Monday Evening Cartoons


“Hey, Lisa! Make friends with this!” – Bart Simpson
“Hey! . . . Help! . . . Help!” – Milhouse van Houten

I just finished my traditional Fourth of July watching of “Summer of 4Ft 2”, and I wanted to note just how awful it is when Milhouse gets spat on in that spinning ride. He takes a lot of abuse in this episode (even by his standards), and this might be the worst part. It’s Milhouse at his most Milhouse: caught up in other people’s problems and helpless to do anything but suffer horribly for it.

When the episode cuts back to the outside shot and all we can hear is him screaming “Help!”, it’s a testament to Pamela Hayden’s delivery that it’s both blood curdling and hilarious. He’s in agony, but since he’s Milhouse, there’s nothing he can do but take it. On a lesser show it would be uncomfortable, here it’s so perfectly in character that it can only be funny.


(Sorry about the lack of Reading Digest’s lately. As many of you probably guessed, my stupid real job is once again sucking up all my free time and productivity. Oh, and happy 4th of July!)

4 Responses to “Monday Evening Cartoons”

  1. 1 Bleeding Gums Murphy
    4 July 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it!

  2. 2 frank
    5 July 2016 at 9:46 am

    this is a hilarious joke, but now that I stare at that animated gif, I realize that it is physically impossible. If the ride is rotating in one direction, then only one of the kids’ spit should change direction and hit Milhouse. when the other kid spits, it would continue along in the same direction, although it would hit Milhouse harder.

  3. 13 July 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I really enjoy it when you do more than just a “Quote of the Day.” Please find a way to share more of your thoughts on this great show.

  4. 4 Zartok-35
    14 July 2016 at 8:43 am

    Lance Kramer animated this scene.

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