SIMPSONS 2007: August 2007


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Homer's Odyssey

SEASON-1 (Episode- 3)- Original Air Date: 21 January 1990

In this episode Mrs. Krabappel, the class teacher was grouping up students and getting them prepared for the group excursion to the thermal power station. All the students of that class, including Bart Simpson were gathered in Springfield Elementary school. Once the bus chauffeur, Otto pulled up at the road side, all other students got inside the bus to look for their seats except for Bart. Bart was still blabbering away with Otto while standing outside the bus, when Mrs. Krabappel shouted at him so as to make him enter the bus. Bart scampered once he got inside the bus and got to know that the only seat available was next to Wendell, who had vomiting tendency and he managed to throw up during all the bus journeys. Soon the bus ride began and Bart tried his level best to remain in his best behavior. The teacher alarmed Bart that if he made any commotion, he would have to undergo the punishment of singing in front of the entire class. Two girls named Sherri and Terri, who sat right behind Bart, thought of creating more problems for him. So they both kissed Bart on his cheek which resulted in Bart shrieking out loud! Mrs. Krabappel forced Bart to sing in front of the entire class as she had warned earlier. As the bus came to a halt, Bart complimented Wendell for not throwing up during the bus ride and tapped him at the back. As a result, Wendell threw up at that instant.

When everyone got inside the power station, Mr. Smithers switched on a film based on atomic power in the small movie theater. The main actor happened to be a tiny fictional character named Smilin’ Joe Fission who gave all the descriptions about the atomic power. When the movie was over, Mr. Smithers let the children have a look around the power station. The other children participated in the tour when Sherri and Terri explained to Bart about the fact that their father was an employee at the power station. They also mentioned that their father had mentioned to them about Homer Simpson, who happened to be Bart’s father as an inefficient employee!

On that very same day, Homer was chewing on a doughnut by sitting on his motor vehicle. After informing his colleague, that Bart would soon arrive there along with his class, he quickly drove away in order to look for him. The school boys and girls continued their journey along the sidewalk which appeared on the top level of the working field of the power station. Just underneath that, Homer could be seen with his cart. As Bart noticed his dad, he called for him. While waving back, homer was looking in the upward direction and failed to notice what he was heading for. Mr. Simpson accidentally bumped into the air pipe and poisonous gas began to spread out. The team leader was right there when the incident occurred and he immediately wanted to know who had done such a miserable thing! Homer was being pointed by all the employees and the team leader declared him as “fired!” The team leader perceived his two daughters, Sherri and Terri and waved at them. The daughters did the same and a degraded Bart just hid his face in shame!

Next day during breakfast, the Simpson family encouraged homer in getting another job, as he sat there all blue! By hearing all their words, homer found some high hopes and went in search of a job. Soon he found out that the only thing happening to him, through out the day were doors being slammed right on his face. He could no more hope for a new job and he entered Moe’s Tavern in order to get rid of his stress. Moe answered a phone call as Homer started drinking. Actually it was Bart making a phony call at that time. Homer wanted to have another drink and soon he got to know by reaching his pocket that he could not afford to buy anymore. So he just headed towards home.

Later when Homer reached home safely, he discussed about his experiences and thoughts while searching for a job with Mrs. Simpson. His wife, Marge expressed sympathy towards him and admitted that she was ready to work being a waitress, just the way she had been when she was single.

The next morning Marge Simpson left for work and Homer lay on the sofa. Although his children tried their level best to make him happy, he remained sad and did not respond to them. During night time, he saw a Duff beer advertisement and sat upright. He went to the kitchen and after walking about for a while, he looked inside the fridge for a beer. He got infuriated since he could not find any and he went to Bart’s room to get his son’s piggy bank. As Bart slept, Homer stole that bank and went back to the kitchen. After he broke the money bank open, he found out that Bart did not even have adequate amount of money which would allow Homer to buy a can of beer. Once Homer’s realization dawned, he felt how low he had been due to what he had just done. The only solution which came to his mind was by giving up his own life. Hence, he wrote a goodbye letter to his family about the fact that he had no intention of being alive and left his home. The idea of jumping off the bridge crossed his mind and he tied himself up with a huge rock. With tears rolling down his cheeks, he perceived his home for one final time and carried the rock with him while walking along the road.

