Episode 9 - Donnie Fatso
9 May 2011
Synopsis: Homer is arrested for a bunch of silly charges and sentenced to ten years in prison. The FBI offer him the chance to commute his sentence by going undercover in Fat Tony's organisation. Homer not only gains Tony's trust but also develops genuine affection for him. When the FBI come to arrest Tony he has a heart attack and dies. Soon his brother fit Tony comes to take revenge on Homer.
The Good: The death of Fat Tony and his replacement by Fit Tony was pretty clever. The stress of the mob lifestyle takes its toll on Fit Tony who stress eats and so eventually just becomes Fat Tony. Moe burning down his own bar also worked out well to allow Homer to not actually have to commit a crime.
The Bad: Otherwise this was another of those forgettable stories. The details were flimsy with Homer convicted for ludicrous crimes and then breaking out of prison in implausible fashion. As you would expect Homer's absence from home was largely ignored. He even meets Mr Burns later on in the episode for a cheap joke and no comment is made about his job at the power plant. It seemed dumb that Homer kept his own cell phone as well.
I didn't follow the whole Moe-alike gorilla on stage next door to the bar. I mean I understand the allusion to the Wizard of Oz but I didn't see why it was supposed to be funny or how we wouldn't have noticed a theatre next door to the bar.
Best Joke: The prison guards mock one of Fat Tony's men and Homer stands up to them. The guards take him away to give him a fake beating. To make it sound real they beat hard on some steaks, tenderising them. Homer is disappointed he won't be allowed to eat any of them and begins crying out for more impressing the prisoners on the other side of the door.
The Bottom Line: A forgettable story with a fun ending.
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