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(Deadspin)   How they made the greatest Simpsons episode of all-time, "Homer At The Bat," which premiered 20 years ago tonight   (deadspin.com) divider line 244
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2012-02-20 08:15:31 PM  
It's one of the best, but not THE best. Mr. Plow has that title
 
2012-02-20 08:35:20 PM  

cman: It's one of the best, but not THE best. Mr. Plow has that title


Eh? What was that name again?
 
2012-02-20 08:43:01 PM  
I love the "Homer At the Bat" episode but it's somewhere behind my personal favorites list topped by "Homer Goes to College" and "Homer's Enemy" (a.k.a. the episode with Frank Grimes).
 
2012-02-20 08:46:14 PM  
i196.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-20 08:46:56 PM  
Monorail, monorail, monorail....
 
2012-02-20 08:50:57 PM  
Well Mr. Burns had done it,
The power plant had won it,
With Roger Clemens clucking all the while,
Mike Scioscia's tragic illness made us smile,
While Wade Boggs lay unconscious on the barroom tile...

We're talkin' softball...
From Maine to San Diego.
Talkin' softball...
Mattingly and Canseco.
Ken Griffey's grotesquely swollen jaw.
Steve Sax and his run-in with the law.
We're talkin' Homer... Ozzie and the Straw.

We're talkin' softball...
From Maine to San Diego.
Talkin' softball...
Mattingly and Canseco.
Ken Griffey's grotesquely swollen jaw.
Steve Sax and his run-in with the law.
We're talkin' Homer... Ozzie and the Straw.
 
2012-02-20 08:51:00 PM  

cman: It's one of the best, but not THE best. Mr. Plow has that title



I'm sure you meant to say "Last Exit to Springfield"...
 
2012-02-20 08:51:03 PM  
You Only Move Twice

"AWWW! The Denver Broncos?!?"
 
2012-02-20 08:56:13 PM  
I like King Size Homer best.
"I find ironic that dad's butt prevented the flow of toxic waste"
 
2012-02-20 09:05:41 PM  
"one of"

These words need to be added into the title of this thread for it to be truly cromulent.
 
2012-02-20 09:07:56 PM  
Very good episode, subby. But El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer is by far and away the best. Johnny Cash as a space coyote just works on so many levels. Link (new window)
 
2012-02-20 09:08:30 PM  
This man would like to have a word with you, subby -

/I'll be in my hammock district.
 
2012-02-20 09:12:00 PM  
Now with pic goodness-

This man would like to have a word with you, subby -
globexcorp.files.wordpress.com


/I'll be in my hammock district.
 
2012-02-20 09:15:01 PM  
Lisa's Rival is my pick for the most underrated episode. The whole Homer's sugar pile subplot just makes the episode great.

/I bent my wookiee
 
2012-02-20 09:17:59 PM  
fta: "I speak of decency, the moral courage to say what is right and condemn what is wrong," Bush said. "And we need a nation closer to The Waltons than The Simpsons."

LOL, totally forgot that H gave the Simpson's some free publicity back then.

Also, I too thought that the Mattingly sideburns jokes from that episode were an indirect reference to the Yankee's stupid haircut fines he got and didn't realize the dialogue writing and recording of the former preceded the latter.

mikemoto: Very good episode, subby. But El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer is by far and away the best. Johnny Cash as a space coyote just works on so many levels. Link (new window)


No disagreement here. That one is my personal fave as well for many reasons.
 
2012-02-20 09:18:55 PM  

elvisaintdead: This man would like to have a word with you, subby -


i43.tinypic.com

A challenger emerges!
 
2012-02-20 09:22:46 PM  

quatchi: fta: "I speak of decency, the moral courage to say what is right and condemn what is wrong," Bush said. "And we need a nation closer to The Waltons than The Simpsons."

LOL, totally forgot that H gave the Simpson's some free publicity back then.

Also, I too thought that the Mattingly sideburns jokes from that episode were an indirect reference to the Yankee's stupid haircut fines he got and didn't realize the dialogue writing and recording of the former preceded the latter.

mikemoto: Very good episode, subby. But El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer is by far and away the best. Johnny Cash as a space coyote just works on so many levels. Link (new window)

No disagreement here. That one is my personal fave as well for many reasons.


This is because I kicked you isn't it?
 
2012-02-20 09:47:58 PM  

ArkAngel: This is because I kicked you isn't it?


Tortoise nods yes.

/My google-fu is weak atm or I'da hotlinked it as a pic
//The googles, they do nothing!.
 
2012-02-20 09:59:01 PM  

quatchi: ArkAngel: This is because I kicked you isn't it?

Tortoise nods yes.

/My google-fu is weak atm or I'da hotlinked it as a pic
//The googles, they do nothing!.


farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-02-20 10:00:14 PM  
I hope I didn't brain my damage.
 
2012-02-20 10:03:24 PM  

elvisaintdead: /I'll be in my hammock district.


You know, there's a little place called Mary Ann's Hammocks. The nice thing about that place is Mary Ann gets in the hammock with you! Ha! I'm just kidding.
 
2012-02-20 10:04:22 PM  
No love for Stonecutters in here? That was the episode I used to show friends to get 'em into it. Ahhh, the magic of VCR's...

/You Only Move Twice might be a tie for my favorite episode...
 
2012-02-20 10:05:02 PM  

Up and Atom: elvisaintdead: /I'll be in my hammock district.

You know, there's a little place called Mary Ann's Hammocks. The nice thing about that place is Mary Ann gets in the hammock with you! Ha! I'm just kidding.


Also, I am not ashamed to say I read that in his voice. Spooky how that works.
 
2012-02-20 10:13:33 PM  

doczoidberg: Monorail, monorail, monorail....


This is the correct answer. Fun fact: Conan did this one and it was seen as the turning point for a lot of the writers for being able to do more far out storylines.
 
2012-02-20 10:13:43 PM  
I thought it was common knowledge that 'Last exit to Springfield' and 'You only move twice' were the top Simpsons episodes...
 
2012-02-20 10:13:46 PM  
You said greatest episode, but then you didn't say Cape Feare.
 
2012-02-20 10:13:57 PM  

slimkibbles: I love the "Homer At the Bat" episode but it's somewhere behind my personal favorites list topped by "Homer Goes to College" and "Homer's Enemy" (a.k.a. the episode with Frank Grimes).


I agree about "Homer Goes To College," but the Frank Grimes one was just depressing. I'd vote for the episode with the lemon tree instead.
 
2012-02-20 10:14:21 PM  
DENTAL PLAN!
 
2012-02-20 10:15:44 PM  
img1.ranker.com

No love for Bob?
 
2012-02-20 10:16:25 PM  

Handsome B. Wonderful: You said greatest episode, but then you didn't say Cape Feare.


Damn!
 
2012-02-20 10:18:03 PM  

slimkibbles: "Homer's Enemy" (a.k.a. the episode with Frank Grimes).


ManateeGag: You Only Move Twice

"AWWW! The Denver Broncos?!?"


These and 22 short films about Springfield are my faves.
 
2012-02-20 10:18:03 PM  
That's a funny way of spelling "Homer's Enemy", subby.
 
2012-02-20 10:18:37 PM  
I'm partial to the medical marijuana episode.
 
2012-02-20 10:19:05 PM  

dettigersnw22: I thought it was common knowledge that 'Last exit to Springfield' and 'You only move twice' were the top Simpsons episodes...


Throw in the Monorail and you've got my holy trinity.
 
2012-02-20 10:20:44 PM  
I tell you, I won't live in a thread that robs men of their right to name Lemon of Troy the best Simpson episode! And marry their cousins.
 
2012-02-20 10:21:34 PM  
Bart Sells His Soul.

/thank you, door!
//remember Alf? He's back. In pog form.
///Pablo Neruda says 'laughter is the language of the soul'
////I am familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda!

My dad and brother say Sideshow Bob Runs For Mayor, which I like quite a bit... but the ending of Sells His Soul just makes me smile.

/you know, some people think that nobody is born with a soul. You have to earn one through suffering, and thought, and prayer, like you did last night
//plus "In The Garden Of Eden", baby!
 
2012-02-20 10:23:02 PM  
Some men hunt for sport
Others hunt for food...
the only thing I'm hunting for....
is an outfit that looks gooood....
 
2012-02-20 10:24:19 PM  
Another vote for the Mysterious Voyage of our Homer.

And that talking coyote was just this talking dog!
Hiya Homer, find your soul mate!
Wait a minute, there's no such things as a talking dog!
Woof.
Damn straight.
 
