Simpsons Did It!: “Brother From The Same Planet”

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The writers and producers of The Simpsons had come under the impression that Tom Cruise wanted to do the show, so they wrote this episode with him in mind.

Cruise wasn’t interested after all, so they gave the part to Phil Hartman.  I think they’re better off for it.

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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!: “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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Simpsons Did It!: “Separate Vocations”

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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.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Homer Defined”

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What legacy will we leave behind?  How will people remember us?  Can we control how the world will see us in future generations?

That’s some heady stuff for Homer Simpson.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Three Men And A Comic Book”

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Work sucks, especially if the object of your efforts doesn’t really last too long.  That’s the lesson Bart learns in this particular episode.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Bart Gets An F”

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Season two has started in the rewatch.  See an uptick in the animation if not necessarily an uptick in the quality of the stories.

Not that they’re bad.  Just that they will get much, much better.

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