Crazy Noises: Homer to the Max

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“Kids, there’s three ways to do things: the right way, the wrong way, and the Max Power way!” – Max Power
“Isn’t that the wrong way?” – Bart Simpson
“Yeah, but faster!” – Max Power

For the third summer in a row, we at the Dead Homer Society are looking to satisfy your off-season longing for substandard commentary on substandard Simpsons.  This summer we’ll be looking at Season 10.  Why Season 10?  Because we’ve already done Seasons 8 and 9 and we can’t put it off any longer.  Prior to Season 10, we watched as the show started falling over, this is when it fell over.  And while the dust wouldn’t settle completely for another season or so, there is no bigger gap in quality than the one between Season 9 and Season 10.  Since we prefer things to remain just as they were in 1995, we’re sticking with this chatroom thing instead of some newer means of communication that we all know just isn’t as good.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “Rockefeller”).

Today’s episode is 1013, “Homer to the Max”.  Tomorrow will be 1014, “I’m With Cupid”.

Charlie Sweatpants:  Ready to get started?

Dave: Let’s do it.

Mad Jon:  Ready

Charlie Sweatpants:  So, Max Power . . .

I think this one could’ve been a highlight of the late seasons if it’d had a decent B-plot, but there just isn’t enough here in one story and it feels really stretched and thin.

Mad Jon:  That’s a good observation, there really isn’t enough for just the Max Power bit, but in order to wrap the tall order of going from popular due to his name to joining Springfield’s elite, they really had to rush the end.

Charlie Sweatpants:  The end is one of those Zombie Simpsons specials where they paint themselves into a corner so they have no choice but to basically go nuclear in the last two minutes.

Charlie Sweatpants:  They’re at that nice little party and then – wham – it’s chained to trees with no warning, no foreshadowing, nothing.

Dave:  That seems essentially correct. Gotta tie up the loose ends somehow… especially with the level of escalation in this episode.

Mad Jon:  There were some funny parts, I enjoyed the scene with the producers, also when he changes his name, and Clinton made me chuckle as well.

Charlie Sweatpants:  There are quite a few funny parts, and the Clinton stuff, both his complaining that Quebec has the bomb and that he hangs out in a tool shed were funny, but that final scene always annoys me.

First, it does the "list the celebrities" thing, with Woody Harrelson, Ed Begley Jr., and Lorne Michaels.  Then there’s Homer’s screaming overreactions to everything Trent Steele says.

Dave:  I will freely admit to liking the Max Power song. It’s delightfully terrible.

Mad Jon:  Well, the garden party scene is part of the rushed ending, but there are still funny bits.

Charlie Sweatpants:  Again, there are funny bits, but this is the kind of thing that never would’ve happened even in Season 8.

Mad Jon:  And yes, they do make a quite a point of listing all the celebrities.

Charlie Sweatpants:  It’s not just the ending either.  The stream of nonsense coming from all the producers is funny, but did Homer just walk to Hollywood?  There’s no reason for him to be there.  Hell, they could’ve showed the producers without even mentioning him.  But they crammed him in so they could work in three – count ’em three! – jokes where a guy falls into a cactus.

Mad Jon:  Agreed, but I still like the producer scene. "Titanic Meets Frasier" always makes me laugh.

Charlie Sweatpants:  I always chuckle at "but it scared the hell out of us".  I’m pretty sure that’s Castellaneta and it gets me every time, but my point stands.

Mad Jon:  Although I think maybe my favorite part is a quick visual joke.  When Carl notices that Homer is mentioned in an article about local man having a famous name, the front page simply says "It’s War".

Charlie Sweatpants:  Yeah, that’s good.  Though I’m obligated to point out it was originally on "The Critic".

Mad Jon:  Fair enough.

Charlie Sweatpants: After Homer sits down and can’t remember Carl’s name though, that scene goes right to shit.

It’s mildly funny at first, but they keep it up.

Mad Jon:  True enough.

Charlie Sweatpants:  I’m not super enthusiastic about opening The MacFarlane Box here, but this is Homer at a Peter Griffin level of stupidity and knee jerk flights of fancy.

I do not like it.

Mad Jon:  Me neither.  I also do not want to spend a lot of time on this, but there was most assuredly a lot of similarities in this.

Charlie Sweatpants:  The irony is that this is the episode that gave us Admiral Baby, and Marge saying "It’s hard to believe someone that young could’ve risen to the rank of admiral."  I think of that all the time when Zombie Simpsons does something television-y stupid, like the end of this episode.

Again, there are quite a few good jokes in here, but they tend to be of the quick variety.  That they use real blood in the dumb cop show and then flash a "Give Blood Today" is good, as is "By the Numbers" for the production studio.

