Favorite episode of the season. Only thing that could've made it better was the threesome between Col. Gentlmen, Gore Vidal, and Wally Schirra. Seeing the original Team Venture in action was great. I think I want to go to Japaninawa on my next vacation...
Great episode. Loved how they made Jonas Jr. into a subtly noteable ass, just like his father. It was good to see the Sea Captain and his mates tell him off for the crap he gave them, though it really didn't lead anywhere. Billy Quizboy acting like a 10 year old geek was a good running joke as well. And Col. Gentleman was funny as well, if a but too open about the details of his 'experiences'.
One question: I don't know much about Comic Con. But is it just me, or did this episode and some of its scenes seemed perfectly timed to comment and/or mock the event?
Finally got around to seeing it tonight (and last week's). The only disappointment here was not seeing the Monarch follow up on the ending to last week's episode, as this seemed to be a perfect time for a run-in, especially with Rusty hanging around. Everything else was pure awesome, especially Pete White's brief appearance. "You wish to conquer...the mom from Growing Pains?"
Yeah, I don't watch Homeland either, but I thought the episode was fine as a stand-alone. The plot wasn't derivative of previous episodes and some of the jokes were hits. That's really all it takes to meet my expectations for The Simpsons anymore.