Posts Tagged ‘Homer Simpson in “Kidney Trouble”


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“Liability waiver?” – Homer Simpson
“Don’t read it, just sign it.” – Nurse
“Yeah, but all these skulls and crossbones on here, I don’t usually sign stuff like that.” – Homer Simpson
“It simply says you won’t hold us responsible if you die as a result of gross negligence. It’s a standard form.” – Nurse


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“But there was more to the Old West than just sex, folks.  A lot more!  If you look off to your left, you’ll see a real, Old West hitching post, possibly used by bandits, possibly during some exciting adventure!” – Ghost Town Guide


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“But if I die during the operation, will you do one thing for me?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, anything, sweetheart.” – Marge Simpson
“Blow up the hospital.” – Homer Simpson
“Hm, well, I said I’d do it, so I guess I’ll have to.” – Marge Simpson


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“I never realized history was so filthy.” – Marge Simpson
“First on our tour is the whorehouse, then we’ll visit the cathouse, the brothel, the bordello, and finally the old mission.” – Ghost Town Guide
“Oh, thank Heavens.” – Marge Simpson
“Lots of prostitutes in there!” – Ghost Town Guide


Crazy Noises: Homer Simpson in “Kidney Trouble”

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“Aren’t you going to give him the last rites?” – Marge Simpson
“That’s Catholic, Marge.  You might as well ask me to do a voodoo dance.” – Reverend Lovejoy

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 “prostitutes”).

Today’s episode is 1008, “Homer Simpson in: Kidney Trouble”.  Yesterday was 1007, “Lisa Gets an A”.

Charlie Sweatpants: I find this episode wretched in almost every way imaginable.

Mad Jon: I don’t have much good to say about Kidney Trouble.

  In a general season 10 theme, however, I liked the bloodbath gulch sign.

  The signs are still pretty funny in this season.

Charlie Sweatpants: I may be partially biased because I distinctly remember watching this one the first time and despairing for the future of the show, but it’s bad regardless.

Jon: yes to both.

Mad Jon: But that, and the sumo babies tv ad on the tv guide are the only things I liked.

Dave: Yep. I characterize this one as hard to watch.

Charlie Sweatpants: Except that the animatronic jokes just keeps freaking going, and none of them are as clever as the ones in Selma’s Choice or Radio Bart.

  Ooh, a leg flew off, a butt flew off! Ha ha.

Mad Jon: I wasn’t saying I liked the theme park, just the sign.

Charlie Sweatpants: Oh. See, I didn’t hate the theme park, just the robot jokes.

Dave: Then Grampa makes a joke about the butt, lulz

  Er, pinches, whatever. It still sucks

Charlie Sweatpants: I like the pathetic tour guide, and the lame gun fight, and the fact that Marge is minorly scandalized by the open prostitution of the olden days.

Mad Jon: Agreed. But it was kind of draggy-ony. I did chuckle at the last "Lots of prostitutes in there!"

Charlie Sweatpants: Exactly. But once they leave the theme park . . . it’s all downhill.

The scene in the car is painful, especially since Marge is sitting right there while Homer is basically torturing his father.

  Then the utter the word "kidney" and things go from downhill to freefall.

Dave: How many times does Homer bail on Grampa?

  It was like the rake gag, but terrible.

Mad Jon: Three I believe.

Charlie Sweatpants: And far more drawn out.

Pretty much every scene after he agrees to donate a kidney is a rehash of the same thing: Homer being either afraid or ashamed.

Mad Jon: Yeah, it was hard to watch, I had the same anxious feeling I get when they do an episode where someone learns a tough lesson.

Charlie Sweatpants: And just as glacially.

Pretty much everything from him escaping the hospital for the first time is Homer being guiltily expository in a very television-y way.

Throw in the stupid plot twists (becoming a sailor for about two minutes, washing up next to the father and son) and all the repeated jokes, and it just gets more and more unwatchable.

Mad Jon: I was surprised he could even run that fast!

This episode always reminded me a tad of the episode where Homer has to find his soul mate, but you know, not so good.

Charlie Sweatpants: He can do whatever they want. At this point he’s more of a cartoon character than Bugs or Mickey. They have personalities, Homer acts out in a different direction depending on the episode or scene.

Dave: And that’s why the show basically turned into shit. It became a cartoon.

Charlie Sweatpants: And it started aping its own past gags.

The "doctors carry less than $5" sign is almost identical to the one about the archbishop in Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 2, Homer balking at signing the waver had been done better in Brother Can You Spare Two Dimes, and then there’s all the robot stuff.

  There are few things that undermine an episode more than when many of its best parts had been done better years before.

Mad Jon: Most of this episode was boring to watch, and other than a few lines here and there, the rest was just bad. I now remember why I haven’t watched this one in forever and a day.

Dave: Don’t plan to revisit this one anytime soon. Once in as many years was too much

Charlie Sweatpants: Pretty much, there are so very many pointless exchanges that don’t do anything more than shove the already stupid and obvious plot one or two more inches down the road.

This one is best forgotten.


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