Posts Tagged ‘Homer the Heretic


Quote of the Day

“Ah, I’m just a big, toasty cinnamon bun.  I never want to leave this bed.  Uh oh, gotta take a whiz.  Think man, think.  Think, think, think . . . I better get up.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

“Hello my animal friends. Peace be with you.” – Homer Simpson

“Guys, please, could you give me five minutes?” – Homer Simpson


“Blame It On Lisa” Makes Baby Jesus Cry

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I had completely forgotten that this was the fake “controversy”/Brazil episode. “Blame It on Lisa” isn’t the world’s most descriptive title, and this is an awful episode to boot, so my forgetting may have been an involuntary defense mechanism. The huffy feelings of the Brazilians are about the only thing that makes this one notable, or separates it and the unwatchably bad “Simpsons Safari” from Season 12. Brazil and Rio de Janeiro are defined entities that can get mad, whereas “Africa” is a general place and nobody can speak for it authoritatively. Other than that, it’s basically the same: a convoluted idea to get the family to a foreign land, followed by pointless, unconnected scene after pointless, unconnected scene that shows them at various landmarks or other stereotypical locations. In this case it means they go from the beach, to the Amazon, to that hill with the gondolas.

Of course, the commentary is all about Brazil, Hurt Feelings Of. They oscillate between seriously defending the episode and jokingly defending the episode. After a while it gets very repetitive. Seems to me that the chalkboard gag above was a much more succinct way to respond, but that’s from when the show still had brains, so something similarly effective and restrained is clearly too much to ask this time around.

Ten guys on this one.

0:35 – Tiger Woods had the good sense to turn them down for a voiceover.

1:00 – Jean’s on a long monologue here about how the network was worried about the medical marijuana episode (which he says aired right before this one, but which actually aired right after it). They thought it would be controversial, etcetera, but that one went off without a hitch and this one became one of the biggest controversies in the history of the show. (Hello Morgan Spurlock!)

2:00 – Interesting legal note, according to the FOX lawyers, a city cannot sue for defamation. Hey Irvine, California, you smell like manure!

2:30 – Still talking about the Rio controversy.

3:30 – See above.

3:40 – “This, by the way, is one of my favorite scenes of Homer being electrocuted.” Ugh. When was the first time that happened? It can’t be before Season 10, right?

3:55 – They’re still chuckling about Homer getting electrocuted. Of course, it’s also still going on.

4:20 – Mildly interesting trivia note, this episode was written by Bob Bendetson, who isn’t commenting, and who was also Jean’s boss at Alf.

5:30 – Still discussing Bob Bendetson’s old work, this time about Alice.

5:45 – Jean and company are going on like Grampa about the olden days when monkeys suddenly show up to chase off that little boy in Lisa’s video. This prompts someone to yell “Here are the monkeys! Here are the monkeys! Here are the monkeys!” as the only way to get things back on track.

5:55 – Jean ignores the monkeys and goes on about his Alice stories.

6:30 – Holy crap! In the episode the family is now on its way to Brazil, on the commentary someone’s making a bad joke about Martin Scorsese. I’m not sure they remember anything about this episode other than that Brazil got mad at them.

6:55 – Jean mentions that this episode was nominated for some writing award in a new animation category, and then boasts that they’ve done well in that over the years. Is there an emoticon for “sarcastic golf clap”?

7:20 – Complete silence follows Jean’s awards comment until Jean says, “Since there’s a lull, I’ll tell a joke.” This prompts everyone to laugh nervously, followed by what must be one of the animators chiming in to complement some of the other animators who aren’t here.

8:10 – Someone (can’t tell who) had taken a trip to Brazil and gave his family photos to the art guys for this episode.

8:45 – Semi-jokingly defending the show’s take on Rio by pointing out that Brazilians do love soccer and Americans are bad at it.

9:20 – Talking about how Xuxu is a real person. Someone remembers that they already did a joke about her in “Marge Be Not Proud”.