2012-02-20 10:24:48 PM  

ArkAngel: quatchi: ArkAngel: This is because I kicked you isn't it?

Tortoise nods yes.

/My google-fu is weak atm or I'da hotlinked it as a pic
//The googles, they do nothing!.

[farm8.staticflickr.com image 500x319]


Schweeet! All I could find were pictures of Mitch McConnell. @:>D

*bows to your superior google-fu style*
 
2012-02-20 10:25:38 PM  
funny
nevermore
 
2012-02-20 10:25:49 PM  
I believe that subby meant to say the greatest episode was "Lisa on Ice."

//flicks lightswitch, "FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!"
 
2012-02-20 10:25:52 PM  
"Now Homer, you're over-stimulated, lets get some beer into you, and then it's straight off to bed."

//one of my favorite lines.
 
2012-02-20 10:26:09 PM  
I loved that episode, but I think my personal favorite is probably the X-Files parody.

That, and the one with the Planet of the Apes musical.

/YOU FINALLY MADE A MONKEY OUT OF ME!
 
2012-02-20 10:27:08 PM  
"They're moving the team to ALBUQUERQUE!"
 
2012-02-20 10:27:26 PM  
Behind the Laughter, my second favorite

"I was SO gay, but I couldnt tell anyone"
 
2012-02-20 10:27:46 PM  
For me it is a tie between "Homers Enemy" and "The Itchy & Scratchy Movie"

/Earl Warren wasn't a stripper!
 
2012-02-20 10:28:19 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Bart Sells His Soul.


Amen. Best Simpson's Episode ever.
 
2012-02-20 10:29:03 PM  

nekom: Another vote for the Mysterious Voyage of our Homer.

And that talking coyote was just this talking dog!
Hiya Homer, find your soul mate!
Wait a minute, there's no such things as a talking dog!
Woof.
Damn straight.


That's up in my top 10, maybe top 5, for the same reasons probably as Bart Sells His Soul.

/'tis clear sailing for our precious cargo!
//uh, would that be the hot pants?
///aye, the hot pants!
 
2012-02-20 10:29:19 PM  
i165.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-20 10:30:44 PM  
Now that someone mentioned it though, You Only Move Twice is a classic as well.

/sugar, sure. Sorry it's not in packages.
 
2012-02-20 10:31:14 PM  

NewportBarGuy: elvisaintdead: This man would like to have a word with you, subby -

[i43.tinypic.com image 450x411]

A challenger emerges!


Even Hank Scorpio doesn't think he's Larry E.


Knight of the Woeful Countenance: Up and Atom: elvisaintdead: /I'll be in my hammock district.

You know, there's a little place called Mary Ann's Hammocks. The nice thing about that place is Mary Ann gets in the hammock with you! Ha! I'm just kidding.

Also, I am not ashamed to say I read that in his voice.


You are not alone.
The world would be a better place w/ more Albert Brooks VOs.
 
2012-02-20 10:31:36 PM  

Lando Lincoln: StreetlightInTheGhetto: Bart Sells His Soul.

Amen. Best Simpson's Episode ever.


THIS^^^

Also, are you all saying "boo" or "boo-urns"?
 
2012-02-20 10:33:52 PM  
Author and subby both need to learn how to masturbate.
 
2012-02-20 10:34:43 PM  
Hey guys! How come nobody's mentioning episodes from the last 10 years? Don't you know that the Simpson's haven't changed? They're exactly as good as they've always been!

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-02-20 10:38:45 PM  
That said, subby, the brother and I totally did the "Daaarrryyylll" chant at a Tigers vs. Yankees game a few years after that episode aired iirc. My uncle had connections to score pretty decent seats at games around town now and then, so we were certainly within earshot.

I'm sure he loved it, and I'm sure we were the only ones to ever think of it. We just couldn't not do it.

/we got some drunk guys to join in too
//sniff
 
2012-02-20 10:39:43 PM  
My second favourite Simpsons episode ever. I personally think Last Exit to Springfield is the best, but hey, that's just me...

/Dental plan!
//Lisa needs braces!
 
2012-02-20 10:39:57 PM  
nah the best episode ever is the one where they go on a trip to vegas and homer loses all his money, marge almost cheats withe some singet and bart wins them 4 cars to drive back home using fake ID
 
2012-02-20 10:42:16 PM  
No love for Streetcar Named Marge?

Long before the SuperDome,
Where the Saints of football play,
Lived a city that the damned called home,
Hear their hellish roundelay...

New Orleeeans...
Home of pirates, drunks, and whores!
New Orleeeans...
Tacky, overpriced, souvenir stores!
If you want to go to Hell, you should make that trip
to the Sodom and Gomorrah on the Mississipp'!

New Orleeeans...
Stinking, rotten, vomiting, vile!
New Orleaaans...
Putrid, brackish, maggoty, foul!
New Orleeeans...
Crummy, lousy, rancid, and rank!

New Orleeeans!

/laissez bon temps rouler!
 
2012-02-20 10:43:03 PM  

stevie1der: DENTAL PLAN!


Lisa needs braces!
 
2012-02-20 10:43:51 PM  
Homer At The Bat didn't have Hank Scorpio in it, subby.
 
2012-02-20 10:45:29 PM  

Strolpol: I loved that episode, but I think my personal favorite is probably the X-Files parody.

That, and the one with the Planet of the Apes musical.

/YOU FINALLY MADE A MONKEY OUT OF ME!


It's bringing love--break its legs!
 
2012-02-20 10:45:31 PM  

epyonyx: stevie1der: DENTAL PLAN!

Lisa needs braces!


DENTAL PLAN!
 
2012-02-20 10:48:57 PM  
"Itchy & Scratchy & Marge" might be my very favorite episode of any TV show ever.



/Itchy's and Scratchy's voices, and the theme song on the "nice" cartoons were hysterical.
//"But the third bowl of porridge was juuuuuuuuusst right!"
 
2012-02-20 10:50:13 PM  
Apparently, I'm the only one whose favorites are Lisa on Ice and Bart gets an Elephant.

/Jimbo Jones called for tripping
 
2012-02-20 10:50:57 PM  

cman: It's one of the best, but not THE best. Mr. Plow has that title


You misspelled "A Streetcar Named Marge"
 
2012-02-20 10:54:34 PM  
the leader is good the leader is great
nananananananana leader!
 
2012-02-20 10:56:43 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: epyonyx: stevie1der: DENTAL PLAN!

Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN!


You asked for it. (new window)
 
2012-02-20 10:57:19 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: epyonyx: stevie1der: DENTAL PLAN!

Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN!


Look at him strutting around out there like he's cock of the walk! Well, Homer Simpson is the cock of nothing!

I'm beginning to think Homer Simpson wasn't the brillant tactician i thought he was.

And that's the tooth.
 
2012-02-20 10:57:25 PM  
With a dry cool wit like this, I could be an action hero!
 
2012-02-20 10:59:33 PM  

dettigersnw22: I thought it was common knowledge that 'Last exit to Springfield' and 'You only move twice' were the top Simpsons episodes...


I may be splitting hairs between "best" and "most important" but I've always thought this is where the genius emerged:

Barney: How long is this going to take?
Bart: About twenty-two minutes and five seconds.
 
2012-02-20 11:00:41 PM  

Snout Johnson: Apparently, I'm the only one whose favorites are Lisa on Ice and Bart gets an Elephant.

/Jimbo Jones called for tripping


I'm going to start doing this with my arms, and if you get hit, it's all your fault.

Oh yeah? I'm going to start kicking air like this (huh), and if any part of you should fill that air, it's you're own fault.
 
2012-02-20 11:03:36 PM  
...Trillion Dollar bill.

"Can I see it?" "Ok, now give it back." "Give what back?"
 
2012-02-20 11:05:12 PM  
Interesting. Almost every single episode people are naming here as their favorite is a Homer-centric episode (at least a Homer-centric A-plot). Bart seems to be coming in second, with Lisa and Marge getting outlier votes.

/Monorail episode for me.
//"But mainstreet's still all cracked and broken." "Sorry Mom, the mob has spoken."
 
2012-02-20 11:08:32 PM  

ReMarcable: Snout Johnson: Apparently, I'm the only one whose favorites are Lisa on Ice and Bart gets an Elephant.

/Jimbo Jones called for tripping

I'm going to start doing this with my arms, and if you get hit, it's all your fault.

Oh yeah? I'm going to start kicking air like this (huh), and if any part of you should fill that air, it's you're own fault.


