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SSR #28: “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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Last time we had an episode centered around Marge’s well-known (and well-despised) twin sisters, so I think it’s fair we give Homer’s family a chance in the spotlight this time. However, let’s introduce a character that we (and Homer for that matter) never knew existed in the first place. It’s time we go deep into the lore of The Simpsons as we get introduced to Herbert Powell, Homer’s lost, half-brother, voiced by the one and only, Danny Devito.

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SSR #27: “Principal Charming”

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I think it’s time we take the spotlight off the main family and focus on some secondary characters that we’ve had some experience with. This episode doesn’t just focus on one secondary character, but three characters that we’ve grown very familiar with since their debuts early in the 1st season (technically two if you count Patty & Selma as one collective character) . And what’s the best way to focus on them? Why, creating a one-episode long romance of course! It’s time for “Principal Charming!”

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SSR #26: “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”

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We are halfway through the second season now, and one relationship we haven’t really touched on much is the relationship between father and daugher, in the form of Homer and Lisa. We’ve seen a couple of good moments from them in “Moaning Lisa,” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish,” and we’ll be getting a great big dose later in the season when we get to “Lisa’s Substitute,” but I think this is an episode that shows why the two don’t really mesh together that well. There is definitely a love there, and I don’t think anyone can deny that, but this episode really shows the core difference between the two characters’ specific values. Lisa is about doing the right thing and being a strong, moral compass, while Homer is a little bit more about bending the rules a little for his own entertainment and enjoyment. They may clash at times, but I think a mature level of respect for each other still exists, and we’ll be taking a look at that interaction with today’s episode.

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SSR #25: “The Way We Was”

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We are now 25 episodes into this series, and to celebrate this occasion, I think it’s time we take a look back on some crucial Simpson character backstory and lore. And what better place to start than the story of how Marge and Homer Simpson first met, fell in love, and started a family together. This is the first time the Simpson writers and producers decided to give us a glimpse into the past and lives of our favorite yellow-skinned matriarch and patriarch, and while they will give us more episodes like this in the future, this is an episode that has always stood out for me because of its special nature. It’s time to take a look at “The Way We Was.”

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SSR #24: “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish”

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The Simpsons have been on the air for 30 years now, but have we considered the possibility of a main character of the Simpson family dying? Sure, the show has dealt with character death before, and some characters have been flat out retired, but what if a character of Homer’s status were to pass on? How would the world be different? How would his family react? How would he handle his last moments? Well, interestingly enough, Season 2 just so happened to have an entire episode dealing with that, and today, we are going to be taking a look at that episode.

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SSR #23: “Bart Gets Hit by a Car”

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The Simpsons are known for having some of the most memorable and talented recurring guest stars. There is Joe Mantegna who plays the role of Fat Tony, the late, great Marcia Wallace who played Edna Krabappel and John Lovitz has starred in a number of guest roles and appearances as well. However, as amazing as all of those performances are, there is one guest voice who always manages to catch my attention and bring the nonstop laughter, and that voice is none other than Phil Hartman. Why is this relevant? Well, the next episode we are taking a look at is “Bart Gets Hit by a Car,” which just so happens to be Lionel Hutz’s first appearance, and Phil Hartman’s first credit as a voice actor on The Simpsons.

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SSR #22: “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge”

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Are cartoons really that violent? I mean, the last episode I looked at was the episode where Homer plummeted down Springfield Gorge twice and ended up bloodied and in a full-body cast. Aside from that though, I’d say The Simpsons is a pretty tame show. We can also take a look at shows like Looney Tunes where the bad guy gets endlessly tormented by the evasive good guy, but even those shows haven’t felt incredibly violent either. However, when it comes to The Simpsons version of Looney Tunes; Itchy & Scratchy…I can start to see where some parents, much like Marge Simpson, might have some issues. And today, we are going to see what her issues are in the episode; “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge.”

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SSR #21: “Bart the Daredevil”

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Bart Simpson has done a lot of crazy things, but now he is going to stare danger right in the face with the next episode of Season 2, “Bart the Daredevil.” This is a pretty iconic episode of Season 2 and the series in general, mainly due to the final setting of the episode and certain gag that gets shown and referenced a number of times throughout the entire show’s duration. But how does this episode stand the test of time in general? Today we are going to find out!

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SSR #20: “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”

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We had a Christmas special in Season 1 and a Halloween special in Season 2, so it’s not surprising that the Simpson family is going to tackle another one of the classic American holidays in the form of Thanksgiving. An interesting thing to note is that they have not touched the Thanksgiving holiday very much, if at all, since this episode (at least not to my immediate recollection anyway). I suppose Christmas is easier to make a story with and Halloween is such an annual tradition and fun story creation for the writing team, so it makes some sense in the long run that not many extra stories have come out of this holiday. With all that being said though, let’s get this thing started and take a look at “Bart vs. Thanksgiving.”

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SSR #19: “Dead Putting Society”

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There is one rivalry in the Simpsons world that we haven’t exactly explored quite yet, and it may seem a bit surprising that we haven’t after eighteen episodes. We’ve seen these two interact before, but now we are going to get an actual episode about their conflict. Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a battle between the Simpson family and the Flanders family; in perhaps one of my all-time favorite Season 2 episodes, Dead Putting Society.

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