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The Simpsons is an animated comedy about a family in the fictional town of Springfield. The family is made up of selfish father Homer, fretting mother Marge, precocious daughter Lisa, rebellious son Bart and silent daughter Maggie. FOX 1989-???


Episode 4 - Gone Abie Gone

15 November 2012

Credit FOX

Synopsis: Homer wins five thousand dollars in a lawsuit against Krusty Burger. He leaves it with an online poker site because he thinks it will be safer than the bank. Bart and then Lisa begin gambling with the money. Homer and Marge miss the day when they were supposed to visit Grandpa. They rush round the next day but he has gone missing. They go through his stuff and find a beer mat from a club called Spiro’s. The owner tells them that Grandpa used to work there are had an affair with the singer Rita LaFleur. Rita tells them that Homer was six when they met and got married but she had to leave for Europe.

The Good: I actually disliked this more than usual because both plots had potential.

The Bad: Flashback stories are only as good as the jokes or emotions you get from them and this delivered neither. The moral of the story was that Grandpa sacrificed his marriage with Rita for Homer’s sake. But the excuse that Homer was too accident prone to go to Europe was pure nonsense. The manufacture of an exciting back-story for Abe did nothing for the character and led to zero in the way of humour.

Lisa’s story is one we’ve seen many variations on before. The excuse that bank’s aren’t safe anymore was actually quite a logical way to scare Homer into leaving the money with an online poker site. Naturally Lisa ends up gambling, winning and then losing it all. But there was no escalation of that story at all. It didn’t have time to convince us that Lisa would be so foolish or that she would get so good at it that she could win hundreds of thousands of dollars. Again the moral of the story was weak with Bart admitting that he saved his sister from ruin because he likes her.

Best Joke: The setup for Homer’s lawsuit was adequate with the spotty teenager at Krusty Burger becoming overwhelmed by the responsibilities of his job.

The Bottom Line: Like its own stereotype of the retirement home, The Simspsons is old, tired and out of ideas.



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