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Saturday Morning Cartoons

“Mr. Speaker, if I could call your attention to the retroactive subsidy appropriations override bill, I refer you to page four thousand five hundred and…” – Cable

I’ve often said that it’s the little things that are what makes The Simpsons endlessly rewatchable. Case in point is the houseplant above, which I did not notice for years and years. The first time we see it is when Marge carries it into the house right before Homer announces to his family that they’ve now got cable. From there it gets set next to the couch as an unobtrusive background gag that also demonstrates just how in love with cable Homer truly is.

The plant isn’t asked to eat any time or advance the plot. The show never calls any attention to it. The whole time it’s there growing and withering, we’re getting all the cable parodies about Mexican wrestling, the World Series of Cockfighting,* and movies that receive two stars or less and are repeated ad nauseam. By the time Homer literally peels himself off the couch to go to church, it’s crumpled and dead.

(*Incidentally, this is another example of how exquisitely tuned the show’s cultural antennae were. The World Series of Cockfighting is “live from New Orleans” where they’re gonna have “big fun on the bayou tonight”. Louisiana was, indeed, the last state to ban cockfighting . . . in 2008.)

In the grand scheme of this episode, it’s as minor as minor touches get. “Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment” is chockablock with parodies and/or gag titles about a dozen different movies, the then new format of infomercials, kids wanting to watch porn, the ridiculousness of boxing, and about a hundred other things. In another running background joke, Jimbo manages to shoplift his way through a satirical morality tale about theft. Like him, the plant is never going to be anyone’s favorite part of this one, but it’s there waiting for people to find it on the Nth time they view it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some things to do before I spent much of my afternoon streaming college football on someone else’s cable log-in.


3 Responses to “Saturday Morning Cartoons”


  1. 1 Ryan
    23 September 2017 at 10:51 am

    What’s up with that slow zoom-in to the imprint Homer leaves on the couch though? Always thought that was odd for this show, like “ha ha! Look! LOOK! SEE THE GAG???” even as a kid.

  2. 2 Anonymous
    23 September 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Wow, I didn’t notice the plant either, not even when I was trying to watch this gif, because I was too busy trying to see what the rest of the family was doing. It’s possible I noticed it before on previous viewings but didn’t really pay attention, but now I can’t say for sure.

    Oh, and that’s just sad about the Louisiana thing, but not entirely surprising.

  3. 3 FireFlower
    23 September 2017 at 8:11 pm

    The level of extra this show used to have was amazing.


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