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Old 01-09-2010, 07:26 PM   #1
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Line-O-Rama: Homer Simpson
Springfield's favorite father and nuclear safety technician has more quality lines than we can count.
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January 7, 2010 - Several Simpsons characters have graced our Line-O-Rama feature in recent months, but never the man who defines the long-running animated series like no other. It's high time we focused on the one and only Homer Simpson in this feature, as perhaps no pop culture character has given us more memorable and hilarious lines over the years.

But we're not doing this Line-O-Rama small. Given the fact that The Simpsons is now in its 21st season, there's simply too much material for one Line-O-Rama. In this feature, we focus on the first 10 seasons. Many of these lines hail from Season 5, but that's only because any self-respecting Simpsons fan knows Season 5 was one of the show's absolute greatest. Expect a follow-up in the coming weeks that covers everything after Season 10.




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Playing the Blame Game

Line: "It takes two to lie, Marge. One to lie and one to listen. "

Episode: "Colonel Homer" (Season 3)

Leave it to Homer to always find a way to cover his bases. When Marge caught him the act of trying to help another woman further her career as a country singer, Homer needed an excuse for lying. In his kooky little brain, it's as much Marge's fault for enabling his lie as it was his for telling it. This is only one example in Homer's long history of deflecting his much-deserved blame onto those around him. But to his credit, it's a clever excuse. We'd consider trying it on our significant others some time, but not everyone is as tolerant of nonsensical logic as Marge.





Following Nature's Example

Line: "Marge, don't discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals! Except the weasel."

Episode: "Boy-Scoutz 'N The Hood" (Season 5)

At some point in every young man's life, he goes on an incredible all-night bender that leaves him disoriented and confused the next morning. If he's unlucky, he might wake to discover he did something monumentally stupid in the night, like getting his face tattooed or marrying a random stranger. Bart's first all-night bender happened earlier than most, and the consequences were even more dire. He signed up for the Junior Campers, Springfield's answer to the Boy Scouts.

When Bart tried to shirk his new responsibilities, his parents were of opposing viewpoints. Homer is certainly no stranger to drunken stupidity. Moreover, he knows that a boy needs to learn some useful skills from his father, and the most useful skill of all is weaseling out of responsibility.





Homer: The Knight Errant

Line: "The only monster here is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother! I call him Gamblor, and it's time to snatch your mother from his neon claws!"

Episode: "$pringfield" (Season 5)

Gambling addiction is a serious problem, but only Homer seems to realize just how serious. With Mr. Burns' casino sweeping up the town in a fit of bright lights and easy money, Homer is the only one who can see the neon-clawed demon perched on Marge's shoulder. Leave it to Homer to tackle addiction in the same way knights of yore would battle dragons and evil wizards. In the end, Homer was successful, even if he was forced to rely less on brute force and more on pitiful begging.





The Secret to Professional Success

Line: "I want to share something with you: The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: 'Cover for me.' Number 2: 'Oh, good idea, Boss!' Number 3: 'It was like that when I got here.'"

Episode: "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" (Season 2)

How can you fault Homer's parenting skills when he devotes so much time and energy to schooling his children in the ways of the world? In this episode, Homer believes he has mere hours left to live before the poisoned meat of a blowfish will claim his life. With no time to lose, he imparts a few words of wisdom to Bart. We think Homer's three sentences are very useful. How are you supposed to make it through life without the always suitable "It was like that when I got here"? Luckily, Homer survived his blowfish ordeal, and he continues to impart all sorts of pseudo-advice to younger generations.





Genius in Action

Line: " [sing-songy] I am so smart, I am so smart . . . S-M-R-T . . . d'oooh . . . I mean . . . S-M-A-R-T!"

Episode: "Homer Goes to College" (Season 5)

In one of the all-time classic images in Simpsons history, Homer is seen dancing happily as his house burns down around him. His excitement is understandable, at least. After so many years of coasting through life with a high school diploma, he's finally going to college. But couldn't he at least have taken the diploma down before lighting it on fire? Between the catastrophic property damage and his inability to spell "smart," it became apparent right away just why Homer never made it to college. Heck, we grow more surprised with every season that he even managed to finish high school.

Can't Buy Him Love

Line: "Bart, with $10,000, we'd be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful things like...love!"