Me fail English? That's unpossible
 
2012-02-20 11:09:56 PM  

ReMarcable: Snout Johnson: Apparently, I'm the only one whose favorites are Lisa on Ice and Bart gets an Elephant.

/Jimbo Jones called for tripping

I'm going to start doing this with my arms, and if you get hit, it's all your fault.

Oh yeah? I'm going to start kicking air like this (huh), and if any part of you should fill that air, it's you're own fault.


Alright, pie. I'm going to start biting the air like this (chomp) and if you get eaten, it's your own fault!

(chomp, chomp, cho-CLANG!)

D'oh! AHHH! GAHH...oh, the hell with it.

(eats pie)
 
2012-02-20 11:10:51 PM  
As a farkmliberal, ijut wish the government had the power to shut this show down. We are too hip for this mainstream crap
 
2012-02-20 11:11:44 PM  

Snout Johnson: Bart gets an Elephant.


I love that episode. Reminds me of elephants.
 
2012-02-20 11:11:47 PM  

turbidum: Interesting. Almost every single episode people are naming here as their favorite is a Homer-centric episode (at least a Homer-centric A-plot). Bart seems to be coming in second, with Lisa and Marge getting outlier votes.

/Monorail episode for me.
//"But mainstreet's still all cracked and broken." "Sorry Mom, the mob has spoken."


Lisa and Marge are the straight men. Indispensable setups for some of the best lines ever, but not usually enough to drive a top ten episode. And I say that as someone who identifies with Lisa.

/Do we have any food that wasn't brutally slaughtered?
 
2012-02-20 11:12:53 PM  
No votes for "E-I-E-I-D'oh"?
 
2012-02-20 11:16:11 PM  
Also, Bart After Dark.

I'm partial to musical numbers.
 
2012-02-20 11:17:36 PM  
Well, I ate lots of chili for breakfast, and had McDonald's triple cheeseburgers for lunch, then nothing but Quaker Oat Squares until the following morning.

Oh, wait. This isn't the thread where I tell how the stinkiest crap in history was made? Sorry.

/Precious little difference, shiat stinks whether it is the best or the worst.
 
2012-02-20 11:17:46 PM  

ArgusRun:
/Do we have any food that wasn't brutally slaughtered?


That episode brought me my all-time favorite lines...

"You don't make friends with salad." (Still as true today as it was back then).

Homer:It's just a little airborne, it's still good! it's still good!
Bart: Dad, it's gone.
Homer (sad): I know

cut to: Burns and Smithers looking out the window.

Burns: You know Smithers, I think I'll donate a million dollars to the orphanage!
They laugh. The Pig flies by the window
Smither: Will you be writing that check now sir?
Burns: Mmmm... I'd still prefer not.
 
2012-02-20 11:21:00 PM  
You guys are slipping....
Onion belt.. Etc. Etc
 
2012-02-20 11:21:03 PM  

kvinesknows: leader


My personal fav...And when is this free weekend??
 
2012-02-20 11:21:18 PM  

ArgusRun: turbidum: Interesting. Almost every single episode people are naming here as their favorite is a Homer-centric episode (at least a Homer-centric A-plot). Bart seems to be coming in second, with Lisa and Marge getting outlier votes.

/Monorail episode for me.
//"But mainstreet's still all cracked and broken." "Sorry Mom, the mob has spoken."

Lisa and Marge are the straight men. Indispensable setups for some of the best lines ever, but not usually enough to drive a top ten episode. And I say that as someone who identifies with Lisa.

/Do we have any food that wasn't brutally slaughtered?


Daaaad, all those foods come from the same animal!

Hahaha, sure Lisa. Some *magical* animal.
 
2012-02-20 11:24:08 PM  
I know it is only a small segment of a larger Halloween episode, but Citizen Kang gets my vote!
I also loved the Toaster time machine.


\\Should have voted for Kodos
 
2012-02-20 11:24:49 PM  
Well, I think the veal might have died of loneliness
 
2012-02-20 11:25:19 PM  
Hmm... no love for Homer the Heretic?
 
2012-02-20 11:26:15 PM  
alleged2bdelicious.files.wordpress.com

That is all.
 
2012-02-20 11:27:50 PM  
C'mon. The PTA Disbands.

"Hey! They're trying to learn for free!"
 
2012-02-20 11:29:04 PM  

Knight of the Woeful Countenance: ArgusRun:
/Do we have any food that wasn't brutally slaughtered?

That episode brought me my all-time favorite lines...

"You don't make friends with salad." (Still as true today as it was back then).

Homer:It's just a little airborne, it's still good! it's still good!
Bart: Dad, it's gone.
Homer (sad): I know

cut to: Burns and Smithers looking out the window.

Burns: You know Smithers, I think I'll donate a million dollars to the orphanage!
They laugh. The Pig flies by the window
Smither: Will you be writing that check now sir?
Burns: Mmmm... I'd still prefer not.


One of the funniest things I've ever heard on this show, and maybe it's just me, was during the Springfield Movie Awards episode when The Critic was a guest.

(Sitting in movie theater)
Barney: *belches*
Woman next to him: "Ugh it smells like something crawled down your throat and died."
Barney: "It didn't die."
 
2012-02-20 11:30:30 PM  

ArgusRun:
Lisa and Marge are the straight men. Indispensable setups for some of the best lines ever, but not usually enough to drive a top ten episode. And I say that as someone who identifies with Lisa.

/Do we have any food that wasn't brutally slaughtered?


I dunno. Lisa had some pretty heartfelt episodes (like "Lisa's Substitute") that certainly deserve mention.

And the "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" is easily in my top five: Fleet-a-pita, the frame nudging, the mealworms, Whitey whackers, the mob in the church bulletin, Fat Tony and his need for the "moneys," Skinner and his boaking accident, and the freaking Yakuza.

"My name is Agnes and you know it's Agnes. It means lamb. Lamb of God."

"Children are so fat today. Is there someway we could make money off that?"

"Gimbels is gone, Marge. Long gone. You're Gimbels."
 
2012-02-20 11:30:35 PM  

karmaceutical: Hmm... no love for Homer the Heretic?


Eh, don't worry. If we're wrong we'll recant on our deathbeds.
 
2012-02-20 11:36:24 PM  
pics.livejournal.com

Nuff said
 
2012-02-20 11:40:14 PM  
Definetly a top 5'er but not the best.

/Scorpio!
He'll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth.
Beware of Scorpio!
His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world
And his employees' health.
He'll welcome you into his lair,
Like the nobleman welcomes his guest.
With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!
But beware of his generous pensions,
Plus three weeks paid vacation each year,
And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!
He loves German beer!
 
2012-02-20 11:40:48 PM  
Kirk: So that's it, after all these years it's 'so long, good luck'?
Cracker Factory Manager: I don't recall saying 'good luck'.
 
2012-02-20 11:40:58 PM  
"Ate Guatemalan insanity peppers... Ooooooh.."
 
2012-02-20 11:45:20 PM  
"High as a kite, everyone. Goofballs."
 
2012-02-20 11:45:56 PM  
I feel the need to mention "Homer and Apu". Its defiantly in the running for top 10. Come to think of it, any episode with an original music number from season 2-5 is a classic.


Summer of 4 Ft. 2 is always been a favorite Lisa-centric episode. The illegal fire works bit was an awesome sub-plot. I did not know that Christina Ricci was a guest star until just now.
 
2012-02-20 11:51:05 PM  

slimkibbles: "Homer's Enemy"


They took a vote in our local paper recently and that one won the fan vote.

Though for me nothing beats "Treehouse of Horror"s V

humordistrict.com

and VII

www.simpsoncrazy.com

Maybe some Sideshow Bob in "Cape Feare"
 
2012-02-20 11:54:23 PM  

bark_atda_moon: I know it is only a small segment of a larger Halloween episode, but Citizen Kang gets my vote!
I also loved the Toaster time machine.

\\Should have voted for Kodos


With you 100% (as evidenced by my post above).
 
2012-02-20 11:55:12 PM  
spinoff.comicbookresources.com

best episode of the whole series

/yeah, i said it
//big whoop
///wanna fight about it?
 
2012-02-20 11:55:23 PM  
Sorry, I'm late. Stop having fun, guys. The show was going downhill after Last Exit to Springfield, they should have killed it after Season 3, and so forth.
 
2012-02-20 11:55:42 PM  
Did someone mention Space Coyote (new window)?
 
2012-02-21 12:03:55 AM  
1. Bart of Darkness. "Is it St. Swithin's day already?"