Lisa Simpson, who happened to be Bart’s sister, went to her mother’s room along with her brother. Both the siblings woke their mom up just because they thought that they had been mugged. Bart found out that his piggy bank was missing and realized that it was stolen but the moment his sister was the first one to observe Homer’s letter, the entire family sighed!

As homer kept on traveling, he reached a junction where no STOP symbol existed and was nearly run down by an approaching car. As he arrived onto the bridge and was just about to leap, the Simpson family which included Homer’s wife and children shouted at him and stopped him from doing whatever he was about to do. When Marge, Lisa and Bart altogether dashed towards Homer, they were also about to get run down by another car. But at that instant, Homer got into the way and pushed away his wife and children in order to save them. He explained to them that the junction was too unsafe and suggested that a “STOP” symbol must be put in that place. A light beam fell on his head and he got to realize that he had a motive for being alive and that was by making the junction safer.

Next morning Homer proposed of putting a “STOP” symbol at the unsafe junction of 12th and D Street. With his proposal being accepted, a rather surprised Homer realized the motive of staying alive and wanted to do a campaign where he could make the entire Springfield safe. A montage of newspaper headings resulted in recording down of Homer’s new ideas, symbols as well as increasing support of the general people. During the following week, the whole city was full of safety symbols but still Homer felt as if he should have done more and he thought of making the thermal power station safer, than it ever has been. Afterwards, Homer stood in front of the volunteering crowd in the power station and declared about the fact that the power station lacked safety. Mr. Burns scowled down his office window in order to look at Homer and commanded Smithers to bring Homer to his office so that he could talk to Homer Simpson in person. Smithers did as he was told to do so and sent Homer to Mr. Burn’s office. When Homer met Mr. Burns, he was offered a job as the safety inspector of the power station. After thinking for a while, Homer approved of it. Mr. Burns told homer that his first task was to go to the terrace and lie to people by declaring them that the nuclear power station was completely safe. At first Homer hesitantly went up to the terrace but when he was about to lie, he changed his mind and went back inside, confessing that he could not perform the task of lying. Mr. Burns got to realize that Homer was a very loyal worker and he had a passion for safety, and thus kept him as the safety inspector. Homer became happy and went back to the terrace in order to declare about his new job. The entire crowd greeted him while he started dancing like a celebrity on the terrace surface. While doing that, he got so excited that although he was the safety inspector, he fell off the terrace! The crowd managed to catch him from underneath and carried him along while they kept on chanting the word, “Homer.”

