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PostPosted: 23 Oct 2004, 17:29 
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I'm not sure if there's enough interest in The Simpsons to debate this here but we've all been crying out for something new to talk about so here goes. I'd like to hear your views on what you think are the best and worst episodes of The Simpsons (or 'Yellowlings' if you're a complete ****) ever. This was spawned from a lengthy debate between my housemate and I (or me and my housemate. Whichever it is, it's too late for grammar). When considering this it is important to ignore factors such as 'i've seen this episode too many times' or 'I do/n't like that character' and concentrate on the number of high quality jokes, and just how funny the jokes are or why in particular the episode annoys you.

Our first suggestion for the best episode would be Cape Feare. On the surface it's just the episode that gets remembered for The Thompsons, but when you examine it carefully this includes some :5stars: Simpsons moments.

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The opening segment with Ranier Wolfcastle suggesting everyone are homosexuals is classic, especially with the image of him pointing at the crowd (which will make a great avatar when available). Next Lisa's penpal letter being taken over by General Krull. Then there's all the letters written to Bart by Sideshow Bob except the one from Homer, which he wrote in retaliation to his new tattoo. 'Wide Load' is hi-larious. Grandpa's line about corn on the cob follows that, and is another gem. The next scene sees Bart in the playground scared of what will happen, and even though this is an obvious joke it's still pulled off with much humour. Following this is Bart's paranoia sequence, the best bit of which is Flanders' "Cos the schools can't make you like they should". Next there's the police station scene with Marge educating Chief Wiggum on the law, which results in the halting of the 'squirrels down trousers' gambling. Comedy gold. Then Lisa makes a threatening phone call to Mo and he gets rid of the pandas he's been smuggling. So random, but so funny. Following this is Bob's collapse from blood loss. "Use a pen side show Bob" is another example of an obvious joke but an oh so funny one. Next the parole hearing has a number of top drawer moments, in particular "No one who speaks German could be an evil man". Next we move to the cinema with Bob fluffing his evil line then asking for a do-over. The Bob sound 'grrwwwweeehhhh' is brilliant in itself...


In fact that's only halfway through the episode and i've already typed too much. (I was actually gonna delete all that above but thought that would be a waste of a lot of typing) I can't think of any other episode with so many of the highest quality gags. But i'd like to hear from any of you that prefer another episode and why. (I believe the 'official' favourite episode ever is Deep Space Homer, but I just don't see it)

As for worst episode, the best (or is it still worst?) we could come up with was Homer vs Dignity aka the one were Homer becomes Mr. Burns' prank-monkey. Sure there are a couple of laughs, "What are you doing man? That's Carl!" and "Don't touch me! Nothing gives you that right", but the pranks Homer has to perform just aren't really funny. And the end, with the fish guts, just plain doesn't make sense. Homer rises above Burns' bribes to achieve a 'moral victory'. But he's still lets Burns get away with what he wanted, and ruins the image of Santa for the orphan boy and the other kids watching, not to mention letting his family get covered in the guts, so shouldn't be seen as any sort of a happy ending.

Anyway i've give you my views, so let's here what you think.

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Bravo, my good man.

I have to say that my favourite episode is Duffless. I can't explain but I've just always loved that one. The map to escape the plant, Phil the bottle checker, Chief Wiggum in a mug, Alice's adventures through the windshield glass. So many great moments and a hilraious beginning, a la the Go-Go Ray.

As for worst episode, All Singing, All Dancing is up there, along with the Funzo episode, the one where Bart and Lisa get stranded on an island with the model U.N just shits me up the wall. They aren't funny, yet they try so hard to be. And the endings are just shit. To be fair, All Singing, All Dancing is a clip show and is probably only 30% new footage...

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My all time favorite is the one where they need to enlist Sideshow Bob to help them catch the man trying to kill Homer. I love the Silence of the Lambs theme, and I always enjoy any interaction between Bob and Bart.

As for worst, I don't really have one I specifically dislike. I will always watch any episode as I'm flipping through the chanels if it's on.

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Tough one.. there are so many of them..

One of my favourites is definitely the one where Homer thinks Bart is gay. The ending is just priceless. And of course any episode with sideshow Bob.. :joker:

As for the worst, that's more difficult. I think the whole first season is a bit lame.


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I'm a big fan of the Stonecutters episode. "Who rob's cavefish of their sight?" A classic line amongst many.

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I have yet to see an unfunny episode. I'm a big Bart fan, so episodes with alotta Bart are my favorites.

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Ok let me start of by saying that The Simpsons is the greatest show ever. Even though the quality of the show has gone down a little in the past few years there is not a single episode that doesn't have at least...3 laughs.

I usually watch at least one simpson repeat every weeknight, and I have seen every episode several times. And I have all the DVD's

Now having said that I don't think there is a "Best" Episode. But the frist ones that come to mind for me would be:

The City of New York v. Homer Simpson: This is one of the best simpsons, but unfortunatly due to the events of Sept. 11 it has been pulled from TV. There are many great things going on in the episode. Frist of all this is the frist appearence of Duffman. And Homer is just so good in this Episode. "I'm getting out of this city alive if it kills me"- Homer

Homer's Enemy: This is possibly The definitive Homer episode.
Frank Grimes: From now on, we're enemies!!!
Homer: ok.... Do I have to do anything?


The Springfield Files: A great crossover with the Simpsons and the X-Files. And it also features one of my favorite Homer quotes...
I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city,
keeping its speed over fifty. And if its speed dropped, the bus
would explode! I think it was called... "The bus that couldn't slow
down."


