Marge Acts Like a Child, Until She Doesn’t, Then It Ends

Chalkboard - Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life

“A homemaker?  I might as well be dead.” – Lisa Simpson
“Lisa, it’s not that bad.” – Marge Simpson

For all those who have ever wondered what would happen if Zombie Simpsons took “Lisa’s Sax”, “Separate Vocations”, and “Lisa’s Pony” and added in a hash of “Bart the General” as a B-plot, wonder no more.  It lasts about twenty-two minutes, moving glacially from one overwrought plot point to another, pausing occasionally for a bizarre aside that the writers think is clever.  In that last category, we have the interminable gas station scene at the beginning, Willie’s bizarre floor-waxer conniption fit, Bart’s kite-boarding montage, and Homer’s clock eating slow motion dive out of a window. 

To my surprise, there were a couple of decent ideas here.  But, as usual, they shied away from anything that could be called insightful.  Case in point, concealing from the consumer which toy they’re actually buying.  It’s a good concept, especially because the toy is supposed to be an apology from an oil company.  But instead of doing anything clever with it, they use it as an excuse for more of their usual crazy Homer antics, including having him spray himself with gasoline for some reason. 

The numbers are in, and while they are up from last week, they are also probably going to get revised down on account of football overrun.  Right now Zombie Simpsons is rocking a 8.97 million viewers, but that is almost certain to come down significantly once the final numbers are posted.  When the revised figure gets to TV By the Numbers, I’ll take another look.  Here’s hoping it plummets. 

11 Responses to “Marge Acts Like a Child, Until She Doesn’t, Then It Ends”

  1. 15 November 2010 at 7:17 pm

    You misunderstood the blind packaging gag.. it’s a stab at the stupid KidRobot blind packaging concept for collectors

    • 16 November 2010 at 12:08 am

      Yeah, as soon as I saw that, I knew that Homer was in for some torture. Especially since he could only get one with each 10 gallons of gas. Homer wastes gas and money for doubles, and Texxon still gets the money. The collector in me would call that a bigger slap in the face if BP did that instead of releasing those videos of the CEO “apologizing.”

  2. 3 Stan
    15 November 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Just watched it and can’t say it’s really terrible – it’s just bad. The ideas were indeed there: Homer’s doll quest, Marge’s childhood home, even Lisa throwing away her saxophone. Instead, it all turned into a vortex of unnecessary time killing and Homer acting crappy (once again). The worst thing about this episode is the abrupt ending: Marge taking to do the laundry (probably this is how they picture the modern housewife at work), Lisa seeing all that, realizing something we don’t know (“Mom, you did so much for me! You… don’t have to do that anymore.”), and then some more jerkass Homer.

    And the B-plot is complete filler calqued from “Bart the General”.

    For a ZS episode, however, it managed to get away with some “heh” type jokes, notably Marge harassing Bart with topics about Milhouse. But it’s still boring.

  3. 15 November 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I noticed a bit of bad editing–we see Homer go through the window, but what happened to Lisa?

    • 5 Stan
      15 November 2010 at 9:37 pm

      Same thing at the beginning: we see Maggie, Lisa, Bart and Homer watch the TV. Then it’s just Homer and Maggie, though it was just after I&S episode, which Bart and Lisa seldom miss. Then for some reason Lisa knows that Maggie is “sad” and that she wants her little elf.

      Lisa doesn’t play with Happy Little Elves anymore. She’s too busy figuring out how to finance businesses and coach baseball teams. Typical type of activities for an eight-year-old kid.

  4. 6 Anonymous
    16 November 2010 at 4:27 pm

    The show is now about fun, which is why you don’t enjoy it. You don’t enjoy fun.

    • 7 P. Piggly Hogswine
      16 November 2010 at 5:17 pm

      Seeing you troll from topic to topic is more fun than watching these ghastly episodes. Keep it up, you’re adding an extra laugh factor round here.

    • 8 D.N.
      16 November 2010 at 5:17 pm

      You sure have a weird sense of what constitutes “fun.” What other forms of torture do you consider “fun”? Shaving your pubic hair off with a cheese grater? (assuming you have pubic hair.)

    • 16 November 2010 at 6:03 pm

      What was it about before “fun”?

    • 10 El Stevo
      16 November 2010 at 11:25 pm

      I am producing audible laughter at the butthurt zombie simpsons fanboy.

      The show is about money. All the fun died out years ago.

  5. 11 Mike Russo
    16 November 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I’ll admit I laughed at the Big League Chew and Fruit Roll-Up cigar and the whole seven of spades thing (“Ta-Daaa!”) but yeah it’s was pretty typical Zombie Simpsons.

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