Episode: "Bart Gets an Elephant" (Season 5)

Homer has gotten progressively stupider over time, as "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" pointed out. He was already pretty darn dumb by Season 5 if he thought having $10,000 made one a millionaire. But maybe you can blame that on the stress of seeing Bart come home with a full-grown elephant. But Homer was right about $10,000 buying love. We suspect that was right about the going rate for a mail-order bride in 1994.





Caring for the Elderly

Line: "Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use."

Episode: "Lady Bouvier's Lover" (Season 5)

Homer doesn't much care for old people and their needs. It's easy enough for him to be dismissive when he's been capped at age 36 since 1989. But what about poor Grampa Simpson? But Homer, ever the pragmatist, only sees the elderly in terms of how they might benefit him as a (somewhat) healthy, (sort of) virile American male. We can understand his problem with Grampa's choice of lover, at least Homer's father dating Marge's mother is a little too close to that Luke & Leia match-up for our liking. The family might as well pack up and move to Cletus' neck of the woods.





A Lesson in Economics

Line: Homer: Awww, $20! But I wanted a peanut!
Internal Homer: $20 can buy many peanuts.
Homer: Explain how.
Internal Homer: Money can be exchanged for goods and services.
Homer: Wahoo!

Episode: "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood" (Season 5)

As stupid as Homer can be, there is a tiny, intelligent Homer living beneath the surface. It's usually this Homer that's the first to abandon ship in times of crisis, but occasionally the two Homers pull off great feats of teamwork. Case in point the time Homer taught himself how money works. It's good that Homer has someone to each him how paper money can be exchanged for goods and services,even if that someone is just a figment of his imagination. Now if only he had someone to teach him how to spell "smart."





That's Not Exactly How It Works

Line: "Dear Lord: The gods have been good to me. For the first time in my life, everything is absolutely perfect just the way it is. So here's the deal: You freeze everything the way it is, and I won't ask for anything more. If that is OK, please give me absolutely no sign. OK, deal."

Episode: "And Maggie Makes Three" (Season 6)

Homer clearly doesn't understand how prayer works. In this flashback episode, everything was going swimmingly for the Simpson family patriarch. He had just landed a coveted job at the local bowling alley. His two children were providing just the right touch to his family life. Everything seemed perfect.

But somewhere along the way, everything went wrong. Perhaps it was when Homer thanked his Lord for the work of other gods. Or maybe it was when he assumed silence meant acquiescence. That rarely works. Whatever the case, Maggie soon came along and screwed everything up for poor Homer. Beneath that pacifier and blue onesie lies a stone cold, Burns-shooting murderer.





Captain What's-His-Name Would Be Disappointed

Line: "Stealing!!! How could you! Haven't you learned anything from that guy who gives those sermons in church?! Captain what's his name? We live in a society of laws. Why do you think I took you to all those Police Academy movies?! For fun?! Well I didn't hear anybody laughing, did you?! Except at that guy who made sound effects. (Homer then does various sound effects, then does his girlish laugh.) Where was I, oh yeah, stay outta my booze!"

Episode: "Marge Be Not Proud" (Season 7)

We expect it would have been nice to have a father like Homer during those moments of childhood wrongdoing. As we see here, Homer is really his own worst enemy when it comes to punishing Bart. After stealing a copy of Bonestorm from the Try & Save, Bart was in the same sort deep, deep trouble that inspired his hit record.

But Homer's short attention span negated the possibility of any real punishment. In this long rambling speech, we learn that Homer doesn't pay attention in church (or even understand why he goes there in the first place). He also apparently takes the Police Academy franchise way too seriously. By the time this long-winded speech is over, Homer can't even remember what he was yelling about in the first place. This is one of those cases where Bart is lucky to have another parent with a firm head on her shoulders.
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SEASON ONE:
"The Crepes of Wrath"
Written By: George Meyer, Sam Simon, John Swartzwelder, and Jon Vitti
Directed By: Wes Archer and Milton Gray
By the time "The Crepes of Wrath" aired, the eleventh episode in the series, The Simpsons was falling into its groove, showing many signs of the classic series it was to become. The episode features a strong central storyline, with Bart being shipped off to France as an exchange student and being forced to work for two unscrupulous winemakers that mix antifreeze in their wine. The episode's second storyline is just as strong, with the Simpson family taking in an Albanian exchange student named Adil, who turns out to be a spy looking to obtain nuclear secrets from Homer. "Crepes of Wrath" is one of the few Simpsons episodes where Bart seems to genuinely learn something -- he speaks perfect French by the end of the episode (of course, he's never spoken in French since, but hey, you don't use it, you lose it).


