Sunday Preview: The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants


Image improved by Dave, as always.

Zombie Simpsons is making Homer an executive tonight.  I swear I’ve seen that before somewhere, but I can’t quite place it.  Simpsons Channel has the grisly details:

THE SIMPSONS host a tastemaker party at their home to promote Absolut Krusty, Krusty the Clown’s own brand of liquor. Mr. Burns takes notice of the party’s success and decides to promote Homer to “Account Man” for the Springfield Nuclear Plant. Robert Marlow (guest voice John Slattery), a seasoned account veteran, takes Homer under his wing and shows Homer what the high life is like in the corner office. Meanwhile, Lisa introduces Bart to a new literary world which sparks his interest in reading classic novels, and when Homer’s long hours at the office become the norm, a family vacation with Marge and the kids help him realize that family always comes before work.

Wow, that is a lot of stuff to pack into twenty minutes, and none of it explains why the family is at the movies in the preview image, so be ready for a series of neck twisting plot turns. 

19 Responses to “Sunday Preview: The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants”

  1. 1 Wrinkledlion X
    27 November 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I feel like this whole plot is recycled from past episodes. “Sampson and Delilah” and “Whacking Day” come to mind.

  2. 5 Patrick
    27 November 2011 at 7:08 pm

    and i take nedna’s through then… ah whatever i dont even care anymore…

  3. 6 Frank Zappa
    27 November 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Absolut Krusty? The joke was already made on the 300th episode.

  4. 27 November 2011 at 8:47 pm

    To sum up this episode in Homer’s own words: “It was a bunch of stuff that happened.” Nothing that happened in this episode was necessary. Nothing was related to anything else, and the whole plot was put into motion via unknown means.

    I mean, Bart & Milhouse see Krusty live. One of the first times they’re sitting in the actual audience, and they’re not more excited? Then again, Bart was at Krusty’s farewell show, worked behind the scenes for his Komeback Special, and was the I Didn’t Do It Boy, not to mention helping Krusty all those other times. They watch Krusty announcing a contest, and Bart wins…somehow. Bart & Milhouse did not need to be in the studio for that. They could have easily seen it on tv, with a time skip caption that this episode never bothered to give us. It’s like the party got set up later that day! Furthermore, that whole setup hinged on Krusty’s vodka…and it never shows up again! In an episode where Homer drinks 18 martinis no less! Not even another mention of the knockoff vodka after act one!

    And none of the above is important to the rest of the plot! We see Bart again, but he learns to read(?) and reads Little Women to the bullies with really no payoff (done much better with Moe at the Soup Kitchen).

    Homer finally gets promoted to an executive position…again, while ruining his personal life…again. There have been several episodes about this done much better and logically (“Simpson and Delilah” being mentioned upthread only scratches the surface of that plot device). That guy from Mad Men serves as his mentor as…a guy from Mad Men. I can forgive the office building from Mad Men being next to SNPP, the show does this all the time (ie the parking lot being next to the Simpson house) After all the stuff that follows from that, the episode ends with a cliched “I have to be in two spots at once” plot that rehashes the river raft trip from “Boy Scoutz in Da Hood.”

  5. 8 sour
    27 November 2011 at 9:37 pm

    That preview image…I don’t recall that happening in the episode at all.

  6. 9 SharoKham
    27 November 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Children locked in a basement with Sideshow Mel? Have the writers been reading my nightmare journal?

  7. 10 RCreed
    27 November 2011 at 11:25 pm

    That isn’t the promo image for the episode. That’s one the promo images for The Simpsons Movie in 2007.

  8. 12 Stan
    27 November 2011 at 11:33 pm

    So they officially dropped the couch gag? Well, it was getting kinda lame, but letting it go like this just adds one drop to staleness.

    The episode itself seemed like a bunch of people talking outdoors. You can hear the dead air in the back, as to how it was stale and boring. Also, with what they managed to stick in as b-plot I think they should just drop those as much as they did the couch gags.

  9. 16 ecco6t9
    28 November 2011 at 1:29 am

    Did the show start at 7:58 for anyone else?

  10. 17 Thrillho
    28 November 2011 at 11:28 am

    Completely on the mediocre side. Homer’s line “You’re a real downer, you know that?” got a luagh out of me, but that’s about it.

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