Archive for June, 2010


Crazy Noises: Girly Edition

Girly Edition4

“I want you to take that monkey back so he can be rehabilitated and get a second chance.” – Marge Simpson
“No, no, he’s fine.  Go on, Mojo, show Marge your Happy Dance!” – Homer Simpson

There’s no new Zombie Simpsons until September at the earliest (October? fingers crossed!), so we’re going to spend the summer overthinking Season 9.  Why Season 9?  Because we did Season 8 last summer, and Season 9 was when the show started becoming more Zombie than Simpsons.  Since we’re too lazy to do audio and too ugly to do video, we’ve booked a “chatroom” (ours is right between the one with the sexy seventh graders and the one with the bored federal agents pretending to be sexy seventh graders).  So log on to your dial-up AOL and join us.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “convenience”).

Today’s episode is 921 “Girly Edition”, 911 “All Singing, All Dancing” was yesterday.

Charlie Sweatpants: This one is mostly good.

Mad Jon: I generally enjoy it.

It’s not 1-6 top caliber, but it is one of the best in season 9.

Charlie Sweatpants: It gets a little carried away with Willie (especially at the end), but other than that it’s very solid.

Mad Jon: The Brockman induced schmaltz is worth the price of admission.

Charlie Sweatpants: They really enjoyed themselves with all those mind fogging reports.

Dave: It’s watchable, yeah.

Mad Jon: I sense a lingering desire to put us in our place, Dave.

Dave: Nah, there’ll be none of that tonight.

  It’s not top of 9 for me only because I have fewer in the top than the two of you.

Charlie Sweatpants: What displeases you?

Mad Jon: Yes, tell us.

Dave: As an aside, I had a friend in high school who more or less built a career around foggy news and warm fuzzies. I blame this episode, actually.

Eh, it just doesn’t grab me. The Bart/Lisa rivalry isn’t particularly entertaining… I hate Lindsey Naegle… the Willie stuff got weird. Y’know. That.

Charlie Sweatpants: The only Bart/Lisa thing I didn’t like is how personal Bart takes her thinking he dumb.

He knows he’s dumber than her, he doesn’t care.

Dave: Bingo.

Mad Jon: The Willie stuff dragged on for sure, and I agree with Pants on the Lisa/Bart point.

Dave: And for no reason Bart gets massively butthurt and goes on a mission to prove a point that doesn’t matter.

Charlie Sweatpants: But I do like Lindsey Naegle.

Mad Jon: But time wise they weren’t that lengthy and they led to funny lines.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, he doesn’t really, and I like when he reads the newspaper.

Mad Jon: And of course, Mojo was great.

Dave: Naegle reminds me of too many alpha-bitch types I work with. Therefore I hate her.

  Mojo is pretty awesome.

  And I enjoyed Homer’s request for a duck.

Mad Jon: It is unfortunate/fortunate that it clouds the Homer – jerkass stuff.

Charlie Sweatpants: How so?

Mad Jon: Homer wasn’t the man we loved from the early seasons in this episode. But because of his behavior Mojo came into my life, so it’s a wash as far as I am concerned.

  Non-Homer behavior wears on me very quickly.

Charlie Sweatpants: I see what you mean, but this is so tame for Jerkass Homer that it hardly registers any more.

Mad Jon: True enough, but I don’t have a lot of grey area for that man.

Dave: I agree with Charlie here. Homer’s a jerkass but by modern standards he’s a saint in this episode.

Charlie Sweatpants: I remember distinctly not liking the way Homer acted when this one first aired, now I don’t mind so much. Again the parallel with the declining elderly relative is apt. This was one of his better days.

Dave, to get back to Lindsey Naegle for a moment, if she reminds you of people you work with, shouldn’t that make this funnier?

Dave: It should but it doesn’t.

There isn’t so much parody with her character as there is a mirror.

Mad Jon: You would think so but here we are…

Charlie Sweatpants: She showed up for the first time as the network executive spouting business speak, so you know she was based on all the ladder climbing career nutjobs that show up at a place like FOX the way new teeth show up in a shark.

Dave: Wasn’t this the first cat lady episode too?

Charlie Sweatpants: I think so.

Mad Jon: I’ll take your word for it.

Dave: Again, Wikipedia backs me up here.

  Two new female non-characters, how lucky we were.

Er, scratch that.

  I’m dead wrong on this one.

Mad Jon: About what?

Dave: I thought this was Naegle’s first appearance; it’s not.

