Posts Tagged ‘Bart the Mother

27
Sep
18

Quote of the Day

“What do you think he’s doing up there?” – Marge Simpson
“I dunno, drug lab?” – Homer Simpson
“Drug lab!” – Marge Simpson
“Or reading comic books, what am I, Kreskin?” – Homer Simpson

27
Sep
17

Quote of the Day

“Eggs, precious eggs. If they’re to survive, they require the gentle warmth and tender love that only a mother can provide. Or, better yet, a seventy-five watt bulb.” – Troy McClure

10
Sep
16

Quote of the Day

Bart the Mother8

“You’ve checked this Bible out every weekend for the last nine years! Wouldn’t it be easier to just buy one?” – Librarian
“Perhaps. On a librarian’s salary.” – Reverend Lovejoy

27
Sep
15

Quote of the Day

Bart the Mother7

“In all the Animal Kingdom, no mother is more devoted than the blue jay.  Valuing her eggs above even her own life, the mother bird bravely fights off such fearsome predators as the badger and the mongoose.  Of course, one thing mother blue jay can’t defend against is a set of steel tongs.” – Troy McClure

27
Sep
14

Quote of the Day

Bart the Mother6

“Hi, I’m Troy McClure, you may remember me from such nature films as ‘Earwigs: Eww’, and ‘Man vs. Nature: The Road to Victory’.” – Troy McClure

13
Jul
14

Quote of the Day

Bart the Mother5

“What can I get for eight thousand tickets?” – Nelson Muntz
“A BB gun or an Easy-Bake Oven.” – Squeaky Voiced Teen
“Hot food is tempting, but I just can’t say no to a weapon.” – Nelson Muntz

Happy birthday David S/X Cohen!  

18
Jan
14

Quote of the Day

Bart the Mother4

“Oh, yes, and punish Lisa for lying to us.” – Marge Simpson
“Alright, young lady, I want you to march yourself directly to the Kwik-E-Mart and get me some chips and a beer.  Get a little something for yourself, sweetheart.” – Homer Simpson

01
Sep
13

Quote of the Day

Bart the Mother3

“Oh, I hate folding sheets!” – Homer Simpson
“That’s your underwear.” – Marge Simpson

03
Dec
11

Quote of the Day

Bart the Mother2

“There’s been some confusion about our bird sighting rules.  You cannot count birds that you’ve seen at the zoo, on stamps, or in dreams.” – Principal Skinner
“Well, I’m back to square one.” – Moe

14
Jun
11

Crazy Noises: Bart the Mother

Bart the Mother1

“For decimating our pigeon population, and making Springfield a less oppressive place to while away our worthless lives, I present you with this scented candle.” – Mayor Quimby

For the third summer in a row, we at the Dead Homer Society are looking to satisfy your off-season longing for substandard commentary on substandard Simpsons.  This summer we’ll be looking at Season 10.  Why Season 10?  Because we’ve already done Seasons 8 and 9 and we can’t put it off any longer.  Prior to Season 10, we watched as the show started falling over, this is when it fell over.  And while the dust wouldn’t settle completely for another season or so, there is no bigger gap in quality than the one between Season 9 and Season 10.  Since we prefer things to remain just as they were in 1995, we’re sticking with this chatroom thing instead of some newer means of communication that we all know just isn’t as good.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “blithely”).

Today’s episode is 1003, “Bart the Mother”.  Tomorrow will be 1004, “Treehouse of Horror IX”.

[Note: Mad Jon was trying to join us via smart phone and it, uh, didn’t work quite as well as we hoped.  So if this seems stupider than usual, blame Steve Jobs.]

Charlie Sweatpants: Good to go?

Dave: I am

Charlie Sweatpants: "Bart the Mother" is like all the bad parts of "Marge Be Not Proud", but even slower and minus most of the humor. There’s a reason I never watch this episode.

Mad Jon: This one really makes me feel bad, and relatively anxious. Not quite what I’m looking for in a cartoon.

Dave: It is really dull as shit.

It tries to tug at your heartstrings but fails pretty hard.

Charlie Sweatpants: And it takes so damn long to do it. Everything from Bart’s reluctance to shoot, to Marge finding out about the bird and then the eggs, what’s going to happen becomes obvious long before individual scenes are even close to completed.

Dave: Oh sure, but it’s just co-opting normal sitcom conventions, right? You gotta ease the audience in and then make them feel smart as they figure out the obvious

Charlie Sweatpants: Normal sitcom conventions indeed. That’s always been my big complaint about "Marge Be Not Proud", and here it’s even worse.

Dave: I suppose there could have been an opportunity there to have some fun, but expecting that out of the show’s writers in S10 is asking a lot.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, the Troy McClure video is pretty good. I always laugh at "Man vs. Nature: The Road to Victory".

Dave: I do like the tongs, for reasons I’ve never fully resolved.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, it’s pretty funny the way he’s just blithely tormenting the bird.

Dave: I guess that makes me a bad person.

Charlie Sweatpants: Nah, there’s plenty of other reasons you’re a bad person.

Dave: Thanks.

Charlie Sweatpants: I calls ’em like I sees ’em.

Back to the episode, there are quite a few good one liners here, but that’s all they are, one liners.

  Here it seems like they’ve really lost their ability to string together whole scenes

Dave: I’d agree with that.

  They were quite good with horns of sadness and suspense though.

  Does that balance things out?

Charlie Sweatpants: No. No it does not.

There’s also a distinct whiff of Zombie Simpsons at the bird watching meeting. Why the hell were Burns and Smithers there?

Dave: Because.

Charlie Sweatpants: Exactly, it’s that same impulse to just jam characters into scenes.

  Skinner I can buy, Apu I can buy, Burns? Not so much.

Mad Jon: I did like how Jasper sees the pigeon, crosses it off the list and bolts like he was there for punishment.

Dave: I’d even say Smithers is acceptable.

  But the combination of the two of them is quite off.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, I could see Smithers there.

Dave: As if they were setup for a "joke" that didn’t happen.

Charlie Sweatpants: I guess it’s always possible something got cut, but this isn’t an episode that felt like a lot got left out. Quite the opposite, many things felt like time killing.

  And speaking of whiffs of Zombie Simpsons, Homer in the batting cage.

Dave: Ugh, yeah.

  And the whole go kart nonsense.

  They just go on. Forever.

Mad Jon: I like the sign at the Family Fun Center "As seen on When Disaster Strikes 4"

Charlie Sweatpants: Agreed. I kinda like Marge’s "stick with the plan" thing, but, much like the rest of the episode, most of the scene tacks on way too long.

  So a couple of good things aside (Quimby’s speech, Skinner listing the dirty sounding bird names), we’re agreed that this one is pretty lame overall?

Dave: That sums it up, yeah.

Charlie Sweatpants: Unless there’s anything else, let’s make it Halloween in June.

Dave: Let’s.




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