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bart The Genius

SEASON-1 (Episode-2)- Original Air Date: 14 January 1990
The Simpson family was playing SCRABBLE in their living room in order to improve Bart Simpson’s vocabulary since he was required to attend an aptitude test at school, the next day. Bart imagined a word called “Kwyjibo,” and as soon as he uttered it, the game neared an end as everyone else realized that Bart had been cheating. Bart also tried to defend himself by defining the meaning of the word as an enormous North American chimpanzee without any chin. Homer Simpson became infuriated due to his son’s behavior, and immediately chased him away.
Next day, a boy named Martin Prince who was considered to be a genius at school, complained against Bart for writing down negative things, by spray painting on the school walls, about Mr. Skinner, who happened to be the school principal. So the principal told Bart to meet him when school ended. During the aptitude test, the lecturer, Mrs. Krabappel was about to distribute the papers to every students who sat for that particular test. Right at that time, Martin managed to raise his hand and reminded the teacher about the fact that Bart was supposed to attend the test by remaining face to face with the window, so that he had no way of copying from other friends. As instructed, Bart couldn’t help but began the test by facing the window while muttering to himself. While writing, he tried to figure out a way to solve a lengthy word problem with no avail. As a result, he began to think harder about the solution which led him to day dream. By the time Bart’s realization dawned, he found Martin handing over his paper to the teacher as he was done with his examination. Martin was sent out of the classroom along with a book and was told to read it for the rest of the time period. While Bart was still trying to concentrate on his test, he found a complacent Martin showing his tongue to him by standing outside the window. Bart made a face at Martin so as to take revenge. The lecturer noticed the case and immediately looked out the window in order to find out what on earth had Bart been trying to perceive. As she tried to do so, Bart, without even wasting any second, took away Martin’s paper which was placed on top of the desk. It was quite easy for him to tackle the situation as he was now sitting on the front bench and the lecturer was facing her back to him. Bart somehow managed to change his name with Martin and after scribbling down a few more words on his own paper, he wrote down Martin’s name on that paper. After he was completely contented with his work, he kept the papers back to the lecturer’s desk.
After school, a meeting had been called in order to discuss about Bart’s conduct at school and thus, his parents, MR. Homer Simpson as well as Mrs. Marge Simpson were asked to come over. The meeting took place in Mr. Skinner’s office. Mr. and Mrs. Simpson were informed by Principal Skinner about the spray painting incident in which Bart had been involved during the morning time. Mr. Skinner also ensured that Homer and Marge Simpson got acquainted with Bart’s previous records and just when he was about to talk through something about the expulsion lines, his secretary suddenly appeared inside the office. When asked about what the matter had been, Mr. Skinner was told that the school mental health professional named Dr. J. Loren Pryor was interested in talking to Mr. Skinner. Everyone was taken by surprise when Dr. Pryor joined the meeting and declared that Bart could be considered as an “extraordinary child” and he gave evidence by mentioning the fact that Bart had an IQ of 216 which had been deduced by seeing his aptitude test earlier. The psychiatrist concluded that Bart was a genius, and the main reason for him doing all the mischief at school was because school work was just like pieces of cake for him. Mr. Skinner was not so contented with the statement and he was about to suggest that Bart should have repeated the test but when Dr. Pryor gave the idea about sending Bart to the same school as other “extraordinary children” went, Mr. Skinner alas became convinced and did not argue about anything. Bart became rather interested when he heard that the school didn’t provide with much rules except for the fact that the students were given the choices of making their own. Bart, along with Mr. and Mrs. Simpson left the office in bewilderment after Dr. Pryor gave some handouts to Bart, which he would have needed at the school he was about to join!
Next morning, during breakfast, Homer and Marge remained more closely attached with Bart as they realized that their son had been no less than a genius. Homer even told Lisa, Bart's sister to eat the exact meals as Bart took for his breakfast so that she could become like her brother as well. Lisa, being the smarter kid could not have been fooled like her parents, by the incidents that had occurred around the house as she was overconfident about her brother being nothing, but an idiot!
