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.
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.
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.
Season four of The Simpsons opens with a look forward…if you buy that weird theory that The Flintstones and The Jetsons take place at the same time, with the Jetsons and their neighbors living well above the devastated world below that got knocked back to the stone age of, you guessed it, the world of Bedrock and the Flintstones.
I think that’s a load of hooey, but the Flintstones were on the Simpson’s couch in the opening credits.
Milhouse is Bart’s dorky friend, someone who comes across as a loser.
What happens when Milhouse actually scores something ahead of Bart, though?
Selma Bouvier does not want to die alone. We got a sense of that when Principal Skinner was courting her more hostile sister Patty, but Selma makes plenty of bad romantic decisions entirely on her own.
In the hallowed halls of Springfield Elementary, Bart is a prankster goof-off, and Lisa is a good student who behaves herself.
When the two somewhat switch roles, it is a little surprising that they are each better at the other’s respective roles.
That title is so The Simpsons. Give us a main plot about Marge needing a break but name the episode after Homer.
Oh, and the only reason this goes live on a Saturday was due to A) I write these well in advance and 2) we had special content on April Fool’s Day, so there’s that.
Tide comes in: Lisa and Homer fail to bond due to Homer’s insensitivity.
Tide goes out: the two fix the relationship somehow.
When I first saw this particular episode, I thought the writers were riffing on Jessica McClure, who as a baby fell down a well and became a media sensation until her rescue.
Then years later I learned the real inspiration was a dark Billy Wilder comedy starring Kirk Douglas called Ace in the Hole. That’s actually a pretty good movie, and a lesser-known film from Wilder. But that’s not important right now.