Every so often, The Simpsons would do an episode based in or around Itchy and Scratchy Studios and trot out Roger Meyers (voiced by late Alex Rocco), where they parodied cartoons and how they are made, and the creators snuck Simpsonized versions of themselves into scenes.
Also, we got today’s episode.
Hey, look at that! We’re at the end of season one!
The episode, “Some Enchanted Evening,” gives us two funny plots: one involving Marge and Homer out on the town, the other involving the kids dealing with a criminal.
Well, it sure didn’t take long for Marge and Homer’s marriage to have major problems again. This time, of course, it’s Homer’s fault.
Last week, I mentioned that one of my favorite episodes from season one, “Bart the General,” was written by the prolific John Swartzwelder.
Hey, my other favorite episode from this season, “The Call of the Simpsons”…was also written by John Swartzwelder.
It’s time for a true confession: I don’t care too much for Lisa-centric episodes.
The reason is I watch The Simpsons for its sense of humor, and Lisa-centric episodes tend to be, well, less funny. Lisa is not, on her own, a particularly humorous character. She can be funny when dealing with the other members of the family, but her episodes tend to be more about emotional connections, often to Homer or occasionally Bart. It fits the character well, but it doesn’t make for particularly funny episodes. At least at this stage in the series, we haven’t gotten to Preachy Lisa yet, the one who acts like she knows better than everybody else.
But here’s the first Lisa-episode. And wouldn’t you know it, the ignored Simpson sibling doesn’t get a focus of her own until after Bart’s gotten two…
One of the ongoing themes of The Simpsons is the idea of one of the members of the family being ashamed or some behavior and wanting to make the rest of the clan more…normal for lack of a better word.
What makes this episode odd is that person this time around is Homer.
The Simpsons is a cultural institution that’s run 27 seasons…and counting.
Seriously, it’s been on longer than my current batch of students have been alive.
Well, realizing I had FX Now, where they have Every Simpsons Ever, I thought I’d try to do some write-ups for the series and see how long I could go before I gave this project up. I mean, I probably quit watching more than the occasional episode ages ago for a good reason. How long can I possibly keep this going?
Let’s find out. We’ll start at the beginning.