02
Oct
17

Quote of the Day

“Look! He’s headed back to the greyhound racing track where we found him.” – Bart Simpson
“Don’t worry. As soon as they find out he doesn’t have any money, they’ll throw him out. Believe me, I know.” – Homer Simpson

Happy birthday, Mike Scully!


9 Responses to “Quote of the Day”


  1. 1 Anonymous
    2 October 2017 at 10:56 am

    Nice timing, a quote from this episode randomly popped into my head last night.

  2. 2 October 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I’ve always wondered why Mike Scully’s written episodes were so much better than his episodes as showrunner, and I assume it’s thanks to the writers’ room. I’d be curious to see what his first drafts looked like. You can sort of see hints of what’s to come in a few of the early episodes that have his name on them.

    This one has kind of a deus ex machina ending that tries to shrug itself off with a stupid joke that knows how stupid it is (“Look at you, standing there on your hind legs like a couple of Rory Calhouns…”) It straddles that very dangerous line between so-dumb-it’s-funny and just plain dumb. I’d say it works better here than it did in Seasons 9 and onward, though, because it feels like this episode earned it a little more. Like Scully’s showrunner episodes, it’s light on plot and heavy on gags, and it feels a little scattershot at times, but never to the point where it annoys me.

    • 3 Bleeding Gums Murphy
      2 October 2017 at 4:16 pm

      I have always being dissapointed by the last act of this episode, because the story suddenly turns into a Burns episode, and unlike many other stories, there’s nothing particulary interesting about Burns here, plus the bizarre ending. Burns episodes tend to be highlights of any season, that’s not the case here. They turned the crossover episode into a Burns episode too, but Burns appears much earlier and he’s as great as always. There’s still very decent jokes here (the “See My Vest” song, Smithers commenting Burns’ plans are getting more lazy and careless), but yeah… Not a particulary strong ending for a Season 6 episode.

  3. 2 October 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Apparently last night on The Simpsons they did a gag with a bunch of heads on a pike and Troy McClure was one of the heads. Didn’t watch the episode but that seems really disrespectful.
    At the time they didn’t get Billy West to replace Phil Hartman’s characters on The Simpsons which based on his Zapp Brannigan voice he can do a passable job. I assumed they retired Phil’s characters out of respect. So no clue why they decided to bring back a dead Troy McClure for a throwaway gag on the 29th season premiere. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

    • 3 October 2017 at 2:37 am

      The answer to your question is that there was a “joke” that rich people’s heads are higher than poor people’s heads and they ran out of “rich” characters. Could have just made up a nameless character and drawn some indicators that he was supposed to be rich (a crown, jewels, etc) and the “joke” would have worked as well. Better actually.

    • 7 Anonymous
      3 October 2017 at 11:12 am

      Wow, fuck those assholes, seriously. There was no need to do that for what I’m assuming is just another shitty “Game of Thrones” suckup, or for any other reason, for that matter. This is one they need to apologize for and never do again.

      • 8 Pal Godot
        5 October 2017 at 11:47 am

        Not going to happen. Call me crazy, but The Simpsons writers (classic and zombie) don’t seem like the apologizing kind…and if they are, it’s undercut with a lame joke or a weak justification. Did Rob LaZebnik apologize for Homer vs. Dignity? Did Ken Keeler apologize for The Principal and the Pauper (though he did make up for it with some really good Futurama episodes)? As long as the Simpsons crew have your time and money, they’re not going to apologize for churning out what they churn out. It is, sadly, the American way.

        • 7 October 2017 at 10:35 pm

          Keeler didn’t apologize for The Principal and the Pauper, but he did make his intended point clearer. And for what it’s worth, after hearing him discuss it, I gained a better appreciation for that episode. I think it works better than a lot of people give it credit for.


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