SEASON TWO:
"One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish"
Written By: Nell Scovell
Directed By: Wesley Archer
The second season was a good time for The Simpsons as the rough animation style from season one was fixed, while the programs writing got a firm grasp on the role of the show. Bringing in random storylines intermixed with thoughtful family driven resolutions, the episodes grew to be more than just popular animation, but good television. Even though there were many great episodes before it, "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" helped show just how dramatic The Simpsons could be. In the episode Homer is told that he has 24 hours to live after getting poisoned by bad Japanese food, and he decides to spend his last hours on earth living out everything that he has ever wanted to do. Although it may not have had the laugh-out-loud laughs that "Bart the Daredevil" had, it told a better story, and showed that despite being a jerk most of the time, Homer really did want to do right in his life.


SEASON THREE:
"Flaming Moe's"
Written By: Robert Cohen
Directed By: Rich Moore and Alan Smart
Homer's drunken nights at Moe's bar were already a staple of The Simpsons, but this episode was one of the first to really give Moe the spotlight. Of course, it also helped show that he wasn't exactly the most trustworthy guy, as he steals Homer's secret recipe and uses it to turn his bar into a huge success, thanks to the "Flaming Moe" drink. This episode has tons of standout moments, from the appearance by Aerosmith (the first time a musical act of that caliber appeared as themselves on the series); a funny payoff for all of Bart's prank calls to Moe's, when a man named Hugh Jass actually does turn out to be a customer; a deftly done Cheers parody at the height of Moe's success; and Homer turning into a Phantom of the Opera type lunatic, as he shows up at Moe's to reveal the truth to everyone, and unaware that Moe was going to sell the recipe and split the profits with him, inadvertently ruins his own chances to make half a million dollars.


SEASON FOUR:
"Marge vs. the Monorail"
Written By: Conan O'Brien
Directed By: Rich Moore
Every minute of the Conan O'Brien-scripted "Marge vs. The Monorail" is filled with humor and spot-on parodies. From the episode's beginning with Homer driving and singing "Simpson, Homer Simpson" to the tune of "The Flintstones," to Marge's closing voiceover covering Springfield's other ridiculous endeavors (ending with an escalator that goes nowhere), there isn't a minute wasted. "Marge vs. The Monorail" is one of the tightest and funniest episodes in the history of The Simpsons, let alone in season four, which contained plenty of other great episodes, including "Kamp Krusty," "Mr. Plow," and "I Love Lisa." Phil Hartman gives a truly superb performance as the shifty monorail salesman, Lyle Lanley -- with his highlight being the Music Man song and dance parody, "The Monorail Song" -- and Leonard Nimoy appears as himself (in one of our Top 25 Guest Appearances), boring his fellow monorail passengers with obscure comments and teleporting out at the end of the episode.


SEASON FIVE:
"Cape Feare"
Written By: John Vitti
Directed By: Rich Moore
One of the best episodes of the series to this point, "Cape Feare" took the idea of parodying a recent hit film and seamlessly interwove it into the show's own history and characters. Sideshow Bob takes over for Robert De Niro, as a convict released from jail with nothing but revenge in mind, as he plots to kill Bart. From Sideshow Bob's attempts to mockingly laugh at a movie theater being outdone by Homer's own genuine, but ludicrously loud laughs (to the movie Ernest Goes Somewhere Cheap) to Homer bursting in on a frightened Bart ("BartDoYouWantSomeBrownie'sBeforeYouGotoBed?!", "BartDoYouWantToSeeMyNewChainsawAndHockeyMask?!") to a truly legendary bit of physical comedy involving Sideshow Bob and several rakes, this is just a great episode start to finish and helped to cement Sideshow Bob as a classic Simpsons character.