Charlie Sweatpants: Cat Lady is another one of those characters in the Duff Man/Disco Stu mold where it was funny once, kinda funny the second time, and then turned into an actual character.

Another reason to love Naegle: she gave us permission to scratch “proactive” and “paradigm” from the language.

Mad Jon: She is in plenty of Zombie-sodes

Charlie Sweatpants: To this day I avoid using those words.

  But Naegle’s a better character than the Cat Lady.

Mad Jon: My boss uses proactive at least 3 times a day.

Dave: I get twitchy if I don’t say paradigm at least once a week.

Charlie Sweatpants: The Cat Lady is one joke, Naegle’s much closer to the show’s better minor characters.

Dave: Well enjoy your Naegle-lovefest.

  I still don’t like her one bit.

Mad Jon: Fair enough.

Charlie Sweatpants: I guess if I didn’t like Naegle I would dislike this one, but I don’t so I don’t.

  See that? Quadruple negative!

Dave: Mind blown.

Mad Jon: Very creative.

  But since I’ve been drinking, it kind of went over my head.

Charlie Sweatpants: Oh wait, “I don’t doubt that if I didn’t like Naegle I would dislike this one, but I don’t so I don’t” Sextuple negative!

Mad Jon: Take THAT you stupid Dean.

Charlie Sweatpants: I watched that one this morning.

Mad Jon: That’s a good one.

Charlie Sweatpants: Before we get sidetracked again, any final thoughts on Girly Edition?

Dave: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

Mad Jon: Are you high too Dave?

Charlie Sweatpants: No, it’s a grammatically correct sentence that uses only one word.

Dave: Indeed.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s kinda-famous.

Dave: Indeed.

Mad Jon: Clearly famous.

  Maybe I run in the wrong circles.

Charlie Sweatpants: Then again, I dislike things that are grammatically correct, so I’ll hang with Lindsey and Dave can play with his buffaloes.

Seriously, anything else?

Mad Jon: You could have ended that sentence with a preposition or something.

  No, nothing from me.

Dave: Nah.

Charlie Sweatpants: I cheated on the preposition test in fifth grade. I still don’t totally understand what one is.


Quote of the Day

“Are there any jive-talking robots in this play?” – Bart Simpson

“I don’t think so.” – Marge Simpson

“Bart, don’t ask stupid questions. Is there any frontal nudity?” – Homer Simpson

“No Homer.” – Marge Simpson


Crazy Noises: All Singing, All Dancing

Waiting to Exhale

Image “borrowed” from here.

“We got the popcorn, did you get ‘Waiting to Exhale’?” – Marge Simpson
“They put us on the ‘Waiting to Exhale’ waiting list, but they said don’t hold your breath.” – Homer Simpson

There’s no new Zombie Simpsons until September at the earliest (October? fingers crossed!), so we’re going to spend the summer overthinking Season 9.  Why Season 9?  Because we did Season 8 last summer, and Season 9 was when the show started becoming more Zombie than Simpsons.  Since we’re too lazy to do audio and too ugly to do video, we’ve booked a “chatroom” (ours is right between the one with the sexy seventh graders and the one with the bored federal agents pretending to be sexy seventh graders).  So log on to your dial-up AOL and join us.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “convenience”).

Today’s episode is 911 “All Singing, All Dancing”, 921 “Girly Edition” is coming tomorrow.

Charlie Sweatpants: Shall we get started? Singing clip show or media parody?

Mad Jon: Let’s start with clip show. I don’t want to end on a low note tonight.

Dave: Agreed.

Charlie Sweatpants: Fair enough, because this clip show sucks.

Mad Jon: It really does.

Dave: The clips are good. The glue is terrible.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well put.

Mad Jon: Exactly, I enjoy the songs, but did anyone else get the feeling that they just stopped caring about the glue around halfway through? The transitions sort of came and went when they felt like it.

Charlie Sweatpants: I think they stopped caring much sooner than halfway through.

Dave: Halfway is generous. I thought they stopped trying far earlier than that.

Charlie Sweatpants: Ha, beat you to it!

Dave: That you did.

Charlie Sweatpants: The opening is kinda funny, and the "Paint Your Wagon" song is nice.

But after that it’s basically an exercise in time killing.

Dave: I think the "Waiting to Exhale" bit is good too.

Charlie Sweatpants: That is a good joke.

Mad Jon: I think the Snake stuff pisses me off the very most.

Dave: There’s the implicit admission at the end about how lousy everything is with the banner and fourth wall breaking.

