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!: “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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Simpsons Did It!: “Kamp Krusty”

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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.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?”

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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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Simpsons Did It!: “Bart’s Friend Falls In Love”

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Milhouse is Bart’s dorky friend, someone who comes across as a loser.

What happens when Milhouse actually scores something ahead of Bart, though?

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Simpsons Did It!: “The Otto Show”

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According to the producers of The Simpsons, Fox wanted a spin-off for Otto Mann, the school bus driver for Springfield Elementary.  The producers weren’t too keen on the idea.

Otto got a single spotlight episode, and after that he more or less faded into the background.  Oh well.  Maybe the Fox executives had the same sort of realization Otto himself had when he stopped to think about how his father told him he’d never amount to anything if he just goofed off playing the guitar all through high school.

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