Simpsons Did It!: “Homer’s Triple Bypass”

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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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Simpsons Did It!: “Lisa’s First Word”

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What’s the best way to treat a major guest star like Elizabeth Taylor?

Give her a single word at the end of an episode that came out of a baby’s mouth.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Mr. Plow”

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Simpsons fans just know this episode.

Do they know that the plow Homer buys is from Kumatsu Motors, the same Japanese car company that bought Homer’s brother Herb’s bankrupt company?  They do now.

You know, if anybody really read these.

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Simpsons Did It!: “New Kid On The Block”

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It wasn’t that long ago that Bart was down on Milhouse for discovering girls and having a girlfriend.

Man, it sure is a shame Milhouse is nowhere in this episode, because he could have gotten in some much-deserved gloating at Bart’s expense.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Marge Gets A Job”

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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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Simpsons Did It!: “Itchy And Scratchy: The Movie”

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This episode did a few things.  It may have helped to inspire the creation of Futurama, it suggested Bart could be great if he were consistently disciplined, and that Homer does have an area in which he is very knowledgable.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Treehouse Of Horror III”

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Three Halloween specials later, and Homer has replaced Marge as the character to warn parents that the show might be too scary for kids.  Then he taunts the viewers.

Also, no treehouses appearing this episode, but scary joke versions of the names of all the people who work on the show are another story.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Lisa The Beauty Queen”

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Most episodes of The Simpsons that showcase the relationship between Lisa and Homer show how clueless Homer is about his sensitive middle child and he needs to learn  a lesson.

This episode is a nice change of pace because Homer actually is the one who gets it right this time.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Homer The Heretic”

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Over Easter weekend, I learned my nephew has also decided to watch this show from the beginning.  He’s not doing write ups, but like his father and uncle (the uncle being me), he has taken to quoting the show.  He’s 9, so he’s amused by different things.

Why bring this up?  He was quoting this episode.

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Simpsons Did It!: “A Streetcar Named Marge”

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Today’s episode was actually blocked from the Fox affiliate in the city of New Orleans when it first ran.  Apparently, some critic got ahold of the lyrics for one of the made-up songs in the fake musical Marge appears in.  Said lyrics describe New Orleans as being full of pirates, thieves, whores, and the like.  That angered people.  What they didn’t see was the song was a joke and the lyrics were way over the top and that no one involved with the show actually was saying that stuff about New Orleans was true.  The people there found that out when the episode was back as a rerun.

Meanwhile, the estate of Tennessee Williams blocked using A Streetcar Named Desire from being used, but American copyright law allows for the use of a handful of lines so long as it doesn’t go beyond that.  That was why Marge is in a musical in the first place.

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