Behind Us Forever: Bull-E

Whacking Day14

“I guess I’ve always used violence as a way of getting attention.” – Jimbo Jones
“Yes, yes!  Me too!” – Nelson Muntz

Bart gets bullied, so Marge gets the town council to pass an anti-bullying law, which allows Wiggum to lock up a bunch of random people, which puts Homer into group therapy for bullying Flanders, which causes Homer to become a hero, which causes Flanders to resent him and make him beg for forgiveness.  That terrible sentence took you much less time to read than this episode would to watch.

– Weird couch gag with all the soccer balls, but at least it was brief.

– And we are off to a bad start.  Willie explains to Skinner that he’s going back to Scotland and that he got Johnny Mathis as his replacement, which leads to a shot of Mathis cutting hedges while singing.  Expository celebrity crap started early this week.

– Hey, something not entirely terrible!  While reading the morning announcements, Skinner announces a school dance as a, “treat for the popular children and a chance for the rest of you to look within yourselves and ask what’s wrong.”  Of course, it’s barely part of a larger sentence and is immediately followed by Agnes materializing out of nowhere to yell at Skinner, but that was at least an attempt at cynical satire.

– Because nothing gets explained on this show only once, now we’re at the Simpson house with Marge pulling a flyer out of Bart’s backpack and reminding everyone that there’s a dance coming up.

– Homer is spinning his fence with the Flanders like a propeller to decide which one of them gets the part Ned just painted.

– Montage with a Soul Train opening called “School Train”.

– Okay, the fake Thomas the Tank Engine saying, “I’m going to die, children, and so will you someday” was good.  It, of course, was immediately taken too far by hauling him off to be crushed in a press, but I’ll take what I can get.

– Ugh.  The “Puberty Demon” just showed up and told us who he was after Bart asked him directly.

– Bart is now dancing with some new girl.  Didn’t get get a new girlfriend last week?

– Hey, if you’re gonna pay for a Daft Punk song, you gotta let your second montage of the episode really go on to get your money’s worth.

– Bart won a dancing trophy and is now outside getting beaten up by the bullies.

– After an anti-bullying speech at the dinner table, Marge is now at a town council meeting to, presumably, repeat what she just said.

– Yup.

– They passed a bullying law, so now Wiggum just arrested the bullies while restating what we saw in the previous scene.

– Wiggum is now explaining to Brockman what he’s going to do next, start arresting adults.

– I guess we’re on an arrest sequence, so far it’s Krusty, Apu, and Bumblebee Man before Lisa starts restating what we were just told would happen and then saw happen.

– There goes Chalmers.

– It took a while to get there, but Rod and Todd had a fantasy about Jesus being bullied before God complained that he raised a wuss.  Not bad.

– And now the jail is almost full and it’s Homer’s turn.

– This episode really needs a B-plot.

– Oof, they just cuffed Homer, but then he walked out of the house with his hands uncuffed and slipped on a slip-n-slide.  This show has an attention span of approximately four seconds.

– And Homer has been sentenced to a bully rehabilitation program being run by Albert Brooks.  Hi, Albert!

– Ugh, Brooks is mostly monologing here.  It’s not great.

– Now Agnes is crying.

– Now Chalmers is yelling.

– Now Homer’s yelling about Flanders.  This scene is interminable.

– Brooks told Homer to go “deeper” and Homer lowered his voice.  Rimshot.

– Brooks is still yelling at Homer.

– After a short PSA style ex-bully commercial, we are back in the therapy room.  Ugh.

– And now Homer is some kind of celebrity, throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game.

– Homer is still a hero, now riding in a parade float.  Meanwhile, the Flanders boys are on their second go-round of pointing out how unfair that is.  Expositastic!

– Flanders is now directly telling Homer how he feels before ending with, “Now do you feel remorse?”.  I do so enjoy it when characters tell us exactly how they’re feeling then ask other characters to do the same.

– Homer’s now on his knees begging Flanders for forgiveness.  This could take a while.

– Montage!

– And the story ends with Flanders forgiving Homer.

– But since that didn’t fill up the allotted time, we’re back to the School Train, with Otto on LSD and Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus yelling at him.  They’ve really taken a shine to these post-story sketches.  By Season 35, this will just be a sketch comedy show.

