This episode features a character, the Simpsons’ family dentist, Dr. Wolfe. Dr. Wolfe was supposed to be a celebrity guest voice. Both Anthony Hopkins and Clint Eastwood turned down the role. Tony “Norman Bates” Perkins did take the role, but died before he could record it, so regular cast member Hank Azaria ended up doing it.
They also originally approached O.J. Simpson for the news panel show, but he declined. People were kinda happy about that. You know why. Dr. Joyce Brothers got the line instead.
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Let’s face it: whatever your thoughts for this Conan O’Brien-penned episode, they are bound to be better than your thoughts on the last thing we reviewed with a “Vs” in the title.
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Despite appearances, Homer Simpsons is only supposed to be 36 or so years old. The baldness doesn’t help people remember that.
Neither does this episode, where he needs bypass surgery.
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The basic plot of this episode of The Simpsons, entitled “Marge Gets A Job”, is about Marge getting a job. If you had not figured that out, perhaps basic literacy is beyond you, and if so, I am not sure how you are reading these very words.
All things being equal, this may be the most disquieting episode of the series yet.
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For Homer Simpson, sterility may have been a gift that kept on giving.
Homer didn’t know he was sterile near as I can make out, but it sure had plenty of fringe benefits.
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John Swartzwelder is the most prolific of Simpsons writers, and he was responsible for this particular episode as well.
As a reward, sharp-eyed viewers can note that Springfield is located in Swartzwelder County in whatever state that is.
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While the Halloween episodes have become an annual tradition, early seasons attempted an annual flashback episode. While the flashback does still find use today, the early ones were used to fill in blanks for the family’s past, such as the meeting of Marge and Homer, and the marriage listed above.
The marriage, it should be noted, is Bart’s fault. Sort of.
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This episode features Mr. Burns selling the nuclear plant to some Germans and then getting it back.
But who cares about that? Homer visits the Land of Chocolate in his imagination!
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So, here I am, watching the next Simpsons episode, wondering what Jimmy is doing with his moose, when it occurs to me that this particular episode shows Homer wearing his assassins sneakers, and Lisa looking like she did when she had the mumps, both of which occurred in an earlier episode. Plus, when Homer hits Lisa with a hairdryer, she sure does look like Bart getting similar treatment. They’re recycling footage, and obviously so!
I sure hope someone got fired for that blunder!
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