Sunday Preview: Pay Pal


When Marge swears off becoming friends with couples, after Homer insults the new neighbors, Lisa declares she doesn’t need friends either.

Not much to go off of there.  However, Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell are guest starring as themselves, so you can be sure there will some good ol’ fashioned NPR humor for you tonight.

31 Responses to “Sunday Preview: Pay Pal”

  1. 11 May 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Well, this episode has John Oliver. I just hope he gets one or two decent-ish lines.

  2. 2 Stan
    11 May 2014 at 3:23 pm

    There’s something gay about this episode’s description… Though it will probably just be another Mother’s Day prop.

    • 3 Stan
      12 May 2014 at 2:42 am

      After finding out who won the Eurovision contest this year, I’d like this comment taken back please.

  3. 4 Season3-8FTW
    11 May 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I’m sorry, but this episode looks like absolute garbage. First of all, since when did Lisa have friends? When it says “Lisa declares she doesn’t need friends either,” does it mean that nothing changes at all? Secondly, why haven’t the producers realized that Marge-centric and Lisa-centric episodes never work, especially when combined?

    • 5 Brad M
      11 May 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Lisa had new friends in last week’s episode.

    • 6 Stan
      11 May 2014 at 3:43 pm

      First of all, let’s make a clear distinction here. Lisa from the original Simpsons did have a couple of friends, and by the way, was even open to make new friends in case others where interested (which just seldom happened). Lisa from ZS is simple plot-moving-forward device so there’s even no point discussing her motivations, or actions, or values.

      Second, on a well-written well-produced show, mother-daughter relations are in some of the best scenarios for sitcom. Especially when Mother’s Day is the main revolving plot. Once again, ZS is more of that retarded person anyone knows of, so whatever they show or tell is still god fuck retarded.

      • 7 Season3-8FTW
        11 May 2014 at 6:32 pm

        Well said, very well said.

        • 12 May 2014 at 9:56 am

          I find it ironic that somebody whose username is Season3-8FTW would think that “Lisa-centric episodes never work”. Regardless, Lisa-centric episodes such as “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacey”, “Lisa the Vegetarian” and , indeed, “Lisa’s Pony” represent some of the best episodes. Same for Marge-centric episodes like “The Twisted World of Marge Simpson” and “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield”.

          As for your point about Mother’s Day plots Stan, I really do have to disagree. If anything, Mother’s Day plots generally represent the most hackneyed, lazy attempts at condescending to the female sex imaginable in television. And there’s really only one Mother’s Day plot anyway: Mother is under-appreciated on Mother’s Day, family is made to feel guilty, family makes up for it with twee gesture of gratitude and all of the problems of womanhood are pacified for another year. Repeat ad vomitorium.

          • 9 Season3-8FTW
            12 May 2014 at 10:16 am

            When I said that they never work, I meant that they never work in ZS episodes. Sorry I missed adding that.

            Don’t get me wrong, “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” is one of my favorite episodes. “Ouch! Damn sandwich took a bite out of me!” The other ones you mentioned are also great.

            Although I completely agree with you, I think that “Lisa’s Pony” is more of a Homer-Centric episode.

          • 10 Stan
            12 May 2014 at 1:37 pm

            Yes, but can’t you say the same for Father’s Day, Valentine, Thanksgiving and whatnot? I mean, if we’re talking about Mother’s Day, how can you think of any other plot involvement than some mom going blue because she doesn’t feel being appreciated for what she does? But, just like with the other two (lovers don’t feel the “spark”, or I dunno, someone ruins Thanksgiving dinner and there are tensions within the family), there’s surely several ways to set it up, and to resolve it. Or am I wrong again?

          • 11 Frank
            13 May 2014 at 10:01 am

            Imagine the episode where Homer meets his mother (for the first time) was a Mother’s Day episode – now that would have been one for the ages!

    • 12 Bartist
      12 May 2014 at 12:07 am

      “I’m sorry, but this episode looks like absolute garbage.”

      Uh, you feel you need to apologise pointing out that a ZS episode is going to be garbage?

      • 13 Stan
        12 May 2014 at 2:37 am

        It’s The Simpsons, after all.

        • 12 May 2014 at 11:30 am

          “It’s Zombie Simpsons after all.”


          • 15 Stan
            12 May 2014 at 1:29 pm

            No, my comment pointed out correctly. I meant to say that for most people, the show which is called The Simpsons is still The Simpsons, no matter how bad it has gotten. So they turn on their TVs only because they remember that once, it was funny. Admit it, we were all there before. Then eventually we started to give up little by little, and hence this website exists. So in terms of apologizing to the show because of its former glory, I totally get it.

  4. 16 FireFlower
    11 May 2014 at 5:14 pm

    The guy in the picture with Homer and marge is named Booth Wlkes-John. Is he going to assassinate Lincoln Abraham?

