Crazy Noises: Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson

Range of Emotions

“You know, Homer, when I found out about this I went through a wide range of emotions.  First I was nervous, then anxious, then wary, then apprehensive, then kind of sleepy, then worried, and then concerned.  But now I realize that being a spaceman is something you have to do.” – Marge Simpson
“Who’s doing what now?” – Homer Simpson

This episode suffered from a severe case of plot whiplash more or less from start to finish. Homer goes through so many different phases here that the episode itself got confused toward the end. After the plane freakout, the YouTube fame, the talk show guest spot, and finally him getting his own Glenn Beck-lite style show, I think they just sort of lost track of what Homer was supposed to be doing and feeling at any given moment.

Right after he starts his gravy thing, Lisa gets cold feet (yes, she was on set with him, why do you ask?), to which Homer replies:

Don’t worry, sweetie, I think I know how to whip up an audience just short of a frenzy.

Once his gravy boat thing takes off, Marge and Lisa complain, to which he replies:

I’m an entertainer. And you can’t entertain and inform at the same time.

So, wait, what is Homer doing now? Does he think he’s just an entertainer, or does he think he’s seriously advocating things? In the first quote he sounds serious, in the second not so much, and keep in mind that he says the second line on his way to Republican Party headquarters.  A bit later, after he finds out that his obviously fake dream was fake, Homer tells Lisa:

I’m so mad, not only will I endorse Ted Nugent, I will call for an end to the direct election of Senators!

And like that, he’s moved onto another new position: serious but angry. That lasts for all of one minute before he fails to cry and Lisa (again out of nowhere) tells him:

Maybe it’s because deep down you don’t believe in what you’re doing.

Homer agrees with that and the episode peters out, which only serves to make things even more contradictory and convoluted. Now that he’s serious again he can’t cry because he doesn’t really believe in what he believed two scenes ago, which was when he was serious and able to cry on command. Wait, what? The whole ending is predicated on the idea that Homer can’t cry unless he seriously believes what he’s saying, but he already admitted earlier that he can cry when he’s not serious. 

Charlie Sweatpants: Shall we get to the odious task at hand?

Mad Jon: Please.

The sooner we start, the sooner I can die from it.

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s a good way to look at it.

  Though it is taking a more long term approach to this whole thing than they were.

Mad Jon: You are probably right.

Charlie Sweatpants: This episode is going to age worse than almost anything. It’s like a Leno or Letterman monologue preserved in animation.

Mad Jon: Keen observation.

Just as a beginning overall observation, I have to say that most Zombie episodes have at least one or two good lines, or at least a funny sign somewhere, or, failing that, a good line that is trashed by its inability to end. This episode had none of these things.

  It was truly boring and strange.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, for all the text on screen, there wasn’t much there that rose even to chuckle worthy.

  There was that news ticker, but it had lines that would’ve been rejected by the Onion News Network guys.

Mad Jon: Apparently it’s not too soon for Steve Jobs jokes.

  I haven’t watched any ONN stuff, but I take it by your comment that I am not missing much.

Charlie Sweatpants: They’re great from time to time, but my point was more than this is something that is actively being done far better by people other than Zombie Simpsons.

Mad Jon: Ah.

Charlie Sweatpants: I mean, Glenn Beck? He ain’t been popular since aught nine, dagnab it.

Mad Jon: I thought I asked you to stop chatting like a grizzled early century blogger…

Charlie Sweatpants: Consarn it.

It just feels like the expiration date on Arianna-Huffington-has-a-funny-accent jokes was several years ago.

Mad Jon: Agreed. This would have felt fresher 4 years ago, but whatever. Fresher doesn’t mean better I suppose.

Charlie Sweatpants: No, but South Park nailed Beck to a wall two years ago when it was still funny, and they did a much better job. Ten years from now when I’m try to explain to someone who Glenn Beck was, that’s the episode I’m going to show them.

Mad Jon: Good idea, that was funny. This was not. Also it was at best a poor imitation, filled with lots of meaningless sobbing.

Charlie Sweatpants: I suppose that goes to your point about there not being any decent lines here. This time instead of taking something good and repeating it into the ground, they took something dumb.

Mad Jon: Oh sure.

Sort of like the beginning of the episode.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, that just kept going.

Mad Jon: That wasn’t so much satirical as it was just stupid. That was them doing the things you do when you go to the airport.

  Then Homer started ranting.

Charlie Sweatpants: Don’t forget the exploding luggage.

Mad Jon: Oh yeah, the things that weren’t accurate were so off base that they missed whatever non-slapstick humor they were going for.

Anyway, it was long and boring, and ended in a stupid rant that led to a creepy t.v. show for a guy who cries for attention.

