Homer Simpson

Sometimes even your in-house fanboys don’t like an episode, it doesn’t happen very often, but it does happen.  So while the IGN review below has some entire sentences I didn’t need to edit, the numerical score is still a 6.2.  6.2!  Even setting aside the goofiness of rating a cookie cutter television programs on an effective 100 point scale, I’m still forced ask, what would it take for one of these episodes to garner a rating of less than 5?  What would a 22-minute test pattern get?  If one actually takes the time to read this review it’s pretty devastating (especially when compared with the baseline sycophancy that makes up most of IGN’s Zombie Simpsons reviews).  But if all you’re looking at is the score, then it really isn’t so bad.  Let this be a lesson to anyone out there who ever needs to write up a report that a superior may or may not take the time to read in full: you can get away with a lot so long as it toes the line at first glance. 

November 16, 2009 – I enjoyed watched the first act of "The Devil Wears Nada." I think it’s because that’s where all the potential was I’m a glutton for punishment. Carl got promoted and went from Goofus to Gallant instantly became a different person. This left Homer and Lenny to toil under his pointlessly exaggerated supervision. There was a lot to play with there. Likewise, having Marge drunkenly pose for a pin-up calendar that the entire town got their hands on offered up loads to work with made no sense, had no point, and saw everyone act like jerks for no reason. After all, there are a lot of residents in Springfield, and their reactions to Marge’s pictures could have been priceless couldn’t have been less well thought out. But the potential was wasted then the expected happened as the stories converged and took an unexpected, fairly predictably boring route.

Instead of playing up the goings on at the nuclear power plant, with Homer and Lenny left behind and Carl joining Mr. Burns in the executive rung of the business ladder, we were given a more singular and separate tale. Carl promoted Homer to become his executive assistant, for some reason, and a very loose reinterpretation of The Devil Wears Prada took off from there. It’s a role we’ve seen Homer take on fail at before as he was briefly Mr. Burns’ assistant in "Homer the Smithers.", when he was as terrible an assistant as one would expect. Here, the The Devil Wears Prada spin meant that Homer was overworked and over-utilized uncharacteristically competent for various demeaning tasks, most of which we only hear about and don’t actually see, thank goodness. The tenuous thread connecting these two slapdash stories was that All all of that executive assisting left Homer exhausted and useless to Marge in the bedroom.

Marge, meanwhile, had somehow become intensely aroused by the town’s polite bizarro reaction to her pin-up calendar pictures. The calendar was meant to be a fundraiser organized by the Springfield Charity Chicks. Instead, after several glasses of wine, it became 12 months of scantily clad Marge for some reason. At first I thought the episode might be trying to tie in with Playboy’s recent Marge pictorial, but it soon became clear that the calendar was just a cheap means to get Marge horny while Homer remained exhausted promote this vapid episode. This was another case of the series returning to botching familiar storylines. It’s tough to get away from this one — trouble in the bedroom — as they are a married couple and this is Zombie Simpsons has become, essentially, a sitcom. Unfortunately Naturally, "The Devil Wears Nada" doesn’t give the story anything new.

What it does throw in there is the hacktacular idea that a lusty Marge and a single Ned might just come together for a night of passion. This was ridiculous boring to watch and I’m disappointed utterly unsurprised the writers even thought to go in this direction. First, it goes against everything we know about these two characters. Never mind that they came to their senses in the end, Marge is too loving a wife and Ned is too good a Christian for the option of hooking up to ever enter their minds. The series did make a joke of the situation use some more joke free exposition with Homer’s reaction to seeing the pair embraced in the doorway: "My wife and my worst friend? Could it be? Nah." Of course "nah." And that’s why they couldn’t make it at all funny to watch.

"The Devil Wears Nada" was a disappointing typical Zombie Simpsons episode. The potential present in the first act decade of the show was not fulfilled. Homer’s role as Carl’s executive assistant did not yield a great number of laughs do anything but chew clock. The only thing that really stood out for me was the random guy picking up Homer’s discarded Blackberry: "Nuclear secrets. Pictures of Lenny. Everything I need for my plan." Similarly, Marge’s turn as a calendar girl and temporary nymphomaniac was far more painful to watch than it was funny. As we approach the big celebration documenting 20 years on the air, I hope the episodes get better than this, but I know they won’t.


Quote of the Day

“Hold me.” – Homer Simpson
“Only if you hold me.” – Police Chief Wiggum
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