SEASON SIX:
"Treehouse of Horror V"
Written By: Dan McGrath, Bob Kushell, Greg Daniels, and David X. Cohen
Directed By: Jim Reardon
In the hilarious sixth season, we were forced to pick "Treehouse of Horror V." Not only was it the funniest Treehouse of Horror to date, but it also beat out side-splitting episodes like "Itchy & Scratchy Land" and "Bart vs. Australia" to be the best episode of the season. You might be asking yourself: "Which Treehouse of Horror episode was that again?" Instantly recognizable, this episode featured the parody of The Shining ("The Shinning"), a parody of the Ray Bradbury short story "A Sound of Thunder" - with Homer going back in time with the toaster, and the "Nightmare Cafeteria," where the children are served as food. Each of these skits were very funny and they all featured Groundskeeper Willie getting killed by an axe - how can you go wrong with that!


SEASON SEVEN:
"A Fish Called Selma"
Written By: Jack Barth
Directed By: Mark Kirkland
Although there was some good competition - notably "22 Short Films About Springfield" and "Homerpalooza" - "A Fish Called Selma" seemed as if it was the obvious pick. Following the misadventures of Troy McClure, we watch him as he falls in love with Selma while balancing his fragile Hollywood career. This storyline is funny enough, but it is the multiple references to Troy being a deviant (he likes fish) and his acting roles that really make this episode hilarious. In the best scene of the episode (and maybe even the whole show) we watch as Troy McClure performs in a musical adaptation of Planet of the Apes ("I hate every ape I see, from chimpan-A to chimpan-Z").


SEASON EIGHT:
"You Only Move Twice"
Written By: John Swartzwelder
Directed By: Mike B. Anderson
This list is of the best episode from each season, not specifically the best episodes period, but it's impossible to fathom this one not being very high up on any list of the best Simpsons episodes of all time. The concept is so odd, yet so perfect: Homer's new job brings the family to a new town, and it turns out that Homer's friendly new boss is actually a James Bond villain. The episode is a wonderful example of slowly building up the comedy, as Homer just can't catch on that there's a lot more to Hank Scorpio and his company Globex than he is told about, even as the clues go from subtle to as direct as possible, including simply having a James Bond looking man held hostage in Scorpio's building. Meanwhile the rest of the Simpsons unfortunate experiences in their new town, most notably Bart being put in a special education class, give each member of the family their own standout moment. By the time Homer is essentially an accomplice to James Bond's murder, you know you're watching an amazing episode. And we haven't even mentioned Albert Brooks, who had played other roles on The Simpsons before, but outdoes himself this time, as the chummy, charismatic and diabolical Scorpio.


SEASON NINE:
"The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson"
Written By: Ian Maxtone-Graham
Directed By: Jim Reardon
Unfortunately, enjoyment of this episode is marred post 9/11 by the inclusion of the World Trade Center as a plot point. But putting aside the understandable discomfort that can bring to some, this is a very funny episode that started season 9 off on a strong note. The Simpsons travel to New York to retrieve Homer's car from where it's illegally parked at the World Trade Center (after Barney leaves it there, following a crazy drunken experience that began with Barney as designated driver), and this turns into what is essentially an American set installment of the many amusing episodes in which the Simpsons go to a foreign city. Just hearing Homer mention that his previous bad experience in New York involved pickpockets, pimps, Woody Allen and C.H.U.D.s is hysterical. Can you imagine any other show bringing up Allen and an obscure, cheesy '80s horror movie all at once (well, okay, before Family Guy would make it their trademark)? Plus, Bart gets to meet his idol and hero, when he goes to the Mad Magazine office and encounters Alfred E. Neuman himself.


SEASON TEN:
"Mayored to the Mob"
Written By: Ron Hauge
Directed By: Swinton O. Scott III
Featuring Mark Hamill in one of the series' best guest appearances to date, "Mayored to the Mob" is a treat for fans of both The Simpsons and Star Wars. Hamill is excellent -- playing both himself and Homer's bodyguard academy instructor, Leavalle -- which should come as no surprise to fans of his voiceover work in the '90s (primarily as The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series). The primary storyline has Homer discovering that Mayor Quimby is mobbed up and then that mobster Fat Tony is supplying the Springfield schools with milk from rats, but the episode's high points come near the end, as Hamill sings "Luke Be a Jedi" to the tune of Guys and Dolls' "Luck Be a Lady," and Homer carries Hamill away from paparazzi, a la Bodyguard.