10:00 – As the family walks through a slum: “Alright, maybe this is a little negative.”

11:00 – Long discussion about the color coded running rats and how they’d do it on computers now is interrupted once again so Jean can point out that they do eat shish kabob in Brazil.

11:20 – There’s Frank Nelson again.

11:30 – Someone besides Jean jumps on the “we didn’t make fun of Brazil that bad” bandwagon by saying “there aren’t that many monkeys”.

11:40 – I think I’ve flashed back to “The Old Man and the Key” commentary, Jean is now explaining who Frank Nelson was, again. He’s using almost the exact same words as on the other commentary.

12:15 – Still talking about Frank Nelson and how they have to explain it to younger staffers.

12:45 – Complimenting Azaria on his voice work for the dance instructor and how similar it was to Agador from The Birdcage (which is hilarious, by the way).

13:05 – The scene with Homer in the speedo was a minute ago, but for the record they’d like to point out that they wouldn’t be allowed to do that any more.

13:25 – Tongue in check blaming those restrictions on the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” from Super Bowl whichever.

13:45 – Jean’s exact words after a snake tries to bite Marge in the market: “I’m sorry. I’d apologize but I don’t speak Portuguese.”

13:55 – And now Homer’s being kidnapped by the cabbie.

14:20 – More general banter along the theme of them defending the show against the outrage of Brazil, comparing it to all the other things they’ve done to other countries.

14:35 – Some shame at the crappiness of the animated background in the shot of the river from behind Homer (while he’s in the kidnappers boat). “Yeah, I probably shouldn’t have done that. But it’s too late now.”

15:10 – The buxom child show host comes back on and swings her nipple-tassels around, apparently they were worried about copying this for the boob lady from the movie. “It’s been like, what, six years? You know, statue of limitations has run out.” They go on to talk about how it’s better to copy something and have it be funny than come up with something original that sucks. Translation: being original and funny is too damn hard sometimes, so we phone it in.

16:00 – More derisive laughing at all the faux-dastardly ways they’re portraying Brazil. To my mind the real problem here is that this episode, like its ignoble predecessor the Africa episode, is just randomly moving from one dull set piece to another instead of telling anything that could be called a story. Also, for some reason, many of these scenes are played for tension. It’s lame.

16:35 – Discussing Homer’s bathing suit again as Homer starts calling random people for ransom money. Best not to talk about any of what’s going on in the episode.

17:20 – Hey Brazil, did you know we also make fun of America! I’m so glad this is almost over, I can’t take much more phony wounded pride.

18:00 – One of the animators, not sure who, actually has an interesting (and rather long) bit here about the difficulty of animating the parade scene and how you’ve got to coordinate backgrounds, characters, and everything else that’s going on.

19:10 – Still talking about the animation, now we’re on to the colors. This is by far the most interesting thing that has been said on this commentary.

19:50 – Someone points out that there’s a lot of stuff happening in this episode, and that it’s “exciting”. That is not the word I would choose.

19:55 – Homer’s reminiscing with his kidnappers and once again the commentary feels the need to explain the joke, that it’s Stockholm Syndrome. Then one of the kidnappers actually calls it “Stockholm Syndrome” in the episode. It’s so lame it had to be explained twice.

20:45 – As the gondola car plummets to earth for no reason whatsoever, it’s time to compliment the “staging”, but they don’t even get that far as everyone sort of laughs at how bad the ending is.

21:50 – Matt Groening walked in right at the end. Wish I’d thought of that.


Still More Simpsons Stained Glass

“Sorry Homer, I was born a snake handler, and I’ll die a snake handler.” – Moe

The inimitable Joseph Cavalieri is back with three more haunting, bizarre, and downright fucking amazing stained glass panels featuring Simpsons characters.  The three form a coherent set, with Rainier Wolfcastle on one side, Lunchlady Doris on the other, and a oversize Jesus-Moe crucified in the middle. 