Charlie Sweatpants: The slapstick was on overdose here.

  When Nugent shot Flanders in the forehead, I half expected him to turn his head sideways so we could see that the arrow really went through, like it was “Hee Haw” or something.

Mad Jon: I sort of flinched when that scene happened, and I don’t think the glare left my face for the rest of the show.

Charlie Sweatpants: It was pretty much every time Nugent was on screen. Unlike so many other guest stars, he was in more than two scenes. Like so many of them though, he only had a few lines which he kept repeating. Bows are awesome! I’m hardcore!

Though I will say, the only highlight of the episode for me was his little song at the end. I don’t know if he wrote it or they did, but "I’ll move the White House to Kalamazoo" is funny.

Mad Jon: Yeah, but only in hindsight for me, as by then I was too busy actively forgetting what had happened for the previous 21 minutes.

  What is he pitching anyway?

Charlie Sweatpants: Got me. Himself, I suppose.

Mad Jon: Fair enough.

Charlie Sweatpants: But before we even get to Nugent, think of all the other shit that goes on here.

Homer leaps off the airplanes wing to get beaten by security guards, which led to a guest spot on a talk show in Washington . . . which immediately led to him having his own show apparently back in Springfield.

  That’s a hell of a lot of ground to cover, and I think at some point even they weren’t sure where they were supposed to be.

Mad Jon: Yeah that’s a good point, not that it’s a new development or anything. But he was in DC gets, a show, and then starts a political movement in his hometown where the show is filmed apparently.

Charlie Sweatpants: I thought the scene with the television executives was particularly crappy in that regard.

Mad Jon: Also where Lisa can just show up on set in the middle of filming.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, first Marge and the kids beam into the scene, then those two executive exposited about three plot problems into existence in about thirty seconds.

And that’s before we get to Burns(!) and the rest of the Republicans letting him pick their guy.

Mad Jon: Yeah, that was especially random.

  And rehashed. I miss Sideshow Bob.

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s just an unbelievably lazy thing to do. Okay, the Republican bosses want his help or something, or want to bribe him to endorse someone, sure, that I’ll buy. But instead Ted Nugent appears out of nowhere.

That’s so many gaping leaps of logic in such a short time that I’m still tired from watching them.

And all that was before everyone got in on a conspiracy to make Homer think he received a vision from the Founding Fathers.

Mad Jon: Oh Jesus, I almost forgot about that.

  How unnecessary was that?!?!

Charlie Sweatpants: All the unnecessary. All.

It was shockingly dumb and boring, even by the towering standards of Homer becoming a nationally famous talk show host. (And wouldn’t that make him a millionaire?)

The stupidities compound one another.

Mad Jon: Yeah, I still can’t get over some of the scenes. Especially the rants. Those rants are not how Homer rants.

Charlie Sweatpants: But then he decided he was just playacting, or something.

Mad Jon: I guess. That’s a little too deep for me.

Charlie Sweatpants: They hinted at it, but then ignored it. Like everything else it was more confusing than anything.

Mad Jon: You know what else really gets me? It’s a small thing, but it’s indicative of a larger issue. Why does Homer go to the Quickie Mart in disguise? He knows the viral video has millions of hits, but has no idea people like him for it? And he doesn’t discover this until he goes out to by a six-pack?

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, I thought the costume was weird, but what wasn’t? Sideshow Mel and Rainier Wolfcastle were just standing there.

Mad Jon: That’s all. I just couldn’t stop thinking about that.

Charlie Sweatpants: Anything else here?

  There was the whole wearing a gravy boat on your head thing, but I figure the less said about that the better.

Mad Jon: Nah, except we should also probably point out that Bart tags the video with "Classic Simpsons" which must be some joke about how un-classic it was, but probably not, but whatever. I disliked it, but not enough to make any further mention of it.

Charlie Sweatpants: I caught the "Classic Simpsons" thing too. It’s not like they’re unaware.

6 Responses to “Crazy Noises: Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson”

  1. 1 Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
    10 January 2012 at 8:11 pm

    “Quickie Mart”?

  2. 3 Thrillho
    10 January 2012 at 8:40 pm

    In addition to South Park, Jon Stewart did a great beatdown of Glenn Beck while he was still on FOX News. It seemed like they derived most of their “commentary” from that, but left out the humor and timeliness.

  3. 4 Patrick
    10 January 2012 at 9:39 pm

    All the marge pictures could make a nice .gif

  4. 5 Patrick
    10 January 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Ok so bart calls it YouTube but on Millhouse’s computer it shows up as MyTube (not-YouTube) :S

  5. 6 Patrick
    11 January 2012 at 7:40 am

    I see a callback to season 10 even tho the airport has existed since Season 1

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