Lisa's birthday is approaching, so she makes sure Bart wont forget. Homer discovers that Bart threw his red hat into the wash with all the white clothes, turning them pink. Mr. Burns sees Homer and detains him for being a troublemaker, while Dr. Monroe gives Homer a sanity test to take home. Homer has Bart fill it out, and Homer scores the lowest possible score. He is taken away to a mental institution. At the institution, Homer shares a room with a big white man who talks, dances, and acts like he's Michael Jackson. Homer has never heard of Jackson, so he takes his word for it. Michael phones home for Homer, and Bart answers. Believing it's Michael Jackson, and hearing he'll be staying with The Simpsons, Bart tells Milhouse, and soon enough the whole town knows. Lisa's birthday arrives, and in the midst of all the excitement, Bart forgets. Lisa disowns him as a brother. "Michael" helps a disappointed Bart write a birthday song for Bart, and Lisa thinks it's the best present ever. Michael reveals his true colors; his name is Leon Kompowsky, and he leaves because his work is done.
7F23: When Flanders Failed|
Airdate: 3 October 1991
Writer: Jon Vitti
Director: Jim Reardon
Executive Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon
Flanders announces that he's opening 'The Leftorium', a store for Left-Handed people. On a wishbone, Homer wishes that his business will fail. Meanwhile, Bart takes Karate lessons, and while taking him there, he notices Flanders' business is doing poorly. Bart thinks Karate is boring so every time Homer takes him, he creeps out and spends the money on Video Games instead. Ned is going broke so he holds a yard sale, and Homer buys all of his posessions for practically nothing. Homer runs into left-handed people needing help, but doesn't tell them about Ned's store. Meanwhile Lisa tells all the bullies that Bart knows karate, which puts him at a dead-end. He is beaten up and learns a lesson. Homer's wish comes true and the Flanders evacuate their house. Homer realizes what he's caused, so he lets everybody know about his store. The next day, Ned gets a huge surprise at the mall where everybody is at his store. He's back in business.
8F04: Homer Defined|
Airdate: 17 October 1991
Writer: Howard Gewirtz
Director: Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer: Al Jean and Mike Reiss
At the Power Plant, Homer falls asleep, unaware that a nuclear meltdown has begun and he is responsible. Only he can stop it and all of Springfield is reliable. With only seconds to go, he presses a random button and stops the meltdown. He is hailed a hero, and given the position of employee of the month. The owner of the Shelbyville Plant is impressed with Homer so much that he asks him to perform a speech to his workers. Homer knows what happened was a fraud. At the speech, Homer is lost for words, but is saved by the bell when another meltdown occurs. Again, it is up to Homer to stop it, but everybody is watching him. Again, he pushes a random button, and the meltdown is stopped. Homer's true colours are revealled, it was just a lucky guess.
[8F01] - Mr.
Lisa Goes To Washington
[7F23] - When
[8F03] - Bart
[8F04] - Homer
[8F05] - Like
Father Like Clown
[8F02] - Treehouse
Of Horror II
[8F06] - Lisa's
[8F07] - Saturdays
[8F08] - Flaming
[8F09] - Burns
Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk
[8F10] - I
[8F11] - Radio
[8F12] - Lisa
[8F14] - Homer
[8F16] - Bart
[8F13] - Homer
At The Bat
[8F15] - Separate
[8F17] - Dog
[8F19] - Colonel
[8F20] - Black
[8F21] - The
[8F22] - Bart's
Friend Falls In Love
[8F23] - Brother,
Can You Spare 2 Dimes?
Matt Groening Says:
Pardon me if I sound a little emotional, but when I come
home after work and turn on the TV and gaze at all the old reruns
of The Simpsons, I get a bit choked up. When I see those yellow-skinned,
overbitey cartoon characters I love so much running through their
sweet, innocent paces in some almost-forgotten adventure from more
than a decade ago, my eyes start to water. As I watch their high
jinks and snappy retorts and merry mix ups, I find myself stifling
a sob or two. But don't get me wrong. I'm not crying because I'm
sad. I'm crying because I'm filled with rage. Do they really have
to hack up the syndicated episodes of The Simpsons so poorly, butchering
them to the point of near incomprehensibility? Just to squeeze in
several more commercials for heavily salted snack treats? Is this
how TV repays our years of slavish, unquestioning loyalty?
What I'm trying to say is that if you're hip to the whole recycled
Simpsonian merchandise thing, then you're really going to dig this
little baby, the third season of the show, with all the jokes, credits,
and original animation glitches in tact.
This is the season in which The Simpsons found love. We see Homer
and Marge getting married at Shotgun Pete's Wedding Chapel (just
over the border from whatever state Springfield's in). We leer at
Homer's near romance with country singer Lurleen Lumpkin. We recoil
at Marge's sister Selma's marriage to the ever-conniving Sideshow
Bob. We stare in disbelief at Milhouse falling in love with someone
other than Lisa (Samantha Stancy, to be precise). Plus we get a gander
at the 1971 sex education film "Fuzzy Bunny's Guide to You Know What,"
not to mention Homer's psychedelic ride in the SpineMelter 2000 massage-chair
or his unforgettable rhapsody in the Land of Chocolate.
All in all, not a bad batch of shows. I actually think this makes
Season Two look like Season One.