2. Flying Hellfish. "I'll thank you to stop pinching my Botticelli"

Both have a great story and clever writing. A lot of classic episodes in the first 8 or so seasons. Still watch it to make sure I don't miss out anything. Episode 499 was one of the better ones in recent years.
 
2012-02-21 12:04:32 AM  
I'm shocked to learn that no one thinks an episode from the last ten years is one of the best.

/is there a risk the track could bend?
 
2012-02-21 12:04:35 AM  
No one liked the 138th Episode Spectacular? Not my fave, but still.

Also, Bart the General (I think it's Episode 2) is underrated. Watch that again - a total Bart episode, dealing with real-world issues for kids (I was 8 when the show started), and in a total Simpsons way.

Another vote for Monorail, Scorpio (used to work with a guy we called Hank Scorpio because the resemblance was uncanny), the first...9 Halloween episodes (from The Raven to 3D Homer), and every damned line from the vegetarian episode.
 
2012-02-21 12:09:54 AM  
I will admit that the newer episodes are not nearly as good as the first 8-10 seasons. But they are still better than 99% of the dribble that's put on TV now.

// Reality TV needs to die a slow painful death in acid
/// The Goggles! They do nothing!
 
2012-02-21 12:10:54 AM  
22 Short Films About Springfield

Discussion over.
 
2012-02-21 12:12:36 AM  
simpsonswiki.net

Return to your homes and places of businesses.
 
2012-02-21 12:15:34 AM  

Stile4aly: I'm shocked to learn that no one thinks an episode from the last ten years is one of the best.

/is there a risk the track could bend?


Not on your life, my Hindu friend.
 
2012-02-21 12:17:33 AM  

Snout Johnson: Apparently, I'm the only one whose favorites are Lisa on Ice and Bart gets an Elephant.

/Jimbo Jones called for tripping


Let's tear this place apart!
 
2012-02-21 12:23:41 AM  
I can't believe we've come this far without Two Dozen and One Greyhounds.

img218.imageshack.us

/I really like the vest.
 
2012-02-21 12:29:39 AM  
www.blogcdn.com

You badmouthed Macgyver, didn't you?
 
2012-02-21 12:32:45 AM  

Commander Corn: [spinoff.comicbookresources.com image 600x336]

best episode of the whole series

/yeah, i said it
//big whoop
///wanna fight about it?


This was a great episode.

Since they switched to high def, they have been experimenting a lot more, and some of the experiments are paying off.


Though, man that fourth season was great. As evident by the many suggestions from it.


"dental plan" and Marge Versus the Monorail are probably two of my favorites, with Homer at Bat right behind them.
 
2012-02-21 12:36:00 AM  
"Marge! Marge! The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me!" (Evil Krusty doll dunks Homer's head into dog's water bowl) "Eww, dog water!"

Also from the same vignette:

"But beware, that doll holds a terrible curse."
"That's bad."
"But it comes with a free frogurt!"
"That's good!"
"The frogurt is also cursed."
"That's bad."
"But you get your choice of topping!"
"That's good!"
"The toppings contain potassium benzoate."
"..."
"That's bad."
"Can I go now?"

And one more for good measure:

"You think your dirty socks can stop me? Well they are making me dizzy..."
 
2012-02-21 12:36:17 AM  
But I thought from the last Simpsons thread that celebrities playing themselves was proof of how creatively bankrupt the show became?
 
2012-02-21 12:39:18 AM  
That's way more words than I ever wanted to read about a Simpsons episode.
 
2012-02-21 12:41:11 AM  

ronin7: Commander Corn: [spinoff.comicbookresources.com image 600x336]

best episode of the whole series

/yeah, i said it
//big whoop
///wanna fight about it?

This was a great episode.

Since they switched to high def, they have been experimenting a lot more, and some of the experiments are paying off.


Though, man that fourth season was great. As evident by the many suggestions from it.


"dental plan" and Marge Versus the Monorail are probably two of my favorites, with Homer at Bat right behind them.


I think 4 and 8 were the best. 8 Had you only move twice, homers enemy, bart sells his soul, itchy and scratchy and poochie...
 
2012-02-21 12:54:16 AM  

poot_rootbeer: But I thought from the last Simpsons thread that celebrities playing themselves was proof of how creatively bankrupt the show became?


Who are you talking to? 99% of the posts here have nothing to do with that.
 
2012-02-21 01:07:16 AM  
So i'm watchin Hooper right now, and surprised ive never realized the similarities to Homerpalooza.
 
2012-02-21 01:20:49 AM  

9beers: 22 Short Films About Springfield

Discussion over.


FINALLY. I was getting more and more worried as I scrolled further and further down this thread.

/Is there something funny about my automobile?
 
2012-02-21 01:26:13 AM  
You Only Move Twice (Scorpio ep)
Bart After Dark (Burlesque House ep)
Two Dozen and One Greyhounds (Greyhound puppies ep)
Homer the Great (Stonecutters Ep)
The Springfield Files (X-Files Ep)
Summer of 4'2 (Lisa as a "cool kid")
Realty Bites (Marge as Realtor ep)
The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (Military School ep.)
Bart of Darkness (Bart's broken leg ep)
Homer Vs. The Eighteenth Amendment (Rex Banner ep.)
Wild Barts Can't be Broken (Curfew ep.)
Lisa's Sax (How Lisa got her sax ep)

.....

/list of my favs in no particular order, although Scorpio is near the top.
 
2012-02-21 01:33:06 AM  
I'll be 40 in August.

The Simpsons have been on since I was in High School.

Math.

Decrepitude.
 
2012-02-21 02:00:33 AM  

germ78: Lisa's Rival is my pick for the most underrated episode. The whole Homer's sugar pile subplot just makes the episode great.

/I bent my wookiee


Holy fark that one was great, "first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women"
 
2012-02-21 02:15:01 AM  
Can you swing a sack of doorknobs?
 
2012-02-21 02:35:43 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-02-21 02:55:14 AM  

Strolpol: That, and the one with the Planet of the Apes musical.

/YOU FINALLY MADE A MONKEY OUT OF ME!


Never heard of that one.
 
2012-02-21 03:02:03 AM  

troymccluresf: Strolpol: That, and the one with the Planet of the Apes musical.

/YOU FINALLY MADE A MONKEY OUT OF ME!

Never heard of that one.


You're in for a treat.
 
2012-02-21 03:12:11 AM  
"Arr, here be a fine vessel. The yarrest river going boat there be."

/Twenty dollars? I wanted a peanut.
 
2012-02-21 03:12:25 AM  
DJ 3000: Those clowns in congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.

Bill: How does it keep up with the news like that?
 
2012-02-21 04:02:28 AM  
FTA: Of the players with guest-starring roles, only Dodgers outfielder Darryl Strawberry was local.

Not true! They forgot one. (new window)
 
2012-02-21 04:07:22 AM  
High in my top ten, and certainly my top guest star episode:

Cecil Terwilliger: "Now make yourself at home. Perhaps a glass of Bordeaux? I have the '82 Chateau Latour and a rather indifferent Rausan-Segla."
Sideshow Bob: "I've been in prison, Cecil. I'll be happy just as long as it doesn't taste like orange drink fermented under a radiator."
Cecil Terwilliger: "That would be the Latour, then."

and

Sideshow Bob: "You do know I... used to have a... [clears throat] problem... with trying to kill people?"
Cecil Terwilliger: "Goodness, I had no idea! For you see, I have been on Mars for the last decade, in a cave, with my eyes shut and my fingers in my ears."
Sideshow Bob: "Touche, Cecil."
 
2012-02-21 05:16:32 AM  
Came here to list better candidates for "greatest Simpsons episode" and to insist no one picks an episode after season 10, but it's all been covered and then some.

GO BANANA!
 
2012-02-21 05:42:36 AM  

cuzsis: You Only Move Twice (Scorpio ep)
Bart After Dark (Burlesque House ep)
Two Dozen and One Greyhounds (Greyhound puppies ep)
Homer the Great (Stonecutters Ep)
The Springfield Files (X-Files Ep)
Summer of 4'2 (Lisa as a "cool kid")
Realty Bites (Marge as Realtor ep)
The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (Military School ep.)
Bart of Darkness (Bart's broken leg ep)
Homer Vs. The Eighteenth Amendment (Rex Banner ep.)
Wild Barts Can't be Broken (Curfew ep.)
Lisa's Sax (How Lisa got her sax ep)

.....

/list of my favs in no particular order, although Scorpio is near the top.


I was wondering when someone was going to mention Homer vs the 18th amendment, dammit!

