Quote of the Day

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“He’s trained to do all sorts of stuff.  He can herd sheep and perform CPR.” – Bart Simpson
“Some call it the dog that never sleeps, though it actually does, while jogging.” – Marge Simpson

16 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. 1 Bleeding Gums Murphy
    13 April 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Season 8 is a pretty weird season. The more I watch it, the more I hate it.
    Season 6 isn’t as funny as 4-5, and 7 is too emotional and low-key, but 8 is different. Whereas with 6 and 7 the only problem I have is that I would rather prefer watching earlier episodes, in 8 is like nothing happens. At all. Episodes takes like forever to develop and reach the main plot point, there are too many assumptions you must accept, and the resolutions are very, very, very weak.

    So in “Homer vs. the Eighteenth Ammendment” the 21th ammendment would have probably nullified the Prohibition law (but I’m not an american so I don’t know), there’s no way Homer would have ever built a succesful line of underground tunnels, there’s no way Marge would ever accept Homer breaking Prohibition, and while I get that Banner wasn’t that smart, his line about the liquor clouds around Evergreen Terrace bugs me. And the only way yo solve the conflict is to literally kill Banner and “conveniently” discover they haven’t read the last line of the legal paper?

    Or this QotD’s source episode, “The Canine Mutiny”, nobody asks how could Bart buy all those expensive products? The episode introduces an emotional conflict even although Santa’s Little Helper is absent for most of the episode? Or “My Sister, My Sitter”, where the episode needs to harm Bart twice in order to advance the plot, whereas the first accident was more than enough to give Lisa a bad time.

    Even “You Only Move Twice” has that weird scene at the end of Act 1 where Bart is saying they’re leaving Springfield because everybody disliked them. It comes from nowhere. And Homer’s livelong dream also doesn’t make sense. How exactly getting a new job would make him come closer to owning that team?

    • 2 Stan
      13 April 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Only in america would there be a 21th whatever. Yo should know.

    • 14 April 2015 at 9:01 pm

      I never understood why people love “you only move twice”. It’s a bit overrated.

      • 4 torbiecat
        15 April 2015 at 3:38 am

        Holy shit, I’m glad someone else feels that way! I don’t even think this episode would be my personal top fifty. I don’t know your opinions about Hank Scorpio, but I think he’s is obnoxious (to the point that could rant on and on about why I think this) and found very little of what he did to be funny–pretty much all of the opinions I’ve read about him seem be otherwise.

    • 5 torbiecat
      15 April 2015 at 3:46 am

      I suppose I wouldn’t really describe Season 7 as being “too emotional,” but rather evoking emotion in cheap or off sort of way. Season 2 is actually quite an emotional season itself, but I feel as if it’s more organic and relatable, whereas Season 7 I think tries to go for this, but comes off as a pale imitation. Otherwise, I definitely agree with you, and I’ve actually been hesitant about getting the Season 8 DID boxset for those very reasons. (I have all the other seasons that come before it.)

      • 6 Bleeding Gums Murphy
        15 April 2015 at 7:03 am

        Well yeah, maybe I didn’t express correctly, after all English isn’t my native language.

        In fact, my favourite season is 3: it’s sweet and honest, deep and hilarious, more random and non-sensical yet still realistic and grounded. Season 2 is great too, but you can still see the experimentation in the tone and characters, while 4 is the beginning of the “wacky era” (which is great too, don’t get me wrong).

        Also, another difference is that by Season 7 they started putting more and more permanent changes to the status quo per season and/or more extreme plots. Lisa goes vegetarian, Homer’s mother appears for the first time and then disappears, we see Burns being incompetent (a terrible precedent for the awful “The Old Man and the Lisa”), Krusty loses his empire (again, a precedent for later episodes, and while Krusty being ruined has already happened before and has more sense than in Burns’ case, in “Krusty Gets Kancelled was a small part of the overall story rather than the main point), Selma is married… All crammed in a single season. There is a point when you exhaust your viewers.

        Also you can already see the first signs of the incoming zombie era with overly long scenes and lazy writting. Charlie and co. have already talked about “Marge Be Not Proud”. But what about Homer having hundreds of dollars in his pockets, ready to give it to Bart in “The Day the Violence Died”? What about the long, unfunny and unnecessary speech Marge gives to the kids where she explains all the things they have already done by that point (and let’s not forget Bart is reading a law book, which is what real Bart from “Like Father, Like Clown” would never do) in the same episode? What about the fight scene at the end of “Homer the Smithers”? It’s good, but it’s so long and “serious” it would feel out of place in Season 6 or earlier.

        Overall I cannot say Season 7 is bad by any means (unlike 8)… it’s just a big dissapointment and I usually doesn’t have honest wosh to watch it. I still need to think why it’s wrong with Season 6 too.

        • 7 Bleeding Gums Murphy
          15 April 2015 at 7:08 am

          *what is wrong

        • 8 torbiecat
          15 April 2015 at 12:55 pm

          Actually, I agree with pretty much everything you’ve said. I know Weinstein and Oakley expressed that they didn’t think the show would be on much longer, thus all of the status quo changes, but yeah, those changes are exhausting. They probably should had dialed things back a bit. I’m honestly baffled as to why a lot of people (on the Internet) say that Season 7 is the best season. I sure don’t share their love.

  2. 9 Victor Dang
    14 April 2015 at 3:00 am

    You know, something I’ve just recently wondered when rewatching this episode: was Lassie deliberately drawn off-model to stand out from the animation style of the show? It’s just interesting how “realistic” Lassie looks compared to everyone/everything else, and I have to wonder if this was done for some sort of emphasis.

    • 10 Bleeding Gums Murphy
      15 April 2015 at 7:15 am

      That also happens with many guest stars, their faces are more realistic. You can see that in many other animated shows/comics/etc

      SLH’s design is very simple, kinda goofy and “stupid” and unremarkable, whereas Laddie’s is more detailed and sophisticated, giving her (?) more prominence and creating a mental, unbreakable barrier between Laddie and the regular cast.

      But that’s not limited to Laddie. The Simpsons’ family is aother example too, albeit smaller and subtler. Look at their hair.

      • 11 torbiecat
        15 April 2015 at 1:00 pm

        The celebrity caricatures during Sam Simon’s tenure tended to be a bit better in terms of simplicity and emulating the appearance of Springfield’s residents. This sort of design aspect certainly has been forgotten by the ZS animators and celebrity caricatures look way too human.

  3. 12 Gabbo
    14 April 2015 at 7:17 am


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