Cape Feare: This episode has one of the greatest Simpsons moments ever, When Sideshow Bob gets out from under the car, and steps on rake after rake, after rake, after rake, after rake, after rake, after rake, after rake, after rake, after rake. (yes thats 10 rakes.) That scene goes from funny to annoying, and then back to hilarious.

And as for worst:

I don't think there is a worst episode. Yes some episodes aren't as good as others. The last few seasons haven't been as good, although I loved the Catch Me If You Can opening credits spoof.

And the last few halloween specials weren't that good, with the exception of "Send in the Clones".

Homer: Now, before I abandon you in this cornfield, does anyone remember the way home?
Homer clone: [Raises hand] I do.
(Pulls out a rifle and shoots the one clone.)
Homer: Anybody else?
(Another clone raises his hand. Homer shoots him.)
Homer: Anybody else? Come on.
(Another clone raises his hand ang gets shot.)
Homer: Okay, everybody out.
:lol:

But I personally don't like the Patty and Selma episodes, but that is because I really don't like those characters.


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The ones that I don't like are usually the ones with the guest star voices.


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I tend to really dislike any Lisa-centric episodes and many of the Marge ones, too.

When out of her support role and put in the spotlight Lisa is bo-ring

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I think "Homer at the Bat" is one of my favorites. Great laughs all around.

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You can't leave first until you chug a beer.
Any man scoring has to chug a beer.
You have to chug a beer at the top of all odd-numbered innings.
Oh, and the fourth inning is the beer inning.
Chief Wiggum: Hey, we know how to play softball.


Each ringer suffering some fate (Steve Sax's was the best) except Darryl Strawberry, who plays Homer's position. Strawberry's tear as the crowd chants "Darryl". The ending song.

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Best: I always liked the flashback shows
like "I Married Marge" from Season 3.

One of the funniest sequences:

Marge: Homer, I've been thinking, if the baby's a boy, what do you think
of the name Larry?
Homer: Marge, we can't do that! All the kids will call him `Larry Fairy'.
Marge: Well, how about Louie?
Homer: They'll call him `Screwy Louie'.
Marge: Bob?
Homer: `Flob'. [?]
Marge: Luke?
Homer: `Puke'.
Marge: Marcus?
Homer: `Mucus'.
Marge: What about Bart?
Homer: Let's see... Bart, Cart, Dart, Ee-art... Nope, can't see any problem with that!



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T wrote:
The ones that I don't like are usually the ones with the guest star voices.

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(or when famous guest stars "dominate" an episode)

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The ones that I don't like are usually the ones with the guest star voices.

I disagree. One of my all-time faves is the one where Albert Brooks is Scorpio.
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I guess I should modify my answer somewhat.....I am not crazy about the ones where the guest stars have speaking and acting roles....There have been many great voice-overs by famous stars ( I agree with you, Batman)

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I guess I should modify my answer somewhat.....I am not crazy about the ones where the guest stars have speaking and acting roles....There have been many great voice-overs by famous stars ( I agree with you, Batman)

My mistake. If you were referring to the shows like the one with Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, and Ron Howard playing themselves, I agree. That episode in particular sucked.

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I guess I should modify my answer somewhat.....I am not crazy about the ones where the guest stars have speaking and acting roles....There have been many great voice-overs by famous stars ( I agree with you, Batman)

My mistake. If you were referring to the shows like the one with Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, and Ron Howard playing themselves, I agree. That episode in particular sucked.

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T wrote:
The ones that I don't like are usually the ones with the guest star voices.


Not even when it's ChristopherJay MohrWalken?

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T wrote:
The ones that I don't like are usually the ones with the guest star voices.


Not even when it's ChristopherJay MohrWalken?

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Goodnight moon.
Goodnight...moon.
Goodnight cow... jumping, over the moon.

Please, children, scootch closer. Don't make me tell you again about the scootching. You in the red, chop-chop...


That was actually Jay Mohr imitating Walken (although it was one of my favorites :wink: )

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Will wrote:
That was actually Jay Mohr imitating Walken (although it was one of my favorites :wink: )


Yeah, as ze pointed out in his tiny text.

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Nunis wrote:
Will wrote:
That was actually Jay Mohr imitating Walken (although it was one of my favorites :wink: )


Yeah, as ze pointed out in his tiny text.

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Not even when it's ChristopherJay MohrWalken?


Wow, now that was tiny text.

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This is really tough, there's quite a few stand-out episodes. The Frank Scorpio is great as is, the insanity peppers ep. and the softball one.

My least favourite is Itchy, Scratchy and Poochie, but I think it's because I watched it so many times.

It's much easier picking out your favourite Futurama or Family Guy episode.


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Too many favourites to choose as well, but have to go with a 4 way tie:

Homer at the Bat
Cape Feare
Viva Ned Flanders (priceless)
Homer to the Max

Not a massive fan of Lisa or Marge led episodes either but can't bring myself to dislike anything relating to The Simpsons.

My favourite line comes when Bart is imagining being a lardo on disability just like dad and is in bed surrounded by the press and comes out with the immortal line 'Ah wash myself with a rag on a stick' to the flash of cameras and rounds of applause. 24 carat gold.

Funniest thing on TV ever, Comic Book Guy is a total legend.

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My favourite line comes when Bart is imagining being a lardo on disability just like dad and is in bed surrounded by the press and comes out with the immortal line 'Ah wash myself with a rag on a stick.'


That's probably the one I use the most often, last time being just Saturday.


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New halloween episode on TV this Sunday! :crowd:

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My favorite has to be the one with Christopher Walken. Man, that guy is funny.

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I've just witnessed possibly the BEST Simpsons gag ever.

The episode entitled The Secret War of Lisa Simpson. The gag being when Bart puts all the megaphones head to toe and simply says "Testing." Despite seeing it 10 times I still laugh every time! I love it!

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