10
Oct
16

Behind Us Forever: The Town

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“Hey, ma, I’m on TV!” – Drunk #1
“Hey, where’s that weather chick?” – Drunk #2
“Ooh, this is some wicked party!” – Drunk #3
“Hey, have you seen Sully?” – Drunk #4

Zombie Simpsons has settled into its rut well enough that they have a “travel” episode pretty much every season. This year, they went to Boston, though in a break from tradition they also had the family move there for six minutes of screen time. Other than that weirdness, it was a very typical travel episode: a few real things and people got renamed, everything was pretty nice, and Homer screamed around the locals a lot.

In what I choose to take as a tacit admission of their massive overuse of exposition, right at the beginning they have Homer say, “Do you have to describe everything?” as Marge is placing pot pies on the dinner table one by one. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop them from spending the rest of the episode telling us what we’re seeing. This includes when Homer is chasing the Flanders kids around like a bull, several reminders that they’re in Boston on a “hate-cation”, and a truly hacktacular scene where Lisa declares, “They’ve got every recognized species of nerd!” and then process to list them as she walks in front of each one. There was also a montage near the end where they drew lots of real Boston places and had Bart tell us what they were.

Eventually, Homer tears a baseball cap in half and the family moves back to Springfield. Really, that’s what happens. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t recommend it.

Anyway, the ratings are in and they are the typical catastrophe we’ve come to expect from non-NFL lead-in episodes. Last night’s ode to Boston was witnessed by a mere 3.39 million viewers. It took them a long time to finally fall through the 4 million viewer mark, now they do so routinely.


6 Responses to “Behind Us Forever: The Town”


  1. 1 Stan
    11 October 2016 at 12:33 am

    I’m amused by how long this show has gotten in ratings. Not even half of what we saw just some 7 years ago. And I’m sure these count only as opening indicators, half these viewers probably changed the channel during the first commercial break or so… no?

  2. 4 Tebor
    12 October 2016 at 12:00 am

    Glad to see a new Behind us Forever. This episode was mostly just a montage of a thousand things associated with Boston. They have Cumbies, get it? Duncan’s Doughnuts? That was so fucking lame (though, as a lifelong MA resident I admit I chuckled the first time they did the “so don’t I” gag. Not the second time).

    • 5 Stan
      12 October 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Glad Samuel Adams never came in. Or did he? Springfield is already located in MA, why do we need this much tedious explanation?

  3. 6 The Artist Formerly Known As Bleeding Gums Murphy
    13 October 2016 at 1:01 am

    So, comparison with “You Only Move Twice”?


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