03
Aug
10

Crazy Noises: The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons

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“Yarrr, I’m not attractive.” – Sea Captain

There’s no new Zombie Simpsons until September, 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 “liquefied”).

Today’s episode is 907 “The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons”.  Tomorrow will be 908 “Lisa the Skeptic”.

Charlie Sweatpants: I have mixed feelings about both of these episodes, I don’t know which one I want to start with.

Mad Jon: Let’s start with the two Nashasapemawhatevers

Charlie Sweatpants: Nahasapeemapetilon.

It’s spelled just like it sounds so once you learn how to spell it, it’s really easy.

Mad Jon: Oh I know, but I like how Selma says it better.

Charlie Sweatpants: Ah, I missed the reference. I’ll flog myself for that later.

Mad Jon: I wouldn’t worry about it, I still spelled the part I typed wrong. But that’s because I am a poor speller at best.

Anyway.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yes, anyway.

Dave: I thought this was the more watchable of the two, but barely.

Mad Jon: I agree, but I am probably not as down on it as you are.

Dave: I’m not super down on it.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s pretty close, this one has the advantage of less string music of suspense.

Mad Jon: Sorry, I just sort of assume you dislike all season nine for some reason.

Dave: Lisa the Skeptic just has that whole sanctimonious bent running throughout, which annoys me to no end.

Charlie Sweatpants: But “Lisa the Skeptic” has a stronger and more cynical story, even though it makes very little sense.

Dave: But I digress.

Mad Jon: Anyway, I would like this one more if there weren’t two versions of non-homer to deal with.

Charlie Sweatpants: Two?

Mad Jon: I feel like there are two different homers in this one.

Dave: Is Jerkass Homer one of them?

Mad Jon: The first one is sit-com special guest Homer like in the Love-matic Grampa sketch of The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase. He shows up to the Kwik-e-Mart and pretty much gets Apu into the mess, and he kind of changes to another non-homer as he stays at the rest home.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, there’s some Jerkass behavior, but that’s to be expected this late in the series.

Mad Jon: He’s a bit jerky, but it is not that much of a distraction.

I rather enjoy the Apu storyline.

Charlie Sweatpants: I don’t mind his first interaction with Apu, when he tells Apu to lie to his mother. It’s the second one where it crosses the line into sitcom-y.

Mad Jon: Yeah, I can just hear the cheers and laugh track throughout the store scenes.

Charlie Sweatpants: I know. We did get Apu’s line about “web of lies”, but it’s small consolation.

Mad Jon: And even though we are being broadcast on FOX, there is no need for obnoxious hooting and hollering.

Dave: Oh a laugh track would’ve made this classic.

Mad Jon: Homer in the rest home isn’t classic homer, but he isn’t jerky enough to piss me off, its more of a weird super-lazy thing, but he doesn’t receive any blows to the head.

Charlie Sweatpants: I kinda like the rest home, both while he’s there and his description of it as being like a baby but old enough to appreciate it.

Mad Jon: I always laugh when Grandpa greets him as Cornelius.

Dave: The rest home stuff goes on too long.

There were maybe two jokes there, tops.

Mad Jon: I don’t have any problems with the plot, or the playout, but I felt it was a different Homer and wanted to voice my opinion.

Charlie Sweatpants: Look, it’s not nearly as cruel towards old people as the show used to be, but the idea of a lazy man like Homer receiving 24-hour nursing care is pretty decent.

Mad Jon: Its funny enough I don’t want to kill it, but not funny enough for me to tell my wife I watched it last night.

Charlie Sweatpants: He loves liquefied potato chips, and loves chairs that roll.

Mad Jon: And getting turned.

I am generally happy with the scenes with Apu’s Mom, except the dot scene with Lisa and Bart.

Charlie Sweatpants: The real problems start when he leaves the nursing home and goes back to his house.

That Homer would do that, fine, but why are Marge and Apu okay with it?

And then they have the fucking wedding at the Simpsons house even though Apu’s mom hates them.

Mad Jon: The wedding is bad, except for the mouse scene.

Charlie Sweatpants: I do like the mouse.

Mad Jon: And I laugh at the big dude who calls out homer in Hindi.

Dave: Homer in the Ganesha getup… gah.

Mad Jon: But yeah, Homer was trying hard to be disliked in the third act.

Charlie Sweatpants: The Ganesh thing takes way too long, but it produces a couple of decent lines.

But it can’t salvage the wedding. The wedding is a clusterfuck.

Dave: Why do birds suddenly appear?

Charlie Sweatpants: Why do they give it this sappy, “arranged marriages work” conclusion?

There’s Manjula’s line about getting divorced, but you know from the time it’s over that they’re going to live happily ever after.

Mad Jon: For at least 5 or 6 seasons.

Charlie Sweatpants: But it would’ve been a much stronger ending if they had made her a one off character and shown them getting divorced.

Mad Jon: That would have been good.

Charlie Sweatpants: Once Apu’s mother was gone, that is.

Mad Jon: Going right from the ceremony to the courthouse, all you hear is the gavel and Judge Snyder giving his verdict.

Charlie Sweatpants: Exactly. Instead they indulge this cornball “love at first sight” thing.

Dave: Cruel, fitting, more classic.

Charlie Sweatpants: The whole scene is contradictory, this is a sacred inviolable marriage that they have to go through, but Lovejoy’s doing the ceremony and its being held in the Simpsons back yard.

Mad Jon: Well, he did consult a Hindu website.

Charlie Sweatpants: Heh, there’s a joke that hasn’t aged well.

