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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.04
This one had me all the way up until Grandpa's eyes popped out of his sockets. Yeah, I'm really not used to these kinds of gags from The Simpsons.

And while I expected everything to go downhill from there, it actually still managed to stay pretty funny. The speech at the end was just great. "The only mistake our generation made was making THAT generation!"

Pretty good stuff this week.




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I found the eye-popping thing disturbing because in the context of The Simpsons' world; that's just not something that happens. That's Family Guy humor (in fact, Family Guy did use that joke in a cutaway gag).
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.82
All right, wusses, what would have been an equivalent sight gag which would have satisfied your mamby-pamby tastes?

My two bit opinion: This was a fine "Simpsons" episode which made really good use of almost everybody - I think only Marge didn't get at least one good line. (I loved Maggie shutting up Homer with her hair bow.)

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.27
    Originally posted by PaulKTF
    I found the eye-popping thing disturbing because in the context of The Simpsons' world; that's just not something that happens.


Oh please.

http://www.reocities.com/televisioncity/7333/pictures/HomerEye.jpg

Episode 5F20
"Lard of the Dance"
Original Air Date: August 23, 1998
Guest Voice: Lisa Kudrow

The Simpsons DID IT FIRST.

This was a terrific episode. I wish Werner Herzog would read me bedtime stories.





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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.17
Weird, as I didn't care for this episode at all. Grandpa-centric episodes just don't appeal to me. I feel like he's too one-dimensional when he gets his own episode. The "my generation" stuff was pretty good, but everything else was really forgettable.

And I'll agree, the eye-popping thing was quite gross. Even if I'm used to Family Guy's gross-out gags.

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Well, I'm sorry I don't know every minute of every Simpsons episode ever. My point still stands that it was out of place in The Simpsons's world.

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.27
No, sir, your point is pointless because nothing is out of place in The Simpsons world. Ask any of the writers or listen to their commentaries. The Simpsons' "flexible reality" lets them do anything they want and that's been their rule since the show began.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    No, sir, your point is pointless because nothing is out of place in The Simpsons world. Ask any of the writers or listen to their commentaries. The Simpsons' "flexible reality" lets them do anything they want and that's been their rule since the show began.


I don't care what writers say in commentaries to defend their total inability to stay within any sort of boundries when writing. To be fair; when a show is as old as The Simpsons and has gone through so many staffers, it's bound to happen now and then, but don't you think that might help explain why some of the seasons have been so bad, and others remembered as being so great?

Of course they're going to pat themselves on the back and defend their decisions when they're doing commentaries on their own episodes. The Simpsons is at its best when it's grounded in some sort of reality- it becomes hokey crap when it resorts to Looney Tunes sight gags (no pun intended). That sort of thing just takes me out of the story that had been established up to that point.

I expect that sort of thing from Family Guy. I expect (and have often gotten) much better from The Simpsons. I hold it to a higher standard because it's shown it can be so much better than the other shows.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
Maybe cartoons aren't your style.

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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Maybe cartoons aren't your style.




No, I like several of the cartoon series aimed at adults- that doesn't mean I have to like them all, all the time.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    No, sir, your point is pointless because nothing is out of place in The Simpsons world. Ask any of the writers or listen to their commentaries. The Simpsons' "flexible reality" lets them do anything they want and that's been their rule since the show began.


Do you really believe that the nature of the show hasn't changed? I think the earlier seasons were much more reality-based and much less likely to go for drawn-out "gross" gags like the one in this episode. Sure, it wasn't a hard and fast rule--there were moments that were highly unrealistic or gross, but they weren't as prominent as they are these days.

Didn't like the episode.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
      Originally posted by John Orquiola
      No, sir, your point is pointless because nothing is out of place in The Simpsons world. Ask any of the writers or listen to their commentaries. The Simpsons' "flexible reality" lets them do anything they want and that's been their rule since the show began.


    Do you really believe that the nature of the show hasn't changed? I think the earlier seasons were much more reality-based and much less likely to go for drawn-out "gross" gags like the one in this episode. Sure, it wasn't a hard and fast rule--there were moments that were highly unrealistic or gross, but they weren't as prominent as they are these days.

    Didn't like the episode.


Thank you- that's exactly what I meant. The earlier seasons' episodes may have had moments of sillyness but you wouldn't have seen the eye-popping gag in the earlier seasons of the show.

As an example; one of my absolute favorite episodes is "Marge Be Not Proud" where Bart steals a video game and loses the trust of his mom:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marge_Be_Not_Proud

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