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Scrounging for Praise

“This is your great uncle Chet. Go ahead, Chet, tell her what you do.” – Homer Simpson
“I run an unsuccessful shrimp company.” – Chet Simpson
“Oh. But you run it, right?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh yeah.” – Chet Simpson

I’m aware that there was a new Zombie Simpsons this week, but I’m out here in the desert helping a friend put a roof on his (second!) kickass, off-the-grid solar house. That’s it in the above picture, and as you can probably guess by the remoteness, internet access here is spotty at best. So I’m probably not gonna get to “Caper Chase”.

Despite my relative isolation, I did catch this tweet from Al Jean the other day:

As you can see from the above, the linked article contains quite a few sign gags, which I’ve long said are about the only thing the show still manages to sometimes do somewhat well. But what really caught my attention was the introduction:

The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom of all-time – now at 27 seasons (and counting). And, as most “classic Simpsons” fans will attest, the show lost its footing around season 10 and 11 and never recovered, turning into a pale imitation of itself.

They go on to say that Zombie Simpsons is “pretty hilarious”, which I obviously think is a massive overstatement. But I can’t help but find it funny that Jean is willing to twitter brag about an article whose very premise is that Zombie Simpsons isn’t nearly as good as The Simpsons.

Ultimately, this is obviously very minor, but I enjoy the way that the bar has been so lowered for Zombie Simpsons that “pale imitation” is now considered a kosher description by the people who put out the show.


Sunday Preview: A Father’s Watch

Marge turns to a series of parenting experts for advice when she becomes worried that Bart is destined for failure; Homer decides to open a trophy store; Grampa gives Bart a watch coveted by Homer.

Oh joy. An episode of zombie simpsons where inter-generational issues arise. Excuse me while I get a pen so I can jot down the issues that are similar to the ones I have with my father. Oh wait, never mind, I am not watching this crap. Have a day.


Sunday Preview:  22 for 30

Bart goes from delinquent with detention to the star basketball player at Springfield Elementary!

I don’t watch a lot of sports analysis on tv, but I do enjoy the occasional ESPN 30 for 30. I don’t know where this is going tonight, or why a short, fat, yellow kid from the suburbs is on it, but here we are.  Also apparently the mafia is the involved, so we got that going for us too.


Quote of the Day


“I’m sorry, did you just call me a liar?” – Principal Skinner
“No, I said you were fired.” – Superintendent Chalmers
“Oh. That’s much worse.” – Seymour Skinner


Sunday Preview: The Cad and the Hat

When Bart betrays Lisa, he has to deal with his guilt – literally. Meanwhile, Springfield is in awe when Homer is revealed to be a chess savant.

Sure, why not. Homer didn’t pass remedial science in high school, but he can play chess. Paton Oswald has decided to put his fingerprints on this murder scene, so hopefully that works out for him. Also apparently he is voicing Bart’s manifestation of guilt, which means we are probs going to hear a lot of guilty horn music. Well, you will, I am not watching.


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“Only who can prevent forest fires? . . . You pressed ‘You’, referring to me. That is incorrect. The correct answer is you.” – Robotic Smokey the Bear

Happy 20th Anniversary to “Mountain of Madness”! Original airdate 2 February 1997.


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“And here’s our TV next to the mirror. It looks like we have two.” – Homer Simpson
“Wow . . . two . . .” – Bart & Lisa Simpson


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