When they were done with the breakfast, Homer and Bart headed towards the new school. As they walked through the compound, they found out Bart’s class and Homer observed that all the children inside the classroom were attired along with neck ties. He therefore handed over his own tie to Bart and gave him an encouraging speech about getting to attend the first day of school, before pushing him forward through the door of the class. The teacher, Mrs. Melon got Bart acquainted with herself as well as the other students and showed him round the class. She also informed Bart about the independent learning system and the only rule applicable inside the classroom was to create their own. “Free will and the irony it creates” was chosen to be the topic for debating among the students. As the other students kept on giving their opinions either for or against the topic, Bart found it rather difficult to cope up with the discussion. During lunch, Bart's classmates got to realize that he wasn’t all that smart as everyone thought he would be, due to the fact that he was ready to accept anything and everything said or done by his friends. Eventually, a humiliated Bart left the lunch table, leaving his other friends with their mocking laughter at him.
After class, when Bart reached home, he was resting in his bedroom when homer entered his room in order to talk about his son’s experience on the first day of his new school. Homer stated that they would be going out for chocolate milkshakes. The moment Bart agreed to his dad’s statement his mom appeared and said that she had arranged tickets so that they could attend opera and that would help cultivate Bart’s mind. Once in opera, Bart and Homer were bored to death and therefore they were trying to fool around although they were continuously being stopped by Marge.
Everyday was getting worse. Next day when Bart went to school he realized what a stupid he really was when he wasn’t being able to figure out a calculus problem from the blackboard. While walking back home, his old school came into view and he could perceive his old friends playing with marbles. As he made an eye contact with them, in an attempt to talk to them, they behaved in such a way that they were seeing an alien and told Bart to leave them alone. Bart was quite depressed about everything that had not been working out right lately and as he was having his dinner, his mom declared that they should not get delayed for the movie festival that she had arranged the tickets for as she thought this was a good method to cultivate her son’s mind. At the thought of attending another movie festival, Bart was hesitant and luckily, Homer gave the decision that it wasn’t really necessary for them to attend the movie festival. Bart became happy and he wanted to confess the truth to his dad and he wanted to admit that he was no genius but all these had been happening due to the fact that he had cheated in his IQ test. At that very moment, Homer suggested that Bart and he should go outside and play. After the game was over, Bart realized that being a father of a genius meant a lot to his dad, and pushed away the thought of confessing the truth to him. He was afraid to see his parents upset and he didn’t even know how to get out of the mess that he had created; so he just thought of sticking to the lie that everyone was happy with!
Next day at school, Bart managed to bring about an explosion during chemistry experiment which led to the spreading out of green gooey stuff everywhere including his body. Later, Bart could be seen in Dr Pryor’s office and the psychiatrist asked him the reasons for being a failure at school. Dr Pryor thought he already knew the answer and that was, the things provided at the school were not up to the standard for Bart and that had been creating all the mess. Bart gave an excuse by suggesting that he wished he could go back to his old school because he wanted to study about normal children life in their ordinary school by acting like an undercover agent. So Dr Pryor found it innovative and supported Bart’s decision and told him to write down an application, referring to Mr. Skinner and in the mean time, Dr Pryor would go and talk to the principal in person. While struggling to write the application, Bart could no longer bear all the terrible problems that he had been undergoing and therefore confessed the truth instead of the application. When Dr Pryor returned to his office, he saw the explanation, written by Bart and he realized at once that Bart had never been a brilliant student.
Later, when Bart came home from school, he greeted his parents in that same green stains, left on his body. Homer thought of giving Bart a wash, in order to get rid of the stains. Once dad and son were together, Bart admitted the truth to his dad that he was never a genius and that he had cheated in his test. He also added that he loved getting all the extra bit of attentions from his parents and this situation had brought them closer than ever! But Homer’s way of thinking was different and he couldn’t be as optimistic as Bart had sounded to be. He started chasing Bart like he used to do in the past. Bart tried to hide inside his bedroom and locked the door from inside while his dad kept on knocking away. Everything gradually came back to normal in the Simpson house.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire

