"How I Wet Your Mother"

"How I Wet Your Mother"

Normal Stu likes Normal Stuff!
You know how sometimes I (like all Simpsons fans) complain that the show isn't edgy enough? That it lacks bite? That it pulls its punches, particularly compared to shows like Family Guy and South Park? Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry. Last night's episode was as edgy and biting and dark as they come, and - in between laughing myself half to death - I was like, EEEEWWW NO MAKE IT STOP!!!
 
It turns out that, as with so many things in life, when you get what you always thought you wanted, it turns out you didn't really want it. Also, now I kinda feel like the show's producers were just lulling us into a false sense of complacency with the last few episodes.

The episode begins as Homer encourages everyone at the nuclear plant to steal office supplies. When everyone gets caught but him, Mr. Burns publicly celebrates Homer as the plant's best employee. (No wonder they all voted to kick the Simpsons out of town!)
 
Later that night, Homer wets the bed in his sleep. I KNOW RIGHT. What follows is a multi-night odyssey of Homer trying to avoid bed-wetting, but it only gets worse. By the third night, he has soaked his entire sleepwear outfit. SO MUCH PEE. This sequence seemed needlessly humiliating, even for Homer. (Marge dubs these episodes "nighttime whoopsies.")
 
Hot on the heels of this shame-fest, the show pirouettes deftly and grosses out the audience in an entirely different direction, by putting Homer in a diaper and making him try to be sexy. Homer's diaper striptease will surely go down in the annals of the show as one of the most grotesque moments of the entire series. 
 
I know it sounds like I hated it. Trust me, I was weak with laughter. Just, like… don't do it again, okay?
 
I was also alarmed at the thought of Disco Stu being "cured" of his fondness for disco. That's not a thing, right? He's still going to be Disco Stu, right? 
 
And then there was a whole Inception thing that was visually amazing but story-wise kind of thin, but who cares. (It inevitably paled in comparison to the sequence where Stan and Francine enter Roger's subconscious in that one American Dad episode. How could it not?)
 
This is an amazing episode, and I feel like I really need to watch it again to fully digest it. But I remain haunted by one of the show's final kicks: Homer's "I failed the basic duty of childhood! Keeping your parents together!"