Dateline: Springfield. The elusive beer baron continues to thumb his nose at the authorities.  Swaggering about in a garish new hat, he seemed to say, 'Look at me, Rex Banner!  I have a new hat!'
 
2012-02-21 06:04:06 AM  
"But if you're the police, who will police the police?"

" I dunno. Coast Guard?"
 
2012-02-21 06:04:08 AM  
FTFA

Acute radiation poisoning, cranial gigantism, and pits of eternal darkness? Meet your 2011 Red Sox.

Ouch
 
2012-02-21 07:06:40 AM  

Hardy-r-r: FTFA

Acute radiation poisoning, cranial gigantism, and pits of eternal darkness? Meet your 2011 Red Sox.

Ouch


Is there any way all three of those things can happen to Lackey?
 
2012-02-21 07:11:22 AM  
I'm partial to Bart Vs. Austrailia

images.fanpop.com

Homer: Hey! Are you like one of those English guards who can't laugh or smile or anything? [makes noises and faces at him]
[gets punched in the face] Ow!
Marine: No, Sir! US Marine Corps, Sir!

/"Here in America we don't tolerate that kind of crap, Sir!"
 
2012-02-21 07:30:21 AM  

thetrenchcoat: Can you swing a sack of doorknobs?


Can I?!?!?
 
2012-02-21 07:35:46 AM  

Burr: I'm partial to Bart Vs. Austrailia

[images.fanpop.com image 160x160]

Homer: Hey! Are you like one of those English guards who can't laugh or smile or anything? [makes noises and faces at him]
[gets punched in the face] Ow!
Marine: No, Sir! US Marine Corps, Sir!

/"Here in America we don't tolerate that kind of crap, Sir!"


I scrolled down the threat incredulous that no one had mentioned Bart vs. Australia, which is my favorite episode, too. There are SO many good moments, but the one scene that kills me the most every time is near the beginning when Bart doesn't believe Lisa about the hemispheres and starts calling all the different countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

"Please to repeat, and I will translate for El Presidente."
"Which way does the water go in your toilet?"
"He says the tide is turning! The rebels will soon take the capital! We must flee! (jumps out window)"

Followed by, of course:
Homer: "Burkino Faso? Disputed Zone? Who called all these weird places?"
Homer's Brain: "Quiet, you fool, it might have been you."
Homer: "No, I'm gonna ask Marge about this."
Homer's Brain: "No! Why embarrass us both? Just write a check and I'll release some more endorphins."
(writes check)
Homer: "Ahhhhh..."
 
2012-02-21 07:39:43 AM  
If you want a great episode from the last 10 years (they are out there, believe it or not), then "Trilogy of Error" will fit the bill.

"Linguo dead?"
"Linguo...is...deeeadddd..."
 
2012-02-21 08:12:50 AM  
href="http://www.fark.com/comments/6953201/75093937#c75093937" target="_blank">SavaThePriest: I can't believe we've come this far without Two Dozen and One Greyhounds.

[img218.imageshack.us image 426x252]

/I really like the vest.


Way WAY WAY too late.

born_yesterday: Some men hunt for sport
Others hunt for food...
the only thing I'm hunting for....
is an outfit that looks gooood....


(TAKE IT MADBASSIST!!!)

See my vest, see my vest,
Made from real gorilla chest,
Feel this sweater, there's no better
Than authentic Irish setter.

See this hat, 'twas my cat,
My evening wear - vampire bat,
These white slippers are albino
African endangered rhino.

Grizzly bear underwear,
Turtles' necks, I've got my share,
Beret of poodle, on my noodle
It shall rest.

Try my red robin suit,
It comes one breast or two,
See my vest, see my vest,
See my vest.

Like my loafers? Former gophers -
It was that or skin my chauffeurs,
But a greyhound fur tuxedo
Would be best,

So let's prepare these dogs,

Maid:
Kill two for matching clogs.

Mr. Burns:
See my vest, see my vest,
Oh please, won't you see my vest!

I really like the vest.

Smithers:
I gathered that.

Lisa:
(gasps) He's gonna make a tuxedo out of our puppies!

(Bart hums the song Mr. Burns just sang)

Lisa:
BART!

Bart:
Sorry. You gotta admit, it's catchy.
 
2012-02-21 08:26:01 AM  
Bruno Dundridge: Ooh! Ah, that's it. I'm going to report this to me member of parliament.
[yells out window]
Bruno Dundridge: Hey, Gus! I got something to report to you.
[Later, as Gus tends his swine]
Gus: That's a bloody outrage, it is! I want to take this all the way to the Prime Minister.
[they go down to a lake]
Gus: Hey! Mr. Prime Minister! Andy!
Prime Minister Andy: [floating naked on an inner tube with a beer] Eh, mates! What's the good word?
 
2012-02-21 08:59:39 AM  
What, no love for Homie the Clown? The first seven minutes of that was probably the hardest I have ever laughed in my life.
 
2012-02-21 09:08:57 AM  

gunga galunga: What, no love for Homie the Clown? The first seven minutes of that was probably the hardest I have ever laughed in my life.


THAT'S IT! You people have held me back long enough! I'm going to clown college!
 
2012-02-21 09:21:17 AM  

UberDave: cman: It's one of the best, but not THE best. Mr. Plow has that title


I'm sure you meant to say "Last Exit to Springfield"...


I'm sure you both meant to say "At Long Last Leave."
 
2012-02-21 09:23:56 AM  
Just throwing in my vote for "Duffless"

'To overcome the spider's curse, simply quote a Bible verse.'
 
2012-02-21 09:26:30 AM  

Burr: I'm partial to Bart Vs. Austrailia


One of the funniest as well.

I'm going to report this to me member of Parliament. Hey, Gus! I've got something to report to ya. That's a bloody outrage, it is! I'm going to take this all the way to the Prime Minister. Mister Prime Minister! Andy! Aye mates, what's the good word?
 
2012-02-21 09:27:59 AM  

ronin7: Commander Corn: [spinoff.comicbookresources.com image 600x336]

best episode of the whole series

/yeah, i said it
//big whoop
///wanna fight about it?

This was a great episode.

Since they switched to high def, they have been experimenting a lot more, and some of the experiments are paying off.



I hope you are joking
 
2012-02-21 09:31:31 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: gunga galunga: What, no love for Homie the Clown? The first seven minutes of that was probably the hardest I have ever laughed in my life.

THAT'S IT! You people have held me back long enough! I'm going to clown college!


img853.imageshack.us

Doo doo doodoodoo doo doo doo doo.
 
2012-02-21 09:39:00 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: THAT'S IT! You people have held me back long enough! I'm going to clown college!


Clown college? You can't eat that.
 
2012-02-21 09:39:01 AM  
"Hurricane Neddy" - can I really be the first to mention this? NED CURSES
"Treehouse of Horror I"
"Lisa the Vegetarian"
 
2012-02-21 09:47:45 AM  

nekom: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: THAT'S IT! You people have held me back long enough! I'm going to clown college!

Clown college? You can't eat that.


Clown college can buy many peanuts.
 
2012-02-21 09:59:35 AM  

JudgeItoBox: That's way more words than I ever wanted to read about a Simpsons episode.


There's a book called Planet Simpson that exhaustively details the show's history, cultural relevance, the author's personal relationship with it, and detailed breakdown of landmark episodes. You would not enjoy it.
 
2012-02-21 10:01:46 AM  

dj_spanmaster: "Hurricane Neddy" - can I really be the first to mention this? NED CURSES


Ned: I just attacked all my friends and neighbors just for trying to help me. I'd like to commit myself.
Nurse: Very well. Shall I show you to your room, or would you prefer to be dragged off kicking and screaming?
Ned: Ooh, kicking and screaming, please.
Nurse: As you wish.
[two men in white grab hold of him and drag him away]
Ned: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

/"Yes, yes Mr. Sherman, everything stinks"
 
2012-02-21 10:07:30 AM  

dj_spanmaster: "Lisa the Vegetarian"


Lisa-centric episodes are usually pretty lame, but if they were their own category, this one would definitely win.

My favorite bit of trivia from that episode is that Groening, et al, really wanted to get Paul McCartney on, because he was the only living Beatle not to have appeared at that point. And so McCartney agreed to appear. But only if Lisa remained a vegetarian for the duration of the series.
 
2012-02-21 10:07:59 AM  
The quote I use a lot:

"In this house we obey the laws of THERMODYNAMICS!"

taxandspend: My absolute favorite of the series: $pringfield, or How I learned to stop worrying and love legalized gambling.

"Freshen your drink gov'ner"
"I call him Gamblor!"