Anyway, the numbers are in and they are right where you’d expect.  Last night, just 2.78 million people decided that bullying might not be so bad after all.  That’s good for #3 on the all time least watched list and has pushed Season 26’s average viewership down to 4.90 million, breaking Season 25’s record of 4.99.  There’s one more to go, and the lower it gets, the tinier the audience for Season 27 will need to be to break this record again next year.

25 Responses to “Behind Us Forever: Bull-E”

  1. 11 May 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I predict this episode will garner between 2.95 and 3.25 million viewers I said a day ago, even less than that, not surprised.

  2. 2 Stan
    11 May 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Brutal honesty time:
    I really liked this one. For ZS, they did exceptionally well and left me in stitches.
    Also, Facebook sucks. I want to punch Mark Zuckerburg in the face.

  3. 4 Anonymous
    11 May 2015 at 1:34 pm

    The season finale is that episode with all the complicated math jokes in it. Are you game?

    And that 2.78 in the ratings is almost close to the 2.66 (or was it 2.65) that the episode “Diggs” got. Sucks that it didn’t go lower than that.

  4. 11 May 2015 at 2:29 pm

    You missed out Moe’s dirtiest word ever comment. It had my laughing more than any ZS episode has for quite some time.

  5. 6 Senior Spielbergo
    11 May 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Haha @ Kearney’s facial stubble.

    And some questions:
    1. Does the silo-looking thing near Dolph say “Chemical Toilet”?
    2. What’s a Chemical Toilet?

  6. 11 May 2015 at 2:41 pm

    This episode may in fact mark the beginning of the end for The Simpsons.

  7. 12 Disenchanted Viewer
    11 May 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Browsing some forums I got the impression that this episode has been well received. It’s not surprising to me since when ratings go very low it means that only the few horny young men who love this crap show are watching it, hence the good grades.

    About the episode, I didn’t watched but from what I read it looks like a big mess of old storylines and reused trite jokes all rushed together to appeal only to their target viewers. After all, nobody watches episodes this late in the season so why would the writers try to attract other people?

  8. 11 May 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Really terrible episode .But they at least didn’t butcher some classic piece of culture as they did in the previous episode with the movie Network.

  9. 11 May 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Every single episode these days seems to hit #3 on the “Least Watched of All Time” list. I guess that’s mildly amusing.

    • 15 Sandra Pearson
      13 May 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Yeah, if you’re going to have a sucky show that used to be one of the best shows ever, then you should be striving to make it the worst show ever. All this proves is that Al Jean’s staff are the same lazy, pretentious, incompetent TV writers that The Simpsons used to mock on episodes like The Front, Marge vs. Itchy and Scratchy, and the Poochie episode.

  10. 16 FireFlower
    11 May 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I guess by Season 28 the ratings will be below 2 million.

  11. 18 Stan
    12 May 2015 at 1:41 am

    What a silly plotline… They turn Homer into a bully for mere convenience, and then spoof out the fact that he has bullied Flanders into a real issue (he’s been doing it for how many times in the ‘Zombie’ era?) Frankly.
    How lame did it have to be? Can’t think of anyone who would even remotely enjoy watching something like that. I honestly regret I watched “The Kids Are All Fight” 2 weeks ago, because I might not afford that much booze next time to find it laughable.
    Will try catching up and not watching anything since mid-April 2015 to mid-April 2016 though.

  12. 19 Victor Dang
    12 May 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Just out of curiosity, what Daft Punk song did they exactly license/use for the episode? I shudder at the thought of them butchering “Around the World” or “One More Time”…

    • 20 Disenchanted Viewer
      12 May 2015 at 9:25 pm

      It was ‘Get Lucky’.

      • 21 Stan
        12 May 2015 at 9:41 pm

        Everybody’s into post-disco now.
        I like Around the World though, it reminds me of Hollande doing the armadillo.

      • 22 Victor Dang
        13 May 2015 at 7:39 am

        Aw man they couldn’t even got for any of the less-well-known songs on the album?! They just HAD to go for the most well-known #1 smash…

  13. 12 May 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I think getting beaten up by Jimbo et al would be less painful than watching this episode.

    • 25 Stan
      12 May 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Depends if it’s Zombie Jimbo or not. Zombie Jimbo would probably be crying while beating you up, or making an awkward mom joke altogether. Or both. Or lamp.

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