Posts Tagged ‘Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment


Quote of the Day

“So, even if a man takes bread to feed his starving family, that would be stealing?” – Lisa Simpson
“No. Well, it is if he puts anything on it. Jelly, for example.” – Reverend Lovejoy


Quote of the Day

“Anything else?” – Grocery Clerk
“Yes, I ate two grapes. Please charge me for them.” – Marge Simpson
“Oh? Two grapes? Who cares?” – Grocery Clerk
“Just charge me something, please.” – Marge Simpson
“Yeah, okay, alright . . . I need a price check on two grapes. Yeah, you heard me, Phil! Two measly stinkin’ grapes.” – Grocery Clerk


Quote of the Day

“Today’s Christian doesn’t think he needs God. He thinks he’s got it made. He’s got his hi-fi! His boob tube! And his instant pizza pie!” – Reverend Lovejoy
“Ooh, pizza.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

“Good evening, Azran, Carver of Graven Images.” – Homer the Thief
“Ah, good evening, Homer the Thief. How is business?” – Azran, Carver of Graven Images
“Been a little slow these past few months. Not much to steal in the desert, you know?” – Homer the Thief
“Ah, do not worry, my friend. I figure we’ll be wandering out here another two weeks, tops.” – Azran, Carver of Graven Images


Makeup Quote of the Day (Again)

“Man, I wish I was an adult so I could break the rules.” – Bart Simpson


Bonus Quote of the Day

“Hello, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such movies as ‘Cry Yuma!’ and ‘Here Comes the Coast Guard!’ But today I’d like to talk to you about a pleasant tasting candy that actually cleans and straightens your teeth.” – Troy McClure

Phil Hartman would’ve been sixty-nine today. (Nice.) Happy birthday. 


Saturday Morning Cartoons

“Mr. Speaker, if I could call your attention to the retroactive subsidy appropriations override bill, I refer you to page four thousand five hundred and…” – Cable

I’ve often said that it’s the little things that are what makes The Simpsons endlessly rewatchable. Case in point is the houseplant above, which I did not notice for years and years. The first time we see it is when Marge carries it into the house right before Homer announces to his family that they’ve now got cable. From there it gets set next to the couch as an unobtrusive background gag that also demonstrates just how in love with cable Homer truly is.

The plant isn’t asked to eat any time or advance the plot. The show never calls any attention to it. The whole time it’s there growing and withering, we’re getting all the cable parodies about Mexican wrestling, the World Series of Cockfighting,* and movies that receive two stars or less and are repeated ad nauseam. By the time Homer literally peels himself off the couch to go to church, it’s crumpled and dead.

(*Incidentally, this is another example of how exquisitely tuned the show’s cultural antennae were. The World Series of Cockfighting is “live from New Orleans” where they’re gonna have “big fun on the bayou tonight”. Louisiana was, indeed, the last state to ban cockfighting . . . in 2008.)

In the grand scheme of this episode, it’s as minor as minor touches get. “Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment” is chockablock with parodies and/or gag titles about a dozen different movies, the then new format of infomercials, kids wanting to watch porn, the ridiculousness of boxing, and about a hundred other things. In another running background joke, Jimbo manages to shoplift his way through a satirical morality tale about theft. Like him, the plant is never going to be anyone’s favorite part of this one, but it’s there waiting for people to find it on the Nth time they view it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some things to do before I spent much of my afternoon streaming college football on someone else’s cable log-in.


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