Burns: Thank you so much for visiting our plant, Dr. Kissinger.
Henry: It was fun.
Smithers: We'll let you know if your glasses turn up.
Henry: Er, yes, well, I'm sure I left them in the car.
Henry, To Himself: No one must know I dropped them in the toilet; not I, the man who drafted the Paris Peace Accord.
 
2012-02-21 10:10:27 AM  
No way I could pick a favorite. I could pick seasons but not a favorite single episode. Too many good ones.

Surprising lack of Lionel Hutz in here.

Hutz: "That judge has had it in for me since I kinda ran over his dog."

Marge: "You ran over his dog?"

Hutz: "Uh huh. Except replace the word kinda with repeatedly and the word dog with son."

/ might have messed that up
 
2012-02-21 10:12:37 AM  
Homer at the Bat is a great episode (and I remember watching the first airing) but my personal fave is Treehouse of Horror III. It has Clown Without Pity, King Homer, and Dial 'Z' For Zombies.
3.bp.blogspot.com
To the book depository!
 
2012-02-21 10:16:11 AM  
I think we can all agree that any given episode from seasons 2-10 is better than 90% of anything that has ever been on or will ever be on television.
 
2012-02-21 10:26:59 AM  
No one's mentioned "Itchy & Scratchy Land?" That episode's one of the best solely for the look on the kids' faces when Marge says she's already planned the family vacation to the Highway 9 Bird Sanctuary.
 
2012-02-21 10:27:20 AM  
Reading through everyone's choices it's obvious we all are awesome. I'm throwing in my addition:

Krusty gets Kancelled. You are all going to be reading this lines in the voices of the characters that said them. Without any visual prompting as to whom they were.

"I figure it's someone's name. Someone names Gabbo."

"Don't snap my undies"

"You can call me Ray.. and you can call me Jay"

"We want Chilly Willy! We want Chilly Willy!"

"What? what am I looking at? I'm gonna stop looking soon. What? What is that it?"
"Can I look too?"
"sure but it'll cost ya!"
"My WALLET'S in the CAR!"
"He's so stupid... and now back to the wall"

"That oughta hold those S.O.B.s. WHAT THE?"

"Ow my face! My valuable face!"

"My son returns from a fancy East Coast college, and I'm horrified to find he's a NERD"
"Ha! I'm laughing already!"
"IT'S NOT A COMEDY!"

"I've been in this chair fort near 13 seasons, and I ain't a-leavin' now"
"He's dead now"

/all from memory
//all typed out while saying them in head in the voices
///voices in my head
 
2012-02-21 10:30:46 AM  
Treehouse of Horror V, not for the shinning (which is excellent) but for Time and Punishment. For my brothers wedding I got my father to give the advice that grandpa gives to Homer to my brother.

Homer: Aah! OK, don't panic -- remember the advice your father gave you on your wedding day.
[remembers Abe with hair and a tuxedo]
Abe: If you ever travel back in time, don't step on anything because even the tiniest change can alter the future in ways you can't imagine.

/I'm the first NON brazillian to go back in time!
 
2012-02-21 10:32:10 AM  
Whacking Day was invented as an excuse to beat up the Irish

"Ahhh, 'tis true. I took many a lump, but twas all in good fun!!"


And when Homer takes over for smithers.

"No, no. This is five six FOUR three. I suspect you need more practice operating your telephone machine."

"You are a bad son Mont...el".
 
2012-02-21 10:36:06 AM  
Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?
 
2012-02-21 10:47:23 AM  

NewportBarGuy: elvisaintdead: This man would like to have a word with you, subby -

[i43.tinypic.com image 450x411]

A challenger emerges!


Supposedly he was supposed to be Richard Branson, but I always thought Larry Ellison as well.
 
2012-02-21 10:49:58 AM  
I always loved "Bart's Girlfriend," but that's mostly because a good friend of mine in high school at the time was a minister's daughter, and very much a secret badass.

This bizarre exchange between Marge and a deadpan Homer gets me every time:

Marge: Have you noticed any change in Bart?
Homer: New glasses?
Marge: No...he looks like something might be disturbing him.
Homer: Probably misses his old glasses.
Marge: I guess we could get more involved in Bart's activities but then
I'd be afraid of smothering him.
Homer: Yeah, and then we'd get the chair.
Marge: That's not what I meant.
Homer: It was, Marge, admit it.
 
2012-02-21 11:02:18 AM  

DSanchez: "Now Homer, you're over-stimulated, lets get some beer into you, and then it's straight off to bed."

//one of my favorite lines.


deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com

Whoo hoo! Beer beer beer bed bed bed!
 
2012-02-21 11:09:59 AM  
darrrrrrryl

darrrrrrrrrrrryl

darrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryl

/rolls right off their backs
 
2012-02-21 11:24:53 AM  

SlagginOff: I think we can all agree that any given episode from seasons 2-10 is better than 90% of anything that has ever been on or will ever be on television.


And this is why you'll never see me biatching about the current quality of the show like many have been in recent threads. Yes, it's been years since I've been a regular watcher. And when I do, the show ranges from "meh" to "pretty funny". But for seasons 2-8, as well as several episodes from seasons 9-12, they get a lifetime free pass from me. They can continue to make mediocre episodes for all long as the show continues to remain profitable. All power to them.
 
2012-02-21 11:27:04 AM  

BilldaCat10: darrrrrrryl

darrrrrrrrrrrryl

darrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryl

/rolls right off their backs


i117.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-21 11:28:32 AM  
I vote Worst Episode Ever as the best episode ever.
 
2012-02-21 11:29:22 AM  
"Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" isn't about baseball...why is there a discussion of basball in an article about "best Simpsons episode"?

splitsider.com

/"Last Exit to Springfield" would also be an acceptable article subject.
 
2012-02-21 11:35:33 AM  

alwaysjaded: No way I could pick a favorite. I could pick seasons but not a favorite single episode. Too many good ones.

Surprising lack of Lionel Hutz in here.

Hutz: "That judge has had it in for me since I kinda ran over his dog."

Marge: "You ran over his dog?"

Hutz: "Uh huh. Except replace the word kinda with repeatedly and the word dog with son."

/ might have messed that up


Close enough.

Hutz: Care to join me for a belt of scotch?

Marge: But it's 9:30 in the morning!

Hutz: Yeah, but I haven't slept in days.
 
2012-02-21 11:39:38 AM  

ArgusRun: Also, Bart After Dark.

I'm partial to musical numbers.


Another great episode.

"If Homer Simpson's 10-year-old son want's to work in a burlesque house, the Homer Simpson's 10-year-old son gets to work in a burlesque house!"
(crowd disperses revealing Marge, who's furious)
"Now Marge, you're going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working in a burlesque house."
 
2012-02-21 11:40:55 AM  

steamingpile: sugar


Marge: Homer, when are you going to give up this crazy sugar scheme?
Homer: Never, Marge! Never. I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?"
 
2012-02-21 11:48:53 AM  

JesterJames: steamingpile: sugar

Marge: Homer, when are you going to give up this crazy sugar scheme?
Homer: Never, Marge! Never. I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?"


In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.
 
2012-02-21 11:49:55 AM  

gunga galunga: ArgusRun: Also, Bart After Dark.

I'm partial to musical numbers.

Another great episode.

"If Homer Simpson's 10-year-old son want's to work in a burlesque house, the Homer Simpson's 10-year-old son gets to work in a burlesque house!"
(crowd disperses revealing Marge, who's furious)
"Now Marge, you're going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working in a burlesque house."


Can we please not talk about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N?

Sex Cauldron?! I thought they shut that place down!!
 
2012-02-21 11:56:04 AM  
Deep Space Homer is my favourite!
 
2012-02-21 12:01:26 PM  

gunga galunga: SlagginOff: I think we can all agree that any given episode from seasons 2-10 is better than 90% of anything that has ever been on or will ever be on television.

And this is why you'll never see me biatching about the current quality of the show like many have been in recent threads. Yes, it's been years since I've been a regular watcher. And when I do, the show ranges from "meh" to "pretty funny". But for seasons 2-8, as well as several episodes from seasons 9-12, they get a lifetime free pass from me. They can continue to make mediocre episodes for all long as the show continues to remain profitable. All power to them.


4.bp.blogspot.com

Sees what you did there
 
2012-02-21 12:16:31 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: epyonyx: stevie1der: DENTAL PLAN!

Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN!


LORD PALMERSTON!
 
2012-02-21 12:17:48 PM  

Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?


