Sunday Preview: Cue Detective


Scotty Boom, a Chew Network super-chef, challenges Homer to a smoke-off. But when someone steals Homer’s secret weapon – a smoker he bought off a mysterious man at a BBQ shack – Lisa and Bart are on the case.

Edward James Olmos and Bobby Moynihan guest star tonight, but I doubt it will be as entertaining as it should be to cross Battlestar with seven years of SNL.  Fun fact for the week: my dog is named Craigory James Olmos (we call him Craig).  Obviously he is named after the elder guest star we have tonight.  So I got that goin’ too!

28 Responses to “Sunday Preview: Cue Detective”

  1. 1 acreatureididnotknow
    4 October 2015 at 4:39 pm

    This sounds like it could be an endearingly dumb story, along the lines of Guess Who’s Coming… It could have jokes about situations, and everything, like The Simpsons would have.

    In the hands of ZS writers, it’ll most likely be dreadful as ever.

  2. 2 The Artist Formerly Known As Rob K.
    4 October 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Cool. Also, look at the ratings for the first season 27 episode:


  3. 3 Disenchanted Viewer
    4 October 2015 at 5:59 pm

    This episode idea is not terrible, IMHO.
    I’m worried about the first part. Why would a network super-chef challenge Homer? It sounds way too over the top.
    In the classic era I liked when Bart and Lisa teamed up to solve a problem, but the writers need to keep the wackiness under control and use character driven humor… who am I kidding?

    • 4 Sarah J
      4 October 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Agreed on the super-chef thing. Zombie Simpsons feels the need to be much bigger than ” lower middle class dysfunctional suburban family”. That’s not to say classic era never did big things, but they were kept pretty sparse and they generally came up with good reasons for things to get big. Zombie Simpsons, the cast interacts with big celebrities on a regular basis without much reason. I rather doubt that this episode is gonna give us a good reason for a celebrity chef and Homer to get into a barbecue contest.

      Makes you wonder why they don’t have a reality show in-universe.

      • 5 Stan
        5 October 2015 at 1:27 am

        If you need a big guest star in every one of your episodes only to keep the audience watching – you have problem. If you need one of your characters to always explain the plot in order for it to make sense – you have a problem. If jokes have to be individually hand-pushed into every monologue like raisin bran – you have a problem. And most of all, if you’re running non-stop for TWENTY SEVEN FREAKING SEASONS – you definitely have a problem.

        • 6 Sarah J
          5 October 2015 at 9:58 pm

          Heh, yeah, I noticed some years back that every episode had a “guest star”. It’s pretty embarrassing.

  4. 4 October 2015 at 6:48 pm

    The artwork on these episodes is so poor, it reminds me of computer graphics images published in magazines during the early 1990s. Even Family Guy can do better than this.

  5. 10 FireFlower
    4 October 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Loking for a missing barbeque? That sounds like a really fun story….NOT!

  6. 11 The Artist Formerly Known As Rob K.
    4 October 2015 at 11:30 pm
    • 8 October 2015 at 12:03 am

      …again, like they did when they gave Comic Book Guy a name for no reason while Matt Groening was out of the room.

      I was also amused that the guys in that video compared the series to the plot of Weekend at Bernies, remembering that ZS used that story, too (Burns was dead, but then it turned out he wasn’t after all.)

  7. 13 Stan
    5 October 2015 at 1:19 am

    So, which word is right: “cue” or “barbie”?

  8. 15 Stan
    5 October 2015 at 1:21 am

    And isn’t a “smoke-off” that thing schoolkids challenge each other to at 4:20 PM every day?

  9. 17 ecco6t9
    5 October 2015 at 2:05 am

    The plot derailed in two minutes, they were in the auditorium for two and half hours and didn’t stink? Did they even buy a new washing machine?

    • 18 The Artist Formerly Known As Rob K.
      5 October 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Reminds me: Bobby Hill was excited at the end of a particular KOTH episode when Hank showed up with a new washer, thought it was his birthday present.

      • 19 The Anti-Stan
        7 October 2015 at 5:08 am

        That was Hank’s Dirty Laundry from season 2, where Hank is accused of renting and not returning a porno movie from a video rental place and it messes with his credit and his reputation as a staid family man who’s uncomfortable with sexual matters.

    • 21 Big BastardP
      5 October 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Kinda. Saw the episode and the end credits show Marge trading the ‘cue to Nelson for a washing machine. So they did at least make a mention of it (even if it was half-assed).

      As for the episode itself, it was slightly better than last week’s, but that’s not saying much. The opening was out of nowhere (surprised they used actual footage from Doctor Dolittle, I thought they’d cop out and do something else. Also surprised to see they didn’t forget that Bender was still in the basement) That is shifts over to the main story so abruptly is jarring too. Rest of the episode is about what you’d expect at this point- not too many funny jokes, montages, stupider than normal Homer, sub-standard animation, etc.

  10. 5 October 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Did the writers just realize they could show clips of old 20th Century Fox movies and rift on them ala MST3K?

  11. 23 The bastard of bolton
    6 October 2015 at 5:51 pm

    When will it end :(

    • 24 The Anti-Stan
      7 October 2015 at 5:05 am

      Most believe after the 44 episodes (seasons 27 and 28) have run their course. Al Jean says once the show hits the big 3-0. The more pessimistic people here say never. Me, personally. I don’t know, since I gave up on it years ago and moved on to South Park, Family Guy (despite the decline in quality), American Dad, Archer, Regular Show, Adventure Time, and The Amazing World of Gumball (if you haven’t seen it, you should. Humor’s a bit broader than The Simpsons, but it does have the sarcastic jabs and fractured takes on modern life and the animation is worlds better).

      • 25 The Artist Formerly Known As Rob K.
        7 October 2015 at 8:59 am

        Live and let live regarding OFF.

        • 26 The Anti-Stan
          7 October 2015 at 10:42 am

          Okay, but to do that, I think I should just stick with the episodes from seasons 1 to 9 (though 3 to 8 have all the good stuff, 1 and 2 can be a bit boring and/or irritating if watched in excess, and seasons 10, 11, and 12, while not the greatest, do have some treasure underneath the trash).

    • 28 The Artist Formerly Known As Rob K.
      7 October 2015 at 9:00 am


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