SEASON ELEVEN:
"Missionary Impossible"
Written By: Ron Hauge
Directed By: Steven Dean Moore
The plot of "Missionary Impossible" can be summed up in one phrase: "Homer as a missionary in the South Pacific," but that phrase alone conjures up some great images from the episode, such as the building of the "Lucky Savage" casino and the destruction of Homer's chapel by an earthquake and a river of lava. Some of the episode's best humor is back in Springfield, after Homer makes Bart the man of the house -- as Bart fills in for Homer at the nuclear plant, Mr. Burns berates "Homer" for his poor performance record, gets tired of talking and ends up just poking Bart with a stick. Betty White also gives a great guest performance as herself, hosting a PBS telethon and ridiculing those viewers who watch but don't send in contributions.


SEASON TWELVE:
"Trilogy of Error"
Written By: Matt Selman
Directed By: Mike B. Anderson
Inspired by and parodying the films Go and Run Lola Run, the creatively written and well put-together "Trilogy of Error" follows a story from three different characters' perspectives: Homer, Lisa and Bart. Style/gimmick aside, "Trilogy of Error" has some very funny moments, especially the scenes featuring Lisa's science experiment, a talking robot named Linguo that corrects everyone's grammar and overloads when presented with the poor grammar of mobsters Louie and Legs.


SEASON THIRTEEN:
"Half-Decent Proposal"
Written By: Tim Long
Directed By: Lauren MacMullan
SNL vet Jon Lovitz reprises his role as Artie Ziff, Marge's prom date, whom she finds out is now one of the country's five richest men. "Half-Decent Proposal," in both title and content, is a parody of the 1993 movie Indecent Proposal, in which a billionaire offers a man one million dollars to sleep with his wife. Artie's proposal is a little less crude -- he'll pay Marge $1 million just to spend the weekend with him and see what it would be like if they had married. Marge ends up taking up the offer, just to pay for a very expensive surgery for Homer so he'll stop snoring. "Half-Decent Proposal" moves along well, working in numerous pop culture references with a nicely laid out, albeit slightly preposterous, storyline.


SEASON FOURTEEN:
"Special Edna"
Written By: Dennis Snee
Directed By: Bob Anderson
First and foremost, this episode, as the title implies, is a nice spotlight on poor, overworked, underpaid Mrs. Krabappel. Krabappel's relationship with Principal Skinner takes center stage, as we see her growing anger over him breaking dates with her because of his overbearing mother. But there's a ton more to this episode, including Grampa's story about serving as a four year old in World War I; Milhouse showing up with his uncle to give Bart a ride in a Blackhawk Helicopter; and a trip to a very thinly veiled parody of Disney World's EPCOT Center (EFCOT Center: "When Every Other Place is Booked") that is filled with spot on parodies like the World of Tomorrow ride, which is a horribly dated 1960s take on the far future of the year 1984. The conclusion involves Little Richard and a nice happy ending (for now) for Krabappel and Skinner.


SEASON FIFTEEN:
"The Regina Monologues"
Written By: John Swartzwelder
Directed By: Mark Kirkland
It may not be the best episode ever, but hell if it isn't a lot of fun. From beginning to end, this episode features incredible cameos, hilarious references and change in the normal locale. Much like "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson," it is nice to see the Simpsons leave Springfield… only to embarrass themselves in recognizable cities. This episode followed everybody's favorite animated family as they go to England when Bart finds a $1000 dollar bill. When they arrive they go to all the famous locations, all along meeting celebrities like J.K. Rowling, Sir Ian McKellen and Prime Minister Tony Blair. This star-studded episode is extremely funny and was a high point for a fairly average season.


SEASON SIXTEEN:
"Father, Son and the Holy Guest Star"
Written By: Matt Warburton
Directed By: Michael Polcino
The final episode of the sixteenth season, "Father, Son and the Holy Guest Star," was a great episode that dealt with the sensitive topic of religious tolerance. When Bart is lured in by the "cool" Catholic Church, Marge worries that he is moving away from the one true religion: "The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism". Eventually Homer also falls prey to Father Sean's (guest star Liam Neeson) cool Catholic Church, making it imperative that Marge help her family get back together - with the help of Ned and Reverend Lovejoy. Eventually Bart stops the squabble by stating that there is no reason for two Christian religions to be fighting over minor issues. With this daring story, we can't help but remember back when The Simpsons was an edgy hip show that would frequently shed a light on cultural complexities. Please give us more episodes like this!


