“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.