Episode 20 - Homer Scissorhands
9 May 2011
Synopsis: While covering up a mistake Homer gives Patty an excellent haircut. Soon every woman in Springfield is pushing Homer to open his own salon. He does but can't stand to listen to the women chattering all day. Meanwhile Milhouse declares his love for Lisa publically and she rejects him. Fifth grader Taffy takes a shine to him though and Lisa is convinced that she is up to no good.
The Good: This was surprisingly logical and well structured. We have seen Homer discover hidden talents before but at least the writers went to the trouble of giving us some back-story. Homer explains that his baldness has always led him to have a fascination with hairstyles and cuts. Fair enough. Equally logically he can't bear to spend his days listening to women gabbling on and it affects his opinion of the drinking buddies who he now knows too much about (see Best Joke). Homer tries to give up but is pressured into continuing. So Marge steps in and they make up a story to shift all the customers off onto another hairdresser. Simple and logical.
Similarly Lisa rejects Milhouse but then begins to miss the attention she received. She thinks no girl would like him and so assumes that Taffy is just setting him up for a prank. In following them around she rather exposes her own interest in Milhouse. When he confronts her though the writers don't sell out her character (she has never liked Milhouse before). Instead she gives a fairly plausible reply about her conflicted feelings and manages to engineer the return of the status quo.
The Bad: Though why on earth Milhouse had to fall off a cliff and be caught by an eagle to finish that story I don't know. I guess it's the same reason why Homer has to plot how to murder Patty before he considers telling her the truth.
Neither plot was particularly funny. I think this is one of those cases where the show is too old to make the jokes it once would have. Long ago we would have seen lots of little amusing moments as Homer opened his own business and would have to deal with little problems which came up. Instead the plot just felt like swift montages of action which covered the story well but gave little to laugh about.
Best Joke: Homer looks at all his bar friends and little signs appear around them indicating what he now knows about them (from their wives. Little boxes saying "Loses remote in fat folds" (Chief Wiggum) and "Gives Bad Foot Rubs" (Reverend Lovejoy) appear everywhere. In desperation he turns to Moe who has "Killer" written next to him. Homer rushes out in fear before Moe moves revealing a Duff slogan behind him which reads "DUFF the thirst Killer." The shot pans the rest of the bar to reveal other signs reading "DUFF MURDER YOUR BOREDOM" and "DISEMBOWEL YOUR BLUES WITH DUFF." Moe dryly comments that it's a "Freaky ad campaign they're running."
The Bottom Line: There was nothing here to be annoyed by but not much to laugh at either.
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