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SSR #29: “Bart’s Dog Gets An F”

Introduction:
Santa’s Little Helper, the Simpson family mutt, has been with our family since the very first episode. This means we’ve been familiar with the dog for almost thirty episodes now, and aside from his first appearance, we haven’t really had much of a focus on him. He went with Bart when the boy was running away from his family in “Bart vs. Thanksgiving,” and helped Bart with some mini-golf practice in “Dead Putting Society,” but now it’s time for the lovable canine to get an episode of his own, in “Bart’s Dog Gets an F,” an episode title that should be pretty familiar considering the title of Season 2’s opener; “Bart Gets an ‘F.’”

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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”

Introduction:
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”

Introduction:
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 #23: “Bart Gets Hit by a Car”

Introduction:
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”

Introduction:
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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