Archive for September, 2017



24
Sep
17

Quote of the Day

“At last the world is safe, eh, Fallout Boy?” – Lunchlady Doris
“What’s for lunch tomorrow?” – Ralph Wiggum
“Next.” – Big Shot Hollywood Director

Happy birthday, Brad Bird! 

23
Sep
17

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.

23
Sep
17

Quote of the Day

“Alright you balls of pan drippings, I want to see Crisco coming out of those pores! We’re not leaving until this Christmas ham gives me a pull-up!” – Imagine Enhancement Camp Counselor

22
Sep
17

Quote of the Day

“I don’t see why all this is necessary.” – Patty Bouvier
“C’mon, Patty, you don’t want to show up for your big date looking like Yosemite Sam.” – Marge Simpson

21
Sep
17

Quote of the Day

“How do you find the defendant?” – Kickin’ It Judge
“He’s guilty of mayhem, exposure indecent!” – First Juror
“Freak out behavior, both chronic and recent!” – Second Juror
“Drinking and driving, narcotics possession!” – Jury
“And that’s just page one of his ten page confession.” – Third Juror
“I should put you away where you can’t kill or maim us, but this is L.A., and you’re rich and famous!” – Kickin’ It Judge

Happy 20th Anniversary to “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson”

20
Sep
17

Quote of the Day

“Now, behind that door is Edison’s actual preserved brain. Ordinarily, folks, tour groups are not allowed to see it. And, of course, today will be no exception.” – Edison Museum Tour Guide

19
Sep
17

Quote of the Day

“Your father really needs your help. You don’t want him to get a lobotomy, do you?” – Leon Kompowsky
“Hmm, lobotomy…” – Bart’s Brain
“That’s alright, son.” – Lobotomy Homer
“Well, there’s probably a downside I don’t see.” – Bart Simpson




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