SEASON-1 (Episode-1) - Original Air Date: 17 December 1989

The episode is about Christmas and how the Simpsons celebrated. It started with their family car; Homer drove Maggie and Marge in a rush through the streets covered with snow. They were going to Bart and Lisa’s school function for Christmas and they were late. After reaching school Marge and Homer managed to find their seats tottering through audiences; everybody was looking on the stage as the function was already on. While Homer and Marge had their seats, Principal Skinner was introducing the second grade students. The students were performing as different types of Santa Claus from different parts of the world. Lisa became the highlight of the show being a Santa Claus whose name is TAWANGA and the Santa was from South Seas. After that Principal Skinner introduced the fourth grade students who performed the Christmas Carols. When the performers were singing “Jingle Bells” among them Bart was singing some different words but in the same tune and he was pulled out from the stage. The show went on and Homer was getting bored and thinking how long it will last. Later in Simpsons’ home, Homer begins Christmas decoration, Marge wrote a letter for Simpsons’ family on Christmas cards and Lisa, Bart wrote a Christmas wish list. In Marge's letter she was describing what her family was doing. When Lisa and Bart were done they showed their wishes to their mom and their mom Marge got upset seeing their wishes because once again Lisa wished for a pony and Bart for a tattoo.

In between Patty called Marge and a rumbling Homer gave the phone to her. On phone both the sisters were making plan to enjoy the Christmas Eve together. Homer was outside and he was done with the Christmas lights on the roof. While the kids were looking at him from the pedestrian, Homer fell down from the roof and called his wife Marge to see his incredible work and asked her to plug in the lights. When the lights were plugged in surprisingly very few of them light up and Homer was really impressed with his work. But the kids were impressed with the decoration of their neighbor Ned Flander. Flander called Homer to check out his decoration when he was about to plug in the lights for the first time. When he plugged in, the whole house was full of lights with a talking Santa Claus on the top of the roof. The lights from the Ned’s house brighten up ever one’s face except for Homer but his kids were mesmerized with Ned's light performance.

Next day at breakfast, Marge asked the kids to get their money and go for shopping with her to the mall. The kids were much exited about Christmas and they ran happily to get their money. Homer was surprised by seeing kids’ reaction and asked Marge where did she save the Christmas money. Marge pulled out a big jar full of money from her hair and showed it to Homer. Afterwards in the mall when Marge, Maggie and Lisa were looking for gifts; Bart got detached from them and he found a tattoo shop. Through the window of the shop Bart saw a tattoo which was heart in shape and the word mother was inscribed on it. So the little Simpson thought his mother would be very happy if he had a tattoo like that. Bart ran into the shop, lied to the tattoo designer about his age and jumped on the chair to sit. In between Mr. Burn announced from nuclear power plant that there won’t be any bonus for the unskilled employees in this Christmas and Homer was also included in it. Homer took a gasp of air and recalled that they still have money inside the big jar for Christmas and consoled himself.

In another scene Bart in mall was shouting while inscribing the tattoo in his body and Marge was looking for Bart hearing the noise coming from the tattoo shop. After finding the little brat half way done with his tattoo, Marge pulled Bart from the chair and took him to the clinic for removing his tattoo. There she found that removing a tattoo is very expensive and has to pay up front. So Marge used all her money to remove his little brat's tattoo and consoled herself by thinking about Homer's bonus for Christmas. When Marge went back home and told everything to Homer and said we can still count on your bonus; Homer got upset of the situation since he told everyone that this will be a great Christmas. He went out side, thinking and looking his poor decorated house beside Flanders' perfection.

On that very night, Marge and Homer went to bed and Marge found something was really missing in Homer; she asked what's wrong with you. Homer was about to tell her in this Christmas there won't be any bonus and suddenly he pulled over changing the topic and offers Marge for Christmas shopping. Homer didn’t want to hurt Marge saying all these and they both went to sleep. Next day miserable Homer went for shopping at a cheap store for Christmas and he bought a pantyhose for his wife, some stationery for Bart and a simply toy for Maggie. So on his way Homer collides with Flander whose hands were full of different type of gifts, fell down on the floor. Homer picked up his gifts and compared with Flander. He found his gifts were almost nothing in front what Flander brought and went to Moe's place getting depressed. Over there Homer had been having beer alone in between Barney came there wearing a Santa Claus costume. He seemed to be very happy. Barney told Homer that his mood is really good today because he earned more from his per time job being a Santa in the mall. The words of Barney stroke into Homer's head. Next day he was found filling up applications in mall's personnel office. Homer gave the interview for becoming a Santa in the mall and then he was sent for training by personnel director.

That night Homer came late at home and Marge was really worried about him and asked where he had been. Homer avoided the conversation and went upstairs without letting Marge know anything about him. Marge told Homer that her sisters are here and asked him to meet them; so Homer went to meet Selma and Patty. While talking the sisters told in a taunting voice, how come the Simpsons yet don’t have a Christmas tree? Homer told them he was just about to get one now, so he went out of his house with an angry face, driving his car. While driving he passed over so many expensive Christmas tree shops but he dint stop in front of a single one. Finally he parked his car in front of a Christmas tree farm got a chain saw and stole a tree for his family. When Homer placed the tree the Simpsons were really happy except Marge's sisters Selma and Patty.

