Crazy Noises: I’m With Cupid

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“Drinking will help us plan.” – Moe

For the third summer in a row, we at the Dead Homer Society are looking to satisfy your off-season longing for substandard commentary on substandard Simpsons.  This summer we’ll be looking at Season 10.  Why Season 10?  Because we’ve already done Seasons 8 and 9 and we can’t put it off any longer.  Prior to Season 10, we watched as the show started falling over, this is when it fell over.  And while the dust wouldn’t settle completely for another season or so, there is no bigger gap in quality than the one between Season 9 and Season 10.  Since we prefer things to remain just as they were in 1995, we’re sticking with this chatroom thing instead of some newer means of communication that we all know just isn’t as good.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “chandelier”).

Today’s episode is 1014, “I’m With Cupid”.  Yesterday was 1013, “Homer to the Max”.

Charlie Sweatpants: This episode is like a poor man’s version of "Homer to the Max", it starts out okay and makes increasingly little sense. Unfortunately, the good jokes are fewer and farther between.

Mad Jon: Yep. Not a real fan of this one. They used the same crutches, only a lot more often.

Dave: And it’s wrapped with a bow again, so you know everything is A-OK.

Charlie Sweatpants: The ending is easily the worst part. Somewhere, at some moment, someone said, "Homer should fight the skywriting pilot while the plane is flying".

  Sadly, no one objected.

Mad Jon: Fantastic Dan and his canister of sarin.

Charlie Sweatpants: That the canister of sarin is Peace Corps surplus is damn funny, more so because it’s not lingered over, but that scene mostly sucks.

Mad Jon: Yeah, I kind of felt funny when Elton John goes into the dog carrier and chews his way out.

Charlie Sweatpants: Feh. Elton John has one good joke, "It’s that damn chandelier again!", and then just sits around like a moron.

Mad Jon: Exactly my point. I wasn’t feeling funny ha-ha, I was feeling funny-anxious.

Charlie Sweatpants: Also, I believe this one does contain an "It’s Celebrity X!", which I always dislike.

Mad Jon: I also liked the chandelier thing, but that could have been anybody for sure.

Charlie Sweatpants: Again, there are quite a few good jokes here. I like that Homer would buy Marge a Valentines Day card that says "To a heck of a Blacksmith!" (which is awesome), but that he already got it for her. I like that it’s the peak hour for stoned teenagers looking at shiny things, I like that Homer thinks the Kama Sutra stole their idea, but these are all throwaway jokes, literally in the case of the Kama Sutra, which comes flying out the window just so they can make that joke.

Mad Jon: Also "Ten dollars a pill", and pickles in the sheets. But these are also throwaways. Not that I have anything against throwaways, but that is all this episode has.

Charlie Sweatpants: Exactly.

Mad Jon: And why is Moe part of the Angry Guy Club?

Dave: Because.

Charlie Sweatpants: No idea. Why is Flanders in there with him?

Mad Jon: Well I imagine that they need a few extra recognizable faces.

Flanders? He sang the "If you think I’m cuddly…" song in a heart costume. And Moe? I don’t have anything there.

Charlie Sweatpants: That raises an issue that wasn’t much of a problem before Season 10, but clearly is in 10 and after, the way the world of Springfield keeps expanding, but the cast keeps shrinking.

Here they cram together Hibbert and Wiggum and Homer just because, and meanwhile they tool all over town to a big airport, a harbor, and a Tiffany’s, and that’s all before Homer gets into the plane.

  This is one of those episodes where Springfield stops even remotely feeling like a real place and begins to feel like a theme park.

Mad Jon: Where you can fall from a plane with roses.

Charlie Sweatpants: With ease.

There are a couple of scenes here and there that are very good, I’m particularly fond of Marge and Manjula’s conversation about how ashamed they are of their respective houses, but but but . . . they’d be so much better if they worked into anything that could be called a coherent whole.

I know I’m repeating myself, but that’s pretty much what both of these episodes are about. There’s enough verve left in the show to make you crack a smile reliably, but it’s not the kind of television you rewatch.

Mad Jon: Agreed, the plot is slowly becoming second place to the quick jokes. That works ok until you run out of these jokes in a season or two and have to start repeating them, or simply rely on Homer banging his head against the wall. This drop off is not far away.

Charlie Sweatpants: Other than mentioning that I enjoy Homer’s fairy tale rendition of drinking at Moe’s, I haven’t got much else to say here.

Mad Jon: Oh yeah at the beginning. The ending of this one really weighs on me.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s not quite the same level of insanity as Hercules and the Lion from "Blood Feud", but it’s a good moment in Homer’s bad fathering.

Dave: I’m just enjoying reading you two rip this apart. It’s like you’re in my head.

Mad Jon: Well I am glad to have helped better your evening.

Charlie Sweatpants: Are the voices in your head telling you anything else Dave?

  Hopefully not, "burn it all, kill Jon and Charlie", is all I’m asking.

Dave: Nope. All good here.

Charlie Sweatpants: Whew.

Mad Jon: Excellent, I live to see another day.

Charlie Sweatpants: Anything else about the episode?

Mad Jon: Nah, we’ve covered it, it is just another well intentioned project that looks like it had to be rushed to finish in the last few days. Even though I am sure they took their time choreographing the entire fall from Fantastic Dan’s plane.

Don’t read too much into the well intentioned part. I was merely trying to relate this to dozens of science projects from middle school with which I barely eked out a ‘C’.

  But meant to do well on in the beginning.

  I’m going to stop rambling now.

Charlie Sweatpants: So will I.

3 Responses to “Crazy Noises: I’m With Cupid”

  1. 1 Jason
    21 July 2011 at 8:52 pm

    While I do love the “Mr. John, I’m your biggest fan. I tape-recorded all your songs off the radio” line, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen seen the start of a rerun of this episode and not changed the channel.

  2. 2 RCreed
    21 July 2011 at 10:52 pm

    They explained why Moe and Flanders were there, so it’s not as bad as the recent seasons. The girl Moe was “seeing” upped her restraining order, and Flanders was kicked out of the group for making note of how wrong they were.

  3. 3 P. Piggly Hogswine
    22 July 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Funny enough, this episode was shown yesterday evening just after I read this ‘Crazy Noises’. Wasn’t a huge fan of this one, but I did like the bit on the Kwik-E-Mart where Jimbo had the tin foil.

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