    Tune in next season to see Bart’s new pal Arnold Benedict betray America.

    • 17 Rembrandt Q. Einstein
      11 May 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Yeah, that’s really lazy and random. Apparently there’s going to be a bit where the Simpsons go on a mystery show where the host is voiced by John Oliver as well. That’s probably another episode, though,

    • 18 spiderterry84
      11 May 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Perhaps it was Booth Wilkes-John who assassinated the Lincoln squirrel in “Radio Bart.”

  5. 11 May 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Having John Oliver on The Simpsons is a sad reminder Community was canceled but a happy reminder that Last Week Tonight is on in less then 15 minutes.

  6. 21 Jeff Jacobson
    12 May 2014 at 1:42 am

    The thing about Japanese people eating horse meat is true, BTW, at least in the town of Miyazaki, which my brother went to.

    He told me about a place he was taken to where you could ride horses. Across the street was a place where you could eat them. (Like Lisa, he’s a vegetarian, so didn’t eat any horse meat. Unlike Lisa, he wouldn’t have been mad at Homer for not boiling Pinchy alive just to enjoy the smell.)

  7. 24 ecco6t9
    12 May 2014 at 2:26 am

    When they said “insult” I was expecting something about the neighbors culture or government or passing gas. But all Homer did was make a mistake about a game he never played.

    • 25 Stan
      12 May 2014 at 2:40 am

      “That’s smart. Breed out the breathing problems, eh?”

    • 26 Joe H
      12 May 2014 at 2:58 am

      Yeah that was kinda weird. Sure he fought the guy, but he slapped Homer for asking a question about the game. I still don’t know why Marge was so hung up on impressing these stuffed shirts and forcing Homer to come along when she must have known Homer probably wouldn’t be enjoying himself since he really didn’t care about being friends with them. Poorly contrived sitcom devices galore in this episode.

  8. 27 Joe H
    12 May 2014 at 2:47 am

    Charlie brought this up earlier but it needs reiterating….why oh why do the current Simpsons writers thing Itchy & Scratchy was funny because of gross-out humor? The original cartoons had this thing called “wit” and “comic timing” mixed in with the violent anarchy that made them amusing to watch. They also rarely had much blood and gore despite being violent–there was a cartoonishness to the violence that helped make them funny, like Scratchy’s skull being reduced to a charred skull after his eyes rolled around like billiard balls. They weren’t grotesque for the sake of it.

    That Lisa plot comes out of absolutely nowhere. Marge is miserable because she won’t ever have friends (until the next episode) with Homer being kinda jerkass selfish about it, then suddenly it’s her mission to get Lisa a friend NOW despite Lisa randomly expositing that she doesn’t really care about making friends (and if she doesn’t care, why is she super-pissed about it later on

    That big shocking revelation was pretty lame with Bart only going through the trouble of uncovering the truth because….. Anyone remember that James Stewart movie “Mr Hobb’s Vacation” in which Jimmy pays a bunch of boys to dance with his daughter because she is so self-conscious about her braces? All I could think about was how much better that was in terms of subtle poignancy and flat out laugh-out-loud content. Not to mention there, the daughter was moping about being alone while Lisa was pretty happy and contented about her solitude. Come to think of it, that movie also had a much funnier “sucking up to another husband & wife” sequence.

    Lastly, nothing is really resolved here–Lisa goes back to solitude, she doesn’t really better herself as a person or find inner-peace. She feels better because…she hurt Marge’s feelings? Weak, man…

    And what IS this baloney about Lisa not having friends being a bit deal all of a sudden? This was covered in SEASON 1 people! From there it’s clear Lisa is able to connect with adults more than children her own age. From then on Lisa usually had at least a few friends or people she talked to. Also, isn’t this a retread of the *shudder* Lady Gaga episode?

    Though there was one character that seemed like a breath of fresh air–Gus Hupner! He was a good comic kid personality that was FAR more memorable than anyone else in the episode and certainly more than Lisa’s boring friend.

    Also there was one cute bit where Database faints when he’s given a chance to dance with one of the female classmates. Which reminds me….isn’t she already kinda friends with the fellow nerds at school?

  9. 28 FireFlower
    12 May 2014 at 9:35 am

    What about Janey? Lisa is shown to–sometimes–be friends with her.

  10. 31 AManFromDeclan
    14 May 2014 at 6:02 am

    I looked everywhere, and it seems like most of our usual Simpsons Wiki/Nohomers/Wikisimpsons/Wikipedia episode plot editors are too afraid to even touch this episode (like everything else lately)! So before I force myself back on the battlefield and become aggro again, I have to ask:

    Does Lisa’s Asian friend even have a name!?

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