On Christmas Eve, Homer was doing his duty usually in the mall where children were waiting to sit on Homer's lap. Bart and Milhouse was there watching kids making long line to sit on Santa's lap. They made a comment that they couldn't believe the kids were in love with fake Santa. Milhouse gave dare to Bart and asked him to pull off the Santa's beard and he agreed. So according to the plan Bart included himself into the line of kids and was waiting for his turn to sit on Santa's lap. When Bart got his turn he got shocked after pulling Santa's beard because not even in his dream he thought that the fake Santa could be Homer. After this incident the angry Homer took Bart into the Santa's workshop to have a private chat between son and dad. Homer explained everything to Bart and the situations he is going through; knowing all these Bart felt guilty for taking off Homer's beard. When homer is done with his duty, Bart went with him to collect his cheque. Homer fell from sky when he saw the amount; it was only 13 dollars! Homer asked the cashier about the reason of such an amount and she explained that most of the money went to pay for the suit he was wearing, social security etc. Homer got pissed and was really depressed since he couldn't figure out what to do. In between the exited Barney suggested Homer to bet on dog track as he was going to do the same. Homer was not that much interested but Bart pursued him and said this is the last chance we are left with to save our family Christmas.

Back at home Marge's sisters, Grandpa Simpson everyone was waiting for Bart and Homer but they were late and were busy on the dog track with their dog "Santa's Little Helper". At first Barney suggested Homer to bet on the dog named Whirlwind but Homer got reluctant when he saw the dog's face. When Homer was in such a dilemma just at that time there was an announcement about a dog named Santa's Little Helper. Actually Santa's Little Helper was a replacement of another dog in the fourth race and Homer thought this is some kind of divine indication and he putted all his money on it. While the whole Simpsons’ family was waiting for Homer and Bart but Bart and Homer was waiting conscientiously for the fourth race. The moment came and the race begun; Bart and Homer were cheering for their dog while Barney's Whirlwind took the lead. Seeing the situation Homer and Bart understood, there wasn't any chance of getting back their money and were confirmed when they saw Santa's Little Helper dint even cross the finish line. Homer and Bart were cursing their luck in the parking lot outside the dog track. Barney passed by a convertible with a woman sitting next to him and showed Homer and Bart the luck Whirlwind brought to him. In the mean time Homer and Bart saw the owner of Santa's Little Helper yelling at it for losing another race and chased it off. The dog jumped and took shelter in Homer's arm and Bart found it cute and wanted to take it home. Homer at first was little confused and later he agreed to take the dog with them and drove back home. An upset Homer entered the Simpsons' house and started confessing about his Christmas bonus and also apologized for not being able to give his family proper gifts. Suddenly Bart took an entry with a bark with him and it was from Santa's Little Helper. Everybody in the family loved the dog and was happy with it. In the end Homer realized at least he did something good.


Wednesday, August 1, 2007


It's party time for The Simpsons and they are having Donuts and Duff Beers everywhere. The famous television sitcom, The Simpsons are achieving thousand times more in the big screen. Right now The Simpsons are on the top most rank in the theaters all around the world and they have created a blast in their debut film.

During the first weekend of its release the movie sold tickets about U$168 million according to the distributor 20th Century Fox. In North America the movie tickets worth about U$71.85 million. Senior vice president Chris Aronson from Fox expected that the movie will open up at a range of U$40 million. But The Simpsons brought them more than their expectations. The making of the film cost about U$ 75 million and The Simpsons’ franchise knew the movie will bring them multibillion dollar. The international revenue the movie gathered was U$96 million from 71 regions. According to Fox the highlights were Germany (U$14.2 million) and Britain (U$27.8 million) -- other countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Finland, Colombia and Chile, the film had an opening record. Simpsons will hold back their position for couple of weeks except in Japan, where the people have to wait till March 2008. This is because according to Fox's cop-president Paul Hanneman, the market is not that strong in Japan for The Simpsons.