SEASON SEVENTEEN:
"My Fair Laddy"
Written By: Michael Price
Directed By: Bob Anderson
Centered on Springfield Elementary's Groundskeeper Willie, "My Fair Laddy" is a great parody of My Fair Lady, as Willie, made homeless by Bart, is taken in by the Simpsons and turned into a proper gentleman by Lisa. Some of the episode's highlights include Willie singing, "Wouldn't It Be Adequate?" to the tune of "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?"; "What flows from the nose does not go on my clothes" instead of "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain"; and "I Could Be Indoors All Night" instead of "I Could Have Danced All Night." None of it quite reaches the excellence of "Marge vs. the Monorail"'s "The Monorail Song" or Mr. Burns singing "See My Vest" in season six's "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds," but "My Fair Laddy" stands on its own very well and serves as an example that even in its seventeenth season The Simpsons continues to produce high-quality episodes.


SEASON EIGHTEEN:
"24 Minutes"
Written By: Ian Maxtone-Graham & Billy Kimball
Directed By: Raymond S. Persi
One thing The Simpsons has consistently been able to do well are parodies. It's no surprise that many of the episodes highlighted so far have at least been partially inspired by classic films, musicals or TV shows. "24 Minutes" takes its cues from fellow FOX series 24 and the result is an absolute classic. Right from the start, you know you're in for something a little different, as the episode opened with the 24 ticking clock instead of the familiar Simpsons title sequence. What really made the episode work was the seamless integration of our favorite characters into the recognizable 24 formula. The school nerds ran CTU ("Counter Truancy Unit"), the bullies were the terrorists planning to set off a stink bomb, and Bart was the rogue agent who could possibly save the day. The writing was fast and smart and above all, funny. Martin Prince's dramatic, guilt-ridden, self-imposed wedgie is one of the funniest sequences the series has ever produced, regardless of the era it's coming from. Though much of Season Eighteen was quite mediocre, "24 Minutes" ranks up there with the best of all time.


SEASON NINETEEN:
"Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind"
Written By: J. Stewart Burns
Directed By: Chuck Sheetz
"The Debarted" and "Dial 'N' for Nerder" are both highlights from this season, but the Emmy Award-winning "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" stands above them both. The cerebral, flashback-heavy, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind head-trip plot is entertainment enough, with Homer trying to piece together a night he purposely has no memory of. But it's the episode's fantastic visuals that truly make this a memorable episode. Using Professor Frink's memory machine, Homer was able to float through his subconscious, which provided a moment where hundreds of images from past episodes were zooming around him. Later Homer's life flashed before his eyes in the form of a picture-a-day YouTube video, ending with Homer sporting numerous recognizable outfits from the series' long history. This was an episode made for TiVo, and it is quite worthy of its award-winning status.


SEASON TWENTY:
"How the Test Was Won"
Written By: Michael Price
Directed By: Lance Kramer
Midway through Season 20, The Simpsons began airing new episodes exclusively in high-definition, and they marked the occasion by presenting a brand new, visually-packed, different-but-the-same, opening title sequence. Many of the episodes airing after the switch felt surprisingly fresh, offering up a string of consistently funny half-hours. Several could have been chosen as a favorite, including "Gone Maggie Gone" or "Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'Oh," but "How The Test Was Won" has a great early-era Simpsons feel to it. Some of the most memorable episodes from the series have involved Principal Skinner mismatched with his students in extraordinary situations. Here, Bart, Nelson, Ralph, Kearney, Dolph and Jimbo are all sent on a fake field trip with Skinner to prevent them from bringing down the school's grade on an annual assessment test. The fun came from watching Skinner try to keep the kids safe once they found themselves stranded in Capital City: "My God! We're at the corner of Cesar Chavez Way and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard!" Having a temporarily uninsured Homer go to extremes to keep Marge's book club from getting hurt was also entertaining. Too bad the episode ended with a tacked on, unfunny, out of left field Footloose-referencing dance sequence.
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