Agreed. Though I no longer absolutely hate it like the first time I saw it, Homer's Enemy is one of the weaker episodes from the first 10 seasons.
 
2012-02-21 12:23:12 PM  

Richard Roma: Agreed. Though I no longer absolutely hate it like the first time I saw it, Homer's Enemy is one of the weaker episodes from the first 10 seasons.


I wouldn't put it in my top 10, but it wasn't THAT bad. It had its moments. How dare you spill my priceless acid and destroy my valuable wall?
 
2012-02-21 12:41:48 PM  

JesterJames: StreetlightInTheGhetto: epyonyx: stevie1der: DENTAL PLAN!

Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN!

LORD PALMERSTON!


PITT THE ELDER!
 
2012-02-21 12:42:12 PM  

Madbassist1: href="http://www.fark.com/comments/6953201/75093937#c75093937" target="_blank">SavaThePriest: I can't believe we've come this far without Two Dozen and One Greyhounds.

[img218.imageshack.us image 426x252]

/I really like the vest.

Way WAY WAY too late.

born_yesterday: Some men hunt for sport
Others hunt for food...
the only thing I'm hunting for....
is an outfit that looks gooood....

(TAKE IT MADBASSIST!!!)

(Lyrics go here)

Bart:
Sorry. You gotta admit, it's catchy.


Great... Now I've got THAT stuck in my head.

/Had worse.
 
2012-02-21 12:44:20 PM  

Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?


Your comment is better read in an exasperated and incredulous Frank "Grimey" Grimes voice.

Grey Street: JesterJames: steamingpile: sugar

Marge: Homer, when are you going to give up this crazy sugar scheme?
Homer: Never, Marge! Never. I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?"

In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.


For some reason, his winking 'in the forest' part of his explanation to Marge where they got the sugar always cracks me up.
 
2012-02-21 12:53:23 PM  

Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?


One of my favorite lines came out of that episode:

"I live in a single room above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley!"
 
2012-02-21 01:02:21 PM  
In the end, Homer wins his team the pennant, albeit through inexplicable and unconventional means. So when Homer smacks a bottom-of-the-ninth grand slam with his team down three runs, how the hell are we supposed to process that? Homer doesn't fail miserably; Bart doesn't quip his way out of trouble; Lisa doesn't roll her eyes in judgment. It was like watching some avant-garde, one-night-only experiment in ad hoc television.

The episode actually ends with Homer getting hit by a pitch.
 
2012-02-21 01:10:12 PM  

Mordo The Black:
Great... Now I've got THAT stuck in my head.

/Had worse.


I know, right? That's why I had to post it. HAD to. I read the first verse and the goddamned earworm WOULD...NOT...STOP. So I had to infect everyone else. HA HA SUCKERS!
 
2012-02-21 01:17:53 PM  

Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?


Far from my favorite, but I like that episode because Frank Grimes (or "Grimey" as he liked to be called) reminds of some people, and a lot of Farkers, who get waaaay too worked up over something (or someone) they don't like. It's not enough that they don't like it, everybody else needs to share that level of hatred.

I've seen many Farkers have meltdowns over trivial issues that remind me of Frank's meltdown at the end of the episode.
 
2012-02-21 01:22:16 PM  
Change the channel, Marge!
 
2012-02-21 01:33:52 PM  
No love for Much Apu About Nothing? The Bear Patrol parts alone are funny enough to cause serious injury.

"Lisa, I wanna buy your rock!"

/Get Eurass back to Eurasia
 
2012-02-21 01:36:20 PM  
Not a mention of Deep Space Homer?

Now we'll never see the closeup of the rod.
 
2012-02-21 01:36:55 PM  
 
2012-02-21 01:39:03 PM  
You misspelled "Whacking Day"

/I love the sexy slither of a lady snake. Ohhh baby.
 
2012-02-21 01:43:37 PM  
purple monkey dishwasher.
 
2012-02-21 01:44:48 PM  
Feast of Maximum Occupancy
 
2012-02-21 01:45:54 PM  
That there are so many nominees for "Best Simpsons Episode" in this thread demonstrates exactly the quality of the show. This show's writers and producers deserve big credit for continually putting out a product that is above average by default.
 
2012-02-21 01:49:43 PM  

gunga galunga: Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?

Far from my favorite, but I like that episode because Frank Grimes (or "Grimey" as he liked to be called) reminds of some people, and a lot of Farkers, who get waaaay too worked up over something (or someone) they don't like. It's not enough that they don't like it, everybody else needs to share that level of hatred.

I've seen many Farkers have meltdowns over trivial issues that remind me of Frank's meltdown at the end of the episode.


Frank Grimes was a meta-character - he was taken from everything that makes "real life" crappy, and placed into a nonsensical Simpsons universe where Homer somehow succeeds, owns a nice house, two cars, etc, despite being a total idiot. It's the episode that acknowledges that Homer could never operate or succeed in the real world.

I thought it was brilliant.
 
2012-02-21 01:56:52 PM  
i.qkme.me

pleatedjeans.s115300.gridserver.com

Stoned Simpsons kids are best Simpsons kids
 
2012-02-21 01:57:33 PM  
Homer Vs. The Eighteenth Amendment is probably my favorite at the moment. Haven't actually watched a Simpsons episode since 2009ish.

/Who ordered the bathtub mint julip?
 
2012-02-21 02:15:16 PM  
Is it about my cube?
 
2012-02-21 02:20:39 PM  
Simpsons goodness cutoff is everything post-Tomacco.
 
2012-02-21 02:23:58 PM  

elvisaintdead: Now with pic goodness-

This man would like to have a word with you, subby -
[globexcorp.files.wordpress.com image 640x480]


/I'll be in my hammock district.


There is no other choice. Scorpio for the win.
 
2012-02-21 02:28:48 PM  

machoprogrammer: ronin7: Commander Corn: [spinoff.comicbookresources.com image 600x336]

best episode of the whole series

/yeah, i said it
//big whoop
///wanna fight about it?

This was a great episode.

Since they switched to high def, they have been experimenting a lot more, and some of the experiments are paying off.


I hope you are joking


No, I am dead serious, the most recent episodes have been experimenting, and some of the experiments have paid off, producing episodes that don't fit into the shiatty mold they have been using for years.
 
2012-02-21 02:36:59 PM  
Run Boy Run! Now they have a taste for meat!

//This is what it feels like when doves cry
 
2012-02-21 03:11:50 PM  

Dog Welder: If you want a great episode from the last 10 years (they are out there, believe it or not), then "Trilogy of Error" will fit the bill.

"Linguo dead?"
"Linguo...is...deeeadddd..."


Wiggum: Your mission is to find the fireworks smugglers, and get
them to say something incriminating on this tape. [holds
up a cassette tape]
Bart: [reading the tape label] "Hootie and the Blowfish"?
Wiggum: Yeah. It's cheaper than blank tape.

And that episode has the BEST fireworks name ever, the Tijuana Toilet-Cracker!
 
2012-02-21 03:29:38 PM  

Detinwolf: gunga galunga: Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?

Far from my favorite, but I like that episode because Frank Grimes (or "Grimey" as he liked to be called) reminds of some people, and a lot of Farkers, who get waaaay too worked up over something (or someone) they don't like. It's not enough that they don't like it, everybody else needs to share that level of hatred.

I've seen many Farkers have meltdowns over trivial issues that remind me of Frank's meltdown at the end of the episode.

Frank Grimes was a meta-character - he was taken from everything that makes "real life" crappy, and placed into a nonsensical Simpsons universe where Homer somehow succeeds, owns a nice house, two cars, etc, despite being a total idiot. It's the episode that acknowledges that Homer could never operate or succeed in the real world.

I thought it was brilliant.


Yes, and everybody laughing at Homer while Grimey was being interred was the icing on the cake.

It was a good episode. But one I appreciated it more than I laughed at it.
 
2012-02-21 03:36:07 PM  
The Mel Gibson ep was funny, but now it's hilarious because of how ironic it is now.
 
2012-02-21 04:06:01 PM  
Under the sea

Under the seeeeeaaaaa

There'll be no accusations

Just friendly crustaceans

Under the seeeeeaaaa
 
2012-02-21 04:27:05 PM  
"A foul-mouthed cartoon"

What? Is he serious?
 
2012-02-21 04:36:32 PM  
Here are your messages. You have thirty minutes to move your car. You have ten minutes. Your car has been impounded. Your car has been crushed into a cube. You have thirty minutes to move your cube.

That snippet... plus the "In the Garden of Eden" segment, are my favorites.