There are some good Homer lines too, like casually telling Marge "They have acids that can burn that off" when she mentions the tattoo of his name on her "you know what".  I’m also fond of Homer’s love of Thai food, and there’s the immortal exchange with Bart about doing things the right way, the wrong way and the Max power way.

Mad Jon:  That is a line that can tie together generations. 

Charlie Sweatpants:  But these are diamonds in the rough, the story is so slipshod and herky jerky you can hardly follow it.

I mean, why does Homer briefly become an attic bound shut in?  That whole scene just sits there like late addition filler, it has practically nothing to do with the rest of the episode.

Mad Jon:  Agreed, I never even though about what you said earlier, about how Homer is in Hollywood all of the sudden.  That stuff is pretty rampant in these later seasons. There is a lot of random scene jumping like that and the attic scene.  They feel like they were late additions almost.

Charlie Sweatpants:  Like I said, I’m always hesitant to bring up Family Guy, but this episode has a certain feel to it.

Dave:  The slapdash nature of it all does feel more than a little FG.

Charlie Sweatpants:  It’s got some funny spots, quite a few actually, but it’s too flimsy to be the show of old.

Mad Jon:  It’s not a bad episode as long as you can ignore certain issues, which I usually can.  Although I still haven’t seen this one in forever before I had to watch it yesterday.

So I guess that tells me something.

Charlie Sweatpants:  Anything else here, good or bad?  I did like some of Homer and Marge’s other potential names, Hercules Rockefeller and Chesty LaRue in particular, and Hippie Strength mace is good, but, as with so much else I liked about this episode, those were all asides.

Mad Jon:  I don’t really have anything new to add.

Charlie Sweatpants:  Dave?

Dave:  Nope.

Mad Jon:  Perhaps we should move on to Valentines Day then.

Charlie Sweatpants:  And it’s not even that time of year.

Mad Jon:  Which it really wasn’t for this episode either.  Unless you live in the South or the West Coast.

Charlie Sweatpants:  Huh?

Oh, another unusually warm Feb 14th?

I get it.  I get jokes.

Mad Jon:  And the children walked home without jackets.

10 Responses to “Crazy Noises: Homer to the Max”

  1. 1 RCreed
    21 July 2011 at 2:51 am

    I just want to say that this is literally my favorite website on the Internet right now. You’re the only reason I want Zombie Simpsons to continue.

  2. 21 July 2011 at 4:32 am

    What a coincidence, I visit this site and I see this post first thing while that episode is on TV.

    In my opinion, this episode started as an slightly above average episode for Season 10 before falling apart at the garden party.

  3. 3 P. Piggly Hogswine
    21 July 2011 at 6:25 am

    Never minded this episode, without it ever standing out in any way. But I have very fond memories of the “Well, let’s just say I … hate crime” bit.

    • 4 kokairu
      21 July 2011 at 7:07 am

      The cop show is full of wonderfully awful quotes. Somewhat ashamedly, ‘Wu-oh, spaghetti-O’s’ is probably my most quoted Simpsons line.

      This episode is my favourite of Season 10, but that most likely traces back to the fact that I owned this one on a home video release, quite possibly before I’d seen season 6 and onwards, so at the age of 13 I’m not sure that I dedected any sign of decline, it was just a bit different. In a similar vein to a recent guest post, I hold it in high regard because I originally sat down and watched it with all of my family, and me and my sisters love referencing it.

      It’s interesting that you guys have compared it to Family Guy, I never thought about it before, but everything Homer says in this episode would quite easily come from Peter Griffin. It’s also crammed full of jokes weaved into a poorly constructed plot, albeit not nearly as lazily as it’s done in Family Guy. And, correct me if I’m wrong, it surely can’t be considered a rip off, because Family Guy had only just started when Homer to the Max aired?

      • 5 fudge
        21 July 2011 at 8:27 am

        “WU-OH! SPAGHETTI-O’S!” is my favorite Simpsons line, and probably the main reason I give this one a pass overall, despite some of the stupidity it devolves into near the end. The first half is pretty classic imo.

  4. 6 Patrick
    21 July 2011 at 11:53 am

    This is the problem with seasons 10-12 they have 2/3 of the episode that’s solid and then they just fuck the ending up big time :|

    • 7 Thrillho
      21 July 2011 at 1:54 pm

      This x1000

    • 8 kokairu
      21 July 2011 at 5:19 pm

      Definitely, though at least the beginning holds some reference to the main plot in this case. I really hate the way the later ones don’t officially kick start the A plot until the second act.

  5. 9 ecco6t9
    21 July 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Ed Begley saves the episode with his own sense of self satisfaction.

  6. 10 SailorSonic
    29 July 2011 at 10:24 pm

    There is a lot of random scene jumping like that and the attic scene.

    I REALLY hate this in the later seasons….espically seasons 14-22

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