May 2011

"500 Keys"

The Simpsons have the keys to Springfield's secrets


For some reason, we find Homer and the kids out looking at returned wedding cakes (like from the interracial wedding reception where the bride's father made a racist joke). The end result leads the Simpsons to discovering that they have the keys for every lock in Springfield. Giving the Simpsons that much access to anything is never a good idea, and some long-sunken secrets are about to come to light thanks to the "500 Keys".

"Homer Scissorhands"

Whether cutting hair or wooing with the theremin, it's all in the hands.


Last week's episode of The Simpsons could easily be used as a list of all the reasons why the show isn't as funny as it used to be. The jokes were second-rate, the characters were uninspiring - take your pick, I wrote about it. For the show to do a 180 and give us a gem like "Homer Scissorhands" is a welcome relief, reminding us why we loved the show in the first place.






"The Real Housewives of Fat Tony"

"Married to the Mob" meets "Jersey Shore"

I think it's almost become a running gag in my reviews to mention how long The Simpsons has been on the air, and whether this fact excuses a particular week's episode, or makes the episode stronger. Last week's "The Great Simpsina"was a good example of the latter. This week's "The Real Housewives of Fat Tony" is a wincing example of the former. There wasn't even the usual army of guest voices. This was just a weak episode.