So you knew it sucked, but you served it to us anyway. Fuck you.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, they did that in previous clip shows much better.

Dave: Right.

This wasn’t nearly as clever.

Mad Jon: I very much enjoy the first three clip shows.

Charlie Sweatpants: There were three?

Mad Jon: Yep, there was the April fools day one, the love story one, and the Troy McClure one.

Charlie Sweatpants: Troy McClure one?

You mean the 138th episode spectacular?

I’m not sure I’d define that as a clip show.

Dave: Well the banner said clip show number 4.

So let’s think about this…

Mad Jon: So how would you define a show that spends most of it’s time playing clips from other episodes?

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, a lot of the clips were things that didn’t air originally.

Dave: Wikipedia counts it.

Charlie Sweatpants: Not all of them, but some.

Mad Jon: Fair enough Charlie, but they were still clips that weren’t aired.

But we’ve digressed.

Charlie Sweatpants: Enh. I just don’t have this mentally filed under "clip show". We could debate the semantics all night, but I think we may just be avoiding talking about this particular one.

Dave: Jon, we all hate the Snake parts. Why do you?

Mad Jon: Well, I’m sure it’s the same reason you do, it is unbelievably unnecessary. They didn’t need him, it filled time, and was rather annoying.

And, that’s not Snake’s MO

He’s more of a convenience store and bank hold up guy, not a hostage taker or murderer

Charlie Sweatpants: The whole thing was time filling. They barely had a way to string the clips together, and all of the clips are loooooong.

And you’re right about Snake, it was more violent than we usually expect from him.

In the other clip shows, they show clips much faster and the clips themselves are shorter.

Mad Jon: Yeah, as the Devil’s advocate I could say that the song clips are inherently longer.

It reminds me of the Songs of Springfield CD.

Charlie Sweatpants: I know in this case they have to show the whole song, but several of them have lots of non-song parts around them.

Dave: Laziness, yeah?

Charlie Sweatpants: Lyle Lanley’s entire non-song introduction is there.

Mad Jon: Except that doesn’t need tie-ins

Dave: The clips don’t need contextualization.

Charlie Sweatpants: "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart" ends with Apu on the roof.

Dave: There we go again repeating each other.

Charlie Sweatpants: There was no need to do that other than filling time.

Mad Jon: When things are easy to hate, we are pretty quick at the draw.

Charlie Sweatpants: Pretty much the only part of this one that’s decent is the very beginning.

Dave: So the episode was a time suck, Snake was pointlessly out of character, and the rest was forgettable.

That cover it?

Mad Jon: At least with a shitty clip show, the crap plot part is short.

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s true enough.

It’s not like I’ve ever been bored by the Stonecutter’s song.

Mad Jon: Great song.

Charlie Sweatpants: And I always crack up when the beach ball bounces off Lovejoy’s head.

Mad Jon: I like when Homer reminds Marge they used to make out to that hymn

But I don’t feel any need to have my enjoyment of a different episode splash off on this one.

Charlie Sweatpants: Me neither. This one never makes my regular rotation.

Mad Jon: Anything else guys?

Or should we talk about something better.

Charlie Sweatpants: I don’t think so, there just isn’t much episode to discuss here.


Quote of the Day

“Dad! Hide your shame!” – Lisa Simpson
“Hey Homie, I can see your doodle!” – Ned Flanders
“Shut up Flanders.” – Homer Simpson


Folding Like Umbrellas

Via Cromulent Words comes this most excellent rendition of Lisa’s strike song from “Last Exit to Springfield”:

In turn, this led me to YouTube’s related videos.  Sure enough, there are more:

Here’s one with a little Spanish flavor:

This guy’s singing voice is remarkably accent free given that he appears to be a native German speaker:

Germans love Lisa’s protest song:

Piano?  Piano:

A man with aviator sunglasses has no time to waste.  Here’s the up-tempo short version (only 29 seconds):

A shirt is not required when you have this kind of enthusiasm:

By the “folding tower”?  Why not:

And finally, this is just awesome:

I love how the kid who’s playing Lenny snaps his fingers.  Bravo all around.


Quote of the Day

Homer vs Patty & Selma2

“Is something wrong, Mr Simpson?” – Ballet Instructor
“I don’t like wearing tights, ma’am.” – Bart Simpson
“But so many of your heroes wear tights!  Batman, for example . . . and Magellan.” – Ballet Instructor


Quote of the Day

“That’s right boys! Troy’s back from the gutter and he’s brought someone with with him!” – Troy McClure


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