But yeah, any episode up through season 10 is awesome. Since then... not so much
 
2012-02-21 04:45:01 PM  

Cagey B: Under the sea

Under the seeeeeaaaaa

There'll be no accusations

Just friendly crustaceans

Under the seeeeeaaaa


Cagey B, that's your solution to everything, to move under the sea. It's not going to happen!
 
2012-02-21 05:33:47 PM  

JesterJames: Cagey B: Under the sea

Under the seeeeeaaaaa

There'll be no accusations

Just friendly crustaceans

Under the seeeeeaaaa

Cagey B, that's your solution to everything, to move under the sea. It's not going to happen!


Not with that; attitude.
 
2012-02-21 06:25:24 PM  
I ated the purple berries!

They taste like...burning...
 
2012-02-21 06:44:59 PM  
Don't worry you will be eventually rescued by, oh, let's say... Moe.
 
2012-02-21 06:49:49 PM  
deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com

"If Homer Simpson wants his ten year old son working in a burlesque house, then Homer Simpson's 10 year old son is going to work in a Burlesque house."

"It's 10 o'clock do you know where your children are" "I told you last night NO. Where is Bart his dinner is getting all cold and eaten"

"Are they talking about the bordello?" "No the burlesque house, so keep quiet"
 
2012-02-21 06:49:56 PM  
'King Size Homer' is the best episode in my opinion...

i185.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-21 06:51:56 PM  

Faddy: [deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com image 512x384]

"If Homer Simpson wants his ten year old son working in a burlesque house, then Homer Simpson's 10 year old son is going to work in a Burlesque house."

"It's 10 o'clock do you know where your children are" "I told you last night NO. Where is Bart his dinner is getting all cold and eaten"

"Are they talking about the bordello?" "No the burlesque house, so keep quiet"


Best line (I believe it was that episode...)...

Maude Flanders: I don't think we're talking about love here. We are talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N!
Krusty the Klown: Sex Cauldron? I thought they shut that place down!
 
2012-02-21 06:56:02 PM  
You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.
 
2012-02-21 07:32:39 PM  
Officer Eddie: (reading Steve Sax's license) Well well, Steve Sax, from New York City.
Officer Lou: I heard some guy got killed in New York City and they never solved the case. But you wouldn't know anything about that now, would you, Steve?
(Lou and Eddie laugh)
Steve Sax: But there are hundreds of unsolved murders in New York City.
Officer Lou: You don't know when to keep your mouth shut, do you, Saxxy Boy?

/always a cromulent quote
 
2012-02-21 07:36:38 PM  
"I have misplaced my pants"
 
2012-02-21 07:46:33 PM  
"you ARE fully bonded and licensed by the state, right Mr Plow?" "shut up boy"

"let the bears pay the bear tax, I pay the homer tax" "that's home owners tax"



/I've noticed any episode where Mr. Burns isn't acting evil and is all non-chalant and laid back is usually a good episode.
 
2012-02-21 08:01:26 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?

Your comment is better read in an exasperated and incredulous Frank "Grimey" Grimes voice.
.


he he he, that made me lol.
 
2012-02-21 08:32:00 PM  

wantyou2wantme: Best line (I believe it was that episode...)...

Maude Flanders: I don't think we're talking about love here. We are talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N!
Krusty the Klown: Sex Cauldron? I thought they shut that place down!



Not that episode. That is when Skinner and Crabbaple are making babies in the supply closet and one of the babies looked at me.
 
2012-02-21 08:55:37 PM  

wantyou2wantme: 'King Size Homer' is the best episode in my opinion...

[i185.photobucket.com image 550x415]


Salesman: Well, sir, many of our clients find pants confining, so we offer a range of alternatives for the ample gentleman: ponchos, muumuus, capes, jumpsuits, unisheets, muslim body rolls, academic and judicial robes --

Homer: I don't want to look like a weirdo. I'll just go with a muumuu.
 
2012-02-21 09:02:42 PM  

wantyou2wantme: 'King Size Homer' is the best episode in my opinion...

[i185.photobucket.com image 550x415]


Hey, buddy, you gotta slow your car down and let me in, because I'm a big fat guy and I can't go anywhere, because there could be some poison gas, I mean there's really going to be poison gas, and everybody's going to be dead, especially me!

/Give me a ride or everybody dies
 
2012-02-21 09:03:29 PM  

Faddy: wantyou2wantme: Best line (I believe it was that episode...)...

Maude Flanders: I don't think we're talking about love here. We are talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N!
Krusty the Klown: Sex Cauldron? I thought they shut that place down!


Not that episode. That is when Skinner and Crabbaple are making babies in the supply closet and one of the babies looked at me.


Huh...I thought it was the burlesque house one, too. But you are right, Faddy. (new window) Congratulations.
 
2012-02-21 09:28:30 PM  

steamingpile: germ78: Lisa's Rival is my pick for the most underrated episode. The whole Homer's sugar pile subplot just makes the episode great.

/I bent my wookiee

Holy fark that one was great, "first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women"


Now that I think about it, that episode also had the hilarious Bart buys a factory subplot as well.

B: Milhouse! you were the night watchman. what happened?
M: Well, first the factory started to fall. Then it fell.
 
2012-02-21 09:30:39 PM  
another under the radar Simpsons moment:

Ned talking to Homer about apples:

Link (new window)
 
2012-02-21 09:51:15 PM  
Would you like to change your name to "Homer Jr.?" All your friends could call you "Ho-Ju".
 
2012-02-21 10:11:30 PM  
Lemon Tree
 
2012-02-21 11:09:46 PM  
THE FILM FESTIVAL ONE!


also, here's my fav. quotes:

"Works on Contingency? No, money down!"

Homer: When I held that gun in my hand, I felt a surge of power...like God must feel when he's holding a gun.

Milhouse: Remember the time he ate my goldfish? And you lied and said I never had goldfish. Then why did I have the bowl, Bart? *Why did I have the bowl?*

Homer: Fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug were the drugs.

Chief Wiggum: Can't you people take the law into your own hands? I mean, we can't be policing the entire city!

Homer: Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals...except the weasel.

Homer: Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.

Homer: How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?

Homer: Here's to alcohol, the cause of - and solution to - all life's problems.
 
2012-02-21 11:24:51 PM  
Sherry Bobbins is my favorite. There's some great song parodies in that one.

/If you cut every corner...
 
2012-02-22 01:49:26 AM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Simpsons goodness cutoff is everything post-Tomacco.


Yeah...that episode was my last straw. Hung on out of loyalty for that season, but tomacco...ugh.

/Personal fave: Marge Gets A Job
 
2012-02-22 01:54:02 AM  
"You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel!"
 
2012-02-22 07:56:55 AM  
"Milhouse my mom says that. Do you think my mom's cool?"
 
2012-02-22 08:25:42 AM  
"Do you think we'll see here again Dad?"
"I'm sure we will, sweetie."

*FWOOMPH*

"I'm sure we will."

That and Homer running through the field spelling out "Yaaaaagh!" (with the little hop at the end to finish the exclamation point!) are the only two times I've actually, literally fallen off my chair laughing.
 
2012-02-22 09:14:37 AM  

nekom: You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.


I'm looking for something in an after-dinner burrito.
 
2012-02-22 10:11:06 AM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Simpsons goodness cutoff is everything post-Tomacco.




Though I like the Tomacco portions of that episode, I loathe the first act of that episode. (think: Glove Slap) Even then, season 11 was pretty terrible, but Season 10 wasn't all that great either. I'm a little surprised at how often people put season 10 in with the Golden Years; I bet it has more to do with 10 being a round number...
 
2012-02-22 10:15:35 AM  
If we're doing favorite quotes, I use, "Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand," *all* the time.
 
2012-02-22 11:16:24 AM  

FeedTheCollapse: I loathe the first act of that episode. (think: Glove Slap)


Yeah, maybe, but the B52's singing over it made it worthwhile.
 
2012-02-22 03:47:12 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Simpsons goodness cutoff is everything post-Tomacco.



Though I like the Tomacco portions of that episode, I loathe the first act of that episode. (think: Glove Slap) Even then, season 11 was pretty terrible, but Season 10 wasn't all that great either. I'm a little surprised at how often people put season 10 in with the Golden Years; I bet it has more to do with 10 being a round number...


The tomacco at least had "Sneed's Feed & Seed (Formerly Chuck's)"

Not to mention...

Ralph: "Ewwww. It tastes like grandma."
Chief Wiggums: "You're right. It does taste like grandma."

/owns seasons 1-10 and 12
//10 & 12 had enough good episodes to justify the purchase
 
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