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All images used under Creative Commons license courtesy of Joseph Cavalieri,

Click on each picture to go to Cavalieri’s site and see a larger image, as well as descriptive text about each of the three.  I enjoy how Moe is surly enough to get crucified with his arms crossed. 

If you happen to be in Chicago in early November, you can see these things in person at the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA – seriously, that’s their acronym) Fair from November 5th to November 7th.  Moe, Lunchlady Doris and Rainier Wolfcastle will be at the UrbanGlass booth. 

Thanks go to Cavalieri himself, for making these in the first place and being kind enough to notify us about them. 


Quote of the Day

“The perfect chance to make my patented, space-age, out-of-this-world moon waffles!” – Homer Simpson

“Let’s see here, caramels… waffle batter… liquid smoke.” – Homer Simpson

“Oooh, waffle runoff.” – Homer Simpson

“Mmm, fattening.” – Homer Simpson


The Zombies Have Spoken: The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed

“Be they Christian, Jew, or miscellaneous.” – Rev. Lovejoy
“Hindu.  There are seven hundred million of us.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Aw, that’s super.” – Rev. Lovejoy

It was pointed out to me today that there are some extra poignant comments on Simpsons Channel’s preview for tonight’s Zombie Simpsons episode. I would normally wait until after an episode has aired to poke fun, but I’m bored and I feel like being mean. So here goes:

“you are so stupid Jesus was spend most of his time in the holy land thtats why is called that damm ass” – Borusmat

Wait, are you calling Jesus stupid? Or are you saying that Jerusalem wasn’t holy before Jesus was born? ‘Cause Jesus was called you a stupid damm ass for saying that…

 “yea that’s what jesus would have wanted people calling people damm ass’s, you know not everyone on this planet is muslim, jew or christian.respect jesus by not swearing. and rome is the holy land for Catholics!!” – Tyrone McBlacklebee

Thanks for that tidbit. I’ll make sure to remind the Pope about Rome next time I’m in the Vatican. Also, usually when I inform people that not everyone is Muslim, Christian, or Jewish, I don’t follow up by telling them to give it up to Jesus. But that’s just me.

 “There are still a small amount of Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories. About 2% of the Citizens of Israel, an uncertain percentage of Palestinians (1 – 8% ?), and an additional number of temporary guest workers (perhaps equivalent to 1 – 3% of Israel’s Population). Not to mention tourists and students who constantly come and go. So it is in no way inaccurate to show all three religious groups in the Jerusalem, although there are also Bahi, Druze, and Bedouin, although that might make it too complex for a cartoon!” – Daniel

Definitely not inaccurate. There is perhaps an equivalent of 1-8% room for error, and that doesn’t even include an additional unknown number of opinions from people who don’t puke up meaningless stats about religion on a thread about a shell of a cartoon. FYI at least 5-90% of Bedouins are Sunni Islam.

So there you have it. The only thing I hate more than a Zombie Simpsons fan is a Zombie Simpsons fan feigning knowledge of world religions, and using poor grammar to do so. Also, I’m putting the over/under on how many jokes are recycled from “Homer the Heretic” at 3.5.


Quote of the Day

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“You know, I have a feeling there’s a lesson here.” – Homer Simpson
“Yes, the lesson is-” – Marge Simpson
“No, don’t tell me, I’ll get it . . . oh, I know!  The lord is vengeful!  Oh spiteful one, show me who to smite and they shall be smoten!” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

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“That was Johnny Calhoun with ‘Gonna Find Me a Genie with a Magic Bikini’.” – Marty
“Of course Johnny’s next record was a spoken word album of his right wing political views, it kinda killed his career.  If you can tell me the name of that album, call out contest line now.” – Bill


Quote of the Day

“You know, sometimes even I’d rather be watching football.  Does St. Louis still have a team?” – God
“No, they moved to Phoenix.” – Homer Simpson
“Oh yeah.” – God


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