I’d also like to point out that the brief, throwaway hot tub joke was originally done on The Critic:

Dave: Ah, pointless nostalgia.

Mad Jon: Very nice. I do like the bar scene that precedes it however, specifically the toast and brief discussion by the bar flies.

Charlie Sweatpants: This episode is not without its charms.

Dave: Sorry, that reads much harsher upon typing. That’s a good clip.

Mad Jon: Also, in General I enjoyed Moe in this one, I think it is because there has been so many Moe-centric episodes lately.

Charlie Sweatpants: Moe is himself here, that’s for sure.

He likes women who take their clothes off for money.

And he isn’t shy about saying so.

Mad Jon: He plans for years to go to Easter Island and has no idea what it is. Also he don’t want no posies.

And all in less than 10 seconds.

Charlie Sweatpants: The auction isn’t as tight as it would’ve been a few years earlier, but it’s one of the high points of the episode. I especially like how they make the losers stand there.

Mad Jon: I like the auction. I really like Krusty in it. Nah, I ain’t reading that…

Dave: I like Barney’s little sway/gesture thing. Completely unattractive/unsexy, but super funny.

Charlie Sweatpants: The only thing that bothers me about the auction is Apu. We’ve twice seen that he’s something of a party guy (he’s dating a stripper in Lisa’s Pony and he hooks up with that chick in 22 Short Stories), and yet here he’s all flustered and surprised that he’s attractive.

It’s not major, it just doesn’t quite sit right.

Mad Jon: Yeah, but he does turn it on afterwards. And I must say “Why don’t you try and stop me” like 3 times a day.

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s one of the reasons I have warm thoughts about this episode despite its terrible storytelling, hackneyed plot and wretched ending.

Dave: With the weird inflection and everything, Jon?

Mad Jon: I always try, my wife would probably speak of my failure. But I always go for it.

Charlie Sweatpants: There are a lot of quotes, “The lie has set me free!”, “All Kwik-E-Mart managers must be skilled in the deadly arts.”, and “I can’t believe you don’t shutup!” which is one of the all time great conversation stoppers.

Mad Jon: That is great. I am not even sure what Homer is mumbling because I am always looking forward to that line.

Charlie Sweatpants: Homer’s thing about “Here I am using my own X like a sucker” is also highly usable.

Mad Jon: It is.

Charlie Sweatpants: Bart and Lisa asking about the dot is good too.

Mad Jon: It is kind of funny, but what the hell, Lisa doesn’t have any knowledge of her Brahman Heritage??

Charlie Sweatpants: She does, as long as you have no follow up questions.

Mad Jon: That was too much of a stretch. If Bart had Lisa’s line asking about the dot, then that would have worked better, but that may be the most un-Lisa line ever written.

Charlie Sweatpants: Uh, doesn’t Bart say that?

Lisa backs him up though.

Mad Jon: No, Lisa says, “Can I ask you about your dot? What’s the deal with that dot?”

Charlie Sweatpants: Oh, yeah, she does say that.

Mad Jon: That’s the line that bothers me.

I can see how that line is hilarious on paper, and even funny with Lisa’s voice, but Lisa?

Charlie Sweatpants: Enh, there are other things to be bothered by here. I see what you’re getting at, but since I find it funny I’m willing to forgive it.

Mad Jon: Fair Enough.

Charlie Sweatpants: For example, Manjula’s Fried Green Tomatoes joke is a massive turd in that it’s both a) not funny and b) lets you know that they’re chickening out and giving it a lame ending because they’re totally in love! And isn’t that nice!

Mad Jon: Yeah, that is a bad line, but I acknowledge that I disapprove of the ending in general.

Charlie Sweatpants: I really hate the ending.

It feels like such a cop out. I can’t believe that the writers are big fans of a rather repressive tradition like arranged marriages, and yet they hop into it with both feet when there’s much more comedy to be had in mocking the ever living fuck out of it.

Remember, just two seasons earlier this show was embracing the idea that lies about your history are more important than the truth, in both Lisa the Iconoclast and Summer of 4 ft 2.

Now it’s “Arranged Marriage: Do They Always Work or Just Most of the Time?”

Mad Jon: This is one of the slippery seasons.

Charlie Sweatpants: You almost couldn’t design a fatter comedy target than the idea that prepubescent children should be irrevocably betrothed to each other, and they pass on it completely.

Mad Jon: They do mention that Manjula is getting on in age.

Dave: I wasn’t ready to concede the point, but you’ve convinced me Charlie.

Charlie Sweatpants: Thanks?

Mad Jon: Sure whatever.

Dave: Yep.

Charlie Sweatpants: Shall we move on to other fat comedy targets that get kid gloves treatment?

I’m kinda done with this one.

Mad Jon: Me too. I need 2 or 3 minutes to move my sprinkler real quick.

Charlie Sweatpants: Him and his damn sprinklers.

Dave: Jeopardy music

Charlie Sweatpants:

Dave: Nice.

Charlie Sweatpants: I love the internet.

Dave: It’s a wonderful thing.


1 Response to “Crazy Noises: The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons”


  1. 1 D.N.
    3 August 2010 at 8:22 pm

    You guys have pretty much covered my feelings about this episode. I quite like the dialogue between Homer and Apu, and the whole Cornelius Talmadge thing, and I can generally forgive the out-of-character-for-the-sake-of-plot-expediency behaviour of Apu and Lisa (which you’ve mentioned), but the whole episode turns into piss-dribble at the wedding scene. Sappy, unfunny, sitcom-y ending, which introduces Manjula (surely the most annoying supporting character in Simpsons history), heralding a slew of increasingly-bad Apu-Manjula-centred episodes.


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